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,