Bakers Dozen: Quilt Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 2

Baker’s Dozen Block of the Month

Month 2 – Another Star Block/Hand of Friendship

Hi Everyone!  Ready for more blocks?

This month, we are piecing twelve of the ‘Another Star Block’ found in the pattern booklet just after ‘8 Pointed Star’.  The pattern has an alternate layout that I also like, so I decided to make six of each.  We will also be making eight ‘Hand of Friendship’ blocks.  These will become part of the first ‘border’ around the center four blocks.  This way, you can build the quilt as we finish the blocks that go into each of the borders.

Another Star Block – make a total of 12.  I made six of the original pattern (page 5), and six of the alternate (page 7).

This block is not difficult, but the way it is pieced can be confusing.  Just take your time and make sure your pieces are where they should be before you stitch.  Check twice, sew once.

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In constructing the block. I pressed all my pieces away from the center.  The only section that I pressed toward the center was the middle section as I finished piecing the block.  I pressed toward the center so my seams would sandwich nicely when I added the two outside pieces.

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Here are the first six blocks:

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Another Star Block – alternate pattern

Once I started working on the alternate layout, I realized it would be a little more work as I had to line up the seam in the center piece with the point on the outside corner piece where the triangles meet.  I marked the seam allowance on the back of the center piece.  Then I inserted a pin at that mark from the back through the intersection of the triangles on the corner piece.  Now I am certain the seams will line up perfectly.

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Here are the second set of six blocks:

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Hand of Friendship Star Block – make 8

Some of the blocks in Jen’s original quilt used only three fabrics, sort of refreshing for a change.  I think I’ll do a few scrappier blocks because I only have small pieces of background fabric left.

Again, to avoid confusion and un-sewing, I highly suggest cutting the pieces for each block one at a time, and lay them on your work surface in the order you want them in in the final block.  If you have a cell phone, you might want to take a picture of each block as you work on it.  You can always delete these pictures when you no longer need them for reference.

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Just a quick look at the first two blocks I’ve finished.  I do like the scrappier block, so I’m going to try to use up my little pieces of background fabric.

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Here are my final Hand of Friendship Blocks:

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Thanks, everyone.  Have fun with these and I’ll be back next month.

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 9

Delilah, Month 9–Sprinkled Delight, Make 9

Hello everyone, this month we are starting to make the 6” blocks.  We need nine Sprinkled Delight blocks, and they are small curves.

I am going to begin by saying, ARGH!

Okay, now that I got that out of my system, I can move on.

The first block, I pieced as Jen shows in the pattern.  Sadly, it came out lopsided.

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After several attempts, I finally decided to piece the whole center, half the circle, and half the outside of the block.

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It was easier for me to piece the larger curve in a longer section.

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Finally, I appliqued the center circle over the center of the block.

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I hope the purists will forgive me, but for me it is more important how it looks, not the process of getting there.  Especially when I would have had to un-sew as many times as I would have had to with this block.

I really enjoyed the fabric selection for these blocks:

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Thank you all, see you next time!

Delilah: Sew Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 5

 

Month 5 – North Star, Make 5

I am thrilled to tell you that this block is Easy Peazy!  Compared to the first 4 months, you can sew this one with your eyes closed (almost)!  Also, these will finish at 9” instead of 12” like the previous months.

I decided to go less scrappy with these blocks, and I really like the way they turned out.

 

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There is no need for special information on this one, but I wanted to remind you of a basic lesson from Pressing 101:  press each segment to opposite sides to make your seams sandwich perfectly.

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These are my blocks:

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Next month:  No curves, but no walk in the park, either.  Have fun!

Delilah: Sew Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 4

Month 4:  Fairhaven.  Make 3

Okay, everyone, another block with small curved piecing. On this block, I did not cut the straight edges of the curved template (T16, T16 rev.)  ½” larger because there are no straight edges on the T17 template.  It seemed easier to line up the edges and go slowly.

If I didn’t tell you before, I will tell you now that it is easier to piece curves with the concave curve on the bottom and the convex curve on top.

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To make it easier to piece each section,                             Press the                                   press the T16/T17/T16 units toward                                   T16 rev./T17 rev./T16 rev.           outside of block.                                                                  units toward center of block:

Unfortunately, there will be  sections where eight corners meet and there is very little you can do to decrease the thickness.  Definitely press these seams open, and unless you are hand quilting, be sure your quilter (either yourself or a long arm quilter) is aware of these seams.  Strong needles have been known to break on these kinds of seams.

Here are my Fairhaven Blocks:

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I don’t know about you, But I thought these first four months were pretty tough.  Good news, next month’s block is a snap!

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 3

Month 3 – Shooting Star.  Make two

This block has lots of points to match up, so I think it’s a good idea to mark the points of each piece.  Sometimes, I skip this step if it looks like straight piecing, but this block screams for accuracy!

Also, pay attention to which way you press seams that will join as you piece the block.  After piecing the three pieces (T12, T11, and T12 rev.), press both seams toward the outside.  The next three (T14, T13, and T14 rev.) will eventually meet in the center, so press two toward center and two toward the outside.

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Attach T15 and T15 rev. to sides of T13/T14 piece.  Press these seams in the same direction that you pressed the T13/14 pieces in the previous step,

The seams will cross each other because they are all at different angles, but this keeps all your seams from being in one place.

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In the last two steps, you will join the four pieces to make the finished block, these seams will fit nicely together with the seams pressed the right way.

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Here are my finished Shooting Star Blocks:

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Next month is another challenging block, but then there’s a bit of a break in month 5.  Keep at it:  this quilt is worth it!

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 2

Month 2 – Bells Beach, Make Two

Did you use a 28mm or 18mm rotary cutter for your first month blocks? If not, how did it work for you with the 45mm cutter?  Seemed harder to cut for me so I used the smaller 28mm cutter.

Once again, we have a lot of small curved pieces in each block.  I’ve added ½” to each of the straight sides of each piece.  Trim the smaller blocks to 5 ½” x 5 ½” before you piece them to finish the block.

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The directions for the borders are in the pattern.  They’re pretty straightforward.

Remember, you’re going to be getting new fabrics each month, so feel free to use fabrics from the previous month.

My finished Bells Beach Blocks:

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I’m getting excited about this quilt!  I hope you are, too.  Jen’s patterns are a challenge, but I love how they turn out.

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 1

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be making Jen Kingwell’s latest pattern, Delilah, with all of you.
If you’ve ever made one of Jen’s quilts before, you’ll remember that she has always provided patterns to trace, but you had to add a ¼” seam to each one. Easy enough for straight lines, but many of the blocks are curved. Jen is a hand piecer and hand quilter, so she needed the actual size of the units she was piecing, and the seam allowance wasn’t so critical. The templates in this project include the ¼” seam allowance and make for a quilt ideally suited to machine piecing.

So, my plan for this Sew-A-Long is to give helpful hints, and take lots of pictures as we go along. If you have questions, post them or email us and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.
Pre-constuction tip: In addition to any quilting tool you are using, I would suggest adding a 28mm or 18mm rotary cutter. The 45mm will work, but it seems to be easier with the smaller blade.
Okay, let’s get started with Month 1 – Rising Sun Block, make two.
1st Tip: This pattern has small pieces with curves. Before you cut out your pieces, I’ve learned a handy trick from Pam Goecke Dinndorf at Aardvark Quilts. When I made Pam’s Bouja, her very helpful advice when cutting pieces with curves was to cut the straight edges of the pattern pieces 1” larger than the pattern/template calls for. This gives you some wiggle room since everyone’s ¼” seam varies depending on the machine or other unseen reasons. Since these pieces are small, I think an extra ½” on the straight sides should be plenty. Be sure you trace the actual template on the fabric and mark the center of the curves to be able to make sure they match in the end. Trim the small blocks to 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” before piecing the rest of the block.

 

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Notice how I’ve left an additional 1/2″ on the straight sides of the template.

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Once you piece the curves, cut off the extra 1/2″ allowance you left.

 

The other templates that are all straight edges (squares, rectangles, triangles) can be rotary cut as you would normally.

 

These are my finished Rising Sun Blocks:

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Have fun!  See you next month.