Dessert Sampler Blocks 13 and 15

By Christine Lux
on June 15, 2018
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Happy Fri-YAY!

We're knocking out two more blocks today ... these are essentially the same block, but look a little different just by rotating some pieces and playing with the color placement. Love it when you can use the same thing in multiple ways! 

Ok, so once you get all your prints cut, we're making more HSTs with the Cupcake papers. :-) 

(Sorry - I missed getting a photo of all my yellow pieces for Block 15 - but I think you can see the prints well in the photos below.)

You'll make four smaller blocks for each of the two 12" blocks we are working on. I followed the pattern booklet as a guide for my fabric placement. 

I would definitely check the direction of all your triangles before stitching to avoid needing to un-stitch something later. ;) 

Four of those arranged like this will create Block 13: 

And then four of these ...

... will create Block 15. So neat how in the aqua block the geese in the center are all flying away.  And in the yellow block, it looks like just four geese flying in toward the center square. 

Hope you all have a great weekend!  I am looking forward to Monday's block!

Happy sewing!

Dessert Sampler Block 12

By Christine Lux
on June 13, 2018
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Welcome back! Are you ready for Block 12?

This one might be my new favorite. We've made some of the units in this block before and now we are just adding them together in a slightly different way ... 

Get all the pieces cut: 

To make the quarter square triangles, follow the directions in the early pages of the pattern booklet. Here are some visuals if you need help: 

Cut each square on both diagonals. Then arrange them into how they will be for the block then sew the triangles back together. I pressed toward the blue triangle in both halves so the seams would nest in the middle. 

Finally, trim the block to size as directed in the pattern. 

Then make all the other HSTs as directed. I pressed the seams open in the smaller pink ones to help the corner units lay nice and flat. 

Once you get all the units made, it's time to assemble the block. I did this in rows. 

And then you'll be all done! 

See y'all on Friday! :)

Dessert Sampler Blocks 10, 11, and 14

By Christine Lux
on June 11, 2018
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Happy Monday! 

Today we are working on three blocks in the Sampler. Like with Blocks 8 & 9, two are the same method of piecing with different fabric placement. Then the third has a very similar construction. Let's get started ... 

Blocks 11 & 14: 

And this one ... 

Get all your squares cut and then make HSTs as instructed in the pattern booklet. I like to use my Bloc Loc to trim HSTs accurately. :)

Once you have made your HSTs and trimmed them, lay out the blocks according to the pattern directions and sew them together.  I chose to web mine like I shared a few blocks back. You can also sew them together in rows and then join the rows. 

Here is Block 11: 

And here is Block 14: 

Block 10 looks very similar with a scrappy style in terms of fabrics, but uses a few flying geese blocks instead of all 16 units being HSTs. If you've never made a glying geese block here's a quick visual to go along with the directions in the beginning of your pattern booklet. 

You'll start by drawing a diagonal line on the back of the square. Then align the square RST with one end of the rectangle. Sew along the line. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and press. Then, repeat with the second square on the opposite end of the rectangle. Be sure your sewing lines are going in the right direction! ;-) 

Note this photo shows the steps in progression from the bottom to the top. 

After making the geese and the HSTs as directed, piece the block together. 

I really love the scrappiness of this one! 

Here are all three of them together ... 

After getting these blocks together, I couldn't resist laying out all my blocks to see how my quilt was shaping up. SInce we started with the big blocks, look at how much area of the quilt top we have done! It's going to be fun to add in all the pieces to this pretty puzzle, don't ya think?!

See ya on Wednesday! 

 

Dessert Sampler Blocks 8 and 9

By Christine Lux
on June 08, 2018
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Happy Friday! 

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the weekend and getting to spend some time with my sewing machine! 

Today, we are working on blocks 8 and 9. Both are essentially courthouse step blocks, which are easy to piece and wait for it ... no HSTs!  Haha 

Now that we are working on smaller blocks, we will sometimes make more than one at once if they are very similar in construction. I love efficiency in my sewing projects whenever possible!

Once you have your fabrics cut, start by adding strips to opposite sides of the center square. You’ll keep doing this as instructed in the pattern until you’ve added them all. 

Since I pressed my smaller corner square seams toward the square, I pressed my strips to the center as I sewed. 

While the construction of these two are the same, I love how playing with the fabric placement changes the look a bit. 

My pile of blocks is growing nicely! 😁

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Sewing!

 

Dessert Sampler Block 7

By Christine Lux
on June 06, 2018
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We've made it to the 12 inch blocks - woo hoo! We'll be picking up the pace a bit after today - making more than 3 blocks a week and skipping around just a bit as we piece blocks that are the same or have very similar construction. 

But until then, let's knock out Block 7 ... 

Once you have everything cut, sew each printed strip to a background strip. I pressed toward the print. 

Use the mini ruler that came with your kit to cut four triangles from each strip. Be sure to rotate your ruler so you have two pairs of like triangles. 

You'll be combining triangles from two different strip sets to make the blocks. 

Sew two triangles together to make larger HST blocks. Then sew those together to complete the block. 

I made one block that was all one aqua fabric and put this in the center. I rotated the remaining 8 blocks so that the outer edge prints alternated in color. This is basically a 9-patch, so I sewed the rows together and then joined the rows to complete this block. 

Another fun one that comes together pretty easily!

See ya on Friday!

 

Dessert Sampler Block 6

By Christine Lux
on June 04, 2018
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New week, new blocks! We hope you've had a great weekend and are having fun working on the blocks for the Dessert Sampler! We're almost done with the "big" blocks - hip, hip, hooray!

Meet Block 6 ... 

As usual, follow the pattern instructions to cut out all the fabrics you'll need and use the Cupcake Recipe papers to make those smaller HST blocks. 

Make 4 of each of these units ... 

Then join those "V" blocks with the 4-patch and larger HST to make 4 identical units for the corners of the finished block. (Make sure you have everything going in the right direction ... I may or may not have had to do some seam ripper surgery on one of these! LOL)

From there, it's really just a big ole 9-patch. :-) 

See ya on Wednesday!

Dessert Sampler Block 5

By Christine Lux
on June 01, 2018
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It's Friday! And Block 5 is refreshingly easy to whip up! 

Just some easy squares and a couple of HSTs to make...

Once you have made your HSTs, lay out the block and sew it together in rows, joining the rows. This is a great block to "web" together. You can see that I've chain pieced my rows together and it's all connected before I join the rows. To learn more about this technique, visit my post here on the Moda Bake Shop

Viola! This block is done! :

I'm thinking about making more of these for a quilt of just this block - I love that shows off prints and is easy to whip up!

Have a great weekend! 

Dessert Sampler Block 4

By Christine Lux
on May 30, 2018
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Happy Hump Day! 

Today's block is another stunner! I really love the prints in this Sea Glass Dessert Roll - aqua is one of my favorites! Here's the end goal for Block 4: 

Follow the directions to get all your pieces cut. Again, we'll be making a LOT of HST blocks, so we will use the Cupcake Recipe 2 papers again to make all the smaller HSTs, just like with block 3. Don't forget to trim the to the right size (2" unfinished). 

With so many HSTs again, I decided that for this block I would try out pressing all the seams OPEN.  I normally don't do this as I like to nest my seams, but wanted to see if this would help the block come together a bit easier. Overall, I think that it did and will lay a little flatter at some of the seams. Although, this was more time consuming and I did more pinning to make sure points, etc would match up.

Here is a photo of the back of a completed block so you can see how I pressed everything. 

Once you get all your HSTs made, you'll need to assemble the 16 smaller blocks. I encourage you to lay out each one and take a quick look before sewing them together to make sure everything is going in the right direction. I got all mine sewn and realized I had 8 of them that needed a date with the seam ripper! (Yikes!)

I followed the diagram in the pattern booklet for the fabric placement of my blocks. If you'd like to do the same, here is a quick reference: 

You'll make 2 each of the six block versions in the first two rows. And then 4 blocks with the large floral HST and 4 small heart HST blocks. 

Once I had all my blocks together, I sewed them into rows of 4 and then joined the rows. 

I really love this one - totally worth the work! :) When you finish, pat yourself on the back because you're done with the 4 largest blocks in the quilt! Woo hoo!!!!

Friday's block is MUCH easier - I'll see ya then!

Happy sewing!

 

Dessert Sampler Block 3

By Christine Lux
on May 28, 2018
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We hope you've been enjoying the holiday weekend! We are kicking off Week 2 of the Dessert Sampler QAL with this stunner!  This block finishes at 16" and looks more complicated than it actually is. 

We're using three different prints in addition to the background for this one. 

As you've probably noticed, there are a TON of HST blocks in this one! We're going to use Cupcake Recipe sheets #2 to make quick work of sewing them. 

Once you are ready to trim, take a minute to be sure you cut on the correct line. This Cupcake Recipe card will make two different size HSTs and we want to make the ones that will finish at 1.5" inches. So be sure to cut on the outer line as shown. 

The Dessert Sampler pattern says to make 12 identical blocks. I chose to make 8 as directed and then rotate the background pieces just a bit for the other 4 so that my seams would line up like the diagram. But making all 12 the same will work as well. :-) 

Once you've got all 12 blocks made, arrange them as shown in the pattern with the four background squares - one in each corner. I sewed my block together in rows and then joined the rows. 

I really love this block - it just needs a good press! We have now done three of the biggest blocks! Hip, hip, hooray!

See ya on Wednesday!

Dessert Sampler Block 2

By Christine Lux
on May 25, 2018
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Happy Friday! 

I've seen some pretty awesome looking Block 1's on Instagram and I'm so glad so many of you are sewing along or planning to jump in shortly!  If you are on the fence, it's not too late! 

I've got Block 2 for you today and it is another big block. But if you are tempted to panic over all those HSTs, try not to! We're going to use Cupcake papers to make a bunch of them at once and if you think of this block as being a big ole 4-patch, it make take the edge off! Let's get started ... 

 

Follow the directions to cut your fabrics out. You may be able to see the prints a little easier in my photo here than in your pattern booklet. 

 

The Cupcake papers are easy to use. Place your squares right sides together (in this case, one pink/coral print and one solid White) and then place the paper sheet on top and pin in place. Follow the lines and arrows. (TIP: Be sure to shorten your stitch length as per the Cupcake paper instructions.) 

Each Cupcake recipe paper is a little different, so before you start slicing and dicing, be on the lookout for a specific line that should be cut first. in this case, it is the large diagonal line. 

 

Then cut the other lines and carefully remove the papers and press your blocks open. Viola! 

You'll also need to make two small HST blocks from each of the 8 prints - see directions in your pattern booklet. (I made them the same way I made HSTs for Block 1.) 

All you have left is to assemble the block!  First, you will make 16 of these cuties. 

 

Sew the smaller blocks together and then join them to the larger HST block. 

Once you have those made, you will join them to make four larger blocks and then sew those together to get this ... 

This big ole block sure is pretty and worth the time to piece it. :-) 

I've seen a few comments about being concerned about keeping up and so I thought I'd share a little more about my strategy for sneaking in some sewing during the work week. Over the weekend, I like to cut the fabrics for several blocks, label them and set them as aside. This makes it a bit easier to sit down and get to sewing in the evening even if I only have a small chunk of time. I made today's block over a few days ... one night I cut the fabrics; one night I pieced the HSTs and pulled out the papers; and then the next night I chain pieced the blocks and assembled them all together into the larger block. You can do it!

Hope you have a great weekend and I'll see ya on Monday with Block # 3!

Happy Sewing!

 

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