Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Patchwork Pouch

Have a lot of scraps too small to save?
Here's a free project from Moda that makes use of 2-1/2" strips cut 5" long.

The finished pouch is 6" by 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".
Just right for a sewing kit.

I'm thinking leftover William Morris repros.

Moda shows it in black and white
so you can imagine any prints in there.

I'm imagining Best of Morris blues.

You use half a charm square:
Rectangles cut 2-1/2" x 5".
Or leftovers from Jelly Rolls.

See all the instructions in the free patchwork pattern here:


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tessellations 2: Four-Sided Shapes

BlockBase #131a
Hit and Miss
I've been sorting my single-shape pictures, using BlockBase numbers.

They tell me any quadrilateral will tessellate or tile, meaning you need only one pattern shape to cover the surface.

The basic quadrilateral is a square--- So basic I forgot
to give it a BlockBase number under one-patch quilts.

BlockBase #2286b
Postage Stamp or Trip Around the World
But I did give them a separate section with pattern classified by
shading rather than shapes.
BlockBase #2276-2299

From Cindy's Antiques shop

From the RickRack blog

BlockBase #2286c

There are many ways to shade a quilt of squares.

From Rocky Mountain Quilts
Not in BlockBase

The trouble with indexing quilts of just squares---
when do they become a regular old block pattern---a four patch or a nine patch like the one above?

Moving on......

Screen shot of four-sided shapes from BlockBase

I started the four-sided category with rectangles and focused mostly on shading and placement.

The common early-20th-century throw of wool tailor's samples.
This is often called Stacked Bricks today.

Any rectangle, whatever the proportions, will tessellate.

19th-century quilt from Rocky Mountain Quilt Shop
Color variations on shading pattern
BlockBase #132b

19th-century quilt sold at Skinner's Auctions

Early-20th-century Hit and Miss

Late-19th-century charm quilt.
No two pieces alike?

1 piece; 2 fabrics

Names for #132b I found in print when I wrote the original Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns about 1980:
  • Old Garden Wall
  • Streak O'Lightning
  • Zig Zag
  • General Sherman's Quilt (?!)
  • Depression Quilt

I suppose a Depression Quilt meant a functional,
tied throw made of old clothes.....

Pattern on the diagonal from about 1900. 
I didn't give it a BlockBase number

1930's Amish quilt from Stella Rubin Antiques
Blockbase # 132c

More 4-sided tessellations later.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What's in Stock and in the Works

The kit for Union Blues is available now.

Union Blues was shipped in April.

I'm making a time line here for my 2015-2016 Moda fabric collections
(mostly for me but you can look too.)

I'm including links to the Moda pdf's for each line.

Morris Jewels was recently shipped.

Ilyse Moore is working on a Morris at Midnight design.

I don't know what direction she's going but it will be good.

Aren't those Moda boxes on the porch?

Here are lines in the works:

Alice's Scrapbag is scheduled for September shipping.

Which means the pre-cuts should be available in late August.

The collection features reproduction prints
from the 1850s to the '90s.

The next line has a similar look---mid-19th-century beauties.
Old Cambridge Pike is scheduled for December, 2015 delivery to shops.

Again, 1850-1890 reproduction prints in 
a range of reds, greens and brown. It will coordinate well
with Alice's Scrapbag

Pre-cuts should be available in late November.

For 2016...
  • Another Morris reproduction (in Morris-like colors!) Should be in shops April, 2016.
  • Something like Union Blues with more Prussian blue repros? For the summer a year from now.

It's all in the idea machine.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tessellations 1: Triangle Patterns

#112c in BlockBase

I've been looking for an antique quilt to match every
illustration in my BlockBase pattern program.

This is keeping me busy, as there are over 4,000 pieced patterns in the program.
I started at the beginning.

Here's a simple category of patchwork design, tessellating one-patch patterns.

These single-shape, single-size patterns follow some basic geometrical rules. The screen shot above shows the extent of the  tessellating shapes I found in antique quilts.
Bresler Collection, Mint Museum
BlockBase #111a

The first designs are shapes with three sides: triangles. Quilters used them often.

Names include Joseph's Coat, Thousand Pyramids, Mowing Machine.

It seems to me that any triangle will tessellate---that is fit together with no other shapes.

Theoretical 3-sided quilt pattern.

I categorized these long triangles as #112
(Isosceles triangles)

The triangles can be quite skinny or elongated, but you may not want to be piecing these seam intersections.

See more about quilts in design #112 at this post:

And see an EQ7 Tutorial on isosceles triangles here:

Quilters rely on the regular geometry of the half-square triangle.

Two triangles make a square.

Set on the square

These are all classified as BlockBase #113

Set on point

Rotating the blocks...

Similar compositions, about 1900

Here's an option I didn't think of for BlockBase.
A half-rectangle.

And a shape I haven't ever seen in an antique quilt.
It's 3-sided so it tessellates.
You could be the first to make one.