Quilt Block of the Month 2015…
Yay! Block #4 is DONE!
and the posts here…
Another look at the comparison between the solid version and scrappy version…
I used the block 4 color diagram to plan my scrappy block piecing and my quilting just like in previous posts.
I quilted this block on my domestic machine similar to the orange version. I started by layering (see quilt as you go part 1) and basting my block. After I stitched in the ditch, I marked some guide lines to follow on my center block…
And I marked some curved lines on the four ‘D’ blocks with this clover white marking pen – and quilted them with my walking foot. After I finished working with my walking foot I switched feet and did some free motion circles and swirls.
Don’t be afraid to use these water erasable markers for marking some guide lines… just test them first but I’ve never had a problem… When my block is done ~ I just spray the marks with water, and blot any excess water with a paper towel as I go and let dry.
I actually like this step because it looks all messy and marked up before you spray it and then the lines disappear and you get to really see your stitches… the big reveal ~ so fun!
Another close up…
The back side…
Want to follow along?
Here is the full Power of Nine Quilt Pattern in my shop.
Want to make a single block? Find the Block 4 Pattern here on Craftsy.
Quilt Block of the month #4 involves curved piecing…
You can find this block pattern
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…
Or you can use the complete arc foundation…
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~
added the center and corner blocks to each arc
appliqued the “eye”
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~
Before 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~
Notice the second arc still has the paper on the end ~
After it’s sewn on, I can remove the paper from the end wedge and press the corner. Nice and flat~
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~
Now pinch the ends together ~
It 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~
The 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.
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.
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…
I added just a few dots of glue away from the edge to hold it in place.
Press down to secure…
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.
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.
Stitch 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.
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Block of the Month #2 of the ‘Sew Scrappy Sampler’ is a wedge & applique block…
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…
Chain stitch them all according to the pattern…
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. I set my machine to a shorter stitch and backstitched once or twice at each fold to secure (the fold will be your point).
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…
It gives me perfect points without poking into the corner and stressing out the seam…
When you are joining your wedges, sew a scant quarter inch as directed and only sew the length of the shortest wedge.
I chose to hand applique my wedges, but you can use your machine to straight stitch, zig zag or blanket stitch…
I 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…
or just the inner circle…
You can find the Pattern in my Shop or on Craftsy.
If you’re following the Power of Nine quilt~a~long that’s fantastic! I hope that you’ve done well with block one.
If you are going to complete this quilt using the Quilt~as~you~Go method, then I have some additional information and things to think about. This post is a bit long but please read through it entirely if you want to follow this QAUG method.
In this post I will cover:
1 Important notes and additional requirements for qaug method
2 Thoughts about the back of your qaug quilt
3 Instructions on completing a block with the qaug method
Quilt as You Go ~ Important Notes & Requirements:
Blocks will be quilted (with backing/batting) individually. This includes all solid pieces between pieced blocks.
A walking foot for your machine is highly recommended.
This method will require additional fabric for attaching the blocks (aprox 3/4 yard for top AND back ~ see ‘sashing’ below).
This method will also require additional backing fabric.
In the quilt diagram below notice the dark grey ‘sashing’ between all the blocks/sections of the quilt top. This narrow sashing (for joining) is where additional fabric will be necessary.
You can select one fabric for this sashing or several colors to coordinate it with each pieced row (ex yellow, orange, blue, green) or solid row (ex white).
If you choose 1 fabric, you will need aprox 3/4 yard for the top AND another 3/4 yard for the back. (we will discuss the back later in this post) Please note that these fabric amounts don’t account for pre-washing your fabric, so if you pre-wash, you will need a bit more to allow for shrinking.
My quilt is (Tula Pink) scrappy and I will be making my sashing scrappy with what I have in my Tula Pink stash.
Thoughts about the Back of your QAUG quilt:
Since the blocks will all be quilted individually, your quilt back will look similar to your quilt top. You can use one backing fabric for the entire back (so it looks solid) OR you can plan the look of your back.
Please note ~ If you are following the backing fabric requirements on the pattern you will need to add more to account for the additional cutting and trimming using this qaug method.
My quilt back will be scrappy. With that said, I looked through my stash and chose fabrics for the back of my blocks based on what I had that would be large enough etc. I printed out the back diagram and colored it so I could remember what I was doing with my block placement as I went along…
I precut all twelve 13 1/2″ backing pieces from these fabrics: and twelve 13″ square pieces of batting ~ I’m using Warm and Natural cotton batting:
Now that my backing and batting pieces are cut I’m ready to quilt my first block!
Instructions on Completing a Block with the QAUG Method:
1 Prepare your quilt sandwich~
(top) 12 1/2″ unfinished pieced block, right side up
(middle) 13″ square of batting
(bottom) 13 1/2″ square backing fabric, right side down
Baste layers together with method of choice (pins /basting stitch/ spray) ~ I spray basted mine… (using this spray found on amazon)
2 Make a Plan for your Quilting:
Remember when we colored this block diagram when we were making block 1? I used that same printed diagram to draw out a plan for quilting my block…
Having the quilting plan helps keep me on track (I need all the help I can get!).
The center of this nine patch block will be quilted the same in all 12 blocks to keep some consistency. As a side note, here is my ‘rough’ quilting plan from my power of nine quilt top without using the quilt as you go method.
3 Quilt your Block:
I used a walking foot (very highly recommended!) so my layers wouldn’t shift or get distorted and I began by stitching in the ditch of all the seams.I always began and ended stitching on the outside edge of my backing fabric, even if I had to double stitch a seam.
I traveled in the ditch to get to where I needed to add quilting… and I used my disappearing ink pen to mark a guide to follow when stitching across a block, so my lines didn’t get all wonky.
4 Square your Block:
When your happy with your quilting, square your block to 12 1/2″. I used a 12 1/2″ square ruler, but you can use your mat and quilters ruler to square your block properly as well.
Trim off excess batting and backing…
I’m participating in the giveaway day over at Sew Mama Sew today ~ I’ve got a bundle of fat quarters from Kate Spain’s ‘in from the cold’ collection to give away today!
Remember I used it for my Holiday Hostess set? I made a mug rug and a wine bottle gift bag (find the tutorial here).
Now I’m offering one of my followers a four fat quarter bundle for your stash! (US shipping only) If the winner is an international follower I’ll send you two free patterns from my etsy shop of your choosing!
Everyone can be a winner!
The giveaway closes on the 13th, I will announce the winner (random generated) on the 15th and I’ll ship out the ‘stash’ on or before the 20th!
If you like me on facebook or if you
please comment below for a chance to win… *
and tell me what you’d like to make with this fabric bundle!
12/15 Update: We have 2 winners!
US Fabric Winner is Jenniffier from jenniffier.blogspot.com
and the International Pattern winner from Canada is Laura from craftyhour.com
I will be in touch!! Congrats!!
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The Extreme Coupon Holder ~ Organizer sewing Pattern!
I still had some Cloud 9 fabric from the Geocentric Bag Challenge so I made this Coupon Holder! Want to make one? Here is the Coupon Bag Pattern.
This Coupon Bag has all the bells and whistles…
2″ of space for coupons!
a front pocket for grocery list, store cards and TODAY’s coupons!
a back pocket for checkbook and calculator!
a pen holder!
a clasp for keys and store cards!
it even hangs on the seat of your shopping cart!
Organize your coupons with space for up to 25 dividers… and a handy pen holder to cross things off your shopping list! Use the front pocket for TODAYs Coupons, your phone and shopping list!
The other end of your coupon bag has a handy clasp for all those store cards… you’re ready for checkout! And a second pocket on the back is a great spot for a calculator!
Check out the Geocentric Bag Challenge post
make your own coupon holder with the
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Is it really January 9th already? New England ended the year with… you guessed it… Snow! Thankfully that WIP (the driveway) is complete!
This year I have a couple WIP’s that are on going! First off I am doing a ‘ROW ROBIN’ with my quilt guild. I ordered some gorgeous
Moda Simply Color fabric – can you stand it? It’s from V & C0 – love it!
I completed a quilt ‘ROW’ and passed if off to the next quilter in my group! When I passed mine, I received a completed quilt row from someone else. I will add a row to theirs and pass it on! We have six quilters in this robin and pass every two months. At the end of the year I will receive my quilt top back ~ COMPLETE! I’m so excited to see what the other members do!
Here is what I sent off ~ it’s a row done 1/2 pieced and 1/2 appliqued. I did a mini applique version of the Just Dandy Quilt Pattern By V and Co.
I also kicked off my Scrap Happy Block of the month for 2013! Every month I’ll post a new block tutorial on my site ~ 12 blocks total. This is the January Lone Star block…
Find the tutorial on this post here… Scrap Happy Block
Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Much Ado
And a quick News Flash! Check out this Free Craftsy Class! If you sign up by January 31, 2013, using this link, you’ll automatically be entered to win a course kit with 11.5 yards of Robert Kaufman fabric, a $100 value – AWESOME!
Need to make some quick and easy sew in labels? Here is one way to get it done…
You will need an inkjet printer.
First pick up some inkjet colorfast printable fabric (sew on). It comes in 8.5″ x 11″ sheets that you can feed right into your printer. Set up your design and do a test print on copy paper first to be sure you have the size etc that you want. Then simply print onto the printable fabric sheets…
do some slicing…
and some dicing…
and some sewing…
Don’t forget you can use this for making quick labels for your quilts too!
I’m linking up with Lily’s Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day. I’ve been working on a little sewing and cooking this past month…
I finished this Amish inspired Quilt
I made this cute needle case as part of the Craft Buds Craft Book Month.
And, I made some Apple Butter (click on the picture for the recipe)
Also made some delicious Salsa with the last of the tomatoes from the garden (recipe coming :o)
Thanks to Lily’s Quilts / Fresh Sewing Day for the link up!