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2018 Block of the Month - Row 4

 by thequiltingpatch on 03 Dec 2018 |
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Remember me?? Now is the time to apologise for my disappearing act. Something happened. I think people were calling it 2018. It just flew past me, and here we are in early December. On the upside, Im feeling so guilty about this project that I'm quite determined not to take my foot off the pedal until its done! I spent my weekend catching up with the sewing and now have more rows to add. I could be lazy and just assume the cutting instructions off EQ8 are correct, but I'm not built that way. I like to test drive all my patterns to make sure they are going to work for you.  So lets kick off this easy row ( and I'm sure you need an easy one after row 3)  Row 4 is a row of flying geese blocks. Most people look at flying geese as a rectangular block of one "goose", however a flying geese block is actually two blocks that make a square. That is why you will see them sized as 2 x 4, 2.5 x 5, 3 x 6 and so on.  We need to make 12 flying geese blocks for each row, so 24 in total for the quilt.  Here are the cutting instructions for the blocks Flying geese units are very straight forward. Take care not to be too heavy handed with your iron, just let the weight of the iron do the work and you wont overstretch them. I would usually chain piece these, attaching all the left edges first, then pressing the lot and them attaching the right edge.  Again you are looking to have a 1/4" seam allowance between the geese so you dont cut off the apex of the main centre triangle when you join goose to goose.  And its that easy. Make all the geese up ( 48) and make two rows for your quilt, each consisting of 12 blocks (24 geese)  See you at Row 5 very soon...  

2018 Block of the Month - Row 2

 by thequiltingpatch on 03 Dec 2018 |
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Hello friends...  This next row is made up of 8 friendship stars ( remember there are two rows to make, and for those making it even larger, you may have to make more to increase the width of your quilt) The block is a simple one, the trickery involved is in getting the points right ie not cutting any off. Perhaps those of you who have been quilting a while might like to challenge themselves to get ALL their points right.  Here is the cutting instructions for the blocks This cutting follows the basic rule that if you want to make half square triangles, you always cut the squares 3/8 " larger than the size they will end up.  What I mean by that is the square you see above is 2 1/2" inches. The half square measurement is 3/8" larger ( 2 7/8" ) When the half square triangles are made up they will be the same size as the squares - 2 1/2" To sew these guys together is quite straight forward. In fact we covered this in last years BOM, so here's the link. There are plenty of good pictures showing the quick and easy way to sew half square triangles. Enjoy

2018 Block of the Month

 by thequiltingpatch on 01 Feb 2018 |
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Welcome to the 2018 BOM from The Quilting Patch.. It has been such a pleasure to watch all the 2017 quilts come together this last month. I'm so impressed by the quality of work and beautiful colour combos you have all come up with. I hope you have learnt something from the quilt and have just enjoyed the journey. I can't wait to get all the quilts together for a quilt show!!! When we got to the end of 2017, everyone was asking ... "what's next years' quilt Danni???" To be completely honest I was terrified at the thought of trying to take on another monthly project with the year I knew loomed ahead. In the 11 years I've had my shop, I don't think I've ever had such a busy calendar booked as we do for 2018. With the program of shows and advertising we have organised for the Eppiflex templates, I just kept thinking " I can't do this!!!"  And it's not because I'm worried about running out of time, it's mostly because I don't want to let anyone down. The thought of starting something I can't complete terrifies me. I don't know why - I have a sewing room busting with UFO's. I am, in fact, a firm believer that if you finish all your UFO's theres a good chance you will drop dead.  I occaisionally meet ladies who say " I only work on one project at a time". I know I should think that they are incredibly self disciplined, but really I think they are the daredevils of the patchwork world, laughing in the face of death. If I were them, I'd be afraid to leave the house between projects.  On the subject of death, there's the bucket list, and then there's the quilters bucket list. When you start learning patchwork ( and quilting for that matter) you realise very quickly that unlike other crafts, in patchwork there is a curriculum that never ends. There is just so much to learn and do that a bucket list forms quite easily. Its little wonder that patchwork has been proven to keep dementia away. There's simply too much to learn - who's got time for dementia?? Having said all that, I think I've made a quilt that will keep you guys busy this year and not give me any headaches. And it's one that always been on my bucket list... A seminole quilt. As you can see from the picture the rows will repeat and are mirrored from the centre out. There are 6 different rows to build - but you'll need to make 2 of 5 of them. For the more complicated rows, you'll be given 2 months to complete them ( also taking the pressure off me!) The quilt as pictured measures  48" x 64"  which is what I would call a lap size quilt. If you want to make a queen size quilt, just double the width of your rows, making them 96" and either repeat any rows that you enjoy making and add them in OR increase the plain sashing strips from 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" and add borders.  Here are the fabric requirements for the lap sized quilt that is pictured at the top. If you are going queen sized you'll need at least double this, plus any border fabric. I've included at the bottom other colourings you could use. The chart uses yards, just buy the same amount in metres, there isnt much difference. # this assumes that you are going to piece together the long plain sashing strips. If you want to cut them in one long strip along the length of the fabric them you will need to buy more to accomodate that. This will depend on what width you are making your quilt.  We are going to start right smack bang in the middle of this quilt. So let's get on with it... Our quilt starts with a Five Patch Chain.  In the original lap sized quilt you would make 6 of these blocks and they should measure 8" finished ( 8 1/2" ) You can strip piece it, or cut squares and sew them back together. If you are going to make all your blocks the same colouring, strip piecing is definately the way to go.  Here's the cutting chart and piecing guide. I design in EQ8. If you love computers and patchwork then EQ8 just the best. So from the info above, you know what your strip width OR square size is - 2 1/8". You can go ahead and strip piece using the coloured diagram as a guide too.  If youre unsure, let me confirm the strip sets for you... No 1    x 2 rows for each block No 2    x 2 rows for each block No 3    x 1 row for each block ( its the centre row) If you are making 6 different coloured blocks then your strip sets won't start out very long as the most you will need to cut them is 2 1/8 x 2 ( lets go to 4 1/2" to be safe) Once your strip sets are formed it is simply a matter of sewing the rows back together again, then joining the blocks together to form the row.  AS ALWAYS, please do contact me if you're not sure what to do or my instructions don't make sense.          

Makers Photo Album

 by thequiltingpatch on 30 Oct 2017 |
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 ​NSW, Australia So here they are - all your blocks... Pretty impressive I think. I have put the first name of each maker under the block, and which country they are from.  Have a block to share? You can post it on our facebook page or email it to me January Blocks Amelia, NSW, Australia Anne, Georgia, USA Rachel, NSW, Australia Jo, NSW, Australia Jan, NSW, Australia Maribeth, Missouri, USA Marj, NSW, Australia Kim, NSW, Australia Lana, NSW, Australia Jayne, NSW, Australia Maggie, NSW, Australia Christine, NSW, Australia Sandra, NSW, Australia Sharanne, NSW, Australia Sue, NSW, Australia ( two blocks) Trish, NSW, Australia Jacqui, NSW, Australia Jan, NSW, Australia Carolyn,  NSW, Australia Patricia,  NSW, Australia Betty, NSW, Australia Elayne,NSW, Australia Janet, NSW, Australia Jan, NSW, Australia Kirrilly, NSW, Australia Linda, NSW, Australia Leonie, NSW, Australia Lynette, NSW, Australia Sandy, Florida, USA February Blocks lia Anne, Georgia, USA Rachel, NSW, Australia Jan, NSW, Australia ​Marj, NSW, Australia Kim, NSW, Australia Lana, NSW, Australia Amelia,NSW, Australia Jayne, NSW, Australia Sandra, NSW, Australia Sharanne, NSW, Australia Jacqui, NSW, Australia Jan, NSW, Australia Jo, NSW, Australia Judy, NSW, Australia Maggie, NSW, Australia Patricia, NSW, Australia Sue, NSW, Australia Linda, NSW, Australia Carolyn, ​NSW, Australia Elayne, ​NSW, Australia Jan, ​NSW, Australia Leonie, ​NSW, Australia Lynette,​NSW, Australia Sandy, Florida, USA Cherylle, NSW, Australia March Blocks Maggie, ​NSW, Australia Carolyn,  ​NSW, Australia Christine,  ​NSW, Australia Dianne,  ​NSW, Australia Elayne, ​NSW, Australia Jan, ​NSW, Australia Jo,  ​NSW, Australia Lynette,  ​NSW, Australia Lana,  ​NSW, Australia Rachel,  ​NSW, Australia Sharanne,  ​NSW, Australia Cherylle, NSW, Australia Jan,NSW, Australia Judi, NSW, Australia Judith,NSW, Australia Kim,NSW, Australia Kirrilly,NSW, Australia Linda, NSW, Australia Trish,NSW, Australia Sandy, Florida, USA Patricia, NSW, Australia April Blocks Christine, NSW, Australia Cherylle, NSW, Australia Elayne, NSW, Australia Jan, NSW, Australia Janet, NSW, Australia Jayne, NSW, Australia Jo-Anne,  NSW, Australia Judi, NSW, Australia Kirrilly, NSW, Australia Lana,  NSW, Australia Linda  NSW, Australia Lynette  NSW, Australia Maggie, NSW, Australia Rachel, NSW, Australia Sharanne, NSW, Australia Trish, NSW, Australia Anne, Georgia, USA Maribeth, Missouri, USA Sandy, Florida, USA Judith, NSW, Australia Patricia, NSW, Australia Kim, NSW, Australia May Blocks Cherylle, NSW, Australia Elayne, NSW, Australia Jan,  NSW, Australia Jayne, NSW, Australia Jo-Anne,  NSW, Australia Judi,  NSW, Australia Kim, NSW, Australia Lana,  NSW, Australia Leonie,  NSW, Australia Linda,  NSW, Australia Christine,  NSW, Australia Maggie,  NSW, Australia Patricia,  NSW, Australia Trish,  NSW, Australia Maribeth, Missouri, USA June Blocks Trish,  NSW, Australia  Sue, NSW, Australia​ Patricia, NSW, Australia​ Marj, NSW, Australia​ Maribeth, Missouri, USA Maggie,  NSW, Australia​ Lana,  NSW, Australia​ Kim,  NSW, Australia​ Jo-Anne,  NSW, Australia​ Elayne,  NSW, Australia​ Christine,  NSW, Australia​  

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....  

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  
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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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