Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Garden Enchantment BOM Block 2

Welcome back to Block 2 of the Garden Enchantment Block of the Month. 

Block 1
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.  If you missed Block 1 and would like to catch up, you can do so by clicking HERE and don't forget to purchase your pattern also.

Month 2
Month 2
Month 2 is now available for purchase.  You will also need the following Studio 180 Design tools to make this month blocks; Wing Clipper® I, and Square Squared 6".  This block will consist of the following, Flying Geese and Diamond in a Square units.  For this block, we are going to make 4 blocks that will measure 9" square finished.

Please note that if you are purchasing a printed pattern, there will be a slight delay in the shipment of the pattern due to I will be attending quilt market started May 13-May 21st.  All orders will be shipped first thing May 22nd.

Start off by gathering all your fabrics and tools. Then following your cutting instructions for all your components.

Let's get Started by with Fly Geese.

If you are not familiar with your Wing Clipper® tool, it's recommended you read the tool instructions and watch the following Deb Tucker Video "What's a Wing Clipper?" 

1.  Start off by gathering your small and large squares for your flying geese units.  Please remember 4-small squares and 1-large square will equal 4 flying geese units.

2. Using your Quilter's Magic Wand, mark two stitching lines that are 1/4" from the center diagonal on the wrong sides of the small squares.  Hint: use a thin pencil lead or pen.

3.  Position two small squares diagonally in opposite corners on a large square.  Hint: Please remember to nudge each small square toward the center about 3 or 4 threads from the raw edge of the large square.

4.  Stitch on the drawn lines, then cut apart between the stitching on the center diagonal. Press the small triangles away from the large triangles.

5. Position one small square to each triangle unit.  Again please remember to nudge in 3 to 4 threads from the raw edge of the larger triangle section.

6. Stitch on the drawn lines, then cut apart between the lines of the stitching on the center diagonal.  

7. Press the seams toward the outside.

Right Handed

Left Handed

8. Align the diagonal guidelines of the Wing Clipper® I with the seams of the Flying Geese unit.  Centering the tool over the size specified in your directions. Trim the side and across the top.

Right Handed

Left Handed
9. Rotate your flying geese unit 180° and reposition the Wing Clipper® I to align the previously trimmed raw edge size and "X" at the top with the intersections of the seams.  Trim the remaining sides again.

Make all the Flying Geese that are indicated in you block 2 instructions.

Diamond in a Square

Now we are going to make the Diamond in a Square unit.  I will be only doing a quick overview of the process in this blog post since we made these in block 1 if you would like to review to process in full detail, please read Block1 part 2 blog post.  

Please remember to refer back to your pattern instructions and gather your squares.

1. Using your Center Square Section of the Square Squared® tool over the purple strip.  Place your tool on the trimmed edge of the strip, lining up the corner of the strip with the center to the correct finished size. Trim up the side and across the top of the strip.

2. Take your white squares and cut them on the diagonal once to yield two triangles per square.

3.  Position 2 triangles on opposite sides of the trimmed center square. Stitch the two triangles with the square on top of the triangle with your best 1/4" seam.  Press away from the center.

4.  Position the remaining two triangles on the sides of the center square.  Again remember to place the square on top of the triangle when stitching with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams away from the center.

5.  Using your Trim Down Section of your Square Squared® tool over the unit trim down to size.  Again if you need more instructions on trimming, please refer to Block1, Part 2 blog post.

Repeat to make 8 Diamond in a Square units.


Center Block
Center Block

1.  Start by gathering your Lt. purple squares, dark purple Flying geese, and Diamond in a Square units and laying them out to form the block in the diagram above.

2.  Stitch units into rows, Pressing according to the diagram.

3.  Stitch the rows together, Pressing according to the diagram.


Side 1

Side 2

Next, stitch together the sides of for the Center Block, according to your pattern instructions.

Block 2A
Block 2A
1. Start off by stitching the Sides on the center block. Assuring the Side 1 Flying Geese are placed on the Left side of the center.  Pressing according to the diagram.

2. Next, stitch together the top and bottom rows.  Once you have them stitch together, Position the light green row on top and the dark row on the bottom and stitch them in place and pressing according to the diagram.

Block 2B

Block 2B
Block 2B assembly is the same as the previous Block 2A.  The only difference is the placement of Side 1 and Side 2.  Side 2 will be now placed on the Right side of the center unit. 

You will make Four Block 2A and Four Block 2B.

This completes your blocks for this month.  See you on June 15th for Block 2 release and tutorials.

"Designing to Inspire"

Friday, May 10, 2019

Graceful Points QAL Block 8

Hello everyone, it's time for another block in our Graceful Points Quilt Along.  Today we are going to be working on Block 8, which marks the halfway mark in our quilt along. Before we begin, I want to see how everyone is doing so far.  Please comment below if you are all caught up or just getting started.  Don't worry if you have you haven't started yet, or you are behind, remember you can catch up at any time.

Block 8, which is Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #10 - Twisted Pinwheel, this block uses the V-Block tool, and the Sidekick & High/Low Technique Sheet, both are available on my website.

Before we start, you will need the following fabric colors, BG, C1, and C3, please refer to your color chart found in your general instructions. You will also want to download the Block #8 and the Blockbuster #10 Twisted Pinwheel Instructions, both are required to make your block.

Please remember that the pictures used in this tutorial are for the 6" 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.

Since we are working with a new technique SideKick & High/Low please remember, along with the Technique Sheet there are two videos SideKick and the High/Low that will walk you through the steps of making the units.  

So let's get started making those High/Low Left units.  These units are similar to the V-Block units, they just have one side triangle and a folded corner.

High/Low (Left) Units

Start with cutting our base section units. First off we cut out squares for our based section and side triangles.  The side triangles should be easy with all the practice we had in Blocks 6 and 7.  Just remember to lay your fabric with the right sides facing up for the left side.

Right Handed

Left Handed
We start with our based section placing it on the cutting mat with the right side facing up, for the Left units.  That means we want to put the long angle of the Side triangle on the left.  Placing our V-Block Tool on the based section square, positioning the dashed line of your ruler on the edge of your square and the bottom with the finished unit size at the bottom.  Cutting along the slanted line.

Now lay out all your units as they will look in the final unit.  Position the side triangle and the based section with right sides facing together.  Align the edges, and stitch, just as we would for a V-Block unit.  Press toward the side triangle.  No need to trim at this point.

Tip: you may want to slide your side triangle about 1/8" to make sure you get enough room at the bottom of the unit for trimming later.

Next, we are going to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the small corner squares.  Place these small squares on the opposite corner of the based section with the line going across the corner.

Stitch on the line, trim seams 1/4" from the stitching line, and press away from the based unit.

Right Handed

Left Handed
Now we can trim the units to size.  Positioning the V-Block tool on the unit, lining up the side triangle seam with the guideline on the tool.  Positioning the intersection of the two seamlines where the guidelines on the tool intersect.  Please remember that the folded corner will not line up with the guideline on the tool. Trim the first two sides.
Right Handed 
Left Handed

Rotate the unit 180° and line up the V-Block tool with the cut size measurement with the previously trimmed edges and "X" with the sewn seam line intersections.  Trim the last two remaining sides.

SideKick (Right)

The SideKick is the same concept as the High/Low unit, the only difference in making the units is that you will not be placing a folded corner in the opposite corner, it will remain empty.

The SideKick which is the Side Triangle will be placed on the right side this time.  So when we remove the side piece from the base section and the cut the side triangles we need to make sure the wrong side is facing up on the cutting mat. 

Align the Side Triangles and based units with right sides together and press toward the Side Triangle as you did in the High/Low unit.  

Right Hand

Left Hand
Positioning the V-Block tool on the unit, lining up the side triangles seams with the guidelines.  Making sure the fabric extends beyond the cleanup lines.  Trim the first two sides.

Right Hand

Left Hand

Rotate the fabric unit 180° and line up the V-Block tool.  Align the cut size measurement with the previously trimmed edges and the "X" with the seam line intersect.  Trim the remaining sides.


Next, you will need to make one Four-Patch unit to finish all your units for your block.  

When all your units are complete, the next step is to finish your block #8. 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 8, "Twisted Pinwheel" 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, May 24th will be the release date for our next block. In our next block, we will be using the Corner Beam® tool.  You can purchase them on my website.

"Designing to Inspire"

Monday, April 29, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador AccuQuilt Challenge Baby Quilt

April's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge project was called AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Challenge Baby Quilt.

We were to make a baby quilt using our new AccuQuilt Go products which we received at the beginning of the year from AccuQuilt one of the latest sponsors of the Island Batik Ambassadors this year.

For my project, I decided to use the Island Batik "ditty" collection. This collection has a variety of pastels throughout the strip pack and came with Pink and Cheddar yardage. I used some neutral fabric.

The block I choose to make out of my Quilt in the Day! GO! QUBE book is called Frayed Four-Patch. I liked the book which is full of different blocks and projects, and the block patterns are easy to read and follow.

The Frayed Four-Patch uses two different Dies out of my 8" block pack. I used Die #2 (squares), and Die #8 (rectangles).

The AccuQuilt makes it easy to cut the squares and rectangles, by cutting up to 6 layers deep.

Combining the Cheddar and Pink squares with the Neutral rectangles really set the tone for the blocks.  I made 16 Frayed Four-Patch blocks.

I then add some more color by using my "ditty" strips as a sashing in between the Frayed Four-Patch blocks.  I decided to add them to the outside of the blocks as well.

I quilted my baby quilt using Hobb Heirloom Natural Cotton Batting.  The binding was from extra strips from the "ditty" Island strip package.  

This was a fun, fast and easy project to make using my AccuQuilt Cutting System.  

Stay tuned, I'm already working on my May challenge quilt "Modern."
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Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Creatin in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~  Whispers of Yore

See you next month,


"Designs to Inspire"