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sewkatiedid/magic number quilt workshopI love the ease that these Magic Number blocks come together.

sewkatiedid/very berry magic number quiltI’m thinking of going with the lilac color to bring the quilt to size.  What do you think?  I actually have it in my stash which is just amazing in itself.

Looks like I should have another sample done today for Sunday’s Magic Number Workshop.

Sewkatiedid/Smitten Kitten Magic number quilt

sewkatiedid/scrappy sunshine magic number quilt

 

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What’s the difference between this quilt?

sewkatiedid/smitten kitten quilt

and this quilt?

sewkatiedid/scrappy sunshine

Besides size and different fabrics, the answer is… placement.  Both are made using what Jacquie and I call Magic Numbers in Quilting Modern.  Three same size blocks are used throughout the design of the quilt.

sewkatiedid/smitten kitten quilt

Smitten Kitten will become a Magic Number class sample.   The last time I taught this class the quilts were as unique as the people making them.  Just like the Improv Coin Quilt class, everyone seems to throw in their own spin.

sewkatiedid/Smitten Kitten quilt

The quilting is the same orange peel design that I’ve used on my Mom’s quilt, Leftovers Quilt and on my cross quilt.  Orange Peel is easily executed on the home machine or on the long arm.

Oh Fransson has a great tutorial on how to home machine it.  I use a hera marker to draw a line through the center of blocks and help me stay visually on track.

sewkatiedid/smitten kitten quilt top

Without a straight line of blocks to follow I went with the long arming this one.

sewkatiedid/smitten kitten quilt

Some Alexander Henry dot to finish of the binding and Anna Maria Horner sunshine flannel.  I bought some more on sale to restock this favorite.

sewkatiedid/smitten kitten quilt back

I’m loving this one!  Yeah to a finish!

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My Scrappy Sunshine quilt is about a quarter there.  I’m randomly piecing it using ‘magic numbers.’  I often teach in my improvisational classes about using magic numbers for construction.  Magic numbers can make improvisational quilt construction that seems impossible a little more within reach.

I had a lot of inquiries so I thought I would do a little explanation of what numbers I used.

The easiest shape to explain are squares.  Simply take your desired finished sizes and add a 1/2 inch.  Other shapes require different magic numbers and you can find further information with a little google search.

I used 6.5″, 4.5″ and 2.5″ squares for my Scrappy Sunshine Quilt.

I apologize, I messed some of the blocks around constructing this, but you’ll get the picture!

These all nest together once sewn to produce rectangle or square blocks, panels or columns, you just need to think a little ahead to figure out the best method of construction.

I started with a layout for my block and sectioned it in two.  First I sew together the smaller squares in each section to match the blocks next to them.

So that would be 2/ 2.5″ blocks for every 4.5″ block and 3/2.5″block for every 6.5″ block, or a 2.5″ and a 4.5″ block for mating with a 6.5″ block.

Keep sewing raw edges together, pinning where needed to match corners.

Now I have two panels the same length.

Sew these two panels together to finish your block.  It would be fun to raid the scraps to create a mess of scrappy blocks.  
Hope you are all having an amazing weekend.  Starting this quilt to produce some of my own sunshine somehow made summer finally come to Seattle.

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It’s been an odd summer here in the Pacific Northwest.  I thought it time to produce some of my own sunshine.

Enter Scrappy Sunshine Quilt.

This quilt originally started with cutting up all my Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt.  It just needed to happen, but when I put it up to create blocks, it was just bland.

Well you know what they say about best laid plans…

I pulled the duller colors and threw in the Amy Butler Lotus (thanks Heather for the pink!),

and then the Alexander Henry Aviary which I always wanted to have together with the Lotus in a quilt.

The Heather Ross campers were an afterthought and I had just enough for a few blocks, so perfect for a summery quilt.

I think I bought Pink Chalk out of these little Japanese flowers in every color way when they went on sale.  They are printed on the same soft fabric as Heather Ross’s stuff.

Of course I can never make a quilt purely from stash so I ordered this print in each colorway when I found it for $5/yard.

It all makes the Flea Market Fancy seem like an afterthought.

The layout doesn’t have any rhyme or reason.  I just grab blocks from the piles and lay them on my cutting mat in a square or rectangle and piece them.

And look what decided to make an appearance this morning.

Hello Sunshine!

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