Monday, 23 September 2019

It’s pumpkin time! This month we have a wonky log cabin pumpkin that is really fun to make. Three or more of these big blocks sewn together would make an awesome fall table runner too.

September Block Lotto

WONKY LOG CABIN PUMPKIN





Unfinished size - 12 1/2” X 14 1/2"


Fabrics and cutting - 
Lots of orange print scraps cut into strips 2 - 3” wide, can be tapered. You will need about 16 per block.
A small scrap of green or brown for the stem, about 2 1/2” square
White solid - one strip 2 1/2” wide by 12” long plus four  3” squares

Construction - 
Start your log cabin with a square of about 2”. Continue adding strips around the square in log cabin fashion, making it as wonky as you like.
You can press every few strips. I went counterclockwise. Go around and around until you get a block that is big enough to square up to 12 1/2”.
Then add your white squares to the corners to “snowball” the block. 
To make the stem, cut a scrap of green or brown whatever shape you like but 2 1/2” tall, and piece it in your white strip. Make it land wherever you want on the top of your pumpkin, it doesn’t have to be in the centre. Sew this strip to the top of your snowball block (see photo)

These are so fun to make, you’ll want a whole patch full!
As always, 1 block = 1 ticket. Happy stitching!

For additional info on wonky log cabin piecing, there is a good tutorial at https://www.scrapish.com/wonky-log-cabin-block.html

Saturday, 7 September 2019

August Block of the Month

Star Pinwheel


Unfinished size: 12 1/2” square


Fabrics - 

Pinwheel -  a variety of batiks ONLY in lime green, blue violet or a combination of the two. Avoid additional colours. You will need eight different prints for one block.
Background - black solid

Cutting -
Batiks - cut eight different 4 7/8” squares. Cut these all in half diagonally into triangles.
Black - Cut two 2 1/2” X W.O.F. strips. Sub-cut into 8 rectangles measuring 6 7/8” long.


Sewing -

1. Select 8 different triangles. Sew one black background rectangle to each triangle as shown in the photo below, lining it up with the square corner of the triangle. It will extend about 2” beyond the diagonal corner. I pressed the seam towards the batik - handle your bias edge carefully because it can stretch.

2. Using the bias cut edge as a guide trim the black background diagonally to extend to the corner of the background piece. (see photo)

3. Sew two of these units together into a square (see photo). Repeat with remaining units to make four total. They should measure 6 1/2” square. Trim off the “ears”.

4. Arrange in a pinwheel to make the block as in the photo. Sew the top two together, then the bottom two, and press the seams open. Sew these to “rows” together. Square up if necessary to 12 1/2”.  

The last photo is two blocks sewn together. I love the secondary pattern that’s created!
For additional info check out the tutorial “Star Twist Pinwheels with Jackie Robinson” http://sewinlovewithfabric.blogspot.com/2013/11/tutorial-star-twist-pinwheels-with.htmlThe block is the same except the triangles are pieced.