Thursday, February 25, 2010

March Block Examples

March is almost here and hopefully so is the Spring weather! For my month you will be making two wonky log cabin blocks in fabrics I will be mailing out tomorrow (friday).
Here are a couple of blocks that I made up in the Nicey Jane fabric to give you an idea of what I was thinking with the white Kona as the outside round.
Check the March Block discussion on Flickr for more instructions.
(The blocks look a little washed out in the picture. In real life I think you will enjoy working with this fabric.) Thanks for playing!

Happy quilting,

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More blocks for Sherri and then some

I made eight sets of the ladders thinking that I was making 2 blocks. I am sending the extra ladders and hope you can use them. I really enjoyed making these. All of the fabrics end up pulling together so nicely.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

blocks for sherri

This is a fun block.
I'm dreaming about making one of these for me!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February Blocks

Welcome to February! If you read my blog post, you know that I've chosen to do Quiltville's String-X quilt with a slight variation. So, you can use her tutorial along with the following tips to create the blocks.

You start off by making the rectangle. I didn't use paper to piece - but feel free if it helps you. Rather than cutting it to the 4.5" x 10.5" I cut mine to 3.5". This extra inch is for the white fabric.

Cut the white fabric into strips - 1" x at least 10.5". After you cut your rectangle to the 3.5" x 10.5", add the 1" white strip to either side.

From this point on the tutorial is pretty much the same, but I'll still walk you through it with my pictures. Cut the 2.25" square and halve it to get your triangle. Attach the triangle to your rule as shown and cut off each corner.

You are now left with the "center" of the block.
Next she tells you to cut 4 7/8 squares to halve and then attach to each side. I sent pieces so that you can cut 6" squares. I like to have them larger and then trim the excess when squaring up. Sometimes I find that if I use their precise measurements, I can be just a tad off here and there if you don't perfectly center it when attaching. So bigger is better in this case (for me anyway!) But do whatever works for you.
After attaching both triangles you have a completed quarter block. Repeat 3 more times to have 4 pieces.

I squared each block to 7.25". I think the hardest part about this block is going to be trying to match up the white lines. So, if you can get yours to line up well, go ahead and piece the 4 blocks into one large block. If you'd rather leave that for me, that's fine too, but then please don't sqare the blocks up - leave that for me. I think it will be easier if I have more fabric to work with when squaring up.

That's it! Let me know if you have any questions!