Friday, May 15, 2015

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

A couple of weeks ago in our quilt group we each brought 12.5” quilt blocks to donate to a charity quilt.  We were also asked to bring the instructions to make the block as well.  I've always loved the very traditional “Weathervane” quilt block, so that's what I chose to make.  And since I wrote up the instructions for my quilt group, I thought I would also share them here! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Print 1: 
4 @ 4.5” square

Print 2:
1 @ 4.5” sq,
4 @ 2.5” sq, and
4 @ 3.25” sq

Background: 
Cut 12 @ 2.5” square
4 @ 3.25” square

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 1:  On the 4 (3.25”) background squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner with a pencil.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 2:  Place each 3.25” background square RST (right sides together) with a 3.25” print square.  Sew about 1/4” on each side of the drawn line.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 3:  Carefully cut along the drawn line.  Press HSTs open with the seam allowance toward the print side.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Trim each HST to be 2.5” square.  You need 8 total (2.5”) HSTs.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 4:  As shown in the photo, lay out 2 HSTs, 1 (2.5”) background square and 1 (2.5”) print square.


Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew the top two squares together using a 1/4” seam.  Repeat for the bottom two squares.  Press seams away from the HSTs.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew the top and bottom units together, matching center seam.  Press seam open. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Repeat to make 4 of these Unit A blocks.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 5:  On 8 of the 2.5” background squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner with a pencil. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 6:  Place one 2.5” background square RST on one corner of a Print 1 (4.5”) square. 


Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4” away from stitching. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Fold open the corner and press. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 7:  Place a second 2.5” background square RST on an adjacent corner of the 4.5” print square. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4” away from seam.

  Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Fold open the corner and press.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Repeat to make 4 Unit B blocks.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 8:  Lay out block elements as shown in the photo. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew into rows using 1/4” seam.  Press seams of row 1 and 3 towards the center.  Press seams of row 2 away from center.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew rows together, matching seams.  Press.  And you’re done! 

Block should measure 12.5” square. 


Friday, May 8, 2015

Throw and Baby size Hello Washi

Happy Friday!  I wanted to show you two more Hello Washi quilts that I’ve made in the past few months -

This throw sized version was the first one I made.  It’s made from two charm packs from the Late Bloomers line of fabric (Moda).  I just loved the rich, fall colors in this line. 

Hello Washi quilt pattern

In the pattern, there are instructions for three different block variations. The one I used here is the monochromatic version – with each block made from prints with similar colors.  So the shape of the block stands out more than each individual strip. 

Hello Washi quilt pattern

I backed this quilt in some flannel to make it perfect for using in the fall months. 

Hello Washi quilt pattern

This next quilt is the baby sized version of Hello Washi.  For this quilt I used cuts of yardage instead of precuts.

Hello Washi quilt pattern

It was this version of the quilt that helped me name the pattern.  I thought the bright, geometric strips of fabric looked like my favorite rolls of washi tape.  And washi tape, although cute by itself, is so fun when combined with other strips of washi tape!

Hello Washi quilt pattern 
This line is called Simply Sweet from Riley Blake fabrics.  It’s an older line, but you can still find bundles of it on etsy. 

Hello Washi quilt pattern

Out of all three Hello Washi quilts that I made, this one is my favorite.  I just wish I had made it as a throw size.  When it’s not a part of a trunk show, this one hangs on the wall above my longarm.  It’s so cheery!

You can find PDF patterns for Hello Washi in my shop, on ETSY and on Craftsy.  For just a few more days, get 25% off the PDF in my shop by using the code "mayflowers".


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A New Quilt Pattern – Hello Washi

Today I’m sharing one of my new patterns – finally!  This pattern has actually been done for quite some time, but I’ve only had it available as a paper pattern, and not a PDF.  I’m happy to say that it’s now available as a PDF (instant download) now in my shop, on ETSY and on CraftsyHello Washi quilt pattern
Hello Washi is jelly roll and charm pack friendly, and has measurements and instructions for four sizes (baby, throw, twin and queen).  The quilt I’m showing today is the baby size and it only needs 1 charm pack to make the center portion of the quilt (you need additional yardage for the background and border). 

Hooray for finding ways to use those favorite charm packs that we’re all hoarding saving!  I know I’m not the only one!

Hello Washi baby quilt

I made this baby size (46” x 46”) Hello Washi quilt from the “Bobbins and Bits” line from Moda.  It was hanging in a local quilt shop for awhile but it has now come home to live with us!  

Hello Washi baby quilt

I’ll be back on Friday to show two more versions of Hello Washi.  You can find the pattern in my shop, on Craftsy, and here on Etsy.  And to celebrate this new addition to the Bright Corner pattern family, you can get 25% off Hello Washi in my shop by using the code “mayflowers.” 

And before I forget - the winner of the Scrap Happy Sewing book is…Untitled-1 Pat!  Congratulations to Pat, and thank you to all of you!  I love reading your comments and kind emails!

[Pat, please shoot me an email so I can get your info for the giveaway - abrightcorner (at) gmail (dot) com]


Friday, May 1, 2015

Scrappy Strawberry


Have you heard about Lori Holt’s new book, Farm Girl Vintage?  I’ve seen bits of it here and there around Instagram but it wasn’t until I saw it in person and had a friend show me how awesome it is that I had to buy it for myself. 

Farm Girl Vintage book

There are a few projects in the book that are now on my to-do list, but one little block went immediately to the top of the list -

Scrappy Strawberry block 4

I just thought this little strawberry block was so sweet!  I pulled out my bin of 2.5” squares and found my favorite reds along with a few greens.  It didn’t take me long to make the one block. 

Scrappy Strawberry block 3

I quilted it last night, and bound it this morning while I caught up on some podcasts.

Scrappy Strawberry block 2

Sometimes these quick little projects are so fun.  It’s nice to start and finish something in the same week :)

Scrappy Strawberry block

The finished block measures 12” and I added a 2” border all the way around to frame it up. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great Friday (yay for Friday!) and if you haven’t had a chance to enter the book giveaway on my last post, be sure to click back and leave a comment.  Giveaway ends on Monday!

Oh and Lori is doing a Farm Girl Vintage sew along - you can join in over on her blog!  It will be fun to see what everyone creates!

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