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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

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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.

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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!

 


Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 9 - Blog Tour

Hello!

Welcome to day 2 of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks blog tour! Hope you are enjoying the tour so far.

 

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100 Blocks Vol 9

My block in Vol. 9 is called Positive Outlook. It is a block using only solids but, would also look great with all types of fabric!

 

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Positive Outlook

I spend hours playing with layouts and color placements in my designs. Once I lay out the quilt in illustrator I love playing with the different elements....layout, color placement, all those fun things. Below are some different looks for this block with a straight setting and different colors.

 

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"Positive Outlook" Straight Setting

 

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"Positive Outlook" Straight Setting

 

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"Positive Outlook" Straight Setting

 

Using Positive Outlook with red and green fabrics would look great for a Christmas quilt!

 

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"Positive Outlook" Straight Setting

Or, the block set on-point.

 

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"Positive Outlook" On-Point Setting

I Hope you have fun with this block and all the others in the 100 Blocks series!

I've got 2 copies of Vol. 9 to giveaway as part of this blog tour. Just leave a comment below to be entered. I will draw for the second copy from all of our "likers" on our facebook page at the close of the giveaway. You can also check out our craftsy shop here.  The giveaway will close at 11:00 pm (CST) Thursday, May 2nd.

Have fun exploring the other blogs on the tour and thanks again for stopping by!

Cheers!


100 Blocks Volume 8 Blog Tour - All Square

Hello!

Welcome to our day for the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour! I love to be included in the 100 Blocks issues and enjoy all the fun of the blog tour.

 

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100 Blocks Vol 8

 My block for Vol. 8 is called All Square

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All Square is a really versatile block that can go LOTS of different directions. Below is a straight setting but the middle of each block uses a variety of colors. Great for your scraps! I love the secondary patterns created by the blocks in this layout.

 

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"All Square" Straight Set

 Or, turn the block on point.

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"All Square" On Point

A whole new look by keeping the blocks on point but changing the setting and corner fabric. 

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"All Square" On Point

Or, add both vertical and horizontal sashing 

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"All Square" with Vertical and Horizontal Sashing

Another example of two very different looks are the two pictures below. The first is of my block from Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol. 5 called Bingo and the second is of a quilt made from the Bingo block. The original block was made with bright, vibrant fabrics. 

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Bingo

And, the quilt has an entirely different feel with soft, calming earthtones.

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Bingo Quilt

Like so many other blocks and patterns, the sky is the limit with these blocks. Depending on fabric choices and fabric placement the same block or pattern can look so amazingly different. Which is why we love to build up our stash, right?!?

For this blog tour we will be giving away TWO copies of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol. 8. We will also be giving away 2 patterns from our shop. You can check out the patterns here. For a total of 3 different winners. Simply leave a comment and your email address to be entered. I usually keep the comments open to whatever you would like to share so feel free to let us know anything. Some of the comments from previous blog tours have been really interesting and informative. :-) You can also stop by our Facebook page and "Like" it for another entry. If you are already a facebook fan leave us a comment on our page as your second entry. The giveaway will be open until 11:00 am (CST) on Saturday, November 16th.

Have fun exploring the other blogs on the tour and thank you again for stopping by!  

Cheers! 


New Pattern Giveaway!

We are excited to share our 4 new pattern releases with you....and excited to give one away to someone! Simply leave a comment before 11:00PM (CST) Wednesday, August 7th to be entered in the giveaway. You can tell me anything in the comments! :-)

 

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Ribbon Waltz

Ribbon Waltz includes 5 sizes and is designed for your favorite 5" squares and 2-1/2" strips!

 

Harding Hill Designs Pop Block Quilt Pattern Final Cover
Pop Block

Pop Block is also designed for your favorite 5" squares. Grab a charm pack and some background fabric and your ready to go!

 

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Fat Quarter Four Step

Fat Quarter Four Step is a fun, quick quilt designed for your favorite Fat Quarters.

 

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Charm Lane

Charm Lane is also a fun, quick quilt designed for your favorite 5" squares. 

 

You can see all of our patterns here, in our craftsy shop. 

Cheers & Happy Quilting!

 

Update: The giveaway is closed & the winner has been notified. :-)  

 

 


Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

 

Hello!

Today is my day on the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour and I'm excited to again be included in another great 100 blocks issue!


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My block is a scrappy, lively block called Paris Square. It's a great block for scraps. For this block the scrappier the better!

 

Harding Hill Designs Paris Square Block
Paris Square

 

This issue has a great designer gallery full of quilts and table runners using some of the blocks in volume 7. Below is my Paris Square quilt. I used different lines from Art Gallery Fabrics for my block and the quilt. I quilted it with a large chevron pattern and love how bright and springy the quilt looks. 

 

Harding Hill Designs Paris Square Quilt
Paris Square straight layout


 Here is the block set on-point with sashing. I've been gathering my scraps and have this one on my to-do list. 

 

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Paris Square on-point layout

 

Part of the blog tour fun is I've got 2 issues of 100 blocks Vol. 7 to giveaway. Just leave a comment before 11:00 PM (CST) on Thursday, May 2nd and you'll be entered. You can also like the Harding Hill Designs facebook page for a second entry, or leave a comment on facebook if you've already "liked" our page. You can leave anything you'd like in the comments. If you're not sure what to write in the comments you could tell us when you started quilting or what are you working on right now? What is your all-time favorite fabric collection or what is your favorite color to use in your quilts?  You can tell us anything! :-)

Happy Quilting!

 


Sweetheart Table Runner Tutorial - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you! As the old saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun". I can't believe it's already the new year. I'm looking forward to all the things I have planned for this year and hope you are along for the ride!

Do you do the New Years Resolution thing? I used to come up with very specific, grandious resolutions that usually fizzled by March, well some by February. Ha! But this year instead of specific resolutions and plans to lose weight and eat better (which I'm going to try to do) I'm also going to try and live a little more in the moment, laugh a little more- whether it's just laughing at myself or laughing with others. Take my work and goals seriously, but not take myself too seriously. Try to spend less of my limited time worrying and more of it laughing and smiling. I've also started a Gratitude Jar. Mine is actually a gratitude make-up bag because I am using an old make-up bag I've had for years. That way I can throw it in my purse and take it with me. I'm not going to force myself to write something down everyday, even though that wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. Instead, I am going to try to make note of things I am grateful for both big and small when the moment strikes. (You reading this is something I am grateful for!) 

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I've got a new Valentines Day tutorial in the post. It's a sweet table runner to add some love to your home for not only Valentines Day but all year! It was inspired by the tried and true Valentines Candy Hearts we see every year. 

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Image via candywarehouse.com

There has been alot of action here in the sewing studio with 11 new patterns in the process of being tested right now, and some great projects for a few magazines. I can't wait to get them done and ready to show you! We've also taken some time to plan out some great things we'll be doing on our blog. We've got a new editorial calendar for ourselves to keep all of our new blog ideas organized and ready. You can expect to see much more from us throughout 2013 and hopefully beyond. :-) 

Here is the tutorial for the Sweetheart Table Runner-- I hope you enjoy it!

Harding Hill Designs Sweetheart Valentines Day Table Runner Tutorial

Fabric Requirements:
 (Based on fabric with a width of 42" of useable fabric)                   Finished Size: 21" x 49". Use a 1/4" seam for all piecing.

Neutral Fabric:     
7/8 yd

Colored Fabric:    
3, 7" squares
4, 4" squares
60, 2.5" squares
(great way to use up leftover layer cake squares, charm pack squares, and pre-cut 2.5" strip scraps)

Binding:
3/8 yard

Backing:
1 yard

Batting:
24" x 52"

Cutting Neutral Fabric
1. Begin by cutting 4, 4.5" x WOF (Width of Fabric) strips from your neutral fabric. First, cut 2 strips into 4.5" x 40.5" units (top and bottom borders). Then with the remaining 2 strips cut 4, 4.5" squares (small heart backgrounds) and 2, 4.5" x 12.5" units (side borders). Now cut a 8.5" x WOF strip. From this strip cut 3, 8.5" squares (large heart backgrounds) and then with the remaining part of the strip cut 2, 2.5" x 12.5" units (sashing between blocks).

Valentines heart runner neutral fabric

Hearts:
For the hearts use whichever applique method you prefer. For myself I didn't fuse or stabilize anything. After tracing and cutting out the large hearts from the 7" colored squares and the small hearts from the 4" colored squares I just used a dab a glue from a glue stick in the middle of the heart and slowly stitched around the edge with a standard zig-zag stitch. This may not be the preferred method by most people but for this project I'm happy with the results. The most important thing to remember if you don't stabilize or fuse your fabric is to stitch slowly around your hearts to keep everything flat and not to create any puckers. But...before we get to the stitching we need to align our hearts on our background fabric.

Take your 8.5" neutral fabric squares and make 2 folds to create a center intersection. First fold the square in half to create a horizontal fold and finger press the fold. Next, while the square is folded, fold again in half to create a vertical fold and finger press.

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First Fold

 

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After Second Fold

 

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Next you'll want to do the same type of thing with your hearts. First fold the bottom or the point of the heart up, so the tip is even with the top of the 2 curves and finger press the crease.

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First Fold

Next, unfold the heart to fold it in half to create a vertical crease and finger press.

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Second Fold

Now you will have a intersection of creases on both the background squares and hearts. To keep the spacing even, simply match up the crease intersection on the hearts with the crease intersections on the background squares. I put a very small dab of glue from my glue stick right in the middle and then zig-zagged slowly around the heart. I would recommend stitching the hearts with your needle in the needle down position for easy pivoting. Also, if you use the glue stick method make sure you don't put any glue around the edges or where your needle will go in. If your needle goes through the glue you could have a big gluey mess in your bobbin case.

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For the large hearts keep all the creases lined up

For the small hearts makes the same folds and creases on both the hearts and background fabric but rotate the heart as shown in the picture below. 

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Match the intersecting creases but rotate the heart so the point is pointing towards a corner of the background fabric

Next, divide your 2.5" squares into 6 groups of 4 squares each and 6 groups of 6 squares each. Sew the squares together in each group, pressing seams all the same direction. Now sew a 4 square unit to the top and bottom of each large heart block. Press the seams towards the middle. Then stitch a 6 square unit to each side and press towards the center. 

Heart block with top and bottom sewn but showing sidesYour finished blocks should measure 12.5" x 12.5". 

Next, sew a 2.5" x 12.5" neutral fabric unit between the blocks and press towards the neutral fabric. Proof your runner, it should measure 12.5" x 40.5".

Top block construction
Now, sew on your 4.5" x 40.5" top and bottom border and press towards the border.

Valentine runner construction with top and bottom borders

Decide on the placement of the 4 corner hearts and sew one to the top and bottom of your 4.5" x 12.5" units. Press away from the 4.5" square.

Valentine runner corner hearts graphic
Now, sew the side borders with the corner hearts to each side. Press away from the center.

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Layer your heart filled runner, batting, and backing. Quilt, bind and Enjoy! The Kona Cotton colors are used are Medium Pink, Banana, Lavender, Mango, Honeydew, and Ice Frappe.

I put together a few other color options for this runner. Other than my inspiration from the retro colors of the candy hearts I also like the idea of raiding your red/magenta/purple scraps and making a runner with those bright tones.

Red purple pink valentine runner color option
Or, you could keep it bright with rich, jewel tones.

Valentine runner jewel tones
We always LOVE comments here on the blog! We would also love to see a picture of your runner! Follow us on facebook and share a picture with us, or follow us on twitter and share a picture there.

Thanks for stopping by & Happy New Year to you!

Happy Quilting!

Download Valentine Sweatheart Runner Hearts

 

 


Glorious Autumn Block Party & A Giveaway

 Hello & thanks for stopping by!

 

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There have been some really great blocks in this block party...don't you think? Each day that we get to see a new block I envision what I'd like to make with it. Should I make a cute fall table runner, or maybe a set of placemats? A wall hanging or a fun, fall throw. There are just so many ways to go with these blocks! This week I am joined by Sarah at Sew Joy Creations who has been creating and showing us the blocks as we go and Amy at Butterfly Angels who has some great pictures on her blog! The Glorious Autumn flickr page has lots of inspiration and it's a great place to share your creations! 

My block is called Fall Burst. It's a quick, pieced block that would work well with lots of different fabrics and colors. 

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Fall is my favorite season. I'm one of those people who always runs a little hot, so to speak. Too much heat and humidity and I'm a mess. Plus, I have thick, very coarse hair that is like a little heat lamp on the top of my head during the summer. Temperatures over 80 and I'm sweating, which usually includes an adorable sweat mustache. That may have been way too much information for some of you...I apologize if it was but, I know I'm not alone when it comes to being happy when a little crisper air moves in and seeing the leaves change. ;-)

Things have been moving right along here at Harding Hill Designs and I am excited to be able to show everyone our 10 new patterns very soon. In the meantime you can check out our Etsy shop to take a look at our first pattern series we released. To celebrate the Glorious Autumn Block party we are giving away 2 Harding Hill patterns. Simply leave us a comment and you will be entered. In the past I've said you can tell me anything in the comments to be entered. Such as what is your favorite season, or your least favorite season, what size of quilt do you like to make, are you a coke or pepsi person, what are you most grateful for, what has been your biggest quilting accomplishment...the list could go on and on. You can tell us anything! You can also pop over and like our facebook page for an extra entry. The giveaway will be open until 10:00 pm (CST) Tuesday, October 2nd.  

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you enjoy fall and enjoy the rest of this block party!

Have a great day & happy creating!

Download Fall Burst Turtorial Harding Hill Designs (PDF)


Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 5 Blog Tour

Greetings!!

It's my turn on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour and I am excited to share my block with you! If this is your first time here, welcome! 

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These issue are always packed with creative ideas and wonderful blocks. There are also some quilts on Quiltmaker's facebook page made from some of the 100 blocks. A quilt called Bingo Crazy by Reesa Zuber features our Bingo Block. Stop by and check out the awesome quilts! Also, make sure you stop by the other blogs on the blog tour for lots of great giveaways and amazing creativity. 

My block is called Bingo and features Robert Kaufman's, Treasures and Tidbits by Piece O' Cake Designs. Don't you love the bright colors of this collection! 

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 Bingo

This is a block that can be bright and cheery or understated and desaturated. It can also go some different directions with the layout and borders. I think it's a great catch-all block for whatever you have in your stash! 

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As I mentioned earlier in this post, there are great giveaways on this blog tour. I am giving away a copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. To throw your name in the hat just leave me a comment before noon (CST) Monday May, 7th about anything you'd like. In the past in the comments we've talked about Miracle Whip vs. Mayo, (which is where I learned about Dukes Mayo), our favorite seasons, long walks on the beach and more. I'd love to hear about anything...tell us about what your working on now, how you've seen quilting change since you've made your first quilt, or what your first quilt was- did you use a pattern or just jump right in and improvise, which layout using the Bingo block do you like best? You don't have to answer all those questions but if you'd like to answer any of them I love to hear from you! You can also hop over and like our facebook page for an extra entry. 

If this is your first time here, thanks for dropping in! Hope you all have a great time with this blog tour!

Cheers & Happy Quilting!


Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party!

Welcome!

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If you are new here for the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party thank you for stopping by! We are busy sewing and enjoying the first hints of spring. Spring is such a great time of year...the days are longer and things start to bud and come alive around us. But, spring can be a drag when it comes to those pesky allergies, right?

Along with sewing in the studio we are also gearing up for a trunk show at the end of March. We will be heading to Hannah Johnson Fabrics in Duluth, MN on March 28th. Stop by and say hello if you are nearby....It will be a fun night!

We are giving away 2 copies of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol.4, which includes Harding Hill Designs B Squared block, for this fun blog hop party! 

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To be entered in the giveaway simply leave us a comment here on the blog. You can tell us anything in the comments! You can also hop over and like our facebook page for an additional entry. The giveaway will be open until March 23rd. Good luck and thanks again for dropping by!