Texas Forever

I’m so excited to announce my Texas Forever pattern is available in my Craftsy Shop!

Texas Forever Quilt Pattern - Must Love Quilts

Back in February I was playing around with the idea of opening an Etsy Shop to sell wall art. I had initially designed some prints that were a combination of local maps, colored in and saved in the shape of the state within which they were located. It was around the time I was finishing up my Heart Quilt Pattern, so I decided to play around and see if I could design abstract state shapes with triangles. I designed Texas and Virginia and was hooked. I have both drafts printed and hanging up behind my computer at work.

drafts

Once I had designed the states in half-square triangles, YOU KNOW, I had to make quilts. At the Austin Modern Quilt Guild’s Summer retreat I spent all my time making 8 trillion HST’s and got most of the two states completed. I’m still adding borders to Virginia to make it “Hokie-fied.” Here is a pic of my WIP Texas:

WIP Texas

My finished Texas quilt will be going up on my dining room wall. The pattern gives instructions for a small and large quilt.  I think the design is perfect for gifts for the upcoming holidays! I’m thinking about mocking the design up in Christmas colors to send out as my Christmas cards this year. If I do, I’ll make sure to share a photo. 🙂  Here is a closer look at the quilting:

Texas Quilting Detail - Must Love Quilts

My favorite part about these state quilts is how versatile they are. You can applique a heart over your favorite city, change the colors to reflect who you are, add a couple more borders in your school colors to make it collegiate, the possibilities are endless! I can’t wait to see what people come up with. I’m hoping to have Virginia published soon. I have California and Ohio designed and waiting in the wings. What other states would you all like to see? Let me know and I can move them to the top of my list!

I hope everyone is having a great autumn so far! Linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

Piece Out!

Corinne

 

 

 

Austin Area Quiltfest


It’s hard to believe I’ve been quilting about three years now. I remember starting my first quilt and can’t believe how much you can learn in such a short time frame! My first quilt was a simple nine-patch queen size quilt. It took about a year to complete, because the quilt bug didn’t bite until the top was finished. After I had the quilt top done I felt a sense of accomplishment and quickly started several more quilts and haven’t stopped since! Here is a pic of my very first quilt:

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That sucker is still on my bed and I love it just as much as I did when I first made it. After I quilted this top I started looking around for other quilty folks in the Austin area. My mom had suggested I do a little research to see if Austin had a Modern Quilt Guild, as she thought I might “vibe” better with that crowd versus the local traditional guild. I finally talked myself into joining and am so thankful I did. I’ve met some wonderful people, many of them my age who are new to quilting. I absolutely love the enthusiasm and attitude of the quilters in the guild, and it’s fun learning new things alongside them and sharing things we learn along the way. The Austin MQG is still growing and finding its footing, and I know the officers work hard to keep our group evolving, as it seems to get better and better. Just this past meeting our wonderful new board gave sewn gifts to the old board members. I was super excited to receive a gift from Kim Place of Dream Stitch Designs. She made me the most wonderful placemat that is soooo me! I just adore the hand-quilting. Check out her awesome work! It’s going to go on my new entryway dresser.

Dream Stitch Designs Placemat

After I had been quilting for a while I decided it was time to expand my sew-cial life and I decided to join the Austin Area Quilt Guild. At first I was very intimidated because the guild is huge – 500 members – and it was a bit overwhelming walking into a giant meeting full of people who had been quilting for years. I was extremely fortunate to join at precisely the right time. The person in charge of membership happened to live near my neck of the woods AND she had just formed a new sewing bee that met once a month on weekends. She kindly asked if I’d be interested and I was thrilled! The group of folks in the bee are all the nicest, most encouraging people and I’m truly lucky to spend time sewing with them. We all have very different styles, but one of our favorite things at each bee is to Ohhhhh and Ahhhhh over the beautiful work everyone is doing. Even if it isn’t our style, we can appreciate the skill and effort that goes into the pieces we work on. I like to think I bring a modern slant to the group, and we’ve had some great conversations about the modern versus traditional world…but that is another blog post in and of itself!

Anywho, the reason I’m recounting my guild history today is because I finally entered my very first Quilt Show! The Austin Area Guild holds a large quilt show every other year, and this year I decided to enter a couple of pieces. They had just introduced a new “Modern ” category, which I felt was right up my alley. I entered my Modern Trellis quilt and feverishly made a “Sunset” version of my Water/Waves quilt. I had wanted to enter my “I Heart My Stash” quilt, but sadly didn’t get it finished in time. It was already down to the wire and my good friend Emily of Sew ET even came over the night before they were due to help me sew on the sleeves. Thank you Emily!!!!

The show has anywhere from 350-400 quilts each year, and the work is amazing.  I am super proud to announce I won first and second place in the modern category!!! I was seriously shocked and so excited to be recognized amongst a group of such talent. Here is a pic of my two quilts hanging in the show:

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Sorry for the brag-post, I just had to share! I’ll post more info and photos of the Sunset quilt as soon as I get some decent photos.

Piece Out!

Corinne

Grand Granny Tutorial

This summer has been quite the whirlwind, I can’t believe it’s just about over! I have been feverishly trying to finish three quilts for a quilt show and I still have a ways to go. Looks like late nights for me until Tuesday! Despite the looming deadline I decided to go to the Virginia Tech – Ohio State football game this weekend, which leads me to my first WIP, my upcoming HST Virginia pattern! (I’m also finishing up a Texas pattern I hope to have in my shop next week…the VA one is taking a bit longer).

Virginia Quilt - Must Love Quilts

While I hope to keep adding patterns to my shop, I also want to keep offering free content. One of my favorite things about the quilting community are the free tutorials and patterns you can find online. Today I am finally ready to post my Grand Granny Tutorial!

This quilt actually started as something larger, and I tweaked the pattern and worked it down to the baby quilt size. Let’s first take a look at the block and how the quilt works up:

Grand Granny - Must Love Quilts 

Fabric Requirements and Cutting:

4 Teal Fat Eighths  |  5 Orange Fat Eighths  |  1/2 Yard White

Grand Granny - Must Love Quilts

 

Piecing Triangle Units:

You are going to piece your orange and teal squares the same way. I’m going to refer to teal, just duplicate the steps with your orange squares.

1) Take 2 different teal prints and place them right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the next on one of the squares. Sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the line.

Grand Granny - Must Love Quilts

 

2) Rotary cut up the center diagonal that you drew. Open and Press.

Grand Granny - Must Love Quilts

3) Rotary cut up the diagonal of each square, as shown below. Repeat these steps for your orange and teal squares. Teal pairs with teal, orange pairs with orange.

Grand Granny - Must Love Quilts

 

Piecing your block:

1) Take your white square and mark the center of each side. I like to fold and iron a small crease. Take two of your triangle units and match the center seam to the center you just marked on your white square. Sew 1/4 inch along sides. Open and Press.

Grand Granny - Must Love Quilts

2) Take two more triangle units and repeat step 1 on the remaining sides. 

Grand Granny - Must Love Quilts

Piecing the Top:

See breakdown of quilt blocks below.

Grand Granny - Must Love Quilts

Sew your blocks together and you have a Grand Granny baby quilt! 

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The fun thing about this block is you can play around with the arrangement of colors and make larger quilts. Here is a picture of where I was originally going with this quilt. It has been sitting on my shelf for months, waiting to be quilted. I’ll get around to it eventually!

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Here is a coloring sheet just in case you want to play around with making a larger version quilt with these blocks. Enjoy!

Grand Granny Coloring Sheet - Must Love Quilts