Sunday, July 26, 2015

Block 101 - The 4 Patch

Simple.  Versatile.  Ubiquitous.   (Wait, I said that about the HST block too!)

The 4 patch block is a basic foundation block which is used as part of countless other blocks.


To assemble, you need four squares of equal size.  



Fold the pieces on the right over on top of the pieces of the left (right sides together) and bring to your machine.  Sew.


See that piece of thread which connects these together - don't cut that!


  Open and press seams towards the dark side.  (May the force be with you!)


Fold the bottom squares onto the top (right sides together) and align against the seam.  With your seams pressed towards the dark side, the two pieces will nestle together nicely.

Pin right at that seam intersection.


Sew together and press open.


And from the wrong side.


The table below can help you figure out how big you need to cut the initial squares in order to get the 4 patch size you want.

For example, for a 4 patch that will finish at 4” in your finished quilt, you need to cut the initial two squares at 2½”.




The formula is easy -  take any finish size you need for the 4 patch, divide that number by 2 and then add ½”.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sandcastles at the Beach!


My family and I are fortunate enough to vacation for a week each year at the North Carolina beach.  The Outer Banks are just beautiful.  I bring my machine along each year to sew during the times we are not down on the beach.

This year, I created Sandcastle!



I waited until the last day to capture a photo on the beach which meant I had to deal with lots of wind.



The photo op was still fun .... until I had to chase it down the beach after a big wind gust!

This pattern is now available in my Elm Street Quilts pattern store on Craftsy.  It is my 6th pattern and could be my favorite one!

You need 2 fat quarters for the castle and then scraps for the flags, windows and doors.

My kids are teenagers and have lost interest in building actual sandcastles.  My quilty one will just have to do!!




(Also posted at my blog A Stitch in Time.)


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Block 101- The Half Square Triangle (HST)

Simple.  Versatile.  Ubiquitous. 

The half square triangle - HST - is a basic foundation block which is used a part of countless other blocks.


To assemble, you need two squares of equal size.   Draw a line down from corner to corner of the light block. 





Place right sides together with the lighter square with the drawn line facing up.  To each side of the diagonal line, stitch at ¼” distance. The photo below uses black thread to make it more visible on the screen.

First sew on one side



Then the other




Cut apart on the pencil line between the stitches.



You've now created 2 HST.



Press the seams to the darker side and trim to desired size. Congratulations - you now have two HST!!

The table below can help you figure out how big you need to cut the initial square in order to get the HST size you want.

For example, for a HST that will finish at 2½” in your finished quilt, you need to cut the initial two squares at 3½” and then trim after pressing to 3". (Since you'll sew with a  ¼” seam on all sides, your trimmed 3" square will become a 2½” HST in your quilt.




Finished HST
Unfinished HST - TRIM
Cut Square
1”
1½”
2”
1½”
2”
2½”
2”
2½”
3”
2½”
3”
3½”
3”
3½”
4”
3½”
4”
4½”
4”
4½”
5”
4½”
5”
5½”
5”
5½”
6”
X”
X + ½”
X + 1”



The formula is easy -  take any finish size you need for the HST and add 1 inch to get the initial cut square.   (Technically, you only need to add 7/8" but I have found it difficult to cut 7/8" so round up to the nearest ¼”.)


Have a wonderful day! Patty