Wednesday, July 17, 2013


What a wonderful quilt along!   This has been a great learning experience for me.   I hope it has been for you too! 

How do you want to finish your quilt?

On Point Setting
Both of these quilt settings have the Stripe 3 Sashing with a 9 patch post.  They can be completed different ways. You can have the white/background stripe in the center or on the outside.  I have created two pictures so that you may see what you like best.  Or you can make it scrappy and use up the rest of your fat quarters. I have seen this done with several quilts and I love it scrappy. 

It helps to squint a little when you look at the two quilts.  I tried to omit the block outlines but many of the prints were washed away.   As you can see in the above picture, I have created different posts so that you can see some different ideas.  Below are instructions for the sashing and corner triangles.  This quilt would measure approx 65" square without borders.

You may want to add borders to your quilt.  This width is up to you.  What do you need the finished quilt measurement to be?  I would recommend a border of at least 6 inches wide.  The stop borders can be 1" - 1.5" wide.  The above quilt would measure approx. 77.5" square if you use a 1" stop border and a 6" frame border.

Maybe you would like to look through some Sampler Quilts for ideas.  CLICK HERE for some google links. Did you see the one with the large Medallion Star Block in the center?  It has 12 blocks surrounding the center star!  Another great idea. 

Horizontal Setting of 12 Blocks

I know there are 3 of you making your quilts into a horizontal arrangement.  And some of you are using less blocks.  You can make it with the same stripe sashing and 9 patch posts. Just add up how many of each you will need.  You may wish to use a plain sashing.  That would be great too.

The 1st white border and the green border are 1" wide finished (That means you need to cut them 1.5" wide). I would use a width of about 6" for the outside border (Cut it 6.5" wide).  Make the borders wider if you need to fit a certain bed size.  The horizontal quilt above would measure 64.5" x 79.5" finished if you have the 3" sashing and 8 inches combined borders.  If you want a queen or king size - you will need some more blocks.

Sashing and Triangle Setting Instructions

For the On Point Setting you will need:
36 sewn sashing strips of 3 stripes
12 of the full 9 patch posts  
12 of the half 9 patch posts - on edges
4 corner setting triangles
8 setting triangles for sides
Borders of your choosing

For the Horizontal Setting you will need;
31 sashing strips with 3 stripes
20 of the 9 patch posts
Borders of your choosing

As you can see the sashing strips measure evenly with the blocks.  Measure your blocks.  They should all be within 1/8th of an inch of each other.  Use that measurement for your sashing if they are all a little smaller or larger.   If you have one block that is a little smaller - decide if you can fudge a little in the seam.  It may be that the block needs a little pressing.  Don't stretch it though!  Make any corrections now if needed. 
A couple of my blocks were are just a smidgen less than 12 1/2".  I will mark them with a pin so I can remember to correct my seam for that block.   That means I need to watch my scant seams as I piece my blocks!   These quilt along blocks can be great tattletales! 

9 Patch Posts

Color A is the Green Dot    Color B is the white/background

For each of the little 9 patch posts you will need 9 squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".  These will go much faster if you sew strips together and sub-cut them into 1 1/2" units.  (You can get 28 units in one width of fabric) 

For both settings:
Cut 5 strips 1 1/2"  x WOF (width of fabric) for color A (green or your color).
Cut 4 strips 1 1/2" x WOF for color B (white or your color).

For the On Point Quilt:
  • Sew one A-B-A strip together.  Sub-cut into (24) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" units. 
  • Cut 2 color B and one Color A strips to only 18" long.  Sew one B-A-B strip together.  Sub-cut into (12) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" units. 
  • Save the remaining strips for the half 9 patches and follow the instructions below.

For the Horizontal Quilt Setting;
  • Sew one A-B-A strip together.  Sub-cut into (28) 1 1/2" units.  Repeat making another set of 3 stripes but these strips only need to be about 18" long. Sub-cut into (12) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2 " units. 
  • Sew one B-A-B strip together.  Sub-cut into (20) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" units.

 Sew the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" units together forming a 9 patch.  You will need 20 for the Horizontal Setting and 12 for the On Point Setting.  Press the seams towards the white/background center square.  Your sashing will be pressed towards the print and you want these to be opposite.

 Half 9 Patch blocks for the On Point setting only.

  • Sew one 18" long A-B-A strip together.  Sub-cut into (12) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" units. 
  • Sew one 18" long B-A  strip together.    Sub-cut into (12) 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" units 
  • Cut (12) 1 1/2" A squares  (Play like that is 12 in the picture and not 10) 

  •  Sew one A-B-A unit to one B-A unit.  Then sew on one A 1 1/2" square.  Make a total of 12.   They will resemble stairs.  Click on the picture for a better look.  Press the seams towards the center.
     Can you see the 1/4" line marking on the ruler is matched to each corner and the top of each white point?  These blocks will need to be trimmed leaving a 1/4" seam.
    You can trim them now or later.  I prefer to trim these when I true up the sides of the quilt.   You may do it the way you prefer.

    Sashing Strips
    Yardage  ( I believe I included this in the first lesson) 
    For the On Point Setting - 1 yard plus a few inches in case you goof for the print (or outside stripes) and 1/2 yard for the center stripe.  
    For the Horizontal Setting - 1 yard for the print and 1/2 yard for the center stripe.

    These are easy!   You can get 3 sashing strips in one width of fabric. (12.5" x 3 = 37.5").     For the On Point Setting you will need 36 sashing strips.  For the Horizontal Setting you will need 31 sashing strips.
    • Cut 2 print strips 1 1/2" x WOF. 
    •  Cut 1 white/background strip 1 1/2" x WOF.
    Sew the strips together as pictured.  Press seams towards the outside or print stripe.  Sub-cut into (3) 12 1/2" x 3 1/2" sashing strips.  Repeat this for the number of sashing strips you need. 

    On Point Setting Triangles

    • Cut 2 squares measuring 9 3/8" square.  Cut each one once diagonally making 4 triangles.  These will be the corner triangles.  Make sure that right angle is your quilt corner when you sew the quilt top together.
    • Cut 2 squares measuring 18 1/8" square.  Make two diagonal cuts.  This will create 8 setting triangles for the sides and top/bottom.  
    Arrange your quilt blocks with the sashing and setting triangles.  YAY!  We are arranging the quilt top and not the block!

    Separate the quilt into rows.  With the On Point Setting you will sew the rows together on the diagonal.  Make sure to get those triangles in the right direction.  With the Horizontal Setting you will sew the blocks together in rows.   I don't know what everyone is doing.  If you need any help, feel free to email me!

    Some of my rows are sewn together.  I hope to have the completed quilt top pictures for you soon.  Only 3 more rows to go!  I plan to add a border to my quilt also.  Not sure about the color yet but I am leaning towards the white with the little cherries just because it is a nice quiet print.     

    And here finally is the finished quilt...

    Now for the fun

    Congratulations again to  ANSJE

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

     This is Ansje's final Lost Ship Block.  Thanks Ansje for participating.  We love the blocks you have made and can't wait to see the final quilt.

    Jeanenne has made every block I believe!  Yay Jeanenne.  She has chose the PB&J collection for her quilt blocks.  We can 't wait to see your final quilt Jeanenne.  Thanks for sending us your pictures each week.

    Happy Quilting!

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013



    It is just a coincidence that this is the last block. We have made so many half-square triangle blocks! In fact I thought maybe we should have called this the half-square triangle challenge.  I wanted to alternate types of blocks so you didn't get weary of the same type of square so I kept saving this block.  The Lost Ship reminds me of the Bear Paw Quilt Block.
    You may have each large triangle a different print, all the same print, or use two prints like I have done.  As I laid out the quilt blocks, I realized that I had not used much of the main print from my Avalon collection.  You may wish to lay out your blocks and decide which fabrics or colors you need most.  I think this would also make a fun patchwork block - each half-square triangle a different print!

     Cutting Instructions:

    • Cut 10 white/background squares measuring 2 7/8" square
    • Cut 10 print (green) squares measuring 2 7/8" square
    • Cut 2 white background squares measuring 4 7/8" square
    • Cut 2 print (red) squares measuring 4 7/8" square OR  4 large triangles with the the two right angle sides each measuring 4 7/8"

    Draw a diagonal line on each of the large white/background 4 7/8" square.  Match each white/background square to one of the large 4 7/8" print squares with right sides together.  Stitch a 1/4" seam away from each pencil line. Stitch down each side.  Click on the picture for a better view to see the sewn seam.  Cut along the pencil line.  Press seams towards the darkest print.
     OR if you are making each large half-square triangle a different print, then sew each triangle to a white/background triangle using a 1/4" seam along the longest edge, forming a half-square triangle.  Press seams towards the print.

    Large half-square triangles will measure 4 1/2" square.  Trim off any excess and the dog ears.  Remember to use the 45 degree diagonal lines on your ruler to make sure your squares are 4 1/2" square.  The seams should be centered to the ends of the corners.  This will give you a more perfect point when you stitch the squares together.  Set these four squares aside.

     LAST TIME!  Draw a diagonal line on each of the 2 7/8" white/background squares.  Match each white/background square to a print square and sew 1/4" seam away from each pencil line.  Just like before!

    To save time chain stitch these together.  Sew along each side.  Clip threads separating each square.  With ruler and rotary cutter, cut along each drawn pencil line.  Press seams towards the print.

     Trim off dog ears and any excess.   Each half-square triangle should be 2 1/2" square.  You should have 20.
     Sew one corner of the block together first.  Line up the half-square triangles in this pattern.
     Sew the two sides together keeping the printed triangles in the same direction.  Then sew the three bottom half-square triangles together.  Press the seams toward the darkest print.
     Stitch the half-square triangle strip of two to the side of the large half-square triangle.  Press the seam towards the large half-square triangle.
    Then attach the bottom strip.  Wait to press this last seam.  Make 3 more blocks like this.  Each block should measure 6 1/2" square.
     Arrange each of the four blocks into the Lost Ship pattern.   Sew the two top blocks together, after pressing the bottom row seams in opposite directions. Repeat with the bottom two blocks.  Press each of those seams in opposite directions.  Then stitch the two strips together pressing the final seam towards the base of the block.  Large block should measure 12 1/2" square.   True up your block.
    And last but not least......      THE LOST SHIP QUILT BLOCK

    Now for the fun

    Congratulations again to  Jeanenne

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

    ( Winner picked using the Random Number generator - this week winner number 3)

    Ansje's Garden Patch Block.  Nice block!  Can I say those little teapots are so fun in the corner squares.

    Leisha's Garden Patch Block.  Leisha - I liked how you handled the stripe in the tulip portion of the block.  So pretty!

     Jeanenne sent in two blocks this week.  First is the Garden Patch with some fun chevrons and stripes.
    Next is Jeanenne's Pin Wheels.  I love the little chevron print in the pinwheels.  How fun is this!  A great mix white the large floral.  

    Michelle just joined us last week and has sent us several blocks.  First is her Garden Patch.  Notice how she used prints for the center squares which gives the Garden Patch a new look.  Love this!  Scroll down through Michelle's next blocks.  You will love them.  Michelle is using fabrics from Lakehouse Drygoods.

     Michelle's Basket of Flowers
    Michelle's Bears Paw
    Michelle's Yankee Puzzle 
    And here is her All Hallow's Block
    What a beautiful Blueberry Pie Block!  Love the fussy cut rose in the center.
    Another fun rose in the center.  Beautiful Key Lime Pie Block!  Thank you Michelle for sending in your pictures.  Can't wait to see these all put together.

    Next week....sashings, corner blocks and borders for the On Point quilt.   You can use the same sashing for vertical rows!

    Leisha is making a quilt with the blocks in vertical rows.  She needs 20 blocks total - 4 x 5.  She is making some additional blocks that I thought you might like to see.  Can you see all the half-square triangles.  I am beginning to believe that the half-square triangle can be made into a million patterns.

    Oh and must apologize.  I had a cutting error last week - I omitted 2 squares.  I have corrected the post so that anyone new will have the correct cutting instructions.  Always let me know if you see an error!
    Happy Sewing !