Monday, July 28, 2014

July ALYoF Goal -- completed!

My goal for this month (and last month, which I failed at) was getting my blue batik star quilt top all together.

After multiple quilt shop stops and lots of ironing, it is complete!

Here's after all of the blocks and pieced sashings were together and I realized that I actually hadn't made too many square in a square units -- they were also the cornerstones of the sashing. Duh.

Here'st he finished product:

I think that I've decided that I am not going to put a border on this one and potentially give it as a baby quilt. Those white stars really pop out at you don't they?

Happy sewing and don't forget to vote for Block 12 in the QCQAL!

QCQAL Block #11 -- Missouri Star

Just one more block to go -- go vote for it!

This week we are making Missouri Star blocks!

This is a pretty traditional block but a fun one nonetheless because you can integrate quite a number of different fabrics. Check out pin-spiration here!

I've developed a way to make this block using fast flying geese and I found that it worked GREAT. You don't have to cut the tiny triangles at all! I'm planning to post another more in-depth tutorial on this new method later this week.

One (1) 7 1/4 inch background square for fast flying geese
Four (4) 3 1/2 inch background squares

One (1) 4 3/4 inch square -- this is your center square -- fussy cut if you so desire!
Two (2) 3 7/8 inch squares -- cut each in half diagonally once, yielding four (4) triangles
Two (2) 4 3/8 inch squares in one color
Two (2) 4 3/8 inch squares in a second color

Using your 4 3/4 inch square and your pre-cut triangles -- sew long sides of triangles to the 4 3/4 inch square making sure to trim dog-ears as you go. Trim to 6 1/2 inches if necessary.

Using your four 4 3/8 inch squares, draw lines on two of the squares and make four half-square triangles. It is helpful for these blocks to press the seam open. Trim to 3 7/8 inches.

Draw diagonals on the backs of all four of your half-square triangles perpendicular to your seams. I did not draw over the seam itself.

Line up two of your half-square triangles atop of your 7 1/4 inch background square, just as in a typical fast flying geese method. You'll want to have one color at the corners (like my pink) and the other color at the center (like my yellow).

Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line and cut apart on the line and press.

Line up your remaining two half-square triangle units with the last two background corners with colors oriented in the same direction -- "pink" at the corner and "yellow" at the center.

Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line, cut apart on the line, and press.

Lay out your block as shown below.

Sew together, press, and trim if necessary!

Aren't you happy you didn't have to sew all those little triangles?

QCQAL Block #12 Voting and BONUS BLOCKS Announcement

It's the end! Click here to vote for the last block!

Little Bunny Quilts

Here are your final block choices -- you know the drill, click on the block for pin-spiration!

Since we WAY over-estimated the fabric necessary for blocks, I will be posting a block tutorial EVERY DAY the week of August 11th. 

You read that right! EVERY DAY! I'll be picking four blocks that didn't quite make it as winners and posting a tutorial for them so that if you want to make more blocks with your fabrics you can! 

Don't forget to follow Honey, Bunny, and Doll on Craftsy and Facebook -- we'll soon be posting setting tutorials on our Craftsy page for free for a variety of different sizes of 12 inch block sampler quilts so that you can start planning how to put your quilt together!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Stash Bee Block

This month Francine requested a wonky pinwheel block. I'd never made one before and it was very fun! I only had one section that I had to redo because it wasn't big enough.

Here's each of the blocks with one of the spokes sewn on each one:

Here's all 16 of the units trimmed and pressed:

Here's the finished block all put together:

Aren't these colors great?

Happy Thursday to you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

QCQAL Block Party #10

It's time to show off your blocks!

Little Bunny Quilts

Check out Mary's first nine blocks! They are so bright and fun -- love all of those polka dots!

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