ESCAPE THE SEWING ROOM MAZE, MYSTERY 2020

Hello Everyone!
NOTE:  This mystery is being put on hold for a bit.   We will resume in July.
SCHEDULE:  This quilt is going to take a little longer than I planned originally, so I am setting a schedule for the remainder.  I will post on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings until finished.   This allows us time to play catch up while figuring out this maze.   
The last few months have been very different for all of us, what with social distancing, staying home and safe and I am sure that it has gotten to us at times. But being quilters we are a creative bunch and we are prepared for this! We have a lot of UFOs, new starts and ideas to keep us busy, so in keeping with that I am announcing yet another new MYSTERY QUILT to start on June 1.
This is just for the fun of it and is called Escape Your Sewing Room Maze Quilt.   There are even a few obstacles to overcome with this quilt.
HINT:  Start shopping your stash for a variety of light or medium color 2.5 inch charms,  and 2.5 inch strips of various lengths, one solid color as a contrast. 
Clues will be given out in rows with how many squares you will need.  You will also need a darker, bright color 2.5 inch charm.  This will be explained as we go along.
More details will be available on Thursday, May 21, 2020.  There is no picture of the quilt at the moment, that will be revealed at the end of the mystery.
See you tomorrow at 9 a.m.  Pacific Time.
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:   Yesterday my DGD, Annalee (age 8)  came over and helped me pick out charms for the mystery and I believe she did a great job!  This is a stack that I plan to use.  As you can see I like a scrappy look and it’s also a good way to use up some stash.
Large variety of light and medium color 5 inch charms.
Length of fabric cut at 2.5 inch strips.  You will need 2 at 56 inch strips.  These will be for the outside of the quilt.
I have a lot of strips, actually 2 bins full of 2.5 ones, plus another tote that has not even been sorted yet.  Sew, I will be choosing a different pattern/color for the inside.  I really need to use these up somehow.
Several BRIGHT OR DARKER 5 inch charms.  These will be explained as we go along.
 
CLUE #1: 
We are starting the maze and attempting to escape the Sewing Room!  Our first obstacle are the walls that are keeping us inside, and we need to find the door.  But where is the door?  It’s blocked by furniture that is piled high with tools and piles of fabric.  What tool can we use to get out?  A ROTARY CUTTER and our trusty RULER to the rescue!  We can cut our way out.
WHEW!  We made it to the sewing machine!  Make sure that your needle is sharp and your bobbin is full.  But first, what is that blocking our sewing machine?
First, we  need to find 14 charms and sew  them together to start our path.  
GREAT!  We have found our way past the furniture!  But where is the wall?  FIND a long 56 inch strip and sew to the top of our path.  Once together, using a 2.5 inch strip,  sew it to the top of the row.
CLUE #2:  The Second Row:  
Our sewing machine is blocked with bins of fabric.  We need to move the bins before we can sew our rows.   Where do I put it?  There’s very little room left on my table.  CAREFUL!  Don’t put it in the chair, you will need to sit!
Here is the first row with the walls:
This second row will need to be pieced in sections.  I will be back at 11:30 with the solution.  (I’m a slow typist and seamstress.)  This is the first section.  It is broken down into 3 pieces.  We will deal with the second half in a while.
SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:  Note:  This is going to be a little tricky as we want it to fit together without sewing set-in seams.
Starting with the middle section:
MIDDLE STRIP:
1.  Sew 4 charms together to make a strip that measures 18.5 inches.
2.  Sew a blue strip across the top of it.
3.   Next sew a strip that abuts with the end of the top blue strip to the side.
Starting with making a four patch square.  It should be 9 inches.   
BOTTOM OF ROW:
1.  Sew 3 charms together.  These will nest under the top charms.  Make sure to form a corner under the last top charm.
2.  Save a 3 inch strip for  the side.  Unless you want to do a set-in seam.
FOUR PATCH:
1.  Make a 4 patch that measures 9 inches.
2.  Next to the inner section that abuts the strip, sew a 9 inch strip.  This should abut and form a corner with the strip.
3.  Choose another single charm and place under the 4 patch.  Don’t sew them together yet as we need to add to this section a little more.
4.  Save a 3 inch strip for the side.
PUTTING ROW ONE AND TWO TOGETHER:
As you can see, I have the first part of row 2 put together, and yes, there are a few set-in seams.  I had planned to put it all together before posting it but then I kept changing my mind on the setting.
This section consist of 5 charms that meet the top row with a strip sewn to the top of it.  The bottom part has not been sewn on yet but has the same number of squares.
Until I figure out this half, let’s go back to the other side.  Under that 4 patch, there is another square.  Wonder where that lead us?  DANG!  Another wall or something.  Can’t quite make out what it is.   OUCH!  I hit my thigh on the corner edge of my cutting table.   Gonna have a nice bruise from that!  Now that I know what it is, maybe I can move some stuff off there.   Let’s see,  there are at least 3 stacks of something soft.  Oh, it’s just fabric.  Wait, something hissed at me.  Sorry, Racer.  Didn’t mean to disturb your royal highness, the cat!
Now that I have moved Racer to the bed, I can sort through the piles and get started.  But,we had a few minor problems that are taking a little time to resolve, so it will be this afternoon before I can post the next part.
  
We will be working in smaller sections for a while and then will piece it together later.  This next section brings us back to the other side of the quilt.  We will be going down for a bit and then back up and filling in a few areas as we go along.
ROWS #3 and 4, FIRST SECTION:
Now that we have found our cutting table, it’s time to clear up the piles.  If you’re like  me, there are all types of treasures to be found!  Let’s see what the first pile is.  Hmm, it seems to be 2 quilt tops that have the backing and batting together, but they need to be pinned still.  Well, those can go on my chair for right now.   Oops, maybe I should change my mind on that.  The chair is piled high with even more projects that need work.  Running out of space to put stuff, so into my closet for a while.  That’s good, now I can lay out our next section.  Pictures will be coming up soon.
CLUE #3: 
LOOK!  We have an opening!  Maybe it will lead to a way out.   Or will it?  Who knows what else we will encounter.  
The best way to put this section together are in rows.  The first section requires 3 charms and a strip of the wall.  Sew together into one long strip.
Then using 3 charms for the top and another 3 for the bottom sections, sew a strip of the wall together.
WOW!  The maze took a round-about turn all of a sudden!  Thought this was going to be the way in, but no!  The sunlight was playing tricks with my eyes and the heat confused me and it turned out to be a dead end.  Not sure about your weather but here in the valley it is 102 and humid.
So, changing the pieces around, it should look like this.   This is the side of the quilt.  What we thought to be a door, is actually a dead end.  Must be one of the many bookcases filled with UFOs and other treasures.  Really need to move stuff around, yet again.
 
But as we travel down the side of the quilt, there is an opening starting to form.  I wonder what is in store next?  Could it be a way out?
REMEMBER The bright colored charms that were mentioned before?  Now is the time to bring them out.  As you may have noticed there are some odd little spots that need to be filled.  These charms will be used to fill those spaces.  These represent overcoming the obstacles in this quilt.  The Bright Charms can be embellished any way you wish, embroidery or applique or even a fun charm representing sewing.
Come back on Monday, June 15 for the next installment.  It is just too hot to sew here.
Please feel free to post  comments.  I would love to hear from you.

DONNA’S DOUBLE DARE CHALLENGE 2020 PART 3

February 27, 2020

MT. FUJI

Welcome back!  We are now starting on our applique and embroidery blocks.

Our first block is a simple applique pattern called Mt. Fuji.  Even though it appears simple, with the right combination of colors it can be dramatic.  You will only need to make one and this will go in one of the blank patterns.  There is no real pattern for this, this is my own idea that was adapted from a picture.

Here are the colors I chose:

You will also note that I added a border around the block so it appears as though it is framed.  I chose a solid dark and a lighter blue with a brown print with cherry blossoms.  The frame is a simple border that is brown with a small print.  You can choose a different color if you wish.

This was very easy to make.  You will need 4 pieces of fabric.

Dark Blue:  One 6.5 inch x 12.5 inch long strip

Light Blue:  One 6.5 inch x 12.5 inch long strip.

Floral Background:  One 6.5 inch x 12.5 inch long strip.

Frame:  Four 1.5 inch strips, two 12.5 and two 13.5 inches.

From the dark blue, fold it in half and cut into a triangle.  Please don’t worry too much about the size, after all it’s supposed to resemble a mountain and it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Now, take the floral and sew it to the light blue.  Press to the dark.  This should give you 12.5 inches all around.  Using a matching thread for the mountain, a dark blue, place your triangle (mountain) and sew it on.  I used a 2.5 inch zig-zag stitch all around it including sewing it to the bottom.   And there is your Mt. Fuji.

You will need to trim the block down a bit and then you can sew the frame all around it.  Pictures had been taken all throughout sewing but  my camera managed to lose them as I was downloading them.

 

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March 4, 2020

BLOCK #4:  KIMONO

This pattern is very easy and can be done with just one focus piece or many smaller pieces inside, such as with smaller blocks within it or you can do small strips of fabric.  I will leave it to your imagination.  There is no wrong way to make it.  You can go to https://www.pinterest.com/pin/225109681348741216/?lp=true for more ideas.

This is a  basic 12-inch pattern that is pieced but I would make it a little smaller so that a frame can be put around it.  You will need a background and a focus piece. This is a good time to look through your stash and choose something bright and cheery.

From the background, cut the following:

  1.  Two 5.5 x 3.5 inch  strips.  Place right sides together and cut in half diagonally.
  2. Two 5 1/4  x 2 7/8 inch strips.  Place right sides together and cut in half diagonally.
  3. Two 2 7/8 x 3 1/4 inch strips.  Place right sides together and cut in half diagonally.
  4. Two 4 5/8 x 1 inch strips

From your focus, cut the following:

  1. Two 9  x 2 1/4 inch strips.
  2. Two 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inch strips.
  3. One 2 1/4 inch x 1 inch strip.
  4. Two 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch strips.

Construction:

Using the diagram as a guide, sew the block.  Make the side skirts first, taking care not to stretch the bias edges,  Assemble the block in strips.  Regardless if you sue small blocks or strips within the block, it will still go together this way.

I am unable at this time to post a diagram but will post pictures of when the block is finished.

 

FOLSOM QUILT SHOW 2020

On Saturday, my sisters and I went to the Quilt Show in Folsom, CA.  WOW!  What a gorgeous array of beautiful quilts in all styles!  My sisters are not quilters and even they were amazed at the variety and marveled at how they were made!  It was so exciting to see the eye candy on display and mere words cannot come close to describing the quilts, so here are the pictures for everyone to enjoy.  The show was well organized, and everyone was friendly and we had a great time!

But first, this picture!  This is my sister’s cat, Spike in a quilt burrito on top of another quilt.  That is one of the first quilts that I made many years ago!  Isn’t he a sweetie!!

 

WordPress is not allowing me to enlarge pictures at this time, my apologies for not being able to zoom in.

 

 

 

DONNA’S DOUBLE DARE CHALLENGE 2020

SAMPLE BLOCKS:

Sashing and Border options

 

A COUPLE OF NOTES ABOUT UPCOMING PATTERNS, PLEASE READ!

1.  EMBROIDERED BLOCKS

Just a quick check? How many of you own an embroidery machine?

The reason I ask is that I have 4 blocks that are machine patterns. I have been looking into the patterns and I believe that they can be translated into applique and they are not that hard, just a little time consuming.

If you want to do applique, I will have patterns ready for download by the end of next week. I will post them to the files under APPLIQUE in a PDF.file.

Machine embroidery patterns will be available as a PDF.file also under files. I am still working on the size and figuring out which ones work best. You are more than welcome, once posted, to download and start anytime.

And if you are uncomfortable with both embroidery and applique, I will try and find alternate blocks for you. Again, it will be the end of next week.

The one below can be done either as applique or machine embroidery. It is a sample that I’m considering.

Please let me know your thoughts so I can set it up.  Thank you.

 

2.  APPLIQUE POSSIBLE PAPER PIECED BLOCKS

APPLIQUE PATTERNS:

Just a reminder that there are a couple of blocks that are in the quilt that should be done as applique as it will work better. Actually, the second one should be probably done as Paper Pieced for better accuracy.

Please note that I do reserve the right to change the blocks around if it feels like it might be a problem working with it. Please let me know what you think.

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Someone asked how often the patterns will come out and I stated that they will come out about every 3-4 weeks, which is true. But  I need to amend that statement. Patterns will be coming out fairly quickly as I figure them out. The actual block might take longer to make.  I’m trying to do the easiest ones first and am starting to play with the embroidery patterns.

DONNA’S DOUBLE DARE CHALLENGE 2020

BLOCK #2: LEMOYNE STAR:
You will to make 2 of these.
You have a choice of either doing this the traditional way with inset seams or you can do it just using half square triangles.  
 
This is the pattern that does not use set in seams:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAij6aHSdtg
 
I found that by using all HST this block goes together very easily. You will need for one block, four 3.7/8 inch HST units with light and dark together and four 3.7/8 inch HST with the background with light and dark, for a total of 8 HST units altogether. You will also need four 3.5 inch inch squares for the corners. It should look like this when it is finished. Please remember that the blocks should measure 12.5 inches unfinished.
 
 
Here are my 2 blocks.  I tried to stay close to the coloring of the block.  I chose a gold and a medium purple with a gold design with white for the background.
 
 
I found that by using all HST this block goes together very easily.  You will need for one block, four 3.7/8 inch HST units with light and dark together and four 3.7/8 inch HST with the background with light and dark, for a total of 8 HST units altogether.  You will also need four 3.5 inch inch squares for the corners.  It should look like this when it is finished.  Please remember that the blocks should measure 12.5 inches unfinished.
 
 
 
 
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BLOCK #1:  SUSANNAH  
 
Sorry about the poor lighting.
 
You will need to make 2 blocks with the same colors so that the quilt  will be balanced.  One will be at the top and at the bottom, diagonal to each other.  
 
Here is a link to the pattern and it’s exactly the way I make it.  abrightcorner.com/2014/09/quilt-block-tutorialthe-scrappy-susannah.html.   Please copy and paste into the browser.  I just noted that when you click on the link it comes up with PAGE NOT FOUND.  BUT if you scroll down and click on Tutorials it comes up from there.  Click on Susannah, it’s in the middle, and it comes up.  Just a little patience with it, it’s an older blog.  
 
Note that the colors on the outside need to be close in color value.  
 
The block should measure 12.5 inches when completed.
 
Here are my color choices.  Yes, that is a white fabric. 
 
Will post pictures of my blocks later.  Waiting for my camera battery to recharge.  Might help if I had put the battery in the right way the first time.  
 
And here is my block laid out, now to sew it together.  
 
 
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Here are the fabrics that I finally chose! Aren’t they scrumptious! I love the rich tones and they play so nicely together. As a plus, I will the first block ready to post tomorrow. Stay tuned!
 
FABRIC AND YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS!
 
Disclaimer: I reserve the right to change the blocks around and may even substitute them. I will have that straightened out before January’s first block comes out.
 
The first block{s} will be available on January 15.
 
NOTE: ALL patterns are from EQ8 but can be found online. I have tweaked a few for the challenge. Also note that there will be patterns provided with amount of fabric to use.  I will provide pictures with instructions and/or link to a pattern when available.  With the exception of the center block (and the embroidery/applique), there will be 2 of each block made.  
 
When we get to the embroidery/applique patterns, I will provide templates and instructions for you.  Please note that the templates will be needed to be enlarged before printing.  I will provide information the scaling as well.  A list of supplies for that will be included.
 
The yardage is based on the colors chosen by EQ8 as default for some of the patterns but can be used as a guide for your fabric selection.  You can choose to go with Asian-Japanese prints or with a different colorway.  All yardage is approximate but you may want to have a little extra just in case.
 
You may need to magnify it to read it or you can save it to your computer and enlarge it from there. This is a PDF file. You can download it here:  
 
Have fun shopping your stash or local quilt shop!
 
PLEASE KEEP SCROLLING DOWN FOR MORE INFO OR OLDER POSTS!

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Been playing with the borders and sashing tonight. The border is a vine design from EQ8. The sashing has 3 different colors to choose from, not sure which one I like the best but partial to the brown. They all have a yellow cornerstone block. What do you think?

Yardage will be posted tomorrow morning.  Just a note, please remember to set aside enough fabric for the applique and/or embroidered blocks.  

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Hello Everyone!

Just a sampling of the blocks to come!

Disclaimer: I reserve the right to change the blocks around and may even substitute them. I will have that straightened out before January’s first block comes out.

The coloring of the blocks is not necessarily what I have in my stash, these are just samples. I was not able to find EQ8 Asian-Japanese fabrics so these are place holders for now. I am still deciding on colors and fabrics and these will be adjusted accordingly. I am planning on doing rich Asian-Japanese colors and fabrics, deep blues, gold, etc., and prints to match.

Also, you will note that there are 4 empty spots. Those are spaces for applique that I am still designing. These will be available later in the year.

Approximate yardage will be posted on December 30. Please note that if you go with scrappy or other colors the amount of yardage needed will vary.

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START DATE: January 15, 2020

FABRIC SELECTION AND YARDAGE: December 30, 2019

I double dare you to not be tempted by this daring quilt! We will be making a few Japanese blocks along with embroidery and applique. This is the perfect time to get your yummy Asian fabrics together!

Hope you will join me on this journey! I’m still working on the patterns and will have the yardage needed on December 30. Here is a sampling of the fabrics.

 

MINI BLOCK CLUB NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2019

NOTE:  I am adding both November and December’s blocks into one post as I will be fairly busy over the next few months and I want to post them before they get lost on my desk.

I will be adding patterns and pictures all week.  Please keep checking back in.  It takes a while to write, take pictures, test patterns, sew and post, and double check the patterns  and I’m a little slow at times.  Thank you!

OCTOBER BONUS BORDER BLOCKS:  ITTY BITTY FLYING GEESE PINWHEELS

Click to access BIttyBlocksFlyingGeesePinwheel.pdf

NOTE:  I will be adding patterns and pictures all week.  Please keep checking back in.  It takes a while to write, take pictures, and double check the patterns and I’m a little slow at times.  Thank you!

NOVEMBER ITTY BITTY BLOCK:  FREINDSHIP STAR

This is a fairly easy block but remember those little flying geese units are very small to work with. Here is the link: This is a fairly easy block, but here is the pattern link:

Click to access QM_November_Bitty_Block-PrinterFriendly_.pdf

NOVEMBER BLOCK #1:  BIRDS IN THE AIR

The link is below:

 
Lady of the Lake

NOVEMBER BLOCK #2:  CUPS AND SAUCERS:

NOVEMBER BLOCK #3:  CHINESE LANTERN:

NOVEMBER BLOCK #4:  CROSS AND CROWN

 

SCRAPPY QUILT MYSTERY 2019

SCRAPPY QUILT MYSTERY 2019

Welcome to Scrappy Quilters’ Quilt Mystery, 2019!  If you’re like me, you have a stash also and we hate to throw out perfectly good pieces of fabric, even the smaller pieces. As you can tell from the name of our group, we try to use up all those little scraps that are left over from projects.  Right now, my scraps are taking over my storage area and I would love to get it under control!  Sew, I’m hoping that by using these smaller, yet still usable pieces, that I can try to empty a bin.  Yeah, right!

This quilt promises to be a fairly easy pattern to follow and put together, plus it uses up a lot of scraps. There are 20 blocks altogether, and if you want to, you can even make extra blocks.  You can also make it smaller if you wish, very easy to do. I do not have fabric requirements for this quilt as it is intended to use up scraps.  You can go either controlled scrappy or totally scrappy.  There are 2 patterns that will repeat throughout the quilt and I will list what you need for each block.

This is what I intend to use. 

PART ONE:

Gather up your bags of scraps, start sorting for colors that you like and think will go together well. Please do not worry if they are not matched just right, it’s intended to use your scraps up and to have fun with colors!

Colors that will be needed are

*Cream, white, or off-white for background.  You will need a variety of 10 inch pieces, approximately 20.

*Dark.  You will need a variety of 8 inch pieces.

*Light. You will need a variety of 8 inch pieces.

*Medium.  You will need a variety of 8 inch pieces.

Remember to set aside enough scraps for the border. 

Oh, you can use up plaids in this if you want to, very plaid friendly, or other directional fabrics.  It won’t matter, as it will be cut small.  Also, if you have pieces that you don’t really know what to do with, such as novelty or other odd bits, use those also.  It adds a little fun to the pattern.

Now, it’s time to have fun and shop the stash!

PART TWO:

We will be skipping around a little bit and some pieces will go together as one block later on.  Let’s start with the easiest section by doing one part of the block first.  As we go along, it will begin to make sense.

  1. Start by cutting 6 ½ inch squares. This gives you a little extra just in case. I found that by stacking 3 or 4 together, you can go a little faster.  You will need 4 different pieces, two light and two dark.  From that, cut four (4) 3 ½ inch squares and two (2) 6 ½ x 3 ½ inch rectangles.

NOTE:  I found a shortcut as I was cutting. If you have an abundance of 3 ½ inch squares already cut, you can use them and save a little time with the cutting process. It occurred to me after I had already cut a few and then found the bin.  This way you can just cut 6 ½ x 3 ½ inch rectangles.  😀

 

Like this:   

This is just an example.

  1. Now repeat to make 19 more. Set aside into stacks and sew together as follows:

   See how much fun you can have just by playing with color and it still works out just fine! 

  1. For each block, you will need one of each of the 3 ½ x 6 ½ inch rectangles and four (4) of the 3 ½ inch squares. Sew the squares
  1. together and add a rectangle next to it.  You now have your first half of the block made.  Set aside.  

PART THREE

This is the second part of this block and you will need to make 20 of each.

  1. You will need 7 ¼ inch squares, four different colors, 2 medium and dark. Using a dark and light piece, put them right sides together and draw a line diagonally and sew ¼ of an inch away from the drawn line. Using a ruler, cut in half on the OPPOSITE diagonal and then on the drawn line.  Repeat.  The other units will be extras.

  1. Now sew two together to make a quarter square. Repeat and you will have an hourglass unit. Repeat and continue until you have 20.  The block should measure 6 ½ inches when trimmed.

PART FOUR:  Finishing Block One

Putting block ONE together.  There are 2 rules to follow.  The top Hourglass unit will ALWAYS be HORIZONTAL sewn to a rectangle outside and the bottom will be a rectangle inside next to a VERTICAL hourglass.

Sew a horizontal hourglass to a rectangle. 

Then, sew a rectangle to a vertical hourglass.

 

Here is how the block should look.

This is just an example but if you wish, you can use the same quarter squares.  Isn’t it fun to see how different colors can play so nicely together!

The entire block should measure 12.5 inches square.  Remember LIGHT on TOP, DARK on BOTTOM. 

PART FIVE: THE FINAL BLOCK:

The block is called Friendship Scrap Block and can be found here: http://www.quilterscache.com/F/FriendshipScrapBlock.html

Don’t forget to print out page 2.

 

This is a 12 inch block that can help you use up a lot HST triangles of various sizes.

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This is just a partial layout of the quilt, but you can see the diamond square next to the scrap block.

 

 

If you look closely at this picture, you can see that there is a variation of Jacob’s Ladder going from the corner of the diamond to the bottom unit of the scrappy block.

Remember, there are a total of 20 blocks, 10 of each.   I finally finished all of the blocks and laid them out on my bed.  Here is a picture of before Racer, our cat, decided to run through it.

This is what I decided to go with. I believe I will go with a dark blue sashing around the blocks, or possibly in a grouping of 4 blocks. Not sure yet. I have a lot of half square triangles left over so I will use those as an outside border. Hope to get it into a flimsy by tomorrow.

 

SASHING:  

I decided to go with a dark blue print to quiet the colors down.  Don’t forget to save one long piece of sashing for the bottom of the quilt.  I used 2.5 inch strips and sewed to the top and the outside of the block making an upside “L” to frame it and make it easier to nest together when sewing the top together.

This way they will nest together nicely.

I have the first 2 rows sewn together:

I should have the remainder of the top put together this evening and then we can discuss outer borders.      Am still deciding on outer borders, but here it is with the sashing.   My table isn’t wide enough to show the entire quilt top.

             

 

FOOT WORK, PART ONE: THE BUTTONHOLE FOOT

PART ONE:  BUTTONHOLE FOOT

This is a good way to start off our journey together, a foot that is used a lot in not just garment sewing but in quilting too, the Buttonhole.  You need it to make any number of items, such as a shirt, tote, purse, or even a pillow cover.

Let’s start with the Buttonhole Foot.  If you’re like me, I need to both read and then watch (more than once at times) how to do something correctly.   Using either your sewing machine manual or if you have it, Nancy Zieman’s Fancy Footworks II Workbook, read over the instructions on how to attach your foot.  You will notice that there are a few helpful hints on how to attach it.

Depending on your machine, you may have several options of stitch lengths to make or you may have just a basic stitch, either  way you will still need this handy foot, and yes, even for automatic electronic machines.  There are also a few different types of feet that are available but you need to know for certain if you have a low shank or a high shank on your machine.  You can find out by looking in your manual which one you will need or you can google your machine to find out and if you type in buttonhole, it will come up with that info.

I am using a Brother manual to help out as that is the machine that I use most often.  Note, I do have a Babylock and a Brother machine and their feet are interchangeable.  I have copied this from Brother International.   Link:  (https://help.brother-usa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/72212/~/how-to-create-a-buttonhole)

How to create a buttonhole

Follow the steps below to create a buttonhole

The names of parts of buttonhole foot ‘A’, which is used for sewing buttonholes, are indicated below.

  1. Use chalk to mark the position and length of the buttonhole on the fabric.
  2.  Pull out the button guide plate of buttonhole foot “A”, and then insert the button that will be put through the buttonhole.

If the button does not fit in the button guide plate, add together the diameter and thickness of the button, and then set the button guide plate to the calculated length.  (The distance between the markings on the presser foot scale is 5 mm (3/16 inch).)

Example: For a button with a diameter of 15mm (9/16 inch) and a thickness of 10mm (3/8 inch), the button guide plate should be set to 25 mm (1 inch) on the scale.

  1.  Attach buttonhole foot A.
  2. Select a buttonhole stitch.
  3. Pass the upper thread down through the hole in the presser foot.
  4. Position the fabric with the front end of the buttonhole mark aligned with the red marks on the side of the buttonhole foot, and then lower the presser foot lever.

CAUTION

Do not lower the needle into the fabric when aligning the marks. Desired results may not be achieved.

When lowering the presser foot, do not push in the front of the presser foot, otherwise the buttonhole will not be sewn with the correct size.

  1. Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as possible.

– The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the bracket on the buttonhole foot.

  1. Gently hold the end of the upper thread in your left hand, and then start sewing.

If thick seams are being sewn and the fabric does not feed, sew with the coarser (longer) stitch.

– Once sewing is completed, the machine automatically sews reinforcement stitches, then stops.

  1. Raise the needle and the presser foot lever, remove the fabric, and cut the thread.
  2. Raise the buttonhole lever to its original position.
  3. Insert a pin at the end of the buttonhole stitching to prevent the stitching from being cut, and then use a seam ripper to cut towards the pin and open the buttonhole.

CAUTION

When opening the buttonhole with a seam ripper, do not place our hands in the cutting path. Otherwise, this may result in injury if the seam ripper were to slip. Do not use a seam ripper in any other way than how it intended.

The maximum buttonhole length is about 28 mm or 1 -1/8 inches.

Here are a couple of helpful youtube videos on how to use it.  I found that reading it first from the manual was helpful as it is hard to hear what she is saying as the volume setting is very low.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om_r2EhLApA&t=15s 

And

Once you have read the instructions and watched the video, let’s try a few samples out.  There are options available on what size, style and lengths that you can try out.  It may be a good idea to do a sample of each, mark the size, length, and style for further reference.  

PROJECT:  I love little clutch bags and her tutorial is very easy to follow.  I copied this from her page: 

This wristlet clutch is so easy you can sew it by hand in an afternoon – and with a sewing machine, it should take less than an hour.

It’s a great beginner’s sewing project and a fantastic way to use up scrap fabric! And it’s the perfect size for all the necessities – chapstick, cellphone, bank cards, cash… it can all fit in there! ”

https://www.instructables.com/id/Sew-a-Simple-Foldover-Clutch/

I will be working on mine with you at the same time and will be posting pictures soon.   You can either post here or at our FB page.

Hope to see pictures soon!  Have fun!

 

FOOT WORK A Journey on Exploring Different Presser Feet for Your Machine

 

 

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NOTE:  I have two boxes of different feet for 3 different machines, most of them duplicates.  I am not an expert on these feet, but if you are willing then this is a good time to learn together!  If you do know how to use them, please feel free to jump in and show us what you know!  I welcome any help with learning new ideas.

If you are like me and have been sewing for a long time, you probably have a collection of different gadgets including presser feet that came with your machine.  Most of us probably use a few feet but don’t really know much about the others.  You have probably seen the ads online (I did too) and thought it would be fun to work with them, but sometimes they sit for a while in a drawer, so why not get them out and learn how to use them.

Honestly, do you know what these different presser feet are?

Are you curious about these feet but not sure how to use them? 

Would you like to learn new techniques and skills, but are afraid to try them out, or just don’t have the time, then NOW is the time to learn and start using them.

We will be taking a short journey with our “FEET” by

*Learning what the foot is

*How to attach the foot

*Try it out and make a small project using it

 

The feet that we will try out are the:

** Bias Binding Foot

** Flower Stitch Foot

** Roller Foot

** Satin edge Foot

** Stitch-n-Ditch Foot and several more.

 

ITEMS NEEDED:

Your box of presser feet

Your sewing machine

Your sewing machine manual

HELPFUL:

If you have access to Nancy Zieman’s Fancy Footworks II workbook and the DVD for the first section.  It has excellent pictures, hints, guides on how to use them, and ideas.  If not, then we can work around that by viewing Youtube.com videos.  We can work this out together.

MINI BLOCK CLUB JULY/AUGUST 2019

Sunday, August 11:

NOTE:  I will be adding patterns and pictures all day.  Please keep checking back in.  It takes a while to write, take pictures and post and I’m a little slow at times.  Thank you!

JULY BORDER BLOCKS, PINWHEEL  3.5 INCHES

I was gifted a bag of 2 inch HST a while back and last night I was playing with them and this is what I came up with.   So fun, simple and fast to make, and very addictive.  I sewed four HST together to make a fun little pinwheel.  All you  need are a bunch of HST and sew them together!  Or you can go to the link and use their pattern.  I really encourage using up what is on hand first but that is up to you.

Click to access Bitty_Pinwheel000.pdf

AUGUST BORDER BLOCKS, REVERSED FLYING GEESE, 3.5 INCHES

Again, using my magic bag of HST, I played with this idea, reversed flying geese.  That means that the background becomes the center on one of them.  Be scrappy and have fun playing with different color combinations!

These are just simple 2 inch HST sewn together, then adding a second one to the bottom of the first.  Just think how scrappy and pretty this would be as an outside border.  Sorry, no pattern this time, but very simple.

NOTE:  I have finally learned how to export pictures from  EQ8!  These are pictures of the blocks only.  I am still in the process of writing up the directions as it takes a while to make sure that they are accurate.  Hope to have most of it done by tonight or tomorrow morning. 

The blocks for August will be in this same section, so please keep scrolling down.  I will update as we go along.  Thank you!

JULY BLOCKS:

BLOCK #1:  NEW ALBUM

This is simply a square-in-a-square pattern, very quick to make, fun and addictive.  The block should measure 6.5 inches square.

FABRIC CHOICES AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

These are the colors that I chose.  That is purple but somehow it shows up as blue.

From the dark purple, cut four (4) 4.5 inch x 1.5 inch strips.  (Those are 2 inch in the picture, but I had to cut them down as otherwise the block was too big.  I didn’t get a picture of the revised strips.)

From the floral, cut a 4.5 inch square, and four 1.5 inch squares.

From the white or background, cut four 3.5 inch squares.  Then press and fold on the diagonal.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

This is fairly simple.  I started with the center square and then placed the folded triangles, right sides together, and sewed them down.

Next, work on the outside units.  I sewed one 4.5 inch strip to the top and bottom.  I then sewed the 2.5 inch units onto either side of the remaining strips and then sewed onto the sides of the block.

And this is the finished block:

It finished at 6.5 inches square.  Have fun!

BLOCK #2:  HAND WEAVE 

BLOCK #3:  6-POINT STAR 

This requires templates that will be provided.  

 

BLOCK #4:  FORBIDDEN FRUIT TREE

This requires templates that will be provided. 

NOTE:  If you feel uncomfortable or not ready to try this block, you can choose your own block, but please try and make it similar to this level of difficulty.

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AUGUST BLOCKS:

BLOCK #1:  FRIENDSHIP STAR

 

This is such an easy block and yet I managed to make it the wrong size the first time.  It came out at 5.5 inches square.  That will teach me to sew when I’m half asleep.

Anyway, here is my finished block:

I forgot to take pictures of it as I was so happy to have it done.

Here is a link to the directions:  https://www.patchworksquare.com/index.php?function=DisplaySheet&sheet=friendship-star-basic-quilt-block&links=1&id=

Please make sure to scroll down about halfway, click the pattern itself and that will open it for you.  It is the last one, 6 inches.  You can either print the whole pattern or just the size you need.

BLOCK #2:  THE SPOOL 

There are many different ways to make this block, so I am posting my favorite pattern.  Here is the link:  https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/arkansas-traveler-spools-quilt-block-pattern-2820807

When making the block, the important thing to remember is the placement of the triangles going down on the bottom and up at the top.  Otherwise, it might not look quite right.

To Make One 6″ x 6″ Quilt Block

Spools: Cut from Four Different Dark Fabric

  • (1) 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ strip of each color
  • (4) 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ squares of each color

Background: (8) 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ light strips total

Arkansas Traveler, A Spools Block

And here is my block.  I decided to do a different color in the center.  Have fun creating!

 

BLOCK #3:  FOOL’S SQUARE 

 

 

BLOCK #4:  CONTRARY WIFE OR (EVENING STAR)

This looks more complicated than it is especially with all the HST in this pretty block.  Since EQ8 doesn’t provide the instructions for putting the block together, I am providing a link to Patchwork Square.  They have a complete list of what you need, how to cut and put it together, which is easier for all of us, rather than my trying to translate it for you.

Here is the link:  https://www.patchworksquare.com/index.php?function=DisplaySheet&sheet=evening-star-quilt-block&links=1&id=&link1=55

Remember to scroll down halfway and there is the pattern.  You will want to select the 6 inch pattern.  I will be posting pictures of mine later.  Have fun creating!

Following the directions from the pattern link above makes this complicated block a lot easier.  It’s mostly made up of HST and squares, just watch the placement of the triangles.

MINI BLOCK CLUB JUNE 2019

You may have noticed that the picture is not up at the top.  That is because I have been going through some of the blocks and have determined that a few may not look just right because of their original size, number of pieces, and style and may not translate well into this quilt.  I am auditioning other blocks to see if they might work out a little better and that is part of the reason that the blocks are a little late this month.  Blocks are subject to change and I reserve this right.  I will be replacing the picture later this month.

Thank you for your patience. 

 

Hello and Welcome Back!

Yes, it has been a while since I posted but it has been a fairly busy month! But I am back with the 3 inch block for June!

It is a brand  new month and what better way to start than with some fun little mini blocks!  Remember the summer time when you would go outside, take a good book and read under a shady tree?  I loved doing that on long hot summer days!

June’s border block is Itty Bitty Trees. Now this pattern is paper pieced but very easy and I believe that you can probably piece it if you want. But we are here to stretch our abilities and it is very simple to make. Here is the link to the pattern and the templates:
 
Or you can probably just piece them the old fashioned way if you wish.
 
You will need to make 4 of these and they are for the borders. I will be making mine today and also will have pictures and directions ready later today. I am also still catching up on my other blocks.
Chat soon!’
 
I went ahead and pieced mine as my printer was not working and I was unable to print the templates.  They are fun to make and addictive!
 
 
PS:  And don’t forget to post pictures! I haven’t seen many lately and I would love to see how everyone is doing and if you have any questions or comments!
 
June 10, 2019:  Hello Everyone
 
I am still testing the patterns for June and hope to post them tomorrow morning. It’s 103 here in hot, humid, sunny Fresno and my windows face west and it’s very hot in there, so I hope to do some sewing this evening if and when it cools down. I hope that everyone is staying cool!
 
BLOCK #1  DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN
 
This is a fairly easy block to make.  Choose 3 colors or small prints, dark, medium and lighter for a good contrast.
 
From each of the colors, cut eight 2 inch squares. except for the medium you will need 9.
 
There are 5 rows in this block and there are 5 blocks across.
 
For the first and fifth row, the pattern is Dark, Medium, Light, Medium, Dark.
For the second and third row, the pattern is Medium, Light, Dark, Light, Medium.
For the third row, the pattern is Light, Dark, Medium, Dark, Medium.
 
This will give the block a checkerboard-like appearance, only using 3 colors instead of 2.
 
 
I went with light, medium and dark for my block.  I know that I messed up on the center of the block but this is just a sample and I do plan on redoing it.  Some days I sew better than others.  😀
 
 
 
BLOCK #2:   CHURN DASH:
 
I went ahead and copied a cheat size for accurate cutting and piecing for this fun and simple block.  Here is the link for the pattern.  Make sure to scroll down to the 6 inch size.  https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/churn-dash-quilt-block.html
 
 

HST Dimensions

Finished
Block Size
Trim HST to…
3″ 1½”
4 1/2″ 2″
6″ 2½”
7 1/2″ 3″
9″ 3½”
 
 
 
Churn Dash quilt block designChurn Dash

Sample Block Size: 6″(6-1/2″ unfinished)

Grid Size: 2″

Two fabrics and simple piecing are all it takes for this block.

I cut my HST patches a bit bigger than the dimensions in the chart, stitch the units and then cut them to size.

Will post pictures a little later.

 

 
 
BLOCK #3:   ROCKY ROAD:
 
This is also known as Hourglass.   The pattern is at Patchwork Square, just make sure to go to 6 inch pattern.  https://www.patchworksquare.com/index.php?function=DisplaySheet&sheet=rocky-road-quilt-block&links=1&id=  Also make sure to click on the PDF file to be able to download and print.
 
Fabric Requirements:
A dark color
A contrasting dark color 
Background color, light
 
Here are the fabrics that I chose:
 

From the background, cut 2 squares 2.5 inches, and 10 squares at 1.5 inches.

From the contrasting color, cut 6 squares at 1.5 inches. Then cut 4 squares at 1 7/8 inches, and bisect on the diagonal once.

From the dark, cut 2 squares at 2 7/8 and bisect on the diagonal once.



From the 2.5 inches squares of the contrasting and the background, make three 4 patches. See above picture.

The make 4 flying geese units with the remaining background and contrasting color.

The blue triangles will go at the bottom. Now that it is pressed, you can put the block together. Make sure that your pieces are all 3.5 inches. Be careful of the triangle placements.

Here is my finished block. I love how the red and blue play so nicely together.

BLOCK #4: ROULETTE WHEEL:

NOTE: This was supposed to be One Wheel with 12 Spokes but it is paper-pieced and I am not comfortable enough to tackle this block, and I did promise no PP. So, I am substituting Roulette Wheel instead that uses up a lot of small triangles. Hope to have it posted later today.

Here is a link to the pattern: https://www.patchworksquare.com/index.php?function=DisplaySheet&sheet=roulette-wheel-quilt-block&links=1&id= Make sure to scroll down a little bit and then click on the picture. That should open it up.

MINI BLOCK CLUB 2019, MARCH

 

BORDER BLOCKS:  ITTY BITTY BEAR PAW

Here is the link to The Quilting Company:  Make sure to scroll down to May, Bitty Bear Paw.  Very easy and fun to make.  You will need to make 4.

LINK:  https://www.quiltingcompany.com/the-bitty-blocks-of-2015-free-quilt-block-patterns-quilty-pleasures-blog/?fbclid=IwAR0g2ClO4dB6pgfW6iGbxgGA8i3o6eU89nGDXVFJH4Dqm6Xr78RiwjkU1QA.

I will be posting the other blocks over the weekend.

MARCH BLOCKS:

NOTE:  I started a new post as the other was too long, so from here on out I will be making a new post each month.  This means that if you’re new to the group that you will have to go back a little to find the previous posts.

BLOCK #1:  TWIN SISTERS (JACK AND JILL)  

Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23kiRjukyCY.

My only issue with this tutorial is that it comes out at 5 inches instead of 6 inches.  To correct this, you need cut the strips at 3.5 inches each.  Then sew together to give you a 6.5 inch strip, then cut on the diagonal.  Then sew four triangles together to make this fun block.  If you look closely, each triangle will be facing in from the top, bottom and sides.  Just a precaution, when cutting on the diagonal, be careful with the direction of the cut as it will affect the size of the block and may not go together correctly.  Ask me how I know this.  😀

 

BLOCK #2:  RAIL FENCE

This is a very easy block to make, but in case you need a little help, here is a tutorial.  Remember, when you make the block it should measure 6.5 inches.  Scroll down and choose the 6.5 inch.  You will want to cut each strip 6.5 width x 1.5 length in inches as there are 4 rails to each sub-block.  Sew together and you have a pretty block.  This is just a practice block and I will probably redo mine.

Here is the link:  https://newquilters.com/rail-fence-quilt-blocks-strip-piecing-tutorial/  You will need to scroll down a bit to find the pattern.

I am also attaching a cheat sheet in case you want to make different sizes.

How Wide to Cut Strips for Rail Fence Blocks

Quilt Block Size 3-1/2″ Finished Size 3“ 6-1/2″ Finished Size 6″ 12-1/2″ Finished Size 12″
Two-Rail Block 2-1/4″ 3-1/2″ 6-1/2″
Three-Rail Block 1-1/2″ 2-1/2″ 4-1/2″
Four-Rail Block 1-3/8″ 1-1/2″ 3-1/2″

 

 

BLOCK #3:  CANDLE AND HOLDER

Okay, I misspoke earlier.  There is one applique pattern and this is it.  But you have to admit, it is cute, sweet and very easy to make.  I am still working on mine and hope to have it made this afternoon.

Here are the instructions along with the templates and patterns to cut out.  If you are using Electric Quilt, make sure that when you go to the Block Library, pick Candle and  Holder, that will take it to Edit the block, check Preview and it will give you the scale that you need.  That is 6 inches with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then click Print Picture, and then print the pattern so that you cut it out.  There should be 3 pieces of paper altogether.

The instructions are listed in the files.

 

BLOCK #4:  STRIPED SHAMROCK

This block looks complicated but it really is easy once you get the pattern sized correctly.  You will need an assortment of 12 different green fabrics plus a background.

Cut your green strips into 3.5 x 1.5 inch strips.  You will only need one of each strip so this is a good way to use up a lot of small pieces.  I have found that no matter what shade of green you use, they all play well together very nicely.

Now that you have your strips cut, sew them into sets of 3.  You will need 4 units.

For the background, you will need twelve (12) 2 x 2 inch squares.  Place these on 3 corners of each set and sew on the diagonal.  Once they are sewn on, trim off the dog ears.

Now arrange your sets and sew them together as a 4 patch.  Trim down to size and you are done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINI BLOCK CLUB 2019 PART 2, FEBRUARY

NOTE:  I started a new post as the other was too long, so from here on out I will be making a new post each month.  This means that if you’re new to the group that you will have to go back a little to find the previous posts.

 January 25, 2019 

BORDER BLOCKS:  SURPRISE! BOW TIE 3.5 INCHES**

This is a very easy block that is so fun to make.  You will need to make 4 of these fast little blocks.  Each block will go at the corners of the outside border.  Instead of writing the directions out here, I am providing a link.  Make sure that you scroll to 3-inch Finished Blocks.  

Link to Spruce Crafts:  https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/easy-bow-tie-quilt-block-pattern-2821130

I will post pictures of my blocks later today!  Have fun!

 

NOTE:  Remember, there will be a few 3.5 inch blocks scattered in there and that is just a guide to show where we are in the quilt. The picture may not be the way the quilt top turns out. We shall see. Some may go in the sashing or in the borders. As we go along, I will give you clues as to where they will go.

There will be two outer borders.  The inner border is 2 inches and the outer border is 3 inches.  These are shown as the Inner Border having blocks at the corners and the Outer Border is shown as blocks going all around.  PLEASE REMEMBER that this is subject to change and is just to show the size and design (for now) of the entire quilt top.  PLEASE NOTE:   We are going to just go with the first four (4) blocks  each month.   Also, if I posted all the fabric requirements it would be too overwhelming and confusing to follow as they are not in order of the blocks.  

My color palette includes a lot of colors, but I prefer mainly solid or small prints.  This is just an estimate of what you will need, about 1/8th of a yard for the blocks.  Unless otherwise specified, the blocks will require 1/8th of a yard and I will let you know if  there are larger or smaller pieces that you can use instead.  There are 48 blocks and since  these are small this is also a good way to use up a lot of scraps.  You can choose to go with yardage, scraps, FQ or a combination.  I will probably be using scraps mostly as I have a lot.  But you can choose to go with a certain colorway if you like.  Please post your pictures in the comment section.  I would love to see how you’re doing and I love eye candy!

There will also be 3.5 inch blocks scattered throughout, so when you go to make your blocks, there will be a BOLD ** next to it.  For the first 4 blocks, they are all 6.5 inches but I am not telling you which block it is until the 10th, so make sure to stay tuned in!

FEBRUARY 10, 2019

Good Morning Everyone!

Just a note to let you know that as we speak I am working on February’s blocks and they will be posted later this morning. It takes a little time to photograph the steps, and write the details, so please bear with me.

There are a couple of changes to the blocks and I will be updating the pictures also. Whenever possible, I will provide links for the blocks if I feel it is an easier way to make it. The border blocks will be posted later this week.

Please stay tuned!

BLOCK #1:  Bow Tie 6.5 inches  
This is a very easy block that is so fun to make.  Yes, I know that we did it as a border block. I am providing the same link but make sure that you scroll to 6-inch Finished Blocks.  

Link to Spruce Crafts:  https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/easy-bow-tie-quilt-block-pattern-2821130

I will post pictures later this morning.
I am still working on block #2 and 3 instructions but will be posting them later today.
BLOCK #2:  Free Block:  I have tried for the better  part of this past week to get it to go together correctly and I give up!   Yes, EQ8 is great but doesn’t print out the instructions to go along with the measurements and that is frustrating.  I have been searching the internet for a similar block but could not find anything, so as an alternative to others like me who do not like Y-seams or are pattern impaired (I’m guilty of this at times) I offer Block #2 be a free block of your own choice.   Once I have chosen one for myself, I will post a picture here.  Have fun!
The block I chose is called Odds and Ends.
If you want to make this block you can find it here at:  http://quilterscache.com/O/OddsandEndsBlock.html.  It is a 12 inch block but is easy to size it down to a 6 inch square.
BLOCK #3:  Monkey Wrench:  This is a very easy block to make, but for a 6.5 inch block, you will need the correct math for it.
The measurements are for the center;
1.2 inch square for the background and color.  Sew together as a 4 square block.
Then going around the block, remembering that the block is set on point, the triangles will be 2.5 inches for the first round, then 3 inches for the next round and 4 inches for the final round.  I tend to make the triangles a little larger just in case, and they can be trimmed down to size as needed.  Please, if my math is off, let me know.  I spent most of the afternoon trying to figure it out and lost some valuable sewing time because of that!
Here is the link for the Monkey Wrench block.  You can find it at:  http://quilterscache.com/M/MonkeyWrenchBlock.html.
I did work on mine this evening but it turned out a little wonky and I ran out of the scrap fabric that I was using, so I will try, try again in the morning.  Here is my Monkey Wrench.  Again, had to use a different fabric for the outside border but it works!
BLOCK #4:  Entwined Star:  
This block looks complicated but if you look closely at it, it’s actually repeats of a Square-in-a-Square.  You do have to be careful with the color placement, though.  I will be posting a picture of mine later today, but for those who cannot wait, here is a link to the pattern.  It’s easier for me to make than to write the pattern out, gets a little complicated.  Make sure to click on the pattern in the center of the page, it opens up and gives you 3 (three) sizes to choose from, you will want the 6 inch size.
Link to Spruce Crafts:  https://www.patchworksquare.com/index.php?function=DisplaySheet&sheet=entwined-star-quilt-block&links=1&id=&link1=52.
I found that some people are having trouble with the link above, so I am attaching the pattern as a pdf.
https://www.facebook.com/download/2146696628720886/entwined-star-quilt-block.pdf?hash=AcoRJeNoufdfsWZe  Just copy and paste it and it will come up where you can print it.  Make sure it’s the 6 inch size.
Since I had so much trouble with the second block and had not been feeling well for the past few days, I have not made this block yet.  Hope to get it taken care of today after I have a nap!
BORDER BLOCKS #2:  ITTY BITTY HOUSE

BORDER BLOCK #2 ITTY BITTY HOUSES

This is a 3.5 inch block that is so simple, sweet and fun to make. You can download the pattern under files, Border Block #2 or you can go here to download it: https://www.quiltingcompany.com/the-bitty-blocks-of-2015-f…/

It is the second block down. You will need to make 4 of these. I will be posting pictures this weekend.

Have fun creating!

Have fun!

MINI BLOCK CLUB 2019

JANUARY 12, 2019  BLOCK #4:  OHIO STAR VARIATION

NOTE:  I had planned to do Birdhouse for this block and I made two of them, neither of which I liked after they were finished.  That is what took me so long to post this morning.  EQ8 left off the last few pieces of the instructions on both variations and their sizes were off and I kept having to trim down on the sizes of the units.  Thank you for playing along.

BLOCK #4:  OHIO STAR VARIATION:  This time I am sending a link for the pattern.  Remember to click on the 6 x 6 inch pattern.  I will be posting mine a little later today.  Here is the pattern link:  https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/ohio-star-quilt-block-pattern-variant-2821199  I will  post a picture later.   You can also find the pattern at http://quilterscache.com/O/OhioStarBlock.html.  It is the same pattern except that you will need to add half square triangles at all four corners.  The reason I mention this is that I have found that it is impossible to download or print the pattern at Spruce  Crafts and this is a good alternative in case you need a printed pattern.

This is my block.  It’s a little off as I was having trouble focusing my eyes yesterday.  😀

    

 

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

Color #1:  White background (or light)

Color #2:  Dark color

Color #3:  Contrasting color

Color #4:  Medium to light color or a small print for the center

 

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

This is for a 6 inch block

From the light background, you will need:

  1.  Two 2 7/8 inch squares (or you can go up to 3 inches and then trim later)
  2.  Two 3 1/4 inch squares
From color #2, dark color, you will need:  Two 3 1/4 inch squares
From color #3, you will need:  Two 2 7/8 inch squares (or you can go up to 3 inches and then trim later)
From color #4, you will need one 2 1/2 inch square.
SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Take the light and medium squares, cut on the diagonal once.  Now sew the dark and light HST together to make a half square unit.  This will be used for the corner units.
2.  There are two options for this.  The first one involves watching the Missouri Star Quilt video or doing it the  old fashioned way.  You will need 4 hourglass units for this block.  If you use the pattern from Quilter’s Cache, it will show you how to make the hourglass units.
NOTE:  Please remember that if you go with 3 inches as opposed to 2 7/8 squares, you will need to trim it down to 2.5 inches.  For making your hourglass units, I would watch  this video from youtube.com:  This is from Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilts and I love her shortcuts and it is so much easier to do them this way.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIyHqggI_eU.
3.  Once you have all of your units made, sew together in rows, either horizontal or vertical to finish the block.
  This was before I trimmed them down to 2.5 inch square units.
  Finished block.  I may remake this block

JANUARY 11, 2019:  BLOCK #3:  LONDON  ROADS

 

I love these colors together, soothing and they look good with the other blocks.

FABRIC CHOICES:  

Color #1:  Medium to dark color

Color #2:  Contrasting color, I chose a print

Color #3:  Light color

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

 

1.  From the first color, (in my case the green) you will need to cut two 3 inch squares.  From those squares, cut once in half diagonally to give you 4 half square triangles.  EQ8 says to cut 2 7/8 inches, but I prefer to cut larger and then trim down.
2.  You will also need to cut a 2 1/2 inch square for the center.
3.  From the light color for the background (I used yellow) cut 8 (eight) 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches.
4.  Also from the light color, cut one 3 1/4 inch square and then cut it diagonally twice to give you 4 half square triangles.
5.  From the dark color (or print) cut one 3 1/4 inch square and then cut it diagonally twice to give you 4 half square triangles.
SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:
      
  1.  Please make sure that you line up your quarter square triangles the right way or else your arrows will be going the wrong directions.  That’s why I have them laid out that way for sewing so I don’t confuse myself, but it still happens.
  2.  Sew your light and contrasting color quarter square triangles together and then sew to the half square triangle.  You will have 4 units.
  3. Now sew your eight 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches together.

Now sew together.  This is how the block should look.  Be careful with the arrows, they can be confusing especially when laying them out.

The finished block should measure 6.5 inches.

 

BLOCKS #1, 2, AND 3:

 

 

NOTE:  BLOCK #4 HAS BEEN CHANGED AND A DIFFERENT ONE HAS BEEN CHOSEN.  IT WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW, SATURDAY 12.  THE REASON IS THAT EQ8 ONLY SHOWED THE FIRST FEW INSTRUCTIONS AND LEFT OFF THE REMAINING PARTS.  THAT MADE THIS BLOCK HARD TO MAKE AND I AM NOT HAPPY WITH HOW IT TURNED OUT.  I WILL BE CHANGING THE PICTURE IN THE QUILT TOMORROW TO SHOW THE DIFFERENT BLOCK.   MY APOLOGIES.  AS I HAVE STATED BEFORE THE QUILT TOP IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A CORRECTION TO BLOCK #2, SUSANNAH. THANK YOU.  SCROLL DOWN.

QUESTIONS AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS:

 
Yardage for certain colors. Here are the dimensions of the quilt (so far) starting with the top and then the inner and outer borders.
Quilt Top 39 x 52 based on 6.5 inch blocks from EQ8
Inner Borders 2.5 inches all around, most likely a solid border
Outer Borders 3.5 inch with different blocks going all around.
 
Please let me know if I am correct on the yardage estimate as EQ8 only tells me by the individual blocks and not the full quilt. If it does do that, I can’t seem to be able to figure it out. 😀
 
I believe that it will work better with more than 4 colors, not just for the way the quilt is designed but for contrast in the blocks.
 
For 5 or more colors for the blocks, if you want to buy yardage, I am estimating about 2 to 2.5 yards, plus extra for the background colors. As for the borders, those will measure 3.5 inches and you may be able to use some of the yardage from the other blocks. There will be some blocks that will require certain colors but I am thinking that will be minimal and you can probably use scraps.
 
I am doing controlled scrappy so please remember that it’s a little harder for me to estimate yardage. Please let me know if you think this is correct or if I’m full of hooey. 😀 Also, please note and remember that the quilt top is subject to change and that this is just a guide of what we are working on.
 
Thank you for your help!
JANUARY 5, 2019  NOTE:  All blocks can be found on EQ8 with directions and fabric requirements.  Just go to Block Library, put in the name of the block, make sure it is 6.5 inches and you can print from there.  For those who don’t have EQ8 here are the instructions.  I strongly suggest using a ruler that has markings on it for 13/16, 1/8 and so on as these will be used a lot.
BLOCK #1:  Four Star Variation #3:  Note, I had taken pictures of the first block I made but they were deleted accidentally.  I went ahead and made a second block which I like a lot better.  That’s why it looks different from the saved pictures.
Fabric Needed:   

Color #1:  Medium green, two 5 inch squares

Color #2:  Light color, two 5 inch squares

I had some fun parrot fabric and a gold squiggly fabric that looked nice together.  When I went to make the second block, I found that I was out of the gold squiggly and went with a light tan leaf pattern to go with the parrots.

Cutting Instructions: 

You will need two 3.5 inch squares of either print or background.  Totally up to you how you want it to look.

You will also need four 2 inch squares of both print and background.  The layout is below and is very easy.

 

Since I wasn’t happy with the results, here is how mine turned out, just reversed.  Your block should measure 6.5 inches.  You can see my ruler next to it by zooming in on the picture.

 

BLOCK #2:  SUSANNAH:

This is a simple variation of a box in a box block.  When sewing it together, make sure that the dark and light blocks are opposite each  other all around the block.  This is a fairly easy block and fun to put together.  

Fabric Needed:

Color #1:  White or cream

Color #2:  Dark pink

Color #3:  Light pink

Color #4:  Yellow

Color #5:  Small coordinating print fabric

I chose to go with a solid green for the center as I couldn’t find a nice print to coordinate.

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

From the dark, medium and background fabric, cut 2 1/8 inch.  You will need four of each.

From the lightest color, cut two 2.5 x 2.3/8 inch rectangles.  You will then cut those in half square triangles.

From the print for the center, you will need one 2 ¾  inch square.  You will need to use a regular ruler to make sure it is the right size, or one that has markings that are clear.  You might want to use a piece of painter’s tape to mark it on the ruler for reference.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

I started with the center block.  Using the lightest color (in my case the light pink) cut your 2.5 inch squares in half.  Place your triangles all around the 2 13/16 inch square.  This will give it a snowball effect.

Trim the block down to 3.5 inches.

Now for the tricky part.  You need to make sure that the dark and medium squares are alternating all around the block with the background at each corner.  Here is my outside of the block.  Remember, it is easy to get confused.  Just ask me how I know.  😀

Sew the top and bottom rows together and then the sides.  Sew the sides to the center and then add the top and bottom.

The finished block:

BLOCK 1 AND 2:

Have fun!

 
CLUB STARTS: JANUARY 10, 2019
CLUB ENDS: DECEMBER 31, 2019
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP:  NONE OPEN TO ALL
 
THIS IS NOT A SWAP, BUT A CLUB! This is designed for those of us who love challenges and miniatures, especially mini blocks!
 
Starting January 10, 2019, I will post 4 different mini blocks to work on. These will be pieced blocks, starting with easy and progressing from easy to challenging. You can access the block patterns with links that I will provide and you can find these in the files. I will be posting the first set of blocks with pictures on the 10th of each month. There will be no applique blocks, but there might be a little paper-piecing.
 
The size of the blocks will be 6.5 or 3.5 inches in size but no larger. Some blocks may appear to be incomplete, but keep them aside as they will fit into other blocks later on for the overall final design. This quilt top will be like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
 
COLORS: I will be working with small prints, mostly scrappy colors but controlled. I prefer blues, reds, yellows, etc. You can use whatever you prefer, this is your quilt.
 
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS: Will be posted on January 1, 2019. Since I will be using scraps, it will be an estimate.
 
BLOCKS: All four blocks will be posted on the 10th of the month with directions and pictures. Please, I am only human, if you find a mistake or have a question, please let me know and we can fix it together.
 
The Mini Block Club is a yearlong commitment. I expect to see pictures at the end of each month in order to stay. The blocks will be available here and are free to use. I never charge for patterns as most of them are under a free domain. If you find that one of the blocks is one that you are not comfortable with, you can leave it out, but it might affect the quilt top later on, just saying so in advance.
 
Please do not just drop out without saying goodbye first. I am hoping that this club will bring friends closer and that we can have some fun!

 

JANUARY 1, 2019

Starting at the top and counting in 4, those are the blocks for January and then so on. Please note that the blocks are subject to change if and as needed. All patterns can be found in the files section starting January 10. If you have EQ8, you can find the directions and patterns there. If I find a link for an easier technique on how to make the block I will post it to the group.

I will be posting fabric choices and requirements on January 1.  I will keep adding to this original post with the newest posts at the top of the page.  You will need to scroll down after the first blocks are posted to find previous directions.  Please remember to post pictures when you finish your blocks.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

NOTE: In the picture these are 6.5 inches, but that doesn’t mean that all of them will be that size. Remember, there will be a few 3.5 inch blocks scattered in there and that is just a guide to show where we are in the quilt. The picture may not be the way the quilt top turns out. We shall see. Some may go in the sashing or in the borders. As we go along, I will give you clues as to where they will go.

There will be two outer borders.  The inner border is 2 inches and the outer border is 3 inches.  These are shown as the Inner Border having blocks at the corners and the Outer Border is shown as blocks going all around.  PLEASE REMEMBER that this is subject to change and is just to show the size and design (for now) of the entire quilt top.  PLEASE NOTE:   I have been having issues with EQ8 and my printer/scanner, so we are going to just go with the first four (4) blocks as I have not been able to scan the fabric requirements.   Also, if I posted all the fabric requirements it would be too overwhelming and confusing to follow as they are not in order of the blocks.  

My color palette includes a lot of colors, but I prefer mainly solid or prints.  This is just an estimate of what you will need, about 1/8th of a yard for the blocks.  Unless otherwise specified, the blocks will require 1/8th of a yard and I will let you know if  there are larger or smaller pieces that you can use instead.  There are 48 blocks and since  these are small this is also a good way to use up a lot of scraps.  You can choose to go with yardage, scraps, FQ or a combination.  I will probably be using scraps mostly as I have a lot.  But you can choose to go with a certain colorway if you like.  Please post your pictures in the comment section.  I would love to see how you’re doing and I love eye candy!

There will also be 3.5 inch blocks scattered throughout, so when you go to make your blocks, there will be a BOLD ** next to it.  For the first 4 blocks, they are all 6.5 inches but I am not telling you which block it is until the 10th, so make sure to stay tuned in!

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:  

Block #1:  

Color #1:  Medium green, two 5 inch squares

Color #2:  Light color, two 5 inch squares

Block #2:

Color #1:  White or cream

Color #2:  Dark pink

Color #3:  Light pink

Color #4:  Yellow

Color #5:  Small coordinating print fabric

Block #3:

Color #1:  Dark to medium blue

Color #2:  Burgundy or red, dark or medium

Color #3:  Light color

Block #4:

Color #1:  White

Color #2:  Dark brown, 10 inch square

Color #3:  Black, 5 inch charm

Color #4:  Medium blue, solid

Color #5:  Light blue or contrasting color, 5 inch charm

Have fun shopping your stash or at your store!  This should keep you busy for a while.  Remember to post pictures to stay in the group! 

 

 

CHARM SWAP 2019

 

STARTS: January 15, 2019
ENDS: November 31, 2019
SIGN UP DEADLINE: January 10, 2019
PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN AND TYPE AGREE. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, THEN I WILL KNOW YOU HAVE NOT READ ALL THE WAY.
The swap will last the full year and we will be swapping every month, except for December. This way everyone has a full month to send and receive. You have the option of sitting out a month if you wish to; just let me know in advance. You must keep up to date with the swap in order to continue. I will be monitoring to make sure that everything is on time. You must post the date sent as well as when you receive. Failure to do. Please read the guidelines.
All communication will be through private email through messenger where we can monitor together our progress. I will be setting this up. Otherwise, conversations here seem to get lost as this is a very busy group. You are responsible for the cost of postage and for posting when you send and receive.
Charms: Size 5 inches
LIMIT: Two sets of charms. Sets will consist of 5 charms per set for a total of 10 charms. No exceptions. No extra sets.
JANUARY:
FEBRUARY:
MARCH:
APRIL:
MAY:
JUNE:
JULY:
AUGUST:
SEPTEMBER:
OCTOBER:
NOVEMBER:
Themes to be announced in December.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions. 
NOTE: Please read the guidelines in the files for more info. Sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. Once we have 5 or more players, I will send out a list of players.  Note that this list may be subject to change throughout the year. 

MINI BLOCK CLUB 2019

CLUB STARTS:   JANUARY 10, 2019

CLUB ENDS:   DECEMBER 31, 2019

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP:   JANUARY 1, 2019

THIS IS NOT A SWAP, BUT A CLUB! This is designed for those of us who love challenges and miniatures, especially mini blocks!

Starting January 10, 2019, I will post 4 different mini blocks to work on. These will be pieced blocks, starting with easy and progressing from easy to challenging.  You can access the block patterns with links that I will provide and you can find these in the files.  I will be posting the first set of blocks with pictures on the 10th of each month.

The size of the blocks will be 6.5 or 3.5 inches in size but no larger.  Some blocks may appear to be incomplete, but keep them aside as they will fit into other blocks later on for the overall final design.  This quilt top will be like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

COLORS:  I will be working with small prints, mostly scrappy colors but controlled.  I prefer blues, reds, yellows, etc.  You can use whatever you prefer, this is your quilt.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:  Will be posted on January 1, 2019.  Since I will be using scraps, it will be an estimate.

BLOCKS:  All four blocks will be posted on the 10th of the month with directions and pictures.  Please, I am only human, if you find a mistake or have a question, please let me know and we can fix it together.

The Mini Block Club is a yearlong commitment. I expect to see pictures at the end of each month in order to stay.   The blocks are available under the files section and are free to use.  I never charge for patterns as most of them are under a free domain.   If you find that one of the blocks is one that you are not comfortable with, you can leave it out, but it might affect the quilt top later on, just saying so in advance.

Please do not just drop out without saying goodbye first. I am hoping that this club will bring friends closer and that we can have some fun!

SECRET SISTER SWAP 2019

SECRET SISTER SWAP 2019

This is a yearlong commitment.  Please do not sign up for this swap if you cannot complete this commitment!  You will need to make only 1 block per month for 12 months!  And it only requires 1-2 hours work per month.

Maximum of 12 participants!  First come, first in!   Please send your name, address, phone #, and personal e-mail address to my personal e-mail:  luv2cutfab@gmail.com. This helps with bookkeeping and paperwork.

LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR THIS SWAP IS:  NOVEMBER 30, 2018!

Information:  Each participant will complete a questionnaire about her quilt likes and dislikes.  These need to be returned to me no later than December 10, 2018.  You will then be notified, by me, who your SS (Secret Sister) will be and you will be mailed her completed questionnaire.

When you get your SS’s questionnaire, you will make one 9 inch finished block, 9 ½ inches unfinished, per month using your SS’s likes.  The background will be determined by your SS.  At the end of the swap your SS should be able to make a quilt with the 12 blocks that you have made for her.

Block Instructions:  All 12 blocks should be different designs, using your SS’s choice of colors. Your SS will choose 2 main colors and a background color.  You may add in coordinating colors of your choice.  As always, please use good quality 100% cotton quilt fabric, pre-washed.  Just remember that you want your SS to be able to make a nice quilt from your blocks, so you should make something that you would like to receive yourself.  The SS that is making the blocks has the right to choose her favorite type of technique, piecing, paper-piecing, appliqué, hand, or machine, etc.   This way you can do your best work!

Mailing Instructions:  Each month for 11 months you will mail your SS’s completed block to me.  One block will fit in a 6” x 9” manila postage envelope.  These will go through the mail with two 50 cents stamps.  I will then mail them to your SS.  This way, I will be the only person that knows who the SS’s are, until the swap is completed.  Please put your name, or one of those free address labels on the back of each block you mail.   On the 12th month, you will send the final block directly to your SS along with anything you would like to say to her and a small quilt label with your information on it.  On the front of the mailing envelopes, please identify the swap number and the block number, SS, B 1, etc.  This helps me identify what comes in to me.

You will need to send 11- 6” x 9” envelopes, or $2.00, and 22 – 50 cent stamps to me for the re-mail to your SS.  The Post Office will not accept postage labels.  These are only good for 2 days.

HAVE FUN AND SEND YOUR BLOCKS TO ME BY THE 20th of each month.  The 1st block is due to me by: Jan. 20th, 2018.

NOTE:  I am borrowing this idea from a friend of mine on Quilting With Us, and am revising it with her permission.

LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE VOTING 2018

ALL PICTURES MUST BE IN MY EMAIL TODAY! This is your final chance to be entered into the polls.
VOTING: Will begin on Monday, September 17 and will close on September 30 and will be at my blog, Quietly Quilting Ministries. A link will be provided tomorrow morning and will not be ready before then. This is to give everyone a chance to get their creations entered.
 
CATEGORIES: Please one vote per category.
 
BEST CAMOUFLAGED
 
MOST ORIGINAL
 
CRAZIEST IDEA
 
PRIZES: There will be first, second and third prizes for all categories:
 
First Prize: Brand new quilt book
 
Second Prize: A bundle of 5 coordinating fat quarters
 
Third Prize: Free downloadable pattern
 
Prizes will be awarded according to the number of votes and on October 1, the winners will be announced.
 
Tell your friends and family!

WELCOME BACK

I have been busy clearing out old files, photos and other stuff from my blog the past few days.  Now it is semi-clutter free and a little easier to navigate around.  You will notice that a lot of the older mystery quilts have been deleted.  This is mainly due to problems with the pictures or other writing issues that I found.  If there is no picture to go along with the quilt, then it isn’t of much use.  Some of them were never completed due to life circumstances or loss of interest or the pattern didn’t go together as it should have.  

BUT NEVER FEAR!  I have made printed copies of all the mystery quilts that I ever designed, started and finished, so maybe one day they may reappear again at a later date.  Some of them are already in PDF format and others are in the process of being rewritten.  AND there is no charge for any of the patterns, all are available in the public domain and can be found at different sites.  

I hope that you like the new look and will tell your friends to drop by and  visit!  Everyone is welcome.   

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DONNA’S DELIGHT/MYSTERY QUILT

Hello Everyone!

My apologies for dropping the ball on the Mystery Quilt or Donna’s Delight.  My eyes have been a mess and I haven’t been able to read much less sew for the past week. On a positive note, I will be posting directions for the first block tomorrow, April 10.

PLEASE KEEP SCROLLING DOWN FOR THE CLUES.  I AM ONLY POSTING THEM UNDER THIS.  THANK YOU!

Thank you for understanding!

I will be posting the patterns later this afternoon.

Estimated fabric needed: 
Blue, dark 1 yard
Blue, light 1 yard
Gold, 1/2 yard
Green, dark 1 yard
Rust (red-orange) 1 yard
Cream or off white for background 2 yards
Five coordinating small prints FQ, your choice
Black 1/2 yard

I am overestimating the amount you may need as sometimes a block doesn’t always work out right and I would rather have too much than too little to work with. Have fun shopping!

First clue will be posted on March 31, cutting instructions for the first block.   

March 31, 2018

Believe it or  not, I do not have a quilt big enough for our bed, and I have made a lot of quilts over the years, mainly for charity or as gifts.   This will be a fairly large quilt, not sure of size yet, but probably a queen sized.   Hence, the name change of the mystery to Donna’s Delight!  The blocks are fairly simple, but the way they go together is going to be awesome.  All the blocks can be found on public domain and I will provide links to tutorials as needed.

SIZE CHART FOR CUTTING:

3 INCH BLOCKS:  1.5  inches.  Remember. to calculate, just divide your finished block size (say 6 inches) by 3 and then add 1.5 inch for your seam allowance.  This is because you have 3 equal squares across the block.

Now, on to the first section.  There will be 48 blocks total, with 12 blocks having the same center block, 12 having different centers, and so on.  Let’s start with the first set of centers, a simple Pinwheel. 

PINWHEEL BLOCK:  You will need to make 12 3.5 inch pinwheel blocks.  Using cream/white, dark green, rust, and dark blue, make 4 pinwheel blocks from each color.    Here is a link on how to make super easy pinwheels on youtube.com.  Missouri Star Quilts puts out a great tutorial that is very fast and easy.  I will be posting mine soon as I can get my camera working.

Here are my 12 Pinwheel Blocks.  I decided to go with red instead of rust, much richer color that matches well with the green and blue.

LINK:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekYpJzHoW6E&t=20s

Now that you have your pinwheels made, set them aside.  These will be used later.

SQUARE IN A SQUARE BLOCKS:  Using your FQ with the small prints, make 12 3.5 inch blocks.  Here is a tutorial available showing how to make the block 2 different ways,  you can choose which is easiest for you.  Once you are done, they can be put aside.

I will be out of town this weekend, and plan to have the next clue ready for you next Tuesday, April 17.

If you are wondering why the blocks are being put aside, they will be used as centers for other blocks to come.

Best laid plans.  This has been a very busy and tiring week.  Spent most of the weekend cleaning out my dad’s trailer and then bringing some of it home and going through it yet again.  The third clue will be posted on Saturday, April 22.

APRIL 22:  CLUE 3  3.5 INCH FRIENDSHIP STARS

Here is a video showing how to make 8 half square triangles all at once.   You will need 48 half square triangles, using your rust, green, blue and cream fabrics.  You will also need contrasting colors for the center of the block.  You will also need 48 cream/white squares for the corners.  Make 4 from  each color.  Set aside.

OR:  This video is helpful also:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cVlL5E3EBM.  Just copy and paste into your browser to watch.

REMINDER: 

SIZE CHART FOR CUTTING:  3 INCH BLOCKS:  1.5  inches.  Remember. to calculate, just divide your finished block size (say 6 inches) by 3 and then add 1.5 inch for your seam allowance.  This is because you have 3 equal squares across the block.  

A tutorial for Friendship Star blocks:  https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/friendship-star-quilt-block.html has the size chart available for 3 inch blocks.  Just copy and paste into the browser and it should come up.

Or you can watch this video:

Will be back Tuesday with the final center block set to make and then we will be putting the blocks together.

Will post more on Donna’s Delight Mystery quilt later today. Been feeling a little dizzy and drained, so not much sewing yesterday. Hope to get some sewing and sorting done today.

APRIL 26, 2018

CLUE 4:  FINAL  CENTER BLOCK:  The final center block is the popular Churn Dash in miniature!  This block will be 3.5 inches finished.   Using gold/yellow, light or medium blue, green and red, you will again need to make 12 blocks, 4 of each color.  Here is a good tutorial that will walk you through the process.  https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/churn-dash-quilt-block.html.  You then need to click on Churn Dash that is underlined to take you to the actual directions.  Just copy and paste into the browser.

Am still working on the layout of the blocks.  Will post more next Wednesday. May 2. 

CLUE #5:  PUTTING THE FIRST SET OF BLOCKS TOGETHER!

We are going to start with the first set of blocks, the pinwheel.  The Pinwheel will be the center block and using the hourglass unit for the outside borders.  Match your green, blue and red blocks, using gold and white.  These should measure 3.5 inches.  The gold will be on the bottom with the white/cream facing outside.  You should have 3 colors altogether for the Hourglass units.  Remember, when you use this method, you will need to add one and 1/4 (1 and 1/4)  inch to the block for it to come out to the correct size.  You will need to make 48 units.  For now.  

Here is a great tutorial from Fons and Porter on making really quick Hourglass blocks:

The four outside corners will be set with gold/yellow which should bridge with the other blocks.

Hope to post more pictures this weekend.

Hello again!  I am still working on getting all of my units made and trying to get ahead of everything as the next few steps are going to  go together very quickly after this.  I will have the rest of Donna’s Delight ready on Monday, May 14.

Went to my UFO class today, had a great time but came home with a headache.  Will post tomorrow.  I have had a migraine all day, hope it passes soon.

 

 

Thank you for playing!

 

LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE 2018

HURRY!  Time is running out!  Sign up before May 31!

Email me privately at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with your name and address to enter!

LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE 2018
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: May 31, 2018
MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2018

DEADLINE: ALL CHALLENGE ITEMS MUST BE FINISHED BY SEPTEMBER 15.

YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and that is why I had them hidden away.

My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric. I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!

PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private. DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first and second place and prizes will be announced and awarded closer to the deadline. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FOR EACH CATEGORY BELOW:
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea

From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.

This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!

These are some of last year’s entries!

NO BUY CHALLENGE 2018

Does your stash have its own room?
Is it spreading into other rooms?
Do you have to move your stash to another room when company comes to visit? 

I seriously need to cut back on buying fabric! That is a picture of my small walk-in closet from a few years ago, but the stash has continued to grow! Under my table that my hubby made for me a few years ago is full of my UFO projects in boxes, more bins and on one side is another cubby hole full of bins with more fabric in it!

I am more of a collector of fabric than a serious user. I admit it, I love to fondle fabric and I am not ashamed to admit it! My problem is that I have so much of it, plenty of projects, but am I really seriously going to use it all up in my lifetime? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on if I stop buying and starting sewing like crazy!

Would you like to join me in a challenge for one year? Hopefully it will last that long. 😀 My challenge is to NOT BUY ANY MORE FABRIC, GADGETS, OR KITS for one year. My goal is to use what I have, make a dent in my stash, and get my UFOs under control. Of course, swaps and gifts don’t count, but you have to use them. Are you brave enough to join me?

Let’s be accountable to one another. Just post pictures of your stash, list, if you dare, the UFOs that need to be finished. You know, the ones that are as old as your children, the ones that we put aside for something else, or put off, or just plain old forgot about it. And let’s encourage each other NOT TO BUY!

And, most importantly, let’s share when we have a finish and use up some of our fabric! We can also share ideas on how to use it up, give it away, or other ideas.

You can jump in any time, just a little support for all of us who love to buy!

Well, it’s done. I cleared off the 3 shelves in my closet that were loaded down with fabric, transferred about half into bins, and the rest is in bags that are going to new homes. Even after purging my fabric, I still have more than enough for two lifetimes. AND that doesn’t include my scraps that were in 14 bins. That includes FQ, strips, noodles, charms and whatever else. Still need to go through that. That should keep me busy for a while. No more buying fabric for me for a long time. Feels good!! 😊

I decided to go ahead and take some of my stash to the guild meeting last week. Took 4 big bags of fabric, books and a pattern in my little wagon. Came back with just my box for the BOM, my wagon and purse! I saw a friend who asked about one of the bags, told her it was free fabric to good home. She went through the bag and took half of it home with her. Arranged the remaining fabric on the table, still a good amount of yardage. That was gone, except for a few pieces, by the end of the night. Gave that to the guild. Dropped the other bag off for the stash, had another bag for our baskets committee for the guild show and dropped those off. Saw another friend and gave her the remaining bag. Feels good to see it go to new homes. Still have 3 more big bags to find new homes for. 

Crazy part is that I still have an abundance of it left at my home. How did that happen? 🤔 Will try again next month. Rather give it to friends than have to sell it. Oh, and this was all yardage, 1 yard up to 3 or 4 yards. No scraps.

WELCOME TO MY SEWING STUDIO!

This is what my room looks like now.  This is where my solids are stored.  I folded my yardage into thirds, put a piece of cardboard on top and then have more room that way.

The table next to my sewing table, stacked with small bins for my thread.  Underneath that is an old dresser where I keep my scissors, rotary cutters and other tools.

This is my work table that hubby built for me many years ago.

 

 

My sewing space, extra machines, etc.  If you look under the table, there are 2 small rolling bins and a larger one, all full of fabric.

The inner recesses of my closet.  This is where I keep my odds and ends.

My shelves that are still a work in process.  See the picture at top of post for what it looked like before.  Under the big black bag is another hamper full of scraps.  The bag on top is full of noodles from a now empty bin.  Deciding how to do my scraps and have a place for my larger tools.

I’m in the process of going through my scraps, sorting by color and size and will go from there.  I have shoe boxes that I will use for smaller scraps, and then 3 small rolling bins full of scraps, and then another larger one full of even more fabric.  Once I get this figured out, then I will decide where to put  my tools.

And so concludes the 2 cents tour of my room.  Thank you for visiting!

Or as I like to call it, reorganizing my closet.  What a HUGE job this has turned out to be!

If you have been following along, you saw what my closet looked like before and also how it is turning out.  I have decided to go with clear shoe boxes for my small scraps and a little large clear box for my bigger pieces and FQ.  I plan to put the FQ in with the bigger pieces so I can find them easily.  Still a work in progress.

As you can see, I have emptied one large hamper and have one more hamper to go.  Well, actually, I sorted through about half of the first hamper, put the small scraps into 10 shoe boxes, and ran out of boxes.  Hubby has gone to Dollar Tree to get more shoe boxes for me, what a sweetie he is!  The bins next to the shoe boxes are full of larger scraps waiting for boxes of their own.  I found that these green and blue bins are great for sorting but since they have no lids, you can’t stack them nicely.  I also found that the shoe boxes are great for smaller scraps, but I need more of them!  I’m going to have to sort by dark and light colors and have 2 boxes for each color for that to work out.  Or I just have way too much scrap stash!   And that doesn’t include my floral, novelty, Asian, etc!  This will be an ongoing project for at least another couple of months!  But to me, it looks a lot better than before!

Here is my closet now!

Thank you for following along!

And now for the final reveal of my sewing room closet!  But first a look from Bandit, my supervisor!

I now have 30 clear plastic shoe boxes full of small scraps on the top shelf.  Underneath that are 12 blue stackable bins full of larger cuts of fabric.  Almost looks like I’ve been canning the way they are stacked.  But now I can tell at a glance where my scraps are as they are labeled!

Underneath are 4 larger bins.  The first one is Annalee’s fabric in pink with the letter A.  Next to that is a bin full of pre-quilted fabric, noodles of various sizes and the last one is full of FQ.  On the floor, underneath the shelf, are bags of batting, and a large hamper full of UFOs waiting to be quilted.  Then, in front is a large 3 drawer rollable bin that has templates, rulers, my glue gun and other tools that didn’t fit into other drawers very well.

It feels so good to finally have it organized, very liberating.  But I still have more fabric for one lifetime.  Guess that means I have to get sewing a lot faster!

Thanks for dropping by!

Well, I bought fabric today. Five FQs and 3.5 yards of flannel to finish the quilt for my Dad, Emerald. But nothing else, these were necessary purchases. How is everyone else doing?

I finally did it!  I got to the bottom of my hamper, cleaned it out, dumped it into a smaller box and sorted it.  At least some of it.  When I got to the box that I transferred it into, I decided OKAY!  ENOUGH!  I have more than enough scraps to last me several lifetimes!  I am going to bag it for now, the whole lot and sell it at the Guild’s Yard Sale in July!  I will wash it and get it ready to go later and then label the bags “Grab Bags” Scraps for $3.00 a bag.  I’m tired of sorting and then cleaning up again and then trying to find a piece to match.  Did you know that I went and bought 20 more of those clear plastic shoe boxes to store the scraps in?  Well, once they are put away and on the shelf, that is the end of it.  If I can’t find what I need in those, then I will go to my larger pieces and then yardage!

I am feeling so proud of myself for letting go of this and feel so much better now that I have decided to do this!

 

SCRAPPY QUILTERS’ THIRD ANNUAL LOVELY UGLY, POLKA DOT CHALLENGE 2017

RESULTS

Let’s give a big round of applause for all of our participants! They all did a fantastic job! Their names and prizes are listed under the picture.

First Place: A new quilting book (will be mailed on Monday)
Second Place: Coordinating FQ pack of 5 colors to play with (will be mailed on Monday)
Third Place: A free pattern from Craftsy.com (will be emailed today)

MOST ORIGINAL:
First Place: Karen McCulloch
Second Place: Linda Grobis
Third Place: Lillie Sunby​

BEST CAMOUFLAGED:
First Place: Lillie Sunby
Second Place: Brenda Sunby
Third Place: Ellen Upchurch​

MOST CREATIVE:
First Place: Lillie Sunby
Second Place: Karen McCulloch
Third Place: Ellen Upchurch

RELIEF!

Good Morning Everyone!   WOW!  These past 8 weeks have been very stressful for me but now I can actually relax!  Hubby is doing very well after his stroke and is back to his normal loving self.  The DMV and doctor have cleared him to start driving again.  No driving or written tests, they said that if the doctor said he was okay to drive then they agreed with the doctor, and that means I don’t have to ferry him around.  He can drive and he won’t be driving me crazy!  I feel very blessed that he is okay and back to normal, and that he is doing a lot better with controlling his blood pressure and sugars!

I plan to do some sewing today after not doing much for so long.  I sure hope I remember how to!  😀  I have  a block to design for the BOM next month for the guild and some quilting that needs to be finished.  Not sure of what else needs to be done at the moment, need to take inventory.  Well, now to finish my coffee and get started!

Have a blessed, safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE, POLKA DOTS 2017

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: May 31, 2017

MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2017
DEADLINE: ALL CHALLENGE ITEMS MUST BE FINISHED BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2016.
YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and it is, I guess, why I had them hidden away.
My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. But this time there is a twist to this year’s challenge, they are polka dots of different colors. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric.
I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures to my email only and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!
PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE  2017 in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private.
DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first, second and third place and the prizes will be announced and awarded after the voting. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting is complete.
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FOR EACH CATEGORY BELOW:
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea
From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.
This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!

Quilters’ Paradise Parking Lot Sale

Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017 

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Stroll our parking lot for a great selection of quilting items, jewelry, crafts and handmade gifts.

Gerry and I will be there and have a lot of handmade items to sell. I have several boxes full of fabric, patterns and other goodies that need a new home at low prices. Hope you will stop by and look around.

Quilters’ Paradise
339 Pollasky Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
559-297-7817

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ROUND ROBIN 2017

A quilt made by fellow quilters.

PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS AND TYPE AGREE AT THE BOTTOM, ONLY IF YOU INTEND TO PARTICIPATE.

HOW TO SIGN UP: Please sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with RR2017 in the subject line, your name, address, phone number, and email. When the swap is filled, then I will PM everyone along with a list. You will be always sending to the same person until finished. The list will be posted after the swap closes.

SIGN UP DEADLINE: February 28, 2017

SEND OUT DATE FOR CENTER BLOCKS: March 15, 2017

WHAT IS A ROUND ROBIN? A round robin is usually a 12 inch block that is sent to a set number of people who then take turns adding borders to the block. It is then sent back to the owner as a finished top. This is a chance to be creative by using different techniques, such as borders, blocks, appliqué, etc.

DUE DATE FOR BORDERS: To be announced after we have at least 5-7 signups. From there on, quilt tops will be due on the first of the month and you will have two (2) months to complete your round. Hopefully, the tops will be finished within a year but do understand that things do happen that can delay it. When you finish your center block, please post a picture as we love to share and also for insurance reasons in case of problems.

GUIDELINES:

1. Each quilt top should start with a 12.5 square block. It can be any style or color you would like, it’s your choice. Please include scraps and a vision of what you want to see your top become. Please include a journal for others to write in as it is fun to see where it has traveled and its transformation. Please post photos as we go along.

2. It is up to the person receiving the top to decide on an appropriate border to go around the center block. Please make sure that it complements the colors the maker has chosen and styles that will match. There will be as many rounds as there are players so that everyone has a chance to create.

3. When sending the quilt top along, please make sure that it is INSURED AND THAT THERE IS TRACKING ON THE PACKAGE, as we don’t want anything to happen to our creations. Also make sure it is Flat rate shipping. Please send on the first of the month. MAKE SURE THAT YOU POST TO THE GROUP YOUR TRACKING NUMBER, YOUR NAME, WHO IT WAS SENT TO, AND DATE SENT.

4. If you find that you are having problems keeping up with the rounds, please let me know so that we can help you keep up. If we do have problems, the date can be pushed back to help, but you have to let me know ASAP! Remember, we cannot help you unless you ask for help. IF YOU BACK OUT OR DROP OUT AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SWAP, OR DO NOT RESPOND WHEN CONTACTED AFTER 3 ATTEMPTS, AND WITHOUT LETTING ME OR ANYONE ELSE KNOW, YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM SWAPPING!

5. Please keep pets and smoking to a minimum as we do have members that have allergies. Use only good quality cotton and your best sewing techniques. Be creative and have fun with the quilt but make sure that it complements the quilt.

Thank you for playing along!

SCRAPPY QUILTERS GENERAL AND SWAP GUIDELINES 2017

Welcome to Scrappy Quilters! We are growing very quickly and I am hoping that we can better meet the needs of our members by offering a variety of swaps throughout the year.

PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM, READ AND POST “AGREE” BELOW BEFORE SWAPPING.

What do we have to offer, you ask?

·        Original mystery quilts

·        Quick and easy projects

·        Challenges

·        Swaps and retreats

·        Encouragement and friendship

As we have grown very quickly and there are a lot of questions from new members, I feel it is necessary to set up a few rules that do need to be amended a little with so many people.

We ask that there be no flaming, rudeness, politics, religion or bad behavior or language. Please remember to treat each other as you would want to be treated, with respect.   I realize that postings can be misread and might be hurtful to others as it is written and not in a tone that you would hear when actually speaking to someone on the phone, as an example. Please think through what you are saying before posting.

ADVERTISING:  You can post an ad for a quilt that you made or patterns here, but please have any interested buyers send the information to you privately and not on the group page.   Please ask me first for permission.  NO t-shirt ads, giveaways, mugs or other ads, no matter how cute, are allowed, as  we have been burned by a few people earlier on that just wanted to sell junk here and it turned out they were scamming others.  Please do not advertise for any companies that make or sell other products as I will remove you from the group without notice and you will be banned from Scrappy Quilters.  

SWAPPING RULES FOR 2017:

Email me or the person in charge of the swap with the name of the swap in the subject line. My email address is luv2cutfab@gmail.com.  Send your name, address and other pertinent information in the email before the swap closes.  Once we have 10 swappers or at least 5-7, then the swap will close, and you will receive by email a list of the people you will be sending to. You are responsible for the postage and for sending out on time.

A swap can be closed or cancelled for lack of participation. My hope is that we will have several swaps going onto choose from and lots of swappers. If we have more than 10 swappers, then a second group may be created to accommodate everyone.  All swaps will be one-on-one, no centralized swaps.   When you send the swap out, please email  the tracking number so we can keep track of the swap and so we don’t have to hunt you down to make sure that it is taken care of.  All communication will be through private messaging.

COMMUNICATION:  I feel that this needs to be addressed yet again, and I really hate to nag. In order to be involved in a swap, you have to communicate with everyone especially when you are sending out your swaps and receiving. If you have trouble sending, you must let the coordinator of the swap know. If you do not let us know even after being contacted, you will be banned from swapping. Failure to do so is not only mentioned in the guidelines but it is also rude and unfair to the other players. Please read the guidelines before signing up.

PROBLEMS:

1. If you decide that you are not able to do the swap, please have the courtesy to let me know before the deadline, and it can be arranged.

2.  If something happens during the swap and you’re not able to follow through please let us know and we can possibly help you out. We cannot help if you don’t let us know.

 3. If you decide after the swap has closed that you are not able to do the swap and do not let someone know, you will be banned from swapping.

 4. If you drop from the swap and do not let me or a swap moderator know, that is cause for being banned from the group.

 

Quilt Show Entries

Here are a few finishes from this month. The first one is Snowman, a BOM from the guild and will be in the show next month.

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The second one is a sampler from many years ago from another group. This was going to be in the show, but it had issues with the back and pleats, so I decided against it.

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The third one is almost finished, just need to do a little more quilting, binding, sleeve and label. It is a Purse Swap from another group and all blocks are signed with their name and hometown.

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The last one is the Round Robin that I just got back and am in the process of deciding how to embellish it. I hope to have it done by the end of the week so that I can work on getting stuff ready for the quilt show. This and the one before will be in the show, too. I am thinking small green ric-a-rac for vines and then appliqueing leaves in between the outside flowers. I found some butterflies to be appliqued in my stash and I decided to use those along the border and in between the flowers. I was pleasantly surprised that they actually matched! What a great find. Not sure if I am going to do a solid border on the outside to finish it off or if I want to repeat the colors in a piano key or small squares and then a solid border. I am going to do dragonflies in a few of the corners and then a meandering stitch with flowers to quilt it.

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Anyway, that is what I have been up to here lately. Chat later.

A BANNER DAY!

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Hello Everyone!
I have wonderful news to share with you! Pattern Patische (of The Quilt Pattern Magazine) has noticed my designs and they have asked me to hostess a new group featuring a new design called A Banner Day! I feel very honored and excited and hope that you will join me.
This starts on November 17 and goes until the end of December. It is a mystery quilt and has 7 installments.
“Pattern Pastiche” code is BANNER to join. I hope to see you there!
Just remembered that you might need a link: https://www.patternpastiche.com/groups/a-banner-day-quilt

Dear Old Dad’s Values

Quietly Quilting Ministries

My father was a special man whom I am very proud to call Dad.  He lived a good long life and had many friends who love him still.  During my childhood he tried to teach me some important things and I didn’t always pay too close attention, but they did come back to me later on and dang if he wasn’t right all along.

Here are a few of the things that I learned.  Value.  Not just right from wrong, but the value of having something that you really wanted and the cost.  We had an allowance each week or so, not a lot but it was a small fortune to me.  If I wanted to go buy something special like a soda or candy, or something extra, you had to work for it.  I mean really special chores!  Pulling up nut grass in the yard was one that I…

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DONNA’S DOUBLE DARE CHALLENGE 2020 PART 4

Welcome back!  I hope everyone is enjoying their coronovacay!  After all, we are quilters and we have been training for this for a long time.

MARCH 20, 2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT I WILL BE ADDING LINKS HERE AS WE GO ALONG.  PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO CHECK.  

This is a list of the blocks that are left in our challenge.  I am working from the outside corners to the center and after that, they will be repeated, except for the center block.  This list does not include the blocks that have already been made or posted.  Pictures and instructions will be provided as we go along. 

CORNER BLOCKS:  

SILK FANS:  You will need to make 4 of these.   These are simply Dresden Blades.  Remember to rotate them with the background facing out on all corners.  You have the option of either using an embroidery, applique or pieced pattern, if you wish.  Please feel free to embellish any way you want to.  I know that some of you have already started or made these pretty block, so please do share them with our group.  We all love to see eye candy!

OUTSIDE BLOCKS:  This will be on the top and bottom portions.  You will need 2 of each block.

1.  MOSIAC:   This is a pieced block.  

Mosiac #4

2.  CHRYSANTHEMUM:   This can be made in a variety of ways.  It is actually another version of the Dresden Blade block pictured above only with rounded edges.   Templates are included in the pattern, please make sure to print 2 copies.  They are already the correct size but still check your printer before printing.  Also, if you have a petal template, you can use that as an alternative.  

CHRYSANTHUM AND TEMPLATES

3.  COXEY’S CAMP:  This is the one we are working on for this week.  It is another version of Square-in-a-Square and is fairly easy to make.  Instructions will be posted later today.

Coxey’s Camp Revised

SIDE BLOCKS:  We have already completed 2 of these blocks, LeMoyne Star and Susannah.  We have one left to make.

 CELTIC PATCH:  This should be done as an applique block.

Cdeltic Knot 2 App

SPECIAL BLOCKS:  If you scroll above you will notice that there are 4 empty spaces.  Those are for the embroidery blocks.  These do not include the patterns that were downloaded for embroidery.   You were allowed to use 4 of the patterns to put there.  I believe there was Kimono, Mt. Fuji and a few others.   Please read the post at the top of our site for more clarification.  There also were Fan patterns that you could substitute for the Dresden Blades on the outside corners.

INNER BLOCKS:  We have 2 blocks in the center that are NOT special (embroidered) blocks.  You will need to make 2 of each.

1.  PICTURE FRAME:  This block is actually called Check Frame in EQ8 and can be found in their files.    You can go with either the diagonal slant and use contrasting colors or have an opportunity to use it as a frame around a special piece of fabric that you want to show off.  OR, you can do some embroidery in the center.  The possibilities are endless.

 

2.  CELTIC PATCH #5:  This is an applique block.  I will be providing patterns for it later.

AND FINALLY OUR CENTER BLOCK:

CARD BASKET:  This is an easy pieced block but watch your placement of triangles on it!  JUST ONE BLOCK IS NEEDED.

Center Block

THE END!

DONNA’S DOUBLE DARE CHALLENGE 2020 UPDATE

PLEASE READ
Hello Everyone
I need to apologize. When I posted the patterns from the CD I honestly thought that it was okay to share them, but according to their copyright I am not allowed to share or sale the patterns. But you can use the patterns for yourself to reproduce and sell them or give them as gifts. I apparently misread and misunderstood the statement, but when I read it again I found that I was wrong. Therefore, as of tomorrow morning, I will be deleting the files as I do not want to breach a copyright.
Again, my apologies. Please forgive my mistake, I honestly thought it read differently. I wish I knew how to digitize and design patterns like this but I’m not gifted in that way. I will continue to find patterns to make this work for us as a group.
Or if you wish, you can order the book. It is called Asian-Inspired Machine Embroidery by Joan Elliott and sells for $29.99 US.
Another option is to go to https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/ and they have patterns that are similar for a reasonable price. Maybe these will work.
Thank you for understanding.

DONNA’S DOUBLE DARE CHALLENGE 2020

MARCH 7, 2020

I  am unable to download pdf, jgep, or other files here.  But if you want these patterns please contact me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com and I will send them to you privately.

Here is what we have available.  They are in jpg and pdf formats.  I also have hand embroidery patterns.

Here are some files from a CD called Asian Inspired Machine Embroidery.  Machine formats:  DST, ART,  EXP, HUS, JEF,  PES, VP3 and XXX.  

The first 3 are just for fun if you want to try them.

0101 Iris Fan

0102 Magnolia Fan

0103 Penny Fan

0306 Double Happiness Symbol

0401 Blue Pagoda

0501 Summer Kimono

0502 Spring Kimono

0503 Autumn Kimono

0504 Winter Kimono

I will have to add these separately. Please note that each file has the same # in front of it regardless of the pattern type. You will need to check with your machine’s manual on how to download and size as needed. Thank you.

Quilters using stash to create beauty.