It’s Time to Reveal – Clue #5

First, I want to thank you all for your prayers and condolences at this difficult time.  My heart is heavy for my son and his two small children.  Life will never be the same for them.  But we try and move on, doing our best to make up for the loss but there is no way to fill this void.  Your comments have touched me.  Thank you all again.

OK!  Here we go!  Clue #5

You should have all your sections done and ready to go.  Now it’s time to cut your sashing.  Cut (48)  –  1 1/2 x 10 1/2″ strips.  Assemble blocks on point as shown, using the sashing strips, 1 1/2″ cornerstones and the remaining 1 7/8″ HST’s. Scrap-In-A-Box #5

There are several ways to assemble your squares.  When I assemble mine, I like to lay out the squares so that I get a good mix of the fabrics and colors.  I try to not have like fabric next to each other.  I sew the squares together in strips with the sashing in between.  Then I lay the strips out in order and choose a cornerstone that is in contrast to the fabrics that meet at the corners.  I then sew the sashing strips to the cornerstones making long strips.  Add the 1 7/8″ HSTs at each end (making sure they go in the right direction).   I then sew the sashing strips to the strips of squares.  This way I can make sure that the cornerstones are mixed well and contrast with the corner fabrics.

Borders:

Measure the length and width of the quilt at the center.  Cut the inner border strips 1 1/2″ wide the proper length and width for each side.  Pin and sew being careful to not stretch the fabric.

Measure and cut the contrasting border strips 1 1/2″ for each side.  Pin and sew as before.

Measure and cut the outer border strips 3 1/2″ for each side.  Pin and sew as before.

My finished quilt top measures 59″ x 74″.  Here it is hanging on the neighbor’s clothesline with the wind blowing!

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Here We Go! Clue #2

Scrap-In-A-Box  –  Clue #2

If using 2 7/8″ background squares, cut them in half on the diagonal OR if using the Easy Angle Tool, use the background HST’s cut from 2 1/2″ strips.  Sew one triangle to each side of the 2 1/2″ colored side of the unit made in clue #1.  (Unit will appear similar to the unit in clue #1)   Trim off the dog ears.  Complete 82.

 

Part 1 of Clue #2 Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Part 1 of Clue #2
Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

If using the 4 7/8″ colored squares, cut them in half on the diagonal OR if using the Easy Angle Tool make the HST’s from 4 1/2″ strips.  Sew the colored HST to the unit in Clue #2 to make a 4 1/2″ square.  Square up if necessary.  Trim off dog ears and press to the colored side.  Complete 82.  No need to match…..make them random but pleasing……Actually they don’t have to be that pleasing!!!  Ha!    Remember: Diversity is your friend.  So mix up those colors and patterns!

Second part of Clue #2 Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Second part of Clue #2
Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Random But Pleasing?! What’s That?

The other night at our guild meeting, Mary asked “Random but pleasing?  Does that mean it’s not random?”…….(tongue in cheek).  She’s a great scrapper and was giving me that look, just being a smartie.  So Mary, this is for you and all the others who may legitimately want to know.  Random but pleasing is random but sort of.  As I cut and choose my scraps, I like as many different options as I have available.  Meaning many colors, styles( 30’s, civil war, kids etc.), patterns (stripes, polk-a-dot, florals, fruit, etc.).  I like and use it ALL …whatever is in the bag, box or pile!  When I’m sewing my pieces together, I usually have them randomly stacked in piles next to where I’m working and I “audition” the pieces as I am sewing them together.  I want interest and balance but most of all I don’t want to lose the focus of my block pattern.  So I look for diversity in color, fabric pattern, and value.    So if one piece is the same color, same pattern (polk-a-dots, stripes, floral, solid), same value (light, dark, etc.), that piece is set aside and the next is “auditioned”. It’s a quick glance.  No matchy match!   No hemming and hawing about whether I like it or not or whether is goes……do I love it or not.  Not important!  Can I live with it and does it give me the contrast and balance that I want to have in my block.  That’s what I’m looking for.  Of course, when the blocks are finished there are always some that I really like and some not so much.  When I’m down to assembling those last couple of blocks, there are always some pieces that just need to be put in there.  They may not have that zing that I’d like.  So I stick that “not so much” block somewhere in a corner of the quilt .  The corner is usually hanging off the bed and you can’t see it that well anyway.  The ones with the pop go in the middle  where they are most visible.  I hope that explains my “random but pleasing” theory.  Happy Quilting, Everyone!  BTW I love seeing your Clue #1 blocks on Flickr.

SEW!!………Clue #1……Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

I have to apologize.  The clue didn’t go out at 7 pm.  Guess there was something I should have clicked and I didn’t.  Sorry!   I’ll have to figure it out for next time.  But here’s the clue:

Part #1

Sew (2) 1 7/8″ Half Square Triangles (HST) background fabric or (2) 1 1/2″ HST’s made with the Easy Angle Tool background fabric, to one 1 1/2″ colored square.  Sew to make a right angle triangle with the square on point at the top and both background HST’s to make the base (see example below)  Trim off dog ears. Make 82.

Part 1 of Clue #1, Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Part 1 of Clue #1, Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Part #2

If using 2 7/8″ colored squares, cut them in half on the diagonal or if you are using the Easy Angle Tool, use the colored HST’s cut from 2 1/2″ strips.  Sew one triangle to the unit sewn above to make a 2 1/2″ square  (See example below).  No need to match…..make them random but pleasing.  Square up if necessary to 2 1/2″ square, trim off dog ears and press to colored side.  Complete 82.

Part 2, Clue #1 Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Part 2, Clue #1 Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Stay tuned.  Clue #2 will be on released Feb. 10, 7 pm EST.
Happy Quilting!

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