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After working on my fall fabric collection using paper cutting, I have been thinking more about working with mixed media. This morning I experimented a bit with cathedral windows and paper. Here I used some double gauze cottons from my Framework collection and the dark gray paper cranes from my Monochrome collection. Just cut circles and fold them over fabric squares. I think this would be a lovely way to display special fabrics. These are 1″ squares, but you could make them any size.

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My Cathedral Windows Quilt from 1, 2, 3 Quilt is still one of my favorites and was the most fun to make. This technique seems intimidating, but is really just about folding fabric. Simple.

1,2,3 Quilt of the Day

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Here’s the Cathedral Windows Quilt from 1, 2, 3 Quilt. If you haven’t tried this technique, it’s much easier that it looks. Basically a bit of fabric folding will make your blocks. I machine stitched mine for speed, but you can slow down and sew your cathedral windows by hand.

And here are all the other quilts from the book:

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1, 2, 3 Quilt Giveaway

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1, 2, 3 Quilt will be shipping soon! The official release date is September 10. You can pre-order online now or find the book in your local bookstore or favorite fabric shop very soon! You can flip through the images below to see all 24 projects from the book. Photos by Laura Malek.

The chapters are based on shape — squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers stars and diamonds. Within each chapter you’ll find two projects followed by a quilt to help you build your skills progressively. You’ll learn how to make flying geese (three ways), needle-turned appliqué flowers, English paper-pieced hexagons, freezer-paper circles, clamshells, and much more. I tried to cover as many quilting techniques as possible in the book, so that it’s useful for beginners as well as those of you who’ve been quilting for years. As you scroll through the photos above, you’ll see that the projects become more challenging as the shapes get more complex. So you’ll start with the basic square and finish with more complicated projects like foundation paper piecing and cathedral windows.

Want to win a copy of the book? Just browse through the projects and let me know what you’d most like to make. Leave a comment here by Tuesday, September 3 at midnight eastern and I’ll randomly choose THREE winners to receive a copy of 1, 2, 3 Quilt. This giveaway is open internationally.

1, 2, 3 Quilt

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Last week I got a few advanced copies of 1, 2, 3 Quilt. The official release date is September 10, but I’m guessing that it will start shipping from amazon sometime in August. You can pre-order it now!

The book has 24 projects, divided into eight chapters of three projects each. Each chapter focuses on a different shape and the projects progress in difficulty, to build on your skills as you work through the book. There are patchwork and quilted projects including pillows, an apron, skirt, tote bag, etc. Then each chapter culminates with a quilt, for a total of eight quilt patterns. So, if you’re new to quilting, you can learn skills gradually while making some useful projects. And if you’re an advanced quilter, you might pick up on some sewing projects that you haven’t tried yet.

Projects range from basic to advanced, from a lopsided log cabin to cathedral windows. Throughout the book, you will learn various quilting techniques in the How-To sections. Here’s the Table of Contents below so you can see the full list of projects and techniques.

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The photos taken by Laura Malek turned out beautifully. The quilting on the Randoms Rectangles quilt on the cover was done by Tia Curtis. As I show more projects, I’ll talk about all of the people who helped out with the quilting and binding for these projects.

1, 2, 3 Quilt Cover

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Look! 1, 2, 3 Quilt is available for pre-order! The official release isn’t until September, but you can pre-order now or add it to your wish list. After working on this book for nearly two years, it’s hard to believe that it will actually be printed and done. I was lucky enough to work with the amazing people at Chronicle Books again on this project.

This book, like 1, 2, 3 Sew, has projects organized in groups of three allowing you to build on your skills with each set as you work through the book. In 1, 2, 3 Quilt, the chapters are organized by shapes — squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers, stars and diamonds. As you create more complex shapes, the projects get a bit more challenging. So you’ll make a reversible checkerboard game mat, then eventually end up making a cathedral windows quilt.

I tried to cover all of the quilting techniques that I could pack into this book including flying geese made three ways, half-square triangles, needle-turn appliqué, freezer paper appliqué, foundation paper-piecing, English paper-piecing, plus much more. You’ll make projects like a Dresden flower quilt, clamshell pillow sham, and hand-pieced hexagon handbag. In this book, each chapter starts with a small project, then ends with a quilt. There are 8 quilts, 16 other patchwork and quilted projects, plus many more techniques that you can use as you continue your quilting journey. For instance, if you enjoy making the appliqué hand towel, you can take that skill and make a full-sized appliqué quilt later. You’ll also learn some basic sewing skills like how to install a zipper, make mitered corners, and create a stuffed animal. If you’re a beginner, the book begins with some simple projects to get you started. I really think there’s something for all skill levels here. I hope to show you more in the coming months.

But today I thought I’d show a bit of behind-the-scenes for the cover. For 1, 2, 3 Sew, I digitized and sewed the cover background design using my embroidery software and my embroidery machine. This time, I stitched the cover title and some other details by hand. In my Instagram photos below, you can see how I traced the title sent over by the book designer, and then stitched it. I then photographed the stitching and sent it to Chronicle, where they added the photos and additional text. I love the warmth and handmade feel it gives the cover and I’m thrilled with the way it came out in the end. On the final cover above, you can see a set of coasters from the circle chapter, a bag from the stars chapter and a quilt from the rectangles chapter.

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I’m excited about this book and I hope you’ll love it!