I feel like things are settling down here from summer and I’m going back to a bit of a routine. That is a nice feeling. Yesterday I made my Twice Around the Block September bee block for Jen. She asked for Drunk Love blocks (ala Denyse Schmidt) and sent a collection of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. So fun!
I am also pulling out some UFOs and getting to work. First up is my Parisville quilt. (Excuse the bad camera phone photo.)
I really can’t believe I’ve had this one sitting around for months. Yesterday I finished all the blocks for the top and hopefully today or tomorrow I will have a chance to start sewing them together.
September 21, 2011 14 Comments
Wow, I *love* today’s block for the Summer Sampler Series – the Evening Star. Katie has a great looking tutorial over on her blog, so don’t forget to go check it out and then post your blocks to the Flickr group. Simple paper piecing!
I spent the weekend in Cincinnati and stopped at a couple fabric shops along the way. I plan on blogging about them later this week and even have a giveaway which includes a charm pack donated by Sewn Studio and other fabric and goodies I picked up on my trip – so check back probably Thursday for that.
Update: Here’s my block!
August 1, 2011 No Comments
Today is the ninth block for our Summer Sampler Series - the Minnesota quilt block. I was definitely intimidated by the look of this block, but after reading through Lee’s tutorial, it looks easy! I am visiting family in Cincinnati this weekend, so I will have to wait until Monday to make mine though.
Don’t forget to post your block and any questions in the Flickr group!
Update: Here’s my block!
July 29, 2011 2 Comments
Lucky Pieces is the eighth quilt block we are going to make for the Summer Sampler Series. It can be found in Chapter 22 – Eight-Pointed/45 Degree Diamond Stars on Page 455, Block 3752b of Barbara Brackman’s The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It was in the early 1800′s when the Eight-Pointed quilt block pattern appeared. Brackman’s book contains 140 Eight-Pointed/45 Degree Diamond Stars patterns, signifying the abundance and historical popularity of this variety of quilt blocks.
The Lucky Pieces quilt block was first seen in the The Nancy Page Quilt Club, a syndicated column written by Florence LaGanke Harris which appeared in mail order magazines in the 1920′s to the 1930′s. While I was researching Nancy Page, I discovered that by the end of the 1920′s, quilters were looking for more modern patterns and designs. Sound familiar? I love that so many aspects of the “modern quilting movement” today really trace back generations.
The Lucky Pieces quilt block can look different depending on how you lay out your colors. This tutorial uses all half square triangles and the cutting directions below are based on my color layout in the graphic at the top of the blog post. I know we have thrown some challenging blocks at you over the last week, so sit back, relax, and get ready for an easy one!
Lucky Pieces Quilt Block Tutorial
Step 1. Cut your fabric:
|Pattern Piece||Fabric Color|
|Center Pinwheel||Cut 2||4” x 4”||White|
|Center Large Star||Cut 4||4” x 4”||Purple|
|Corners 1||Cut 2||4” x 4”||Dark Turquoise|
|Corners 2||Cut 2||4” x 4”||Pink|
|Background||Cut 6||4” x 4”||Light Turquoise|
Take all of your squares and cut them diagonally into half square triangles.
Step 2. Lay out your HSTs into the design of the quilt block as shown below.
Step 3. Sew each set of HSTs into squares. Trim your squares to 3.5″. Lay out your resulting squares into the design of the quilt block again.
Step 4. Sew your squares together. You’re done!
July 27, 2011 21 Comments