Howdy from Missouri! My name is Cheryl and this is the first time I have been a guest blogger on Sew We Quilt. I want to show off a new favorite block-- a 4-patch w/applique. Thank you Madame Samm for the invitation and special thanks for not having high expectations. My theory is if we all have lower expectations we may end up pleasantly surprised!
First a Disclaimer: I am not a professional Quilter, I don't sew for any other reason then I want too. Sometimes I want to sew/quilt for donation projects, sometimes for gifts for family/friends, sometimes I sew just to have TO DO's.
I started a personal blog a few years ago to have a spot to document bits of my creative side. Please consider this your invitation to follow me. If you have been a visitor you can see that I don't post very often. When I have started a post on a favorite project I like to edit updates to the same page. I know this is not the normal way people read blogs but for me I like to have the whole process in one spot even if it takes me awhile to finish.
Last year I started block testing for QuiltMakers 100 Block Issues.
I have started a couple of fun TO DO's from blocks I got to 'test'
Today I would like to show off one of my favorite blocks found in Vol. 4
Block #343 (on page 39) " Fresh Cut" by Sara Tuttle Khammash
Now it wouldn't be fair to just give you Sara's pattern so I am going to
share how my 'test block' grew into an 84 x84 (ish) keepsake.
I am also going to do a drawing from my comments for a copy of the new issue of QuiltMaker. I must warn you that my copy has been well read this past week and I have a couple of more TO DO's picked out to work on.
The QuiltMaker blocks in this issue #4 are all 12 1/2" blocks. For my little Doll Quilt I have scaled it back to 6 1/2" blocks. The post is to show the process not necessarily the step by step for making the same project. (It is not fun to do the same ole same old, put your own spin on it- it will turn out great!)
Disclaimer #2: I used my GO and several dies along with Sara's applique patterns to make my RW&B quilt. I used my GO and dies to make the Red and Black/White top. My grand daughter will be a year and a half for Christmas so I decided to make her a little 'doll' quilt for one of her babies. I can just picture Breely teaching her dolly how to say "Kitty Cat" and "Doggie"
If you don't have access to an Accucut GO cutter, feel free to use the method of your choice for cutting the squares needed for background blocks. In my case I used 3 1/2" sqs to make 6 1/2" 4-Patch. I then raw edge machine appliqued the cutouts to the squares. I prefer not to use an Iron-On product when I applique. I am a fan of glue sticks and will use them to tack (rain drops not puddles) my pieces together. There are many stitches that work well for raw-edge, I prefer a chicken track stitch or an overcast stitch, you may like something else better.
My good friend Pam has a home business in Cassville MO, P Dubs Quilt Stuff. If you are ever in the area and want to see a demo of the GO or BABY GO check her place out. She hosts an amazing fabric sale on Saturdays.
I can't offer to give away a machine or dies BUT I will draw from the comment section to give a set of nine backgrounds (36 3 1/2" B&W that match mine) and 18 bright Kitty Cats (9 lefts and 9 rights) You would be on your own for what you do with them.
|My scrappy interpretation of Fresh Cut|
Here we go: Start with picking out the fabrics you want to work with. In the case of my scrappy RW&B, I grabbed light, med, and darks in Reds and Blues. I also cut 6 1/2" sqs from my 'whites' and a few red and/or blues. Sew your background squares into 4-patch blocks. You can do these blocks in any size you like. One of the fun things about piecing is you don't ever really have to follow the pattern exact if you chose not too.
Next cut out your applique shapes, if you have dies feel free to use them to embellish your blocks. This pattern would look great with hearts, pumpkins, snowmen or anything else you can think of.
After you decide on the size and number of blocks think about the setting strips.
In my first quilt I set the blocks side by side. Then I added an narrow inner border and added 6 1/2" piano keys for the outer border. For my Doll quilt I used a 1 1/2" strip and setting squares, I am pleased with the finished size.
|Baby Doll Quilt top|
You may be wondering WHY I added a photo of my foot pedal to the collage. The answer is BECAUSE I wanted to show off my mini rug
(I am weaving from loops-potholder style! When I say "I" what I realy mean is the grandkids so this project is still pretty small)
If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section. Be sure to let me know if you are interested in the copy of the QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks Vol 4 and/or the Die cut Cat applique pieces.
Hopefully I have met your expectations, thank you for the opportunity to show off a new favorite block. 4-Patch w/Applique.
be good Cheryl
WINNNERS..how nice to hear this ...this morning
( Cheryl had outside parties
choose numbers....here are the results)
1st winner is yours truly...NEVER DO I win ,...very 1st you know...
Sew yes I will accept the mag....yeahhhh
#2 Suzannne You WON black and white blocks and die CATS
#3 Rutigt a set of 12 applique cats and and dogs
*( tried 2x to send email on your blog it would not send..)
HI rutig, you won a set of 12 of applique cats and dogs from
sew we quilt.com
please send your snail mail address to Cheryl..
my best mdm samm
Suzanne your email bounced too~!
The following message to <Suzanne.Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com> was undeliverable.The reason for the problem:
5.1.0 - Unknown address error 550-'5.1.1 - Invalid mailbox: Suzanne.Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com'
PLEASE CONNECT WITH CHERYL firstname.lastname@example.org
#67 everyln a set of 12 applique cats and dogs..
send emails to you ladies..
( Cheryl will mail by friday)
Editors note...for your very first time....
well I would say ...not bad , not bad at all...
Applique blocks for great for anyone with or without
a cutter...if you get a childrens coloring book
and trace the characters..voila you can do this too!