Wednesday, May 12, 2021

thousand triangles, top completed

 Thousand Triangles

90 by 72 inches

Block finishes 9 inches
80 blocks set 10 by 8

There are actually 1440 triangles in this quilt!
I love this simple block and how the scraps make different shapes with the blocks next to them.
Go here to read details of block construction and assembly:

My design using a traditional block.
Use at your pleasure.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

thousand triangles


Thousand Triangles
Block finishes 9 inches

I plan to set it 8 by 10, to finish 72 by 90 inches.
80 blocks.

Another traditional block that has been on my mind quite a while.

(Note on the due-date fabric used above. When I worked as a library aide at the public library during college I never charged a late fee. I should probably send them a donation to make that up. Fabric by Heather Givans for Windham.)

nine triangles cut from a 3 1/2 inch strip using the EZ angle or Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle tool
nine triangles cut from a 3 1/2 inch strip using the EZ angle or Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle tool
Note: for directional prints you will need to cut 18 to get the 9 you need. You will just need to set them aside for another project! Or, embrace the chaos and don't pay attention to direction. 

Sewing and pressing
Sew solid triangles to the print
Press towards the print

Lay out in three rows and sew these
Make sure the print is always in the bottom right corner.
Press one row left and one row right. Sew these two rows together.

You will add the third row and need to make the blocks in one of two pressing configurations.
Block A has the top row pressed to the left on the back
Block B has the top row pressed to the right on the back
Press your remaining row to the right or left to make the block an A or a B.

Make half the blocks into A and half the blocks into B
Do not press horizontal seams until assembly

Lay out blocks into column, alternating A and B blocks. Sew these columns.
Press all horizontal seams in odd columns to the top
Press all seams in even columns to the bottom
All seams will nest

My directions for a traditional block.
Use at your pleasure.

Monday, April 26, 2021

circled squares, top completed

Circled Squares
96 by 84 inches
Block finishes 12 inches
56 blocks set 8 by 7

The origin of this design is murky. I see quilts from difference sources with the circled squares in a 9-patch construction dating to 2013, but cannot find who first came up with the idea. 
If you know who first came up with it, please let me know so I can edit this post and give credit. I include a link to my blog post that includes links to several patterns out there with the 9-patch construction below.

My adaptation was to change the piecing from a 9-patch to one with a rectangle in the center of the block. This cleans it up visually. 
I also developed a pressing method that ensures every seam in the setting of the quilt nests. This careful pressing may not make sense while piecing the blocks as seams do not meet when putting the three rows together. However, that pressing makes the top assembly work!
If you are sashing the blocks, no need to be as particular.

You can read about the quilts I researched and my adaptations in cutting, piecing, and pressing at my earlier post here:

At this point none of your blocks have their horizontal seams pressed. That will wait until each column is assembled.

Use half your blocks as your "standard", oriented as such:

standard orientation

Use half your blocks as your "flipped", oriented as such:

flipped orientation

First Column and all odd columns
Use standard as your top left block.
Below it, a flipped block
Alternate for 8 blocks
Press all horizontal seams of odd columns towards the bottom

Second Column and all even columns
Use flipped for your top block
Below it, a standard block
Alternate for a total of 8 blocks
Press all horizontal seams of even blocks towards the top

Join columns. I decided to press all these seams to the right.

My adaptation of someone's idea--use my adaptations at your pleasure.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

make a paper palm

I remember making these with my mom out of the colored funnies.
Gather supplies--paper (I used a financial prospectus), tape, and a good scissors BUT NOT THE GOOD SCISSORS.
Lay out the paper, overlapping by about an inch. Tape the junctures in two places.
Roll up the paper into a tube a bit smaller than a toilet paper tube. Tape about 4 inches from the bottom.
On the top end make four cuts in the cardinal directions, about 6 inches long.
Reach into the center and tug on a few pieces of the paper.
Pull out the palm. You can staple the base about 4 inches from the bottom for some stability.
You now have a paper palm to march around with on Palm Sunday!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

circled squares

Circled Squares

Block finishes 12 inches 
I plan to set this 7 by 6 (84 by 72) or 8 by 7 (96 by 84) so 42 or 56 blocks.

I have seen this block on the web. I have not been able to find the origin of it--if you know please let me know and I can include that information here.

UPDATE: Blog reader Mego says it is a block from a while back called Circle of Friends.
I did a bit of research and that name is used for several other blocks too, but one similar to this one I can trace to at least 2011.  I also saw it named as A Circle of Squares. All I have found had more pieces and were set in a 9-patch formation.
I'll update again when I learn more.
And, go check out Mego's blog--it is really fun!
Reader JoyceLM reports Windham fabrics has a tutorial for the 9-patch version:
I am glad to see there are several versions of this out there so I am not appropriating one person's work. I do hope to eventually find out who came up with the idea.
There are also versions with circled triangles. Which are now on my list!

The blocks I saw were constructed in a 9-patch fashion.
Because I wanted to use prints for the background I re-drafted it to keep a larger portion un-pieced and oriented the corner units to keep their rectangles horizontal. This calms down the fracturing of the prints and allows the squares to visually float over the block.

eight squared 2 1/2 inches

Print: (be mindful of orientation of pieces with directional fabric)
one rectangle 4 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches 
six rectangles 1 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches
four rectangles 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches
four squares 2 1/2 inches
eight rectangles 2 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches

Block construction and pressing
Lay out block, keeping the 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 rectangles horizontal

Pressing is odd but it makes sense in keeping the block square and for when the quilt is ready for assembly. There is no nesting at all in block construction, so careful sewing is in order.
I press from the front of the blocks, so in the pictures when I say press to the right, some will show the back of the units and they will look like to the left--sorry about that bit of head twisting.

Corner units:
Sew four solid and print squares together, press towards the print
Sew the rectangles to the these units, lay out block and press the top two down towards the solid squares. Press the bottom two away from the solid squares.

Interior units:
Sew four solid squares and the 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 rectangles together, press towards the print. Sew the 1 1/2 by 4 1/2 rectangles to both sides of two of these units and to one side of the remaining two units. Sew those two to either side of the 4 1/2 by 6 1/2 rectangle.
Keeping the 4 1/2 sides vertical, sew them to the corner units.

Press the center unit so all seams go to the right.
row pressing shown from the back

Press the upper and lower unit so all seams go to the left. (except the seams around the solid squares--let them stay the way they were pressed earlier.
(In construction, some of the pressing is not necessary to be the way I do it. But it makes sense in keeping the pressing consistent in one direction for each row so I am not constantly thinking does this seam matter later on or not.)

Join the three rows. There are no seams to match, so be careful to not distort as you sew the long 12 inch seam.

Wait to press the final two horizontal seams until it is time for assembly.

Lay out the blocks is complicated to describe but is not complicated in process.
Lay into columns, rotating every other block, keeping the center row horizontal. Make sure you start each first block of a column rotated opposite of the one next to it, then rotate the blocks below it so all blocks nest both north and south and east and west.

Sew into columns.
Then, press all seams of odd columns up and even columns down.
Sew columns together. 
All seams will nest.

I will post pictures of this process when I assemble the quilt top. 

My adaptation of a block out there.
Use at your pleasure.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

calendar quilt, three quarters of the year on

I started this on my birthday in July. Andy likens it to a prisoner checking off days on the wall of a cell.
There is a square for each day. I don't work on it every day, rather get caught up on weekends.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

jack and jill squares, quilt completed

Jack and Jill squares
84 by 72 inches

Quilted by Sue Divarco using a pantograph of tumbling children

Made with 2 1/2 inch squares from my scrap boxes along with squares my small group has sent to each other in a round-robin envelope during these covid times.
Directions are here:
My design, use at your pleasure.