Monday, April 14, 2014

One Patch At A Time

This evening, I will be announcing the County Line Quilters Guild's annual challenge theme.  It is "One Patch At A Time" - a challenge to make a One Patch Quilt.  So, I combed the internet and my stash of projects and pictures for examples  (and non-examples!) of one patch quilts for inspiration.

In 2000, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine came out with a very helpful article on One Patch quilt and they also published several one patch shapes!  It was so exciting to find this article for not only does it include the templates, it includes some pictures of what the one patch shapes look like in a quilt.  So, click on this link:

Scrap Quilts
From Janet Wickell at

One Patch quilts are those that consist of one repeating shape.  The one that comes to mind right away is the Apple Core.

By Lynn Kough, 2013 AZQG show.

I also find this baby blocks quilt fascinating.  It's a tessellation quilt made with  half-hexagons.  And, it IS a One Patch Quilt.

By Terry Aske.
This next quilt is also a tessellation done with half-hexagons.  But, because some of the setting pieces are full hexagons, it cannot be called a One Patch Quilt.

As a rule, only some tessellation quilts may be considered one patch quilts.

Check out my "A Thimble Full" quilt.  While a One Patch Shape is used - the Tumbler, this quilt cannot be considered a One Patch Quilt.  The multi-color tumbler consists of fabric squares and the rows are separated by sashing.  Both of these fail to make this a One Patch Quilt.

Change it to one fabric per tumbler and eliminate the sashing and, voila!, it becomes a One Patch Quilt!

Pieced Cracker Block - NOT a One Patch

Most of us are familiar with the pieced Cracker block that is often used for signature quilts. 

Cracker - One Patch Quilt.

However, there is another Cracker block which is a One Patch Shape.  It looks like a rectangle with wavy sides.  
A great resource for One Patch Quilts is
Quilt Teacher/Author/Celebrity Pat Yamin.

This cracker quilt is her sample and she offers templates to make One Patch Quilts including the Cracker acrylic template.

By Debbie Moyes. 

A simply stunning One Patch Quilt is the Spinning Star. There is so much movement to this curvy shape.  Does it not look like an Apple Core that has been stretched on the bias?

Another resource to check out is Ardco Templates.  They offer metal templates for a variety of quilt shapes.  The links I have included are for their Charm Templates and their Single Shapes pages as these are where most of the One Patch Shapes are listed.

This brings us to Charm Quilts.  A Charm Quilt is one where no fabric is repeated except maybe for the background or setting.   It does not have to be a One Patch Quilt though a lot of Charm Quilts are.

charm quilt, thousand pyramids quilt
One Patch Quilt -  Yoka's Thousand Pyramids CHARM Quilt
NOT A One Patch Quilt - Peggy's Snowball CHARM Quilt
So many other One Patch Quilts out there.  I may have to revisit this in the future!  

Have you made a One Patch Quilt?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Guild Show 2014

My quilt guild just had the bi-annual quilt show this past weekend.  What a fun but exhausting time!  The quilts were just amazing.  Anyhow, here are some pictures.  Enjoy!
This was the raffle quilt that I designed and the guild members put together.

Raffle Quilt detail.  Beautifully quilted by Kim Pope. 

Joined by a third Joyce (Joyce H's mom)!
My friends, Joyce O. and Joyce H.!

One of Joyce Hughes' quilts entered in a McCall's series of quilt competitions. 
Joyce's final quilt for the McCall's competition which won her the top prize! 2012 Quilt Design Star!
Setting up my booth on Friday.  Apparently, I've been indulging my love of brights lately.
A bit chilly on Saturday.  DH Mike's the best!  

I gave my Vendor's Choice award to Grace Katz for this
hand-pieced and hand-quilted project, "Worth the Wait".  Just amazing.
Detail on "Worth the Wait".  I just love it.

Carol Breinig and her stunning quilt that was hanging directly across my booth.
It won the Round Bobbin's Vendor's Choice!
Joyce Overberger's latest quilt (really big quilt, too!) that she made with her friend, Joan.  

A Vintage Yo-Yo quilt.
It's one of the Vintage quilts that the guild will be auctioning off in October.
Contact County Line Quilters Guild for more info.
What a surprise and a delight it was to see this quilt by Rosemary Malizia!
It was a shop hop quilt that I designed several years ago. 

From the talented Gretchen Gibbons comes this unique project.
These were Batik UFO blocks that she embellished with wool applique.  
Just her style!  
Our former guild president, Jeanne Malone, received
these signed oriental lantern blocks from the membership.  She did a great job finishing it!
I had to look 3 or 4 times before I found my block.  Lesson learned - go for contrast when signing blocks!

Innovative quilt by Mary Mollettiere(sp?).

Traditional quilt also by Mary Molly.  Awesome! 
One of the pansy pots scattered around the show.  So pretty.
Just one more... Marilyn Becker so happy to have won the raffle quilt!