I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 62, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 23. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. I've recently started collecting Miniature Sewing Machines, two Essex and one Singer 20. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

NINE PLUS ONE EQUALS TEN


BLOCK 9
A4A QUILT-ALONG
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BLOCK 10
A4A QUILT-ALONG

Block 9 gave me another opportunity to use the June Tailor ruler (Perfect Half Square and Quarter Square Triangles) and once again I am so happy that I now own this ruler!  Absolutely perfect HST's every time!

Block 10 brought in the Square in a Square block.  Usually when making this block, four triangles are sewn onto the centre square but I do my SqnSq block another way......  I use the Square in a Square technique ruler by Jodi Barrows.  This method joins rectangles to each side of the square and then you trim up that unit with the special ruler.  I have used this method for some time now for my Siggy blocks.

I made two of the Sq in a Sq units for Block 10 using the Jodi Barrow ruler for trimming and the other two units were trimmed up with the June Tailor ruler.  I must say, I prefer the JT ruler!  

My blocks were perfect 5-1/2" squares but I did find that I had to use a true 1/4" seam (and not a scant) when sewing the blocks together.

It's funny how you 'forget' things when sewing....  it was only when I was piecing the blocks together that I noticed that I had pressed my seams to one side when building the SqnSq units and unfortunately I left them pressed that way.  It would have been much better if I had pressed all the seams open when constructing the SqnSq units.  Much less bulk!

Anyway, I'm happy with both Blocks.  I have finished the Batik version of Block 9.....
Batik block # 9
A4A QUILT-ALONG
I USED THE 'OLD' CONTRAST FABRIC
IN THIS BLOCK
Now all I need to do is make the Batik version of block # 10.

SIGGY BLOCKS:-    I have been very remiss in not posting about the Siggy Blocks I have received over the past few months.  Thank you to all of the ladies who have sent me a Siggy Block, I am updating my Picasa Siggy Block Album and also updating the list in my sidebar.......  you should see your name/block appear very soon!!  I still enjoy being in the Siggy exchange.  I love to receive a little envelope in the mailbox and to read about where the Siggy block has come from and about that persons sewing and family.  If you want to join the Exchange, just go to HERE.

A beautiful siggy block received this week -
thank you Ellen.

Okay, so that's it from me for one day, I am just about to put the binding on the baby quilt I've been making and then maybe I'll cut out the Batik fabrics for Block # 10.

Happy Sewing!
Helen


FABRICS USED IN BLOCK 9:-

YELLOW -   PEBBLES YELLOW, BROOK BY CP DESIGNS FOR STUDIOFABRICS.COM
BLUE  - UNKNOWN MANUFACTURER.  JUST CALLED BLUE WITH BROWN CIRCLES AND SQUARES
FAWN/BLUE/BROWN/GREEN -  Brook Turquoise Pebbles by CP Designs for Studio e
BROWN CONTRAST FABRIC -  "MONOCHROMATIX" BY PATRICK LOSE FOR ROBERT KAUFMAN

FABRICS USED IN BLOCK 10:-
BLUE/BROWN/MUSTARD SWIRL - NANCY MIMS FOR MODGREENPOD   ROBERT KAUFMAN
YELLOW -   PEBBLES YELLOW, BROOK BY CP DESIGNS FOR STUDIOFABRICS.COM
GREEN  -  SUNSHINE DOTS GREEN, BROOK BY CP DESIGNS FOR STUDIOFABRICS.COM
BROWN/BLUE/GREEN FLECK -    SEI Playday Rectangles and Dots / spring ROBERT KAUFMAN
BROWN CONTRAST FABRIC -  "MONOCHROMATIX" BY PATRICK LOSE FOR ROBERT KAUFMAN

5 comments :

  1. hi helen your blocks are looking fantastic,well done.xx

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  2. Your blocks look so pretty. I like the idea of a ruler for those SQNSQ blocks. That would make them so much easier.

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  3. The colours in your blocks look great.

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