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Falling Stars and Giveaway Winner

Thank you all so much for commenting on the Black Modern Quilt setting.  I have decided to go with an idea that hit Friday morning, Falling Stars.  The Option A orientation has won out for showing first, but I may switch the hanging sleeve to the other end for a future show just to see what happens.  The balance tipped in favor of Option A when one of my forum friends who is a quilt show judge preferred that way.

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And now, the winner of the DVD.  I took out my own comment and multiples from the same reader, and then the Random number generator picked….

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Congratulations, Brenda! Brenda said…

“After spending quite a bit of time, looking at it from various angles and such, I prefer option B. When looking at option A, I feel so many of the individual blocks are “lost” instead of looking at each block element and what it brings to the quilt, I repeatedly see just one. While with option B, for me, it was pleasant to stop and admire each and every block and how they all work together to form the whole quilt. As for a suggestion for a name, I have never been good at naming quilts, but Enchanted Melodies actually just came rushing into my mind.

I enjoyed looking over each of your blocks, your fabric choices and settings. I give you two thumbs up for letting your creative style come out and trying a whole lot of variety in every aspect of this quilt. It really is wonderful! Thank you for sharing and inspiring! Have a wonderful day!”

Thank you for your lovely and well considered comment, Brenda, even though I am starting with the other option, LOL!!  I will be sending you an email to get your shipping address.

Thanks to everyone who commented!


A Modern Setting for Traditional Block of the Month

Last year, I did a series of posts on a block of the month, all in batiks which was put on by a local quilt shop using patterns from the internet.  I decided that batik fabrics were not my cup of tea.  With the advice of friends, I did manage to get all the blocks done.  I had already stretched quite a bit out of my comfort zone just by using batiks and I decided to stretch a bit more.  If you’d like to work through all 12 blocks, click on the Category Block of the Month 2014, and you see all 12 posts.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I decided to use black as the sashing. That was different for me too.  That is black batting sitting behind the blocks.  I’ve never used that either.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

Using my quarter inch foot kept the seams consistent.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I pressed all the block seams toward the black sashing.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I sewed the blocks and sashings into strips, and then thought why not stretch a bit further and come up with a modern setting?

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I had to use a black border too.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

So I added some plain black blocks, and thought about an asymmetrical placement. I was inspired by the waterfalls in our area, and thought the blocks could flow down like a waterfall.

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The batiks really pop against the black, and the idea began to take shape.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

Waterfall setting, with the three blocks below like the rocks in the middle of a stream. I like the juxtaposition of modern to traditional. Next time, I’ll show you the quilting.  Click Here for Part Two.

Please do follow the links for parts 2 and 3, there was a lot more about the quilting.

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December Block of the Month 2014

Ever have one of those times where you just cannot get motivated to finish something? That is how I felt with this last block for the Block of the Month for 2014.  First of all, I did this local quilt store’s block of the month club so I could work with batiks and see what all the fuss was about. At the end of the year, I say meh. To make it more difficult, their choices in color and pattern have been haphazard, unfocused and obviously unplanned. This was very evident in the last block of the year. Without any thought to what has gone before, the staff decided to have the last one scream CHRISTMAS!!!!

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None of the other blocks have had any seasonal reference, and this one, so obviously holiday, really sticks out and not in a good way.   So, I’ll be changing the colors. I traded the red to a friend for this prettier gold.

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The pattern is Christmas Star from Quilt Blocks Galore.  So, looking at the block instructions given, and what now? Why on earth would you want to cut four squares of the same color, then sew them back together? Why not cut just one larger square? Naturally, the LQS didn’t give us a wide enough piece of the green fabric to do that, so now the green in the pattern will be gold, and the gold will be aqua. I just hope I can keep that straight, another reason I am writing instead of sewing, LOL!!

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OK, here is what to cut for this version.

Light Grey background
eight 3-inch squares
eight 2-1/2-inch squares
two 3-1/2-inch squares

one 4-1/2-inch square
four 3-inch squares
two 3-1/2-inch squares

four 3-1/2 inch squares cut in half to make 8 triangles
four 3-inch squares

Draw diagonal lines on the eight 3-inch grey squares, and the two 3-1/2 inch grey squares.

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Pair the 3-inch green/aqua squares with grey ones and sew 1/4-inch away from the diagonal lines. Pair the gold 3-inch squares with grey ones and sew 1/4-inch away from the diagonal lines.

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Chain piecing helps save time.

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Cut on the lines and press towards the color.

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Pair the 3-1/2 inch grey squares with the gold and sew 1/4-inch away from the diagonal lines. Cut on the lines and press. Cut one more time to create 1/4-inch triangles.  Pair with the green triangles and sew.

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Square all the component blocks up to 2/12 inches.

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Using the tape on the square up ruler helps make cutting quicker and accurate.

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Lay out all the HSTs and QST/HSTs in the manner given on the pattern.

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Since I changed colors, I had to go to the original web page to see which colors went where at the corners and on the flying geese.  The quilt shop only gave us page one in black and white, another gripe.  The gold should be in the star points with the aqua in the corners.

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I found it easier to make 4-patch units with this one, so I started by sewing the units in pairs.

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Then I did the four patch units, laying out the block after the units were pressed.

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Those little squares in the middle units were hard! I had to rip out and sew twice.  Another place where a square with two triangles sewn to it would have made more sense and be easier to get a nice point.

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Then I put rows together.

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Pressing after each stage, making sure the seams were opposite for nesting, here is the final block.

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I am really glad this project is over.  I have an idea for setting, but at this point I am not sure it will get done anytime soon.  I am not a batik fan, and the thought of spending even more money on more batiks to finish just creams my corn.  Maybe later.  Or maybe it will just get slammed together for a charity quilt.  Decisions, decisions.

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November Block of the Month

This month the local quilt store gave us the Sunlight and Shadow block from Quilt Blocks Galore.  They decided that our quilt needed more green, so they chose a nice deep green batik to pair with the gold.

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You’ll need mostly squares, with a few HSTs made from more squares.  As usual, I like the draw a line method of making HSTs, so I’ll go with that again.

Fabric Requirements

Dark (green) – four 3-1/2 inch squares, and two 3-7/8 inch squares

Medium (gold) – two 3-1/2 inch squares, and two 3-7/8 inch squares

Background – two 3-1/2 inch squares, and four 3-7/8 inch squares

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Draw a diagonal line on the back of the background 3-7/8 inch squares.  Layer the four 3-7/8-inch background squares with the dark and medium color squares of the same size right sides together.

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Sew a scant 1/4-inch away from the line on either side, chain piecing back up the other side.

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Whoops, forgot to change to Aurifil thread!! Excuse me while I wind a bobbin and rethread. OK, now cut on the diagonal line.  Press and square up to 3-1/2 inches.

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Lay out your block.

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Sew in rows, pressing the seams opposite.

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Sew the rows together.

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Done!!  Are you following along with this BOM?  The last block is next month.  I am already starting to think about how I want to put them together.  I have an idea that I think will surprise you, but I need to get more fabric.  Imagine that!!


October Block of the Month

Continuing our batiks exploration with another block.  The local quilt store is picking the fabrics and patterns.  This month the pattern is Wyoming Valley, available on Quilt Blocks Galore.  The shop has chosen a dark purple with a red-orange accent.  The same grey background was given to us too.


As usual, I don’t like the instructions as given, the wiggling back and forth doesn’t work for me.  So, I’ll give the dimensions with chain piecing instructions.


So, first the cutting of the pieces.

Purple – cut eight rectangles 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.

Grey – cut eight squares 2-7/8 inches, and twenty squares 2-1/2 inches.

Orange/Red – cut eight squares 2-7/8 inches.

Match up the orange/red with the grey 2-7/8 inch squares, draw a diagonal line on the grey.


Sew on both sides 1/4 inch away from the line.


Square up the HSTs to 2-1/2 inches.


Lay out the corner units, and sew each one. .


Isn’t chain sewing more fun!


Iron your seams opposing so they will nest


Lay out the center unit and sew.


Lay the 2-1/2 inch grey squares on opposite corners of the purple rectangles, with half going to the right and half to the left. Pin them so you don’t get them mixed up.


Sew on the line, chain piecing, being careful to lift the other square out of the way so you don’t sew over it.


Press and trim the excess. You should end up with four chevron units.


Lay them out with the other corner units and the center unit.


Sew in rows, pressing seams alternately.


And you’re done.


I’m not real thrilled with my points on the chevrons on this one. But, I don’t think I’ll frog them out! This BOM will end up as a giveaway quilt when I am done. Since I have never quilted a batik quilt, it will be a learning experience.  I am thinking of sashing it all in black.  Given the variety of colors, and the consistent grey background, I’m thinking it would help the blocks shine.

Wanna catch up with us?  Just click on the Block of the Month 2014 Category in the sidebar.  Thanks for quilting along!


Block of the Month September 2014

This month the LQS picked Wild Waves from Quilter’s Cache.  This is a pretty simple block as all of the parts can be chain-stitched each step of the way.

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The colors chosen by the quilt shop are a really pretty blue/green variable, a darker blue watermark, and the standard grey that has been the background on all the blocks.

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Once again, I do not like the instructions given, and have used another technique to sew the elements of the block.

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Start by cutting eight squares 3-7/8 inch square.

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Cut these in half on the diagonal.  Don’t these look pretty!  I want to stop and make them into flying geese.  Ah, but we move on with the block.

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Cut a strip of blue and a strip of grey,  4-1/2 inch’s wide, then cross cut your squares.  I stacked my blue and grey to go faster.  ( In the link, it says to mark lines and start sewing here, but the sewing line is so convoluted so I have changed it to a chain piecing technique.)  I like to put a piece of painters tape along my measurement line to make cutting go faster.

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Stack the grey squares on top of the blue squares and cut each set on the diagonal twice so you have four quarter-square triangles.

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All the QSTs fit together in the same way, so all you need to do is take one of the stacked QSTs, and begin sewing a scant quarter inch seam on the side that is pointed up with the flat across the bottom.  Sew all of them on this side and you’ll have it done perfectly.

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Chain piece to save time. Note that I used a leader on this group, believe me it will make it easier to start a chain of those little points.

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Keep going with more triangle sets.

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Press to the blue side.

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Now, again the units are all sewn the same way.  Take the QST units and sew the long edge to the variable blue HST.
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Chain piece here too.

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Press to the HST, and square up to 3-1/2 inches.

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Lay out the design.  Although this is a simple block to make, the position of the colors can make a difference with that blue and green variable color, so lay it out and play with it a bit until you are happy with the color layout.

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Slightly different placement yields this –

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Then this –

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Sew the units in rows.  Press toward the variable color HST.  This time I went in vertical rows as the pattern suggested.

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Voila!  Done.

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If you missed any of the previous Blocks of the Month, you can still catch up, just click on the Block of the Month Category on the right sidebar.  We have three more to go, and will work on putting them together in January.  You have time to catch up!

If you missed August, click August 2014 Block of the Month.

Happy Quilting!

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Block of the Month – August 2014

This month’s block is Variable Star from Quilt Blocks Galore.The quilt shop chose yellow for the main color this month.

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You will need the following cuts using my method of chain piecing instead of strippy piecing. It really helps when you are doing these blocks to check the supply requirements at the end before you start. On this block, the center square is not addressed in the cutting, it is only referenced on the second page.

3 inch squares – 4

3-3/4 inch squares – 4

2-1/2 inch square – 1


3 inch squares – 4

3-3/4 inch squares – 4

2-1/2 x 5-1/2 strips – 4

The tip this month is using blue painters tape on your ruler helps to quickly line up an odd size, here 3-3/4 inch lines.

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So we get all our squares cut.

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On the large squares, mark a diagonal line on your background, pair up with the yellow, and sew on either side 1/4 inch away from the line.

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I would much rather chain piece like this, it just goes faster for me.

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Be careful here, you are going to cut the squares on the opposite diagonal first. Note the seams are running left to right and the cut is top to bottom.

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Now cut the triangles in half along your marked line between the sewing lines.

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Now there are four HST units, put them together to form hourglass units.

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Nest your seams so the points are perfect. Note I changed back to the quarter-inch foot for accuracy.

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Now square up the hourglass units to 3 inches.  See my tutorial on Squaring up Blocks if you need a refresher.

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Lay out the block to ensure your hourglass units are pointing the right way for the block design.

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Assemble the four patch units in the corners first. I also did the center horizontal sashings.

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Now sew the four patches to the center vertical sashings.

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Lastly assemble the rows into the final block.

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All done!!

For those hopping over from the Around the World Blog Hop, I am being tagged today by two other quilt bloggers.  The post about my blog and the bloggers I will tag will be on Sept 1.  The posts are a week apart so we don’t get overwhelmed with hops.  In the meantime, please look around my blog and I hope to see you again next week!

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