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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Purple Passion's Progress

Since I finished all the blocks due for exchanges, and the Fish Quilt, this past several days have worked on the Purple Passion Quilt. I got several more rows done, and all sewed together! Still have a couple more rows to go, then to start on the borders!

From This:  One Row

To This: Three Rows!

Close up of blocks!

 From this angle, you can see the pattern of diaganol rows, made by the purple blocks.

And here, in this view, you can see the pattern of diaganol rows, made by the white blocks.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

QBS May 2010 For Cindy

Here is the block I made for Cindy this month. If you'd like an easy tutorial for making this block, look under tutorials, here on my blog.

QBS April 2010 For Michelle

Here is the block I made for Michelle for April, she planned on putting the blocks on point in the quilt, so I am showing both views of how the block looks.

QBS Oct. 09' For Mary Lou

This is the first block I made for a block exchange, I was so nervous! Mary Lou, started the group Quilt Block Swappers Let's Piece Together on Facebook, this month, for a group of 12 ladies.and she was the first person that every one made blocks for.

"Bee Crazy June 2010 Charity Block #3 & #4

Today I made two more blocks for our group charity quilt!

Fish Quilt

All Done! Over the weekend I finished this. the second of two quilts going to Quilts For Kids.

 border, and some of the quilting


A corner of the back turned over to show what it looks like

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

"Bee Crazy" June 2010 Charity Block

For June, we done a charity quilt, one of the girls will put all the blocks together, and then it will be given to Green Fairy Quilts to donate to an orphanage oversees. This modified Bento Block was chosen for the quilt. We could either do it in blues and greens, or red,yellow,oranges. I made two blocks, one of each. Each block is qaurtered, then mixed up, and re-sewn back into a block, containing four different qaurter sections.

"Bee Crazy" April Block For Curtiqueen

This is the block I made for April

"Bee Crazy" Feb 2010 For Mary Lou

During the month of March, two of the girls that was in this group dropped out. Mary Lou asked us girls, in the Quilt Block Swappers group on Facebook, if any of us would like to join her group on Flickr. Two of us did. Mary Lou, was going to be short a couple blocks for her quilt, so I volunteered to make one for her.

QBS March 2010 For Tina

Here's the block I made for Tina for March for Quilt Block Swappers..... group on Facebook

She planned on putting all the blocks in the quilt, on point, so here's a view of what that would like.

QBE May 2010 For Raesha

She requested blues and greens, the earthier tones the better.

QBE May 2010 For Mary Lou

Mary Lou makes and donates preemie quilts for her local hospital, so for this month, she asked the group to make her some blocks, then she adds batting, backing, and binding. This is the block I made for her. I use to do a lot of fabric painting, before I got the quilting bug. I've had some of these done and in my stash for eons, and I figured this was a good time to use one!

QBE May 2010 For SilverThreads aka Kitty Kwilter

Here's SilverThreads block I made for her.

QBS June Preemie Block For Lillian

Lillian makes preemie quilts for the babies in the NICU at her local hospital, For her month, she asked us, if we would like to make an extra block, that she could finish into a preemie quilt. Here's the extra block I made.

QBE June 2010 For Mamabear

Got this block done today for Mamabear!

QBS Jan. Block For Martha

This is the block I made for Martha in Quilt Block Swappers.... on Facebook.

QBS Dec. Block For Nancy

This is the block I made for Nancy in the group Quilt Block Swappers.... on Facebook.

Nov. 2009 QBS Block for Wendy

This is the block I made for Wendy In the group Quilt Block Swappers, on Facebook

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dresden Plate Block Tutorial

In April, Cindy, one of the girls in a block exchange group I am in. Wanted the Dresden Plate Block done for her month. I had never made one before, nor had several others in the group. She sent proper directions to everyone, and included a paper template for us to use to cut the inividual pieces out. I had a little bit of difficulty following those directions, and using the template. So, I studied the directions, the template, and pattern, and came up with a much (to me anyway) simpler way to cut the plate pieces. When I posted the tutorial on my Facebook page, and some of the other ladies, in the group, and also friends, seen it, they thought it was helpful. A few, like me, had been very nervous about doing the block, but tried the tutorial, and found it easy. So, hope someone else, that may have been contiplating doing this block, but havn't yet, find this helpful too. 

This dresden plate, is designed to be centered in the middle of a 17" background square. Cindy wanted to add some trapaunto work in the corners. If you arn't familiar with that technique, you could use that space to add some fancy quilting. Or, you can simply make the background square smaller. Although, you will have to do the math to figure out the size you'd like.  You may choose to use (4) different white, ( or other light color of your choice ) 9" squares, sewn together into a four patch, or (1) 17" white square, ( or other light color of your choice ). The first option will give you a scrappy look, and you can use all different fabrics, for the plate pieces. The second one, will give you a more uniform look, that ties all the blocks together. For Cindy's blocks, she chose the center circle fabric, and we added Christmas fabrics, from our stash to coordinate with hers.
This tutorial, focuses on the cutting and sewing of the plates. and then sewing them onto the background square.

Step 1.
Lay a 3" X 6" piece of fabric on your cutting mat. Align edges with lines on mat.

Step 2.
Line ruler up so it is at the top corner of the 3" side and on the 2nd. line from the top (bottom of finished wedge piece will measure 1") Cut first side of wedge

Step 3.
Line ruler up so it is at the bottom corner of the 3" side and on the second line from the bottom (bottom of finished wedge piece will measure 1") Cut second side of wedge

Step 4.
Wedge piece should measure 3" across at top, and 1" across at the bottom.

Step 5.
Fold in half, so right sides are together

Step 6.
Sew a 1/4" seam along the top (wider part)

Step 7.
On the side that is folded over (not the side with the open edges) clip the corner of the material off, but don't cut the seam line.

Step 8.
Turn top part of piece (sewn part) over onto the wrong side, line up the seam in the middle and press.

Step 9.
Piece shown here is how the back, (wrong side) looks with the little pocket at the top with the right side of the fabric showing at the top.

Step 10
Wedge piece ready to be sewn to another one.

Step 11
Here are two wedge pieces ready to sew to each other.

Step 12
Align pieces so that the inside short sides line up with each other.

Step 13
Now lay one on top of the other, with right sides together

Step 14
Sew a 1/4" seam, starting at the 1" end and working towards the wider top end.

Step 15
This shows that you sew all the way to the end. Through where the top pockets are.

Step 16
Now, press the pieces open, and when another one is sewed to the second, always press the seams in the same direction.
Continue this, until you have sewn the proper amount of wedges together. When you have the amount needed, you sew the first to the last, in the same way.

Step 17 Here is my dresden plate sewn together and laid out on the background fabric. A center circle still needs to be appliqued on to the center of the circle to hide the plate edges. And then, the outside of the circle will be machine appliqued to the background fabric.

Step 18
Here is the center circle, cut and ready to be appliqued to the middle. I measured the center hole opening across the width, then added 3/4" to that measurement, then cut out the circle.

Step 19
Here's showing what the center circle (not sewn on yet) will look like.

Step 20
Here's the finished block!

Hope this is helpful, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me privately, or you can ask in the comment section, and I will reply to you.