A Long Time Ago, In A Sewing Room Far, Far Away…

Where my quilting nerds at? I know you are out there–we are a small but mighty group, and we wield our seam rippers as deftly as any jedi can swing a light saber.

I love sci-fi. And I love quilting. So I like to think that if they got together and had a baby it would look a little something like this:

Star Wars Quilt by Holly Gets Quilty

I could talk about this quilt for days, but for sake of brevity, here is an easy-to-read bulleted list with all of the details:

*I have been saving fabrics for this quilt for about 3 years. They include lots of Carolyn Friedlander Architextures, Lizzy House Constellations, solids, an out of prints novelty Star Wars blueprint style print, and my beloved vintage Star Wars sheets. The background is Kona Charcoal, the backing is a black and white crosshatch with more sheets and extra triangle blocks.

*This pattern is the Triangle Wheel Block pattern by PileO’Fabric, and is available for free HERE

*This turned out to be roughly twin sized.

*I made it for one of our best friends (and probably the biggest Star Wars fan I know) and it is his birthday and Christmas gift for at least the next decade.

*Yes, it was incredibly hard to give away. Yes I might still go steal it from his house.

*The quilting (which I totally forgot to get a closeup of! Shame on me!) is a pantograph that has X Wings and Tie Fighters in the quilting lines. It looks like this:

Star Wars Quilting Deisgn

Star Wars Quilting Deisgn

Star Wars Quilt

This was a true labor of love and I am going to miss it fiercly. I want to make one for myself, but until I can get my hands on more vintage sheets, I’ll just have to file this under “quilts I want to make in the distant future”. Unless you have a lead on where I can score some sheets?

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Chalk and Paint Fabrics and Art Class Triangle Block

Logo-PNG2Did any of you grow up watching Saved By the Bell? My best friend Carly  could probably recite every episode line for line. I was too busy watching cartoons (I wasn’t as sophisticated as Carly), but still, that was the generation I grew up in so I’ll always have a place in my heart for their hi jinks and big hair.

None of this has anything to do with the new Chalk and Paint line by Caroline Hulse  (of Sew Caroline fame) for Art Gallery Fabrics, except that the fabrics I used for this pillow came together in this serendipitous palette that totally has me yelling “I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it!” (only you know, less caffeine pills and crying). That’s not to say that this line is meant to be 90’s inspired–it just how it spoke to me. The collection as a whole has divine texture and colors that move and blend beautifully!


From the moment I saw the Brushed Triangle print in all of the instagram pics of fall Quilt Market, I KNEW that I would be making this into a paper pieced pattern. Like, duh. The print is so so good. The other fabrics I chose had lots of color and textural variety, which really gets you some serious bang for your buck when you do small piecing. You would never know I only had 5 prints and 2 solids in each block, right? I love it.

And as much as I super puffy heart love the triangle print, I have to say that I was totally surprised with this looker:CHP-50203-Untaped-Splatter-Frost-500px

I mean , HOW EARLY 90’s RADICAL IS THAT?? I’m pretty sure I had a shirt covered in the sister pattern to this print! I LOVE it. Like, I need someone to make this into a hundred different shirts for me. It’s so on point.

PicMonkey Collage

I pulled my background colors and general aesthetic for the project from this print. So what do you get when you combine a triangle pattern with this color palette?

Free Art Class Triangle Block-Holly Gets Quilty

It’s like the Kelly Kapowski of triangle pillows! Smart, precise, and oh-so on trend. I’m obsessed. Here is the good part: to celebrate the release of Caroline’s new line (and the fabulous triangle print that inspired me), I am making this pattern available for free! I want to see what you make with the Art Class Triangle block, so if you post on instagram please please do tag me (@hollygetsquilty) and hashtag the block with #artclasstriangleblock and/or #hollygetsquiltypatterns.


About the pattern:

  • The Art Class Triangle is a foundation paper piece pattern.
  • There are three variations of each section (A, B, and C) which gives you the freedom to come up with several different arrangements.
  • While the background pieces can be paper pieced, I found it easiest to use the provided foundation papers as a template and did not actually paper piece those sections on!

Free Art Class Triangle Block-Holly Gets Quilty

I seriously loved the prints I picked out–I’m already planning a top out of my two favorite prints, so I promise you wont be disappointed! And really , do your 90’s lovin’ heart and favor and get your hands on this stunning line!

And seriously, that triangle print is radical.

Free Art Class Triangle Block-Holly Gets Quilty

For an awesome (and easy to enter) giveaway, got to Caroline’s feed for details! And babes,  take some time to check out the rest of the tour–tomorrow the brilliant Chris, aka The Tattooed Quilter!


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Quilting From Every Angle and Nancy Purvis

Hello friends! I have something super exciting to share with you today. Do you know Nancy Purvis, aka Owen’s Olivia? You really should–I know I have written about her before and she is one of my long standing quilting crushes. Everything she makes is modern and edgy and she has this amazing talent for balancing color and pattern to create movement and structure in her quilts. This lady right here just released her very first quilting book!
Quilting from Every Angle: 16 Geometric Designs By Nancy Purvis Interweave/F+W; http://bit.ly/1jw4098

Quilting from Every Angle: 16 Geometric Designs
By Nancy Purvis

I actually got to piece one of the quilt tops for her book and I can honestly say that this book is totally my jam. Just the right kind of modern, with patterns that look different with every fabric selection without losing Nancy’s signature modern style. So. Good. Just look at what I am talking about:
brooklyn quilt owens olivia 1


concordia quilt owen's olivia 2


fossil quilt owen's olivia quilting from every angle


vertebrae quilt owen's olivia 1

Vertebrae (This is the top I pieced! How bananas is that?!)

I mean, her work totally speaks for itself, right?
I was crazy excited when Nancy asked if I would make a project from the book to share for her book blog tour (yes, yes, a thousand times yes!) and since I am completely smitten with the Concordia quilt I knew I had to have one for myself.
concordia quilt hollygetsquilty.com
This was my first time sewing with Andover’s chambray, and while it is super dreamy to work with, and waaaaaay less fussy than Essex, it wrinkles like CRAZY. I’m hoping once it is quilted and washed it will soften up, because no matter how much I ironed I could not get it flat. Just in case you were wondering.
hollygetsquilty.com concordia quilt
Nancy’s version is stunning in monochrome, but I wanted to play with a serious punch of color this time. I picked a yummy Andover chambray for the background, a black and white print from Carolyn’s Friendlander’s line Doe, and some kick-you-in-the-face Kona Wasabi for the bars.
I’m. In. Love. This pattern is foundation paper pieced to make the precise piecing easier and accurate–those bar sections finish at 1/4″ wide!
hollygetsquilty.com concordia quilt
Nancy’s patterns are straightforward with detailed cutting lists (this is important if you don’t like to math. Like me.) Reading her book is easy and approachable in style. She is a down to earth lady and that comes across in her writing–I love that. I have a few more quilts bookmarked already, and Gary still says his all-time favorite quilt top I have made is the Vertabrae top I pieced for the book. It is so hard to find designs that can feel masculine and edgy, but this book is full of them from cover to cover, which really makes this book a must buy!
hollygetsquilty.com concordia quilt
Okay, so I KNOW you want your own copy of this book, right? It is available to purchase as a signed copy  HERE or on amazon, and for one of you lucky readers, Interweave has offered up a sweet copy for you to win!
To enter, check out more of Nancy’s quilts by searching the #quiltingfromeveryangle hashtag on Instagram, or checking out more projects from the other makers on the blog tour (links below) and tell me which quilt you are most excited about! That’s it!
CONGRATULATIONS to Kelsey! Please contact me at hollygetsquilty@gmail.com to claim your copy!
Special thanks to Nancy Purvis and Interweave for hosting the giveaway!
11/10- Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts
11/11- Hillary Goodwin of Entropy Always Wins
11/12- Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
11/13- Anna Graham of Noodlehead
11/16- Rachel McCormack of Wooden Spoon Quilts
11/17- Tara Larson of Rad & Happy 
11/18- Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
11/19- Holly Hughes of Holly Gets Quilty
11/20- Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
11/23- Pat Bravo of Pat Bravo Fabric Design and Jesse Maloney of Art School Dropout
11/24- Astrid Slagle of Red Red Completely Red
11/25- Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
11/26- Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
***There are a few post-publishing corrections to some of the patterns, but no worries, HERE is a handy link to the erratta!***
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Fractangle Block-Along and Giveaway!

Have you had a chance to play with the Fractangle Block yet? I know squaring up those HRT’s isn’t easy at first, but the results are worth the pain!

Fractangle Block

Fractangle Block

 As promised, we have an awesome giveaway open to anyone who makes a Fractangle Block. For a chance to win, simply post a picture of your block on Instagram with the hashtag #fractangleblock and feel free to tag us if you want (@hollygetsquilty @lindseyfromcali @whimsyquilts). Post your photos by October 8th—that’s two weeks to give it a try! We will select a random winner from the hashtag to receive a bundle of fat quarters provided by the lovely Christi at Whimsy Quilt Fabrics. She happily agreed to sponsor this giveaway and we are so lucky to have her fabric expertise along for the ride!

Win this bundle inspired by Lindsey's original Fractangle block!

Win this bundle inspired by Lindsey’s original Fractangle block!

In addition, Christi will choose a BEST IN SHOW winner at the end of the contest. She will pick the one she thinks is best and work with the winner to create a small fat quarter bundle to fit his/her taste or style!

Feeling motivated yet?! Join us in this block-along so you can learn a new skill, make a fun block, and win some sweet fabric at the same time. See you on Instagram!

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Fractangle Block

Today I’m excited to share a new block tutorial with you! I had a whole intro to write about it, but since my fabulous sister in law (whom I loving call my “sissy”) designed it and kindly wrote a bomb tutorial already, I’m going to let her do all the heavy lifting today. Take it away Linds!

“Hello quilters! This is Holly’s sister-in-law, quilting buddy, and general partner-in-crime, Lindsey Sanders. I’m excited to show you this new block!

I designed the Fractangle Block as a block-of-the-month for the LAMQG. I was interested in the interplay between half square triangles and half rectangle triangles. I sat down with some graph paper and came up with this.

Fractangle Block from HollyGetsQuilty.comThe units are easily constructed and the possible variations are exciting! You can go real simple and modern with solids, or super scrappy with every triangle being a different print. The negative space is still strong enough to create a general shape and guide the eye around the block.

The cutting instructions and some coloring pages are all in the attached PDF at the bottom of the post. Basic directions for constructing the half rectangle triangles are on the MQG website: https://themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/100-days-week-of-shapes-tutorial/

 The best thing about HRT’s is they make you appreciate HST’s! The hardest part is squaring them up, so I’ve made a video to help with that.


I really hope you can join me in making a few. Make one to use up some scraps and think of it as a skill builder. Or use some favorite fabrics and turn it into a pillow. Maybe you’ll be crazy like me and go all out to make a whole quilt! If you like what you make, please use #fractangleblock or #fractanglequilt on Instagram so I can see it!

 Fractangle Block from HollyGetsQuilty.comHow great is this block?! Along with the pattern pdf, Lindsey also included a couple of coloring pages so you can play with color and pattern placement before you start cutting! AND, because we love you so, we’ve partnered up with the always-fabulous Whimsy Quilts to offer a Fractangle Giveaway! Check back tomorrow for the details, and when you make your own block, make sure and tag it on instagram with #fractangleblock so we can check it out!


FRACTANGLE BLOCK fractangle coloring pages

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