Week 10 #ScrappyChurnDashQAL Segment D3

Wow, are you ready? This is the last week of making blocks! Yippee! As a content creator, I can say whew, glad the hard part is over! This was a gob of work, and in the end worth every minute. And welcome new visitors, followers, readers, and subscribers. I am overjoyed you have taken time out of your day to be here, curious about my blog. Thank you, Thank you!!

Lets start with blue and the nice eight pointed star block. You will need to download and print out the templates I provide below.

Here are my blues I selected.

Lets start with the kite block, you will need pieces N, I, and G. I and G pieces will be of your background fabric. I have chosen a blue background that contrasts enough against my neutrals, but also contrasts enough with my blues to use. Be very careful in your fabric selection for the background.

You will take your medium blue piece and cut a strip that is 2 1/2 inches, lay piece N on that strip and cut 4 kites. On your back ground fabric, 2 1/2 inch strip you will cut out pieces I and G qty 4 each.

Using your N, I, and G pieces lay them out as pictured below. If your pieces are not looking like this, make sure pieces I and G are laid out correctly.

Sew all of your I pieces to your N piece, and press towards the dark. Repeat this step for your G pieces. It may be better for this side to press to the light.

My kite was not pressed, sorry forgot to snap that photo. Repeat this block 4 times and ensure your kite measures 2 1/2 inches. Set these blocks aside, you are now ready to make the triangle in a square.

Here are my fabric selections and templates. You will reuse pieces I and G, but also use piece H. H will be cut from your background fabric and piece I and G will be cut out of darker blue fabric, or whatever you assign to your 8 pointed star.

Again, cut 2 1/2 inch strips of the fabric you will be using. Place piece H, so that the tip of the triangle and the short base of the triangle are even with the edges. For some reason piece H printed out layout wise wrong when reading it. How I have it on the screen is how it needs to be on the strip.

Cut 4 pieces of G, H, and I.

Sew piece G to piece H in the layout shown above, and Sew I piece to H. Press to the dark side on both of these seams. Measure your triangle in a square block and ensure it measures 2 1/2 inches.

Cut one 2 1/2 inch square of your dark blue or whatever color you have chosen for your 8 pointed star. You have completed the gathering for the 8 pointed star BOM.

Layout your block as so. Sew your 9 patch nesting seams and spinning seams (optional). Pressing direction does not really matter on this block.

I love how this block turned out!

Next we will be doing the drunkards path block. I made this way harder in the video. I recommend using the pattern pieces and 3 fabrics not 2.

You will need the following pieces cut from your templates: A, B, J, K, L, M, and O.

I opted to use two fabrics. I recommend cutting piece M out of a third fabric.

Layout your pieces so that the slight curve of the piece will be on the bias. You will need forgiveness while sewing the curved seam. How do you make sure of this? Find a straight edge of any of your paper pieces and lay that with the grain or running parallel to the selvedge edge. Can you lay it against the grain? Yes. The fabric weave that runs parallel with the grain has no stretch. The fabric weave that runs parallel against the grain has stretch. Carefully layout these pattern pieces on your scraps. Your cutting of your pieces is key to the success of this block.

Sew together pieces M, L, and O. M being in the middle. You have created the moon of your block. Now sew pieces B, A, K, and J in that order. You have created the path in your drunkards path block.

And here is the hard part. I recommend finding the center of your moon by folding your piece in half. Pin the center of the moon to the center seam on the other half of the block. I then recommend pining the raw edges of the moon to the path.

The key to sewing a drunkards path block, is not aligning the fabric before your presser foot. I recommend ensuring that the seam allowance and raw edges are even at the needle. Having raw edges even at the front of your foot, will mess this up. I know you are used to making the alignment before it goes under the foot, but the key to the seam allowance being correct for this curve, you must keep the raw edges in alignment at almost the needle position. I do recommend watching the portion of the video that covers this on my youtube channel for clarity. And I did show how to flub this up. It is okay if you flub up. It is about 3 inches of seam ripping. When you get this block right, it is sooooo worth it!

After sewing your curved seam, I recommend placing some ease into the seam but cutting out little triangle notches in the seam allowance. Do not cut into the thread of your seam. And I recommend pressing this how the block wants to lay flattest. I pressed my moon outward.

You can see the wonkyness in this block. Just make sure it measures 6 1/2 inches and trim as necessary. This block was made to fudge a bit. As quilters, we know how to fudge, eh?

The hard part of this whole quilt is done. Now onto some easier neutral blocks!

Lets make the double pinwheel, you will need three fabrics.

For the darker/larger portion of the pinwheel you will need to cut two squares at 4 inches which is piece F in your templates. Cut those from corner to corner. You will need 2 different colors for piece 3 cut to three inches and again cutting those down the middle from corner to corner.

Layout as shown, Notice the placement of my darkest neutrals. I recommend this for your scraps.

Sew piece E to piece E and then sewn pieces E to F.

Trim each block to 3 1/2 inches and Sew this 4 patch together, nesting seams and pressing as you wish.

And lastly, lets make a 9 patch friendship star.

Here are my fabric choices, and yes, I am putting pink into all this blue!!!

Of your background in your block you will need to cut 8 squares at 2 1/2 inches. for the colorway in the 4 patch you will need four 1 1/2 inch squares of one neutral, and four 1 1/2 inch squares of a different neutral.

First, lets make the center of the 9 patch, and actual 4 patch.

Use 2 of one stack of your 1 1/2 inch squares, and use 2 from your other 1 1/2 inch squares.

After sewing your 4 patch, makes sure that this measures 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

Next you will need to layout your background pieces surrounding your 4 patch. This will assist you in knowing what corners need what fabrics for folded corners or snowballed corners.

On the remaining four 1 1/2 inch squares, draw a line from corner to corner placing right sides together on your background, and sew just on this side of the line. Open corner and press outwards. Measure your square. it should still measure 2 1/2 inches. If it does not, ripout seam and resew with a better 1/4 inch seam. Trim off unused portion of square to remove bulk in the seam.

Nest your seams, and spinning of seams is optional. Now we are ready to construct the very last 12 inch block of this QAL.

Pressing kind of matters in this block because of all the bulk up in that 8 pointed starburst block. I recommend pressing those seams away from the block. In the construction of the quilt, the pressing does not really matter. Do what you think is best. And notice my blocks are not in the order of the pattern? I switched them up a bit because I wanted dark and light, and the contrast of the surrounding blocks to work and play well with one another better. Ensure this block measures at 12 1/2 by 12 1/2. Trim accordingly.

I am very excited that the next step in this, is sewing all the blocks together and adding a narrow border. I am not sure if I will be able to go live for this on youtube. I guess we will wait and see.

Interested in the video portion of this with different details, make sure you head on over to my youtube channel and check that out. You can find all the blocks under the #ScrappyChurnDashQAL playlist. And you can always refer back to a page you may have missed by visiting my very first post with fabric requirements here. I have also been posting in the QuiltSpace App. Although I am limited to 500 characters, so I have been most referring back to this blog for instruction. And instagram will get you the pics in this blog, but no instructions. You are welcome to follow me on instagram to see what else I am working on in the background.

May your bellies be full, your body warm, your quilting spirit is pieceful. Thank you sew much for reading my blog!

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Week 9 #ScrappyChurnDashQAL ~ Segment D2

Welcome to the freebie block of week 9! Can you believe that this quilt top is nearing completion? Time flies when you are having fun. I hope your tummies are ready for Thanksgiving, this weeks block is an easy one. It will be easy to catch up later, or sew when you have a houseful. This is probably the quickest block.

Here are the downloadable templates, always available to print and download when you need them most. This is an easy week, and you probably will not need them.

This may print upside down, but after it prints you can just turn the sheet around. 🙂

Lets dive in a create a 6 1/2 inch HST. All you need are two squares that measure 7 inches.

Due to fabric waste, I am only going to demonstrate the draw a line method.

Chose one of your neutral fabrics and draw a line from corner to corner. Sew a 1/4 inch on each side of the line. Cut on the line. Press to either side. Retain one HST for the quilt. This method will give you two HSTs. Place the second HST with your other orphan blocks to be used in another project.

You will then trim to 6 1/2 inches.

Next quadrant is a simple 9 patch. Select two neutral fabrics that compliment each other with a little bit of contrast between the two.

I selected a gray white print and a white for my neutrals. Your BOM will depend on where you want your emphasis. Do you want your standard nine patch to have emphasis in the corners and middle? Cut 5 pieces of your darker neutral fabric. And your lighter fabric will be assigned to the other 4 squares. All squares in this block are 2 1/2 inches.

BOM

  • Five 2 1/2 inch darker neutral squares
  • Four 2 1/2 inch squares of light neutral

Layout your 9 patch and start sewing your pieces together, just like in all of our other 9 patches we have built already in this quilt.

Pressing instructions, press your first and last row of blocks outward. Press the middle row inward. Spin your seams if you desire, but definitely nest them as you sew your rows together!

Lets get some color going. Our next block is a simple rail fence. In the video tutorial for this block, if you will note where you have been in this sew along, alot of the 9 patches are neutrals. If you want to make a color 9 patch and make your rail fence neutral, go for it!

I have selected three prints, you could get away with only using 2. I went from light to dark. I think my lightest print was a tad too light. Keep this in mind for value in your quilt. You want it to look blue next to all the surrounding blocks. Contrast is key.

You will cut your strips 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 and sew them together. Press as you wish! Easy so far eh? Don’t forget to trim this to 6 1/2 inches.

And the last block is an hourglass block. We have already made this block in week 5. We made it in blue then as well. This would be a great time to decide if you want another blue block or make this one neutral. I went ahead and made mine blue, but changed the layout of the darks and lights. This transformed the block and made it look completely different.

Here are my fabric choices, you could jazz this up anyway you wish. I kept mine a bit more formal and less scrappy.

BOM

  • 2 dark blue squares measuring 4 1/2 inches
  • 2 lighter blue squares measuring 4 1/2 inches

Place right sides together of a light and dark print. Cut from corner to corner.

Cut from corner to corner again.

Layout your hourglass, and sew each quadrant of this block.

After sewing hourglass blocks or QSTs, trim to 3 1/2 inches.

Layout and sew your 4 patch. The way I have laid this block out, I am calling it a Harlequinn pattern.

Press as you wish!

Trim block to 6 1/2 inches.

Let’s sew all the 4 quadrants together.

How are you all coming on this sew along? Are you keeping up? Are you enjoying the challenge? Like using scraps? How are you deviating the pattern? Any questions, comments, concerns, clarifications? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.

And as always, thank you for reading my blog!

Scrap Happy Nov Edition 2022

Greetings scrap fabric lovers, and everyone else! I have been diligently working behind the scenes working my scraps and not posting much.

For those of you who are wondering how my Quilt Along is going, here is a picture of what I have accomplished so far. All of these blocks have not published yet, I am still working on those directions and posts. Here is #ScrappyChurnDashQAL

And, I am debating some logistics of how I finish this off. Stay tuned for that. For those of you who are here for the #ScrappyChurnDashQAL, please follow this link to all the patterns all linked on one page.

And as I sewed ahead, trying to beat the time continuum, between editing video content and writing instructions, and scaling photos for the blog, it left a bit of down time as I got ahead. The itch to sew was high.

After watching a video, I decided to follow instructions on construction of a HUGE 9 patch, made with 18 inch squares, which then got trimmed to a disappearing 9 patch. I did this matter 4 times, used up my stash of Kaffe fat quarters, and pleased that I figured out how to use them.

And then this weekend, I really had to urge to start purging my 2 inch squares. I sewed about 75 nine patches in a couple of evenings. I will eventually lay these out and sew them as a spinning 9 patch, based on an antique quilt picture I have saved on Pinterest.

And then, #Sewcialites2 started, and I thought to myself, I have so much fabric, why not join in. I have a bolt of black, and knew instantly I wanted to deviate from their light background to the dark side. Having fun playing with my various bright scraps too.

Make sure to check out all the Scrap Happy muse in the links below:

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
Jill, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, Nóilin and Viv

And thank you for reading my blog.

Week #8 #ScrappyChurnDashQAL ~ Segment C4

Hello quilters! Today’s pattern has dropped and here it is free for you, also free for you to share and pass on to other quilters if you so choose.

We are going to start off with the sailboat block. This will require you to download and print off the free pattern paper templates.

We are going to dive right in and build the sailboat block. I made many mistakes doing this block because the paper templates are tricky to use.

Now that you have the templates cut out, you can see that the two sails would be impossible to sew as they are. So, take a ruler and cut through the strip at the bottom of the sail on pieces J and K. Align ruler on the dotted line and cut.

Cut a strip of sky fabric that measures 1 inch by greater than 6 1/2 inches. Set aside. The fabric you select for your sails you will cut next with paper templates. Cut your triangle sails out of your darker blue fabric. After you have those shapes, then sew the inch strip to the bottom.

Take pieces J and K, measure those with a ruler and cut two rectangles that measure 3 1/2 by 4 1/2. Use those templates to remove the portion for the triangle.

Using the J and K templates, cut off the portion for the sails, just like we did on the paper. Place the paper templates on the sky fabric. Just like we removed the paper sails on those templates, we are going to remove the fabric in those same spots. You will need to review the video for this portion of sewing. It tells you how to align your sail pieces to your sky pieces.

After sewing, trim block to 3 1/2 by 4 1/2 for each side sail.

Sew these pieces together. I would have added a dark strip for the sail post, right down the middle. If you opt to do this, I recommend a 1 inch strip by 4 1/2 inches. If you chose a side to add this, you will then need to trim down the block to 3 1/2 by 4 1/2. Ensure you are cutting on the opposite side of the mast you just added.

You will now need a dark piece of fabric for the bottom of the boat. Cut a strip that measures 6 1/2 by 2 1/2. Lay piece “I” on the fabric strip and trim. Or you can opt not to do this and just cut two squares of sky fabric and do covered corners over the edges.

You can either cut out piece H twice or you can cut two sky color squares 2 1/2 inches. If you use the templates, cut those out exact one piece I and two pieces H. Sew. Or you can draw a line on the squares and stitch on the line to achieve covered corners on each end of the boat hull. Because I sewed this block with so many mistakes, I failed to snap photos. I think this block took 4 tries. Sorry about that. And if any of this is unclear please check out my video on this, as it may answer a question or leave a comment below and I will better explain myself.

Sew the hull of the ship to the previously sewn piece. Feel free to press this however you wish. Verify your block measures 6 1/2 inches. Trim if necessary.

And the next blue block is a 16 patch (sew much easier than the previous).

Select your fabrics and either cut a bunch of 2 inch squares, or, cut 2 inch strips.

I opted to sew my strip sets together and then sub cut at 2 inches.

Then you will sew your 4 patches. I spun all my seams. How you press this is totally optional.

Onto the first neutral block for the week. This block you can utilize your tri-recs ruler, or you can opt to use the templates. If you opt to use the templates, place your cut out pattern pieces on your fabrics and trim to the edge of the paper pieces. Regardless of cutting method, sew method is the same for either. I will be showing the tri-recs method.

cut a strip of fabric that measures 3 1/2 inches wide. Place large tri-recs ruler on fabric lining up the bottom of the fabric to the 3 1/2 inch line on the ruler. I opted to work smarter not harder (for a change) and am just cutting one side off at a time. After I sew the other small triangle on to the larger one, I will then cut from the strip a 3 1/2 inch square.

Repeat this process 4 times. Here is the layout.

Sew your 4 patch and press as you wish.

The next block is a string block. You can opt to chose a bunch of strips and just sew them together of random neutral pieces. Or you can cut out the templates and use precision. If you randomly sew pieces together, note you will have to cut and have overhang greater than 6 1/2 inches.

I took my 6 1/2 inch ruler and used that to make my cuts. Make sure you do not place the diagonal line on the ruler as your start point for cutting. Make sure you give yourself seam allowance when making this cut.

You will then sew some more strings and cut those horizontally with your 6 12 inch ruler. Notice how my diagonal line has extra behind it. If you do not allow for seam allowance, your block will be too small.

Trim your block to 6 1/2 inches square.

And now we are ready to sew our large 4 patch and bring this weeks block all together.

Make sure to visit my youtube channel and glean information from that as well. You can follow along on instagram as well. Just look for me @myquiltprojectsig. Well, this week had many bloopers, but again, we are using scraps and I hope you feel the same way as I do, if you flub up, it is now just a smaller scrap! Thanks for reading my blog!

Week #7 #ScrappyChurnDashQAL ~ Segment C1

We are just buzzing right along. If you have fallen behind, no worries. This sew along is SEW AT YOUR OWN pace. You can click on the title post, and bookmark the page, or you can go back to the page where everything is linked when I announced fabric requirements.

Lets get started by making a neutral block, the Ohio Star. To keep my eyes focused, I am only using two fabrics for this 6 inch segment. You can use as many fabrics as you like.

Making the hourglass sub units, if you have the companion angle ruler, time to whip it out and use it for method one.

Using two different fabrics, cut two strips 1 1/2 inches. Since we are making 4 sub blocks and each sub block uses two pairs, we will need to cut 8 pairs. With right sides together, lay companion angle ruler with the flat top of the ruler in alignment with the top of the strip set, and the bottom of the strips aligned at the 2 inch line (these units will finish at 2 inches). Sew your hourglass pairs.

Take your pairs of sewn pieces and make an hourglass shape with the dark fabrics and sew those into the QST block. Make 4, and trim down to 2 1/2 inches.

If you do not have the companion angle ruler, you can opt to use method two, cutting squares from corner to corner.

Take two squares that measure 3 1/4 inches. With right sides together, cut from corner to corner.

Sew your pairs, ensure you are sewing on the same side on BOTH sets. Press to the darker side, but this is optional, press however you wish.

Using the pairs you just made, place right sides together matching center seam (nest seam). Sew along the long edge. Make 4 hourglass blocks and trim to 2 1/2 inches.

Block BOM

  • 4 QSTs
  • 5 neutral squares

Layout

Layout your 6 1/2 inch block like so.

Sew your 9 patch and press as you wish. Make note of how you pressed this one, so the next 9 patch we sew, we can press those seams opposite. Set the ohio star block aside for now.

And our second neutral block this week is another sho-fly block. Because of the block we just made, I opted to go a different colorway than before. If you used whitish pieces, go with tans. But again, fabric selection is up to your discretion.

I chose to use a marbled tan with a super white. We will be building these using the easy angle ruler, or method one. Cut each fabric in to 2 1/2 inch strips.

Next using your easy angle ruler, having right sides together, hang black tip off edge and align the 2 1/2 inch line on the ruler with the line on the bottom of the fabric strip. Make your cut. You will need to cut 4 pairs.

Sew on the long edge, finger press to the dark side. Repeat until you have 4 HST blocks. Trim HST to 2 1/2 inches if necessary.

Draw a line method for HSTs.

Using 3 inch squares of fabrics (you will need two squares of each fabric), draw a line from corner to corner on the lightest fabric. With right sides together run fabric squares and sew 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line. Cut on line. Finger press or press open to the dark side. Repeat this step one more time to get 4 HSTS. Trim HSTs to 2 1/2 inches.

Sho-fly BOM

4 hsts

5 background fabric squares that measure 2 1/2 inches

Layout your 9 patch and sew. Ensure what ever way you pressed the 9 patch before, you press this block the opposite.

Set block aside for now.

Chevron block construction

Select fabrics, it may help to down load the free printable to view this block and color it in. I am going to make this into a chevron style HST block.

Method 1 draw a line method. Cut two squares of contrasting fabric to 4 inches. Draw a line on the lighter square and placing right sides together sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line. Cut on the line and press to the darker side. Trim HSTs to 3 1/2 inches. Make 4.

Method 2, easy angle method

Using 3 1/2 inch fabric strips, with right sides together, place Easy Angle ruler with black tip in alignment of top edge and bottom edge of fabric in alignment with the 3 1/2 inch mark. Make cuts, 4 pairs are needed.

Sew HSTs on the long side, press to the dark side and trim if necessary to 3 1/2 inches.

Chevron block layout.

Here is how I laid mine out. You can really take this in any direction as you wish with your fabrics.

Sew your 4 patch, you may need to reference the other blue 4 patch you just sewed earlier to ensure you are pressing in the right direction.

Pinwheel block

Select two fabrics that contrast but compliment one another

Because this unit size has already been covered, I am just going to give the details. If using the easy angle ruler, cut two strips of contrasting complimentary fabrics at 3 1/2 inches. Place right sides together, and make 4 cuts for 4 pairs of unsewn HSTs. Finger press to the dark side, and trim to 3 1/2 inches if necessary.

If using the draw a line method, cut squares at 4 inches. With right sides together, draw a line from corner to corner and sew 1/4 inch from the line on each side of the line. Cut on the line, press to the dark side, trim HSTs to 3 1/2 inches,

Pinwheel layout

You will need to now sew your 4 patch pinwheel block. You will want to pay attention how you just sewed your other blue block. Press the opposite way you pressed that block.

Construct the 12 inch block make a large 4 patch of all the blocks you have sewn this week.

And there is more!

For those of you, visiting my blog in search of my #ScrappychurndashQAL, click here to get all the released blocks. As I was making my churn dash blocks, and the hyper activitity involved in getting the pattern on the blog and editing the film for youtube, it left me wanting to sew at a faster pace than once a week. So, I snuck some things in along the way. 3 quilt tops have happened. One I have failed to snap a photo of.

On my very first video for the ScrappyChurnDashQAL, I pressed my fabrics and attached them to my design wall. That was quite the inspiration to see all those random pieces together. My thought process really wanted to just sew my blues and neutrals together as they were. But I had a whole quilt to build. So, I decided to grab my scrap bag of greys. Grey is something I might use occassionally. But, I don’t really use it. So I made a crumb quilt out of my grays. And I would not just call it a crumb quilt, I would call it a TEXAS SIZED Crumb quilt. I randomly sewed my fat quarters, and strips, and wonky pieces. I have a very useful throw sized top, that utilized fabric which was stagnated in the stash. I promise to get a picture of this up soon.

And for those of you who follow along on youtube, you have probably seen the Tesselating tabbies quilt pattern that I sewed in a weekend. All of the pieces were already cut in the kit from 2001. It involved a block where the cat was in color, and one that was a negative of that where the cat was black and the surrounding was color. I have since sewed borders on and have failed to take a photo of that. Soon I promise. I love how this turned out. My middle child wanted a cat quilt, and this kit was only $10 at the antique store. A score, and a win!

This took hours to layout, and while it was on the wall I wanted to sew it together, so I would NOT have to struggle with the color alignment again.

And then there was the fat quarter disappearing 9 patch. I took all of my Kaffe Fasset fat quarters and trimmed them into large squares. I made 4 very large 9 patches, and then cut those into a disappearing 9 patch and resewed together. I did this for 4 quadrants of the quilt. This took only an afternoon. I love Kaffe, but never know quite what quilt to use it in. This shows off the wild patterns and keeps them whole for the most part. This will make a nice bed quilt. I am looking for a backing and can’t wait to quilt this up with a few new pantos I have purchased.

And then I decided to join in on the #Sewcialites2 sew along hosted by fat quarter shop. It has been going on for two weeks, and the more I looked at it, the more I wanted a whirl at this. So I went to the stash and pulled a bunch of brights to pair with a black background. Pleased as punch how they turned out. I am making the 6 inch blocks, but there are 3 inch and 9 inch options.

Very traditional blocks sort of, but with modern appeal. And most of all, enjoying the scrap usage of all my scraps! This past weekend I filmed my last block for the scrappychurndashqal. And I must say, that is scrappy, but a very formal scrappy, I can’t wait to show you! Stay tunned for several weeks of instructions. I plan to go live on dec 3rd to piece it together. So for those of you sewing along, you can hop on youtube and ask questions on any block construction.

I have been having fun, how about you? What quilty fun have you been having? Please leave a comment.

And lastly, I would like to thank everyone who supports me by liking, and commenting on my blog, or on youtube. It makes my day! Thank you sew much for reading my blog!