Monday, April 23, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Week #4 - Green Sawtooth Stars}

We're more than halfway done making our blocks for this quilt! We'll be making 10 or fewer blocks from this week on!


This week we are making our green sawtooth stars. We'll be using the fast flying geese method again this week to make smaller units for our stars.

Cutting:
Throw:
Ten (10) 3.5 inch green squares
Forty (40) 2 3/8 inch green squares
Ten (10) 4.25 inch background squares
Forty (40) 2 inch background squares

Twin
Ten (10) 5 inch green squares
Forty (40) 3 1/8 inch green squares
Ten (10) 5.75 inch background squares
Forty (40) 2.75 inch background squares

Construction: Fast flying geese
Using the method as described last week, combine the 10 large background squares with the 40 smaller green squares to make a total of 40 flying geese units. The units for the throw sized quilt will measure at 3.5 inches x 2 inches and the units for the twin sized quilt will measure at 5 inches x 2.75 inches.


Block construction
Combine four small background squares, four flying geese units, and one large green square as shown below to construct each block. Sew components into rows and then sew rows together for a final block. Make ten total green sawtooth star blocks.


Here are my blocks:


I used three different greens this time around. If you're making a super scrappy version of the quilt, mix up your different fabrics while you're working on your flying geese so that your star points could all be different for a single star! As a general helpful note, when working on scrappy projects, cut your largest pieces first followed by your smaller pieces -- I typically do this for all of my cutting so that I am able to cut the smaller pieces and parts from the scraps of larger cuts.

The winner of last week's pattern is Susan! Check out her great yellow geese!


This week's give away is sponsored by Terri from Lizard Creek Quilting! A little about Terri:

Terri has been quilting for over 25 years, longarm quilting for 10 years and for the last 2 years has added pattern design to the mix. Many of her quilts have ribboned in national and international quilt shows. Many quilt designs have been published in magazines--Quiltmaker, McCalls Quilting, Fons and Porter, and Quilter's World. In 2016 she won the AccuQuilt Barn Quilt design contest--and had her winning block displayed on their warehouse/office as a 17 foot barn quilt. She has had the pleasure of being an Island Batik Ambassador for the last 2 years. She lives in NW Iowa on a farm with her husband where they raise pigs!


Make sure to share your blocks in the Facebook group or on Instagram with the hashtag #BlockedRainbowQAL to be entered to win!

Schedule:
March 19 - Introduction, Yardage Requirements, Kona Sale with HBD
March 26 - Sponsors, Background Spacer cutting, Color Suggestions
April 2- Red Pinwheels
April 9 - Orange Churn Dashes
April 16 - Yellow Flying Geese
April 23 - Green Sawtooth Stars <-- That's today!
April 30 - Blue Bowties
May 7 - Purple Bear Paws
May 14 - Catch up week/Mother's Day
May 21 - Setting directions
May 28 - Catch up week/Memorial Day
June 4 - Finished Quilt Top Parade/Link Up

Friday, April 20, 2018

May Cubicle Quilt {Finished Mini}

I may have forgotten to take work-in-progress pictures of this project, but I did finish my May cubicle quilt!

Like my April cubicle quilt, I had made the scrappy background long ago. Some of the fabrics that I used for the background were leftovers from my Cartwheel baby quilt and my Madison baby quilt. I used red, yellow, and green scraps for the flower and petals. I used orange and olive Aurifil (not sure of the exact colors!) for the machine quilting on the flower.


For the quilting, I used the same leafy meander inspired by Angela Walters that I used on my Antietam-inspired baby quilt. I absolutely love the texture on this mini and it was the perfect quilting choice.

The backing and binding are also leftovers from the Madison quilt.


This little quilty cutie is all ready to be hung up on May 1st! I actually have never made the larger June quilt to match my wall hangings at home so I might need to make both the June cubicle quilt and the June wall hanging at the same time.

Sharing at Finish it up Friday!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Donuts {Finished Block Sections}

Once I got to a stopping point with my Double Delight quilt, I pulled out my Donuts block sections to assess how much more I needed to do. I found that I needed five more sets of block sections in mainly lighter shades of blue, aqua, and green.

I made one light aqua, one more medium aqua, one medium-to-dark teal greens, one light green, and one light blue set of block sections.


Now all 18 sets of block sections are complete!


This quilt is one that is going to need to be laid out strategically and it would be helpful if I had a design wall for constructing the quilt. I am pretty sure that I am going to use a grey shade of Kona as the background but I'll have to see how much I'll need before I decide what color. 

This quilt was a good choice for my slightly larger scraps and strips, but I ended up with a lot of little bits and bobs from trimming the blocks and I'm not exactly sure how best to use them. They could easily make some scrappy slabs, but they could also work for some of the other projects in No Scrap Left Behind. And so the scrap cycle continues!

Sharing at Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Thursday, and Oh Scrap!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Week #3 - Yellow Flying Geese}

It's already week #3! Let's get crackin' on some flying geese!


This week's block is a pair of flying geese. We'll be making fast flying geese, so each set of four geese will make two blocks! This should be a relatively quick week! If you don't want to use the fast flying geese method, modify the cutting directions to fit your preferred method of block construction.

Cutting:
Throw:
Six (6) 7.25 inch yellow squares
Twenty four (24) 3 7/8 inch background squares

Twin:
Six (6) 10.25 inch yellow squares
Twenty four (24) 5 7/8 inch background squares

Construction: Fast flying geese
Draw diagonal lines on the back of all of your background squares. Arrange two background squares atop each of your six yellow squares, pinning if necessary. Sew 1/4" from each side of the drawn line, cut apart on the drawn line, and press toward your background fabric. To each of your "half goose" units, add an additional background square, sew 1/4" from each side of the drawn line, cut apart on the drawn line, and press toward your background fabric. Trim units for the throw sized quilt to 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches and trim units for the twin sized quilt to 9.5 inches x 5 inches. Make twenty four (24) flying geese units. Sew two geese together so that they are "flying" in the same direction. Make twelve (12) two-goose blocks.




Here are my blocks:


You can use any method your heart desires to make your flying geese if the Fast Flying Geese method doesn't work with your current scrap collection. If you're an Easy Angle Ruler kind of person, check out this tutorial from Bonnie Hunter. If you'd rather use the stitch and flip method, check out this page from Connecting Threads that shows both the Fast Flying Geese method and the stitch and flip method.

Remember that if you change which method you plan to use to make your geese you'll need to adjust the cutting directions from my instructions so decide which method you'd like to use first before you start cutting. Regardless of which method you choose, you'll need a total of 24 flying geese in the appropriate size.

Our winner from last week is Ramona! Check out her beautiful churn dashes! Way to go!


This week's giveaway sponsor is Sharon from Yellow Cat Designs! About Sharon:

Sharon lives in Lee Summit, Missouri and is retired -- but somehow she's busier now than when she worked full time! She is a second year Island Batik Ambassador and her designs can be found at www.yellowcatquiltdesigns.com as well as in Quiltmaker, McCall's Quilting, Modern Quilts Unlimited, and in the Moda Bake Shop.



Make sure to post in the Facebook group or use the hashtag #BlockedRainbowQAL to be entered to win! Sharing at Linky Tuesday!

Today also kicks off the Stash Statement blog hop celebrating Kelly's new book! Click on over to her blog to read all about the cover quilt and enter to win a copy of the book for yourself!

Schedule:
March 19 - Introduction, Yardage Requirements, Kona Sale with HBD
March 26 - Sponsors, Background Spacer cutting, Color Suggestions
April 2- Red Pinwheels
April 9 - Orange Churn Dashes
April 16 - Yellow Flying Geese <-- That's today!
April 23 - Green Sawtooth Stars
April 30 - Blue Bowties
May 7 - Purple Bear Paws
May 14 - Catch up week/Mother's Day
May 21 - Setting directions
May 28 - Catch up week/Memorial Day
June 4 - Finished Quilt Top Parade/Link Up

Friday, April 13, 2018

Antietam Inspired Quilt {Finished Baby Quilt}

Today I'm sharing the finish of my April Island Batik Ambassador challenge! This month's theme is using vintage quilts to inspire new creations!


I chose a quilt in the museum of Antietam National Battlefield as my inspiration which you can read more about in my previous post! I made nine blocks in the same design as those in the original quilt.


I put together the blocks with 1.5" sashing strips. I very often sash 12" blocks with 1" finished sashings for baby quilts -- that way the quilt is narrow enough to use a single width of fabric for backing! 


For the quilting, I decided to use a leafy meader after following along with Angela Walter's recent FMQ QAL. I did half the quilting on one day and half the next and used cream thread. The backing is flannel. The batting is Hobbs Heirloom Premium, provided by Hobbs in my IB Ambassador kit.


I used the background fabric for the binding and machine stitched it to the front using emerald thread as a little accent. 






Quilt Stats:
Name: Antietam Baby Quilt
Fabrics: Island Batik basics/blenders provided in my IB Ambassador box
Size: 40 inches square
Quilting: Leafy meander
Started: March 2018
Finished: April 2018
Future: Baby quilt for close friends' first baby!