August: Try A Tool Blog Hop with Studio 180 Design!

I received the “V Block” from Studio 180 Designs. I love this block … but what to do? What to make?

I also received 2 Fat Quarter Bundles of Autumn Wings … along with 2 yards of coordinating Bubbles-Sahara (from the Blenders collection and 2 yards of Teal from the Basics collection. Autumn Wings should be available in the shops now and Bubbles-Sahara and Teal are available all the time.

Aren’t these fabrics absolutely gorgeous? !!!

I watched the video from Studio 180 on making the V-block and the High/Low blocks. As I was watching, I loved the block in the background. It had a pinwheel in the middle. No problem. I also have the Tucker Trimmer and I used it to make the half-square triangles.

Here’s the design I came up with in EQ. But alas, I didn’t have enough of the Bubbles-Sahara fabric to use for the background. But I did have enough “Custard,” from a previous Island Batik shipment, so I substituted it.

Here’s the first High/Low star that I made. I’m SEW impressed!!!! Using the Studio 180 tools, the blocks come out PERFECT. Look at how those seams nest together SEW nicely. It’s definitely not ME!!! I’m not a perfectionist. It’s using tools that make it work well! I’m liking them!!!

I also used the V-block to make these 4-pointed star blocks and used the Tucker Trimmer to cut the 5 1/2″ blocks for the centers. On the design wall. I wasn’t sure that I liked the solid squares in the middle. So, I decided to make the rest of the High/Low blocks and see.

Nope … I still didn’t like them. And while playing around with fabric, I decided that a square-in-a-square would be the block to put in the centre.

I was able to buy a “Squared Square” Studio 180 tool and made the blocks quickly and easily. Much better, don’t you agree? (And now I’m happy to have another useful tool!)

And the blocks ready to sew together! Along with a bunch of V-blocks for potential border treatment. Along with trialing the sashing strips.

Some of the border blocks started (all V blocks), but not sewn together …

Played around with the border blocks and liked this version better! And I added square in a square blocks on the corners (using the Squared-Square ruler).

I used Hobbs, Tuscany Cotton Wool blend.

It quilted like a dream … an absolute dream!!! Before I started quilting a put a fresh Schmetz needle in!

Here is a picture of the quilting on my domestic machine (Janome M7) using Silly Moon’s “Rocket” to sew 1/4″ away from the star …

All finished!

I used Schmetz needles, Aurifil #2000 – Light Stand for the quilting and #4029 – Turf Green to sew on the binding.

Remember that this fabric collection is called Autumn Wings … well it’s the middle of summer and autumn is a ways off … so I took this picture on my dried out lawn (the closest to having fall colours!)

Make sure that you visit Mania from Mania for Quilts. She has the same fabric collection and her quilt is absolutely totally different than mine. She is very creative and talented!

This Week’s Blog Hop Schedule

Week 1:

August 10:

Mania for Quilts Autumn Wings

Gail Sheppard Autumn Wings This is ME!!! You are already here!

August 11:

Elizabeth @ Epida Studio

Preeti @ Sew Pretti Quilts

August 12:

Emily @ The Darling Dogwood

Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations

You could win!

You have 2 opportunities to win … well, actually 4. Two from Island Batik and 2 from me. Click on the Rafflecopter link for opportunities to win either a 10″ stack of Butterfly Blooms or a 2 1/2″ Strip pac of Autumn Wings from Island Batik.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In order to win one of these packages of fabrics from me, you must live in Canada (but outside of Quebec). They have at least 10 x 10″ pieces of Autumn Wings – some are much bigger. Reply in the comments answering the following questions: (I know some people are unable to respond in the comments – just send me an email and answer the questions).

  • Where in Canada do you live?
  • Have you ever won fabric from me before?
  • What would you do with the fabric?

Disclosure: The fabrics, thread, batting and needles were generously supplied by the following companies:

Thank you to the following companies for making this possible!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 

54 thoughts on “August: Try A Tool Blog Hop with Studio 180 Design!

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  3. Hi Gail. Well you’ve done it again. I’m stunned with the beauty of your quilt. I absolutely love the square in a square centres and the changed border just makes everything shine. I’m in BC, haven’t won fabric from you before, but if I won these pretty fabrics would be added to a collection I’m starting for a fall quilt for my grandson’s wedding that I’m working out a design for. It’ll be a bit scrappy so any additional fabrics would be fun. 😉 Carol


  4. Gail, always love seeing your designs. I live in Ladner. Have never won any fabric from you. I would plan to make a comfort quilt and hope the volunteers will be able to go back soon to start giving quilts out again. A great start to fall and winter sewing!


  5. I don’t live in Canada but wanted to say what a beautiful quilt you made! Love the colors of the fabrics in this collection as well. Your lawn looks like ours (Calif!). Fingers crossed for more rain!!

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  6. Beautiful fabric, Gail! I have a couple of the Studio 180 tools, but have yet to use them!! Looking forward to seeing how all the ambassadors use them. Maybe I’ll learn something! LOL

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  7. Love this and a pattern would be on my to do list. I live in Edmonton, have never won anything from you. I’m thinking these fabrics might make a nice fall table runner.


  8. Oh Gail, I just love what you did for this challenge. I really like the fact that you let us in on the design process. Thank you so much! I live in Yorkton, Sk where it has been in the 30’s a lot this summer. We have had only a few cupfulls of rain and my lawn looks like yours. I love (sorry I keep using that word) the Autumn collection and over this past year have made two queen size quilts using those colors. It seems that is my color pallet as I know that I could easily make another queen size especially with the addition of these Island Batiks!


  9. Love your quilt.
    I would like to be entered in the draw.
    I live in Stephenville, Newfoundland Labrador.
    I have never won fabric from you before.
    I would make a quilt with the beautiful fabric. Not sure which pattern yet.


  10. Hi, I’m Velda from PEI Canada, I’ve never won anything from you…or anybody else in the quiltiverse. If I won the fabric, I’d use it for an upcoming Improv forest quilt that I’m making with some quilting bee buddies. I really like using specialty rulers and tools for projects and will definitely look around my LQS to see if they carry the V block ruler.


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