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Glorious Autumn Block Party – Nan Baker and Craftsy

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Hi everyone! Welcome to Block 39 of our Glorious Autumn Block Party. Today we have Nan Baker as our featured designer and Super Deal savings from Craftsy. Plus, don’t miss Nan’s great give-away too.

Visit the Block Party Headquarters for more info and upload your completed blocks to the Flickr group.


Super Deal from Craftsy

Learn Kaye England’s precise piecing methods and make 12 traditional blocks, inspired by the stories of strong women of the Civil War era.

Online Quilting Class

In Re-Piecing the Past, you’ll learn foundational piecing techniques as you work through 12 included block patterns, each with its own story to tell – from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” to “Battle Cry of Freedom,” a song so popular it was sung on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.


Featured Designer: Nan Baker

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Photo: Nan with Pat Sloan at the Houston International Quilt Market – October 2012. Pat is also a designer for the Autumn Block Party, her block is Pop-a-licious.

How did you get into quilting?

I was a needlework designer. I found that many of my designs would translate very easily into appliqué quilt designs. I had sewed all my life and loved working with fabric, so why not? I called my local quilt shop and said I need some help. They gave me a quick basic course and the result is below. You will find that most pictures of my quilts have cats. This is Denny. More about him later.

first quilt

I will admit that I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t understand all the terms, but took lots of notes. You don’t just learn these things overnight (well you might – but I don’t). It took awhile, but finally the light bulb went off in my brain and it started making sense. I haven’t looked back. My quilts are both appliquéd (machine) and pieced. I must admit that piecing is my favourite, but I am learning to do hand appliqué as people have told me how relaxing it can be. So we will see.

How/when/why did you transition from a quilter to a designer?

I guess you can say I transitioned from a needlework designer to a quilter when I made my first quilt from a needlepoint design! It is called Spring Fling Monkey. It includes appliqué and lots of ribbon embroidery. I was still holding on to the handwork which I love. I knew I had a long way to go with so many things to learn.

good monkey

monkey

Which quilt is your favourite? Did you design it? Why is it your favourite?

My favourite quilt is Denny’s Hopscotch Quilt for many reasons. Yes, I did design it and it was all done by hand. It was my first hand quilt. I had lots of little 1 ½ inch squares that were given to me and they were just crying out to be stitched together. I had been wanting to do a hand quilt so I could sit and stitch in the evening with husband and cat nearby (or cat in lap). It just kind of came together.

Hopscotch Quilt

I made it for my husband to be used as a lap quilt when we have cool nights. (Yes I know I live in Florida, but in the northwest part – so we do get some cool weather.) It is my favourite quilt because my cat, Denny, soon claimed it as his own and my husband lost out. He loved this quilt and I have many pictures of him enjoying nap time on the quilt. We lost Denny in February 2012. He was diabetic and had to have insulin shots twice a day for two years. He was a brave little cat and fought a good fight and we miss him greatly. He was 13+ as he was a rescue kitty when he came to live with us in 1999. So you can see why I love this quilt. It is kind of a tribute to him.

denny-cat

How many UFOs do you currently have? This page is not long enough!!!! Lots of UFO’s!

What size of quilt do you prefer to make/design? Lap Quilts

What colour do you use most often in your quilts? Yellow & Orange are my favourite colors, but blue seems to turn up in many of my quilts.

Favourite one-sentence tip for a new quilter: It doesn’t have to be “purrfect” the first time or ever.

Favourite size and brand of rotary cutter: Olfa – size 45mm

Favourite quote or mantra: Busy hands are Happy hands!


Block Party #39 – Just Plain Nuts

Here’s Nan’s block: Just Plain Nuts. It’s an excellent block for using up your scraps. Head over to her blog to download the tutorial.

just-plain-nuts

See the previous free quilting blocks!


Designer’s Give-Away

Nan has three prizes that she’s giving away.

The first prize is a year’s subscription to The Quilt Pattern Magazine. This is an online magazine that has been dubbed “awesome” by subscribers! Click on the magazine to learn more.

quilt-pattern-magazine

The second prize is a pattern of Nan’s favorite quilt – the one she talked about in my designer profile – Denny’s Hopscotch Quilt – and the third prize is 3 fat quarters.

Hopscotch Denny

Visit Nan’s blog to enter the give-away.

fat quarters

Posted: November 29th, 2012

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2 Responses to “Glorious Autumn Block Party – Nan Baker and Craftsy”

  1. Barbie K In NC says:

    I have to say I really liked, and I mean really, liked all the blocks this past week! Thanx! Barbie

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