Thursday, April 17, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

This week we'll start working on the first block.  Here is my block - we're starting with an easy one!

  You will only need two fabrics for this block.  Here are the fabrics I used:

Finding the perfect fabrics for these blocks is much of the fun.  There is an incredible variety  available in shops today!  As we get farther along, you will discover that you begin to look at fabric differently when making your choices. Stripes work especially well as do paisleys and floral prints. Search your stash and you will probably find many beautiful high contrast fabrics that will work. As with all quilts, cotton fabric is recommended.  Whether to prewash is a personal choice, but is recommended to check for color fastness and to avoid uneven shrinking of pieces later in the quilt's life.  
If you prefer, you can purchase fabric packs that will include many of the fabrics I’m using in my blocks.  Fabric packs include a combination of fat quarters or fat eighths totaling ¾ yd. in a variety of fabrics perfect for making POTC (Patchwork of the Crosses) blocks. They can be purchased on the Lucy Boston page of our web site ( and they will be automatically shipped monthly, or you can purchase packs at the shop.  (Please note:  not all the fabrics I use will be included in the fabric packs – some of the fabrics are coming from my stash!)
Once you have selected the fabrics, use the acrylic template and rotary cut twelve honeycomb shapes from each fabric.  I used only the floral part of the stripe fabric for this block, but save the remaining fabric – we will be using the blue part of the stripe in another block.
Glue baste the shapes to the honeycomb papers using the method described in last week’s tutorial.  Each block requires a total of twenty four honeycomb shapes.
Come back next week for another tutorial – I’ll be showing you how to arrange and stitch your honeycombs together.
I’m sorry for all the problems with the link to Inklingo last week.  Much as we love computers, they can be frustrating at times!  We were finally able to complete the link, so if you’d like to check it out, click here  to find out more about  printing shapes that are ready for hand piecing right onto your fabric with an inkjet printer.  Inklingo can also be used to print your own paper shapes.  Free shapes are available on the Inklingo site if you’d like to try the technique before purchasing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shop Hop Wrap Up - Quilt Parade

One of the favorite parts of Shop Hop is seeing all the quilts from each of the shops. Here’s a little parade of quilts for those of you who were unable to attend the Shop Hop this year. Each shop started with a celebration kit (a set of 10” squares) and came up with their own pattern. Our pattern at Little Quilts was for a Disappearing Four-Patch and we made two different quilts to show how versatile the pattern is! The first quilt we made with Charm Packs (5” squares) in Reproduction Colors.
The other quilt was made with 10” squares using the Georgia batik fabric designed especially for this year’s Shop Hop and solid colors. The best part about this quilt was it only took twelve blocks to make a large lap-size quilt! Kits are available for both of these quilts or the pattern is available as a free download on our website,

We hope you’ll enjoy these quilts from some of the other shops, too.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

Sorry about the problem we've had with the link to Inklingo.  I think we've finally got it fixed!   Check out Inklingo here .  Once you get to the Inklingo site, you can read all about Inklingo and get some free samples to check it out.  Inklingo can be used to print right on your fabric or you can use it to print your shapes on paper.

What's the Point? You will see

Thank you for bringing this quilt in to show us, Beth. It’s jaw-dropping beautiful! Beth pieced and quilted this quilt from a Judy Niemeyer pattern called Prairie Star.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

There are several ways to stitch the beautiful Patchwork of the Crosses quilt.  Lucy Boston stitched her quilt by hand using the English Paper Piecing method (using paper shapes), but you can also make the blocks with simple hand piecing (using a running stitch by hand).  I am using the English Paper Piecing method for my blocks, but hand piecing works equally well.
English Paper Piecing Method:
Following is a quick lesson on preparing honeycomb shapes using a glue pen. 

Honeycomb pieces can be made using the traditional method of basting the fabric to the template shapes, but I find using the glue pen is faster and more accurate.  This is especially true when shapes are being fussy cut – if the fabric on your finished shape doesn’t  look like it’s centered correctly, it’s a simple matter to lift up a glued edge and recenter the paper.

To begin with, I like to punch a hole in the center of all my paper pieces.  This will allow me to remove the papers with ease later on in the process.  One evening of “punching” in front of the television is all it takes to punch an entire bag of papers.  If you purchased the megabags of shapes, allow several evenings to avoid hand cramps!

Use the acrylic honeycomb template to cut your fabric.  Since the template is just like any of your other acrylic rulers, you can easily cut the shapes with a rotary cutter.  You may feel more comfortable using a small rotary cutter rather than a large 60 mm cutter for this since the acrylic templates are small.
Or, if you’re afraid the template will slide during cutting, simply trace around the template with a pencil. . .

 and cut on the line with an embroidery scissors. 

I use both methods of cutting. . . if the piece is not fussy cut and can be cut out of a strip of fabric, I use the rotary cutting method.  If the piece requires accurate placement of the template, as in fussy cutting, I feel more confident using the trace and scissor cut method.
 Once the fabric is cut, center the paper piece and finger press one of the long edges of the fabric over the paper.

Using the glue pen, start gluing from the fabric seam allowance edge, across the paper template, and continue across the other fabric seam allowance edge.

  ***Note!  Use a thin bead of glue!!!  Eventually you will be removing the papers from your shapes and too much glue will make this more difficult.  Use the minimum amount of glue to just hold the fabric edges down.

Glue the opposite long edge next.  Always glue opposite edges for the first two sides – it will help keep the paper from shifting.

After gluing the long sides, it’s an easy matter to glue down the short sides using the same technique.  Make sure the fabric folds snugly around the paper piece.

When you’re finished, you will have a neat looking shape with all edges glued around the paper shape.

 Sound easy?  It is!  You will be able to make many shapes quickly and easily using this method.

Hand Piecing Method using Inklingo:

With the hand-piecing method, you need to trace cutting lines and stitching lines.  You can make templates of the honeycomb and square shapes from the “Patchwork of the Crosses” book, trace the shape on your fabric, and cut ¼” from the line.  Or, you can use Inklingo.  Inklingo is a downloadable shape collection that allows you to print shapes on freezer paper backed fabric using an inkjet printer.  It precisely prints both the cutting lines and the stitching lines.    
If you'd like to try some free Inklingo shapes watch the blog for details of how you log in to the website using our access code.   Inklingo can also be used to print the honeycomb and square shapes on paper if you'd like to make your own template papers instead of buying them. 

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

SUPER Simple One Step

Love these quilts from students in the Super Simple One Step class that Linda teaches. Such a quick and easy project and spectacular in any fabrics you use.  Vicki used “Pheasant Run” fabric which was designed by Little Quilts,

and Barbara used the great new “Xanadu” digital fabrics for her quilt.

Monday, April 07, 2014

14 Carrot Gold!

Annette finished her “Garden Hoppin” quilt top just in time for Easter. If you’d like to make this fun quilt, the pattern is from Prairie Grove Peddler. Some of those dimensional flowers look like they’re just ready to pick! Call if you’d like a pattern.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

What is Xanadu without Olivia Newton John? See below.

Trisha made the pattern “Uptown Girl” with the new digitally printed Xanadu fabrics from P & B. Digital printing means that there can be an unlimited number of colors so the fabric has more depth and shades of color. Trisha loved the feel of it. We’ve got yardage and kits to make the quilt called "Purple Haze" which is a  free download from P & B , using this fabric line.  You can get the free pattern at this link: