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!

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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!

 

Feature Quilt for December

I am a little late getting this up this month, but that is the way things go with the holidays!  Better late than never, and as an apology for being late, we have 2 quilts this month!

These two wonderful quilts were made by a wonderful member Stephanie!  Here is what she has to say about her quilts.

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“These two quilts were a custom Christmas order for two sisters. The sisters are very close in age but could not be more different. Their mom and I talked about their hobbies, style and what their rooms look like. We settled on an anchor design for the older sister who is into nautical symbols and zebra print and a vinok for the younger sister whose first love is Ukrainian dancing. I wanted the quilts to have something that tied them together so both have a modern ombre background.

I based the anchor design on Tula Pink’s Anchors Aweigh quilt. Instead of piecing the anchor in I pieced it separately and appliqued it on the quilt top using a blanket stitch. It gave me a lot more freedom with the background and allowed me to downsize the anchor. The vinok was a completely different challenge. I created the design on my own, hand cutting all of the flowers and appliqueing them on using a fusible and my free motion foot.
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The ribbons are real vinok headpiece ribbons and they were very challenging to deal with.
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I quilted both quilts with an all over swirl pattern on my domestic machine and machine bound them for durability.
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I am really looking forward to hearing how much they love them.”
Quilt backs:
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Great job Stephanie!  Want to see what other projects our members are working on?  Check out our flickr page!  Join us again next month for a new feature quilt, and don’t forget our block of the month will be posted the first week of January!