One Block or Three

Posted by Ruth on 29 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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I made three blocks today instead of the usual one. They are Churn Dash, Grecian Square and Greek Cross.

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Strip Piecing

Posted by Ruth on 22 April 2013 | 2 Comments

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Today I've been playing with 2 1/2" strips. There are so many wonderful strip packs or jelly rolls available today that I thought I'd make up a simple fun block to use either a pack or leftovers strips. Later I discovered this was actually a block called Twin Sisters.

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Blocks into Quilts

Posted by Ruth on 18 April 2013 | 2 Comments

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Over the last three weeks I made three blocks: Girl's Favorite, Girl's Favorite 2 and Crown of Thorns. All three blocks are very similar in design but can look very different when placed in a quilt.

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Girls Favorite - free pattern

Posted by Ruth on 15 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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Two weeks ago I made a block called Girl's Favorite 2. You are probably wondering why the 2? That's because it is an alternative to the original Girl's Favorite. This week I'm going to make Girl's Favorite as a 12" block. There is little difference although it looks quite different because of the fabric positions. The center unit is the only construction difference.

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Crown of Thorns

Posted by Ruth on 8 April 2013 | 1 Comments

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Crown of Thorns is very much like the block I made last week called Girl's Favorite 2. Other than the fabric changing place, there is only one difference. Can you spot it in the two blocks below?

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Girls Favorite 2 - free block

Posted by Ruth on 1 April 2013 | 1 Comments

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Today's free pattern block is called Girl's Favorite 2. I thought that was quite appropriate for the 1st of April. When I started this block I thought it would be relatively easy, but I'd have to admit it is more of an intermediate to advanced block. Accuracy is important if you want to make this block well and you do need to be familiar with 1/8" measurements for cutting the larger blocks. Even though I think this is a more difficult block, I do think anyone could make it as long as they know the three basics in quilt making: Accurate 1/4" seams, accurate rotary cutting and good pressing skills. (all three links are free tutorials)

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Grandmother's Puzzle revisited

Posted by Ruth on 25 March 2013 | 2 Comments

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Last week I made a Grandmother's Puzzle block. It was a difficult block becaues the shapes within it did not form any sort of easy construction grid. By this I mean, there is no where on the block that you can draw a straight line from one side to the opposite side without cutting through another piece. This is the reason I had to use a set-in seam.

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Grandmother's Puzzle part 2

Posted by Ruth on 19 March 2013 | 1 Comments

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Here is the second part of Grandmother's puzzle - the advanced construction method. In the first part we made the following units. If you missed them, you can go back to yesterday's post - part 1.

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Grandmother's puzzle - free block

Posted by Ruth on 18 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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Today is another free block day and I want to carry on with the 5-patch theme. If you remember two weeks ago I presented the first 5-patch block called Four-X Star block and last week I introduced another called Flying Squares which showed how to construct a block using partial seams. This week's block is called Grandmother's puzzle and is definitely for the advanced quilter. 

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Flying Squares - free block

Posted by Ruth on 12 March 2013 | 1 Comments

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Last week I shared a 5-patch block with you called Four-X Star block. This week I have another 5-patch block but this one is a little more tricky to construct. I love the name of this block - Flying Squares.

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