26 Apr 2017

Let's Bee Social #174

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!
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I've always found the Economy Block, also known as the Diamond in a Square or Square in a Square quilt block, interesting. So when I was approached by Free Spirit Fabrics, asking if I would like to play with these cute panda prints... I jumped at the chance to make a baby quilt using great big 12" squares!




These adorable prints are from the Pandas collections by David Walker. This collection is available for pre-order now. Ask about them at your local quilt shop!





Could it get ANY CUTER?!!!

My favourite print has got to be the Garden Party print that I used for the backing....






And the Panda Dot print makes for a beautiful binding...





Of course I quilted with my walking foot, making organic wavy lines, using plain white Gutermann thread both on top and in the bobbin.





The mix of these lush colours puts me in mind of Spring!!!!




This "Pandas" quilt finished at 36" x 48"
and was the 29th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.






Although I made 12" blocks, I have written a tutorial that provides instructions for making the Economy Block in sizes ranging from 4" to 15".

 You can find my tutorial for the Economy Block here.











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24 Apr 2017

Sew Fresh Quilt Bee - April Link Up

I am thrilled to be able to share my second finished BEE block quilt with you!






Although I don't usually don't do improv, I enjoyed making the wonky slab blocks quilting along with all those who are participating in this worldwide goal of making 1000 quilts for the Ronald McDonald House Childrens' Charity.







After finishing the smaller 12 block quilt, I got straight to work on putting together these final 24 blocks and getting this one quilted up the next day. I quilted my favourite organic wavy lines with my walking foot using plain white Guetterman thread on top and in the bobbin.






The backing and binding are Doe Eyed from the Moon Shine collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit. And I added a strip of Northcott's Artisan Spirit to the edge to make the backing wide enough. I love the bees on the backing and binding for this BEE block quilt!





Both of these quilts were mailed off last month to be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House Children's Hospitals. It is my hope that all of the blocks and quilts we are making will bring a little joy and comfort to children in need. 









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Special thanks to Rita of Fabric Please! for providing some prizes for those who participate.






To recap.... the SEW FRESH QUILT BEE will run until May 17, 2017. The deadline for mailing blocks and unfinished tops is May 30th. Mailing information can be found here. You DON'T have to be Canadian to participate. But you do have to be prepared to mail your blocks to this Canadian address.

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22 Apr 2017

Santa's On His Way

This is the eighth quilt block for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along!

All the details for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along are this page.







Santa's On His Way is a 12" quilt block.

Made using traditional piecing methods.




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Finished size of block is 12” x 12”

Fabric Require
Single Block
Background
1/4 yard
White
1/8 yard
Beige
1/8 yard
Blue
1/8 yard
Red
1/8 yard
Pink
1/8 yard








Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press all seams open as you go.


STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Pressing the seams open to reduce bulk is recommended.












Single Block
Background
A
3 @ 1” squares
C
1 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
G
2 @ 2.5” squares
M
2 @ 3.5” squares
N
1 @ 3.5” x 7.5”
White
C
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
E
1 @ 1.5” x 5.5”
K
3 @ 2.5” x 5.5”
G
1 @ 2.5” square
L
1 @ 2.5” x 9.5”
Z
2 @ 1” x 1.5”
Beige
A
2 @ 1” squares
Z
4 @ 1” x 1.5”
B
2 @ 1.5” squares
C
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
H
1 @ 2.5” x 3.5”
J
2 @ 2.5” x 4.5”
Blue
A
2 @ 1” squares
Red
B
1 @ 1.5” square
P
1 @ 3.5” x 12.5”
Pink
D
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”




























Step 1:  Sew the White (Z) rectangles between the Beige (Z) rectangles. Sew the Beige (A) and Blue (A) squares together. Sew The (ZZZ) on top of the (AA) units and then sew the Beige (H) rectangle between them.



Step 2: Sew the Red (B) square between the Beige (C) rectangles. Use the STOP method to add the Beige (B) squares on the corners of the White (E) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the White (C) rectangles on the ends of the Pink (D) rectangle.







Step 3: Sew the units together and add the White (K) rectangle on the bottom.




Step 4: Use the STOP method to add the Background (A) squares on the corners of the White (G) square. Then add the Background (C) rectangle to the side.




Step 5: Use the STOP method to add the White (K) rectangles to the Beige (J) rectangles, then to add the Background (G) squares to the bottom.





Step 6: Use the STOP method to add the Background (M) squares to the Red (N) rectangle.





Step 7: Along with the White (L) rectangle and Background (N) rectangle, arrange and sew the units together to complete the block. Block should measure 12.5” square.








Here is my Santa's On His Way block.




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Twice a month, instructions for all of the individual blocks will be shared. A continuous never ending linky party will be available to share your Flickr and Instagram photos or your blog posts on the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along page. You can find it by clicking on the Quilt Alongs page tab found just below the blog header. As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.







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#haveajollylittlechristmas OR #jollychristmasquilt




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, the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Collection includes all 15 designs and is available for purchase in my pattern store here. The individual designs are also available for purchase.



WAIT!!!!

There's a BONUS BLOCK!


This is Saint Nicholas, also known as Sinterklaas.

If you would prefer to make this St. Nicholas block, please follow these instructions:


Single Block
Background
B
4 @ 1.5” squares
D
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
M
2 @ 3.5” squares
Q
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
R
2 @ 3.5” x 5.25”
S
1 @ 1.5” x 9.5”
T
1 @ 1.5” x 10.5”
White
B
2 @ 1.5” squares
C
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
F
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
E
1 @ 1.5” x 5.5”
K
3 @ 2.5” x 5.5”
Z
2 @ 1” x 1.5”
Beige
A
2 @ 1” squares
Z
4 @ 1” x 1.5”
B
2 @ 1.5” squares
C
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
H
1 @ 2.5” x 3.5”
J
2 @ 2.5” x 4.5”
Blue
A
2 @ 1” squares
Red
B
2 @ 1.5” square
C
4 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
P
2 @ 3.5” x 5.5”
Pink
D
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
Brown
B
1 @ 1.5” squares
D
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
F
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
S
1 @ 1.5” x 9.5”











































Follow Steps 1 to 3 above.......


Step 4:  Use the STOP method to add the White (K) rectangles to the Beige (J) rectangles. Use the STOP method to add the Background (B) and (G) squares. Sew these onto the sides of the unit made previously.



Step 5: Sew the White (B) squares between the Red (C) rectangles and the Red (B) square on the end of the White (F) rectangle. Sew them together and add the Red (P) rectangles on the sides. Measure over 1.5” from the bottom corners. Use the STOP method to add the Background (Q) rectangles. Measure down 3.5” from the top corners. Use the STOP method to add the Background (R) rectangles. Note that these (R) pieces will overlap at the top to allow for the 1/4” seam.







Step 6: Use the STOP method to add the Brown (D) to the Background (T) rectangle then to add the Background (B) square. Use the STOP method to add the Background (D) rectangle to the Brown (S) rectangle then add the Brown (B) square to the top. Use the STOP method to add the Brown (F) rectangle to the Background (S) rectangle then to add the Background (B) square. Sew these units together.






Step 7: Arrange and sew the units together to complete the block. Block should measure 12.5” square.







Here is my Saint Nicholas block.








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