Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ann Marie's April blocks

Here is my blog post for my blocks for my Flickr group We Bee Learning. Read the numbers in the directions, not how many you see............as my pics were taken while doing only 1 block, and you are making 2...........I realized my mistake towards the end. :D

We will be using purple and white fabrics. White can be solid white or whites on white. Purples, scrappier the better, the only thing, is too avoid really light purples because they will blend with the white too much. As seen in this first pic

 These were pulled out and NOT used because they had too much color of something else.

 This is the pile of medium and darks I used.

So go gather your scraps and lets get started.

There are 3 parts to make this block. For cutting you will need:
purple strings
10 - 2 5/8 inch purple squares
4 - 2 5/8 inch white squares
4 - 4 1/4 inch white squares
16 - 2 3/8 inch purple squares
8 - 2 X 3 1/2 inch white bricks
4 - 2 inch white squares

Lets get started.

First off we are going to make 4 string blocks. I use pages out of a phone book to make mine. You will start with 5 3/4 inch squares, you will need 4 of them.
Now gather your purple scraps and either use your scrappy strips or cut some up. Because these are on the smaller size, I would try to stay with strips between 3/4 inch and 1 3/4 inch strips. They do not have to all be the same size, they don't even have to be straight. They can measure 1 1/2 on one end and only be 3/4 on the other end that is fine. I did use all the same size on mine, well because I was on a time crunch and too lazy to look for other sizes. I won't lie. I was lazy. I will have about 30 or more of these blocks to make even after I get all of yours so I will mix them all up.

First you take two strings right sides together and line up the seam line going corner to corner on your paper and stitch.  

Open up the two pieces and add another one, making sure it covers the paper.
Now you can press and stitch again thru the paper if you want, I personally only stitch thru the paper the first seam, so I only have one seam to tear the paper off from when I am done. I just fold it so I can judge where to put the strip, then fold the paper out of the way.
 In this next photo I am making sure my string is wide enough to cover the paper, then I flip the paper out of the way, and stitch.
Do what you are comfortable with. Now you will stitch that next one and the next one and so on till your paper is full on both sides.

Now remove the paper and now we need to press, when I lay my blocks down seams up, there is usually a centerish string that is laying flat, I let that be my guide, In this photo it is the dark purple one with the swirls. Press all the seams above it up and the ones below it down, it doesn't really make a difference. You can press them all one way if you want to, as well.

Flip them over and press again from the top.

Now we need to trim these blocks, You will line up your 45 degree line on your ruler going in the direction the strings are going. (It won't always fall on a seam) We are going to trim these to 5 1/2 inches. So make sure your square ruler has fabric under it all the way around that 5 1/2 inch mark before trimming the first two sides,
 then flip it around and trim the other two sides.

 Now you should have 4 blocks like this.

Now we are going to cut them in half, going in the opposite directions of the strings like this.
You should now have 8 halves, set them aside. To make them really scrappy, you can use one from each string block to make the final block. I know I am only showing half of what you need, because I couldn't do math in the wee hours of the morning, and I had to go back and make some more than what is pictured.

Lets move on to part 2 of this block. We are going to make simple 9 patches, with the purple making the plus sign in the middle, and the white being in the 4 corners. You will need your 8 white 2 5/8 inch squares, and your 10 purple 2 5/8 inch squares.  Go scrappy!
 Set them like this to sew together, and stitch away.

I pressed my seams to the purple and away from the white. Here they are after the final pressing.

 Now double check your size they should be an oddball size of 6 7/8 inch square. If they are not, it is in your seam allowance.

Now we need to combine parts 1 and 2.Stitch a string to opposite sides. Making sure to leave the ends of the string pieces hanging off the 9 patch block.Very important.
Then stitch the other sides on, it should look like this, going thru the machine.
Notice those points hanging off, your stitch line will go right into the nitch.
Now you will have this.
They should measure 9 1/2 inches at this point. Speaking of points, you should have a 1/4 inch from those white points to the edge. Make sure you do, so  you don't cut them off in the next step.

Onto part 3, we are almost done.  We are going to make flying geese. My favorite way to make them is the no waste method. Which I found here a long time ago.   It is the only way I make them anymore.  You will need 4- 4 1/4 white squares and 16 - 2 3/8 purple squares,
When the geese are made you will also need the 8 - 2X3.5 inch white bricks and 4 -  2 inch white little squares to put it all together.

First you take the purple squares and draw lines from corner to opposite corner on the wrong side of the fabric. Then you take the big white square 4 1/4 inch, and put 2 purple squares 2 3/8 inch on them like this,

so the lines line up. The purple squares need to be lined up on the outer edges of the white squares, and will overlap in the middle. You will stitch scant 1/4 inch seam on BOTH sides of the drawn line, I chain piece them, and when I get to the end of the 4 pieces, turn them around at the needle and stitch the other side of the line.

Then after both sides of the lines are stitched, you will cut them in half ON the line from corner to corner.
Then press the purple triangles open, and it looks like a heart. Now you will put another purple square in the white corner with the drawn line going from the white corner to between the two purple points you just pressed open like so.
 Stitch on both sides of the lines again on all the pieces, cut them in half ON the line, right down the middle just like you did earlier,
and press the purple open. Now you should have 16 flying geese units. Yeah my math is correct.

Now you want to add a 2 inch by 3 1/2 inch white brick between two flying geese units, making sure the points of the geese are going the same way. You will have 8 strips. On 4 of the strips you will add the 2 inch white corner stones to the ends of them, so now you will have 4 shorter strips, and 4 longer ones with the corner stones on them.

Stitch the shorter ones on opposite sides on each of the blocks that has the 9 patch and strings on it, with the white points on the geese facing the center of the block.
Be careful stitching these on, you have 3 points you need to watch so you don't stitch off your points, 2 on the flying geese, and 1 on the corner of the 9 patch. Now stitch the longer ones on watching your 3 points, and nesting those seams at the corner stones and press.
Now you are all done. I hope you had fun making these blocks, I am going to make me a king size quilt using these. You might notice some of my purples look pink, but when they are put next to pinks, they look really purple, so don't stress over which color purple to use. Think bright, fun, and cheery and have fun. If you have any questions, ask away.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Catching up on the mystery

I am grand dog sitting right now so I am actually getting a lot of sewing done each night while we go hang out in the sewing room so dear hubby can bring our 4 dogs inside and keep them downstairs. We have one with a mean streak so they can't all be together. What a chore this is turning into. So me and Apollo get a lot of sewing done. My sewing table is counter height and he jumps on top just like a cat. So I have a piece of fabric up there for him to lay on, and he usually takes a nap after a couple minutes of catch the bear that I found, and pushing all my pieces onto the floor. Isn't he a cutie.

 I did manage to get a lot of HSTs done for clue one,

 lots of strip sets for clue three, and bunches of blocks too.
 now working on making the blocks for clue one.

Haven't even started on clue two yet, will get to that soon I am sure. Daughter came back today for three days, then she is gone again for another week

I am linking up over at QUILTVILLE so come on over and link up too!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery

Well it is that time of the year again when Bonnie Hunter puts out her free mystery quilt a long. So far 2 clues have been posted with clue three coming out in the morning. I finally decided to go with Bonnie's colors, after I changed my mind about 20 different times. I started the HST's on Tuesday and cut and sewed till I realized I stitched about 20 with an empty bobbin, then I called it a night. Wednesday I went and finished all those up.

Cut out the squares to go with them.

Then stitched out 2 sample units for the heck of it. Still wondering if I should have went with the original colors of switching out the pink for purple, and the yellow for gray. Oh well, there is always the next quilt.

It is sooooooooooo nice to finally be back in the sewing room after such a long hiatus.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Panama City Quilt Show 2014 part 2

Here is the continuation of the picks from our quilt guild annual quilt show today, and it will be tomorrow also.You can see Part 1 HERE. I hope you enjoy all the eye candy. The pictures and then the credits...............
This first one, was my favorite FUN quilt I think. I just LOVED all the funky chickens!!!!!

 The quilting is EGGS!!!!

This one was interesting as it was a family tree. I love family trees done differently.


I should have taken some upclose pics of this next quilt below. It was gorgeous and lots of work too.

I LOVED the Panto used to quilt this flower basket one
Here is an upclose, see all the flowers!!!!

This is our Opportunity Quilt this year, well part of it that you can see. It is drop dead gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well I hope you enjoyed all the wonderful pics, wish you all could have been here.