I’m having so much fun each month with The Traveling Quilts bee – both creating blocks and watching the rest of the group work. (If you aren’t familiar with the bee, see this and this.) For round two, I received Penny’s blocks from Jacquie. Penny started her quilt with the “Grow” section with the sprouts and the basket. I think we can all agree that she is an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G paper piecer. Jacquie added the perfect selection of scrappy tulips.
I decided that every garden needs a sun to grow – so I made a sunshine using this template from the Purl Bee. I was inspired to use this pattern by Jeni’s color wheel. I think this was my first time making a circle. It wasn’t so bad! Lots of pins though. My blocks looked like torture devices as I was sewing them. The quilt blocks are now off to Ashley, I can’t wait to see what she adds!
May 2, 2012 20 Comments
Last week I got some really exciting mail. This is the latest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks (vol 5). It is a collection of patterns for 100 different quilt blocks, designed by various quilters/designers/bloggers. When I was flipping through the magazine, I recognized a lot of names and I’m sure you will too. So…not only am I super happy to tell you I have a block in this issue – but look, that’s my name on the cover! (Right by my good friend Lee!) In case you are wondering, that’s me, Faith Jones.
My block is called Diamond Mine and is #474 inside the magazine. They had us sign our name on the actual block which I have never done before. I kept thinking “Really? Write my name ON the block?” Despite all my elementary teachers’ best efforts, I just have horrible handwriting. You can see it in the bottom pink section.
And here is the block at my house before I mailed it off…
When I was designing the quilt block, I mocked up a couple of ways you can layout your blocks for a quilt top.
This issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks officially goes on sale May 8th. I hope you will check it out at your local bookstore or craft store!
April 30, 2012 35 Comments
I’m happy to have you visit my blog today as part of the Festival of Half Square Triangles! Today I’m going to share a tutorial for a new quilt block and then talk about some ideas for what you can do with it.
I almost titled this post “When a Square isn’t a Square”. Because those are the words that were constantly in my mind as I was creating this quilt block and the quilt that will follow it on Friday. When I’m designing quilts, I think I tend to fall into the mindset that I have to make blocks that are square. But when I sit down and really think about quilts that catch my eye, a lot of the time they are quilts don’t use basic squares – whether it be stars or hexies or any number of things.
So today’s block is a rectangular hexagon. This block can be used on it’s own – I actually think it would make an adorable pillow. I could see a bunch of them in different colors all over my daughter’s bed. Or it can be combined with many more blocks to make a quilt. I will share tips for making it into a quilt at the end of the block tutorial.
Let’s get started on the single block tutorial!
Candy Pinwheel Quilt Block Tutorial
All seam allowances are 1/4″
Step 1. Cut your fabric.
|Color/Print 1||Cut 3||5″ x 5″|
|Color/Print 2||Cut 3||5″ x 5″|
Step 2. Cut all 6 squares along the diagonal, resulting in 12 half square triangles (HST).
Step 3. Pair 8 of your HSTs together as shown. Sew together along the diagonal creating 4 squares.
Step 4. Trim your squares to 4.5″ x 4.5″.
Step 5. Sew your 4 squares together to form a pinwheel.
Step 6. Take your 4 remaining HST. Lay out as shown below.
Step 7. Sew together along the short edge, forming a larger triangle as shown below.
Step 8. Place these larger triangles on each side of your pinwheel square. Line up the middle seams and sew together.
Step 9. Using a quilting ruler, trim the sides of the resulting block if necessary, so they line up with the edges of the pinwheel section of the block.
Congratulations! You’ve made a Candy Pinwheel quilt block!
As I mentioned earlier, I think a block like this would make an adorable pillow. But what if you want a quilt? There are a few options. First, let’s talk color and layout. These blocks are staggered to “fit” together.
I followed a few color rules when designing this quilt mockup. Almost all my blocks were made using all warm (pink, red, orange, yellow) or all cool (blue, turquoise, green, purple) colors. I think this gives a bit of order to a quilt that is actually scrappy.
As for quilt top assembly, there are a couple options. First, you could make individual blocks (rectangular hexagons) and sew them together using the Y-Seam method. I’m sure most people just fainted.
But there is another easier option. If you plan your quilt ahead, you can actually sew your quilt together in rows. Simply lay out your entire quilt top on the floor or design wall, and rather than making one block at a time, you make one row at a time.
You will need some space to make your quilt this way, but I found it to be very easy. I hope that gives you some ideas for making an eye catching half square triangle quilt. I will post my finished Candy Pinwheel quilt on Friday. Here’s a sneak peek!
April 4, 2012 30 Comments
Well, this is sort of a good-news-bad-news post. The good news – I’m making some bright, fun scrappy nine patches! I wanted to work on something sort of simple for a while and this hit the spot. I was really inspired by the colors in the Flea Market Fancy reprint. I’m not sure how many I’m going to make, but I plan on sashing them when I’m done.
The bad news is, as I was making these fun little blocks, my sewing machine ran into an issue and it is now at the Bernina doctor. I don’t think it’s anything serious, probably just my own fault for not keeping up with the proper servicing. The thread is catching at some point inside and it is not pulling through during stitching. One stitch everything was working and the next it wasn’t. I’m so sad, because this weekend I have plans to go to a sewing day with some really super cool people.
I do have a back up machine. I haven’t used it in 2-1/2 years and it’s pretty basic. So hopefully I can find all the pieces and get it going for Saturday.
In any case, I may be Bernina-less for the next week. I think I must have looked really sad when the nice lady at the store told me, she sympathized. Crossing my fingers for a quick-servicing miracle though!
I will leave you with this picture of a rooster from my weekend trip. Because, well, I may not have many sewing pictures to share for the next week!
March 21, 2012 29 Comments