This week we are adding a new shape. We are combing a four patch with a half square triangle block. If you are using a kit from the shop, the triangles are already cut for you and the dog ears are cut off and easy to sew a quarter inch seam allowance. We will also tell you how to make half square triangles the traditional way. If you haven’t joined yet, don’t worry! We have extra kits available and would be happy to get you caught up.
This week we are making several four patches and combining them to make a bigger block. You will want to pay attention to how the blocks are laid out to get a secondary design. This is a great block that you can make multiples of and put into a separate quilt. If you are just now joining us, not to worry we still have kits available. In the video, Laura, will also talk about a different way of making the smaller four patch units.
Today we are kicking off our 2022 Summer Sampler Block of the Week!
Each week, for the next 12 weeks, we will be posting a quilt block pattern. All levels of sewing abilities will be able to make these blocks. Each week we will be building our skills from the previous week. By the end of the 12 weeks, you should have 12 blocks. On week 13, I will be showing off different ways to set your blocks or do something with them. The blocks will be a finished 8” block.
We have kits available in warm and cool colorways and the kits are pre-cut for you! The nice thing is that this is not a huge time commitment. Most of the blocks can be made in less than an hour especially if you have a kit. Stephanie has also created an option for you to make the blocks in the embroidery machine. There will be a small fee for the design.
As an added bonus, I will do a video each week showing you how to make the block. We hope you have fun sewing along with us this summer!
Last week when I was making some purses and using my press to put fusible interfacing onto my fabric I realized how gross my press has gotten. I’ll be honest I should have cleaned it long ago but I’m always focused on my project when I think about it and it never ends up getting done. This time while I was pressing, I thought it would be a great opportunity to see how well Iron Off can work against years of stuck-on adhesive!
I’m going to have to call this a win! Did it get all of it off? No. It got off more than I expected though! This stuff has been heated onto the press with max heat for years! I was half expecting the Iron Off to remove the newest of the gunk, but not to touch the old stuff.
I imagine if you are keeping up on your iron cleaning, Iron Off will help keep your iron looking brand new for years!
One of my goals this year was to branch out of my cotton fabric world. We carry a wide variety of fabrics at our Boise store and I wanted to become more familiar with the different types. For January, I decided that I would use canvas fabric in a different way. Canvas fabric is great for making bags and totes. It is still a cotton fabric but it is a little bit heavier. I have also seen it used in garments as well. Being a quilter first I went to my comfort zone and used canvas to back a quilt. Now, I am not talking about a super-heavy canvas but a nice light to medium weight canvas. The quilt I backed it with is a small throw quilt featuring beach-themed fabric. When I thought about the times I have gone to the beach, I usually have a blanket to sit on in the sand. I wanted something that would be easy to brush off the sand and not have the sand stick to it. I love how it turned out (see pictures below)! It was so easy to quilt with and I didn’t have any issues. I did use a thin cotton batting in between the cotton top and the canvas backing. I definitely would use canvas again for the backing of a quilt. It would work well for a picnic blanket too!