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Summer Sampler Series : Flower Garden Path

Today is day four of the Summer Sampler Series! Head on over to Katie’s blog for instructions on making the Flower Garden Path block. I can’t wait, this is also one of my favorites! I’m told there are lots of half square triangles, so it will be time to flex those trimming muscles.

I will be posting the block tutorial Wednesday and it will be our first paper pieced block. {Take deep breathes, you can do it!} For those participating and who have not done paper piecing before, please read through this great, simple tutorial.

As always, don’t forget to post your block and any questions in the Flickr group. Check back later for my finished block!

Update: Here’s my block!

Flower Garden Path

July 18, 2011   3 Comments

Summer Sampler Series : Mosaic

Today is the third day of the Summer Sampler Series and it is one of my favorite blocks selected for the quilt along. Head over to Lee’s blog, Freshly Pieced, for a tutorial and a really interesting history of the block’s origins.

Don’t forget to visit the Flickr group to post your block photos and ask any questions!

Update: Here is my block!

Summer Sampler Series - Mosaic

July 15, 2011   7 Comments

Summer Sampler Series : Greek Cross

The first block I selected to make for the Summer Sampler Series is the Greek Cross, which can be found on Page 209 Block 1646c of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. According to The Quilted Cross by J Michelle Watts, “The Greek cross is one of the original forms used by Christians. Before Christianity, this cross was an emblem of the Greek goddess of crossroads, Hecate.”

The Greek Cross is a traditional equal nine patch made up of half square triangles (HSTs), squares and rectangles. Nine patch blocks consist of nine squares, three across and three down. They are simple and were often used as a teaching block to children as they learned to quilt.

This block can look dramatically different depending on your color choices and where you decide to leave “white space”.


Greek Cross Quilt Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 12.5″ unfinished

Step 1. Cut your fabric:

Pattern Piece Fabric Color
Center Cross Cut 1 4.5” x 4.5” Turquoise
Cut 4 2.5” x 4.5” Turquoise
Background Cut 4 2.5” x 4.5” White
Cut 2 5” x 5” White
Corners Cut 1 Each
(Total of 4*)
5” x 5” Purple, Yellow, Orange, Pink

*If you chose to use the same fabric color/pattern for each corner piece, you will only need to cut 2 squares.

2. Place 1 White 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle and 1 Turquoise 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle right sides together. Sew together along the 4.5″ edge. Press. Repeat for the other 3 sets of white and turquoise 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.


Resulting squares

3. Cut your 2 White 5″ x 5″ squares along the diagonal. Repeat for your colored 5″ x 5″ squares. Set aside one of each of the resulting colored half square triangles (HST). You will only need 1 of each color.

4. Sew 1 White HST to 1 Colored HST along the long edge, creating a square. Press. Repeat with the remaining 3 White HSTs and 3 Colored HSTs.

5. Your resulting square should be slightly larger than 4.5″. Trim your block to 4.5″. Tip: Using a quilting ruler, place the seam down the diagonal of the ruler. Trim at the top and right of the square.

6. You now have all 9 squares needed to assemble your quilt block. Lay out your squares and sew together the top row, middle row, and bottom row. Press. Sew the rows together. Press.

You’re done!

Be sure to post your block and any questions in the Flickr group.

Greek Cross

July 13, 2011   21 Comments

Summer Sampler Series : Star of Virginia

Summer Sampler Series Block 1

Today is the first day of the Summer Sampler Series! We are so excited to have so many people quilting along with us. Please visit Kate’s blog at Swim, Bike Quilt for a tutorial on our first block, The Star of Virginia. Be sure to post your block and any questions in the Flickr group.

Jones Family Farm

I have been busy working on my tutorials so I don’t have anything too new to show you, so I though I’d share a few pictures from my garden. Corn is starting to grow and I am finally harvesting some green beans, sugar snap peas, carrots (not really ready but my daughter wanted to see them!), and jalapenos.

Salsa Time

I made fresh salsa last night. It was SO good. All I did was take 4 medium tomatoes, 1 large white onion, 3 cloves of garlic and 1 jalapeno (seeds removed) and sliced them all down the middles. I put them flat side down on a baking sheet and broiled them until they were soft and browning on top. Then I put them all in the food processor and blended it up! Add a bit of salt and enjoy.

Update: Here is my block!

Star of Virginia

July 11, 2011   13 Comments