Cloud9 Block Design – Strippy Squares

Welcome back for my second Cloud9 block.  Yesterday I showed you the ‘official’ block that I designed and made for the blog hop.  While making that block I was playing with another design, so I decided to make that one too.  I did send the first block (Abstract Cabin) to Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs to be included in the group charity quilt, but I had enough fabric to make the blocks for my mini quilt.

As a reminder, here is the beautiful Cloud9 fabric:

open bundle

Here is the mini quilt from my 2 blocks.  Both are 12″ blocks, so this quilt is 24″x24″.

quilt on a log

I’m calling the second block ‘Strippy Squares”:

final block

Let’s get started!

Some General Notes:

  • The block finishes at 12″, or 12.5″ unfinished
  • I am assuming 1/4″ seam allowances throughout
  • For fabric quantity, I used the bundle of fat quarters that were sent to us.  However you don’t need the full fat quarter of any of the colors.  If you cut carefully, you could probably do this with some larger scraps.

First cut the blues:

The photo shows the size to cut, and the number of pieces to cut of that size in ().  For example, the first section below says to cut one (1) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square from the light blue fabric,  two (2) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and two (2) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles from the dark blue fabric.

Blue cutting

Then the Purples:

Purple cutting

And then the Grey:

Grey Cutting

Next we’ll work on the strips that go around the inner light blue square.

Step 1:

Join one dark purple 1 1/2″ square with one grey 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle (purple on the RIGHT).  Press the seam.  You can press the seam open or to the sides – whichever you prefer.

Next join one dark purple 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle with one grey 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle (purple on the LEFT).  Press the seam.

Once the strips are together, join the strip with the 1 1/2″ square strip unit to the top of the light blue 4 1/2″ square.  Press the seam.  Join the strip with the 2 1/2″ rectangles to the bottom of the light blue square.  Press this seam.

Assembly step 1

Step 2:

Join one light purple 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″  rectangle with one grey 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle (purple on the TOP).  Press the seam.

Next join one light purple 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle with one grey 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle (purple on the BOTTOM).  Press the seam.

From here, it is helpful to always orient the block that you are building so that the 1 1/2″ dark purple square is on the top.

Once the strips are together, join the strip with the 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ purple rectangle strip unit to the left of the light blue 4 1/2″ square.  Press the seam.  Join the strip with the longer light purple rectangle on the bottom to the right of the light blue square.  Press this seam.

assembly step 2 fixed

Step 3:

Join the 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ darker blue rectangles to the sides of the block – press the seams.

Join the 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ darker blue rectangles to the top and bottom of the block – press the seams.

assembly step 3

Step 4:

Join one grey 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to one dark purple 1 1/2″ square, and a second grey 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle with a light purple 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle.  Join these two units as shown in the photo.  Press the strip, and then join it to the right of the block.  Press the seam.

assembly step 4

Step 5:

Join one light purple 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to one grey 1 1/2″ square, and a dark purple 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle with a grey 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle.  Join these two units as shown in the photo.  Press the strip, and then join it to the left of the block.  Press the seam.

assembly step 5

Step 6:

Join one grey 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle to one dark purple 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle, and a one grey 1 1/2″ square with a light purple 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle.  Join these two units as shown in the photo.  Press the strip, and then join it to the top of the block.  Press the seam.

assembly step 6

Step 7:

Join one light purple 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to one grey 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle, and a dark purple 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle with a grey 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle.  Join these two units as shown in the photo.  Press the strip, and then join it to the bottom of the lock.  Press the seam.

assembly step 7

And the block is done!!

final block

Here are some more photos of the finished mini quilt.  I’ve been doing a lot of practice with some rolling swirls that I think I want to use on another quilt I’m working on.

on the rock

on a log

full quilt

Here are some detailed pictures of the quilting.  I used Aurifil 4663 (Baby Blue Eyes – a variagated blue and white) on the front of the quilt and Aurifil 2311 (Muslin) on the back.

abstract cabin quilting detail

strippy square detail quilting

and the detail on the back:

back quilting detail

This was a fun project.  I had a good time designing the blocks – though it was a challenge!  I also really like the way the mini quilt came out, and the opportunity it gave me to practice my swirls.

Some of the other folks on the blog hop did cool things with using various programs to make their pattern/tutorial, and then turning that pattern into a downloadable pdf file.  I think I will give that a try – let me know if you are interested – if you are, I’ll move it up on my priority list!

I hope you enjoyed the blocks and the quilt!

Cloud9 Block Design Blog Hop – Abstract Cabin

Welcome to my stop on the Cloud9 Block Design Blog Hop.  This is day 3 of the hop, but in case you haven’t been following the action so far let me tell you all about it!

As a continuation of our New Bloggers Group, we were offered the opportunity to participate in this block design blog hop.  Cloud9 Fabrics generously gave each participant a bundle of their lovely fabric, and in exchange we agreed to design a block and write a tutorial on how to make it.  Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs will then take all of our blocks and put them together into a quilt for charity.  What a great opportunity!  There is a long list of bloggers involved in the hop – you can see the whole schedule and list of participants at the end of this post.  Thanks so much to Cloud9 for sponsoring this hop, and to Yvonne (Quilting Jet Girl), Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) and Stephanie (Late Night Quilter) for hosting it!

I was pretty excited when my bundle arrived:

tied bundle

Here is the fabric – it is really pretty, and really nice to work with.

open bundle

This is my block – I’m calling it Abstract Cabin.  It is a take on a Log Cabin block, but with more of a non-traditional, abstract feel.  All of the colors are so rich and beautiful that I really wanted to be able to off all of them.

Finished Block

So let’s get started!  Let’s cut into this stack.

Some General Notes:

  • The block finishes at 12″, or 12.5″ unfinished
  • I am assuming 1/4″ seam allowances throughout
  • For fabric quantity, I used the bundle of fat quarters that were sent to us.  However you don’t need the full fat quarter of any of the colors.  If you cut carefully, you could probably do this with some larger scraps.

First the blue:

The photo shows the size to cut, and the number of pieces to cut of that size in ().  For example, the first section below says to cut two (2) 1″ x 3 1/2″ and two (2) 1″ x 4″ rectangles from the light blue fabric.

Blue Cutting

Next the Purple:

Purple Cutting

and the Grey:

Grey cutting

Next let’s start on the Purple blocks.

Step 1 Purple:

Sew one dark purple 2″ x 3″ rectangle to the left of the light purple 3″ square.  Press the seam – open or to the side – whatever you prefer.  Sew a dark purple 2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the first unit and press the seam.  Make two of these units.

Step 1 purple block

Step 2 Purple:

Sew one light purple 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle to the left of the block – see block orientation of the block below.  Press the seam.  Sew a light purple 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the first unit and press the seam.  Repeat both steps on the second block unit.

Step 2 purple

Step 3 Purple:

That’s it for the purple sub-blocks – aren’t they cute!?!?

Finished Purple blocks

The Blue blocks are a bit more involved than the Purple blocks – not harder, but there are more logs to add to the block to get it built up.

Step 1 Blue:

Sew one grey 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle to the left of the light blue  2 1/2″ square.  Press the seam.  Sew a grey 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the first unit and press the seam.  Make two of these units.

Step 1 blue block

Step 2 Blue:

Sew one light blue 1″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle to the left of the block (see block orientation below in the photo).  Press the seam.  Sew a light blue 1″ x 4″ rectangle to the bottom of the first unit and press the seam. Repeat both steps on the second block unit.

Step 2 blue

Step 3 Blue:

Sew one grey 2″ x 4″ rectangle to the left of the block (see block orientation below in the photo).  Press the seam.  Sew a grey 2″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the first unit and press the seam. Repeat both steps on the second block unit.

step 3 blue

Step 4 Blue:

Sew one dark blue 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle to the left of the block (see block orientation below in the photo).  Press the seam.  Sew a dark blue 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the first unit and press the seam. Repeat both steps on the second block unit.

Step 4 blue

Step 5 Blue:

That’s it for the blue sub-blocks – aren’t they even cuter!?!?

final blue blocks

Join the purple and blue sub-blocks as shown – make two of these units.

Join purple and blue

Join the two halves of the block together.

Join Halves

And that’s it!  Cool Abstract finished block. I hope you like it!

Finished Block

I had a good time designing the block, so I actually designed another one.  I also had enough of my bundle left to both send in this block to Cheryl for the group quilt and make more blocks for this mini quilt:

quilt flowers

I’ll share a tutorial tomorrow on making the second block, which I’m calling ‘Strippy Squares’.  Come on back tomorrow to learn about it!

Here is the list for the blog hop stops – lots of really cool blocks to go check out.

Today’s Stops:  Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting – THAT’S ME!!!
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Francine @Mochawildchild
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

Monday, September 12th

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT

 

Welcome my stop on the New Bloggers Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the 2016 New Bloggers Blog Hop! It’s been a fun few weeks learning about all the fabulous folks in our group, and now it is my turn!

Thanks so much to Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) for hosting my group of new bloggers – Miss Bee-hivin’!

2016 Advice and Tech Helpfor New Quilt BloggersAmista B Miss-Bee-Hivin1

Also thanks to Yvonne (Quilting Jet Girl) and Stephanie (Late Night Quilter) for hosting the other two groups.  I so appreciate the time and wisdom shared by everyone in the group, and it has been a great learning experience!

 

Along with me, these are the other folks on the hop-stop today:

Blog Hop Week 3 – July 11th
Jen @ Patterns By Jen
Heide @ Heide’s Quilty Hugs
Velda @ GRANNYcanQUILT
Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy and Pine

A little about me:
I grew up in Iowa, went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and after my Junior year took the only summer co-op offer I had that was not in the Midwest – down in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I figured a change would be good, and it was only one summer, right? Somehow it is 26 (yikes!) years later, and I still love New Mexico!  I am an Electrical Engineer and am in the process of changing jobs.  I was fortunate to be able to take almost 3 months off between jobs, which has been great for doing lots of quilting and getting my blog going.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Growing up, my grandmother and aunt taught me to knit and to do needlework, but I didn’t find quilting until after college. I always liked making things, but didn’t really like the finished product of what I made – there are only so many cross-stitch pieces a person needs! So I bought a cheap machine from Montgomery Ward’s, a copy of Fons and Porter’s Quilter’s Complete Guide (more good Iowa women!), and started quilting. After I got my Master’s Degree I gifted myself a new Bernina and have been quilting in earnest ever since.

My blog is named after our dog, Leo. He is such a handsome guy and has awesome brown paws that complement his black and white spotted body.

LeoWe have 5 furry kids – 2 cats and 3 dogs – and they would tell you they are very helpful with the creative process. They do contribute lots of fur!

 

 

 

 

Our corgi, Maggie, has Facebook and Instagram pages, and it was through her pages that I discovered how much fun the online community can be. I would take pictures of her with my quilts, and people would complement the quilts, so I decided to dive into the quilting online community as well.

maggie and saffy
Maggie and one of our cats, Saffy
me and bucky
Me and our third dog, Bucky

I started the blog to have a place to document my work and to be able to connect with others in the quilting community. It has been fun so far, and I have learned a lot about a wide range of things, including quilting, writing, blog technical stuff, and photography.

My Quilting Path:
As I mentioned, I started quilting nearly 20 years ago by teaching myself from Fons and Porter’s book. This is my first quilt – pretty simple, but I love it and still use it!

first quilt
I made a lot of quilts for friends – weddings and baby quilts – which kept me pretty busy. At some point I got very into hand dying fabric, so for a time I only bought muslin and made quilts from my hand dyes.  This is Koa Tree, a Hawaiian quilt made from my hand dyes.  It was hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

Koa Tree
Koa Tree

I call this Dyed Cabin – a king-sized log cabin quilt made of more of my hand dyes.  I machine quilted it on my domestic Bernina, which was quite a wrestling match.

Dyed Cabin
Dyed Cabin

A quick assortment of a few more:

cat in the hat butterfliesflipped jellyroll

 

 

 

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birds

swirls

 

 

 

 

I had a few very busy years at work where I didn’t have a lot of spare time, but recently I’ve been diving back in. This year I joined my local Modern Quilt Guild and am participating in a few online quilt-a-longs (listed at the end of this post). Normally I’m not that into making things directly from patterns, but I’ve really enjoyed the QALs for a bunch of reasons:

1. I found my style was probably pretty outdated, so this has freshened me up.
2. I also found a lot of my skills were pretty rusty. I am very goal oriented, so I tend to get frustrated pretty easily if I don’t think I’m making fast enough progress. Making 6” blocks with the Splendid Sampler has forced me to slow down and be more accurate – after all, I’m not in a race, don’t have a deadline, and no one will be harmed if I don’t get a block done ‘on time’!
3. I’ve tried out new techniques I wouldn’t have done otherwise (improve piecing and hexagons), and rediscovered things I really like but hadn’t done in a long time (embroidery).

This is my most recent finish, my Facets QAL. It was fun to make – see the 2 posts (one and two) I wrote about it..

finished 2

What I’m into now:
As ever, I have too many projects line up for the time I have, especially given I’m starting a new job next Monday!

1. Work on my machine quilting – learn more motifs and gain confidence.
2. Design and piece a few quilts that are more modern leaning. I’m thinking some plusses and/or a modern drunkard’s path from my Blueberry Park pre-cuts, and something with my Me+You batiks.  I recently took a workshop with Victoria Findlay Wolfe – I’ll talk about that quilt top later this week.
3. Keep up with my 3 remaining QALs
4. Learning to use EQ7
5. Make sure I keep creating and don’t let work take over my life

Some BrownPaws Quick Hits:
1. Favorite Blogging Tip: I am still so new to blogging, that the best tip I have is to just start. Just do something. I read so many articles about what to do/not do that I became overwhelmed with the learning curve I had to climb. I finally made list of things I needed to get done to publish SOMETHING, and then I keep list of ongoing things that I want to add and improve.
2. Favorite Quilting Tip: Find ways to try new things. I have been so energized (and sometimes intimidated!) by following people on Facebook/Instagram, joining QALs, and reading blogs. My second tip is BASTING SPRAY! I love this stuff. I HATE to baste quilts – it kills my back – but the basting spray has really helped speed up the process!
3. Other quick hits:
–  I love football, the Wisconsin Badgers, and am a Green Bay Packer owner (1 share of stock!)
–  I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad/Saul (I do live in Albuquerque!), and all things Star Wars.
– We spend a lot of time in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. It’s a great place.

Pagosa

Maggie Pagosa

 

 

 

 

–  I’m working on reading City of Mirrors, the last book in The Passage Triology. Great books.
–   I spend a lot of my sewing time listening to music (have you heard of HoneyHoney? Check them out…), or listening to audiobooks.

Please let me know what you are currently working on, what cool new thing you have seen recently in the quilting world, and if you too have furry kids that help you create things!

Enjoy the blog hop!  Thanks for stopping by.

Current QALs:
1. Christa Watson’s Facets QAL
2. The Splendid Sampler
3. Amy Gibson’s Sugar Block Club 3.0 (with the Albuquerque MQG)
4. The Moda Bake Shop Bee-utiful Quilt-a-Long (lots of cool embroidery!)

 

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