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Apr 17, 2015

Other uses for BOM Block Patterns

Apr 17, 2015
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This project started out as a March Mini, but alas..... I didn't finish it in March.  And it also didn't end up a mini.  Que sera, sera.

Instead it's a giant floor pillow.  I picked up 3 of these 26" down pillow forms at Ikea thinking my kids need reading/tv pillows.  Here's the first.  I hope it encourages more of the reading..... than the tv....  

so far it's only encouraged fighting.  Better get moving on the companions.
I went to the ever-growing collection of BOM block patterns I have written over the past few years.  I thought a mini or pillow is a great place to give them new life.  This block is the first block pattern from Moccasin - called Lady of the White House and a version of Lady of the Lake.  These colors give it a fresh boy look.


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Apr 14, 2015

Patchwork Auditions #2: Shoofly

Apr 14, 2015
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I'm having so much fun making these beginner blocks for Patchwork Auditions.  Here is the next block in the series.  In case you missed my first Patchwork Auditions post, this series will look at some classic blocks and expose some alternate colorings.  My goal is to simply think about other ways to color a quilt block I have looked at hundreds of times.  Then I'll make one.  Or two. Eventually, I'll put them together into a scrappy quilt.  Find all the details here.

Join me on this laid back adventure if you like!  Below you'll find a cutting list for the basic blocks in 12" and 16" finished blocks, but not a tutorial.  Use the coloring sheet to generate your own ideas.  I hope that you'll audition other color arrangements and play as I am. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Shoofly (Traditional)
The Shoofly block is another popular quilt block - it crops up again and again.  I've actually used this block in two of my BOMs.  It's a simple twist on a nine-patch block and looks great no matter how you color it.  Pictured below is the most common way to make it.


Shoofly Coloring Sheet  Download the PDF here.

Block Structure
This block is constructed with (4) half-square triangles (HSTs).  The HSTs are in each corner of the block.  The B and C blocks form a center cross.

Cutting List.  I have listed cuts for HST methods for both 12" and 16" blocks.  For the 16" blocks, the B units become rectangles to make the math work out cleanly.  16" does not divide nicely into three rows.  You can see how the rectangles look in my 2nd sample block below.

For 12" blocks.
  • Cut (5) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares.  (B & C)
  • Cut (2) 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares for HSTs of Fabric #1.  (A)
  • Cut (2) 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares for HSTs of Fabric #2.  (A)
Make (4) HSTs.  Square them up to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished.  See HST tutorial here.

For 16" blocks.
  • Cut (4) 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles.  (B)
  • Cut (1) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square for center.  (C)
  • Cut (2) 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" squares for HSTs of Fabric #1.  (A)
  • Cut (2) 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" squares for HSTs of Fabric #2.  (A)
Make (4) HSTs.  Square them up to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" unfinished.   See HST tutorial here.


Alternate Coloring Options
There are many ways to recolor this block.  Granted, with only nine patches in this block, we don't have as many options as we did for Block #1.  In this exercise, I simply am recoloring the block without changing it's basic construction.  These are just a few of the options I found.  This is a good place to begin with the coloring sheet.

 photo Sawtooth Star 8_zpsn6qf7uoa.png
                        A                           
 photo Sawtooth Star 3_zpskm8sk8lr.png
                       B
 photo Sawtooth Star 5_zpsa7qcsz6j.png
                        C
 photo Sawtooth Star 6_zps9kes0y2n.png
                       D
 photo Sawtooth Star 7_zpsnphhuwdc.png
                        E
 photo Sawtooth Star 4_zpstihnmqww.png
                        F
 photo Sawtooth Star 8_zpsn6qf7uoa.png
                        G                           
 photo Sawtooth Star 3_zpskm8sk8lr.png
                       H
 photo Sawtooth Star 5_zpsa7qcsz6j.png
                        I

My Sample Blocks
letter G in the table above (12" block)

letter E in the table above (16" block)

There are many fun things to do with this basic block!  Share any past or present Shoofly blocks you've made with us to show how you colored it using #patchworkauditions #shoofly.  Enjoy!
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Apr 9, 2015

Quilt Inspiration with Color Palettes at Brewer

Apr 9, 2015
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If you have a moment, pop on over to Brewer Inspires, the Brewer Sewing and Quilting Distributors blog, where I am guest blogging today.  Brewer asked me where I draw inspiration from and I've written a post on Color Palettes and Quilty Inspiration that may help you plan your next quilt!  There's lots of yummy pics and swatches to get your creative juices going.....

Read the post here.

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