Hi Friends! I hope you had a great weekend - I was a working double duty all weekend with Joe backpacking up in the Unitah's. We had some special fun, a little bit of drama, and I stayed up late sewing too! I have blocks sewn up, and a few rows pinned for a top, hopefully I can show it to you tomorrow.
For now I have this weeks Sampler Blocks!
Just in case you are starting now, these will catch you up -
Simple Sampler Quilt Along Details (includes a pic of the quilt)
Originally I had planned to put all the HST blocks at the end and work up to them...but then I decided we should slowly work through them, so I have one more for you this week. I hope you aren't cringing - they really do get easier with practice, and that's just what we are doing! Perfection is good and all, but don't forget to enjoy the process, and learn as you go. And remember - I have been sewing for 20+ years, I've had a bit of practice with straight seams and working with my machine daily the last (almost) 2 years, it all makes a difference. Please don't get frustrated, or down on yourself.
Our first block this week is a traditional favorite - Log Cabin. You can make these so many different ways, I have one side in white and the other scrappy - feel free to play with color placement!
From your solid - cut 2 - 2" strips and cross cut into:
1 - 2 x 11"
1 - 2 x 9 1/2"
1 - 2 x 8"
1 - 2 x 6 1/2"
1 - 2 x 5"
1 - 2 x 3 1/2"
From a variety of prints -
1 - 3 1/2" square - fun opportunity to fussy cut a favorite part of your fabric
1 - 2 x 5" and 1 - 2 x 6 1/2"
1 - 2 x 8" and 1 - 2 x 9 1/2"
1 - 2 x 11" and 1 - 2 x 12 1/2"
Add your final print length, at 12 1/2", to finish the block!
I've told you how much I like starch, but I don't think I told you that when I've finished a block I like to set it with a little starch. When complete, AND ONLY THEN, (you don't want to shrink things before you finish) spray a bit on your seam allowances on the back to set. And carefully press. The seams lay nice and flat and I don't have to worry about things getting wonky as I wait to quilt. Not necessary - but something I find helpful :)
Our second block for this week is a mosaic block, my software named it Mosaic, No.5...so uninspired! Let me know if you have a good name for it - I think a quilt full of these would be really fun.
From your solid - 8 - 4" squares.
From one print - 2 - 4" squares.
From a second print - 6 - 4 " squares.
If you aren't using a solid, look to the contrast of your fabrics - the difference of light and dark in your fabrics.
**After you make your blocks, post about them on your blog, then post a link here:
Let me know if you have questions and I will answer them in the comments :)
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