Sidekick and High/Low are two units that can give a terrific spiky look to your blocks and borders. They can add lots of interest to traditional quilts, but also have great appeal to the contemporary quilter because of the dramatic angles and asymmetry. In this Technique Sheet, learn how to use your V Block tool to quickly create and trim these fun and versatile units. Online video available (see below, also on YouTube).
This tool is a must have if you like making quilts with these tall star point units. Sometimes known as “Peaky and Spike”, a nickname attached to the unit about 20 years ago by a famous quilter, Doreen Speckman, this particular shape has perplexed quilters forever. With Deb’s tool, which you can see used on our free online video demonstration (see below, also on YouTube), you’ll be cutting the center and side triangles slightly over sized and then with the same tool trimming the sewn piece to an extremely precise unit with seams perfectly placed for crisp, sharp points at every intersection. So think about adding this magnificent new tool to your toolbox, you’ll be glad you did.
What do you call a pattern containing two charming companion quilts? Doubly Charmed, of course! You’ll use the same set of 5” squares for both quilts. It’s like magic! You’ll cut the center beams from the squares for the first quilt and then you’ll use the cutaways for the side triangles in the second. Two beautiful quilts out of one set of squares. Enchanting!
Galaxy is a beautiful alternating block design using two types of blocks, one with a red star and one with a blue star. Because of the color placement and the different angles in the triangles, the interesting interlocking circles appear and the second star block disappears into the circles. It’s a fun optical illusion, easy to make and even easier to admire.
Choose three fabrics, add several great tools, mix with good techniques, and, Presto!, you'll have this great looking quilt in a snap! Deb's New Year's Star pattern includes three sizes, from Lap to Queen, and is much easier to construct than you might think. Make a resolution to give this one a try! You'll be celebrating in no time!