Friday 20 October 2017

The Bear

Today's quilt is "The Bear."

Annie Brady is the designer of both the fabric and pattern.  It is now available at your local quilt shop.  I was a little dyslexic when I was reading the pattern, so a little block placement adjustment had to be made.  When everything was finally in the right place, I was pleased with the result.  The quilting is simple organic wavy lines.

Last weekend I was at retreat.  I managed to get the binding on this quilt.  Sagebrush Quilters' Guild was quilting along with the mystery quilt from Love Shack Quilts.  I dug into my overflowing box of 2 1/2" squares and managed to finish the quilt.

Quilt Market in Houston is only a week away!  I'm so excited to be going!!!!!!  The Vendor booths are always fun, and then there is the quilt show.  It is the same show as during Festival,  just without all the people.  Look out Houston, here I come.

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Friday 13 October 2017

X Marks The Spot

Today's block is an X block.  This block finishes at 9 inches (9 1/2" including seam allowances.)

To make one block you will need four 3 1/2" squares for the corners, four 3 1/2" squares for the centre outer edge blocks and from the X fabric you require one 3 1/2" square and twelve 2" squares.

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on all twelve 2" squares.  I prefer using my chalk-o-liner to mark lines.  Place a 2" square on the corner of your outer 3 1/2" squares as shown and sew on the line.  Fold on the line and press to outer corner.  Cut off the bottom two layers and press the seam allowance towards the larger square fabric.

Using the same method, sew two 2" squares as shown above, onto each of the centre outer edge 3 1/2" squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the smaller squares.

Lay out all the units as show and sew together .

Now, for the rest of the story.....

I wanted to make a 36" square baby quilt.  Rather than make sixteen blocks and sew together, I decided to eliminate a few seams so that it was quicker to make.

 I replaced the four corner units of blocks with a 6 1/2" square of feature fabric, and applied a 2" accent square unit to each corner the same was as in the block.  Nine units are required.

For the corners of the quilt I made four feature fabric units with a 3 1/2" square and one 2" square of accent fabric.

The edge pieces of the quilt were made from 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" units of feature fabric with two 2" squares of accent fabric.  Twelve units are required.

This is my sashing unit, twenty-four required.  It is made from a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" background fabric and four 2" squares of accent fabric,

To complete the top I made sixteen units from a 3 1/2" background square and two 2" squares of accent fabric. Use the picture to lay out your pieces, sew together and enjoy.

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