Archive for August, 2014

Week 7 was pretty good. Once again I only completed 3 blocks. They are the ones I showed in the Sneak Peek posting.

This first one I will call 8″ 9 Patch Water Wheels. I found it on Pinterest, but couldn’t find a tutorial.

I kept getting snags on the bottom when sewing the HSTs on this one. I tried re-threading the machine, checking the tension, and resetting the needle. Still no go. Then my future M-I-L asked if my needle was too blunt. Sure enough, changed it and it worked beautifully. Oops, it’s been over a year since I did that.

I had planned to do mine in many colors but ended up making it with blacks, whites, and pinks.


• 32 colored squares @ 1 3/8″
• 8 centers of the wheel, 1 3/8″ squares

• One 3 1/8″
• Four 1 3/8″x4″
• Four 1 3/8″x2 1/4″
• Forty 1 3/8″ squares


The best way I found to do this:
1. Layout the block pieces so that you know exactly where each colored pin wheel will be.
2. Sew the colored pieces to the background squares to make HST squares.
3. Assemble the first three rows.
4. Sew the 9 patches that are to the left and right of the center block.
5. Sew these 9 patches to the sides of the center block.
6. Assemble the last three rows.
7. Sew the top row set to the center set.
8. Sew the bottom row set to the center set.

Weathervane 8″

I was blabbing my mouth to my ma when I was coloring this one. I was just grabbing color pencils and started coloring when I noticed that I colored it like a flower. That’s what I get for trying to walk and chew gum at the same time!! So when I made the block, I swapped the colors around.

It’s another 9 patch and it’s way easier than the pin wheel block I did above.


• Twenty 1 7/8″ squares
Center and corner “leaves”
• One 3 1/8″ square
• Twelve 1 7/8″ squares
• Four 3 1/8″ square

1. Chain sew all but 4 of the background squares to the “leaves” on their diagonal to make HST squares. Trim off excess.


2. Sew the corners of the 9 patch like in the picture. HST square to a background square and an HST to a “leaf” square. Sew those together to make a square.
3. Sew the side squares of the 9 patch by sewing a background square to 2 adjoining corners of the petal square on their diagonals. The ending result will look like the “petal” fabric is a house shape.
4. Sew the squares together in rows
5. Sew the rows together to make the block. Like the picture.

Morning Star 8″



I loved sewing this one. I really wanted the border around the star to pop so I added the black skeleton fabric on the corners rather than making it black like the sides.

This is another 9 patch so we will assemble them by each of the 9 squares.

Corner Squares:
• Four 1 7/8″ square in color A
• Four 1 7/8″ square in color B
• Four 1 7/8″x3 1/8″ in color B
1. Sew the squares together.
2. With color A to the left, sew the rectangle to the bottom of step one’s rectangle. Repeat with the rest of the corners.

• Eight 1 7/8″x3 1/8″ in color C
• Eight 1 7/8″ square in color A
• Eight 1 7/8″ square in color D
1. Sew color A square on its diagonal to the top of the color C rectangle. Repeat 3 more times. Trim excess.
2. Sew color D square on its diagonal to the top of the color C rectangle. Repeat 3 more times. Trim excess.
3. Flip the rectangle to the bottom side and repeat steps 1-2 of this section. In the end, each rectangle will have a color A and D on the top and bottom.
4. You have four sets of rectangles that mirror each other. Sew one to the other to make it look like the middle color is making a chevron and the colors line up. See the picture above if that doesn’t make sense.

• One 3 1/8″ in color D

1. Sew the 9 patches in rows like the picture.
2. Sew the rows together to make the block like in the picture.

There, that was easy!


Week 2 Part 2! Let’s see what is left over… Envelope, Peter Parker’s Polaroids, A Scrappy Leftover Block, Disappearing Sixteen Patch, and Star and Cone.

I will be going over Envelopes, Peter Parker’s Polaroid, and Disappearing Sixteen Patch. I will not be going over the others because they are either self-explanatory, or a template.



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I was exploring Pinterest again… As I do for at least an hour a day it seems. I saw this awesome Pin showing envelopes and a mail drop box. What an opportunity to pick some fabric to be showcased in the lining of the envelope! I drew out a design and hopefully you like it! This turned out to be a 6″x6″ block.

I will have to give you the finished pieces’ sizes and you will need to add the seam allowances. I traced each piece onto trace paper and added my seam allowances from there.

Color A, The Envelope:

  • Two triangles, 1 1/2″ x 2″

Rectangle, 2″ x 6″

  • Two rectangles, 3/8″ x 4″ (this is approximate, you will need to trim it down.

Color B, Envelope Lining (I suggest choosing a fabric that you want to stand out, I used mustaches!):

  • Rectangle, 6″ x 3 1/2″

Color C, Background:

  • Two triangles, 3″ x 2 1/2″


  1. Sew the envelope lid strip to the back ground.
  2. Sew these new corners to the lining rectangle’s corners to make a new rectangle
  3. Sew the Color A triangles to the bottom corners of the new rectangle.
  4. Sew the Color A rectangle to the bottom.
  5. Optional: I added some more fabric around the envelope to make the square bigger. Its up to you.

Peter Parker’s Polaroids



Another Pinterest inspiration. I drew up mine from what I could remember the size of a Polaroid picture is. These measurements already include a 1/4″ seam allowance on each side.

HINT: To increase the size of a block, take the finished block measurement, divide it into(increase)/by(decrease) the size that you want it to be. Use this new figure and multiply it by the piece by piece measurement. THEN add seam allowances. 


  • 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • Two 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • 3/4″ x 3″

Picture Fabric (I fussy cut out superheros):

  • 3″ x 3″

Background fabric:

  • There is no measurement for this because I pieced mine together to fit an 8″ square.
  1. Sew the top white piece to the picture fabric
  2. Sew the side pieces to the picture fabric
  3. Sew the bottom piece to the picture fabric
  4. Decide how you are going to place the picture in your block. I tilted mine.
  5. Sew pieces of your background fabric around the picture as a border and square it off by cutting off the edges.

Disappearing Sixteen Patch


I will link you to another post that has already done the tutorial. Note that mine has sashing in the middle because as you cut apart the 16 patch, you will lose some inches in the seam allowances.


Hope you enjoy it and find some awesome fabric that just makes you “SQUEEE!”

Sneak peek at week 7

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized



This was yet another slow week for me. With my honey being out of town and it being Rodeo week, I only had time to make 3 blocks.

Week 6 blocks includes Evening Star -Morning Star, Interlocked Squares and Star, and a Skull Printed Sunflower.

I am going to start adding the measurements in with my posts instead of making two posts for each week.

Evening Star – Morning Star Variation (Once again, I do not know the actual name of this block)


I saw this one on Pinterest, but it was only a Flickr picture. So I drew it out, came up with measurements, and made the block. It ended up being 8 1/2 inches rather than 8″. I think I measured the rectangles incorrectly . This is a 16 patch, so you can increase or decrease this easily.

Assemble the Inner star-
•Color A (your center fabric): one 2 1/2″ square
•Color B: eight 1 7/8″ HST
•Color C (background): four 1 1/2″ squares, and four 3 1/4″ QST (this measurement is of the longest side). Or the QSTs can be replaced by rectangles 2 1/2″x1 1/2″.

1. Sew two HSTs to the short sides of each rectangle or each QST.
2. Sew the small squares to the right and left of two of the new rectangles you just make.
3. Sew one of the new rectangles from step 1 to the left and right side of the center piece. The pointy ends of the HSTs pointing away from the center.
4. See the rows together like the picture shows.

Assemble the left and right sides:
• Color C (background): eight 3 1/4″ QST
• Color D: four 1 7/8″ square
• Color E: eight 2 7/8″ HST or 2 1/2″ squares.
1. Sew two QSTs to two adjoining side of a square to make a bigger triangle. Ending size of the longest side should be 4 1/2″. Repeat with the other side pieces.
2. Sew two color E pieces to the short side of the triangle made in step 1. This will be a rectangle 4 1/2″x2 1/2″. Repeats with the other pieces.

Assemble the corners:
• Color C (background): four 1 1/2″ squares and four 2 1/2″x1 1/2″ rectangles
• Color F: four 1 1/2″ squares
1. Sew one color F to one background. Repeat with the rest of the squares.
2. With color F pointing DOWN: Sew one background rectangle to the left of step one’s rectangle. Repeat one more time. Sew the other rectangle to the right of step one’s rectangle. Repeat one more time.

Assemble the block:
1. Layout the pieces to look like the picture. This is important because if you rotate one piece the wrong way, your block will obviously look different.
2. Sew the pieces in their corresponding row.
3. Sew the rows together to make the block.

Oh and of course remember to press after each step.

Interlocked Squares and Star
8″ square


This was a bit more difficult to come up with a game plan. After it was done I came up a simple way… Assemble in quarters from the center out. Then sew the quarters together.

I will give you the measurements of the pieces with the 1/4″ seam allowance and then give you instructions for making a quarter of the block and assemble the rest from there.
Pay close attention to the direction your HST square combos face when sewing them into rows! If it helps, keep the picture of mine up or make a graph drawing.

• HSTs @ 1 7/8″ OR 1 1/2″ squares
• color A: 20 (background color)
• color B: 20
• color C: 8
• color D: 8 (make it very different from B)
• Four Rectangles @ 1 1/2″x3 1/2″ in color D.
• Four squares @ 1 1/2″ in color E.
• Eight rectangles @ 2 1/2″x1 1/2″ in color A.

1. Sew your HSTs together as follows:
• two sets of A&C
• three sets of A&B
• two sets of B&D
2. Sew Square E to A/C, then to B/D and last add A/B. This is row 1.
3. Sew A/C to A/B, then to B/D. This is row 2.
4. Row 3 is rectangle D.
5. Sew A/B to rectangle A. This is row 4.
6. Sew rows 2, 3, and 4 together.
7. Square A to rectangle A. Sew this to step 6’s right side.
8. Sew row one on top.
9. Repeat with the other quarters.
10. Sew the quarters together to make your square.

Clear as mud??? Make a drawing of this on graph paper. It really helps during assembly.


Skull Patterned Sunflower


My handsome man and I were visiting some friends one kidless evening when me and my lady friend were discussing her next quilt. She cuts, sews, and quilts by hand. What patience, precision, and peace! Wow! One of the quilts in her book was of sunflowers. I was in love! Although my block wasn’t as intricate as the one in the book, I think mine has spunk!

The one I made is an easy 9 patch. Although converting it to an 8″ block was a challenge. It turned out great in the end though.


This has 4 sets of square in a square. I made this one easy. No HSTs; it’s all squares.

• Color A (background): twelve 1 7/8″ squares
• Color B (petals): four 3 1/8″ squares and four rectangles @ 3 1/8″x1 7/8″
• Color C: four 1 7/8″ squares and four rectangles @ 3 1/8″x1 7/8″
• Color D: one square @ 3 1/8″

1. Chain sew this step. Sew 3 background fabric squares to the corners of the petal fabric 3 1/8″ square. You are sewing these on the diagonal to make new corners. I start by sewing one background to one corner of a petal square and chain sew the rest like this. Flip to the next side and repeat. Flip to the third corner and repeat.


2. Now you have one naked corner of the petal squares left. Sew squares in color C in the same way to complete the square in a square.

3. Sew the rectangles together.
4. Layout your squares into the pattern like the block I made.
5. Sew the squares together in their rows.

6. Finish up by sewing the rows together!!!

Ah. What a chore. My laptop died so I am typing this on my iPhone. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that the instructions were clearer than mud.

I must have had so much energy in week two. 9 blocks in 8 days! Woo… I wish I still had that energy. Therefore, I will be doing this week’s tutorial in two parts.

I will be going over Walls of Jericho variation (closest one I could find to that. I will update the name once I find out it’s true name. If you know the name, please let me know), Balkan Puzzle, and Inverted Star.

This first one I found only as a picture on Flickr. So I had to make up my own pattern estimates. Another great scrap buster BTW.

HINT: I love to use graph paper. Mine has 1/4″ squares borders with bolder lines for every square inch. You may find this handy if you need your blocks to be a different size. 

You can convert this one to a 16 patch to resize it accordingly.

Walls of Jericho Variation – 8″ square unfinished


  • Various colored fabric (not close to the color of your tilted frame): Forty eight 1 1/2″ squares. This will be WAY easier than making a few HSTs. BUT if you insist, cut sixteen 1 7/8″ HSTs and only cut 32 squares.
  • Tilted Frame Fabric: Eight 2 1/2″ squares.
  1. Sew two small squares to two caddy corner corners (hehehe) of the bigger squares on its’ diagonal to make an HST on the two corners. Press!
  2. Then sew four patches of the various colored squares. Press! Assemble the block in 4 rows and sew those together! Press!

Balkan Puzzle


I got this one from Chock-A-Block Quilt Blocks. I resized it to fit my needs. This is another 16 patch.

This is made of all HSTs. But I used squares and saved the trimmings for future smaller HSTs. You will see these used in another block.

Four colors are used for the 2 1/2″ squares.

  • Color 1: 4
  • Color 2: 8
  • Color 3: 8
  • Color 4: 12
  1. Sew the squares together (according to the pattern’s order) on their diagonal, trim off the excess. Press.
  2. Assemble in rows, press.
  3. Sew the four rows together. Press.

Inverted Star


This one I also found on Pinterest. Who am I kidding, most of these are on Pinterest.

The Inverted Star is a 6 patch. So it was a little more difficult to convert to an 8″ square. You can come close to the 8″ by using 1 7/8″ squares if you use a 1/4″ seam. I think I used a 3/8″ seam and made them 2″ each.

ALSO, I made the mistake of not using opposite colors from the darker fabric. This resulted in the pattern not truly showing unless you look really close, IMHO.

  1. Light Fabric: 28 squares
  2. Dark Fabric: 32 squares
  • Sew the squares together (according to the pattern’s order) on their diagonal, trim off the excess. Press.
  • Assemble in rows, press.
  • Sew the four rows together. Press.


Tutorial for Week 1’s blocks

Posted: August 17, 2014 in Tutorial

Just a quick recap! Week one’s blocks included a scrappy 4 pointed star, a color wheel, hexi log cabin, and a messed up tilted pinwheel.


The Scrappy Four Pointed Star was my first block for this quilt. There are so many measurements you can do for this block. It is so easy!


First sew your back ground. This can be solids or stringed together like I did. This is a great scrap buster! I sewed 5″ strips together of different widths until I got to about 20″ long. Press, press, press. Cut this rectangle down to four blocks 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.

Then take your fabric for the center star and cut two rectangles 2 1/2″ x 4″. This can actually be wider or thinner if you please. Then cut the rectangles in half on its diagonal. Sew the hypotenuse of this new triangle to the square so the it covers the bottom right corner. Do this in the same place and direction on the other 3 squares. Press. Sew these together to make your block! Make sure to press!


The next one is the color wheel. I made my own template for this. I have a handy dandy circle cutter that looks like a compass we used in elementary to draw circles. Take a piece of paper, draw a circle on it (I used a lid). Measure the diameter (this is the distance across the circle. Divide the circle up as you please. I divided mine into 8 pieces. Then draw another smaller circle in the center of that wheel. Erase the lines in the inner circle that came from making the wheel lines. Next, trace the shape of one of those wheel pieces and the center circle onto some tracing paper. Add 1/4″ around the wheel piece and the inner circle. Now using another piece of tracing paper to make the background inverted circle by tracing the square and circle. The add 1/4″ or more to the inner part of the circle. Cut out the new template with scissors other than your fabric scissors please! I replaced mine during this project because 10 years of cutting fabric and paper destroyed mine.


Now for the fabric! This is another great scrap buster. Cut out your pieces. Then sew the wheel pieces together. Next sew the inner circle to the center of wheel. Sew this new circle to the inside of the background fabric. This sounds harder than I explained. I think I sewed both circles a couple of times before I got it right. Pinning the circle to the background at the top, bottom, and sides helped.


This next one is a block that I made up and messed up. I wanted it to be a tilted pinwheel inside of a square.


So what I desired to do was sew eight 5 1/4″ HSTs in black to two sets of different colored fabric 5 1/4″  HSTs . The black would be to the left of one color and the right of the other color. Then sew them together to make a square. Assemble the block.


The last was a hexi log cabin. I used a template for the hexagon. Then added 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut strips of desired fabric at 1 1/2″ wide. As I sewed and pressed is when I trimmed off the excess. I used the same color scheme for each side of the hexi. That would be yellow on one side, red on another, and so forth. So for the first strip, I sewed the strip to one edge of the hexi. Then pressed and cut the strip in line with the closest hexi edges. The first one will look like a head wearing a small hat. Then rotate the hexi to the next side and sew another strip to the hexi and the edge of the first strip. Press, trim, repeat. Do this until you have reach your desired size. I will finish mine by adding fabric to the corners to make a square.

Have fun and I hope your tilted pin wheel doesn’t turn out weird like mine. But then again, this whole quilt will be weird! And weird is cool.

A Journey From California to Idaho

Posted: August 16, 2014 in Tutorial

I promised tutorials on the blocks I have made. Well here is the one where I made 3 commemorative blocks of my family’s relocation to Idaho. The following blocks are around 8″ each. They include California, Idaho, and Road to California.

I was born and raised in Northern California. I never felt like I quite fit in. I couldn’t handle the high paced life, smog, high cost of living, including the fact that I couldn’t own a house without two or three full time jobs between us two. So we packed up and moved to Idaho. I love it here! I was able to buy a house, I have a great job, and I can enjoy driving down the back roads and smell the corn and mint fields! We used to go back home annually, but with job changes and life just happening at a wonder rate, eh it can wait another year. 

California Block in 8 inches, unfinished:


Note: Another cool color combo would be to swap the border and corner colors. 

I’m going to just use the color names as an example, so be creative and give it your own style!

Black: Four 3″ squares

Blue: Four 3″ squares and

One 2 1/8″ square OR four 1 1/2″ HST (half square triangle)

Brown: Sixteen 1 1/2″ HST OR 16 2 1/8″ Squares and cut the excess off after sewing them across their diagonal.

First, I sewed all of the HSTs to their corresponding pieces to make 9 squares. So that would be a brown HST to a corner of each of the black squares, then two brown HSTs to the bottom corners of the bigger blue squares, and then 4 brown HSTs to the center blue square. Then I sewed these newly made squares together in their appropriate rows. Last, I sewed those rows together. Press at each step and press when done! YEAH!

Road to California would kinda be Oregon and Nevada combined, huh? I played around with this block a bunch! I came up with three different ways to flip the HSTs and the diagonal line of 4 squares around for some neat possibilities. 


I have to say, this block turned out awesome! I just love the color combo. This is another easy 8″ 9 patch.

Multi-colored corner squares: Two 3″ squares

Black and Hexi HST squares: Four 3″ squares sewing on diagonal to four 3″ squares of another color. OR Four 3 7/8″ HSTs of both colors.

Four square patch: 6 each color of 1 3/4″ squares

Sew the four patches together, then sew the HST squares together. Assemble the block in rows and sew the rows together.

Lastly, Idaho. Oh Idaho, how I love you!

Unfortunately, I can’t give much of a tutorial on Idaho. I used a template from a book I’ve had for ten years! But I will show the pictures of my progress. I hope you can find or make a template for yourself! I decided to nix the border because the template for the pedals was already 8″ when finished.

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I hope this helped! Enjoy!

Scrap Quilt-A-Long: Week 5

Posted: August 11, 2014 in Sewing

Another slow week for me. Excuses, excuses. Just got a promotion this last week. So excited! It’s amazing how when you put a dream out to the universe, God, Allah, whoever, whatever, and then not stress about it, a path with triumphs and answers is paved. I didn’t apply for the first job I got at this company. They had my resume on file from 5 months prior and called me. Then an employee decided to transfer out of the office to the stores so they asked me to promote. So blessed and so excited. Very happy with life right now!

Anyways, week 5 only produced two and a half blocks. I finished the third one yesterday.

This first one completes a small series I have. I made Idaho and California and now I have Road to California as a tribute to my relocation from my birth home to beautiful Idaho.


This one is California. My birth state.


The last for this week is called Ribbon Star.


Maybe when I have some time I will post measurement for all these blocks!

Scrap Quilt-a-long: Week 4

Posted: August 2, 2014 in Sewing
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You hear from me today as I sit on a camp chair in beautiful Cascade, Idaho. Everyone else is napping and I already finished my nap. Now all I hear are snores, birds, and cars pass by. Earlier we heard a fawn calling for its momma. It’s so peaceful and beautiful up here. This weekend we are camping and celebrating Just Be. No men, no kids, no drama. Just us women having fun. So far attendees made drums and shakers, took naps, and talked and talked. Most importantly, just be.
I had a hard time being productive this week. I only made 3 blocks. But that’s ok. I made more than my quota other weeks.
I also picked out a name for the quilt. As a tribute to the Dear Jane quilt from the American Civil War times, I will name this quilt Dear MaryJane. What do you think?
This one is called Idaho. I figure I will also make the block called California and Road to California. Seems appropriate.


This one is called Peace and Plenty. I chose fabric with peace symbols. I think it’s a bit too busy to see the pattern but being 1/160, it will disappear in the quilt.



Even though I couldn’t sew while camping, I was creatively productive. I was able to finish my bf’s beanie. I found a pattern on Ravelry for this TARDIS beanie.