Category — Blocks
It’s been a flurry in my house this week as we prepare for a bit of downtime next week for Spring Break. Between some quilt designing, laundry folding and errand running, not a ton of sewing got done. That’s ok, I did do a lot of prep work for my next project.
Isn’t that fabric up there pretty? That is a really fun Fat Quarter bundle I put together for Fabric Spark. (And yes, you can buy your own!) I’m so happy with how it turned out! I’m sort of picturing tiny wonky stars made out of those colors, but not totally sure yet.
I did cut all my fabric for my Shimmer blog hop project this week. And my paper piecing templates.
Next time I sit at the sewing machine, I should just fly through these blocks (hopefully!) These are pretty similar to the Arkansas Traveler blocks.
Things will be a bit quiet here over the next week while I take a little break with my family. I hope to be nice and relaxed when I return!
March 28, 2014 14 Comments
Another busy, busy weekend here – but I have a lot of photos to share! Saturday I woke up bright and early and headed north to Milwaukee. Lee and I had our third (and final) Pottery Barn Trunk Show scheduled, but before that began we visited the Milwaukee Art Museum. Lee and I were lucky enough to be invited to see their Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art special exhibit, featuring a few quilts from from Gee’s Bend, Alabama.
Because I always leave for events ridiculously early, I was actually the first person inside the museum for the day! How cool is that? The space was so beautiful and full of light, right on Lake Michigan.
The Uncommon Folk exhibit had whimsical sculptures, paintings, quilts, photographs…all sorts of fun and funky things really.
Of course, the five or six quilts especially caught our eye.
Four Block Housetop Quilt (2000) by Rita Mae (“Rabbit”) Pettway
Crazy Quilt (1883) by Margaret A. Beattie
I captured Lee taking a detail shot of this beautiful quilt.
“Star of Bethlehem” Quilt (1875), American
It was a really fun morning! After we finished up at the museum, we headed over to the mall to grab lunch and set up inside Pottery Barn.
This time we got to set up right up front. What an experience!
Lots of people stopped by and it was so fun to meet everyone. Many told us that seeing quilts in person is such a different experience than seeing them in a book – and I cannot agree more!
I also finished my big deadline quilt yesterday (woo hoo!) so now I’m hard at work cutting into my Shimmer fabric in preparation for a blog hop after Spring Break. I’ll be posting some updates as I go along ~ paper piecing, yay!
March 24, 2014 24 Comments
It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to sit down, relax and look through my favorite block reference books. A couple weeks ago, I pulled out Nancy Cabot’s Quilt Collection, complied by Rose Lea Alboum. You can see more about it on my blog here and ordering information here. This time as I was flipping through the pages, this block caught my eye, Cubes and Tiles (1933).
I decided to see if I could find a bit more information about it, so I search for it in my other favorite block reference, Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. (Which by the way, is now available to buy as a PDF download!) It turns out, this block has been, well, around the block a few times! It was listed under 5 different names, from 5 different publications. The oldest I saw was a Ladies Art Company quilt pattern catalog from the late 1800′s, under the name Stars and Cubes. Pretty cool! And since everyone else came up with their own name for this block, I decided to call mine Radiant Splendor.
I sat down to do a little photoshop work to see if I could figure out how to put this block together. Turns out it’s not that hard – as long as you love making flying geese! I’ve put together a tutorial for anyone interested in making one of their own.
Radiant Splendor ~ A Quilt Block Tutorial
20-1/2″ x 20-1/2″ unfinished quilt block
We are going to follow the below construction diagram to make this block. We will begin with the flying geese, then piece center star, followed by the border stars and finally sew those components together to make the final block.
|Background||Cut 4||6-1/2” x 6-1/2″||White|
|Background||Cut 12||2-1/2” x 2-1/2”||White|
|Background||Cut 20||2-1/2” x 4-1/2”||White|
|Center Star||Cut 1||4-1/2” x 4-1/2”||Purple|
|Center Star||Cut 8||2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″||Purple|
|Border Stars||Cut 4||2-1/2” x 4-1/2”||Yellow|
|Border Stars||Cut 32||2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″||Yellow|
This block contains 20 flying geese components. Let’s make those first.
Step 1: Using a marking tool (disappearing ink pen, pencil, hera marking tool, chalk, etc), mark your (8) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ Purple Squares and your (32) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ Yellow Squares from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric, along the diagonal.
Step 2: Gather your (20) 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” White Rectangles. Take (1) 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” White Rectangle and place (1) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” Purple Square, right sides together as shown, lining up the fabric on the short end of the rectangle. Stitch along the marked diagonal line.
Step 3: Using a quilting ruler, trim the stitched 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangle 1/4″ past your stitch line, as shown.
Press your fabric open.
Step 4: Place your next 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” Purple Square, right sides together as shown, lining up the fabric on the other short end of the rectangle. Stitch along the marked diagonal line.
Step 5: Once again using a quilting ruler, trim the stitched 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangle 1/4″ past your stitch line, as shown.
Press your fabric open.
You now have a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Flying Geese unit.
Step 6: Repeat the above instruction to piece a total of (4) Purple flying geese units and (16) Yellow flying geese units.
Now that you’ve made your 20 flying geese units, we will make the Purple Center Star.
Step 7: Take your (4) Purple Flying Geese Units, (1) 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Purple Square, and (4) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White Squares, and lay them out as shown.
Step 8: Stitch together the segments into three rows as shown.
Step 9: Stitch your rows together to form a finished 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ block, as shown.
Set aside. We will now assemble the Yellow Border Stars.
Step 10: Take (4) of your Yellow Flying Geese Units, (1) 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Yellow Rectangle, and (2) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White Squares, and lay them out as shown.
Step 11: Stitch the top row of (2) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ White Squares and (1) flying geese unit together, as shown. Stitch the center 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle to (1) flying geese unit, as shown.
Step 12: Stitch the remaining (2) flying geese units to the center pieced unit, as shown.
Step 13: Piece the assembled top row to assembled bottom section, as shown, resulting in a 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Yellow Border Star.
Step 14: Repeat the above steps to make 3 more Yellow Border Stars, for a total of 4 Yellow Border Stars.
Now we are going to assemble all your pieced components into a finished block.
Step 15: Lay out your (4) 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ White Squares, (4) Yellow Border Star components and (1) Purple Center Star as shown.
Step 16: Stitch each row of blocks together, as you would a 9 patch. Stitch your rows together.
March 5, 2014 62 Comments
It’s been a pretty busy week around here. Last week I basted and started quilting my Stardust quilt. About the same time I came down with a nasty bug. During the weekend I was feeling ok one minute and sick to my stomach the next. Not fun! But I did make it to Cincinnati to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday and am starting to feel like I’m coming out of the fog.
We came home Sunday night to watch the Superbowl (let’s not even talk about that! Big Peyton Manning fan over here…) And now I’ve been busy prepping for a trip to the Sinnissippi Quilters Guild in Rockford.
I did manage to finish my Safari Moon quilt top. This is one last peek (just before I completed it). I will be sharing the finished quilt in just a couple of weeks. I picked up some of the Animalia in Splendor fabric for the back. I just could not resist, it’s so fun!
I also have been thinking about this little quilt that I started over a year ago at Quilt Camp.
This quilt is based on my Poinsettia Mini Quilt Pattern, but it’s sort of morphed into it’s own design. Other projects have constantly taken priority over it, but I think I’m ready to push it back to the top of the list. I at least want it twice this size (to be a wall hanging), but in my dream world it would be lap sized. We shall see!
February 5, 2014 23 Comments