May 2017

2017 Block of the Month - June

 by thequiltingpatch on 29 May 2017 |
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JUNE?? Really? Where does the time go.... Before we go too much further, its time to remind you to make sure you have enough of your background fabric to use for the plain borders.  I did talk about this in the fabric reqs at the very beginning of this project - so this is just a timely reminder if you havent because you'll be running out of lenghthy background soon! Here's what I said...  "Fabric requirements... I designed this quilt to use scraps, fat quarters, etc. If you choose just 5 or 6 prints and a background, that will work too! The background will require around 4.5 m according to EQ7.  If you want to cut off the long borders first then cut off 2.1m of fabric  First border - cut 4" Second border - cut 6" Set these aside for later, you can now use the remaining background fabric in your blocks" This Months block is called Ornate Star. Here is the key and rotary cutting instructions for this block..  So reading off the "map" of our block  A - 2 7/8 " Squares ,cut once on the diagonal to yield 2 triangles  ( background) B - 5 1/4" Squares, cut twice on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles (background, main and accent) C - 4 1/2" squares ( 1 in accent colour) D - 3 3/8" squares ( 4 in accent colour) Putting this block together should be a breeze - you all seem to be coping really well with the general construction so far.  Its made in rows, like many of the other blocks.  Here is the layout.  Here are my sewing pics for the units .. These are made like last months block  - ( pin the edge you want to sew and you wont muck it up) Then join them together and your star points are made. Youll be making 4 like this. The other 4 blocks are "square in a square" blocks.  Once you have them made, grab your centre square and start making rows. And the finished block... Next months block is a similar construction. Heres a look at it.  Its the same block, without the detail in the corners.  Lets see who gets it made before I put the instructions up....  

A mini blog about mini's

 by thequiltingpatch on 14 May 2017 |
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It seems the thought of attempting the mini EPP project is high on the list of "things I'll do when Ive lost my mind". Im here to tell you its not all that bad. Once you've opened the packaging and had a little freak out about the size of the pieces, make a coffee ( probably NOT a wine) and gather your supplies. You'll need some fabrics and a glue pen. ( I use the Sewline glue pen)  If you are going to make the La Passacaglia Mini, the only pieces that are relatively easy to fussy cut are the largest pentagon and the 5 point star. I know what tenacious quilters are like though, so I can't wait to see who takes up the challenge and fussy cuts all the smaller pieces now that I have almost said it cant be done.  Separate all the pieces of your crazy puzzle, and place them with the scraps of fabric you are going to use. Ziplock bags are handy here.  Start by putting a dab of glue of the wrong side of the fabric and stick each piece down, leaving a seam allowance around the edge of each piece.   Give them a couple of minutes to dry. Have a sip of wine ( NO, I mean coffee ) Cut them out leaving a seam allowance around all three sides. Swipe a line of glue along one of the seam allowances and then finger press it to the plastic edge quite firmly, making sure you get a good sharp line.  Repeat the process with the other sides By now you'll be having one of those " I think I can actually do this" moments. The little star tips ( or isosceles triangles) that you see pictured are the smallest and  fiddliest pieces in the La Passacaglia Mini Kit. If you can cover those with fabric then you've done the hardest part.  Keep using the glue pen to cover the rest of your shapes.  You can see they fit quite well.  "But what about the sewing?" I hear your cry.. Well honestly I didn't do anything spectatularly different. I use a magnifying lamp to do handwork and that will help in this case, but it isnt essential.  The enormous amount of satisfaction that comes from completing one of these little gems far outweighs the few fiddly sewing moments involved in its construction.  And you can always look on the brightside - the seams are so much smaller that they take less time to sew!!! I hope this helps and that you have fun sewing your mini. xx  

2017 Block of the Month - May

 by thequiltingpatch on 03 May 2017 |
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It's well and truly cooling down here in Australia. May is here and there is a definite colour change going on all around us. My favourite colours are rusts, so I couldnt be happier.  Hopefully the cooler weather sees you all getting stuck into your sewing projects. This Months block is called Cross and Crown. Here is the key and rotary cutting instructions for this block..  Notice that I haven't numbered all the pieces? I have purposefully done this - my hope is that any of you who are beginners will by now be gaining an insight into how to "deconstruct" blocks and shouldn't need me to number every single section. So reading off the "map" of our block  A - 2 7/8 " Squares ( 4 background, 1 colour) B - 3 5/8" squares,  cut twice on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles ( 2 background, 2 colour) C - 5 1/4" x 2 7/8 " rectangles ( 4 background) D - 5 5/8" squares,  cut once on the diagonal to yield 2 triangles ( 2 in colour) Once you have all your cutting done, the first step in this block is to make the "BB" units that attach to the side of the corner A squares. Now I can't tell you how many times I have mucked up the sewing of this simple little block simply by sewing the wrong edge! So here is my trick.  Lay the pieces together for sewing and pin into the edge you are going to sew along. It seems like such a basic idea, but I can't rate it highly enough. Then when you pick the pieces up and sew you can't accidently turn them around and sew the wrong edge.  On this particular unit, sewing the wrong edge ( the long edge in this case) turns your finished unit into a half square triangle! Not what we want.  Instead we want these guys - and we need 4 of each colouring. ( 8 in total)  Congratulations-  you are now passed the trickiest part of this months block.  Next you grab an A square ( one of the background ones) and attach to one edge,  one of the triangle units we just made. Press the seam outward, trim any dog ears off. Now we use the second triangle block we made ( in the alternate colouring) and attach it to the adjacent edge  Ta Da!!! Ok the rest of this block is easy now. You simply attach the " D" HST units you cut in the very beginning to these newly made HST's. This creates the squares for the four corners. Throw in your sashings and a cornerstone an you have a block! As always yell out if you need help.  Until next month, Danni x  

2017 Block of the Month - April

 by thequiltingpatch on 03 May 2017 |
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Hooray! Its April... This Months block is based on the "square in a square" block.  Here is the key and rotary cutting instructions for this block..  Im sure you have noticed already that there are no letters on the HST ( half square triangles)  on the corners. They are all A pieces For a change we are going to make the HST using  the quick HST method, something we havent done yet.  So here are the cutting instructions  A - 2 7/8 " Squares( 6 background, 6 colour) DONT CUT THEM INTO TRIANGLES B - 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 " rectangles ( 4 background) C - 4 7/8" squares,  cut once on the diagonal to yield 2 triangles ( 4 in colour) D - 4 1/2 " square (1 in colour) E - 5 1/4" squares,  cut twice on the diagonal to yield 4 triangles ( 4 in colour) This is a fairly straight forward block to construct - it all starts in the centre of the block with the D square. This month, Ive taken photos of my block as it comes together.  So we begin by sewing two triangles (E) to the side edges of our centre square (D) Seems pretty straight forward? Here the important thing is to line up the triangle tips evenly over the edge of the square.there should be a little over a 1/4 inch poking over the edge. Once that is pressed, take your remaining E triangles and attach them to the other centre square edges.   So we now have a square in a square. Trim off the dog ears where the seams meet. Now we repeat that process with the C triangles, to get a square in a square in a square! Put that to one side now - we are going to make the HST units.  Take the 12 ( total) A squares and match each background square up with a coloured square.  On one of the pair, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. I chose my black background as its easy to see. Now take the pairs to the sewing machine, facing the squares right sides together, sew a 1/4 inch away from the marking. Repeat with all 6 pairings. Now we turn those squares around and sew 1/4 inch away from the marking beginning at the opposite corner.  Once you have finished sewing you can cut on the sewn line. Each pairing will yield 2 x HST to use in your block. You need 12 x HST in total.  Putting the block together is quite simple.  The side edge units are made by attaching a HST to both short edges of the rectangle B Once you have these two made you can go ahead and pin them to the sides of your centre square in a square unit.  The top and bottom rows of our block are made in a similar way, except we need two HST units on each short end. Make sure that you have the HST colourings in the right place by using the colour pic as your guide. And Voila! You are finished with April.  You can spend the rest of the month catching up with the alternate blocks if you havent made them already!  
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