FNSI Report

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!

Two And Four Quiltalong: Cutting Directions

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.

  1. 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!

Welcome Home #2

This past weekend did not go as planned. A Saturday morning visit to a walk in clinic with Husband turned into a trip to the emergency room turned into a nearly three day hospital stay.

We are home now, and he is on the mend, but, WOW, that wasn’t what I had planned.

Once I could leave the hospital to get some supplies, I grabbed a quilt.

Stitching down binding is a great way to pass the time. And quite a conversation starter.

And it is finished. Welcome Home to a future owner. And welcome home to Husband.

TUTORIAL: Welcome Home Quilt Block

If you are looking for a scrap quilt pattern that is versatile, good looking, beginner friendly, group friendly, quick and just plain FUN, you have found it: Welcome Home Quilt Block.

Yes, all of these are Welcome Home Blocks!

As long as the pieces match up, it does not matter what order you assemble them–traditional log cabin, court house steps, random–they all look good.

MATERIALS (for each block–it takes 48 blocks to make a 60″ x 80″ quilt)

From a variety of scraps, cut…

2 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares

2 2-1/2″x4-1/2″ strips

2 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ strips

2 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ strips

1 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip

ASSEMBLY

  1. Stitch the 2-1/2″ squares together. Press.
  2. Add the 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strips, matching ends and pressing between each.
  3. Add the 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ strips, matching ends and pressing between each.
  4. Add the 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ strips, matching ends and pressing between each.
  5. Add the 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strip, matching ends. Press.
  6. Ta-dah! That’s it. Now, go make a whole bunch more.

Yep, this quilt was built with just such blocks! Aren’t you excited?! Go build 48 blocks and have a nice size quilt people will cuddle under with love.

TUTORIAL: Star Kissed Big Block Baby Quilt

When a single block is 28″, it is easy to turn it into a baby quilt, wall hanging or table topper.

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BIG BLOCK BABY
Finished size: 36-1/2″ x  36-1/2″

MATERIALS

ONE Size Large (based on 2-1/2″ squares) Star Kissed Block.  It will measure 28-1/2″. You can find all directions HERE.

64 2-1/2″ scrappy squares
1/4 yard background fabric (NOTE:  I matched the background to the star block itself, but it is OK to use a scrappy background as long as it is very similar value.  Otherwise, the star won’t shine as bright)
1-1/8 yard backing fabric
batting
binding (NOTE that I matched the star points.  Not necessary, but I think is helps the quilt “work.”)

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

You may already have the 2-1/2″ squares. Cut from your scraps. Use mini charms, or 5″ charms cut into quarters. Leftover jelly roll pieces are good, too. Just get a good pile.

From background fabric you will need:
2 1-1/2″ x 28-1/2″
2 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″
2 1-1/2″ x 35-1/2″
2 1-1/2″ x 36-1/2″

CONSTRUCTION

I thought I took pictures as I built this, but, if I did, I can’t find them.  So, this is really more just directions rather than a tutorial.

  1.  Attach the 1-1/2″ x 28-1/2″ strips to the sides of the block.
  2. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the block.
  3.  Sew 2-1/2″ squares together to form strips.  You need two strips of 15 squares each and two strips of 17 squares each.
  4.  Attach the 15 square strips to the sides of the block.
  5.  Attach the 17 square strops to the top and bottom of the block.
  6. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 35-1/2″ strips to the sides of the block.
  7. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 36-1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the block.
  8.  Ta-dah!  You have a top.
  9. Sandwich backing, batting and top together and quilt.  I used a panto called Billowy.
  10.  Bind.  NOTE:  As mentioned above, a binding that matches the star points is a nice frame and ties the quilt together.

BIG BLOCK BABY Gallery

Claire created this beautiful version using soft colors and some wonderful custom quilting.

Your beautiful creation HERE…

 

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Another Layout

How are you doing with your Star Kissed blocks?  Remember there is no hurry, but I do like to know how it is going and if there is anything I can do to help.

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Today I am sharing another option for your blocks.  (Information on the entire quiltalong HERE.) Since the quilt is designed in four different block sizes, I decided to make four different quilts to show some ideas that might work for you.

These blocks are based on 1-1/2″ squares.  Four of them, with triple sashing (also based on 1-1/2″) makes a 37″ baby quilt or table topper.  Of course, feel free to add more blocks.  I think it would make a striking bed quilt.

Keep stitching!

Star Kissed Quiltalong: Corners

Welcome to the Star Kissed Quiltalong! This is an ongoing quiltalong with no deadlines and no race to the finish.  It is a great day to get started.

You can find all you might want to know about previous steps in the quiltalong HERE, or you can link from the button to the right or the menu above.

Today we are focused on the corners, those lovely little four-patches and their accompanying background fabric.

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For EACH block you plan to finish, you need EIGHT pieces of background fabric, in two different sizes:
*If using 1-1/4″ base squares your four patch should measure 2″ and you need FOUR rectangles 1-1/2″ x 2″ and FOUR rectangles 1-1/2″ x 3″.
*If using 1-1/2″ base squares your four patch should measure 2-1/2″ and you need FOUR rectangles 2″ x 2-1/2″ and FOUR rectangles 2″ x 4″.
*If using 2″ base squares your four patch should measure 3-1/2″ and you need FOUR rectangles 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and FOUR rectangles 2-3/4″ x 5-3/4″.
*If using 2-1/2″ base squares your four patch should measure 4-1/2″ and you need FOUR rectangles 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and FOUR rectangles 3-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.

The sewing steps for all four sizes are the same. DSC01836For each block you should have completed FOUR four-patches.  See HERE for more information on the patch sections.

  1. Sew one smaller rectangle to each four patch section.  Press open.

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2.  Attach two of the longer rectangles to the “top” of two sets and two of the longer rectangles to the “bottom” of two sets.  This allows the finished block to have a symmetrical look.  Although, you may not be bothered by them facing in different directions, but I like them to be even.

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3. And that’s it!  Duplicate as many times as necessary for the quilt you plan to build.

Thanks for quilting along! I’ll be back next week, or so, with the star points and block assembly.  Let me know how this is going for you.

 

 

 

TUTORIAL: Sticks And Bricks Quilt

In a previous post I referred to this pattern as “Sticks and Stones,” but “Sticks and Bricks” seemed more fitting.

So, here is a mini tutorial for Sticks and Bricks.

STICKS AND BRICKS


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82-1/2″ x 82-1/2″

(but size is highly flexible–FINISHED block size 7-1/2″)

MATERIALS

A big pile of background fabric scraps, OR yardage–about 6 yards total

A big pile of colored fabric scraps

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

from the background fabric cut a total of…

180 2″x8″ rectangles

732 2″x2″ squares

from the colored scraps cut a total of…

120 2″x8″ rectangles

793 2″x2″ squares

ASSEMBLY

There are two types of blocks–Sticks and Bricks, naturally.

To build a Sticks block, alternate background and colored rectangles–three background and two colored.    Stitch.  The block should be 8″ UNFINISHED. Make 60 Sticks blocks.

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To build a Bricks block, build a 25 patch with the colored squares in the corners, using 13 colored squares and 12 background squares.  The blocks should be 8″ UNFINISHED. Make 61 Bricks blocks in all.

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Using your 121 blocks, lay out in an 11×11 pattern, with the Bricks in the corners.  Assemble into rows and then into an entire top (Isn’t it easy to write and tiring to do?! About this stage in quilt construction I consider that those who say quilting is a sedentary hobby haven’t quilted very much).

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Ta-dah!  A Sticks and Bricks top.

This pattern is forgiving and easy to change in size.  If you want a true queen/king, consider building a 13×13 grid–169 blocks in all.  That will measure 98″ square.  I prefer odd numbers of blocks on this type of quilt as it keeps the outer corners consistent, but that is just a personal preference.

I hope to have a fully finished quilt to show you soon, but my quilting machine is unavailable for a while due to the pandemic. And that is OK.  I have plenty of fabric to see me through.

STICKS AND BRICKS Gallery

your beautiful creations here…

 

Teacup Pincushion

Recently, I was gifted a tiny plant in a cup.  Alas, the plant did not survive very long, which is unusual around here.  I am pretty good at keeping plants alive. But, the cup remained.

It was decorative and not really intended for drinking.

But I thought it might make a cute (and functional) pincushion.

This TUTORIAL gave me a good starting point.

 

And before I knew it, I had a new super cute (and functional) pincushion.

It was so much fun, I made a second one, which I will share with you tomorrow.

Do you have a little pot laying around?  Consider a pincushion.

String Pieced Potholders

While it is fun to develop new designs, sometimes it is fun to revisit old favorites, too.

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This week it was String Pieced Potholders.

They are simple and satisfying to create.

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If you need a quick gift for someone special (this can include YOU) they will brighten the day and bring a smile, too.

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And use scraps.  It’s a good thing.