Wishes Sampler Quilt Along

Block 2 Double Windmill

Block 2 Double Windmill

Today I’m posting the second block of the Wishes Sampler.  Just as a reminder, you can go to the Fat Quarter Shop website to get the block and sampler pattern free.  They are asking for any donation you can give to add to the children’s Make-A-Wish charity foundation so be sure to add something in return for the generosity of all the free patterns.

This block has so much movement!  Even though it is a busy block, it can easily be made by following the Fat Quarter Shop’s well written instructions.  Get your block made and I’ll see you next week with block 3.

Birthday Celebration Sampler

Pansy Star

Pansy Star

This next block in the Birthday Celebration Sampler is called Pansy Star. Cindy loves pansies and is making her sampler in pansy colors of purple and yellow. I had to smile when I saw she found a block that included something about pansies.

This block has several pieces, yet goes together easily. As with all blocks, use the methods you prefer for your cutting and piecing. If you rather make your HST differently or use strip-piecing, then by all means do so. It is amazing the different ways you can do almost anything and just goes to show how creative minds come up with unending variety.

To make this block in a 12” finished size you will need to cut the following:
Cream:
8 squares at 2-3/8”
24 squares at 2”

Pink:
8 squares at 2-3/8”
8 squares at 2”

Yellow:
8 squares at 2”

Blue:
8 squares at 2”

Draw a diagonal line on the back on the cream 2-3/8” squares. Align these right sides together with the pink 2-3/8” squares. Sew 1/4” from each side of the drawn line. Cut on the line; press open toward the pink, trim the points. You will have 16 Half-Square-Triangle squares (HST) and they each should measure 2” square.

make 16

make 16

Next, you are going to be making eight 4-patch units using the above HST squares, the 8 remaining pink squares, and 8 cream squares. Pay attention to orientation to make these 4-patches. You will have 8 all the same and each should measure 3-1/2”.

lay your squares out like this

lay your squares out like this

make 4 exactly the same

make 8 exactly the same

With all the squares you have remaining, pay attention to orientation and make eight 4-patches that are all the same. Again, these should each measure 3-1/2”.

make 8 exactly like this

make 8 exactly like this

Grab two of each set of the 4-patches and arrange into a larger 4-patch, again paying close attention to orientation. Look at it twice before you sew your 4-patch together. Now make 3 more exactly like it. You will have 4 squares that are all the same and each should measure 6-1/2”.

lay out exactly like this

lay out exactly like this

make 4 all the same

make 4 all the same

Ok, one more time with making yet another 4-patch. Be sure you look how each unit is turned. Once you sew this 4-patch, your block is completed and should measure 12-1/2”. Yeah! Another block done.

pay attention to orientation

pay attention to orientation

If you wanted to make this block into an 8” finished size, cut your squares at 1-7/8” and 1-1/2” and follow the same procedure.

Wishes Sampler

Block 1 Flying Kite

Block 1 Flying Kite

Did you gather up your fabrics to make the Wishes Sampler from the free pattern offered by The Fat Quarter Shop?  This is block 1 called Flying Kite.  The instructions are very well written which makes it easy to follow along and quickly sew the block.  If you haven’t started yet, get your fabrics and make the block today.  The finishing instructions are also available if you want to start working on the setting while you are making your blocks.

See you next week with block 2.

Triangles and Scraps

Magic Stars

Magic Stars

The center of this quilt is made entirely with Half-Square-Triangle squares. You may have seen the quilts where you add a corner to two sides of a square to make the “stretched star” pattern. I thought instead of adding the snowball corners, why not create the star with triangles all the same size. One of my friends says she only sees hexagons and not stars. I see both. I want to make this again and finish the edge stars into the border.

Pandora's Box

Pandora’s Box

This quilt is also made entirely of Half-Square-Triangle squares. Some of them look like squares because I used two very similar fabrics together. I drew this out on graph paper, or should say I was doodling on graph paper. I used 4” cut squares from one of my Delightful Little Treasure Boxes and paired light/dark and also some dark/dark, making two HST squares from each pair. It might be like a puzzle to find all the matching squares. This is another quilt I would like to make again but perhaps using one color for each star. I think I will ask Jacob to sort the squares by color for me.

Twice Around the Block

Twice Around the Block

All these solid triangles were waste corners from another project and then randomly sewed together into squares. I did add squares to this quilt to calm down those busy triangles.

Wishes Sampler

The Fat Quarter Shop is once again offering a free sampler pattern for this year.  It started in January and they add a block every month.  There is also opportunity to make donations to the Make-A-Wish foundation for children.  Fat Quarter Shop and Moda fabrics are matching up to $10,000 of the donations so anything you can add will help out.

You can find more information and the patterns by clicking here.  There are also video tutorials for each block if you would like to see step by step instructions.  Even though the sampler started in January, it will be easy enough to catch up.  My sampler group is going to make this sampler by making a block each week and that way we can have it done before the end of the year.  We would love to have you join us (and don’t forget to make a donation also).

Since I have a beyond-lifetime supply of Thimbleberries fabrics, of course those are what I am going to use for this sampler.  I have chosen a very simple pallet of four colors plus the background.

Fabrics for Wishes Sampler

Fabrics for Wishes Sampler

Now that I have made a decision about what fabrics to use, it might be a good idea to go get my first block made.   Why don’t you go grab some fabrics and play along.

Summer Mystery Quilt Along

Do you have all your blocks made and ready for today’s final clue and reveal of the setting arrangement? If you’re not done, go get done right now before you read another word and then once you have all the blocks made you can come back and see the final clue.

You can find clue #4 by clicking here.

When I first tested the pattern for Aby, I chose the two tone-on-tone greens and bright pink which I thought looked quite yummy together. I really had to search through the fabric collection to come up with the print. I could have changed the greens and pink to other colors but instead I was very determined to find something that would work and was glad to find the other green. When Jacob’s mother saw the quilt in progress, she told me that it looked like a watermelon. I hadn’t seen that myself but could see it after she said that so I changed the name of the quilt to include watermelon. On this quilt, I put a simple border of the same fabric as I had used in the alternate squares. This quilt is 49” x 61”.

Slant Six Watermelon Patch

Slant Six Watermelon Patch

With this second quilt, I wanted to use up some fabrics I had leftover from making the Deck the Halls quilt so I didn’t follow the same formula plan as per the instructions. Mostly, I was “making do” and as you can see, it worked out. That is one of the great things about this fun, simple pattern in that you can’t go too wrong when making the fabric selections. For this quilt, I added an inner border of the same fabric that was used in the center of the 7-patch blocks. The reason I used this fabric is because I had enough of it since it was one of the pieces I did not use in the Deck the Halls quilt. I was glad to use up that piece of fabric too. By adding the inner border and a slightly wider border than the first quilt, this quilt measures 54” x 66”.

Slant Six Snow Flurries

Slant Six Snow Flurries

I had so much fun making these quilts and since they go together so quickly, I know I will make more of them as there are still so many quilts that are needed for giving away. Be sure to check out Aby’s blog post on clue 4 by clicking here. We would love to see pictures of your quilt (along with any comments, thoughts, etc). I hope you all have enjoyed making this quilt or at least following along if you were not able to make it. Some of you like to wait and see what the quilt looks like before starting and now you can go get yours made. Just remember to send a picture when you do get it done.

Selvages

In the Webster dictionary, this is one of the meanings of the word selvage—“an edge (as of fabric or paper) meant to be cut off and discarded”.  Obviously, the dictionary was not written by a quilter.  Oh yes, we do cut them off, but who wants to discard them when you can have so much fun figuring out a way to use them.  When I make backings, I cut off nice long strips and for a while I used them as ties, such as to tie up a bundle of fabric, or around a present, or to tie up the tomato plants.  I was saving many more than I could realistically use but then I had an inspiration to tie them together and crochet the strips into a bathmat.  I tied them end-to-end with square knots.  It was also a good way to teach Jacob how to make square knots.  The crochet hooks that I had on hand were just not big enough for the fabric.  I ended up with quite a large ball of tied strips before I finally remembered one day when I was out to get a bigger hook.

Once I got home with that crochet hook, I started the chain and then just a double crochet.  Suddenly I came to one of the knots and was trying to figure out a way to work it in.  That idea wasn’t working too well so I decided to just leave them hanging out.  It is already a funky idea so why not go funkier.  Is funkier a word?—Yes it is; I looked in the dictionary.  One of the definitions was “lacking style or taste”.  So ok, that definitely defines my bathmat!

I finally got the bathmat made to the size I wanted it to be for the space where it will go.  It is hard to tell the size from the picture but it about 33” wide and 29” deep so fairly large.  It is also heavy!  Quirky and funky too.

Crochet from selvage strips

Crochet from selvage strips

When I finished the bathmat, there was still a bit of the ball of strips leftover and of course I will be getting more if I ever do any more quilting (and I just might!).  What should I do with those selvages now?  Jacob had a good suggestion—“Make another mat.”  Good idea.  I started another one but this one is going to be a different size to put in another spot.  It will take some time to get it done because I will just do a little more every time I get new selvages to add.

Starting another

Starting another

PS—It’s ok to laugh.  I like it anyway.