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Block 12~ Power of Nine BOM

Here we are at block 12 in the Power of Nine quilt!  Time certainly flies…  this year was like, poof!

block of the month pattern

If you’re just catching up, here is the original quilt pattern in solids…block of the month quilt patternand here are the two blocks together in solid and scrappy versions…

block 12 block of the month quilt

I hope you enjoyed the quilt as you go version… Thanks so much for following along with me!  I’m really loving my quilt.  All I have left to sew is the binding so I’d better get on with it!

I will do a final post soon with a couple tips on completing the quilt top if you are quilting as you go… and I’ll show you this scrappy version all put together! Yay!

Here is the block 12 color diagram.  You can find this complete quilt pattern or the single block pattern on craftsy, and some of the related posts below…

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Block 5 ~ Power of Nine BOM

Quilt Block of the Month #5 is DONE!

tula pink fabric quilt block of month

For this month’s block I did a little fussy cutting for the center and some of the corner blocks…

Block of the Month Quilt in Tula Pink Fabric

I have a small 2 1/2″ square that I used for fussy cutting the circles out…  Fussy cutting is simply cutting out a portion of the fabric to feature, in this case I wanted to center the circles in this fabric.

Quilt Block of the Month in Tula Pink Fabric

Now I have them all ready to go!

Fussy Cut Circles in Tula PinkIf you’re following along, you know I’m working on block 5 ~ a scrappy Tula Pink version of this quilt…

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Join in with me:

Modern Power of Nine Quilt Pattern

and if you want to quilt as you go…

All the Quilt-as-You-Go Posts

Here is block 5 in the Kona Cotton version…

Block of the Month in Kona Cotton Fabrics

The orange against the white fabric is pretty spectacular… Purple is my favorite color but I gotta say I’m a huge fan of orange!

If you want to color in your block with your own fabric choices or colors ~ here is the color sheet to download:  block 5 color diagram

If you are following the quilt as you go method, check this post to be sure you have the correct backing fabric and layer your quilt block for quilting.

Block of the Month in Tula Pink Fabric

 I did the stitch in the ditch and straight line quilting first as usual…

quilt as you go tutorial

 And then filled in the center and some of the triangles with pebbles.

Machine quilting pebbles quilt as you go

 Done!

The quilt details again…

Here is the Power of Nine Quilt Pattern in my shop.

Want to make a single block?  Find the Block 5 Pattern here on Craftsy.

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Block 3 ~ Power of Nine BOM

Block of the Month 2015…

My Block 3 is DONE!

block of the month quilt pattern

We are working on block three of this quilt…block of the month quilt pattern

Here is the comparison with the solid version…

block 3 of month quilt

If you’re just joining in, we are doing a ‘quilt as you go’ version of this quilt.  You can join in any time…

I colored in my block 3 color diagram to help with color placement and to get a rough draft of my quilting. I kept the quilting about the same as in my solid block this time…

block of the month quilt pattern

General Notes for getting started:

Press your fabric and get out all those folds/wrinkles.

Square or trim your fabric so you have a straight edge to work with.

Remove selvages before you begin.

Test your 1/4″ seam for accuracy.

Carefully press as you go with a dry iron and avoid dragging your iron around on your pieced unit to keep from distorting any bias edges.

Ok!  Let’s get going!  Get your pattern and cut all your pieces.

When joining your triangles (A pieces) to the center and corner units, you’ll notice there is a ‘V’ created by the triangles…

block of the monthWhen  you place that ‘V’ under your presser foot (if it’s centered properly) it should be in alignment with your 1/4″ mark…

block of the month

Stitch in place and press open.

block of the month quiltYour corner pieces should line up nicely at the edge…

quilt block of month

When your nine patches are done, trim them up square.  I’m using a 4.5″ omnigrid ruler  that has a half square triangle diagonal mark that comes in handy.

nine patch block of month quilt

Join your nine patches and layer your block for quilting (see quilt as you go tutorial) Remember from the tutorial you need to plan the back side of block too.

nine patch quilt block

It’s a good idea to check your bobbin before you begin quilting your block to see if you have enough thread to finish.  But if you forget, (like me) just trim any loose threads, and position your needle back a few stitches.  Hold the tail of your top thread and drop your needle down into your work, bring it back up and use the top thread to pull the bobbin thread up to the top of your work.  Grab the bobbin thread and pull it out a few inches…

block of the month quilt

Hold both tails taught and off to the side to start, backstitch one or two stitches and continue sewing.

nine patch bomThis will avoid those nasty ‘thread nests’ on the back of your work.  Tie tails in a knot close to quilt top.  Thread lose ends on needle and put needle through top and batting to bury the tails.  Come back out of top and trim tail ends close to quilt top.

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I marked my block with a water soluble marker to keep my stitching lines straight.

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Then stitched right over my marks.

quilt as you go tutorialand gave them a quick spray of water… lines disappear!  I love this marker!

When my straight stitching was done I quilted some free motion pebbles… and squared up my block!

quilt as you go tutorial

A couple close ups…

quilt as you go tutorial

quilt as you go tutorial

block 3 power of nine 201 logo

Done!!

quilt as you go tutorial

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 3 Pattern here on Craftsy.

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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!

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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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Quilt As You Go Tutorial ~ Part 1

If you’re following the Power of Nine quilt~a~long that’s fantastic!  I hope that you’ve done well with block one.

quilt as you go tutorial

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.quilt top graphic with qaug sashsing 3
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.back diagram ~ quilt as you go
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…quilt as you go tutorial
I precut all twelve 13 1/2″ backing pieces from these fabrics:quilt as you go tutorial and twelve 13″ square pieces of batting ~ I’m using Warm and Natural cotton batting:quilt as you go tutorial
 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
quilt as you go tutorialBaste layers together with method of choice (pins /basting stitch/ spray) ~ I spray basted mine… (using this spray found on amazon)quilt as you go tutorial

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…quilt as you go tutorial
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.quilt as you go tutorial

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.quilt block of the monthI always began and ended stitching on the outside edge of my backing fabric, even if I had to double stitch a seam.quilt as you go tutorial
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. quilt as you go tutorial

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…
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Check out the back…quilt as you go tutorialAll quilted! quilt as you go tutorial
Easy! :)
quilt as you go tutorialquilt as you go tutorialIn future posts I’ll go over how to join the blocks…

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Block 1 ~ Power of Nine BOM

Block of the Month 2015

My Scrappy Block 1 is DONE!

block of the month 2015

If you’re just joining in, I’m on block #1 of this quilt…

block of the month 2015

Here is a picture of both blocks, the solid version from the completed quilt (above) and my new scrappy block!

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I love how colors and values can change the entire look of the block!

I started by choosing my fabrics, and decided on working from my (precious) Tula Pink Stash!  I planned out the placement of fabrics for my first block and if you’re switching up colors like me use this  block 1 color diagram so you don’t get too confused while piecing!

bom quilt a long

General Notes for getting started:

Press your fabric and get out all those folds/wrinkles.

Square or trim your fabric so you have a straight edge to work with.

Remove selvages before you begin.

Test your 1/4″ seam for accuracy.

Carefully press as you go with a dry iron and avoid dragging your iron around on your pieced unit to keep from distorting any bias edges.

Ok!  Let’s get going!  Get your pattern and cut all your pieces.

For step 1 we need to center the long edge of the triangle units on the edges of the center block.  I did some finger pressing to mark the center of each edge.

2015 block of the month quilt pattern

I did the same with the triangle ‘B’ units from the pattern.  Then matched the center marks up with the center block.

2015 block of the month

You could chain stitch some of these units together to speed up the process… but be careful with keeping track of your piece ‘B’ placement.

2015 block of the month quilt a long

In an effort to reduce bulk I pressed the first two seams (above) open.  Some people like to press open, some don’t.  When I have lots of seams, it helps my block lie a little flatter and also helps when I’m quilting.  SO, do what suits YOU best.   The second two seams (below) are pressed to the side, away from the center block.  Also note (again) that the triangles long edge is cut on the bias so take care in pressing – don’t distort your seam with over ironing and definitely don’t steam (control yourself )!  Sometimes I use a little Best Press (I love the Caribbean beach scent!) on seams that don’t want to like flat.

2015 modern block of the month patternI have this perfect ruler (below).  I didn’t purchase it for this pattern but it absolutely came in handy.  It’s perfect for nine patch blocks.  If you plan to follow along, I will likely use it with every block, but you can achieve the same results with any quilters ruler that measures at least 4.5″.  Now trim/square up your unit and get ready to join them!

9 patch quilt block

Once you have your nine units complete, Check your pattern diagram for placement and join units in rows of three.

block of the month quiltI pressed the two joining seams open.

modern block of the month quilt patternNext join your three rows and press the seams open.

2015 block of the month quilt pattern

Admire your beautiful block!!!

nine patch block of the month quilt

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 1 Pattern here on Craftsy.

modern quilt block of the month pattern
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Modern Block of the Month & Festival!

Here is my newest Block of the Month Pattern!

Modern Power of Nine

modern block of the month quilt

Power of Nine ~ Modern 9 patch Block of the Month Quilt Pattern

You might be wondering… What the heck is all this ‘Power of Nine’ business in a twelve block quilt?  Well I’ll tell you!  Every block in this quilt is a nine patch block!  Isn’t it a beauty?

modern block of the month quilt pattern
Here are the Quilt ‘Deets’

Designed and Pieced by Sherri Noel

62″ x 78″

Shown in Kona Cotton fabric by Robert Kaufman

Batting is Warm and White by The Warm Company

modern block of the month quil pattern 2015

You can purchase the

complete 12 block pattern here.

block of the month quilt 2015

I will be hosting a quilt~a~long and making a scrappy version… because, I must face the truth… I’m addicted to scrappy quilts!

Every month I will complete a new scrappy version of the current block AND quilt that individual block on my domestic machine!  I will be using a version of the ‘quilt as you go’ method.  When all the QUILTED blocks are done we will put them all together!  And the quilt will be finished!  Already quilted! Yup, that’s right! Here is a closer peek at block #1:

modern quilt block of the month 2015

I’ll kick off block #1 in December!  At the end of the year I will have a beautiful new scrappy version of ‘Power of Nine’!

My (loose) plan is to still keep similar colors within rows but I think I’m going with red, purple, blue and green, scraps.  Want to make the scrappy version with me?  Find the pattern here and get your fabric and batting scraps ready!  We begin in December!

modern quilt pattern BOM

I’m linking up my quilt with the bloggers quilt festival going on at Amy’s Creative Side…  Thanks to Amy for hosting such a fun event!!!  Check out the quilts, be inspired and vote for your favorite in November!  Go see my other entry!

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Finishing ~ Quilt Sampler Layout

FINISHED!!

wedge quilt border

Time to start finishing your Sampler Quilt?  If you’ve pieced all your 12 blocks, I’m certain you’ve already been playing with your layout and you’ve probably come up with a couple (if not a few) possible layout options on your own.

SCRAP HAPPY SAMPLER QUILT PATTERN

 I want to share my layout with you including the coordinating block/month numbers…

scrap happy block layout

There are four pieced sections…

layout 1

You will notice that the 4 pieced sections in my layout are identical (divided by color) ~ there are 2 full and 2 half blocks in each section, in the same order.  They are all simply rotated in a different direction.  If you decide to follow this layout shown above:

1) piece all 4 sections

2) piece 3 bottom columns/sections together

3) add top row/section.

sampler layout PDF

scrap happy bom sampler quilt

or you could position all the rows/sections horizontally shown below in option 2…

layout 2

You can move around the blocks in each row to come up with a new layout.

Here is a third option shown below.  The two blue rows are identical and the two purple rows are identical.

layout 3

There are several ways you can put these blocks together… do what suits YOU! I’ve really enjoyed offering this Block of the Month, thanks so much to everyone who took time to send me messages, comment on posts and add pics to the flickr pool (Maureen!).  I love my quilt (yes I’m keeping this one!) and I hope you love yours too!

 

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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More finishing tips:

I’m going to share more finishing tips over the next couple weeks.  Here is what I have planned…

Borders ~ how I pieced my sampler border

wedge quilt border

 Quilt Sandwich ~ batting, backing, basting

how to make a quilt sandwich

 Quilting ~ hand quilting and other methods

how to hand quilt with perle cotton tutorial

Binding ~ bias binding

bias binding tutorial

Binding your Quilt

how to bind a quilt

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Scrap Happy #12 Block of the Month

Today I get to reveal the FINAL block!  Block number twelve in the Scrap Happy BOM is ready!  I’m calling this block Double Starburst.  It reminds me of those Christmas Crackers that are filled with treats ~ I don’t know why but that’s what I think of every time I look at this block.  Crazy?  maybe.

quilt block of month #12

I’m pretty sure my dog ate the photo disk since I could only find one picture of this block but there will be plenty more in the final post!

In January I will post pictures of the completed quilt with block layout options and I will also post the tutorial on how I made the border for my quilt top in case you’d like to do something similar.

Here are some of THE SCRAP HAPPY BLOCKS!

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

SCRAP HAPPY SAMPLER QUILT PATTERN

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Scrap Happy Sampler #10 – BOM

I can’t even believe we are at #10 ALREADY!  I mean… WHAT?  It’s been so much fun creating the blocks for this sampler and I just can’t wait for the big finish!!!!

I’ve already been thinking of the coming year – I have so many projects on the table that I just don’t know where to begin!   Ok, ok, ok … more on that later…

BLOCK #10 is ‘Balancing Act’ – it’s an improv block that’s a little wonky 100_6497 Can I just say that I love wonky?  Who doesn’t love a little break from matching seams perfect?  Wonky is fun and I love that it’s ok to be imperfect… so no worries!  Yay!

and another shot… sideways!

quilt block

This ‘block’ is actually a set of two rectangles that we will keep as two separate units for the quilt if your following along – if not sew them together for a block!

Here are some of the other blocks if your just catching up…

 Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

block of the month quilt pattern

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

 

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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Scrap Happy Sampler #8 Block of the Month

Carpenters Square is the block of the month for August!  Another great block for all those scrappy strips of fabric hanging around.

carpenters square quilt pattern

I chose three colors to work with – red purple and blue.  Then I just picked scraps in each color!  When sewing this block you work from the center out so it helps to press and square up your block as you go…

carpenters square quilt block tutorial

Hope everyone is having a good summer!  Have fun with this block!

As always, this months block pattern is free for the current month (August) and then I will list it.

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

 block of the month quilt

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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Scrap Happy Sampler #7 Block of Month

Log Cabin Twist is the Block of the Month for July!

log cabin twist quilt block tutorial pattern

This block uses up lots of scraps – all those thin strips of fabric that are too small for much else… you know those ones you’ve been saving because you can’t bear to waste a scrap? (…or is that just me?)

log cabin twist quilt block of month tutorial

I’m calling it an ‘improv’ (no paper) pieced block.  This block is typically put together as a paper pieced block but with a little patience and extra measure (meaning…. measure measure measure – THEN cut!) you’ll really enjoy watching this block unfold.

When making this improv block I prefer to use a square ruler like the omnigrid to help with measuring and cutting – The one I used is 9.5″ square.  You could use another size and then switch to a regular long quilters ruler if/when the square starts to get to short for your measures and cuts.  Good Luck and have fun with it!log cabin quilt block twist tutorial

As always, this months block pattern is free for the current month (July) and then I will list it.

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

SCRAP HAPPY SAMPLER QUILT PATTERN

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Scrap Happy Sampler #5 Block of Month

May’s block of the month is a favorite of mine.  The New York Beauty block uses paper piecing and curved piecing.

scrap happy block of month bom

If you’ve been following along I hope you’ve learned some new things along the way.  What’s great about doing a sampler is trying many techniques and sometimes working out of your comfort zone.   If you never make this block again, you will at least understand the technique behind how to assemble this ‘Beauty’-ful block.  Plan out your colors or just make it scrappy.  I decided to make mine resemble a color wheel – I love how it came out!

new york beauty quilt block

One of the items on the supply list for this block is an ‘Add-A-Quarter Ruler’.  This ruler is optional but it’s inexpensive and you should be able to find it at your quilt shop or on Amazon here  CM Designs Add-A-Quarter Ruler-6″ Yellow.

Please remember to post pictures to the flickr group I love seeing them!  Thanks again to those of you that have posted your finished blocks or projects already!!! I love seeing all the different colors everyone is using!

If you missed the previous months you can find the links below.

New York Beauty BOM

 

SCRAP HAPPY SAMPLER QUILT PATTERN

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 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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Scrap Happy Sampler #4 April Block of the Month

It’s April and I’m thankful that spring is here…  although it’s a little difficult to believe after all the late winter storms.  I’m more than ready for the sun for sure and I’ve seen evidence in the garden that spring weather is coming.

I’ve put together a tutorial for a Burgoyne Surrounded Quilt Block this month that I think is pretty awesome.  I’m really quite hooked on the pattern and just might have to make a full quilt if the free time ever comes!  I hope you enjoy it!

burgoyne quilt bom tutorial

 

burgoyne quilt block tutorial

I hope you enjoy this months tutorial.  Please post pictures to the flickr group I love seeing them!  Thanks again to those of you that have posted your finished blocks or projects already!!!

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Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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Another We did it Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday!

Sometimes I feel so accomplished when I do a Wednesday post and sometimes… not so much!  Then I start my post and realize, wow, I kinda kicked butt! lol

I got my February Block of the Month – Hexi Flower  listed on my site – if you’d like to follow along – each month I list the new ‘block’ FREE on my site for the entire month – when the month is over I list the new block of month free and the previous one is still available on Craftsy!

Here is a pic of the February Block done in the english paper piecing method.

#2 february bom

#2 february bom

I’m also working on a row robin project with  my quilt guild.  I completed this row that I showed you in a previous WIP post

row robin quilt - row 1

row robin quilt – row 1

My row (above) was passed on to someone in my group and I received this super cute (all paper pieced) train row!  I’ve started to design a row that I will add on before it’s passed to the next quilter in the ‘robin’ group. This quilt is all about the building of the railroad and is supposed to ‘scream patriotism’ so my plan is to add red white and blue ‘smoke’ coming from the train… here is my first go at it…

train row for quilt

I used a dresden plate for cutting my smoke pieces…

train quilt row robin

Here is where I’m at now…  I still have to applique some ‘smoke’ down to the engine and who knows what else?

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Last but not least –

I made a some mittens and a little painted ‘sign’ for my musical ‘secret valentine’.

See the mitten gallery here.

Find the mitten pattern on Craftsy.

wool mittens from sweaters

painted musical notes

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Scrap Happy Sampler #2 Block of the Month

Welcome February!  Today I’m posting the Scrap Happy Sampler Block of the Month for February.  But  first, I hope you all enjoyed January’s Lone Star Block of the Month.  I know those set in seams can be tricky so you might be happy to have that behind you!

February’s block is all about hexagons and english paper piecing.  I think these hexagon flowers are so cute!  Perfect for the ‘happy’ sampler!

hexagon flower

I think you’ll find this method of piecing to be fun and portable!  English paper piecing is a technique of basting fabric over a paper foundation to hold and support the fabric pieces while sewing them together.  It’s done entirely by hand so you can give your machine a rest this month and sew ‘old school’.

The pattern calls for 28 hexagons and the templates are included in the pattern for you to print and cut yourself.  I cut mine using my silhouette cameo!

cutting hexagon templates

cutting hexagon templates

perfect hexagons!

perfect hexagons!

It’s very important to have your hexagons cut accurate so they piece together perfectly!  I’ve cut 3 extra sets of hexagons to GIVE AWAY!  If you would like to win a set, leave a comment below just telling me if you have experience with paper piecing or if this is your first time trying it!  I will choose 3 random winners February 3rd and get them in the mail right away!  (US residents only please)

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The hexi-flower pattern will be available for the entire month of February for free.  When February ends, I will list the block pattern on Craftsy for a small fee and the March BOM will be free.

Find the complete pattern in my shop OR on Craftsy.

One of the tools that I used to cut my fabric hexagon pieces is an ‘add a quarter’ ruler.  This is an optional tool but we will  use it again in another paper piecing BOM coming up this year.  It will again be optional but it’s a nice tool to have.  If you have one that is ‘add a half’ that will work just fine too!  What makes this ruler unique is that there is a little ‘lip’ on the underside of the ruler that rests right up against the paper, giving you an accurate cut.  You should be able to find these rulers at your local quilt shop or you can find them here at amazon CM Designs Add-A-Quarter Ruler-6″ Yellow

add a quarter ruler

add a quarter ruler

If you’re following along, you will notice that February’s ‘Block’ is actually 2 half-blocks.  Not all months will be an actual ‘block’.  We will get to placement and design of the quilt top later this year but I think you’ll like the non-traditional look of the completed top!   Also, if you’re paying close attention you might notice that my background fabrics are different.  I chose to make my background a little scrappy too – using up my white/cream/beige color larger scraps.  Anything goes!

hexigon paper pieced flowers

This block is also great for fussy cutting fabric if there are words like ‘honey bunch’ or a design in the fabric you want to feature.

fussy cut hello kitty

fussy cut hello kitty

It’s also fun for an i spy quilt for the kids – just a thought!  I added in a little hello kitty hexagon to my block, a remnant to remind me of my kids when they were smaller.   And of course I had to use a valentine fabric scrap of hearts – because it is a February block after all!

hexigon quilt

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Work In Progress Wednesday

Is it really January 9th already?  New England ended the year with… you guessed it…  Snow!  Thankfully that WIP (the driveway) is complete!

log home snow

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!

v & co simply color fabric
v & co simply color fabric

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.

 

row robin quilt - row 1
row robin quilt – row 1

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…

Scrap Happy Sampler block of month

Scrap Happy Sampler block of month

Find the tutorial on this post here… Scrap Happy Block

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 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!
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Scrap Happy Sampler #1 Block of the Month

Happy 2013!  I’ve been working hard on my new Block of the Month quilt!

Block #1

Block #1

All twelve blocks in this sampler can be made with fabric from your stash.  Each month I’ll offer the pattern as a free download to my subscribers.  When that month ends the pattern will be listed for sale and the next month I will list the new block of the month for free!  So get out your scraps and let’s get Scrap Happy!

Here’s a look at January’s Lone Star Scrap Happy Sampler Block…lone star block tutorial

If you don’t have time to quilt along each month – this would make an excellent pillow.  This is a challenging block with set in pieces so I’ve done my best to give you detailed, step by step instructions!  Have fun with it.   Thanks for following along and Happy New Year!

Find the complete pattern in my shop OR on Craftsy.

hand quilting with perle cotton

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Happy New Year! ~ & 2012 Review

It’s been an amazing 2012 with so much to be thankful for.  After a mitten making frenzy in the winter of 2011-2012 I decided I wanted to write my first pattern for my ‘Madawaska Mittens’.  I had so much fun I went on to write 23 more!  As I counted up the number of patterns I wrote I actually surprised myself!  Here is a highlight of some of my 2012 patterns…

If you write patterns too, you know what hard work goes into putting a pattern together… and getting it to ‘market’.  You don’t just sew, that’s the easy part!  When I began I had no idea how to use Illustrator or what the heck a widget was???

I had to learn, and  learn fast…  illustrator, photoshop, wordpress, how to write a listing, design a pattern template, use light room, photo editing, and the list goes on!  It was a bit of information overload with a dash of crazy ~ but it was never dull and always fun.  A big THANKS to Etsy, Craftsy, You can make this and Patterns Only for allowing an avenue for designers to sell!

Also a Shout Out to a couple of my favorite sites ~

Craft Buds ~ Offers SO MUCH great information on starting a business and featured my needle case in their Craft Buds Book Month Round up for Stash Books!  Craft Book Month, by the way, is Great Fun!

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Craft Buds – Craft Book Month

Sew Mama Sew ~ a fantastic resource for fabric, sewing advice & tutorials.  Thanks for having me guest post on your Holiday Craft Fair Series and thanks for offering the annual Giveaway Day!

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Here is a look at some other crafty things I made this year…

It’s been a great year and I’m looking forward to learning more in 2013, writing more patterns & free tutorials and kicking off my new SCRAP HAPPY Block of the Month in 2013! Please come back and join in the fun!  First Free Block Pattern coming this month! Here is a sneek peek:

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January – Scrappy Lone Star

Also excited about participating in a 2013 Row Robin with my quilt guild.  My first row is complete…

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Row Robin – Row 1 (v & co fabric and inspiration)

And lastly, I closed out the year with a morning ‘coffee walk’ on the beach in Rhode Island with my family and one of my doggies…

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~Ellie

Live in the Sunshine

Swim the Sea

Drink the Wild Air  ~Emmerson

 

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