Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Star of the West

Week 35 of Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler is called 'Star of the West' ... or Clay's Choice ... or Harry's Star. It's an easy block to make, and looks good in many different versions.

The fabric values given in the printing table are based on the actual block shown on Brackman's blog, and not on the colour-values given in the drawing at the end of her post.

Brackman's Post here.
Printing Table here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Letter N - Hexagon

Check the Letter F on how to avoid stitching this letter up mirror image.

Printing-table here.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Week 34 of the Brackman sampler, and we're rolling in HSTriangles.
The 6" block is eminently Inklingoable
The 8" block is less so.

A few notes (on the 8" size) :
I have given the Inklingo-sizes that are equivalent to the sizes Brackman gives on her blog. However, please note, that since this block has 3 triangles spread over 4" of space, the size given by Brackman will give you a unit which is too small.

If you - like I - own just about every Inklingo collection known to woman, you can use other sizes. A better approximation to the sizes actually needed to make an accurate 8" block are :
  • 1.32" HST in the 15" Feathered Star collection
  • 2.64" HST in the 30" Feathered Star collection
The 1.32" HST equals Brackman's template A (where you need 12 of one fabric and 8 of another)
The 2.64" HST equals Brackman's template C (where you need 4)
And then you need the 4" HST

Brackman's post here.
Printing-table here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Indiana Puzzle

Week 33 of Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler is called 'Indiana Puzzle'. As always, reading her stories about the Civil War is very interesting. I, at least, am learning a lot.

Completely re-written on August 25th after Linda Franz issued an intoxicating SIX different sizes of Drunkard's Path collections, and a wonderful Design Book.

I've made one printing table for the 6" block, which uses the 3" Drunkard's Path collection. BUT, there are two different options on the 8" block : one circle (using the 4" Drunkard's Path collection) or 4 circles (using the ├╝ber-cute 2" Drunkard's Path collection).

Taking my cue from Brackman's block, he printing-tables are based on using 4 different fabrics. Two different ones for the circle, two other ones for the background.
HOWever, you can make the block using just two fabrics, and the AB combo layout found in all the Drunkard's Path collections. If you do that, you need to print two combos of both fabrics to make this week's block.

When it comes to the 3" collection, a 5" charm will print one of each shape, and by using 4 charms and printing the combo, you'll have a wonderful, scrappy block.

Brackman's post.
Printing table.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Letter L - Hexagon

Check the Letter F on how to avoid turning this mirror-image.

Printing-table here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Carolina Lily

This week's block on Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler is inspired by the Carolina Lily. The 'real' block has 3 lilies and some applique. This one only has one lily, placed in a 'vase'.

The block uses (mostly) the 6" LeMoyne star collection for the 6" size block. For the 8" size block, follow Brackman's directions, or make the 6" block, and then Log-cabin it, using the 1" Log Cabin collection, to make the 6" block into an 8" one.

I would hybrid-piece this one. Use the machine for most of the seams, but hand-stitch the inset seams between the petals of the lily, just as I would an ordinary / full LeMoyne star.

Brackman's post.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011