Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Block 1 THQA 2012

 We are starting the Quilt Along with an easy block.

A Variable Star with a Four-Patch centre (the Variable Star is one of my favourite blocks, so there will be a few more with different centres throughout the QA).

For this 7" block you need -

Print A (background, mine is the green striped)

           1 - 4+3/4" square - for the Fast Flying Geese (FFG)
           4 - 2+1/4" squares - for the corners of the blocks

Print B (mine is the orange dots)

           4 - 2+5/8" squares - for the Fast Flying Geese

Print C (mine is the green print)

           2 - 2+1/4" squares - for the centre Four-Patch

Print D (mine is the red print)

            2 - 2+1/4" squares - for the centre Four-Patch

I hope the 5/8" measurements don't scare any one off, most rulers have the markings on them.

Sew all the seams with a scant 1/4" and trim all the units for more accuracy.

Using the large Print A square and the 4 print B squares make 4 Fast Flying Geese (all the instructions are shown here).

Trim the units to 2+1/4" x 4" (my ruler has regular kitchen plastic wrap on the back to help prevent slipping).

Here are the 4 units.

Sew the 4 Print C + D squares together to make a Four-Patch.

I spin the centre seams to reduce the bulk, just give them a little tug on the bias and they should open up.

The centre is trimmed to 4" square (if it needs trimming).

Sew all the units and Print A squares like a regular Nine-Patch,

sew the pieces into rows.

I press the seams to one side, in opposite directions so that they will "nest" into each other.

Sew the rows together.

I like to pin the seams too.

When sewing the rows together I stitch just off the point of the FFG triangle,

this way it keeps the point on the triangle.

Trim the block to 7+1/2" (it will be a 7" finished block).

I am making 3 blocks each week, and I am trying to make the blocks look different with fabric placement.

This one has the same fabric for the background and one of the prints for the Four-Patch (thanks for the tip Wendy).

This one has the same fabric for the FFG and one of the prints for the Four-Patch.

All three blocks together.  I am trying to "step out of my box" with this quilt, maybe you will consider doing the same.

I hope that the instructions are suitable for all levels of quilting experience, if you have any questions don't hesitate to email me (my email address can be found here).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Deb said...

Awesome tutorial, excellent fabric! Thank you for all the detail you put into your BOM this will help all that are in the many stages of quilting.
Another great fun one I see!

antique quilter said...

great block and oh love those fabrics :)
great tutorial, thanks! I love seeing how others sew

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Pauline G said...

Looking forward to this one - as I enjoyed the last one so much. Thanks for the great tutorials.

DebbieM said...

I am going to try to make your block, your tutorial makes it look so easy. I've never tried anything with flying geese. Can't wait to give it a try. Thank you.

Colleen said...

I will start with you and am so excited!!! The first quilt along was so much fun! Also I have sent an email to my Guild members to see if anyone wants to do this with me. We can show and tell together at meetings!
Thank You! Joanne

The Calico Quilter said...

Thank you for the QAL. I was happy to find a project to use a Fig Tree Quilts FQ collection that has been languishing in my stash, and my first three blocks are lovely. Your instructions are very good.

Jeanne said...

Great tutorial! You explained each step very clearly and the photos are wonderful. Cute blocks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the print option. I started to write this all down and went cross-eyed;-)

Will work on these tonight.

blessings, jill

Ray said...

Wonderful!! Your instructions are perfect. I've picked the fabrics for my blocks. I'll be sewing tomorrow and Thursday. Will you have a Flickr page again? Thanks so much for hosting this QAL!!

Sylke Feldhusen said...

Thank you Joanne! I like your patterns and instructions. Don't have time to sew it now, but I download the patterns, maybe I will sew the sampler later :)

Doniene said...

I'm trying to resist, really I am, but these blocks are just so perfect!! I may succumb yet!

Looking forward to at least following along!


Anonymous said...

I´ve been waiting and waiting for this Quilt-Along to start. Then I nearly missed it :) Now I must hurry down to the sewingmachine and get started!
Gun, Sweden

Soph said...

Thank you Joanne sooo much!
Finished my first 3 blocks and waiting patiently for the next lot!
Sophie, Australia

Raewyn said...

Yaay! Just made 2 blocks!!

Anonymous said...

I'll start these with you Joanne. I am coming over from Jill's and this will be a quilt for my cottage, so I am really excited :-D


Sue said...

This is a great tutorial. I am wondering if I could still jump in on this one.

Missie of Traditional Primitives said...

Thanks for the nice tutorial! Very helpful!!

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