It will be sad to say goodbye to purple. The month is almost over though, and it is time to start the last new color this year. I know some of you have an extra month planned, but it nice to have some time at the end to start turning some of those blocks into quilts. I know some of us also have catching up to do. Somehow the middle of this year really got away from me!
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
I was looking for something simple and straight forward tonight. I seem to say that every Tuesday lately. Bright hopes is on a basic nine patch (3 by 3) grid. The thing that makes it different is the use of a partial seam at the beginning to allow a wrap around effect.
Sew from the end of the top rectangle back to the place where you started.
Open it up and press to that all the seams go outward toward the purple rectangles. I think the whole block took about 5 minutes to make. Super quick one today! Enjoy.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Most of the patterns I have seen for Card Trick blocks are a combination of flying geese, half square triangles, and quarter square triangles. It is a cute block,but it seemed like a lot of work to deal with all of those diagonal seams. This version relies on squares and rectangles. Then by setting it on point, it conveys a similar effect.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Off to a late start this morning! I slept in late and then we walked the dog through the howling wind. Humberto is supposed to head out to sea, but it is windy right now. We retreated quickly from the stinging sand on the beach. Sounds like a perfect reason to stay in and sew. Last weekend I finished off the purple bin. It is waiting with the orange bin for some foam board for the base that I keep trying to remember to bring home from school.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
I'm stuck on one inch strips again. Something about the math for this size block just makes it so easy. Tiny pieces, but simple math. Start with 5 purples and one or more background fabrics.
1 5 inch strip
2 4 inch strips
2 3 inch strips
2 2 inch strips
2 1 inch squares
I arranged mine from dark in the middle to lighter at the ends, feel free to mix it up to work with whatever scraps you have on hand.
From background fabric you will need the following lengths
4 2.5 inch strips
4 2 inch strips
4 1.5 inch strips
4 1 inch squares
I'm so glad to have a nice easy one tonight. School has been crazy. We are trying to squeeze in the three days missed from Dorian. Three labs in 2 days and there is stuff everywhere! I'll have to get it all cleaned up eventually, but for now it is happy chaos.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Thursday, September 5, 2019
I really could not get the Storm at Sea block out of my head after we got back from evacuation yesterday. I'm so thankful that Dorian was an out to sea even for those of us in Florida, though it was quite different in the Bahamas. Still watching and waiting for what will happen in the Carolinas after additional strengthening last night.
As far as I can tell, the Storm at Sea works on a four by four grid. That didn't really work with the Tiny Tuesday measurements, so I drew out a version with the center section based on 2.5 inches and each of the edges 1 inch. That all adds up to the 4.5 finished inches we need for TT.
With seam allowances, each small corner is 1.5 inches. Each rectangular edge is 1.5 by 3. The center square is 3 inches. I was trying to work out a plan for getting the entire thing done with flip and sew corner squares, but the rectangular sections would be tricky I think. Instead I decided to go with paper piecing. This is also a block that would work well with English Paper Piecing or even hand sewing.
You can choose to use templates with or without seam allowances. No seam allowances means you have "imagine" the extra quarter of an inch as you sew, but also that there is less paper to remove from under seams later.
Using the templates with seam allowances makes it easier to make sure your sections are big enough, but also leads to lots of paper later. I chose this method, though I had regrets during the paper removal process at the end.
The choice is yours.
Paper piecing template 1 - no seam allowances
Paper piecing template 2 - with seam allowances
Here is your finished nine patch. If you have never tried paper piecing before, this is a great chance to give it a try. They are just scraps after all, what is the worst thing that can happen?
We walked the beach this morning and saw lots of erosion, but no structural damage was apparent. Still watching as Dorian moves to the north and hoping for a favorable track.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
This morning we made it out between rain bands to take the dog on a nice long walk. I got a kick out of this nesting hawk sign along the way. Sydney wants to go to Shake Shack for lunch. We ended up on our third try at a very nice hotel in the heart of the tourist zone. We had reservations at a Quality Suites to start, but it was scary! We went to our room and turned right around and walked back out while I started calling for new reservations. That was after we evacuated earlier thinking that the storm would be here days ago. So many new adventures! I feel really lucky to be here. So far everyone is happy and willing to go along with the ever changing plans depending on what the weather decides to do.