Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Criss - Cross Connections tutorial

Wow, the months are speeding by.  It seems we just barely posted last month's mystery quilt tutorial. 
Well, here comes some more fun!

Begin by sewing the borders to the 8 inch blocks.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the 2 inch star point squares.  Place one (right sides together) on the corner of a 3 ½ x 11 inch sashing rectangle.  Sew on the drawn line and press back.  Repeat on all four corners of each of the sashing rectangles. 

Create the rows by sewing a sashing unit between three of the blocks and to each end of the resulting row.  Create three rows. 

Sew a 3 ½ inch star center between three of the sashing units and one to each end.  Create four of these rows.

Sew a sashing row in between each of the three block rows and to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Sew a 1 ½ inch brown first border to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Add the 5 inch stripe border fabric to the top and bottom only.  Sew a 1 ½ inch brown first border all the way around the quilt.

 Finish with the 5 ¾ inch final border.

Quilt as desired.  Bind and enjoy!

The finished quilt.  - The colors are nuch better in real life.  We are still working on this photography thing.

Here are some of the fabrics for August's mystery quilt.

They are from the Country Harvest line, by Eric Dowdle.

Friday, July 13, 2012

New block party begins Aug. 11

We finally found fabrics to get started on the next block party!  Here is a peek.....

Becky finished the first block the other night.  It feels good to have it started.  We were pleased with the way it turned out.  What do you think?

We have a daughter getting married next month.  With wedding on the brains we wonder if we have successfully taught her and helped her learn all the skills she will need to be happy and successful in life.  We hope so.  We pass along these musings only because they are the inspiration behind this quilt.  It will be called "Letters to my daughter".  Each block will represent some practical advice for life as she moves into the wonderful phase of independence and rearing a family of her own.  A letter with practical advice and counsel will accompany each of the blocks.

We may offer the quilt in two different color ways if we can find more fabric to our liking.  (Stay tuned.)

Anyway, the block party will begin Aug. 11th.  We are now reserving spaces.  The sign up fee is only $15.00 and then $2.00 per session.  Each session will include fabric for two nine inch blocks.  Right now, the plan is for 24 blocks total.  You will be able to set the blocks however you like.  We will have setting kits available for an additional fee if you like the way Becky finishes hers.

Call us at 801-465-9133 to reserve your spot today.