Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Blog Hop Coming Up!

I'm very excited to share the schedule for the Road Home Row Along blog hop. This will be taking place from September 6 through October 11. There are 40 people participating, along with our wonderful host, Marian of www.seamstobesew.com and Amy of www.sewincrediblycrazy.com. Each participant will have a row pattern to share that represents home to them. The patterns will be up for a bit but don't wait too long to collect them.  You can see the full schedule at Seams To Be Sew.

I was born and grew up in New Milford, Connecticut, so I've designed a row that is very representative of New Milford. It's a secret until I share on my date, Thursday, September 8. And there will be a Show and Tell day on October 11 where you'll be able to see what we've made from our rows. The designers are from all over the world, really, with the United States having the most rows. Lots of sponsors have donated prizes, from Aurifil to The Fat Quarter Shop to Nancy's Notions. Take a look at the donors listed at Seams To Be Sew.

I'll be back later in the week with the 101 Patchwork Patterns block of the week. We're almost ready to put together the first round of our medallion quilt. See you then!


Friday, August 19, 2016

101 Patchwork Patterns Block 11

The schedule for The Road Home Row Along will be published on Monday at www.seamstobesew.com. I am very excited to be participating in this for the first time. This will continue to Row by Row Experience we've all been doing this summer, with no travel involved. Every Tuesday and Thursday starting September 6 bloggers will share their row pattern for free on their blog. There will be lots of prizes, too. My post will be September 8th. I hope you can visit me, and others during The Road Home.

Block 11 Corn and Beans

This week's block has a lot of pieces but is fairly easy. I'm going to show you a new way to make flying geese units, too.

First you will make 4 half square triangle blocks using 2 yellow and 2 beige 2-3/8" squares. Then  the remaining 4 yellow squares get cut in half, diagonally. These pieces are sewn onto the half square triangle piece one at a time. In this photo I sewed the top triangle, then the bottom. Note that the diagonal edges of the triangles face the same way, away from the half square triangle unit.

Next, using 2 beige 3-7/8" squares cut on the diagonal, add to the unit made above. This will give you the 4 corners of the block.

Flying Geese x 4

This is a method of making flying geese where you don't have to cut and sew half square triangles. I'm always worried I'll stretch the diagonal cut bias edge and make a wonky block. By using this method you won't have the cut edges to deal with.

Using the 4-1/4" green square and 4, 2-3/8" beige squares, do the following steps:

Place 2 of the beige squares right sides together with the green square, aligned as shown. Draw a line across the center of the beige squares and sew 1/4" to either side. Or, in the photo above, I used the Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Ruler and drew the 2 sewing lines. 

I've had the rulers for a while and never tried them. I'm happy with the results - I think I was more consistent sewing on lines rather than using the foot to guide me along a center line. These are available anywhere that sells sewing notions. If you are like me and have them lying in a drawer, give them a try.

After sewing the two lines, cut the diagonal between the sewing lines.

 Press the attached half square triangles away from the green goose fabric. Place a single 2-3/8" beige square on each half, and sew either side of the diagonal.

Cut on the diagonal between the sewn lines; press. You now have 4 flying geese units for your block.

Make 1 4 patch using the 2" green and beige squares.

Make 2 of each

Make 4 half square triangle units using 2, 2-3/8" green and 2, 2-3/8" beige squares. These are then oriented as shown here, and a 2" beige square added. These are then sewn to the flying geese, making 2 of each arrangement shown.

Now you are ready to assemble your block. I always place all of the pieces of the block in their respective positions, and then it's simply sewing a 9 patch together. The corner units and the flying geese units are easy to position wrong and I hate to have to rip out seams.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you all have time to quilt!


Thursday, August 11, 2016

101 Patchwork Patterns Block 10

We are experiencing a major heat wave today, with the temperature over 90 and high humidity. Luckily I can stay in the air conditioning and sew!

Here is this week’s block, called Winged Square. These are 1-1/2” half square triangle units, but don’t let it scare you. There are a couple products on the market that make half square triangles easier. 

Thangles come in strips with various sizes available. You cut strips the unfinished size you want your blocks to be, so 2-1/2” strips sewn with Thangles gives you 2” finished half square triangles. See http://www.thangles.com/index.html for more information.

Triangles on a Roll are available in several different configurations, including half square triangles, quarter square triangles, and others. These are preprinted in 11 different sizes for half square triangles on a light weight, easily removed paper. They are purchased by the roll. See http://trianglesonaroll.com/ for more information.

Triangulations by Brenda Henning is what I use. This is a CD-Rom of pages that you print. There are sizes from 1/2" to 7-1/2”. You can print them on any paper you would use for foundation piecing, such as newsprint, velum or regular copy paper. See https://www.bearpawproductions.com/store-detail.php?cat=1&ID=2 for more information. This is what I used and will show below.

I printed the correct size for the block, and it just happened that one full page gives me the 24 half square triangles needed. You sew on the dotted lines, following the arrow directions. You can sew on all the lines without stopping. 

Here is a close-up of the lines. When done, You cut on the solid lines in squares, then cut the diagonal solid line. I like to remove the paper by folding the triangle on the stitching line, tear off, and the seam allowance part of the paper comes right off. I don’t trim the corners until I’ve sewn the pieces together.

Once you’ve made your half squares the block is easy to sew.

Here is where we are at on making the quilt. I just noticed I’ve used white to color the background in Electric Quilt. My actual blocks are an assortment of 5 or 6 beiges. Either approach will work out fine.

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Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

101 Patchwork Patterns - Block 9 Weathervane

If you are following along and making the blocks, I must apologize. I wasn't feeling well for a couple weeks and wrote a pattern without testing it. Block 8, Pinwheels, had a mistake in the cutting instructions. Please download the block pattern again. I am now 3 blocks ahead so that won't happen again. And if I do fall behind and am ill, I will skip a week rather than risk an untested pattern. Very unprofessional of me, and I feel bad if anyone had trouble with it. I haven't heard from anyone so hopefully we're all behind with this summer heat. It has been a very hot, humid summer here on the northern New England seacoast. My old house only has an air conditioner in one room, so I spend a lot of time there!

Block 9 Weathervane

Download the Weathervane pattern.

Make Half Square Triangle Units:

Using the 2-3/8" squares of pink and beige, and following the tutorial for half square triangle blocks, make 8 units.

Make Flying Geese Units:

Using the 3-1/2" blue squares and the 8, 2-3/8" beige squares, make 4 flying geese blocks.

1. Place a background square, with the diagonal drawn, on a corner of the blue square. Sew along the drawn line.

2. Trim away the corner, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press corner up.

3. Place another 2-3/8" background square on the other corner with the sewing line as shown. It doesn't matter which side you put the first corner on, but be sure they are both on the the same edge of the base square. You do not want them to be on opposite corners.

4. Trim the corner and press the piece. This shows the back with one corner pressed towards the background piece and one pressed towards the main block. If the blocks were to be sewn point to point, pressing the same way on each would allow the seams to nest.

Note: Flying Geese are usually a rectangular block, but the base can be larger, as is shown here. 

Here's what the quilt it looking like for me. I am going to start sewing the center together now, then add the last 4 blocks in this round once they are done. 

The Road Home Row Along

We are getting closer to the next online event that I'm participating in. Marian at Seams to Be Sew has organized a group of 48 quilters into a row along. Our theme is The Road Home which continues the Row by Row Experience theme of Home Sweet Home. We start on September 6 and continue for 6 weeks. Each has created a row depicting their idea of the theme. I can't share my design until my day, but I can tell you it is based on something from my hometown of New Milford, Connecticut.

Thanks for visiting today,

Friday, July 29, 2016

101 Patchwork Patterns Block 8 Pinwheels

Thanks to all who visited and commented during the Summer Sensations Blog Hop. I'm glad everyone liked the placemat tutorial. If you missed it, you can see it here. I had so much fun with the hop that I've signed up to join Marian of Seams to Be Sew again in October for the Eerie Nights Blog Hop, starting October 20th.

Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for. I'll have a new project to share on my day. It's easy, and will work in lots of colorways, not just Halloween!

101 Patchwork Patterns - Block 8 Pinwheels

Download the Pinwheels block.

Here is another block that is made up of units we've done before. Block 4, the Churn Dash, includes a photo tutorial of making half square triangle blocks. After you make the pinwheels the block is together in no time!

Here is a drawing of the quilt including today's block. Don't forget, you can position your 9 inch blocks any way you would like within this round.

I apologize for not sewing the block today but I've been a bit under the weather. Hopefully I'll bounce back soon and be running my sewing machine at full speed.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Sensations Blog Hop

Welcome to my home on the internet.

I have an easy project to share that can be made from a set of 6 fat quarters. If you’re like me you pick up appealing bundles and then get home and don’t know what to do with them. Well, I came up with a set of placemats. I have no idea what the fabric I used is but I think it’s a Moda line from about 3 years ago.

I actually started off with a different project, made it, and then changed my mind. As I looked at the posts last Thursday and Friday I realized my project wasn’t summer at all. I think what I’ve got here fits much better.

My Summer Sensational Project

First, choose a focus fabric from your fat quarters. I am hoping that your fat quarter will measure 18” wide by at least 20” long. They do vary a bit, especially in the length. The cutting instructions are for the horizontal measurement to be 18”.


Focus Fabric fat quarter:

From the fat quarter you have chosen as your focus fabric, cut 4 strips that measure 4.5” x 18”.

The remaining piece (grey) is scrap.

From EACH of the 5 coordinating fat quarters:

Cut 3, 2-7/8" strips. Cut these into a total of 14, 2-7/8" squares.

From 4 of the 5 coordinating fat quarters:
Cut 1, 4.5" x 8.5" rectangle.

Using the 2-7/8” squares, make half square triangle blocks with random pairs of squares.

Draw a line from corner to corner, shown by the solid line.
Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line, shown by the dashed lines.
Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric.
(See the photo tutorial for making half square triangle blocks.)

Now, lay out your half square triangle blocks in a 4 x 7 grid. arrange the fabrics as random or as organized as you would like.

For Each Placemat:

Sew pairs together till you have 4 rows.
Sew rows together.
Add the 4.5" x 8.5" side piece.
Add the 4.5" x 18" piece to the long edge.

Here you can see I pressed the row allowances open because it was getting a little thick where the blocks joined.

Cut a piece of batting about 1" bigger than the placemat.
Place the backing fabric, cut 12" x 18", right side up, centered on the batting.
Place the assembled placemat, right side down, on top of the backing.
Sew all around the edges of the placemat at a quarter inch, leaving about a 4" gap to turn through.

Somewhere I learned that an easy way to mark your opening so you don't sew through it is to use 2 pins on either side to remind you.

To help make those corners turn easily, clip the point away, as shown here.

After turning the placemat, I used some long flower head pins to loosely hold it together.

I then sewed around the edge at a scant 1/4". Check the opening for turning and make sure it has been sewn closed.

Here is a photo of the finished placemat after quilting and washing. I love the way it came out! So 6 fat quarters made 4 placemats. I added 2/3 yard of Kona Cotton Ivory for the backings.

Thank you so much for visiting me today. Please take a look at my ongoing Block of the Week program based on Ruby Short McKim’s classic book, 101 Patchwork Patterns here: http://www.seacoastquilter.net/p/101-patchwork-patterns.html.

There are 2 other bloggers participating in today’s hop – please visit and enter the rafflecopter drawing after leaving a comment. We love feedback!

And our organizer and cheerleader, Marian, at
Seams To Be Sew.

Here is the Rafflecopter to enter the drawing:

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Thanks so much for visiting.

Friday, July 22, 2016

101 Patchwork Patterns Block 7

Road to California

I almost forgot to publish the block this week. This is called Road to California, Jacob's Ladder, or several other names. It is also colored or configured differently, but with the same name. I found a nice article about the origin of the block at a site named Patterns From History.

This block is made from strips like we did in Block 1, and half square triangle blocks like we've made several times. I forgot to take pictures as I sewed the block, sorry. Please ask if you have any questions making it.

Here is where we are at on building our quilt. I can't wait to get the first round done.

Don't forget to join us on the Summer Sensations Blog Hop. The Fat Quarter Shop has given a $25 gift certificate to be awarded each day of the hop. Visit our host, Marian at Seams To Be Sew, for the schedule and winner information. My day is coming up on Tuesday. Look for a quick easy project that would look great on your Summer table, inside or out.

Have a good weekend!