Friday, September 13, 2013

Farmer's Daughter pattern

I enjoy watching Quilt in a Day with Eleanor Burns on Friday mornings on KET.  After having been grading papers for a couple hours, it's a nice 30-minute break.  Plus, she is so upbeat in her demonstrations and story telling!

Today, as she demonstrated the "Farmer's Daughter" pattern a light bulb went off in my head.  This is the pattern that I will use to create a pink themed block for an October challenge at my local quilt shop!    It just so happens that I purchased three coordinating fat quarters yesterday that I wanted to use for the block, and here is my chance.

1 pink fat quarter
1 black fat quarter
1 white fat quarter

4-2 1/2" squares
2-2 1/2" x 10 1/2"
2-2 1/2" x 15"

8-2 1/2" squares

5-2 1/2" squares
4-2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

1.  Using 1 white rectangle with 2 black squares, create 4 wide flying geese.
2.  Lay out the block as shown in the picture.
3.  Sew the middle 9-square.
4.  Sew the top and bottom flying geese to the middle.
5.  Sew the border squares to the vertical flying geese.
6.  Sew those two sides to the rest of the block.
7.  Sew the 2 shorter pink strips to the sides.
8.  Sew the 2 longer pink strips to the top and bottom.
9.  Press and trim to desired size 

This will eventually be squared up to 12" but I wanted to wait to make sure the guidelines didn't change between now and October.

Thanks, Eleanor Burns for the inspiration!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

BOM 2012 - June & August

Here are the latest 4 blocks that I have learned to make through my class with Amy Gibson.  Yes, I know that I have skipped July, but hang tight, I will tackle it next.  I want to get a Dresden template to use to make those blocks a little more precise than me cutting out a bunch of cardboard templates.

The June blocks are the Modern 9-patch theme that consists of the Greek Cross Block and the Octagon Block.  Both were fairly simple and quick to make, and I figured out that chain piecing the rows is ok and maybe even speeds up the sewing process a little.

The August theme is Stars so for this month's lesson I learned to make the Ohio Star and the Double Block Star.  There were a lot of small fabric pieces for these blocks but learning how to make Flying Geese using the corner-to-corner method was pretty cool!  Ok, I'll admit, making the 1/4 square triangles for the Ohio Star was pretty cool too!  

I peeked at September's theme...curves!  Oooohhhh...lah...lah...