A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Sail Boat

  Sail Boat Block

Today we’ll make this cutie.

I had fun going through my Thimbleberries yardage today!

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Cut:

  • 3 cream recs. 1  1/2″ x 2  1/2″
  • 2 cream sqs. 1  1/2″
  • 1 black rec. 1  1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • 2 pink sqs. 1  1/2″

I used my “Lazy Susan” technique for both

the half flying geese units & the bottom of the boat.

 Using my new Creative Grids

“I Love My Quilting Friends”

2 1/2″ x 6″ ruler (available on my website)

I noticed that I can slide it anywhere along the dashed line

to make the cut without a number obstructing my view.

Not that it’s a huge deal but I noticed.

Make 2 half flying geese units.

I pressed these seams open.

I also remembered how handy the

4 1/2″ Creative Grids ruler

is for cutting off both corners of a unit

that I can trim at once

when the squares do not overlap each other :)

(but not until the 3rd block lol).

I pressed these seams open too.

Arrange the pieces then assemble the block.

Cute, huh?

Make a couple more!

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We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Greek Cross

  Greek Cross Block

Today we’ll make this cutie.

Had lots more fun going through my Thimbleberries yardage today!

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Cut:

  • 1 cream sq. 1″
  • 4 cream recs. 1″ x 1 1/4″
  • 4 orange sqs. 1″
  • 2 cream & 2 orange 2  1/4″ sqs. or 4 half-square triangles 1  3/4″ unfinished

I made the hst’s with 2  1/4″ squares this time.

They’re cut big enough that they can be trimmed

to the perfect size of 1  3/4″ square.

Use your favorite method.

Arrange the pieces then sew the block.

I pressed all of the seams open.

I didn’t feel the need to remove any stitches.

Pretty easy even at this tiny size!

Make some more…

 

Show us your blocks at my Sewing With Susan FB Group.

We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Squared Chain

  Squared Chain Block

Today we’ll make this cutie.

I know what you’re going to say…

“hells no!”

but wait….

It’s really not bad!

Let me show you.

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

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Don’t forget the Mary Ellen’s Best Press…

Cut:

  • 4 cream sq’s. 1  1/2″
  • 1 cream sq. 7/8″ (yes 1/8″ less than 1″!)
  • 2 blue sqs. 1  1/2″
  • 2 blue recs. 7/8″ x 1  1/4″
  • 2 pink sqs. 1  1/2″
  • 2 pink recs. 7/8″ x 1  1/4″

 

We’ll start with a partial (not “y”) seam.

Sew a pink rectangle onto the center 7/8″ square.

Sew all but the last 1/4″.

 

Finger press seam away from the cream square.

Next sew a blue rectangle onto the center square.

 My first block is a bit rough around the edges

but it’s going to be trimmed in the end so it’s OK.

I did up-size the rectangles to 1 1/4″ for you.

Finger press all of these seams.

Continue around the center square.

Finger press each seam away from the cream square.

For the last seam I folded down the first seam allowance

to get it out of the way.

Then lined up the last rectangle.

It should fit perfectly.

Sew that seam.

Lastly pin then sew the rest of that first (partial) seam.

(After writing this post I made 3 more blocks

so I added some pertinent details for you.)

To more easily finish the partial seam,

first even up the edge of the tiny block then pin it.

Next put another pin a little further in from the edge.

Put the needle down in the last stitch of the partial seam then finish that seam.

I put my finger on the fabric & it acts like a guide

to hold the fabric where I want it

as the feed dogs pull the fabric through the machine.

This is the back of the center of block #5 before any trimming.

These are #5 & 6 before trimming.

 

They keep getting better. Before today I’d not made this block either!

 

Trim the tiny block to 1 1/2″.

This little 4  1/2″Creative Grids ruler is the perfect little square up ruler!

It grips the little fabric block & has the perfect markings

to easily center the block before trimming it.

Block #1

and blocks #5 & 6.

Here’s the back of my second block center.

I learned a bit from the first one.

Arrange then sew the pieces.

A bit more Best Press to finish it off!

The second two were more fun!

I love a good challenge!

So I made 3 more!

This would make an awesome block of any size.

 

Show us your blocks at my Sewing With Susan FB Group.

We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Bear’s Paw

  Bear’s Paw Block

Today we’ll make this cutie.

I used more yardage today instead of going through my scrap basket!

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Cut:

  • 1 green sq 2  1/2″
  • 2 green sqs 1  7/8″ (for hst’s)
  • 1 cream sq 1  1/2″
  • 2 cream sqs 1  7/8″ (for hst’s).

 

If using Thangles, you’ll need 4 for 1″ finished.

Use your favorite method.

 

I pressed these seams open.

They should measure 1  1/2″ sq.

Arrange all the pieces then sew the block together.

I made all green blocks today.

I guess I should have made them on Earth Day a couple of days ago.

Show us your blocks at my Sewing With Susan FB Group.

We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Katherine Wheels

  Katherine Wheels Block

Today we’ll make this cutie.

Instead of going through my scrap basket today

I decided to cut yardage of some newly gifted Thimbleberries!

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Cut:

  • 4 cream sqs. 1  1/4″
  • 4 cream recs. 1  1/4″ x 2″
  • 4 purple sqs. 1  1/4″
  • 4 purple recs. 1  1/4″ x 2″

Not sure where my pic went of the fabric pieces…

You’ll have to imagine them!

I used my “Lazy Susan” technique for the half flying geese units.

I pressed these seams open.

Arrange the pieces then sew the quarter blocks.

Be sure you see a tiny pinwheel in the center

of the block before you sew it together.

I pressed the last seam open &

also removed the couple of stitches within the seam allowance

of the last seam to make it lie flatter as usual.

I made a couple more!

Show us your blocks at my Sewing With Susan FB Group.

We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Hour Glass

  Hour Glass Block

Today we’ll make these cuties.

I say cuties plural because you make 2 at once.

I had a lot more fun going through my scrap basket!

I had to find scraps at least 4 1/2″ sq.

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Cut:

  • 2 different fabric sq’s. 4 1/2″

2

Put the squares right sides together.

If you’re a “lazy Susan” like I am,

cut the pair of squares diagonally

then sew the triangle pairs right sides together.

Press them both toward darker fabric.

Put the half-square triangles right sides together

with opposite fabrics lined up to nest the seams.

This will ensure perfect centers.

Again, cut the pair of squares diagonally

then sew the scant 1/4″ seams…

Press as sewn then press the seams to one side.

 

Trim blocks to 3 1/2″ square.

This Creative Grids ruler is perfect for this task!

Look how the lines on the ruler make it so easy.

First align the diagonal line of the ruler on a seam.

The 3 1/2″ marks then align at the corners

 to trim the block precisely 3 1/2″.

Top left…

and bottom right.

So easy to trim perfectly!

I decided to mix it up a bit & next made 4 at once!

I started with 4 different fabric squares.

I swapped the pairs so they were each different.

I paired each of these up with a different triangle set.

6 blocks in a snap!

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We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Rail Fence

 Rail Fence Block

Today we’ll make this cutie.

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

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Cut:

  • 1 rectangle 1″ x 9″ of 3 different fabrics

Sew them together being sure

to press each seam flat as sewn,

then to one side so the seam stays straight.

 

Check to be sure the strip set is straight by laying a ruler over it.

 

If it’s not perfectly straight,

take & press it again.

If you sewed straight seams,

you should be able to straighten it out.

Cut strip set into 4 segments 2″ long.

 

Arrange then sew the block.

Press as shown below.

Remove stitches in center seam allowance.

Make a couple or few a more!

 

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We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Log Cabin

  Log Cabin Block

Today we’ll make this classic cutie.

 

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

 

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Cut:

  • 1 red square 1 1/2″

 

  • 1 green rectangle 1″ x 1  1 /2″
  • 1 green rectangle 1″ x 2″
  • 1 green rectangle 1″ x 2  1/2″
  • 1 green rectangle 1″ x 3″

 

  • 1 cream rectangle 1″ x 2″
  • 1 cream rectangle 1″ x 2  1/2″
  • 1 cream rectangle 1″ x 3″
  • 1 cream rectangle 1″ x 3  1/2″

 

 

Start by sewing the 1″ x 1  1/2″ green rectangle

onto the left side of the red square.

Press as sewn, then away from the square.

 

 

Next, sew the 1″ x 2″ green rectangle onto the bottom.

Press.

 

 

Sew the 1″ x 2″ & 1″ x 1  1/2″ cream rectangles

to the right side & top.

Sew the 1″ x 2  1/2″ & 1″ x 3″ green rectangles to the side & bottom.

 

 

Sew the remaining cream rectangles

as shown to complete the block.

Be sure to press after each rectangle is added.

 

 

I had fun playing with fabric combinations in a couple more.

 

 

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We want to see your progress too!

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Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Puss In The Corner

  Puss In The Corner Block

Today we’ll make this cutie.

 

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

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Cut:

  • 1 blue sq. 2″
  • 2 blue sq’s. 1  3/4″
  • 2 cream sq’s. 1  3/4″
  • 4 cream rec’s. 1  1/4″ x 2″

I didn’t use Thangles this time, just made the hst’s from squares.

Use your favorite method.

I pressed these seams open.

Trim the hst’s to 1  1/4″.

Arrange the pieces.

 

Sew them together.

I pressed the last seams open & removed the stitched in the seam allowances.

Sound familiar???

 

Make some more!

 

Show us your blocks at my Sewing With Susan FB Group.

We want to see your progress too!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan/

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — King’s Crown

  King’s Crown Block

Today we’ll make this cutie.

Had lots more fun going through my scrap basket!

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Cut:

  • 1 beige sq. 2″
  • 8 beige sq’s. 1  1/4″
  • 4 blue rectangles 1  1/4″ x 2″
  • 4 blue sq’s. 1  1/4″

Use the 1  1/4″ x 2″ blue rectangles & 1  1/4″ beige squares

to make 4 flying geese units.

I used my “Lazy Susan” technique.

Use your favorite method.

I pressed the seams open.

Arrange the pieces then assemble the block.

I pressed the last 2 seams open.

Make a couple more.

Show us your blocks at my Sewing With Susan FB Group.

We want to see your progress too!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewingWithSusan/

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan