Bakers Dozen: Quilt Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 5

Baker’s Dozen Block of the Month

Month 5–(8) 12” Star Block with Cross and (4) 12” Eight Pointed Star Block

12” Star Block with Cross is found on page 16.  This block is pretty straightforward so I don’t have any special knowledge or instructions.

For each block, you need four foundation pieced corner squares for a total of 32!  As I mentioned before, I did not make sure each corner piece was identical, I felt it would be too much to ask of myself to keep track of which strip went where.  If you want to make sure each corner is the same, you will need to make them four at a time.

For me, I decided to make all 32 at the same time.  Actually, we will need another 16 for the 12” Eight Pointed Star blocks, so we’ll need 48 in total.

I don’t know if it is easier, but I decided to draw my diagonal lines across the whole sheet, and then cut the squares 4” x 4”

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Any extra pieces I used to add to blocks that needed a corner filled in

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Here’s my pile of 4” x 4” striped pieces

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Eight Pointed Star Block 12” is found on page 27.  This is the same block we made in Month 1.  The only difference is this block is 12”.  If you need a refresher on ‘Y’ seams, and set in seams, please refer to this information found in Month 1.  Also, remember that we posted  videos with some helpful tips on this on the HeartSong Facebook page and on the Bakers Dozen Quiltalong with HeartSong Facebook page.

As I mentioned before, you will need four foundation pieced 4” x 4” corner blocks for each block, for a total of 16.

Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of any of these blocks before I put them all together.  No reason, I just forgot.

Good luck, have fun, and I’ll be back in a month!

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 12

Hooray!

We are almost there!  What a fun and challenging journey this has been.  Thanks for going with me.

This is our final month, and we are making (9) Black Cockatoo Blocks.  The instructions for the pinwheel and filler blocks are also included as well as finishing instructions in this month’s information.

Black Cockatoo Block:  *The pattern for this block is a mirror image of the colored photos in the quilt.  I’m a visual person (as most quilters are) and this threw me.

I made a copy of the block at the bottom of page two and wrote the template numbers on each piece.

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The other thing that bugged me was the T50/T47 diagram. With all my reference photos reversed, I had a really hard time until I rotated the unit to the position that it appears in the block.  I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but hopefully the photo will help.

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Once I laid out the pieces correctly, it was just a matter of sewing them together.

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I have no good advice on pressing the seams, so I’ll leave that up to you.

Finished blocks:

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Filler Blocks – Pinwheels – make 31 blocks.

The pattern instructions are pretty straight forward, and after all the blocks we’ve made, pinwheels are easy.

I only have one tip I’d like to add and you can take it or leave it.  If you cut (2) contrasting fabrics at 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, sew a 1/4” seam all around the outside edges, then cut 2 times diagonally, you will have four half square triangles for your pinwheel.

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Finally, Quilt Construction:

I love the way Jen puts the quilt together in sections.  This way, you can move blocks around depending on your own color preferences.

I used color pencils to outline each section, which helped identify them as I put the blocks together on my design wall.

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I have really enjoyed making Delilah with all of you.  Please, post a photo of your finished quilt when you are done.  We would all like to see your hard work come to fruition!

 

Also, be sure to sign up for Golden Days, Jen’s newest Template of the Month.  We’ll have a lot of fun making it.  Once again, we’ll have a blog, videos, and a facebook page. Click here to see the details.

 

Here’s my completed and quilted Delilah!

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Thanks again, and may God Bless you all!

 

Love, Ann

Bakers Dozen: Quilt Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 4

Baker’s Dozen Block of the Month

Month 4 – (4) Jewel Box Blocks and (8) Checkerboard Blocks

Hello, everyone!  We will now begin the blocks consisting of the second border.  You can sew the center blocks, inner border and the first border with the blocks from the first three months.  I like the fact that we can build the quilt as we go.

This month, we will be making (4) Jewel Box blocks found on pages 14 & 15; and (8) Checkerboard blocks found on pages 15 & 16.

Jewel Box Block:  The drawing in the pattern makes this look like a square, it is not.  The templates are diamonds or triangles.

Once again, I suggest you lay out the pieces, and sew each section.

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Watch those sneaky T6 corner pieces…I kept sewing them the wrong way around.

Here are my Jewel Box Blocks:

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Checkerboard Block:  The pattern tells us to cut 42 –  1 ½” squares for each block!  That’s 336 – 1 ½” squares!  Not for this girly I can tell you that.  I cut 1 ½” strips and sewed six of them side by side, then sub cut and sewed these together to make my blocks.  I made several strip sets, so it was plenty scrappy for me.

I made four from page 15, and four from page 16.

Finished Checkerboard Blocks:

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Thanks everyone for posting your progress. So fun to see the blocks.

Until next time, keep yourselves in stitches!

Ann

 

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 11

Delilah Month 11–Princess Cut; make 9 blocks.

Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!  Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and a break from all that the world throws at you.

We are almost done with this amazing quilt, but what a fun journey it has been for me,

This month we make 9 Princess Cuts.

First things first — there is a correction to the pattern under CUTTING.

The first line reads: Cut 4 x T32.  Please change your pattern to read: Cut 8 x T42.  That’s it, probably a little typo.

You could go ahead and use the T42 template, but it is a 45 degree angle, so if you cut  a 2–5/8” x 2-5/8” square, then cut diagonally 2 times, you will get four 45 degree triangles. Cut a second 2-5/8” square and you have eight triangles for the center of the block.

With all the points in this block, pressing is super important.  Just remember to press the seams of T45/T44/T43/T42 to the left.  Press T45 Rev/T44/T 43 Rev/T42 to the right and all should be well.

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Press seams open when you join these sections.

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Finished Blocks:

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Thanks for with sticking with us!

See you next month!

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 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.