A New Spin – Tile Floor & Peacock Alley

Today we have another two-for-one blog because both quilts use fabric from Windham Fabrics.

The first quilt is Tile Floor and it is uses the corner half-square triangle variation


Tile Floor  from A New Spin On Drunkard’s Path – C&T Publishing – August 2016

This is a quick and easy quilt to put together because the Drunkard’s Path blocks are alternated with simple squares with corner half-square triangles.  The fabrics in this quilt are by Marcia Derse and Melanie Testa.  Alternated color ways are presented in the book – one of which give a Harlequin-esque look with a black and white background and bright primary colors in the Drunkard Path Block.  I would love to see this one done in batiks – hmmm – I might just have to raid my stash and stitch one up.

The second quilt is Peacock Alley using the fabric line Enchanted by Sarah Filke.


Peacock Alley  from A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path C&T Publishing – August 2016

This medallion quilt showcases the wonderful focus fabric print from the line.  Drunkard’s Path blocks here help form borders around the central medallion.  The outer border uses the Rail Fence Variation in the frame unit.  This is an easy way to give a complex look to the border by cutting the frame unit out of strip sets.

So, what fabric would you use if you created Tile Floor or Peacock Alley

Be sure and check out the other quilts in the book!

Beach Balls
Checkerboard and Abstract
Test Pattern
Deco Blue
Shaken not Stirred
What Would Happen If…?


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Aurifil April 2015 Designer

Hi there

I have the honor of being the Aurifil Designer for April 2015.

Aurifil April 2015 Aurifil Designer John Kubiniec

My block – Secret Garden – uses fabric from the Tree of Life fabric line by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics.


Aurifil Quilt

It is a quick and easy mini quilt and I did simple straight line quilting on my BERNINA 750 QE.



Check out the other mini-quilts that Pat Sloan made from the January, February, and March Designers.

pat sloan jan to april aurifil minis

Check out my interview on the Aurifil Blog and find out how you can win some great Aurifil Thread!


Design Wall Monday – 28 April 2014

Well my design wall is still under construction,

So I needed to resort to the dining room table for this shot.  Working on some appliqué using some wonderful fabric by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics.   Two more blocks to appliqué and then I can sew the rest of the top together.

Head on over to Judy’s blog to see what everyone else is up to today!

And – just had to post a picture – spring is trying to appear here in Rochester, NY!

Classic Modern Quilts – 21st Century Spider Web Block

It has been great fun visiting the other blogs earlier this week and seeing how the other designers approached their quilt designs. (And I enjoyed looking at some of their other blog posts to see what they have been up to – all great stuff – but I digress).  Today I have a chance to share some insights into my quilt Pinwheels.  

I have to admit that “naming” quilts is not my favorite thing to do. Sometimes a name can pop into my head – other times it is agony trying to come-up with something. But in this case it was easy- the quilt when it was finished reminded me of those little pinwheel spinning thingies I had as a kid.

A little back-story about choosing the blocks.  We were sent this grid of blocks from the Kansas City Star Collection – and they sure do have a great collection of blocks.  I had wanted to play around with the Kaleidscope and Spider Web blocks for a while, and when I saw the Spider Web block in the list, I snagged it..

I started playing around with different strip sets and figuring out how things might look.  Paper and pencil are my first “go-tos” and then I move to Electric Quilt (I have EQ 7) to fine tune the design and play with colors.

I was also looking at how could I bring the fabric from the sashing and the corner triangles more into the block.  By making the sashing strips the same color as the neutral background fabric it the block it makes the block appear to float on the quilt and helps the edges of the block to disappear. Here is the quilt in process on my design wall

The fabric: – I had been working with the Spin line of basics from Windham Fabrics. I just love the white tonals they have and also the bright primary colors and contemporary tonal prints – they seemed like a prefect match.

Then the next task was – how do I cut out the different components. Do I make plastic templates or I was wondering if there was a speciality ruler out there.  Luckily I found out that Marti Michell had a ruler that would cut out the wedges and cut out the corner triangles (The book gives you a template for the wedge shape and tells you the exact size for the corner triangles).  I like working with this ruler – it was so easy to use and it would  also allow me (in the future) to play around with different sizes for the block.

And there is  TRIPLE- TRIPLETRIPLE  give-away today.  Leave a comment below and you have a chance to win a copy of the book, a second lucky person will winl a set of Marti Michell Kaleido Rulers (large AND small)

AND  for another wonderful prize from Marmalade Fabrics.

She is giving away a fabric pack that gives you enough fabric to MAKE THE QUILT!!!!

The Pinwheels Quilt Bundle includes
2/3 yard of red solid  
2/3 yard of green solid 
1/3 yard of pink solid 
1/3 yard of purple solid 
3/4 yard of yellow solid 
1/2 yard of blue solid 
6 yards of white for background and binding (All solids are Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids)
 TRIPLE- TRIPLE –TRIPLE  give-away today
So  how do you get a chance to win all of these prizes?  First of all, for the book and ruler give away you must leave a comment below, 2 winners will be randomly picked at the end of the tour (1 person wins a book, the second wins a ruler set)  And what is that comment???? Since Thanksgiving is around the corner – answer the question that everyone wants to know.
At Thanksgiving Dinner if you serve Cranberry Sauce/Relish is it the kind with the ridges (yes the canned variety) or do you make your own (if you do, would you care to share your recipe?)
Now for the fabric bundle you have to – visit Tammy Vasser’s  blog and leave a comment there.
In case you are just jointing the hop – check out the previous posts and look ahead to the other designers. (don’t forget to leave comments on the various blog posts so you can win on their blog!

The Book – It’s Here!!!!!!

I received a nice little present in the mail yesterday – a box containing copies of the new book from Kansas City Star under their new imprint My Stars.

The book Classic Modern Quilts features quilts from ten designers.  We were given the task of taking one of the classic Kansas City Star quilt blocks and giving it a bit of a Modern twist.

I chose the Spider Web Block – Fourth row from the top – last block on the right.

I had fun playing around with different arrangements for the strip sets and seeing what would happen.  It seems like there is no limit to what someone can do.  Here is a shot of the quilt in progress on my design wall at my apartment in NYC. (yes those are newspapers and packing boxes on the floor – I was also in the midst of packing my apartment to move while making the quilt!)

The block was a lot of fun to play with and working with the Marti Michell Kaleido Ruler made cutting and sewing the block a breeze. The fabric I used for the quilt is the Spin line from Windham Fabrics

The book is a visual delight. They really outdid themselves with the photography.

Another treat is that each of us was asked to define “Modern Quilting” – well as you can guess there is a lot of variety in our answers – but also a lot in common.  But then I can’t spill the beans on what we say – you have to pick up a copy of the book and read for yourself!

Finally the book has 10 wonderful quilts that you can make – but those 10 quilts are also a wonderful design lab for the quilter in seeing how YOU might take another block and make it YOUR own.  The fall weather is upon us – pick-up the book, pick up your favorite beverage, and browse through the book and let your creative imagination kick in gear.

CLICK HERE for more information about the book. Ask your local quilt store to stock the book.

If you happen to be coming to Quilt Market this week (or tell your shop owner!) Stop by our Schoolhouse on Friday afternoon at 5:45 in room 381 C and by the Kansas City Star Booth (# 2046) on Sunday at 12:30 pm for a book signing.