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Crossfire

The fabrics in the post were generously given to me by Northcott Fabrics.

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I chose Northcott fabrics from the Sew Musical Row by Row Palette 2018.  When I choose my fabrics from Northcott, I get so excited when they are delivered.  As soon as I touch the fabric, I feel the quality.  These colors are luscious with just enough texture to give depth and interest.

Crossfire is a Studio 180 Design pattern designed by talented Certified Instructor Sarah Furrer.  It is a companion pattern for the Large Square/Squared tool.

The block featured in this quilt is called “Bird of Paradise”.  The pattern describes this quilt as “whirling stars with accents and chains of black and grey.  A new fun variation of a Flying Goose makes for a star with loads more sparkle”, and it does.

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If you follow me, you know I love to organize my quilt making process by labeling paper plates for my block pieces as I cut them out.  I never get lost or forget what the pieces are for.  All my block pieces are cut and ready to put together.

Star Blocks:  You will be making 8 star blocks, they will be made in pairs.  Each pair will contain the same colors, but their arrangements will give you two different looking blocks.  Label one of the colors in each pair as Color 1 & Color 2.  If you follow the instructions in the pattern you wont have any trouble.  After construction the diamond square units are trimmed to the cut size of 6.5″ x 6.5″

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Beautiful, perfectly trimmed units leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance, so I will not lose my points.  After all…no one wants to be pointless!

Next, we make half square triangles and perfectly trim them using our Large Square/Squared tool.

Lay out your trimmed half square triangles and the and two white triangles as shown.  Work with one triangle at a time, stitch & carefully press toward the white triangle as not to distort the shape.

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Laying Out the Blocks:   Pay close attention to Step 10.  Split your pieced geese into two piles of four.  Lay out your side triangles so that on one pile you have four Color 1 side triangles on the right side & four Color 2 side triangles on the left side.  The other pile will have four Color 2 side triangles on the right side & four Color 1 side triangles on the left side.  If you lay them as I did above for every color combination, you will be fine.

It is very important to pay attention to Step 11:  Position the right side triangle so that Color 1 shows a bit beyond the white along the top edge.  Stitch and press toward the side triangle.  Trim the units according to pattern instructions and put your blocks together.

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Crossfire is a fun, skill expanding pattern.  Finished quilt measures 60″ x 84″.

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The Heron

The Artisan Spirit, Water Garden fabric in this post was given to me by Northcott Fabrics for the Creators Club.

This is my 63rd One Block Wonder, and I love it!  It came out better than I had anticipated.  This OBW started as a 28″ x 42″ panel.

When choosing fabric for a One Block Wonder (OBW)  I look  for a large repeat and a large design in colors that I like.  OBW’s require 6 repeats of fabric plus more if you want to put the original fabric in the border.  With a panel, the repeat is pre-determined.  I bought 7 panels, one to integrate into the top of the quilt and 6 for the blocks.

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The process starts with aligning your repeats, evening up one end and cutting them into 3 3/4″ WOF strips.  With a 24″ repeat I get 6 strips, but this had a 28″ repeat. Bonus, I got 7 WOF strips.  I was able to cut equilateral triangles for  127 .hexagon blocks

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There are several 60 degree rulers out there.  I prefer to cut my triangles using a 6″ x 12″ Olfa ruler with a 60 line.

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Each stack of six triangles is a kaleidoscope giving you 3 choices on how to stitch your block together.  I have free, detailed video tutorials available here on my site and on YouTube that guide you through the process of making a One Block Wonder.  Plus you should check out Maxine Rosenthal’s books, One Block Wonder’s, One Block Wonders Encore, One Block Wonders Cubed and One Block Wonders of the World (2 of my OBW’s are included in that book).

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Usually I wait till all my blocks are sewn before going to the design wall.  I was so excited that every few blocks I had to start designing.  When constructing OBW blocks, you stitch 3 triangles together, pressing all seams open and then sew the other 3  triangles together.  DO NOT sew the center seam.  Simply overlap the halves at the center and pin it.  My goal with this panel was to design it so it seemed the colors were swirling right off the panel.

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Once you have a design you like it’s time to sew the blocks into rows.

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Un-pin the blocks one row at a time and sew into rows, press all seams open.  I love my pressing stick.  It makes it much easier to press all the seams open without disturbing what was previously pressed.

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Stitch your rows together.  I love my Clover Fork Pins.  They are thin and grip and hold the fabric in place.

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Did I tell you to press all seams open?  That pressing stick really helps.

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Putting together a One Block Wonder made using a panel in the quilt top is a little trickier than with just stitched rows.  I divided rows into four sections to attach them to the panel.  It is like making a log cabin block.  I wanted the rows to attach in certain places so color seemed as though it continued right off the panel.  I began by trimming the bottom section first and attaching it to the panel.

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I could now attach the rows to the right to the panel, using a partial seam and leaving room to adjust the top section of triangles and then add the rows to left of the panel.

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I trimmed the edges of the quilt to square it up.  I love it, but still wanted to soften the panel edges.

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I did not use all the blocks in the quilt top design.  I sewed the left over blocks together and trimmed them to make smaller hexagons.  I randomly placed them along the edges of the panel and appliqued them down.

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The finished quilt measures 60″ x 68″.  I did not feel it needed a border.  Thank you to Northcott Fabrics and Water Garden designer Ira Kennedy. I really love this quilt.

For OBW inspiration check out the Facebook page “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum”.  I am available to teach One Block Wonder Workshops. 

#northcottfabrics # Northcottcreatorsclub #oneblockwonders #OBW #Watergarden

 

What’s on My Design Wall Today!

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I am having so much fun!  I don’t even have all the blocks designed yet, I keep going to the design wall.  This panel is Artisan Spirit, Water Garden by Northcott.  I am making it as part of Northcott’s Creative Club.  I can’t wait to finish it!  Have you ever made a One Block Wonder using panels?

Prism

Northcott Logo The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Northcott.

I have been chosen to participate in Northcott’s Creative Club.  If you have not used Northcott fabrics before you will be pleasantly surprised.  Just like their logo says “Cottons that feel like Silk”!

I chose to make Prism, a pattern created by Pam Goggans of Sager Creek Quilts.  Prism is a companion pattern for the Studio 180 Design Split Rects Tool.

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One of my favorite Disney movies is “Pollyanna”.  Remember this scene when they discover “rainbow makers”?  I do, and that is the inspiration for my version of Prism.

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My fabrics are from Artisan Spirit Shimmer By Deborah Edwards Northcott Studio.  Aren’t they just yummy, looks like a rainbow to me!

I am a purveyor of paper plates!  I use them to stay organized throughout the quilt making process.  I cut everything out but the borders (I save that till the end so I can verify my measurements) and place them on their labeled paper plate.  I can stack them up in a tub or place them in gallon size storage bags when I’m not working on them.

Split Rects Units

To make mirror image split rects units, lay the fabric strip “right sides together OR wrong sides together.  Position the ruler on the strip with the broad black line against the trimmed end of the strip and the desired finished size guide and trim along the slanted edge.  For the second cut, rotate the tool one half turn and align the small second trim “nub” line on the long edge of the strip and the “Second Trim” guide along the just-trimmed edge.  Trim along the straight edge of the tool.

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I am right handed, so my strips are placed horizontally and I cut from left to right.  Left hander’s would place their strips vertically.  See tool instructions for complete left handed cutting.

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Continue to cut all the pieces for the split rects units.

Lay out the pieces as they will be stitched together.  Stitch the elongated triangles by placing them right sides together with the long, bias edge of the pieces aligned.  Center the two pieces with just a bit of overlap at the ends.

Press the seams either toward the darker fabric or open.  As you can see I press mine open.

Align either the “Common Diagonal” or the “Size Diagonal” with the seam you have sewn.  These will vary depending on the slant of the seam in your unit.  Check to make sure that the fabric unit is completely contained within the trim down lines.  For right hander’s trim up the side and across the top.

Rotate the unit and reposition the tool on top.  Align the correct  “Cut Size” measurement with the trimmed corner and the same diagonal line used in the first trim.  Trim the remaining two edges of the unit.

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Above I have laid out my trimmed mirror image split rects units.

Double Split Rects Units

After trimming the split rects units to the correct “Cut Size” choose 24 mirror image units to make special Double Split Rects!

According to pattern instructions trim away the excess of the colored triangle.  Make sure to position the left leaning units right side up and the right leaning units right side down.

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Lay out the trimmed units and the replacement triangles.

Stitch the dark triangles to the trimmed units.  I press my seams open.

Trim as before.  Place right leaning unit right side up and left leaning unit wrong side up.

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I laid out my units on the design wall, and then I noticed two units were missing!  Tucker my Chihuahua decided I had ignored her long enough.  This is her way getting my attention.  I found the units upstairs by a guilty grinning Tucker!

I stitched the units for the quilt center together and then added the borders.  The secret to this quilt is to use your best accurate 1/4″ seam!

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I quilted Prism with a meandering stitch.  (All that meander are not lost.)

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The Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabric line was perfect for this quilt!  I love it!

Even the quilt back is beautiful Northcott fabric!

I used Quilter’s Dream Blend Batting, and I do all my piecing with Aurifil thread!