Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Double Square Tutorial for H2H

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Today I am guest hosting over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict with the lovely Sarah for the Hands2Help Challenge.  I wanted to share a very easy block to make that is simple to 'quilt math' and a great scrap buster.

This is the Double Square block that, also, goes by the name Squared Star and Spinning Tulip.  It is simply the 'tulip unit' and how you use it.

To make the tulip unit you will need one large and two print squares; and two framing background rectangles.  Here is where you use your quilt math.  Your large square can be your choice of size and your two matching small squares (sewn together) equal the width.  I used a 4.5" large square, 2.5" small squares, making my rectangles 2.5" x 4.5" and 2.5" x 6.5".

Let's start stitching - draw a line corner to corner on your two small squares.  You have to pay attention to placement here.  The shorter rectangle has the square placed on the right - sewing out to the corner; and the longer rectangle has the square placed on the left side - sewing out to the corner.

Trim your flip corner seams (keep the little geese or toss).  Now you can just make the Tulip to use as a block - frame it, toss it in different directions, alternate with a plain block, or use two corner to corner for a butterfly look. With this in mind - your flip corners can be pressed out and your rectangles when added (short one first) can be pressed out.
*unfinished size is 6.5"*

Because I am making the Double Square, I pressed the short flip corner out and the long flip corner in - this will help with putting 'tulips' together for the square.

Two tulips upside down so you can see how I pressed the corners so the 'mesh' at the seam lines.  The short rectangle was pressed into the large square and the long rectangle was pressed out - so ALL seams mesh.

I pressed the unit adjoining seams open for a flatter laying block.

This, also, helps with neater block joinings when putting blocks into rows.
You could press your row seams open or press all one row to the right and the next to the left to help with meshing seams.  I did right-to-left and still got a nice flat seam.  *and here you can see, I used two different white-on-whites using up those scraps*

 This is my quilt top set 3 x 4 blocks together and you can see you get an alternating pattern (the white quadrifoils).  You could sash, piano key the outer border - just play with it.  This will be one of my H2H donations locally with our quilt guild's community work.

A fun block, a quick block, a stash eating block, and an easy 'math' block.
Enjoy playing,

Sewingly Yours,

Scrappy Wdnesday

I am finished with all the commission work and have a huge need to play in scraps.  The RSC19 color for the month is GREEN and I have a lot of green to use up.  I saw SARAH's post about blocks for New Zealand and I know what I am going to be working on thru the day.  Please go read her post for the full information, but I will share the pattern here as well.

Just right click and save to your favorite file to keep as reference or print.

You can visit Angel in Gumboots on Facebook and read a lot more about this project as well - mailing addresses are there, too.

Sewingly Yours,

Monday, March 18, 2019

Monday Making

I showed the Basket Blocks from grandma's treasures before - one of the commission pieces.  These were all a tad bit different in size and I trimmed enough to keep points and to get them at least square.  Then I put a sashing around each and trimmed them all to the same 12.5" unfinished size block.

This gave a 'squared' quilt to work on.  The little bits of differences are not that noticeable.  This was the first quilt I worked on and it has sat for the end mainly: 1.  I wasn't sure how I wanted to quilt this and 2. the muslin I ordered (12 yards) was used up with the first three quilts - so not 12 yards!  Honestly two quilts 68" square and one 72" x 82" and I only use an extra 2" each side when laying out for home machine quilting ( my thrifty side).  Please, my math is not off.  I will figure on the high side and say I used 7 yards, but there was just about 10" x WOF (90") left.  I am very disappointed and yes, I let them know.

My two banquet tables side by side - 72" square is a little hard to fit in a photo - no, I don't climb ladders for pictures.  It's been decided to do a very open all over quilting as some of the basket fabrics are a little fragile.

The sun is shining, most of the snow has melted off, and I have my Monday planned,
Sewingly Yours,

Friday, March 15, 2019



If you are new to RSC, you need to check out ANGELA's super great way to use up scraps by color.  Each month she announces a color and usually has a quilt/block idea each year.  This year is tiny blocks and I hope to catch up on those next month.

This month is green with hopes of seeing SPRING - we are all sick of this winter.  I had to clean my machine inbetween quilting, so I quick made up my Chandelier Bead Blocks.

And the ones with the black background.  I have enough green scraps/fabric to make at least three large quilts - this isn't even a dent.

Today is National Quilting Day, so go sew!
Sewingly Yours,

Harry Potter QAL

It's time for a link up with Sew Fresh Quilts to share out progress with our HP blocks.  My grandson has enjoyed watching his quilt grow with each character.

The next four:  Minerva, Snape, Dumbledore, and  Hagrid

Minerva had us using some background fabric and it's nice to see how this plays with the blocks.

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


It's that time of year again.  SARAH has been hosting H2H since 2011 and I have participated each year.  She gathers so many goodies from many resources to offer up 'thank yous' to those who participate.  Each year she selects groups that need quilts to fill their needs.  As the project as grown, she has increased the number of groups and is giving us a chance to get to really meet them and their work.

If you are new to this project, please visit and read up.    Consider a donation.  If mailing is difficult for you, there is the option of working locally.  There are so many in need and we as quilters have this wonderful opportunity to wrap someone in a much needed hug.

Sign up HERE and there is a chance to win some goodies.  If you miss the sign up, you can still participate when the link-up of donated quilts goes live.

I am hosting on the 21st.

Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Monday Making

I'm working on the last commission piece.  These wonderful hand pieced patch blocks, you may recognize the fabrics from the basket blocks and the other patchwork quilt.  She used it up for sure - or was it her only fabric?  It was the leaf blocks that had me in tears.

These blocks are all hand stitched.  Such uniform buttonhole stitches almost had me thinking machine, but knew that was wrong.  I ran my fingers over every single block, trying to connect with this quilter.

Just look at these beauties!  There are 68 all together, some sewn in bands but the majority just loose.  These had me researching the history of variegated thread.  I ended up contacting a local crazy quilter whom I knew who would know the answer - Betty Fikes Pillsbury.  She found similar works in an old Harpers Bazaar - 1869.

You can see the knots - yes, she changed out colors to create her own variegated look.  Did this quilter see this work in a catalog, paper, or museum and tried to replicate?  Did she not have the means of funds or availability of variegated thread in her area?  Or was this just creative vision?'

I am using the last of her patchwork with these leaves to make a collumn quilt.  Anything left over from the projects, we discussed making table runners and a few pillows.  Grandma's treasures are going to be used to their fullest.

Sewingly Yours,

Slow Sunday Stitching

Slow Sunday Stitching

It has been a while since I joined KATHY with a dedicated day to slow stitching.  It is cold and snowing/sleeting today - perfect to be indoors with some handwork.

This piece is working up faster than expected, so I might get to finish this with a dedicated day.

I have two hanging sleeves to stitch down on some wallhangings as well.  They just might see some work.

Sewingly Yours,

Friday, March 8, 2019

Feline Friday with the Queen

Well Moe is no Queen, but he was a big help in squeeking in the finishing of the 'Stars in Her Crown' QAL with Barbara Brackman.  I have really enjoyed the history of the nine children of Queen Victoria.

Blocks #8 and #9  were Leopold and Baby Beatrice.  I used one of Connecting Threads' new lines - Arcadian Dusk - and just love the rusts and greys.  I used the rusts for the girls and the greys for the boys

I made the 8 inch blocks because I want to keep this a wallhanging.  I have yet to decide on how I will finish this off, but there are other things in line before I get to that part.

Thank you Moe for all your help with this one - he laid on it every time I pulled it out.

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Scrappy Wednesday

This fun quilt is commission piece number two being prepped to go under the needle.  This is so large I could not get a photo of the whole thing - not even a quarter full here.  Just look at all that scrappy goodness! And the bubble gum pink and pretty shirtings.  This one is all hand stitched with great care.

A few people mentioned about wetting areas to help with the wavy.  I don't like to use this method too often as you have to just 'mist' not get too wet, and the concern of whether old fabrics are color fast.  I have my trusty little misters - one distilled water and the other a secret mix.  Thread at the ready should I find a little spot that needs repair (just one).  This one was flat and square - I can't wait to quilt.

In this photo there are 6 blocks that had little pieces 'added' so she had a full triangle - so precise in matching and hiding.  Can you spot them?  This is what led me to think someone else did the machine stitching on the first quilt.  I would have loved to have met this quilter.

We are brutally cold again, so a good day to quilt,
Sewingly Yours,

Monday, March 4, 2019

Monday Making

I've started the quilting marathon on the commission pieces.  I decided to start with the largest and probably the most difficult.  It is a simple pattern, but it waves more than a flag.  The patchwork is all hand pieced, but the setting blocks and border were done by machine.  I really think this part was done by another quilter, not the maker of the blocks as there wasn't the same level of 'care' in the work.  OR was the maker using her first machine and not use to it?

With a lot of patting, pinning, and a simple cross hatch - the center was easy to get quilting.  Now the headache.  *I love the cheddar print* 

The wave!  This is what happens when you attach a long strip of fabric without measuring and slap it on.  And there was piecing that was on a slant - hills and valleys!  Three sides where like this, but this is workable. 

It was the 4th side that was like a curtain ruffle.  Normally I would remove these kinds of borders and re-do them, but this is vintage and delicate fabric.  I was afraid it would get damaged in removal so all the tricks have been applied.

I discovered while prepping those borders that there were pencil marks, there was a plan to cut this down to half the width - or possibly scallop.  No scallops on this with such a wave - I'm not crazy.  I stitched to the marks, cut off the extra and that is wide enough to use for the binding so all of the original quilt will be in the quilt.

I think I will quilt the HST next and then I need a day to play with some blocks of my own.  Then back to business.

Sewingly Yours,

Friday, March 1, 2019

Marching On

It looks like March is starting with the Lion - cold, windy, and we are expecting back to back snow storms.  Gives plenty of reason to stay indoors and stitch the days away.

The commission work will come first as I go into quilting marathon  mode.  Then I will have a lot of binding to hand stitch down - a quilt in the lap for those cold nights sounds good. 

Because of priorities, I chose something small to complete for the OMG with Elm Street Quilts (linky party).  I found an old project the other day while digging around for something for my SIL.

Tucked away was this Bondo Bag that needs a good pressing, top stitching and handles added.  I have no idea how long ago I made this, it's been a while since I made bags.  I turned that portion of the Home Shop over to my SIL who is a way better bag maker than I am.

It's a long month, so hopefully I can catch up on the Harry Potter QAL as blocks will be saved.

The Temecula Quilt Co 'One Block' QAL will be easy to catch up on as those sail thru the machine and I may be just needing that after all the quilting.  Even the RSC19 are small easy blocks that chain and I won't beat myself up if those have to get caught up into next month.

I will be hosting over at   SARAH'S on March 21st for H2H - luckily I did that project before the commission came in.  I just need to send my draft on over to her.

I am enjoying getting back to my cross stitch and I pulled this magazine.  I will just pull the top floral in the basket to set into a mini.  It will be a good break when needed from the marathon.

The Victoria's Children with Barbara Brackman may get saved to complete next month as well.  We shall see how this month goes.  AND if March goes out like a Lamb, I will plan a get away - Cabin Fever!!

Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February OMG

I am using the OMG challenge to complete those P.I.G.S. and I thank Patty @ Elm Street Quilts in hosting and incouraging.  Be sure to visit all the link-ups as there is some super inspiration.


My February OMG was to turn these pretty blocks from the Moda Sampler QAL (2017?) into a flimsy.

I'm happy to say that I finished my goal.  I used what is left of the FQ bundle (Patrick Lose - 'Katherine Ann' line @ RJR fabrics) to make a scrappy binding.  I opted not to add another border because the piece of Charley Harper "Bird Architects" is just big enough for a backing at this size.

linking up to Elm Street Quilts

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Scrappy Wednesday

Aren't these blocks just wonderful?  This is one of the commissions I have.  I am thrilled to work on this project for these folks.  Blocks and quilt tops that were made by the husband's great grandmother and everything is hand stitched to perfection.  Going thru these items we dated fabrics from 1890's to 1930's.  There were some old newspaper clippings in the boxes which had some dates, so that helped as well.  Patterns clipped from newspapers, old templates in their dated box, and a few notes.  Just a fabulous tribute to this woman's passion over many years.

As with the time and simple templates mixed with non-marked seam lines, each block is a tad different size.  BUT her points were so perfect!  I offered to try cleaning the blocks and quilt tops, but the owners opted to leave them as is - keeping great grand in their hearts.  I am sashing each block and then trimming to a set size - the best way to work these.  Since this will all be in muslin (tea dyed aged muslin for this one), those seams will disappear with a lattice quilting over them - the baskets will float and not show those size differences.

I taped off my square ruler to help with the sizing cutting.  I have 3/4's of this one assembled and will finish up today.  The couple chose to have muslin for the backs of all of these and my favorite Pellon extra select light for batting - it best replicates the thin flannel like batting used at the time period (I have quilter's flannel, but they didn't like it).  Probably great grandmother would hand quilt or tie these, but I shared my files on period quilts with quilting suggestions and they chose something for each which I will do on my home machine to ease the stress on these lovelies. 

I can't wait to share the others - each is a treasure and I actually cried when the last one was pulled from the box   - it will knock your socks off.

I'm hoping our winds are gone as three days and the loss of part of one roof - enough!  Father Winter had guite the temper tantrum and I hope Mother Nature puts him in time out with some nicer weather for us.

Sewingly Yours,

Saturday, February 23, 2019


With two Hops at the same time, I found I needed to scramble to catch up on several of my other in-progress projects.  First, I wanted to sort thru the Yellow Monster to get a handle on it's contents.  Larger pieces were pulled and stored in respective totes.  Bits for different block construction were tucked in with those totes.  Smaller pieces were chopped down into the barrel system.  There was a lot of blue in every hue, again.

The Yellow Monster is considerably thinner!  He is now just stuffed with all those blues - unfortunately I have a lot of blue in a large tote as well.  A couple of blue quilts will be in the works when that color is called for in the RSC19.

I caught up on all my blocks, especially the stars for Barbara Brackman's  QAL.  I am finding the history of Queen Victoria and the stories of her children (she had 9) are quite interesting.  It was a very severe time and the family certainly went thru some hardships.  The 8th block just came out, but I will wait to complete that when the 9th is released and work them up together. 

I have a number of commissions come in, so I will get a bit behind on my work for a while - why I wanted to catch up.  I do have two pieces that need their binding sewn down, so I will use them as my 'respite' from the busy work.

Some severe weather is expected over the next few days - hoping power stays on - but I do have some handwork that will fill in.  Although we had a bit of a 'spring is around the corner' sign as our very white and very stinky Mr. Skunk came out for a walk about leaving his very pungent aroma every where - must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed!

Stay Safe and Stitch Away,
Sewingly Yours,