January 2019

2019 Block of the Month - Month 1 Pt B

 by thequiltingpatch on 13 Jan 2019 |
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As promised here is Part B - the sun compass for the centre of this years quilt.  You will be making 4 of these units and sewing them together to form a sun.  Now my sun compass is quite literal, so I'm going to use yellows and oranges. Yours could be any colour you like, even a rainbow compass would work quite well in this quilt that celebrates colour and mother nature. And of course it's a great way to use up more scraps. So here is the link to the foundation pattern* for the sun compass. Each unit is 10", so your finished compass will be  20". It will be framed with a scrap floral frame once it has been sewn to background fabric. This pattern is just for the foundation units. How to deal with the background fabric in this block... The background pieces that sit in between the foundation piecing units are here .  These are cut from background fabric and pieced in, although the outer edge and the centre circle can be appliqued if you find the curved piecing a bit daunting. Im afraid there is no getting out of piecing in the middle joining section, so just take your time, pin the edges and centre first and then pin in between. Pins are your friends! If you are going to piece them,  I suggest hand tacking them first. Those curves can be a little painful, and you want to avoid too much unpicking.  I have included the quarter circle, however if you want to applique a complete circle to the centre of the compass once it is all together this might be easier especially if you are planning on keeping it the one colour.  Similarly you may want to applique the entire made compass ( 4 units sewn together in a ring with the middle joining section)  on to a background square that is 20 1/2"  rather than piecing it. This just involves turning your 1/4" seam over and hand sewing it to the centre of a 20 1/2" square.  If you are struggling to turn the seam over due to the thickness of the fabrics in the seams - try this. Place your compass right sides together with a larger circle of light weight non fusible interfacing. Machine sew along the seam allowance of the compass, completely around the circle. Trim the interfacing to the same size as the compass unit. Cut a slit in to the centre of the interfacing circle, being careful not to cut your compass fabric. Turn the circle right right way out through the slit and press. Now you can applique this to the backgound 20 1/2" square.  *The larger of the pieces does not fit on to A4 paper. You will need to join them along along the fold and stick lines on the pattern. Remember to print 4 copies of the foundation pattern  if you are sewing straight on to the paper.   

2019 Block of the Month - Month 1 Pt A

 by thequiltingpatch on 11 Jan 2019 |
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Welcome to the 2019 Block of the Month! The absolute BEST thing about this quilt, apart from is bright colourful layout, is that it is so scrap friendly.  You'll be able to use your scraps of homespun, blenders, batiks, and medium to small all over floral prints.  In fact the only fabric you might need to buy is the background fabric for the quilt  ( you'll need 3 m) and the background fabric for the blocks ( you'll need 1m)  Foundation  Piecing  is a very accurate method of patchwork, which is especially useful for piecing unusual or awkward shapes and achieving clean lines in your patchwork. It's usually the method used when measuring and cutting the angles of fabric pieces would be almost impossible. Blocks are made up of sections that are completed and then sewn together. Each section has a numbered order in which to sew them. You'll use the printed lines on the paper pattern to sew on and your fabric will be placed on the underside of this.  I know if you havent done any foundation piecing before that it can seem a little complicated. I would urge you to find a local shop and have a lesson. The wonderful thing about it is that once you know how, you can literraly apply the rules to any pattern, regardless of how complicated it may look.  If you think you'd like to give it a try on your own, there are step by step instructions here from last years BOM project. Just work on one section at a time, beginning at piece number 1 in each section.  The pattern which you will download can be printed on to printer paper, light purpose made foundation paper, or traced on to a light weight interfacing. Each works, but its up to you what you like. Note that if you use interfacing, it needs to be light weight as it stays in the quilt. If you would like to give our Foundation pieceing paper a try, use the coupon code 2019BOM at the register for a special discount and choose  the "pick up" option for free delivery. Its easy to use, just load it into your inkjet printer and print your patterns straight to it. Cut around the sections and start sewing straight away! You'll have noticed that I have called this posting Part A. Later this month I will post the compass for the centre of the quilt, called part B. The compass is going to take you a little while to piece, buts its something you could work on over a few months if you wish.  CLICK HERE for this months pattern  -  the "Morning Glory" block. The pattern is for the flower centre only. The setting triangles that surround it will apply to every block in this quilt and instructions are at the bottom of the page.    Here is the Section Guide for this block - its shows you how the sections come together once each is completed. ( Each section is a different colour to help you see where they fit. ) And here is what the numbering guide looks like. The numbers are printed on your pattern.  The setting triangle  instructions.. The framing around the block is a place to use up your floral scraps. The frames are only wide 1 3/8" wide. You use two fabrics to make these setting triangles.  To frame ONE block cut the following  in Quilt backfround fabric ( black in  my quilt)  1 3/8" squares   Cut 4 1 3/8" x 5 3/8" rectangles    Cut 8 2 5/8" squares   Cut 2 and then cut once on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles. In floral scraps   1 3/8" squares   Cut 4 1 3/8" x 3 5/8" rectangles    Cut 8 The rectangles in both the black fabric and the floral fabric need to have an angle cut at one end.  The easist way to make sure that you have 4 matching sets with the angles in the right direction is to place two rectangles right sides together and cut, placing the 45 degree line of your ruler along the long edge of the rectangle. When you separate the fabrics you'll have a mirrored set.  The strips are placed on top of each other, right sides together. Note the 45 degree andgle on the long edge of the strip When you open the fabric pair they will be mirrored. The construction of the setting triangle is quite straight forward. Attach a floral fabric strip to one edge of the background 2 5/8" half square triangle. Press Sew a background square to the end of the other floral fabric strip. The attach this piece to the remaining edge of the half square triangle.  Now you just repeat this process using the background strips and the floral square, making the unit larger again.  Make four of these setting triangle units and attach them to your completed Morning Glory flower block.  And here is the completed block..    
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The Storytellers Sampler Quilt - the Joy of Fussycutting

by thequiltingpatch on 20 Jan 2020
The story so far... Local quilter Cinzia White publishes an amazing book, The Storytellers Sampler Quilt. Eppiflex templates launches a Block of The Month called Telling Tales, featuring 60 upsized blocks from the book and I start sewing up blocks. Cinzia asks me to contribute to her quiltalong using blocks from the aforementioned book. I fall down the rabbithole of fussycutting. But let's talk about what this is really about... Addicted to sewing...addicted to fabric...addicted to starting new projects... and now addicted to fussycutting.  So what's the hype about fussycutting?  If you are already a creative soul and enjoying making pretty blocks by joining shapes together, fussy cutting is some next level crafty action. Do you remember those kaliedoscope toys we had as kids. I have no idea how they worked, they were just MAGIC. Who could get bored with the amazing patterns they made as you twisted and turned them. I was fascinated with them.                   "No you cant have a go yet, Im not finished" - I wasnt a good sharer being the youngest and most spoilt of my siblings. Ask my sister, she will back me up.  So fussycutting a beautiful fabric into an even more beautiful fabric block is a bit like making magic for me. Mirrors? Yeah nah. I know some people swear by them, but I don't want to know what it's going to look like. Why spoil the magic? That's like someone showing you a picture of the next kaliedoscope before you can twist the tube. Just let the magic happen. Embrace the unknown a little.  Waste of fabric?  This is what Cinzia says to me... but let's be honest we all have enough fabric to be a bit less frugal with it. I think quilters are the quintessential horders. Why else would we have so many memes about collecting fabric. Even the term stash says it all.  In fact in the current economic climate of a massive downturn in retail spending I think we all have a responsibilty to fussy cut more and support the shops before they disappear altogether.  So my little contribution to Cinzia's Quiltalong is "Blackberry Freedom" and it is English paper pieced. Thanks Cinzia for asking me to join in and for writing such a sensational book.  

2019 Block of the Month - Borders and Construction

by thequiltingpatch on 24 Dec 2019
If you've made it this far, you have sewn all your 12 flower blocks and the sun compass and are wondering whats next.. Here is where we are going to work with what you have, and not with what you should have according to this pattern. We are going off road! And let me explain why.. First of all, there's colour and fabric choice.. if you lay out your blocks exactly as the pattern above, it may not be the best layout your quilt could have. For instance when I laid my blocks out exactly as the quilt pattern, I ended up with 4 blocks of red flowers in a row. There was a real clump of red in one section and it looked aweful. So I've moved my 4 red blocks, placing one in each corner. I then took my 3 blue blocks and evenly spread them around, and so on.  It might take you a while to decide where your blocks are going. Take some photos with your phone along the way so you can decide on your final layout. Looking through you phone makes it easier for you to spot the "clumps" of colour or tone. Lets talk about how this medallion quilt is going to come together.  First of all we have our centre block - our sun compass. It's going to have a thin floral frame.  This is surrounded by a floral block border - these are the 12 floral blocks that you made. First we will attach two side border sections, made from 4 of our floral blocks. Next we will attach the top and bottom border sections made from our remaining 8 floral blocks. The pieced border is a border that features the scrappy floral prints we have used to frame our flower blocks. The last border is a plain border which is cut 3 1/4" wide Last is the binding - cut at 2 1/2" wide To frame the sun compass, cut your 4 frames 1 3/8" x 20 1/2" ( or whatever your compass square measures - mine was 20" so believe me there is wiggle room)  Cut 4 corner stones in the background fabric 1 3/8" Attach two squares to either end of two of your frames. Sew the first two plain frames to the sides of your compass centre Now add the frames with the cornerstones attached to the top and bottom of the sun compass Its now time to attach the side floral blocks to the framed sun compass. Make sure you pin the seam intersections so that your frames on your sun compass line up with the frames on your floral blocks.  The next step is to attach the top and bottom floral block rows, again making sure the seams line up by pinning them first.  The last bit of piecing from this quilt will be the pieced border. We are going to strip piece it, unless you are working with scraps and can't cut strips in any great length to strip piece.  If you are not familiar with strip piecing, check out my blog post from last year, in particular the first set of photos where I explain cutting and sewing the strips and then crosscutting them.  Your strips will be cut 2 1/8" wide. Sew one background fabric strip to a floral strip. Press well. Then crosscut this strip set to 3 1/4".  Join the sections of 3 1/4" together, topping and tailing them so that the fabric prints create a checkerboard pattern.  Each border has 16 units making up the checkerboard. You will need 64 units to make enough for the quilt.  Make and sew your border units together. Measure the length of these border units. Now cut 4 strips in the background fabric that is 3 3/4" wide x the length measured above. Sew these strips to each border unit.  ( ignore the seams in the picture below - your plain strip is cut in one length)  Now we need to make the 4 corner units. Once finished you will will attach two corner units to either end of 2 of your border units.  The corner unit consists of a four patch bordered on two sides by a mitred edge.  The four patch section consist of squares cut 2 1/8". The mitred edges are strips cut 3 3/4" x 7 3/8" and then trimmed on one edge at 45 degrees.     To sew this corner unit together, first make the four patch sections. Then pin and sew one mitred border from the straight side edge to the corner, stopping 1/4" short of the angled edge. Press.    Pin your second mitred border piece to the adjacent edge Beginning at the straight edge, sew towards the mitre, stop at the 1/4", lift the machine foot keeping the machine needle down to hold the fabric in place. Align the two pointy corner pieces and the mitred edge. Lower the foot and continue sewing to the end of the seam.     Your corner section seams should align with your border section seams. Attach two corner sections to the end of two pieced borders as below. You are now ready to attach the first two borders to the side edges of your quilt (the two without the corners attached.) Make sure you pin the borders and then sew. Press the quilt and then attach the second two borders (with the corners attached) again pinning first to align seams.  Phew!!! Nearly there!! The last border is a plain background border cut at 3 1/4", so it's time to press and measure your quilt, so you'll be able to cut the first two strips to the correct size. I would suggest measuring the quilt through the centre and cutting those 3 1/4" strips to this length, as a last effort in squaring up the quilt. Once you have the first two strips cut you can sew them on and press them. Repeat this step cutting the last two border strips to size before pinning and sewing them on.  Congratulations... if you are here with me now, you have a finished quilt top!! I hope you have enjoyed this years' challenging quilt - I think it is quite stunning and a credit to your sewing skills.  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Have a safe and relaxing holiday season.  Much love Danni xx
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