Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Pin Wheels

 Pin Wheels are always a favorite for quilters.  As you have experienced, there are often Pin Wheels inside other blocks.  This time there are five.  This is a super easy block!  And a great block to join together in an entire quilt.
 Cutting Instructions:

  • Cut 4 background print/solid squares measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", set aside
  • Cut 2 print (green) squares measuring 5 3/4" square for the pin wheels
  • Cut 2 print (green) squares measuring 2 7/8" square for the pin wheels
  • Cut 2 print (red) squares measuring 5 3/4" square for the pin wheels
  • Cut 2 print (red) squares measuring 2 7/8" square for the pin wheels

 Just like you have done before, draw a diagonal line on two of the print (green) 2 7/8" squares.  And draw a double diagonal line on two of the large print (green) 5 3/4" squares.  Match these prints squares up with the other print (red) squares of the same size.
 Chain stitch your squares to save time.  Stitch a 1/4" seam away from each pencil line on each side.

  Can you see the 1/4" seam alongside each pencil line?

 With a rotary cutter and ruler, cut the 2 7/8" squares apart on the diagonal line.   Press half-square triangles open with seams towards the darkest print.  Trim off dog ears.  Half-square triangles should be 2 1/2" square.   You will have 4 squares.

 With rotary cutter and ruler, make a cut vertically through the 5 3/4" square at the center mark.  This should be 2 7/8" from the side.  Repeat this same cut through the center horizontally.   Do not separate squares!  I did this in the picture so you could see where to make the cuts.  Next cut through the square on the drawn diagonal lines.  This should give you 8 half-square triangles.  Repeat this process with the other 5 3/4" square for a total of 16 half-square triangles.  Press the triangle open, with seams towards the darkest print. Trim of the dog ears. Half-square triangles should be 2 1/2" square.
 Arrange the 20 half-square triangles into five pin wheels.

 Sew the half-square triangles together in rows first.  Press seams in alternate directions.  Nestle seams together and sew the two rows together forming the pin wheel.  Pin wheels will measure 4 1/2" square.
Form the Pin Wheel block alternating the pin wheels and the print/solid 4 1/2" squares.  Sew squares together in 3 rows.  For less bulk, press seams towards the plain square.  Join the 3 rows.  The block will measure 12 1/2".

And there you have it..................The Pin Wheels Block

Now for the fun

Congratulations again to Ansje

Winner of a $10 gift certificate to Sisters & Quilters! 

(This is the 3rd win for Ansje.  Winner picked using the Random Number generator!)

Sandra's is catching up her blocks.  This is her beautiful Bears Paw Block.  Love the traditional prints.

Leisha's Blueberry Pie Block.  Leisha said this was one of her favorite blocks.  Mine too!  Thanks Leisha for sharing this with us.

Jeanenne's Blueberry Pie Block.  Another fun combination of prints.  We just love seeing all the different colors and prints together.  Thanks Jeanenne!

Ansje's Blueberry Pie Block is so fun with those Mary Engelbreit prints.  Beautiful block.  Thanks Ansje!

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Thanks to those of you who are sending in your pictures!

Happy sewing Pin Wheels this week!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Blueberry Pie

This is one of my favorite blocks in this quilt along.  I couldn't decide whether to put a print in that center star or leave it white.  I ended up choosing white.  You may choose to have a print for the inside star.  You can also have the same print in the center which would really form a nice star.  Below are a couple of options so you can see the difference.


Cutting Instructions:
  • Cut 1 print square measuring 4 1/2" square for the center patch
  • Cut 8 print (red) rectangles measuring 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • Cut 4 white/background squares measuring 2 7/8" square
  • Cut 20 white/background squares measuring 2 1/2" square (if you choose to have your center star be a print then cut 8 prints squares and 12 white/background squares)
  • Cut 4 print (yellow) squares measuring 2 7/8" square
  • Cut 4 print (yellow) squares measuring 2 1/2" square

 Sew half-square triangles using the four white/background and four print (yellow) 2 7/8" squares.  You know the drill.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of the white square.  With right sides together, sew 1/4" away along each side of the drawn line. Chain stitch the units.   Cut along the drawn line.  Press open with seams towards the print .
 Trim of the dog ears and true up to 2 1/2" if you need to.  There should not be much to trim.
 Piece the corner units first.  Lay out the corner pattern - 2 half-square triangles, one white/background 2 1/2" square and one print (yellow) 2 1/2" square.  Sew the white/background square to one of the half-square triangles.  Sew the other half-square triangle to the yellow square.  Press the seams towards the squares. Watch to maintain corner block pattern ( I had to unpick my first square).
Next sew those two units together.  Press seam towards the print square.  Make 3 more corner squares.  Set aside.

Next is the little "V" section block.  Draw a diagonal line on the remaining 2 1/2" squares. You may choose to use a tape guide instead if you would like - just make sure you are accurate.   Select two 2 1/2' x 4 1/2" rectangles.  Place one of the white/background squares at the top of each rectangle, with the drawn lines forming a "V".   Or make sure you stitch them in that direction.
 Stitch directly on the drawn lines or down the center of the white square.  Trim 1/4" away from the line, forming a seam.   Press the seam on one unit up and the seam on the other unit down or in the opposite direction.

Repeat the same process, only place the 2 1/2" square at the base of the rectangle.  Keep the diagonal in the same direction as the top triangle.  Sew along the drawn lines. Trim. Press.  THIS is where you would use the print squares if you want your block to have a print star.

  You should have created a chevron.  As you can see the seams are pressed in the opposite directions.
 Sew two rectangles units together forming a V.  Press seam to the side. You should have a 4 1/2" finished square.  Make 3 more units.
 Almost finished.  Arrange the pieced squares and center patch in the Blueberry Pie pattern.  Sew together in rows.  As you can see, I have sewn the right side together.  Press the side row seams towards the top and bottom yellow squares (not as you see in my picture since I changed my mind when sewing the blocks together).   Press the center row seams towards the center patch.   Nestle those seams together, pin,  and sew the three rows together.  Press final seams towards the center.

Block will measures 12 1/2" square.

And there it is
Blueberry Pie
( some Razzleberry pie would be good about now)

Now for the fun

Congratulations again to Leisha!

Winner of a $10 gift certificate to Sisters & Quilters! 

Key Lime Blocks from last week...........Don't you think this pattern looks dimensional? 

Jeanenne's Key Lime Pie block.  I am still loving this fabric collection.  One of theses days I am going to be ordering a PB & J charm pack - I just know it! Beautiful work Jeanenne!
 Leisha's Key Lime.  She has mixed four different fabric collections here.   Loving the taupe and navy!  Wonderful block.  I love that cute Indigo Crossing Navy Print with the little white flower.

Ansje's fun Key Lime.  I love the black in your quilt.  In this block...the center pops.  Wonderful block Ansje!

Ansje - this just makes me smile.  You made my day.  What a beautiful and cheerful quilt this is going to be. So fun!     I can't wait to see it finished.  Thanks so much for the picture.  

Thanks so much ladies for the pictures.  Anyone else out there in the sky/cloud whatever :) Send us your pictures.  Send them to

Happy Sewing!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Another Wonderful Customer Sharing Day

 Is this not the cutest picture ever?  Kristen Williams created this darling Cat in the Hat Coverlet.  So adorable!  Doesn't this just make you smile!  Kristen -we love the hat on this little sweetheart too!  Thank you to the talented Lisa Johnson of Lens Love Photos for allowing us to share her art work as well.  This has just made my day!

To find this coverlet and other adorable items in Kristen's Coverlets CLICK HERE.  Thank you Kristen for sharing your talents with us!

 Kris Allen has made this wonderful Americana Star Quilt using the fabrics from Old Glory Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda.   We love this quilt.  So striking on the white background. Kris again used one of the free patterns off Moda Bake Shop - this pattern was designed by Angela from Fussy Cut and is titled Starry Eyed.  Kris not only pieces her quilts, but quilts them as well.
As always we love to see the back.  Kris features these items on her blog.  To Link to Kris Allen's blog CLICK HERE

 Kris has been sewing several Americana projects.  We just love these great table runners.  What a great way to practice sewing skills and learn new blocks.
 What fun quilting on this table runner.  Very creative.
 Another table runner, this time using the fabric collection Stars and Stripes by Riley Blake.
 We love the pinwheels in the pinwheel block!
 There is more!  Kris also traveled to Japan and made this "Subway" quilt to show their travels.  What a great way to document a trip.   Thank you Kris for sending us your pictures and links to your blog.  You have made some amazing projects!

 Sandra made this darling Disappearing 4 Patch quilt from the Snap Pop fabric collection by Sandy Gervais. We just love the bright colors!  They really do POP.
Look how fun the stripe binding is.  We love using stripes for the binding, especially on the bias.  This quilt was quilted by Leisha Farnsworth.  Another wonderful and fun quilt!  You can google directions for making the Disappearing 4 Patch quilt.  You just need a few charm packs and a little border yardage.  

Polly over at Helping Little Hands has been sewing up these wonderfully fun quilts using Sandra's This Way and That pattern.  They sew up quickly - a great weekend quilt!  We love the fun prints you have chosen Polly - thanks for sharing these with us.  So so fun!
You will definitely want to visit Polly's Helping Little Hands blog.  There are always fun creative projects going on there!  Polly has also been packing up some wonderful  I Spy Quilt Kits.  Her groups fill up quickly.  If you want to participate, you will want to get your name in quickly!  We love how they have sewn the I Spy Quits together by color.  CLICK HERE to see her I Spy quilt.

 Katie over at Green Cottage Quilts has made this darling bag from Marmalade fabrics.   The Marmalade fabrics were designed by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.   Katie is also a quilter and you can visit her shop by   CLICKING HERE . Great bag Katie.  We love this bright sewing bag.

 Diana from Pretty Cool Shops has been creating more fun wallets and wrist-lets.  These mega wallets have a touch screen phone pocket, perfect for iPhones and Droids. This pink wallet features the Pam Kitty Love Pink Polka Dot and the Adornit Vintage Grey Chevron.  Love this combination.
 .  And what would summer be without Riley Blake's Navy Chevrons....

......and Daydream yellow polka dots.  These chevron fabrics have been huge.  We love them in her wallet designs.  Thanks Diana for sharing these wonderful wallets with us.  We love your color combinations!  You can find Diana's shop by CLICKING HERE

Leisha made this darling ruffled pillow after seeing the idea on Pinterest.  Yay for Pinterest!  She used the Marmalade fabric by Bonnie and Camille.   You really want to visit Leisha's facebook page Quilting It to see all the fabulous projects she quilts.  The quilts and her quilting are amazing.  You will definitely get some wonderful ideas.

Happy Sewing and Happy Friday!