Thursday, March 28, 2013

Triangle Thursday 11

March 28, 2013
Birds in the Air
This design is number 1322 in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It is attributed to Ruth Finley who wrote Old Patchwork and the Women Who Made Them that was published in 1929.  Ruth didn't design this block but she included it in her book.  There are several quilt blocks with the same name, attributed to Finley, with vastly differing designs. You can get a printer friendly version of this post here. 

Cutting directions are for 6”
Number to cut
White Small Triangles 
2 ” triangle template
White Large Triangle 
6 7/8" Cut in half diagonally (I cut a 7 to 7 ¼” square so I could cut the finished square down to the correct size.)
Pink Triangles
2” triangle template

Here are all the pieces laid out in the correct order.

I started by making the three half square triangles. Press toward the darker fabric. 

Next, sew the two half square triangles on the left together.
Then sew the extra triangle to each of the columns of half square triangles.
I pressed each seam toward the top of the column. 

Once the columns are ready, sew the two longer ones together matching along the bottom.  Add the last triangle, again matching to the bottom. I ironed these to the smaller column. 

Here are the pieces ready to finish the block.  Because I chose to cut my white triangle bigger here’s a hint to get an accurate block without cutting off the points.  When you line these two pieces up, line up the bottom left corner of the pink to the diagonal corner. 

In this picture I’m in the process of lining these pieces to that left bottom corner.  I had them completely lined up before I sewed the diagonal seam. Sew the quarter inch seam using the pink as a guide as the white is a bit oversized. I pressed to the light triangle.

Square up the block by placing the diagonal line of the ruler on the diagonal line of the block.  Trim the light sides first, you might find you don’t need to trim any from the pink side. 

Here is a beautiful quilt on DakotaCity Quilter blog made by Lori which prompted me to pick this particular block.

And, if you want to make a larger size look at Mama Love Quilts. Nicole also has several good suggestions on how you can set this particular block. 

Check out Sandi’s blog, Piecemeal Quilts, to see a much more modern version of this classic pieced block.

I noticed that Barbara Brackman showed four of these blocks together as a separate listing but with the same name.  There are so many ways you can use this block from old fashion to modern.

Hope you enjoyed today’s Triangle Thursday and some fun eye candy. I’ve got to find storage for all of my cute little blocks.  They are are running amok in the studio. Happy Quilting!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Design Wall Monday 3/25/13

Nothing of mine is new on my design wall.  But Jenny was here last week and made these three blocks.    These are part of an ongoing Row Along at A Bee in My Bonnet.  
Check here for a list to all the row instructions on the Flicker group. 

Jenny loved working with my scraps because she just selected the right size strips from my draws and could sew these up pretty fast.  She also liked to add different fabrics to her mix of fabrics. 

I was feeding her pieces of the Mysteries for Relay blocks so some of my sewing was getting done.  Plus, we finished off all of Part 5 of Easy Street.

This scrap quilt came off Ruthie last evening.  YEAH!  A finish is coming soon.  I've picked a dark green for the binding but I'm going to take a second look at my fabric because the green is a really stiff piece of cotton.  Surely I have a navy blue, green, or red that wouldn't feel so icky.  

Weekly Goals last week:

Week of Mar 18, 2013
Finish the scrap quilt on Ruthie
Finish triangles for baby quilt –need 2 more
Make more and mail QOV blocks -didn’t touch
Work on red, white and blue pinwheels -1 more made
Put Mystery for Relay blocks together -HA! Some work was done but not much

Week of Mar 25, 2013
Make and apply binding to scrap quilt
Finish triangles for baby quilt & quilt it
Quilt customer quilt
Make more blocks for QOV and mail … or just mail what’s done!
Continue working on Mystery for Relay quilt

I was in a total quandary last night and this morning.  My cell phone was almost out of battery and I couldn't find my cord to recharge it.  This morning I was able to use a little adaptor I have and charge it with my old cell charger.  But, where, oh where, did that darn cord go. After a house-wide search I gave up.  But then I thought to look one more place: 

See that white thing on the left of the rollers?  And the usb connector and cord on the right?  I had run the Roomba vacuum while out of the house yesterday.  It wasn't suppose to do anything but the living room but evidently I didn't set something correctly and it did our bedroom and swept up the charger cord.  Unfortunately the plastic cable housing got cut but I'm thinking a little electrical tape and the cord will work 

fine.  Gee whiz!  This thing really picks up a lot of dirt and dog hair and phone charger cords. 

Here's the first self portrait of Natalie and me.  I  need to do it again with Sophie one of these times I'm visiting with her.  

Take some time and visit Patchwork Times to see design walls across the Internet.  It sure is fun and inspiring to see what folks are working on. 

Happy Quilting! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Eye Candy Instead of Triangle Thursday

I've been swamped this week and haven't got a stash of finished blocks for Triangle Thursday.  So in lieu of TT I'll be showing some eye candy from the last meeting of the Country Piecemakers quilt group. 

This is Bonie's quilt.  The main pictures of the trailers and camping things were from fabric.  I love the creative way she set these blocks including a road. 

Mercy used up a lot of her blue scraps with this one.  

 This is a work in progress by another Bonnie in the group. (I think there are either 3 or 4 Bonnies in a group of less than 40.  What?  I always thought Bonnie was an uncommon name until I got involved with quilting.) 
Bonie and Bonnie are both doing this cute applique quilt.  They are both using some of the fancy stitches on their sewing machines so check these close ups. 

Thanks to Bonie and Bonnie for letting me share their work.    

I'm hoping to get into the studio to do some quilting on Ruthie.  I haven't done any more of it since I showed you the scrap quilt on Ruthie on Design Wall Monday.  Maybe by the end of the weekend I'll have the quilting all done but it may not happen as I have SC Day of Service on Saturday.  That is 
Univ. of Southern California Day of Service.  Current students and alumni groups across the world participate in a day of giving back to the communities that we live in.  We'll be doing some work on a playground for an Autism center.  Darn, too bad the weather is going to be COLD.  

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Design Wall Monday 3/18/13

Not much new to show - - 

I finally realized that the reason I could not make these pinwheels work the way I wanted them to was because I had them twirling different directions.  

So, I unstitched a bunch of these pinwheels and have restitched most of them.  I need to make some more but I'm making progress and should have the flimsy done by the end of the month for sure. 

Here's what's on Ruthie today. I've been doing more on her than on my domestic machine this past week. I'm using my grooved boards for spirals on this section of the quilt and doing some ruler work in the borders.  I hope to finish it this week so I can get on with the binding.  It's been way too long since I've had a major finish.  

For today and tomorrow I have a little distraction going on.  And, another quilter or two in the house.  Sophia's working with my 1 1/2" squares.  She's quite intent on her work.  And, she was great about picking up the small pieces with me. 

Goal worked on this past week:

Week of Mar 11, 2013
Quilt the scrap quilt on Ruthie√ started
Go to Cottonwood and pu Jenny’s sewing machine and some quilt fabric/supplies
Hair Cut
Keep working on Mystery for Relay
Finish enough blocks for triangle baby quilt still working on these
Mail the blocks to Alycia’s QOV no time to go to the post office yet so I’ll probably cut and make a few more
Make Small Quilt Chat’s triangle quilt some work done but definitely not finished
Clean extra bathroom√ and the rest of the house

Week of Mar 18, 2013
Finish the scrap quilt on Ruthie
Finish triangles for baby quilt
Make more and mail QOV blocks
Work on red, white and blue pinwheels
Put Mystery for Relay blocks together

And, here's a last peak at my cutie pies --

Don't forget to visit Patchwork Times to view Design Walls all across the internet. 

Happy Quilting All 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Triangle Thursday 10

March 14, 2013
Road to Oklahoma
This design is number 2644 in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It is attributed to Ladies Art Co.  The Ladies Art Co. was the first company to provide mail-order quilting patterns.  Visit Connie Chunn’s website Ladies Art Company for more information about the company and examples of the catalogs and newspaper ads. Click here for a printer friendly version.

Cutting directions are for 6” and 4” finished size.
Number to cut
Green Squares  
2 ”
1 ½”
Green Rectangles
2 x 3 ½”
1 ½” x 2 ½”
Blue Squares
1 ½”
Blue Triangles
Use the 1 1/2” triangle template
Use the 1” triangle template

Start by sewing your half square triangles on to the corners of the rectangles. Pay attention so the triangles, when sewn, are facing the correct directions.  Sew the squares together to make your four patch. 

Once you have the four patch finished, sew the pieces into rows. Then sew the rows together.  I ironed the top and bottom rows to the squares.  The center row was ironed toward the four patch. 

That’s it for today's Triangle Thursday.  I was tickled to have the blue waste triangles and still have yardage so I could do the squares.  I’m beginning to be over run with these little blocks.  I need to figure out something to do with some of them.  Happy Quilting!