I have two downloads today. One is a pdf file with the first four blocks and the other is the EQ7 file with the first four blocks. I will create a section on the side that will take you to all the downloads over time.
Please note that I updated the files AGAIN! It seems on these first four blocks that every time I look at them I see terminology or die names or something that isn’t consistent from one block or page to another. In some ways I am just too detail oriented, although in general, I’m a big picture person–or maybe that’s the problem 🙂 Anyway, I hope these are correct.
This is a classic. I wish I knew the history of all these blocks, but you’ll have to get that information somewhere else. This block is made up of the flying geese block that we talked about. There are lots of ways to make geese using squares and stitching them together, cutting that apart, and re-stitching. However, now that the Accuquilt products are available, it’s easy to very accurately cut the triangles and match the corners because the dog ears are removed. Thus,when the triangle is cut, one gets a perfect fit matching the triangle corners; and the result is a perfect rectangle. Be careful when pressing not to distort the rectangle.
Today’s block is School Girl’s Puzzle. This is such a pretty block and looks a lot like butterflies in a meadow. This is made of half square triangles. What is really neat is that the large 6 1/2 inch triangle is matched with a pieced triangle. Make the block into four units: two units with the large triangles and two units of half square triangles and squares. Then sew the four units together.
I decided to show you what the block would look like set in a quilt, so you’ll see the quilt example below the block.
Triangle Tips: Getting all those points nice and sharp should be easy if you’re careful to have consistent 1/4 inch seam allowances. One of the things that I find is that when I’m sewing over a “point” that will have several thicknesses of fabric from the seam, my sewing machine sometimes wants to do a curvy little zag over that lump. I stitch with the seam on the underside and the smooth fabric on the top so the presser foot won’t catch and turn the fabrics. If the machine zags, I put that area of the seam back under the presser foot and go very slowly over it again. If the point has been cut off when I finish the seam and open it to look, I will quickly take my seam ripper and snip a few stitches in that area and restitch it with a shallower seam allowance so that the point is sharp.
I wanted to make a series of instructions in EQ7 using my Accuquilt GO die system. These are blocks that are made with some of the basic dies using blocks from the EQ7 block library. The first set of 24 I’m going to do will be based on the finished 3″ and 6″ squares and triangles. The information will be available to you as pdf or EQ7 files that have four blocks per file.
The first block is a simpler version of Birds in the Air, one of my favorite blocks. Here’s a photo of the EQ7 file showing the dies used for this. Click the first block to bring up the pdf instructions.
Rebecca Merry is our table runner winner. My husband picked the number out of the proverbial hat, and I found the corresponding comment. I will be emailing her shortly and shipping a pre-cut table runner package this afternoon. I want to thank each and every one of you for your kind comments and for participating in our Blog Hop. I think it has been a great success. I hope you will continue to follow our blogs and fun as we continue to take it to a new level.
I’ve been working on a new block including a video and written instructions. I am almost there. After multiple takes, I finally decided to just finalize the video and accept my imperfections as a recording star <big grin>. The written instructions will be here soon, hopefully later today. I have to go to the pool first and do my workout, then back to the studio to finish writing. For now, here’s a video. I spent more time on this one – it’s nine minutes long – too long in my book. But hopefully this will be useful to beginning quilters.
This is a post from the Lazy Girl blog from December 2008. It’s a great idea for embellishing a gift – or even adding some dimension to a quilt in just the right places (after it’s quilted, please!). As always, I was thinking of stepping this up a bit–using the Accuquilt GO cutter.
After fusing the squares and before cutting, look at your Accuquilt dies. You could use the strip cutter to cut the squares very quickly. Or you could use stars and circles. Or you could use stars and circles on a ribbon to create a garland for hanging Christmas cards with those tiny little clothespins. Or what about adding hotfix crystals? Or why not make a magic wand for a little girl using the star and some ribbons hanging off the star.
Just remember, when you see an idea that someone else has shown, it’s just a seed to get you started. Look around and think about what you can do with it. I’d love to hear your ideas.
PS: I updated the Links page yesterday, I found a couple of the links were broken. Will keep checking, but let me know if you find any broken links so I can repair.
I got a wonderful note from Mary Ellen Keck with photos of a Patience Corners quilt made by her church quilting group, the Peacemakers at First Baptist Church in Noble. Mary Ellen did the quilting and binding. This group makes and gives their quilts to many groups including the battered women’s shelter, to abused children and to the police to give to children who are taken away from their parents, to resthomes, and very proudly to the veteran’s home in Norman, Oklahoma for the men and women living there who have served our country. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone in that quilting group because I know that each and every one of those quilts is a dear possession to the recipients.
Here are some pictures of the quilt. They did a great job, and I love the colors. Don’t you love how the blocks seem to float on the background 🙂
I took a trip to my Mom’s this week. Most of our quilting is done long distance and it is not easy to quilt that way. We keep UPS in business, and they have great service. If my package gets to the UPS depot in the late afternoon, Mother gets it the next morning. It leaves Chapel Hill that night and makes it to Greensboro by 2am. UPS ground gets it on the truck to Shelby, and out for delivery the next morning.
One of the issues that we deal with in long distance quilting is that Mother doesn’t have a computer. Three times, we tried computers with her for email, but it was very frustrating for her. Since her stroke, some parts of her brain just don’t work normally. She has real trouble communicating numbers and the names of many things, although she knows exactly what she wants to say. And using a computer is the same way. My final solution for email was an HP service: http://www.presto.com which is an HP printer at her home that receives and prints email. There is no way for her to email back, but at least she can receive text and picture messages. Even though verbal communication is difficult, she reads and understands everything.
I bought her an Accuquilt GO cutter for Mother’s Day. She hasn’t used it yet, but it will certainly get used. She has an incredible stash which hasn’t been touched in three years. Her primary caregiver is going to help her explore her stash to find fabric for her next project. I would love to do this with her, but there is never enough time in a visit; and she can make this kind of decision if someone helps her overcome the physical limitations.
I had given her a Moda Butterfly Fling jelly roll before I even got my first Accuquilt GO. She has finally stitched it together, and we are making a Strip Twist quilt from Quiltville.com with it. The strips Mother had stitched came home with me. Yesterday I pressed and cut them into triangles according to the instructions. I used a tiny bead of Elmer’s School glue to baste the triangles together and pressed it dry. I packaged them up, and she should have them first thing Monday morning. Once they’re stitched, I’ll try to make a trip back. She likes to make blocks but even more, she wants to put the blocks together to make the top. I can help her with that by trimming the blocks to size and then glue basting them into rows for her. She will enjoy laying them out so she can decide where each block goes in the quilt layout.
The Strip Twist quilt is one of my favorites. I have made it at least a dozen times for charity quilts and made it into a baby quilt using the Butterfly Fling jelly roll. It is also a great pattern for using your 2 1/2 inch strip die with your Accuquilt GO.
I’m glad to be home. I plan to be back to my quilt a week instructions by Monday. Hope you have a Happy Quilting weekend!
This is a great link to a quick and easy tote bag that you can make for gifts or for carrying groceries or swim gear to the pool. It takes one yard of fabric and one hour to make one. I’ll bet if you set up an assembly line, you could make multiple bags in much less time. I’m catching up on some quilting today, so hope you enjoy looking at this free pattern. When I make this, I box out the bottom by sewing a triangle across either end (see instructions for the child’s backpack on my links page).