Twist and Stack Bricks Comfort Quilt

One of the favorite quilts we make around here is made with a 3″ x 6″ finished brick with 1-1/2″ strips on either side for a finished 6″ block. And it is entirely possible this has been the subject of a previous blog post. If so, it’s worth showing it again as many may be making Christmas quilts or comfort quilts for the needy over the holidays.

This is also the quilt I have used for teaching my grandchildren to quilt. It can be sized any direction, works great for novelty prints for children’s and theme quilts.

The rotary cutting instructions for the blocks are as follows. This can also be cut with the AccuQuilt 2″ strip cutter, the 6-1/2″ strip die, and/or the 3″ x 6″ finished rectangle die.

This is the diagram for the quilt layout as well as the cutting instructions for a 42″ x 60″ quilt without borders.

This is a picture of the quilt using a dark strip. This also makes a beautiful quilt. The quilts pictured in this blog post were made by Sherry Gray.

  
 

Scottie Dog Applique Quilt Tutorial

This is one of my favorite quilts. The fabric I used came from my Mother. She always wanted to make a Scottie dog quilt. She had this little one yard or maybe a little more blue fabric and in making this quilt, I used every last scrap of it. But when it was time to bind it, there wasn’t enough fabric. Amazingly, I found a perfect blue (from Mother’s stash that I inherited) to match the blue in the Scottie dog fabric.

 

 

I used the AccuQuilt GO! 8″ and 12″ Qubes to make this quilt, but you can use individual dies or rotary cutting. 

Connector Block Cutting Instructions

2″ Finished Square (Cut 48 black dot, cut 48 light blue)

  • Shape 2 – AccuQuilt GO! 8″ Qube
  • Rotary Cut 2-1/2″ square

4″ Finished Square (Cut 24 light blue, cut 6 medium blue)

  • Shape 1 – AccuQuilt GO! 8″ Qube or
  • Rotary cut 4-1/2″ square

Applique Block Cutting Instructions

6″ Finished Half Square Triangle (cut 24 light blue)

  • Shape 3 – AccuQuilt GO! 12″ Qube or
  • Rotary cut 6-7/8″ Square and cut once diagonally to make two finished 6″ HSTs

6″ Finished Quarter Square Triangle (cut 24 black dot)

  • Shape 4 – AccuQuilt GO! 12″ Qube or
  • Rotary cut 7-3/16″ square and cut twice diagonally to make 4 finished 6″ QSTs

6″ Finished Square for embroidery (cut 6 light blue)

Border Cutting Instructions

  • Inner Border – cut 5 strips 2-1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric)
  • Outer Border – cut 6 strips 3-1/2″ x  WOF
  • Binding – cut 6 strips 2-1/2″ x WOF

Quilt Layout and Construction

 
 

Holiday Circles Applique: Tutorial for Table Runner Quilt

It won’t be long until Christmas, and I have been working on some Christmasy embroidery and table runner quilts that will be gifts for my daughters and others. This is such a quick and easy one to do. The embroidery is quick and the table quilt is even quicker. You will find instructions for doing the embroidery at the AccuQuilt blog today. And for the table runner quilt, the instructions are below and there’s a pdf printout that you can download too. I also included some closeups of the embroidery. You will find the design set over at the AccuQuilt website here.

3x3 Wall Hanging

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Supplies Needed:

Sewing machine and general sewing supplies for quilting.<\p>
Thread for quilting.
Fabric:
1.5 yards fabric for Plain Blocks, borders, and binding
3/4 yards fabric for Background of Embroidery Blocks
1 yard coordinated fabric for quilt backing
Coordinating fabric for applique shapes as needed
Coordinating thread for machine embroidery
36 x 36 inches cotton or cotton blend batting
Machine Embroidery Supplies:
Stabilizer – see Notes about stabilizer selection in Embroidery Instructions that come with the Machine Embroidery designs.
Coordinating Embroidery Thread

Cutting Instructions:

Quilt Fabric Squares Cut 4 each 6-1/2 inch squares (finished size 6” square)
Setting Triangles Cut 4 each 6-7/8 inch squares. Each of these squares will be cut in half diagonally from corner to corner.

Setting Triangles

Corner Triangles Cut 1 each 7-1/4 inch square. This square will be cut into quarters by cutting diagonally from corner to corner (see diagram).

Corner Triangles

Borders and Binding: Cut 7 each 2-1/2 inch strips across the width of fabric.

For borders, cut 2 each side strips 26 x 2-1/2 inches
For top and bottom borders, cut 2 each strips 29-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches.

Use remainder of 2-1/2 inch strips to make double fold binding.

Background Squares for Machine Embroidery Cut 9 each 8-10 inches square. These will be cut to 6-1/2 inch squares after the embroidery is finished.

Coordinating Fabric for Applique Shapes Select fabric that coordinates with the Quilt Fabric to be used for applique shapes. NOTE: Complete instructions for cutting die shapes is included with the dies, on the AccuQuilt website, and in the Machine Embroidery Instructions.

Quilt Assembly:

Assemble rows as shown in diagram. When rows are complete, stitch rows together to complete the center square.

Quilt Construction

When rows have been stitched into center square, add borders by stitching side borders first, then stitch top borders across.

Border Construction

Layer quilt top, batting and backing and complete the quilting of your table quilt. When quilting is complete, trim away excess batting and backing and finish your quilt by binding it with double fold binding.

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More Beautiful QOV Quilts

I got a wonderful email over the weekend from Sue in Arizona. She’s been busy teaching AccuQuilt classes and working on Quilts of Valor. She used the Split Star pattern and created a beautiful quilt. I love the colors she used in this quilt. It really sparkles and will be a comfort to a very deserving service man or woman.

 This block pattern makes a 12 inch finished block.

I’ve been doing lots of things besides quilting for the last month, but this inspires me to quilt again. After our trip to Cincinnati in late July and before my trip to visit Mother the first weekend in August, my embroidery machine jammed while stitching. I had stepped out to get something from downstairs – and when I came back everything had come to a halt and the computer screen was blank. After that it didn’t work at all. While I don’t use my embroidery machine every day, something about not having it around has left me unexcited about quilting.

So, a big thank you to Sue for getting me back on track. The machine should be back where it belongs this week. Fortunately it was under warranty and Mike at McKinney Sew & Vac in Greensboro is working on it. 
 

Star with Flag Center Quilt Block

This quilt block was sent to me by Colleen over at http://colleens-sewinspired.blogspot.com/. Colleen is a new blogger, but has been a stitcher for many years. She asked for cutting instructions for making this in an 8 inch finished size, but I have also included cutting instructions for the 12 inch finished size. I am not going to include block construction because you can use the Split Star instructions for making this block. The only difference is the center unit – one is a flag and the other is a half square triangle.

Click on the image below to access the adobe pdf file with cutting instructions.

  
 

Split Star Tutorial

Still working on that t-shirt quilt — but found a little time to cut and stitch this block. The pictures and instructions are below. You can find the adobe pdf version of the instructions here.  

Errata: On the original post, the D block was the wrong size. It has been corrected in both the adobe document as well as on this post. I apologize for the error.

Split Star Block

Cutting Instructions

Unit

Accuquilt GO Instructions

Rotary Instructions

Light

Medium Light

Red

Blue

A

Die # 55009

GO! 3” Finished Half Square Triangle

Cut 3-7/8” square and cut each square diagonally to make 2 triangles

2

2

4

4

B

Die # 55002

GO! Triangle -4-7/8”

Cut 7-1/4” square and cut each square diagonally from left to right and from right to left to make 4 triangles

2

2

0

0

C

Die # 55006

GO! 3-1/2” Square

OR

cut 3-1/2” strips with GO 3-1/2” strip cutter (55032); then rotate 90 degrees and subcut into 3-1/2” squares

Cut 3-1/2” squares

1

1

0

0

D

Die 55001

GO! 6” Finished Half Square Triangle

Cut 6-7/8” square and cut each square diagonally to make 2 triangles

0

0

1

1

 

 

Step 1: Stitch 2 background triangle units

 

Step 2: Stitch flying geese units, 2 red and 2 blue

 
 

Step 3: Stitch center triangle

 

Step 4: Stitch top and bottom rows together

 

 

Step 5: Stitch middle row together

 

Step 6: Stitch rows together.

 

  
 

Piecing the Quarter Square Triangle Units on the Ohio Star Block

Several people asked me how I would make the six inch finished Ohio Star block for the quilt that was shown in the post on Friday if I wanted to cut it using the Accuquilt GO!™ cutter. Using the rotary cutter to make a quarter square triangle unit to finish at 2″, one needs a square that is 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. That square would be rotary cut corner to corner to make quarter square triangle units. So that is where I started.

Using the Accuquilt GO!, the closest units to the 3-1/4″ square are the 3″ finished half square triangle and the 3-1/2″ square. My preference was to use the 3″ finished half square triangle even though there is more waste from trimming with it. The triangles stitch together so well with those dog ears cut off, that it makes it more fun to sew than if I used the square. (I used the  GO! Half Square-3″ Finished Triangle (55009); but you can also use the GO! Bountiful Baskets (55048).

I will show you both ways, and you can decide what works best for you. Instructions are on the photos – just click them for a step by step slide show.

Update: – if there is no image below, just a line – click on the line. IE9 seems to have a problem displaying the image. But the slide show really is there!

 

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GO!™ for a Star Blog Hop

The GO!™ for a Star Blog Hop to kickoff the April-May Quilts of Valor Challenge is this week. Here’s the lineup. You’re invited to visit each blog and sign up for the giveaways that you will find at each one. Happy April!

QOV Challenge Dates: April 1 – May 31

Blog Hop Dates: April 2-6

Featured Blogs for Blog Hop:

Monday 4/2/2012
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Tuesday 4/3/2012
Gene Black, an Alabama Artist and Quilter

Wednesday 4/4/2012
Marjorie’s Quilting Bee

Thursday 4/5/2012
North Hills Quilter

Friday 4/6/2012
Recap by Marjorie’s Quilting Bee

 Blogger support and promotion for blog hop and throughout the challenge:

SewCalGal

Lily Pad Quilting

Heirloom Quilting by the Pashofa Quilter

Desert Sky Quilts

Quilts of Valor Foundation Sunflower Meadowlark

SewFunQuilts

 
 

Elephant Parade progress

Progress on the elephant baby quilt. Isn’t it adorable? You can see I still have some more blocks to do and to add a border. And the wild animals and train dies are back in stock at Accuquilt, so I ordered them this week.

Elephant Parade
 
 

Elephant Parade

Was working on digitizing Overall Sam when these little elephants came to visit and distracted me. So, my only defense is that they were so adorable I just had to play. And it was a three and a half  day and night party. But I love the way they turned out. It was difficult to take good photos with the black background fabric – the colors look washed out and in person they’re bright and beautiful. But I used the black background to go with the elephant fabric I bought. You know that fabric also comes with a white background. . .

I made an elephant border – Momma Elephant and Baby Elephant.  And made all of those elephants turn to the right and turn to the left so I wouldn’t have to fiddle with them when I got ready to stitch. Wouldn’t that border be cute for a horizontal strip quilt or a border on a baby quilt? Wouldn’t those little elephants be adorable facing each other with a little heart between them?  You can see all the photos at my embroidery shop.

Blog Hop Day 2 – stop in and have some fun:

Connie (Quilting by the River) Connie’s got a great table runner tutorial
Linda  (Living 4 Quilting) and I’m sure Linda has a great surprise in store too!