Saturday, October 23, 2010

Run, do not walk..........

.....and buy a copy of this issue of Quiltmaker magazine!

Let me tell you why. As most of my readers know, I have been down after having a fall and back injury. So getting back to sewing has been a very slow, though much desired, activity.

I have been a subscriber to the Quiltmaker "Quilty Pleasures" blog for quite a while, as they always have interesting posts, not always related to the current magazine. For the last month or so, the editors have been talking about the Revolutionary Block by Anita Grossman Solomon. After seeing it written up THREE times, I thought to myself, "hum, I have that magazine! Let me see what is so special about that block."

It was not a disappointment. Looking at the completed block, I thought it looked complex. But after reading the directions, I thought this would be such a very cool quilt.

I laid two pieces of fabric, right sides together.

Following Anita's directions, I placed a sticky note in the top corner. Sewing down and pivoting . Do the same thing at the other corner.

Cut diagonally.
Stack triangles, aligning the edges.

This is where the magic happens.

Measure from the top and cut through all the layers.

Another cut from the bottom.

Press all seams open -

arrange units -
sew together and trim!

I'm telling you peeps, this was so much fun and NOT labor intensive. As a matter of fact, it was so much fun, I made another block.

My Bernina was singing. Once I cut all the pieces out, I was able to assembly line sew until I put the last two pieces together. I would have made more, but I need to find my squaring up ruler first. Even without the right ruler, the block worked beautifully.

There were so many lovely combinations featured in the magazine, but the skys the limit.

You can use scraps, or a fat quarter bundle, batiks, baby fabrics. But I think this would look fabulous with Civil War fabrics.

So PLEASE go and buy the magazine, gather a bundle of fabrics, and have fun! You will not regret it.

Happy Quilting :-)

45 comments:

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Now how cool is that??

Mildred said...

Very pretty combinations! Wishing you a very nice weekend.

Joanne said...

WOW! That's really cool! I am going to have to try it. Thanks!!

Bunny said...

Oh My Goodness that looks like fun hope I can find that magazine. Love it.

Denise :) said...

What fun! You made it look so easy, *I* may have to give it a whirl! Are you feeling better? :)

Charlene S said...

Oh, I wanted to try that block and now after reading your blog, I need to do that block.

Alice Grace said...

What a beautiful block! I will go and get this magazine today! Such beautiful work you do!
Thanks for coming over and entering my giveaway!

Jennwith4 said...

That is SO cool!! I just saw that magazine at my friend house last night! Gonna see if I can borrow it now!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Hi Joslyn,

I think her methods are great. I was able to give away a copy of her book recently and I soooo badly wanted to keep it. I'm telling you she has some great ideas and methods for rotary cutting.

Smiles,
Kelly

Cyndi said...

That is soooo cool, Jocelyn! Even though I'm not a quilter, I am going to give that a try just because it looks like so much fun. Might even make a cute bag, huh? :o)

XOXO,

Cyndi

Cheryl said...

I have the book ! I also looked in it and now I understand what the 2"post it note is for ,I could not figure that one out at first , this looks so easy that I think I will use the pattern for my secret sister quilt !

Cheryl said...

Oh , one more thing ...Thank you for posting about this! And I love the second one you made .

Pokey said...

Well, you made that appear easy! I need to try this...!

Julia said...

I can envision that quilt already!!! You are so talented!

Bridget B said...

Thanks- I am off to try it. It looks very easy.

Darlene said...

Very, very cool. Thank you so much for sharing.

Lisa Marie said...

That is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing, your blocks look terrific!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

That's amazing! I'll have to give it a try!

Barb said...

You make it look like a cinch....love it!

Thelma said...

I love the looks of this block and would have totally missed out if you had not shared it with us, Thanks so much!

Pioneer Beauty said...

Oh I love it..I also like the Color combinations you picked...Oh how I wish I knew how to Quilt...We do have a great local Quilt shop and the Ladies there are so sweet and kind..I get my Sewing fabric from them..and they always have the neetest classes going on..and the PRETTIEST Quilts hanging on the walls all tempting you to take the class and learn...I have little ones right now so I am sure when time allows I will take a class one day to learn the Art of REAL Quilting...I do pretend Quilting Right Now.. : )
Have A Blessed Day..

Carol said...

WOWSER! That's as slick as it can be! I'll be getting that magazine...thank you!

FabricsNQuilts said...

Love that block!

Sunshine said...

I'm with you - I would have said that block involves way too much aligning in cutting - love these shortcuts!

Cheers,
Christine

John'aLee said...

That is one cool block. Thanks so much for showing us how to do it.
Please take care of yourself. I too have an injured back and it is no fun.

QuilterMary said...

I am definitely going to be trying this block. THANKS!

Jackie said...

Very cute! What is the post it note for?

Allie said...

That is a neat looking block - and I like the snow globe on the cover!

Kim D. said...

I'm glad you're able to get back to sewing Jocelyn! Your blocks are so pretty, what a neat technique. I've seen this demonstrated before, maybe at a quilt shop. Looks like fun!

SewCalGal said...

Super duper cool. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm back from a quilt retreat and plan to go to a quilt store tomorrow, where I hope I can find a copy of this issue. Thanks for sharing.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Cathy said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial!!! Wonderful pattern!

Crispy said...

Wow that blocks makes a really pretty quilt. I'm so happy to hear you are doing some sewing :0)

Crispy

Valerie said...

Oh I am so glad to hear that you are sewing again. This block is gorgeous! I wonder if I could do it. I am trying my best to finish things I have started. Right now we are at the Sparta but hope to be sewing tomorrow. For some reason I have been in a "do nothing" mode this weekend. I guess we all need that sometime.

Kaaren said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I'll have to pick up a copy and read it AFTER my move.

Thanks for sharing, Jocelyn.

Suzie said...

Thanks for showing us this amazing block, it sure deserves a try. I'll buy the magazine!

Beth N said...

I agree with all the others: love the block and will look for the magazine right away. Thinking of a stack of batik fat quarters that I have!

QuiltSue said...

That block looks like fun.

Pam said...

I'm off the JoAnn's this afternoon to purchase the magazine. Look like something I would love to do.

Sewn With Grace said...

I am very intriqued by this. Hope I can find the magazine, our JoAnn's is not very good. Hope you are feeling much better!

Becky said...

I was sewing with a friend last week. She is light-years ahead of me in skill and talent. She was raving about this quilt, too. I'm hoping my subscription renewal includes this edition. Take care! Thanks for sharing!

Khris said...

What a great looking block...I haven't seen that magazine here in Oz...hugs Khris

Sewn With Grace said...

I found the magazine at Barnes and Noble last night, can't wait to try it. Thank you again for pointing it out!

Laura said...

Wow, I love this! I am definitely going to go get that magazine. Thanks for sharing!

LuAnn said...

What a cute block and quilt. Thanks for the tutorial. I'll have to check for the magazine.

Libby said...

LOVE IT!!!