Saturday Stitches – An 8″ Connector Block

A favorite block size is 8 inches. However, the chain connector block seems to work better as a 9 patch block and that is not easily divisible as an 8 inch block. I was watching a Lori Holt video (I love her quilts even though I’ve never made one of them) and she was making an 8″ chain connector block. And of course, I set out to make that block with my AccuQuilt dies. These are the measurements for that block.

8 inch finished chain connector block

As always, I have a stack of star blocks that will work perfectly with some chain connector blocks. These are floating stars – all scrappy – made with a custom die that I had made by Custom Shape Pros through the AccuQuilt website.

This is how I made the connectors.

For each block:

Die# to CutSize to cut
2″ strip cutter2 each2″ x 8-1/2″ dark strips
2″ x 8-1/2″ light strips
2-1/2″ strip cutter42-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ light rectangles
2-1/2″ strip cutter12-1/2″ dark square

Sew the light and dark strips together, press to the dark strip, and then subcut with the 2″ strip cutter into pairs to make the corner four patch units.

Sew the light and dark strips together, press to the dark strip, and then subcut with the 2″ strip cutter into pairs to make the corner four patch units. Layer as many as will fit onto 2″ strip die
These are the 8-1/2″ strips that have been cut into subunits for 4-patch corner units
Arrange light/dark subunits to be stitched into 4-patch units
Arrange the four patch units, light rectangles, and dark center square to make a 9 patch block.

And this is the mockup from EQ8 of the connector blocks and the floating stars.

Progress on Nine-Patch

On Saturday Stitches on the blue feather quilt studio Facebook page, I posted a project with a plan to use up some orphan star blocks. The setting was going to be nine-patch Irish chain blocks alternating with the stars. This is the picture from Facebook showing the stars, the blue example of the nine-patch, and the beginning four-patches for the nine-patch. Because the star blocks are multicolored, it seemed a neutral fabric for the nine-patch blocks would work best.

Saturday Stitches Project

The stars and the 9-patch blocks didn’t look good to me, and I decided to go to Plan B. Thus, I used charm squares from Riley Blake Fabrics. They were just slightly larger than the 6″ square on point from the 12″ AccuQuilt GO! Qube so I made 6″ SOP blocks instead of stars. This is the finished center of the quilt. It will need borders to make it a lap size quilt. The charm squares worked well enough and the square on point blocks were so easy to make. Can I finish it by Friday?

What are you working on this week? I’d love to see what you’re doing.

Fall QAL Week 5 – Accent Blocks

This is a big week because we are going to tackle Accent Blocks. These are what I would call “Inside Border Blocks” and they are half the size of a regular block. The following image shows a diagram with the Accent blocks identified. We will spend this week and next week on these Accent Blocks. Next week we will add the small corner blocks. Then the only thing left will be to add a solid border and finish your quilt.

Click on QAL at the top of the page and you will find the instructions.

Diagram Showing Accent Blocks

I have written instructions and diagrams for some simple Accent Blocks and also for two blocks that are for more experienced quilters. In addition, the instructions include images of the overall layout with the different Accent Blocks. Please read the instructions all the way through. Ask questions in the AccuQuilt Qube Facebook group if there is anything you do not understand.

I can’t wait to see what you do with these blocks.

Saturday Stitches – October 8, 2022

This text came late last night. The youngest granddaughter loves the corner to corner crochet blanket I made for her. It was started when she was tiny. Between piecing a lot of quilts and a lot of crochet and some tendonitis, it was delayed a couple of years. It is so wonderful to see her enjoying it. It’s not as long as I would like, but it was planned for a much smaller child – LOL! The yarn color is called “Cancun” and is no longer available – but isn’t it beautiful?

It’s Saturday which means for the rest of October we will be doing youth baseball. Games are at 9:00 and 10:30 and requires us to be there 30-45 minutes early. Today’s temps are in the 50’s and low 60’s during game time so sweatshirts are in order. For those of us who live in the mid-Atlantic, that’s chilly.

Are you doing any Halloween or Fall stitching? Show us what you’re making with a post on the Blue Feather Quilt Studio Facebook page.

A Little Happy Dance

Last week I did a tutorial for Migrating Geese. This week I will do a tutorial for a block that I call “Nesting Geese” There are four baby geese in this block. That tutorial will be ready tomorrow. This is the block.

The reason this tutorial will be on Thursday is because last week this blog suddenly had some technical issues. I immediately contacted Technical Support at the web host and they were able to get things working again. However they told me that I had 30 days to make some changes. I was able to update everything except this blog. And every time I tried, it broke the blog. I spent hours and days reading and exploring to find what was wrong with the code behind the blog to see why the update wouldn’t work. I had finally come to the conclusion that I would lose 14 years of blog posts and was beginning to accept that. And then finally, last night the light at the end of a very dark tunnel appeared, I hit upon the right code to make things work, and “voila” –everything is updated and working. Happy Happy Dance – you cannot know how good it feels to have that off my shoulders.

In the meantime, I am working on a quilt for something new for AccuQuilt that will come out next year so besides working on the blog, my time has been spent getting this project off my sewing table. Can’t wait until 2023 when you can see this.

The weather ahead for the next three days is in the upper 70’s and clear, and we should be able to dry out from the tropical storm Ian that came through last weekend. The yard looked like tossed salad from all of the limbs and leaves that came down, but other than losing the top of a maple tree and one of our dogwood trees, everything was safe. And slowly but surely we’re picking up all of the limbs and mowing through the smaller leaves and clearing everything back to normal.