Friday, June 26, 2015

Niner Quilt Finish

Years ago I saw a quilt at an antique quilt show I fell in love with.  It was called ‘Nine Patch Cross’.  I planned on writing my own quilt pattern so I could make a copy of the antique quilt.  A few months later Camille from Thimble Blossoms released a pattern very similar to the one I was working on! Instead of finishing my pattern I bought hers and waited for the right fabric line to come along.

Antique 9 patch quilt

I fell in love with ‘April Showers’ by Bonnie and Camille and bought the fabric to make my quilt.

Nine Patch Quilt

It took me a while to get started, but once I did it went together fairly quickly.

Niner Quilt Closeup

I tried a new quilting pattern that I really like. I’ll definitely be using it on other quilts.

Niner Quilting Pattern

And of course, I had to use striped binding….

Niner Quilt Binding


Friday, June 12, 2015

Block of the Month–Block 5–Churn Dash Pinwheel

I’m a little late posting this month’s block.  It seems all the pictures from this block have disappeared!  So, I started from scratch, made a new block and took pictures along the way. 

I’ve recently become a fan of the churn dash block and thought it would be fun to include it in this quilt with a bit of a twist…. a pinwheel in the center!

Pinwheel Churn Dash 

Fabric Requirements

Fabric 1 – Blue Dot – (2) 5 in. squares, (1) 4 1/2 in. square

Fabric 2 – Aqua print – (2) 4 1/2 x 5 in. rectangles

Fabric 3 – Background – (2) 5 in. squares, (1) 4 1/2 in. square, (2) 4 1/2 x 5 in. rectangles

Step 1

Step 1

Using  4 1/2 in. squares from fabric 1 and background fabric, layer squares right sides together.  Sew 1/4 in. around all four sides of square.

Step 2

Step 2

Cut sewn square diagonally twice.

Step 3

Step 3

Press open to darker fabric.  Lay out pinwheel on table making sure it is spinning in the direction you like.

Step 4

Step 4

Sew together top row then bottom row.  Press. Then nestling the center seam, sew the rows together.

Step 5

Step 5

Press open and trim to 4 1/2 inches. (I make the pinwheels a little larger than normal to ensure plenty of room to trim to the perfect pinwheel.)

Step 6

Lay fabric 2 rectangle right sides together with background fabric rectangle.  Sew 1/4 in along each 4 1/2 in. side.

Step 7

With the sewn edges running along the sides, cut rectangle in half (2 1/2 in.)  Press open. Repeat for remaining 3 rectangles.

Step 8

Step 10

Draw a diagonal line on the back of the background fabric 5 in. squares.

Step 9

Layer background square right sides together with Fabric 1 – 5in. square.  Sew 1/4 in. along both sides of the drawn line.

Step 10

Cut along drawn line and press open.

Step 11

Step 13

Trim half square triangle to 4 1/2 inches. Repeat steps to make 2 more half square triangles.

Step 12

Step 15

Lay out squares to form blocks.  Sew together in rows.  Press seam on top and bottom row towards the center block.  On middle row, press seams outward away from the pinwheel.

Step 13

Nestle seams and pin.  Sew rows together.  And your are finished with month 5!