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Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B07 – World Series

Before I started this block I thought: Oh no! A03 all over again! I was mistaken.

This is not an easy block though I found it a lot easier than A03 having learnt from the mistakes then. The melons are a bit larger so that helps too.

Still the most challenging part is placing the melons so you get a perfect circle at the end. If you look closely, my placement of the melons leans towards the right ever so slightly.

I decided to do regular needle turn appliqué because to get the points matching I find needle turn is the easiest method.

I got a couple more tips from Granny Maud’s Girl blog post on appliqué. The most important one is patience, take as much times as required to appliqué. And to avoid lines that aren’t smooth, particularly on curves, just spend some time with your needle massaging the fabric to remove any bumpy bits. It is possible to get smooth curves.

I traced the template on to freezer paper, ironed to the fabric and cut around leaving 1/4 in allowance.

 

I cut the square 1/4 inch larger all around, so 5 1/2 in square.

Then folded the square twice on the diagonal to find the middle.

 

I finger pressed around the freezer paper. This is something Granny Maud’s Girl does but she removes the paper afterwards. I left it in.

 

I also traced the circle using a compass.

To work out the circle size check out one of my A03 post.

So placement is the trickiest. I basted the shapes to start with but I had to unpick them because they weren’t matching after sewing.

 

So I went for pins only so I could reposition the melons easily until they were right.


 

I stitched around the outside first to make almost a perfect circle.

 

And then I continued with the inside curves.

 

I was quite happy by this stage.

 

The diamonds turned out to be easy too in spite of their small size.

 

Time to remove the freezer paper.

 

And trim off excess fabric.

 

And then I squared the block.

So here it is!

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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Basket of flowers lap quilt for beginners

I made this quilt a long time ago, posted a tutorial and forgot all about it. I thought it was time to share it again.

This is a beginner’s quilt. It is made with pre-cut triangles for the print fabric.  Pre-cut triangles are called turnovers and they are 6 inches wide. One pack of turnovers has 80 triangles in it.

Finished quilt size: 51 in x 45.5 in.

Seam allowance is 1/4 inch.

Materials

  • 1 pack of turnovers (Baskets of flowers Turnovers Triangles by Moda) – 80 x 6 inch triangles
  • One yard and a half of cream fabric for the triangles and border (you could also get 1 pack of turnovers in white/cream if you want to make this quilt even easier). I used Moda Bella Snow
  • Cream cotton thread
  • Batting
  • 52 in x 47 in fabric for the back of the quilt

Instructions

Cut 28 x 6 inch squares from the cream fabric and then cut the square into 2 triangles. You will obtain 56 x 6 in triangles.

Assemble white and print triangles

Stitch a total of  56 squares using the turnovers and the cream triangles.

Place a turnover over a cream triangle and stitch together along the long side right sides together.

Open and press.

Place the squares in rows of 7 squares as per picture below. You will have enough squares to complete 8 rows.

Stitch all rows together.

Sashing

The quilt at this stage is 39 in  x 44.5 in.

Cut four 2.5 inch strips (two 39 in x 2.5 in strips and two 41.5 in x 2.5 in strips) of fabric in cream.

Note: Double check the width of the finished square made of turnovers before you cut your sashing as the width may vary slightly if the sewing is not very accurate.

Border

After sashing the quilt measures about 47 in x 41.5 in.

With the 24 print turnovers left over, make 12 squares.

Place two turnovers with right side facing together, stitch along the long side.

Open square and press with seams open to avoid bulk.

Now cut the square across the diagonal.

Now repeat the same process again.

Place both triangles together with right side facing together. Stitch again along the long side.

Open and press with seams open to avoid bulk.

The resulting square is 5 inches square.

Assemble border as per picture and using 5 inch strips of fabric in cream.

Cut 10 x 5 in squares in cream/white.

Place squares alternating white and print squares as per picture with 4 print squares on the top and bottom row and 2 on the right and left sides.

When I made the quilt I forgot to measure the border properly. I suggest you stitch the 5 inch squares as per picture below and then measure the length of the required white border to finish each side.

Quilt as required. I usually stipple quilt.

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B06 – Wild Goose Chase

This block qualifies as time consuming and even as easy if using paper piecing.

I used 2 charm squares for this one.

I paper pieced the centre piece. And added the border at the end.

There are 43 pieces in this block. It took me probably 3 hours to make. I’m not a fast quilter.

I pressed all the individual pieces as I stitched them together. I’m doing this for every block now because I get the points to align better and the block looks flatter at the end.

Some of the pieces in the centre are narrower than 1/4 in so I had to cut my seam allowances about 1/8 in.

I’m very pleased with this 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

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