Saturday, June 15, 2013

My turn at the Block of the Month.

Hi all
Almost a year ago Dhia at Peach Patch Quilts asked me to join in the Blogger's Block of the month.
Sure I said , honoured that I was even asked.
I have mentioned it on my blog here.  But seeing it was so long ago that we started I will  give you the run down of participants again.
Sept 15th 2012
Carin & Carol
Oct 15th 2012
Nov 15th 2012
Jennifer M
Dec 15th 2012
Jan 15th 2013
Feb 1st 2013
Jennifer I
Feb 15th 2013
Mar 15th 2013
Nicole K
April 1st 2013
Apr 15th 2013
May 15th 2013
June 15th 2013
July 15th 2013
Nicole N
Aug 15th 2013
So here is the block that I have chosen for this month.

As you all know I love Little Apples and I have made a good few things in Aneela's fabric line.
I don't know what this block is called, and I am not announcing that I made the block up.  By all means if anyone knows a  name for it, please let me know too.
It really is a quick and easy block to do, I just did a bit of fussy cutting for my block but you do not have to do this at all.

What you need is

3 1/2"  square for the middle x (1 piece)
2" squares of fabric of your choice  (12 pieces to boarder the middle square)
6 1/2" x 2 1/2"   strip (2 pieces top edges)
10 1/2" x 2 1/2" strip (2 pieces for side edges)

I have used a scant 1/4" seam throughout and I have pressed all seams open.

Set out your fabric around your square to decide checking that you are happy with your layout.
Pin each group together.
Top row, bottom row and the two side rows.
Sew top four 2" squares together in a row.
Repeat for the bottom row.
Sew the two 2" blocks together for the sides.
Press seams open.
(I realised after this photo I had turned the iron brain)
Take the middle 3 1/2" square and sew the two side blocks on.

Pin top and bottom row on and sew.
Looking good!

You are almost there.....
Pin the 6 1/2" by 2 1/2" strip to the top of the block as shown

Press and trim
Repeat with the second piece of strip at the bottom of the block.
If I have explained well enough, you should only have two strips left that are the biggest strips
(10 1/2" by 2 1/2")
These two strips are sewn on each side of the block and Bob's your have done it!
Give it a good press   Your block will be bigger than needed but sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry....( which I did on another of these blocks and now have to make it again)
I cut down  the block to 9 1/2" (which is what Dhia wanted)
It will be going with my other blocks that I have made.
Block tutorial at
Block tutorial at
Block tutorial at
Don't forget there is a flickr group if you are making the blocks for the Margaret Hope Chest and all block  that are donated will be made into a super quilt at the end.
If you have missed out on a few blocks (like me...I have about 6 to do) click on the links and you should fine the block tutorial.
Thanks again for dropping by (sorry I was a  little late)
Dhia.   Thanks again for letting me participate.
Good Luck and Happy Sewing.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Kona Solids

A quick little photo of a quilt made for Cindy at Fluffy Sheep Quilting

Kona Charm pack with a splash of Kona Ash, Medium grey and white.
Tutorial on the way.
Happy Sewing.