The 4th of July is getting close. Let’s celebrate with stars!
The original American flag had just 13 stars—one for each state, and we’ve added a star with every new state.
Imagine those poor flag makers. Just as they mastered one design, they’d get the news: “Hold up, everyone! Kentucky is now a state! Start unpicking, and rearrange your stars!”
(Sometimes the layout was changed every single year. That’s a lot of star shuffling!)
This week we’re stitching up a Star Sashed Nine-Patch in patriotic shades of red, white, and blue. It’s a quick and easy jelly roll pattern made with 9-patches, 4-patches, and snowballed sashing. Put ‘em all together, and a sea of dazzling stars appears like magic. No fuss, no muss! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
Spiders are master weavers. Their webs are made with silk “thread” that is the envy of quilters: 1,000x thinner than human hair and 5x stronger than steel! (Scientists think pencil-thick web could stop a jumbo jet!)
They work at a dazzling pace, completing incredibly intricate webs in about an hour. But this week, Jenny is giving ‘em a run for their money!
The Disappearing Four-Patch Weave quilt starts as a super-simple 4-patch and then, like all disappearing blocks, we slice it and rearrange the pieces. The result is a gorgeous, woven layer cake pattern that comes together lickety-split. (Our spider friends would be so proud!)
What makes a sunset so special? I mean, every single night – just like clockwork – that same ‘ole sun sinks below the same ‘ole horizon. So why do we write poems and sing love songs and treasure every last drop of fading sunlight? It’s all in the details!
From the shape of the clouds to the moisture in the air, tiny variations work together to create a show of color and light as magnificent as it is unique! Orange and purple streaks. Dramatic rays of gold. Moody silver and navy blue. You just never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve!
This week Jenny is working with two ordinary blocks: stars and 4-patches. Nothin’ fancy, nothin’ new. But when she stitches them together “just so,” The results are simply stunning! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
Years ago, I made a birthday cake for a new neighbor from Cuba. Laura was unfamiliar with boxed cake mix, so when she saw those two mouth-watering layers of chocolatey goodness, she was certain I had spent hours in the kitchen. It just didn’t seem possible that such a decadent dessert could be whipped together in less than 5 minutes! We live in a magical time, my friends, where fabulous cakes – and quilts – can be created with amazing speed and ease!
In the quilting world, it just doesn’t get easier than a four patch made of charms. But add a simple slice of black, and you’ve got the makings of a gorgeously intricate Four Patch Lattice! It’s so easy, and yet it looks like a million bucks (our favorite combination)!
Click on the image below to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies to make your own Four Patch Lattice Quilt!