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Layer cakes in HD versus HC

DH at rest during calving season

My very own DH (dear hubby) has been out with the new baby calves that are coming fast and furiously, even in the COLD weather.  It is necessary to check them every couple of hours all through the night.  He slides in occasionally to thaw out and cat-nap in front of the large screen HD television.  Sitting along side one night, I mentioned I was working on an HC quilt.  He “kindly” let me know that I probably meant HD.  I clarified by saying that the HC made it HD.  He finally opened both eyes, just so he could raise an eyebrow.

I said that high contrast quilts make for high definition.  He thought that was about as funny as stepping on one of my pins.  But I just attributed his lack of humor to lack of sleep.

Let’s talk about HC quilts which are best for all those 10″ squares we pre-cut from the scrap pile last year. I usually like high contrast quilts anyway but they seem especially important with scrap quilts.  Here are some tips to get you sewing.

  • In these ideas it is best to use a light piece and a dark piece, saving the mediums for later.  I know that it may all seem relative to what fabric is laid next to it.  But if you question, “Is this a medium?”, then that’s the one you want to leave out.  Think gray scale and then go to either end.
  • Use an assortment but keep them coordinated within the block.  Say, a light pink and a dark pink.  A tan and a chocolate brown.  You get the picture?  In high definition?
  • As mentioned before, these scraps may not always  be straight of grain so square it up early and often!
  • It won’t take long to have enough for a LARGE quilt, so know what your end goal is.  Place mats can wait for the smaller squares.

Sew Along #2

There’s probably a real name for this one (criss-cross, cross over, King’s X, ric-rac) but I just liked it for the 10″ squares.  SO FAST!

Layer 2-10″ squares (a light & a dark) with the light on top. (The Martelli yellow board is a great cutting mat but looks a little weird with these colors in HD!) 

1 light & 1 dark; light on top

Make 3 – 2 1/2″ cuts vertically. I just pealed the first layer back so you could see the direction.

Cut both layers one time

Make 1 – 2 1/2″ cut horizontally through both layers.  My Martelli skinny-mini ruler is covering what I’m cutting in the above photo.  Remove the light strips and layer or line up to cut one more 2 1/2″ section. Sorry, I switched blocks as I forgot to photo the other one at this stage.

Cut 4 light, longer strips once more

Do a layout according to finished block and assembly line sew into strip sections of the block.  The scrappy blocks are so different you won’t mix them up.  But remember you are going to have TWO finished blocks from each fabric pair.

When you begin to join the strips together remember that there are more vertical seams (taking up the seam allowances) that there are horizontal seams, so your block will NOT be square.

1 from the top & 1 from the bottom

Here’s the part about trim early and often.  Start your seams at the point of the pins in the photo leaving the excess in a trimming spot.  One is at the top and one is at the bottom. Sorry the yellow pin is so hard to see, but the excess purple isn’t hard to see.

Trim then join center

Trim each pair of strips to 8 1/2″ then join the center seam.  Re-square entire clock.

Square it up!

Here’s a completed version but her method involved complete yardages of fabric.

Now there’s some high contrast that even sleep deprived hubby can see in high definition.  I have one more option for you. It’s even faster!  You don’t even have to change the channel.  My inspiration came from here

Criss-cross

and you can find a youtube video here.

 

Here’s option #2:

Chose 2-10″ squares, one light and one dark. Layer together.

1 light & 1 dark

Lay opposing corners on the 45 degree angel line of your cutting mat. Cut 1″ away from that 45 degree line on both sides.

45 degree angle

Should come out looking like this (the lighter one is on the bottom, but the order doesn’t matter).

Do the switcheroo

Fold each piece in half to find center and mark with a pin, or iron, or finger press (remember they are bias cuts so don’t stretch).

Find your centers

Sew the LIGHT center strip to the two DARK triangles and the DARK center strip to the two LIGHT triangles. Square each of the inserted corners to 9 1/2″

Square it up!

Ta-Da!  You will be finished with either of these two quilts before the next blog post comes out.

2 for work of 1

Which is your favorite? I can see them put together in cross over pattern or the first option set on point or…and I’ll be thinking about those medium tones that felt so left out of the HC quilts.  Or maybe moving on to those strips that are left in the drawer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall in the Country (and out of the Country) – Part I

Something tells me that “the times they are a changin’.” Trees are changing colors and the temperature is changing as well.  Sister 2 (me) likes to spend her fall out IN the country as much as possible.  I love the colors, textures, sights and even smells of fall.  The fall colors are my kind of colors so that’s why one of my favorite collections is the Thank you, God.

Thank You, God Bread Wrap

Every season has its texture, but fall lets you bring out the wool work.  Check out the free pattern section under the brag book tab for the Holly Jolly candle mat.  Then you’ll be ready for the next season.

Holly, Jolly Candle Mat

The smell of the country usually includes roasting pumpkin seeds from the jack-o-laterns.  First I have to convince this little doll (#12) to share her pumpkin.  Maybe I’ll have to settle for a pumpkin spice latte instead.

How does something grow sweeter every day?

The sights range from snow in September (yes, we had some) to leaves in October and family in November (they’re coming to our house).  Just can’t get enough of those grand-kids.  Little man from down the road saw the “Old McDonald’s Farm” embroidery blocks that someone had given me.  He is quite taken with animals and wanted to know what was I going to do with those blocks.  I suggested a quilt for someone who likes animals and he let me know that he didn’t have a quilt “like everyone else”.  All he had was an “old brown blanket”.  So, of course, we  got busy.

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Made from left over fabric from his room so we pieced the pieces in order to have enough.

Because I really have been keeping up with the Fight the Chaos Fridays each month I have a huge pile of 2.5″ square.  Little man from ACROSS the country (California) says he wants a “Minecraft” quilt.  That really will be a change for me!

slightlyoffquilter.com

Apparently, Sister 1 took a different look at fall and the changing times and seasons. She went OUT of the country instead.  Her travels included other colors, textures, sights and smells. Part II of this blog post coming soon. (as soon as she unpacks)

So where has the fall season taken you? Hopefully to the sewing room where you can include some wonderful fall colors and textures.

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