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Kentucky Spirit September BOM

september bom

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

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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