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Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 12

Hello! 

I'm happy to again be included in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issue! I hope you enjoy the blog tour and all the creativity, fun, and giveaways that go along with it! You can check-in each day here

 

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Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12

 

My block, which is below, is made with the newest collection from BasicGrey for Moda called Mon Ami, along with some grunge. It's a fun, charming collection. 

 

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When I was at Quilt Market in May I met Allison Black from BasicGrey. She stopped by my booth after noticing my love of BasicGrey. I had my newest book, One Block Remix at market and three of the quilts in the book and in my booth were made with different BasicGrey collections! I'm always drawn to the beautiful artwork and fresh colors of their fabric. 

 

Harding Hill Designs Diamond Drive - One Block Remix
Diamond Drive from One Block Remix made with Persimmon from BasicGrey

 

Harding Hill Designs On The Horizon - One Block Remix
On The Horizon from One Block Remix made with PB & J from BasicGrey

 

Harding Hill Designs Zigged Paths  - One Block Remix
Zigged Paths from One Block Remix made with Fresh Cut from BasicGrey

Our book, One Block Remix, has 10 different quilt patterns all using one block. It was fun to play with one block to see what new shapes and designs are created by moving and shifting the block, along with using different fabrics. I've also done that with previous blocks in Quitmaker's 100 Blocks for the blog tour which you can read about here, here, and here. I can spend hours moving things, or changing colors. Many times the results can be surprising! I've done the same for my latest block. The first layout is a straight forward layout. The block creates a secondary pattern that carries though the quilt.

 

Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 1

 

Add some vertical sashing and it's a whole new pattern.

 

Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 2

 

Now, flip some of the blocks for a new pattern.

 

Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 3

 

Or, turn the blocks on point

 

Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 4

 

I turned the blocks on point and changed the colors to a monochromatic color scheme.

 

Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 5

 

Below the blocks are again on-point but I swapped out the setting triangles and corners with white.

 

Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 6

 

Lots of possibilities with just one block! 

 

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Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 10

 

Or, as a table topper or small play mat

 

Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 11

Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 12

 

Or, a few blocks can make a great table runner.

 

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Harding Hill Designs 100 Blocks Vol 12 Layout 14

 

Thanks again for stopping by and checking out our block! Leave a comment below for a chance to win one of two copies of the new issue. And, head over to Facebook and like our Harding Hill Designs page, or leave a comment there if you've already "liked" us for another chance to win. You can tell us anything in the comments. We love to hear from you! In the past we've talked about mayonnaise, moms, and of course quilting in the comments. It's always fun to read the comments!  

Cheers and Happy Quilting!

Edit, 11/20/15: I just realized I forgot to add information about the end of the drawing. Comments left before Sunday, November 22, 2:00 PM CST will be eligible. :-) Thanks!

Edit, 11/22/15: I've emailed the winners for their contact information. The winners are Dana G. and Lori S. :-)

 

 


Half Square Triangles - A How-To

Half square triangles are little workhorse blocks in our quilts. These blocks are great for so many reasons! They can add movement, they can add graphic punch, they can create contrast among your fabrics...all kinds of things! In our new book One Block Remix, we've designed 10 different quilts that are all made from one HST block. 

 

One Block Remix Front Cover Harding Hill Designs
One Block Remix

There are tons of ways to make HST's and tons of tools to help construct and finish these blocks. Some methods call for adding 7/8" to the finished size of your units when cutting, which makes my brain and eyes twitch a little. Plus, this method leaves you with almost no wiggle room if you've got a wonky seam, or any inconsistent stitching. I like to have wiggle room! I need wiggle room! So, the method of adding a 7/8", and then cutting doesn't really work too well for me.  I'd rather cut the beginning units a little larger and be able to trim them down after sewing. It gives me a little more control over the outcome and makes the cutting easier for me in the beginning because I'm working with whole numbers. 

To give yourself that extra wiggle room begin by cutting your squares 1" larger than the size of your finished HST.  Part of the extra 1" will be trimmed away, and the other part will be your seam allowance. If your finished HST unit should be 8", start with 9" squares. 

After cutting your squares, mark the wrong side of half of your squares by either drawing a light line diagonally from corner to corner, or by folding the square in half diagonally to create a crease. Now, match up your squares to make pairs of 2. One of the squares should be a marked square and will be on the top. Next, layer 2 squares, right sides together, and sew a 1/4" away on each side of the marked line.

HST Steps Harding Hill Designs

Next, you'll cut on the drawn line and you'll have 2 HST's. Carefully press the seam, either towards the darker fabric or open....pressing these seams open does take a little longer but can make things easier for you in the long run when stitching the blocks together. Now for the last step, you just need to trim your HST's. If you have a ruler with a 45 degree line on it, align that line with your seam and trim the unit down a 1/2" from the size of your beginning squares. If you started with 9" squares, trim the HST's down to 8-1/2", which will give you 8" finished HST's. Because I press my seams open, I like to trim a little from all 4 sides. Some people like to trim from just 2 sides. Do what you like best and what works best for you. :-)

HST Trimming Harding Hill Designs

I Would love to hear your favorite method for making HST's! How do you mark your squares? Do you draw a line, use tape on your machine, fold your squares? Drop me a line in the comments and let me know. Also, here's a handy little HST step-by-step you can download and keep handy.  A HST How-To  -  Harding Hill Designs

Cheers & Happy Sewing!


One Block Remix pt. 3

This is the third post featuring quilts from our new book One Block Remix - 10 Fresh Quilts from One Traditional Block. In the previous posts, pt. 1 and pt. 2 I shared some of the quilts in the book, this post i'll share the remaining three quilts. 

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One Block Remix - 10 Fresh Quilts from One Traditional Block

 

Party Pants is a fun, quick quilt. Turning the block on point creates this fun pattern that reminded me of party streamers.

 

Harding Hill Designs Party Pants Quilt Pattern - One Block Remix
Party Pants

Naming quilts can sometimes be tricky. I wanted to have a fun, party name for this pattern but was struggling to decide on something. Party Pants has been one of the funnest pattern names I used. I've gotten lots of fun comments from people about the name!

 

Strip Flash is another fast quilt from One Block Remix. I love this pattern and can't wait to make more. For the sample in the book I used one jelly roll and contrasting fabric. 

 

Harding Hill Designs Strip Flash Quilt Pattern
Strip Flash

I love that you can create the angles and diamond like shapes with just strips and squares! 

 

Flag Flyer is the last quilt to share from the book. I made two different samples for the book and for the booth at Quilt Market. 

Harding Hill Designs Flag Flyer Pattern One Block Remix
Flag Flyer

I wanted to show how different a quilt can look depending on fabric choices. The quilt on the left is made in solids, using just 2 colors and the quilt on the right is made with lots of different colored strips. It was fun to see peoples reaction when they realized both quilts were made from the same pattern. Choosing fabric for you projects is such a fun part of the process and is a great way to show your individual creativity! 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've enjoyed a look at the quilts from the new book. Stop by our Facebook and Instagram page and say hello! 

Cheers & Happy Quilting!

 


One Block Remix Pt. 2

Hello!

I'm sharing a few more quilts from our new book One Block Remix - 10 Fresh Quilts from One Traditional Block today. In the previous post I shared with you the quilts Zigged Paths, Diamond Drive, and On the Horizon. All of the quilts in the book are made from one strip pieced block using 2-1/2" strips. Great for pre-cuts! 

Harding Hill Designs  - One Block Remix Front Cover
One Block Remix - 10 Fresh Quilts from One Traditional Block

Flock in Formation is one of the quilts on the cover. This quilt looks like it could be kind of tricky to put together but the pattern actually comes together pretty fast and easy! I love this quilt because the layout is a little different than the usual horizontal or vertical rows. 

 

Harding Hill Designs - Flock in Formation - One Block Remix
Flock in Formation

The quilting on Flock in Formation was done by Kristi Ryan. She did a really amazing job! Having the quilt hang in our booth at Quilt Market was so fun! Everyone stopped to check out the beautiful quilting and stared for a few minutes trying to figure out how the quilt was sewn together.  It is definitely a showstopper of a quilt! I used black and white fabrics from my stash along with Kona Cotton Solids in Curry from Robert Kaufman.

Downtown Criss Cross is another quilt in the book also quilted by Kristi Ryan. This clean, simple quilt would be great for all kinds of occasions and fabrics. It would make a great baby quilt, a perfect quilt for both guys and girls heading off to college, or a great quilt for large scale fabrics for your contrasting yardage!

 

Harding Hill Designs - Downtown Criss Cross - One Block Remix
Downtown Criss Cross

We used the Rise & Shine collection from Camelot Fabrics the quilt above, along with a black solid. 

Another cover quilt is Big Sky Big Star. This quilt is made with only solids but would look great with all kinds of fabric! I was able to photograph this quilt in a beautiful landscape...which made it a wonderful photo shoot! 

 

Harding Hill Designs - Big Sky Big Star Pattern - One Block Remix
Big Sky Big Star

Using solids for this quilt makes it look both modern and vintage. The movement that's created by the big stars make this quilt sparkle!

Uptown Turnaround is the last quilt from One Block Remix I'm sharing today...but there are still three more quilts in the book I'll share in my next post. For Uptown Turnaround we used another collection from Camelot Fabrics. This collection designed by Allise Courter is called Wildflowers. It so springy and cheerful! 

 

Harding Hill Designs - Uptown Turnaround - One Block Remix
Uptown Turnaround

I love the secondary pattern in this quilt, it was one of my favorites to make!

There are still a few more quilts to share with you from One Block Remix. Check back in a few days to check them out!

Cheers and happy quilting!

 


One Block Remix Pt. 1

Hi all!

In my previous post I wrote a little about my time at spring Quilt Market and the release of our new book One Block Remix- 10 Fresh Quilts from One Traditional BlockToday I'm going to talk more about the book and look closer at some of the quilts.

 

Harding Hill Designs - One Block Remix Book Front Cover
One Block Remix

First, a little background about this project. It started well over a year ago. I was playing around on my computer with some layouts of a quilt block and the next thing I know, several hours had gone by and I had numerous layouts with that one block. But, all these quilts looked distinctly individual. I loved the idea of one block, but so may different quilts. It was fun playing with that one block! The other thing I LOVED about the block was the fact that is was perfect for pre-cut, 2-1/2" strips! One of my favorite things to buy are pre-cut strips. Don't you love pre-cut strips??

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Fresh Cut Jelly Rolls and Grunge by BasicGrey

I admired these jelly rolls for awhile before unrolling them. Love this collection. Well, really I love everything from BasicGrey! Three of the quilts in the book are made with three different BasicGrey collections! I'll show you all three in this post...

The first quilt is Zigged Paths...which I made with the lovely Fresh Cut shown above. The two jelly rolls and contrasting yardage in the above picture are all I needed for the twin size shown below.

 

Harding Hill Designs - Zigged Paths Pattern - One Block Remix Pattern Book
Zigged Paths

The next quilt, Diamond Drive packs a graphic punch and creates a secondary woven effect that is pretty cool. For the quilt shown below I used one jelly roll from the BasicGrey collection Persimmon and my contrasting yardage.

 

Harding Hill Designs - Diamond Drive Pattern - One Block Remix Pattern Book
Diamond Drive

This quilt is so fun and easy to put together. It is one of my new favorites! The quilting on Diamond Drive was done by Kristi Ryan and it is amazing! I love, love, love the crosshatch on the contrasting cream fabric. Her work is really, really, awesome!

The third quilt from One Block Remix I want to share for this BasicGrey themed post is       On the Horizon. I used PB & J from BasicGrey for this quilt. The navy grunge fabric is sweet! I'm kind of obsessed with navy right now so I think I need to add some more of it to my stash. 

Harding Hill Designs - One the Horizon Pattern - One Block Remix Quilt Pattern Book
On the Horizon

Later in the week I'll share with you some more quilts from the book!

Until then, cheers and happy quilting!


Quilt Market and New Book Release

Hello All!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by during the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour! Billie Kretzschmar and Deborah DeBerry were the winners of the issue of Vol. 11. It was really sweet to read the comments, thank you for sharing so many touching, fun things about your mom! My heart ached a little for some of you when you talked about loss and missing your mom. On my day of the blog tour it was my moms birthday but, it's been just over 6 years since my mom died, and I miss her every day. So, thank you again for sharing. :-)

Since my last post, my heads been spinning a little in the last few weeks. I released my first book, One Block Remix, which I'm really excited about, and I had a booth at Quilt Market for the first time. Lots off stuff going on in the last couple of weeks. 

First, some things to share with you about Quilt Market. If you're not familiar with Quilt Market here's a little background. Twice a year Quilts, Inc holds an industry trade show. It's closed to the general public but filled with fabric companies, pattern designers, distributors, publishers, and notion companies. It's a showcase for new products and new fabric lines. Shop owners are there to order new fabric for their shops and check out all the other new products being released by pattern designers, publishers, notion companies. It's a whirlwind couple of days! The amount of work and creativity that goes into the booths is amazing! 

Camelot Fabrics had a sample of our Crossroads quilt hanging in there booth. The quilt was made with a very cool metallic fabric line, Heavy Metal by Jackie Mcfee. I made the sample and then sent it to Kristi Ryan to work here quilting magic on it. It looked great! The photo below is courtesy of the Camleot Fabrics blog, check out their market recap here for a look at some of the other collections they were showcasing.

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Heavy Metal Collection - Camelot Fabrics

I didn't keep a formal tally or count but I noticed a lot of indigo in new fabric collections being showcased. Robert Kaufman, Alexander Henry, Cotton and Steel, Art Gallery all had lots of indigo going on...and it all looked great!

The main reason I was at Quilt Market was for the release of my new book, One Block Remix - 10 Fresh Quilts from One Traditional Block.

Harding Hill Designs - One Block Remix Book
Harding Hill Designs - One Block Remix

I'll write more about the book over the next week, including lots of pictures of the quilts. Im really excited about it, and really excited about the quilts in the book. There are 10 different patterns that originate from one strip pieced block. Great projects for all types of quilters, and all styles! 

Until next time....

Cheers!