Monday, August 26, 2019


Block finishes 9 inches
I plan to make 90 blocks set 9 by 10 to finish 81 by 90 inches

Cut one 3 1/2 inch square
Cut two 3 1/2 squares
Cut two 3 1/2 by 9 1/2 inch rectangles

Press first seams away from solid
Press block away from center row

If you turn every other block there will be no internal seams to match, just the corners, making quilt top assembly simple.
I have about 70 of the blocks all laid out so I can grab a few minutes of sewing every day.

My design of a traditional pattern. Use at your pleasure.

Andy and I had a lovely visit to Quebec City this summer where we walked the cobblestone streets.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

tip #49, don't cut out everything

In preparation for fall semester, while finishing up several quilt tops I cut out some projects to sew once school starts.
I am pretty sure how big each quilt will be and how many blocks will be needed, but I don't cut them all out, mainly to wait until after making a bunch of blocks to see what other colors/values/scales are needed. Also to have space for some new fabrics that may come my way while making the top.
I like to save room for about 20%.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

16-patch, top completed

I love the 16-patch block. It is a strong grid and when done in scraps, the grid gets messed with.

72 blocks set 8 by 9
80 by 90 inches

These blocks finish 10 inches.
Solid: eight 3 inch squares
Print: eight 3 inch squares.

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