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Today we welcome Guest Designer Beth of Eva Paige Quilts. Beth is one clever gal…and you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see her technique of sewing accordion style half square triangles. Clever!
She also teaches and hosts quilt alongs on her blog.
Her style and design is scrappy but with a plan!
This is how she describes her quilting:
Inspired Designs, Relaxed Attitude. It’s what you’ll find from this quilt designer and national teacher who loves scrappy, bold color, unique design, and focusing on the fun rather than the fuss of quilting.
This is so true and you’ll love the pattern she has designed for this month.
Here’s a bit more about Beth:
Over the years I’ve seen my design preferences evolve from mainly machine applique to mainly scrappy, but I still like to mix it up with new stuff all the time. My one constant design style is one of “fun over fuss,” and I unapologetically preach the gospel of “Perfection is Overrated” through my trunk show lecture of the same name. Who needs matching points fouling up an otherwise cool design, after all?
Since founding EvaPaige Quilt Designs in 2005, I have published over 40 patterns and my work has been featured in Quilter’s World, The Quilter, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, and Cotton Spice magazines.
I was honored to be appointed to the 2014 Quiltmaker magazine “Scrap Squad” along with five other quilters, all of us chosen to remake one particular design per issue in all scraps.
Nothing has ever been more right up my alley, and led to my favorite and most popular lecture, “Give it a Scrap Slap,” where I emphasize my philosophy of “consistency in the chaos” in scrap quilt making, as well as the value and design class “Now YOU Give it a Scrap Slap.”
Other lectures and classes are just as much fun and teach a variety of topics while keeping the room light, real, and positive.
Because I love scrappy, a natural offshoot was discovering and developing my Accordion Sewn HSTs ™ technique, wherein half square triangles are created from accordions rather than two at a time, ensuring the most scrappy bang for your HST buck!
You can find my youtube videos highlighting the basic technique HERE.
About the project for the quilt group:
My project will be a little window into the world of Accordion Sewn HSTs™, and even some Accordion Sewn QSTs (quarter sewn triangles)! I created my project as a pillow because I recently painted my living room and my couches no longer matched.
However we weren’t quite ready to buy new ones, so I just put some slipcovers for temporary use on them. But then that made the room too dark. So to brighten it I’ve been making a few pillows for pops of color.
This is one of them.
It’s pretty quick and if you don’t love my pillow construction directions, you can absolutely adapt the block to your own pillow or other project! I won’t be insulted!
• 1/3 yard background fabrics (white in photo)
• 4 scraps approximately 10” square red
• 4 scraps approximately 10” square teal
• 1 yard total lining and pillow backing fabrics – I used two different fabrics, you can use more or fewer. See cutting instructions for sizes needed
• Fat eighth red or teal for binding
• 18” pillow form
• Batting pieces in sizes shown in cutting chart
• Threads for machine piecing and machine quilting
Download the Pattern: login to access
The Night Sky Mystery Quilt Block
The name of the quilt, Night Sky, meant a star was in order.
I sent a version using traditional half square triangles to the Posse, and am featuring the same block made with Accordion Sewn HSTs™ on my blog.
It’s always amazing to me how different they end up looking!
Download the Pattern: login to access
~ Enjoy her interview ~
How did you get your start in sewing?
I sewed in Home Ec, back when that was actually a thing, and learned some garment sewing from my mother as a kid and teen. I was always pretty crafty, so I was able to teach myself quilting in my 20s.
What inspires you?
Do you have a favorite notion?
The Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer by New Leaf Stitches 100% changed my entire quilting and design life. Before the inventor, Kari Carr, sent me one to try, I was not an HSTs fan. But when I tried it and saw how simple and QUICK it was to actually trim HSTs without losing your mind anymore, OMG. I not only started designing HSTs-based scrap quilts, but invented the Accordion Sewn HSTs™ method of making them with no matches and no waste. When you know you can trim easily, your whole mind is open to new ideas!
To that end, I also highly recommend the Accordion Lesson Sheet, a two sided laminated reference to keep right by your machine, in your retreat bag, etc, so that you can have the directions on how my Accordion Sewn HSTs™ work at your fingertips all the time!
Both of these items are available on my website, and I’m offering the Accordion Lesson at a discount to all IAQ members in the month of June! Just enter HSTSROCK to any order containing the pdf or laminated version and save 15% on it!
What’s coming up for you that we can check out~
I’ll be teaching this summer at Quilt Nebraska, and in September at Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland OR. I adore teaching anywhere, and large regional shows are a great way to meet a ton of quilters and teach some of my favorite classes over the course of a few days. So I’m excited to have a couple coming up!
Quirky or fun fact about yourself?
Both of these items are available on my website, and I’m offering the Accordion Lesson at a discount to all IAQ members in the month of June!
coupon code exclusive to our group is: login for discount code!
Where can you find her?
Join the International Association of Quilters– an online quilt group that fits your schedule & location. Exclusive patterns. Community of quilters. Designers you’ll love. Join here!