Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tiny Tuesday #8

Our guest designer today is Mari from Academic Quilter.  You probably remember her from last year's Squared Away sampler.  Today she has made a lovely tiny yellow flower block for us all to enjoy.  Here is a link to the PDF file for those who are saving the patterns.  This one is to be set on the diagonal.  I've mostly finished updated the RSC19 Sampler tab if you are looking for all the blocks in one place.  I just need to make the PDF files for the past two weeks and update those last couple of links.  

Saturday, February 16, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday #6

And so continues the yellow.  It is a short month, but I am happy to say that it is also a long weekend.  My dear husband is away helping his dad to move, my youngest daughter is having a sleepover after a lacrosse tournament and my son is away always during robotics season.  That leaves just me and the sewing machine that I was finally able to pick up after repairs.  Can't wait to finally fire it up again.  I am looking forward to many more yellow blocks up on my board before next week.


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tiny Tuesday #7

More 3 x 3 blocks are here this week.  I just couldn't put the 2 inch squares away without making a few more blocks.
First up is an Ohio Star that I saw on Quilting on the Crescent a couple of weeks ago.  So cute!  Generations Quilt Patterns has a perfect tutorial in their quilt patterns library.  Start with 2 3 in squares in yellow and in background.  Use the same draw a line and sew on either side method we used last week, but then repeat with the finished half square triangles to make quarter square triangles.  You will need to square them up to a 2 inch size as they are slightly oversized.  Do this twice to make 4 required half square triangle units.  Fill out your necessary nine units 2 inch squares, 4 background color and one yellow.  
Here is your 3 by 3 layout
And finally, your finished block!
Next up is a Friendship Star.  It uses exactly the same sub-units as the churn dash from last week, but with the triangles rotating around the center square.
It is a quick an simple variation on a theme.
Choose your favorite from the pair or feel free to make both blocks if you are hoping for a bigger quilt.  These blocks are set straight.  I promise I'll branch out a bit next week.  We can be done with the three by three grid for now..

Saturday, February 9, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday - Yellow Begins


And so begins the yellow month!  I'm off to a slow start as it has been quite a busy week at work.  I made my Tiny Tuesday blocks of course, and dug out all the existing yellow bit I had left over from last year.  I also cut a nice stack of squares for sprouts and framed nine patches, but they have not made it all the way through to the end yet.  I hope that you are all finding some time to sew.  Misterlinky is below, please share your progress so far. 
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tiny Tuesday #6 - Nine Patch and Friends

Nine patches are the ultimate all-purpose grid for quilt blocks.  It also just so happens that it is a size that works out beautifully for Tiny Tuesdays 5 inch blocks (4.5 inch finished).  Before you dismiss the humble nine patch, start to think about some of the classic quilt blocks that are built on a 3 by 3 grid.  Churn Dash.  Ohio Star.  Friendship Star.  The list could go on.  I'll show you the basic nine patch first and then Shoo Fly, which is a nine patch with half square triangles in the corners.   
 Start with 9 2 inch squares.  I did 4 light and 5 dark, but you could reverse that for a slightly different effect.
 Lay the two inch squares out in an alternating pattern.
 Stack row two onto row 1, right sides together.  Chain stitch the tree pairs together, keeping them joined.
 Open row 1 and 2 and sew the third block to the end of each block in row 2.  The webbing really helps to make sure all the blocks stay in the right order.
 You can press now or later.  I did it now so that you could see the seams pressed toward the dark fabric.  This will allow the seams to nest nicely.
 Press your final block while you ponder all the variations you could whip up starting with this simple block.
 Shoo Fly is another nine patch block.  Just with half square triangles in the corners.  There are so many ways to make a half square triangle.  I usually use my handy dandy easy angle ruler for large batches, but for just 4 HSTs, sewing larger squares along the diagonal and then trimming them to size seemed easier.  You will still need 5 2 inch squares (1 dark and 4 light).  In addition you will need 4 2.5 inch squares ( 2 dark and 2 light).  I had 3 inch squares on hand, so I used those.  They will be trimmed at the end, so the exact size isn't critical here.  The rule  says to add 7/8 an inch to the finished size or 1 inch if you plan to trim them down.
 Draw a line on the back of both light squares.
 Place light and dark squares right sides together.  Sew a quarter of an inch from both sides of that line.  Use scissors or a rotary cutter cut on the drawn line.
 Square your 4 HST units up to 2 inches.
 Lay all 9 squares out with the HST units in each corner.  If you moved the HST units to the center of each side you could also make a friendship star right now.  If you replaced the light squares on the edges with a set made from 2.25 inch strips, you could make a Churn Dash.
This time I pressed away from the HST units in order to reduce bulk.  You may choose either block if you are on schedule for the 49 block quilt.  Feel free to make both if you are looking for more blocks.  This week is a diagonal setting.  

Saturday, February 2, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday #5 -- Sunshine Coming My Way

Look at how organized my yellow scraps are!  I almost hate to mess them up.  Almost.  I will need 2.5 and 2 inch squares along with enough pieces to make some Tiny Tuesday blocks.  Those will make a bit of a dent I hope.  Ryan is off at robotics all day and Sydney is at a sleepover, so it should be calm for the most part.  
I used up a ton of crumbs and orphans in this yellow scrap bin.  
 It makes such a nice addition to my slowly growing collection of rainbow scrap bins.  Wouldn't it be nice if someday I could get all my scraps to fit in these and downsize the ugly plastic drawers?  Time will tell. 
 I'm so happy to have a weekend!  We've been working to get our house ready to put up on the market and shopping for new houses on the weekend.  We put an offer something we thought would be perfect and then got outbid by snowbirds paying cash.  That happens a lot around here.  Then they got cold feet and almost backed out, which gave us hope again, but I think they've officially closed now so we can move on from that.  We have our eye on another property now that is in terrible shape, but we think it would be fun to redo it.   While all of that is going on, we are slowly working on getting our house ready.  I cleaned the grout in the kitchen.  It is so shiny and clean!  That is just one on a long list though. 
Digging in to the yellow scraps will definitely go first on the list.  I could use a bit of sunshine and happy right now.