Friday, September 16, 2016

PVQA Sept. 2016 BOM

I'm calling this month's BOM  "Halloween O's".  The block is essentially an O and since Halloween is coming up I decided to use a layer cake of Halloween fabrics to make it seasonal!

Have you Checked your quarter inch lately?  Check out this post here!

The inspiration for this project was a vintage quilt  I saw a few months ago at the San Jose Quilts and Textiles Museum, in San Jose, California.
It was a wonderful show featuring Selected Quilts from Great Britain collections juxtaposed to Kaffe Fassett's interpretations of those quilts!
Here's the vintage version...
And here's Kaffe Fassett's version.
They are both really wonderful lively quilts and I thought both the block and the resulting quilt made it a good pick for a BOM.
People don't always have the "right " fabric in their stash for the BOM so I thought this month I'd use a Precut bundle that might provide all the fabric needed while offering a lot of variety!
 I'm always on the look out for good deals on the Internet and this Layer cake of MODA  Halloween fabric called Spooky Delight was on sale at Craftsy for 35% off! 

Here are the cutting requirements for two 10" layer cake squares.  This will yield 2- 8" unfinished blocks:  a light on dark and a dark on light.  But if you are doing more blocks you can mix and match the pieces anyway you want!
Place two 10" squares right sides together.
Cut 1- 4" wide strip off one side.
Cut the 4" strip into 4- 2.5" rectangles.
Cut a 4" strip from the remaining rectangle.
From this piece cut a 4" square.  Set aside the 2" x 4" strip.
Take the other 6" square and cut it into 2- 3" x 6" strips.
Here are all  the pieces for the two blocks (Light fab is underneath).
Layout these pieces.
Take the 2- 3" x 6" rectangles and cut as follows
Cut to make 4- 3" squares
cut on the diagonal to make 8 HST.
Sew on the diagonal and press to the dark side.
Square them up to make 8- 2.5" HST.
Lay out the blocks as shown. 
Sew the middle to 4" strips on either side and press the center seams to the dark fab.
Sew the HST on either end of the other 2- 4"strips.
and press thes seams  in the opposite directions of the center's seams. 
Refer to the pic below.
That way when you sew the top and bottom seams they will "nest".

If you are using any directional fabrics be mindful that you cut one set of stripes one way and the 2nd set the opposite...
so that when you put the HST to the side strips all the stripes line up!
Technically they are mirror images but not super impose-able!
Blocks should measure 8" unfinished.
I can't wait to see how these blocks turn out!  
Have a great weekend!  
Cheers, CW

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Quilt for new Grand Baby!

We traveled to Indy, ID.  last week to meet our new grand daughter Sadie and visit with her big sis and parents!  We had so much fun!  I originally thought I would give Sadie this quilt,  but when I saw her I knew I wanted to give her something different.  So I whipped up this little flannel receiving blanket so's not to go-visiting empty handed.  This will buy me some time while I figure out what I really want to make for her.
                              I wish I had more of that butterfly fab.  but it was just a scrap!
The grey flannel on the outside was particularly soft and wonderful.  Some kind of a yarn dyed flannel?!  Since it was just two layers I simply stitched in the ditch around each square. So Simple!
I used this "I Love Lucy " flannel fab for the backing.  I've been hoarding it for a special occasion.
It makes me laugh!  I sooooo remember that episode!
I hope Sadie likes to cuddle with it as she grows. Her mom said she liked it a lot so it surely won't get stored in a draw!
Have a great week!
Next Post will be Sept. BOM (think Halloween!)
Cheers, CW

Monday, September 5, 2016

Vintage Blocks!

A friend gifted me with these vintage blocks.  I'm thinking they are probably around the Turn of the Last Century vintage?!  Anyway they are in really good shape.                                  My friend had already started to  sew them together so I think I will just finish the job.  I only need to make one more block to make a 6 x 6 top.
The blocks are mostly shirting fabs.  A lot of very graphic stripe type prints.  When put side by side they have a great look!

The blocks are all hand sewn.  But I think I will sew the blocks together by machine. 
Should be an interesting process!
Happy Labor Day to you all!
Cheers. CW