29 February 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL - Turnstile Block #9

Welcome to the next block tutorial for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL! Today's tutorial is for the Turnstile Block 6" quilt block.

Ugly Christmas Sweater with Turnstile

Turnstile 6" quilt block


Turnstile Block #9
White
A
1 @ 4.5” square
Light Blue
B
1 @ 4.5” square
Light Blue
C
2 @ 4.25” squares

Cut each of the (A) and (B) squares TWICE along the diagonal. Place each (A) quarter square (B) quarter squares.  Sew ¼” seam along the cut edge, as shown in red. Press the seams open. Cut each of the (C) squares ONCE along the diagonal. Place each (AB) unit on a (C) half square.  Sew ¼” seam along the cut edge, as shown in red. Press the seams open. Trim each Split HST to 3.5” square, keeping the 1.75” mark on the center. Sew the Split HST squares together, making two rows. Sew the rows together.






I chose to display my Turnstile block using the Sweater #2 option, using the Luna fabric in place of the yellow fabric. 


Sweater #2 Assembly Instructions:


Pink
A
2 @ 1” x 12.5”
White
B
2 @ 1” x 12.5”
Yellow
C
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
Yellow
E
2 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
Yellow
F
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
Background
G
2 @ 1.5” x 8.5”
Yellow
H
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
Pink
J
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
Background
K
2 @ 3.5” squares
Background
L
2 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
Pink
M
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”

















Block finishes at 12” square



Step 1:  Sew the (A), (B) and (C) rectangles together. Crosscut into 1 unit @ 6.5” wide and 2 units @ 2.5” wide.



Step 2:  Sew the 6.5” wide (ABC) unit to the bottom of the 6.5” feature block of your choice made in the previous steps of this pattern. For the Sleeves, sew the (E) rectangles to the 2 (ABC) units @ 2.5” wide.



Step 3:  To complete the Sleeves, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (F) rectangles, place them on the ends of the (G) rectangles and sew along the diagonal. Trim ¼” seam and press open. Sew this (FG) unit to the sleeve unit made in the previous step.



Step 4:
  Sew the Sleeves onto the sides of the feature block unit. Sew the (HJ) rectangle on top. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the (K) squares and place them on the corners. Sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam and press open.



Step 5:  Sew the (L) and (M) rectangles together to make the collar and sew on top to finish the block.





Don't forget!!! You can use the cut off corners when following the shoulder instructions in Step #4 to make these bonus 2.5" half square triangles! I cut first and then sew along the cut edge to make mine. But you could also sew a seam 1/2" away from your diagonal seam at the same time. And then cut between the two seams.





You can click here to go to the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along page for all the details. On that page you will find the layouts and quilt sizes and also see the full schedule. 

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It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, Ugly Christmas Sweaters is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.






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26 February 2016

Rural Squirrel comes home


If you love something....


Set it free.....


The Rural Squirrel in Northcott has made it's way to QuiltCon2016.....


And back again.


But before making it's way to sunny California, these squirrels made their way out to the old hay wagon for a midwinter photo shoot. This playful model is on his way down the right side of the quilt.


And this one is on his way up the tree on the left. Dodging snowflakes along the way!


Now for a few close ups of those bright and delightful samplings from the Northcott ColorWorks Concepts, which you can read more about here and here.



I am so excited to have my quilt returned after it's exciting journey. It kind of feels like cheating to say that I had a quilt on display at QuiltCon2016 when I never had to submit this quilt for acceptance by the judges. Perhaps next year?




Thank you to Northcott Fabrics for offering me the opportunity to design a quilt for your booth!!! The making of the Rural Squirrel quilt was so much fun and it was such a pleasure to be able to play with your newest line of ColorWorks Concepts fabrics!




I loved working with the samples from the ColorWorks Concepts line and really enjoyed pairing them up with some bright shades from the ColorWorks Premium Solids collection. The backing fabric is one of my favourites. What a fantastic and fun print! 


Of course I chose to quilt this with my organic wavy line quilting from top to bottom. 





"Rural Squirrel" in Northcott ColorWorks Concepts finished at approximately 50" x 60"
and was the 81st use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.







The Rural Squirrel quilt is made using traditional methods and is not paper pieced. The pattern provides material requirements, cutting instructions and detailed step-by-step directions. The Rural Squirrel in Brown Neutrals can be seen in this post. And Rural Squirrel in Cotton Couture can be seen here. Really this pattern could work in any combination! If you are interested, the pdf quilt pattern is for sale in my pattern shop.



Thank you for another wonderful photo opportunity.... My trusty old hay wagon. In winter.






Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts










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25 February 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL - Two by Three Block #8

Welcome to the next block tutorial for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL!
Today's tutorial is for the Two by Three 6" quilt block.

Ugly Christmas Sweater with Two by Three

Two by Three 6" quilt block



White - A - 1 @ 1.5” x 11”
Green - B - 1 @ 1.5” x 11”
Yellow - C - 1 @ 1.5” x 13”
Red - D - 1 @ 1.5” x 13”


Two by Three Block #8


Sew the (A) and (B) pieces together. Trim the end flush and cut into (4) pieces that are each 2.5” wide. Sew the (C) and (D) pieces together. Trim the end flush and cut into (5) pieces that are each 2.5” wide. Sew the (AB) and (CD) units together, making three rows. Sew the rows together.




I chose to display my Two by Three block using the Sweater #1 option, using the Luna fabric in place of the orange fabric. 


Sweater #1 Assembly Instructions:

White
A
2 @ 1.5” x 10.5”
Orange
B
1 @ 1.5” x 10.5”
White
C
1 @ 1.5” x 5.5”
Orange
D
2 @ 1.5” x 5.5”
Orange
E
2 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
Orange
F
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
Background
G
2 @ 1.5” x 8.5”
Orange
H
1 @ 2.5” x 12.5”
Background
K
2 @ 3.5” squares
Background
L
2 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
White
M
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”


















Block finishes at 12” square


Step 1:  Sew the (A) and (B) rectangles together and crosscut into 2 units @ 2.5” wide and 3 units @ 1.5” wide. Sew the (C) and (D) rectangles together and crosscut into 3 units @ 1.5” wide. Sew the 1.5” wide units together to make a checkerboard that is 6.5” wide.




  
Step 2:  Sew the 6.5” wide (ABCD) unit to the bottom of the 6.5” feature block of your choice made in the previous steps of this pattern. For the Sleeves, sew the (E) rectangles to the 2 (AB) units @ 2.5” wide.



Step 3:  To complete the Sleeves, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (F) rectangles, place them on the ends of the (F) rectangles and sew along the diagonal. Trim ¼” seam and press open. Sew this (FG) unit to the sleeve unit made in the previous step.





Step 4:  Sew the Sleeves onto the sides of the feature block unit. Sew the (H) rectangle on top. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the (K) squares and place them on the corners. Sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam and press open.




Step 5:  Sew the (L) and (M) rectangles together to make the collar and sew on top to finish the block.



Don't forget!!! You can use the cut off corners when following the shoulder instructions in Step #4 to make these bonus 2.5" half square triangles! I cut first and then sew along the cut edge to make mine. But you could also sew a seam 1/2" away from your diagonal seam at the same time. And then cut between the two seams.







You can click here to go to the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along page for all the details. On that page you will find the layouts and quilt sizes and also see the full schedule.




A quilt along is always more fun than quilting alone.
Want to get in on the fun?
Then grab a button below and share it on your blog!



Sew Fresh Quilts







If you are interested in quilting along, please add the button to your blog and help to spread the word. Also....  Please feel free to share via social media!  And add the hashtag #uglychristmassweatersqal


Do you have a Flickr account?
We would love to have you join the Quilt Along with Sew Fresh Quilts Flickr group





It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, Ugly Christmas Sweaters is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.






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