Fussy Cut Sampler

June 20, 2017
"Summer Fussy Cut Away Camp"

These days I'm sewing blocks from Fussy Cut Sampler book. There is a  Quilt Along happening, with prizes, and I'm posting my blocks to my Instagram account. The official Fussy Cut Sampler Quilt Along blog is here and ALL the Instagram images are here.

Nichole Ramirez and Elisabeth Woo, who I met through the Robert Kaufman Fabric company, wrote the brilliant and delightful book  "The Fussy Cut Sampler." It's a fabulous book, which  I know from experience as I am making their blocks, their way, and loving the process.

I'm cutting up my very best, most favorite,  epic fabrics for it.This is my block for today.  I cut the center motif from a 2010 Alexander Henry fabric. It takes me back to the grounds of the Musée Matisse
The book is beuatifully designed and published by Lucky Spool. Order an autographed copy, and you'll receive two autographs for the price of one book 😊😊

Make it Simpler, and Fussy Cut it this summer,

Rock Solid Stars

June 14, 2017

The Fabric, A Book and A Giveaway

I curated a collection of my favorite solid color fabrics, The Make It Simpler Palette, for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

The collection works extremely well together as you can see in my quilt below which was finished and quilted by Janice E Petre.

Now a wonderful book, Rock Solid, compiled by Karen M. Burns of 13 designer quilts made entirely of Kona fabrics has been published.
It's a fabulous resource.

Isn't the image a wonderful staging? Martingale, the publisher included the ground in all of the book's quilts, givng a them a spatial relationship.
Question: How many colors are in this quilt?

Question: How many Geese units were sewn?
 Answer: NONE  They just happen by magic!

Question: Does Anita have a special technique to make these stars?
 Answer: Yes, and it's AMAZING!

Question: Where is the pattern for this QUILT?
 Answer: In the new book ROCK SOLID from Martingale
The Giveaway has closed and the winner contacted. Thank you for making the time to participate. -Anita
Choose one of my THIRTY-TWO favorite colors below (also viewable by clicking on the image) and leave it as a comment below. Martingale will forward the ROCK SOLID eBook to the winner. This giveaway is worldwide and closes  at noon ET, Wednesday June 21st. Please return to CHECK for winner if your email address isn't embedded in your coment.

Make it Simpler,

Déjà vu and the Unbiased Quilt Block

August 21, 2016

It's Sunday morning. I'm at my desk, never with a cup of coffee, absorbed in an Electric Quilt project when an email from Electric Quilt arrives. What a coincidence, I must grab a screenshot:

The message is: What's new and trending at DoYouEQ.com? Whoa! I see my name, I see my block, it's Déjà vu all over again!!

It's a complete surprise to me. EQ's message includes a Lesson with links to my video and free pattern  EQ uses the Unbiased block to demonstrate a rotation lesson. You must check out their post. It's a goldmine.
I've got a boxful of leftover Unbiased Blocks. Recently my friend Karen took a stack off my hands and put this top together. With sashing! With a Mitered border! No wonder she's smiling ...
but a few minutes earlier she was surprised as were we all at the City Quilter...
It was a close call
Hmmm. Coffee.
Make it Simpler,

Quick Techniques for Classic Blocks: Wrenches, Stars and Twists

March 2016
I give in. I'll use the word. AWESOME
I love to choose fabrics. I love to sew. And I get a kick from making it simpler. So...
I recorded a class for Craftsy which demonstrates my new methods. You can't tell what I do by looking at my work but if you watch the preview you'll see awesomeness. For starters, I did not sew triangles to the corners of the blocks below nor did I sew any Geese units for the stars above.. Have a PEEK. Enroll. Sew and skip all the steps that I skip.

Make it Simpler,

100 Quilt Blocks in 50 Days

A Story in Every Stitch a tale with
Fabric fit for a queen
Royal templates 
(The page from a book I wrote)
Download the Pattern PDF from Janome

The Secret Behind Anita's Hexagons

September 2015

C&T Publishing  encouraged its authors to mark this National Sewing Month and I got on board. My contribution is a very special Hexagon pattern that's been, unbelievably, under wraps for ten years.
How to Make the Best Use of Fabric
Use my line drawing to turn a 10" square of fabric into 7 hexagons (and 4 half-hexagons) in 10 cuts. Without waste.

It's typical of patterns in my Rotary Cutting Revolution book. Efficient cutting without waste or measuring.
I got together with Rachel Low here in New York at her Pins & Needles shop. Rachel is the C&T author of  Girl's Guide to DIY Fashion   We helped each other to make our how to videos. Have a look at mine, and if you hear a phone ring once, well, rings happen.
These fabric hexagons are suited for English Paper Piecing EPP. After making the video I polished up the pattern and made it available as a free PDF download  hosted on Craftsy. Help yourself to it.
My technique-filled class Traditional Blocks Made Simple is on Craftsy. It includes as a bonus the PDF of Rotary Cutting Revolution. Identical to the paperback version complete with 300+ photos and easy to print patterns. All in all, a sweet deal to celebrate National Sewing Month for yourself.

Make it Simpler,
It all began many hexagons ago...

Enjoy The Process: Anita's Square-On-Point Quilt Block

September 9, 2015
Summer Triangle Reruns Part 1

You say Tomato, I say Tomato
Some say Square in a Square, I've always called it Square-on-Point

Whatever you call it, I cut and piece it Simpler.  There is no waste other than eight teeny tiny triangles.
Two squares of fabric yield the equivalent of two quilt blocks + eight teeny tiny leftover triangles. For 40 blocks, you'd need 40 squares of fabric. For 100 blocks, you'd need 100 squares of fabric.
Read the story and download my unique CuttingLines pattern in my column, "The Fiber of My Being" on Craftsy. Tune to: Developing My Square-On-Point Pattern
Make it Simpler,

Summer Stitches

July 26, 2015

This summer I settled into writing, piecing and designing. My seventh Fiber of My Being column has already posted. These posts for Craftsy appear semimonthly; you can subscribe here
In  the Sweet Summertime Dreams column I mentioned my intention to remain in New York this summer. I'm thrilled everyday that the plan worked out.

I became better acquainted with newest machine "Elna Dunham" and progressed on an upcoming Elna group project "100 blocks in 50 days."
Years ago I broke a needle late at night which taught me to always have an extra package of needles on hand.  Can you see what I did wrong last week? Jeepers Anita!
 Make it Simpler,

Anita's Make It Simpler® Monkey Wrench Block Pattern (aka Churn Dash)

Why am I smiling at the International Quilt Market? Because I went from petting an Elna Lotus sewing machine to becoming an Elna Boutique Designer in under 30 seconds.  Which means I've got something to make you smile too.
The complete pattern AND directions 
It's a no-measure, no-trim, no-waste solution
I delight in making traditional blocks simpler and this Monkey Wrench is a chip off the old block. Here's a video glimpse 
Stack, sew on lines, cut, and sew.
It's how I made this butterfly version
You may know the pattern as "Churn Dash"
Why don't you try a Monkey Wrench and then think about the steps you didn't have to take? Start with: Gee, I didn't have to trim a triangle (HST)!
Stay tuned,  I'll be launching five additional CuttingLinespatterns to teach in my classes. Comments
I named her "Elna Dunham"

Make it Simpler,

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 11

May 5, 2015
Quiltmaker and the Zegart Block

Terri Zegart is the daughter of Shelly "Why Quilts Matter" Zegart. In mid-September 2001,  I wanted to make blocks like those on the cover of the book jacket.  I was smitten by the diamond stars which formed in the center of every four blocks.

I figured out the construction after line drawing the block in Electric Quilt. I went on to  paper piece six inch blocks each entirely on one uncut sheet of vellum paper. Not four four pieces of paper but one piece that folded but was never cut apart
Neither Terri nor Shelly could identify a name for the block. The cover quilt came from a prop house. I love this block.  I would have married it if i wasn't already married. It was published in 2003 in my first paper piecing book and changed the course of my professional life

For Volume 11 the block, below, is presented at 12 inches and is not paper pieced.
The fabrics are  Liberty of London prints

There is a giveaway. Do tell, for a chance to win, what is your favorite, love of your life, quilt block and where do you live?

Comment  below ***  by Saturday,  May 9th at Noon eastern time for a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 9 directly from Quiltmaker Magazine.  You'll also win a digital foundation for the six inch Zegart block from me.   Good luck to you

Make it Simpler,
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