Hanging Out with Paul and Sheldon!

We recently got these amazing fabrics from Susybee in the shop staring Paul the Frog and Sheldon the Turtle!  Our entire collection came except the panel (back ordered) so what is a girl to do but come up with a pattern using the many coordinating fabrics in the collection?

You can see those fabrics here: Paul the Frog and Sheldon the Turtle Fabrics

We put them into our Etsy shop, however feel free to contact us with any requests you might have if you don’t use Etsy!

This pattern looks difficult but I assure it is not.  This is my ‘tester’ so I used both paper piecing and traditional piecing to see which method would work the best…


I have to say that the paper method worked out the best.  Look for this pattern soon in our shop(s)!

Here is a detail of one of the blocks…


I most likely will be working on the quilting of this over the Holidays!


A Straight Grain Arrowhead Block

Hi Everyone!


Sometimes when I’m working on sewing down my scrap pile I come across an idea.  Today I wanted to see if I could make Anita Grossman’s Arrowhead block using some of my scrap strips.  If you have never tried her version of the Arrowhead block I highly recommend it.  It is fun to do and will open your eyes to a whole new way of piecing.


The block is featured in her book Rotary Cutting REVOLUTION, seen below…


It is also featured on Anita’s blog here and here!

I made this block a couple of years ago at quilt retreat and the one thing I remember was the outside edges of the block are all on the bias.  For some people this isn’t an issue but for me, as I’m known for OVER pressing, I know I’d run into trouble.

So off I am at the drawing table to re-engineer this block to get those edges on the straight of grain!  And use up some scrap strips too!

I did make one block with 2″ strips and then  guessed cut some triangles.  Yes, that’s a new term “Guess-Cut”!  I really am triangle challenged!


But after a trim the block came out perfect! DSCF0763 DSCF0765 DSCF0768

So then I tried using ONLY scrap strips and I ran into some serious issues!!!

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I now know what my mistake was (I should have used a 3″ strip and not a 2-1/2″) so OH WELL!  Let’s do this again!

What I’m after is that long edge of the quarter square triangle be ON Grain, not on the bias.  Back to the drawing board!

I drafted up a new pattern piece that can be used both for the paper piecing and the cutting, very similar to my Churn Dash block from last year.

I printed several of them out and sewed up two, tweaking the computer layout as I went…

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At last!  A straight grain Arrowhead Block!

Here’s the pattern in case you’d like to have a go at it!

Straight Grain Arrowhead Block




Join us for our shop opening Quilt-A-Long! Introducing Light Bright!

The leaves are falling, and the days are getting shorter and shorter here in Northern Illinois.  This is the inspiration for our first Quilt-A-Long here at Stash Traders!

Getting out of the winter blues calls for bright, happy colors that are set against this dark winter background.  Introducing Light Bright!

Light Bright Lap

We’ve designed this quilt using our Textured Weave blender fabric collection available in our shop under the SHOP tab at the top of the screen.  The Textured Weave collection retails at a regular price of $9.48 per yard, an already great price, but for a limited time (the duration of this Quilt-A-Long) we are offering Textured Weave HALF OFF!

No coupon code required, just pop into the shop and select your colors.

Quick tip: In the SEARCH box window type Textured Weave and the fabrics will appear in your browser!

For our quilt, we’ve used 13 of the 17 colors but feel free to customize your colors any way you’d like!

We are offering this pattern in 5 sizes (Crib, Lap, Twin, Queen and King)!  The pattern will be revealed during the Quilt-A-Long and available for free right here.  We hope you’ll join us for this fun project!

I’ll be posting fabric requirements in my next post!

Happy Quilting!