Block of the Month – Assembly

img066crppedThis is a little late coming, but better late than never. This is a post for a simple way to put you block of the month blocks together into a quilt top. Please feel free to use your imagination and come up with something totally different than I have posted. Also, please forgive my lack of artistic talent in sketching out my ideas, apparently the creative part of my brain does not extend to drawing.

Materials:
15 – 2.5 x 12.5″ strips of background fabric
2 – 2.5 x 44.5″ strips of background fabric (you will need to piece to pieces of background together to make this strip)
2 – 2.5 x 40.5″ strips of background fabric
4 – 2.5 x 2.5″ squares of print fabric.

Assembly:
1. Find the arrangement of the blocks that appeals to you on your design board.
2. Take the middle square of each row and add a 2.5 x 12.5 strip of background to 2 sides (opposite of each other). Press the seams.
3. Attach the adjacent blocks to the strips of background fabric on the middle block for each row. You will now have 3 rows that consist of (Block – background – block- background – block).
4. Assemble the 2 rows by attaching 2.5x 2.5 blocks of print to 2.5 x 12.5″ background strips in the following order: (background-print-background-print-background) Press the seams.
5. Now you can sew your rows together – blocks, strip, blocks, strip, blocks (like the above picture).
6. Add your boarders (long strips of background fabric).

You are now ready to baste and quilt.

We look forward to seeing everyone’s creations at the upcoming June meeting!

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Block of the Month – Hexagons

This is our last skill builder block of the month – yay for making it to the end!  Next month is assembly and I am looking forward to seeing the finished product from everyone!

Alright so for this month we are doing hexagons – the easy way!

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Materials:

24 pieces of fabric 2.5 x 5.5″ (make sure for most colours you have the pieces in multiples of 2)

Directions.

1. Take a 2.5 x 5.5″ strip of fabric and using the 60 degree line on your mat or ruler cut the end off the strip from the corner.

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2. Repeat this on the other side to give yourself a 1/2 a hexagon (remember to cut the second side in the opposite direction so you do NOT end up with a paralellelogram!)

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3. On your design board (or the floor, whatever works), arrange your 1/2 hexagons into a square of 3 x 4 hexagons.

4. To start sewing your pieces together you will sew rows first.  So take the first to pieces in the first row and line up the seem.  Remember that you will have tabs sticking out on each end to compensate for the seam allowance.

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5. Sew a 1/4 inch seam, then press open.IMG_2740

6. Attach the next piece in the row the same way.  Continue until you have all 6 rows finished.

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7. Sew your rows together and press seams.

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8. Trim your block to 12.5″ square.

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Your finished!

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Note:  If you happen to own Jaybird Quilt’s Hex N More ruler the 4.5″ hexagon works great for this block!

Block of the Month – Herringbone / Braid

IMG_2502This month we are doing a simple block that is lots of fun to play with!  It comes together quickly, so have fun with it.

Materials:

13 2.5″ strips of fabric (can vary in length from 5″ to 18″ depending on were in the block you want them)

Directions:

1. Using your 45 degree mark on your cutting mat  or ruler  cut the end off one of you strips to give you a small triangle.

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2. Take another 2.5 strip and line it up along the edge a ridge of the triangle (right sides together) and sew together.  Press open.

3. Take a third 2.5 strip and along it along the edge with the seam from joining the first two (it will attache to both strips. Sew and press open.

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4. Repeat this alternating the side that you add the new strip on each time.

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5. Once the block is over 13″ wide in across the bottom you can start trimming so your strips do not need to be as long.  I put my overlap “center” area of the design more to one side, but you can put it however you would like.

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6. Continue adding strips until the block is at least 13″ wide and 13″ tall.  Trim off to make a 12.5″ square block.

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That is all there is to it, congrats you are done your block for the month!

 

If you are just joining us check out our previous blocks here.   Remember next month is our last month before we assemble!

 

Block of the Month – January

Block of the month – January

“Wandering Geese”

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This month we are going to try some foundation paper piecing!  I have named this block Wandering Geese (or as I have started to think of it as – drunken geese), and it is a twist on the more traditional Circle of Geese block.  Our pattern has been graciously provided this month by Piece by Number, you will have to go to her site (here) to download the template.

 

Note: Even if you are familiar with paper piecing I ask that you please read the directions as I have made some modifications.  The original template makes a 12” block, so I have made a couple changes to have our block end up the same 12.5” as our other blocks.

 

If written instructions are hard to follow for this, there are lots of great videos on paper piecing!  If you are a member of Craftsy, the 2012 BOM for October features this block and is free to members.

Here are a few others to check out:

Connecting Threads

Fons and Porter

 

Materials

Colored scraps for geese (at least 2.5” x 3”)

Background material (large scraps work well) + 6.5” square

Template from Piece by Number– 2 clockwise and 1 counterclockwise  (remember to check the 1” test line on your printouts!)

 

Directions.  

  1. Print out your templates (2 clockwise and 1 counter clockwise), cut out on the dotted line (insure that your 1” test square is correct!) Note: it can be handy to prefold the lines of the paper or to prestitch the lines with no thread to “perforate” and make removal easier.  I find using a slightly smaller stitch setting works fine instead of perforating.

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  1. Take your first template and find a coloured square for your first goose.  This piece of fabric needs to cover over the shape of the goose with a minimum of ¼” on each side.  To be safe, it is best to have more overage!IMG_2148
  2. Using a fabric safe glue stick (or a pin) fasten the fabric to the back of the paper so that it covers the shape of the goose labelled 1.  Note – your fabric needs to come off the edge of the paper by ½ ” (this is very important!)
  3. Fold the paper along the line between the shapes marked 1 and 2.  Trim the fabric that you have attached the paper ¼” from the fold.IMG_2150IMG_2149
  4. Align a piece of background fabric to the edge of the goose fabric, ¼” from the fold, right sides together.  Make sure that the background piece will cover the background piece labelled 2.IMG_2151
  5. Secure the fabric to the piece of paper with a pin and lay the paper flatIMG_2160
  6. Sew along the black line between spaces 1 and 2.  IMG_2152
    1. IMPORTANT: Extend the sewing along the line to the edge of the paper!!  If you do not do this there will be problems later!
  7. Press the background fabric open.IMG_2153
  8. Repeat steps 4-8 moving to add fabric to cover the section labelled 3 (so fold along the line that is between 1 and 3).IMG_2155IMG_2156
  9. Continue moving in order of the numbers around the block.  Remember that lines going to the edge of the block need to be continued to the edge of the paper.
  10. Once the block has been “finished” ie all the pieces are sewen together, you will need to trim.  You want to make a 6.5” block so check your measurements.  You will need to trim ⅛” past the paper on each side as the paper is only 6.25”.IMG_2167
  11. Repeat steps 1- 11 for the remaining 2 pieced blocks.
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  13. Assembly the 3 pieced blocks and the 6.5” square block to make a 12.5” block (below is an alternate assembly, have fun with it!).IMG_2169IMG_2170

 

Next month is a variation of a Dunkard’s path block.  As a special present for those of you attending the meeting I will be happy to cut your pieces for you!!  If you would like me to cut piecing please bring 8 5″ background squares, 3 5″ of each of 2 colours and 4 5″ squares of a third colour.

Block of the Month – Wonky Log Cabin

Block of the Month – Wonky Log Cabin.

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It is December and that means it is time for a new block!  Can you believe that we are on the fifth block already?  This month is a variation on a log cabin block, it is fairly easy and quick which is great for sewing project in the busy holiday season!  As a special treat for this month I have given you two variations of the block – you can pick which one you would like to do or make them both, it is up to you!IMG_1946

 

Materials:

Various width strips of your fabric

 

Directions:

  1. Pick a small piece of fabric for the center of your cabin (Note – this piece does not have to be square, it is fine for it to be a rectangle or even a little angular).IMG_1932
  2. Take a strip of fabric and sew it to one side of your piece from step 1.  Press open and trimIMG_1933IMG_1934
  3. Sew the same color to next side of your inner piece of fabric, press and trim.IMG_1935
  4. Continue to work your way around the inner piece until it has a strip on each side.  Note that the strips you add do not need to be the same width on each side!IMG_1936
  5. OPTIONAL:  Doing this step will give your the tilted variation of the block, skipping it will give you the more square version of the block.  Using a Ruler cut off some of sides at an angle so that the block no longer square.IMG_1941
  6. Repeat steps 2 – 5 with your block, expanding it outward until it is a 12.5” square.  Note – it is okay to go a little over the 12.5” you will trim it.IMG_1945 IMG_1938
  7. Trim your square to 12.5”.IMG_1947

Need to catch up on previous month’s blocks?  You can find them all here.

Block of the Month, Block 3

Block # 3 – Wonky Dresden

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Materials:

Various background strips

Various coloured strips

5” background square

 

Other:

Wedge and circle templates

Click to download the templates (note when printing make sure your printer is set to actual size and not fit to page.  The wedge should be 8″ in length)

Note: I used the Easy Dresden ruler to create my block.  If you have a dresden ruler you can use it and you will need to make an 8″ wedge.

Directions:

  1. Take a strip of coloured fabric and sew it to a strip of background along the longest edge.  Make sure that the width of the background + coloured fabric is at least 9.5”.
  2. Along the remaining long edge of the coloured fabric attach another background strip.  Ensure that again the width of the coloured strip + new background strip is a minimum of 9.5”

    Note: A larger width will allow you more flexibility and more variety when cutting your wedges.

  1. Repeat steps 1-2 for all coloured strips (you can use as many or as few colours as you wish)
  2. Take the wedge template and cut out a wedge with the narrow end on the coloured strip and the wide end on one of the background strips.IMG_1950
  3. Flip the wedge template to have the wide end on the remaining background strip and cut another wedge

    Note: you will want to vary the height of the coloured strip on your wedges

IMG_19516. Repeat the steps for 4-5 for all colours until you have a total of 20 wedges.

7. Arrange the wedges in circle.

8. Using a true ¼” seem attache the wedges to each other, they will form a circleIMG_1954

9. Press the seams to make a flat block.  You will now have a large circular block.

10. Trim the block the 12.5” square – the empty circle should remain in about the middle of the block, but does not need to be perfectly centered.IMG_1956

Note: I used green painters tape on my ruler to mark the 12.5″ square so I could make sure I had the block the way I liked before cutting.

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11. Place the circle template on the square of background fabric and trim ¼” around the template.

12. Run a basting stitch around the template and pull tight to fold the fabric around the template.  Tie off and iron (you can also starch) before removing the template.IMG_1959

13. Place your circle over the “hole” in the middle of your block and stitch in place.  You can hand stitch or machine stitch (straight stitch or zig zag).IMG_1960

 

Block of the Month – Block # 2

IMG_1682Block # 2 – Half Square Triangles

Materials
8 4” background squares
8 4” coloured squares (2 of each colour for my design)

Instructions.

1. On the wrong side of each background square draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.IMG_1946
2. Lay each background square on top of coloured square (right sides together) so you have 8 pairs.
3. Sew ¼” inch from the line on you background square. Repeat for all squares.

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4. Take each of the squares and sew ¼” on the opposite side of the line from your first seem.

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5. Cut each set of squares on the line you drew and press open to make 16 total HSTs.

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6. Trim each HST to 3.5” square.
7. Arrange the squares and sew into row, then attach the rows together.

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Note: you can arrange the squares anyway you like, here are a few ideas from other bloggers:

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