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

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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:

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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:

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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

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 2

Thanks for all of your interest in our new quilt along!

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One question came up about how much background fabric we recommend. You are probably going to want at least 5 yards; see the bottom of this post for a more detailed answer.

Our latest block is a block known by many names; “Box Quilt Pattern”, Ladies Art Company 1897, “Box Car Patch”, Nancy Cabot, Chicago Tribune, 1934, and “Contrary Husband”, Kansas City Star, Nov 1938. (Jinny Beyer’s book).

Cut 1 – 3 ½” square for the center.

Cut 8 – 3 ⅞” squares from a print and a background fabric, or like Doris’ uses four different fabrics and a background to make 8 half square triangles.

Draw a diagonal line on all background squares.

Sew a scant ¼” on either side of the drawn line (diagram 2). Cut apart on the drawn line (diagram 3) and press to the darker fabric (diagram 4).




 

Layout the half square triangles and center square as shown. Sew the rows together pressing row 1 and 3 to the right, and row 2 to the left. This will make your seams lock together when sewing rows together.

Here are the finished blocks we made:

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

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

It’s a Quilt-Along!

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Today is the start of our Building Foundations Sampler Quilt Along!  (The name comes from our business tag line; which is “Built Upon Classic Foundations”.)

I love sampler quilts! I made a Dear Jane quilt and it is by far my biggest piecing achievement! The sad part is, I can’t have it on the bed because our 60 pound dog sleeps with us. He can sleep on any other quilt in the house, but I draw the line with my Jane quilt!

So I am going to build a sampler quilt (and make a King size quilt that we can use!) and I’d love it if you made one along with me!  (Grab the button above for your blog or FB page). Every other week, I will introduce a new 9″ block with instructions.  Doris and I will both make a version and share the photos here.

I set up a Flickr group for those in the QAL to post pics of their own blocks as we go: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2244546@N25/  For those that share blocks in the Flickr group, there will be some giveaways along the way. 🙂

Join us, invite your friends, and share this on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… the more the merrier!

Happy Quilting,

Trina

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QAL Questions, Answered:

One question came up about how much background fabric we recommend. I purchased 3 yards to make sure I like the fabric that I chose and plan to buy 5 more off the same bolt of fabric. (Doris purchased five yards of white off the same bolt). This is my word of caution about using white (which I totally love). If you are using white make sure it is the same white, (brand and color) keep it away from your other whites. All white fabric is not created equally, and it may look alike today, but “trust” me, it will not wash or age alike. Take a look at some aged quilts, not even antiques with an assortment of white fabrics and you will find the white are not the same color of white & some look transparent. Doris found this out the hard way, with a laundry catastrophe, about three weeks ago. ;-) -TK

Can I use scraps? You bet–we LOVE scrappy quilts, and some of our blocks are scrappy, but our background remains consistent. However, if you have a bunch of light scraps, say shirting prints, that you want to use for your background, you could definitely cut your background from the scrap bin, too!  Or use a different background for each block–just keep contrast and value in mind, and you’ll make a great looking quilt! -DB