October 25, 2012

Week Six - Quilt Along...

This week we are making my favorite, the Dresden Plate Block

You will need:
One 12 1/2in square of background fabric.
10 Charms squares or 5in squares.
 One 5in square matching your fabrics.

 ( I used 5 color ways of charms from the range I am using)
Download the Dresden Plate template HERE

Cut out the paper template on the sides,
the Straight Top Medium line
 and the small bottom line.

Place the Straight Top Medium line on the edge of the charm square.
 Turn up side down once you have cut the first cut and then
 cut again the opposite way, always lining up the Straight Top medium line.
 the Small Bottom line will not line up, it will hang over the edge.

 The Cuts will look like this above...
Have a look at this You tube video HERE
to see how to put this's very easy.
 once you are finished sewing, press well and place it
on the 12 1/2in background square.
Then stitch with small stitches around the points
 (edge of the plates). Press again.
Draw a circle onto Easy Fix Applique Paper
 (I purchased from HERE, its the best applique paper I have used)
 Using a coffee cup for the size, or a glass,
 once you have drawn the circle onto your Easy Fix,
 iron to your 5in fabric square.
 Cut out the circle and affix with the iron to the middle of your Dresden.
 Using small blanket stitch, machine stitch around edge of circle.

 And your finished!
 Well Done!
 I love this block, it looks so flower like and sweet.
 Happy Sewing

 Hugs Dawn x x x

October 17, 2012

Week Five - Quilt along

 Don't the weeks go by so quickly... one day it feels like Saturday 
and the weekend is upon me, ( I love weekends with my family)
next time I think about it and it's Wednesday 
and tutorial time again.

  This week I am sharing another fabulous Block for the Kids Quilt along.
The Wonky Star block. In my original quilt I used a pattern from
 Modern Blocks book by Susanne Woods HERE
 Three stars within the same block.
 But this time I am doing a large wonky star.

 You will need:
 Eight 4 1/2in squares from background fabric
 One 4 1/2in square from patterned fabric
(I used a charm square and cut it down)
Eight assorted coordinating fabrics to match your quilt
 Four different colors I chose.
 (I used a 5in square diagonally cut and 3in or 2 1/2in square
out of each color)

Set aside four 4 1/2in background squares for later.
 With one background square choose two fabrics that go together
 I chose two browns, two pinks, two aqua green and two lemon fabric.

 From these cut a 2 1/2in or 3in square. ( not being to fussy)
 place on the bottom left corner with right sides facing 
and draw a line diagonally. Sew along this line.

Trim edge off.

Turn back and press seam open.

 Now with another matching fabric from your stash cut a half square triangle.
 I used a half square triangle, cut from a diagonally cut 5in charm square.

With right sides facing place the triangle onto the right hand corner.
 don't be too fussy where it sits, this is a wonky star...

Sew a 1/4in seam from the edge of the triangle.

Open seam and press well.
 Trim the square to 4 1/2in. 
Repeat with the remaining three 4 1/2in squares, 
making each point on a little different.

All pressed and trimmed ready for assembly.
 Note each one is slightly different.

Arrange your four star squares with the four background squares
you put aside and the middle square like above.

 Sew them together using picture above as a guide.

 Press all seams and your wonky star is done.
 They look fabulous...I love wonky stars.
 Next week we will be doing another block, the Dresden plate.
Then on to the applique the week after that.
 So looking forward to the applique blocks.
 I apologise for the quality of the photo's, I am still without a camera
 and I'm still using my phone... very soon I hope to own a new camera.

 Happy sewing
 Hugs Dawn x x

October 09, 2012

Week Four but still no camera...

I have not been able to find a new camera to buy as of yet
 and didn't want to not post the blocks for the next
Let's Build a Kids Quilt block...
 so just imagine these blocks in my new colors...
 They are my original quilt's blocks.
 Ok we are making two strips, one for each side of the quilt.
 I called these Stepping Stone Blocks.
Using 2 1/2in strips or jelly roll strips in a variety of colors
plus some background fabric cut to 2 1/2in strips.

 + = sew together 

(colored strips) +  (white strips)
 5 1/2in + 2 1/2in
 4 1/2in + 3 1/2in
3 1/2in + 4 1/2in
5 in + 3 in
3 1/2in + 4 1/2in
 Repeat this section above 5 times for each side.
We only need 23 stepping stones each side.
Once you have made 10 sets, sew 5 sets together for each side.
 I hope I have explained this well enough 
and as soon as I have a camera I will takes some pictures 
to show you how I made this section.
 I will miss tomorrow and be back next week with another
 block as I will have a camera by then..

 Happy Sewing
 Hugs  Dawn x x x

October 07, 2012

Fabulous Holiday - No photos though!

Holiday was fabulous, catching up with family and friends.
 I wanted to share some great pics of our adventures
BUT my camera died with a few hundred pics on it while we were away...
 I need to get a reader thing for the SD card or whatever its called and
 a NEW camera... so annoyed about it..
 Photo of some  fresh Strawberry jam that I made before we went away
I used the recipe HERE just substituted the pears for fresh strawberry's
 So tomorrow I will buy a reader and a new camera.
 I will also post another block for my Quilt along..
 Hugs Dawn x x x

October 02, 2012

On Holidays!

I will be away for a few more days..resting and having some family fun.
My Darling Hubby has had a holiday shut down at his work 
 this week, so we have been away for the
 last few days to visit his family in county Victoria. 

 The girls have been so looking forward to seeing their Granny,
 I am sure she will be worn out when we come home.

 So I'll be back in a few days with the next
 Let's Sew a Kids Quilt Block.

Sweet Hugs 

Dawn x x x