This block is meant to be set straight in the finished quilt. A PDF file is available.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019
We got a bit carried away with the refinishing of floors after I experimented a bit and realized I could lay down a new layer of polyurethane without completely removing the old. So here is the master bedroom with newly shiny floors.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
I am working on a block for Tiny Tuesday, but it isn't quite done yet. I have a template ready, but need in progress pictures and more detailed instructions. I'll be able to work on it in the morning when I can get back to my machine again. I actually went back to the new house this evening expecting to have some sewing time, but the smell of fresh polyurethane had me laying down the next coat and heading back to the old house again. The freshly finished floors are so shiny! I'll take pictures tomorrow. We are doing it in phases so that we can still get things done in other rooms while the fresh floors have a chance to cure fully.
While all of that is happening, I'll also go back and revisit directions for last week's block as sadly, I was informed it was a quarter inch too small. Also the number of background squares was off. I'll get those fixed so that everything turns out as it should. Thanks so much to everyone who is proofreading for me and letting me know when my math is off. It is a bit of a crazy time right now, but I see sewing in my future. Our two houses will be merged fully within the next couple of weeks and the old house will be someone else's new house before the end of the month.
Link to block directions so far.
Print out the template from the google document provided.
Cut out the template and gather 8 scraps of dark blue fabric.
Continue folding and trimming before each new wedge is added.
Prepare a smaller quarter circle from the template and applique it on top of the fan blades. You could also just trim this edge with a quarter in seam allowance just like the outside edge, I just thought the dimensional effect would be nicer if the center was visually on top.
In case you don't like applique, you can also use curved piecing to sew the three pieces together. I have been known to do curved piecing from time to time, but maybe not on this scale. The choice is yours!
This block will be set straight in the finished quilt.
Here is a link to the PDF version
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019
It is almost June. I hope you have managed to make a dent in your orange scraps. Start to think about tucking them away so that you can make room for the blue bin! Blue is a big color, so it is going to get 2 months. Start with the dark and navy blues this month and save the brights and lights for later.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
I was covering for another teacher this morning so that she could go to her daughter's 6th grade graduation. While I was watching her middle schoolers taking their final exam, I started sketching out some plans for a monarch butterfly block. I went through several iterations before settling on a simple flip and sew four patch variation.
You will need to cut:
From orange (wings):
2 rectangles each 3 by 2.5
2 squares each 2.5 by 2.5
From black (body and wingtips):
1 rectangle 1 inch by 3.5 inches
4 squares 1.5 inches (the photo only shows 2, but you will actually need 4)
From background fabric:
1 inch square
1 inch by 1.5 inch rectangle
2 squares - 1.5 inches
4 squares - 1.75 inches
Draw a diagonal line across the hypotenuse of each of the background squares except the one inch baby square. Also draw a diagonal line on the black wingtip squares.
In case you have trouble with flip and sew triangles, I can recommend leaving the background square in tact, at least until you are sure that the edges line up. Just use the orange square as your master sizing guide and trim away any extra of black or white that extends past the orange.
Place the body in the middle and sew one wing to either side. This is where everything would work out perfectly with a nice press. I'm sure my iron will turn up any day.