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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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

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Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 12

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This week’s quilt-along block is the Log Cabin, with a little variation:

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Block #12, the Log Cabin. According to Jinny Beyer, this version is credited to Grandmother Clark’s Old Fashioned Quilt Designs, Book 21, 1931. Grandmother Clark publications: W.L.M. Clark, Inc., of St. Louis, MO, published a series of booklets titled Clark’s Series of Art needlework Books.

 

CUTTING:

From background (Kona Pond – green in block above) cut 1 – 2″ square and 1 WOF strip – 1 1/4″ wide. From strip, cut 1 – 3 1/2″ piece, 2 – 4 1/4″ pieces, 1 – 5″ piece, 1 – 6 1/2″ piece, 2 – 7 1/4″ pieces and 1 – 8″ piece.

From accent fabric (Purple tone-on-tone in block above) cut 1 WOF strip – 1 1/4″ wide. From strip, cut 1 – 2″ piece, 2 – 2 3/4″ pieces, 1 – 3 1/2″ piece, 1 – 5″ piece, 2 – 5 3/4 pieces, 1 – 6 1/2″ piece, 1 – 8″ piece, 2 – 8 3/4″ pieces, and 1 – 9 1/2″ piece.

TIP: Be aware when you are cutting your width of fabric (WOF) strip, as 1 1/4″ is very narrow, to hold your ruler firmly so you get a straight consistent cut.

ASSEMBLY:

1. Join the 2″ background square and the 1 1/4″ x 2″ accent fabric piece. Press. Check your scant 1/4″ seam allowance for accuracy before proceeding.

2. Add a 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ accent fabric rectangle along the adjacent side, and repeat on the third side. Press each seam open as you go. Add the 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to the fourth side. Press to complete first round.

3. Repeat by adding background rectangles around your center square, increasing in size each time.  Continue to add accent and background fabric rounds until your block measures 9 1/2″ (unfinished).

4. Square to 9 1/2″ (unfinished) to complete one Log Cabin Block.

The block above, with the purple accent fabric is Trina’s block. This is mine:

Block 12 Log Cabin Kaffe Fassett

If you want to make your block with three accent fabrics, instead of one, like mine is, referring to cutting instructions above, cut the rectangles in red type for your inner strip, cut the rectangles in green type for the center accent strip, and cut the rectangles in blue type for the outer/final strip. The background cutting is the same for either version.

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

Block 12 Log Cabin Tutorial

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Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 11

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January 15th already; Spring will be here before we know it (Thank goodness!) Trina finished quilting our prototype for Pattern #6 last week (Coming Early 2014) and it is stunning! I’m going to be finishing the binding tonight. I may show you some sneak peeks here next week.

But today it’s time for your next quilt-along block:

Spool Block nancy Cabot Building Foundations Quilt Along

Block #11, the Spool Block, is very similar to the currently popular x & + block. The middle bar is the only difference.  The original design is by Nancy Cabot, first published in the Chicago Tribune on April 1, 1938. It’s reappearance at a recent Japanese Quilt Festival in this quilt by Setsuko Inagawa brought about the contemporary interest in it.

CUTTING:

From background, cut 8 – 2 5/8″ squares.

From accent fabric #1 (X-piece, dark green in my block above) cut 4 – 4 1/4″ squares.

From accent fabric #2, cut 5 – 2 1/4″ squares.

From accent fabric #3, cut 4 – 2 1/4″ squares.

ASSEMBLY:

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1. On the wrong side of each 2 5/8″ background square, draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. 

2. Place a background square atop one of your 4 1/4″ 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. Lay out 4 Corner Units and 9 – 2 1/4″ squares as shown below. NOTE: Take care to sew a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. If your seam allowance is too large or inconsistent, your block will not come out to 9.5″ unfinished.

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6. Join into rows, join rows to complete Spool Block.

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And here are out finished blocks again, side-by-side:

Nancy Cabot Spool Block x & + block QAL

Notice Trina (her block is on the left) used her background fabric as her accent fabric #3, too; which yields a slightly different, cleaner look. It makes her other two fabrics really pop!

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Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 10

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Just finished putting away all of the Christmas decorations and dusting and vacuuming today. It’s nice to have the house so clean, but it does look bare without the glitz and shine of Christmas decorations! Also managed to sneak in enough sewing time to sew up Block 10 (I swear I’ll work ahead one of these days…) ;-)

Block #10, the Economy Patch, by Ladies Art Company, 1897. The Ladies Art Company, established in 1889 in St. Louis, MO, offered quilt patterns for sale through their catalogs until the 1930s. Interestingly enough, they also sold finished blocks!

CUTTING:

For center square, cut 1 – 5″ square (Trina’s background piece – in Kona Pond)

Accent fabric 1, cut 1 – 5 3/4″ square; cut in half diagonally in both directions to make 4 quarter-square triangles (QSTs).

Accent fabric 2, cut 2 – 5 3/8″ squares; cut in half diagonally to make 4 half-square triangles (HSTs). (Doris’s background pieces – in Cotton Couture White)

Block 10 Foundations Sampler QAL Economy Patch Quilt Block

ASSEMBLY:

1. Lay out center square, QSTs and HSTs as shown:

Economy Patch Quilt Block Step 1

2. Join a QST to opposite sides of center square, press. Trim points even with center square:

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3. Join remaining two QSTs to center unit, press:

Block 10 Foundations Sampler QAL Economy Patch Quilt Block

4. Repeat step 2 & 3 with HSTs. Press, square up to 9.5″.

Our finished blocks, once again:

Block 10 Foundations QAL Economy Patch Quilt Block

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Wishing you a Wonderful 2014,

Doris & Trina