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

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:

white house steps quilt block assembly

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

Summer Days

Thanks to all of you who have purchased our Fox in a Box pattern, the response in the first two weeks of it’s release has been outstanding! A little boost to keep more patterns coming for you eager quilters!

Summer in Iowa arrived (Winter just went away; somehow we seem to have skipped Spring this year…) and with that is time spent outdoors, with family, and gardening and yard work! I have to share this photo of Trina’s lovely flowers, in a planter along the walk to her front door:

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Such a pretty combo.  My windowbox planters look pretty weak by comparison; which is why I’m not showing any photos of those here today.  We are in a “new to us” old house, and every day is a surprise with what blossoms in the flower beds.  Earlier this wintery Spring I was pleasantly surprised to find yellow irises blooming (so cheerful and pretty – they made my week!):

Yellow Irises

Our coming pattern features a flower theme, too – but I’m going to hold off another week or so before sharing photos of it… However, in keeping with the theme of sharing color variations of our patterns, I wanted to show you this One Big Cabin and Modern Fortune baby size quilt on display at Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa:

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My husband and I happened to be in Ames last weekend and stopped in to pick up a quilt.  It was fun to walk in and see these hanging prominently at the front of the store.  The kit for their Modern Fortune quilt is very similar to our cover quilt, but the One Big Cabin kit offers yet another, more “woodsy” look:

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Tomorrow is the last day of the 2nd Annual All Iowa Shop Hop… I made it to TWO shops this year (only to ONE last year!).  This year we had Iowa fabric available; I’m hoping it hasn’t all sold out as I am fairly certain I need to buy some — I am an Iowa native after all!

Until next week…

Happy Quilting,

Doris (& Trina)

Cabin fever!

We’ve shown you a few customer variations of our One Big Cabin quilt pattern before, today I want to share a few more! When we sold the pattern to the owner of Merry’s Stitchins in Jesup, Iowa (on a visit to the shop, we showed her samples of our quilts and provided patterns for her inventory) she immediately said she wanted to make a shop sample of One Big Cabin without the applique.  She even started choosing the fabrics for it while we looked around her wonderful store… Her’s was the Dr. Seuss version I showed you last week.

Our friend, Wendy, went to a retreat last month at Merry’s Stitchins, saw Merry’s fabulous shop sample and decided to make her own non-applique version for the newborn daughter of one of her coworkers.  This is Wendy’s quilt top:

ONe Big Cabin Non-applique Baby Quilt

The backing for this quilt was the same floral print on the front, only the back was flannel – super cuddly!  Such bright, happy colors for a new baby girl!

Prairie Point Quilts, in Shawnee, Kansas carries our patterns, too, and recently sent us this photo of their shop sample of One Big Cabin:

One Big Cabin baby quilt shop sample from Prairie Point Quilts in Shawnee Kansas

It looks like they used mostly batiks, and I love the soft, earthy look they lend to this quilt…

Nothing gives us fuel to keep creating, quilting, and marketing our work like seeing someone else’s vision for our patterns!!!! NOTHING!  So, keep ’em coming, if you make a quilt from one of our patterns, please email us a photo, send us a link to it online, or upload it to our Flickr group – we look forward to seeing it!

Happy Quilting, 

Doris & Trina

Festive Foxes

Fox In a Box Quilt Pattern Fox and Geese Quilt Block

This is the version of Fox in a Box that Quilter’s Cupboard in Ankeny, Iowa has kitted up for sale – adorable, no?!

I love the fun, festive look that the primary red and blue and bright green colors give this version – perfect for a generic, non-gender-specific, baby or toddler quilt.

Trina quilted this for the shop owner; I thought you might like to see some of the details:

Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block

On our cover quilt, we used one reddish-brown print for Fox #1 (that little sweetheart above), and a different reddish-brown print for Fox #2 (the cutie-patootie below); in this version the head and bodies of both foxes are made from one print, and the tails from the other brown print (same yardage is used either way you make it, so it is up to you which way you like best!)

Fox in a Box Baby Toddler Quilt Fox and Geese Quilt Block

I apologize, I don’t know off hand what fabric line this is (I believe the geese and binding prints are all from the same line) but I love the print on the binding, chevrons cut on the bias = binding perfection!

Fox in a Box Tree Applique Baby Toddler Quilt Bird in Tree Flying Geese Fox and Geese Quilt Block

Fox and Geese Quilt Block Fox in a Box baby Toddler Quilt

If you have any photos of your version of our quilts, be sure to share them with us via email or add them to the pool on our Flickr page!

Front Cover Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block Modern Baby QuiltAnd if you don’t have your copy of Fox in a Box, yet, you can can purchase it from any of the shops on our SHOP tab, Fat Quarter Shop, Pattern Spot, Craftsy, or our online shop, here.

Cover “Girl” Retakes

Well, Cover Quilts, anyway.

At this point in our business we are still doing our own photography (and accounting, and bag-stuffing, and pattern layout, etc. — we do use a professional printer!) and it takes time, and patience.  Working with the Iowa weather is always a challenge…   This weekend we had nice enough weather to get some outdoor shots, retakes of our new release, Fox in a BoxFront Cover Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block Modern Baby QuiltOur fancy photography studio (aka Trina’s front porch):

Quilt Pattern Cover Photography

Waiting for the right combination of the sun going behind a cloud just as the breeze stopped for a few moments made getting two good flat shots quite a challenge!

Fox in a Box Quilt Fox and Geese Quilt Block

But we got the shots we needed, including some photos of the “cover girl” for our next pattern, coming soon:

Feather quilting free-motion

free motion quilting straight line orange peel

Some lucky shoppers and retreaters in Ames, Iowa this weekend got the pleasure of seeing this quilt “in the flesh”… and if you follow us, you’ve seen this quilt before in another colorway (hint, hint).  Any guesses?

Rope Chain Quilting free-motion

Happy Quilting!

Trina & Doris

Dr. Seuss One Big Cabin

One of shops to start carrying our patterns in 2013 is Merry’s Stitchins in Jesup, Iowa. She has bright, open shop and a wonderful retreat area on her property.  She also has an adorable version of our One Big Cabin quilt made up without applique, utilizing the newest Dr. Seuss fabric line from Robert Kaufman.

Merrys Dr Seuss One Big Cabin

One Big Cabin uses half of a jelly roll, and a just a small amount of yardage.  What a cute idea for a baby boy… this would be a quick, cheery gift to whip up for that next baby shower!