Monday, August 30, 2010
To make a 12" block you'll need:
(4) 3-1/2" light squares
(4) 3-1/2" dark squares
(2) 6-1/2" light/dark half square triangles
Use the squares to make two 4-patches, the arrange with the HSTs as shown below:
I think I remember that Mary Kay has a Buckeye Beauty quilt, and she'll share a photo with you.
This quilt, made in jewel-tone colors, flips the dark/light color locations of the half square triangles for a little different look. That's probably why this variation is sometimes called Anvil. Simple changes in blocks can make for interesting variations!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
While looking for a photo of another one of my quilts today, I ran across this one of a Bow Tie quilt. It was taken 3 years ago when I was visiting Karen and she was showing me some of the quilts she had acquired from our Grandma Susie's estate. I guess a love of the Bow Tie block runs in the family!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
For a 12" block you will need:
(1) 6-1/2" square dark
(8) HSTs, dark and light, 3-1/2" (See BOW#1 for instructions for making Half Square Triangle Units; you will start with 3-7/8" squares, 4 dark and 4 light)
(2) 3-1/2" light squares
Arrange the pieces as shown:
When you arrange multiple blocks for a quilt, try rotating the blocks to create different patterns--diagonal stripes, or a concentric square/rectangle pattern.
MK says: Ooops! Sorry, Karen, I was wrong: that wasn't an Anvil quilt but one of those blocks that goes by various names. The article I referenced to make the quilt called it Anvil, but it's not this block. So instead, I'll post this snapshot from BlockFab, showing the Anvil pattern with blocks rotated using Sunshine and Shadow symmetry.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The quilt shown at the end of this post was made "the hard way" (with what's called a Y-seam, when you have to turn a corner in the middle of a seam) but you can do it more easily. Let's do it that way.
For a 12" finished block you'll need:
(2) 6-1/2" dark squares
(2) 6-1/2" background squares
(2) 3-1/2" dark squares
On the wrong side of the smaller dark squares draw a diagonal line, corner to corner. Place one of these squares, right sides together, on a corner of a background square. Make sure the small square is placed with the drawn line as shown below. Sew on the drawn line.
Now sew the 4 pieces as shown below, and you have a Bow Tie! You can play with the proportions, if you like: make the small squares smaller and your tie will be tied a little tighter, with a narrower tie.
Monday, August 9, 2010
The piecing of the frame is the same as for the Churn Dash in last week's BOW, but use these sizes for the pieces in a 12" finished block:
(1) 6-1/2" square or block
(4) 3-1/2" Half Square Triangle units (light/dark)
(4) light 2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
(4) dark 2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
The table runner at the top of the post is made from 3 Churn Dash frame blocks, set on point, and with 3 different 6" blocks in the center. It makes the block more interesting--something more to look at.
Below is a Block of the Month recently finished at Kanesville Quilting. "Dots and Dashes" uses many Churn Dash (the "Dashes") frame blocks, each with a different block in he center.
Just think of the possibilities!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Churn Dash (the block in the center of the star), as with many quilt blocks, is known by other names, as well; Monkey Wrench and Hole in the Barn Door are common. (And at least one other block called Churn Dash does not look like this one.)
It's an easy block, using HSTs and rectangles. (You can find instructions for making Half Square Triangles in BOW #1.) For a 12" block, you will need:
(4) Half Square Triangles (light/dark), 4-1/2"
(4) dark rectangles, 2-/12" x 4-1/2"
(4) light rectangles, 2-1/2" x 4-1/2"
(1) light square, 4-1/2"
Sew the light and dark rectangles together along the longer sides, to make 4 pairs.
Arrange the HSTs, paired rectangles and light square as shown:
The dimensions of the Churn Dash can be changed to make it a frame, so that other blocks can be inserted into the center to make a combination block. We'll look at that, with a couple of examples, next week.
You can almost see the paddles of a dasher on a churn in the block. Pioneers often used a plunger type of churn for making butter, other types of churns with various paddle dashes. (One type of church was on a rocking chair, and you could rock milk into butter!) In our days, we think more about the dasher in an ice cream freezer.
The Monkey Wrench name would not have been used before 1840-ish, as that is roughly the date of the invention of the monkey wrench. This block does look very much like two monkey wrenches laid head to head; take a look at the photos and diagrams in Wikipedia. (In fact, one of the names of this block is Double Monkey Wrench.)
Hole in the Barn Door has always conjured up images of a horse escaping from the large hole in the door!