Friday, August 29, 2014

Interested in swapping 2.5 inch strips?

EDIT: I am going to host another round of this swap! Please head over to Flickr and sign up!

I just wanted to put some feelers out there to see if anyone would be interested in participating in a Jelly Roll strip swap. I hosted a small swap for 2.5 inch strips two years ago and figured it might be time to start swapping again!

Here's a picture from when I was sorting strips to all of the participants! It was a fun process (at least it was to me!)

If you might be interested in swapping 2.5 inch strips -- which can be left over from jelly rolls or cut from your stash -- pop on over to the Flickr group, Orphan Jelly Roll Strip Swap, join the group and leave a comment on the "Interested in a new round?" thread.

I'm hoping people are interested in participating! Last time was a lot of fun and we were able to give everyone a great variety of strips!

Monday, August 25, 2014

More QCQAL Blocks

I've been working on making more blocks out of my Clover Sunshine bundle to go along with the rest of the QCQAL blocks that I've made.

Since some of you have mentioned that you want to make extra blocks too with the fabric you have left, I've linked to the tutorials that I've used to make the blocks.

Double Aster block from the Quilter's Cache: This one is so gorgeous! I think that this would be a fun bee/swap block. There is a partial seam in this one, but it's totally worth it.

Flower Garden Path from Swim, Bike, Quilt: This one is from the Summer Sampler series from 2011. I used the alternate piecing option with the square in the middle instead of using all HSTs. If you don't have big pieces of your focus fabrics, you can use the background in the center.

Rocky Mountain Puzzle: I adjusted the size of the strips and the center square to fit the scraps I had, but the rest of it is the same. I was happy to find a 12 inch version since most of them are 8 inch.

Star Cluster Block from Judy Martin: I saw this one first on Pinterest and loved it. This block takes some patience because you have to keep your colors in order so that things end up in the right spot. The result is gorgeous!

Ohio Star: Classic, quintessential quilt block!

Venus Flytrap: This might be an actual real quilt block somewhere, but at this point I'm dealing with small pieces and have just been trying to maximize the fabric I do have left into making a few more blocks. This one is made from 2 1/2 inch HSTs, 2 1/2 inch squares, and one 4 7/8 inch square cut into two triangles.

I need to make 2 more blocks and then I will have 24 blocks!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August Sew Kitschy Block and August Sew Pieceful Blocks

Happy Sunday! I've been sort of radio silent this week due to family stuff, a job interview (!!!), and some sort of the cold/flu relegating me to the couch for the last two days but now I'm finally feeling a little better to start getting caught up posting on my projects.

Quiet Play

This month for my Sew Pieceful Bee blocks, I used the Wampum Block pattern from the Quilter's Cache.

I think this is the last month for my peach, mint, and lavender color scheme. I am pretty sure that I have enough blocks. A few are nothing like the colors I requested (so disappointing!) but I think I will use them in a different quilt. I'm thinking about making a "bright pastel" quilt with the ones that don't quite fit into the peach, mint, and lavender scheme and using lots of different colors. Once I get my blocks this month, I'll post a picture of all of my received blocks.

Have a lovely day!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Monday, August 11, 2014

QCQAL Block #12 -- Wild Goose Chase

It's time for Block 12 --Wild Goose Chase! Click here for the pattern on Craftsy!

Don't forget to come back every day this week for bonus block tutorials! Make as many blocks as you can with whatever fabric you have left!

Check out wild goose chase pin-spiration! I made a four color block by alternating the colors of my flying geese.

Sixteen (16) 2 3/8 inch squares background fabric for FFG

Four (4) 4 1/4 inch squares total for FFG -- I used two squares each of two different colors
Four (4) 3 1/2 inch squares
One (1) 6 1/2 inch square

Draw diagonals on all of your 2 3/8 inch background squares.

Align two background squares with each of your 4 1/4 inch squares, and sew 1/4 inch from each side of the drawn line. Cut apart and press.

Align remaining background squares with corners of partially completed fast flying goose units. Sew 1/4 from each side of the line, cut apart, and press. You will need a total of 16 flying geese, each 2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.

Sew your flying geese into four sets of four geese each.

Lay out your block as shown below. Sew together for your finished block!

No more voting for this QCQAL, just come back every day for a new tutorial this week!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August ALYoF Goal -- Bunny Quilt

I find it a little bit funny that I have yet to make a quilt with bunnies and this month I will be doing just that!

My college roommate is having a baby girl this fall and I am working on designing a pattern for a baby bunny quilt.

These are the fabrics that I pulled:

Long time visitors here at LBQ might recognize these as most of the same fabrics that I used in the Cartwheel Baby Quilt (from the pattern by Lee at Freshly Pieced) that I made in Spring 2013. I added in the yellow small medallion print and the tonal green flourish print for this time around.

My plan is to alternate between large rail fence blocks and patchy bunny blocks on solid white background (which I need to go buy!). I've just finished making all of the 10.5" rail fence blocks from 2.5" strips cut from all of my prints.

(Forgive me for the extension cord that I use when I move my sewing table in front of the TV for Netflix-sewing afternoons!)

My plan is to make checkerboard sections out of all of the scraps and then cut bunny shapes from that and then machine applique it to the background fabric. Has anyone tried appliquing patchwork like this before?