Friday, June 8, 2018

Block of the Month - Row 5


By Sandra Schlagel

I don't have any pets, and I couldn't decide whether I should use cats or dogs, so I thought, why not use both?  And have them facing different directions, too.  I posted the instructions for one cat and one dog - it's up to you which direction they face and how many you use (or don't) of each!
 


Refer to the diagram above, along with the photos below, for piecing and connecting placement.  Press each seam as you sew it, according to your preference.  Use different fabrics for each piece, with no repeats.  Or, if you'd like, you can do as I did on these blocks and used one fabric per "row" in both the background and each cat and dog unit.

Cat, Color A, cut:
Five 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
One 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece
Two 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
Three 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces

Background, Color B, cut:
One 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece
Three 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
One 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece
Two 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
Two 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces


Layout cut pieces in an arrangement that you like, facing the direction you prefer.

Make the six rows that form the cat unit first.  For row 6, place one B 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the left edge of one A 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on B from lower, inner corner to opposite, outer corner to form a triangle.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Open, press.  Row 5 requires no piecing.

For row 4, place one A 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the right edge of one A 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on smaller piece from lower, outer corner to opposite corner to form a triangle.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Open, press.

For row 3, sew one A 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to one B 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to one A 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece.  Repeat for row 2.



For the first unit of row 1, place one A 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to each side of a B 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line of the A pieces as shown.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Open to reveal completed rectangle, press.  (The images are upside down, don't let it throw you.)



For the second unit of row 2, place one B 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to one A 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece as shown.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner of the intersecting pieces.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Open to reveal the completed rectangle, press.  Connect the two units.


Your rows should look like the photo above.  Sew the rows of the cat unit together to look like the photo below.

 
Sew a background B 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to both the left and right sides of the cat unit.  Sew one background B 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the top and bottom to complete the block.
 
 
Make six blocks in your choice of colors and pets and sew them together to complete the row.
 
 
Refer to the diagram above, along with the photos below, for piecing and connecting placement for the dog blocks.  Use different fabrics for each piece, with no repeats.  Or, if you'd like, you can do as I did on these blocks and used one fabric per "row" in both the background and each cat and dog unit.
 
Dog, Color A, cut:
Six 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
Two 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
One 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece
One 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece
 
Background, Color B, cut:

Five 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
Four 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
One 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece
One 5-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece
Two 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
Two 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces
 
 
Layout cut pieces in an arrangement that you like, facing the direction you prefer.
 
Make the six rows that for the dog unit first.  For row 6, sew one A 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to one B 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to one A 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to one B 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece.  Do the same for row 5.
 
For row 4, make  flying geese unit (see earlier tulip block instructions) from one A 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece and two B 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces.  Sew the unit to one A 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece.
 
For row 3, place a B 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the right edge of the A 5-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on B from lower, outer corner to opposite corner to form a triangle.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Open to reveal the completed rectangle, press.
 
 
 
For row 2, place one A 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the left edge of the B 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on A from lower, inner corner to opposite, outer corner to form a triangle.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Place one A 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece as shown at right edge of B piece as shown above.  Draw a diagonal line on A from lower, inner corner to opposite outer corner to form a triangle.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Open both edges to reveal the completed rectangle (shown below), press.  Sew a B 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the right edge.
 
 
For row 1, place one A 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to a B 5-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on A from lower, inner corner to opposite, outer corner.  Sew along the line, trim excess fabric.  Open to reveal completed triangle, press.  Sew a B 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the right edge.
 
 
The completed rows will look like the photo above.  Sew the rows together to look like the photo below.
 
 
Sew a background B 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to both the left and right sides of the dog unit.  Sew one background B 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the top and bottom of the unit to complete the block.
 
 
Make six blocks in your choice of colors and sew them together to complete the row.  You'll notice that I chose dog + cat + cat + dog + dog + cat, and that I reversed direction often.




 
 
 

Sew the completed row to the top of row 4.  The final row will be announced at the June 12 meeting.

May 2018 Sew and Tell


Linda A.'s Scrapbook Quilt.

Candy A.'s been making baby blanket tops.
Eileen T. used many different techniques for this quilt, including paints, markers and embroidery.
Jacki O. made this landscape art quilt as part of her President's Challenge to try something new.
Laura D. sewed yoyos onto a purchased blanket.  It was quilted by Judy Werner.
Linda L. used Elizabeth Hartman's Fanciful Forest pattern for her quilt.
Melanie S-P's made Laura Heine's "Montgomery Moose" pattern.
Ramona B. made the Turnstile Quilt.
Sharon B.'s quilt called, "Someday the snow will melt and the flowers will come out again."

Darlene B.'s quilt, "Black Tie Affair"



 

May 2018 Guest Speaker

Nancy Kaslauskas, author of "Thread Calligraphy," was our guest speaker at the May 8, 2018, monthly guild meeting.  We enjoyed her quilts and her sense of humor!  She left us with the following advice:  "Experiment, take a class, do a Challenge.  Think about what you have and what you can do with it."  She also said, "I live with an attitude of gratitude," and her stories inspired us to do the same.







Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 2018 Sew and Tell

Donna's Quilt
Laura's Quilt
Deb's Quilt
Nancy's quilt
 
Shirley's Quilt
Lana, Darlene and Dorothy made the same row-by-row pattern using different fabrics.  This quilt was made by Dorothy.
Lana, Darlene and Dorothy made the same row-by-row pattern using different fabrics.  This quilt was made by Darlene.
Lana, Darlene and Dorothy made the same row-by-row pattern using different fabrics.  This quilt was made by Lana.
Winnie's Quilt using keepsake handkerchiefs and buttons
Daphne E.'s Quilt


 

April 2018 Guest Speaker


We really enjoyed meeting Amanda Effering, and her son, Luke.  They are from Creative Stitches in Bird Island.  Amanda provided us with a lot of good information about basic sewing machine maintenance and needle selection, as well as the classes and machine services provided by Creative Stitches.  You can reach them on Facebook @creativestitchesbi, at creativestitchesbi@gmail.com, or by calling 320-365-4191.

Block of the Month - Row 4

 

 
 
By Sandra Schlagel
 
What would a sewing room be without spools of thread?  Row four of the "Scrap Happy Home" quilt has four spools in each block.  Each block is a different color.  The colors run diagonally through the quilt, however, feel free to run them horizontally or vertically.
 

Refer to the diagram above, along with the photos below, for piecing and connecting placement.  Press each seam as you sew, according to your preference.

Spools, Color A, cut:
Eight 3-1/2" x -1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

Spools, Color B, cut:
Four 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece

Spools background, Color C, cut:
Twenty-four 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces using different fabrics for each piece.  Alternatively, you could make each section the same fabric which reduces your types of fabric that you'll need from twenty-four to eight.


Layout cut pieces in an arrangement that you like.


For the top and bottom of each spool, place a C 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square to each edge of an A piece, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on C from outer corner to opposite corner to form a triangle.  The lines are fairly visible in the photo - you can see that they echo the shape of the spool.


Sew along the lines, trim excess fabric (spool on right above).  Open to reveal the completed rectangle (spool on right above).  Press.  Make eight of these units (four shaping the top of each spool and four shaping the bottom of each spool).


For the center of the spool (the thread portion), sew one B 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece between two C 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" pieces.  Make four of these thread units.


Sew one top spool unit to a center thread unit to a bottom spool unit as illustrated.  Make four spool units.


Sew the four units together.  Sew the background C 6-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the left side of the spool units.  Sew one background C 7-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the top.  Sew another C 7-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the right side.  Sew the C 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece to the bottom.  The completed block is above.

 
 
Make six blocks and sew together to complete the row.  Sew the completed row to the top of row 3.  The next row will be announced at the May 8 guild meeting.