Friday, November 17, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 9

Sprinkled the name of this block!  For month 9 of the Delilah template of the month program we've moved on to six inch blocks.  The challenge continues with this one.  The next few months of these six inch blocks will be used to fill out the rest of this scrappy quilt.  We need to make nine of these little ones and here are my first four.

We're back to small curves with this one, but having done all the others, these come together pretty quickly.  Cutting bias edges is important here so that you have some stretch to get around the small curves.  Also, if you are rotary cutting you must have an 18 mm cutter in order to get the inside curve cut on template T37.  For machine piecing I put the smaller convex piece on the bottom.  I used three pins, one at the center and one at each end.

I'll be working on the remaining five of these over the next few weeks, see you again soon!

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts.  

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 8

Block 8 of the Delilah quilt was the super easy Coloured Turbine block.  What I love about this block is how different it looks depending on your fabric choice and placement.  This is true of quite a few of the Delilah blocks including the Four-Patch Star block from last month.

This month was a great break from all the y seams and curves of past months.  We needed it!  Here's to next month's block 9 - Sprinkled Delight...back to curved piecing!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Delilah Quilt - Block 7

Block 7 for the Delilah Quilt is the lovely Four-Patch Star.  To me, this is one of the more unique blocks in the series.  You can really achieve different looks with this one.  Check back to my Four-Patch Star tutorial post if you are still constructing this one.

Here's one with a consistent fabric in the background and corners.

This one also has the same fabric in the corners, but the squares are different, creating more of a cross look to it. 

The next one also has a cross look to it with a little more movement in the corner borders.

And lastly, my favorite version.  I feel like I finally captured the Jen Kingwell scrappy look with this block. Too bad it took me seven months to get there!  It's all good though, I'm going to try to work more variety into the rest of the months.  How about you, have you made any changes or learned something as you've been progressing with this project?

Next up, the Coloured Turbine block.  Have fun!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Four Patch Star Tutorial - Delilah Block 7

Month seven of the Delilah Quilt is another challenging block.  Just when you think it can't get harder it seems to. The Four Patch Star has more y-seams in its construction.  As long as you are patient, press open, and sew into the seam, you will be able to put this block together.  Keep your seam ripper handy and use it when necessary.  Ripping out a short seam and resewing can really produce a better end result.  Use starch if it helps you.  Refer back to last month's In Orbit Tutorial for help with y-seams.

Build the block according to the pattern directions until you get to the eight corner pieces. Remember to leave the eight points open a quarter inch in order to add the corners.  Mark the skinny point of each T28 piece to help you start/stop your stitching.

Add one corner piece starting at the square corner edge, pivot in the seam at the diamond piece and sew to the mark at the point of the diamond piece.  Leave that open a quarter inch, use the template to mark it.

Place the reverse corner piece on top and pin in place.  Flip over.  

Sew from the top of the point down into the seam (scissor point below), needle down.  Lift the presser foot.  

Pivot the fabric and line the top up with the bottom corner unit.  

Sew down into the open seam and stop (scissor tip), needle down.

Pivot, line up the bottom with the top square edge.  Sew down to finish the seam.

One finished corner!

Proceed with the next corner piece.

Pin in place.

Flip over, sew from corner down into open seam (scissor point), needle down.

Pivot and align top and bottom, sew down to marked point on diamond piece (pencil), needle down.

Pivot at marked point, align top and bottom and sew to finish seam.

Continue adding pieces in the same manner.

For this block I added on all four corners counterclockwise.  My block was a little wonky with this method. For the next one I'm going to add opposite corners first, then go back to the other two corners.  I'm hoping that will make the block straighter.  

I'll be cutting out pieces for the rest of these blocks this weekend.  Hope you have fun sewing your blocks too!