Are you ready to start the second quarter set of blocks for the Wishes Sampler? Be sure to go to the Fat Quarter Shop and download the free pattern and you can also watch the video tutorial while you are there. Don’t forget to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation. This was such an easy block to make. It only takes a few minutes to sew this block so quit reading and go get busy sewing. The only way you are going to get it done is to actually sew. Also be sure to notice that the finishing instructions are available if you would like to get those started too. See you next week.
My Sampler group has decided to make a small Christmas sampler to use in time for this coming Christmas which is 90 days from today. The members of the group have been searching the internet for free blocks that we can include in the sampler. The blocks can be any size and they can be made with any technique–regular piecing, paper-piecing, applique, etc. Each week, starting today and then eight additional weeks, we will make one block. That gives us time to get all our blocks made before Thanksgiving, have plenty of time to make a Thanksgiving dinner, and still have our quilt done to use during the month of December. We are all pulling out some fabrics we have in our fabric collections and for my sampler I have found some leftovers from a group of small pieces Quiltmaker had sent to me to make a quilt. I want to use up the fabrics and try to make do using what I have. Each person may use any fabrics they choose which makes it fun to see the variety each comes up with.
Pat from the UK has chosen our first block. She found this “Scrappy Christmas Star” on a blog called Clover and Violet by Jennie and Clara. They showed a picture tutorial making this block with a mixture of charm squares. The block uses regular piecing with stitch-and-flip on the corners of the rectangles and it has a finished size of 12″.
As you can see, mine is a bit funky. I didn’t have enough of the dot fabric to cut it having the dots line up (which the orderly part of my brain likes to do) so instead, I made sure that none of them lined up even though that could make a person a bit googly-eyed when looking at the block!
Are you ready to get the third block of the Wishes Sampler made today? Be sure to go to the Fat Quarter Shop and download the free pattern, watch the tutorial, and make a donation to the “Make A Wish” foundation. When you get your block done today, you will already be a quarter done with your blocks. I rather like making them every week rather than waiting a month in between. I find they go together very quickly and I also like the larger size of the blocks. I hope you are having as much fun as I am having while making these blocks.
Be sure to check back next week when you will see my next block.
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.
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:
8 squares at 2-3/8”
24 squares at 2”
8 squares at 2-3/8”
8 squares at 2”
8 squares at 2”
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.
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”.
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”.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.