Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Broken Wheel or Rolling Stone
 What a fun block this is to put together!  You will love it!
Quick Tip for the Day!  From time to time you may see my scraps of batting that I use for thread collectors.  This one is a work of art! Save those small squares and use them to dust your sewing space as you sew.
 Cutting Instructions:

  • Cut 1 square 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" for center patch
  • Cut 2 strips  2 1/2" x 18", one of each of the coordinating fabrics.  You will need 18" for the blocks so you may want to cut it just a little longer.
  • Cut 4 squares 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" for corner square in a square patches
  • Cut 12 white or background squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • Cut 4 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" from the same fabric you are using for the inside strip

 Remember all seams are 1/4".  Sew the two 2 1/2" x 18" strips together.  Press seam to the dark side or to the outside of block.  Cut sewn stripe into 4 squares 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".  Set aside.
 Corner squares are small Square in a Square Blocks.  There is a little waste in this block by this method but you will love the way your blocks come together.  No zonky blocks here!  First draw a diagonal line on the 12 white background squares and the 4 small print squares with a pencil.  On these blocks, I definitely would take the time to draw the lines.  With your half-square triangles you can use guides like tape on your machine to follow instead of drawing all those lines, but then you usually true up and trim down your squares. We want these perfect as can be to begin with!
 Begin with the print 2 1/2" square.  With wrong sides together, place the small square in the corner of the larger 4 1/2" square with the penciled diagonal line on the diagonal.  Stitch directly on the pencil line.
 Place a see-through ruler with a 1/4" marking line directly on the stitched seam and trim off the excess with your rotary cutter, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
 Set aside those triangles for another project.  Press seam towards the outside or small triangle.

Repeat the same process with the opposite corner of the large square, this time using a small background white square on the corner.  Press seam to the outside of the square or towards the background fabric.  Repeat the process on each of the other two corners.
 One finished square.  Sew the remaining squares in the same fashion. You should have 4 finished Square in a Square Blocks when you are finished.  Now that you know how to assemble the blocks, you might want to chain stitch the blocks as you sew.
Press all seams to the outside of the block or towards the background fabric.  Looks pretty even on the back!
 Just a hint when sewing directional fabrics.  First I cut them all on the same strip so that the pattern is the same on each square.  Before sewing each of the green squares, I marked the corners to keep the pattern flowing in the same direction.
 Lay out your patches forming the Broken Wheel Block.  Stitch the patches or squares together in rows first.
 Press the seams in center section towards the outside of the block.  Press the side rows towards the center. Nestle up those seams, match the points, pin, and stitch the rows together.  Press final two seams towards the center of the block.

And you have .....The Broken Wheel or The Rolling Stone Quilt Block

Please remember to send me pictures of your previous week's blocks so I can post them here!
And just to entice you......each week we will have a drawing with the names of those who submit their pictures for a 
$10 Gift Certificate to use at
Even if your making the blocks from scraps....we would love to post them!

Last weeks winner of the $10 Gift Certificate is ........
                                      Colleen Fifield   
Congratulations Colleen.  We will get that information out to you right away.

And here are your fun blocks!

Leisha completed her Whirlpool Block.  Love these color combinations!  Thanks Leisha for sharing your block.
 Colleen Fifield's Willow Whirlpool block.  So soft and pretty.  Thanks Colleen for sharing your block with us.

Here is Sandra's Whirpool Block with some of the Garden Grove fabrics designed by Kim Diehl.  The center block is from the Friendship for a Cause Collection by Howard Marcus.  Thanks Sandra!  Love your selection.


The Christmas version.  This is from scraps I had left over from a quilt two years ago.  I have no idea what collection that cute green fabric is from.  The blue is from Kate Spain.

Please send me your pics so I can add them here....

Happy Sewing!

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