September 24, 2013

Quilted Patchwork Duffle - Selfish Sewing Week

I saw a patchwork duffle bag in a store while my family was on vacation this summer and I instantly knew what I'd make if I ever found the time to make something just for me. Well, I've been reading around the blogosphere that this week is designated as "selfish sewing week."

Need I say more?




Here's my (in progress) version of the patchwork duffle. I used StudioCherie's Quilted Patchwork Duffle pattern with a few modifications. I followed the size specifications of the pattern, but I wanted to make sure the bag was plenty sturdy. I used two layers of batting with some heavy interfacing in between for the top and sides of the bag. On the bottom, I used peltex in between the layers of batting to make the bottom very sturdy. Another change that I made is that this pattern has surged or bias bound edges on the inside. I like lining in my bags, so I chose to make my bag shell with an unfinished interior. I will add lining to it next. I know it will totally take some time for me to get it just right and there will be a lot of hand sewing involved, but I'm willing.

I used part of a fat quarter set of Simply Style that I picked up at my LQS a couple of weeks ago. I made the patchwork with 4.5 inch squares that I cut from the fabrics. I absolutely love the colors in this line. They are fabulous for patchwork!

Overall, I am happy with how this turned out. I can't wait to use it for my next road trip. It is really a huge bag. I'm pretty sure I could get an extended weekend's worth of packing in there. 




I hope I can get my lining sewn in this week, or I might have to extend "Selfish Sewing Week" into next week. Wouldn't that be a shame...

September 17, 2013

Ohio Star Challenge Quilt - Finished!

Over the past several months, I have been working on a quilt for the STLMQG Ohio Star Block challenge. I am excited to finally get to share my finished quilt with you!


Ohio Star Mini Quilt

I decided to keep this quilt simple and traditional. I chose a block-within-a-block design for this quilt and wanted to make something that I could use to hang on the wall in my new sewing room. The finished quilt measures 27" x 27" and will look great hanging above my drafting table. I can't wait to get it on the wall... once I get walls!

Since navy is my color obsession these days, I knew I had to use a dark blue. I went with the Simply Style Dotty Mums in Navy for my inspiration fabric. I paired it with Happy Go Lucky Lime Jump and some assorted gray prints from my stash. I challenged myself not to use any solids in this quilt, which is a first for me, so I picked a print for my background fabric. I have been in love with Angela Walters Textures Crosshatch in lime since the day I first saw it and I knew it would match perfectly with the other fabrics I chose. 




 I also used this challenge as an opportunity to challenge myself and try a little hand quilting. You are looking at my very first attempt and hand quilting. It is by no means perfect or even so-so, but I am proud of it none-the-less! I have always liked the look that accent hand quilting gives to a quilt. I used a gray Coats & Clark hand quilting thread. I was surprised at how easy it was to work with. It is really stiff and I think the thickness of it is perfect for accent stitches. I am really happy with how this one turned out. I might just try some hand quilting again!



September 16, 2013

Elephants, geraniums and geese... oh, my!

I admit, I thought I'd have more time to get some sewing done once the kids got back in school, but it's just not happening with all the house stuff I've been working on. Here is a peek at a few of the things that I've been working on the past month and have actually finished. I apologize for my posting of Instagram photos... the darn phone is just so handy for photos!

A lot of my sewing time has revolved around the arrival of my new niece, Izzy. When I heard Izzy's daddy tell me that he was obsessed with elephants, I knew I finally had a good reason to buy Retro Mama's Tilly Elephant pattern! I love this elephant. It was super easy and I know a couple more little ones who would like to cuddle with one!

Elephant Softie - Pattern Here



What else do baby girls need? Pretty dresses, of course! I have had my eye on Made by Rae's geranium dress for a while now.... you know how it ends! I didn't take a picture of the front of this dress, but I DID take one of the back... look at those buttons! Yeah, I'm pretty proud of them. I still can't believe that everything lines up! This dress was also relatively easy to make, even in it's super small size 0-3mo. I made a matching diaper cover to go with it... and although the diaper cover turned out just okay and it was usable, the (free) pattern I used did not make it easy. I can't remember which pattern I used, but I did get rid of it as soon as I was finished! 

Geranium Dress - Pattern Here


I also made two blocks for the last two months of the Redbird Bee. Carolyn chose the Lucky Stars block from Fresh Lemon's Summer Sampler Series. It came together very quickly and I can't wait to see her finished quilt.

Lucky Pieces Quilt Block for Carolyn - Tutorial Here

Cindy came up with a really fun block using flying geese. It was fun to make and I love the way this block turned out. I have placed this quilt on my ever growing "to-do" list. I am super excited to see how Cindy puts all these blocks together

Cindy's Flying Geese Block - Tutorial Here

The past couple of weeks, I've been working on Sophie's neon hexagon quilt top and finishing up a few other quilts to list in my Etsy shop. I have also been playing around with some new quilt designs, and since I'm kind of a solids fanatic, you can expect another all-solids quilt soon! For those of you who are fans of my Outburst quilt, I might possibly be playing around with some more transparency designs *wink, wink*.... I hope to use some of the gorgeous new Kona colors... I guess that means I need to order my new color card soon! 

September 8, 2013

Pixelated Houndstooth Quilt

I released my Pixelated Houndstooth quilt pattern a couple of weeks ago, and today I'm excited to show you my original version of this quilt.

I designed and made this quilt for my brother. I have had this quilt finished since March, but because I was waiting for the right opportunity to give it to him, I haven't been able to share it with you. Well, right opportunity came up just last week- I finally was able to give this quilt to my brother as a "new dad" gift! That's right. I think new dad's need gifts too. And what's better than a quilt to snuggle up under with a new baby!


Pixelated Houndstooth in Gray 
I used contrasting light and gray fabric for the houndstooth pattern and I quilted with diagonal 1-inch straight lines. It measures 56" x 72" - a good size for my tall bro.




The back of this quilt is pieced with strips of fun orange and gray fabrics. Those are my brother's favorite colors. I chose prints that are fun and a few of them have some representation of him. What I like best about this quilt is it's simple, modern design. It's definitely a "manly" quilt on the front with a much more laid back, fun look on the back. 

Hmmm.... maybe I should rename it the "mullet" quilt... you know... business in the front, party in the back!





If you want to make your own Pixelated Houndstooth Quilt, the pattern is for sale in both my Etsy and Craftsy stores- just click the link on the right side bar or click on the photo below.


September 7, 2013

Modern Orange Peel Quilt

Modern Orange Peel 
Modern Orange Peel is a quilt that I made a while back but forgot to blog. And by "a while back," I mean, like January. This is actually the second one of these I made. The first is all blues and greens. I'll get that photo on the blog soon.

I made this quilt with the fat quarters that I had left over from the QuiltCon block challenge. (You knew you recognized those colors!) It measures 36"x36" and is pieced, not appliqued. Piecing was just easier. Those big curves were a piece of cake! And the look is so clean without the raw edges or zigzag stitching it would have had if I had appliqued it. It was so fun to make that I made two. With no intended recipient. Yep. I do that. A lot. 

I have had a quilts piling up for a while. It's time. It has been time for a while.... to de-quilt, like de-stashing, except with quilts. So the Modern Orange Peel quilt along with the quilts below are now listed for sale in my Etsy store. *tear* I really hope they find a loving home.

Mod D9P - original post here - tutorial here

Argyle Quilt

August 11, 2013

Two New Patterns- Finished!

They're finally finished! I spent the afternoon today working on the final patterns with my hubby. I am so excited to be able to share my two newest patterns with you!


The first one is Pixelated Houndstooth. It is a design I had been working on for over a year. I finished this quilt quite some time ago and then considered writing the pattern for a while before my hubby asked, "Why not?" Um, yeah. I don't know why not.... so here it is!

This quilt measures 56" x 72". It has a modern, bold look and would be a great pattern for a more masculine quilt with the right colors (unless the man in your life likes pink.) It would also make a fabulous ombre quilt, don't you think? I may have to make yet another...





The second pattern is called Rewind. This quilt has also been one that I have been thinking about and playing around with for over a year. It is a take on Upstream, the first quilt I ever designed. I played around with colors and prints and I loved the minimalist look that is achieved by the gray scale fabrics. My only regret is that it doesn't photograph as well as a quilt with bold colors does. 

This quilt measures 42"x56" and is perfectly crib-sized. I can definitely see so many wonderful variations of this quilt. Bold colors? Varying neutrals for the negative space? "I spy" prints in the middle of those triangles? I've made these blocks in so many different options... they'd all be great!





Both of these patterns are now available in my Etsy store for $9 and my Craftsy store for $8. If you are not familiar with Craftsy, check it out! They allow indie pattern designers to list and sell patterns for free!

August 2, 2013

Neon Progress

I started piecing together Sophie's Neon Hexagon quilt today! This will end up being a quilt for a full size bed- another big one! Here's a peek at my progress- I'm working from the bottom of the quilt up, so it's sideways!





Happy Friday!

July 31, 2013

WIP Wednesday... I'm back!

It has been a terribly long summer for us. With the storm hitting just after school was out for the summer and school starting back up next week, it seems like this summer has been a total blur! If you hadn't noticed, I decided to take a break from blogging over the summer. The kids were home, I still have my job, and the restoration process on our home has been a full time job! For the first five weeks after the storm, we lived in three different hotels. We were able to move into an apartment a few weeks ago and I have finally been able to work on a few projects that were already in progress and a few that were new!

Here's a peek at what I have been doing this summer. I should probably mention that some of the photos are from my cell phone as my camera was just not convenient to use with all the chaos!


1. Sophie's Neon Hexagon Quilt- I purchased the fabric for this prior to the storm, planning a remodel for her room. She'll be 10 this year and needs a more "grown up" look. My plan now is to have this finished by the time we move back in. Seeing that it will be several months yet, I think it's doable! This is the Michael Miller Neon fabric. It's not bad to work with, but it is terribly stiff- not soft at all- something that I was not expecting. Sophie was optimistic that we could make it work, so I went with it. 




2.  Kelly's block for the Redbird Bee- This isn't officially a WIP, but I wanted to share it anyway! This is a paper pieced block and it was really quite easy to put together. I can't wait to see her finished quilt!



3.  Water Bottle Holder- I made this Insulated water bottle holder for Sophie this summer as she went off to camp for the first time this year. She wanted to take one of the metal water bottles but was concerned that it doesn't stay very cold. I did a quick search online for patterns, combined a couple that I liked, and added my own touch and some InsulBright. It worked out well for her!




4.  This is what I'm currently working on for the STLMQG Ohio Star Block Challenge. I picked up a few of my favorites from current fabric lines and this is what I came up with! I can only show you part of this quilt until the reveal! I have always wanted to learn to do some hand quilting, so I decided to try it with this quilt. This is my first time... it's not perfect, but I'm happy with it as my first attempt!




5.  This next quilt top is something that developed out of playing with a charm pack I won and was trying to stretch. I've got a few more rows to add to the bottom yet, but it looks promising as a cut baby quilt. I'm looking forward to figuring out how to quilt all that negative space!


6.  A Whole Lot of Pebble Quilting... and a new pattern? This is a quilt that I made for a new pattern! I can't show you the front because it's a gift, but I should be finished with the pattern as soon as my pattern testing feedback comes in and I finish any changes that need to be made. I did some major pebble quilting on this one. I went around each circle twice and I really like how it turned out, even if it took a ton of thread!


I have two other patterns in progress as well. We were moving forward quickly with them until the storm hit. I hope to start back working on them next week after school starts. They were almost finished, so I hope I can pick up where I left off and get them out soon!

I will leave you with a couple photos of my biggest "Work in Progress." 


My house the next morning after the storm.... doesn't look too bad from the front, but those trees did major damage to the roof.... and then it rained all night.
The inside of our house today. We got so much rain damage from the the roof damage that the WHOLE HOUSE had to be gutted. This is a photo of our master bedroom looking through a closet and two bathrooms into the bedroom on the other end of the house. The whole house looks like this. It's a huge WIP!

I think we have our work cut out for us... don't you?

June 23, 2013

Paper Pieced Meet 'n Greet at 13 Spools

I'm just popping in to let you know that my interview is up for the Paper Pieced Meet 'n Greet over at 13 Spools.

If you haven't checked out the Meet n' Greet yet, I encourage you to do so. Amy chose quilters from all skill levels to interview about paper piecing and quilting in general. If you've been around my blog much, you probably know paper piecing is not one of the piecing techniques I use. I've only tried it once. You'll have to read the interview if you want to know more about my experience!

13 Spools is also hosting the Prism Along. There's still time to join in and there are some fabulous prizes, including a copy of my Starburst Pattern!

Thanks, Amy for hosting!



Several of you have posted such nice comments about damage our house received from the "little wind storm" my family has gone through this month. Needless to say, I have not had much any time for quilting, blog reading, or updating. I do truly appreciate your comments and well wishes. I hope to be back to sewing soon as we should be moving out of the hotel and into a temporary apartment in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it will be months before we can go home and I can have my sewing studio back. The hubs and I spent some time this afternoon finishing up writing my next pattern. Thankfully, I have several quilts made and patterns partially written. That should keep me plenty busy while I'm out of my studio! 

June 5, 2013

Inspiration of the Week at the KCMQG

Hey, all! I just wanted to drop you a little note to let you know that my Angle quilt has been featured on the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild's blog as their Inspiration of the Week! They have regular feature on their blog where they share some awesome inspiring work. You should head on over there and check it out.

On a different note, some of you know I was born and raised in Kansas. I lived there for 26 years before my family moved to the St. Louis area 6 yeas ago. (I'll save you from doing the math... I'm 32.) In all my 26 years living in "Tornado Alley", I have never even come close to being caught in a tornado.

Well, on Friday, my family and I had a little run-in with a tornado. Actually, our home had a run-in with a tornado. My family is totally fine. While we currently can't live in our home, it is still standing. My stash "walked" away without a scratch. I have lugged my sewing machine from hotel to hotel. I think it must be my comfort item... like a teddy bear, but not as soft, and my hubby won't let me sleep with it.

I had planned on releasing another quilt pattern this week, but my plans changed a little. I do plan on getting that pattern out once we can get our computers set back up in a more permanent place. I'll still be sewing, but I'm not how much I'll be able to do, so bear with me, as my blog posts may be less regular for a while. I'll do my best do photograph my progress and keep you all updated on my many, many projects that I just happen to be in the middle of.

If you still want to keep up with me through the next few months, I tend to post everything on Instagram... probably too much! If you don't mind weeding through a few pics that are not quilting/sewing related, feel free to keep up with me there!



Instagram

June 3, 2013

Paper Pieced Meet 'n Greet with 13 Spools

Several weeks ago, Amy at 13 Spools (previously known as the cute life), was so kind to contact me and ask if I would take part in a Paper Pieced Meet 'n Greet she is hosting on her blog. I was thrilled to be a part of this, even as a novice -only tried it once- paper piecer. (I don't think "piecer" is a real word, but I'm going with it!)
 
She is also hosting the Prism Along in conjunction with the Meet 'n Greet. There are some great prizes for those finishing the quilt along. And you're going to want to finish... Faith's Prism pattern is so cool! Amy's blog post, including the schedule for the Prism Along, the lists of prizes and the schedule for the Meet 'n Greet is listed below. I hope you'll follow along as we hear from some super talented quilters on their tips, tricks and advice on paper piecing!
 
 
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I'm excited to announce the Prism Along! We'll be sewing along with Faith's pattern Prism.

Prism

Her pattern is available here. It's paper pieced, but don't worry, there will be tutorials, tips, and any hand holding necessary! Follow this blog or join the Flickr group to keep up with all the posts and fun. Here's our schedule:

June 10 - chat with Faith
June 17 - choosing your fabrics
July 1, 2, and 3 - paper piecing instructions, tips, and solutions to common problems
July 8 - cutting your fabric
July 22 - check in
July 29 - piecing the blocks together
August 5 - check in
August 12 - making your quilt backing
August 19 - quilting options: thoughts from Faith and Angela Walters
September 2 - check in
September 9 - wrap up and open linky party
September 13 - linky closes, time for voting!
September 16 - winners announced

One of our sponsors, Fabric Fly, has generously offered all of us a 10% discount until June 30th!! Just use the coupon code "QuiltAlong10" when you check out. You can find them on Facebook, on instagram @fabricfly and sign up for their newsletter here.

And because quilt alongs are always more fun with some incentive, we have prizes:

1st place - a $75 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop and the Starburst Quilt pattern from Sewlio Designs:







 Fat Quarter Shop boasts a huge fabric selection, tons of bundles, same day shipping, and a large sale section. Their solids section is amazing! They also sell books, magazines, kits, notions and tools. You won't leave here disappointed!

Kyndra of Sewlio Designs is starting her journey into the pattern designing world and gains plenty of insight and input from her wonderful husband, a graphic designer. Her quilts are modern and cutting edge! Check out her blog at www.sewliodesigns.com.

2nd place - a $30 gift certificate from Knotted Threads, and from I Don't Do Dishes, the Right Angles panel of Angela Walter's Textures line and 4 fat quarters of coordinating Oval Elements




  


My newly revamped logo :)

Knotted Threads a newer Etsy shop with amazing customer service and the best selection of Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill around! Jennifer also offers "create your own bundle" options with plenty of fabrics to choose from. Dots, chevrons, and blenders galore will welcome you!

I Don't Do Dishes is an Etsy shop who boasts tons of vibrant, modern fabrics like Pearl Bracelets, Simply Color, Salt Water, Comma, and lots more. She cuts generously and loves to compile custom bundles, so send her a message today with your custom request!

3rd place - $25 gift certificate from Fabric Fly





Fabric Fly is an online shop that sells yardage, as well as some other unique options - like precut hexies, scrap packs, and plenty of flannel fabrics. You can order fabric in any increment you want over 1/4 yard (7/8 yard? Yes please!). All their US orders ship for $5.75, so load up your carts!

Everyone who links up a finished, quilted and bound quilt at the end of the quiltalong will also receive a copy of my pattern Fire & Ice:


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Paper Pieced Meet 'n Greet
To spread the love of paper piecing, I thought it would be great to celebrate a number of different quilters and their paper piecing expeditions in conjunction with our quiltalong! You'll hear from beginner paper piecers, seasoned veterans, and pattern designers right here at 13 Spools. Check back at these dates to learn more about these awesome ladies:

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June 22 - Kyndra @ Sewlio



I hope you'll join us!

May 19, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2013 - Entry #2

Welcome to everyone visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival. My name is Kyndra and I'm so glad you stopped by!
 
This spring, I decide to do a second entry and I am entering my Angle Quilt into the baby quilt category. Those of you who aren't new here, I apologize for yet another post about this quilt. It'll be the last. I promise. If you are new, you can find my original post here.
 
 
 
 
 This quilt was 'accidentally' designed by my hubby. This design was just something that he was playing around with for another project and I knew when I saw it, that I just had to make a quilt from the design.
 
I'm a huge fan of solids, and I love Kona's large selection of colors. For this quilt, I used Kona White, Coal, Chartreuse, Orange and Lake.
 
 

I quilted it on my Janome Horizon 7700. I chose straight line quilting for this quilt. I quilted a different pattern in each color, matching the thread to the fabric. I chose a more random method for the distance between the lines of stitching so I wouldn't have to spend time marking the quilt.  I used a black and white print for the back, so the colorful quilting would stand out.

 
This is the second quilt "pattern" I've finished writing. I can truly say that I'm truly enjoying the pattern writing process. There are three more patterns in the works... For this quilt, I decided to share a free tutorial. For me, free tutorials mean less time because I use photos instead of illustrations like I do for my patterns. That means my hubby doesn't have to work hours and hours to get the illustrations just right.

One of the biggest reasons I like sharing tutorials because some of the best things I have made have come from free tutorials. I learned almost all of my quilting skills online through free tutorials, and providing free instructions on a fun project or important skill is a great way to give back! The quilting community is so generous in that way, and I totally want to be a part of that generosity. You can find the tutorial for my Angle quilt here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love to have your vote! (vote here)

Full front view- finished quilt top only
Name: Angle Quilt
Size: 32" x 40"

Fabric: Kona Cotton in orange, white, chartreuse, lake, coal, Summersville
Batting: cotton/bamboo blend
Quilting: Home machine
Tutorial found here.

May 18, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival- Spring 2013

** Update: The Pattern for this quilt is called Outburst and is now available in my Craftsy and  Etsy Shops!***

Welcome to everyone visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival. My name is Kyndra and I'm so glad you stopped by!

This spring, I'm entering this quilt into the wall hanging category. This quilt is still unnamed- I'd happily take suggestions. It is similar to my Inburst quilt except for this one doesn't "burst" inward.




I made this quilt as part of my pattern writing process for Inburst. I absolutely love the way it turned out and I have the perfect spot in my foyer to hang it!

I used 11 different colors of Kona cotton for the front. It's really no secret how much I love working with Kona solids. For the back I used one of the prints from Kate Spain's Cuzco collection. I thought the bright colors in the print fit this quilt quite well.

I quilted it on my Janome Horizon 7700. I chose to stitch in the ditch around each "star" and then quilt parallel lines within each star. The overlap of the parallel lines really emphasizes the transparency feel of the quilt. I quilted the outside of the star with echoing lines 1 inch apart.



The finished quilt measures 42" x 42". I used a bamboo/cotton blend batting. It was my first time using bamboo, and if you haven't used it before, I highly recommend it. It is oh so soft! It is my new favorite!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love to have your vote! (Vote Here!)

May 14, 2013

Angle Quilt Tutorial

I have had many requests for a pattern for my Angle Quilt, so today I am happy to share a tutorial with you!
 
 
 
For my quilt, I used Kona Cotton Solids in White, Coal, Chartreuse, Orange and Lake. The finished quilt size is 32" x 40". One of the most important parts when planning this quilt, is having fabrics with varying values. The in addition to color, the value (lightness or darkness) of the fabric is what creates the movement in this quilt.
 
I find that the easiest way to see value in fabrics, is to turn a photo of the fabrics to a grayscale. Your camera or editing program might have this function. Mine doesn't, so I decreased the saturation on my photo to 0. Compare the two photos below.
 
 
 
 
 
The value of the colors I chose going from light to dark are white (light), lake (medium light), chartreuse (medium), orange (medium dark), coal (dark). You can see how the value in addition to the varying shapes causes your eye to move around the quilt.
 
If in doubt on color choices, find a multi colored print with a color scheme that you like. Pick solids to match the colors in that fabric. Many multi-colored fabrics have colors with a wide range of values. You could also use the black and white photo method to evaluate value in the print fabric. And you already know that the color scheme is pleasing to the eye!
 
 
Once you choose your fabric colors, here's how you put it together:
 
 
Supplies
 
 Tools
     rotary cutter
     cutting mat
     quilting ruler
     marking pen/chalk/hera marker (Use whatever method you like to mark your fabric.)
     coordinating thread
 
For the quilt top:
     5/8 yard white
     1/3 yard orange
     1/3 yard chartreuse
     1/3 yard coal
     1/3 yard lake
 
For finishing the quilt:
     1 yard for the back
     crib size batting
     1/4 yard for binding
 
Cutting
 
9" x 9" squares
     5- white (light)
     3- coal (dark)
     3- chartreuse (medium)
     3- orange (medium dark)
     2- lake (medium light)
 
9.5" x 9.5" squares
     1- chartreuse (medium)
     1-lake (medium light)
     2- white (light)
    
      
 
Making the Blocks
 
 
Block 1
 
You will be making two different blocks for this quilt. Finished blocks measure 8.5" x 8.5" square. For the first block you will use the 9" x 9" squares.
 
 

1.  Place two 9" x 9" squares right sides together. (I love that Kona doesn't have right or wrong sides!) Using your marking pen, draw a line diagonally down the center of the square. Then draw a line 1/4" from the center line on both sides of the center line.



 
2.  Sew across the square on both outside lines. 



 
3.  Once your seams are sewn, cut the square in half along the center line.



4.  Press the blocks open. You can press seams open or to the side- however you prefer. I pressed mine towards the darker fabric. 

You should end up with two blocks that look like the one below. Square up your blocks. I like to use the 45 degree diagonal lines on my cutting mat to help with squaring up.

To do this, I align the seam with the 45 degree marking on my mat and the top and right edges of the block with the inch lines on the mat. They might be a little crooked, but just get them close. Then I trim the right and top if I need to, to get them straight. Then trim the left and bottom of the block to 8.5" x 8.5" square. The photo below shows how I line my block up for trimming.

 
 Repeat 5 times  (6 total) for a total of 12 finished blocks.
 



Block 2

1.  Using the 9.5" squares, follow the directions for Block 1, but when you trim and square up the blocks in step 4, trim the blocks to 9" x 9" square, not 8.5".

2.  Take one 9" square and one of the 9" blocks you just made in step 1.


 Place them right sides together and mark them like you did before, making your marks perpendicular to the seam. You can see my markings in the photos below.




3.  Sew across the block on both of the outside lines. Then cut the block in half on the center line.

4.  Press your the block open. You should end up with two blocks that are mirror images of each other and look like the one below. Trim this block to 8.5" x 8.5" square.

I know they have rulers for this sort of thing, but I don't have one, so if you have a square ruler, go ahead and use that. If you don't, I'll tell you how I squared mine up.

For this one, I line up all three seams with the 45 degree angle markings on my mat. The place where the 45 degree markings intersect should line up with the center of your block. In order to trim the block to 8.5" x 8.5", trim the left and right side of the block 4 1/4 inches from the center of the block, by lining up your ruler with the vertical line on your mat that runs through the center of the block. Trim the top and bottom sides of the block 4 1/4 inches from the center of the block, by lining up your ruler with the horizontal line on your mat that runs through the center of the block.

(I know that was really wordy- please let me know if you have any questions on this technique. It tried a couple different methods, but this is the one that was easiest for me.)





Repeat 3 more times, (4 total) for a total of 8 blocks).


You should end up with a total of 20 blocks.




 Putting It All Together
 
 
I made my blocks to match the design that my husband made. There are not two of each block in my quilt and I had a lot of waste. The amount of fabric you need will vary if you make the quilt exactly as I did.
 
When piecing your blocks, sew your fabrics together randomly, using two different colors for Block 1 and three different colors for Block 2. Mine is only two different fabrics because I used scraps for this tutorial, and perhaps it could work with two, but I used three different colors for block 2 in my quilt.
 
Once you have your blocks made, lay them out on your design wall (or floor, or table, or wherever you'd like) and rearrange the blocks until you get the look you're after. You might want to use the black and white photo method to evaluate balance and movement. It is one of my favorite methods to use when putting together blocks into a quilt. Sew the blocks together in 5 rows of 4 blocks.
 
The final step in making this quilt, is sharing your finished quilt with me! You can post it to my Flickr group or post a link in the comments to your blog post, if you have a blog. I would love to see your interpretation of this tutorial!
 
Happy Sewing! I can't wait to see your Angle Quilts!
 

NOTE: This tutorial is for individual use only. Please do not sell quilts made using this tutorial. Feel free to link to this tutorial, but please don't copy content and re-publish. Photos may be used with permission only. Contact me at kyndra{at}sewlio{dot}com if you have any questions regarding appropriate use of this tutorial.