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Aug 26, 2015

Broken Star Blocks

Aug 26, 2015
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I've been busily piecing these warm and vibrant Broken Star blocks since school started up last week.  They are so me, it's unreal.  This is my perfect color palette. And modernizing a very traditional block with an ombre-style coloring, is..... well..... just me.  :) 

Funny, I showed my husband this fabric and pattern before I started sewing and his comment was "Isn't that exactly like that other quilt you just made?"  I, of course, scoffed.  This is fabric bundle (available here) is nothing like whatever other quilt you're thinking of.  And no, I haven't ever in my life sewn a Broken Star block before, so this is obviously very different.

I almost doubted my plan.  For a second.
And then I remembered he can't tell the difference between warm and cool colors.  I scoffed again.
I'm sewing these up into a sweet little mini.  By little mini, I do mean little.  This block finishes at 8".  So if you do the math, those are 1" x 2" geese and 2" finished hourglasses.

I'll show you more next week.  Happy sewing until then!
Broken Star block by Nancy Cabot 1936. Pin It

Aug 21, 2015

Patchwork Auditions #6: Churn Dash

Aug 21, 2015
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The Patchwork Auditions blocks are so much fun.  Today I show you the sixth block in the series.  I am not sure yet if there will be 7 or 8 blocks for this series.  I know there will be at least one more (#7), but then I'll have to play with the arrangement to see if I want to add something else or repeat an earlier block variation.  I'll be showing you my layout for these blocks soon.

The series looks at some classic blocks and exposes alternate colorings.  My goal is to simply think about other ways to color a quilt block I have looked at hundreds of times.  So far I've been making 3 of each block - 1 traditional coloring and 2 alternates.  It's amazing how different they look! Soon, 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. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Churn Dash (Traditional)
The Churn Dash block is a definite classic.  This block combines the mainstay half-square triangle (HST) with a double rectangle block.  The proportions of the block seem to change depending on the designer or the block dimensions, but fundamentally, it looks the same.  The HSTs remain in the four corners with the length of the rectangles perhaps changing to suit what is needed.  There are many ways to color this block.  In fact, some of the other colorings have become known as completely separate blocks (like the Greek Cross - one of my favs).  Pictured below is the most common way to make a Churn Dash.  

 Churn Dash Coloring Sheet  Download the PDF here.

Block Structure
This block is constructed with (4)  Half-Square Triangle units A/B.  The "D" patches are equal rectangles in this example and the center square in the middle of the block is "C". 

Cutting List.  I have listed cuts for both 12" and 16" blocks. 
For 12" blocks.
  • Cut (2) 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares.  (A) 
  • Cut (2) 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares. (B)
  • Cut (1) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square. (C)
  • Cut (8) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares. (D)
Note: square A/B HSTs up to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished
For 16" blocks.
  • Cut (2) 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" squares.  (A) 
  • Cut (2) 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" squares. (B)
  • Cut (1) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square. (C)
  • Cut (8) 3" x 6 1/2" squares. (D)

Note: square A/B HSTs up to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" unfinished

Alternate Coloring Options
I love recoloring this block.  There are several ways to change it's look, and still the cutting list stays pretty simple.  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.  

 photo Sawtooth Star 8_zpsn6qf7uoa.png
 photo Sawtooth Star 3_zpskm8sk8lr.png
 photo Sawtooth Star 5_zpsa7qcsz6j.png
 photo Economy
 photo Sawtooth Star 7_zpsnphhuwdc.png
 photo Sawtooth Star 4_zpstihnmqww.png
 photo Sawtooth Star 8_zpsn6qf7uoa.png
 photo Sawtooth Star 3_zpskm8sk8lr.png
 photo Sawtooth Star 5_zpsa7qcsz6j.png

My Sample Blocks
traditional Churn Dash(12" block)
letter B in the table above (16" block)

letter H in the table above (16" block)
Feel free to share any past or present Churn Dash blocks you've made with us to show how you colored it using #patchworkauditions #churndash.  Enjoy!
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Aug 18, 2015

More Mini Grannies, Pt. 3

Aug 18, 2015
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Albeit the mini Granny Square progress has been extremely slow this summer, I'm at least happy to report I have 8 new scrappy grannies to show you.  This tops my previous two posts (1 and 2) where my grand total number of blocks made was only 7.  I've added another 8 grannies and almost am about halfway through making these scrappy blocks.  I'll need 36 total.  Oi.
These square up at 8" unfinished and will be used to make a border around the larger scrappy grannies I received from the guild bee in early 2015.  I'm really happy with them.  It's fun to make each block different, but they are quite time consuming that way.  Hoping to get a bunch done now that school is almost back in session!

(Can you tell I'm using a Cotton + Steel Basics mini charm pack for the centers of these blocks?  They're almost exactly the size I need.  I've been using a mini charm for the center, cutting a standard 5" charm for the 4 squares in the middle ring, and then pulling from the never ending scrap bin for the outer most ring.) Pin It
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