Apr 2, 2014

My Latest Adventure

I've been published in the April issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine. Check it out at www.quiltpatternmagazine.com. I titled it Tony Tugboat, after my son. I sure had fun with this whimsical pattern.
Thanks for visiting and allowing me to share and brag. :-)

Mar 28, 2014

Half-Square Triangle Sampler Part 7

This is the last of the instructions for this sampler. Putting it all together. For the black sashing and first border cut 11 strips 2-1/2" by the width of fabric. From these strips: Note: These cutting dimensions are based on our measurements. You might measure your blocks and rows to adjust for your measurements if they're different.
Cut (8) 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" strips for sashing and (5) 2-1/2" x 40-1/2" strips for border. Sew the remaining 3 strips together, end to end. From this pieced strip cut (2) 2-1/2" x 52-1/2" strips for the long side borders. Sew three blocks and two 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" black strips together as shown below. This creates one row. Repeat to complete the remaining three rows.

Row 1

Referring to the photo below sew rows 1 and 2 together using a 2-1/2" x 40-1/2" black strip. Repeat for rows 3 and 4. Sew the 4 rows together with a 2-1/2" x 40-1/2" black strip in between.
First border:
Sew a 2-1/2" x 40-1/2" black strip to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Sew a 2-1/2" x 52-1/2" black strip to the long sides of the quilt top.
Pieced border:
Cut a 2-1/2" strip of each fabric used in your quilt. Sew the strips together lengthwise to make a strip set. Crosscut the strip set into segments 2-1/2" wide.

Sew the segments together end to end to make the length needed for the top and bottom borders. Sew these borders to the quilt. Repeat to make the length needed for the long side borders. 
After quilting our sampler we chose to bind it in black. Cut 6 strips 2-1/2" by width of fabric for the binding. Sew these six strips together end to end. Attach binding using your favorite method.

If you have any comments, questions or to share photos of your finished project feel free to contact me at jaybeehive@yahoo.com 
Thank you for joining me on this sampler adventure. 

Mar 21, 2014

Half-Square Triangle Sampler Part 6

Here are the last two blocks of the sampler pattern. Blocks #9 and #10. Each block uses sixteen 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" Half-Square triangle units. Instructions for the Half-Square triangle units are in my February 14th post.

                  Block #9                                                                                                   Block #10

Next week I will share the sashing and border instructions with you.
There are a number of extra blocks that can be made with Half-Square triangles. Below is a bonus block to play with.

                                                                           Bonus block

Here's some homework. :-) Why not make some extra units, lay them out on a table, and create a new block by twisting and turning them? Might be fun.
Till next week happy quilting.

Mar 14, 2014

Half-Square Triangle Sampler Part 5

Today brings us to blocks #7 and #8. Each block uses sixteen 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" Half-Square triangle units. Instructions for the Half-Square triangle units are in my February 14th post. As shown below block #7 uses three colors and #8 two colors.

                 Block #7                                                                                                    Block #8
Here's another way to use a block. I chose block #8 to make a baby quilt. Four blocks and a border create this quilt that measures approximately 32" x 32". The border in my sample measures 4" wide, finished. By using novelty print fabric or colors to match your decor this makes a great table topper.
 The following is a challenge for you. The quilt below shows a different version of block #8. See if you can figure out how I created the blocks.

I'm hoping you share some of your ideas and pictures of your samples with me. Please note, I do not add you to a list or pester you with email. I may respond once to acknowledge your message. I can be contacted at jaybeehive@yahoo.com
Thanks again for joining me.
Stay tuned for blocks #9 and #10 next week.

Mar 7, 2014

Half-Square Triangle Sampler Part 4

In this post I'll be sharing Block #5 and #6. Using the instructions for the Half-Square triangle units in part 1, posted on February 13, 2014, make sixteen 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" units to create each block as shown below. Note color placement. Each of these blocks uses three colors.

                Block #5                                                                                           Block #6
Want to complete a quick project. Make two of your favorite block. One for the sampler and the extra block for a pillow.
Join me on March 14th for block #7 and #8. I look forward to your visit and sharing with you.
Be sure and contact me with any questions at jaybeehive@yahoo.com

Feb 28, 2014

Half-Square Triangle Sampler Part 3

Welcome back. I'm changing the rules a bit. This sampler has three blocks with different cutting dimensions. To keep things simple I'm sharing the instructions here for Block #4, #11, and #12.
Cut two squares, one light and one dark, 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" each. Using diagram below as a guide draw a diagonal line corner to corner on the back of the light square. Layer and pin the marked square on top of the dark square right sides together. Sew  1/4" from each side of the drawn line. Press flat. Cut on the drawn line. Press open toward the dark fabric. You now have two Half-Square Triangles. Square up these units to measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square.  For each block cut a center square 4-1/2" x 4-1/2".
These three blocks use eight (8) Half-Square Triangle units. Note color placement. Two of these blocks use three colors. Turn and sew the units together to create the block as shown.

                 Block #4                                                                                                   Block #11

Block #12

Need a quick gift? Choose your favorite block and make a placemat. My sample was made by cutting two pieces 3-1/2" x 12-1/2" for the side borders.

                                                                    Placemat sample

Visit me on March 7th for block #5 and #6.
Happy quilting,

Feb 21, 2014

Half-Square Triangle Sampler Part 2

I've decided to share two blocks a week as opposed to one as stated in the first sampler blog. Below is a picture of the completed sampler.
Following the instructions for Half-Square triangles, in my February 13th post, make 16 units to create each block numbers 2 and 3 as shown below.
                      Block #2
 Don't want to make 12 blocks? 
Block #3
  Choose 1 block and make a runner.

Be creative. How about using holiday fabrics? I'll share more ideas on how to use the blocks from this sampler in my next post on February 28th.
Be sure to contact me with any questions or comments at jaybeehive@yahoo.com
Thanks for visiting,