Sunday, 21 January 2018

Medallion Quilt Block 11

Next block up is Cross Points. It is a variation of a Sisters Choice block.

Cross Points

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

 All seams allowances are 1/4''

Cutting:

Dark fabric:          A  2- 2 1/2'' x 3''
                             B   1- 2 1/2'' x 7 1/2''
Medium fabrics:  C   4-  3'' x  3''
                             D  8-  3'' x 3''
Background Fabric: E 4- 3'' x 7 1/2'' 
                                 F 4- 3'' x 3''

Step 1:

1. Using piece 1 A and 2 C's. With right sides together sew the C squares to an A square. Press seams to the dark fabric. See diagram 1a.
2. Make 2. 
3. Using the units you just made sew them to the long side of B. Press. See diagram 1b.
4. This makes a  7 1/2'' square for the center.

diagram 1
Step 2: 

1. Draw a line diagonally on all  D's. See diagram 2a.
2. Using  background fabric piece E and 2  D squares.
3. Place D on  E matching corners and with right sides together sew on the drawn line. 
4. Trim a 1/4'' from the sewn line, on the outside corner. See diagram 2b. Repeat on the other corner. 
4. Press seams to dark side. 
5. Make four.

diagram 2

Step 3

1. Sew a background fabric F square to both ends of two of the units from step 2. See diagram 3.
2. Press seams towards F.

diagram 3

Step 4

1. Join rows together as per diagram 4.
2. Press in directions of arrows.

diagram 4


You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Black and White Finish

A finish! I love this piece! It was my entry for the Splash of Colour QAL hosted by Myra@Busy Hands Quilts. I won the grand prize! I was shocked when Myra notified me that I was the winner. Thank you Myra!

cold but sunny photo shoot this morning
 I quickly and I mean quickly went out this morning to get some pictures it is -12 Celsius but feels like -21 brrrrrr. A big change from yesterday morning when it was +12 and raining.

The pop of green brings this piece to life. Being as green is my favourite colour it makes my heart sing. You can read more about the piecing here

flimsy

I didn't add the ring of black and white around the compass before adding the white corners. I'm saying it was a design choice at the time and not that I may have forgotten to add it. Yup design choice! You can read about my pattern choice here

original pattern choice


I was uncertain as how to quilt this piece. I knew I wanted straight line quilting in the compass points, other than that not sure. Once I started quilting it came together and I am happy with it. I used Aurifil #2692 on the black and white, Aurifil #2024 on the white and for the green Aurifil # 1231. I used Quilters Dream cotton as I like how it hangs in a wall hanging.

straight lines in the white, curves for the black and white dots and in the green

I like feathers, and quilted them in the white corners.

feathers and a swirl for the corners

My backing was pulled from my stash, it is Shabbylicious by fabsraps. I am not certain how long this piece resided in my stash. 



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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Memory Quilt

I was asked by a cousin, Diane, to help make a memory quilt. The family wanted to give it to their mother for Christmas. I designed a simple layout idea, using pieces from shirts for the flying geese.

design for memory quilt

The four patches we made from his hankies and his hunting cap. I don't think younger people use hankies any more. Diane quickly made the flying geese and four patches. 

four patches from hankies

The family gave us a variety of items they wanted in the quilt. Items like his suspenders, shirts, tie, fishing lure (my hubby removed the hooks), photos and crests.

shirt front with suspenders attached, a t-shirt from prostrate cancer run which his son participated in. The trees were made from pieces of his hunting cap.
The shirt front complete with placket, pocket and suspenders was incorporated into one of the blocks. A t-shirt for another block.

Trapunto stitching for his name

After Diane put the top together, I did the quilting. I used trapunto quilting for his name with feathers on each end. 
hearts and loops surround the couples wedding picture

I quilted the background with loop de loops and couldn't resist adding some hearts around the wedding picture. 

the complete quilt 
I used his tie in the blocks with his children's pictures. The tie that binds so to speak. Diane did the binding thankfully, no hand sewing for me. Yeah!

The family was pleased and their mother loved the quilt.






Sunday, 24 December 2017

A Couple Finishes and Season's Greetings

The presents are all wrapped and under the tree, waiting for the little ones to arrive. One more sleep than my family will all be here, I sound as anxious as a kid waiting for Santa to arrive. Today will be a day of prep for tomorrows big meal. I can smell it already.

My oldest son wanted a 150 quilt, and being the great mom I am I got to work and made him one. Of course no advance notice and only two weeks to make it before Christmas.

150 Canadian quilt

I started with the panel of the Mountie and parliament buildings from Northcott fabrics. The flag panel on the bottom and the cream and black fabrics are also from Northcott. I decided to border the Mountie panel in black and build from there. As my DIL is tall I needed the length. I bordered the flag panel in red and added it to the bottom. Made a few flying geese, well maybe more than a few actually 52. They are 3'' x 6''. A couple more borders and it was a good size 52'' x 74''.

One thing I did learn panels are not square and require careful cutting to make them appear straight and square, but that top except for the geese flew together.

I outline quilted the Mountie, parliament buildings and flag and did loop de loops in the background. Quick and easy quilting. I did more back and forth lines around the geese and ghosted in geese in the geese border. Ribbon candy in the red borders and the final cream border I did figure eights.

ghosted geese that don't show in the picture so well
I should have taken more pictures before wrapping the quilt up. Red and black are the worst colours for picture taking.

Next up was a Christmas stocking for his daughter, she is 9 months old. I have made all my grandchildren a stocking the year they were born. Here is hers. 

Christmas stocking complete with bling.
Now to get down to making desserts. 

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Medallion Month 12

This months block is an Irish Chain Block. The Irish Chain quilt pattern is one of the oldest and most popular quilt patterns. Barbara Brackman believes the Irish Chain quilt pattern was developed in America in the early 1800s. She states that 1814 is the earliest known date for this pattern.
The Irish Chain is a great quilt for beginners, it's all strips and squares. However I have added HST's to the corners.

Irish Chain Block
Cutting:
Dark fabric:       A  2-  4'' x 4''  
                   B   1- 4 3/4'' x 4 3/4''
Medium Fabric:     C   1- strip 2'' x33'' 
Background Fabric: D  2- 4'' x 4''  
                   E  1- strip 2'' x33'' 
                   F  2- 4'' x 4''

Step 1:
1. On the back of both piece D draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. As per diagram 1a.
2. Place the square on top of piece A. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. As per diagram 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. As per diagram 1c.
4. Press HST's to dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
6. Make 4.


diagram 1

Step 2:

1.Sew strip C and E right sides together. As per diagram 2.
2. Press seam to dark side.
3. With rotary cutter and ruler straighten up one end. 
4. Cut 16 2'' x 3 1/2'' pieces. As per diagram 2.

diagram 2
5. Using the pieces you just cut, lay face up with darker square at top. Place another piece on top right sides together and darker square at bottom. As per diagram 3a.
6.Nestle seams and sew a 1/4'' seam. As per diagram 3b.
7. Swirl center seam and press.
8. Trim to 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''.
9. Make 8.
10.  Sew two 4 patch units together, matching dark squares at top using a 1/4'' seam.
11. Make 4.

diagram 3

Step 3

1. Cut F in half diagonally. You should have 4 pieces.
2. Finger press a vertical and horizontal fold in piece B.
3. Place piece F right sides together on piece B matching point of F to crease line on B. See diagram 4.
4. Sew using a 1/4'' seam.
5. Open the seam and finger press. Do not use your iron or you will loose the crease lines.
6. Repeat with the other 3 sides of B.
7. Press and trim to 6 1/2'' x 6 1/2''.

diagram 4

Step 4

1. Sew units together to make rows. Sew rows together to make Irish Chain Block. See diagram 5.

diagram 5

You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store. To go to the newest pattern, on the right side of the Craftsy page click on sort by and select Newest.


I hope everyone is having fun making their blocks. I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

There are two blocks left to make for the Medallion Quilt.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Splash of Colour Progress

I am loving how my Splash of Colour project is looking. The little pop of green adds the wow factor. The Splash of Colour QAL is being run by Myra @ Busy Hands.  You can read more about my pattern choice here.

paper pieced units

I have had to fit this project in with other projects I'm working on. There were 16 of the white with black and white paper pieced units. I use freezer paper to do my paper piecing, no papers to rip off after. The black with white dots is a Cotton & Steele print, I only had a FQ and am now wishing I had more as I would have liked to use it as the binding.

one of 4 sections pieced
After piecing the sections I ran into a small snag. I didn't have enough of the white on white print background fabric. I knew I wanted white for the corner pieces. Not all whites are created equal and I finally decided a solid would be my best bet. I pulled out some Kona snow and think once I get the quilting done it will be a good fit.

Kona corners added although they are hard to see in this photo trust me they are there
Next big decision how to quilt it. At this point I don't have a clue as how I'm going to quilt it.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Medallion Quilt Month 11

The block this month is a variation of a star block. A simple change of colour lends itself to the Four Points block. We are again using the versatile HST, with the addition of squares.

Four Points Block

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

 All seams allowances are a scant 1/4''.

Cutting:

Background Fabric:
                          D   2-  3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
          E  4- 4'' x 4'' 
                          F  4- 31/2'' x 3 1/2''

Dark fabric:  
                         A   2- 4'' x 4''
                         B   2-  3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''

Medium fabric: 
                         C   2- 4'' x 4''

Step 1:

1. On the back of two piece E's draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. See diagram 1a.
2. Place the square on top of piece C. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See diagram 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See diagram 1c.
4. Press HST's to the dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
6. Make 4.

diagram 1

Step 2:

1. Repeat Step 1 using pieces E and A.
2. Make 4.

Step 3:
Center 4 patch

1. Stitch one B to D right sides together. Press to dark side. See diagram2a.
2. Make 2.
3. Stitch the two units right sides together nesting seams. See diagram 2b.
4. Press. Trim to 6 1/2'' x 6 1/2''.
 
diagram 2

Step 4:

1. Using the HST's from step 1 & 2, stitch with right sides together, see diagram 3a. Make 2.
2. Repeat make sure to reverse the HST's, see diagram 3b. 
3. Make 2.

diagram 3

Step 5:

1. Join rows. See diagram 4.

diagram 4

You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store. To go to the newest pattern, on the right side of the Craftsy page click on sort by and select Newest.


I hope everyone is having fun making their blocks. I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017