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Quilts are often in the red, white and blue colorway, but unlike other Veteran quilt organizations. Miracle Quilts will use all donations. Besides Quilts they make costumes for the VFW NATIONAL HOME. They accept any and all fabric ( in good condition) donations and put it to good use. All monetary donations are applied to finishing the quilts into the hand of active duty and veterans. In the past and for the immediate future the quilts are delivered directly ( by truck) to the military hospitals, rehab units and veteran facilities.
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BARBARA BRACKMAN ENCYCLOPEDIA pages 198-199, block #1532
A confession, I have never been able to sew a curved block to save my soul. I decided to do something about that lack in my quilting education. I signed up for a class at my favorite local quilt shop, SEW CRAZY IN LAPEER. The class was taught by my friend Mary. She is a talented, prolific quilter, who makes beautiful quilts. She was an excellent teacher who was able to explain and demonstrate the steps so they were easily understood and accomplished. She also gave us tips (learned from her making quilts using these same blocks) to make the cutting, piecing and pressing easier. Since I have never been successful with sewing curved blocks before I found the tips helpful for my success.
The cutting of the patches took time and patience. I think if I make this quilt, I will want to track down templates for this block. I have contacted John Flynn’s company to see if they have laser cut acrylic templates. Another method of getting this block made is to make a print out on a full sheet sticker of the block patterns. I will then take it to my local glass guy and they will cut them for me. I have done this in the past when I could not find templates on line. If you ever go this route make sure your print outs are accurate as some printers skew objects in a print out.
I found the hardest part of assembling the entire block was deciding how to press the patches so they will nest when you butt the seams together. I found it very easy to get my seams flipped so the block did not lie flat. I started out pressing the seam allowances to the dark but then the other seams in the block would not align properly when I started sewing the patches together. I am going to have to make more blocks before I can decide if there is a consistent and accurate method to press the seams.
This is going to be a LONG -TERM project. Once I get my templates I will cut out blocks in groups of ten from my red and white stash fabrics. I am not planning to be over concern with being matchy with the whites or the red fabrics. I love the red and white quilts I saw in the book RED AND WHITE QUILTS: INFINITE VARIETY but I have no intention of buying new fabrics. I am going to use what I have from my stash and hopefully it will be a more meaningful quilt.
If you are interested in making a similar style quilt I found instructions for the block and a free pattern at, QUILT in a Day.
LAURA PATTERSON from Bay City came to our guild and gave a trunk show of her past quilting projects. Her quilts were featured in the Bay City Heritage Quilt Show. A group of the guild members met her at Lucky’s Restaurant in Davison. The dinner conversation was lively getting to know each other. It was more like a reunion of college friends, trading life stories and a lively discussion about various quilts, and quilt shows. After dinner we went to the Senior Center where we helped her set up for the trunk show.
During the trunk show she explained how she made many of her remarkable quilts. I was in awe of the two quilts her first quilts as she used JENNY BEYER’s hand piecing technique a tessellation quilt. She also hand quilted the top. .Laura gave a brief demonstration of how to hand piece, how to use ultra-suede to make SKINNY applique motifs. and how to embroider and using beading on organza to make your own applique. Laura stated that hand piecing was faster for her then machine works as she pieces when goes on trips, waits for appointments or watches TV. She said she is rarely without a project.
All of her quilts were gorgeous and detailed. Absolutely stunning eye candy. I am posting just a few of the many pictures I took of her quilts. I took over 45 pictures and would have taken more but my battery died.
This is just a sampling of the many beautiful quilt projects that Laura brought to the guild that night. I think if your guild is looking for a lecturer with a beautiful trunk show you should consider Laura. Contact me by email and I can forward contact information.
Found another STAR block to use in our guild STAR BLOCK CHALLENGE. I am making a quilt from the MIDNIGHT QUILT SHOW on You Tube.
MIDNIGHT QUILT SHOW .. VARIABLE STAR QUILT
I often make a trial block when I am using a new/ different technique. Since we are making STARS for the guild challenge I decided to make a block using fabric selected for the challenge. If the block turns out okay I plan to donate to the challenge.
YOU can make your HsqTri patches any way you want, but I used the method shown on YOU TUBE and I give the measurements for that technique. The measurements can be used so you can figure out how to make the block using your favorite methods.
NOTATION: STARCH THE HECK OUT OF YOUR FABRIC … I LIKE MINE AS STIFF AS PAPER … MAKES THE CUTTING EASIER AND KEEPS THE PATCHES NICER THROUGH OUT THE PROJECTS.
Match a focal fabric with a second fabric then with the background patch. ( See picture.)
SEW around the block using a generous quarter inch seam. This is an over sized block and you will be trimming the HsqTri patches to 3. 5 inches.
I marked the diagonals to show where I will be cutting the sewn patches to make the HsqTRIs. REMEMBER the outsides of the block is on the BIAS and will distort if handled roughly.
There will be 3 sets of FOUR half square triangles. They need to be squared to 3.5 inches. As I said earlier these patches were over sizes so you have at least a quarter of an inch of fabric to trim off.
When pressing your triangles BE SURE TO SET THE SEAM then open the triangle. I pushed the seams to the dark side, but I found that sometimes I had to reverse the seam press in order to get the intersections to lock.
It is up to YOU to decide if you want to press your seams to one side or to press open all the seams. IT IS IMPORTANT WHAT EVER METHOD YOU USE YOU ARE CONSISTENT. ( Watch out for burned fingers when you press open your seams.)
Once all your half sq triangles are squared up lay out your block. I did not mention earlier you will need 4 patches of 3.5 inches of your background fabric for the corners.
I like sewing the pinwheel first then I add the star points on the side. I sew the top and bottom rows adding the 3.5 inch patches on the ends of the star points. I press as sew each section together.
Surprise, surprise my block came out to the correct 12.5 inch block ( 12 inch finished) I do not think I will have any cut off points.
This block took two hours to make …. because I was taking pictures of the process…. the other blocks I made using this method was a lot faster… but not as fast as ANGELA WALTERS.
I have been sewing a lot this past couple of weeks. I did Darla’s, the Scientific Quilter’s March along. I started sewing 15 minutes a day but that usually stretched into an hour or two so I have made progress on my quilt projects… not my UFOs very much but the quilts I have started assembling since January. I need to sew binding on my daughter’s quilt then I will have a finish. HAPPY QUILTING,
I am going to first give instructions on how to do a TILT A BLOCK TO THE RIGHT ….. Then I am going to rant about the quilt I am using these blocks in. The quilt is driving me NUTS….. I LOVE THE LOOK of quilt …. but getting it made is going to drive me to drink.
The map make it easier to chain piece your block without getting them mixed up. The directions in the pattern said to make the rectangle 5-3/4 inches in length by 2 inches wide. I found that my blocks came out better when I increase the rectangle to 6 inches by 2.5 inches. This gave me more fabric above the corners of the block and made the squaring up easier to accomplish without trying to cut thru multiple layers at the corner.
NOTATION: I have discovered after investigating multiple patterns with tilting blocks, the rectangles need to be cut to 2 to 2-1/2 inches larger than your block size. In this case, my block is 4 inches finished therefore rectangle size should be 6 to 6.5 inches. The width of the rectangles should be at least a third to a half larger … for this 4 inch block the instructions said 2 inches was adequate but I found 2 -1/2 inch rectangles worked better. I am experimenting with designing a template for the wedges without the waste of fabric. That would be something that would need to be designed for individual tilting blocks.
PICTURE to be added here…..
It pays to be organized when making the tilting blocks.
Taking wedge flip it so it is ready to sew. THE right angle should be placed on the mid- point of the patch you are sewing your wedge too. The slanted portion of the wedge is aligned to the upper portion of the NINE PATCH. You then sew the wedge to the nine patch. I sewed the patches from the 9 patch side, so that I could keep the seams from flipping on the nine patch.
I sew these blocks in sets of four … I continue sewing around the block … wedge two, then three and at last wedge four when chain piecing. Be sure to press wedges up as you go… finger press, use a wood iron implement or an iron….. BE CAREFUL not to stretch or distort the block.
Once all the wedges are sewn to the NINE PATCH. The block needs to be squared up to the correct size. PRESS YOUR BLOCKS CAREFULLY. I did the in a two- step square up … first getting the misaligned fabric removed … then square up the block to the correct size ( 4.5 inches.) IT IS IMPORTANT to maintain quarter inch off of the corners of the nine patch, but you can tilt the ruler a little to get a slightly varied tilt. This was really evident when I increased the size of the rectangle the wedges were made from to 6 inches. Doing that allowed for easier squaring of my blocks.
The bulk at the corners where the skinny part of the wedge is sewn results in a lot of bulk that interferes with squaring up of the block. I solved this problem by increasing the size of the rectangle I used to make my wedges. I cut them to 6 inches by 2.5 inches then cutting the wedges to result in a right tilt or a left tilt. This allows you to square up the block to get the tilt you want. I am also experimenting with making a template that makes the tilting easier with less fabric waste.
When squaring up the block make sure to maintain a quarter inch seam allowance off the corners of the tilted nine patch.
NOW FOR MY RANT…..
The instructions for my quilt works only for exactly, precisely stitched blocks with no wiggle room or possibility of making a mistake or mis-sewing. Most of them barely came to correct size. I believe in making this kind of block big so that is can be can have some ability to square up my block so they had some difference from block to block. Many of my first blocks came out wonky and not to the correct size. I can use them in the quilt but I was getting discouraged and had put the blocks aside several time. I later experimented with making larger rectangles to cut my wedges from. I am now experimenting with making a template for cutting the wedges to the exact specifications.
Because I have so many wonky blocks from my first attempts at making my blocks I am now deliberately making wonky blocks with cut tips, askewed nine patches….. After all mistakes are opportunity for designing your own quilt in your own style. I will post pictures when I start assembling the quilt blocks.
This is my current quilt in progress…. the fabrics for this quilt was donated and I am selecting fabric from my stash. I made triangles measuring 6.5 inch from the donation and stash fabric. I am putting the patches on the wall then sewing them as I go along. I will be posting more pictures as this quilt evolves…. Trying to decide if the middle yellow square in the middle of the quilt or off center …. probably off center because it is easier to construct on the design wall.
I have joined DARLA’S MARCH QUILT ALONG over on Scientific Quilter’s blog. I have been sewing 15 minutes a day … that usually become several hours worth. I think I have my mojo back…..
I am so behind. I became vice president and program coordinator for our quilt guild and have been having fun contacting speakers to set up guild lectures and workshops. I have also been increasing the blogging on our guild blog. Down side, is it ate up a lot of time so I have not been blogging her much. Upside, is I will be duplicating some of the post here….. as sooooooon as I get organized.
I also have been spending a lot of my time dreaming about the quilts in this book. The quilts in this book are estimated to be from the 1880s to the 1920 and were shown in an exhibit in New York City. One that I missed a change to go to because I was still working and could not get the time off to go when my friends went….. BUMMER !!!
I love this book and rate it 10/5 …. It is so worth the money I spent for this picture/ coffee table book…. no patterns but lots of pictures.
I have taken it to bed with me every night so I can dream of all the lovely quilts that could be made. I am seriously thinking of making a red and white quilt for myself but I am having trouble picking out one pattern that I want to make. Many of the patterns I have seen before but a few are new to me. I want to make them all.
The book has over 350 pages of quilts, 4 quilts to a page. The collection consisted of over 650 quilts. The names of the patterns and what information they have about the quilts are listed. For most of the quilts they are undated and the maker is unknown. There were several forwards written for the book including one by Martha Stewart. My favorite forward was written by the owner of the quilt, Joanna Rose.
If you belong to a guild this is an excellent book to add to your guild library so you can share with all the members….. AND no I am not going to donate this book to my guild.
Well I have to run as I have babysitting duties calling to me and I do not have enough words to praise this book.