Saturday, 26 August 2017

Say Hello to my new quilt pattern 'Squared Off'

I know it has been a little quiet on my blog. One of the things that has kept me occupied other than enjoying having my grandchildren around is a new quilt pattern.
I am thrilled to be introducing my latest quilt pattern 'Squared Off'. This quilt uses three fabrics plus the background and would be a fun scrappy quilt. I have been wanting to make a quilt using fall colours. Mission accomplished. So without further ado here is Squared Off.
Squared Off on the fence

A fun part is, depending on the fabrics you pick the quilt can look very different. Want to see a couple different variations hop on over to Anja's and Kathy's blogs to see their colour choices. Kathy used two different colourways giving it a totally different look.
A very heartfelt thank you to both of these wonderful ladies for testing and the great feedback.
As an added bonus leave a comment to win a free copy of 'Squared Off', here and on Anja's and Kathy's blogs. The contest will be open until August 31st. That's three winners so make sure to comment.

yummy texture
For the quilting I choose to do diamonds in the squares, straight lines on the diagonal arms and some flower swirls in the black. The 'Flower Power' motif is from Lori Kennedy of the Inbox Jaunt. The threads I used are Aurifil #2692, #6728 and Superior's So Fine #424. I do all my quilting on my domestic machine.

the back doesn't show the quilting too well

The back is a busy print which doesn't show the quilting, bonus any mistakes are hidden. Not that I would ever make any mistakes... LOL I used a flange binding which has fast become my favourite binding to do.

laid back in a lawn chair
There are three sizes included in the PDF pattern, baby 40'' x 52'', lap 64'' x 76'' and twin 72'' x 88''.

The pattern is available in my Craftsy store.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Medallion Quilt Month 8

The block this month is the Churn Dash. The Churn Dash is an easy block with a simple combination of triangles and squares. A few of the other names for the Churn Dash are, Shoo Fly, Monkey Wrench, Hole in the Barn Door.

Churn Dash Variation Block
This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

All seams allowances are 1/4''.


Dark fabric:   E    (4)  2 1/2'' x 18''                       
Fat Quarters:  C   (2) 4/1/2'' x 4 1/2''
                       D   (2) 5 1/2 x 5 1/2''                        
Background Fabric: A   (2) 5 1/2 x 5 1/2'' 
                                 B   (4) 2 1/2'' x 18'' 

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

diagram 1
Step 2:

1. Sew strip B and E right sides together with a 1/4'' seam.
2. Press towards dark.
3. Cut four pieces 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2''.

Step 3:

1. Join an HST to each end of one strip. See diagram 2.
2. Make 2.

diagram 2
Step 4

1. Join one strip to one side of  the center piece C.
2. Repeat on opposite side.
3.Join top and bottom pieces to the center. See diagram 3.
4. Press and trim to 12 1/2''.

diagram 3
You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

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 

Craftsy is having a Makers Black Friday sale affiliate link. This is your chance to score the lowest prices of the year on your favorite fabric, kits, and supplies. Ends: Sunday, August 20th at 11:59pm MST