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.

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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

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 6

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It’s November already–the air has gotten cooler and the days shorter. We just had warm comfort food; meatloaf, baked potatoes and pumpkin pie… and now we’re ready for a nap! But first, Block #6, the Cross Block:

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Cross Block Diagram

Block 6 Cross Block, Farm and Home, Feb 15, 1915

From Jinny Beyer’s Book: “Eight pieces of the dark and 17 of the light goods, compose this block, and when a number of them are put together a very pretty effect of five-square and eight-square crosses is brought out. The order of the colors may be reversed. These blocks should be sewn together without strips of cloth between to produce the intended design.” Farm and Home, Feb 15, 1915

CUTTING:

Background fabric, cut 17 – 2 5/16″ squares.

Accent fabric, cut 8 – 2 5/16″ squares.

ASSEMBLY:

1. Lay out background and accent squares as shown in Cross Block Diagram.

2. Join into rows, join rows to complete block.

TIP: Press seam allowances one direction in rows 1, 3 and 5, and the opposite direction in rows 2 and 4. This will make your seams nest together snugly for better matching corners.

Building Foundations QAL Block 6 Cross Quilt Block

We hope your blocks are coming along, and you like how they look; remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

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)

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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

AQS Show: Mums for Melissa

It’s here! AQS Week in Des Moines, this will be the American Quilter’s Society’s largest (to date) quilt show–and Des Moines, and the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild have the honor of playing host!

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We are excited–because our new pattern, Mums for Melissa is being featured in a demo in Booths 1003-1005 by Denise of the Iowa Falls Sewing Machine Co.–you can visit their booth to purchase our pattern.

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Denise paid us the best compliment, she called to order more patterns and asked, “Why didn’t you tell me how awesome this pattern is?” Seriously, does it get any better than that?! She told us she thought it was a snowflake quilt waiting to happen (We Know!) and/or a sunflower quilt waiting to happen (Great idea, Denise!) — so many ideas, so little time.  So stop by and see Denise at booth 1003-1005! Tell her Trina & Doris said hello!

Chrysanthemum Mums for Melissa Modern Quilt

Living History Farms, a living history museum complex in Urbandale (a Des Moines suburb) will be hosting a vintage quilt show, also October 2-6.  It’s always worth a visit!

Also, on Wednesday, a new exhibit opens at the State Historical CenterThe Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st Century America. It will hang until January 31st. This exhibit is traveling from China, but consists of contemporary American Quilts.  Des Moines is the only U.S. city that will host the full exhibit.  I’ll be finding time next week to pay a visit to that one, I think…

Des Moines is a great City in which to be a quilter!  We also happen to be home to Meredith Corporation, publishers of American Patchwork & Quilting, and all of the Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications.  Just outside of Des Moines, in Winterset is the home of the Fons & Porter Love of Quilting publications.  We are also home base for a major publisher of quilting books, Landauer Publishing.  We have more than one active & thriving quilt guild, a Modern Quilt Guild chapter, numerous quilt retreat opportunities, a handful of great local quilt, fabric & yarn shops, and really friendly people! Like we said, Des Moines is a great place to be a quilter.

Are you planning to be in Des Moines this week?

 

Happy Quilting,

Trina & Doris

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 3

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We are keeping the blocks at the beginning of this QAL simple, but I promise they will become more involved as we progress. Just wanted to start out kind of easy to “trick you” into making the blocks, and then later you will be thankful for the easy blocks! 😉

Block #3 is White House Steps, by Laura Wheeler, published in Paris News, 1933. (Jinny Beyer’s book).

We both used four fabrics for this quilt block, I used three shades of pink and the background fabric.

CUTTING:

Background fabric, cut 4 (C) – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles, 4 (E) – 1 1/2″ squares, 4 (F) – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles, 1 (G) – 3 1/2″ square.

Pink 1, cut 4 (D) – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles, cut 4 (E) – 1 1/2″ squares.

Pink 2, cut 4 (D) – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles, cut 4 (E) – 1 1/2″ squares.

Pink 3, cut 4 (A) – 1 1/2″ x 3″ rectangles, cut 4 (B) – 1 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles.

Layout block as shown:

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ASSEMBLY:

1. Start with center, join 2 pink and 1 background E squares; 2 pink D rectangles and 1 E background square. Repeat to make second set of each. Press each seam carefully.

2.  Join strip of 3 E squares to the G square; repeat on opposite side of G square. Press.  Join the D/E strips to each side of center, press.  Continue adding sections in this manner for two outer rows.

Voila! Our finished blocks:

Block 3_ White House Steps Quilt Block

Join us, invite your friends, and share this on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… the more the merrier!  And, remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy Quilting,

Trina