Friday, February 25, 2011

Sampler Quilt - Week 7 - Dancing Pinwheel

This week's block is what I call a Dancing Pinwheel, however, I do believe it has another name. A secondary windmill is formed by the navy blue fabric when multiple blocks are used in a quilt. Again you'll need an extra fabric for this block in addition to the background and accent fabric.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sampler Quilt 2011 - Week 5 - Southern Belle

The Southern Belle block is made up of half square triangles and quarter square triangles. You'll need 2 fabrics (background and accent). From each cut a 2 inch and a 3½ inch strip.

A Southern Belle calculator is available for different sizes, number and methods of blocks for your own project.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Square Album Four Patch projects...

Pin Cushion - made with a 4" block and stuffed with left over batting
Here are a few ideas of how to use a Square Album Four Patch block...

Mini Quilt/Placemat - made with 6 - 4" blocks, 1" inner border and 2" outer border.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ground Hog Day 2011


Well I was happy to hear that the ground hog saw his shadow, but that blizzard the night before was wicked. It's hard to see from pictures, but 2 entrances were completely blocked and the drifts were impressive considering we tried to keep some of them under control the night before. We shouldn't have bothered.

It was all funny until we tried to move it.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Friendship Watercolor wall hanging

Last week I started a Friendship block quilt breaking up each unit into smaller pieces. There are 256 - 2 inch squares and half square triangle squares using roughly 40 different fabrics.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sampler Quilt 2011 - Week 4 - Square Album Four Patch

This week is the Square Album Four Patch block. You'll have to have 3 fabrics (1 plus your background and accent fabric) and all will be from 2 inch strips.


A Square Album Four Patch calculator is available for different sizes, number and methods of blocks for your own project.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cold and Flu Season

A couple of years ago I made a video on how to sew a quick lined pocket/purse tissue cover on the serger. What it doesn't include is the dimensions of how to make them.
  1. First you start with top fabric rectangle 5" by 8" and a lining fabric rectangle 5" by 7".
  2. Match fabrics right sides together at one short end and serge or sew 1/4" seam.
  3. Line up opposite short end and serge or sew 1/4" seam.
  4. Turn right sides out and press ends with approximately 1/4" of top fabric wrapped to lining fabric side.
  5. With lining fabric down, fold both ends to middle butting ends.
  6. Turn right side out and fill with pocket tissue packs or tissue folded in thirds.