Friday, April 13, 2018

6" Block Quilt

  What to do with those 5" sq. whether they were cut from scraps or are left over from a charm pack, sew them.  As I continue to clean my sewing area, I found a box of 5" sq.  Yesterday, I sewed them into disappearing nine patch.  It is very scrappy but looks like I put more work into it then I truely did.  Now, the quilt becomes one of those quilts that I will not have a stroke when my husband misuses it.  If you are not familiar with the disappearing 9-patch, check out my video on how to make them.  
  Here is a couple of pictures of the 6 1/2" block quilt.
 They are not the best pictures but it does give you the idea of what I did.  It is a queen size quilt with a piano key border.
  I hope you have figured out what you are going to do with the blocks.  It doesn't have to be a queen quilt.  They are a good size for most anything that you can think of.
Keep quilting,
  Terry 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Shooting Star

  To much time has past.  I must apologize for getting sidetracked and forgetful.  Since the last posting, I have been busy with several quilts and helping in the shop.  The 6" block quilt has been quilted and bound.  Next step is to take a picture.  Then, it will be posted to the blog to show it off.  I must admit it is much better then I expected.  Until then, here is another block for you.
  The block is called Shooting Star.  Sew the 2" light sq. to the end of the rectangles at an angle similar to making flying geese.
Shooting Star


Cutting
  Light fabric
    twelve  2" sq.

  Medium fabric
    four  2" sq.
    four  2" x 3 1/2" rect.

Keep quilting,
  Terry

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jackknife

  Yea, I have all my blocks sewn.  Now, to put them together.  Today is the day to lay them out.  There are several ideas that I have, so we will see what happens.  As soon as it is finished you will see the end results.
  But onward to today's block called Jackknife.  Sew the triangles made from the 1 7/8" sq. to the center of the 2" x 4 " rect.  Finish the block.  Then square them to 2 1/2" sq.
Jackknife


Cutting
  Light fabric
    two  3 1/4" sq. use for Hourglass
    four  2" x 4" rect.
    one  2 1/2" sq.  for center
    two  1 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once

  Medium fabric
    two  3 1/4" sq. use for Hourglass
    four  2" x 4" rect.
    two  1 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once 

Keep quilting,
  Terry  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Strawberry Basket

  Free Patterns!!!  We all like free patterns.  I was looking at some patterns today some free and some you have to purchase.  It is the free ones that I want to suggest.  
  Most fabric manufacturers have patterns on their website.  Some of the patterns are free for you to download.  There are all kind of ideas available because the manufacturer wants you to be inspired, then purchased their fabrics.  Check out the fabric manufacturers websites.  Get Inspired!!!  For the names of manufacturers, look at the salvage on your fabric.
  Today's block is Strawberry Basket.  I pieced the rectangles to the triangles, then trim to create a large triangle.
Strawberry Basket


Cutting
  Light fabric
    nine  1 1/2" sq.

  Medium fabric
    two  2 1/2" x 4 7/8" rect.

  Dark Medium fabric
    one  2 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once  you will use only 1 of the triangles

  Dark fabric
    one  2 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once
    three  1 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once
    six  1 1/2" sq.

Keep quilting,
  Terry

Friday, March 9, 2018

Crosses & Losses Quilt

  As the cleaning continues, I came across a picture of a quilt.  As I looked at it, I recognized it as Crosses & Losses.  That is when I knew that I needed to create the pattern for it.  Today, I put the pattern together and decided to share it with you.
  Some changes from the 6 1/2" blocks is that they are 10 1/2" blocks and very scrappy.  The quilt is 90" x 100", a 7 blocks by 8 rows layout with a 10" border.  The sequence of the dark fabric verses light fabric alternates in each block.  You can change the border to what ever you would like.  Also, if you made the 6 1/2" block in the same layout and add border or borders, you will have a nice lap size quilt.  So, dig out those scraps and start quilting.
Crosses & Losses Quilt


Yardage
  1/2 yd. of 20 fabrics or lots of scraps

  Border   2 3/4 yd.
  Binding  3/4 yd.

Cutting per block
  Fabric 1
    one  5 7/8" sq.  for large HST
    two  3 3/8" sq.  for small HST

  Fabric 2
    one  5 7/8" sq.  for large HST
    two  3 3/8" sq.  for small HST
    four  3" sq.
  
  HST means Half Square Triangle

Keep quilting and enjoy,
  Terry
  

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Braced Star

  The goal when I started blogging was to post sixty 6 1/2" blocks.  We are slowly approaching that goal.  This does not mean that I will stop.  It does mean that it is time for new ideas.  I have a few in mind so we will see what will happen.  
  As for the 6 1/2" blocks, I have been piecing them but I have just over half of them made.  I hope to have it finished this year, not in 20 years.  haha  We will continue to tape the blocks for youtube.  That helps me in getting the blocks sewn.  Thank goodness.
  Today's block is Braced Star.  Sew the center first, then the star points.  Sew the block together at an angle.
Braced Star


Cutting
  Light fabric
    one  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice
    two  2 1/2" sq.  cut diagonally once
    one  1 7/8" sq.  for center

  Medium fabric
    two  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice  star points

  Four Medium to Dark fabrics
    cut one  1 1/4" x 2 5/8" rectangle from each of the four fabrics

Keep quilting,
  Terry  

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Country Farm

  It was nice out today so Talon and I finished shoveling snow from the sidewalk.  Also, helped Christopher in the shop.  Not much sewing got done.  We, Christopher, the camera man, and I did get a couple of the blocks taped.  He should publish them to youtube sometime this week.  Wow, what an exciting day.  
  Today's block is Country Farm.  I like this one.  A nice 8 points star with a hourglass center.  Hope you like it too.
Country Farm


Cutting
  Light fabric
    two  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally twice

  Medium fabric
    one  3 1/4" sq.  cut diagonally once
    four  2 1/2" sq.

  Medium Dark fabric
    one  2 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once for center

  Dark fabric
    one  2 7/8" sq.  cut diagonally once for center 

Keep quilting,
  Terry