Thank you to everyone that stopped by little old Delaware on their trip through the USA!
I am so excited to share with you the free PDF pattern of my Delaware License plate block.
And, the winner of a fabulous fat quarter bundle from American Made Brand is:
Here’s a little eye candy for you all, go check out American Made Brand and all their beautiful color fabric! Hopefully we can all see this fabric in our LQS soon!!
This blog tour was so much fun to participate in! I hope you all have fun traveling through this beautiful country we live in!!
Here is a complete list of all the stops on the tour, giveaways and blocks galore!
|Day 1||19-May||Delaware||Dec. 7, 1787||Blue Striped Room|
|19-May||Pennsylvania||Dec. 12, 1787||Cherry Lynch Quilts|
|Day 2||20-May||Georgia||Jan. 2, 1788||Butterfly Threads Quilting|
|20-May||Idaho||July 3, 1890||Taffy Talk|
|Day 3||21-May||Alabama||Dec. 14, 1819||Green Quilts|
|21-May||Massachusetts||Feb. 6, 1788||A Quilting Jewel|
|Day 4||22-May||Maryland||Apr. 28, 1788||Spring Water Designs|
|22-May||South Carolina||May 23, 1788||The Crafty Quilter’s Closet|
|Day 5||23-May||New Hampshire||June 21, 1788||Park Hill Farm|
|23-May||Virginia||June 25, 1788||Pat Sloan’s Blog|
|Day 6||26-May||New York||July 26, 1788||Quilts from my Crayon Box|
|26-May||North Carolina||Nov. 21, 1789||A Stitch in Time|
|Day 7||27-May||Rhode Island||May 29, 1790||Seaside Stitches|
|27-May||Vermont||Mar. 4, 1791||Quilter in Motion|
|Day 8||28-May||Kentucky||June 1, 1792||Simply Sandy|
|28-May||Tennessee||June 1, 1796||Confessions of a Fabric Addict|
|Day 9||29-May||Ohio||Mar. 1, 1803||Olive and Ollie|
|29-May||Louisiana||Apr. 30, 1812||Fleur de Lis Quilts|
|Day 10||30-May||Indiana||Dec. 11, 1816||No Hats in the House|
|30-May||Mississippi||Dec. 10, 1817||Life as a Quilter|
|Day 11||2-Jun||Illinois||Dec. 3, 1818||A Sentimental Quilter|
|2-Jun||Connecticut||Jan. 9, 1788||Jump Cut Arts|
|Day 12||3-Jun||Maine||Mar. 15, 1820||Quilts of Love|
|3-Jun||Missouri||Aug. 10, 1821||42 Quilts|
|Day 13||4-Jun||Arkansas||June 15, 1836||Sew at Home on Pine Ridge|
|4-Jun||Michigan||Jan. 26, 1837||Crafty Blossom|
|Day 14||5-Jun||Florida||Mar. 3, 1845||Flourishing Palms|
|5-Jun||Texas||Dec. 29, 1845||The Caffeinated Quilter|
|Day 15||6-Jun||Iowa||Dec. 28, 1846||Kindred Quilts|
|6-Jun||Wisconsin||May 29, 1848||Freshly Pieced|
|Day 16||9-Jun||California||Sept. 9, 1850||Cali Quilter|
|9-Jun||Minnesota||May 11, 1858||The Curious Quilter|
|Day 17||10-Jun||Oregon||Feb. 14, 1859||Sew Mama Sew|
|10-Jun||Kansas||Jan. 29, 1861||Lilac Lane|
|Day 18||11-Jun||West Virginia||June 20, 1863||Coop Crafts|
|11-Jun||Nevada||Oct. 31, 1864||Inventive Denim|
|Day 19||12-Jun||Nebraska||Mar. 1, 1867||Renaissance Sandi|
|12-Jun||Colorado||Aug. 1, 1876||Sew Incredibly Crazy|
|Day 20||13-Jun||North Dakota||Nov. 2, 1889||Terri Stegmiller Art Quilts|
|13-Jun||South Dakota||Nov. 2, 1889||Moneik Quilts|
|Day 21||16-Jun||Montana||Nov. 8, 1889||Why Knot Kwilt|
|16-Jun||Washington||Nov. 11, 1889||Bloomin’ Workshop|
|Day 22||17-Jun||New Jersey||Dec. 18, 1787||Studio 78 Notes|
|17-Jun||Wyoming||July 10, 1890||Excessive Compulsive Sewing|
|Day 23||18-Jun||Utah||Jan. 4, 1896||Fireball Quilts|
|18-Jun||Oklahoma||Nov. 16, 1907||Hollyhock Quilts|
|Day 24||19-Jun||New Mexico||Jan. 6, 1912||Dora Quilts|
|19-Jun||Arizona||Feb. 14, 1912||So Many Quilts, So Little Time|
|Day 25||20-Jun||Alaska||Jan. 3, 1959||Quilt As You Go|
|20-Jun||Hawaii||Aug. 21, 1959||Barbara Bieraugel Designs|
I had this really cute charm pack sitting around for, oh, what felt like forever. It was the Nicey Jane charm pack by Heather Bailey. These prints cried out vintage goodness to me!
Without cutting them up too much, I whipped up this quick block.
And this quilt, for sale here.
Then this one, for sale here.
I just couldn’t stop, they came together so quickly. Without further ado, here’s the pattern:
For each block you need:
2 – 5″ squares (charm squares)
1 – 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle (cut a charm square in half)
2 – 3 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ rectangles
To assemble, sew the 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle in the middle of the 2 5″ squares. This makes the center ‘column’. Then sew one 3 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ rectangle to either side of the center. You will have a 11 1/2″ block.
Lay out all your blocks and switch them around until you like how the second background fabric is spaced. Then sew together the blocks and your done.
To make a baby size quilt (44″ square) you need a total of 16 blocks.
1 charm pack of 40 squares*
1 yard background fabric
1 FQ second background fabric
1 1/2 yards backing fabric
batting for 44″ by 44″ top
To make a twin size quilt (66″ by 88″) you need a total of 48 blocks.
3 charm packs of 40 squares each*
3 yards background fabric
3/4 yard second background
5 yards backing fabric
twin size batting
*Any 5″ squares will work for this, you don’t have to use charm packs. I do a 5″ swap with the guild I attend and those squares would work great in this too.
For the ‘All Things Boy’ quilt I used 5 inch I-spy blocks I’ve collected.
Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: BlueStripedRoom.
Let’s just skip all the small talk and jump right into the quilt.
Finished size measures 42 inches by 56 inches.
- 12 Fat Quarters (FQs)
- Rotary Cutter
- Mat & Ruler
- Sewing Machine
- Batting & Backing, measuring 44″ by 56″
(Sorry about the screaming green cutting mat in the background, maybe I should switch back to the yellow side….)
First, cut each FQ into 4 – 5 inch by 18 inch strips.
Arrange the strips in threes, and sew each set of three strips together. Press.
Cut each block across the strips into 5 inch sections. At this point you will have strips that have 3 squares in a row.
Again arrange the strips into threes, creating your 9 patch blocks. Sew these strips together. Press.
Once you have pressed each block, you will take your ruler and cut down the middle of the block both vertically and horizontally WITHOUT moving your fabric. Just lift your ruler and turn the ruler to make the second cut.
Now take 2 of the pieces from the block you just cut (making sure they are diagonal from each other) and rotate them 180 degrees.
Now sew these 4 blocks together (press again) and you have one finished disappearing 9 patch.
Finish the remaining 11 blocks and sew them together for a finished top, and press (it’s worth it!).
Quilt, bind, and love.
Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this tutorial! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Inspired by BlueStripedRoom.
Just a reminder, my patterns are for your personal use and enjoyment only. They have not been tested, so if you find an error feel free to let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It all started with a 3 pound cotton assortment from Fabric.com that contained much more browns than I was ready for. I had no idea what to do with them.
I was thinking about things outside that I like. I live in Dover, DE, so we have a pretty ample supply of very old buildings. Among my most favorites are brick buildings.
Hmm, lots of brown fabric, and a liking to bricks… not too tough, right?!
Next step, the drawing board:
I don’t really sketch in any particular order, but the amount of fabric needed is almost always the last thing to be figured out.
Thanks to Wikipedia, the standard U.S. brick size is: 8″ wide, 4″ high, and 2 1/4″ deep.
I went with that measurement and created this quilt.
Here’s the tutorial:
– 16 Fat Quarters
– 3 yards backing fabric, or material cut/pieced to measure 48″ by 68″
– batting measuring at least 48″ by 68″
– 1/2 yard for binding
– 94 rectangles measuring 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″
– 16 squares measuring 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″
– 6 strips of binding, 2 1/2″ wide by the width of fabric for the length
Sew 9 rows as follows: one 4 1/2″ square, then five 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ rectangles, then one 4 1/2″ square.
Sew 8 rows of six 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ rectangles.
You should now have 17 rows measuring 48″ by 4 1/2″.
Figure out the order you want the rows to be in, alternating the rows to stagger the blocks. I made sure that none of the blocks touched another block of the same fabric. Sew the rows together horizontally. Your top is done!
(This is not that great of a pic, but it got the true colors the best of the couple I took.)
Now, lay your backing right side down, lay the batting on top, then place the top on top of these 2 layers, pin all layers together, and quilt as desired. When I pin my quilt, I try to think about where I am going to quilt it so that I don’t put the pins there. It goes a LOT faster if you aren’t taking pins out every 5 seconds.
Attach binding, and your done. I recently found a GREAT tutorial for doing the binding, which is my absolute least favorite part of quilting. But, Rita over at Red Pepper Quilts has the right idea about binding!
Just look how great it turned out:
Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Inspired by BlueStripedRoom.