Pinwheel Block

Super easy block today.

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

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Make:

  • 4 half-square triangles 2″ unfinished with 2 fabrics

 

I used Thangles again & pressed the seams to the red fabrics

because I like the way it helps the seams nest

while I’m assembling the block.

Use your favorite method.

Arrange the hst’s & sew together into a pinwheel block.

I removed the stitches in the seam allowance &

made a little pinwheel in the center to make the block lie nice & flat.

I also made a couple more…

How many will you make?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Susan

 Double Hour Glass Block

I hope you had a good weekend.

It’s such a bizarre time.

Nothing is usual.

So thankful for my quilting friends & my quilting!

Something else I’m thankful for

is the sun shining into my sewing room!

Today we’ll make this cutie.

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

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Cut:

  • 4 black sq’s. 1  1/2″
  • 1 center fabric sq. 1  1/2″
  • 4 half-square triangles 1  1/2″ unfinished with center fabric & color fabric

 

I like using Thangles when I need such small half-square triangles.

Use your favorite method.

Sew the squares into rows.

Press the seams away from the hst’s.

Sew the rows together.

I pressed the last seams open.

Taking out the few stitches in the seam allowances helps the little blocks press flatter.

How many will you make?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We want to see your progress too!

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Susan

 Bright Hopes Block

Today’s block(s) is Bright Hopes.

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

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Cut:

  • 1  1/2″ sq. center fabric
  • 1 rec. 1  1/2″ x 2  1/2″ of 4 color fabrics

Sew a partial seam only

sewing the center sq. onto 1 of the rec’s.

Sew 1/2 – 3/4 of the seam.

Finger press seam toward rec.

Layer another rec. on top.

Sew that entire seam.

Press seam toward rec.

Layer another rec.

Sew seam then press toward rec.

Pin the 1st rec. out of the way.

Layer then sew the last rec.

Press.

Finish the first seam.

A pin will help keep things lined up.

Pretty cute, huh?

Of course I made 3 of these!

They’re super easy

& can use 5 (15) different Thimbleberries prints!

I think the backs of these blocks are just as pretty as the fronts.

We’re getting quite a stack of blocks for just 4 days.

Image what we’ll have after the crazy quarantine is over!

 

What do you think?

Do you like the variety so far?

Any block in particular you’d like me to feature?

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We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 Tiny Tree Block

I’ve been listening to 80’s Pop Radio on Pandora the past couple of weeks.

It just plays in the background.

A few days ago I chose our family’s theme song:

No need to watch, just listen to the refrain.

Can you relate???

Today’s block is Tiny Tree.

 

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

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Cut:

  • 2 cream sq’s. 2″
  • 2 cream rec’s. 1 3/4″ x 2″
  • 1 green rec’s. 2″ x 3 1/2″
  • 1 black rec. 1″ x 2″

I used my “Lazy Susan” technique for the flying geese again.

See the spool block post here for instructions.

I pressed the seams toward the trunk.

I think it makes the trunk stand out.

Next, sew the tree to the trunk.

I pressed this seam upward &

clipped the few stitches in the seam to make it lie flatter.

You could make a whole forest of these in an hour!

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We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 American Homes Block

How many squares in a box blocks did you make yesterday?

Having fun like I am?

Today’s block is American Homes

but I’m renaming mine to Goldilock’s houses.

You’ll see why I renamed it below.

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

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Cut:

  • 1  1/2″ sq. baby house fabric
  • 1  1/2″ x 2  1/2″ rec. mama house fabric
  • 1  1/2″ x 3  1/2″ papa house fabric
  • 6 sq’s. 1″ background fabric
  • 1 sq. 1  1/2″ background fabric
  • 1  1/2″ x 2  1/2″ background rec.

 

Use “Lazy Susan’s” flying geese method

as described in the spool blocks

to make the top of each house.

Click here too see that post.

Press seams open or toward the triangles.

Sew the columns together to complete the block.

I made 2 blocks.

I was going to stop here, but trudged on.

I’m glad that I did!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Squares In A Box Block Day

How many 3″ spool blocks did you make yesterday?

Since I’ve been getting asked

“how many blocks do I need to make?”

&

“how many days will we be making blocks?”

The answer is:

We will continue to make blocks

until I’ve used a piece of

EVERY Thimbleberries

fabric in this basket,

 

& in my cart!

 

Lol, not sure I’ll live that long.

The real answer is make as many as you want.

I have no idea what I’ll make with these blocks.

I just want to give us something fun & easy

to work on instead of watching TV or reading the news all day.

Sew & have fun!

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This is Squares in a Box.

Cut:

  • 2 rec’s. of outer fabric 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • 2 sq’s. of outer fabric 1 1/2″
  • 1 sq. of inner fabric 1 1/2″

 

& if you’re an overachiever,

cut a couple, a few or even 100 more!

Sew the inner sq. between the 2 outer sq’s.

Next sew the block together.

Voila!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

If not now, eventually we will all affected by the Coronavirus either directly or indirectly.

3 of our children are healthcare workers working directly with patients every day;

our daughter a nurse practitioner,

her husband an RN

& our Daughter-in-law a physical therapist.

Let me tell you, more than ever this mom is praying for their & all of our safety!

So, last night when our nurse practitioner daughter sent me a link from the hospital that her husband works at asking for help with making masks & mentioned maybe I could maybe write on my blog to help get the word out, I said sure!

Here’s a link that I found from Deaconess Hospital with a very good (short) video that shows a woman actually making a mask, giving exact dimensions for fabric & elastic.

I had no elastic the right size, but fortunately my mom did!

Since my parents have been quarantined for nearly 2 weeks

I feel safe handling stuff from them.

Can you relate?

After watching the video last night I noticed these fabrics in my sewing room.

Recognize them?

They’re scraps from making my QAYG, Jellyroll Joyride quilt

samples for spring market this time last year.

Today I set to sewing masks while chatting

(on the phone) with a quilting friend!

Less than 2 hours later I had these:

I have more fabric & more elastic so I will make more tomorrow.

A local quilt shop, Patchwork Plus is a local drop off spot for them.

“Drop off at the shop on Wednesday or Thursday 11-3 each week.
You can also mail them to the shop at 62 E. Ferguson Ave, Wood River, IL 62095.
Please put them in a plastic bag.
DO NOT TAKE THEM TO THE HOSPITALS OR NURSING HOMES!”

If you can help, I’m sure there is need in your area also.

If you don’t have any masks in your household

you may want to make enough for your family too

just in case the need arises for use.

Please pray for the safety of our healthcare workers,

first responders & everyone helping in this dangerous time.

Thank you!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan