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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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