Showing posts with label scraps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label scraps. Show all posts

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Stash Bee 2017 - April Block - No Rules


April Queen Rhonda asked for a simple block design of framed squares. No rules. No color limitations. No strip dimensions. The centre square even did not have to be a pretty fussy cut as her plans entailed, to cut the finished blocks apart diagonally. The thus halved squares are to be randomly combined to create new blocks.

My block was made from scraps and left over fabric strips and came together really fast. The only stipulation was that there should be some contrast between the fabrics that had been used.

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I like how my block worked out. The greens and oranges play very well together and give off a nice warm feeling.






Saturday, 1 April 2017

Improv Pillowcase - A Finish

Just in time for the first quarter Finish-A-Long link-up, I finally put the finishing touches to my improvised pillowcase. It is my only finish of my 1st quarter FAL list but one finish is still a finish. I am quite happy with how it turned out too. 

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The denim coloured super soft and light cotton works well with the colours in the front and back panels and makes the project look more grown up. I kind of accidentally started the project in February last year and am glad to report that it is finally done. I am clearly not the fastest sewist. =) 

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I tried a few new things with this pillow. Following along several bloggers, I noticed that many sewists also use quilt batting in their pillowcases. I guess the reason is that they actually do quilt their pillowcases. Thus, I thought I might try that too this time round.

What I have failed to find out yet, is what is happening on the inside of these pillowcases. Is the batting covered by even more fabric on the inside? Is it not covered on the inside and lies 'raw' in its lint shedding state against the pillow? I seriously do not know. I, however, did not want any uncovered batting within my pillowcase and therefore tried one-sided adhesive cotton heatbond to a) secure the substantial amount of seams on the back of the improvised panels and b) to cover the backside of the backing inside the pillowcase-to-be.


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It worked so so. So in my experimental state of mind, I had laid out the entire length of the pillowcase panel, put a piece of batting, where the front would be and covered all that with the one-sided heatbond. I bonded away and had thereby secured the seams and covered the back of the backing in one go. It worked all fine for covering and securing the multitude of seams. (This is going to be my new secret weapon in pillowcase making) However, I still had a sort wiggle room or air pocket between the batting and the front panel. And this wiggle room then caused trouble when I tried to unobtrusively quilt a few lines on the front panel as the layers puckered and shifted somewhat.

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The upshot is that the idea works in principle (no raw edges or seams within my pillowcase, yay  =) but that some fine-tuning is still required. Maybe, I should quilt the front panel with the batting first before adding the heatbond as a finish.

I also for the first time ever used bias tape to bind a pillowcase. I must say it makes a very sophisticated finish.

I have the next pillowcase idea lined up already. I snatched up some gingiber animal panels at a local quilt shop once they posted on IG that they had those and they basically scream 'Use us! ' so I feel I might oblige.

Linking up. I noticed that there are literally hundreds of projects linked as finished. Quite amazing how big the Finish-A-Long initiative has grown.

http://www.shecanquilt.ca/2017/01/2017-finish-long-link-up-your-q1-lists.html





Saturday, 4 February 2017

Stash Bee 2017 - February Block - Improv Log Cabin

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Carmit, Hive 4 Queen of February asked for an easy, improv log-cabin-y block in a colour of our choice to make a monochromatic block with a neutral centre. Additionally,  for a bonus level challenge, Carmit pointed out that she does not like solids.




I chose yellow as it seemed that I had the most scraps in that colour. But once I got sewing it did not feel as if I had actually enough scraps. Strange phenomenon. =)  I could not entirely do without solids either as firstly, solids lend character and secondly, I needed something anchor the busy prints. The block is a little bigger then it needed to be but this way Carmit will be able to choose which print she wants to see more or less of and trim accordingly.


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Carmit also said that she is really bored of her own fabrics and can’t wait to introduce a bit of variety into her existing blocks. So I hope my block contains enough new prints to shake things up.
 









Friday, 13 January 2017

Stash Bee 2017 - January Block - Scrap Happy

A new year, a new hive and a lot of motivation to get going. I have spring-cleaned my sidebar to make space for new adventures and re-vamped my little Queen Bee. I am about ready to get going.

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January Queen Stephanie asked for a post stamp variation block against low volume fabrics. As Stephanie put it, this was a chance to use up our scrappy scraps. The only thing she asked is that we not use civil war fabrics as they contain more brown than she liked. For the low volume pieces it was OK to have colour in them as long as the read dominantly white, gray or off white.



Reading her request, I stayed away from scraps that contained the colour brown. The block looks bright and happy, if a bit scant at the sides. Nesting the seams of the rows and columns might have robbed a minute amount of fabric each time, so that the block is almost 1/4 of an inch scant. It is not too bad, so I hope Stephanie can work around that. Scant seams, true seams, wide seams - it not easy to make everything work just right.

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I have some bee friends of last year in parallel hives, which means I have to watch out for their bee queen months coming up so I can hive crash their party and contribute  =)







Sunday, 8 January 2017

Impromptu Pillowcase

Literally, at the last minute I decided to make a little something extra for one of my aunts one day before Christmas. I had already intended to give her a bottle of white vinegar that I had infused with elderflowers earlier that year but as this particular aunt lives far off in Turkey most of the time, she is being a bit neglected as far as in-between flower bouquets and impromptu pieces of cake are concerned.







Therefore, the Ghanaian cotton scraps seemed to be a fabulous choice in whisking up a last minute present. I used the big scraps to piece a pillowcase. To hide and secure the seams I lined it on the inside with a few of my less loved fat quarters. If I had more time, I might have framed it with bias tape but I am pleased with the outcome anyway.




My aunt liked it alright so I will call it a win – especially in view of her still banging on about some fantasy themed poster I gave her when I was 14 (!), which she put on the wall in her apartment in Turkey. She showed me a picture of it there. (Ughh!) While I am sure that my gift was age appropriate at the time AND it being nice of her to honour my present - I’d rather she got rid of it now – 20 odd years later. Maybe I ought to buy her a new wall picture - one in accordance with my current tastes – ha ha. 




Anyway, in view of the poster story I am certain that my pillowcase is in good hands and will be used. I am glad I made it.


I link up with Scraptastic Tuesday =)

http://www.shecanquilt.ca/2017/01/the-january-scraptastic-tuesday-link-is.html



Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Commencing an End of Year Review - Improv Piecing


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Back in February I had started an improvisation piece, which initially was supposed to become a wonky log cabin block for a fellow bee in a parallel hive. As I had gotten the instructions wrong, I decided to keep it and kept puzzling along whenever I found time. You can see that it cannot have been very often because now it is December and the improv piece is still unfinished. 


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Before I went on leave to Ghana, I was sure that I would be able to cross the project of my 4th quarter FAL list but now it seems I might have been somewhat hasty with that assumption. Improvising in that manner took me a long time. A lot of thought went into this, which seems counter-intuitive when one thinks of 'improvisation' but this is how it felt to me.

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Still the front panel is finished and I counted 20 different fabrics that are making it up. There will be even more on the back panel that I have commenced piecing as well. Once done, it will make a pretty and modern pillowcase. 


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I am also trying to decide what colour to chose for the bias tape that will frame the pillowcase. Any ideas? 

I am currently in the process of finishing the last bee block of the year and am not sure that I will be able to fit in any more sewing before Christmas. There are so many things I would still like to share with you this year though that I could easily publish a blog post a day at the moment.  

I guess I have to make up for my absence in November.  =)


I am linking up with 'Scraptastic Tuesday'






Thursday, 8 December 2016

Up the Ante #7 - I Could While Away The Hours...

Before I write about my forward look for 2017 it might be opportune to stop and review at what stage my various projects currently are. 


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Like my 'Up the Ante' sampler project, which grows steadily although the process has become fairly random. When I started out, I wanted to do specific blocks from some Block-of-the-month Craftsy classes to learn new techniques. For a while I did just that but quickly began to construct whichever block took my fancy at a time. I am surprised just how many blocks I  already have stitched up this year, considering that it is not on my official 'want-to-get-done' list at all.  =)

I put those blocks down as above for an IG snapshot when we were asked what we were currently doing with our scraps. I am getting excited about putting the blocks together to a quilt top at some point next year.

So what's new? Last, as previously mentioned, I had slightly amended the 'Anne's Flower' block and the colours flow much better now.


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after

before


I also was constructing flying geese from triangle and other scraps only. These will be used as fill-in pieces on a need be basis. All blocks have completely different sizes and there will be plenty of gaps to fill in.



Here I had not been paying attention. I had two pieces of equal size of that blue dotted Joel Dewberry print and I had wanted to use them both in a rather different block. I did not think of that at the time I made the 'Plus' block and just went with a fabric combination I liked. I still like it. Then however I saw the other fabric piece peeking out of the scrap pile remembering. Best laid plans right?  =)


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I had counted the amount of fabrics used up until now but now I cannot find just where I noted down that number. Ah well ... Anyhow, I very much like the relaxedness of that project and am looking forward to keep working on it.

On a side note, I am very excited to read that Rachel Hauser @Stitched in Color will offer her Penny Sampler Class again in 2017. Her amazing design serves as inspiration piece and guiding principle for my own sampler quilt for which I intend to use Rachel's broken border approach. I am seriously contemplating to sign up but then again the quilty project plan for next year looks so busy already that I might not.

Decisions, decisions



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Friday, 7 October 2016

Stash Bee 2016 - October Block - Fussy Cutting Deluxe



Queen Lisa asked for a fairly simple block - a kind of 'Post Stamp' meets 'Irish Chain' variation in mainly pink, purple and coral with a bit of  blue and yellow thrown in. At least that is what I see in the sample pictures. This month though we were to pay special attention to pretty details in the fabrics. Time for fussy cutting.


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Apart from that, no solids, black or grey. If we could find a motif for the middle square that had some variation of yellow along with the squares that make the "X" of the overall square, that would be considered awesome, 'as Yellow is a the color of friendship'.

In the German language and culture it is not. Yellow stands for jealousy. We are not green but yellow with envy. I am happy to re-cast the colour in terms of friendship though. Much nicer.  =)

Technically, it would be possible to not have a single fabric repeat in this design. And how amazing a quilt top would that be. As however quilters tend to have similar fabric selections on hand - or maybe not enough fabrcis or scraps to accomodate 25 different ones in one block -  the probability of that is after all low. Nonetheless, this is bound be a beautiful quilt top provided all bees stick to the requested saturated colours. =)


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Luckily, the desired colours are very close to what I chose for my own Stash Bee bee block so that I had plenty to chose from. 

This was a very fast and fun block.
=)


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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Up the Ante #6 - From Scrap to Quilt Block

I had set this Sunday aside for some relaxed sewing. I pulled the scrap bag out and got busy. So all the blocks were essentially made from scraps combined with neutral fabrics.

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As I was looking for some pictorial blocks for my sampler quilt to be, I thought to give Karen's @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats blog hop block 'Anne's Flower' a try. It was the first time that I tried anything 'Dresden Plate' style. Worked like a charm, 

Though the flowery print on the left side there would have been better placed further up, finishing at the upper edge to make the colours flow better... Hmmm - I might still change that.



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All made from scraps =)

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I only wish I had chosen a more prominent fabric for the flower stalk. The embroidery on top does not improve it either. Still a good overall effort however. 

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And here was a little frog to play around with. Improv piecing live from the pond, I tell you! There were some nice fussy cuts to have from those left over fabric strips. 


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Overall, I am fairly happy with the outcome of this Sunday's sewing session. It provided me the rest and relaxation I felt I needed this weekend.

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Well now you know what kept me busy this Sunday. What were you up to then?


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I  link up with 'Let's Bee Social'.


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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

'Stellar Flare' - Cloud 9 Fabrics - 'New Block' Blog Hop

Can there ever be too many patchwork blocks featuring stars? Well, probably yes. Fair enough BUT can there ever be too many triangle scrap buster blocks? No. Never! I set out thinking about pest control ... a way to make use of the ever multiplying triangle scraps we all produce.

Therefore, I am pleased to present the 'Stellar Flare' Patchwork Block for your sewing pleasure. Wonky stars galore and with them a chance to use up plenty of trinangle scraps. Let's get right to it.

'Stellar Flare Quilt Block'

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I worked with the 'Berry Harvest' bundle which contains five Cirrus Solids that have especially been curated by our Cloud 9 blog hop hosts for this occasion. The solids in question are Amazon, Sky, Iris, Lilac, and Shadow. And, Oh boy, are those fabrics soft! They are also prone to unravel a little bit at the edges but were great to work with nonetheless.

This block is a nine patch variation with some sew, slash and sew again elements. There are only triangles, rectangles, squares and straight seams to sew BUT precision piecing confidence is required.

Skill level: Intermediate



Cutting instructions: 

A – Sky
B – Amazon
C – Iris
D – Lilac
E – Iris (again)
F - Shadow

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Fabric A

4 squares 1.75 x 1.75
4 rectangles 2.5 x 1.75
2 rectangles 2 x 5
2 rectangles 2 x 7.5


Fabric B

4 strips 1 x 10


Fabric C

1 square 2.5 x 2.5
8 triangle scraps (or 8 squares 2 x 2)


Fabric D

8 rectangles 4.25 x 1.5 (4.25 x 2 if you need more room to wiggle)


Fabric E

1 square 2x2
8 triangle scraps (or 8 squares 1.75 x 1.75)


Fabric F

4 squares 1.75 x 1.75
4 rectangles 2 x 1.75
8 rectangles 4.5 x 2.5
2 squares 4 x 4 (or 4 squares 4.5 x 4.5 if you want to play safe)



Assembly:


General notes:


All measurements are in inches. Work with a ¼ inch seam throughout. Read all instructions carefully before commencing to work. Measure and cut with accuracy. Sometimes I will recommend an alternative sewing option which is indicated by the change of font colour to 'Berry'.



Step 1 - Wonky star block using fabrics A and C


If for some unfathomable reason you do not happen to have any triangle scraps but still want to make stars wonky, check out Jenny's 'Tiny Wonky Stars Quilt' tutorial, which works with squares (initially, before producing triangle scraps to continue with   =)

Take the fabric A 2.5 x 1.75 rectangles and the fabric C triangle scraps (or the fabric C 2 x 2 squares) and create the star points of your wonky (or even) star.

If you are using triangle scraps you will place them right side down on one rectangle making sure the points overlap the underlying fabric piece by a ¼ inch minimum. When you flip the piece over it should cover all the intended underlying area. Take care to attach the star points in such a way that the base and the points of the star are aligned along the longer side (2.5) side of the fabric A rectangles. Press the pieces flat and attach the second star point.


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If you use the fabric C 2 x 2 squares, attach them as you would any normal HST by aligning them in one corner and sewing diagonally from corner to corner. This way you will achieve an even pointed rather than wonky star.

Repeat for each of the 4 fabric A rectangles, which should each sport two fabric C star points at the end. Trim the fabric that has been replaced by the star points off taking care not to cut into your seams. Press all for units. Flip the units over and trim them back to the size of 2.5 x 1.75.

Take the fabric C 2.5 x 2.5 square, the four 2.5 x 1.75 wonky star point units you created and the remaining fabric A 1.75 x 1.75 squares to assemble the wonky star unit like you would assemble a normal nine patch block.

Iron the seams of the middle row inwards and the seams of the top and bottom rows outwards. This way you can nest the seams when you join the rows.


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The completed star should measure 5 x 5 at this stage. Next take the 2 fabric A 1.5 x 5.5 rectangles and attach them on the opposite sides of the star block. Take the last 2 Fabric A 1.5 x 7.5 rectangles and attach them to the remaining two sides of the star block to form a square.


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Take a moment to enjoy what your star looks like because next, we are going to cut it apart again. Yes that’s right! Bring out the rotary cutter!





Step 2 – Slash and Sew using the step 1 units and fabric B


Your star block from step 1 should measure 7.5 x 7.5 at this stage. If it is too big, trim it down to that size taking care to keep the star in the middle.

Place your quilting ruler diagonally onto the square and cut from corner to corner. Carefully lift the ruler without disturbing the underlying pieces. We do not want them to move just yet. (if unsure, keep them in place with a bit of washi or builders tape) Place the ruler diagonally on the other axis to again cut from corner to corner.

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Next we want to sew the fabric B strips to the triangle pieces making sure the triangles are in the middle of the fabric B strips.

Take a 1 x 10 fabric B strip, lay it down right side facing up and gently fold in the middle to create a middle crease. Take one of the triangle units we just cut. Hold the piece right side facing down and create a middle crease in its base, which is its longest side, by folding it corner to corner.

Nest the fabric B strip and the triangle piece rights side together using the middle creases as a guide. Hold or pin the fabric pieces in place and sew the triangle to the fabric B strip using a ¼ seam.

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Fold open and press flat. Repeat the process for the three remaining 3 fabric B strips and 3 triangle units.



Step 3 – Another wonky star using fabrics E and F


We basically repeat the process of step 1 until we have a nine patch wonky star. (Please note that the measurements differ slightly)

Take the fabric F 2 x 1.75 rectangles and the fabric E triangle scraps (or the fabric E 1.75 x 1.75 squares) and create the star points of your wonky (or even) star. If you are using triangle scraps you will place them right side down on one rectangle making sure the points overlap the underlying fabric piece by a ¼ inch minimum. When you flip the piece over it should cover all the intended underlying area. Take care to attach the star points in such a way that the base and the points of the star are aligned along the longer side (2.0) side of the fabric F rectangles. Press the pieces flat and attach the second star point.

If you use the fabric E 1.75 x 1.75 squares, attach them as you would any normal HST by aligning them in one corner and sewing diagonally from corner to corner. This way you will achieve an even pointed rather than wonky star.


Repeat for each of the 4 fabric F rectangles, which should each sport two fabric E star points at the end. Trim the fabric that has been replaced by the star points off taking care not to cut into your seams. Press all for units. Flip the units over and trim them back to the size of 2.0 x 1.75.

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Take the fabric E 2.0 x 2.0 square, the four 2.0 x 1.75 wonky star point units you created and the remaining fabric F 1.75 x 1.75 squares to assemble the wonky star unit like you would assemble a normal nine patch block.

Iron the seams of the middle row inwards and the seams of the top and bottom rows outwards. This way you can nest the seams when you join the rows. This time your wonky star should measure 4.5 x 4.5 inches.



Step 4 – Secondary Star Flare Units using fabrics D and F


Mark the ¼ seam line with a soluble pen or chalk on one of the longer sides of each fabric D rectangle. Fold the fabric piece over at the marked line gently finger press.

Take two of the 8 fabric F 4.5 x 2.5 and place them right side up in front of you like shown in the picture. Now, measuring from the lower right and lower left corner firstly outward and then secondly upward mark the fabric pieces with a soluble pen or chalk at 1 inch from that corner on the shorter side and 3.5 from that corner on the longer side. Connect the two points with a line drawing on the right side of the fabric. We want the pieces to mirror to create secondary star points or flares. =) Repeat for the remaining fabric F pieces until you have four pairs.

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Take a fabric D piece and use the finger pressed seam allowance to align the rectangle along the line drawn on the Fabric F piece, making sure to place it in such a way, as to fully cover the underlying fabric F when folded over. My, that sounds complicated. Just look at the pictures, it is very easy =)

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Now hold or pin the fabric pieces right sides together and sew fabric D to the fabric F piece. Repeat the process for the mirror piece and then for the remaining six fabric F and fabric D pieces.

Press all the units. Flip them over and trim them down to the size of 4.5 x 2.5. Now pair a left and right mirrored unit and sew them together to create the secondary star flares. Press the seams open to reduce the bulk. Each star flare unit should measure 4.5 x 4.5 at this stage.



Step 5 – Some more assembly


Take the 2 fabric F 4 x 4 squares, place a quilting ruler from corner to corner and cut once from corner to corner diagonally.

Use the thus created fabric F triangles, the secondary star flares units from step 4 and the wonky star from step 3 and lay them out as you would a normal nine patch block. Using the fabric F 4 x 4 squares cut up in triangles option cuts down on fabric wastage.

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 If you feel safer going for the nine patch proper, use 4 fabric F 4.5 x 4.5 squares instead of the 2-fabric-F 4 x 4-squares-cut-up-in-triangles to assemble the nine patch.

OK, lay your pieces out as shown in the picture and assemble the pieces in rows using a ¼ inch seam.

Assemble the rows to create the nine patch block and press everything flat.



Step 6 – The Finale


Looking at your block so far you should notice that the flare units have middle seams that will serve as out guiding lines. Working on the right side of the fabric, measure 0.75 inches to the left and 0.75 inches to the right from the middle seam and mark the spot with a soluble pen or chalk. Repeat the process on all four sides. Then connect the dots to mark sewing lines as shown in the pictures below.

Take the triangle corner units created in step 2 and drawing on the wrong side, mark the ¼ seam line with a soluble pen or chalk along the edge of what was the Fabric B strip. Fold the marked seam allowance over at the marked line gently finger press.

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Now for the magic part. =) Place the corner unit along the marked sewing line, taking care to align that corner unit with the sides of the rest of the block. The lines you have drawn are there to guide you. If it does not quite align along this very line, wiggle around a bit to the left or right until it does. Just have a ruler handy to make sure that the block width on either side amounts to 12.5 inches.

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Carefully flip the corner unit over, trying to make sure to try to keep the piece in place. Hold or pin the pieces together and sew the corner triangle unit to the rest of the block along the marked sewing line using a ¼ seam. This is the trickiest part of the assembly. Therefore, I recommend to baste before sewing properly, just to make sure the corner unit ends up where it is supposed to.

Use the basting stitch or lengthen your stitch length and baste along the sewing line without locking the beginning and end of the seam. Flip the corner over to see if it aligns properly. If not, gently remove the stitches and repeat until happy. Shorten the stitch length again or chose your normal sewing stitch sew along the basted seam, this time locking the start and end as your normally would.

Repeat for the other three corners. Cut the exess fabric off on the back and fold the corner over. Trim around the edges, give the block a good press and you are done.

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The block should now measure 12.5 x 12.5 and isn't it a beauty. Now repeat this process - uhm - say 19 times over and you have a lovely throw quilt - ha ha - or you just task your quilting bee mates next year. 


and now, a little causerie to finish things off



WOW, this was an exciting, exhilerating and frightening experience. The deadline or task to write a tutorial did not daunt me BUT the prospect of pulling out an idea and making it work did. I know our favorite bloggers and designers seem to do it all the time - and it looks effortless too =) but it is no small feat to be able to translate an idea into an actual real life object.

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I scribble and draw many design ideas onto my writing pad and Post-it notes but this is the first one that was made from those doodles. The maths around the block construction gave me headaches. I made the first sample block in paper, which brought quite a few measurement calculation errors to light. When I started cutting into fabrics for my test block, I felt I had things about right.


Stellar Flare, Quilt Block, free pattern, Quilting, New Block blog hop, Cloud 9 Fabrics, Puppilalla, Solids, new design, quilting tutorial

What can I say, I LOVE how my little blocks turned out. By now the 'Berry Harvest' version should almost have reached Cheryl to be incorporated into a charity quilt.

(Pssst - by the way - I made the 'Flares' stand out more prominently in this test version and love it! I marked the fabric pieces with a soluble pen or chalk at 1.25 inches from the corner on the shorter side and 4 inches from the corner on the longer side - compare Step 4)


Stellar Flare, Quilt Block, free pattern, Quilting, New Block blog hop, Cloud 9 Fabrics, Puppilalla, Solids, new design, quilting tutorial, completed quilt

I hope you will give it a try. If you do, feedback and pictures are always welcome. Just leave a comment beneath this post, send me an e-mail that links to your work or use the hashtag #stellarflarequiltblock on Instagram. I can't wait to see your work.


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This blog hop was generously sponsored by Cloud 9 Fabrics and made possible by our inspiring blog hop hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter.  Thank you so much for the opportunity.


2016 New Quilt Bloggers

Of course I am not the only participant revealing a new block design today. Please also check out the posts of my fellow bloggers:


Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT