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Creative week 52

Only a few more days to go before our heating and hot water is restored – I can’t wait (good job the shower is electric!).  I also have to thank my big son for generously sharing his cold with me!

On to this weeks quilt idea:- Links


Links 1 Quilt

 

This quilt measures 69″ square, the block is 26″ square, the framing border is 2″ wide and the outer border is 6.5″ wide.

The pdf’s for the fabric yardage, the rotary cutting info and the block diagram are here:-

Links 1 Fabric yardage

Links Rotary Cutting info  The framing border is cut at 2.5″ by 52.5″ for the left and right and 2.5″ by 56.5″ for the top and bottom.  The outer border is cut at 7″ by 56.5″ for left and right and 7″ by 69.5″ for top and bottom.

Links Block Diagram

Links 2 Quilt

Links 2 is 78″ square, again with 26″ blocks in the centre and 13″ blocks in the corners.

Fabric yardage pdf Links 2 Fabric Yardage

Large block rotary cutting info pfd Links 2 block rotary cutting info

Small block rotary cutting info pdf Links 2 Small Links block rotary cutting info

The borders are cut at 13.5″ by 52.5″ with the smaller blocks at the corners.

I’ll leave it with you to turn the corner blocks around and join them up with strips in the outer border!

The last quilt this week is probably my favourite and one I would love to have the time to make -one day!

Links 3

This one measures 110.5″ square.

That’s all for this week, thank you for dropping by. x

 

 


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Creative Week 51

Great news – our heating will be fixed by 7th February, so not too long to wait now.

The house has been so cold this last week I haven’t been able to do much as my hands won’t function in this much cold.

This weeks quilt idea – Disappearing 9 patch using layer cake (10″) squares. 36 for the quilts below. with 1 and 7/8th yards (1.72m) for a 6″ border (cut into 2 x 6 1/2″ by 56 1/2″ and 2 x 6 1/2″ by 68 1/2″, for the quilt without sashing and for the quilt with sashing cut 2 x 6 1/2″ by 64″ and 2 x 6 1/2″ by 76″.  These long border strips will need piecing to achieve the required length).  With sashing the quilt is 75 1/2″ square and without it is 68″ square.

If sashing the fabric needed is 1 and 1/4 yards (1.15m).  This will need to be cut into 2″ strips, then sub cut into 20 x 2″ by  14 1/2″ and 5 x 2″ by 64″ strips (the longer lengths will need to be pieced)

The basic principle is to make a simple 9 patch from 9 of the layer cakes, in this case 4 times.  Working on one 9 patch at a time, measure the width of the centre square and then cut it in half across the centre horizontally and vertically, making 4 blocks.  Repeat this with the remaining three 9 patches – you will have 16 blocks altogether.  Now rearrange them to suit you, add sashing if you want and a border or not.

I have included below some arrangements I have considered.

This first one is the basic 9 patch without any sashing or slicing up.

Basic without sashing

Basic sliced up with sashing.

Basic with sashing

Arrangement 1

Disappearing 9 patch 1

without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 1a wo sashing

Arrangement 2 with sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 2

without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 2a wo sashing

Arrangement 3 with sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 3

Without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 3a wo sashing

Arrangement 4 with sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 4

Without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 4a wo sashing

Arrangement 5 with sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 5

Without sashing

Disappearing 9 patch 5a wo sashing

I know there are many more…..

That’s all for this week, thank you for dropping by, until next week…. x


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Creative Week 47

Happy New Year

Here’s to a prosperous, healthy and creative 2014 for all!

This weeks quilt idea, well I have three for you, all variation on a theme; all measure approximately 51.5″ square and are set on-point.

Common Block

I ‘found’ the above block in a book called ‘Around the block again’ but I am sure it has been around a lot longer than than the book, as nothing is ‘brand new’ these days – someone in the past has done it before, especially this one as it is so simple.  I have used this block as a common block in the three designs I have for you this week.

Here is the rotary cutting info for this block:- Triangles and Squares common to all block rotary cutting info

Triangles and Squares 1

 

Trainagles and squares 1

The quilt layout:-

Trainagles and squares 1 quilt layout.JPG

I have added a larger block that mirrors just one segment of the common block

Traingles and Squares Block 2 Diagram

Triangles and Squares 1 block 2 rotary cutting info

The corner triangles rotary cutting info is here:- Triangles and Squares 1 corner triangles rotary cutting info and the setting triangle rotary cutting info is here:- Triangles and Squares 1 setting triangles rotary cutting info

The fabric yardage info for quilt 1 is here:- Triangles and Squares 1 fabric yardage info.  You will also need an additional 18″ across the width of the fabric for binding, cut this into 2.5″ strips, joining end to end to create a continuous length.  Press in half along the length and attach to the quilt in the method of your choice.

Triangles and Squares 2

Trainagles and squares 2

The quilt layout is here:- Triangles and squares 2 quilt layout.JPG

Again I have added a second block, 1/4 square triangles arranged into a pinwheel in the centre.

Trainagles and squares 2 block 2 diagram

The rotary cutting info is here:-   Triangles and Squares 2 block 2 rotary cutting info

Triangles and Squares 2 corner triangles rotary cutting info

Triangles and Squares 2 setting triangles rotary cutting info 

Fabric yardage:- Triangles and Squares 2 fabric yardage info

Again you’ll need an additional 18″ across the width of the fabric for binding, cut this into 2.5″ strips, joining end to end to create a continuous length.  Press in half along the length and attach to the quilt in the method of your choice.

Triangles and Squares 3

Trainagles and squares 3

The quilt layout is here:- Triangles and squares 3 quilt layout.JPG

The second block is the same as No 2 above but this time I have used solid fabric for the corner and setting triangles.

Here is the rotary cutting info for these corner triangles:- Triangles and Squares 3 corner triangles rotary cutting info and for the seeing triangles:- Triangles and Squares 3 setting triangles rotary cutting info

The fabric yardage info is here:- Triangles and Squares 3 fabric yardage info

Again you’ll need an additional 18″ across the width of the fabric for binding, cut this into 2.5″ strips, joining end to end to create a continuous length.  Press in half along the length and attach to the quilt in the method of your choice.

Well that’s all for this post.

Thanks for visiting. X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Creative Week 46

A week late, ooops!

Christmas in our household was a quiet affair, as dh and I have been ill, again! Why is it at this time of year one or all of us are ill or coming down with something?  I think it is because once everyone has finished work for the holidays they relax and the bugs attack.  The UK needs a really hard cold spell to get rid of all these bugs, not the horrible wet and windy weather we have been having that has caused so many problems for so many over Christmas.  I am now counting my blessings.

Well on to this weeks quilt idea, which I have called Lots of Diamonds.

lots of diamonds

This quilt idea is approximately 51.5″ square, with the 12″ (approx) blocks set on point.

lots of diamonds block

Follow this link for the quilt layout – lots of diamonds quilt layout.JPG

This one for the fabric yardage – lots of diamonds fabric yardage

The rotary cutting info for the block – lots of diamonds rotary cutting info whole block the setting triangles – lots of diamonds rotary cutting info setting triangles the corner triangles – lots of diamonds rotary cutting info corner triangles

The templates for hand piecing are here, whole block – lots of diamonds whole block templates the setting triangles – lots of diamonds setting triangles templates the corner triangles – lots of diamonds corner triangles templates

Below is another variation of Lots of Diamonds, the rotary cutting and templates are the same as is the size.

lots of diamonds 2

 

The fabric yardage is here – lots of diamonds 2 fabric yardage

Well that’s it for this week, thank you for dropping by. X

 

 

 

 

 


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Creative Week 45

This week quilt idea is a simple snowman and tree runner.

snowman table runner 12.5 x 60.5 inches

This runner is approximately 60″ by 12″.  All the appliqué is set on 12.5″ squares. The fabric yardage is here:- fabric yardage you will also need bond-a-web or similar to fuse the applique motifs to the fabric squares and batting.

snow manSnowman block, the templates are here:- snowman templates

christmas treeThe tree templates are here:- tree templates

That’s it for this week, thank you for visiting. x

 


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Creative Week 44

I wish it would snow!

Here in the UK we have not yet had a decent frost which is unusual for this time of year.  Yes, we have had a cold snap but nothing that has killed off any of the plants in the gardens, even the birds are foraging for themselves rather than eating the offerings laid out for them by us and our neighbours – so it must be mild.

This weeks quilt idea:- Hidden Circles (not the most inspired title)

Circles 1

The quilt measures approximately 51 1/2″ square.

Here are is the usual info required to make this quilt should you wish to.

Fabric needs in yards:- Circles 1 Fabric requirements.JPG

The quilt layout:- Circles 1 Quilt layout

The rotary cutting info:- Circles 1 corner triangles rotary cutting info

Circles 1 rotary cutting info

Circles 1 setting triangles rotary cutting info

The above quilt has its block laid on-point, below is another idea with straight blocks

Doras Delight

 

This one measures approximately 48.5″ square.

Dora’s Delight Block diagram

Dora’s Delight Fabric requirements Fabric needs

Another layout, this one measures 60.5″ by 72.5″ approximately.

Doras Delight 2

Fabric needs are here:- Doras Delight 2 Fabric Requirements.JPG

The layout once again is straight with 5 blocks across by 6 down.

In the following quilt I have removed some of the lines from the blocks to make construction easier.

circles and diamonds

This one again measures approximately 48.5″ square.

The blocks look like this:-

circles and diamonds block 1

circles and diamonds block 2

The fabric requirements are here:- circles and diamonds fabric requirements

The rotary cutting info for block 1  circles and diamonds block 1 rotary cutting info

The rotary cutting info for block 2 circles and diamonds block 2 rotary cutting info

The quilt layout is here:- circles and diamonds quilt

That’s all for this week folks.

Thank you for visiting. x

 

 


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Creative Week 43

Advent has arrived!  Some of our Christmas decorations are up.  The trees in the front and rear rooms are done as is the one that hangs on the front door and my little son has his up in his bedroom with presents already under it!  Big son has cleared and cleaned his desk in preparation for his tree.  The lights are up on the stairs, landing and in the hall,  we just have to put the lights up outside and on the tree outside – new for this year as I managed to find some very bright solar lights.  DH usually hangs lights around the kitchen and the rear room but ran out of time yesterday – we sat and watched a silly film yesterday afternoon.  I have been making Christmas tree quilts with lights – 1 is finished, the blue and red ones have to have the hand stitching done but now the sewing machine is away from the holidays I have plenty of time to do this.

Tree quilt Green1

Tree quilt Green 2

It doesn’t hang as flat as I would like due to the wiring at the back, something I’ll have to look into for next time – maybe LED lights perhaps buried in the quilt sandwich.

This weeks quilt idea:- Magic Carpet

Magic Carpet

This quilt measures 45″ by 54″ and uses Art Gallery Fabrics form the Legacy range by Angela Walters – the requirements can be found here:- Magic Carpet fabric needs with the layout here:- Magic Carpet quilt layout  It is made up of just three different blocks.

Block 1

Block 1 rotary cutting info:- Magic Carpet Block 1 rotary cutting info

Block 2

Block 2:- Magic Carpet Block 2 rotary cutting info

Block 3

Block 3:- Magic Carpet Block 3 rotary cutting info

All that is left is the binding which is cut into 2.5″ strips across the width of the fabric from a piece measuring 15″, this will yield 6 strips. Join these diagonally end to end, press in half along the length attach to quilt edge as required.  Enjoy.  Still time to make one before Christmas!

Until next time, Thank you for visiting. x


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Creative Week 42

This weeks quilt idea Gated Squares

Gated Squares Quilt

 

 

This quilt measures approx 84″ by 106.5″

Gated Squares Block 16 inches square

 

The block is 16″ square set on point.

Follow these links for the fabric requirements:-Gated Squares Quilt fabric requirements in yards.JPG

The rotary cutting instructions:-Gated Squares Rotary Cutting Info

Gated Square setting triangle rotary cutting instructions

Gated square corner triangles rotary cutting instructions

The left and right borders 2 x 8.5″ by 91″ and the top and bottom borders 2 x 8.5″ by 84 3/8″

Binding will need an additional 30″ of fabric cut into 12  2.5″ strips across the wide of the fabric, joined together.

Quilt Show Reminder

28th – 30th

West Country Quilt Show

Shepton Mallet

http://www.westcountryquiltshow.co.uk

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Creative Week 41

This past week has rushed by, so fast I don’t know whether I am coming or going.

I have been selling things on Ebay to try to make room.  If you’d like to buy any embroidery yarns, patchwork and quilting items, knitting yarns, and games follow this link. (You may have to copy and paste.)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/dotoyou/m.html?item=181259453283&pt=UK_Crafts_Knitting_Crochet_EH&hash=item2a33e7c363&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

This past weekend we went back to Hatton Country World http://hattonworld.com/ for the Christmas Food Fayre.  What can I say other than we’ll be okay for drink over the festivities!

We also called in to Wyndleys Garden Centre on the way home.  They don’t have their own website (strange in this day and age) but here is a guide

http://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/solihull/business-guide/feature/wyndley-garden-centre

It has certainly improved since our last visit some years ago, having a much better selection of gifts, Christmas items and of course plants, we will be going back to pick our yearly Christmas decorations.  This is a family tradition, each member of the family gets to pick a new tree decoration every year, we now have a variety of different items on our trees!  When we decorate for Christmas we have at least 6 trees in the house, this year I have managed to get agreement that we will be lighting the tree right outside our front door. Yeah!  I bought the solar lights a couple of weeks ago.  My neighbour already has her house decorated and lit up, she and I have had discussions on when we should put ours up, sadly my big son is a Grinch only wanting to talk about and be involved in celebrations from Christmas Eve until Boxing day (26th) Bah humbug!  Our decorations will be going up on 30th Novemeber -son you have been warned!

This weeks quilt idea:- Overlap

This quilt can be made in two ways- flying geese or squares on-point.

Flying geese overlap

squares on-point overlap

The following information relates to the flying geese version.

The quilt layout:- Layout flying geese overlap which measures approx 72″ by 81″, of course by adding columns and/or rows the quilt can be made larger or remove them to make it smaller.  Changing the size of the block will also achieve this.  Fabric needs will change if any of the dimensions are altered.

The block diagram

Flying geese overlap block

The block rotary cutting info:- Rotary cutting info for flying geese overlap.

Fabric needs in yards:- Fabric requirements in yards for flying geese overlap.

Here is the information for the squares on-point version.

squares on-point overlap block

As can be seen the block is a simple 9 patch, it is the placement of the fabric colours and turning the block on-point that makes the pattern for this quilt.

This link gives an indication of the fabric colour placement to assist with the pattern creation:- Layout squares on-point overlap

The fabric needs:- Fabric requirements in yards for Squares on-point.

The rotary cutting info

Block for squares on-point

Corner triangle for squares on-point

setting triangle for squares on-point

I have included a version of the flying geese done in various shades of one colour.  Measures 48″ by 54″ I have changed the block size to 8″ by 4″

one colour flying geese version

The fabric requirements are here:- Fabric for one colour flying geese overlap

The block rotary cutting info is here:- Rotary cutting info for flying geese overlap 1 colour version

And finally a square on-point version in various shades of one colour

one colour squares on-point overlap

This quilt measures 51″ by 63 1/2″ approx.  The block measures 9″ as before but I have reduced the number of blocks from a layout of 6 across by 7 down to 4 across by 5 down.

The fabric needs are here:- Fabric for one colour squares on-point

the block, setting triangle and corner triangle are the same as the multi coloured version above.

If I were to make this Overlap quilt I think I would personally choose to make the flying geese version.  Please let me know which you would go with.

Quilt show reminders.

21st – 24th

Knitting and Stitching Show

Harrogate

http://www.twistedthread.com/pages/exhibitions/viewExhibition.aspx?id=45

Until next week, thanks for visiting. x


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Creative Week 40

Oops! I forgot to press the publish button, call it a blonde moment or a senior moment I fit both (according to my children) I suppose.

This weeks quilt idea:- Oh So Simple.

Oh So Simple Quilt

This quilt measures approximately 60.5″ square.

I can’t believe just how simple this is, here’s the block

Oh So Simple Block

The rotary cutting info is here:- Oh So Simple Block Rotary Cutting info

The first border is 2 x 2.5″ by 52.5″ for the top and bottom and 2 x 2.5″ by 48.5″ for the left and right.

The second border is 2 x 4.5″ by 60.5″ for the top and bottom and 2 x 4.5″ by 52.5″  for the left and right.

The fabric needs in yards for the quilt above:- Oh So Simple Fabric requirements in yards

The quilt layout:- Oh So Simple Quilt Layout.JPG

I then set the blocks on-point

Oh So Simple On Point Quilt

Here is the link for the on-point quilt layout OhSo Simple On Point Quilt Layout which measures approx 84″ by 101″

Link for fabric needs in yards for the op-point quilt Oh So Simple On Point Fabric Requirements in yards

The first border 2 x 2.5″ by 85 3/8″ for the left and right and 2 x 2.5″ by 72 3/8″ for top and bottom

The second border 2 x 6.5″ by 89 3/8″ for the left and right and 2 x 6.5″ by 85 3/8″ for top and bottom

Here are some more layouts with just this one block.  The first one is again on-point whilst the remaining three are straight set.

Layout onpoint 2 straight layout straight layout 2 straight layout 3

 

Until next week, thanks for visiting. x