I’m sure at this point you are all frantically trying to piece your top for the ‘My Favorite Block Quilt Along’ Quilt and you may want some easy peasy 6.5” filler blocks that still look cool. Well – what’s cooler than the Classic Four Patch? Especially when you know the easiest-peasiest way to put it together!
Cutting Instructions (this will result in two four patch blocks)
Fabric 1 – 7.0” square
Fabric 2 – 7.0” square
Place your fabrics right sides together.
Sew a quarter inch seam on opposite sides of the fabric.
Cut the fabric at 3.5”
So you are left with two 6.5” x 7” pieces. Iron towards the darker of the two fabrics.
Place the two squares right sides together. Have fabric 1 facing fabric 2 in their respective halves.
Sew along the two opposite edges with a quarter-inch seam.
Cut the fabric again at 3.5” and iron open at the seams. You’re left with two easy-peasy four patches!
If you want to do a four patch in the 12.5” size just cut your initial squares at 13” and follow the same instructions.
It’s time to announce the winner of the ‘Between Heaven and Texas’ Book Giveaway!
147 comments where left answering my question – How/when do you fit in quilting when the weather gets nice?
Most folks just do! My biggest problem is my kids LOVE being outside. My youngest puts on her shoes and coat as soon as she’s out of bed. I think I’m going to just have to be outside a lot this summer and stay up late nights to fit quilting in or during her nap time. I’m sure I’ll get in a rhythm with the change of weather!
Anyway – I put 147 into random.org and it gave me my winner… #66…
Debbie H / May 2, 2013 (Edit)
I make time on my days off from work. Thanks!
Congrats Debbie H! You should be seeing an email from me soon to find out how to claim your prize!
I’ve been meaning to post closer looks at the six fabulous quilts created for the Off Season Project QUILTING challenge: What’s Your Sign? for a few days now. Well – better late than never!
Let’s see what everyone came up with!
I made this quilt based on the Pyranha Kayak logo. Being a Pisces I love the water and feel that freedom whenever in my little red boat. I go with the flow for the most part, but have been know to fight the current when I need to.
I printed the logo onto a light blue batik using my printer. Then framed the print with bright batiks. I quilted it by stitching in the ditch. I even hand stitched the binding on (gasp!).
I made my little Pyranha Quilt in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. It measures 14″ x 14″.
Aslan of Narnia, My Favorite Leo
What’s My Sign? Leo! This wall hanging has been through quite a bit before finishing up right here. You can read about it on my blog if you like: isabellaswhimsy.wordpress.com/blog/
I thought I would attach the pieces of the mane together by overlapping the edges and sewing with decorative machine stitching…not the best idea for durability, but a learning experience. I used some hand quilting on the face, then machine quilted around each section of the mane and once around the head. I attached fast triangles on the back for hanging.
If I make Aslan again, and I will, I will use different techniques.
Even though I tore out many stitches, I am glad I went through the process and learned all kinds of surprises on the way. )
Size: about 21″ square
Location: College Station, TX
Read more on her BLOG HERE.
Quilter: Cotton N Lace
size 10 1/2″x20 1/2″
Made in South Africa
By Amanda Reid
Altho Virgo is an earthy maiden I saw some ‘Virgo Mermaids’ and I am an ‘earthy’ person but also a ‘water baby’!..So I like the idea to be a bit ‘whimsical’..hence the ‘Mer-Maiden’!
Alot of experimenting went on here…thread painting….body and hair…metallic threads(hair) and invisible thread(sky and tail..sea)…paper piecing on the tail and inkjet printing for body…alto was a bit dull so coloured in with marker pens…the sky is some material I experimented with marble technique..she also has a ‘tattoo’ of the Virgo sign stitched on her arm….a lot of left over fabric from the other projects were used here.
This was a fun quilt to try certain techniques…especially since I am quite nervous for upcoming IQCAfrica Challenge I have entered!!
Project Quilting – What is your sign?
Off season challenge for Project Quilting at Persimon Dreams.
My sign: Cancer
Size: 16 x 16 approx
I chose a celestial interpretation of the sign by doing the constellation in a prism quilt.
Made in Nebraska
The pattern is a variation of Anna Maria Horner’s Patchwork Prism only mini!
I created a quilted bag for the Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge – What’s Your Sign?
I just learned how to make these fabulous pleated bags (super easy btw) and love how they look.
For this challenge I Took a bold spring print – since aries is a spring sign and we tend to be straigt forward and to the point – just like this big floral print from Laura Gunn. Then I mixed in a fun Zebra print for the middle. I love how the two prints mixed!
Next, I played with some Kirigami folding like I did for the ‘My Favorite Color’ Challenge I fold papers in three ways – snowflake, star, and spider and then drew the sign of the Aries onto the paper before I cut them out. I traced the pattern onto fuxible and put the tree flowers onto the zebra print. When I cut out the pattern I left one petal full to symbolize the portion of the zodiac that aries is. Then – I fused them onto the bag.
The insides of the flowers were hearts so I also fused a few of these to the lower portion of the bag just to add a bit extra.
The bag is very lightly quilted – just two lines to keep the thin batting in place. I didn’t want to take away from the natural shape the pleat adds by doing too much quilting.
The bag is lined with an original spoonflower fabric that I made from a picture of a outerspace quilt.
Finally I embellished both sides of the bag with two fun circular-esque black and white striped beads.
Very happy with how this turned out!
There is an off season challenge for may already up – Pantone! I hope you enjoy these little challenges of mine!
made by Kim Lapacek
I know the deadline of May 25th is looming and you are all antsy to get your tops pieced so you can qualify for the fabulous prizes so I wanted to share with you a few possible layouts for your blocks. Remember – you can lay it out however you would like – these are just possibilities!
For these three options I used 20 – 12 inch blocks and 20 – 6 inch blocks to start with. I have more blocks than that made personally but I wanted to show you all the options with the basics.
5 x 5 grid
It turns out you can make a perfect 5 x 5 grid using twenty 12 inch blocks and 20 6 inch blocks. Group your 6 inch blocks into sets of 4 and you have 5 more 12 inch blocks for a total of 25 blocks.
I drew rough squares around the blocks so you can see how I arranged my blocks to make this 5 x 5 grid.
If you don’t want a square quilt in the end you can add different sized borders to create a more rectangular quilt.
4 x 5 grid with two 6-inch block strips
Here I layed the blocks out with a 1 x 4 grid of 12 inch blocks on top and bottom. The center is a 3 x 4 grid of 12 inch blocks. Between the 1st and 2nd and 4th and 5th rows of 12 inch blocks are eight 6-inch blocks all in a row.
Again – I did a rough outline of the blocks in black so you can see a bit more clearly my layout. With this option you have four extra 6-inch blocks that you could use in cornerstones of a border.
Make it Work
For this option – I arranged my 12 and 6 inch blocks randomly so lots of movement was made throughout the piece.
Once again, I rough outlined each of the blocks so you can see how the 12 and 6 flowed together. There is one extra 6 inch block left over for this quilt. I would probably add it to the back of the quilt or incorporate it into my label.
I will probably be using a layout similar to this one for my final quilt. I just like how you think you’ve found the pattern only to realize that nope – not a pattern…just randomness.
I hope these three options helped you get some ideas on how you want to layout your quilt and get you heading in the right direction to have your top pieced by the 25th!