Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kaffe Fassett projects

I have (finally) gotten around to look at Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior-Lucy's new book 'Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts' with Inklingo in mind, and here are the results :

Perfect :

Clay Tiles and Indigo Points : 2" HST template.

Target Log Cabin : The setting Windmill blocks can be made with 1.5" HST template.

Damask Quarters : Drunkard's Path collection.

Bow Tie Circles : The pattern calls for 2 and 3" squares (check them out in the index, quite a few collections have these sizes), but you can get the same effect with 3" squares and 2" HST (you can see the general technique here).

Floral Snowball : Using the same technique as above on the BowTie Circles, and, again, the 2" HST for the corners.

Bounce : For the border use 3" squares (again, check the index), and 0.75" HST.

Good approximations :

Circle of Stars : The original uses templates that seems to have 2 5/16" size basic measurement. Use the 2.25" template from Collection 3 and get a very slightly smaller quilt.

St. Marks : Same as the above. Same basic side for the templates. Do the same trick :-)

Not at all, but still ....

Belts and Braces : 2" square (several collections, see the index), 2" HST and 2" QST (but the bias will be all over the place if you do it)

Striped Donuts : Not even close to the size given in the book, but you can use the POTC-hexagon and triangle to get the same effect in your own quilt.

Haze Kilim : The block itself is not difficult to make, but (again) the measurements are not easily compatible with Inklingo. The 'small' triangle seems to be 4.25" QST, which means the sold-out collection 2. If you're willing to work with a different size block, the general pattern is very easy to Inklingo :-)

Not-so-Lone-Star : Not even close in size, but the general pattern can be made with either the Free Collection (and you have a finished quilt approximately 40" square, or use the 6" Le Moyne star collection and get a finished quilt that is approximately 54" square.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

And an Old Maid's giveaway !

OK. Just to get this thing back on schedule, here's an incentive to get you (back to) stitching some of these sampler-blocks.

I'm giving away a charm-pack of Robyn Pandolph's "Beach House"-collection.
To qualify for a chance of winning it, you need to do ALL of the following (you have two options on # 2 and need to choose one of them)

1. Make one of the Old Maid's Puzzle blocks that have been posted since the beginning of April.

2. EITHER post a picture on your own blog, with a link to the Inklingo Sampler blog
OR send me a picture of your block. You can mail me at miz_pal /at/ hotmail / dot/ com.

3. Leave a comment on THIS post :-) With contact-information on it

You have a week !
Drawing of the prize will take place on the 29th of May, when I get up in the morning, which is close enough to midnight on the East-coast of the US to be fair :-)

Old Maid's Puzzle 5

This is probably the most horribly wonky block I have presented on this blog ! and I apologize. I am still not good enough freinds with my sewing-machine to be able to sew miniatures.

The block is BB 1317, which - when you join 4 of them - turns into BB # 1149. Both called Old Maid's Puzzle.

6" block :

Background Fabric
0.75" HST : 40
0.75" Square : 16

Focus Fabric
0.75" HST : 24
1.5" HST : 8

I used two different focus-fabrics, one for the smaller HST and one for the larger, but you can easily make it with just one Focus Fabric
The Printing Plan has printing-directions for both a 6" and a 12" block.

Start by making 24 HST-squares

Press the seam-allowance to the background-fabric !!! (yes, I know, but it makes for an easier journey further down the road)

Add a HSTriangle to each side of 8 of the HST-squares forming a larger, composite, HSTriangle
Add the larger, composite, HST to each of the 8 larger printed HST

Make 4-patches from the remaining HST-squares and the un-pieced squares

Join the squares to form a block

What you have now, is BB # 1317

Make four of these (and that's what the printing-plan aims at), and join them to make BB # 1149

And this is where you can see how seriously wonky the block is. No matter :-) It will go into my finished Inklingo Sampler quilt, and will work well there, giving joy to me as part of the pattern, and joy to any quilt-police-person who will have her/his day brightened considerably by dint of enabling her / him to point out the un-pointy points, the um-mathing seams and the sheer ... wonkiness of it :-) S/He will have a field day :-)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Magazines !

This week there is no single block, but a reference to one of the Magazines to which I subscribe. I have just received the most recent issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting and there are several great quilts that are eminently Inklingoable ! I am only going to give the sizes of shapes that you need. If you want the pattern, buy the magazine :-)

IF you want to make any of the quilts, I can recommend that you download Monkey's Cheat Sheet and use it to note down all the sizes and shapes that you are going to need, AND fill it out with the relevant shape and size of Inklingo template.

... and PLEASE note that this magazine usually makes HST by using full squares ! This is not necessary with Inklingo. You can see pictures of most of them at the Fons and Porter home-page, because they have kits for most of these quilts

Watermelon & ShooFly (p. 18 ff)
Make the ShooFly blocks with 2" HST in Collection 2 or the downloadable HST 00B collection, and 2" squares found in MANY collections. Check the Index of Shapes on the Inklingo page.

Cottage in May (p. 43 ff).
Instead of cutting 2.5" squares for quick corners, print 2" HST with Collection 2 or the downloadable HST 00B collection.
Instead of cutting 3.5" squares for quick corners, print 3" HST with Collection 2 or the downloadable HST 00B collection.

Kinkame (p. 52 ff)
This quilt can ALL be made with the shapes in Collection 3. The triangles used are 0.75", 1.5" and 2.25". All found in Collection 3. Remember that the Inklingo-size is the finished size of the shape.

Cambridge Stars (p.72 ff)
The basic unit is 2.25". So print 2.25", and 4.5" HST and cut (free-hand), 2.25" (finished size) squares. The smaller HST is in the downloadable collection, both sizes are in Collection 2.

Elizabeth's Garden (p. 80 ff)
The following can be printed :
3" HST (triangle A), 1" squares (for the centre 9-patches) Again the downloadable HST 00B collection, and MANY other collections. Check the Index of Shapes at the Inklingo home-page

Variable Star (p. 86 ff)
Is made with 6" (finished size) Variable Star blocks. These blocks have already been shown on this blog, under the name of Evening Star.

Meadow Brook (p. 92 ff)
Uses 3" HST from either Collection 2 or the downloadable HST 00B collection, and 3" squares from either the Drunkard's Path collection or the 9" Storm At Sea collection

Grandmother's Daisy Garden (p. 100 ff)
I think this one is meant to be simple, using Paper-Piecing and the cutting of 60-degree angles. I think I would rather just make the hexagon flowers using the 1.5" hexagons in Collection 3, and "rectangle" them up.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Old Maid's Puzzle 4

This block is 10.5" square. Much larger than the 6" that is the most common format on this blog, and it uses both the Drunkard's Path collection and Collection 2.
If you do not have Collection 2, most of the triangles can be made with the HST 00B collection, but you will need to make the large HST by hand.

Barbara Brackman : ”Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns” #2225
Jinny Beyer : ”The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns” p. 329-12 (sort-of)

Download Printing-table here

Background fabric
28 HST, 1"
4 (unprinted) rectangles, each 1 x 2.25" finished size (cut size : 1.5 x 2.75")

Focus fabric 1 (dark)
4 HST, 4.25"
28 HST, 1"
1 Drunkard's Path centre-unit (shape C, from the Drunkard's Path collection)

Focus fabric 2 (medium)
4 quarter-circles (from the Drunkard's Path collection)

Making the block

Start by making the centre-square, joining the 4 quarter-circles to each side of the DP centre-shape.

Add the 4.25" HST to the sides.
IF you have printed the 4.25" HST from Collection 2, make sure that the centre matchpoints ... match.
Join a triangle to two opposite sides.
Add a triangle to the remaining two sides.
If you have printed the 4.25" HST (rather than hand-prepare them), your square will now be slightly larger than the block requires, so trim down your centre to 8.25".

Make the HST squares. If you are uncertain on how to, check out Linda Franz's Triangle tips.

Lay out the block, with the 1" HST around the centre.
Join the 1" HST into 4 strips of 3 units, and 4 strips of 4 units.

Make sure they are placed right in relation to each other and to the centre of the block. This is facilitated by your laying out the block as it should look in the end.

Join a 3-unit set to each side of two of the 1 x 2.5" rectangles
Join a 4-unit set to each side of the two remaining 1 x 2.5" rectangles

Join the two shorter strips to the centre.

Add the remaining, longer, strips to the centre.

Finished !

Friday, April 23, 2010

Old Maid's Puzzle 3

BB # 1913

Block finishes at 5.25"

Download printing-table here.

Background Fabric
24 HST, 0.75"

Focus Fabric 1 (medium-light)
4 rectangles, each 0.75 x 2.25" finished size

Focus Fabric 2 (dark-medium)
12 HST, 0.75"
1 square, 0.75"
4 HST, 2.25"

Making the block

Make 12 HST-squares, using BF and FF2

Add a Background-fabric HST to 8 of the squares (see picture, left). Take care to add it to the right side of the HST-squares.

Make 4 units, where you add another background-fabric HST to the other side of the square-with-triangle unit.

Make 4 units, where you add a HST-square to the top of a square-with-triangle unit.

Join the two units to make a new triangle, composed of a total of 6 background-fabric triangles and 3 focus-fabric triangles.

Join each of the pieced triangles to one of the focus-fabric, 2.25" HST, making 4 squares, each 2.25"

Lay out your block, with the rectangles and the centre square.

Add a pieced square to each side of two of the rectangles, and add a rectangle to each side of the small square of focus-fabric, making 3 "strips".

Join the strips.

Finished !

This block finishes at 5.25" square. If you want it to go with the 6" blocks, log-cabin it.
Cut 2 strips that are 1 x 5.75", and join them to two opposite sides of the block. (if you are a marvel at precision-piecing, the strips need only be 0.825" or 7/8" wide, but .... I'm not that confident, so I cut it bigger, and chop off what is not needed in the end)
Then cut two strips that are 1 x 6.75" and join to the remaining two sides.
Trim down to 6".

Friday, April 16, 2010

Old Maid's Puzzle 2

Barbara Brackmann # 1314a
Jinny Beyer # 73-10

Download printing-table here.

4 squares, each 1.5"
4 HST, each 1.5"
2 HST, each 3"

4 HST, each 1.5"
2 HST, each 3"

Making the block :

Make 4 HST-squares, each 1.5"

Make 2 HST, each 3"

Make two identical 4-patches, using the 1.5" HST-squares and two 1.5" squares

Lay out the block as a 4-patch

Join the 4-patch, and you are finished !

Friday, April 9, 2010

Old Maid's Puzzle 1

There are many blocks with the name "Old Maid's Puzzle", and the next few blocks will be some of the blocks thus named.
This block is BB # 3220 and JB 75-12. It can be made with Inklingo, exactly as it is shown in both collections, however, for ease of making it, I have added a few seam-lines.

Print-table in pdf.format here.

1 square (unprinted) 4.25"
2 QST, each 3"
4 HST, each 1.5"

12 HST, each 1.5"
2 QST, each 3"

Make 4 HST-squares, each 1.5"
Make the centre 3" QST square
Make 4 Flying Geese units, using the fast, no-waste method from Linda Franz's Inklingo homepage (here)

Lay out the block. It is a basic 9-patch once the units are joined, but make sure they turn the right way in relation to each other.

Make two units, each with a Flying Goose, and a 1.5" HST-square on either side of it.
Make one unit of the 3" QST-square, with a Flying Goose on each side of it.
Join the 3 strips

Friday, April 2, 2010

Wild Goose Chase

Barbara Brackmann # 2905a; Jinny Beyer 165-7

This is probably the block that most people associate with the name "Wild Goose Chase".
Uses either Collection 2 OR the downloadable HST 00B and QST 00B collections. If you do not have Collection 2, but "only" the downloadable collections, you need to make the large QST the old-fashioned way.
If you have the POTC / Inklingo Lite 4 collection, that comes in useful too.

Fabric-printing table here (click the link, and download a pdf-file)

IF you are iffy about downloading from box.net, download Monkey's Cheat Sheet from Linda Franz's page, and fill in the appropriate bits yourself.

Fabric 1 (background)
1 square, 1.41"
16 HST, 1"

Fabric 2 (focus 1, medium)
4 QST, 4"

Fabric 3 (focus 2, dark)
4 HST 1"
32 QST 1"

Since the Geese in this block finishes at 0.705 x 1.41", and are on the diagonal, you need to make them the old-fashioned way, rather than Linda's Fast method. The good thing is, that by using the HST and QST required, you will have straight-on-grain the right way, and you will not need to mess around with measurements like 0.705" :-)

Making the block

Make 16 Flying Geese the old-fashioned way, adding two dark, 1" QST to each of the background-fabric 1" HST.

Make 4 strips, each consisting of 4 Flying Geese.

Add a dark fabric, 1" HST to the background-fabric end of each of the strips.

Lay out the block.

Make two units, each consisting of one strip, flanked by two 4" QST, so the dark end of the strip forms the corner.

Make one unit with the square, flanked by two strips.

Join the 3 units.

Finished !

Friday, January 22, 2010

Northumberland Star

Barbara Brackmann # 2201 b : "Northumberland Star or Eight-pointed Star"

When blocks have Flying Geese on the diagonal, and you want them to finish at a certain size (e.g. the 6" that this blog aims towards), it isn't possible to make the geese the fast way that has been used in the previous blocks.
The Flying Geese in this block measure 1.06 x 2.12". This - happily - coincides with the diagonal measurments on the 1.5" HST (2.12" on the diagonal) and 1.5" QST (1.06" on the diagonal).


Fabric 1 (Background / Light)
4 HST, 3"
5" square

4 squares. 1.5" - not printable
4" square (cut each square 2")

4 HST, 1.5"
3 x 5.25"

Fabric 2 (medium)
2.12" square
Either cut 2 5/8" (2.625") or use the diagonal of the 1.5" HST for "ruler"

Fabric 3 (dark)
16 HST, 1.5"
5.75" square

Making the block :
When making the component parts of this block, be careful. You have bias all over the place, but that is so you can have the grain the right way in most of the pieces of the block once it is finished.

Make 4 Flying Geese the old-fashioned way, using one 1.5" HST of background-fabric, with two 1.5" QST

Join two 1.5" QST to two adjacent sides of each of the four background-fabric squares.

Join a Flying Goose to each of the square-with-QSTriangles units

Lay out the block

Join a 3" QST to each side of two of the Flying Geese units.

Join a Flying Goose unit to two opposite sides of the fabric-2 square

Join the three units

Finished !

Friday, January 15, 2010

Chain and Bar

Barbara Brackmann # 1961

Uses Collection 2 or the downloadable Inklingo HST 00B collection

Fabric 1 (background)
4 HST, each 2.25"
3.75 x 6.75"

16 HST, each 0.75"
3.75 x 5.25"

Fabric 2 (focus)

3.75 x 6.75, to layer with same size Fabric 1

Two squares, each 2.75" to make a total of 8 Flying Geese

Two rectangles, each 2 x 2.75"

Make a total of 4 squares, using the printed 2.25" HST background-fabric, layered with the same size Focus-fabric.

Make a total of 8 Flying Geese, using Linda's method of making no-waste Flying Geese.

Make two strips of Flying Geese, each with 4 geese "flying" in the same direction.
Join the two strips, points meeting.
Make the two outside strips, each consisting of ; HST-square, rectangle, HST-square
Make sure that the HST-squares are mirror-imaging each other around the rectangle.

Join the 3 strips.

Finished !

Friday, January 8, 2010

Flying Geese

Flying Geese are extremely simple to make with Inklingo, so, this month I'll be doing a number of Flying Geese blocks. The first one is Barbara Brackmann # 1967 which is simply called "Flying Geese"

Block uses Collection 2 or the new, downloadable HST collection 00B

Fabric 1 (Background)

1 square, 1" finished,
cut 1.5"

24 HST, 1"
6 x 8.25" printed landscape

Fabric 2 (Focus 1, light)
3.25" square for making 4 Flying Geese

Fabric 3 (Focus 2, medium)
3.25" square for making 4 Flying Geese

Fabric 4 (Focus 3, dark)
3.25" square for making 4 Flying Geese

Make the 3 sets of Flying Geese, using Linda Franz fast method.

Make 3 strips, as shown on picture to the right.
Please note, that the background-fabric square goes between two light Flying Geese, pointing in each their direction.

Join the strips to form a finished block

If you want the block to finish at 5", cut 2 strips that are 1 x 5.5", and join them to two opposite sides of the block.
Then cut two strips that are 1 x 6.5" and join to the remaining two sides. If you - like me - are not good freinds with your sewing-machine, you might want to cut the strips 1.25. It is easier to trim than to add :-)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year !

And I'm so sorry.
Today is the first Friday in 6 months where you do not get a new block, BUT, I need some time off, so that I can do my paid work.
I will be back, never fear !