Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Actually I know it is Tuesday, but I just couldn't find the time to get this posted yesterday.  4 little ones under 18 months kept me occupied. 

These are all my bright FW blocks.  I think they don't look nearly as yellow as before.  I still have plenty of time to even out the colors.

This is a pattern from the book Simplify by Camille Roskelley.  I fell in love with the quilt when I first saw it.  Most of the fabrics are from a scrap bag purchased from Moda.  It is the Fandango line by Kate Spain.  I used the whole scrap bag.  I filled in with several fabrics from my resource center to give it even more variety.    I just love the yellow fabric with the tags on it that Ellen gifted me.  I don't plan to add any borders (at least that is currently the plan).  I want to hang it on a wall in my dining room to hopefully cut down on the noise vibratations of my children.  It was a very fun pattern to sew, but not one that I could take and go.  Once I had the blocks arranged like I wanted, I knew I had to get it sewn together. 

Let's keep the excitement going!

Have you completed the January blocks yet?  For the overachievers, I wanted to go ahead and post the next 3 blocks with cutting instructions.  I am sewing these together differently than in the book, but you are welcome to follow the example of the Farmer's Wife book.

  • #84 Spool
  • #81 Snowball
  • #41 Friendship Star

#84 Spool
  1. 2 - lights 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
  2. 1 - dark 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
  3. EITHER 4 - 2 1/2" squares OR 4 triangles cut with the Easy Angle using a 2 1/2" strip width (before you decide, you may want to see the method below)
There is a way to trim the angle on the blocks that you would normally use the stitch and flip on.  I discovered a nifty little trick that I wanted to pass along.  When you do the stitch and flip method, you always stitch to the corner and trim 1/4" beyond the stitch line.  Sooooo to trim before we want to cut on a angle 1/4" from the corner.  This can be done very easily with the Easy Ruler.  Line up the ruler like the picture, and trim.  The tip of the ruler should extend beyond the edge of your fabric.  Do this to both ends of the light 2 1/2" X 6 1/2" light pieces.  MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE ANGLES GOING THE CORRECT WAY :-) 
Join the pieces with the triangles to the Dark rectangle to complete the spool block.  Check your measurements to make sure it is 6 1/2". 

Snowball # 81 is pieced the same way.
  • 2 dark 2 1/2" X 6 1/2" rectangles
  • 4 light triangles cut with the Easy Angle 2 1/2" strip (can use square method if you prefer)
  • 1 light 2 1/2" square and 2 dark 2 1/2" squares

Join the light square with 2 dark squares trim off the angles on the dark 6 1/2" pieces and add the triangles.  Join the 3 pieces to complete the block.
#41 Friendship Star

  • 4 Light 2 1/2" squares
  • 4 light triangles cut with Easy Angle 2 1/2" strip
  • 2 dark triangles cut with the Easy Angle 2 1/2" strip
  • 1 dark strip 2 1/2" X 6 1/2"
Trim off the corners of the long dark strip just like in block 84 with the easy angle, and add 2 light triangles.  Join the remaining 2 light and dark triangle pairs to make the half squares and add the light squares to each side (make sure the angle is going the correct way).  Join the rows to complete the block.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

More Farming

I finished my January blocks and I wanted to post a few more tips.  This is block #55  Linoleum.  
  • 4 light 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • 4 dark 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • 5 dark 2 1/2" squares
  • 8 light 1 1/2" squares 

Place the light squares on the corner dark squares and chalk or draw a line corner to corner.  It is easier to do the stitch and flip method than to use the templates.  We are going to sew on the line. 
Since these pieces are so small, I cut away the excess of both pieces (the background and the square) after I pressed.  I pressed my rail pieces toward the red to help line the little signature blocks up.

Take care to get the angles going the correct way!! 

If you need a closer look, you can always click on the picture to make it larger

The bowtie block (#10) is made in a similar fashion. 
  • 4- 3 1/2" squares
  • 4- 2 " squares


Place the squares on the inside corner of all the squares and chalk a line on the diagonal.  Sew on the line and trim away the excess. 

I trimmed away both the background and the excess of the square fabric 1/4" from the stitch line.  I pressed the dark squares toward the larger square, and the light squares toward the small square.  This helped them to match up when sewing the 4 patch together.

Remember PINS ARE YOUR FRIENDS.  These pieces are only going to get smaller.  Pinning will help things match up nicely.

I have the first 8 blocks sewn, and they all measure 6 1/2".  It is wise to measure after each addition of fabric to make sure you have the correct seam allowance.  I really chose a lot of yellow in the first 8.  Good thing I have over 100 more to even things out.

These are my colors for the quilt (thank you Nancy and Char)  I am picking my colors from the bucket.  I think this will give me plenty of variety.  Since I am making this quilt in two colorways, I am planning on making baby quilts with the brights (20 blocks each). 

Grab your Farmer's Wife book and get sewing!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Farmer's Wife has begun!!

Let's start off easy in the month of January with the following block numbers:
  • 2 Autumn Tints
  • 4 Basket Weave
  • 10 Bowtie
  • 29 Economy
  • 48 Homeward Bound
  • 54 Kitchen Woodbox
  • 55 Linoleum
  • 73 Rainbow Flowers
I have a few hints for block numbers 29 and 54

#29 Economy
  • 1 square 3 1/2" square
  • 4 triangles cut with Easy Angle with a strip width of 2 5/8"
  • 4 triangles cut with easy angle strip with 3 1/2"
The first picture shows the difference in the markings between 2 rulers.  The ruler on the right is the Olfa Frosted and the markings are the FINISHED SIZE; the ruler on the left is the Easy Angle, and the markings are the UNFINISHED SIZE.  I just want you to be aware of the difference. 

I like to trim off the second dog ear like shown in this picture.  It helps to line things up when joining pieces.

Start by adding opposite triangles to the center square.  It helps if you crease the center square and line up the point of the triangle with the crease.  After the first round of triangles are added, the square should measure 4 3/4". 
Add the remaining 4 triangles to yield a square measuring 6 1/2"

54 Kitchen Woodbox
  • 1 square 2 1/2"
  • 4 triangles cut from a 2 1/2" strip with the easy angle
  • 2 pieces 1 1/2" X 2 1/2"; 2 pieces 1 1/2" X 4 1/2"
  • 2 pieces 1 1/2" X 4 1/2"; 2 pieces 1 1/2" X 5 1/2"

Use the picture at right as a guide to lay out the pieces for this block.  Join the 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" strips to opposing sides of the block; continue by adding the 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces of the same color.  Measure your block to make sure it is a 4 1/2" square!   Adjust your seam allowance if necessary.

Next add the remaining  1 1/2" by 4 1/2" pieces to the block

Center the 1 1/2" by 5 1/2" pieces and join to the unit

Place your easy angle ruler on the joined pieces lining up the angle of the ruler 1/4" from the corner.  Line up the lines on the ruler with the top and side to make sure you are trimming the unit on the correct angle.  Trim all four corners.
Line up the 4 remaining triangles and finish the 6 1/2" block. 
Hopefully this will help you with any questions you may have had for the first blocks. If you need a tutorial on any of the other blocks listed, let me know.  If you click on any of the pictures, it should make them larger so you can see better.