Here is my version of the Eastern Shore block. It was a fun one to do and I wanted to capture our sunsets on our “Eastern Shore” with my Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I actually really like this block and I do not very often gravitate to what I sew (I am my own worst critic!).
See my usual high tech picture below for what you need to cut to make this a 9″ finished block like mine above. The tutorial is found on @wandaslifesampler blog – she is the creator of this great block in a 12.5″ unfinished version that is in the Quilter’s Planner. So here are my measurements:
Have fun with this one and will see you next Wednesday with block 7/52!
Welcome to the first day of this new block blog hop! Be sure to check out all the other block tutorials (there will be more than 70 released over the next few days). I always love this challenge and was happy to be asked by @quiltingjetgirl @latenightquilter and @meadowmistdesigns to participate again this year.
It is hard to believe September is already here! Life has gotten crazy with back to school in our house and both my husband and myself work outside the home. Currently we both have some big life decisions to make. This led to the inspiration behind my block for this hop that I’ve named Crossroads.
It did make me laugh to look at my block for the last Blog Hop. Apparently I do a lot of my thinking in the car! I hope you enjoy this block. You can use it in various ways. I again challenged myself to use all of the colours.
The Cloud 9 Fabric Cirrus solids are gorgeous in their depth of colour and feel. If you like to work with a stiffer fabric I suggest using starch when you press the fabric before making your cuts. I did not, but my Block would have benefited from it.
This block is both simple and complex! The simple part is that you first make 4 half-square triangles (HSTs) – two at once – so it’s super fast!
I’ve divided this 12.5″ unfinished block into 4 – 6.5″ blocks that come together to make it. Once you have pressed your four main fabrics simply cut out of each a 7″ square which will give 6.5″ HSTs if you are a super precise piecer. I left myself plenty of wiggle room by cutting out 7.5″ squares and then trimming down.
I love my Fons & Porter HST ruler!
You simply draw lines on either side of it (I love my Frixxon for this!) and then sew on the lines.
If you do not have one just draw a line in the middle and sew lines on each side 1/4″ away from the centre line.
Next you cut them through the middle, press (I prefer to press open) and then square up to 6.5″. I always place the diagonal line on my ruler across the diagonal seam when doing this.
Trim off the access. I actually save these scraps for my small studies – yes I’m THAT crazy fabric scrap lady!
Now you need to cut out your crossroads. I simply made myself a template. You need 8 of these triangles. Cut the triangles at 1.5″ on one end and 3/8″ at the other end. The straight edge is 6.5″ long. I used my ruler to line up the first one. See diagram.
To sew these to your HSTs you will line up using the 1″ Mark.
I find this easier than paper piecing and less fabric wasting but some of you may prefer to do this one by paper piecing and one certainly could easily do it that way.
Now you can add the other triangle crossroad.
Now you can sew two 6.5″ blocks together. Ensure you have the HSTs rotated correctly for how you want your block to look. I usually layout all my cut pieces at the start to avoid mix-up! (Which sometimes still occur..)
Finish the other two 6.5″ blocks in the same fashion and sew together to create the other half of the 12.5″ block.
With this block you want to ensure you press well as there is a lot of bulk in the middle seam. You can even “hammer” it – I used a Pelligrino bottle to give it a good smack!
The last step is sewing the two halves together. I lined up the seams of the triangles, the crossroads, as well as pinned a lot. When I reached the middle bulk while sewing it together I slowed my sewing and did a couple of stitches just using straight up and down a couple of times with my foot pedal.
My points could definitely be sharper in this block but I am happy with the overall effect and from a distance it even appears as though you are looking down a road.
It would be a great block to use even just two colours in all of the HSTs or even just using a solid 6.5″ piece and adding the crossroads to them. I hope this sparks someone to create and experiment as that is what this is all about. I like the organic look to this one but if you prefer a precise block you can draw out a paper pieced 6.5″ block using my measuremets above then multiply x four. Most importantly just have fun!
I hope if you are ever at a crossroads in your life you can look at it as an opportunity to grow – just as this block was for myself.
I am excited to once again be a part of over 30 bloggers participating in creating 12.5″ block designs from a bundle of fabric mailed out to us. The new line of solids is called Ocean Sunrise and included six different fabrics: White, Coral, Peach, Daydream, Midnight and Bordeaux.
The challenge was to design a 12.5″ unfinished block using at least three of these fabrics. I challenged myself to use all six, just as I did on the previous New Block Blog Hop with Modern Popsicle.
I took my inspiration from one of our many drives home from our mountain cabin.
On these drives there is no cell nor satellite service for hours. We talk. And think. A lot. The colours reminded me of the sunsets we see as we get closer to the city; but, also the road ahead and how these talks always keep us on track ensuring we take The High Road no matter what life is throwing at us.
I took my image and created a geometric abstraction so this block is easily recreated and one can easily use some fussy cuts and focus fabrics as the light (the white) as it functions like a window frame.
FABRIC CUTTING MEASUREMENTS
I like to press my fabrics with Flatter before cutting as it gives just a little stiffness to the fabrics which is helpful in keeping a perfect 1/4″ seam when sewing the 1 inch pieces. Fig is my favorite Flatter but there is also Unscented for those who are sensitive to smells.
I also LOVE my Creative Grids rulers – one of the square rulers makes quick work of this cutting list!
Cut the following out of each fabric listed:
Coral 2 4.5″x 4.5″ pieces
Peach 1 3.5″x 4.5″ piece
White 2 4.5″x 1″ pieces
1 4.5″x 2.5″ piece
1 1″x 12.5″ piece
Daydream 2 4.5″x 2.5″ pieces
Midnight 1 2″x 12.5″ piece
Bordeaux 1 4.5″x 12.5″ piece
THE HIGH ROAD BLOCK PIECING INSTRUCTIONS
Lay your fabrics out according to this picture:
This block is perfect for chain piecing. I am a “pinner” – it is up to you to pin or not to pin!
If you approach this block as having five horizontal sections it is easier to piece each of the five rows and then attach these rows together. Follow my diagrams to see the order of chain piecing that I did to make this come together quickly.
I also ensure I have a true 1/4″ seam that I am sewing having tested this on my machine before and I have a little Owl washi tape that I can nest the fabric against to ensure it stays true.
Chain piece away!
I press all my seams – with steam – and there was no trouble with these fabrics.
I like to press all my seams open – then I don’t have to commit to how I will join future blocks and I also love how flat blocks will lay when pressed open. I just move my index finger of my non-dominant hand in front of the iron as I go to help prop the seam open. It goes quickly.
Continue joining the rows – I do use the marks on my cutting mat to ensure that the pieces are lined up properly and did not get a small wiggle when I sewed my seams. I then use these lines to align the next piece on top pre pinning.
Pin Overload!!! It’s just my way….
When you get to the last two section to join together you can either use a ruler and Frixon pen to mark a line through to ensure it stays lined up OR use the mat how I have again.
I have heard stories of Frixon pens showing through again when quilts get cold so if you are going to use and mark do on the back side not the front to be safe.
And voila The High Road is finished.
There are various ways you can use this block – I did play around with it a bit on the photo collage app to see if you turn it around and join it assorted ways you can develop some fun patterns.
I would like to try it with some Fussy Cuts in the “window panes” such as some Charley Harper. It is always the way – one project creates another one in your mind that now I just have to do!
Please check out all the other bloggers on this three day tour. Today’s host The Late Night Quilter @thelatenightquilter has the list of today’s bloggers with all the new releases as well as the past couple of days.
Have fun and hopefully you pick up a pointer or two!
We were given 6 fat eighths to create an original quilt design block that finishes at 12-inches square (12.5 inches unfinished). A fat eighth is typically 9″x20″. We were to use at least 3 of the colours from the Watermelon Summer palette and only the fabric provided by Fabri-Quilt. Summer was to be used as our inspiration.
Jumping fully into any challenge I decided I would find a way to use all the fabric sent! And what says summer to a mom of four kids more than popsicles!
I am a modern quilter and I designed this block with the intent that it can also be used as an abstract modern graphic block in various contexts. I did some samples using Kona solids to make some testers and I do like the secondary designs that occur in the variations. This week is all about Fabri-quilt so I will post variations next week. So here it is, The Modern Popsicle:
The Modern Popsicle Tutorial
The first thing to do is prepare your fabric. There is so much debate in the Quilt Universe on this one. I am just going to tell you how I do it. I DO NOT PRE-WASH. I have enough washing with four kids that I never ever pre-wash. (Do use colour catchers when you go to wash your final quilt).
I also use Flatter and I dry iron. If I am trying to “revive” Flatter I will use a bit of steam. However, I mainly uses Flatter to just get big folding creases out. I am not a starch girl but many people are – if you are starch before you cut the fabrics.
Pieces to cut:
Background fabric (if using one colour):
(2) 12.5″x1.5″ (8) 2.5″x 3/4″
(1) 12.5″x2.5″ (4) 2.5″x1.0″
(4) 6.5″x1.5″ (8) 1.5″x 3/4″
I used one background fabric in this block but you can also divide this into four and cut out four different background colours as below:
From each background colour (if using four different ones) cut:
(3) 6.5″x1.5″ (2) 2.5″x 3/4″
(1) 2.5″x1.0″ (2) 1.5″x 3/4″
For “popsicle sticks” cut: (in my block this is white)
(4) 1.5″x1.0″ (8) 2.5″x1.0″
From each colour of “popsicle” cut:
Piece A 4.5″x2.5″ (1) and a Piece B 5.5″x1.5″ (1)
You could make these all the same colour or all different for variations. There are 4 Piece Bs and 4 Piece As in each 12.5″ block.
I love my 2.5″ ruler. If you follow me on Instagram you will get the sense that I am rarely in the same place which is true. So my sewing has to be portable and I have a bag that I carry this ruler and my Creative Grids 6.5″ rulers around in. I love Creative Grids rulers! Using a rotatory cutter I do the age old measure twice cut once. Stack your pieces into their size categories as you cut to not mix them up.
Prepare your layout:
I always layout my pieces of my blocks in the order they should be. That way I can quickly see any cutting errors – as yes, they still happen. You can see here that I actually had put the wrong pieces in between the white popsicle sticks on the bottom right. A 2.5″x1.0″ background piece goes in between the two white 2.5″x1.0″ pieces. The outside pieces should then be the two 2.5″x 3/4″ background pieces. It is a subtle difference so be careful as you do your layout.
Begin chain piecing:
Start chain piecing the “sticks” and background.
As you go cut pieces of the chain off to set seams, press open and reposition into your layout to ensure you are still matching with the correct pieces. It can become like a jigsaw puzzle I find if I chain piece everything without doing this in steps. It is slower but I also just the enjoy the process.
Next join the sticks to the popsicles.
You will see that this block is really broken into 4 quadrants. There are upper left, upper right, lower left and lower right units. These could actually be used as 6.5″ blocks onto themselves and be rotated in different directions to create varying effects as well. To me this is just the block that keeps on giving!
Next join the two popsicles in each quadrant to each other.
Now join a left side unit to a right side unit as laid out above.
I wanted to show what this could look like as well if you left out the added background pieces to create another neat take on this.
Now join the long 12.5″x1.5″ pieces to each unit.
Lastly sew the 12.5″x2.5″ background piece to one unit and then attach the other to this.
Square up and presto you have your 12.5″ square Modern Popsicle block!
Be sure to check out all the other Fabri-Quilt New Blocks on this Blog Hop today and the ones from earlier this week:
There are 60 in total for the week so lots of fun free projects to be had. A big thank you to the amazing hosts! I had a great time doing this and as always I am truly amazed by all the talent in this community of ours.
Until next week when I show you some Kona playing,
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