Patchwork Quilt Along Big Block and Small, Part 2

Wednesday, I promised that before the weekend I would post the measurements for the Patchwork Quilt Along Big Block version of Fat Quarter Shop’s monthly blocks. This is lengthy, so you might grab a latte or, being it’s Friday as I’m writing this…maybe a cocktail (wink)!

As a reminder, these patterns are only available through the Fat Quarter Shop, and you will need their instructions for the regular size blocks and my Big Blocks. My measurements will replace those on the patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop, but everything else remains the same. For more information about the Patchwork Quilt Along, see the bottom of this post.

I will try to provide some helpful tips throughout the year, and today I want to talk Half Square Triangles (HST). When I read a pattern that calls out a 7/8-inch cutting measurement, I always see if that particular cut of fabric is going into a HST. If so, I round it UP to the next whole number. I will not be making those changes on the measurements I provide for the PWQAL Big Blocks. If someone doesn’t read this blog post, it would make it confusing. Just know that when it says to cut 6-7/8″ squares to make two HSTs, on this side of the screen we’re really cutting 7″ squares.

Patchwork Quilt Along Using Bloc Loc

My favorite tool for squaring up oversized HSTs is the Bloc Loc ruler, available in several sizes. Originally, I bought the 5½” ruler. It will cut that size and smaller, right? Saves money, right? After the purchase I was dumbfounded to realize how many 2½” HSTs I make. Thousands, I’m sure. I found it much easier to have the 2½” Bloc Loc to do the job. I have several other Bloc Loc rulers (not just for squares) and love them all, so if you haven’t tried one, you might want to check it out.

Patchwork Quilt Along Using Bloc Loc

When you follow the instructions to make a HST, but you’ve oversized it, it will look like this, just a fraction bigger than the needed size. There is a groove in the back of the ruler that allows it to lock into the seam.

Patchwork Quilt Along Using Bloc Loc

Next, you trim off the excess with your rotary cutter, and there you have it – a perfect block. So, that is my one big tip, and it applies to Block 2, Diamond Panes.

Here are the measurements for Big Blocks 1 and 2. In past Quilt Alongs when I have provided alternate block sizes, readers have clicked on, then printed these images directly from the post. I also create a board on my Pinterest Page for each Quilt Along, so you can find everything in one location (Snapshots Mini, Crossroads Mini). This Quilt Along I’m going to provide a link you can click to download a PDF version of the Big Block each month. I also plan to provide a page on this web site where you can get all the links in one place. I don’t have it ready yet, but it will be before Block 3. There is also a Pinterest Board for the Patchwork Quilt Along Big Blocks.

Patchwork Quilt Along Big Block 1 │ Out of the Blue Quilts by Sondra Davison

 

Big Block 1 PDF Download

 

For Block 1, my fabric came from a Fat Eighth Bundle of Handmade Petite by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. I couldn’t get all the pieces from one Fat 1/8th, so that is the reason for two fabrics, but I really like the way it came out. For Block 2 (and probably all future blocks) I’m using from my fat quarter stash of Bonnie & Camille fabrics. (#obsessedwithbonnieandcamille)

I won’t be providing fabric requirements, but I’ll suggest having a fat quarter of print and background fabric for each 15″ block. You’ll have leftovers, but what’s a little more scrap stash?

 

Patchwork Quilt Along Big Block 2 │ Out of the Blue Quilts by Sondra Davison

 

Big Block 2 PDF Download

 

In case you didn’t read Wednesday’s post, I want to add this information again. The Patchwork Quilt Along benefits:

Each month during 2017, Fat Quarter Shop will post a new free pattern and video tutorial for the Patchwork Quilt and encourage participants to donate to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas in lieu of payments. Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will each match up to $10,000 of the donations raised. (#awesome) Learn more about it and how you can help here!

Check out the blogs every month of our quilty friends. Watch their process, and see what fun fabric collections they have selected!

*Psst! The designers of the quilt’s fabrics – Bonnie & Camille – are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Please share your progress and creations along with all of us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Patchwork Quilt Along Big Block and Small

Patchwork Quilt Along Block 2 From Out of the Blue Quilts

Today, I want to introduce my Patchwork Quilt Along Big Block, a super-size bonus to Fat Quarter Shop’s Patchwork Quilt Along, and also share with you my regular-sized blocks from this month and last month. If you’re reading about PWQAL for the first time, scroll to the bottom of this post for more details or click the link in my sidebar on the right.
Patchwork Quilt Along Block 2 Diamond Pane by Out of the Blue Quilts

As seen in both pictures, I have a “Big Block.” While sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshots and Crossroads Quilt Alongs, I made and shared miniature versions of each month’s blocks. Since PWQAL blocks are already pretty small, the thought of miniaturizing a 5-inch block didn’t hold much appeal. Thus, a Big Block bonus instead.

I’ll be making a Big Block each month, with those blocks being assembled into one quilt at the end of this quilt along. I’m not sure if you noticed in the pic above, I also made an entire quilt, using (12)  Souvenir of Friendship Big Blocks. Each month I’ll share the cutting dimensions for the Big Blocks here, which can then be used with the assembly instructions provided by Fat Quarter Shop.

Patchwork Quilt Along Block 2 Diamond Pane by Out of the Blue Quilts

Don’t they look cute together? I’m going to need a much bigger design wall. Besides the monthly cutting dimensions, I will be discussing alternative cutting and sewing methods for making quilts. More to come on that.Check back before the weekend, when I release the cutting dimensions for the Big Block.

Now, for the important details. The Patchwork Quilt Along benefits:

Each month during 2017, Fat Quarter Shop will post a new free pattern and video tutorial for the Patchwork Quilt and encourage participants to donate to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas in lieu of payments. Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will each match up to $10,000 of the donations raised. (#awesome) Learn more about it and how you can help here!

Check out the blogs every month of our quilty friends. Watch their process, and see what fun fabric collections they have selected!

*Psst! The designers of the quilt’s fabrics – Bonnie & Camille – are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Please share your progress and creations along with all of us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Crossroads Quilt Along Mini Quilt Pieced Backing

For those of you following my miniature version of the Fat Quarter Shop’s Crossroads Quilt Along, your patience is incredible!  And very much appreciated. My mini has been done for ages, but I still need to quilt my full size version. Tonight, I’m taking a break between dress rehearsals for our church’s children’s Christmas program. Hopefully, if I type and upload pictures quickly enough, I’ll be able to get this post published before I’m called back to work the computer slides. #lovethosekids

I have a quick confession, though, about my miniature quilt. I’ve provided the miniaturized backing measurement instructions at the bottom of this post, but I did not make a mini backing for my own quilt. I knew I would only be hanging this quilt (and thus never see the back), so I chose a solid piece of backing which you can see here. I cut it approximately 43″ x 53″ along with my batting. My full-sized quilt, however, does have the pieced backing, because I love reversible quilts, like two for the price of one!

Crossroads Quilt Along Mini Pieced Backing

I used a single fabric for the backing, a simple tone on tone cotton. I also stayed simple with my quilting, an easy going stipple. When I sew, I normally listen to books. All kinds. Fiction, biography, inspirational, self-help, bible commentaries….I also love podcasts, Study Gateway, Right Now Media, to name just a few. HOWEVER….when I quilt (not sew or piece) but actually quilt…I HAVE to listen to country music. It’s the weirdest thing, but it’s the only way I can get into a rhythm. On this quilt is was good, ol’ Luke Bryan that got me through all those meandering curves.

Crossroads Quilt Along Mini Pieced Backing

With the stippling finished, it was time to sew on the binding…

Crossroads Quilt Along Mini Pieced Backing

…then gather up hand tools to finish it.

Crossroads Quilt Along Mini Pieced Backing

#loveprettysewingtools

And here we are….our final instructions (insert sad face). However, I’m super excited about starting the next Fat Quarter Shop’s Quilt Along that’s just around the corner!! If you haven’t heard about it yet, check it out here!

Crossroads Quilt Along Mini Pieced Backing

 

Monthly Reminder for the Crossroads Quilt Along Mini Quilt

If you’re not familiar with the Crossroads Quilt Along, I wrote more about it here. The instructions for each 8-inch, full size, monthly block are provided by the Fat Quarter Shop. You need those instructions, as I am only providing replacement measurements to create a 4¼” block each month. Share your progress and creations with us on Crossroads Facebook group. Post your blocks using #crossroadsquiltalong and #crossroadsquiltalongmini on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Crossroads Quilt Along Official Bloggers

Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts (@figtreequilts)
Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
April of Prairie Grass Patterns (@amrosenthal)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Angie of Gnome Angel (@gnomeangel)
Vanessa of Lella Boutique (@lellaboutique)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Erin of Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
and ME! (@sondradavison)