Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mix & Match #1

What If Two Blocks Became
Two Different Blocks?

Jacob's Ladder           Ohio Star

What if you take two blocks. Cut them into 4 quarters each. Take 2 quarters from each block and sew them together to make a new block. What do you get?

We're about to find out as I'm going to do that very thing with a Jacob's Ladder block and an Ohio Star block.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Do Over

Four Friends

Four Friends is a quilts I designed quite some time ago. It is made from four Friendship Stars that Are cut into quarters and then re-assembled.You can find the pattern for it in the Summer 2013 issue of Quilter's Connection magazine.

(I can't find my picture of it finished; so you'll have to take my word for it that I did a terrific job of quilting it)

It has been brought to my attention that blue and yellow are not everybody's favorite colors. Go figure. So I thought I would try different color combinations for Four Friends.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pieced Alphabet

Part 6

Today I'm posting the last of the numbers for my Shaganappi Alphabet.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pieced Alphabet

Part 5

Today I finish with the letters for my Shaganappi alphabet and start on numbers.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Pieced Lettering

Part 4

You may be wondering about the name of this alphabet. Why Shaganappi?

I've designed a lot of alphabets to be used in quilts. Naming them was always a problem until I hit upon the idea of naming them after neigbourhoods in the City of Calgary where I live.

The neighbourhood of Shaganappi gets its name from the Cree word referring to the bison hide lacings that held Red River ox carts together.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Pieced Alphabet

Part 3

There are two tricks I use over and over to make this alphabet.The first trick is to paper piece the tricky parts.The second trick is to create diagonals using the binding strip method; that is, place two pieces together at right angles and sew them on the diagonal.

Three of today's 6 letters use both of these tricks.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Pieced Lettering

Part 2

Yesterday I showed you the first 6 letters of this alphabet. Here are the next 6.

G looks simple enough but the piecing for it doesn't. But looks can be deceiving.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pieced Alphabet

Part 1

I thought it was time I shared another pieced alphabet with you. Starting with the first 6 letters.

The grid indicates size.

If the squares are 1/2" x 1/2", then the A is 4 1/2" x 7 1/2".

You might chose a different grid size.