Building Foundations Sampler QAL — Block 17

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First things first, I want to thank you all for your patience this Spring and Summer as we work to get back into a routine. We have the next three blocks made and ready for posting–but life’s roller coaster hasn’t slowed to a stop, yet. And routine isn’t in either of our vocabularies right now. Hang in there with us, we promise not to abandon you with your blocks and no pattern to finish them!

Our newest quilt-along block, Block #17, is Union Square, attributed to Nancy Cabot:

union square quilt block

There were hundreds of Cabot patterns that were sold mail-order and grouped in booklets. The same patterns were also published in a syndicated column, written by Loretta Leitner Rising (Chicago Tribune), which began in 1932 and continued through the 1930s. The patterns were reprinted in the 1960s and ’70s by several small publishers but are currently out-of-print again.

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CUTTING:

From background, (white in block below) cut 4 — 2 3/8″ squares (cut in half diagonally), and 4 — 2 5/8″ squares.

From accent fabric #1 (red floral in block below), cut 4 — 2 5/8″ squares

From accent fabric #2 (grey in block diagram above), cut 4 — 3 3/4″ squares.

 

ASSEMBLY:

1. Join one background and two accent fabric #1 squares into a row. Make two rows like this. Join two background squares and one accent fabric #1 square into a row. Join three rows to make the 9-patch center for the block.

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2. Add a white triangle to adjacent sides of the large accent fabric #2 squares as shown below (note the triangle/seam has been pressed open here). To line up for sewing the seam, lay white/background triangle atop the accent fabric #2 square aligning right angle corners. Repeat in opposite corner of the accent fabric #2 square. Flip triangles and press seams:

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3. Line your ruler up with the long side of your white/background triangles, using the lines on your ruler to make sure the unsewn sides of your large square (accent fabric #2) form a right angle that extends along white/background triangles:

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4. Trim the fourth corner of the large square that extends beyond the white/background triangles (see photo above) to complete your Corner Unit. Repeat on all four Corner Units.

5. Add a Corner Unit to each side of your center 9-patch. Press seams toward Corner.

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6. Square to 9 1/2″, if needed (unfinished).

And here are our finished blocks, side-by-side:

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Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL — Block 16

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This week’s quilt-along block, Block #16, is Skyrocket, a Ruby McKim design first published by the Kansas City Star on November 21, 1928:

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Ruby McKim, of McKim Studios in Independence, MO was a mail-order source for patterns and she also syndicated a newspaper column with full-size patterns in the late 1920s and 30s. Kansas City Star Patterns appeared in three periodicals (Kansas City Star, Weekly Kansas City Star and Weekly Star Farmer) from 1928 to 1960. Early patterns were McKim syndicated patterns but in the early 1930s they began a unique column of traditional and new designs by staff members and readers.

 

CUTTING:

From background, (white in block below) cut 8 — 2 3/4″ x  5″ rectangles

From accent fabric #1 (Yellow print in block below), cut 8 — 2″ squares, and 1 — 2 5/8″ square

From accent fabric #2 (Green print in block below), cut 4 — 2 5/8″ squares

From accent fabric #3 (Pink chevron print), cut 4 — 2 5/8” squares, and 4 — 2 3/4″ x 4″ rectangles

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ASSEMBLY:

1. On the back of each (accent fabric #1) 2″ square, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Join a 2″ square to the corner of each (accent fabric #3) 2 5/8″ square by sewing along the diagonal line. I did mine by chain piecing:

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2. Trim seam allowance to 1/4″ and press open. Repeat by sewing a second 2″ square on the adjacent corner of each 2 5/8″ square, to create “star” points. Trim and press.

3. Lay out your four star point units, the center 2 5/8″ square, and the four (accent fabric #2) 2 5/8′ squares as shown:

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3. Join into rows, join rows to create block center:

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4. The corner units are paper-pieced (foundation piecing). Print your four paper foundations out from here.

TIP: If you need a basic tutorial on paper-piecing, I wrote one here. Faith has an easy to follow tutorial as well.

5. Use the background rectangles and the accent fabric #3 rectangles to paper-piece your four corner units. From the back it will look like this prior to trimming:

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6. Trim your corner units so they look like this (Top is reverse/wrong side, front of unit is shown at bottom):

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7. Join the four corner units to your block center. Press. Here are our completed blocks:

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I fell in love with this block when I firstmade it for my SewConnected2 Bee in 2009. I used all solids and a slightly different piecing technique. You can see it here.

Sorry that our posts have been delayed… we hope you stick with us!  Be assured we are striving to get back on to a regular schedule of posting.

 

 

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Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 15

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This week’s quilt-along block, Block #15, is Blocks & Bars, from Farm Journal’s Farmer’s Wife (Silver Anniversary Issue), 1945:

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CUTTING:

From background, (white in block below) cut 4 — 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles, and 4 — 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

From accent fabric #1 (Orange in block below), cut 2 — 7/8″ x 14″ rectangles, and 1 — 3 1/2″ square

From accent fabric #2 (Floral print in block below), cut 3 — 1 1/4″ x 14″ rectangles, and 4 — 1 1/2″ squares

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ASSEMBLY:

1. Create a strip set by sewing the five 14″ long rectangles together, being careful to use a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, Press. Your strip set should measure 3 1/2″ x 14″:

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2. Cut strip set into four 3 1/2″ squares, for Bar Units:

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3. Join a 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background rectangle and a 1 1/2″ Accent print #2 1 1/2″  square. Press seam to darker fabric. Make 4 corner segments.

4. Join a corner segment and a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ background rectangle. Press. Repeat to complete the four corner units.

5. Lay out 3 1/2″ Accent Fabric #1 square, four Bar Units, and 4 Corner Units. Join into rows; Join rows to complete Blocks & Bars block. Here are our finished blocks, side-by-side:

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Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL — Block 14

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This week’s quilt-along block, Block #14, is Prairie Flower:

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According to Jinny Beyer’s book, Prairie Flower was published by Jane Alan, Illinois State Register, April 2, 1933. However, Barbara Brackman attributes the block to Nancy Cabot: from a syndicated column written by Loretta Leitner Rising for the Chicago Tribune in the 1930s. There were hundreds of Cabot patterns that were sold mail-order and grouped in booklets. The same patterns were also sold by the Spinning Wheel syndicate and the Progressive Farmer. The Cabot column began in 1932 and continued through the decade. Patterns were reprinted in the 1960s and ’70s by several small publishers but are currently out-of-print again as far as I know. Many of those attributed to Cabot by various indexers are probably NOT actually from that source.

We both LOVE this block.

 

CUTTING:

From background (light green inblock diagram) 1 — 3 1/2″ square (for center; I used a Kaffe Fasset floral for my center), 16 — 2 1/2″ squares

From accent fabric #1 (Grey in block diagram)  4 — 3 1/2″ squares

From accent fabric #2 (Teal green in block diagram)  4 — 3 1/2″ squares

 

ASSEMBLY:

1. On the wrong side of each 2 1/2″ background square, draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner.

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2. Place a background square atop one of your 3 1/2″ Accent Fabric #2 squares, right sides together (RST).

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3. Stitch on the diagonal line you drew in Step 1. Trim the excess from the corner, press seam open.

4. Repeat Steps 2 & 3 on opposite corner to finish the Corner Unit. Make 4 Corner Units.

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5. Place a background square atop one of your 3 1/2″ Accent Fabric #1 squares, right sides together (RST).

6. Stitch on the diagonal line you drew in Step 1. Trim the excess from the corner, press seam open.

7. Repeat Steps 5 & 6 on adjacent corner to finish the Alternate Units . Make 4 Alternate Units.

8. Lay out one Center Square (keep in mind I used a print, Trina’s is of the background solid fabric), four Corner Units, and four Alternate Units as shown:

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9. Join into rows, join rows to make Prairie Flower Block:

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Here’s Trina’s block:

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Notice, she got an entirely different look by using the striped fabric she chose, it almost looks as if the Alternate Units have pink triangles pieced onto the ends. Always try to think of how your fabrics can work for you to get different looks in your blocks:

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And here are our finished blocks, side-by-side:

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Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

A Long Journey into Spring

We’re back  after a bit of an unintentional hiatus, thanks for your patience with the Sampler blocks. February ushered illness into the Brunnette home, and after two weeks of trying to find an answer to the question of why a man who almost never gets sick couldn’t seem to get better–we found out he had Leukemia. Sadly, he passed away just 17 days later.

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Frank and our grandbaby, Gemma, on 1/27/2014

He was my best friend, the Number One Cheerleader of Row House Creations, and supported everything I did to foster my creative spirit, including encouraging the purchase of more fabric and traveling to quilt retreats. We only had nine years together, finding our perfect mates later in life, but it was a wonderful nine years. My life will never be the same, for better or for worse, and I miss him like crazy. But, he would want me to move forward, press on, and live a good life. So, I’m going to do my best to do just that.

He was admitted to the hospital on a Friday evening, and the following Monday was February 24th, the day this was announced. He and I knew the previous Thursday that my quilt had been selected the 1st Place Winner; but it was hush-hush. He kept asking me that Monday if the “internet had lit up with my quilt yet”. He was crazy proud of that accomplishment and told anyone who would listen. I was amazed at how many of his doctors and nurses were either quilters themselves or married to quilters–Quilters are Everywhere!

So the quilt.  I changed my mind SO many times before I ever cut into the fabric. When I finally did, I only had five weeks left to the deadline (never mind the challenge fabrics had been in my possession for over 3 months at that point). When I did finally cut into the fabric I was still undecided, so I just cut a bunch of squares and started piecing half-square triangles using Riley Blake stripes, chevrons, ombre dots, a few prints from an Ashbury Heights charm pack I had, a fun red jigsaw puzzle print, and a few different grey/taupe solids from my stash. I focused on using the orange, navy and the greys from the original fabric pack.

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As I sewed my squares up into HSTs, an idea popped into my head, so I sat down and drew it out on graph paper. Then I scooped everything up and took it with me to retreat that weekend; where I sewed, pressed, and trimmed for two days straight. The final design is a throw 64″ x 75″:

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Once I had the top made and a back pieced together, I passed it off to Trina, to work her magic on the long-arm. Trina had just gotten a copy of Judi Madsen’s new book that week, and she wanted the opportunity to play with the large areas of negative space I created. She outdid herself…

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See how she created shadow HSTs, including quilting the chevron design, the polka dots, and the jigsaw puzzle fabric design? Seriously amazing.

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We’ll be back next week with Block #14 in our Building Foundations Sampler!

Happy Quilting,

Doris

A quilting story

Trina quilted this for me this week; it’s my entry for the MQG Riley Blake Challenge. Her quilting just keeps getting better! And in case you didn’t know, our patterns include quilting diagrams by Trina (BONUS!)

RBC_QuiltingFor more photos of my rock star partner’s latest quilting accomplishments, follow this link.

Happy quilting!

Doris

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 13

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This week’s quilt-along block is Mayor’s Garden:

Block 13 Mayor's Garden

Block #13, Mayor’s Garden. Nancy Cabot wrote this about the block when it was published in the Chicago Tribune on June 2, 1938: “Mayor’s Garden is southern in origin, coming from a town nesting at the foothills of the Cumberland mountains. His honor’s garden was a riot of all shades of purple iris and rose bushes. The walk through the gardens was of light colored slate typical of the terrain in that section of the country.”

CUTTING:

From background (Kona Pond – green in block above) cut 5 — 2 5/8″ squares

From accent fabric #1 (Blue batik in block above) cut 4 — 2 5/8″ squares

From accent fabric #2 (black solid in block above) cut 4 — 1 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ rectangles

From accent fabric #3 (purple in block above) cut 2 — 4 1/4″ squares, cut in half diagonally to make 4 half-square triangles.

ASSEMBLY:

1. Join two background and one accent fabric #1 squares into a row. Make two rows like this. Join one background square and two accent fabric #1 squares into a row. Join three rows to make the 9-patch center for the block.

2. Add accent fabric #2 rectangles to opposite sides of your 9-patch. Press. Add rectangles to two remaining sides; press.

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3. Carefully align your ruler with the center diagonal in both directions. Trim access off of your accent fabric #2 rectangles.

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4. Add one half-square triangle to each corner of your block; press.

5. Square to 9 1/2″ (unfinished).

The block at top, with the blue and purple accent fabrics is Trina’s block. This is mine:

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And here are our finished blocks, side-by-side:

Block13_Both_ Mayors Garden Quilt Block 9-Patch Variation

Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina