Monday, May 27, 2013

Block 3 - Double Four Patch

The Double four patch is made up of two 4 1/2" squares (B8)and eight 2 1/2" squares (B12)

Again, I lay them out to determine orientation and position

Option 1

Option 2
I went with Option 1, and initially sew the small four patches together. Once the first small squares are sewn, I lay them out again, to make sure the orientation is what I want.

Then the small four patches are finished and they are matched up with the larger square. If your seams are the correct size, you should not see any fabric peeking through when you align the four patch and the large square (see below)

Make two like the one below

Press towards large square, then layout, flip the top bit down, align seams, pin and sew (carefully, remove pin just as you get to it).

Block 2 - Four Patch

The very basic 4 patch in 8" uses
4 square cut 4 1/2" each (Marti Michell template B8)

Even with only 4 pieces there are some choices that can be made for the layout. I fussy cut the feather fabric, but which orientation do I want?

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3
I chose Option 1.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Block 1 - Uneven Nine Patch

Starting off with a fairly simple block, the Uneven Nine Patch, all squares and rectangles

Center – cut one B8 (4 ½” square)
Corners – cut four B12 (2 ½” squares)
Sides – cut four D25 (4 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles)

Layout at shown, assemble the rows, pressing towards the pink fabric

Then stitch the rows together. Finishes at 8 1/2" including seam allowance.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Fabric line for 8 inch blocks

A long, long time ago I bought a collection of fabric, Jennifer Sampou's Victorian Wheeling (P&B Textiles, early - mid 1990s). I dug it out when I recently made this quilt

I have quite a bit left, and want to use it. This is a great collection, with a wide variety of prints and scales. The cream in the quilt above is Fairy Frost. I will probably use it as well, and black for the sashing.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Marti Michell Templates

I love Marti Michell templates, but you do not need them to make these blocks, just some will be easier.

Set B is the Basic 4" set. Set D add some additional pieces that are compatible with Set B.
B8 = 4" square: cut 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
B9 = 4" HST: cut 4 7/8" square, cut once on the diagonal
B10 = 4" diagonal square: special piecing
B11 = 4" QST: cut 5 1/4" square, cut twice on the diagonal
B12 = 2" square: cut 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
B13 = 2" HST: cut 2 7/8" square, cut once on the diagonal
D28 = 2" diagonal square: special piecing
B14 = 2" QST: cut 3 1/4" square, cut twice on the diagonal
D25 = 4" x 2" rectangle: cut 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"
D29 = 1" HST: cut 1 7/8" square, cut once on the diagonal

Peaky and Spike units can be made with D22 (Peaky), D23 (Spike) and D24 (ice cream cone).

D26 is used for a diagonal stripe, the larger half of a 4" HST.
D27 is used for Attic Windows sashing (4" window).

Eight Inch Sampler

I've collected a bunch of four patch blocks that I thought would be fun to make. I'll keep working on them until I run out of the fabric I plan on using, so I don't have a clue about how many of these will actually get made! I will be using Marti Michell templates, set B and D (4" sets). Starting soon.