Monday, August 18, 2014

QCQAL Block Party #12

Hello! Welcome to our last block link up for the QCQAL!

Check out Sylvia's and Margaret's 16 blocks!



Keep working on those blocks! I am making as many blocks as I can with what I have left of my Fat Eighth bundle! I'll share the links to the tutorials that I am using for my blocks next week!

Thanks for participating with us! We'll be posting sample setting directions soon!



Friday, August 15, 2014

QCQAL Block #16 -- Bowtie

Drumroll, please! The last block is a bowtie!


Cutting:
Eight (8) 3.5 inch background squares

In each the four different colors:
Two (2) 3.5 inch squares
Two (2) 2 inch squares


Draw diagonal lines on the back of all of your 2 inch squares. Align each with the corner of a 3.5 inch background square as shown.


Stitch on the line and trim the seam allowance to 1/4 inch. Press.


Lay out each section as shown below.


Sew together each quadrant.


Lay out four quadrants as desired and sew together for final block


Click over to Craftsy to get the pattern! We'll only have the individual patterns on Craftsy for free for a short while longer but they will still be available here on Little Bunny Quilts.

Here's my final 16 blocks! I still have more fabric to use, so I will be making more blocks!


Thank you everyone for participating! Come back on Monday for a block link up -- please include a picture of all of the blocks you have made thus far!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

QCQAL Block #15 -- Friendship Star

Here's block #15 -- my modern version of a Friendship Star! Click on over to Craftsy to download the directions!


Click here for pin-spiration! I decided to design my own block for this one instead of making one large block or four smaller blocks. It's a little bit more modern, and a whole lot of fun.

Cutting:
Two (2) 5 inch squares background
Four (4) 4.5 inch squares background

Two (2) 5 inch squares large star color
One (1) 3 inch square large star color
One (1) 2.5 inch square large star color

One (1) 3 inch square small star color
Three (3) 2.5 inc squares small star color


Cut each of your 5 inch squares in half diagonally, yielding 4 background triangles and 4 large star triangles. Set aside one colored and one background for now. Make 3 HSTs and trim to 4.5 inches.


Using the remaining large colored triangle, overlay one of your small square 2.5 inch squares lined up with the square corner. Using the image below as a guide, sew a 1/4 inch seam along the right side of the square. Press over the square and use the large triangle's diagonal as a guide to trim the square.


Align your remaining background triangle atop the triangle-square unit. Sew along the diagonal and press. Trim square to 4.5 inches.


Using one of your three HSTs, draw a diagonal line on one of your 2.5 inch background squares and align it with the colored corner as shown below. Sew on the line, trim the seam allowance to 1/4 inch and press.


Using your 3 inch squares, make two HSTs and trim to 2.5 inches.


Using your remaining two 2.5 inch squares (one of each color) and your two 2.5 inch HSTs, arrange in the following pattern and sew together.



Lay out your units as shown below. Your stitch-and-flip HST unit goes on the bottom, and the triangle/square HST unit goes on the right side.


Sew together and your block is finished!


Come back tomorrow for our LAST QCQAL block! Don't forget to follow Honey, Bunny, and Doll on Pinterest!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

QCQAL Block #14 -- Granny Square

It's time for bonus block #2 -- granny square! Click over to Craftsy to download the directions!


Click here for pin-spiration! This is a four-ring version similar to the "great granny" block by Lori Holt, as it also uses extended edge pieces to make sure that you have enough room to trim the block to 12.5 inches. This one is a great one to pick out any small scraps you might have left over from other blocks thus far and use them up without cutting into more fabric.

Cutting:
Two (2) 2.5 inch background squares
Fourteen (14) 2.5 by 3 inch background rectangles
One (1) 2.5 inch square for center
Four (4) 2.5 inch squares for inner ring
Eight (8) 2.5 inch squares for middle ring
Twelve (12) 2.5 inch squares for outer ring

Here's the cutting diagram plus the block layout.


Sew together squares in diagonal rows. Your longest row should be capped by the 2.5 inch background squares and the shorter rows should each have a 2.5 x 3 inch background rectangle on the end. Iron rows in opposite directions.


Sew rows together. Seams of each row should interlock if you alternated the direction you ironed each row. Press connecting seams -- I ironed mine from the center going out. You may want to iron these seams open if you find your block is particularly bulky.

Square up your block to 12.5 inches and voila! You're done!


Come back tomorrow for an original HBD designs block as bonus block #15!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

QCQAL Block #13 -- Empire Star

Our first BONUS BLOCK is the Empire Star! Click over to Craftsy to download the directions!



Depending on how you want to color the block, you could alter the pattern to use some fast flying geese or triangles rather than all HSTs. For more color flexibility, this pattern is written for all HSTs.

Cutting: 
Six (6) 4 inch background squares

Two (2) 4 inch squares for four corners
Two (2)  inch squares for center diamond
Six (6) 4 inch squares for star portion


Pair up your fabrics as necessary to make HSTs:
Two (2) corner color squares with two (2) background squares
Two (2) center diamond color squares with two (2) star portion color squares
Four (4) star portion color squares with four (4) background squares.


For each HST, draw a diagonal line on one square from each of your pairs. Sew 1/4 inch from each side of the drawn line and cut apart on the line. Press and trim to 3.5 inches.


Arrange HST units as shown below. Sew into rows and then sew rows together for your final block.



Come back tomorrow for bonus block #2!

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