Cancer sucks and I need your help

My dad has cancer.

It’s not a secret, I just don’t talk about it because it makes me sad and angry and frustrated and a whole host of other emotions that don’t even have names. There aren’t words to describe how unsettled and out of sorts it makes me feel to know my dad has this disease which he maybe, someday could recover from. Or it could take his life. We don’t know. I can’t begin to imagine how it makes him feel.

Here’s the short version: My dad was diagnosed as having a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). He was on chemotherapy medication for almost a year and then, in September, he had surgery to remove a very large tumor and a dozen or so smaller tumors from his abdomen. About a month ago, a scan revealed the cancer had spread: stomach, liver, kidneys. His case was transferred to another hospital and he started some different chemotherapy drugs. There are a lot of unknowns ahead.

I just returned home from visiting my parents for a few days. My dad gets around, but the disease and its treatment wipe him out quickly, so he spends a lot of time in his recliner. Apparently, my mom was watching a show that featured Quilts of Valor. My dad made some comment along the lines of “Those guys get a quilt and their wife isn’t even a quilter.” At least cancer hasn’t made him soft!

I could apply for a quilt from Quilts of Valor for my dad. He’s a Vietnam veteran. On top of that, it’s possible (probable?) that exposure to agent orange during that war caused the cancer. But, I told my that I wanted to make him a quilt, and drew up three color schemes using Ohio Star blocks and 4-patch chain blocks (modified Irish Chain? Does this block have a name?)

He picked this one. It’s made of a 5×6 grid of 12-inch blocks to finish at a large throw size of 60×72 inches.

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I would love to have this finished by his birthday May 5th. That’s exactly 6 weeks from now. I don’t think I can complete this quilt on that timeline by myself, but I was hoping you would help?

The color scheme is “red, white and blue”: think deep blue and bright red, like the American flag.

These are the blocks I need:

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I will post a quick tutorial for these in the next day or so, but here are the quick fabric requirements:

Chain Block:
white: (2) strips, 2.5 x 10 inches; (4) squares, 4.5 inches
blue: (1) 2.5 x 10 inches; (1) 2.5 x 5 inches
red: (1) 2.5 x 10 inches; (1) 2.5 x 5 inches

Step 1: Sew one long white strip to the long blue strip along the long edge. Sew the other long white strip to the long red strip.
Step 2: Cut the strips apart every 2.5 inches (You will have pairs of red or blue + white that are 2.5 x 4.5 inches)
Step 3: Sew the short red and blue strips together along the 5-inch edge.
Step 4: Cut the red and blue piece in the middle to make two pairs of red + blue for the center of the block.
Step 5: Use pairs and white squares to assemble the block as seen above.

Star Block: 
For the center: 3.25 inch square, white or low volume with red or blue print
For the corners around the center: (2) 3-inch squares (red or blue, depending on the block), cut on the diagonal to make (4) triangles
–Sew the long edge of each triangle to a side of the center square. Trim the unit to 4.5 inches.
Quarter square triangles: (2) 5.25 inch squares, white; (1) 5.25 inch square, red; (1) 5.25 inch square, blue
Block corners: (4) 4.5 inch squares, red or blue, depending on the block

If you’d like to help, I would be forever grateful. Here’s how:

1. Make a block or two and send it my way. Leave a message, or email me at em@sewingbymoonlight.com and I will send you my address. I’d like all blocks in hand by April 16th at the very latest (3.5 weeks from now).

2. Send me some fabrics in “American flag” colors of deep blue and bright red. Both of these colors are severely under-represented in my stash. A 2.5 x 15 inch strip or a 9-inch square in these colors would go a long way! Again, send me an email if you can help out with this and I’ll send you my address.

3. This is a long shot, but if you are a longarmer, or know of one would would do this project on the cheap the week after Easter, let me know. I can certainly manage a quilt of this size on my Bernina, but a long arm would be quicker!

Bill’s Star

My friend Bill wanted a handmade quilt for his bed. I can’t argue with that. If you are lucky enough to know a quilter who will make you a quilt for your bed (or you ARE a quilter), just know that you own a treasure because there are a LOT of hours that go into making a quilt that large. (I think that you should read this post on the value of a quilt.)

Bill is a dear friend, and when his Facebook status asked if anyone knew a quilter, I was more than happy to volunteer my own skills.

Bill sent me this photo as an example of the colors he wanted. Rather than go with all solids, I found the Michael Miller Krystal prints at The Fat Quarter Shop. Ivory, burgundy, and teal (which is really more “spruce”, I think) were perfect!

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I found this pattern for a Single Star Wreath on Serendipity Patchwork. The pattern was for 6-inch blocks and a finished quilt of 42 inches. I modified the idea to make 14-inch blocks and a quilt that finishes at 98 inches on a side!

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I love how the angles of the blocks give the illusion of a star in a circle.

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I made some huge templates to get the isosceles triangle blocks and worked with oversized half square triangles. It was a fun challenge to make blocks of this large scale.

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The next photo shows the color a little more accurately and you can see the quilting, which was done by Pat Cole on her long arm machine. The size of this quilt was more than I was comfortable attempting on my little domestic Bernina!

Bill's circle star quilt

I kept is simple with the back and used a single length of 108″ backing fabric with a subtle tone on tone ivory print.

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Bill, I hope this keeps you cozy and happy. It was joy making this for you, friend.

 

Table Top Turkey Trot

I’ve been so wrapped up in three additional days off school for the kids (yes, we are now on our THIRD snow day in a row; they are climbing the walls!) that I totally missed my dresden turkey table runner tutorial (isn’t that a mouthful) being posted over at Moda Bakeshop!

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The  idea for this project came to me around the first of November. I drew up the plans, and it was approved pretty quickly. I had hoped to have it ready to post at Moda Bakeshop by Thanksgiving, but by the time I had the fabric in hand, that only gave me six days. My life, apparently, does not allow for a 6-day turn around time. It was ready before Christmas, but was just posted Monday.

Go check it out. It’s a festive take on a dresden block, and looks great on a fall table. That fabric is Floral Gatherings, and if you want to make some fall decor, I absolutely recommend picking some up. The colors are just perfect and remind me of an autumn walk through the changing leaves.

The tutorial includes a pdf download for the dresden template and the turkey body appliqué. You can download that pdf here as well.

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Half Square Triangles 101

Alternate Title: For Rachel and Colin’s Wedding Quilt

Alternate Title: How to make a quilt block when you’ve never sewn a quilt block before

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IMPORTANT: Your quilt block must finish at exactly 9.5 inches. That’s a 9-inch block with 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around. If it’s a touch bigger, that’s okay; it can be trimmed. If it’s too small, though, it cannot be easily incorporated into the quilt with the rest of the blocks.

**Tip: To achieve the above finished measurement, be sure to sew your block units together with a “scant 1/4 inch” seam allowance. That’s just a thread-width or two smaller than a 1/4 inch to account for the thread and pressing the block unit open

**Tip: You can make your quilt block with a sharp pair of sewing scissors and a needle and thread. Your kitchen shears or paper craft scissors or the scissors you’ve been using to trim your bangs will not be sharp enough to achieve a clean cut on fabric. For about $15, though, you can purchase a rotary cutter and a small rotary mat, which will make this much easier. (Something like this can be found at JoAnn Fabrics, Michael’s, or other craft stores. Bring a coupon to those big stores if the item is not on sale.)

Okay. Let’s get started.

Materials Needed:

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Sewing machine and thread OR sewing needle and thread
Sharp fabric scissors OR rotary cutter and mat
Ruler (see through ruler with a grid to square the block is best)
Iron and Ironing surface
Triangle template (optional. For method A only)

Part 1: Make the half square triangle units

If you’ve never made a quilt block before, a great easy place to start is with a half square triangle. This is just what it sounds like. It is a quilt block unit composed of two triangles of fabric, which, sewn together along the diagonal, make a square. These half square triangles (HSTs) can be arranged in a huge variety of layouts to create different quilt blocks.

For this 9-inch block (9.5 inches, unfinished, before it is sewn into the quilt), we will use a 4×4 grid of half square triangle units. Each of the 16 HSTs will be 2.75 inches, unfinished, and 2.25 inches when they are sewn into the block or quilt.

Did you notice the pattern of the seam allowance? We will always sew our seams together 1/4 inch (very slightly less) from the edge of the fabric. Thus, whatever the finished measurement of the block or block unit will be, you add a 1/2 inch to account for the seam allowance on all sides.

Method A: Triangle template

1. Using the triangle template (it should be 3-1/8 inches on a short side), cut out 16 triangles of light fabric and 16 triangles of dark fabric.

2. Place your triangles into pairs of light and dark. Stack each pair so the right side of the fabric is in the middle and the wrong side is facing out (note: with the type of fabric chosen for this quilt, there may not always be a difference between the right and wrong sides of the fabric. In that case, don’t worry about it. If there is a difference in the two sides, the brighter side goes in the middle).

3. Sew your HST together along the long side of the triangle, a scant 1/4 inch (remember: that’s just a thread width or two shy of 1/4 inch) from the longest edge.

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Method B: Start with Squares

This is the method I prefer for making half square triangles. It goes a little bit faster and doesn’t involve fiddling with templates. Use whichever makes sense to you.

1. Cut out 8 squares of light fabric, and 8 squares of dark fabric, each measuring 3.25 inches (note: you could cut them at 3-1/8 inches, like the template, but I prefer to cut the squares slightly large and then trim the HST when it is complete).

2. Place one light square and one dark square with the right sides of the fabric in the middle and the wrong sides of the fabric facing the outside. Draw a diagonal line on the top square going from corner to corner. You can just use a regular pencil or pen for this. It will be hidden in the finished quilt block.

3. Sew two diagonal lines parallel with the line you drew, one a scant 1/4 inch to the left of the drawn line, the other, a scant 1/4 inch to the right of the drawn line.

4. Cut the square into two along the diagonal line you drew.

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 Both Method A + Method B:

Tip: chain piecing

To speed the process of making your block units, try chain piecing. Cut out all your pieces and place your pairs together. Sew one pair. Rather than pulling that pair out of your machine and trimming the threads, leave it there and sew the next pair right behind. Trim when you have finished sewing all pairs.

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Finish the HST: 

Whether you have used template or started with squares that were cut apart, you should now have a stack of 16 triangle pairs that are sewn together along their longest edge.

With the dark side up, nudge your hot iron between the two triangles and press the block unit open. This will press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric.

Trim each HST to 2.75 inches.

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 Part 2: Construct the Quilt Block

Now that you have  your 16 finished HSTs, it’s time to decide on a pattern for your block. There were several included with your fabric. There are several more here. (Fun side story. The man who generated these 72 patterns is a Perl programmer who was dating a quilter. He developed the program to generate rotationally symmetric HST blocks.)

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But these are just the “rotationally symmetric” choices, you are welcome to explore beyond that. I really had a lot of fun playing with my HSTs before I finally settled on the pattern I wanted to use.

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Now you have 16 finished HSTs and you’ve decided on a pattern for your block, let’s finish up!

1. Beginning with the first row, place two adjacent HSTs together with the right sides in the middle, and their common edge aligned. Sew together using a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance. Sew the next pair of HSTs together the same way. Attach these two pairs using a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance to form your first row. Press your seams open.

2. Repeat for the remaining three rows of HSTs.

3. Flip the top row down onto the second row so the right sides are together in the middle. Align each of the seams between HSTs and pin in place. Sew the rows together using a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance.

4. Continue in this manner until you have sewn all four rows together. Press your seam open. Flip the block to the right side and press flat.

5. Trim to 9.5 inches square.

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All done!

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Mail your block off to be include in Rachel and Colin’s wedding quilt.

E-mail me if you have questions. Or call. Or we can Skype and I’ll help (this offer valid for Rachel and Colin quilt makers only)!

 

Planned Improv

Okay, so I know that “improv” stands for improvisational, and I do realize that “planned improv” is therefor an oxymoron, but there isn’t a better way to describe this block.

For the most recent round of the 4×5 Modern Quilt Bee, I wanted to do a scattered, “confetti style” quilt block. It has the look of being random, but I still wanted to plan out where the pieced went so they were scattered throughout the block.

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I did make the first one in a true improvisational style, but I found myself frustrated.

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Because the pieces still needed to fit within the confines of a 12-inch block, I found it necessary to stop and measure after each piece.

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So, with every little bit of “confetti”, I would cut, sew, trim, measure for the next piece, and so on …

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After that first one, I made a cutting diagram so that I could just cut out all the pieces at once and then put them together.

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The beauty of this method is that the sub-units are interchangeable. Thus, each block really is different, even though the pieces used to construct each one are the same size.

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It’s fantastic because it allows an improvisational look to be achieved even by more structured minds that get easily frustrated without a plan.

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I’m wondering if there might be any interest in me writing up my cutting list and piecing diagrams. I might do it anyway.

You can see, with the blocks all together, how there are no two alike. I placed the longest thin piece horizontally on the left side of each block so you could compare, but the blocks could be rotated for a different look.

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Apparently, I need to work on “letting go” sometimes with my quilting, but for now, I’m going with planned improv!

Miss Connections

This quilt has a story.

If you like that sort of thing, grab yourself a cup of tea and I’ll tell you all about it. If not, well, just scroll down through the pictures because this post is going to get a little wordy, but this quilt is definitely worth a look.

Let’s start almost two years ago when my little blog was just months old. Beth of Plum and June contacted me to ask if I’d like to part of the Let’s Get Acquainted New Blogger Blog Hop. I happily agreed and it was a great experience. I got to meet a lot of people who were just starting out on their online creative journey as I was, and I was introduced to a host of new blogs and the people behind them.

A year later, my blog was just over a year old, but since I was still fairly new, I jumped on the New Blogger Blog Hop Train again (I don’t think I can go for 3; I feel like once I’ve had this space for over 2 years, I can’t really call myself “new” anymore!). Another group of great, creative, inspiring people, and another set of new blogs to drool over.

This quilt is called Miss Connections, for Beth. She is Miss Connections because she put in the time and effort to organize and share all those new blogs. It’s like Miss Congeniality, only better, and a lot more work.

Now, we cut away for a moment, from the online side of things and talk about Virginia. Somewhere in our online correspondence, Beth and I discovered that we lived less than 2 hours from one another. A few friends occasionally met at Kim‘s place to sew and play and we loosely called ourselves the Midway Sewing Group since Kim lived midway between the D.C. area and me, in north central Virginia. We invited Beth to join us, but our schedules never lined up, so it never happened. And then I moved to Missouri. I feel like never meeting Beth in real life while we lived so close was a missed connection, and that is the secondary meaning of the name of this quilt.

Toward the end of the most recent edition of the Let’s Get Acquainted New Blogger Blog Hop, Jan at Sew and Sow Farm emailed everyone on the hop and proposed an idea. She thought it would be fun for each of us to make a block and put them together in a quilt as a Thank You to Beth for everything she did to make the blog hop run smoothly. Jan asked if someone take the lead to organize everyone, and volunteered. I felt like bringing us together on this project was a way I connect with Beth since I missed the in-person opportunity.

After considerable online discussion and a poll, we ultimately decided to go completely scrappy and make a “kitchen sink” quilt (from the saying “everything but the kitchen sink”). There’s a lot going on, but it works (the other options, in case you were wondering, were to unify by either color or block style). We felt that this plan would give each blogger the most autonomy and creative control over his/her contribution to the quilt. It really allows you to see the individuality within each block.

I made up a diagram for the quilt to determine how many blocks, and what sizes we needed, and then we each signed up for a block of either 6-, 9-, or 12-inches.

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This quilt was a joy to put together. It was such an honor to take the creative work of so many individuals and turn it into one cohesive quilt. These blocks came to me from all over the world, and many hands have touched this project. Maybe the quilt, herself, is Miss Connection because she is the literal connection of all those blocks.

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Here are some closer photos of the section of the quilt. Aren’t the blocks amazing? So much personality!

Miss Connections - Beth's Thank You Quilt

Some of the blocks are an obvious nod to their creator (like the mushroom block from Little Mushroom Cap, the banana from The Crooked Banana, and the diamond gemstone from {no} hats in the house which now available in the Craftsy pattern store) and others are a more subtle connection.

Miss Connections - Beth's Thank You Quilt

And speaking of missed connections, it seems I missed one of the block connections. See where New Zealand connects to the gray diamond dresden? Yeah, well, that whole unit was supposed to be flipped around, and now we have a finished quilt with an upside down New Zealand. I didn’t notice until I was quilting it, and well, by then I decided it was too late.

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I pieced the name of the hop on the back and added the siggy squares everyone had included. (I didn’t realize that In the Boondocks had forgotten to include a signature block, but rest assured, I told Beth that you contributed!)

Miss Connections - Beth's Thank You Quilt

If you are looking for some new creative inspiration, there are some great spaces among these blogs!

Sew Fresh Quilts, Robot Mom Sews, So Sew Green, Kwilty Pleasures, Let’s Begin Sewing, The Sassy Quilter, NW Patchwork, The Rainbow Revolts, RobinSue Quilts, There’s a Thread, A Note to Follow Sew, Quarter Incher, {no} hats in the house, Lovelea Designs, Faffling, Wonderland by Alyce, Quilty Creations, Sew and Sow Farm, Caroline’s Craftiness, Simple Sewendipity, My Quilt Infatuation, Between Quilts, Little and Lots, Sassafras Lane, Hilltop House Creative Works, Chezzetcook Modern Quilts, Studiolo, Sew Sunshine, A Quilter’s Mission, The Crooked Banana, Sewing by Moonlight, Wasn’t Quilt in a Day, Ella and Nesta’s Little Room, Melia Mae Quilting, ayliN-Nilya, Factotem of Arts, Jolie Maxtin, Cloud Coucou Crafts, Kayak Quilting, Wombat Quilts, 13 Spools, Happy Fabric, Little Mushroom Cap, Molli Sparkles, Play Crafts, Owen’s Olivia, Making Happyness, Ella’s Cottage, Little Birdie Quilting, Bead Queene, On the Windy Side, In the Boondocks

Miss Connections - Beth's Thank You Quilt

If you’re wondering if Beth was surprised, you can read about it on her blog.

Miss Connections - Beth's Thank You Quilt

Collaborative work is awesome. If you haven’t worked with someone else on a project, I encourage you to do it. There are plenty of online quilting bees that you can join. Quilting is creative endeavor that is done mostly solo, and including the work of others with the same passion in a single quilt really strengthens your sense of community. I can now say I worked on a project with each of the talented people above, and I am so pleased I was able to help with this project to thank my friend Beth for all the hard work she did to bring us together.

4×5 Modern Quilt Bee is back

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I have participated in several rounds of the 4×5 Modern Quilt Bee, and it has been great fun. It’s a fantastic way to interact with other quilter and to get a sampler quilt on the way to completion.

Recently, our fearless leader, Sukie, announced that she was stepping down from leading the bee and it would be no more without someone at the helm. I just couldn’t let that happen, so with the help of two other quilters, I will be the NEW queen bee of the 4×5 bee. I’m headed into unfamiliar territory, but Sukie has promised to mentor me.

Here’s how the 4×5 Modern Quilt Bee works.

First, you fill out a form with your color preferences and mailing address. This is shared with your hive caretaker and beemates so that your blocks can be mailed to you. You make a color mosaic so your hivemates have an idea of what you are looking for in your color choices.

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You are assigned to be part of a hive with 5 other quilters. You choose your colors for your quilt, and each of your hivemates makes you a block of their pattern choice in your color choice. This was from a round of the bee when my colors were yellow, grays, black.

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Then I changed my color choices to tangerine, lime, and lemon yellow (sounds delicious right?).

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Meanwhile, you choose a block to make each of your beemates in their color choices. In this bee, we use our own fabrics. This block led to a tutorial for my Multiples of 3 block.

Multiples of 3 block for 4x5 Bee Fall Q 2012

 

After sign-ups, the bee runs for 6 weeks, so you have a week to choose your block pattern and pull fabrics, and then 5 weeks to sew. That allows for one block per week. At the end of the round, you mail off your blocks and receive 5 blocks in the mail.

Sign-ups are going slowly right now. With the redesign of Flickr and the uncertainty about the future of the bee, I don’t think people are checking in. But please join us in the 4×5 Modern Quilt Bee, and feel free to use that photo at the top to share and spread the word!

A big, big finish for Brian

It was over a year ago when I decided I wanted to make a quilt for my friend, Brian, who lost is home in Colorado’s Waldo Canyon Fire. My goal was to finish the quilt as a house-warming gift when he rebuilt his house. Brian moved into his home in April. The quilt was finished in May. But it still had to be bound, and we were moving, so my mom took the quilt to put the binding on. She brought it back when we moved in to our new house in August, and then it’s just hung out here since then. No excuses about why I didn’t mail it until last week. But Brian has it now, so I will show you.

Brian is an outdoor guy who lives in the mountains of Colorado, and that’s what inspired the color palate of grays, greens and blues.

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My original plan was 6×7 16-inch squares, but that size turned out to be way larger in reality than I imagined, so I stopped at 6×6. I made about half of the blocks, and I had some help with the rest. My mom, who has known Brian as long as I have, made some, as did another friend, who has also known Brian since childhood (hi Monica!). I requested some blocks from Flickr friends, and so this quilt includes the loving work of people around the country and around the world.

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The back of the quilt has blocks I didn’t use on the front, and a collection of the leftover fabric pieced together.

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A friend in Virginia volunteered to quilt this for me, and I am eternally grateful to her because I don’t know how I would have gotten this 96 x 96 inch beast through my home machine. She used an all-over freeform leaf pattern, which fits nicely with the color theme of the quilt.

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The binding is a nice saturated green.

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Here’s the quilt on my queen size bed, I think it was a good thing I left off that last row! Enjoy, Brian. I hope you have many happy years in your new home! (When can I visit?)

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Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.
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Missing you

I’m really missing the interaction that I usually look for in this awesome online sewing and quilting community. I’m also missing my sewing time as there has been very little of that lately.

Life has been busy and there have been other priorities. We closed on our new house Friday, moved in on Saturday. We bought a new car since my husband’s commute now demands we become a two car family. All of this is very exciting, but I am still up to my eyeballs in boxes, my future sewing room is begging for some attention and those darn kids still want to eat several times every single day!

Meanwhile, my oldest started kindergarten Thursday (does this seem insanely early to anyone besides me?) and the middle daughter began preschool yesterday. We had to buy a new fridge because the one in the house was way too small for a family of 5 and then we found out it was manufactured in 1984! The dog escaped from the yard and we caught him tearing apart the neighbor’s garbage (welcome to the neighborhood!) so we had to fix the fence, and my husband removed the door to the utility room to install a kitty door so the dog will stop trying to eat the litter only to find that the hinge broke off with some wood from the door attached.

Today, though, I escaped and forgot all about all there is left to do and all that will be discovered to do and went to my first ever quilt guild meeting. I am now a due paying member of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild! It was so much fun to see what some of the members learned in a Jacquie Gering workshop last month and to see what people had finished during show and tell. I hope that I have something of my own to share very soon. Perhaps it will be “The Secret Project”. (wink)

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Okay, time to head to New Jersey. Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about New Jersey, but I’ve got a good friend who lives there and it’s called the “garden state” so it sounds lovely enough, right? (Let’s just forget about all the Jersey Shore stereotype and focus on the “garden”, okay? We all love a nice garden, and you are going to love this block!)

There are a number of different ways this block could be put together. Possibilities I’m using include use mostly half square triangles or make the “legs” of the x a single piece of fabric. Instead, I’ll show you how to construct this block as a 3×3 grid made up of flying geese and half square triangles.

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Cutting directions for New Jersey quilt block:

From background fabric (gray for me):
(4) 2.5 inch x 4.5 inch rectangles

From fabric 2 (dark pink):
(1) 3-1/8 inch square (for center on point square)
(6) 3-inch squares (to use in the corner half square triangles)

From fabric 3 (yellow-gold):
(4) 2.5-inch squares
(12) 3-inch squares
*6 of these will be paired with dark pink to make HSTs
*sub-cut 2 of these on the diagonal to make 4 triangles to use around the center on-point square
*4 of these will be used to make flying geese

From fabric 4 (dark orange):
(1) 5.25 inch square (used to make 4 flying geese)

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Construct the block

1. Make the center square.
Use the 3-1/8 inch square of Fabric 2. Along each edge, sew a triangle from 1/2 of a 3-inch square. Trim the center square to 4.5 inches.

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2. Make 12 half square triangles using (6) 3-inch squares of Fabric 2 and (6) 3-inch squares of Fabric 3. For a review of how to make HSTs, please revisit the Maryland tutorial. Trim each finished HST to 2.5-inches.

3. Make 4 flying geese using the 5.25 inch square of Fabric 4 and (4) 3-inch squares of Fabric 3. This is my favorite method for flying geese, but it works best when you need 4 (or multiples of 4) geese.

The first step is similar to how you make a HST. Begin by aligning two 3-inch squares in opposite corners of the 5.25-inch square. Draw a line from corner to corner, bisecting both of the smaller squares.

Sew a 1/4 inch line of stitches to each side of line you just drew. Cut the piece apart on the drawn line.

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Iron the small triangles up away from the large triangle you created with your cut.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Align the remaining 3-inch squares in the remaining “empty” corner of the larger triangles. Again, draw a line bisecting the square into 2 triangles. The line will begin at the “empty” corner of the large triangle and end between where the two smaller triangles are attached.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Sew a line of stitches 1/4 inch to each side of the line you drew and cut the piece apart on the drawn line.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Iron the final small triangle open. Trim the flying goose to 4.5 inches x 2.5 inches.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

4. Put together the sub-units of the block.
4a. Sew each flying goose unit to a 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle of background fabric along the long edge of the center triangle.
4b. Combine 3 half square triangles with (1) 2.5 inch square of Fabric 3 as seen below.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

5. Sew the 9 sub-units into rows, sew the rows together, and your done! Don’t forget to share your block in the Road Trip Quilt Along Flickr group!

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Linking this up as my finish this week.