Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B10 – Jud’s Trophy

Susan Gatewood rates the difficulty of this block as medium. I think that it’s easier than that if paper piecing.

The biggest challenge is the size of the pieces. Even with paper piecing I find small pieces are tricky and often the points don’t match.

The block has 27 pieces so it’s not too time consuming to put together.

As suggested on the pattern, I did the centre cross first.

I miscalculated some of the fabric so I was a bit short on the seams. It’s not the first time this happens but it’s usually ok and in some instances even desirable to have narrower seams than the usual 1/4 inch.

This is the back of the paper. I usually remove all the paper at the end unless I need to remove bulk earlier.

The cross is looking very neat. I don’t think I would have made such a good job using traditional piecing methods.

This is the final block.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

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Tile quilt tutorial

 

This is a quilt for beginners. I made it for the back of my wonky log cabin quilt but I think it can well be a quilt top on its own right. This quilt can be made to any size.

The quilt is about 45 in square.

Materials

The materials are for the middle strip of this small lap quilt. For smaller or larger size adjust accordingly.

  • 30 x 4 inch squares
  • 4 x 1 1/2 inch strips cut along the whole width of the fabric in cream for the sashing
  • 2 x 2 1/2 inch strips cut along the whole width of the fabric in cream for the sashing and a bit more for the short sides of the grid

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B09 – Tinker toy

This bock is pieced traditionally. I followed Susan Gatewood’s instructions for this block.

The block has 4 Y seams so it’s a bit tricky. Though again the hardest part was placing the appliqued square.

To make this block I cut 2 x 2 3/4 in square in white and 2 x 2 3/4 in square in the pattern fabric to make the corner triangles. Then I cut 4 pieces 2 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in for the cross and one 1 1/2 square for the centre.

To make the corner triangles I placed two squares with right sides facing together.

I drew a line in the diagonal.

Then I stitched on each side of the line leaving 1/4 in seam allowance.

Open and press.

The corners need to be trimmed to 2 inches.

Now the cross pieces need to be trimmed as well.

I used the paper pattern to trim.

I placed the pieces in the layout.

Susan suggest that the block is put together by stitching all right sides first.

This is what the block looks like.

At this stage the Y seams aren’t stitched together.

Now, place both Y seams together as per picture and stitch.

Do this with all four Y seams.

Then press the block well.

And finally, the top square is appliqued.

I appliqued the square using reverse applique with freezer paper on top.

I cut a piece of paper and then cut the 3/4 in square in the centre.

I centered the paper in the block and press. This was not easy and the square is not perfectly in the centre.

Now place a piece of white fabric under the block and pin all three layers: freezer paper, block and white fabric.

Applique the square.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

My improv patchwork on the German quilt magazine Patchwork Professional

It was very exciting to receive this German quilt magazine, Patchwork Professional, on the mail today.

I don’t know if I have many subscribers who read German but if you’re interested, check out the magazine. It has an article about my work and a step-by-step improv patchwork project.

Denim purse tutorial

Materials

How to make hexagons

Notes: all seam allowances are 1/4 inches.  Add the seam allowance to the pattern line.

This pattern is made for a 4 inch wide frame. If your frame is wider or narrower, just place frame on top of the pattern and draw proportionally around the lines, inside or outside, adjusting for the width of frame.

Cut all your pieces,as per instructions on the pattern, adding 1/4 in seam allowance.

Sew 9 or 10 hexies and stitch in groups. Learn how to sew hexies.

Pin each hexie group to each denim side.

Stitch to the denim with a hidden stitch.

To remove paper hexagon turn over the denim piece, make a few cuts, trim excess denim fabric and remove paper.

Lining

To make the lining, pin pieces together, in twos, and stitch along the line.

The lining is now ready.

Now stitch the exterior in the same way, alternating denim and pattern fabric.

The exterior is done.

Now with the lining inside out and the exterior inside out, place the exterior inside the lining.

Stitch along the top edge leaving a 2 inch opening to turn purse inside out.

Turning purse inside out through the opening.

Voilà!

Now it’s time to stitch the purse to the frame, or glue it.

The hardest part is to stop it from moving. I used pins but you could thread and large stitches that go from the lining to the exterior and wrapping around the frame.

Then just stitch the frame to the purse using stranded cotton or some strong thread.

I addes a self covered button to cover the point where all the pieces meet which was a bit untidy.

It is a cutte frame and it is a good size too. It could be a make a small make up bag.