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It is that time of year where I start working on our Halloween costumes and Christmas gifts. So the sampler quilt will be on the back burner until after Christmas. Now, I do plan on working on it, but it may just be one a week.

This week I made the Swoon quilt block in 8″.
I suggest assembling this like a 9 patch but a little different, or in rows.


• 2 1/2″ square
• Eight 2 1/2″x1 1/2″
• Twenty four 1 1/2″ squares
Star points
• Eight 1 1/2″ squares
• Sixteen 1 1/2″ squares
• Eight 1 1/2″ squares
• Sixteen 1 1/2″ squares



Scrap Quilt-A-Long: Week 9

Posted: September 7, 2014 in Sewing, Tutorial
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I’ve been nursing a sore wrist all week. I believe I slept on it, then typed and typed at work, and stressed it even more. Wah cry. So sewing was hard this week. When I was learning to play guitar, my instructor told me to try and avoid or fix anything painful because you don’t want to associate you beloved hobby with pain. It will make you dread something you once loved. How true that is in many aspects of life. So I think a trip to the chiropractor or a brace is in order.

The first block I made this week is an 8″ 16 patch inside a morning star.


I will give you both squares and HST measurements just incase you are more daring. I used squares and saved my excess instead of making HSTs.

• Eight 2 1/2″ squares or 2 7/8″ HSTs
• Four 1 1/2″ squares
• Four 1 1/2″x 2 1/2″ rectangles
16 patch:
• Sixteen 1 1/2″ squares
Corner squares
• Four 1 1/2″ squares
Star Points
• Eight 2 1/2″ squares or 2 7/8″ HSTs

Start off by chain sewing anything you can:
1. Sew the background large squares (or HSTs) to the star points to make HST squares.
2. Sew the corner squares to the small background squares.
3. Sew the first round of the 16 patch squares by sewing one to one other for now.
4. Press this first round if chain sewing.
5. Sew two of step 1 together to make one side of the star’s points. Repeat until all 4 sides are made. Make sure they are rotated correctly to match the picture before sewing.
6. Sew step 2’s new rectangle to the background rectangle to make a square. Repeat for all four corners.
7. Sew one set of step 3 to another set to make a square. Repeat until you have your 4 squares of 4 squares!
8. Press this round if chain sewing.
9. Sew step 6 new square to the sides of step 5. Make sure that the corner colored square is in the top left on the left side, and opposite on the right side. See the picture for an example. Repeat once more.
10. Sew one set of step 7 to another and repeat once more for two rectangles of 8 squares.
11. Press this round of chain sewing.
12. Sew the 8 patches together to make your square. Press.
13. Sew one set of star points to the left and right of the 16 patch. See the picture above for placement. Press.
14. Sew the three rows together to make the block. Once again, see the picture above for placement. Press. Always press!

Such a beautiful way to use up tiny pieces of fabric!

Evening Star – Morning Star Variation 8″

I have this awesome psychedelic mushroom fabric scrap left over from a project I had sewn 3 years ago that I have been patiently waiting to use. I only have a piece about 3″x6″ along with some other mushroom fabric scrap so it has been hard to find a block pattern worthy of using up the last of this amazing fabric. I finally decided on repeating the Evening Star – Morning Star variation from week 6. Unfortunately my wrist is still hurting so I only got to cutting it out and had to stop. I will post an update when it is done. I am sure this block will be worthy of such an awesome scrap!

I just noticed that I did the same thing with the other Evening Star – Morning Star. I had a small piece of an alien cartoon fabric that I used on a project for my BF. Do you have a special scrap piece if fabric that you are holding into for a worthy block? Show me yours!

Update 9/8/14:
Here is the finished block!


JoBobSquarePants will be the name of this block in 8″. Thank you to Lily’s Quilts for the tutorial

If you want your block to be 8″ like mine, your squares will be 1 7/8″ each.


I also finally started using the leftovers from my HST squares. I got my inspiration from knit ‘n lit’s HST quilt-a-long. I think I may make this into a coaster for my cubicle.

I think for now on I will cut off the excess from the HST squares with the help of a ruler so that my small blocks are a bit more even.

Since it was a three day weekend, my lil one and I had some mommy-daughter time and made some clothes for her American Girl Doll. I loved that we reused one of her old shirts for the pants and some leftovers from a dress I made into a dress for the doll.



Now on to week 9!

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!”

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.

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.



Scrap Quilt-A-Long: Week 3

Posted: July 25, 2014 in Sewing
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Week 3 was easy. I was going to go camping so I needed to make this week’s blocks pretty quick since I sew mainly on the weekends. I decided to do some scrap crazy blocks. I saw a pin on Pinterest that gave a simple and quick way to bust these out. It only took me 2 evenings to make 5 of these. 

I also wanted to share a picture of my scrap bags. I have been filling these up for 4 years!005

At first I made 4 big squares and sewed them together. The I turned it on it’s diagonal and cut 5 8.5″ squares. I was only able to make 3 on their own and then piece the remnants together for two more. 

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Here’s what I have so far! 18 squares in 3 weeks!


So my goal is to do about 160 8″ squares to make a queen sized quilt. I thought that I could only make time for 2 a week. After calculating how long that would take (80 weeks) and then the quilting and hexi edging… ya that would make this a 2 year project…. As you can see from week one, at least 4 a week is a more realistic goal for a year long project. Fortunately, I have been making about 5 or more a week so far.

The trouble so far is that my blocks range from 7″ to 9″. I attribute this to my inexperience with HSTs, block design, and my insistence on a 3/8″ seam allowance (this is the width of my machine’s foot).

Here’s week two’s success:

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This was just a scrappy throw together one with left overs from the block with batiks and corduroy and some 2″ squares I had cut for the disappearing 4 patch block.

016Disappearing 4 patches.


I loved making this one. Polaroid pictures of superheros.


This one is actually the start of week 3. This was a first for me. I haven’t sewn anything close to paper piecing before. I think it turned out okay for a first timer.

9 blocks! Wooh whooo!


Scrap Quilt-A-Long

Posted: July 11, 2014 in Sewing
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It’s been a while huh? I got a new job and bla bla bla life happened. But I did do some sewing and I will catch up, I promise… when I have time…

For now, I will keep you up to date on my scrap quilt. 

I have this big bag of scraps from when I used to sew every day and I swore that one day I would use those scraps for a queen sized quilt and that day has come!

Here’s a link to my brainstorming sessions with Pinterest

Here are the first ones from week one:

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I also decided to experiment with my first hexagons. I’m not sure what I am going to do with them yet.