Friday, June 21, 2019

Graceful Points QAL Block 11

Today I'm releasing another block in the Graceful Points QAL, block 11.  We have just 4 more blocks before we finish up the QAL.  I can't wait to see all your finished quilts when we are done.  


Block 11 is also called in the Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #18, "A Popped V."  For this block, we will be using the BG, C1, C3, and C4 fabrics, so please refer to your color chart found in your general instructions. You will also want to download Block 11 and Blockbuster #18 "Salem Star" Instructions, both are required to make your blocks.

No new tools are being introduced this week for block 11. We are going to practice some of the techniques we have learned in previous weeks. With Block 11, we are going to make Popped V-Block, Sidekick Right, and Popped Center blocks.  So you will need your V-Block trimmer and Corner Pop® tool. 
 Please remember that you should read the tools instructions before starting if you are not familiar with this tool.  We will be making a 9" blocks for the Wallhanging and 12" for the King Size.  


Please remember that the pictures used in this tutorial are for the 9" block for the Wallhanging.  Be sure to read the Downloaded Block Instructions to get the correct cutting and trimming sizes for the 12" block, which are indicated in (Blue) parenthesis.

Unit A:  Popped V-Block



Let's do a quick review of the V-Block assembly and trimming of the V-Block.  First Layout your blocks as shown.  Making sure the long end of the side triangles match the short end of the center triangle and the bias edges lay next to each other.  



Then take the right side triangle and flip on top, so the right sides are together of the center triangle's slanted edges.  Stitch with 1/4" seam and press toward the side triangles.  Repeat for the other side triangle.


Right Handed

Left Handed
Position the V-Block® Trimmer on the unit and aligning the finished size measurement with the seam line.  Trim along the first two sides.

Rotate the unit 180° Position the V-Block® Trimmer again lining up the cut size measurement with the previously trimmed edges and "X" with the seam line intersections and trim.

Next, we are going to add the color pop to our V-Block units. This is what makes the Corner Pop® a fun tool.  



First, cut the small replacement squares diagonally once to yield two triangles.


Next, we are going to use the Cut Away section on the Corner pop® tool.  Find and Position the size line that is indicated in the pattern on the bottom right corner of the V-Block unit.  Trim along the slant.


Center the replacement corner along the long size on the trimmed corner.  Stitch with the unit on top using an accurate 1/4", press seams toward the small triangle. 

Right Handed

Left Handed

Using the appropriate, position the Corner Trim Down line of the Corner Pop® tool over the newly sewn seam.  Align the diagonal line with the seam and the edge of the unit with the edges of the tool. 




Repeat on the other side with the Cut Away, Replace, stitch, press the unit just as we did before.  




Make 4 Popped V-Block Units. 


Unit B:  Sidekick Right


Right Handed

Left Handed
We are now ready to start the Sidekick units, and we want the sidekick part to be on the right side.  So please remember when you cut out your base squares and side triangles with the rights sides face down on the cutting mat.

Layout the Base section and the side triangles just like the image above. 


Position a side triangle and base section with right sides together, aligning the edges and stitch.  Press seam away from the based section.


Position the V-Block® tool on the unit, lining up the side triangle with the guideline on the tool and trim.


Rotate the unit 180° and lining up the cut size measurement with the previously trimmed edges and "X" with the sewn seam line intersections.  Trim the remaining sizes.

Make 4 Sidekick Rights.

Unit C:  Center

For the Center, we are going to start with a base square and replacement triangles. Refer to your Block 11 instructions to get the sizes.


Find and Position the appropriate Cut Away Corner line on the Corner Pop® tool on the raw edge of the base square.  Trim away the corner.



Repeat for all four corners.  Tip: Place a pin in the fabric that needs a replacement triangle as a reminder for the corners that need to be replaced.


Position the replacement corners with the right sides together.  Assuring that the triangle long side is lined up on the trimmed corner.  Stitch with the base center is on top using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press away toward the small triangle. Repeat on all four corners

Using the appropriate mark, position the Corner Trim Down line of the Corner Pop® tool over the newly sewn seam.  Align the diagonal line with the seam and the edge of the unit with the edges of the tool.  Trim the corner, and repeat for all remaining corners.

Make 1 Center

Assembly

Once you have all your units complete, its time to lay out Block #11.  Please follow Blockbuster page Download to make sure you lay out the units correctly.  Double checking you have the correct placement of all your units.



That completes Block 11, the next block will be released on Friday, July 5th.  We will be adding the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star® tool into our next block, can't wait. 

Tina 
"Designing to Inspire"

Friday, June 14, 2019

Garden Enchantment BOM Block 3


Welcome back to Block 3 of the Garden Enchantment Block of the Month. 



Block 1
Month 2

To recap Block 1, we used our V-Block, Square Squared, and Tucker Trimmer to make the following SideKick & High/Lows, Diamond in a Square, and Half Square Triangles units.  Block 2, we introduced the Wing Clipper tool to make Flying Geese units.  If you missed the first two blocks and would like to catch up, you can do so by clicking HERE and don't forget to purchase your pattern also.



Month 3

Month 3 


Month 3 is now available for purchase.  You will also need the following Studio 180 Design tools to make this month blocks; Tucker Trimmer® I, and Wing Clipper® I.  





This block will consist of the following, Half Square Triangles, and Flying Geese units.  



This month we are going to make 4 blocks that will measure 9" square finished, so gather your fabrics and tools and let's get started making this fast and easy block. 


Half Square Triangles 

We are going to start with making our Half Square Triangle units. Since these units were discussed in Block 1 part 1, I will be only doing a quick overview of the process in this blog post. If you would like to review to process in full detail, please read Block1 part 1 blog post.  



Gather all our Half Square Triangle pieces that are indicated in the Cutting Instructions in the pattern.  Using your Quilter's Magic Wand mark two diagonal lines on the back of the White and Light Purple squares.  



Layer your squares with the coordinating color you are making, ensure the right sides are together.  Stitch on the drawn lines.


Cut down the middle between the stitched lines and press to the dark.


Trim the units to the size indicated in your pattern using the Tucker Trimmer® I.  


Repeat to make all your Half Square Triangle unit variations needed to make your blocks.


Flying Geese

Now we are going to on to make Flying Geese units.  I will be only doing a quick overview of the process since we just went over them in last month's blog post in block 2. If you would like to review to process in full detail, please read Block 2.  


Start off by gathering your large squares and small squares.  On the back of your smaller squares mark two diagonal each 1/4" from the center diagonal using your Quilter's Magic Wand or your ruler.  These diagonal lines will become your stitching lines.


Position 2 green squares diagonally in opposite corners on the large square.  Making sure to nudge the small squares toward the center about 3 or 4 thread from the raw edge of the larger square. 

Stitch on the drawn lines, then cut them apart between the lines of the stitching on the center diagonal.  Press toward the outside to make two wings.


Position one small square on each unit and Nudge 3 or 4 thread from the raw edge of the larger triangle section.  


Stitch on the drawn lines, then cut apart between the lines of stitching.  Pressing to the outside again.


Trim your oversized unit with your Wing Clipper® I to the size indicated in your pattern.


Repeat to make all the units combination indicated in the pattern.

Dual Color Flying Geese


Now I want to show how to make Dual Color Flying Geese.   Start off with one large square and four small squares, broke up into two different colors (For Example we will be using two white and two purple squares.)  Mark your two stitching lines as you do in making regular flying geese units.


Position the first two of the same color small squares on your large square.  Remembering to nudge your small squares 3 to 4 thread toward the center and stitch on your lines.  Cut apart down the center and press toward the outside.




Now with the position the other color squares on each of the units.  Again remember to nudge the small squares 3 to 4 threads toward the center and stitch on your lines.  Cut apart down the center and press toward the outside.  

Trim your oversize unit using your Tucker Trimmer® I tool.  Like you did in the regular Flying Geese units.  




Now that all your units are completed, its time to start assembling your block.  Follow your pattern instructions.  



This completes Block 3, remember you will need to make 4 blocks.  See you on July 15th for Block 4 release and tutorials.

Tina
"Designs to Inspire"

Friday, June 7, 2019

Graceful Points QAL Block 10


Time is passing by as we move into Block 10 of the Graceful Points QAL.  Before I start talking about the next block, I want to show you the blocks we have done so far in this fun QAL.


The above image shows all the blocks we have completed and where they will be placed in the QAL.  We have five more blocks and a few bonus blocks coming up.


Today release of Block 10 is called in the Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #17 "Salem Star."  For this block, we will be using the BG, C1, C2, and C4 fabrics, so please refer to your color chart found in your general instructions. You will also want to download Block 10 and Blockbuster #17 "Salem Star" Instructions, both are required to make your blocks.

For this block, we are going to introduce you to the Corner Pop® tool. By the time you are done, you will be familiar with the Corner Pop® tool.  Please remember that you should read the tools instructions before starting if you are not familiar with this tool.  Also,  I suggest checking out the Studio 180 Design Corner Pop Fundamentals YouTube Video.


Please remember that the pictures used in this tutorial are for the 9" block for the Wallhanging.  Be sure to read the Downloaded Block Instructions to get the correct cutting and trimming sizes for the 12" block, which are indicated in (Blue) parenthesis.

Let's start playing with our Corner Pop tool.

Unit A:  Popped Corner Square

We are going to start by removing the two opposite corners of our square. 


Start by finding the 1 1/2″ (2"Cut Away Corner Line on the Corner Pop tool.  Line up those marks on one of the corners of the square and trim.


Next, cut all the replacement corners diagonally once.  


Center one of the replacement triangle on one trimmed corners of the square.  Making sure that the square is on top and stitch with an accurate 1/4" square.  Press the seams open.

Repeat on the other corner the trimming and stitching process as indicated in the block instructions for the opposite corner.

Right Handed

Left Handed

Find the 1 1/2″ (2"Corner Trim Down line on the Corner Pop Tool.  Position the line on the newly sewn seam.  Align with the seam and the edges of the unit with the edges of the tool and trim.

Rotate the square 180°.  Repeat the trim process as you did for the opposite corner.

Make 4 Unit A.

Unit B:  Right Popped Rectangle

For units B and C, we are going to pop the corner for the rectangle units once again, using the same 1 1/2″ (2"Corner Trim Down numbers we used in the A units.

Right Handed
The B units we will pop the bottom left corner first.  

Once your first corner is trimmed away, the remaining process is the same as for the A units.  You are going to center your BG replacement corners along the edge that was just trimmed away.  Make sure your rectangle is on the top, stitch with a good 1/4" seam allowance.  Press the seams open.


Rotate your rectangle around 180° and trim away the opposite corner.  Align the replacement corner, stitch, and press.


Using the 1 1/2″ (2"Corner Trim Down line on the Corner Pop Tool.  Position the line on the newly sewn seam.  Align with the seam and the edges of the unit with the edges of the tool and trim.

Rotate the square 180°.  Repeat the trim process as you did for the opposite corner.

Make 4 Unit B.

Unit C:  Left Popped Rectangle

Unit C is made the exact way you did Unit B, except you will need to cut from the right side of the rectangle.
Right Handed

Left Hand
Once you have all your corners trimmed away, stitch the replacement triangles in place and press the seams open. 


Repeat for the opposite corner and trim to size.  

Make 4 Unit C.

Assembly


Now that all the units are completed it is time to stitch them together.  Starting with Units B and C first.


Stitch one unit B and one unit C together, making sure to match up the seams.  They should make a "V" when stitched together as in the above picture.  Press the seams open.  Make 4 of these units.


Now that you have all your units complete, its time to lay out Block #10.  Please follow Blockbuster page Download to make sure you lay out the units correctly.  Double checking you have the correct placement of all your units.


Block 10, "Salem Star" is now complete, I look forward to seeing your Blocks, and I hope you will share your photos in the comments section below or on the Graceful Points Facebook Group.  Additionally, you can post your blocks on Facebook or Instagram making sure to use the #gracefulpointsqal and/or #quiltingaffection designs.  I can't wait to see your blocks.

On Friday, June 21st will be the release date for Block 11. In our next block, we will be continuing to use the Corner Pop® tool, and plus a few tools we have used in the past blocks.  

Tina 
"Designing to Inspire"