Tuesday, April 24, 2018

More of the phonebook blocks

It seemed like I sparked some curiosity and questions about “phone book” quilts in my last post

It’s really just foundation blocks. By sewing the strips to paper it sets it better and prevents distortion because not every strip is straight, some are on the bias etc…

I “could” have sewn pieces together without the paper, but this is more secure Smile


I got all my 48 blocks sewn together!


Then I got out different dies for HSTs from my QUBE sets and found that the 4” HST was the best fit!

Here the 6” one was too big


Here the 4” looks good!


I had to experiment with different ways of making this sort of signature shape for the strip sets (after I tore out the papers) that’s 4” wide


I tried folding in half and cutting at an angle, which was ok


I also had to figure out how long to cut it and found that 7” was perfect (from tip to tip) and I decided on a pale grey triangle and cut out 96 of them with the 4” HST die from the 8” QUBE set


I then started using my 12 1/2” square ruler from accuquilt and tried different methods of getting the 7”


then BINGO! it hit me, after trimming the signature blocks into 4” widths, I would also use the ruler to mark a line at the 2” mark- half way

Then I’d lay the big ruler on it and get one corner made close to the edge of the paper and then flip it and line up the 7x7 intersection and cut the other corner!


I got my little helper to help me (still getting over her cold) –child labor!! ha ha

she actually loves ripping out papers.


and VOILA! all ready for the corner triangles!


Should be fun to see the final quilt!

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 QUBE QAL block 17

qal block17x3
This week’s block is JUST a Quarter Square triangle x3!
it’s a 1/2 sized blocks
easy peasy…
You’ll need die #4 and fabrics B and C
Cut out 6 of each!
(I know unless you have the 9” set you' have to cut out 8 of each- just put them aside, might need them later)
If you are using any directional fabrics, you’ll make 2 block identical and one that’s turned 90 degrees, so just remove opposite fabrics- like the sides of one fabric and the top and bottom of another- again if you’re NOT using the 9” qube set.
You’ll see what I mean at the end.
When I sew QST blocks together I actually start at the center, so here it’s the top of the cut out triangle pieces.
Iron the seams open!
And sew the blocks together like this
Here’s my 4 versions of the 3 blocks, on both the 8” and 12” versions I used directional fabrics. it doesn’t matter which fabric is the dark or the lighter, just have 2 +1 if using directional fabrics, otherwise 3 of the same
DON’T sew the 3 blocks together!
They will be touching each other but not in a straight line…..hint hint, so the middle block has to be turned 90 degrees!
Have fun!
and here’s blocks from last week’s participants

Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 project list wk16

I worked in it within the last week it’s in red


#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging – finishing up applique

#2 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#3 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt

#4 (2013?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet

#5(Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – DONE!

#6 (Jan 2016) Quilt art mystery BOM- May printed (I may donate these?!)

#7 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- top done, ready to quilt!

#8 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- DONE!

#9 (August 2017) EPP Milifori- DONE!

#10 (July 2017) Round Robin- mailed last round

#11 (Nov 2017) Binding strip quilt – DONE!

#12-15 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL- working on #31-38

#16 (Dec2017) Batik Qube scrappy angles blocks “circles”- DONE!

#17 (Dec 2017) Jelly roll puzzle batik quilt- DONE!

#18 (Dec 2017) Patriotic QUBE quilt for Mccall’s- DONE and mailed

#19 (Jan 2018) Accuquilt Colorado Block quilt- DONE

#20 (Jan 2018) Cardtrick quilt – DONE

#21 (Jan 2018) Friendship star table topper- DONE

#22 (Jan 2018) Prarie Queen pillow- DONE

#23 (Jan 2018) Grunge Love quilt- DONE and mailed

#24 (Feb 2018) New technique for IB- DONE!

#25 (Feb) Mini Love IB- DONE

#26 (Feb) maple Leaf quilt- DONE

#27 (Feb) scrappy Qube quilt- DONE!

#28 (Feb)- April blog hop 30 blocks- DONE!

#29 (Mar) IB April Vintage quilt- DONE!

#30 (Mar) Heart picnic quilt- DONE

#31 (Jan) US Bea top- need to quilt it

#32 (Mar) scrappy QUBE quilt brown black – DONE!

#33 (rainbow blocks) sister’s choice 3 done

#34 (March) Baby yellow brick road – top done

#35 (April) April Accuquilt blog post- project done

#36 (Apr) X and + runner IB qube- DONE!

#37 (Apr) pink batik quilt- quilted needs binding

#38 (rainbow blocks) bear claw- 3 blocks done

#39 (Apr) phone book quilt- working on blocks



#1(Sept 2013) farm animal panel- don’t know what to do with it yet, if it’s a quilt or a bag/pillow?

#2 (August 2017) Birthday pillow- front done need to quilt

#3 (Sept 2017) #5 Kennel batik quilt- DONE!

#4-5 (Jan) 2 funky friends for Island Batik- DONE!

#5 (Feb 2018) LOVE pillow for Accuquilt- DONE!

#6 (Feb) heart potholders- DONE!

#7 and 8 (Feb) 2 more Kennel quilts- DONE!

#9 (March) Potholder April- DONE

#10 (Mar) Craft is art bag- DONE!

#11 (Apr) multi+ purse pincushion- DONE

#12 two batik embroidered pincushions- DONE

Friday, April 20, 2018

Phone book quilt is started

The phonebook quilt has been started!


the phonebook I got in the mail was very small and skinny, but that’s ok. I looked for phonebook quilts and found one on quiltville (couldn’t pin it)

My measurements are not quite like hers, as my phone book was smaller, I ripped out pages carefully and cut them in half and the pieces are now 4x10”, I did follow her suggestion of cutting out 48


I know several people who are pregnant and so far it’s all boys! so I was thinking of just storing baby quilts for now, I’ll see how this one turns out..

I got out my bin of blues and I’m being a bit picky and not using too much floral or this mermaid one- that wouldn’t go on a boy quilt!


then with a regular foot and short stitch length I started sewing pieces to the papers, first it was two strips right sides together, then once you iron the first time, you just add more strips, often I cut the strips with scissors so they would be a bit wonky, but I’m not caring about seam allowance, just making sure it’s sewn on straight so it lays flat



But I deliberately sew some at an angle to create more interest!


originally I was thinking of the large corner triangles to be green solid, now I’m not sure, I actually think I’ll sew a skinny black or something like that down the sides.

We’ll see

Now the last two days, Sonja has been sick with a fever (actually pretty high last night) but I’ve kept it down with ibuprofen


with the meds kicked in, we played pictionary a bit this morning- I found an app for my phone so we just read random words and draw them.


I’ll keep working on the phonebook quilt today I think.

In between things I’ve finished two more blocks for the rainbow color of the month, here’s sister’s choice blocks in blue and purple