Tuesday, May 23, 2017

June 2017 Block of the Month - Part 3

June 2017 
Block of the Month - Part 3



Step 4 (continued)  Use the postcard to fold paper along the line between 5 & 6. Trim fabric seam to ¼ inch. Pin fabric piece #6 in place (right side down), sew and trim seam to ¼ inch as before. Repeat for fabric piece #7. (last two pictures for Step 4 shown below)


Step 4 E
Step 4 F

Step 5:  Iron block lightly. Do not use steam or use the highest setting.

Step 5














Step 6: Trim the block on the dotted line.


Step 6


If possible leave the paper in. This will hold the block to size as all the seams of a paper pieced block are on the bias. Don’t fret if they came out! It happens. As a general rule it’s good to keep the papers in until after the blocks are sewed together. Always remove papers (whatever is still in the quilt top) before layering, quilting, binding.




June 2017 Block of the Month - Part 2

JUNE 2017
Block of the Month - Part 2


Step 3:   Continue as above for fabric pieces 4 & 5


Step 3 A
Step 3 B








Step 4: Use the postcard to fold paper along the line between 5 & 6. Trim fabric seam to ¼ inch. Pin fabric piece #6 in place (right side down), sew and trim seam to ¼ inch as before. Repeat for fabric piece #7. 


Step 4 A
Step 4 B
Step 4 C
Step 4 D






June 2017 Block of the Month - Part 1

JUNE 2017
Block of the Month - Part 1



This block was recommended to me by Karen Baskett.  It is a paper pieced “Beginners Block” by Mary Dorchak, a member of the Yahoo Carol Doak Quilting Group.

If you have been hesitant about jumping in and giving paper piecing a try, this 6" block is the perfect place to start.

The finished block looks like the one below.



You will need seven pieces of fabric - the specifics are shown below:

Cut sizes and colors for Fabric:

1.   2 ¼ x 2 ¼ (maker’s choice)
2.   2 ¼ x 2 ¼ (cream)
3.   2 ¼ x 3 ¾ (cream)
4.   2 ¾ x 3 ¾ (maker’s choice)
5.   3 ¾ x 6 ¾ (maker’s choice)
6.   3 ½ x 7 ½ (cream)
7.   3 ½ x 7 ½ (cream)

Preparation:

Print the pdf template on paper piecing specific paper. (see Empire Home Page for template).  Cut out the template, it’s best to leave a bit around the edges and trim once completed. Stitch length should be shortened for paper piece to make it easier to remove the paper later on. Cut fabric as above. 1 each of the 7 for each block you wish to produce.



Assembly:

Step One:  Turn the template over with the back side up. Place fabric piece #1 right side up covering the space labeled 1 on template. Fabric should overlap on each side by at least ¼ inch. Place fabric piece #2 right side down on top of Fabric #1. Pin in place. Thin pins are best for this. Turn over, and sew along the line on the template that is shared by piece 1 and 2. Fold the paper along the line you just sewed so you can trim the excess fabric along that seam away. You can use a postcard or similar sized card to fold the paper on the line you just sewed then trim fabric edge to ¼ inch using a ruler or add a 1/4" tool. Open the paper again and finger press the seam open.


Step 1 A
Step 1 B









Step 1 C
Step 1 D
Step 1 E
Step 1 F
Step 1 G


Step 2:  Take piece #3 and place it on top of piece #2 (right side down), pin in place, turn over and sew along the line shared by piece #2 and #3. Follow instructions in bold from Step 1.

Step 2 B

Step 2 A



Step 2 C

















Thursday, May 4, 2017

May Block of the Month

MAY 2017

NO Block of the Month in May

There will be a block of the month in June

Thursday, March 30, 2017

APRIL BLOCK OF THE MONTH

SHOO FLY ENCORE




Here is a simple variation on the 9 patch block.  I did it in two colors – blue and white - mostly because of the rhyme April Showers bring May Flowers.

The color suggestion for this block is white and one other contrasting color.


Step 1:  Make 4 half square triangles measuring 4”



Step 2:  Cut 4 white triangles and one blue triangle measuring 4”

Step 3:  For first row of blocks assemble as follows:  1  half square triangle; 1 plain white square and 1 half square triangle (see below)



Step 4:  For second row of blocks, assemble as follows:  1 plain white square; 1 blue square and 1 plain white square



Step 5:  For third row of blocks, assemble as follows:  1 half square triangle; 1 plain white square and 1 half square triangle


The final block will look like the one below – press block and trim to 10-1/2” by 10-1/2”








Saturday, February 11, 2017

MARCH 2017 

BLOCK OF THE MONTH


Due to the judging for the quilt show and also our Charity Day activities, we will  not be having a Block of the Month in March.

Stay tuned for the April Block of the Month


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February 2017 Block of the Month

In honor of Valentine's Day - a scrappy heart.  This block was created by Cathy Peterson for Evening Star Quilters.

This scrappy heart is 9-1/2" unfinished

Finished Block

 Cutting:
1       Cut 30 2” squares of assorted fabrics.  (Try using 30s repro fabrics, small scale prints,etc.)
2     Cut four 2” white or white on white squares and draw a diagonal line on the back of each.
3     Cut two 5” white or white on white squares and draw a diagonal line on the back of each.


Assembly:
Step 1: Take any four 2” printed squares and place them right sides together with a 2” white square.
Sew on the diagonal line.  Cut ¼” from the sewing line and press to the dark side.
This makes four half square triangles.

Step 1


 Step 2:  Take any 2” square and sew it in between two of the half square triangles you made in
 Step 1.

Step 2


Step 3: Repeat Step 2

Step 4: Using these two rows, make two 9 patches like the one shown below.  These are the top two section of the heart.



Step 4


Step 5: To make the left bottom portion of the heart, sew 6 blocks as shown in photo A.


Photo A


Step 6: Place a  5" white square, right sides together on top of the 6 blocks you sewed above.  Sew on the diagonal line.  Trim ¼” from the sewing line. Press.   See photo B


Photo B



Step 7:  To make the right side of the bottom portion of the heart you have to make the mirror image of what you just made in steps 5 and 6.  Sew six blocks together as shown.


Step 7


Step 8:  Place the other 5” white square right sides together on the six blocks you just sewed.   Sew on the diagonal line.  Trim 1/4" from the line.  Press.

Step 9: Sew both bottom sections together as shown below


Step 9


Step 10:  Sew top sections to bottom sections to complete the heart shown at the top













Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 2017 Block of the Month - Sawtooth Star

Sawtooth Star Block







The color recipe for this one is Jade and Coral in honor of Empire’s 35th Anniversary year.

The main component of this block is the flying geese blocks around the center square.  I received a recommendation to try a new way of making flying geese blocks.  I have included the link for the technique I used which – conveniently – yields the four flying geese units needed for this block.






The center square for this block should be 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"



The corner squares for this block should be 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"



I assembled the finished block by attaching two flying geese units to the left and right of the center square.  Then the corner blocks were attached to the top and bottom of the remaining two flying geese units.



Once assembled and pressed, trim block to 8"x 8".

If you prefer, this also works as a jade star on a coral background - like the block shown below



Friday, October 21, 2016

Lisa's Bow Tie - November


Empire member Lisa Kehrle presents this Bow Tie block for our November BOM. 

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The Bow Tie block is in honor of Charles Osgood – one of my favorite TV hosts.  He recently retired as host of the CBS Sunday Morning show and was known – among other things – for wearing a bow-tie.

The background fabric should be neutral and the bow tie fabric should be a high contrast fabric or a fun print.

CUT:

Cut two 3-1/2” squares of the neutral background fabric.

Cut two 3-1/2" squares of the bow tie fabric.

Cut two 1-1/2” squares of the bow tie fabric. 
Draw a diagonal line on the back side of these two little squares.

DIRECTIONS:

Align a small square in a corner of a background square, right sides together, as shown below.


Sew a seam directly on the marked line, then press, as shown below. Trim away the two layers of fabric behind the blue triangle. Make two of these.


Arrange the four squares into a bow tie (as shown at top) and sew. Press.
The final block measures 6” completed.