Monday, January 30, 2012


Background Fabric:
Cut 4 squares 4" x 4"
Cut 8 squares 3" x 3"

Star Fabric:
Cut 4 rectangles 3" x 6-1/2"
Cut 4 rectangles 3" x 4"

Place a 3" background square on a 3" x  6-1/2" star rectangle.  Mark the 3" square diagonally from top left to bottom right and sew directly on mark.  Trim off excess and press towards the darker fabric.  Do the same thing to the 3" x 4" rectangle.  Once finished, you will have this:
Be sure that the diagonal seams make a V when you place the larger one beside the smaller one as above.

Sew a 4" background square to the smaller rectangle. 

Sew the larger rectangle to the bottom of each of these 4 sections and you will end up with this:

Sew together as a four patch and you are finished with Block No. 2.
Makes me want to buy a jelly roll and make a whole quilt!! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ruffled Roses Finished!

This quilt now goes into the 2012 FINISHED QUILTS!  Bound and everything!! 

Sorry the quilting doesn't show very well but it is very cloudy and couldn't get the light right.  I'm just happy to have one in my finished category. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 BOM attempt

I have tried everything to do an applique block in EQ7 and get the templates to transfer in "real" size, so if you want to do the applique block and have EQ, it is in the applique blocks, under eight elements, on the last page, bottom right, and called "acorn and oak leaf".  If you do not have EQ, you can send me your snail mail address ( and I will mail you the pattern.  The pieced blocks probably will not be those shown below but will all have a star feeling to them. 

Dark Fabric:  3-1/2 yards (dark red)
Light Fabric:   2-1/2 yards (pink fabric)
Fat Quarters:  6-8 different fabrics
Background for pieced blocks and applique block:  1/2 yard
Cutting instructions for pieced blocks (not the BOM pieced blocks) for the background:
Dark Fabric:
Cut 3 strips 13" wide by wof.  Subcut into eight 13" squares.  Cut these squares once diagonally.
Cut 4 strips 13-1/4" wide by wof.  Subcut into eleven 13-1/4" squares.  Cut these squares twice diagonally (both directions)
Cut 11 strips 2-1/5" wide for first border
Remainder can be used in the pieced BOM patterns.
I am not giving the amount of fabric for the final border but will figure that out when we are almost through.  If you find what you want before then - my usual rule of thumb is 3 yards so I can cut it on the length of fabric instead of cross grain. 
Light fabric:
Cut 2 strips 13" wide.  Subcut into six 13" squares.  Cut these squares once diagonally.
Cut 4 strips 13-1/4" wide.  Subcut into eleven 13-1/4" squares.  Cut these squares twice diagonally.
Use remainder in the pieced blocks.

You will need to make 12 blocks using the large  triangles from the dark and light fabrics to make this block
(unfinished block should measure 12-1/2"):

Take a dark and light triangle from the smaller triangles and a dark from the large triangles to make this block to make 4 blocks (all of these blocks should measure 12-1/2" unfinished):
One more block to go!  Make 20 hour glass blocks using the small triangles:
And here is my applique block (measures 12-1/2" unfinished).  I cut my background block 13-1/2", did the applique and then trimmed to 12-1/2":

If you prefer a pieced block for the center block, let me know and I will come up with one for you.  You have ALL year to do these background blocks, so you don't have to rush.  But I would do the cutting so I would know how much  fabric I have left to use in the pieced blocks.  I hope some of you will do the BOM with me.  I'm doing it for my guild and thought it would be fun to do on my blog.  Believe it or not:  ALL the fabrics for this quilt is coming from my stash!!! 
The quilt with a final border of 6" finished will be 100 x 100.  If you don't want the last border, it will finish at 88 x 88.