Red, White and Blue Blog Hop July 11, 2012Posted by Pam in KC in Uncategorized.
Sew We Quilt and Jane’s Fabrics and Quilts have joined forces to create a Red, White and Blue Blog Hop. Each day 5 or 6 blogs will have a red, white & blue block to share. There may be giveaways. Today is my day! And there is a giveaway! The complete schedule can be found at Jane’s Fabrics and Quilts.
I might have mentioned previously, that I enjoy playing in EQ7 to design new quilts. When I realized my first attempt could be improved, I returned to EQ for inspiration.
I started by searching for blocks by keywords: patriotic, 4th of July, fireworks, freedom, independence, Washington (I really like the Martha Washington block), revolution and America.
This block popped up:
It is block # 3023 in Block Base and is called Star Pattern. I found it because it was originally published in American Needlework in 1923.
I re-colored it red, white and blue, then dropped it into a on-point setting.
I really liked how it looked, so I went looking for a second block. I found Nine Patch Star.
In addition to changing the color, I changed a few seam lines for easier piecing and ended up with this:
But, the designing still wasn’t over. The first block works better at 12″, this block works best at 10″. So I added a 1″ frame using the background fabric to bring it up to 12″ and then dropped it into my quilt.
To me there just seemed to be too much white space, so I added a few more seams to get this:
Which turns out to be a variation on 9-Patch Star Variation.
So, with the corners now colored in (and the 1″ white framing), the quilt looks like this:
Not too much white space and a really nice looking quilt that I would like to make.
Here’s how to make my variation of 9-Patch Star Variation using the Tri-Rec rulers.
2 1/2″ x 21″ strip of blue
2 1/2″ x 21″ strip and a 2 1/2″ x 18″ strip of white
2 1/2″ x 19″ strip of red
Cut 8 – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares from both the blue and longer white strips. Cut 1 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ square from the red strip.
Cut 8 red triangles using the Tri Tool.
Cut 8 pairs of triangles using the Recs Tool. I cut two layers at once with my fabric right sides together so I ended up with triangles going both directions.
I sewed the white and blue squares into 4-patches and did NOT swirl the center seam.
I made sure all my seams pressed the same way, which allowed me to nest all my seams when I assembled the block.
For the red triangles in a white square, I pressed half of my units “wrong”.
Normally, the units are pressed as shown on the left, but I was looking to nest seams, so on 4 of the units, I pressed the seams the opposite way. Once these were made, I squared them up to 2 1/2″.
Then taking two units, one pressed each way, I sewed them together to form 4 diamond rectangles.
The center seam was pressed to the “correctly” pressed triangle.
The next step is to layout all of the units.
Make sure your blue squares are aligned correctly and keep playing with pieces until the seams all nest.
Here’s the back of my block showing my pressing.
Once, pressed, I squared the block up to 10 1/2″.
Now for the give-away.
Leave me a comment telling me if you have ever changed seam lines in a block to make it easier to piece. Be sure to provide a way for me to reach you. I’ll close the comments at 11:30 PM Central on Monday, July 16th and use a random number generator to pick two winners.
Oh, what will you win? Red, white & blue F8s, plus a red & blue stiletto.
P.S. WordPress requires moderation the first time you comment on my blog. I’ll check for comments on my breaks today to make sure they all get released. I love hearing from people.