Using Charm Packs in the Big Dipper Block

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a video on using charm packs in the Big Dipper block. This block is perfect for making the most of those charm packs!

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/qNWArRZvGJ4

two Big Dipper blocks

Using two identical charm packs for the pairs of squares.

2 charm packs

Sorting out the squares from each charm pack into the pairs of identical squares. I like to just make a stack of these pairs and sort for my lights, mediums, and darks later.

Stacking squares

All sorted into what I considered the lights, mediums, and darks.

Sorting

And now the fun begins! I start auditioning the fabrics to see which fabrics, when sewn together, might make some great hourglass units. I’ll be combining; lights with mediums or darks, and the mediums with the darks. With this collection of fabrics there is enough color contrast within the mediums that I could combine some mediums together and have hourglass units that sparkle!

Auditioning

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

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/qNWArRZvGJ4

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.

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Big Dipper Quilt – A Stash Buster

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a video on the Big Dipper quilt. This quilt is a great project to use those less than beautiful fabrics you might have in your stash. I just grouped together darks with lights or sometimes darks with mediums.    Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/Njw22jvPJ3w

Big Dipper for blog

This video has step by step instructions for making the Big Dipper blocks. I demo trimming the hourglass units using a piece of shelf liner with a hole in it to hold the ruler in place.

Trimming of Hourglass with shelf liner

Gorgeous fabrics, ugly fabrics, old fabrics, and new fabrics – it doesn’t matter – you can use anything you like in this quilt! Two pairs of 5 inch squares will make a block that finishes 7 inches.

Pairs of squares

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

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to. https://youtu.be/Njw22jvPJ3w

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

Disappearing Broken Dishes aka Disappearing Hourglass

This blog contains the information on making the Disappearing Broken Dishes block from 5″ squares. The block will finish 7″ and will not have bias edges!

Disappearing Broken Dishes

I know many refer to this block as the Disappearing Hourglass but I already have several sample disappearing blocks made from what I usually call an Hourglass Block. This is the block that I normally picture when I think of an Hourglass Block .

Hourglass Unit

And below is the block I’m starting with and I normally think of this block as the Broken Dishes block so that’s why I’m calling this the Disappearing Broken Dishes block.

Broken Dishes

All you need to make this block is two 5″ squares of a dark or medium fabric and two 5″ squares of background fabric.  Sew these squares into half-square-triangles and square up to 4 1/2″.  If you need detailed instructions on how to do that you can find that information here on a previous blog post of mine.

four hst units

Sew the four half-square-triangles into the block as show below. This block should measure 8 1/2″ at this point.

Broken Dishes

To make the disappearing block we need to cut this block into three equal sections in both directions.  Now if you happen to have a calculator handy you will see that 8 1/2″ divided by 3 is not a nice easy measurement to work with, it’s 2.83333, what kind of a measurement is that! It’s not 2 7/8″ (2.875) and it’s not  even 2 13/16 (2.8125).  So in my world I say it’s a couple of threads less than 2 7/8″.  Don’t panic yet, the good news is that you only need to measure a piece of paper to that size once and use that as your template.

Ruler with paper template

I have Electric Quilt so I just drew a 7″ finished sized block, divided it into three equal parts and had Electric Quilt print a template.

Cut the block into nine equal pieces.

Block cut into 9 pieces

Arrange the pieces as shown below and sew together.

pieces arranged

Disappearing Broken Dishes

Enjoy!

Pat

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

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Sweet Land of Liberty Part 5

Right now I’m in California and the temperature could get up to 74° today.  When I left Saint Paul yesterday morning it was -12°!  During my down time today, and before the lecture tonight, I am alternating computer work with walking laps around the parking lot of the hotel were I am staying. I just can’t pass up taking advantage of this great weather!

Now for the borders on the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt.  I utilized my planned leftover half square triangles in this pieced border.  I sewed them together, changing direction in the center of each border.

Pieced Border Strips

Many times when adding a pieced border, I rely on an inner border to make my pieced border fit my quilt; not this time. With this pieced border I am going to adjust the pieced border in the center by inserting coping strips or taking a larger seam.

This is a close up of the center portion of the pieced border, with the half square triangles changing direction, and before the adjustments were made.

Center before coping piece

After measuring my quilt top and my pieced borders I discovered that I needed to add a couple of inches to the top and bottom borders to make them fit the quilt top.  So I just ripped out the center seam and inserted this coping strip.

Top and bottom with coping piece

The side borders were just 1/2″  to long to fit the quilt, so I simply took in the center seam. Yes I chose a different treatment for the side borders than I did for the top and bottom borders, I love making up my own rules!

Sides with center tuck

And here is the quilt top with borders added! It’s pinned onto my design wall sideways.

Top with Borders added

On my list of things to do when I get home is to load this on the longarm and get it quilted!

Of course this quilt is a great use of 5″ squares!

Enjoy!
Pat

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

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Sweet Land of Liberty Part 4

It’s time to show you the progress I have been making on the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt.  The blocks have all been sewn into rows and all the rows are sewn together!  This is the quilt top so far pinned sideways on two of my design walls. I’m loving it!  There are about 90 different blues and over 100 different reds.

Sweet Land of Liberty quilt top before borders

For the pressing when sewing the sashing blocks to the cornerstones, I decided to press away from the sashing and towards the cornerstones. This is the wrong side of a sashing row section showing the pressing.

pressing of sashing B

I’m also pressing away from the sashing and towards the blocks when sewing together the block rows.  This is the wrong side of a block row section showing the pressing.

pressing of sashing

I do love this quilt and the sashing I chose for it, which of course starts me thinking about other main blocks I could use with the same sashing treatment.  For a simpler and faster block you could just select some wonderful large scale fabric and add the connecting corners in the same manner so you still have those planned leftover half square triangles. Layer cakes (those 10″ squares) would be a great choice for these blocks since you could trim away just 1/2″ for the needed size of 9 1/2″.

alt block idea

Of course this quilt is a great use of 5″ squares!

Enjoy!
Pat

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

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Sweet Land of Liberty Part 3

Below are my hourglass units all ready to be sewn into the sashing blocks for the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt.

plates of hourglass units

The main block is going to measure 9″ (finished size), so I am adding spacer strips to my hourglass units to make my sashing block finish the same size in length as my main block.  The spacer strip is cut 2 1/2″ x 4″.

2 HG and spacer

Sew two hourglass units to a spacer strip and press towards the rectangle. The sashing block should measure 4″ x 9 1/2″ at this point (unfinished).

pieced sashing

More assembly information on this quilt will follow in another post.

Enjoy!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,    More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  and  Nickel Quilts & Borders

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

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Sweet Land of Liberty Part 2

This quilt is coming along nicely and I love it when the quilt looks just as good as I imagined it would.  This picture shows half of the blocks up on the design wall with the pieced sashing blocks.  Red cornerstones still need to be selected and added before everything is sewn together.

on design wall

I’m working with prints and plaids in the blocks and I went to my stash of already cut 5″ squares and selected an assortment of prints.

Blue prints

Then I went to my stash of already cut plaids and picked out some wonderful ones.  The plaids are all from upcycled shirts!

Plaids

To make the block you need:

four 4″ squares of background (light) fabric

four 5″ squares of blue, I used two plaids and two prints

squares for snowball blocks

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background square.  With right sides together stitch one thread width to the outside of the diagonal line (towards the corner you are going to cut away). I am making planned leftovers; the bonus half square triangles will be used in the pieced border that I am adding to this quilt.  Stitch a second seam a scant 1/2″ away from the first.

Connecting corner for two units

Cut on the diagonal line.

Units cut on diagonal

Set the seams and press the seam on the larger unit towards the light and the seam on the half square triangles to the dark. Set aside the half square triangle units for the pieced border.

two units

Arrange four different units as shown below and sew together.

arrange units for block

More assembly information on this quilt will follow in another post.

Enjoy!
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,    More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  and  Nickel Quilts & Borders

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