Half Square Triangle Blocks- New Design – Block #1

I uploaded to YouTube a video showing a fun new block design using half square triangles.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/cZ78mLengMM

And here is the block!  The block could be made in many sizes and for quilters who love to work with 5″ squares this block would measure 32″ if you were to make the half square triangles using 5″ squares.

This is how I came up with this design:

I started with half square triangles arranged into groups of four.

Grouped those four units into a block section.

Duplicated that block section and placed those sections into a block giving each section a 90° turn.

Now the 32″ size is just one size of block you could make but you could scale it back to smaller sizes or even make it bigger.

Using half square triangles that finish 2″ the block would be 16″

Using half square triangles that finish 1 1/2″ the block would be 12″

Below is an idea of what the 32″ block would look like in a king size quilt.

I have shown additional quilt sizes using the different block size options in my YouTube video.

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to. https://youtu.be/cZ78mLengMM

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  Thanks!

I am also continuing a free pattern offer: When you purchase a book from my website you can receive a free pattern of your choice from any of my published patterns (retail value $10 or less) .

Write the name of the pattern in the “Inscription Area” next to your book selection.

One free pattern per book purchased. Yes if you purchase more than one book you may select a free pattern for each book purchased!

You must write in the pattern name at the time of purchase, if a pattern name is not written in a free pattern will not be shipped after the book is shipped.   http://www.patspeth.com/store.html

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel Quilts,

Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

 

 

 

 

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Catch A Wave

I uploaded a video to YouTube introducing a quilt project I am working on. I call it Catch A Wave and it is my version of the classic Ocean Waves quilt.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/ij1eR6TkCoA

I have always loved the Ocean Wave quilts and I had 2 1/2″ strips that were calling to me so I have started on this quilt.  Limiting my palette of colors to just blues, greens, and the shades in between. The quilt image shown below is the lap size.

The block is an 8″ block made up of triangles in two different sizes.  Ten 2 1/2″ half square triangle units in each block as well as four more 2 1/2″ half square triangles and two 4 1/2″ half square triangles.

I’m using different shades of orange on the opposite corners to add some sparkle to the quilt and to help hide  my less than stellar machine quilting abilities.

The simple pieced border blocks I selected for this quilt are the same size in length as the main block which allows me to sew the border blocks to the quilt blocks during the row assembly.  I love this construction method!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to. https://youtu.be/ij1eR6TkCoA

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  Thanks!

I am also continuing a free pattern offer: When you purchase a book from my website you can receive a free pattern of your choice from any of my published patterns (retail value $10 or less) .

Write the name of the pattern in the “Inscription Area” next to your book selection.

One free pattern per book purchased. Yes if you purchase more than one book you may select a free pattern for each book purchased!

You must write in the pattern name at the time of purchase, if a pattern name is not written in a free pattern will not be shipped after the book is shipped.   http://www.patspeth.com/store.html

Thank you,

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com

www.patspeth.com

 

 

 

Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop – The Road to Oklahoma Block

Day 4 of the Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop!

The Ruby’s Treasures fabric collection was created by Barb Eikmeier and Paintbrush Studio to celebrate 100 years of Ruby Short McKim. In 1916 Ruby’s first quilt pattern was published by the Kansas City Star newspaper launching her career as a quilt designer. Throughout the 20s and early 30s she published numerous patterns but only one book: One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns.

You can access the original patterns for free online at www.101patchworkpatterns.com

Hop around and collect all 6 tutorials to make a 12 block quilt. Leave a comment at each stop to be entered to win great prizes!

Paintbrush Studio has a giveaway of Ruby’s Treasures FQ bundles for each day of the hop. To be eligible for the giveaway, go to Inspired by Fabric and sign up to follow the Inspired by Fabric blog, either by email or blog reader, then come back to this blog and leave a comment letting me know that you are signed up to follow.

I was asked to participate in this blog hop by choosing one of Ruby’s blocks and make it as a 12″ block, then share a tutorial making the block in two different color ways, using, of course, the Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures fabric collection.

I chose the Road to Oklahoma block to make.  For my first color way I went with just one main fabric along with the background fabric.

For those of you who know me, you know I love scrappy quilts and might have as many as seven or eight different fabrics in a block like this.  But this block in this size would be perfect for a beginner quilter and many beginner quilters as well as other quilters are not always comfortable making really scrappy quilts.  This could be a fun and easy introduction into scrap quilting by making each block out of different fabric from the collection and then enjoy arranging them in to a quilt top.

purple-floral-b

For my second color way I’m using two main fabrics along with the background fabric. Picking two fabrics for the block that I decided worked nicely together.

blue-and-green

Materials needed for the block are:

From you background fabric

four 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces

two 3 1/2″ squares

lights-needed

From your main fabric when making my version one of this block:

Ten 3 1/2″ squares

pieces-for-purple-floral

If making my version two of this block:

Six 3 1/2″ squares from one fabric

and

four 3 1/2″ squares from a second fabric

blue-and-green-2

Step 1. We are sewing connecting corners, so on the wrong side of four main fabric squares, draw diagonal lines from point to point.

draw-diagonal-lines

Step 2. We are making what I refer to as “Picket Fence” units. We are making mirror image units.

For two of the units; with right sides together, place a marked square at the left edge of a background rectangle. For the remaining two units; place the marked squares at the right edges of a background rectangles.

Stitch one thread width to the outside of the diagonal line (towards the corner you are going to cut away).

connecting-squares-on-rectangles

A close up showing detail of what I mean by, “stitch one thread width to the outside of the diagonal line, towards the corner you are cutting away”.  This also shows my stitching for the waste triangles I like to utilize. I sew this second line of stitching somewhere between 3/8″ – 1/2″ away from the original diagonal seam. This close up is from a unit that has a square added to the left edge of the rectangles.

close-up-of-connecting-corner

Step 3. Fold back the fabric towards the triangle and check the alignment of the triangle with the edge of the square.

press-pf-units

After the alignment has been checked trim away the waste triangle units and press towards the triangle.

cut-away-waste-triangle

Step 4. Make the center four patch from two background squares and two main fabric squares.  Arrange the squares as shown below.

four-patch-parts-2

Sew the pieces in the top row together. Sew the pieces in the bottom row together. Press towards the dark. Sew the two rows together and press in any direction you like.

four-patch-assembly

Step 5. Arrange the picket fence units, the four patch, and the remaining squares together following the diagram below.

assembly-1

Sew the units and pieces together into three rows. I pressed the seams in the top and bottom rows towards the 3 1/2″ squares, and the seams in the center portion of the block towards the center four patch.

assembly-2

Sew the rows together to complete the block, press the seams in any direction you like. The block should measure 12 1/2″ at this point and will finish at 12″.

purple-floral-b

Blog Hop Schedule

Friday 11/4: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 11/7: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 11/8: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

Wednesday 11/9: Pat Speth @NickelQuilts

Thursday 11/10: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Friday 11/11: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

Enjoy!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

Nickel Quilt  YouTube Channel

Nickel Quilt  Facebook page

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com

www.patspeth.com

 

 

 

 

Town Square – Block #1 from my Color Me Happy BOM

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Town Square block, it’s block #1 in my Color Me Happy block of the month.

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/RHzxgC0CEFs

town-square-block

Starting with 5″ squares

5-inch-squares

or 2 1/2″ strips to create the block!

strips-dark

light-strips

The pattern packet for my Color Me Happy block of the month now includes materials information and quilt diagrams for making the quilt in three sizes!

Lap  57″ x 69″

Twin  71″ x 91″

Queen  99″ x 105″

I’ll be posting a new video every 4 to 5 weeks until all thirteen blocks have been posted.  It’s a fun quilt to make, so follow along on YouTube and make this in any fabric combination you love.

CMH Row Assembly A

The pattern packet can be purchased on my website.

http://www.patspeth.com/patterns.html

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/RHzxgC0CEFs

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Star and Crown Quilt the Star Block

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Star Block in my Star and Crown quilt.

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/048Woh_1rE0

Star Block

Starting with 5″ squares; one blue and one background and turning them into half-square-triangles.

five inch squares

HST

And then the magic begins!  Sub cutting the half-square-triangles into 2 1/4″ pieces to play and design with.  I refer to these pieces as “Small Wonders”.

Small Wonders

Arrange them into star points.

arrange units

And sew together to form 1/4 of the star block.

Star Points

Select four star points and sew together into the block.

units for block

Besides the one main fabric color version I used for my block, it’s also fun to make it scrappier!

Two Fabric version

Four Fabrics

I hope this has inspired some of you to dig into your stash, cut some 5″ squares, and make this Star and Crown quilt!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/048Woh_1rE0

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Picket Fence Border for the Dawn to Dusk Quilt

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Picket Fence pieced border I used on my Dawn to Dusk quilt.  The quilt is in my More Nickel Quilts book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/_zqo9TFtezM

This fun and unusual pieced border is really very easy to make!

Picket Fence Border

Using my basic Picket Fence units; one light and one dark.

Light and Dark Picket Fence Units

Then sewing them together into the border blocks.

Border block

So simple and yet it can add so much to a quilt!

Half Quilt Image B

This Picket Fence border is just one of the 260 pieced borders that are in my Nickel Quilts & Borders book.

Nickel Quilts & Borders

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/_zqo9TFtezM

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Dawn to Dusk Quilt

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the block I used in my Dawn to Dusk quilt; it is a variation on the Northwind Block.  The quilt is in my More Nickel Quilts book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Here is the link to the video  https://youtu.be/HMBnDipweT8

Half Quilt Image B

This block is so simple, is fast to make, and has many design possibilities.  To me it reads like a Log Cabin block, half light and half dark. A person could play around with this block for hours arranging it in all those great Log Cabin block designs we has seen over the years.

Dawn to Dusk 1 block

And we can make it from 5″ squares or 2 1/2″ strips!

2 Pairs for blocks

2 and one half inch strips

This would also be a good block to use Charm Packs on; working with two identical Charm Packs so that you have pairs of dark and light squares.

2 charm packs

When making the sample block for the video I feel in love with this block all over again.  People often ask which of my quilts is my favorite, and I always say, “It’s the one I currently working on!”  Now I might have to add to that, also the one I just demoed on YouTube!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/HMBnDipweT8

With this video I also continue a free pattern offer: When you purchase a book from my website you can receive a free pattern of your choice from any of my published patterns (retail value $10 or less) .

Write the name of the pattern in the “Inscription Area” next to your book selection.

Book order page with circle

One free pattern per book purchased. Yes if you purchase more than one book you may select a free pattern for each book purchased!

You must write in the pattern name at the time of purchase, if a pattern name is not written in a free pattern will not be shipped after the book is shipped.   http://www.patspeth.com/store.html

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com