Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kansas Trouble

Week 5 of Barbara Brackman's Civil War sampler quilt is Kansas Trouble
Please note that you only make a total of 16 squares out of the 0.75" (for the 6" block) or 1" HST (for the 8" block) The remaining 8 small HST are placed at the end of the unit/s.

Check how to make the Block at Barbara Brackman's 'Civil War Quilts' blog.

Direct link to the block.
Printing-table. Updated on May 23/2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Texas Tears

This week's block on Barbara Brackman's Civil War sampler is called Texas Tears.

The 6" format is inklingoable, but the larger sizes might need the sold out Collection 2 on CD. You can get far with the HST 00B collection, though.

The 8" format is mostly Inklingoable, IF you have the sold-out Collection 2 on CD. That one has HST and QST up to 4.5", and you need the big sizes for this one.
If you 'only' have the HST 00B collection, however, the 8" block is not really feasible to do with Inklingo.

Printing Table here. Updated on May 23, 2011
Piece the block as shown by Brackman on her blog.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Seven Sisters - Seven Stars

This week's block on Barbara Brackman's Civil War sampler is an applique 7-sisters.
I don't do star applique, end of story :-)

I do, however, do hexagons and 60-degree diamonds, so ... I've taken the other option, and am doing a hexagon-transformed-into-a square version.

There will be borders all the way round, because 6" (or, indeed 8") square for this block calls for some weird size in hexagons, and I'm not going there :-)

If you want to keep it a hexagon, it will have a 3" finished side.
Another option is to use only the 0.5" diamond collection, follow Linda's directions in that collection for making a Seven Sisters block, and then log-cabin it until it has the right size :-)

(I've edited this following paragraph, because there is no need for anyone to mess around if they don't want to)
If you want to have a block closer to the 8" square in size that Brackman uses on her blog, you can use 0.75" shapes (Collection 3), and then head over her, to Cathi's blog, where she has a lovely, and very easy to follow tutorial on how to make the 'other version' of the Seven Sisters block.

Cathi's blog here.

If you want it square : Add corners (as shown in this post, and in the 0.5" diamond collection), and then ... log-cabin it until it has the right size. Remember that an 6" (finished) block, is actually 6.5" unfinished.

There are two (main) variants on the Seven Sister's block, the one I'm showing you here is also called Seven Stars. Brackmann doesn't show it in her Encyclopedia, but it is found with Jinny Beyer # 395-1

Printing-table here.

0.5 x 1" half elongated hexagons, 12
0.5" hexagon, 12

0.5" diamond, 42

Making the block :

Make 7 stars (see how to make a 6-pointed star, here).

Take one star, and add 6 hexagons to it between the points. If you are hand-piecing, this can be done with one, continuous thread. (Continuous stitching)

Add the 6 stars around the circle of hexagons; again, you can use one, continuous thread to do that.

Add another set of hexagons between the circle of stars (you can't do continuous stitching any more here)

Join the half, elongated hexagons two and two on the short sides so they form a (fairly) open angle.
Add them between the star-points, over the hexagons.

Finished !

Sunday, January 9, 2011

North, or Evening Star (again)

Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilts sampler, block two is up.
That's easy :-) We've already done that here on the sampler-blog, but it was called Evening Star.
You can go there and check it out. The directions for making it as a 6" block are the same.

BUT, here are the printing tables. As for last week, the one for the 6" block is fully written up, the one for the 8" block, you need to calculate size of paper on your own.
Download printing-table here.

Remember the Inklingo Index of Shapes for checking what collection/s (if any) has the shape you seek, in what size/s.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Catch me if you can

A week late, but - hopefully - not a dollar short :-)
Barbara Brackman has a Civil War, block of the week, sampler-blog up. I am behind with everything ! so I hadn't noticed. Never-the-less, I would like to follow it, and - when possible - give the directions for Inklingo.
Ms. Brackmann makes 8" blocks, but I will - when possible - stick with the 6" format that has been the norm on this blog.

No pictures today, as I haven't (yet) have the time to actually make the block. I will. Eventually.
Brackman's first block is 'Catch me if you can'.

Find the printing-directions here.

For the 6" block you need :

Background fabric
12 HST, each 1.5"

Focus-fabric 1 (medium)
12 HST, each 1.5

Focus-fabric 2 (dark)
8 HST, each 1.5"

Making the block
Make the HST into squares
Background and focus-fabric 1 : 4 squares
Background and focus-fabric 2 : 8 squares
Focus-fabric 1 and 2 :4 squares

Lay the squares out to match the picture.
Join row-by-row.
Join the rows.
Finished !

To make an 8" block (like ms Brackman), us 2" units rather than 1.5" units.