I am Queen Bee!

Yes, this month I am Queen Bee for the Desi Quilter Bee Desi! My block is here

I do love Elizabeth Hartman’s Mod Mosaic Block!
She has mentioned that for quilting bees, I just need to provide a link to her block tute, should not enclose PDF files etc.
The colours are to be blues, greys majorly, (with a dash of lime green or torquoise if someone does not have enough scraps) and with white sashing.
The size could be 11 to 15″.
The link is here http://www.ohfransson.com/files/mod-mosaic-quilt-blocks.pdf

And guess what?!? The first block has already arrived! It is the most delicious block ever 🙂

DQ Vidya was leaving for the USA and was eager to finish the block before she went!

Vidya's block for my bee
Look at those seams!
Vidya's block for my bee
A perfect block! Exactly what I wantedyou

Now, a question! Which is the right side?

 

 

 

 

 

I am eagerly waiting for the other blocks to arrive :-)d

 

 

Post Script –  You can see the other blocks and completed quilt here!

Perfect basic four-patch square quilt block every time!

The four- patch block is certainly versatile! I recently had the occasion to make several 9 square patch and 4 patch square blocks…
I saw and followed from YouTube an easy and quick method for the basic nine patch block and decided to adopt and adapt it for the four patch!

This method gives you perfect four- patches, points matched just so! and a pair each time! It is also great to use with pre-cut squares, such as charm squares or layer cakes.
So here we go!

Since I had several 4-patch blocks to make ( ready 2.5 ” square) so I started with two strips, one black and one white, which were 3.5″ wide. Remember, cut your strips just one inch wider than the size of the ready block.

If you want a single pair of 4 patch blocks 2.5″ square, begin with squares 3.5″…

Quick 4-square patch
Begin with strips 1′ wider than your ready block

2. Join the strips along the longer edges ( both sides!)

Join strips along both edges
1/4″ seam along both long edges

3. Cut the joined strips at 3.5″ intervals. ( size of ready block plus 1′)

Cut into squares - ready block size plus 1"
Cut into 3.5″ squares ( or ready plus 1″)

If you wanted a single pair of blocks, you would have this at the end of the first step! That is, you would have started with 2 squares of 3.5″ and sewed along opposite sides as above…
Similarly, if you were working with pre-cuts, this is where you would be after joining a pair of charm s or layer cakes along opposite sides.

4. Slice through each block as shown, parallel to the seams.

Cut each piece along centre, parallel to the seams
Cut each piece along centre, parallel to the seams

Here instead of measuring 1.75″ from the edge of the fabric, measure 1.5″ from the seam to find the centre!

5. Open and press towards the darker fabric! Or the light! (Just be consistent about which side you press them on) Or, press open your seams, if you like. (I don’t! 😦 )

Seams pressed towards dark fabric
Seams pressed towards dark fabric

6. Place the pieces in pairs, right sides facing. Black on white and white on black!

Pair the pieces, right sides inside and opposite colours facing each other
Pair the pieces, right sides inside and opposite colours facing each other

7. Pile them, dark piece away from you, and seam towards the machine. This helps the seams of the top and bottom pieces `butt’ against each other, and you get a perfect corner!

Join the pairs as shown.

Stitch all the patches on one side, without cutting the thread! This is called chain-piecing
Stitch all the patches on one side, without cutting the thread!
Flip over, sew along opposite side! Chain stitching makes things move fast!
Flip over, sew along opposite side! Chain piecing makes things move fast!

8. Now snip the chain links to separate the pieces, and we are almost there!

Cut along the centre line of each piece
Cut along the centre line of each piece

9. Abacadabra! We are there!

Open to reveal perfect four patch blocks!
Open to reveal perfect four patch blocks!

Impossible for the blocks not to be perfect 🙂

You shall have two sets of blocks. With the seam on the right, one set shall have white on the top and the other shall have black on the top. This is unimportant, except the slight adjustments required when making larger blocks from these.

Two sets of blocks
Two sets of blocks

11. One little step more, my favourite! 🙂

Flip the block to the wrong side, and use your ripper to rip those few stitches in the centre. Finger press the seams in a whirl …this reduces bulk!

Whirl in the centre
Whirl in the centre

And here is your 4-patch

Done!
Done!

This method is particularly useful when you have several 4-patches to make as in a border. It prevents fabric from getting distorted along the longer edge and is great if you like working on minis!

Here are a few quilts where I have used 4-patch blocks!

Four patch border
Four patch border on a queen size quilt
Christmas Quilt for Brinda
4-patch on a miniature Quilt
Sixteen 4-patches were used to make this chessboard.
Sixteen 4-patches were used to make this chessboard.

And how many basic 4-patches in this work in progress?

How many 4-patches here?
How many 4-patches here?

Happy counting (and quilting)!

Just takes 2 – progress for today…

Completed this block today, adding the triangles…

Just takes 2 Quilt Block 29
Just takes 2 Quilt Block 29

And this – it was foundation pieced! I did the y-seams by hand.  Probably need to rip the bottom right corner, and re-sew it!  The pieces were already cut and yet it took more than four hours to construct! I am tired 😦 And I hate paper foundation piecing – keep getting confused  how the next piece will be sewed on! Next time, shall English paper piece. Equally accurate and less taxing on my ageing brain.

Just takes 2 Block 40
Just takes 2 Block 40

Decided to clean the blocks of stray threads and iron them when I am ready to join them!

Just Takes 2 Quilt – Favourite Blocks

Here are two of my favourite blocks from the Just takes 2 quiltalong -(http://justtakes2.com/about-the-quilt/)

Feathered Star

Loved this block – and the way it magically emerges from the nine patches.  First time I did y-seams too, were quite simple! This block really was not as intimidating as it looks, because the perfect instructions. I did make the corner squares 1/8 inch smaller than the given instructions,  benefiting from the experience of a fellow participant. Everything fell beautifully into place 🙂

Just Takes 2 Quilt - Feathered Star

Isn’t it a striking looking block? Maybe, one day, I’ll do a full quilt! Meanwhile, here is a close -up of one of the arms.

Close up of feathered star (Just takes 2 quiltalong)

 

This is machine pieced (not foundation pieced, and no hand piecing)

Eight Point Star (November Star?)

This block is hand pieced. And I did not add the seam allowance when cutting the pieces from the template! Which meant that the diamonds (with 4 angular seams) would not really fit into the triangles (with 3 angular seams) and squares (with 2 straight seams) . I managed to put it together with 1/8 inch seams in some places and 1/6″ (?) in others. My red ripper proved to be a great friend!

This also meant that my star was about 4″ instead of 6″ 😦

I decided to add a red and grey border to it to bring it to size.

Here is a view of the wrong side –

Wrong side of 8-point star block

Have you seen anything untidier? But I do love the little star in the middle!

And the right side was not so bad after all.

8 Point Star

The centre is not really a point – more of a swirl – but I don’t mind that at all. This is my `Framed Whirling 8-Point Star’ 🙂