Bakers Dozen: Quilt Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 6

Baker’s Dozen Block of the Month

Month 6– (8) Harlequin Blocks and (4) Corner Blocks

This is our last month together working on Bakers Dozen. I have really enjoyed the journey, and I loved working with all of you.

If you are interested, we are offering Jen’s latest Template of the Month, Golden Days.  We still have openings in our May group, so I hope you decide to join us. Click here to sign up.

By this time, you are getting down to the bare bones of your fabric for this project.  The pattern called for 8 yards of a variety of fabrics, and 7/8 yd for the inner border and binding.  If you have run out of fabric, please let me know.  You can always add some of your own stash for the Corner Block Strips.

Having said that, this is where I used some of my smaller scraps for the triangles:

Harlequin Blocks found on pages 23 -25.  Make (8)

***Please Note:

Each block has (2) T13 and (2) T13 rev.  Make sure you have these in the right place before you sew, or your block will not fit.

The drawing in the pattern make T16 and T17 look identical – They are not!

Once again, I suggest you cut all your pieces out and place them on your work table.  Sew section by section to avoid confusion.

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Finished Harlequin Blocks:

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Corner Blocks found on page 26. Make (4)

I don’t have much insight on this block as it is pretty straight-forward. The photo in the pattern shows each corner block with the same strips in the same order.  I did not have enough fabric to accomplish this.  I used what I had left, and I’m very happy with the result.

Finished Corner Blocks:

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Quilt Assembly:

This quilt is at its essence a center medallion with pieced borders.  The biggest problem with assembling this type of quilt is that each border has to fit exactly.  You may have to ease (sometimes quite a bit) in order to make this happen.

When I started to add the 2nd pieced border (the one with the Checkerboard Blocks) I actually ended up removing a row from two of my Checkerboard blocks to make this row fit.  I would challenge anyone to look at my finished quilt and see that I did that.

My Completed Bakers Dozen:

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Once again, thanks again for making Bakers Dozen with me!

May God Bless You all.

Ann Powers

Bakers Dozen: Quilt Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 3

Baker’s Dozen Block of the Month

Month 3 – (4) Aircastle Star Blocks, (4) Combination Star Blocks, and Eight Willow Blocks

 

Hello Everyone, welcome back!

This month we are making the rest of the 6” blocks that will be used in the two borders that surround the center medallion blocks.

Aircastle Block, pages 9 & 10:  Confession time…I got really confused in reading the pattern, and trying to decide which fabrics to use and my color placement.  I drew a little cheat sheet with the pieces numbered to correspond with my fabrics and the sizes to cut each.  This really helped me.

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I also cut each piece for each block and arranged them in the appropriate place, before I began to sew.

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Here are my finished Aircastle Blocks:

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The next set of blocks will be the Combination Star Blocks, pages 11 & 12.  As in all the other blocks, lay out your cut pieces before you begin sewing.

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This blocks has triangle points that meet in the center of the block.

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If you have trouble with triangle points, I’ll show you how I keep my points “pointy”.  Insert a straight pin at the point of the first triangle, and then through the point of the second triangle.  Do this on each point to be joined.

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Pull the pin so it is straight and the two pieces are lined up together.  Put a pin on either side of the seam to hold that exact place tight.  When you sew this piece, do not remove the pins, but GO SLOWLY over the pins so the seam doesn’t shift.

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Finished Combination Star Blocks:

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The last eight blocks we will make for this month will be Willow Block, page 13, which is a rectangle.  Finished blocks size will be 7 ¼” x 6”, but again, your finished block size may vary.  All of my blocks are measuring ¼” smaller.  The point is they are ALL measuring ¼” smaller, so they will fit together beautifully in the finished quilt.

You will need to cut templates for this block.  Sadly, none of the triangles are 60 degrees or 45 degrees.  I did discover that by cutting a 3 ¾” x 4 ¾” rectangle and cutting it diagonally we can make two T8 triangles.  Make another 3 ¾”x 4 ¾” rectangle and cut it diagonally the opposite way to get two T8 reversed triangles.  Of course, if you want four fabrics for each corner, you’ll have to cut them one at a time.

The Willow Block has two options so I’m going to make four of each.

The first version of this block has the two diamond points meeting at the center.  For this reason, I have pressed one set of seams toward the center, and the opposite set of seams toward the outside.  This will allow you to “snuggle” your seams together for a perfect fit.

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Use the same technique with a straight pin at the points on both diamonds.  You’ll be able to feel the seams and just make sure they line up properly.

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First four Willow Blocks:

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Luckily the alternate version of this block is much simpler, no points to align. Yippee!

Here they are:

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Thanks to all of you who are sharing your blocks on our Facebook page. Have fun and see you all next month!

Xox,

Ann

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!

Australian Sampler

color wallWatch this space for Ann’s construction of her Australian Sampler.  We’ll get it posted the week of May 16, 2016.  If you’ve purchased the kit, or if you just want to give it a go with your own choice of fabrics, you should check out these photos for help and inspiration.

By the way, this photo is of the color wall that Ann put together in order to choose her fabrics for the sampler.  Ann knows color, that’s for sure.

Here’s the pattern for the quilt–Patchwork Sampler–which you can get by clicking here.

Patchwork Sampler pattern--NOT made with aboriginals. Wait until you see the difference.

Patchwork Sampler pattern–NOT made with aboriginals. Wait until you see the difference.

Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along

We’ve been wanting to do a Quilt Along for awhile, and we love Jen Kingwell designs, so this was a perfect match.  This will be the first quilt along we’ve done, so please be patient with us.

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This will be a fairly relaxed QAL (quilt along).  I will be posting about every two weeks about my experience and suggestions in constructing the center block, borders and finishing work.  Like every other project I tackle, there will be a lot of improvisation and throwing the printed instructions out the window.  You’ll find that I love to make beautiful quilts and I’m willing to try just about anything to make it work.  When I run into a technique I’m not sure about, I give it a try.  If it doesn’t work for me, I find an easier way to accomplish the task.  I’ll be sharing those tips with you.

How it works.  We’ll publish a series of posts detailing each step in the process.  You can quilt along with us, ask questions, and share your techniques and advice with others.  You can follow along at our speed or go at your own pace as posts will remain on this blog even after the quilt along has been completed.

Schedule of Posts

  • October 17th — Ann’s Overview and General Observations on the pattern, including Fabric and Color Selection.
  • October 31 — Constructing the center section including templates, piecing triangles,  applique of circles, and more.
  • November 14 –Border one.
  • Ann is still working on the pattern, so there will be additional posts for the other borders, etc.

Purchasing the Pattern

We have plenty of patterns available in our store.  You can shop online by clicking here

I’ve started a Flickr group so that we can all share our progress, and if you use Instagram, you can use the tag #midnightheartsong.

So, are you anxious to join us in making this amazing quilt? We would love to have you join us!