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Creating quilts is a way of expressing my creativity. I love the process of dreaming what a new project might look like once it is done and watching my vision come to reality.


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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Friendship Quilt Block Lottery "Primary Block"

 This tutorial has been created for my friends of the Cresent Quilters' group. Thanks for participating in this fun activity. I hope you enjoy making this block. The block you have chosen is the "Primary Block" of the quilt. The colorful fabrics in your kit are from a beautiful new fabric line by Moda called "Manderley"  If you are wondering where I got these block ideas and templates from, they came from a book called "Quilt Block Cookbook"  by Amy Gibson. I recommend this book if you enjoy making quilt blocks. It is full of great ideas for designing blocks and pairing up different blocks. The book is full of beautiful pictures.

Below is a sampling of some of the fabrics included in the kits. I can't wait to see all of the blocks you create!

The block you are creating is going to have this design.

Your $3 kit contains all of the following:
-All of the fabric needed to create this block
-Four templates for paper piecing.
-Two entry forms to win all of the blocks.

Once you have completed the block, bring it back to our Crescent Quilters' meeting along with your two completed entries. Once we have all thirteen of these "Primary Blocks" and all twelve of the "Complimentary Blocks" back we can have the draw. One lucky will win all of the blocks (enough to assemble a beautiful quilt). PLUS they will also win fabric for the binding of the quilt.

One attribute of friendship is TRUST. I trust that if you have purchased this $3 kit you will make the block. Your friends at Crescent Quilters' group are counting on you to turn it in so that the draw can be made!

Let's get started! The following directions are very detailed and the pictures should help you out.
1. Prepare your paper templates by cutting them out. Not right on the lines.  Cut about 1/4" beyond the outsides lines. 
2. Without thread in your sewing machine sew along the lines of your paper templates. (The line between 1 and 2 and the line between 1 and 3. No need to sew along the outer boarders) THIS IS IMPORTANT TO DO AS IT WILL ENABLE YOU TO TEAR AWAY THE PAPER TEMPLATE EASILY AT THE END.

3. Decide what fabric you want to use where.
Fabric "A" will be for the center square and flying geese that make up the star. 
Fabric "B" will be for the flying geese that shadow the star.
Fabric "C" will be for the bursts in the corners.

Cut your fabric:
From fabric A:
- Cut one square that is 4 1/2 " for the centre square.
- Cut eight squares that are 2 1/2" each. (to make flying geese)
From fabric B:
- Cut eight squares that are 2 1/2" each. (to make flying geese)
From fabric C: 
- Cut four squares that are 4 1/2" each.
From the white fabric:
- Cut eight rectangles that are 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" for the bursts.
- Cut eight 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles for making the geese.

4. Create the bursts:
Lay your 4 1/2" square of fabric C with the right side of the fabric facing down (wrong side facing you)

5. Place a paper template on top face up. Place a pin in it to hold them together.
6. Fold back the paper template along the perforated line between 1 and 2. Do another check. Is your fabric face down? This is important!
7. Place a ruler on top measuring 1/4" past the folded paper. Use a rotary cutter to cut the fabric.

8. Place a white rectangle down.
Carefully place the piece that you just cut on top, lining up the edge of the print fabric that you just cut with the long edge of the white rectangle.

Open up the perforated fold once again and put another pin in to hold all three layers together.



9. Time to sew. Set the stitch length on your sewing machine a little smaller than you normally would use for piecing. This will enable you to pull the paper off at the end without distorting your stitches. SEW EXACTLY ALONG THE LINE.

10. Iron open the seam that you have just sewn. (Notice you can see the paper square through the white fabric).

11. Go back to the cutting board. Place the piece with the paper facing up. Fold back on the perforated line between 1 and 3.
Place a ruler on top measuring 1/4" away from the fold. Use a rotary cutter to cut the 1/4" measurement.
12. Place another white rectangle down.
Place the piece with the edge you just cut on top, carefully lining up the just cut edge to the long edge of the white rectangle. Put a pin through all of the layers to hold them together.

13. Sew exactly on the line between 1 and 3.

Iron the seam you have just sewn open.

14. Place your piece on a cutting mat with the paper side up. Use a rotary cutter to cut exactly 1/4" outside the solid outside lines of the paper piece.
15. Carefully remove the paper from your pieced square.

LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL YOUR PAPER PIECED SQUARE IS!

16. Repeat all of the above steps three more times for your other corner pieces.

17. Time to make the flying geese units. (Using fabric B)
 You may make all 8  flying geese units at once or else make four at a time as shown in the pictures below. I like to sew them in a chain in order to speed up the process.

Place the 2 1/2" squares with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each square.


18. Place a square witha a diagonal line on top of each white rectangle as shown in the picture below. (The square is placed on the left hand side of the rectangle). Place a pin in it to hold it in place.

19. Sew exactly onlong the line.
20. Use a ruler to measure 1/4" away from your sewn line. Using a rotary cuttter cut at the 1/4" measurement. 
21. Press seam open with an iron.

22. Place the other 2 1/2" squares onto the right hand side of the white rectangle. Pin to hold.

23. Sew exactly along the lines again. Place a ruler on top to measure 1/4" away from the sewn line. Using a rotary cutter, trim at the 1/4" measurement.
24. Press seams open. Your units are now complete. If you have only made four units until now repeat to make four more with the other fabric. (Fabric A)
25. Pair up each flying geese unit with fabric A with a flying geese unit B. Look at the picture below to see how to pair them up and sew them together. Press your seams after sewing.
26. Sew all of your units together. Press your seams, and your block is done! The measurement should be 12 1/2" square. Square it up if necessary.

ADMIRE YOUR BEAUTIFUL WORK! 




Friendship Block Lottery "Complimentary Block"


The following tutorial has been created for my friends of the Crescent Quilters Group. Thank-you for participating in this fun, skill building activity. You will learn the basic concept of paper piecing by making this block. If you have never done paper piecing before don't worry this is a very easy paper piecing block. There are detailed directions in this tutorial that will help you through it. If you have done paper piecing before it is a good review of the skill. If you are wondering where I got these block ideas and templates from, my inspiration came from a book called "Quilt Block Cookbook" By Amy Gibson. I recommend this book if you love making quilt blocks. It is full of great ideas for designing blocks and pairing up different blocks. The book is also full of beautiful inspiring pictures.The idea of the "friendship block lottery" was my own idea that I thought up as a twist to last year's friendship blocks that we did.

One valuable triate of a friendship is TRUST. I trust that if you have purchased this kit you will make the block and return it. We cannot have the draw to pick a winner until all of the blocks have been returned. Have fun, I hope you enjoy making this block. GOOD LUCK! The draw will be exciting!

You will be making a block that looks like this.

The $2 kit you have purchased from me contains the following:

-All of the fabric required to make this block.
-Paper templates required to make this block.
-One official entry for the lottery draw.

Lets get started!

1. -Cut out your fabric: From the GREY fabric cut four squares that are 7" each.
From your WHITE fabric cut out eight rectangles the are 9" x 5."
- Cut out your FOUR paper templates. NOT RIGHT ON THE LINE. LEAVE A 1/4" EXTRA OUTSIDE OF THE LINE.

2. Without thread in your sewing machine sew along the lines of your paper templates. (The line between 1 and 2 and the line between 1 and 3) THIS IS IMPORTANT TO DO AS IT WILL ENABLE YOU TO TEAR AWAY THE PAPER TEMPLATE EASILY AT THE END.

3. Take your grey square fabric. Place it face down. The wrong side of the fabric must be facing you. Now take a paper template and place it face up on top of the grey square. Pin it in place.
 

4. Fold the paper back along the line between 1 and 2.

5. Use a ruler to measure 1/4" beyond the fold and then using a rotary cutter to cut at the 1/4" measurement.
















6. Place a white rectangle of fabric down. Now place the piece with the edge you just cut on top. Carefully line up the edge you just cut with the long edge of the rectangle.
 Lift back the folded paper and place another pin through all of the layers to hold in place.

7. SET THE STITCH LENGTH ON YOUR SEWING MACHINE A LITTLE SMALLER THAN YOU NORMALLY WOULD FOR PIECING. THIS WILL ENABLE YOU TO PULL THE PAPER OFF AT THE END WITHOUT DISTORTING THE STITCHES.

8. Sew exactly along the line between 1 and 2.

9. Press your seam open.

10. Fold back the paper on the line between 1 and 3.

11. Place a ruler on top measuring 1/4" beyond the fold of the paper. Using a rotary cutter cut along the 1/4" measurement.

12. Place another white rectangle down. Carefully place the piece you just cut on top, lining up the edge you just cut to the long edge of the white rectangle.
13. Lift the fold back up and carefully place a pin to hold all of the layers together.
14. Sew exactly along the line between 1 and 3.
15. Iron the seam open.
16. Using a ruler and a rotary cutter measure and cut exactly 1/4" beyond the outside perimeter line. (All four sides of the square)
17. Carefully pull off the paper.



 Admire your beautiful work!

18. Repeat this three more times.
19. Lay out the four pieces in the way that they need to be sewn together. Press your seams open as you piece them together. (So many seams converge in the centre of the block that it will get bulky if
you don't)

20. Beautiful! Your finished block should be 12 1/2".


Sunday, 24 April 2016

Finished mystery quilt

I quilted this on my home sewing machine. Used plaid fabric for the binding. Quite happy with how it turned out. Couldn't resist taking it outside for a couple of photos.


Sunday, 21 February 2016

Three Scrappy Mystery Quilts

I just finished putting these three quilts together. I have been participating in a mystery quilt along with the Cresent Quilters' group since September. I have had so much fun making these quilts. The directions were not for scrappy quilts but I really wanted to use up some scraps. In the end I was very happy with the results.




I can't decide which one is my favourite. I like each one of them for different reasons. Now I just have to work on quilting them!