Jacob’s Ladder Block

This is a quick tutorial for a vintage block with lots of possibilities!

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These blocks finish at 8 inches (AKA- jellyroll scrap friendly). Also, I made more than one block at a time so that I could switch around my HSTs (half square tringles) blocks to get a scrappy look.

 

For each block you will need:

4 – 2 1/2 in squares color A (warm colors in photo)

4 – 2 1/2 in squares background (low volume in photo)

2 – 5 1/2 in squares one color B and one background (color B is cool color)

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First, I made the HSTs. To do this, draw a line diagonally across the back of the background (low volume) square that is 5 1/2 in. Then, sew 1/4 in away along both sides of the line you just drew.

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Then, cut along the line, and press the HSTs towards the dark fabric. Trim each HST to 4 1/2 in square.

Next, make two 4 square blocks using the 2 1/2 in squares. Press. Here’s what things should look like:

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Next, just sew these 4 smaller blocks together to get your finished Jacob’s Ladder block.

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This is a great block to burn through different sized scraps, so go ahead and ATTACK your scraps!

 

To make a larger block, simply cut the pieces larger using:

4 – 3 1/2 in squares color A

4 – 3 1/2 in squares background

2 – 7 1/2 in squares, one color B and one background.

Using the same instructions as above you will have a finished 12 in block.

For Pinks Sakes Blog Tour – Nelson’s Victory Quilt Block Tutorial

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I am so pleased to be a part of this blog hop. I mean, how cute of a name?? For Pinks Sakes!
It’s almost impossible for any of us to go through life without having at least one person that is near and dear have to endure the trials of Breast Cancer. For me, it was my high school art teacher. She was someone that I considered to be like a mother to me. She got me through some serious stuff, and she encouraged me to reach farther into my creative soul. I love you Andrea Henderson, I pray you rest in peace.
“In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better due to screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.” via: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts
Anna over at Life Sew Crafty is dealing with this disease at a much closer level, her Mother-In-Law is fighting the fight. With this being a large part of her life right now, she is raising awareness of Breast Cancer and trying her best to raise money for the ever growing medical expenses her family is enduring (click on the link to donate, every little bit helps!).
Another way to contribute is to make blocks and send them to Anna. She’s assembling quilts and donating them to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI. For block info & where to send the blocks go to Life Sew Crafty.
My block for this hop is a Nelson’s Victory Block. I really liked that it had the word victory in the name!
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It’s super easy!
You only need 3 fabrics: light, dark, & background. A fat eighth would be enough of each.
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Cut Fabrics:
– Two 4in squares of Light
– Two 4in squares of Background
– Four 3 1/2in squares of each print
First, match up each 4in light square with one 4in background square and draw a line diagonally across the wrong side of the light square. Pin the squares together, and sew 1/4in from the line on both sides. Cut along the line. You’re making 4 HST blocks. Trim these to 3 1/2in.
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Sew the HSTs together to create a windmill block, pictured above.
Next, sew each of the light 3 1/2in squares to one background 3 1/2in square.
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Sew one 3 1/2in square of dark fabric to both ends of two of these strips you just made. This is what you should have at this point:
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Sew the two smaller strips (pictured on the left & right of center block above). Press, and sew the longer strips on.
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I’m thinking this block would look awesome in a scrappy, colorful & low volume colorway. It was so quick to put together too! Oh man, did I really just put another quilt on ‘the list’??!!
There will be a giveaway via Life Sew Crafty on August 2nd to all those who participated in the blog hop in some way, including: donating, sending block, posting, & sharing blog posts.
Want to see some more awesome Pink blocks?? Check out the fellow bloggers participating in the hop:
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July 19

Delaware License Plate Block & Giveaway Winner

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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.

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And, the winner of a fabulous fat quarter bundle from American Made Brand is:

Comment #250:

I like dark tomato , lt sky and dk purple.

 

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!!

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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 DATE STATE STATEHOOD  BLOG
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

Churh Dasher Block Tutorial

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There are a few other names for this block, since it dates back to before 1900. A few others are: Sister’s Choice, Five Point Star, and Father’s Choice. Some of these names have a third color in their design, but we’re just going with the basic 2 color block. I’m thinking a scrappy version would be quite fetching!

This block is nothing new, sorry no reinventing the wheel here. However, while figuring out what fabric to cut per block, quickest way to assemble, and best ways to press, I figured sharing would be nice, so here we go. I did find that this block is rather scrap friendly and only needs roughly 2 fat eighths for the 10″ block, and a little under a FQ for the 13″ block.

 

Fabric Needed:

For the 10″ unfinished block, cut:

Light/Background:

4- 3″ squares
4- 2 1/2″ squares
1- 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip

Dark/Main:

4- 3″ squares
5- 2 1/2″ squares
1- 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip

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For the 13″ unfinished block size, cut:

Light/Background:

4-4″ squares
4-3″ squares
1-3″ x 13″ strip

Dark/Main:

4- 4″ squares
5- 3″ squares
1-3″ x 13″ strip

 

All instructions are for both size options, specifications for the different blocks are included – PLEASE read all the way through before getting started (always a good idea).

To start, sew one of each color strip together and press towards the darker fabric. Then you will cut this strip set into 4- 2 1/2″ sections for the 10″ block, and 4- 3″ sections for the 13″ block, which should look like this:

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Then, take the 4 light squares that are larger and draw a line across the back to use as a guide for making the HSTs (Half Square Triangles*).

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Now, using the larger dark squares put right sides together & sew 1/4″ on both sides of the line, double check you diagonal if you are using a directional fabric.

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Cut down the line that you just used as a guide and press seams towards the darker fabric. Trim each HST to 2 1/2″ square for the 10″ block and 3″ square for the 13″ block.

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Next, sew the middle row, and press seams around the middle square to the center.

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At this point it’s good to lay everything out and get a visual/base to start finishing up with.

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Now, I like to put the corners together individually. Set up all you squares and double check you like the set up, keep in mind directional fabrics.

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Then, sew the top two together, then the bottom two, and press the fabrics towards the plain square (away from the HST). And then sew the rows together. This is just like making a 4 square. Press the seam between rows towards the darker square that will be closest to the center of the block. Make the other three.

Almost there!

Take one of the strip sections from the start and sew it to one of the corner sections. Press towards the smaller strip section. Sew the other corner section to the other side of the strip set. Press towards the smaller strip section again. Do this with the same sections from the other side of the block. You should now have two of these larger parts and the middle row.

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Now, sew each section to the middle row and press towards the center.

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Done!

Then, have fun and make more!

*If you plan to make lots of these blocks in the same colors then I would highly recommend using HST paper. You can make upwards of 20 HSTs in one shot with NO trimming and squaring. I oooed and ahhhed over HST paper here.

Feel free to share photos of your work via Flickr: BlueStripedRoom.

 

Sawtooth Start QAYG Tutorial – Mini!

For the project I’m working on my first thought was to go with a QAYG (Quilt As You Go) block since I was aiming for a more structured piece. How many of you have done QAYG? You should try it if you haven’t, it’s way fun. Although, I think almost all of quilting is way fun, so maybe that’s a biased statement. 😉

Since this is a small block, it can very easily use up scraps without looking scrappy if you stick to a color theme. So, go ahead and Attack Your Scraps!

Either way, here’s one way to to it:

Supplies:
– 5 inch square of batting (cotton is the easiest to QAYG)
– 2 1/2 inch square for center
– 1 1/2 inch squares for star points, 8 total
– 2 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch rectangles of background fabric, 4 total
– 1 1/2 inch squares of background fabric, 4 total

For the background fabric you will need at least 16 inches total of a 1 1/2 inch strip.

The very fist thing we need to do is make flying geese for the points of your star. They are in the bottom center of the photo above.

To make a flying geese, you take one 1 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch rectangle and sew one of the 1 1/2 inch squares on both ends of the rectangle. Your seam will go diagonally across the star square (the white in my block). I did not trim the excess fabric off the back of the flying geese since I want more structure, but that is totally up to you! For a photo tutorial check out: Fat Quarterly. All you need to make from this tutorial is the basic flying geese block unit.

Take 2 of your flying geese blocks and sew a 1 1/2 inch background square to both ends. You will now have 2 lone flying geese, and 2 strips that have: one 1 1/2 inch square, flying geese in the center, then another 1 1/2 inch square.

Next you take the 2 1/2 inch center square and place it in the center of your piece of batting. Take one of the lone flying geese blocks and lay it right side down on one side of the center square and stitch if down like so:

Take the other lone flying geese block and it to the opposite side of the 2 1/2 inch center block. It will now look like this:

At this point you want to stitch down the flying geese that you’ve attached. I simply echo stitched 1/8 inch below the V seam in the flying geese block. No way did I eyeball this, there was a little notch on my sewing machine foot that I just lined up with the seam. Gotta love a helping tool! Feel free to stitch it down how ever you prefer as long as you sew down the outer corners down (that’s the only goal for now, we will fill in the rest of the quilting later). Here’s what it will look like. Also in the photo below are the flying geese strips you already sewed simply placed on either side of what you’re progress should look like at this point.

Next you want to sew the strips with the flying geese in the center to the other sides of your center square. I just sewed both of them on one right after another. See:

Here’s what it looks like pinned open.

Next I simply echo quilted 1/8 inch below the V seam in the last 2 flying geese blocks, just like I did before. I love how this looks, and because of the scale you could definitely stop here if you wanted. I, however, love love extra quilting on smaller items, so do what your heart desires!

I continued the echo quilting 1/4 inch from the quilting that was already done, and a 1/4 inch from the seams of the corner blocks. Don’t worry about filing the blocks completely with quilting to the edges, there is still a 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around. With that being said, definitely continue any quilting lines completely onto the batting. It was cut a little larger for that reason!

Here’s my set of finished (untrimmed) blocks:

I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this tutorial! Feel free to share in my Flickr group: Inspired by BlueStripedRoom.

Disappearing 4-Patch Tutorial – Attack Your Scraps

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been in a funk for quite some time now, months really. You would think that spending so much time with family over all the holidays would’ve helped pull me out of it. I have been so very blessed to spend a lot of time with family lately!!

Truth be told, I was simply on a medication to help manage nerve pain and it turned me into a Zombie. I’m thinking I’ll just have an advantage when the Zombie Apocalypse comes. Hahaha….

Today was the very first time I’ve woken up at 5am and gotten out of bed (for something other than just to pee) since about August. When you have 5 kids that’s usually one of the only times you have to sew: when the little people sleep.

I wanted to play with something simply, but that would also have an awesome end product. I think I hit the nail on the head!

This is simply a version of a disappearing 4-patch:

Being lazy, uhh I mean being productive to use leftover 5 inch charm squares, I ended up with an 8 inch block.

I love how it turned out!

Want to make some?? It’s super super easy, I mean 5 am easy.

Start with a 4 patch, or two if you’re going for super scrappy:

Using your ruler, cut 1 inch from the center 4 times. After I cut the first time, I just turned my mat (or ruler) and cut the next one, etc. It was very very helpful to have a small mat to cut on & rotate. Like so:

Swap around the parts however you like. For example:

Before swap:

After swap:

I picked up the triangle parts in the middle of the sides and swapped those between the 2 blocks. Then I grabbed the center piece, turned it 180 degrees, and swapped it between blocks also. (I love love how they turned out.)

Then sew and press and ta-da!

See, SUPER easy!! And, you can start with any size squares for the 4 patch, you’ll just end up with a different size finished block. Can we say pre-cut AND scrap friendly! Oh Yea!

One of the reasons I find scrappy quilts so cool is the juxtaposition of modern prints next to vintage-y florals and such, like that green log print next to the brown floral. I just love it!

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.

Atlanta Bound with a New Boxie

I’m pretty excited, my husband and I are headed to Atlanta!

Today we’re driving to my Dad’s to drop off the kids (oh yea!), and tomorrow morning we’re flying out. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever been on a plane with my husband, not that that’s a big deal or anything, just a thought. (and a run on sentence, geez….)

Either way, I love going new places!!

We’re traveling out there because it’s Thirty One’s National Conference, and it’s the first one I’m going to. So very excited! I didn’t go last year because I was only with the company for about 2 months and couldn’t really justify it at that point. But this year it was almost a MUST!

And, what’s a little traveling without some new digs??

I made this beauty to house my knitting project (I can’t travel without a project – or 2).

Followed the (No Guts) Boxie Pouch Tutorial, and I loved it! I did make a few adjustments:
1) I used woven interfacing instead of lightweight. I like pouches with a little more umph. 
2) I cut the pieces for the tabs at 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches instead of 1 by 3. I wanted my tabs a little longer.

Did I mention that it’s the perfect size for my knitting project!

I absolutely love it, and am most definitely making lots more. My oldest daughter has already made a request (requirement is more like it) that I make her one as well.

Most favorite part of this tutorial is that the inside is completely finished – NO unfinished seams!! The inside is so cute, I’m tempted to turn the whole thing inside out and take a picture.

We pulled these fabrics, they’d make some really cute Boxies don’t you think?!