Happy Halloween!

A favorite holiday for both of us–we both have a weakness for Halloween fabric, Halloween decorations, you name it. And Halloween quilts? Definitely worth the time! Doris recently shared her Ghastlies version of our Mums for Melissa pattern:

Ghastlies Alexander Henry Mums for Melissa a Ghastlie Reunion Quilt

Cool huh? Looks a little different than the bright, cheery quilt on the pattern cover:

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At retreat last weekend, we spotted this on one of the work tables:

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That’s a Mums for Melissa block!  In Halloween fabric!  Sure enough, Mary was busy piecing together this quilt, with an extra Chrysanthemum block and a little added width (to make it Twin size).  It looks wonderful–love the way she used one fabric in her Mums instead of making it scrappy as the pattern is.

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It is so much fun to see our patterns interpreted by other quilters!  What fun “focus” print do you have in your stash that you could use in a Mums for Melissa Quilt?!?

Play it safe and have a FUN Halloween,

Trina & Doris

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Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 5

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Next week is Halloween (my favorite holiday!) and I am enjoying the fall weather that comes along with it. I have not decorated this year… just not in the mood. But come next week I will be ready for those little (some not so little) trick-or-treaters. Here in Des Moines, IA, kids trick-or-treat the night before Halloween and it’s called “beggars night”. They also tell you a joke!  I just hope the weather is beautiful so I can sit outside and hand out candy.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another block in our Building Foundations Sampler!

Block 5 the Improved Four Patch (date unknown, from the Holstein Collection, IQSC)

improved four patchImproved Four Patch Block Diagram

CUTTING:

Background fabric (where green squares are), cut 4 – 2 1/8″ squares.

Accent fabric 1 (lt blue in diagram), cut 2 – 3 5/8″ squares and 4 – 2 1/8″ squares.

Accent fabric 2 (lime green in diagram), 2 – 5 1/2″ squares, cut in half diagonally.

ASSEMBLY:

1. Lay out 2 (2 1/8″) accent squares and 2 (2 1/8″) background squares. Join to make a four-patch.  Make 2 four-patch units.

2. Lay out four patch units with 2 (3 5/8″) accent squares as shown in block diagram. Join into rows, join rows.

3. Add Accent fabric #2 triangles to outer edges to complete block.

Block 5 Improved Four-Patch

Note: In Doris’s block (on the right) she put her background in the place of accent fabric #3 for a different look.

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

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

Building Foundations Sampler QAL — Block 4

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Block #4 is Broken Dishes, by Ruby McKim, 1931. (Jinny Beyer’s book).

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Broken Dishes Block Diagram

One of our favorite traditional blocks; there are so many different looks you can get from this one simple block! (You can see two of our favorites, here and here.)

CUTTING:

Background fabric, cut 2 – 5 3/8″ squares.

Accent fabric, cut 2 – 5 3/8″ squares.

ASSEMBLY: Making Your HSTs:

1. Draw a diagonal line on all background squares.

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2. Sew a scant ¼” on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line and press to the darker fabric.  

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TIP: Square-up/trim your HSTs to 5″ square before moving onto step #2.

2. Lay out 4 HSTs as shown in the block diagram above.  Join into pairs, join pairs to complete one block.  TIP: Pressing to the dark fabric allows you to easily “nest” your seams (as shown at left in photo below) to achieve perfectly matched points:PicMonkey Collage

And here are our finished blocks:

Building Foundations Sampler Quilt A Long Broken Dishes

How are you doing with your blocks? As you finish them, share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris