Block of the Month – Sew Scrappy

Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Finishing!

I’ve Finished my top for the

Sew Scrappy Sampler, Block of the Month Quilt Pattern!

This top finishes at 90″ x 99″ (full/queen)

Block of the Month Sampler Quilt

I wish I had more pictures for you but it was freezing and actually lightly snowing when I took these pics and they just don’t do the color justice.

Kaffe has so many gorgeous large scale prints, I wanted to use one for the border and I’m so happy with the one I chose!  It’s called Frilly ~ Oh my goodness, it’s delicious!  Could you resist this?  I thought not!

kaffe fasett frilly fabric

You can see the fabrics I used for the background and circles in this next picture ~ I fell in love with them right away!

block of the month quilt in kaffe fassett

Now, here is some color!  yum!

block of the month quiltI just can’t get enough of Kaffe…

bom 2If you’ve noticed the quilt isn’t finished, that’s because I’ve decided to hand quilt, using big stitches (tute here) and I’m thinking maybe I’ve lost my mind all together?  It’s a large quilt…  but it really lends itself to hand quilting and after the journey of piecing all these fun blocks I just gotta do it!   Plus I’m dying to quilt around all those frilly flowers ~ DREAMY!

I’m going to use either Perle Cotton or I might try Aurifil 12 wt thread this time.  I’ve used the 12 wt in my machine, but not for hand quilting yet.  If anyone has used 12 wt for hand quilting please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your feedback!  I’m excited to get going on it.  First I have to make the back and sandwich it but I’m making progress!

Block of the Month Sampler Quilt

Thanks so much to everyone who’s been following along and all your nice comments along the way!  If you’ve got the block patterns and are interested in my top design ~ you can find it for individual sale in my shop!

Finishing Pattern for the Top

I will also be bundling the patterns all together for sale soon.  In the meantime you can still find all the individual blocks and finishing instructions in my shop!

I have already started my new 2016 Block of the Month ~ Dear Daughter.

2016 block of the month quilt

I hope you’ll join me!

sherri

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 12!!!

The final block in the Sew Scrappy Sampler series is done!

~Dahlia~

block of the month quilt

This block requires a bit of fussy sewing but it’s worth it in the end!  Most of the design is made from these clamshell shaped pieces… so fun!

block of the month quilt

Hope you like block 12!

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find the pattern here on craftsy ~ Dahlia Pattern

block of the month ~ dahlia quilt block

Next month I’ll share my layout with you!  In the meantime, find all the related posts here:

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 11

Where did 2015 go?  The Block of the Month Sampler is just about over with one more block to go!

Block 11 ~  Diamond Trail

block of the month quilt pattern

This block is great for using up all your strip scraps.

block of the month patternI used a foundation and strip pieced this block.  It’s very easy and forgiving… you can use strips of different sizes and make it entirely scrappy.

block of the month pattern

I hope you enjoy this block!  You can find the pattern in MY SHOP or on Crafsy!

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 10

‘Starry Eyes’ is Block 10 for the Sew Scrappy Block of the month!

sampler block of the month

This month we are working with templates… (and lots of bias) so I would recommend pressing your fabric with Best Press before cutting.  If your fabric is freshly pressed it will help with accurate cutting and piecing, especially with the bias in this block.

sampler block of the month We will put this star together in sections so it’s super easy!

sampler block of the month

If you’re following along ~ Only finger press as you piece, don’t press with your iron till the block is complete… I have two triangle sections complete in the next picture.  I’m going to join them and make a square, then repeat for each corner.

sampler block of the month
Join two sets of squares, pressing all joining seams in the same direction. I’m still only finger pressing, no iron yet!  Notice I’ve accidentally turned one of my diamond points the wrong way… I’m going to be upset when I finally notice that…

sampler block of the month

Now press from the back of your block.  Look at the seams ~ the diamond seams should be pressed in opposing directions and all in the joining seams are turning in the same direction… (I still didn’t notice my fopa!)

sampler block of the month

If you’ve got your seams pressed this way you can open up the little center so the center of the star can lay a bit flatter…

sampler block of the month

Ok, NOW I noticed my mistake!  Try to carefully join your block so you don’t mix up your points – Especially on this bias filled block… BUT if you do, get out your best seam ripper (the newest sharpest one) and carefully remove the whole square section (without pulling and stretching) and rework it.

Done! Yay!

sampler block of the month

Here is the pattern in MY SHOP!

Or find it here and add it to your Craftsy Library!

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 9

I warned you that I love applique… so I have another applique block for you this month!

~ Plume ~

Plume feather quilt block of the monthPlume is made using my favorite fusible technique but you can use any applique technique.

feather plume quilt block of the month sampler

I think an entire quilt of these plumes would be so pretty…  If only there were more time!

feather plume quilt block of the month sampler

You can find this pattern in My Shop or on Craftsy.

Enjoy!

Here are some of the previous blocks…

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 8

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  I think it’s a little harder to keep up with sewing when the weather is nice and there is so much to do outside!
I did get my block 8 finished for the Sew Scrappy Sampler…

~ Tying the Knot ~

tying the knot quilt block

For this block we will be working on partial seams (not to be confused with set-in seams)… They are quite simple and you can use the technique for future quilting projects once you know how to do it… so here we go…
This small block uses partial seams ~
partial seams tutorialStart with a center square and the surrounding four rectangles –
quilting partial seams tutorialPartially sew one rectangle to the square, right sides together.  I usually sew a little better than half the width of the center square.

quilting and piecing partial seams tutorial

Press the seam open and add the next rectangle (second seam) working around the center square.   partial-seams-015
 Keep sewing in the round…partial-seams-017partial-seams-022When you have all the rectangles attached sew the remainder of the partial seam to complete the block!

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Easy!

 

tying the knot quilt blockThere are a couple different ways to configure this block… My block uses the top example in the diagram below ~ if you put the two blocks together it creates a linking pattern…

tie the knot quilt blockHope you enjoy these partial seams!

Find the Pattern in MY SHOP or ON CRAFTSY.

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 7

Block 7 is done… this block is half applique and half strip piecing

~Tulip Junction~

applique flowers quilt blockThe more I applique, the more I love it….  for this block I used steam-a-seam lite 2 fusible.  It comes in sheets that you can put in your printer and print or photocopy the templates on which eliminates tracing.

fusible applique flowers with steam a seamAfter it’s fused to your fabric and the paper backing is removed they temporarily stick in place, kind of like a post-it, which helps when you’re arranging all your pieces.  Then you can fuse in place.

7-block-009I outlined all my fused pieces with a blanket stitch, but you can zig zag or use any decorative stitch really…

applique flowers quilt block of the month

l hope you enjoy this block as much as I did!

applique quilt block with flowers

One more close up just because its fun!

tulip applique quilt block

You can find this pattern in My Shop or on Craftsy.

Here are some of the previous blocks…

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 6

I can’t believe we are half done!  Block #6 of the Sampler is…

‘Loop de Loop’

sampler quilt pattern Block #6

This block involves strip piecing and single fold bias tape.  You can purchase bias tape but it’s much more fun and economical to make it yourself.  I used this bias tape maker to make mine…

bias tape maker

If you’ve never used a bias tape maker before here is what you do… Cut strips at a 45 degree angle.  I made single fold bias tape (to keep the bulk to a minimum) and I wanted it to be narrow @ 1/4″,  so I cut 1/2″ strips on the bias (45 degree angle)

single fold bias tapeJoin strips with right sides together ~ sew along angle.

making single fold bias tape

 Feed it through the bias tape maker ~ The green one I’m using is specific for 1/4″ size. 

single fold bias tapePin the little tail end sticking out of the tape maker to your ironing board and as you pull the little loop handle with your left hand, follow it with the tip of your iron with your right hand.  Hold the tip of the iron right up against where the fabric is coming out, moving together so you get it pressed neatly. 

single fold bias tape

That’s all there is to it.  Your single fold bias tape is ready!

I basted mine in place before I stitched it down with same Roxanne basting glue I’ve been using for some of my other projects.  You can also pin, or use a basting glue stick ~ whatever works for you!block of the month sampler When you get back around to the beginning and everything is secure, just tuck the end under the intersection and stitch in place.

block of the month using bias tape

 DONE!

quilt block of the month sampler in kaffe fassett

Here are the links for the

Pattern

in My Shop

or

on Craftsy!

block of the month quilt in kaffe fassett fabric

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 5

Quilt block # 5 of the Scrappy Sampler is all about half square triangles!

‘Tranquil Tree’

Half Square Triangle Tutorial
Lets do some Half Square Triangle (HST) Math (chart below)

~ This block is made up almost entirely of half square triangles.

I’m going to show you two methods to make half square triangles for any quilt project!  Both methods keep the bias on the diagonal of the block and NOT the edges of your block ~ which is important for keeping your HST blocks straight and your quilt from ‘warping’.

2 HST METHOD

For this method add 7/8″ to the finished size you want your block to be and use that as the size of the two starting blocks.

Place two squares right sides together.  Draw one line from corner to corner.  Sew 1/4″ on each side of the drawn line.

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Cut on the drawn line.

Half Square Triangle Tutorial

Open and press for two Half Square Triangles!

Half Square Triangle Tutorial

8 HST METHOD

This second method will give you 8 half square triangles…

Start with two squares that are 1 3/4″ larger than the finished size times two.

For a 3″ finished HST ~ 3 x 2 = 6 +1.75 = 7.75 or 7 3/4″

Place two squares right sides together.  Draw a line from corner to corner on both diagonals.  Sew 1/4″ on each side of the two drawn lines.

Half Square Triangle Math

Cut on both drawn lines AND make a horizontal and vertical cut in center of block.

How to do half square triangle math tutorial

Open the triangles and carefully press… try not to drag your iron across the blocks so they don’t get distorted.

Half Square Triangle Math Tutorial

Here is some math for both options…

Finished HST block
Unfinished HST block
Starting block size
2 HST Method
Starting block size
8 HST Method
1″
 1 1/2″
 1 7/8″
 3 3/4″
1 1/2″
 2″
 2 3/8″
 4 3/4″
2″
 2 1/2″
 2 7/8″
 5 3/4″
2 1/2″
 3″
 3 3/8″
 6 3/4″
3″
 3 1/2″
 3 7/8″
 7 3/4″
3 1/2″
 4″
 4 3/8″
 8 3/4″
4″
 4 1/2″
 4 7/8″
 9 3/4″
4 1/2″
 5″
 5 3/8″
 10 3/4″
5″
 5 1/2″
 5 7/8″
 11 3/4″

 

 

For my Tranquil Tree block I pressed the seams open so I wouldn’t have too much bulk at the seams…

Half Square Triangle Math

Even if your careful pressing it’s a good idea to square it… the extra step will help you avoid headaches later :)

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 Finished!

5-scrappy-quilt-block-037Here are the links for the

Pattern

in My Shop

or

on Craftsy!

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 4

 Quilt Block of the month #4 involves curved piecing…

Color Circusmodern-quilt-block-of-the-month-kaffe-fassett-fabric

You can find this block pattern

in My Shop

or

on Craftsy.

Here are some pics / tricks on my assembly…

You can complete this pattern in two ways…

You can use the template to cut and piece individual wedges…

quilt block wedges

Or you can use the complete arc foundation…

modern-quilt-block-of-the-month-kaffe

I completed two of each and accomplished the same results but cutting and piecing the small wedges is tedious and you have to be very precise in cutting and seam allowance.

I’m going to show you how I~

  1. added the center and corner blocks to each arc

  2. appliqued the “eye”

  3. and some pictures of sewing the curved pieces.

After I got my arc’s complete I left the paper on while I connected the corner square to the arc so I could keep the seam accurate~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffeBefore attaching the second arc to that same corner block I removed the paper from the end wedge and seam so it wouldn’t get in my way~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffe-fabricNow I’m ready to attach the second arc~

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 Notice the second arc still has the paper on the end ~

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After it’s sewn on, I can remove the paper from the end wedge and press the corner.  Nice and flat~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffe

I repeat the process or the second corner block.  In the next photo I’ve already attached one arc and removed the paper at the end~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffe

Now pinch the ends together ~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffeIt will require a little fussing (and looks awkward) but if you keep the edges together and get it pinned right you’ll be good to go~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffeThe pins I’m using are from clover.  I took a piecing class years ago and the teacher provided each student with a box of these pins…  If you have a chance to get some they are worth it.  They are thin and glide into the fabric without any drag…  perfect for piecing!  I’m sure there are others out there (look for fine or extra-fine) but these are the ones I use and love!  I see them at most quilt shops and you can find them (extra-fine like mine) here on amazon.

So now my arcs are attached and the ends are pressed.  I’m still leaving the rest of my paper on so any bias curves don’t get distorted.

modern-quilt-block-kaffe-fassett

You can applique the ‘eye’ any way you like (raw edge, needle turn etc)

Here’s an example of using freezer paper to applique.

Trace the applique shape onto freezer paper and cut out on traced line (no seam allowance).  Put a small spot of glue on the paper side of the freezer paper template with a glue stick and press the template on to the wrong side of your fabric (this is optional) so it doesn’t slip around . Cut fabric aprox 1/8″ – 1/4″ outside template.  Now with the tip of a hot iron, carefully press the seam allowance over to the shiny side of the freezer paper, working around and pressing toward the center.

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The edges temporarily stick to the shiny side and you have a crisp applique to work with.

I left the paper in place and glue-basted the applique using this basting glue

modern-quilt-block-kaffe-fassett

I added just a few dots of glue away from the edge to hold it in place.

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 Press down to secure…

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Hand applique with the freezer paper in place. And when you are ready you can turn your work to the back and pull out the freezer paper. moder-quilt-pickle-dish-variation

Last is the curved piecing.  Finger press the corner piece in half to find the center and align with the center wedge on the arc.  Pin in place.

moder-quilt-pickle-dish-variationNow pin ends which should extend about a 1/4″ into corner blocks~

moder-quilt-pickle-dish-variationStitch and repeat on other side… press and trim!  When trimming notice I’ve got my lower right corner block and upper left corner block on the 6 1/2″ lines… this is important when squaring.

moder-quilt-pickle-dish-variation

Done!

modern-quilt-block-of-the-month-kaffe-fassett-fabric

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Pattern

in My Shop

or

on Craftsy!

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 3

Block of the Month #3 of the ‘Sew Scrappy Sampler’ is a patchwork applique block made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics…

Patchwork Butterfly

butterfly quilt block

 You can find the complete block Pattern in My Shop or on Craftsy.

~Here are some Tips and Pics on assembly~

The pattern pieces will print for you in reverse, so when you print out the wings, cut them on the red line and place them right side down.  Trace around them with an erasable marking tool according to the pattern instructions.

butterfly quilt applique

I used a frixion pen to trace my templates.  This pen ‘erases’ when ironed.  I’m not convinced that it erases permanently so I don’t typically use it ~ but it shows up great on my dark background block and it will be covered by my stitching ~ it’s perfect!

block of the month butterfly quilt

It’s important to mark your template numbers when you get to your patchwork.  This will help you tremendously with placement…

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When you are ready to applique the body you can use any method of choice.  I used this no-melt template plastic to turn mine under before appliqueing it to the wings.  If you want to try this method, trace the body onto the template plastic and cut out template shape.

applique tutorial

Cut fabric about 1/8″ ~ 1/4″ larger with some notches along curves.  Spray some starch or best press in a small container and wet edges of fabric with brush or q-tip.

applique quilt block tutorial

Use the tip of your iron to press the fabric over the template…

applique tutorial

Perfect curves and ready to applique!

applique tutorial

This is one of the methods I love when I’m hand appliqueing tricky shapes ~ it makes the edges crisp and so easy to stitch!  After your templates are all in place and you are ready to stitch your antennae, use the template to mark your placement.

butterfly quilt blockI used dmc perle cotton to back stitch the antennae right on my line.

butterfly quilt block

Done!

patchwork butterflyI hope you have fun with this block! It’s my new favorite!

If your machine has some fun stitches, this would be a perfect block to show them off!!

butterfly quilt block

You can find the Pattern in my Shop or on Craftsy.

Enjoy!

sherri

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 2

Block of the Month #2 of the ‘Sew Scrappy Sampler’ is a wedge & applique block…

 ~Tequila Sunrise~

wedge quilt block of the month pattern

 You can find the complete block Pattern in My Shop or on Craftsy.

~Here are some Tips and Pics on assembly~

Start by cutting out all your wedges… accuracy and consistency are key.   I’ve got half mine shown here…

quilt block of the month

Chain stitch them all according to the pattern…

chain stitching wedge quilt block

Chain stitching is a way to ‘speed piece’ on your sewing machine that saves you time (and thread).  Sew one piece and then pause, position next piece and feed through.  When done cut the ‘chain’ between each piece. chain stitching I set my machine to a shorter stitch and backstitched once or twice at each fold to secure (the fold will be your point). wedge quilt block

Before you turn your points you can clip the seam allowance slightly at the fold to reduce bulk.  When I turn my points I use these handy tweezers and hold right at the point…

wedge quilt block of month

Then with my left hand I take the tail of the wedge and pull it down and under the tweezers…  wedge quilt block

It gives me perfect points without poking into the corner and stressing out the seam…

wedge quilt block

When you are joining your wedges, sew a scant quarter inch as directed and only sew the length of the shortest wedge.

wedge quilt block

I chose to hand applique my wedges, but you can use your machine to straight stitch, zig zag or blanket stitch…

dresden wedge quilt blockI hope you have fun with this block!  Don’t feel you need to follow my colors, you can switch it up any way you like.

Maybe you want to keep the entire inner and outer circle similar colors…

wedge quilt block pattern

or just the inner circle…

wedge quilt block
You get the idea!

block 2 tequila sunrise 107 logo

You can find the Pattern in my Shop or on Craftsy.

Enjoy!

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 1

Block #1 of the ‘Sew Scrappy Sampler’ is a Foundation Paper Pieced Block…

 ~Tallahassee Twist~sampler block of the month 2015

You can find the complete Pattern in My Shop or on Craftsy.

~Here are some Tips and Pics on assembly~

I made my block using this Velum paper…

vellum paper piecing

You can find the Vellum paper here on amazon: Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper… But you can just as easily use regular copy paper (thinner is better for tearing away).  I’ve used regular copy paper in the past and thought I’d try this vellum paper to see what I was missing out on.  I don’t think it tears away any better, but it was a benefit to have it translucent, especially for beginners.

I cut my templates out just outside the 1/4″ seam allowance line so I can trim the finished unit on that line later…

foundation paper piecing

Cut your fabric first per the pattern instructions so you don’t have to guess at size of scrap to fit…

sampler block of the month

Place your center fabric right side up on the unprinted side of your template…

foundation paper piecing

Place your second piece in place right sides together.

block of the month Hold up to the light to check placement 1/4″ over A1/A2 line.

block of the month

Sew on line all the way to edges, backstitch at both ends to secure.

foundation paper piecing

Fold back the paper…

foundation paper piecing tutorial

and trim any excess fabric in seam…

foundation paper piecing tutorialI used this add a quarter ruler.  It has a little lip that rests along the paper fold to keep it in place while you trim the fabric.

When all corner pieces are all in place ~ trim away fabric (and paper) extending beyond outer seam allowance square/line. (cut right on that outer line)

paper piecing tutorial

After your trim your first A unit should look like this ~

foundation paper piecing Continue to complete block!

tallahasse twist 017 logoDon’t limit yourself to my color placement ~ with a little planning you could make your block like this ~

block alternate 2

Or even like this!!! ~

block alternate
Darn!  Wish I thought of this sooner!  I love this second layout… now I’m going to have to make another one! :)

You can find the Pattern in my Shop or the single block pattern on Craftsy.

Enjoy!

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Sew Scrappy Samper ~ Block of the Month 2015

I had so much fun with my Scrap Happy Sampler BOM pattern that I’m back with another Sampler!  I’m using these delicious fabrics!

Sew Scrappy Block of the Month This Sew Scrappy Sampler is a Technique Sampler.

(foundation paper piecing, applique, english paper piecing, traditional piecing, working with circles, bias tape, dresden plates and more)

If you are interested in learning new techniques, then follow along!
block of the month

Sew Scrappy Sampler!

Here are the details…

  • I’ll offer a new 12″ BOM pattern monthly.
  • Every month will use a new / different technique.
  • You can work right from your stash!
  • After the year is done I’ll post the optional finishing instructions.

It’s all about the fabric…

I will be working with my Kaffe Fassett Stash!

block of the month sampler 2015 quilt pattern

It’s so yummy I can hardly stand it!  I’ve got lots of green…

Sew Scrappy Sampler BOM 2015

and reds…

block of the month 2015 kaffe fassett fabric

blues…

Block of the month 2015

 yellows…

Sew Scrappy Sampler BOM

 purples…

block of the month sampler quilt pattern

and pink!!

sew scrappy sampler bom pattern

Yummy :)

Sew Scrappy Block of the Month

Gather up your stash…

I will be back soon with Block Number One! :)

Grab the button here…

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