Sunday, April 26, 2009

Block 48

This block looked like it was a two colour block, but looking at the finished block it could be really interesting with more fabrics.

Here is everything all laid out and ready to go.  The squares to the side are for the 1/2 square triangles on the centre white rectangles.

Here it is with the 1/2 square triangles.  To make them I cut squares 1/2 inch larger than the finished triangle.  Drew a line diagonally across the square and then sewed on the line.

Here I've assembled the sub-blocks.  And, look!  it's our old friend the 9-patch.

For this one I pressed the top and bottom rows away from the centre which left me pressing towards the centre for the centre row.

And here is our finished block for the week.  I hope you have a great week ahead.  (And where ever you are, it not snowing like it is here.)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Block 77

I started this block off with a paper pieced centre.  (The measurements for the centre were a little funny.)  Not the numbering on the paper, I did that on purpose to make the seams but together when putting the whole thing together.

I also created the flying geese using the fast flying geese method.  And did the diagonals on the two corner blocks.  For that, I took the finished measurement of the triangle (white fabric) and added 1/2 inch to get the size of square to cut.  Then I drew a line across the diagonal.  Then sew across the line.

Here are all the elements laid out and ready to go.  Once again, we're back to our old friend the 9-patch.

When I assemble a 9-patch, I put the rows together.  I make sure that the centre is pressed to the opposite sides from the top and bottom.  (Makes aligning the seams in the next step easier)  In this case, I pressed the seams on the centre block towards the inside so there was less bulk on the flying geese points.

And here is our finished block.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Block 84

This block is another fairly simple one.  It's a 9-patch centre with a courthouse steps variation.  Some of the strips are fairly narrow so I cut them wide and trimmed after sewing just to help with accuracy.  Here we start with all the pieces cut and laid out.

Here I've started on the centre 9-patch and sewing any of the outside units that I could.  (I try to chain piece anything I can)

Here is the finished 9-patch and all the outer units pieced, trimmed, and ready to go.

Now It's just a matter of adding the outer units...  Sides




And Voila!  Our next block in the series.  I hope everyone is enjoying this quilt as much as I am.  

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Block 98

Last week we had the first block in the quilt.  This week we're having the last one.

As always, the non-red and white shows what you'd do if you are making the block and then cutting it in half diagonally.  First thing I did was make the flying geese blocks and set up the remaining blocks.

I then started the square-in-a-square and putting the middle border blocks together.

Here is the centre square-in-a-square completed.

Then starting with the edges on the middle border.

Then the final pieces for the middle border.

Then repeat it for the outer border and the block is done and ready for slicing.

This is what you'll want to follow if you're including the seam allowance for the blocks.  Once again I started off with the flying geese.

Then I started attaching triangles.

Then I added the remaining white triangles and the squares for the middle and outer rounds.

Here is the middle round added.

And finally the outer round attached.  And here is the square with the additional seam allowance.