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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mercer County Star


We are quilting along with Barbara Brackman's
Block of the Month, Threads of Memory.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com

This is how I made my block, it may
differ from the original.


Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A: Red print
4 - 4 1/2''squares

Fabric B: Green
1 - 6'' square 

Fabric C: Large Light Print
2 - 6'' squares - Mark a 
diagonal line on back.

Fabric D: Blue
1 - 6'' square

Fabric E: Small Light Print
4 - 1 1/2'' squares
4 - 1 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' rectangles

Fabric F: Red
8 - 1 1/2'' squares - Mark a 
diagonal line on back.

Fabric G: Fussy Cut
1 - 2 1/2'' square

Make Small Center Star: 


Make Flying Geese Units:

Place a Fabric F 1 1/2'' square on left
side of a Fabric E rectangles and sew
a thread width below drawn line.  Open
and press to the corner, trim back 2 
layers of fabric to 1/4''.


Repeat process on the right side of 
rectangle.  Make 4 of this unit.


Layout units as shown and sew
together in 3 rows.  Press seams 
in rows 1 and 3 to the outside and
seams in row 2 to the inside.


Sew rows together and square to 4 1/2''.


Make Quarter Square Triangles
(Outer Center Units)

Pair 6'' squares in the following combinations
with right sides together:
1 - B/C    1 - C/D
Sew 1/4'' away from each side of drawn line,
cut on drawn line and press seams to the
Fabrics B and D.  On the Fabric B/C units,
mark a diagonal line on the opposite
diagonal from the seam.


Pair a B/C unit with a C/D unit with
right sides together as shown.  Be 
sure to have seams lock against each 
other.  Sew 1/4'' away from each side 
of drawn line, cut on drawn line and
press seam open to reduce bulk.


Squaring a Quarter Square Triangle is easy 
if you follow the directions!  Place the diagonal
line of the ruler along the seam line as shown.
Since we want a 4 1/2'' square, place the 2 1/4''
intersection at the center of block (as shown
with the arrow), now trim the top and right 
seams.  


Rotate the unit and place the 4 1/2''
lines of the ruler along the left and bottom
edges and trim the remaining untrimmed
edges.  Make 4 of this unit.


Layout units as shown and sew together
in 3 rows.  Press seams in rows 1 and 3
to the outside and seams in row 2 to the 
inside.


Sew rows together and press final seams
open to reduce bulk.  Square to 12 1/2''.

Check out everyone's work on Dustin's Flickr site:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/threadsofmemory/#

If you like what you see here, please
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comment, let me know you are out there!
~ Ellen

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Portsmouth Star


We are quilting along with Barbara Brackman's
Block of the Month, Threads of Memory.

http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com


This is how I made my block. it may
differ from the original.  If you want 
to use a fussy cut in the corner units
this is not the method to use.  It is 
best to use a fabric that will blend 
easily for the Fabric B.


Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A: Fussy Cut
1 - 4 1/2'' square

Fabric B:  Blue
4 - 2 1/2'' squares
4 - 2 1/2'' x 4 1/2'' rectangles

Fabric C: Green
2 - 3 1/4'' squares - Mark
a diagonal line on back.
1 - 6'' square

Fabric D:  Red Print
2 - 3 1/4'' squares
1 - 6'' square

Fabric E: White Print
2 - 6'' squares - Mark a 
diagonal line on back.


Make Half Square Triangles:
Pair Fabric C and Fabric D 3 1/4'' squares
with right sides together.  Sew 1/4'' away from 
each side of the drawn line, cut on drawn line.
  Press seams to the Fabric C and square to 2 1/2''.

Make Corner Units:


Layout a Half Square Triangle and Fabric B
2 1/2'' square as shown and sew together, 
press seam to the Fabric B square.


Layout above unit and Fabric B rectangle
as shown and sew together, press seam to
the rectangle.  Square to 4 1/2''.
Make 4 of this unit.

Make Quarter Square Triangles:


Pair 6'' squares in the following combinations:

1 - E/D        1 - E/C 

The first step is the same as making a Half
Square Triangle:  sew 1/4'' away from each
side of the drawn line, cut on the drawn line.
  Press seams to the darker fabric.  Mark 
diagonal line on the opposite diagonal from the 
seam on the Fabric C/E units.


Take care with this step, you want to pair the
E/C and E/D units with right sides together.
You want the 2 seams to butt up against each 
other and lock in place, pin along the seams.


Sew 1/4'' away from each side of the drawn
line, cut on drawn line.  Press seam open to
reduce bulk.


With Quarter Square Triangles there is a very
specific way to square up.  Place the diagonal line 
on the ruler on the diagonal seam that runs from 
top right to bottom left, also for this size QST, 
place the 2 1/4'' mark on the ruler in the center
of the unit as shown by the arrow.  Now trim the 
top and side.


Rotate the unit and place the 4 1/2'' lines of 
the ruler on the left and bottom edges as shown.
Trim top and right side.
Make 4 of this unit.


Layout units as shown and sew together in
3 rows.  Press the seams in rows 1 and 3 to 
the outside and the seams in row 2 to the
inside.


Sew rows together and press seams open to 
reduce bulk.  Square to 12 1/2''.

Check out everyone's work on Dustin's Flickr site:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Missouri Star

 
 
 


 

 
This makes an 8 1/2'' unfinished block.

Marie has requested pressing tips,
I'll add them in red.


Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A : Light
4 - 2 1/2" Squares
1 - 5 1/4" square -
cut with 2 diagonal cuts

Fabric B: Medium
2 - 3 1/4" Squares
cut with 2 diagonal cuts

Fabric C: Dark
2 - 3 1/4" Squares
cut with 2 diagonal cuts

Fabric D: Medium
2 - 2 7/8" squares
Cut with 1 diagonal cut

Fabric E: Medium
1 - 3 3/8" square


Sew 2 Fabric D squares to
opposite sides of Fabric E
square.  Press seams out and
trim dogears.


Sew remaining 2 Fabric D
triangles to remaining sides
of Fabric E square.

Press seams to the outside.

Square to 4 1/2".


Sew together Fabric B
and Fabric C triangles as
shown.  Notice there are
4 of one type and 4 of
another.  Press seams
to the dark fabric.


Sew Fabric B/C triangle
unit to a Fabric A triangle.
Take care to use the correct
Fabric B/C triangle.  Press seam
to the dark fabric.  Trim dogears.

 

Sew B/C triangle unit to
other side of Fabric A triangle.
Again, take care to use the
correct B/C triangle.

Press seam to the dark fabric.

Square to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".


Sew 2 Fabric A squares to
each side of rectangle units.

Press seam to the light fabric.

Make 2.


Sew 2 rectangle units to
each side of center square.
Take care matching points.

Press seams open to reduce bulk.


Sew units together as shown, 
again, take care to match points.

Press the last 2 seams open
to reduce bulk.
Square to 8 1/2".


This is another one.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Churn Dash - 8 1/2'' block


A Churn Dash block is quite easy when
made as a 12 1/2'' unfinished block but when
you need it to be an 8 1/2'' unfinished block,
it is much more challenging.  Here is how to
do it.


This is what I cut:

Fabric A: light floral
2 - 3 1/2" squares - cut on diagonal
4 - 3 1/8" x 1 7/8" rectangles

Fabric B: dark pink
2 - 3 1/2" squares - cut on diagonal

Fabric C: dark stripe
4 - 3 1/8" x 1 7/8" rectangles

Fabric D: pink & white floral
1 - 3 1/8" square


Sew light and dark triangles
together on long edge.  Press
seam to the dark fabric.
Square to a "heavy-handed"
3 1/8" or 3 1/8' + a smidge.

Oh yeah, such technical terms,
right?  I mean just a bit over 3 1/8".
In my first block I squared all
9 units to 3 1/8" exactly and with
sewing and pressing it ended up
as 8 3/8" instead of 8 1/2".


Sew light and dark rectangle
units together on long edge.
Square to 3 1/8" plus "a bit."


Layout units as shown and
sew together in 3 rows.


Press seams in rows 1 & 3
to the outside and seams
in row 2 to the inside.


Pin and sew rows together
taking care to have the seams
"lock" together at the
intersections as you pin
to achieve precise piecing.


I pressed the final 2 seams
open as this reduced the bulk
in the block and made it flatter.


Mine squared up at 8 1/2"
using this method.


Here is my first attempt.

Friday, November 8, 2013

My First Book!


Just about a year and a half ago I attended my
first International Quilt Market as a vendor.  I
had just started a quilt pattern design business
and this was my first big time exposure in the
quilt world.


I was in my booth at Market one day and I was busy
with customers.  My fabulous Mr. Wonderful was there
to lend a helping hand, he's great with a hammer and nails
but a needle and thread ~ hmmmm, not so much...
So a woman came into the booth and started asking Rob
some questions which he tried to answer, finally he
confessed,  "I'm just the driver."  To which the woman
replied, "Oh, you're adorable", she then gave him a card
and said she was the Publisher at C&T Publishers.  When
 I finished up with my customers Rob gave me the card
and told the story.  It was a cute story but I was so sad
because I would have LOVED to have had a chance to
speak with a big time publisher.  A short while later
another woman came into the booth and said she was
the Creative Director or C&T Publishing.  She said her
publisher made her come visit this time since she had
been to my booth 3 times already and didn't want to
look like a stalker ~ ha ha!  So we gabbed about quilting
and publishing and old time paste-up methods and when
I returned home the conversations continued and soon
 enough I had a book contract!
 

 
And here we are a year and a half later, all the edits
are in and the book is heading to the printer.  I have
learned so much in the past 18 months and it has been
 a fascinating education.  So much energy goes into
making a book and so many people are involved.  It has
 been a wonderful experience.  I can't wait until I actually
 get to hold the book and flip through the pages, that is
still a few months away but the book is available for
 pre-order right now at the following sites:

 
From C&T:

 
From Amazon:

I hope everyone enjoys the book!
From my American Homestead,
I wish you All the Best,

~ Ellen
 
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