Summer Moon BOM - Crown of Thorns

By Christine Lux
on July 25, 2019
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Hello there!

This week I am sharing the third block in month 3 - the Crown of Thorns block. 

Just three prints in this one. I cut my squares for the HST about 1/8" larger to be able to trim them to size as this is my personal preference. 

Once you get all the HSTs made, this block comes together easily. 

I do recommend pressing in the direction the book indicates so that things will nest together nicely. :)

Happy Sewing! 

Summer Moon BOM - Buzzard's Tracks

By Christine Lux
on July 18, 2019
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Hello again!

We're making ALL the geese this week for Block 2 in Month 3. 

I have to admit I joked with myself that this BOM should be called the "so many seams" BOM! LOL

But the end result is worth it ... and one of the great things about a BOM is getting to try out different types of blocks that I might not normally think to use/sew. 

As usual, I cut everything and then chain pieced to work on all three size blocks at once. 

I did decide to press the seams in each flying geese block open. I think it helped, but honestly, there are so many seams that it still doesn't lay completely flat when finished. But I think this reduced some of the bulk in a few spots at least. 

I did follow directions for pressing seams open once I started joining the units together. This comes together kind of like a courthouse steps block. 

Whew! That was a lot of geese! hah!

See you next week!

Summer Moon BOM - Pinwheel Geese

By Christine Lux
on June 26, 2019
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Summer Moon - Month 2, Block 3 - Pinwheel Geese

We're wrapping up month 2 of this BOM already! It seems like the summer is just flying by. And speaking of flying ... this week's block is full of flying geese! 

As I have with all of my other blocks so far, I've cut all three sizes and then chain piece them all at the same time. This is the most efficient method for me as opposed to working on each size block individually. 

SO many geese in this one! :) 

I did want to share that when I joined the geese units together, I pinned them so that the bottom of the "triangle" was the side I followed with my presser foot. It's the edge that is the most straight and I found it worked a little better for me. (You may prefer to sew with this the other way so you can see that you are sewing the intersection of the seams a little better. (Hopefully that makes sense!) 

Once you get all those little geese made, it is pretty quick to add the rectangles and put the four patches together to complete the block. 

I do love the movement in this block! This would be a fun one to play with color placement on. Maybe an ombre effect and a dark background? So many ideas! This is one of the great things about working on a sampler quilt - so many different types of blocks to try out without having to make twenty or thirty of the same ones. Which one has been your favorite so far?

I will be taking off the Week of July 4th, so I will see you on the 10th with the start of month 3. :) 

Happy Sewing!

Summer Moon BOM - Hidden Star

By Christine Lux
on June 19, 2019
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Summer Moon - Month 2, Block 2 - Hidden Star

Hey there! Hope you are having a great week so far. :)

We're working on the Hidden Star blocks this week. These blocks are basically  a 9-patch.

We've made HST blocks before, but we haven't done the diamond in a square yet. 

(Note: I do like to make my HSTs slightly bigger and trim with a Bloc Loc.)

Making these diamond in a square blocks are constructed very similarly to flying geese (and we've definitely made a lot of those ;-) 

I have to admit, I really hate to have to draw lines to do all these corner triangles / folded corners. And sometimes - especially with smaller piecing - I will just wing it. But I wanted to introduce you to a little ruler tool just for this purpose! 

The Mini Simple Folded Corner Ruler by Doug Leko is so great! You can use it to pre-trim your corners with a 1/4" seam allowance. This then gives you the edge to follow for sewing and at the perfect distance from the diagonal of the square! I really loved using this little ruler on these blocks. :) 

Once you get the HSTs and the diamond in a square blocks all done, it's easy to zip along and assemble your blocks! 

See you next week! 

Summer Moon - Fool's Puzzle

By Christine Lux
on May 29, 2019
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Summer Moon - Month 1 Block 3 - Fool's Puzzle Block

We're wrapping up month 1's blocks!

I have to admit that this wasn't my favorite block to make - mostly because of all of the intersections involved! Be sure to pay close attention to the directions regarding pressing seams and also trimming the center units. 

I did try to take care to pin things in place to match up all the points. And while these aren't perfect blocks, once the whole quilt is together and quilted, I will probably not even notice!

Overall, my blocks came out pretty well, although if I were to make a bunch of these again, I would construct it with squares and trim the block instead of using flying geese. But it was a fun challenge no less! :) 

Hope you are having a great week! 

Happy Sewing!

Summer Moon BOM - Churn Dash Block

By Christine Lux
on May 22, 2019
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Summer Moon - Month 1 Block 2 -Churn Dash Block

The Churn Dash block is a classic and works with so many different types of fabric styles and it is EASY!

One thing that I did want to share about making this one is that I prefer to make my HST blocks slightly larger and then trim them down to size. When cutting my squares for these pieces, I rounded the measurement up to the nearest half inch. (For example, if it was 2-3/8, I cut at 2.5" and if it was 2-7/8, I cut at 3".) I then used my Bloc Loc to trim my blocks to size. 

Three blocks came together really easily and the smaller they are the cuter they are, don't you think?!

See you next week! Happy Sewing!


Summer Moon Block of the Month

By Christine Lux
on April 14, 2019
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We're ready for a fun sampler-style block-of-the-month (BOM) project! The Summer Moon BOM is a fun 10-month program starting in May 2019 and running through March 2020. 

Our programming for this BOM will include the book, all the fabric for the top and binding, and a few fun surprises along the way for just $34 shipped in the US each month from May - March. 

Each month, we will be making a total of nine blocks - three sizes of three different blocks - and then we'll frame them up at the end to make this beautiful 70.5" x 78.75" quilt. 

We'll share photos of our blocks and construction tips here on our blog on Wednesdays throughout the BOM program. 

Reserve your spot in our Summer Moon BOM program here

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