My Friday Night Sew In (FNSI),(Wendy of Sugarlane Designs) began with an hour of sewing Friday morning, and continued with more time Friday night. And, continued into Saturday. Between other necessary things, I was determined to get the last 13 setting blocks for the North Star State quilt finished.
YAY! All that are left are the friendship star cornerstone blocks. It is so good to see it finally coming together. It seemed like such a good idea to do the quilt in miniature…or at least much smaller scale. I am glad to have found a use for my smallest 1930s (and a few others) scraps, but it has been harder than I thought it would be. Ah, well, the end is in sight. Probably fairly soon. I am shooting to have a finished top by the end of the month. Maybe sooner.
Also stitched are the strips of rectangles for the Two and Four Quiltalong. You can check back here on Tuesday for the details.
Is it too early to be looking forward to next month? I enjoy the FNSI so much!
Tonight (or tomorrow) is the Friday Night Sew In (FNSI), organized and hosted by Wendy of Sugarlane Designs.
Get your projects together, put on the comfy clothes, and get sewing.
I plan for a big push on my North Star State Quilt
And more progress on the Two and Four Quiltalong.
See you soon with an update.
How are your 4-patches coming? I hope very well. They are both endlessly interesting and a little mindless. Just chain piecing along…
This week we go to work on the rectangles. Make two piles–all the colored ones and all the backgrounds.
Piece one of each together. Repeat 160 times. Press towards the colored rectangle.
TIP: In case you didn’t know, pressing the seam flat, then pressing it open, helps prevent distortion. If you have noticed that your seams are a little wavy when you just open them up and press down, try this. It helps.
It is such a satisfying pile once you are finished.
Be sure to visit Katy and see how hers is coming along.
And feel free, too, to share our badge, created by a lovely person stitching along with us.
Join us again next week for the next step. And, feel free to ask questions. I’m right here.
After all that cutting you are probably itching to get stitching. I know I am!
First we’ll make 4-patches.
To create each 4-patch you need two colored pieces and two background pieces.
Stitch each colored square to a background square. Pause a moment and press the seam allowances towards the colored piece. It really does make a difference.
Next stitch the pairs together, putting the colored pieces on opposite ends and nesting the seams.
The next step of pressing has many options. I prefer to press this seam open. It gives the benefit of reduced bulk without the fussiness of pinwheeling the seams. If you haven’t tried this technique, you might want to on this quilt and see how it works for you.
Repeat over and over, watching your finished pile rise higher and higher until you have 140 4-patch blocks. YAY YOU!
We will be back next week to stitch together those rectangles.
Be sure to visit KatyQuilts and see her version using larger pieces. Enjoy!
Have you got your scraps gathered? YAY! Let’s get going!
These directions are for a quilt finishing at approximately 60″ x 80″. Useful on a twin size bed, as a throw or couch quilt, or as a donation quilt. Or, you can make it exclusively because it is beautiful and makes you happy. That might be the best reason of all.
- Divide your scraps into two piles: Colored and Background. My Colored is all red/blue. My Background is cream or coordinating low volume prints.
TIP: Generally, when cutting scraps, cut the largest piece you can/need first, then work down to smaller ones.
2. From the Colored fabrics, cut 160 2-1/2″x4-1/2″ rectangles. Also from the Colored fabrics, cut 280 2-1/2″x2-1/2″ squares. NOTE: It is nice to have some kind of color balance, but several possibilities will work. On Katy’s original quilt she cut all the rectangles from blue and all the squares from red. I am mixing my colors to match the fabric I had available. You can use more colors if you like.
3. From the Background fabrics, cut 160 2-1/2″x4-/2″ rectangles. Also from the Background fabrics, cut 280 2-1/2″x2-1/2″ squares.
4. Look at what you have accomplished and feel really great about it.
Thank you for quilting along with us. Visit Katy to see her progress on the quilt she is building. It is a similar size but uses larger pieces. Goodness, you might have enough scraps to do both! Now, that would be fun!
We’ll be back on September 7 with the first stitching step. Feel free to ask questions between now and then. See you soon!
Our front room needs updating generally, and a quilt seemed a great way to get started.
Inspired by THIS TUTORIAL, I used a different layout.
In some ways it is different for me with a neutral palate and relatively large pieces.
But still scrappy all the way with nearly 100 different fabrics represented.
With four quilts active and all more or less in the same piece-till-doomsday phase, it was encouraging to push one forward a complete step.
With only 8 blocks to do, it became my main project for the weekend, and I informed Husband there would be extra sewing time (He is such a good sport).
The blocks were not only finished, but started layout.
And decided on one I am happy with. A few more adjustments and I hope to have a finished top to share by the end of the week.
PS–Here is the link to the tutorial: https://angelapingel.com/2011/09/cracker-scraps.html
Earlier this year, Katy shared a picture of this wonderful quilt.
I thought it was a great idea! A few weeks ago I cut out pieces to make a similar quilt. Katy and I got to talking and decided it was just too much fun to keep to ourselves, so we are inviting you to join us and build a Two And Four quilt of your very own.
I am building a version similar to the one above (based on 2-1/2″ squares and strips) and Katy will share directions for making a very similar quilt, but using larger (and therefore, fewer) pieces.
You will have 1-2 weeks to complete each step before we move onto the next. This will run at a fairly leisurely pace. We plan to have tops finished and ready to share via a linky party by mid October.
Your first assignment is to gather your scraps! You will need half light and half dark. Any color you would like! I’m using red, cream, and blue. Cutting directions will be posted August 24.
I hope you will join us for this Two And Four QAL. It’s a great way to clear out those scrap buckets!
Since I already have FOUR quilts in progress, I really should have used my extended sewing time today to work on them. And I did. A little.
But then I heard the call of the scraps. I received these beauties recently and even had an idea of what I wanted to do with them.
A whole lot of cutting later I had a pile of small pieces that will be thrown away.
And an entire quilt kit, ready to use. As soon as I finish at least one of the four. Probably…
It has been a while since I shared progress on my version (miniaturized) of the North Star State Quilt. But, I have been slogging along in the background, trying to complete (more or less) a block a day. Persistence has paid off and I have 56 of 56 basic blocks completed. YAY!
Next focus is the setting blocks. I have 31 of them so far, but it will take over 90. More slogging. But, I really do want to see how it will look finished, so I must carry on.
I hope to have the quilt finished sometime this fall.