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Crossroads Quilt Along, Month 6 – Chain Block

By Melissa LeRay

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Chain Block

Hello! Welcome to month six of the Crossroads Quiltalong! Today Fat Quarter Shop is releasing the Chain Block!  This month calls for making 18 blocks, and they add so much cohesiveness to the entire quilt.  I love how they really give your eyes something to fall onto!

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Chain Block

The Crossroads quilt was designed by Joanna Figueroa, and I’m among the bloggers that are sewing the blocks up each month. I’m using the newly released Vintage Picnic by Bonnie + Camille, and I chose to make all my Chain Blocks using the various red prints paired with many of the prints in the collection that I hadn’t yet used, as well as Moda Bella 97 for the background.  I love how these blocks are supposed to look scrapy, and each block is a little different.

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Chain block

Fat Quarter Shop is offering this as a free pattern, but they would love it if you would consider donating just $5 to the March of Dimes for each pattern you use during the quilt-along.  March of Dimes is a charity that aims to end prematurity, and the sometimes debilitating effects that come from it.
Donate to March of Dimes

Its not too late to join in!  Fat Quarter Shop still has quilt kits and pieced backing sets available to you so you can just jump right in!  If you want to quilt along with what you’ve got at home, here are the fabric requirements for this quilt.

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Crossroads Quilt Along Month Four – Family Block

By Melissa LeRay

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Family Block

Hello! Welcome to month four of the Crossroads Quiltalong! Today Fat Quarter Shop is releasing the Family Block!  These three blocks are so sweet!

The Crossroads quilt was designed by Joanna Figueroa, and I’m among the bloggers that are sewing the blocks up each month. I’m using the newly released Vintage Picnic by Bonnie + Camille, and I chose to make all my Family Blocks using the various navy prints paired with polka dots, and Moda Bella 97 for the background.  I’m having so much fun picking out the prints for each block, and I thought that these three really popped against the white.

ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Family Block

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Fat Quarter Shop is offering this as a free pattern, but they would love it if you would consider donating just $5 to the March of Dimes for each pattern you use during the quilt-along.  March of Dimes is a charity that aims to end prematurity, and the sometimes debilitating effects that come from it.


Donate to March of Dimes

Its not too late to join in!  Fat Quarter Shop still has quilt kits and pieced backing sets available to you so you can just jump right in!  If you want to quilt along with what you’ve got at home, here are the fabric requirements for this quilt.

 

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Farmer’s Wife Block 50 – Lady

By Melissa LeRay

Farmers Wife Lady

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Shop + Gnomeangel Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along! Today I’m going to walk you through block #50, Lady.  Can you believe we’re already in our 4th month? For this block I used the From Marti Michell templates (specifically sets A, N and the Log Cabin Ruler for this block).  Can I just reiterate the beauty of the engineered corners.  It makes small piecing a breeze, and the blocks just WORK. If you’ve been on the fence about buying out these templates, I urge you to try them out.  Aside from not needing to print out each template from the CD (hello Macbook users), the usefulness in having far more accurately pieced blocks is worth the cost alone! If you don’t have these templates on hand, you can still follow the templates provided by the book and simply hand cut or rotary cut those pieces and continue on with this tutorial.

If you are using the Marti Michelle templates to construct block 50: Lady, see here for the conversion chart.

I’ll refer to these pieces by their color/shape going forward for simplicity of following along.

PREP:

(These are just *my* methods – none of these are essential/required for you) I starch all my fabrics using Soak : Flatter, and “press” more than I “iron”.  I use a straight stitch machine, with a very scant 1/4″ seam.  I sew with Aurifil 50 wt thread and a size 80 universal needle.

LET’S BEGIN!

Starting with all of your pieces cut per the book template or the FMM templates, organize them into their final layout.  The trickiest part of this block is remembering that there are mirror images to contend with.

Farmers Wife Lady

Farmers Wife Lady

Begin by joining the two F pieces to create a half square triangle.  Make four of these:

Farmers Wife Lady

Next, with the remaining 4 F pieces, join them together with the two C pieces and two D pieces to form rectangles.  There will be two oriented this way, and two oriented the other way (see below photo for both orientations).

Farmers Wife Lady

When you’re done with that, you’ll have these pieces all made up:

Farmers Wife Lady

**Paying close attention to the orientation** (take my word for it! :) )of the half square triangles, add the E squares to the half square triangles:

Farmers Wife Lady

Next you’ll join the two different rectangle pieces:

Farmers Wife Lady

You’re in the home stretch!! Line up your nine pieces, paying attention to the orientation of the corner pieces:

Farmers Wife Lady

Piece these together, and you’re done! I wasn’t too in love with the lack of contrast from the prints I chose, so I whipped up a second block that I’ll use instead:

Farmers Wife Lady

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 – Click here to purchase.

T2131_FW1930SQ_COV.indd

FAQ’s

The page with all the Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) in relation to the sew-along can be found by clicking here.

#hashtag

The hashtag for this sew-along is #FQS1930FarmersWife and for this block its #fw50lady

Facebook Groups

The Facebook Group can be found by clicking here.

Flickr

The Flickr Group can be found by clicking here.

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Backyard Roses Blog Tour

By Melissa LeRay

 

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Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Backyard Roses Blog Tour!  This new collection by Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis and Higgs {for Riley Blake Designs} is one of my favorite new releases, and if you’re here, I’m guessing its one of yours too!

Ohhowsweet.com - Backyard Roses Blog Tour

The colors are so beautiful, and combined with the gorgeous blooms, its truly a stunning range!

The colors and prints have such a vintage feel to me, that I thought a color order churn dash quilt would be a great way to showcase them.  I sashed the quilt with Le Creme Swiss Dots in cream/grey, and I love the little bit of texture it adds to the background.

Ohhowsweet.com - Backyard Roses Blog Tour

Nadra did an incredible job of letting this collection stand alone, yet play so well with her first collection, Bloom and Bliss.  The bear pillow on the bed was made with Bloom and Bliss and looks so cute atop the quilt!

Ohhowsweet.com - Backyard Roses Blog Tour

I had my dear friend Sarah of @OnConnorsHill quilted an all-over floral that adds to that retro vibe.  I’m so pleased with the final quilt, and love that we’ve added a new throw to our growing collection!

Ohhowsweet.com - Backyard Roses Blog Tour

Daddy’s little helper :)

Backyard Roses blog tour

I hope you’ll take the time to check out all the other stop on the tour.  Here’s the schedule:

4/18/2016

Julia

rileyblakedesigns.com/blog

4/19/2016

Christina

onelittlepooh.net

4/20/2016

Dorthe

lalala-patchwork.blogspot.com

4/21/2016

Liz

simplesimonandco.com

4/22/2016

Sedef

downgrapevinelane.com

4/23/2016

Vicky

venividivicky.wordpress.com

 

 

 

4/25/2016

Erin

whynotsew.blogspot.com

4/26/2016

Amanda

http://www.jedicraftgirl.com

4/27/2016

Gesine

allie-and-me-design.blogspot.com

4/28/2016

Peta

shequiltsalot.com

4/29/2016

Sharon

lilabellelane.blogspot.com

4/30/2016

Barbara

das-mach-ich-nachts.com

 

 

 

5/2/2016

Jemima

tiedwitharibbon.com

5/3/2016

Ashley

mommybydaycrafterbynight.com

5/4/2016

Taunja

carriedawayquilting.blogspot.com

5/5/2016

Judith

septembersquiltdelight.blogspot.com

5/6/2016

Melissa

ohhowsweet.com

5/7/2016

Iva

schnigschnag-quiltsandmore.com

 

 

 

5/9/2016

Lisa

aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

5/10/2016

Katharina

greenfietsen.blogspot.com

5/11/2016

Andy

abrightcorner.com

5/12/2016

Nadra

ellisandhiggs.com

A Spoonful of Sugar Book Tour

By Melissa LeRay

Ohhowsweet.com - A Spoonful of Sugar Book Blogtour

Hello!  Welcome to my stop on the A Spoonful of Sugar Blog Tour!  Lisa Cox has written a gorgeous book and I was so excited to get my hands on a copy! She has outdone herself and created a book with so many beautiful and approachable projects – it was so hard picking which one to create first!

Ohhowsweet.com - A Spoonful of Sugar Book Blog Tour

California is slowing phasing out all plastic bags, so the Handy Eco Shopper seemed like the perfect fit.  I’ve already got heaps of reusable bags for groceries, but fear not – this pretty bag will never see any dirty produce! It is going to be used exclusively for my fabric purchases!

Ohhowsweet.com - A Spoonful of Sugar Book Blog Tour

I chose to make my bag out of the newly released Vintage Picnic by Bonnie + Camille for Moda Fabrics, the wildflowers print in navy and red check.  I am now smitten with all things jam jar, and this bag is clearly a reflection on that.  I thought adding a little label to the bag front would be a cute touch, and I’m so pleased with how this worked out!  If you’re a nerd like I am, you’ll appreciate that I translated the label {I can’t help myself}.  It means “had a wonderful day” – how fitting for a fabric shopping bag, I think!  The twill tape was just a small piece I had on hand – a gift from a friend.  Off to find more, as I love the simplicity of this one.

Ohhowsweet.com - A Spoonful of Sugar Book Blogtou

I love that it has its own pouch too, which means keeping it tidy while in my purse will be even easier.

Ohhowsweet.com - A Spoonful of Sugar Book Blog Tour

If you’d like to see what everyone on the tour is making, be sure to check out the hashtags #aspoonfulofsugarbook and #aspoonfulofsugarblogtour on Instagram, and follow along with the rest of the bloggers! See below for the schedule.

Lastly, Lisa has announced that there will be an Instagram Sew Along from June 1 – August 9!  We’ll be making projects from A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style. There will be five rounds, each lasting for two weeks which will give you plenty of time to complete a project or two from the book.  Our good friend, Amy Sinibaldi from Nana Company is the Guest Judge, with fantastic prizes for the winner of each round, plus a Grand Prize Winner, generously sponsored by Alisha from Ministry of Fabric. We really hope you join in the fun! #ASPOONFULOFSUGARSAL

April 26            Jodie Carlton                           Ric Rac
April 27            Minki Kim                                 Minki’s Work Table
April 28            Melissa LeRay                         Oh How Sweet
April 29            Jemima Flendt                         Tied With a Ribbon
April 30            Beverley McCullough               Flamingo Toes

May 2              Sedef Imer                               Down Grapevine Lane
May 3              Nadra Ridgeway                      Ellis and Higgs
May 4              Amy Morinaka                         Chick Chick Sewing
May 5              Caroline Critchfield                  Sew Can She
May 6              Kristyne Czepuryk                   Pretty By Hand
May 7              Bronwyn Hayes                       Red Brolly 

May 9              Anorina Morris                         Samelia’s Mum
May 10            Peta Peace                              She Quilts A Lot
May 11            Faith Essenburg                      Sarana Ave
May 12            Angie Wilson                           Gnome Angel
May 13            Sharon Burgess                       Lilabelle Lane Creations
May 14            Stacy Olson                              Stacy Olson

May 16            Ayda Algin                               Cafenohut
May 17            Jennie Pickett                         Clover and Violet
May 18            Wynn Tan                                Zakka Art
May 19            Lisa Cox                                  A Spoonful of Sugar

Crossroads Quilt Along Month Three – Friendship Block

By Melissa LeRay

Crossroads Friendship Block

Can you believe we’re already in month 3 of the Crossroads Quiltalong!? We’re just a few months from having a fully pieced quilt top!  Today Fat Quarter Shop is releasing the Friendship Block!  These three blocks are so sweet!

The Crossroads quilt was designed by Joanna Figueroa, and I’m among the bloggers that are sewing the blocks up each month. I’m using the newly released Vintage Picnic by Bonnie + Camille, and I chose to make all my Friendship Blocks using the Smitten prints, and Moda Bella 97 for the background.  I’m having so much fun picking out the prints for each block, and I thought that these three really popped against the white.

Crossroads Friendship Block

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Friendship Block

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Friendship Block

Fat Quarter Shop is offering this as a free pattern, but they would love it if you would consider donating just $5 to the March of Dimes for each pattern you use during the quilt-along.  March of Dimes is a charity that aims to end prematurity, and the sometimes debilitating effects that come from it.

Donate to March of Dimes

Its not too late to join in!  Fat Quarter Shop still has quilt kits and pieced backing sets available to you so you can just jump right in!  If you want to quilt along with what you’ve got at home, here are the fabric requirements for this quilt.

I hope you’ll consider joining in the fun! I think you can see this is going to be one beautiful quilt when we’re done!

Ohhowsweet.com Crossroads Friendship Block

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Crossroads Month Two – Diamond Block

By Melissa LeRay

Crossroads Diamonds

Hi there!  Its month two on the Fat Quarter Shop CrossRoads Quilt-along, and today they’re releasing the Diamond block!  This sweet block comes together quickly and is so cute!

The Crossroads quilt was designed by Joanna Figueroa, and I’m among the bloggers that are sewing the blocks up each month. I’m using the newly released Vintage Picnic by Bonnie + Camille, and I chose to make all my diamonds using the Playful and Spot prints, and Moda Bella 97 for the background.

Crossroads Diamond

Fat Quarter Shop is offering this as a free pattern, but they would love it if you would consider donating just $5 to the March of Dimes for each pattern you use during the quilt-along.  March of Dimes is a charity that aims to end prematurity, and the sometimes debilitating effects that come from it.


Donate to March of DimesIts not too late to join in!  Fat Quarter Shop still has quilt kits and pieced backing sets available to you so you can just jump right in!  If you want to quilt along with what you’ve got at home, here are the fabric requirements for this quilt.

Crossroads Diamond

Make sure to tag your your blocks with #crossroadsquiltalong, and there’s even a Crossroads Quilt-Along Facebook group you can join!  Check back on April 15th for the Friendship Block!

Crossroads Diamond

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Farmer’s Wife Block 47 – Joy

By Melissa LeRay

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Hello and welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Shop + Gnomeangel Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along! Today I’m going to walk you through block #47, Joy.  Can you believe we’re already in our 4th month? For this block I used the From Marti Michell templates (specifically set D for this block) for the first time, and I’m kicking myself for waiting as long as I did to try them out.  If you are anything like me, you might have thought “do I really have a need for yet another quilting gadget?” as you look around your sewing space, taking note of all the unitaskers that are collecting dust. I learned that the very thing that I assumed was simply more work is the very thing that makes these templates invaluable.  Those corners.  The beauty of the engineered corners doesn’t show up when you’re piecing simple squares together. But when you are constructing blocks with triangles, parallelograms, etc, the brilliance comes out.  If you’ve been on the fence about buying out these templates, I urge you to try them out.  Aside from not needing to print out each template (hello Macbook users), the usefulness in having far more accurately pieced blocks is worth the cost alone! If you don’t have these templates on hand, you can still follow the templates provided by the book and simply hand cut or rotary cut those pieces and continue on with this tutorial.

If you are using the Marti Michelle templates to construct block 47: Joy, see here for the conversion chart.

I’ll refer to these pieces by their color/shape going forward for simplicity of following along.

PREP:

(These are just *my* methods – none of these are essential/required for you) I starch all my fabrics using Soak : Flatter, and “press” more than I “iron”.  I use a straight stitch machine, with a very scant 1/4″ seam.  I sew with Aurifil 50 wt thread and a size 80 universal needle.

LET’S BEGIN!

Starting with all of your pieces cut per the book template or the FMM templates, organize them into their final layout.

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We’re going to begin by tackling the green parallelogram + striped triangles first.  It’s easiest if we break these into left and right sections, and work through all 4 edges this way.  Make sure you note that there are long and short sides to the parallelogram, and place them with the long sides facing upwards toward the edges of the block.

JPEG image-402DA3FF0A28-1Starting with the left side first, add the triangle on the right to the long side of the green piece.  See how perfectly those corners match up?  No more ripping out seams until you get your triangles to line up just perfectly.

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Sew along that long edge, and then press the seam open.

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Then add the left triangle to the short end, sew together and press open.

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You’ll repeat these same steps for the right group:

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Now you’ll join the left and right sections together, and then repeat for the other three edges.

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Next we’ll focus on joining the squares (but save the center most square for last) and then adding what will become the four corner triangles to those.  Make sure you keep in mind the original orientation:

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Here are all your pieces up to this point:

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And now we’ll finish off the block.  Laying everything back into its final orientation, we have this:

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We’re going to focus on the middle row of squares first, and then join the rest of the components:

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Starting with the upper section, you’ll lay the square pieced section on RST to the left triangular block.  Again you can see how nicely these pieces line up because of those engineered corners! {amazing!} Then lay the right triangular section RST to what you just pieced, and your entire upper section will be joined.  Repeat for the lower half.

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Now you’re left with the last two seams! So close to completion!

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With RST, lay the center square-pieced section on top of one of the large triangular sections and sew.  Follow up with the other side.  I found pinning helped to ensure that my seams lined up:

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After a good pressing and trimming to 6.5″ square, you are left with your final, beautiful block!

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I hope you found this tutorial helpful.  I thoroughly enjoyed putting this block together, and I can’t wait to catch up on the {cough} few I’m behind on!

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 – Click here to purchase.

T2131_FW1930SQ_COV.indd

FAQ’s

The page with all the Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) in relation to the sew-along can be found by clicking here.

#hashtag

The hashtag for this sew-along is #FQS1930FarmersWife and for this block its #fw47joy

Facebook Groups

The Facebook Group can be found by clicking here.

If you have a problem accessing either of these please let me know.

Flickr

The Flickr Group can be found by clicking here.

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