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Kentucky Spirit September BOM

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September Block of the Month

The September Block of the Month appears complicated, however if you break down each Block, it is quite simple to complete.  To start with you need Light Blue (or white), Green, and Gold fabric. Cut the fabric as follows: Green fabric: Cut two 2″ x 12″ strips, and four 4″ squares. Gold fabric: Cut one 3 1/2″ square, and four 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles. Blue fabric: Cut four 4″ squares, four 3 1/2″ squares, eight 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles. Take the Blue and Green 4″ squares and put them right sides together, mark the squares along the diagonal and sew 1/4″ on each side of the line then cut along the drawn line and square up to 3 1/2″.

Take the Blue and Green 2″ x 12″ pieces of fabric and sew together, press the fabric towards the dark fabric.  Next sub-cut the strips into 2″ pieces (you should have 12 pieces).  Take eight strips and sew together creating a 4 patch:

four patch

4 Patch

Next you will take the remaining four pieces, and sew them to the 2″ x 3 1/2″ blue pieces. Finally, sew the 2″ x 3 1/2″ Blue and Gold pieces together making four pieces.  If you followed the above directions you should end up with the following stack of blocks:

The individual blocks making up the Kentucky Spirit September Block of the Month

The individual blocks making up the Kentucky Spirit September Block of the Month

All that is left is to assemble the blocks as pictured above and square the block to 15 1/2″ and you will be down. Hope to see you back for October’s Block of the Month! Happy Quilting 🙂 The Mad Quilter

Kentucky Spirit August BOM

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August Block of the Month

 

The August Block of the Month[glossary] is another simple [glossary]block to make.  For this block you will need Light Blue (or white), search Rust, and Light Green color fabrics.

Cut the fabrics as follows:

Light Green: Cut five 3 1/2″ squares.

Rust: Cut eight 4 1/2″ squares.

Light Blue: Cut four 3 1/2″ squares and eight 4 1/2″ squares.

Next placing the Rust and Light Blue 4 1/2″ fabrics right sides together, draw a diagonal line down the center.  Next you will sew a straight stitch 1/4″ on each side of the line.  Once completed cut the squares along the drawn line and press towards the darker color and square the block to 3 1/2″.

Arrange the blocks and sew them together as shown in the photo above and square the block to 15 1/2″.

Happy Quilting,

The Mad Quilter

One Block Wonder

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One Block Wonder

 

This quilt pattern is an easy one for a beginning quilter because it only requires a single piece of fabric.  This quilt is a One Block Wonder, tadalafil and was a challenge quilt  I made using the guidelines in the book: One-Block Wonders: One Fabric, viagra One Shape, One-of-a-kind Quilts. To make this quilt you should choose a fabric with nice color contrasts, but not too many colors, and whose pattern is large and repeating throughout the fabric.  Additionally you will need a cutting board, fabric rulers, rotary cutters, and triangle ruler and fly pins.

You must decide what size quilt you want to make when picking out the fabric.  On average 4 1/2 to 5 yards will make throw quilt up to a twin size, and 9 to 10 yards for a Queen size or larger but this will depend greatly on how far apart the fabric pattern repeats.

After you cut your fabric based on the repeat pattern, you need to stack 6 to 8 layers of the fabric (depending if you wish to make a hexagon or an octagon pattern) and pin it with fly pins to hold the fabric in place.  This is something you want to do slowly, and verify that each layer design matches completely with the one below.  Once you have the fabric stacked and pinned, you will cut the pieces into 3 3/4 inch strips, make sure to pin each length of fabric on the ends and you keep the cut strips neatly stacked.

Once you have completed cutting the fabric into strips, you will then cut out 3 3/4 inch triangle stacks.  One stack of triangles will make up a single block, transforming your fabric pattern into a kaleidoscope effect.  You will sew three triangle pieces together to make up half of the hexagon block and repeat this until all the material is sewn.  Next using a quilting board, you should place you blocks and arrange it into the new pattern making sure the material flows smoothly from one block to the next throughout the entire quilt.

Once you have decided on the pattern, you sew together one row at a time, then sew each row together to make your completed design.

Below are the images showing each step.

Happy Quilting,

The Mad Quilter!

The Irish in me

double irish chain

 

The Double Irish Chain quilt is an extremely simple quilt to make and great for beginners.  After finishing the Drunkards Path quilt, I needed to do something with the left over fabric and as I was looking through The It’s Okay if You Sit on My Quilt Book, I found the pattern to create the Double Irish Chain quilt.  If you do not have “The It’s Okay if You Sit on My Quilt Book” and are a beginner like me, I would highly recommend you get a copy.  You can find copies for sale by clicking the link above.

I made this quilt by creating two alternating ten inch blocks.  The first block uses three different fabrics cut into 2 1/2 inch squares, while the second block uses two different fabrics also cut into 2 1/2 inch squares.  You will sew the blocks together to create a 5 x 5 pattern making up your 10 inch block.  If you buy the book, it will explain an easier way to build the blocks by sewing 2 1/2 inch strip into the color pattern for each row, and then cutting the pieced fabric into 2 1/2 strips to produce each row.  It took me about 4 hours to cut the fabric into strips, sew those strips together and cut them into the 2 1/2 inch rows.  Afterwards, it took about 1 1/2 days to piece everything together.

Happy Quilting!

The Mad Quilter

All about coffee

coffee quilt

Coffee Quilt

The picture above shows the second quilt top I created.  I adapted a pattern called Nature Rhythms located here to created this quilt.  I enjoyed learning with this pattern because it introduced several aspects of quilting. When I first looked at the drawn image, cheap I had to learn to visualize each block, online instead of the full quilt.  Next, since the pattern pieces were larger than the required, I had to recalculate the fabric requirements and sizes to produce the desired block sizes.  Finally, I had to learn patience on piecing a quilt like this together.  In all, this quilt took about three days to make.

Before the cutting began!

Before the cutting began!

The fabric choices make the quilt most interesting.  You may have heard the saying: “You cannot see the forest through the trees” but when it comes to quilting sometimes you become so hung up on the fabric, “You cannot see the Quilt through the fabric”.  Because of this, it is important when planning a quilt that you decide on what you want to make first, then choose what color scheme you wish to use.  Once you have done this, then select your fabric while keeping the completed pattern in mind.

Happy Quilting,
The Mad Quilter

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