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:

Economy Patch Quilt Block Step 2

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

Jolly Holidays and a free gift!

Have you finished any handmade holiday gifts this year? Are you in need of a quick & easy last-minute gift? Well, we’ve got your back!

Today we are offering you a free table runner pattern (originally posted on Doris’s blog in 2008). Version 1 has HOLLY applique in opposing corners (original made with Hoffman Batiks):

Jolly Holly Runner Free Pattern Christmas Quilt

Jolly Holly Christmas Table Runner Free Pattern

Jolly Holly Christmas Holiday Free Quilt Pattern Table Runner Pattern

Jolly Holly Christmas Table Runner Free Pattern

And Version 2 features SNOWFLAKE applique:

Jolly Holly Snowflake Table Runner

Jolly Holly Snowflake Tablerunner

Instructions are for fusible, raw-edge applique, just as our applique critter patterns are; which is a fast and easy way to get sharp, detailed applique designs!

Download the Jolly Holly Table Runner PDF pattern and whip up a gift for a hostess, or maybe for yourself!  If you are new here, we’d love to have you become a follower! Either sign up in the right side bar, or leave your email in a comment below to receive newsletter updates on newly published patterns!  There is a beauty coming your way in early 2014!

Enjoy!………and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

We’ll be back on January 1 with our next Block Tutorial for the Building Foundations Quilt-along.

Happy Quilting,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 9

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We’re back on schedule with the quilt-along this week with Block #9:

Block #9, the Squares Within Squares block, by Nancy Cabot, published in the Chicago Tribune on August 1, 1936.

Block 9 Squares Within Squares Block

CUTTING:

Background fabric, cut 6 – 2 3/4″ squares.

Accent fabric 1 (lightest – yellow/green in diagram), cut 3 – 2 3/4″ squares.

Accent fabric 2 (medium – dark green in diagram), cut 3 – 2 3/4″ squares.

Accent fabric 3 (darkest – bright green in diagram), cut 4 – 2 3/4″ squares.

squares within squaresSquares Within Squares Block Diagram

ASSEMBLY:

1. Lay out 2 background squares and 2 Accent Fabric #1 squares for first row; Lay out 1 background square, 2 Accent Fabric #2 squares and 1 Accent Fabric #1 square for second row; Lay out 2 Accent Fabric #3 squares, 1 Accent Fabric #2 square and 1 background square for third row; Lay out 2 Accent Fabric #3 squares and 2 background squares for fourth row.

2. Join into rows; Press seam allowance to right on first row, then press to left on second row, etc. TIP: Pressing rows in alternating directions will allow your seams nest together snugly.

3. Join rows to make Squares Within Squares block.

Our finished blocks, side by side:

Block #9 - Squares Within Squares Nancy Cabot Quilt Block

Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!  Come back Friday for a fun holiday table runner pattern; perfect to whip up as a last minute hostess gift!

Happy quilting,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 8

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December got away from me! I know this is late, but I promise to get back on schedule and not make you wait so long for Block #9!

Block #8, the Gem block, from The Patchwork Book, 1932. The Patchwork Book was published by Women’s World Service Library and offered pattern for sale from Women’s World, Chicago, Illinois:

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Gem Block Diagram

Block #8 Gem Block:

CUTTING:

Background fabric, cut 1 – 5 1/4″ square, and cut 6 – 3 1/8″ squares. Cut 4 of the 3 1/8″ squares in half diagonally.

Accent fabric 1, cut 2 – 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangles, 2 – 1 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ rectangles and 2 – 3 1/8″ squares.

ASSEMBLY:

1. Draw a diagonal line on the two 3 1/8″ background squares. Pair with two 3 1/8″ accent squares, right sides together.

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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 2 3/4″ square before moving onto step #3.

3. Join a 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangle to opposite sides of the 5 1/4″ square, press seam to darker fabric. Add a 1 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ rectangle to each side, press to complete Center Unit.

Gem Block Corner UnitCorner Unit Diagram

4. Layout 1 HST and two background triangles as shown in Corner Unit Diagram; join and press seams open. Make 4 Corner Units.

5. Lay out Center Unit and 4 Corner Units as shown in Gem Block Diagram. Join two opposite Corner Units to Center Unit, press. Repeat for last two sides. TIP: Pressing these 4 diagonal seams open may help your seams to lay flatter.

Our finished blocks, side by side:Gem Block Building Foundations Sampler QAL

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

Happy quilting,

Doris & Trina

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 7

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This weekend we made major progress on the quilt for Pattern #6; can’t give you many details yet, but we think you are going to like it!

Block #7, the Diamond Panes block, by Nancy Cabot, first appeared in the Chicago Tribune daily newspaper on February 12, 1938:

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Diamond Panes Block Diagram

Block #7 Diamond Panes Block:

CUTTING:

Background fabric, cut 2 – 4 7/8″ squares and 2 – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles

Accent fabric 1, cut 2 – 4 7/8″ squares and 2 – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Accent fabric 2, cut 1 – 1 1/2″ square

ASSEMBLY:

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 4 1/2″ square before moving onto step #3.

3. Lay out 4 HSTs, 2 background rectangles, 2 accent rectangles and 1 accent square as shown in block diagram. Join into rows, join rows to make one block.

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 quilting,

Trina & Doris

How your Sewing Machine Works

I’m fascinated by the mechanical aspect of how things work, I always have been.  My sewing machine included! At the AQS Des Moines Show, there was a see-through machine in the Bernina booth that was running non-stop on it’s own, so passersby could see “how it worked”. I could have watched that thing for hours.

So naturally, I really enjoyed this GIF and this YouTube video.

Genius invention.

Happy Sewing,

Doris