Day 2 of Time to Quilt

9 Apr

Fellow Quilters,

How are you today?  Where I am it snowed last night.  Just a bit, and it melted quickly so it’s gone now, but this tells me it’s too early to think about planting flowers.  I’m glad it was cold enough to snow because Hubby put the balance of our homemade moose lasagna dinner outside to cool down before putting it in the fridge, and we (he) left it out all night.  Thankfully the squirrels didn’t find it. Or the deer. Or the coyotes – I think we would have heard the coyotes if they had found it.

Time to Quilt logoMy blog posts for the next 23 days will center around the Time to Quilt quilt-along.  I’m pretty pumped – in 3 weeks time I’m going to have the blocks for 3 quilts done and ready to be assembled!  There’s the wall-hanging/crib-size Midsommar make-it-mini version that is 32” x 41”, the throw-size Vino ice wine version that is 69” x 89”, and the super-sized Shimmer queen version that is a whopping 94” x 118”.  Crazy me for doing a quilt for each of Northcott’s divisions AND for making each one a different size block – the standard 9” that the other participants at Northcott are using, the super-sized 12” and the make-it-mini 4½”.  What size are you doing?  Are you challenging yourself by doing more than 1 size as well?  Please leave a comment letting me know – I would love your feedback.  Please also share photos of your fabric choices and your blocks – you can email them to me at patti.pattispatchwork@gmail or post them on my Patti’s Patchwork Facebook page.

The link to my instructions that include the 3 size options for Block 1 was in yesterday’s post.  If you’re doing the standard 9” option you can also find the instructions on Northcott, Banyan and FIGO’s Facebook and Instagram pages, along with ideas on how to use just the daily block to make a quilt.  Some of the quilts are pretty awesome!  My good friend and colleague Daphne is also posting daily on her blog using her Tapa Cloth collection.  Lots of ideas and inspiration for you.

So let’s get to today’s block.   You will find my instructions here.  When I design or make a quilt I’m all about simplifying, eliminating unnecessary steps or seams, and making the process more efficient.

Can you see flying geese units?

Can you see flying geese units?

When I looked at today’s block I saw flying geese units.  Can you see them too?  While I could make the flying geese unit using 2 half-square triangle blocks, my efficient brain wants to eliminate the center seam connecting the 2 half-square triangle blocks.  Looking at today’s block I see 2 light-colored flying geese and 2 dark-coloured flying geese.

The no-waste method of making flying geese units.

The no-waste method of making flying geese units.

My favorite way of doing flying geese is the no-waste method where I use 1 large square for the geese fabric and 4 smaller squares for the sky fabric, resulting in 4 identical flying geese blocks.  Now, there are only 2 of each geese in today’s block so this might not work.  But wait!

Between the positive and negative blocks there are 4 light and 4 dark geese

Between the positive and negative blocks there are 4 light and 4 dark geese

In the alternate block there are also 2 light-coloured and 2 dark-coloured flying geese blocks – perfect!  We can do this 😊.

Today’s tips:  1) When laying the smaller sky squares on the larger geese square, lay the upper sky square on top of the lower square to prevent the presser foot from getting caught on the leading edge of the lower square.

Position the upper square on top of the lower square

Position the upper square on top of the lower square

2)  My favorite marking tool for drawing on darker fabrics is the Clover white marking pen – it makes a very thin line and disappears with a drop or 2 of water or with a quick swipe of the iron.  The line takes 10 seconds to appear so if you mark the line several times in the first 2 seconds thinking it’s not working, you’ll have a REALLY obvious line in 10 seconds.  Voice of experience here.

The Clover white marking pen is my favorite way to mark dark fabrics.

The Clover white marking pen is my favorite way to mark dark fabrics.

3)  In step 2 of my instructions, when you lay the sky square on the unit from step 1 the square will be centered between the 2 sky triangles.

The sky square is centered between the 2 sky triangles

The sky square is centered between the 2 sky triangles

I pinned my piece to ensure it stayed correctly aligned as I sewed the seams.  Your sewing lines will go right through the “V” where the sky patches intersect.  This will give you a perfect ¼” seam allowance between the tip of your geese and the edge of the unfinished unit.

Your sewing lines will go right through the “V” where the sky patches intersect

Your sewing lines will go right through the “V” where the sky patches intersect

With my Midsommar blocks I knew I wanted to use some of my gray background in these blocks since they are on the outer edges of my quilt center.  Unfortunately the no-waste geese method didn’t work because I did not have 4 of each geese unit in my block.

I had to cut my large and small squares diagonally

I had to cut my large and small squares diagonally

I cut my large and small squares diagonally and assembled them the old-fashioned way – it was slower and more tedious.

I made these flying geese units the old-fashioned way - slow!

I made these flying geese units the old-fashioned way – slow!

I much prefer the no-waste method.

Once the geese units were done, I sewed 2 matching units together for the square-in-a-square part of the block, pressing the seam open to reduce bulk, then quickly assembled the block.

Sew 2 matching geese units into a square then sew the block together

Sew 2 matching geese units into a square then sew the block together

Ta da!  Another set of blocks done!  In case you missed it earlier, the pattern for Block 2 is here.

Block 2 done

Block 2 done

Are your quilting peeps joining you in the Time to Quilt quilt-along?  You could challenge each other!  I invite you to share my blog post with them – the more the merrier 😊

We’ll see you tomorrow for Block 3.

Cheers,

Patti

 

4 Responses to “Day 2 of Time to Quilt”

  1. Fauntie Phillips April 9, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

    Hi Patti, I wonder if you know what your email looks like when it comes to me. This is the address line. It does not say that it is from you. When I first started receiving emails like this I deleted them as I didn’t think that they were from a legitimate source. I wonder if you could get your name to show up on that line rather than WordPress.com? Wonder how many other people have deleted these emails rather than worry about where they came from. For sure I’m going to be doing the quilt. Have to do it from stash of which there seems to be no end! Thanks for listening, Fauntie Yorkton, Saskatchewan (where it is -2C today and we still have 2 feet of snow on the ground….will spring never come!

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    • Patti April 9, 2020 at 6:10 pm #

      Hi Fauntie, thanks for letting me know. I may need to enlist the aid of my tech-savvy colleagues to help me with this – I know just enough to get myself into deep trouble on the computer. Enjoy the quilt-along!

  2. Judy Duffy April 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm #

    This is such an awesome project. I’m using Northcott canvas that I was able to locate here in my home away from home in Newfoundland. I’m excited to add them to a couple of the other fabrics I was able to get. I’m using the original 9” block patterns. Can’t wait to see yours Patti.

    • Patti April 9, 2020 at 6:07 pm #

      Hi Judy, thanks for the feedback. Enjoy your sewing on The Rock.

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