Monday, February 8, 2021
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Beach Dreams is the 2021 Block of the Month.
Friday, January 8, 2021
|Two-piece sea and sky background for the dolphins.|
I hope you will take the time between now and the 15th to comb through your stash and pick out just the right fabrics for your quilt.
Monday, December 28, 2020
2021 Beach BOM has a name: Beach Dreams
Balmy breezes …. Sunshine …. The soothing swish of waves brushing the shore …. The music of sea birds in the air accompanied by the slap of flip-flops against one’s heels … The chime of sail and flag riggings gently hitting their masts …. The tangy scent of salt and seaweed in the air …
Connect The Blocks and Morning Glory Designs are excited to partner again in 2021 to bring you this sea-worthy Block of the Month! After a tumultuous 2020, aren’t we all ready for some calm? Our beachy BOM represents the easy-going life at the beach.
This will be a 12-part series that will include piecing, applique, and some paper-piecing. It’s appropriate for confident beginners and seasoned quilters alike and when it’s complete you’ll have a beautiful large lap throw or wall hanging (approximately 68” square) to give someone special or keep for yourself.
Click on the 2021 BOM tab at the top of the page for more details.
Sign ups are open now, and the first block (Dolphins) will go out January 15, 2021. You may choose to get monthly digital downloads, or have a paper copy mailed to your home (or beach) address.
You may subscribe by the month or, pre-pay for the whole project, and get 2 months free!
|Block 1: Dolphins|
And of course, gorgeous batik fabric kits will be available from ConnectTheBlocks.com
Your kit subscription to this Block of the Month (BOM) includes all the fabrics you need to make the top, the printed patterns and templates for each block, and the postage to send it to you monthly. The first kits will be sent out in January, usually about a week after you sign up. If you choose to start later in the year, that’s no problem! We’ll work with you to complete this on your time schedule.
I hope you will join us this year for another great block of the month adventure. I will be offering monthly videos to help you each step of the way. Thanks for hanging out with us and playing along on this beautiful Beach Dreams quilt.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
|2021 Beach Themed Block of the Month|
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Monday, October 19
Tuesday, October 20
Wednesday, October 21
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The placemat includes a pocket on one corner for a coordinating napkin.
· For a set of 4 placemats and 4 napkins, you will need 20 FQ’s (if you want different fabrics for each place setting). From those 20 FQ’s you will have sufficient remaining fabric to make additional placemats and napkins by recombining fabrics.
· 18” x 24” piece of thin batting for each placemat
· Basting Spray or safety pins
· Matching thread
Cutting List: ( for ONE placemat)
· From your FQ bundle Select which fabrics you will use for the center squares, the accent side panels, the pockets, pocket trim, and binding. Select a full FQ for the back of each placemat. Label each FQ.
· From main print FQ cut a 14” square (center of placemat)
· From accent FQ cut two 3 1/2” x 14” rectangles (side panels)
· From contrasting FQ cut a 10” square, sub
-cut once on the diagonal (pocket)
· From contrasting FQ cut one 15" x 1-1/4” strip , Press in half lengthwise, wrong sides together (trim strip on the edge of the pocket)
· From contrasting FQ cut 80” of 2-1/4” strips for binding. Join strips. Press in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.
· From two different accent fabrics, cut a 14” square (for lined napkins)
1. Stitch a 3-1/2” x 14” accent strip to either side of the center 14” square. Press toward the accent fabric.
2. Layer the placemat with batting and a FQ for backing. Spray baste or pin layers together.
3. Mark cross hatching on quilt top with washable marker. Quilt with matching thread. Use a walking foot on your machine to keep the layers from shifting.
4. Trim placemat to remove excess batting and backing and to even up the edges.
5. Pin pressed 15" x 1-1/4” trim strip to the long side of one of the pocket triangles, right side together and raw edges matching. Place second pocket triangle on top of first triangle, right sides together and pin along the long edge. The trim strip will be between the two triangles. Stitch along the long edge through all layers being careful not to stretch the bias edge of the triangles.
6. Press the two pocket triangles away from the trim strip. Press the whole unit with starch or sizing to give it some extra body. Trim the two short sides of the triangle with a large square ruler to even up the edges and make sure they are square.
7. Align the pocket triangle unit with lower left corner of the placemat. Pin in place and baste 1/8” from the raw edge.
8. Open out one end of the prepared binding strip and fold the end over to form a 45 degree angle to the long edge. Refold the binding strip in half and press. Stitch the binding to the BACK of the placemat leaving the first 4” unstitched using a 1/4” seam. Use matching thread for both the top and the back. Use a walking foot to stitch down the binding and miter the corners.
9. When you get near the starting point, pin the loose 4” of binding in place and tuck the end of the binding between the two layers of those first 4”. Trim off any excess binding. The two ends of the binding should only overlap about 2”. Pin all layers in place aligning raw edges of the binding to the raw edge of quilt. Finish stitching down the binding through all layers.
10. Press the binding away from the back. Turn placemat over and press the binding over the raw edge of the quilt FRONT. Steam the fold as you press. Miter the corners and press well.
11. Using a blind hem stitch and matching thread, stitch down the binding on the FRONT of the quilt.
12. Remove any quilting marks and press the placemat.
Now make the napkin.
· Use the two 14” squares you cut from two coordinating FQs.
· With right sides together stitch the squares together on all four sides using a quarter inch seam allowance. Leave a 5” opening to turn in the middle of one side. You can use a serger for this if you have one. Just be sure to leave the opening in the 4th side.
· Turn the napkin right sides out and carefully press the edges flat, trying not to get “foldy” puckers along the edges. If you have a Seam Roll insert it inside the napkin, position it beneath the seam and press the seam flat. You can make a seam roll by taking four FQ’s and folding them in quarters. Stack them one atop the other and tightly roll them up. Wrap a strip of cut off selvage around each end of the roll and pin the strips in place with a long pin.
· Remove the seam roll and finish pressing the edges. Make sure you push out the four corners. Fold under the 1/4” seam allowance in the opening and press, aligning the edges of the two sides of the napkin.
· With matching thread top stitch around the napkin on all four sides 1/8” from the edge. Stitch a second row of stitches, just next to first row of stitching if desired. Press the napkin, fold, and insert into the napkin pocket on the placemat.
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Now as June approaches the roses are starting to bloom in my backyard. It is time to dust off some rose quilt blocks to give away, and put on sale to greet the changes taking place in my yard.
Here is the new free Deco Garden Bonus Block: Purple Roses
This was one of first five Deco Garden blocks I offered back in 2015. After the Deco Garden block of the month quilt was complete, I did not release the first 10 bonus blocks, but planned to release them later. I had planned to release them in a second Deco Garden Quilt. But with the pandemic and the need to lift some spirits I decided to release some of them early. Originally this block was released with a black background.
If you just can't live with purple and you want something a bit bigger, here is an on-point variation in pink. I almost like the pink better than the purple. Almost.
By putting the block on point, I create corner triangles where partial blocks fill in those corners. Add a lacy border and this would make a great baby quilt, large wall hanging, or small throw at 41" square.
What about making nine blocks and arranging them with a cute triangle border?
Or in pink?
Or go psycho and pull funky stuff from your stash?
Ok, that is pretty ugly. I just threw that one in to make sure you were still paying attention.
What about reducing the size of the wreath and using 3 in a table runner?
More work than you want to do to cut all those roses? Dust of your Brother Scan N Cut and let it to the cutting for you!!!
Ok, one more, just cuz I wanted to see what I could do with this block in a larger quilt. This one is almost Queen size.
This pink version is set on point with half and quarter blocks in the sides and corners. The center block is left blank and quilted with the block motif in green thread. It is 76" square with a 3" border but you could increase the borders and bring it up to a queen size without much trouble.
Here are a few more blocks and quilts on sale for half price, to offer you a few more rose and pansy inspirations.