After a busy weekend, I'm back to working on my Firewheel 2014 Stash Bee Quilt.
Getting the blocks together into rows with the black sashing went together very fast!
I cut my yellow cornerstones and sewed them to the sashing strips for the horizontal sashing rows. So much chain piecing!
Here's the beaut all together (of course, it was dark by this point and picture taking options were poor!) I am really loving all of the different backgrounds and shades of yellow and grey that everyone used in their blocks. Surprisingly, I only had a little bit of easing to do when I was sewing my blocks together -- which is a miracle when 11 different people made these blocks and now much I had to do on my other Stash Bee Quilt.
Right now, this quilt is approximately 70 by 85. I don't think I'll be making it any bigger!
The traditional version of this block looks very similar to the Sister's Choice block we made last week, so we'll be making a more modern version of the block without the sashing between the paws. Pinterest shows a good variety of both the traditional and modern styled versions of this block -- check them out!
These directions go along with a block made with each bear paw in a different color.
Four 2.5" squares
Eight 3" squares for HSTs For paws:
Four 4.5" squares -- one for each bear paw
Eight 3" squares for HSTs -- two squares needed for each bear paw
Draw diagonals along each 3" background square. Match each background square with one colored square and sew 1/4 inch away from the line on each side. Cut apart on the diagonal line, iron HST units, and trim to 2.5" squares. You should now have 16 HSTs -- four (4) of each color
Sew together your HSTs into pairs for the bear paw's "claws" such that each pair of sewn together HSTs's diagonal slants the opposite way.
Sew one of your HST units to your 2.5" background square and sew the other HST unit to the 4.5" bear paw square. Sew together into one bear paw unit.
Lay out your four bear paw units as desired and sew together. Block should now measure 12.5 inches square.
Don't forget to vote for Block #3 and come back for the link up next Monday!
My fabrics are half-yards from Kitty Yoshida's Prospect Park Line. I actually had already decided that I wanted to make a triangle quilt with these fabrics and had set them aside for this project and now I get to be inspired by lots of others as well!
Check out what everyone else has pulled from their stashes for this project here!
I've loved seeing all of your blocks on the Flickr group! Below is the link up to share your blog posts and/or Flickr pictures with everyone! AND we now have the photo upgrade for all of the link ups that I'll host here at Little Bunny Quilts. Hooray!
The poll for Block #2 is officially closed and it was a very close race! I have to get busy on writing the next tutorial and making my block!
We are also excited to announce that Mary of Mary Huey Quilts, a very accomplished quilter and quilt instructor, is going to be posting "sister posts" to our tutorials here explaining how use Marti Mitchell rulers to make the blocks as she is a certified MM instructor! Check out her post here!
I hope that you're enjoying this QAL as much as we are! We are loving doing something different than what's typically done with QALs and we are glad that you're all along for the ride with us!
This quilting turned out great and went together so fast!
The zig-zag fabric ended up being amazing for the binding. This picture shows a close up of the little flowers in the center of the blocks. I thought the brown stitching might be too much, but it turned out to be a great change from white thread.
When I was doing my normal "what am I going to post about this week" I was planning that my WIP Wednesday post would be some in-progress shots of the quilting on my Double Hourglass Quilt.
Wrong. And not in the way that you might think -- I managed to get the quilting on this baby done in less than one day! It still needs to be bound -- machine bound, most definitely -- but I'm still kind of in shock that it is done -- and that I only used 3 bobbins to do the whole thing!
I apologize for the indoor-with-flash-because-its-dark pictures. The sun isn't going to come out today either, boo!
My quilting motif was to FMQ straight lines lined up with the centers of the blocks (through the X of the block) and when I got to the center of each block I made a little four petaled flower in the inner 4 triangles. I used the triangles to help "size" my loops but not all of them are perfectly straight or perfectly sized -- they did get much better as I went along! I then went back and made straight lines perpendicularly through the blocks. I did these lines with my free motion foot as well.
Here's the zig-zag back! I didn't match up the zig-zags (oh, the horror!) because this one is getting donated to raffle it off I can live with that.
Today's the day! Our first block in the QCQAL is Sister's Choice!
There are a lot of great examples of Sister's Choice blocks on Pinterest and a variety of ways that you can "color" this block. To me, the more fabrics you integrate, the more modern looking it can become.
The traditional block translates well into 5, 10, 15, etc. inch finished blocks. It doesn't translate into a 12 inch finished block simply. I decided to make the width of the middle fifth of the pattern a half inch smaller for our pattern to make for an easy 12 inch finished block. It's a slight modification from the traditional block's 9 patch made entirely of squares, but I can live with that if you can. (If you can't, use the tutorial from the Sister's Ten BOM!!!)
The first thing to do is figure out how many colors you want to use and where you want to use those colors. The above diagrams show 2 color, 3 color, and 5 color versions of the block. The cutting directions go along with the 5 color block I made to explain where each piece of fabric ends up in the finished block.
4 background squares at 3 1/2 inches (HST units)
4 squares at 3 1/2 inches (HST units)
4 background squares at 3 inches (corner squares)
4 rectangles at 3 x 2 1/2 inches (outer rectangles)
4 rectangles at 3 x 2 1/2 inches (inner rectangles)
4 squares at 3 inches (inner squares)
1 square at 2.5 inches (center square)
Draw a line down the center of each one of your 3 1/2 inch background squares. Pair each background square with a 3 1/2 inch focus fabric square right sides together and sew 1/4 of an inch away from your marked line on each side. Cut apart along your drawn line and iron. Trim to 3 inches square. Yield: eight 3 inch square HSTs.
Make four units as shown below. Each unit is made of one background 3 inch square, one focus 3 inch square, and two 3 inch HST units.
Sew each one of your 3 x 2 1/2 inch rectangles of one color to a 3 x 2 1/2 inch rectangle of the other color (ie, sew your "green" rectangles to your "orange" rectangles) ALONG THE SHORT SIDE. Your finished units should measure 5 1/2 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide.
Lay out all of your units as shown below and sew together. The block should now measure 12.5 inches square, trim if necessary.
Seeing one block makes me very excited to make more! Since I have fat eighths instead of fat quarters, I have to make sure that I rotate through my fabrics and use all of them -- hence why I used five different fabrics in my block.
Here's Amanda's block:
Her fabrics are from the Chiffon line from Free Spirit with some fabrics from her stash mixed in. She used four different fabrics and cut the inner rectangles out of her background fabric instead of a focus fabric. It lightens up the block a little bit and is a great use of negative space.
This month's Sew Kitschy block from Quiet Play is a mixing bowl and wooden spoon. Since I had already used a blue background for January, and a red background for February, I decided to use yellow for March!
Doesn't that blue on white print remind you of vintage Pyrex?!?! I had forgotten I had a half yard of this fabric in my stash and was delighted to rediscover it because it was perfect for this block!
Sharing over at Quiet Play in the March Block Link-up and the Paper Piecing Friday link-up!
Right now all of the blocks of the quilt are together and waiting for me to add the border and quilt it.
The orange floral fabric is for the borders (and maybe the binding too) and the zig zag stripe is for the backing. Woo hoo for buying 5 yards of fabric at a time. I plan to quilt it with brown thread and some sort of simple curvy motif. Haven't yet decided what I'll do, but nothing too dense!
The first poll is now closed -- one week from today we'll post the tutorial for the block you voted for and post the new poll for Block #2! Also watch out for a link-up post for your finished blocks -- you can always post them in the Quilting with Honey, Bunny, and Doll Flickr group!
To get everyone even more excited for the QCQAL, we're doing a giveaway of Honey, Bunny, and Doll's Seasonal Placemats Pattern Set #2 -- which includes patterns for shamrocks, flowers, and candy corn!
Here's how to enter to win:
1. For everybody: Add a comment with a block you'd like to see as a candidate in the QCQAL.
2. Add a second comment if you added your fabric pulls for the QCQAL on Flickr or our link up.
The give away will close on Friday at midnight!
We are busy putting together the tutorial and making our blocks for next week! Come back and see if your favorite won!!