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On the set of Sewing with Nancy

Our 2 episodes on Sewing with Nancy featured BQ and BQ3.

View the videos of our 2 part series:
Sewing With Nancy – Part 1
Sewing With Nancy – Part 2


On the set of Sewing with Nancy, 2012

New Quilt Pattern – Cool Corners

Do you have some special, lovely smaller pieces of fabric that you would like to showcase? Cool Corners is the border you have been waiting for! Paper piece the corners and finish with simple but striking borders that set off the corners and the center. I never thought I would do a paper piecing pattern but this was an idea that had been on my design mind and notebook for a very long time. There simply isn’t a better way to achieve long skinny points than paper piecing!

You will use our instructions to draw the paper pieced corners – we suggest parchment paper because it is readily available and modest in cost; but you can use the foundation of your choice. 6 seams later your first corner is done! Paper piecing experience is assumed. If you haven’t paper pieced or if you need a refresher, the internet is filled with great tutorials and videos that will teach you what you need to know.

There are 3 versions of the border seen on the cover and each is fully written out in 2 sizes; using either a 16 ½” x 20 ½” or 20 ½” x 20 ½” cut center. The borders are 6” and the project will finish 12” larger than your center. 28-32” x 32”.

It is easy to resize for centers that are between 16 and 20” wide. The Cool Corners will stay the same regardless of the center size. You might need extra fabric if the size of the center is larger than a cut size of 20 ½” x 20 ½”.

The pattern also includes instructions for placemats 13 ½” x 19 ½”, table toppers or runners. The Cool Corners stay the same regardless of the center sizes giving you endless options.

The blue and white hummingbirds are fabric from Kokko, an imported fabric from Japan. Echino by Etsuko Furuya for Kokka.The giraffes are an African batik print purchased at a quilt show many years ago and the cute animal print on the bottom is a current fabric panel from Robert Kaufman. Safari Soiree by Caroline Alfreds courtesy of Pink Light Design for Robert Kaufman. We cut the panel in half to use it in Cool Corners. It will be a great new baby gift for someone.

New Quilt Pattern – Slant

Slant keeps the eyes moving with easy angles and squares that float across or down. 2 generous lap quilts; 46” x 72” or 52” x 71”. There is also a smaller bonus project included 26” x 32”.

The accent squares could come from your saved scraps. The quilts are built as rows then joined together with narrow strips of sashing that give the illusion of floating.

The grey and orange quilt used 2 pieces from the Golden Hour collection from Andover. The stripe is based on a design by SAQA Sue Hotchkis and curated by Luana Rubin for Andover fabrics. The other fabric used for some of the accent squares is Four PM- cognac based on a design by SAQA Ricki Selva.

With so many of you doing patriotic service quilts we wanted to do something striking that would allow you to use some of the many red or blue fabrics you have been collecting!