Monthly Archives: September 2013

An Autumn Scrap Basket…by Chris

You know the best part about being a designer? It’s seeing what other people do with my designs.

I found this photo in my inbox this morning. It’s from Chris Browning, a friend of mine who moved to upstate New York not long ago:

Chris' Scrap Basket 2013She wrote: “I needed a break the other day so I went in search of your blog and fell in love with your bountiful Table pattern. I love fall colors so attached is what I made! It was a lot of work but I have plans for a red, white and blue one for the 4th and where you have the white around the baskets I think I will applique some stars! “

I love the autumn colors, Chris, and can’t wait to see the red, white and blue version!

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Categories: 10" TQ Blocks, HST's, Reader Photos, Scrap Quilts, Tablerunners, Thrifty Quilter Blocks & Patterns | 1 Comment

Thinking of (Next) Spring

I love tulips.

It seems so optimistic to plant tulip bulbs in the face of an oncoming winter as if to remind ourselves that as cold and snowy as the next few months might be, spring is waiting on the other side.

Today I’d like to share a tulip block that I used in a quilt I made a couple of years ago for my guild’s Charm Square Challenge. A Charm Square is 5″ x 5″. As it happens, this block, and the quilt I’ll show you in the next blog, can also be made with Thrifty Quilter pieces.

The tulip block has four sections – the flower, two leaf sections, and a square.

Let’s begin with the flower section:

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 1: sew a 1.5″ colored  to a 1.5″ white square, then add a 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangle.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 2: You will also need two 2.5″ colored & white half-square triangles, and one 2.5″ colored square. Lay the pieces out as shown and sew together to make a tulip flower. Set aside.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 3: You will need to make two leaf sections. For each one you need one 2.5″ x 4.5″ green rectangle and two 2.5″ white squares. You also need two matching pieces, one a 2.5″ square and the other a 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 4: Use the “sew and flip” method to make the units shown. Notice that the triangle slant “upward” in the purple units and “downward” in the red units.  Sew the center seams to complete these units.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 5: Lay the flower section, the leaf sections and a 4.5″ square out as shown and sew together to complete your tulip block.

Next time I will show you the quilt I made with these tulip blocks. To make your own, you will need eight tulip blocks.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAYou will also need fifteen 4-patch blocks made with 4.5″ squares.

My quilt is 44″ x 60″.

To make it, you need:

3 yards white for backgrounds. Cut 48 2.5″ squares, 8 1.5″ squares, 8 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles, 48 4.5″ squares (or 21 5″ squares & 6 4.5″ squares), 5 2.5″ x width of fabric strips for borders.

Scraps: 2 sets of 5 2.5″ squares for flowers, 8 pairs of 2.5″ x 4.5″ green rectangles for leaves, 16 sets of matching 2.5″ squares and 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles for the tulip blocks, 60 4.5″ assorted 4.5″ squares for 4-patches. Your will also need 42 more assorted 4.5″ squares or 21 assorted 5″ squares for half-square triangle blocks, which we will make next time.

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A Bountiful Table

It’s harvest time in Montana’s Golden Triangle, and from the accounts I’ve heard, it’s a bountiful harvest. Nature’s “white combine” -hail- did claim a share, but as I drove home the 60 miles from Inverness to Shelby (after a day of quilting with friends), I saw dozens of combines hard at work, and a parade of trucks hauling wheat to the big elevator in Chester. A lot of hard work is paying off.

My overflowing scrap basket is a testament to hard work, too, and as I was picking out fabric bits and sewing this tablerunner project, I was reminded of dozens of projects these scraps came from…a quilt for a new family menber and Project Linus and for a service member returning from overseas, samples for classes, patterns and demonstrations at my local quilt shops and guilds. So many memories, that will now be right there on the table, reminding me to give thanks for a full plate, and a full life.

In the previous blog, I showed you how to make an Overflowing Scrap Basket block. To complete this tablerunner you will need:

70 2.5″ Half Square Triangles (HSTs) that have two prints.

4 2.5″ HSTs that are half white and half print

7 4.25″ white squares – Cut each diagonally twice for 28 triangles

2  2.5″ x 8.5″ white strips

2 2.5″ x 10.5″ white strips

4 2.25″ x WOF strips for binding

(Total 5/8 yard white)

We will be building this tablerunner by making two end units and a middle unit.

Let’s start with the two end units:

This tablerunner will have two Overflowing Scrap Basket blocks, one at each end. To make the trim pieces, sew two strips. The first is three print/print HSTs, a print/white HSt and a white triangle. Sew the is strip to the lower right side of the basket block as illustrated. The second strip is four print/print HSTs, one print/white HST and a white triangle. Sew this strip to the lower left side of the basket block. Do this for both blocks.

This tablerunner will have two Overflowing Scrap Basket blocks, one at each end. To make the trim pieces, sew two strips. The first is three print/print HSTs, a print/white HST and a white triangle. Sew the is strip to the lower right side of the basket block as illustrated. The second strip is four print/print HSTs, one print/white HST and a white triangle. Sew this strip to the lower left side of the basket block. Do this for both blocks.

Next we need to piece a triangle unit. You will make two of these units.

Build this triangle by sewing two white triangles to adjoining sides of one HST. Then sew two HST's together and add a white triangle. The third row has three HSTs and a white triangle, and the fourth row is the 2.5" x 8.5" white strip with a white triangle at one end. Sew these four rows together to make the large triangle unit shown. Make two of these triangle units, and sew them to the LEFT side of your blocks.

Build this triangle by sewing two white triangles to adjoining sides of one HST. Then sew two HST’s together and add a white triangle. The third row has three HSTs and a white triangle, and the fourth row is the 2.5″ x 8.5″ white strip with a white triangle at one end. Sew these four rows together to make the large triangle unit shown. Make two of these triangle units, and sew them to the LEFT side of your blocks.

Next, we add a strip to the right side of each block:

Sew four HSTs together and add a white triangle at one end. Sew the 2.5" x 10.5" white strip to the HST's and finish with another white triangle. Sew this strip to the RIGHT side of the basket block.

Sew four HSTs together and add a white triangle at one end. Sew the 2.5″ x 10.5″ white strip to the HST’s and finish with another white triangle. Sew this strip to the RIGHT side of the basket block.

The two end units are complete. Set them aside while we make the center unit.

Sew four strips with nine HST's in each strip. Add a white triangle to each end of all four strips. Sew the strips together as shown.

Sew four strips with nine HST’s in each strip. Add a white triangle to each end of all four strips. Sew the strips together as shown.

Just two seams to go now…

Lay out your center and end sections as shown and sew together to complete your tablerunner top.

Lay out your center and end sections as shown and sew together to complete your tablerunner top.

The piece should measure approximately 15″ x 54″.

If you looked closely at my finished top, you may notice that all of the HST’s are sewn do that their center seams run the same direction. You do not have to worry about that if you don’t want to…I did a fair amount of “frog stitching” (rippit) because it is easy to get those HST’s turned around.

You may also notice that I mixed in just a few full 2.5″ squares. I admit it…I got bored making HSTs! In fact, if you wanted to, you could do the whole thing (except the baskets) with 2.5″ squares.

"A Bountiful Table" by Anne Wiens, Sweetgrass Creative Designs  2013

“A Bountiful Table” by Anne Wiens, Sweetgrass Creative Designs 2013

I’d love to see a photo of your tablerunner.

You can email it to me at: anne@sweetgrassdesigns.com.

Categories: 10" TQ Blocks, HST's, Scrap Quilts, Tablerunners, Thrifty Quilter Blocks & Patterns, TQ Patterns | 1 Comment

We Interrupt This Blog…

Due to technical difficulties, I am late getting the “Overflowing Scrap Basket” tablerunner pattern posted. I think I’ve worked out the issue with WordPress, and the blog should be up this evening.

Meanwhile, you might want to check out the “guest blog” I wrote for Quiltmaker magazine’s blog, “Quilty Pleasures.” It’s a tutorial on the V-Blocks tool, designed by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Designs. Next week, I’ll do a tutorial on Deb’s “Split Recs” tool, and the following week, a pattern for a wallhanging that uses both tools.

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