The Modern Popsicle – The New Fabri-Quilt Block Blog Hop

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Block Design – The Modern Popsicle

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.

Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette
Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette

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!

Inspiration picture
Inspiration picture

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  • 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: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).

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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.

Creative Grids Ruler 2.5
Creative Grids Ruler 2.5″

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:

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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:

Chain piecing
Chain piecing

Start chain piecing the “sticks” and background.

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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.

As you go keep putting pieces back into the layout
As you go keep putting pieces back into the layout

Next join the sticks to the popsicles.

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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.

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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.

An alternate block layout
An alternate block layout
And another side by side alternate
And another side by side alternate

Now join the long 12.5″x1.5″ pieces to each unit.

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Lastly sew the 12.5″x2.5″ background piece to one unit and then attach the other to this.

The final seam!
The final seam!

Square up and presto you have your 12.5″ square Modern Popsicle block!

The Modern Popsicle
The Modern Popsicle

Be sure to check out all the other Fabri-Quilt New Blocks on this Blog Hop today and the ones from earlier this week:

Monday, August 31st
Host – Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl
Tuesday, September 1st
Host – Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs
Wednesday, September 2nd
Host – Stephanie of Late Night Quilter
Thursday, September 3rd
Host – Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination
Robyn of Hoops & Thimbles
Helen of Midget Gem Quilts
Jinger of Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja of Anja Quilts
Kathryn of Upitis Quilts
Mary of Quilting is in my Blood
Emma of My Handmade Home
Francine of Mocha Wild Child
Dina of Living Water Quilter
Deb of The Farmhouse Quilter
Lori of SewPsyched!
Amy of 13 Spools
Denise of CrafTraditions
Sandra of The Bias Edge

Sandra of One Million Stitches

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,

K

Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

A picture taken in Calgary over lunch today
A picture taken in Calgary over lunch today

Wow wow wow more excitement over here today! I was delayed posting this over lunch today as we had a Tornado alert here in Calgary. Not something you tend to see right in downtown Calgary. So the blog post had to wait, as I had not pre-scheduled this one.

My other big excitement today is being able to tell you all that I will be participating in the Fabri-quilt New Block Blog Hop which will be happening August 31st to September 3rd, 2015. Even more so, I am excited that the colour palatte I voted for was chosen! Apparently it was very close; but, I so love this Watermelon Summer Colour Palette by Fabri-Quilts. It includes Chartreuse (who doesn’t love chartreuse!!), Turqouise, Coral, Aqua, Lapis Blue, and White.

Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette
Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette

I will be designing an original 12 1/2″ by 12 1/2″ (unfinished) block and writing a tutorial for how to make my block. I am so kicking myself right now that I did not sign up for the EQ7 drop on Mass Drop! I have put a request for it to come back though…pretty please Mass Drop! All finished blocks made by the bloggers in this hop will be sent out to be put together into charity quilts. My mind has already been churning ideas and the pencil crayons are out. Yes, there a few other projects to finish first but the excitement is taking over. I hope you all check back in at the end of August start of September to see the blocks that everyone on the hop creates.

Random Things About Me

So here are another five:

1) My favorite movies growing up were Rocky, The Terminator and The Lake House. Just a few weeks ago I’ve added the movie The Best of Me to this list

(I am a sappy romantic, and considering my DH is my first love and we reconnected later in life, it so feeds this in me). I could watch any of these over and over and over…

Favorite Movie - The Best of Me
Favorite Movie – The Best of Me

2) My favorite book is and will always be Watership Down. I had a pet rabbit I named Fiver in University – I taught him how to fetch sponge balls.

Favorite book - Watership Down
Favorite book – Watership Down

3) I do not like tomatoes, raw tomatoes, but I love salsa and pico de gallo.

4) My husband and I often say the exact same random sentences at the exact same time – it makes us both smile.

5) I’ve known my DH since we were both 12. We started grade 7 together and now our kids go to that same school and they have the exact same French teacher we had. It kinda freaks him out as he was not very good at French so Parent teacher night gives him a little PTSD!

Blogging Tip of the day

One tip I have read, and have seen in action, is asking questions of all of you. It is important to be relevant and to post things that YOU actually care about and want to know about and spend your valuable time reading – so what do you care about? What draws you to a blog? And why do you subscribe to a blog vs. one that you just read now and then?

Quilting Tip of the day

A big thing for me has always been to spend 15 minutes minimum creating daily. My tip is to have quilts in various stages. The ADHD in me loves this; but, frankly, it is also a necessity in my world. With an intense job, a husband, and four kids, there are days when I cannot physically get to my sewing machine; but, I could do a fabric pull for a project (I use the clear plastic scrapbook containers from Michael’s to store each project in and stack them in my “fabric closet”) or cut some pieces for another, do some EPP, sew on a binding, surf for ideas, doodle projects. Just something creative. It exercises the mind and keeps my creative flow going. There is a lot you can actually get done in 15 minutes. My caveat to this is I admit I do NOT clean up after my 15 minutes, I am a messy creative 100%, so I have not added clean up or set up in that 15 minutes! It is amazing how much chain piecing you can get done in 15 minutes when you do not clean up! Clean up I reserve for certain days. Yes, it happens. Rarely. But it does.

Tomorrow I am posting on Swaps and Why Do I Swap?

It is also the last day of the #TULAYAH swap sign ups!

Until then,

K

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