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Adventure in Color Quilt Along: Block Five and more...

Adventure in Color Quilt Along: Block Five

Luminous Block 5 graphic

Welcome to the Adventure in Color Quilt Along Block Five.  Oh my - where did the time go?  It's hard to believe we are already at Block Five.

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Let me introduce you to Juna or Juno - goddess of the new moon, of marriage, of pregnancy, and of childbirth.  Yes, you might say she's a woman's woman - err, goddess!  Interestingly, the word "juna" means "born in June" (ok, can totally see that!), "source of life", and sometimes "the moon."  

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Fun Facts on Juna

Fun facts:  the Romans considered her the protector of the state, as well as counselor.  She was the daughter of Saturn, wife of Jupiter, and the mother to Mars, Vulcan, Bellona, and Juventas.  Her sacred animal?  The peacock.  

You may frequently see her portrayed in armor - which makes total sense, as she was protector of the state.  No shrinking violet, delicate flower was she!

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The Juna block is as steady and strong as the goddess it is named after.  It even has a slight shield appearance!  

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HSTs and Flying Geese, Oh My!

Ready to tackle your Juna block?  Great!  By now you will have honed your HST (half square triangle) and flying geese game!  Need a refresher?  Refer back to this post on HSTs and this one on Flying Geese.  Hint: I show you SEVEN (yup seven!) different ways to make HSTs! In case you missed it!

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One last little tidbit - you may have noticed that the blocks are getting larger.  No, you weren't imagining things!  Think on this - how amazing would several Juna blocks look as coordinating pillows for your Luminous quilt?!  I know!

Head over to Kate's blog, where she'll share more tips and enticing pictures for you!  Oh - and a little birdie told me she has a fun new give away for you too!  I know - pretty amazing!

Getting your Juna Block

Ready to jump into the Adventure in Color Quilt Along Block Five and make your own Juna blocks?

You can find the block on my website, on Kate's website, and in our Etsy shops!  If you missed the earlier posts with fabric requirements, you can find that information here, as well as on the FAQ page for the Quilt Along on each of our websites!

Adventure in Color Quilt Along Schedule

Jan 1- Introduction and FAQs

Jan 15- General Information handouts including quilt fabric requirements and fabric chart

Jan 29 - Block 1

Feb 19- Block 2 

March 4- Block 3

March 18- Block 4

April 1- Block 5

April 15- Block 6

April 29- Setting

May 13- Check In and Bonus pattern. PDF patterns go away!

May 20- Other Versions

June 3- Quilting suggestions

Sign up for the Adventure in Color Quilt Along Newsletter here.

Kate and I look forward to sharing this Adventure in Color with you.  Oh - and we have some amazing sponsors that are providing awesome prizes during the quilt along (for US participants only).  You'll want to check back with each installment for a chance to win fabric, thread, batting, and much more!  No, you don't HAVE to be making the quilt (but let's face it - you're gonna want to make it!).

Adventure in Color Quilt Along Block One features by top US quilting blog and shop, Tamarinis: AIC Sponsor Page

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.  And did you know?  I travel and teach!  Contact me to schedule a trunk show and/or workshop!

 

The Final Day of the Stay at Home and Shop Hop

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Welcome to the last day (sob) of the Virtual Designer Shop Hop!  The word is to stay at home so why not just stay at home and hop with us!?!

These are extraordinary times we are living through and many of us are no doubt sewing and quilting up a storm at home.  You may be starting new projects, completing those in progress or finding some beloved UFO's from long ago that require nothing more than a seam here or there to complete them.

But with all that fabric' goodness, I bet you wouldn't mind taking a break....right?   Yup! I thought so -!  Good!


For these next ten days, I want to take an opportunity to introduce to you to some of amazing quilting colleagues and friends. 

Many have been in industry as long as I have (or longer), but some are new and just starting out!  All of these quilty businesses are super eager to greet you - our stay at home hoppers - and are offering you super special greetings and/or incentives!

I have over forty websites to share with you but let's start with these ten first.  Check my social media for additional links over the next week.  Now go forth and explore and have fun!  You never know what you might discover!!

New links will be posted:

Saturday March 21st (my birthday - so enjoy!) If you missed this post, you can find the list of amazing designers and shops here.


Tuesday March 24th If you missed this post, you can find the list of amazing designers and shops here.


Friday March 27th If you missed this post, you can find the list of amazing designers and shops here.


Monday March 30th

Again, each posting will include fresh new links, so please follow me on Facebook or Instagram to get the new links!

And while you are online:

  • Check out the special I'm running for the Stay At Home and Hop with Us Shop Hop.  Hint: discount on kits with the code that is on my banner on my website (www.tamarinis.com).  Who knows - I might add some other specials during the hop!
  • Visit my earlier blog post for the Adventure in Color Quilt Along!  This week, I'm giving away an Aurifil thread set, so you still have time to enter!
  • Don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter - not only do I have a terrific new series starting soon of great quilty information, but you also receive a free pattern download when you subscribe!
  • Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see all the fun new projects, classes and giveaways going on!

Click the link to take you to that designer's shop! 

Monday March 30th links:

Studio R Quilts

https://www.studiorquilts.com

 

Toadally Quilts

https://www.toadallyquilts.com

 

From Blank Pages

https://www.fromblankpages.com

 

Cotton Street Commons

http://www.cottonstreetcommons.com

 

Puppy Girl Designs

http://www.puppygirldesigns.com

 

Phoebe Moon Quilt Designs

https://www.facebook.com/phoebemoondesgins

 

The Devoted Quilter

https://www.devotedquilter.com

 

Christa Quilts

https://www.christaquilts.com

 

Stitched by Susan

http://www.stitchedbysusan.com

 

Tamarinis (hey, that's me!!!)

https://www.tamarinis.com

 

Did you miss earlier links?  No worries - here's the rest of the list!  Happy browsing!

Saturday March 21st:

Bequilter

https://www.beaquilter.com/shop

Presto Avenue Designs 

https://www.prestoavenuedesigns.com

Cheryl Lynch Quilts 

https://www.cheryllynchquilts.com

Love to Color My World 

https://www.lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com

Hissyfitz Designs 

https://www.hissyfitzdesigns.com

Canton Village Quilt Works 

https://cvquiltworks.com

Anjeanette Klinder Designs 

http://www.anjeanettek.com

Pat Sloan – The Voice of Quilting

https://www.blog.patsloan.com

Said With Love

https://www.saidwithlove.com.au

Orange Blossom Quilt Design

https://www.orangeblossomquilt.com

 

Tuesday March 24th links:

DaySpring Quilt Company

https://www.dayspringquiltcompany.com

Ms P Designs, USA  

https://www.mspdesignsusa.com

Stitchin’ at Home

http://www.stitchinathome.com

Sew Joy Creations

https://www.sewjoycreations.com

Ships & Violins

https://www.shipsandviolins.com

Patti’s Patchwork

https://www.pattispatchwork.com

Your Sewing Friend

https://www.etsy.com/shop/yoursewingfriend

The Geeky Bobbin

https://www.geekybobbin.com

Colourwerx Designs

https://www.colourwerx.com

Kate Colleran Designs

https://www.seamslikeadream.com

 

Friday March 27th links:

Lone Star Pattern Works

https://www.lonestarpatternworks.com

Powered by Quilting

https://www.poweredbyquilting.com

Cottage Rose Quilt Patterns

https://www.cottagerosequiltshop.com

The Cloth Parcel

https://www.theclothparcel.com

Faith and Fabric

https://www.faithandfabricdesign.com

Linen Closet Designs

http://www.linenclosetdesigns.com

Designs by Sarah J

https://www.designsbysarahj.com

Rona the Ribbiter Quilts

https://www.ronatheribbiter.com

Quilt Fox Designs

https://www.quiltfox-design.com

Seam to Be Sew

https://www.seamstobesew.com

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.  And did you know?  I travel and teach!  Contact me to schedule a trunk show and/or workshop!

 

Welcome to Day Three of the Stay at Home and Shop Hop

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Welcome to Day Three of the Virtual Designer Shop Hop!  The word is to stay at home so why not just stay at home and hop with us!?!

These are extraordinary times we are living through and many of us are no doubt sewing and quilting up a storm at home.  You may be starting new projects, completing those in progress or finding some beloved UFO's from long ago that require nothing more than a seam here or there to complete them.

But with all that fabric' goodness, I bet you wouldn't mind taking a break....right?   Yup! I thought so -!  Good!


For these next ten days, I want to take an opportunity to introduce to you to some of amazing quilting colleagues and friends. 

Many have been in industry as long as I have (or longer), but some are new and just starting out!  All of these quilty businesses are super eager to greet you - our stay at home hoppers - and are offering you super special greetings and/or incentives!

I have over forty websites to share with you but let's start with these ten first.  Check my social media for additional links over the next week.  Now go forth and explore and have fun!  You never know what you might discover!!

New links will be posted:

Saturday March 21st (my birthday - so enjoy!) If you missed this post, you can find the list of amazing designers and shops here.


Tuesday March 24th If you missed this post, you can find the list of amazing designers and shops here.


Friday March 27th


Monday March 30th

Again, each posting will include fresh new links, so please follow me on Facebook or Instagram to get the new links!

And while you are online:

  • Check out the special I'm running for the Stay At Home and Hop with Us Shop Hop.  Hint: discount on kits with the code that is on my banner on my website (www.tamarinis.com).  Who knows - I might add some other specials during the hop!
  • Visit my earlier blog post for the Adventure in Color Quilt Along!  This week, I'm giving away an Aurifil thread set, so you still have time to enter!
  • Don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter - not only do I have a terrific new series starting soon of great quilty information, but you also receive a free pattern download when you subscribe!
  • Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see all the fun new projects, classes and giveaways going on!

Click the link to take you to that designer's shop! 

Friday March 27th links:

Lone Star Pattern Works

https://www.lonestarpatternworks.com

 

Powered by Quilting

https://www.poweredbyquilting.com

 

Cottage Rose Quilt Patterns

https://www.cottagerosequiltshop.com

 

The Cloth Parcel

https://www.theclothparcel.com

 

Faith and Fabric

https://www.faithandfabricdesign.com

 

Linen Closet Designs

http://www.linenclosetdesigns.com

 

Designs by Sarah J

https://www.designsbysarahj.com

 

Rona the Ribbiter Quilts

https://www.ronatheribbiter.com

 

Quilt Fox Designs

https://www.quiltfox-design.com

 

Seam to Be Sew

https://www.seamstobesew.com

 

 

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.  And did you know?  I travel and teach!  Contact me to schedule a trunk show and/or workshop!

 

Exploring the Basics: Quilt Layout

Exploring the Basics Quilt Layouts

Welcome to another Exploring the Basics installment.  Today we are talking layout.  Now you may ask - why do I need to be worried about layout?  Well, let's look at it from a few different perspectives.

The Basics of Layout

What is layout?  No, we aren't talking about a sunscreen slathered, beach tune listening, sun soaking experience.  Although that sounds pretty good!

In basic terms, it is the way the quilt blocks are laid out.  Laid out.  Layout.  Get it?! Let's look at some examples.

Basic Grid

Paradise Cubed Urban Grunge Dk Gray Final

One traditional layout is a grid.  Paradise Cubed (above) uses a very traditional 3x4 grid, or four rows of three blocks each.  The blocks are butted up to each other with nothing separating them, and then surrounded by a narrow and a wide border.  

Grid quilts are usually pretty easy to put together because the blocks are all the same size.  Unless your blocks didn't come out the same size, you can assemble the quilt in rows, which many find super easy and straight forward.

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With a grid format, sashing can be added.  In Melon Blossom (above) green sashing has been added to separate the blocks.   The green also helps create the feeling of leaves and vines - bonus!

Sashing doesn't complicate assembly.  In fact, some quilters prefer it, as it can help even things out if your blocks didn't come out perfect.  From a quilt layout perspective, sashing can also help with pressing and seams, as it provides a nice solid break between pieced seams in a complex block.

On Point

Speakeasy - Fizz Hi-Res

On point, or diagonal set, quilts are quilts that are assembled at an angle.  Relax - it is NOT as scary as it may sound!  Looking at Fizz (above), it may appear that this is a grid layout.  But it isn't.  The on point blocks, blocks that are "balanced on their point, or corner" come together to create the secondary design of extending pinwheels.  

With on point, or diagonal set, quilt layouts, diagonal rows are stitched together, and include the setting triangles.  Setting triangles are those triangles (in the case of Fizz, background fabric) that run along the outside edges of the quilt.  Note: setting triangles CAN be pieced blocks as well.  

Elementz BOM

Pieced setting triangles?  Yup!  Elementz BOM (above) has a combination of pieced setting triangles (there are two - can you spot them?) and fabric setting triangles.  Oh - and do you see one other layout element at work?  Hint: I just discussed it when talking about a grid layout.

Yes, you are right!  Sashing!  Ah....so on point or diagonal set quilts can have sashing?  You betcha!  In fact, Elementz is a PERFECT example of when sashing can be your best friend.  Those blocks have a LOT of seams.  If they butted up to each other, you might have some serious bulk.  But with that narrow sashing, you can press to the sashing, letting all those seams relax.  And - added bonus - the sashing gives the blocks some breathing room, allowing each to really shine!

Atomic Bombshell

So mind blowing moment.  Brace yourself.  Sashing can have blocks in it as well!  Boom!  Double boom!  What, you may say?  Yes, dear quilty buddy.  Look at Atomic Bombshell (above).  It is an on point, or diagonal set, quilt (the large spiky blocks).  Those long diamonds and center squares are pieced blocks - and they are acting as sashing for the larger blocks.  Ahhh...the possibilities!

Medallion

Monkey Bread flat shot

A medallion layout is a quilt that starts from the center.  The design is focused or builds out from the center.  In Monkey Bread (above), that center sawtooth star block is the center of the quilt, the medallion.  

An element of medallion quilts that can make them more construction friendly are coping strips.  As the name implies, they can help you "cope" with any inconsistencies.  In Monkey Bread, the coping strips are those purple borders.  If the medallion (or any of the surrounding pieced borders) are smaller or larger than they are supposed to be, the coping strip size can be changed to accommodate those differences.

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Panel based quilts could be considered medallion quilts - because the panel is the center of the quilt, and the rest of the quilt builds off of the panel.  They often use the element of coping strips to help quilters, as panel sizes can vary.  Calm (above) uses wide coping strips (see them - those wide blue gray borders between the panel and the pieced outer border?).

Row Layout

Lovely Woods

Rows can be horizontal or vertical.  Each can create a fun effect!  Lovely Woods (above) is an example of a horizontal row by row quilt.  The pieced tree rows alternate with fussy cut solid rows from a repeating stripe fabric (this one is from Island Batik - I LOVE that they are bringing in elements such as a repeating row prints that are usually only seen in print fabric!).

Kismet - Diamond Dance - Hi-Res

And then there's the vertical row layout.  Just like it sounds, the rows are - wait for it - vertical!  Diamond Dance is an obvious vertical row quilt, but others may be less obvious.  It, and Lovely Woods, each use other elements common in other layouts - sashing and setting blocks (not setting triangles, but still....blocks that provide spacing).

Marys Contrary Garden

Now that you are becoming super sleuth quilt layout detectives, you may be able to quickly spot that Mary's Contrary Garden is a vertical layout quilt!  Ah, yes - you see it!

When A Quilt is None of the Above

Luminous Tammy

So it can happen - quilts don't HAVE to be one of the layouts featured above.  They could be a hybrid of sorts. Luminous, the quilt along project Kate (Seams Like a Dream) and I are hosting right now, is sort of a diagonal set quilt....but not in nice neat little rows.

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Compass Points is another - a hybrid of sorts.  There is some partial seaming, and it is kind of a medallion set (centered around the larger center compass point block).

So it can happen.  Don't let it throw you.

Doing it Your Way

When you purchase a pattern, layout is already determined for you. The pattern, as I always tell my students, is just the beginning.  So if you don't like the layout, or if you are feeling like branching out on your own, you can!

But maybe you are ready to do your own thing, and create your own quilt.  Ready to play designer and do things free style?  Yes, you can! But first let's look at what a couple of layouts look like - without any fabric or piecing.

Basic Layout Grid

Here is a line drawing of a basic grid layout with sashing.  Once you start pulling it apart, it isn't intimidating at all, is it?  As you can see, the blocks and sashing all line up, and it can be assembled in rows or in columns.

I've created a little worksheet you can download if you want a few general steps to get you started on creating your own grid layout.  You can get it here:  Download Playing With Layout Basic Grid Worksheet.

Ah, but what about that on point layout you mentioned?  I have you covered.

Basic On Point Layout

As you can see, the on point layout isn't so scary.  As I mentioned earlier, the blocks are still sewn together in rows, but because the blocks are "on point" or rotated at a 45 degree angle, the rows are simply stitched together in diagonal rows.  

I added the red lines so you could clearly see the diagonal rows.  In the diagram, you can also clearly see those setting triangles I mentioned.  However, don't be fooled.  These are NOT squares cut in half corner to corner.  Please please please DO NOT do that!  

Cutting a square in half corner to corner will put the bias (the stretchy part of the fabric) on the outside and may cause your quilt to be wavy.  Hmmm....I'm seeing a post in the future on creating setting triangles.  Ok - so I'm got that on my to do list, and we will discuss in detail in a future post!

While I've covered a LOT of different layouts with you, I haven't covered all of them!  There are many many more options!  That's one of the amazing aspects of quilting for me - all of the possibilities.

Kate is going to have more insights on layout for you as well, so hop on over to her blog to get more helpful suggestions!

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.  And did you know?  I travel and teach!  Contact me to schedule a trunk show and/or workshop!

 

Welcome to Day Two of the Stay at Home and Shop Hop

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Welcome to our Virtual Designer Shop Hop!  The word is to stay at home so why not just stay at home and hop with us!?!

These are extraordinary times we are living through and many of us are no doubt sewing and quilting up a storm at home.  You may be starting new projects, completing those in progress or finding some beloved UFO's from long ago that require nothing more than a seam here or there to complete them.

But with all that fabric' goodness, I bet you wouldn't mind taking a break....right?   Yup! I thought so -!  Good!


For these next ten days, I want to take an opportunity to introduce to you to some of amazing quilting colleagues and friends. 

Many have been in industry as long as I have (or longer), but some are new and just starting out!  All of these quilty businesses are super eager to greet you - our stay at home hoppers - and are offering you super special greetings and/or incentives!

I have over forty websites to share with you but let's start with these ten first.  Check my social media for additional links over the next week.  Now go forth and explore and have fun!  You never know what you might discover!!

New links will be posted:

Saturday March 21st (my birthday - so enjoy!) If you missed this post, you can find the list of amazing designers and shops here.


Tuesday March 24th


Friday March 27th


Monday March 30th

Again, each posting will include fresh new links, so please follow me on Facebook or Instagram to get the new links!

And while you are online:

  • Check out the special I'm running for the Stay At Home and Hop with Us Shop Hop.  Hint: discount on kits with the code that is on my banner on my website (www.tamarinis.com).  Who knows - I might add some other specials during the hop!
  • Visit my earlier blog post for the Adventure in Color Quilt Along!  This week, I'm giving away an Aurifil thread set, so you still have time to enter!
  • Don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter - not only do I have a terrific new series starting soon of great quilty information, but you also receive a free pattern download when you subscribe!
  • Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see all the fun new projects, classes and giveaways going on!

Click the link to take you to that designer's shop! 

Tuesday March 24th links:

DaySpring Quilt Company

https://www.dayspringquiltcompany.com

 

Ms P Designs, USA  

https://www.mspdesignsusa.com

 

Stitchin’ at Home

http://www.stitchinathome.com

 

Sew Joy Creations

https://www.sewjoycreations.com

 

Ships & Violins

https://www.shipsandviolins.com

 

Patti’s Patchwork

https://www.pattispatchwork.com

 

Your Sewing Friend

https://www.etsy.com/shop/yoursewingfriend

 

The Geeky Bobbin

https://www.geekybobbin.com

 

Colourwerx Designs

https://www.colourwerx.com

 

Kate Colleran Designs

https://www.seamslikeadream.com

 

Like what you see here, and want to hear more from Tamarinis? Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and sign up for my newsletter at www.tamarinis.com!  Following is one way to demonstrate your interest in my projects, patterns, and partnerships.  Your comments are also GREATLY appreciated, and provide valuable feedback regarding what inspires you, as well as what you'd like to see explored in future posts.  And did you know?  I travel and teach!  Contact me to schedule a trunk show and/or workshop!