Feature

Start up Library: Quilting Craftsy Class Review

Start up Library: Quilting is a new Craftsy class by Christa Watson of Christa QuiltsCraftsy is a website that has free and for-purchase video classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, cake decorating, and many more subjects.  They also sell supplies for each of the areas as well.  For the video classes, there are opportunities to interact with the instructor for questions and clarifications.  Full disclosure, I received the class at no cost in exchange for an honest review.  The photos used in this post are also photos from Christa.  If you only want my top line 2 cents, scroll to the bottom of the post.

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The intention for the Start up Library: Quilting class is to have a class that covers making a quilt from start to finish in its entirety.  The class has a class quilt pattern, the friendship star quilt, that is used during each lesson which is great for beginners and even experienced quilters.  The class duration is almost 6 HOURS worth of instruction so you’re able to go in depth for each technique from the beginning all the way through to binding the quilt.

I would say this class is for new to intermediate quilters. For anyone who has taken a class from Christa in person, you’d probably agree that she is a fast talker!  I feel like she slowed down to a perfect pace for video instructions.  Craftsy also has the ability to do a video repeat in case there is a part of the class you’ll need to review over and over.  Christa is very engaged in the class chat and is very responsive to all of her students’ questions.

The lessons start with the basics of quilting vocabulary and the tools and notions to get you started (this would have been a great lesson for my husband to listen to had I not spent so much time already explaining all these different quilting terms to him). There is even a lesson to help teach you a bit about the features you will need to use on your machine.  This lesson does not specifically teach you about your specific machine since it may not be the exact same as hers, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find the same parts on your machine using your machine’s manual.  The class continues on to how to prepare, starch, cut, and organize your fabric.  The best part about this lesson (and subsequent ones) is purposefully causing an error or a mistake and how to correct it.

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Through this point in the class, I think I repeated “Where was this class when I was starting how to quilt?!” no less than 100 times.  Best of all, there were definitely times where I learned new techniques and tricks to help hone my own skills.

The next few lessons were spent creating the chain and star blocks.  Squares and half square triangles are the only techniques covered in these blocks.   Christa gives tips on how to sew an accurate 1/4″ seam for your piecing.  She also helps identify what is important in each of those blocks and even some tips on when to rip or leave seams that aren’t 100% perfect.   She address the different ways to press your fabric and why you would do it one way or another.  The quilt top assembly instructions were given in detail on how to lay out, label, and in which order to sew the blocks together to be the most efficient.  These small tips will help any quilter with quilt top assembly for any future project.

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But wait, the class doesn’t stop there!  There is also a lesson about piecing the back and what to do with the batting.  She also demonstrates how to spray glue baste the quilt, however, how to pin basting is not covered.  I have yet to spray glue baste, but I am excited to try it out on my next quilt top.  In my opinion, pin basting is the worst!

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There are separate lessons on walking foot quilting and free motion quilting.  The best part of these lessons is teaching exactly how to quilt the class quilt.  If you plan on making the class quilt, the quilting part is also taught.  The free motion quilting is optional to do on the class quilt, but Christa walks through her process on how she practices and improves her techniques.

Once the quilting lessons are done, she teaches how to square the quilt and how to make the binding with mitered seams.  The class ends with sewing the binding to the quilt and hand-finishing the binding to the back.  Since I taught myself how to join my binding ends, I really enjoyed learning a new method from Christa on how to join my ends.  She even goes through how to sew the binding on with the mitered corners.  So from start to finish, Christa is there to teach you the entire way!

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So what was my overall feeling about this class?  I would absolutely have purchased this class even if I didn’t receive it for the review.  There is so much value in the class for the cost as well as the ability to have access to Christa for questions.  I think the class successfully met its goal of a video reference manual I would be able to go back to revisit techniques.

I also have a special coupon link I am able to share for 50% off this class, so you too can add it to your quilting reference library.  I hope you learn as much from this class as I did!  Enjoy!

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Blog Hop · Feature

I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long!

I wish you a merry quilt-a-long, I wish you a merry quilt-a-long, I wish you a merry quilt-a-long, and a happy new year!  I’m already caroling for this holiday season!  Join me along with a dozen other bloggers in this fun quilt-a-long adventure this fall to get a Christmas Quilt done before Christmas!

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So what exactly is a Quilt-A-Long?

A Quilt-A-Long (or QAL) is a quilt you make following a host who posts each step on a schedule.  You share your progress and in this case you will get entered into some pretty awesome prizes!  There are some QALs that are set to make a known quilt and others (like this one) that are a mystery, where you won’t know what the quilt looks like until the very end!  There is no charge to enter the QAL and the patterns will be posted for free from each designer.  Make one or all of the blocks!

Why would you want to join?

  • You love Christmas and want to make a Christmas quilt before the holiday gets here.
  • You love meeting new quilters/designers/bloggers!
  • You love to try new things.  These blocks will be incorporating different techniques with support of the hosts and designers to help you along each step of the way.  This quilt is for experienced and new beginners alike.
  • You love to win prizes.  If you complete a block prior to the next block release, you’ll be entered to win a prize. There is also a grand prize for the finished quilt.
  • You don’t want to be left out!  (We’re a fun bunch of ladies from around the globe.)

How can I participate?

There are several ways in which you can participate in all the fun!

  1. If you are on Facebook: Join the “I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long” Facebook Group. Each Designer will be posting links to their tutorials there, and it will be used as a place to ask questions and post photos of your finished block for prizes.
  2. If you are on Instagram: Use the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal on your finished block to be entered to win.
  3. Each Designer will have a Linky Party on their block tutorial post so you can link your progress to their blog to be entered to win.

How much fabric will I need to complete this quilt?

This is a tough question.  Each block will be 12″ finished, and there will be 12 different blocks. I will be planning on using my scraps to make this quilt with a color palette of red, green, white, yellow, and blue from my stash. I figure I’ll need approximately a yard of each.  I will need scraps of black, orange, and brown for embellishments.  Plus, Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts says, “If you plan to put your blocks together to make a quilt top, then I suggest 1 yard for sashing and 1 yard for a border. To finish the quilt, you will need 4 yards for backing (or 2 yards of extra-wide backing), a twin size batting, and 1/2 yard for binding.”

What is the schedule?

The fun kicks off Tuesday, August 1st with block tutorials released every other Tuesday.  There are 2 dates that will have 2 blocks releasing the same day.  If you forget, don’t worry!  I made a quick links page to each tutorial that will be updated with each new block release. I will also be posting here for each block release!  The last block tutorial will be published December 5th to give you time to finish off the quilt before Christmas!

What are the prizes?

We’ve line up plenty of prizes, and the list isn’t finalized yet. It’s best to keep an eye on the Facebook group, as we will begin sharing the prizes there soon. Prizes include patterns, batting and other products from The Warm Co., thread from Aurifil, a gift certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop, signed quilt books, precuts, and much more. International participants are eligible to enter for all prizes.

I want in!  What’s are my next steps?

Yippee!  First, go ahead and join our Facebook page so you’ll know when the next block tutorials will be released.  Second, gather your fabric you’ll want to use on your quilt.  The QAL starts August 1, 2017 so you have about 2 weeks to get hyped!  Finally, invite your friends to join in on the fun!  Share the quilt-a-long graphic on Instagram and use #iwishyouamerryqal. Share this blog post or a post from the Facebook group on your own Facebook account and in your quilty groups. The more, the merrier!

Who all is running this QAL?

All the bloggers who are participating in the QAL met through the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.

Some of us will be sewing along and making every block, too. These quilt-a-long hosts will share tips and tricks for each block, plus you’ll get to see the same block in many different fabrics. Hosts will be there every step of the way to encourage you to finish the quilt.

Abbie at Sparkle On (Host)
April at JANDA Bend Quilts (Host + Block 2 Designer)
Becca at Pretty Piney (Host)
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting (Host + Block 9 Designer)
Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery (Host + Block 10 Designer)
Jan at Cocoa Quilts (Host)
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter (Host + Block 4 Designer)
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats (Host)
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing (Block 11 Designer)
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts (Host + Blocks 3 & 12 Designer)
Sandra at Sandra Healy Designs (Block 6 Designer)
Sandy at Sandy Star Designs (Host + Block 7 Designer)
Sherry at Powered by Quilting  (Host + Block 5 Designer – That’s Me!)
Sola at Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co. (Block 8 Designer)
Vanda at Quilt in Piece (Host + Block 1 Designer)

I hope you’ll quilt along with us! Can we count you in?

I can’t wait to sew with you!

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weekly update

Friday Finishing Update!

Happy Friday everyone!!!

Surprise! There’s now going to be posts on Friday for my weekly updates!  I decided I will keep my Tuesday post for feature posts, and Friday will be my time to give an update on what I’m working on or what I’ve finished that week! Since I didn’t have an update this past Tuesday, this post covers about a week and half of happenings.

Summer Games Done Quick finished last Sunday with a whooping $1.78 million raised for Doctor’s Without Borders!  That is such an amazing amount of money raised by people watching others speedrun video games.  It was also super amazing to see my quilt on Twitch.tv.

I got the first month’s kit for the new Long Time Gone Quilt Along hosted by Serendipity Woods!  Pam sent us a project box with all the fabric to keep us organized during this journey.  She is always so thoughtful with her Block of the Month Participants!  Here are my month 1 blocks, the bowtie blocks!

Since I finished the PQB103 quilt top, I’ve taken a little detour in other things that aren’t ordinary machine piecing for quilts.  I had 4 more remaining 16″ zippers, so I decided to make 4 more tiny zippy bags.  I have made 6 of these so far and realized they are the perfect size for traveling or storing items.  They are so cute and are complete minus the bias binding on the inside.  The pattern, Tiny Box Zippy, is by Michael Ann Made.

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I also decided to start on an English Paper Piecing (EPP) project.  I used to do quite a bit of EPP last summer, but haven’t really touched anything in over a year.  EPP is a method of basting fabric to a piece of cardstock aka wrapping the fabric over the cardstock, then sewing pieces together with a whip stitch.  Violet Craft came out with this BEAUTIFUL peacock pattern, and I just had to make it.  I’m using Me and You batiks by Hoffman Fabrics for my colors.  With batiks, there isn’t a “right” side to the fabric, so I’m able to better utilize the fabric.  I’ve gotten quite a bit of progress on this peacock!  This is typically a much slower process for me since it’s entirely hand sewn.  I started with the numbers that are printed on the papers, but abandoned that idea when I realized the pattern could be sewn together in “strips.”

As I mentioned a few week’s ago, I am also going to be participating in the Christa Quilts Pieces and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop.  These pieces have been my enders and leaders for the last few weeks, and I have a sneak peak of all the Half Square Triangles (HST).  I was putting them on my design wall in a chevron pattern to count how many I have created thus far.  I still have a lot more to go, but I can’t wait to see how this turns out.  I’m using Airmail by the Comstocks, Modern Ink Fabric by Zen Chic, and White Bella Solids.

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I used to cross stitch in my life before quilting.  It’s a great portable craft to bring while traveling.  I have been working on these Mario Kart sprites for my husband for quite some time now and I only have Donkey Kong and Koopa left.  I finished all but the last 4 stitches of Donkey Kong in April and just finally decided I should finish him on my work trip this week.  Koopa might take me another 5 years to finish…

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I am so pleased to be announcing the “I Wish You a Merry QAL” that is going to be starting August 1.  I will hosting AND designing a block!  More information to come on Tuesday, and I hope you decide to join us!

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PBQ104 Status:  I started learning EQ7, so I can digitally simulate the quilt designs.  Hopefully, I’ll pick a design soon to start working on it!

Last but not least, a HUGE shoutout to my sister @sanhawaii08 for finishing her first quilt top!!! It’s the Ombre Gems pattern by Emily Dennis.  I am so proud, and I love this so much I should probably think about making one. (Or just “borrowing” it from my sister, 😛 haha)

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7/14-7/21 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday PM

Projects I want to work on:
I Wish You a Merry QAL
PBQ104
S.W.A.K.

Goals for the Projects:
I Wish You a Merry QAL: Start working on the QAL blocks to prepare for hosting!
PBQ104: Finalize the design and pick fabric for sample
S.W.A.K.: Using as my ender and leader project.

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Feature

Nominated for the Liebster Award!

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by my fellow quilter Liz of Savor Every Stitch.  Liz also participated in the  New Bloggers Blog Hop earlier this year, and we bonded via our engineering backgrounds!  She is so inspiring with her quilting and how much she’s done in such a short time.

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The Liebster award is a blogger to blogger nomination to help blogs gain more exposure.  It was started in 2011 and Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome which I have to say is what we quilt bloggers are all about.  I’m very honored to be nominated, so a big thanks to Liz!

According to the 2017 requirements for the nominations, I am to include a short commentary on a blog I follow and, this is where I can give a shout-out to Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts.  When I first told my sister I had started quilting, she asked me if I followed Crazy Mom Quilts because my sister loved that blog even though she didn’t sew at the time.  I started following Amanda’s blog immediately and found out she also lives in Minnesota.  I haven’t met her yet, but I’m sure I will!  She make so many amazing things from tiny pieces of scraps, and I am always impressed!  I dislike using tiny pieces myself but have so much admiration for those who can create something beautiful from them.

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As a part of the nomination is answering a few questions Liz has prepared:

Who inspired you to quilt/sew?
No one really.  I grew up hand sewing and ended up getting a sewing machine off Craiglist that collected dust until my mother came to visit.  She read the manual aloud to me so I’d know how to thread the machine.  I started little projects and then taught myself how to piece for quilting.  I completely failed on my first quilt when I tried to quilt it.  Who knew there was a thing called a Walking Foot?!  Not me.  I learned more at the Original Sewing Expo, and I was hooked!

If you could meet one Quilt Personality, who would it be?
Camille Roskelley or Bonnie Olaveson.  HUGE Bonnie and Camille Fabrics fan, and I would love to meet them someday.  Their fabric lines and quilt patterns are so unique and cute, and I really admire them working as a mother and daughter team.

Your preference while quilting (Listening to Music, Watching a Movie, Listening to a Book on Tape, Whistling or Total Silence)
I listen to music or podcasts.  My favorite podcasts are How I Built This, Planet Money, Modern Sewciety, Ask Me Another, and Our Fake History.

Do you have a favorite snack/munch while quilting?
I have water usually, and occasionally I’ll have coffee if it’s early in the morning.  However, I need to be super careful to not spill the coffee!

Do you look for quilts while watching a movie?
Uhhh…. I’m not sure since I can’t tell you the last movie that I watched. But I assume I’d look for quilts if I watched movies!

What comes first when you make a quilt: (buying stash then look for a pattern or buy the pattern first and then the fabric)
Buying a stash.  I have a lot of fabric, and I don’t sew nearly fast enough.  The good news is when I’m writing a new pattern, I have plenty of fabric to choose from!

What is your favorite quilt?
I love all my quilts, and each has their own aspects I love.  But if I had to chose a favorite, it’s probably the Moroccan Getaway quilt because the Ombre fabric I used by V&Co. is absolutely amazing.

Hand Quilt or Machine Quilt?
Machine Quilt! Or really send it to my longarmer Rhonda to get quilted!  I haven’t tried hand-quilting yet.  On one hand I feel I’ll love it, but on the other hand I think I’ll be so slow that I get frustrated!

Favorite Color?
Green or Blue!  But I love all the rainbow colors.  You also won’t find much brown at all in my stash.

Favorite Quilting/Crafting Item?
My Bernina. Absolutely love my machine…. Too bad it’s too big to travel with, but it’s my baby!

Do you work on one project or many?
I have more projects than I can count going at one time.  I use plastic containers to separate my projects so I can keep everything together. I do get into these “MUST FINISH EVERYTHING” phases, and I’ll finish a few projects (mainly so I can start new ones).

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My Nominations!

April Adams of JANDA Bend Quilts.  April was a part of the New Bloggers Blog Hop earlier this year too, and we are cooking up a new Quilt Along for everyone coming up soon!

Pam Selkirk of Charlotte Loves Henry. Pam is the owner of Serendipity Woods and the fearless leader of a few BOMs I’ve participated in.  The Block of the Months are so much fun, and Pam creates a great community for all the BOM participants.

Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney.  Becca and I first met at Sew Pro Convention last year.  She is an amazing quilter and a runner like me!  She is also absolutely hilarious, and I love reading what she shares!

Here are the questions I’d love to see them answer:

  • Who inspired you to sew/quilt?
  • What is your favorite quilt/sewn project/craft?
  • How do you bind a quilt? Tuck or Join the ends? Hand sew, or machine sew the binding?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
  • Do you work on one project or many at a time?
  • What is your favorite quilting/craft item you can’t live without, besides your machine?
  • What is your favorite podcast/movie/tv show?

I hope you check out everyone’s blogs during the Liebster Award season and discover new blogs to follow!

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weekly update

Happy 4th of July! (+Games Done Quick)

Happy Birthday to the USA!!!  I hope everyone is having a safe and wonderful holiday.

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This week Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) is going on in downtown Minneapolis.  Games Done Quick is a bi-annual charity gaming marathon. Volunteers play games at incredible speed (“Speedrunning”) for entertainment. The event is streamed live online, non-stop, and all donations go directly to the charity.  The event will be raising money for Doctors Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is an international medical humanitarian organization providing aid in nearly 70 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, exclusion from health care, natural disasters, or malnutrition. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocol. In 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work.

So why is this getting mentioned on my QUILTING blog?  Well remember the Mario Pixel quilt that I made a few weeks ago?  It got accepted as a prize submission for the Super Mario Series Warpless Relay Race!  The relay race includes teams of really amazing Mario players that will run through all of the Mario games as fast as possible aka speedrunning.  During the race, people that donate to the cause will be entered into a drawing for the prizes!

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If you like video games (or have kids that do), make sure to check out this awesome event this week as it’s getting streamed online live all week!

The Super Mario Series Warpless Relay is going to be streamed Friday July 7 starting at 6:16PM CDT. (Check the schedule on the GDQ website for updates as they are running behind) I hope you donate to the cause and win my quilt!  If luck isn’t on your side, you can always contact me to commission a video game quilt (doesn’t need to be Mario) for you.

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In other news, I love the holidays because I get so much quilting done!  For example, the sample for Pattern #103? Done. That’s right, the quilt top is completely finished, and it’s amazing.  I need to finish writing the pattern and get the quilt top to Rhonda to be quilted.  This pattern is probably not going to be released for at least a month or two.  Why such a delay?  I would like to get Pattern 104 completed before 103 is released so I can get on a consistent release cycle.  Plus, I don’t want to get a new longarmer and Rhonda is moving back to Idaho to be with her family so there will be a little delay.

I finally made my mini tuffet kit I had purchased from Sew Colorful Quilts.  This thing is so darling! I’m so glad I bought two kits so I can make another one!  This one is in Sweet Marion fabric by April Rosenthal.

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My Bonnie and Camille Barn Quilt is ready to be shipped off to my partner.  It’s quilted, bound, and labeled!  These swaps are so much fun and a huge shout out to Ginger @wifeoferp!

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My previous ender and leader quilt was Frivols 2, and the quilt top is now complete! It gets added to my never ending pile of quilt tops to be quilted.

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7/4-7/11 Weekly Goal:

Available time for quilting:
Saturday and Sunday

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
PBQ104
S.W.A.K.

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s block (it’s a new month!)
PBQ104: Finalize the design and pick fabric for sample
S.W.A.K.: Using as my ender and leader project.

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Tutorial · weekly update

Barn Quilt Block Tutorial

I have no idea what this quilt block is called, but this is what I came up with for the #BCBarnQuiltSwap4 quilt for my partner.  It is made using Half Square Triangles (HST), a single Hourglass block, and no waste flying geese blocks.

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Here’s how you make the 16″ finished block with the colors referencing the block above:
Cutting instructions:
Dark Blue:
Cut 1 – 3 3/4″ square
Cut 10 – 2 7/8″ squares

Pink:
Cut 4 – 2 7/8″ squares
Cut 4 – 2 1/2″ squares

Red:
Cut 1 – 5 1/4″ square
Cut 4 – 2 7/8″ squares

Light Blue:
Cut 6 – 2 7/8″ squares
Cut 1 – 3 3/4″ square

White/Gray:
Cut 2 – 5 1/4″ squares
Cut 8 – 2 1/2″ squares
Cut 12 – 2 7/8″ squares

HST Quadrant:

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  1. Layout of all the squares cut.
  2. Draw a diagonal across 8 white 2 7/8″ squares and 4 pink 2 7/8″ squares.  Match up 4 white with 4 dark blue, 4 white with 4 light blue, and 4 pink with 4 dark blue.
  3. Sew a 1/4″ on either side of the drawn line and cut on the drawing line.  For the white/dark blue, press towards the dark blue; for the white/light blue, press towards the light blue; for the pink/dark blue, press towards the pink.
  4. Trim the HSTs to 2 1/2″ square* and lay out the 9 block quadrant with the 2 1/2″ squares.  There should be 4 total quadrants.
    *Please note there should be minimal trimming.  If you cannot accurately sew a 1/4″ seam, you may want to use 3″ squares rather than 2 7/8″ to give space for trimming.

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Sew each row together and press seams in opposing directions as shown above.  I used the webbed piecing method to do this.

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Sew the rows together and press the rows in the direction shown above.  Repeat to make 4 identical blocks.

No Waste Flying Geese

This method works to make 4 identical flying geese at a time.

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  1. Draw diagonal lines on 4 red and 4 white 2 7/8″ squares.  Place 2 red 2 7/8″ squares on the white 5 1/4″ square as shown.  Repeat for the 2 white 2 7/8″ squares on the red 5 1/4″ square.
  2. Sew a 1/4″ on both sides of the diagonal line and cut the piece apart.  Press the half triangles open.
  3. Using another 2 7/8″ triangle, place it in the corner of the piece as shown.  Sew 1/4″ on both sides of the diagonal line.
  4. Cut on the diagonal line, and press the triangle open.  Make sure to trim the piece to 2 1/2″x 4 1/2″*

*Please note there should be minimal trimming.  If you cannot sew an accurate seam, this method may give you issues.

You should have 4 of each type of flying geese, 8 total so far.

No Waste Different Flying Geese (not sure what to call this)

Since the middle 4 flying geese have 2 of each color, you cannot use the above method. Instead you will cut each of the pieces and make the flying geese with parts.

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  1. Cut the 5 1/4″ white square on the diagonals, so you have 4 triangles.
  2. Cut 2 of the light blue squares and 2 of the dark blue squares in half.
  3. The blue squares are the wings of the flying geese as shown.
  4. Sew the blue triangles to the white triangles.  Remember to trim your pieces to 2 1/2″x 4 1/2″*

*Please note there should be minimal trimming.

Combining the flying geese:

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Sew the flying geese together so that the red makes an arrow and the white makes a square as shown above.  Press all the seams towards the tip of the red arrow as shown in the photo above.

Single Hourglass block

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  1. With Right Sides Together of the 3 3/4″ light blue and dark blue squares, cut across the diagonal.
  2. Sew a 1/4″ seam on the outer edges of the square across from each other as shown.
  3. Press the triangles open with the seams to the dark blue.  Sew the two triangles together to create the hourglass block.
  4. Trim the block to 4 1/2″ square using the diagonal on the ruler.

Sewing the Block together

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Layout the block as shown and sew the rows together.  I pressed seams away from the flying geese and towards the hourglass block as shown.

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Sew the rows together to make the final block.  I pressed the seams away from the center row as shown above.

Ta Da!  There you have it!

The methods I’ve shown here on how to make the HSTs and the no waste flying geese are methods I also used on the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt I talked about in my last post.

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In other news, I really am getting lazy with the Quilter’s Planner block since the requirement is only one block a month!  That is no way to keep me accountable, but my life is about to get really busy soon.  I finally decided to scrap my 103 pattern for a new one! The new and improved 103 pattern is in the works and hopefully will be done within a month!  I’m really excited I finally decided to make the decision to move on.

I am also participating in Christa Quilts‘ blog hop in August to celebrate her new book release! How cool is that!  I’m going to be showcasing her S.W.A.K. pattern.  You can pre-order her book from her website.  I am also allowed to share sneak peeks of my project too so once I get more than just a stack of fabric I’ll make sure to share!

Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

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6/27-7/4 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday PM, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (I love holidays!)

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
BCBarnQuilt
PBQ103 New
S.W.A.K.

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
BCBarnQuilt:  Quilt the block
PBQ103 New: Pick fabric and start making some blocks!
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Moda Modern Building Blocks Quilt Tips and Tricks

I finally finished this quilt top! I have a very strong love/hate relationship with this quilt top for many reasons.  Before I started, I had already heard this quilt pattern wasn’t the easiest to follow and that it was wasn’t the easiest of quilts to make.  This blog post is dedicated to my assessment of the quilt, the quilt pattern, and any tips and tricks for assembly.  If you’ve made this quilt before and have things to add to my list, please comment below, and I’ll get this post edited for future readers!

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So here it goes…

Skill Level:

  • Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Pattern:

  • Each of the block patterns are shown with the finished block, semi-exploded diagram of the block to help show how the block is sewn together, and then cutting instructions.

Block Cutting Tips:

  • The cutting instructions are such that you *shouldn’t* need to trim the blocks if you have an accurate and consistent 1/4″ scant seam.  If you would like to trim blocks, make sure to add 1/8″ to each of the squares that require a single diagonal cut.
  • Square up all the flying geese and Half Square Triangles (HST) before assembling each block. Because I was lazy (at least I admit it), I used the exact cutting instructions thinking I could get away without squaring the block.  Nope, I’m not that consistent with my seams, and it was very apparent on blocks with lots of seams.
  • There is a google doc sheet that shows the full cutting instructions for the block from Liz Harbour.  However, there are a few minor mistakes in the sheet from typos so be on the look out for those.
  • Always cut the largest blocks first.  If you don’t, you may not have enough fabric left.  If you bought the kit and cut the largest blocks first, you’ll end up with a nice stack of Bella Solids to use as scraps in the end.

Sewing Tips:

  • Instead of cutting all the HSTs apart before sewing them back together, look at which HSTs can be made with the method of sewing 1/4″ on both sides of the diagonal line, then cutting the HST apart.
  • For some of the blocks, the flying geese can be made with the no waste method.  So there is no need to cut the different sized triangles in the cutting instructions.  This is if there are 4 flying geese that are identical and have the same colors of corner triangles in the block.
  • Nesting seams takes some extra planning ahead.  Make sure to mark which directions the seams should go for easier assembly.  If you do not want to think, press the seams open to avoid them being bulky.

Pattern Corrections:

  • Block 7: This block is overall TOO small.  If you sew it with the cutting instructions, your block will end up about 18″ square, rather than 18″ finished (18 1/2″ square).  You can fix this by cutting the E pieces 5 1/2″ squares rather than 4 3/4″ and the F pieces 5″ squares rather than 4 3/8″.  After the block is finished, trim the block to size.
  • Block 8: the A piece is too small.  Piece A should be 4 3/4″ rather than 4 5/8″

**There may be other corrections, but those were the ones that were obvious or really off that needed correcting!

Did I miss anything?  Comment below!  Thanks!

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Here are some of the assembly photos of the quilt.  I really do love how this quilt turned out, and it’s the largest quilt top that I’ve made finishing at 84″x96″.

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So I didn’t work on anything this week other than finishing up this quilt top.  I also realized not having to post a Quilter’s Planner block each week has give me validation that I can skip blocks for which I’m just not feeling it.  Maybe I’ll do this week’s block, but we’ll have to see!

6/20-6/27 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday PM, Saturday AM, and Sunday afternoon

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
BCBarnQuilt
Designing for PBQ

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
BCBarnQuilt:  Complete the quilt top/block
Designing for PBQ: Work on new block designs, making a design a day.

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