Dessert Sampler Block 26

By Christine Lux
on July 06, 2018
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Happy Friday!

It's been a fun-filled holiday week over here! I managed to finish this block last night and despite so many pieces in a small block, it is relatively easy to make!

The two greens and the low volume background are a fun mix. I think this block would be great as a mini quilt! I may have to try that out ... but back to the project at hand. 

Once again, this is really a component of parts. There are essentially four 9-patches in this one. I chain pieced all my rectangle units together. The HSTs were quick using my Cupcake Papers and then I webbed them together. 

I did press my HSTs in different directions to help them nest nicely. So all the hearts, I pressed toward the green print. And then on the floral, I pressed toward the low volume print. 

This morning I couldn't resist laying out all my blocks to see how we are doing ... 

To be fair, I DO have a few extra blocks from next week already made ... but wow! We are getting sooo close! I can hardly wait to finish it. 

I think it may just hang out on the floor til we are done! haha

Hope you have a wnderful weekend!

Happy sewing!

Dessert Sampler Block 24

By Christine Lux
on July 04, 2018
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Happy 4th of July! I hope all our American friends enjoy the holiday and escape the sweltering heat! :)

Today's block is Block 24. 

While it doesn't look like it at first glance, this is essentially a 9-patch once you make all the units. 

I love the gray and pink color scheme of this one and how easy it is to make. Be sure to lay out all the pieces prior to sewing to get all the triangles in the quarter square blocks in the right spots! ;-) 

Hope you have fun with this one! 

See ya on Friday!

Dessert Sampler Block 23

By Christine Lux
on July 02, 2018
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Welcome to Week 7! We are going to be cruising through some smaller and filler blocks the next couple of weeks and I’m getting so excited about finishing this beautiful quilt! 

Block 23 is an easy star block. Here are the fabrics we are using. 

Follow the directions to piece the units. Note that your points will “float” a bit as shared in the pattern. (Unlike when we use a similar stitch and flip method to make flying geese.)

The center is a quick 9 patch and I webbed together and then added the points to. 

Another block to love! 

See ya on Wednesday with Block 24!

Happy Sewing!

Dessert Sampler Block 23

By Christine Lux
on July 02, 2018
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Welcome to Week 7! We are going to be cruising through some smaller and filler blocks the next couple of weeks and I’m getting so excited about finishing this beautiful quilt! 

Block 23 is an easy star block. Here are the fabrics we are using. 

Follow the directions to piece the units. Note that your points will “float” a bit as shared in the pattern. (Unlike when we use a similar stitch and flip method to make flying geese.)

The center is a quick 9 patch and I webbed together and then added the points to. 

Another block to love! 

See ya on Wednesday with Block 24!

Happy Sewing!

Dessert Sampler Blocks 21 and 25

By Christine Lux
on June 29, 2018
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TGIF! We're moving right along today with two more blocks on our sampler. 

Both blocks are the same, but playing around with the color placement changes which part of the block you notice first.  In the pink and aqua one, I notice a square with a star in in. While in the red and green one, I notice more the star and not the block around it. 

Block 21 is the red & green one. 

I think this would make a fun Christmas quilt! :) (Speaking of which, have you seen the Christmas version of the sampler that our friend Tammy is making? Check it out!)

Block 25 is the pink and aqua one.  One of my favorite color combos!

I also wanted to share how I pressed these so in case it might help you. 

When I made all the HST, I pressed toward the darker print (red or blue). You can then see in the arrows the direction of each seam. 

For the corner units, I pressed toward the regular squares and then when I joined the 2-patch units, I pressed toward the square that would be closer to the center of the block. 

In the photo above, you can see the direction I pressed those seams as well as the seams when I joined all the units. I hope this helps! :)

We're officially almost halfway through the block making ... but we've made more than half of the actual quilt by size! I am planning to do another photo with my blocks laid out together this weekend and will share on Monday. 

Have a great weekend!

Dessert Sampler Blocks 20 and 27

By Christine Lux
on June 27, 2018
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Hello again!

It's mid week and we are moving right along with our sampler blocks! Today’s blocks are pretty fun pinwheels that are easy to make. 😁

I’ve always loved pinwheel blocks. They are classics and can be a lot of fun to work with with different placement of colors and prints.

 

Block 20 is a pink and aqua version.

 

And Block 27 is a red and yellow version.

 I pressed in toward the green centers and then was able to press the seams at the pinwheels in toward the center strips.

See you Friday with our next two blocks!

Happy Sewing! 

Dessert Sampler Block 19

By Christine Lux
on June 25, 2018
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Welcome to a new week!

Today's block is EASY! Let's get started ... 

Once you have all the fabrics cut, you'll need to make the flying geese. 

I sewed my geese together and pressed towards the yellow. 

From there, this is a 9 patch! I pressed seams toward the plain squares (top and bottom rows away from the center and the middle row toward the center).

We're nearly half way through ... how are things going? We sure hope you are enjoying sewing this sampler with us! 

Have a great weekend and happy sewing!

Dessert Sampler Block 18

By Christine Lux
on June 22, 2018
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Happy Friday! 

Today we are making Block 18, which is set on point and uses triangles to make it square. I've got a few extra photos for you to show you how. 

Note about the fabrics I pulled for this one: The original uses the largest blue floral from the Sea Glass Dessert Roll, but I had made a miscut earlier, so I didn't have quite enough. I subbed in a different blue floral from the roll. 

Make the center of the block as instructed in the pattern booklet. 

Once you have all the smaller "X" or "Plus" blocks put together,  you'll add quarter square background triangles to the sides of the green and aqua Xs. 

Finish the block by adding the half square background triangles to the corners. 

Press well and then use a ruler to measure and trim. In the photo above, I've drawn a red line to show that I am measuring from the center (where the Xs meet) to 4.75" (half of 9.5"). Carefully trim the block (I found that I was mostly trimming excess from the corner triangles).

Hope these photos helped you if you need it! 

Have a great weekend and I will see ya on Monday! :-)

Happy Sewing!

 

Dessert Sampler Blocks 17 and 22

By Christine Lux
on June 20, 2018
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Welcome back!  Today we have two blocks (17 and 22). Both of these blocks have the same construction, but use different placement and number of colors of prints to change the look up a bit. 

Block 17 is a the two color version and I just love the gingham in this one! 

Block 22 uses four colors. Both blocks have directional prints, so I was intentional when laying out all the squares and HSTs to sew them back together. 

Once you've made the HSTs accoding to the pattern booklet instructions, you are ready to get these blocks together. This is a perfect block to use the "webbing technique" on. Alteratively, you can sew them in separate rows and then join the rows. 

I pressed each of my rows in different directions. And then once I joined the rows, I pressed seams toward rows that were all squares. This helped my block to lay pretty flat overall. :-) 

The aqua and rouge pink version might be my favorite! 

See ya on Friday!

Dessert Sampler Block 16

By Christine Lux
on June 18, 2018
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Welcome to Week 5! How are you doing with your quilt so far?

We're having so much fun over here watching our quilt shape up with each new block that we finish. And now that we will be getting into the 9" blocks this week, they will come together so much faster! :-) 

 

Block 16 is a really pretty star like block and I love the pop of grey in this one. 

This block is made up of three different units. Make each one according to the pattern instructions. Be careful to make sure you have all the HSTs going in the right direction. ;-) 

Once you get the units pieced, sew them together. I did this in three rows. 

I also wanted to point out that since the green print is directional, I did take a few extra minutes to lay out all of the hourglass pieces to make sure the raindrops would all go in the same direction. 

And that is a wrap on Block 16. We're moving into the 9" blocks on Wednesday! 

See ya then!

 

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