This week I am wrapping up my little mini blocks with not one, but two blocks for you. The first one is a Log Cabin. This is the first quilt block I ever learned to make, it is pretty simple to master, but the tiny size of these makes them a little trickier. I recommend you starch, starch, starch, and take your time. Having the fabric a little stiffer made these go together nicely. I did change the seam allowance on this one-it really needs to be 1/8". My presser foot has a little indentation that makes it easy to see where that is-also since this is a small seam allowance I am using a small stitch length of 2.2. The arrow in this photo shows this up close.
I chose to make more than one, which is pretty quick to do with the strip piecing method that I am using to make these. So let's get started. The hardest part is the beginning where you need to place that small red square on the strip and sew. Even though I am strip piecing I found that I still used a scrap of fabric for a leader, with that tiny seam allowance I had issues with the fabric bunching if I did not.
Here you can see how I pressed these. I started with pressing towards the red square but for the rest of the pressing I always pressed towards the strip. (I am making two here)
Here I have trimmed these little units off of the strip.
Then I place the trimmed units onto the strip and sew. It is important to pay attention to which way you lay the units onto the strips.
To trim I lay the ruler so that I have a line along the seam line which will keep everything nice and square.
As I mentioned the main thing you need to watch is the direction that you place your units onto the strip. To keep myself from getting confused I lay them next to each other. The piece at the top of the unit is the last one I sewed, so when I flip it to the wrong side on top of the strip that needs to go towards the bottom. If you do this each time all will be well. Remember the last strip you sewed onto the unit goes towards the bottom when placed onto the next strip.
And I have two log cabins-I think I may make some more and put them into a mini-quilt.
I said I have two ornaments for you this week and the second one is truly my gift to you.
This one goes together really quickly and if you use the no-waste method for making Flying Geese as shown in Week 4 you can whip out 4 of them in no time at all.
Here I show how to make just one Flying Geese unit. In the directions I mention sewing just to the outside of the drawn line-here is what that looks like for me.
I trim off the extra and press as directed. Then do the same thing on the other side.
My little Bloc Loc ruler comes in handy once again. If you need assistance with how to trim with a regular ruler those directions are also found in Week 4. Basically you need to line up your ruler as shown to trim a perfect unit on the right.
Then you just add the white square to each side of the Flying Geese unit for the top row.
Join the bottom row sections and then sew it to the top row to complete the block.
I always aim for the tip of the of the point as I sew-this gives me a sharp point on the other side-indicated by arrow.
This has been such a fun project and I am enjoying seeing all of your creations too. Take a look at these cuties that have been posted to my Facebook Sew Along group page:
To get your free pdf patterns for this week's ornaments
You will find all of the previous blocks there as well.
I had my Christmas music playing while I wrote this post and this is a song that came up-the first time I had heard it this year. It got my feet to tapping and put a smile on my face so I want to wish you all a Mele Kalikimaka with the help of one of my all-time favorites, Bing Crosby.
The time is just flying by and Christmas will soon be here. This week I am adding another star to the mix. If you have followed me for any length of time you know how much I love stars in all of their forms, so I guess it is not surprising to see another one appear.
This week we are making the Sawtooth Star.
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For the rest of the patterns in this series click here.
I am using my favorite, No-Waste method for making the Flying Geese units. I have found that it is best to sew with that top square facing away from the needle as I sew on each side of the line I drew.
When these are cut apart and pressed you end up with these two strange looking objects.
Draw a line on the back of the small squares and place them onto the units we just made, lining up the outside edges.
I like to chain-sitch these to save a little time.
Love my itty-bitty Bloc Loc ruler for trimming these! I made a video to show how to trim these with a regular ruler in week 4 and you can find it on my Tutorial Page. And just like that we have four Flying Geese.
I did a little fussy cutting with my heart fabric to make the four-square unit. I did have ot be careful how I joined them so that I did not end up with upside down hearts.
Look at those nicely locking seams...no pin necessary to sew them together.
I decided to fan the seams open when I pressed these-just for fun, it really is not necessary.
We have been having discussions in my Facebook Sew Along group about how easy it is to turn things the wrong way and not even notice until you take that photo to share your lovely creation with everyone. I even did it when writing a pattern recently. Thankfully we have very gracious quilting friends who still love us when we do that. So I layed out my pieces and stood back to look from a distance before sewing them all together-that sometimes seems to help.
The seams on this are pretty bulky so I slow way down as I sew over them. My goal going over the Flying Geese is to have my needle go across the very tip of that point made by the two seams that cross.
With those rather bulky seams I decided to press my seams open. I gave another spritz of starch to help everything lay flat.
I stuck with very simple quilting on this and there are videos of my process on the Tutorials Page showing how I machine quilt and bind these little blocks.
Now back to make several more to give as gifts at a party next week...
Join me next week for another sweet Christmas ornament.
Hope your day is Merry and Bright!
Here it is the first Monday in December already and of course that means time for our new block. We are over the half-way mark on our current BOM now. Put on your dancin' shoes for this month's block. There is quite an interesting story about the inspiration behind this block which I share in the pattern. The block goes together pretty quickly, and I take you step-by-step through the machine applique process with another helpful video.
This block is free until the release of January's block so be sure and download your copy before then. After that the blocks need to be purchased in my store If you are just joining us, I do offer a discount if you would like to purchase the previous blocks-the whole collection up to this point can be purchased here: Complete Set
For this month's free download click here.
I too put on my dancing shoes this month as we received our first snowfall of the season this past weekend. Yes, I put on some Christmas tunes and danced away in my living room. It's what I do when no one is looking.
And before I go, here are a few of the blocks that were made last month.
I just love seeing what you are doing!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that the Christmas season brings you much joy and peace. Until next time...
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