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.

I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using #stitchinathomemedallion2017 








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.