Friday, January 20, 2017

12 inch Split 9-Patch Tutorial

February is my month for my Do.Good Stitches Haven circle and this is the block they will be making for me. A Split 9-patch. It's just a 9-patch but with HST's that divide the unit up for a fun visual interest.  I'm going to show you how to make one 12 inch finished block, or 4 units. 

Here's how to make it!
You will need:

Mark your gray squares in half diagonally on the backsides. I use a regular old pencil for this.

Match a gray and black square right sides together and stitch a scant 1/4 inch on either side of the line. I make a chain by sewing down one side of all, then turn the whole thing around and stitch down the other side without cutting them apart. Super fast!

Cut apart on the lines.

My ironing board is gross.

Trim these all up to 2.5 inches square.

Turn unit around and square up again to get rid of both 'dog ears'.

Next, lay out your blue and light squares to make one quadrant--keeping the gray halves on the blue side and the black with the lights.

Sew together into rows, then sew the rows together to make one quadrant. Make 4 quadrants to complete a 12.5 inch unfinished block!

I'll have my Haven-ites leave the 4 quadrants unsewn so I can mix them all up, and so I can play around with the layout. Which way should I make it??

Barn raising? (above)


Lighting bolt?

Or I could make it into some other random design. We will see in a few months which way I will go with it. But I'm loving the way this block looks! I chose these colors because it matches some yardage I got on super clearance a while back that I will use for the backing and perhaps a border and/or binding. But, it would be neat to see this in other colorways too. I also love how it is a great block to use up scraps. I love a good scrappy quilt!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DGS November regatta/Embroidered baby quilt

November's blocks for Do Good Stitches- Haven circle were these Regatta sailboats.  I dug out all my nautical themed fabrics for these. I knew I was saving for something someday! The rectangles were a bit tricky.

Rose embroidered this adorable baby quilt.

I kept it super simple with some swirls.

I avoided quilting over the satin stitched eyes.

So sweet! Thanks Rose!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Lois's Around the world

Lois made this around the world throw-sized quilt.

She let me have creative freedom so I got a bit fancy-pants on the outer green border.

The red border got swirl-feathers.

The center was quilted with an all-over swirls, feathers, leaves and curls.

Thanks Lois!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pop Stars table runner

I bought this Pop Stars table runner pattern at my LQS in October. I had received a couple of mini charm packs as a door prize at a quilt guild meeting and this pattern was perfect for them!

I decided to use the 'no waste' flying geese method instead of the stitch and flip as the pattern calls. So I found some coordinating fabric from my stash. Plus just a few more 2.5 inch squares.

I had a hard time making a decision on how to custom quilt it. I like how it turned out!
(I had to include the ugly orange goose fabric. It's our signature!)

Lots of ruler work and corner-to-corners. (the horse fabric is for Dad- the horse lover.)

I gave it to my parents in honor of their 40th Wedding anniversary. They are already enjoying it here on their dining room table.

Loved this pattern and will probably make it again, this time for MY table ;)

The back.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Luann's Christmas quilt

Luann made this Christmas quilt.

I quilted an all-over design in a cream thread.

Here it is from the back. Curls, holly and ribbon Christmas trees.

I really like it!
Thanks Luann!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jessica's Cherry Baby quilt

Jessica made this adorable baby quilt. Love those cherries!

I echoed the cherries and added some veins in the leaves and a large spiral in the cherries.

The rest was filled with swirls, leaves and flowers.

Thanks Jessica!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Paula's manly quilt

Paula made this manly quilt for her husband with these fun novelty prints.  Beer, cigars, watches, and cars.

I quilted an all-over paisley swirl on it in a gray thread.

Thanks Paula! I'm sure he will love it!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Joanne's Fall 16-Patch

Joanne made this lovely fall 16-patch quilt.

Ok, so these next two pics are terribly blurry, but it's what I've got of the front of the quilt.

She requested a meander with leaves, stars and moons.

The back.

Thanks Joanne!