Catching Up on the Dreamcatcher – Round the Year Quilt

A lot many visitors, a short vacation, a couple of sicknesses – life has been quite topsy-turvy at this end. Finally got to do some quilting on the second panel of the quilt. 

 

The second quilt-as-you-go panel …
 
A glimpse of the back…Don’t you love the backing fabric? Tina Katwal of The Square Inch found it for me! 

  

The quilt back! I got a gift of Sulky threads from my son ; am really enjoying fmq now!

I am a bit undecided about the outermost dark blue. How do you think I should quilt it?  And then, should the quilt thread be a shade lighter that shows up the quilting or a matching dark blue that merges into it?  What do you suggest? 

While you decide, here is a closer look at the two blocks I quilted last week.

 

Evening at the Pond
  
Card Trick Block
 

The third panel is all basted – I hope I can get some quilting done tomorrow too! Happy quilting to you! 

Final Countdown – That is Half a Dozen Done.

Two more blocks of the Round the Year quilt done today, using the porthole method described  by Sobana Sundar in a previous blogpost. 

The first was Card Trick, Block Three, which got done quickly. 

 

The Card Trick block was not tricky at all! joined to the background using the ‘porthole ‘ method.
 I used the points on the triangles on the edge as a guide to glue the background to the circle. 
The other block that I did was Wedding Ring, which gave me a lot of trouble as I did not glue the background correctly. The resultant seam ranged from 1/8″ to 3/4″. I had to rip it and re-do it. 

 

This block gave me a lot of problems!
 
I was not very happy with the end result. For the next block, I will do something different. I will mark the seam line on the front of the circle, and glue the background accurately from the top, using the seam line as a guide. I will take pics to clarify what I mean. 

Meanwhile, I had promised to show you how I stitched the background with no fabric wastage. 

In the normal course, one would stitch together two rectangles 9.5″x 18.5″ in the two blues ( along the longer edge, and end up with an 18.5″ circle. On this one would mark a 7.5″ circle and cut about 3/4″ inside that. 

What I did was this…

 

I added a circular strip on the inside edge of the freezer paper template to increase the seam allowance to about 1/2 ” .
 
I ironed the templates on the background fabric and cut out a further 1/4″ inside. I also took an extra 1/8″ on the outer long edges. I will trim the blocks to accurate size once they are done. Remember, NOT to take and extra allowance on the small straight edge! That has to be exactly 1/4″.

This method saves fabric!

You need 10.5″ x 12.5″ fabric for 2 quarters as above. Which means that for one block you need either 10.5″ x 25″ or 21″x 12.5″, depending on how you place the templates. 
 

Piece the full backgound directly on the freezer paper.
 
I then cut out the freezer paper template described by Sobana in her post – an 18.5″ square with a 7.5″ radius circle cut out of the centre. I pieced my background using two light blues and two darks directly on this template.

You will need to probably refer to Sobana’s post on setting circles onto background squares to understand exactly what I did differently here…

If you have any questions, please feel free to seek clarifications! 

About Eye Candy, Mental Blocks and Blocks Round the Year

I see to have hit some kind of a mental block trying to do calculations for the Layout Option 3 for the Round the Year Quilt. So I decided to share the real blocks that people have been making, using the free Block of the Month patterns on this blog!  Links to the patterns for these blocks are given towards the end of this post.

A few of the Dahlia blocks had been shared earlier, on  this post. Here comes some more magic…

Block 1 Dahlia

Cindy Ellerbe's Ribbon Dahlia
Cindy Ellerbe’s Ribbon Dahlia
Vicky Trerotola
Vicky Trerotola’s Purple Dahlia
Revathi Sampath
Revathi Sampath’s Blue Ribbon Dahlia
Jaya Parker's  Colour Wheel
Jaya Parker’s Colour Wheel

Block  2 Evening at the Pond

Anuradha Ramesh
Anuradha Ramesh’s Rainbow lights up the Evening at the Pond
Devi Nair
Devi Nair’s Peaceful Evening
Diptee Raut
Diptee Raut’s geese circle a green-blue algae infested pond against the pink sunset!
Jaya Parker
Jaya Parker’s gorgeous colour wheel!
Vicki Trerotola EveatPond
Vicki Trerotola’s purple evening…

 

Here are blocks 3 and 4 by Vicki…

Vicki Trerotola
Vicki Trerotola’s Card Trick
Vicki's Sapphire Fire - actually, her Amethyst block!
Vicki’s Sapphire Fire – actually, her Amethyst block!

This is the test block that Anuradha Ramesh did for me , Block 4, Sapphire Fire.

Anuradha Ramesh's Block 4
Anuradha Ramesh’s Block 4

After Anuradha finished this block, I came across a picture of a gemstone that is uncannily similar to her block – the Ametrine.

The Ametrine - a gemstone
The Ametrine – a gemstone

Isn’t that amazing?

Those of you who are interested, can find the block patterns on these links. There are step by step instructions for making them, too!

Block 1 Dahlia

Block 2 Evening at the Pond

Block 3 Card Trick

Block 4 Sapphire Fire

Before I sign off to do more calculations on the third layout option for the quilt, I will let you have a peek at what I am designing…

Layout Option 3 - inspired by the Chopsticks Quilt by oneworldfabrics.com
Layout Option 3 – inspired by the Chopsticks Quilt by oneworldfabrics.com

Wish me luck! And happy quilting to you 🙂

 

 

 

Assemble the Card Trick Quilt Block – Step by Step

The pattern and piecing instructions for the Card Trick , the third of the blocks in my BOM quilt Round the Year were posted by me a few days ago.

Incidentally, there are 26 templates and  14o pieces in this block…just so that you can boast about it!

Assembly

1. First, lay out all the pieced templates using the master template as a guide.

Lay out the pieced templates using the master template as guide
Pieced templates arranged using the master template as a  guide

2. Assembling the Inner Circle

– Pin together each triangular ‘card’ to the corresponding wedge . If one makes a mistake and  joins wrong pieces together at this stage, the ‘trick’ will not work, so follow the master template strictly!

For accurate piecing, I find  the alignment markers and crosses on the printed templates very helpful.

'Vertical' pin pushed through marker before securing the templates
‘Vertical’ pin pushed through marker before securing the templates
All inner templates ready for pinning together
All inner templates ready for pinning together in pairs
Secured with pins...
Secured with pins…

3. Sew to join together, removing pins as you are a stitch or two away.

Fix the thread as you begin
Fix the thread as you begin
...pulling out the pins as you approach them
…pulling out the pins as you approach them
Chain piecing saves time and thread!
Chain piecing saves time and thread!

Remove extraneous paper – from the seams and pieces without alignment markers. When the seams are pressed flat,  some paper at the corners will go under the upcoming seam, and will be near impossible to remove later. Take care of that. Tweezers help, as well as the ripper.

Remove paper from seam ...
Remove paper from seam …
Paper torn off from seam corners, leaving alignment markers intact
Paper torn off from seam corners, leaving alignment markers intact

4. Referring to the master template, join  the segments in pairs, aligning on the markers with vertical pins pushed through. When securing with pins, I ensure that the head of the pin is either on my right ( since I am right handed) or towards me as the fabric goes under the needle. This makes it easy for me to pull out the pin slowly , without any fear of getting poked!

Refer to the master template ...
Refer to the master template …

5. Join segment AI to CK to form a quarter circle.

6. Join segment  EM to GO to form a quarter circle.

This is as good a time as any to flip over to the fabric side to check if  you have got everything in order!  The little coloured piece on the wedge should be the same colour as the adjoining segment on its left.

7. Join the 2 quarters  at edges C and E to make the top half circle.

Top half of circle is ready!
Top half of circle is ready!

8. Join segment BJ to DL to form a quarter circle, and finally

9. Join FN to HP to form the last of the quarter circles.

10. Join these two quarter circles along edges D and F and the other half of the circle is done!

11. Now to assemble the arcs. There are only 6 arcs, so they will be joined in threes for the top and bottom halves.

QRS makes one half of the ring, and TUV makes the other, moving anti clockwise as you look at the printed  side.

Joining the arcs
Joining the arcs

12. Finally, the final step for assembling the circle! Joining the ring half to the circle half. Do not spare the pins at this stage! I put pins on every seam joint and on some alignment markers too!

Pin copiously!
Pin copiously!
Ready to stitch
Ready  to stitch

13. I find it cumbersome to stitch a curved seam with the paper attached !

It is cumbersome to stitch a curved seam with the paper attached
It is cumbersome to stitch a curved seam with the paper attached

Knowing my arc is securely pinned and correctly aligned to the circle, I can afford to tear away  bits of paper on the seam. I also have a 1/4″ stitch on my Hasina, my HQV machine so I am assured of an accurate seam!

You will notice I do not remove all the paper, as I will need the alignment markers on the outer edge of the arc when I join this to the background.

Paper removed from under the seam area eases sewing
Paper removed from under the seam area eases sewing

Here is one half of my circle assembled, the other half awaits its turn!

Time to gloat!
Time to gloat!

14.  Once both the half circles are ready, we can move to the background. Using the template W ( made of 2 paper  pieces glued together) we had cut 4 fabric pieces a bit larger on the long straight edges .  We join these in pairs, W to X and Y to Z.

15. Join one half of the circle to WX and the other to YZ.

16. Join the two block halves together to form the full square block, and trim it down to 1

An alternative method for joining the circle to the background is to join the two halves of the circle and appliqué the circle on to a background square, using your favourite method. If using this method, cut your square about an inch larger and trim to size after appliqueing.

There is also a freezer paper method for joining a circle to a background square, for which  several free tutorials are available online.

I hope you will enjoy making this block which comes up so magically! These instructions can be downloaded from here in a printable pdf file. Do share a picture of your completed block on my facebook page, the like button is on the side bar to the right!

Happy quilting, till I post the rainbow version of this block some time next week.

While all my Dreamcatcher patterns are free and will continue to remain so, may I suggest you visit the webpage of my favourite NGO Samarpan and donate whatever you deem fit towards the wonderful work they are doing to spread joy, peace and happiness through the world? Thank you!

Card Trick Block – Instructions File (My Bad!)

I have just corrected the link to the instructions for the Card Trick quilt block ( Block Three of the Block of the Month Quilt, Round the Year) posted earlier today in the main blogpost.

The correct links are also given here!

Card Trick Paper Piecing Template File

Card Trick Instructions File.

Sorry for the confusion!

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While all my Dreamcatcher patterns are free and will continue to remain so, may I suggest you visit the webpage of my favourite NGO Samarpan and donate whatever you deem fit towards the wonderful work they are doing to spread joy, peace and happiness through the world? Thank you!

Dusk Round the Year – Card Trick – Block Three of the BOM Quilt

Block tested by Manju Narain Card Trick Block tested by Manju Narain

This is the third block of the Block of the Month Quilt, Round the Year, tested for me by Manju Narain! It is a twist on the traditional card trick, a block I always wanted to make but never got around to doing. So when I was designing this quilt, this was one of the first few blocks I included.

Cindy Ellerbe tested the final version of the block!

The block is foundation paper pieced and finishes at 18″; the inset circle is 15″. The instructions and templates can be downloaded from the links at the end of this post; patterns for the previous two blocks can also be downloaded there.

Fabric Requirement

Colour
Colour Code No of Pieces For Background For Ring-
rectangles 2″x 3″
For wedges For ‘cards’ 3″ HSTs For card `strip borders’ 1.5″ wide
 

1

4

25″ x 10″ Or 19.5″ square

 

 

 

 


2

60

 

2″ x 108″ strip

cut 36 rectangles

1.5″x 16″

cut 8 (1.5″x 2″)

 

1.5″x 72″

Cut 1.5″ x 4.25″ (8) 1.5″x 4.75″ (8)

 

9

2

 

 

 

2 HSTs from 3″ squares

 


3

11

 

 

2.5″x32″ strip – cut 8 (2.5″x 4″)

3 HSTs from 3″ squares

 

 

8

3

 

 

 

3 HSTs from 3″ squares

 


7

13

 

2″ x 21″ strip

– cut 7 rectangles

1.5″x 8.5″

cut 2 rectangles

 

1.5″x4.75″ (2)

1.5″x5.5″(2)


5

15

 

2″ x 27″-

cut 9 rectangles

1.5″x 8.5″

cut 2 rectangles

 

1.5″x4.75″ (2)

1.5″x5.5″(2)


4

17

 

2″x 33″

– Cut 11 rectangles

1.5″x 8.5″

cut 2 rectangles

 

1.5″x4.75″ (2)

1.5″x5.5″(2)


6

15

 

2″x 27″

– Cut 9 rectangles

1.5″x 8.5″

cut 2 rectangles

 

1.5″x4.75″ (2)

1.5″x5.5″(2)

Colour code the fabric you plan to use. Follow the instructions to cut the fabric. If your fabric is pre-starched, it gives a nice, crisp, neat finish to your final block!

  1. All these tiny pieces can be confusing. I often pin the cut fabric pieces to each template
    using the colour code as a guide –or I get confused what goes where!! Sometimes I just pin them template-wise in lots and pin a post it note with the template number on each lot. (I did not, for this block and put gold pieces  where the yellow was supposed to go. Thankfully, I realised this before I assembled the block, so could switch over the templates!)
  2. Here are my strips cut from selection of fabric for my block.
  3. My fabric for my block…
  4. Take print outs of the Templates.pdf file with your printer settings at 100% or actual size. You have the following templates:
  • 8 triangular templates numbered A to H for the cards
  • 8 wedge templates I to P for the cards
  • 6 arcs for Q to V for the outer ring
  • Template W in 2 pieces W1 and W2 for one quarter of the outside square, to be glued to make one template. (Remember to cut 4 fabric pieces W, X, Y and Z with this template. It is recommended you add about an inch on the straight sides when cutting the background, to be trimmed later)
  • Take a print out of the Instructions File and keep it hand. It also contains the Master Template which shows you the template layout to help you assemble the block. Remember, it is a mirror image!
4.   If you are using your own colour way, you can check how it will look by colouring the Master template!

So now we are ready to start piecing.

Piecing Instructions

  1. We piece the inner circle (with the card trick) first. It is then joined to the outer ring.
  2. The triangular template is like a log cabin of sorts! We start as always, with pieces 1 and 2 . The first piece is placed with wrong side on unprinted side of paper. Piece 2 is place on top of the first piece, so that right sides are together. Hold the template against the light to check if the seam allowance is okay – approximately ¼”. Pinning helps.
  3. The beauty of paper piecing is the perfectly matched points and corners, without bothering about accurate ¼” seams!
  4. Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing 1
    Hold against the light – are the fabric pieces overlapping the seam lines by 1/4″?
Here are my templates with the first two fabric pieces pinned to them.
Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing 2
All triangular card templates pinned for quick piecing
Card Trick block piecing 3
Check again – fabric should ovelap both seams!

3.  Here is another look at the template. You will notice that

  • When pinning the pieces, I have extended them about a ¼” beyond both seams, that between B1 and B2 as well as that between B1-B2 and B3
  • All the excess fabric is allowed to hang below the template, because when I unfold it after sewing, it should cover the piece 2 completely.
Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing 4
The seam extends 1/4″ beyond printed seam line.

4. When sewing the pieces together, remember to take the seam about a ¼” beyond the seam line you are crossing.

5. Unfold the piece 2 and finger press  

6.  Fold back the paper to expose the seam and trim it to ¼”. Avoid trimming the overhanging rectangle till the whole template is pieced.

7. Similarly join the other pieces in sequence, opening them , finger pressing and trimming at each stage till all your triangular card templates are ready.

Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing 5
First lot of templates pieced

8. Now trim to template size.

9. Piecing the wedges – These are simple enough, just 3 pieces each! Here also avoid trimming pieces to template size till the whole is pieced. The main wedge piece (blue here) is quite big and unwieldy. Pin it down before trimming .

10. Now time for a pause and some patting yourself on the back! Using the master template as a guide, put all the pieced templates together. Woo hoo! That is pretty!

  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing 8
    Inner circle pieced!
  • Perhaps you want to rearrange that a bit?
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    A different arrangement…
  • 11.  The final bit of piecing is the ring – this is much easier than you might think! This is the way I do it.
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    First three pieces in place
  • These are the first three pieces attached and pressed open. The seam between the blue and yellow pieces has been trimmed to a ¼”.
  • 12. Flip it around.
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    The printed paper side…
  • Now fold the template on the upcoming seams.
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    Fold back on seam line to mark the seam line on fabric
  • Turn around so that you can see the fold on the fabric pieces too.
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    Seam lines visible on fabric
  • 13. Trim the rectangular pieces to ¼” plus beyond the fold.
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    Fabric piece being trimmed with 1/4″ added on
  • This is how it looks from the printed side.
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    The flip side.
  • 14. Now we are ready to attach the next pieces. As always, we need to make sure that the upcoming piece will cover the paper section completely when pressed open.
    Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing

    Add Piece Number 4
  • In no time all but two of my rings are stitched and I can’t resist putting it together.
  • I quite love it!
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    Card Trick Magic coming up!
  • It is past midnight, but I can’t stop now! Quickly the last two rings are pieced.
  • And here are all the pieced templates arranged to form the block.
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    Ahaaa!
  • But now I am not sure if I really like the colours, are they too dark?
  • So I tell myself it is a card trick in a dimly lit, smoke filled card room! That is my story and I am sticking to it. So, there!
  • The next day I try rearranging the templates…
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing
    A different arrangement…
  • …and…
  • …and yet another…
  • As usual, the assembly instructions will come up in a separate post. If you are wondering why I always do that – the reasons are technical. I write the post in an MSWord file and publish it to the blog directly. The file is unable to handle too many pictures at a time!
  • Just to make up for making you wait for the assembly guide,  I am going to show you two really lovely, inspiring  pictures.
  • Here are the two halves of the block tested for me by Cindy Ellerbe.
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Piecing Cindy’s Card Trick
  • And this is what Manju Narain did with her card trick block!
  • Card Trick Block Manju Narain’s stunner of a runner!
  • Okay, are you ready for the magic trick? Here is where you download the files:
    • Instructions – Fabric Requirement, piecing and assembly instructions for Block 3 Card Trick, Round the Year Block of the Month Quilt
    • Templates for Foundation Paper Piecing Block 3 Card Trick, Round the Year Block of the Month Quilt
    • Block One Dahlia pattern is available here.
    • Block Two Evening at the Pond pattern can be accessed here.