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A Quilter's Ark: More Than 50 Designs for Foundation Piecing

A Quilter's Ark: More Than 50 Designs for Foundation Piecing

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A Quilter's Ark: More Than 50 Designs for Foundation Piecing

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Dec 3, 2013
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9781604684377
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Create a menagerie of quilted creatures with 53 exciting foundation-pieced block designs by Margaret Rolfe! Piece dozens of animal and bird designs, including a panda, giraffe, rhinoceros, lion, flamingo, toucan, hippo, koala, parrot, and an elephant.

  • Stitch even the smallest pieces of your blocks with ease and accuracy when you use Margaret's fast and fun foundation-piecing technique
  • Combine any number of 4" x 4" blocks to make small or large quilts
  • Complete block instructions, patterns for four quilts, and a special ark block are included
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Dec 3, 2013
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A Quilter's Ark - Margaret Rolfe

Introduction

It is our task in our time and in our generation to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963)

I love to design pieced bird and animal blocks and have been doing so for some time. It was a logical step to extend my designs to foundation piecing, the potential for which other people saw long before I did. Thanks to their encouragement, I adapted my block designs into a small size for foundation piecing.

The blocks in this book finish to 4 x 4 or smaller, so foundation piecing is ideal (though I still prefer to use my straight-line piecing methods for larger blocks). One of the advantages of foundation piecing is that you can sew small pieces easily and accurately. I try to eliminate tiny pieces if I can, so if they remain in a design, they are essential to making it work.

Another advantage is speed. You really can sew and go with these blocks—trace the design onto the foundation, and then away to the sewing machine to stitch it up. In a very short time, you have a block you can finish into a little quilt.

This book contains more than fifty animal designs, so it’s no accident that it’s called A Quilter’s Ark. With all these animals and birds, it’s indeed an ark! Stories can tell great truths, and the story of Noah and his ark may be relevant to our own time. We, like Noah and his family, hold the fate of all the animals and birds in our hands. We need to ask ourselves, What will I do with that responsibility? Will the tiger, snow leopard, African elephant, and giant panda—to name only a few endangered species—be just stories for our great-great-grandchildren?

How to Use This Book

The main feature of this book is the foundation-piecing patterns: 53 animal blocks. You can use these quick and easy blocks in many different ways. Stitch groups of blocks together to make small themed quilts like Farm Quilt on page 72 or Zoo Quilt on page 111 (these make wonderful quilts for babies and children). Try making little quilts from single blocks—these have lots of possibilities. Make a special gift for someone with a favorite animal, like Miaow Cats on page 95; celebrate holidays with an appropriate animal, such as the turkey quilt on page 62 for Thanksgiving; or make a statement about things you care about, like Share the Earth below left and on page 99. The blocks are ideal for incorporating into clothing also. Most of all, have fun. You may want to try using blocks humorously, as I did in I Never Saw a Purple Cow below and on page 98, based on a poem I enjoyed as a child. For more ideas, I’ve included patterns for four quilts starting on page 67, or browse Designing Quilts with Animal Blocks on page 92 for ideas.

BLOCKS

Bald Eagle

Materials

White for head and tail

Dark brown for body and legs

Background fabric

Black and yellow embroidery floss

Instructions

1. Join units A, B, and C.

2. Add embroidery details:

• Using two strands of black floss, single chain stitch eye center.

• Using one strand of black floss, stem-stitch brow.

• Using one strand of yellow floss, chain stitch outer eye.

• Using two strands of yellow floss, chain stitch beak and feet.

To download and print a PDF of this pattern, go to www.epub.ShopMartingale.com/b311x

Beaver

Materials

Brown for body

Dark brown for tail

Background fabric

Black and brown embroidery floss

Instructions

1. Join units A and B. Then add C to the A-B unit.

2. Add embroidery details:

• Using two strands of black floss, chain stitch eye, stem-stitch mouth, and straight stitch nose.

• Using two strands of brown floss, chain stitch ear.

To download and print a PDF of this pattern, go to www.epub.ShopMartingale.com/b311x

Black Bear

Materials

Black for body

Brown for nose

Background fabric

Black and light-brown embroidery floss

Instructions

1. Join units A and B.

2. Sew 1½ x 4½ background strips to the top and bottom of A-B; then trim the block to 4½ x 4½.

3. Appliqué ear using black fabric (see page 86).

4. Add embroidery details:

• Using two strands of black floss, chain stitch eye center.

• Using two strands of light-brown floss, chain stitch outer eye.

To download and print a PDF of this pattern, go to www.epub.ShopMartingale.com/b311x

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