Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Stash Bee Block

This month Francine requested a wonky pinwheel block. I'd never made one before and it was very fun! I only had one section that I had to redo because it wasn't big enough.

Here's each of the blocks with one of the spokes sewn on each one:

Here's all 16 of the units trimmed and pressed:

Here's the finished block all put together:

Aren't these colors great?

Happy Thursday to you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

QCQAL Block Party #10

It's time to show off your blocks!

Little Bunny Quilts

Check out Mary's first nine blocks! They are so bright and fun -- love all of those polka dots!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Not-A-Finish Friday

It's been a crazy long time since I've had a finish and an even longer time since I finished a quilt. Things around here have been a general fail zone.

I did get all of my blue batik star blocks sorted into 12 blocks and started sewing the first one.

I'm so happy with how the first one turned out! I also really like using this paper plate method for sorting my blocks ahead of time!

Silly me doesn't know how to count and I made 6 extra center square in a square blocks and about 10 extra star point squares AND THEN I cut my blue/cream/grey yardage into squares (at least 30 of them) and then I looked at my pattern and realized that I only needed 12 of them. I don't know what the kerfluffle is going on with my brain right now!

Maybe I'll have enough to make another row of blocks so all that fabric that I cut and block parts that I made won't go to waste! If worse comes to worse, they can always go on the back.

Anyone else on the struggle bus this week?

Monday, July 14, 2014

QCQAL Block #10 -- Martha Washington Star

Welcome back for block #10 -- Martha Washington Star! Click here to vote for block #11!

This block is a modified Sawtooth Star block. Above is the two color version, but I'm making a three color version with a double pinwheel in the center. It's all about how you color your block! Click here for Martha Washington Star pin-spiration!

Four (4) 3.5 inch background squares
One (1) 7 1/4 inch square for fast flying geese
One (1) 4 1/4 inch background square cut diagonally twice into 4 small triangles

Four (4) 3 7/8 inch squares for fast flying geese
One (1) 4 1/4 inch square cut diagonally twice into 4 small triangles
Two (2) 3 7/8 inch squares cut diagonally once into 2 medium triangles each, 4 medium triangles total

Sew together your small background triangles and small colored triangles together in pairs to make medium sized triangle-pairs with your colored fabric on the left when the longest side is on the bottom. Press and trim off dog ears.

Sew each triangle pair from the previous step to one of your medium colored triangles. Press and trim dog ears, squaring up to 3 1/2 inches if necessary.

Sew together your four triangle units into one square finishing at 6 1/2 inches.

Fast Flying Geese: Draw diagonal lines on your four colored 3 7/8 squares and place two on one diagonal of the large background square. Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line, cut apart and iron.

Repeat with remaining two colored squares to yield four fast flying geese units.

Lay out block as shown below and sew together to produce the finished block!

Don't forget to come back for next week's link up and to share your pictures in the Flickr group! Only TWO more blocks to go!

QCQAL Block #11 Voting

After this there is only one block to go! I still have a decent amount of fabric, so I might choose some blocks from the Quilter's Cache to make a 16 or 20 block quilt! Please let us know if our fabric requirements were uber-high for you too!

Little Bunny Quilts

As usual we have six blocks for you to choose from and CLICK HERE for the poll and click on the names below for pin-spiration!

Check out the tutorial for the Martha Washington Star here!

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