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 29 Comments
Welcome to week 5 of the Solstice Stars Series! This is our last star and I really hope everyone has enjoyed the series. Don’t forget you can catch up on all the previous tutorials by clicking on the Solstice Stars Series tab at the top of the page. Later this week I plan on posting some ideas for quilt tops, just to get those creative juices flowing.
Today we will be making the Two Colors Star. This star is from Barbara Brackman’s book The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns,page 454 and the original source of the design is Comfort, a periodical from Augusta, Maine that was published from the late 1800′s to the mid 1900′s.
I had several thoughts when deciding how to make this star. In the end, I wanted this block to be accessible to all skill levels of quilter, so I opted for half square triangles (HSTs) and squares. I know this adds more seams, but again, I think this was the best method to reach everyone out there, including beginners. Let’s get started!
Two Colors Star Quilt Block Tutorial
Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 12.5″ unfinished
Step 1. Cut your fabric. When cutting fabric for paper piecing, you will be cutting rectangles that will be larger than needed.
|Corners||Cut 4||4.5” x 4.5″||White/Background|
|Background||Cut 6||3” x 3”, cut
|Star Color 1||Cut 4||2.5” x 2.5”||Color/Print 1|
|Star Color 1||Cut 4||3” x 3”, cut
|Star Color 2||Cut 4||2.5” x 2.5”||Color/Print 2|
|Star Color 2||Cut 2||3” x 3”, cut
Step 2. Take your white/background half square triangles (HSTs) and your print HSTs and sew them together into squares.
Step 3. Trim your HSTs to 2.5″ squares. Tip: Use the diagonal line on your quilting ruler as a guide down your seam. This ensures an equal trim on all sides of your square.
Trim first two sides:
Turn and trim other two sides:
Step 4. Layout your star as below:
Step 5. We will now assemble the tiny squares into larger squares, creating a nine patch square. Sew the sets of four, 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares together. This will create 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares as seen below.
Step 6. Sew your blocks together into rows.
Step 7. Sew your rows together. You’re done!
Be sure to post your block photos as well as any questions in the Flickr group.
February 15, 2012 17 Comments
Really quick…if you didn’t catch my post over the weekend, this afternoon I am going to be on Pat Sloan’s American Patchwork and Quilting radio show! Read Saturday’s post to see the details – I hope you all will tune in!
So, yeaaaa! I finally finished my Echo quilt! I loved Lotta Jansdotter’s Echo fabric from the moment I saw it. It matches my family room perfectly and I knew I wanted to make something with most of the line. I decided on log cabin blocks, set on point.
I took the quilt to my favorite local barn for pictures, isn’t it pretty?
I quilted this in a meandering free motion style and it measures 58″ x 68″. For the back, I used some blocks of white, Kona Ash, and one of the larger scale Echo prints.
And now for the reason this quilt took me longer to post…I developed a new pattern for it!
The pattern includes lots of detail – cutting diagrams, assembly diagrams, quilt top assembly diagrams. If you’ve never put quilt blocks on point, there are directions that you can use with any blocks. I hope you will check it out! It is available for instant download in my quilt pattern shop. It’s also available in my Etsy store and Craftsy pattern shop.
February 13, 2012 28 Comments