Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Making the Double 4 Patch Block

 I chose three fabrics to make this block according to the guild's directions for the September Block, the Double 4 Patch.  I used a fat quarter of blue and a fat quarter of green.  I used a half yard of red that I found in my stash.  (A caution about reds, always check for color fastness.  I always wash my red fabrics before I use them.)

Cut one 3.5 inch strip of red, blue and green.  I stacked my green and blue fat quarters together and cut the strip of these two fabrics at the same time.


Cut the 6.5 inch blue and green squares now since the fabrics are stacked together.

Cut a 6.5 inch strip.  Open the strip to a single layer and then cut the square.

Then I cut a 3.5 strip of red.

I then stacked the three fabric strips together and cut two 3.5 inch squares from the stacked fabrics.  


Since there were two layers of the red, I cut the four required squares as I cut two blue and two green squares.

Everything is now cut and you can lay out your square.

All pieces laid out and ready to sew.

Flip the right side piece of the 4 patch part of the block to the left side piece of the top row and do the same with the second row of the four patch.
Repeat the process with the second lower right 4 patch.

Bring stacked pieces to your sewing machine and feed the pairs in, one pair at a time sewing them together and not cutting the threads between the two pairs.  Repeat with the second 4 patch.  

Open and press.  (I finger pressed during this tutorial, but I would have gotten a sharper crease had I used an iron)
Match the two rows of the 4 patch together, lock seams together in the center and sew the 4 patch together.

Oh, the navy and yellow 4 patch is for another project and is a "leader and ender" that goes between my main sewing project so that I never have to clip threads between blocks, 4 patches or whatever I am sewing for the main project.  More on that in another post or visit Bonnie Hunter's blog at for more info on this procedure.

Getting ready to sew the block together

Match the 4 patch and the 6.5 inch square in each row, by flipping the square to the 4 patch in the top row and by flipping the 4 patch to the 6.5 inch square in the second row.  Sew the matched pairs together.

Match the two rows together and sew.  I used a pin so I could take the picture, but I rarely pin at this step.

Voila! A finished block! May I present the Double 4 Patch!

Thanks for visiting and reading through this tutorial.  Comment or e-mail me if you have any questions!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday Night Show and Share

Last month we did "mile a minute" quilts when we met for our quilting night.
Tonight we did show and tell. 
Lisa, Cindy, Natalie and Mary brought their finished tops to show and share. Lisa did two tops but Mary took it to another level. Natalie has added borders.
Guess which one is Mary's (she's always the over-achiever in our group!)

Fun night!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Floating on the pond

Checking out the wild life. Love this heron in Snake's Cove.
(At least I think it is a heron!)

Can you see him hiding along the shore?

He is hiding there....

Or is it his friend?

A lovely day for a leisurely ride.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Early morning serenity, a "To Do List", and 52 Finishes

All is calm and quiet this morning. A quart of blueberries picked,

 a batch of laundry finished.  I love these cooler temperatures which energize me and make me want to sew and sew.

I am progressing on my 52 finishes.  Two more rows for the blooming 9 patch.  

Two more borders for the "Lazy Sunday", a Bonnie Hunter scrap pattern found in her book, and in Quiltmaker magazine last year.  

All of the blocks completed for the "Bricks and Stepping Stones" top, another Bonnie Hunter pattern found on her blog and website under the free patterns tab.  

Two rows were completed as "leaders and enders" between piecing the last rows of "Lazy Sunday". 

Oh, did I mention that I enlarged "Lazy Sunday"?  Those who know me are saying, of course she did.  The math challenge called to me when I was cutting the pieces last summer in the hotel room in Martinsville, Virginia.  I think I told you THAT story, didn't I?

Well on to other matters of the day.  Block of the Month patterns for NBQA to finish.  Invites to the January Quilters Retreat to send out ( did you see the tab for the retreat at the top of the page?).  And more blueberries to pick at mom's house.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

52 Finishes

While researching a pattern on the internet, I happened on the newsletter for Glad Creations Quilt Shop  in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It it was an article whose title I quickly read.  The article was called "Ready for a New Challenge? How about challenging yourself to " 52 Finishes" ?"  Hmmmm.... It struck a chord.

The article goes on to detail the possibilities for what constitutes a "finished" project.  But as the author points out you can, and are encouraged to, make your own rules as to what is going to be called "finished".  Hmmmm... Another chord struck.

If I counted cutting the fabrics for a specific quilt top as a finish, as well as counting a completed top as a finish or even (a really finished project!) a quilted and bound (with binding counting as a separate finish, of course) quilt, I could have fun with myself and my UFO stash.   Hmmmm.... The final chord has been struck!

I decided to just do it!

52 Finishes will appear as a separate tab on the blog.  Check back next week to see my progress.  My plan is to post weekly but since I am making the rules for my personal 52 Finishes challenge you may find more than one finish in a week.  Multiple finishes in a particular week will allow me to get ahead on my finishes for those weeks we all have where nothing gets done.

Remember my 52 Finishes Challenge, my rules.

I already have enough projects to take me through several years of a 52 Finishes challenge.  

 Like this pile of stuff

 And this pile. 

So I am not fretting that I am starting this in mid July.  I was never any good with New Year's resolutions anyway.

Will you join me in your own 52 Finishes challenge?

You can challenge yourself to include anything in your own challenge.  It does not have to be quilt related. I plan to include some of those knitting and sewing repair projects that have been languishing.

Remember, my 52 Finishes Challenge, my rules.

Check the tab on Friday and see what I accomplish this week!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Relaxing on the Deck

A quiet Tuesday afternoon finds me caught up on my work and at a midpoint with my sewing tasks.

have sewn four blocks of the guild's block of the month quilt for the next guild year.

I have sewn the last twelve scrappy bargello sets for the last twelve blocks.  I am making a total of 49 blocks.  I recently decided that the 36 block size would not be quite big enough for the bed I want the quilt to cover.

I have sewn four of the nine pieces on my Cactus Flower table runner's outer piece.

I needed to take a break. Besides which, the afternoon heat has gotten into the house and with very little breeze, it is tough to cool it off without the air conditioning being turned on and that is something I am trying to avoid as long as possible!

So here I sit and rest until the urge to sew again strikes. 

How are you spending this afternoon?  Hopefully on something fun and quilty related!