10″ TQ Blocks

Born to Be (Not Quite) Wild

A few weeks ago, my friend Diane Harris (a.k.a. “The Stash Bandit“) posted a blog, then asked her Facebook followers, “Are you brave enough to combine fabrics with wild abandon?” This was the quilt she showed as an example:

“Wild Abandon” by Diane Harris – Photo used by permission

“Pffft” sez I, “I can do that!” Turns out it isn’t as easy to be random as you’d think it would be. Don’t get me wrong…I make scrap quilts all the time, and I have no problem combining fabrics within the quilt that just “don’t go together.” However, the fabrics almost always coordinate with in the individual blocks.

So, I can do “wild.” It’s the “abandon” I will have to work on.

While I was playing, I came up with a block to show you. It finishes 10″ square.

I’m calling it “Happy Scraps”

For each 10″ (finished) block you will need four 4.5″ squares. Mine match, but yours do not have to. You will need a total of seventeen 2.5″ squares. I have eight lavender, four deep red, four splattered, and one orange. If you want to throw caution to the wind, just make sure you have one medium value square, four dark squares, and the remaining fourteen squares should be light.

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Use the stitch-n-flip method to put light triangles on two opposite corners of each of the 4.5″ squares. Set these squares aside.

Sew four light 2.5″ squares to four dark 2.5″ squares.

Before we sew these units together, let’s consider our options:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

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“Happy Scraps” by Anne Wiens – 2017

In the end, I chose Option 2, though I’m pretty fond of Options 1 and 4.

This is why I am never bored, for every quilt I make, I come up with several more ideas. Fortunately, my scrap bin overfloweth!

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Little Spring Blossoms

Many years ago, while vacationing with my family at Cascade, Idaho, I took myself for a little walk along the lake shore, and discovered a sweet little white wildflower. It was so unassuming….just tiny white blossoms that grew low to the ground. In fact, if you didn’t stop and stoop down to look closely, you wouldn’t notice the little purple pinstripes at the base of each petal. I honestly don’t know why that little flower has stuck with me all these years, but it inspired this flower block:

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“Little Wildflower” by Anne Wiens – 2016

I’m going to give you two options for this block. The first is a two-leaf version that finishes 10″ square, and the second is a 12″, four-leaf version like the photo above.

For the two-leaf flower you will need:

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“Little Wildflower” by Anne Wiens – 2016

Four 4.5″ squares (pink) for blossom

Eight 2.5″ squares green for leaves

Four 2″ squares yellow for flower center

Seven 2.5″ squares (white) for background

Three 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles (white) for background

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Step 1a

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Step 1b

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1 – Use the stitch-and-flip method to put small triangle corners the 4.5″ blossom squares. To do this, lay a 2.5″ square on the corner of the larger square and draw a diagonal line as shown in photo 1a. Sew on the line and trim off the corner 1/4″ from the seam as in photo 1b above.

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Step 1c

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Step 1d

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press the corner open, and repeat on the opposite corner (photo 1c).

Make one “petal unit” with two white corners.

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Step 1e

Make one petal unit with two green corners.

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Step 1f

Make two petal units with one white corner and one green corner.

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Step 1g

Use the same stitch-and-flip technique to put one yellow corner on each petal unit. Note that on the green and white petal units, the yellow corners need to be on opposite ends, as shown above.

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Step 1h

Now you can sew the four petal units together as shown to make the blossom.

Set aside while we make the leaf units.

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Step 2a

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Step 2 – Use 2.5″ x 4.5″ background rectangles and 2.5″ green squares to make two flying geese units with the stitch-and-flip technique.

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Step 2c

Sew 2.5″ background squares to both end of of one flying geese unit.

Sew a square to the right end of the other unit, and a 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle to the left end.

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Step 2d

Sew the shorter leave unit to the left side of the blossom unit.

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10″ Little Wildflower by Anne Wiens

Sew the longer leaf unit to the bottom of your blossom to complete the 10″ Little Wildflower block.

I also made a 12″ version, with four leaves.

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12″ Little Wildflower pieces

Four 4.5″ squares (purple) for blossom

Sixteen 2.5″ squares green for leaves

Four 2″ squares yellow for flower center

Four 2.5″ squares (white) for background

Eight 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles (white) for background

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12″ block Petal Units

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12″ Block Blossom Unit

For the larger block, all of the petal units have two green corners and one yellow.

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12″ block Leaf Units

For the 12″ block, make four green and white flying geese units. Sew background squares to the end of two geese, and background rectangles to the ends of the other two flying geese.

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Sew the shorter leaf units to opposite sides of the blossom unit.

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Sew the longer leaf units to the top and bottom to complete the 12″ Little Wildflowers block.

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Little Wildflowers – by Anne Wiens (2016)

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Season’s Greetings

Christmas is coming on like a bobsled, and I still have gifts to finish, but I stopped today to whip up a little something for you.

Surprise…it’s a quilt block! :0)  It’s a 10″ (finished) block, and I called it “A Christmas Wreath”.

Here’s the recipe:

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One 6-1/2″ square novelty print

Three 3.5″ red squares

Three 3.5″ light green squares

Four 3.5″ dark green squares

Six 3.5″ white squares

Four 2.5″ white squares

I used a Tucker Trimmer® to make the half-square triangles (HSTs) and quarter-square triangles (QSTs). If you’re not familiar with this tool, CLICK HERE for a previous post that goes into more detail on its use.

Step 1a

Step 1a

The first step is to put white corners on the novelty print square.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of your 2.5″ white squares. Lay a square on a corner of the 6.5″ novelty print square and sew on the line, then trim 1/4″ outside the line. Repeat with all four corners.

Step 1b

Step 1b

Press the corners open. Set this center section aside.

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Step 2a

Step 2b

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Step 2 is to make four red and white HSTs. Cut two of the red 3.5″ squares and two 3.5″ white squares in half diagonally, and sew the red and white halves together. I press my seams open, but you can press to the dark side if you prefer. Use the Tucker Trimmer® to trim the HSTs to 2.5″ as illustrated. above.

Step 3a

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For Step 3, we need to make QSTs. Cut all of the remaining 3.5″ squares diagonally twice.

Step 3b

Step 3c

Step 3b

Step 3b

Sew eight QSTs, each with two dark green triangles, one light green triangle and one white triangle, then use the Tucker Trimmer® to square them to 2.5″ as illustrated above.

You will also need four QSTs, each with two white triangles, one red triangle and one light green triangle. Square them to 2.5″ as well.

Step 4a

Step 4a

Sew the QSTs into four units as pictured above.

Step 4b

Step 4b

Sew two of the QST strips to the sides of the center unit.

Step 4c

Step 4c

To finish your block, sew the HSTs to the remaining QST strips as shown, and sew to the top and bottom of the center unit.

Of course, just because I called it a wreath and used red and green fabrics, that doesn’t mean you have to.

Merry Christmas!

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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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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.

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