Christmas Sampler Block 9

Block 9 Candle

Block 9 Candle

Today is the last block in the Christmas Sampler.  This little candle finishes at 4″ and is paper-pieced.  You can find the pattern to print by clicking here.  The paper-piecing is quite easy and since it is so small, it only takes a few minutes to get it done.  I decided to make four of these candles and I chain-pieced each time I added a new section.

four candles

four candles

Now that we are at the end of the block choices, it is time to figure out a setting for your sampler.  I have a lot of different width strips cut, many odds and ends of pieces, some sections I was auditioning in the original quilt, some pinwheels made from the waste corner triangles, and a couple pieces of fabric that are a few inches wide.  It is going to be fun to figure out how I can use what I have and make this all come together.  A couple of the members in the sampler group have mentioned that they might incorporate some orphan blocks into their sampler and you might like to do that also.  I hope you enjoy putting your sampler together and then using it or giving it this Christmas season.

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 is now available on newsstands and can also be found in Quiltmaker’s online “Quilt and Sew” shop. You will want to be sure to get your copy. This tenth volume makes 1000 blocks if you happen to have the entire collection. What a great resource for a variety of different 12” blocks. The designs keep pouring in and we are now testing for volume 11 which will come out in the spring.

Ouiltmaker is sponsoring their blog tour this week on their own blog, Quilty Pleasures. You can click here to go over to their blog to check it out. Each day they are going to feature several of the designers and with just a click, you will be able to visit those blogs and also have the opportunity to win several prizes from Quiltmaker and also the designers. Maybe you will get lucky and win a copy of the magazine.

As you know, I am very excited to be able to test some of the blocks prior to the magazine coming out. The staff does such a great job writing up the instructions so it is very rare if a block needs tweaking, but you should be glad to know that all the blocks have been made at least four times so you can enjoy making the blocks knowing they are going to work out. As testers, we do not see the actual block and we can use any colors to make our tests. My blocks usually look much different than the originals due to the fabric selections. Here is a sampler I have made from some of the blocks featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 10 Sampler

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 10 Sampler

The setting I have used in making this sampler comes from a pattern featured in Quiltmaker’s magazine #159, the September/October 2014 edition. Carolyn Beam designed a house quilt called Home Sweet Home. When I saw that quilt, I knew I wanted to use that as the setting for this sampler. I would love to have made that quilt too. Realistically, I know it is impossible to make every quilt I want to make, so sometimes I choose a part of a quilt just for the fun of trying it. I was already thinking of a chain-type setting for this sampler but then I saw Carolyn’s version with the little stars included and loved the addition of those stars so I knew I had found the perfect setting.

Starting in the top left corner, and going from left to right, these are the blocks in this sampler:
#962 Forever by Sandi Blackwell
#967 Village Square by Mickey Depre
#973 Self-Stashed Medallion by Kay Gentry

Row 2
#994 Zig and Zag by Paula Stoddard
#944 4 Corners of Happy by Belinda Karis-Nace

Row 3
#945 Dreaming of Spring by Mary Elizabeth Kinch
#924 Tranquil by Carol Le Maitre
#912 Tangled Hearts by Teresa Rawson

Row 4
#934 Nobility by Kari Carr
#954 Persuasion by Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Row 5
#968 Creamsicle by Monique Dillard
#997 Firelight by Martha Walker
#966 Midnight Sky by Keiko Clark

In addition to the blocks in the sampler, these are some of the other blocks that I will use in something else.
This is #915 Skating on Thin Ice by Denise Russart

Skating on Thin Ice

Skating on Thin Ice

This is #939 Barn Quilt by Camelia Elliot

Barn Quilt

Barn Quilt

This is #961 Shimmer by Karen Bialik

Shimmer

Shimmer

This is #969 Intersections by Abigail Dolinger

Intersections

Intersections

I hope you will take a little time each day to visit the blogs featured on Quilty Pleasures. In addition, I hope you are able to get a copy of the magazine and have fun making some of the blocks. As you can see from this sampler and some of the previous ones, you can choose any blocks you might like to make and put them together to make a sampler quilt.

Wishes Sampler Quilt Along Block 11

Block 11 Stair Step

Block 11 Stair Step

Time to get another “Wishes” block made.  Go to the Fat Quarter Shop and download your free pattern, watch the video, and be sure to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Any little bit you can donate helps to make a difference.  There are also a few more days left to make a bid on the original quilt.

As you can see, this is a super easy block made only with squares and rectangles.  Once you get your block made, you are caught up and we will have to wait until the 1st of December to get the last block.  Have you started to assemble your quilt?  You might as well get that done too and then once the last block is posted, the quilt can be quickly finished.  I have decided to assemble mine just a bit differently from the original and then I am adding a border too since it helps to use up just a bit more fabric.

Come back on December 1 to see my last block.  I am already in anticipation for next year’s quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop called “Snapshots”.  While you are their site getting your pattern, take a look at the quilt.  It has a sewing machine, an apron, ice cream sundae, a bicycle, a hot air balloon, and several other really cute blocks  All the blocks are pieced and not appliqued and I know they will have great instructions for all that piecing.

Christmas Sampler Block 8

Block 8 Christmas Ribbon

Block 8 Christmas Ribbon

Christmas Ribbon is our block 8 of the Christmas sampler. This block was chosen by Karen in Wisconsin. The block Karen found is part of a quilt and is a 14” finished block. You can find directions for making the block and quilt by going to BOMquilts.com and then clicking on free Christmas quilts. The quilt is called “Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons”.

I decided to make my block to finish at 10-1/2” and construct it a bit differently. I am going to show you how I made mine.
You will need to cut the following:
Background
1 rectangle at 3-1/2” x 8”
2 rectangles at 2” x 5”
4 rectangles at 2” x 3-1/2”
14 squares at 2”

Red (mine is the dots)
6 rectangles at 2” x 5”
1 square at 2”

Dark Red (mine is the red tonal)
2 rectangles at 2” x 3-1/2”
6 squares at 2”

Draw a diagonal line on the back of 2 background squares. With right sides together, align these on the ends of the dark red rectangles, with lines placed as shown. Sew on the drawn lines; trim seam allowance to ¼”; press.

Look at the lines

Look at the lines

do your rectangles look like this?

do your rectangles look like this?

Sew these units to the ends of the largest background rectangle. Your rectangle should measure 3-1/2” x 11”. Set aside to use later.

sew small rectangles to ends of large rectangle

sew small rectangles to ends of large rectangle

Sew a background 2” x 3-1/2” rectangle to each side of the red square. Your rectangle should measure
2” x 8”. Set this unit aside also.

two rectangles, 1 square

two rectangles, 1 square

Those were the easiest pieces so good to get them out of the way and ready when we need them. From here on, we will be making two of each unit and they will be mirrored, so pay attention to orientation henceforth.
Grab 4 red rectangles and 8 background squares. Draw diagonal lines on the back of all the squares and align (right sides together of course) on the ends of the red rectangles as shown. Make all four units the same.  Sew on the lines; trim, press.

look at the lines

look at the lines

all four are the same

all four are the same

Draw diagonal lines on the back of two dark red squares and align on the ends of background 2” x 3-1/2” rectangles as shown. (Be sure to look at the orientation.) Sew on the lines; trim, press. Sew a dark red square to the end of each as shown.

look at the lines

look at the lines

sew on the squares

sew squares on end of rectangles

Arrange the above units into two sets of three rows each—look at the picture to be sure you have the mirror image thing going on. Sew the 3 rows together for each unit. Your squares should measure 5” square.

2 units, 3 rows each

2 units, 3 rows each

2 mirror units, each measures 5" square

2 mirror units, each measures 5″ square

You should still have 2 dark red squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of these and align on the ends of the background 2” x 5” rectangles. (Look at the picture.) Sew on the lines, trim, press.

look at the lines

look at the lines

2 rectangles

2 rectangles

The only thing you should have left now are two red rectangles and four background squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the background squares; align on the ends of the rectangles—be sure you look at the picture before you sew. Sew on the lines, trim, press.

look at all the lines before you sew

look at all the lines before you sew

Sew the above units together—paying attention to orientation. These units should measure 3-1/2” x 5”.

2 units, 2 rows each

2 units, 2 rows each

2 rectangles

2 rectangles

Sew these rectangles to the bottom of the squares you made. I know you are going to be sure to look at the picture so I won’t tell you to do so.

make 2 big rectangles

make 2 big rectangles

Remember when you started and set aside those two units..well it’s time to get them back out. You are going to sew one of the units between your two 8” x 5” rectangles and after you get that done, sew one of the units to the bottom. I’m not going to tell you which unit goes where so I hope it doesn’t take you too long to figure it out. If you figured it out, then your block is done! If you didn’t figure it out, well what can I say but just to keep trying.

3 rows

3 rows

sew on the bottom

sew on the bottom

The few weeks of making these blocks has certainly gone by quickly. There is only one more block for next week so be sure to check back then.

Wishes Sampler Quilt Along Block 10

Block 10 Idaho Beauty

Block 10 Idaho Beauty

We are up to block 10 of the Wishes sampler so get yours made this week.  Go over to the Fat Quarter Shop to download the free pattern for this block and watch the video on how to make it for that extra bit of inspiration.  While you are over there, be sure to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation for kids.  The original quilt is also still up for bids on the auction and those proceeds also go to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Get your block made this week in order to stay caught up and to be done with your quilt in time to give it to someone for Christmas.  Check back next week to see block 11.  See you then.

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 10

100 Blocks

100 Blocks

It’s time to get your copy of the newest edition to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks collection.  This is volume 10 which has just come out in the stores so hurry out and get your copy or you can order it from Quiltmaker’s Quilt and Sew shop too.  You will want to get one because there are so many wonderful blocks in it.  I would love to make all of them.  I know that is a bit unreal to consider, but at least I could make another sampler or two anyway.

1000 Blocks

1000 Blocks

See all those 100′s lined up—there are enough 100′s to equal 1000 blocks!  Along with 1000 blocks are also a gazillon or more ideas–endless creativity.  These books are not only a great resource, but they are so much fun to look at even if you can not make every block.  Every time I look through them, I see different blocks.  There are blocks to appeal to everyone–to those who like easy blocks–to those who want more challenging blocks; there are pieced blocks, applique blocks, paper-piecing blocks, and blocks that mix the techniques.  There are even blocks with embroidery for those who want to try some of that too.

Vol10-blog-tour-coming-socialmedia

You are going to get to visit some of the blogs of the block designers during the blog tour.  It is always fun to check out all the blogs and see how they got their ideas, or their thought process in the creation, or other variations of the blocks.  Quiltmaker makes it a great week on their own blog, Quilty Pleasures, where they host the blog tour, show you lots of the blocks, and have some great prizes too.  You will not want to miss this.  My friend Aby has a block in this Volume 10 called “Intersections” so you will get a chance to see her block.  I am going to be posting my sampler quilt on my blog that week and you will get to see some of the blocks I tested for Volume 10.  Actually, I could show it to you now because surprisingly, I have it done, but I think you will just have to wait until November 17.