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 – Curves

Block of the month – Stack Circles

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This month we are working with curves!  With that said there are so many great tutorials out there, even from our own members I am going to refer you to some videos for some tips on sewing curves and you will get assembly instructions here!

Materials:

3 coloured fabrics (you will need 3 inner circle, + 1 outside from each of two colours and 4 inner circle pieces from the third colour)

Background fabric for template, 2 3.5″ squares and 2 6.5 x 3.5″ strips

Tempate: Circle template (make sure the print actual size and check the test square)

Directions:

1. Cut out your fabric – remember if you are attending Feb meeting and you bring 5″ squares of each colour and background I will cut them for you!

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2. Mark the middle of the curve of the inner and outer pieces – on the templates I have them marked with a triangle for easy reference, or you can fold each piece in half to have a small crease at the center.  Align the middle of the inner and outer circles.

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3. Sew a coloured inner circle with a background outer circle. If you are new to sewing curves check out this great tutorial from our member Leanne at She Can Quilt!

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4. Repeat sewing coloured inner circles with background outer pieces for the 2 fabrics that have 3 inner circles each.  Also take 2 inner circles from the third colour and attach them to background outers.

5. Take the remaining coloured inner pieces and attach them to the coloured outer pieces.

6. Press all your seams.

7. Now trim your blocks to 3.5″.  Each block has a generous overage to allow you to square up and remove any stretching that happened during sewing as these are small pieces.  Note that in order for your seams to match up it is important to trim them each the same way so that you have the same amount of coloured vs background in each square.  I found it easiest to square the inner curve then take the majority off the outer square as shown below.

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8. Assemble your block arranged like this: (or get creative as come up with your own arrangement).

IMG_2472When assembling watch your curves to make sure the seams meet – unlike mine which was put together after very little sleep and will need to be fixed! In the interest of getting this up you get to see my poorly matched seems.

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.
  12. Remove the paper from the back of the pieced blocksIMG_2168
  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.