# Tag: quilting

Jan 1

## 12 Days, 12 Blocks-Day 9-Block 9

The Nine patch block is our block for day nine and we are going to make itusing two contrasting fabrics. For this block, we are using 41/2″ squares. Cut 5 dark, four light (9 in total) The nine ‘patches’ are what gives the block it’s name. Arrange the blocks as shown, with the dark and…

Dec 31

## 12 Days, 12 Blocks-Day 8-Block 8

Our Day 8 block is the Pinwheel block and we are going to be using two contrasting fabrics. You will need two 7″ blocks of each fabric. On the lighter fabrics, draw a line from corner to corner on the reverse. Taking one lighter and one darker square, place right sides together and stitch 1/4″…

Dec 30

## 12 Days, 12 Blocks-Day 7-Block 7

There must be a name for this block, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. If you know the name, or if inspiration strikes and I remember it, I will add it later. The main point I wanted to demonstrate was that, with just a few basic building blocks, you can rearrange them to create an…

Dec 29

## 12 Days, 12 Blocks-Day 6-Block 6

Our 6 piece block is made up of two flying geese units. You need more than one to appreciate their full beauty. It helps when you make the block, to visualise how they are made. You have the geese and the sky. Just think to late summer and you see the geese migrating, they form…

Dec 28

## 12 Days, 12 Blocks-Day 5-Block 5

Our block for Day 5 is the Square in a Square, otherwise known as Diamond in a Square. To create a 61/2″ block (unfinished): You will need two contrasting/coordinating fabrics. Cut the centre square-4 3/4″ square From the contrasting fabric, cut 2 x 4″ squares. Cut these squares in half diagonally to form four triangles.…

Dec 27

## 12 Days, 12 Blocks-Day 4-Block 4

Did you guess correctly?  Have you worked out the pattern? Again, there is more than one way to make Quarter Square Triangle blocks, choose the method you are most comfortable with.  Once again, our unfinished block size is 6 1/2″. This method creates two quarter square triangles. We are cutting our squares bigger and will trim…

Dec 27

## Things you ignore and regret later

How many of these can you relate to .. go on, be honest! The low bobbin warning beep (I think the record I have heard is 60 inches of no-thread seam) That feeling that the bit you are sewing is thicker than it ought to be A blunt rotary cutter blade A blunt seam ripper…

Dec 26

## 12 Days, 12 Blocks-Day 3-Block 3

Day 3 and today we are making a Rail Fence Block. (Noticed the pattern yet?) The Rail Fence block is  great one for beginners as there are no seams to match when it comes to joining them. You will need three pieces of fabric, each piece measuring 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. You can use…

Dec 25

## 12 Days, 12 Blocks-Day 2-Block 2

Day 2 is here and today we are making a Half Square Triangle block. There are more than one way to make this block, the method I’m using creates two half square triangles. The spare one you can keep for later, or keep it as a bonus block towards another project. You will want a block…

Dec 24

## 12 Days, 12 Blocks-Day 1-Block 1

A gentle start for you today as we begin with the humble square.  It may be the simplest of blocks, but the humble square can be very versatile, using different colour combinations to create complex patterns or combinations of sizes to add interest. For our quilt, we will need one square, 6 1/2″ square. Come…