Week 8 of Sew Much Fun Tour

>> Sunday, September 19, 2021

 Welcome to Week 8 of the Sew Much Fun Tour! 


Each week a designer will be presenting a 6" (6 1/2" unfinished) block on the theme of sewing.
This week's designer is Nancy of Patchwork Breeze




Click on the image above or here to get to Patchwork Breeze's block.

Last week's block was from Duck Creek Mountain Quilting



Week 6 block was from Appliques Quilts and More
Week 5 was from Maria at Limeleaves Design  ( I opted to make an alternative churn dash block instead!) 

The blocks will be free for the duration of the tour - 52 weeks - so you have time. BUT, if you see one you like, get it! Designers may ask you to sign up to a newsletter to receive their block. I encourage you to ~visit~ the blogs and check out the designers' work. While blocks are free, designers do put in time and it's great to receive feedback ;)

 
Next week the block will be from  Kate at Katie Mae Quilts
Then October starts with Carolina from Always Expect Moore
followed by Kris at Scrapdash

Read more...

Week 7 of Sew Much Fun Tour

>> Sunday, September 12, 2021

  Welcome to Week 7 of the Sew Much Fun Tour! 


Each week a designer will be presenting a 6" (6 1/2" unfinished) block on the theme of sewing.
This week's designer is Sue of  Duck Creek Mountain Quilting


 



Click on the image above or here to get to Duck Creek Mountain Quilting

Last week's block was from Appliques Quilts and More


It was back to school and full time teaching this week so I'm pretty happy with actually getting my fabrics picked out :)


I took a closer look at some of the half yards of white Alison Glass fabric I purchased this summer and then promptly cut this piece out for the background of this block. Can you see the needle and scissors? I'm going to place my appliqued tomato and strawberry so you can still see this needle. Stay tuned ;)



Week 5 was from Maria at Limeleaves Design  ( I opted to make an alternative churn dash block instead!) 
and Week 4 was  Laura Strickland of Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio

The blocks will be free for the duration of the tour - 52 weeks - so you have time. BUT, if you see one you like, get it! Designers may ask you to sign up to a newsletter to receive their block. I encourage you to ~visit~ the blogs and check out the designers' work. While blocks are free, designers do put in time and it's great to receive feedback ;)

Next week the block will be from Nancy of Patchwork Breeze
then October starts with Carolina from Always Expect Moore



 

Read more...

Week 6 of Sew Much Fun Tour

>> Sunday, September 5, 2021

 Welcome to Week 6 of the Sew Much Fun Tour! 


Each week a designer will be presenting a 6" (6 1/2" unfinished) block on the theme of sewing.
This week's designer is Carolyn of Appliques Quilts and More





Click on the image above or here to get to Appliques Quilts and More

Last week's block was from Maria at Limeleaves Design


I knew eventually I wouldn't want to make a block for various reasons - having the time and/or having the patience for a technique being the main ones! I chose to make a churn dash block for last week's and made a tutorial if you'd like to make one too. 




The week before was from  Laura Strickland of Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Week 3 was Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts.
Week 2 was  Jen of  Faith and Fun Sew Much Fun


Here are my first 5 blocks; the pink sewing machine still needs to be stitched around but otherwise they are complete.



The blocks will be free for the duration of the tour - 52 weeks - so you have time. BUT, if you see one you like, get it! Designers may ask you to sign up to a newsletter to receive their block. I encourage you to ~visit~ the blogs and check out the designers' work. While blocks are free, designers do put in time and it's great to receive feedback ;)

Next week the block will be from Sue at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Week 8 we'll be with Nancy of Patchwork Breeze


Read more...

QUILTsocial week - Halloween Double T pieced tablerunner

 

It was my turn again at QUILTsocial and this time, I was thinking Halloween poolside!

Double T Halloween runner QUILTsocial PFAFF performance icon project

Even the blue matches! I was thinking about the Double T block for 'trick or treating' and decided to enlarge it for a table runner. I came across a fabric placement where the center reminded me of wrapped candies.


The Double T blocks make this Halloween runner a real treat


PFAFF performance icon sewing machine

Of course the treat for me is creating and sewing with the PFAFF performance icon! My posts at QUILTsocial go through some of my favourite features of this machine. I am becoming more confident at free-motion quilting thanks to this machine too!

Piecing blocks are quick and accurate with the PFAFF performance icon


2 ways to make square in a square pieced blocks

I used leftover fabric for the blocks and needed to figure out how to make the square in a square blocks using what I had. In the end I used 2 different techniques to make mine - check out the post and see if you like these techniques.

2 ways to make square in a square quilt blocks

performance icon piecing without pinning

I love piecing on the performace icon because I don't need to use pins! The IDT system and the Needle Up/Down feature keep the fabric layers together as they go under the needle. I start pinning after my seams are 12" long or so.

Easy piecing a Double T runner with precision


Double T runner free-motion quilting

Quilting this runner was fun! Something that's changing for me is feeling confident to use the machine and my ideas to add design elements to my piecing with the quilting. I played up the idea of wrapped candy in the centers of the Double T blocks while also trying to emphasize the Ts with the quilting stitches. Go see how I did!

Simple free motion quilt designs for a Halloween Double T table runner


Take the time to treat yourself to some quilting time!


With Joy,


Sarah V.




Read more...

Alternative block for the Sew Much Fun Tour - 6" churn dash

>> Wednesday, September 1, 2021

 I knew when I started the Sew Much Fun tour that I wasn't going to want to make all the blocks offered by the different designers. Whether it was a time restraint or a technique that would take me too much time (and patience!) to learn, or just a block I didn't want to make, I started thinking about my options.

 One would be to just not make them and carry on. That had me asking myself what I intended to DO with all of these blocks? I do have an idea that I'm still commiting to and will share once I have :) 

In the meantime, I decided that I could make alternate blocks to fill in for the designer blocks I don't make.



The first alternative block that came to mind was a churn dash - of course! I love this block as it was the first block I made in an internet block swap back in 1998! Still my favourite!

Here's a visual tutorial of how I made my first churn dash as I am planning to make them from scraps which are hopefully leftovers from the other Sew Much Fun Tour blocks so they look good together. This is not the only way to make a churn dash, especially colour placement; I made this one using the fabric scraps I had on hand.

6" churn dash block tutorial

You will need:

1 - 2 1/2" square for the center of the block - it will not be cut so you could fussy cut something fun for this square

2 - 3" squares of background fabric for the Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

2 - 3" squares of fabric for the HST corners

2 strips  1 1/2" x 5" of background fabric to make the dashes

2 strips  1 1/2" x 5" fabric to make the dashes

The dashes can be made several ways - you will see the size requirements for each dash unit as we go and you could use 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" strips to make your units separately - you would need 4 strips.

You could also cut one long 1 1/2" x 10" or so then cut the units once sewing the background and dash fabric strips together.

My corner fabrics and dash fabrics are different for this churn - they can match or they can all be different. Enjoy using what you have to make your block.


Make the Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 2 background 3" squares.

Put one square RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER with one corner fabric 3" square. Sew 1/4" away from each side of the line.



Cut on the line and press the seam toward the corner triangle. Trim to 2 1/2" square.

Repeat with the second background and corner 3" squares to make a total of 4 - 2 1/2" corner squares.



Make the Dash units

Sew one background and one dash fabric strip together along one long edge. 

Press the seam to the dash fabric. Cut the strip into 2 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" dash units.



Repeat with the second set of background and dash strips to make a total of 4 - 2 1/2" square dash units.

Assemble the block rows


It can help to layout all the units before starting to sew. I actually moved around some of the dash units to make the design in the white background look better to me.


Top row - sew one HST with the corner fabric on the right to the left edge of  a dash unit with the dash fabric on the bottom. See the photo for orientation.

Sew a second HST with the corner fabric on the left to the right edge of the same dash unit to complete the row. Pres the seams to the HSTs.


Middle row - sew two dash units, one to each opposite sides of the center 2 1/2" square with the long edge of the dash fabric towards the center. Press the seams to the center square.


Bottom row - sew one HST with the corner fabric on the right to the left edge of  a dash unit with the dash fabric on the top. See the photo for orientation.

Sew a second HST with the corner fabric on the left to the right edge of the same dash unit to complete the row. Pres the seams to the HSTs.



Sew the rows together

Sew the bottom edge of the Top Row to the top edge of the Middle Row, nesting the seams between units.

Sew the top edge of the Bottom Row to the bottom edge of the Middle Row to complete the block. Press each seams to the row below.

The block should measure 6 1/2" square.


Feel free to use this block as a scrapbuster too! 


With Joy,

Sarah V.


p.s. I have other free blocks available in my online shop and Newsletter Subscribers have access to free patterns. Subscribe and see!

Read more...
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Happy Followers

About This Blog

This blog exists to share my quiltmaking and joy of colour to inspire others to find their joy.

  © Blogger template Simple n' Sweet by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP