Monday, July 1, 2013

Blogging Design Ring: The 20-Minute Block

Happy July!

We'll be sharing a few summery, patriotic projects with you in honor of the July 4th holiday. First up is a pinwheel picnic quilt by Blogging Design Ring member Roseann Meehan Kermes of Rosebud's Cottage. This quilt design uses oversized pinwheel blocks to create a quick quilt top, and the red, white and blue palette makes the "Sparklers!" name just right. 

Here's Roseann! 


Hi, I'm Roseann over from Rosebud's Cottage. If you need a table covering for your picnic, a place to nap under a tree, or a throw to snuggle under while you watch the fireworks, "Sparklers!" is for you! With its fast piecing method, and large pieces, it is perfect for a last-minute Fourth of July project. Best of all, the directions are linked below in pdf form, so you can print them out and take them with you!

Tonal prints create the perfect backdrop for beautiful machine quilting. Visit Roseann's blog for some alternative quilting ideas, as well as helpful tips for creating this red, white and blue beauty.


The fabrics used--all small tonal prints--come from a variety of Fabri-Quilt collections:
This quilt uses a great shortcut method to make half-square triangles--try it, you'll love it!
Download the pdf directions to make Roseann's Sparklers! quilt here.

Thanks Roseann, for sharing this summer pattern with us!
You can win a starter bundle of red, white and blue fat quarter prints like Roseann used to make your own Sparkler! quilt. Just leave a comment below telling us your favorite 4th of July tradition. This giveaway is open through Friday, July 5th at 11:59 EST. We'll post the winner's name on Monday, July 8th. 

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38 comments:

  1. Thanks for the chance to win! I love this project! My favorite 4th of July tradition has to be sparklers. They are just so fun, no matter how old I get!

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  2. Love this project, Roseann! I grew up in Alaska, so it was never really dark enough on July 4th to enjoy the fireworks. Now that I live in the midwest, watching the firework shows (in the dark!) is one of my favorite 4th of July traditions!

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  3. Love your pinwheel picnic quilt Roseann! Growing up in the 60's was fun, I remember Mom and Dad loading all 6 of us in the car and making a stop at the store for soda and chip's (a treat in it self) and heading the the Hill Top drive-in across the river to Wi. for fireworks! Oh I loved the ooh's-aah's,smells and pop's of the fourth growing up!

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  4. Very cute, Roseann. Reminds me of the pinwheel toys that you blow or just let the wind spin. My favorite 4th tradition is fireworks, of course.

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  5. Lovely, patriotic quilt and cute gazebo setting! Like the rest, fireworks are the best!

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  6. The only tradition we really have is to try and see fireworks some place nearby. Most years we do, but sometimes we skip it because of the incessant mosquitoes in our area.

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  7. Picnic and fireworks of course!

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  8. Love this quilt! My favorite July 4th tradition is getting together with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day. We give thanks that we live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

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  9. I am allready following via Bloglovin. We allways hav ea July 4th cookout each year and celebrate my sister and brothers birthdays then as well as they are both July babies.lol..Gues they will allways be momas babies although these years we are far from the baby stage all of us upwards of 40 and brother heading to his 50's.

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  10. homemade ice cream, watermelon, and fireworks!
    thanks for the chance to win

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  11. Signed up to follow your Blog, thru Bloglovin' :)

    We share great big cookout w/family & friends...then go & watch fireworks!! Soooo fun!!

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  12. What a great quilt and one that will be an easy one to help my future DIL learn to quilt with. Thank you.

    Favorite things on the 4th of July is definitely all about family and grilling out along with the yummy summertime foods. And of course, the fireworks.

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  13. Very pretty! A BBQ with family and fireworks.

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  14. It is not the 4th of July without watermelon and homemade ice cream!

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  15. BBQ with family and friends then watching fireworks after dinner are my favorite activities for July 4th.

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  16. Wonderful quilt!!
    Here,in Spain,we don´t celebrate 4th but is my niece(13) and nephew(20) birthday,thay are cousins and we have a big party that day.

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  17. Our favorite activity is to go downtown to watch the parade and then stay for the fireworks.

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  18. i remember when i was a kid, we would walk down the street to our park. during the day, there was a carnival, then at night we would watch the fireworks from the same park.

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  19. Watermelon on the lawn. Just raw and juicy, dripping off your elbows. Hosing the kids down afterwards. :) Great Giveaway, and I've downloaded the tutorial on the great quilt pattern!

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  20. Our small town parade is my favorite!

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  21. We always do hot dogs on the grill and potato salad, then we go see the fireworks and give the kids sparklers.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  22. I would rather make this quilt and donate it as I have others to the local veterans rest home. They love patriotic lap quilts and I love to make them smile. Priceless babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  23. My favorite tradition is watching the fireworks!

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  24. My kids are in their 30s now but we still have to do s'more

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  25. Watching fireworks is the best part of the 4th. Whether we're able to go to one big show or drive around town looking for folks who've bought fireworks to shoot off, we enjoy the gorgeous color that fills the night sky.

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  26. My favorite 4th of July activity is going camping!

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  27. My most favorite memory is sitting on the porch with my dad waiting for the fireworks to shoot off in the night. We would ooooo and ahhh and talk about which ones were the best. We both loved the ones that banged the loudest and shook the ground. Dad is 94 now and we still talk about it. What a great way to remember great times with dad but to make a sparkler picnic table quilt.

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  28. We get together with family and friends for BBQ and then do our own fireworks.

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  29. I love fireworks shows on the 4th!

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  30. We live in the country, and so my husband and I like to drive down the road from our house and watch the fireworks. We can usually see 3 different firework shows from there. The sides of the roads get pretty crowded, people sitting in the beds of their trucks, chairs, etc. But, it is alot of fun being out their and visiting with the neighbors.

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  31. The great Family Reunion! Wonderful friendships, chatter,catching up, crazy photos, kids games, bike parade, teriffic food and seeing the fireworks over the city! Yippee!

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  32. Meeting with our family for a reunion, and enjoying the local fireworks!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  33. We are starting a new tradition.......NOTHING but what we love.....piece and quite

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  34. My favorite thing is eating watermellon and watching fireworks! Always has been!!!

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  35. Gorgeous Pinwheel quilt. My favorite tradition is getting together with family and having a cookout.

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  36. Baseball hot dogs and fireworks. Thanks

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  37. My memories are of family and friends enjoying a big picnic with games and laughter. Celibrating the "land of the free and home of the brave" with fireworks at night. We all sang "God Bless America" when the sky lit up with color. What a bang to end the evening.

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