## Mittwoch, 7. Oktober 2015

### Square in Square Tutorial from National Quilters Circle

The original post is here.

The most efficient and accurate method for piecing a square in a square involves some waste. With this method however, you will be able to easily and accurately make any size square in a square without resorting to a Square in a Square Calculator for the cutting measurements, either online or in some remote reference material. Follow along as I take you through the precision technique basics of piecing a square in a square.

### Crunching the Numbers

This method uses a large center square and four small, corner squares. The large center square is cut ½” larger than the finished measurement of the unit. For example if you wanted a 4” finished unit, you would cut the center square 4½” (4 + ½ = 4 ½).
The four smaller squares are cut ½” larger than half the finished measurement of the unit. In the example, you would cut the smaller corner squares 2½” (half of 4 is 2 + ½ =2 ½).

### Piecing it Together

Step 1: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the four corner squares. Position two corner squares on two opposite corners of the large center square with the drawn lines running across the corner of the large square. Stitch on the drawn line, not on each side as we have been doing for previous units.
Step 2: Trim the corner ¼” from the stitching line.
Step 3: Press the remaining corner triangle away from the center square.
Step 4: Position the other two corner squares on the open corners of the large center square with the drawn lines running across the corner. Stitch on the drawn line.
Step 5: Trim the corner ¼” from the stitching line.
Step 6: Press the remaining corner triangles away from the center square. Although there is some waste, you will have an accurate square in a square of any size you wish to make.
Step 7: To add corner triangles to a square that does not need to be a specific size, you will first need to determine the unfinished size of the unit. To determine the unfinished size of the unit, multiply the square by 1.414. For example, the house square measures 5½”. Multiply this number by 1.414 to equal 7¾”. The unfinished size of the unit is 7¾”.
Step 8: For the corner triangles, cut two squares half the size of the unfinished unit plus 1”. For the house square, you would divide 7¾” by 2 and add 1” (7¾ divided by 2 = 3.875 + 1 = 4.875, round the number up to 5”). It is better to have them a little larger for trimming down to size. After cutting the two corner squares, cut the squares in half for the four corner triangles.
Step 9: Center the bias edge of two triangles on opposite sides of the center square, right sides together. I like to fold the center square and the triangles in half and give them a little pinch to make a tiny crease for centering the pieces. Stitch along the edge using a scant ¼”. Press the triangles away from the center square.
Step 10: Center the two remaining triangles on the open sides of the center square. Stitch along the edge using a scant ¼”. Press the triangles away from the center square.
Step 11: The square in a square is now ready for trimming. For larger units, use the 12” square up ruler. Align the ¼” line on the ruler along two points on the unit, checking for accurate alignment of the other two points to make sure the unit is square. Trim two sides.
Step 12: Turn the unit around and align the ¼” line on the ruler along the other two points on the unit. Check to make sure the other edges are square. Trim the remaining two sides to complete the project.

## Samstag, 3. Oktober 2015

### Halloween Potholder from June Daley

Came across these very cute potholders for Halloween and thought I need to share that with you.
The orginal post you find here

Wondering how you’re going to handle your hot caldron this Halloween? How funny…so was I! Witch, I mean which : ), is what inspired me to design a couple of quilted caldron/pot holders. Follow along for a quick tutorial.   materials: 4 assorted fabrics (9″ x 9″ top; 9″  x 9″ bottom; hat and star according to pattern; 40″ x 2″ binding; 6″ x 2″ loop hanger); batting (3-10″ x 10″ squares); fusible web; iron; sewing machine; thread; needle; embroidery floss. 1. Use my free pattern (click here
) to trace the hat bottom, middle band, hat top and star onto the smooth side of the fusible web, leaving a 1/4″ allowance all around each shape. Cut out the shapes just outside the marked lines. Press the hat shapes and star onto the wrong side of each of the chosen fabrics. Cut out the shapes accurately along the marked lines. Iron the shapes to the quilt top.   2. Make a quilt sandwich with the bottom/back fabric, three pieces of batting and finally the top/front of the potholder (a.) Pin together with safety pins. 3. Use a variety of machine stitches to quilt your block together (b.-c.) Use hand stitching to quilt the twirly line connecting the star to the hat. 4. Trim the excess batting from sides to make a perfect square. 5. To make the hanger loop, fold a 6″ x 2″ fabric strip in half lengthwise and press. Open out and fold each raw edge toward the center fold. Stitch along the long edges (d.) Set aside. 6. Cut a 40″ x 2″ strip of fabric for the edge binding. My new favorite way to machine attach binding is courtesy of my quilting instructor, Heather. She has a fabulous picture heavy tutorial here. Attach the loop hanger into the  left hand corner of the binding.

## Sonntag, 13. September 2015

Free Tutorial!
A lot of my quilting buddies wanted to know how this was made, and since it's such an easy quilt, I decided to share it as a free tutorial!

You'll need to decide what color you want to use for your shadows and border, and what color you want to use for your background. (I chose black shadows and a white background.)

48 squares 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"
5 squares 2" x 2"
28 strips 2" x 9-1/2"
30 strips 2" x 11"
24 strips 1-1/2" x 7-1/2"
24 strips 1-1/2" x 8-1/2"
(Outside border is cut 4-1/2" wide on my quilt.)
Next, cut 24 squares from all different fabrics @ 8-1/2" x 8-1/2"
﻿
for the bottom of each square:

for the side of the square:
Sew the bottom strip to the scrappy square, and then the side. It will look like this:
Now you'll add your sashing parts. First, to the bottom of the square above,
you will add one of your 2" x 9-1/2" strips of background fabric.
Then to the left side of the square you will add one of your 2" x 11" strips of
background fabric. Sew 4 blocks together per row, and finish the row with a final
2" x 11" strip of background.

Make 6 rows like that, and sew them together, adding a final set of 9-1/2" background strips with 2" squares of background fabric to your top row, and then your outter border, so that it looks like this:
Happy Quilting!

### September

..is finally hanging

## Mittwoch, 26. August 2015

### Supplies, Fabrics, and Notions:

Note from Nancy: Consider using all the red, white, and blue scraps to bust your fabric stash. I think you’ll be pleased with the color-coordinated, scrappy results.

### Cutting Tumblers:

Red: Cut 131 tumblers and 23 finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Off-White: Cut 138 tumblers from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Navy: Cut 55 tumblers and seven finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
• For each solid fabric tumbler, the cutting directions are the same.
• Stack several cut strips of fabric.

• Align the template as close to the cut end as possible.
• Trace along each edge.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template side, and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.

• Trace and cut the Finishing Pieces.
• Begin by aligning the template area of the Finishing Piece at the narrow end of the strip. Trace along the template area.

• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template, and trace the center Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked with half-tumbler shapes.

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• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.

• Create the pieced blue and off-white strips.
• Use a 1/4″ seam to stitch together the 1-3/4″ wide off-white fabric strip and the 3-1/4″ wide navy fabric strip.
• Press the seam allowance towards the navy blue fabric.

• Cut 36 tumblers from 4-1/2″ strata strips.

Note From Nancy: For the red and white fabrics, simply rotate the tumbler template 180° to nest the shapes next to each other.
For the pieced strip, in order to keep the white at the top of the tumbler shape, cut pieces in the same direction. Always place the widest part of the template along the blue fabric strip. There will be a slight waste of fabric.

• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.

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### Construction:

• Lay out the rows, starting and ending with a Finishing Piece.
• Make:
Three columns of #1
Three columns of #2
One column of #3
Four columns of #4
Four columns of #5

• Pin the coordinating pieces of each column together.
• Offset the end ¼″—the seam allowance width. Stitch. Repeat for each column.

• Join the block pairs with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
• Finally, stitch the columns into a quilt top. Simple as that!

Linda finished her patriotic tumbler quilt with in-the-ditch style quilting.

### 803 803 Supplies, Fabrics, and Notions:

Note from Nancy: Consider using all the red, white, and blue scraps to bust your fabric stash. I think you’ll be pleased with the color-coordinated, scrappy results.

### Cutting Tumblers:

Red: Cut 131 tumblers and 23 finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Off-White: Cut 138 tumblers from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Navy: Cut 55 tumblers and seven finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
• For each solid fabric tumbler, the cutting directions are the same.
• Stack several cut strips of fabric.
• Align the template as close to the cut end as possible.
• Trace along each edge.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template side, and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Trace and cut the Finishing Pieces.
• Begin by aligning the template area of the Finishing Piece at the narrow end of the strip. Trace along the template area.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template, and trace the center Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked with half-tumbler shapes.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Create the pieced blue and off-white strips.
• Use a 1/4″ seam to stitch together the 1-3/4″ wide off-white fabric strip and the 3-1/4″ wide navy fabric strip.
• Press the seam allowance towards the navy blue fabric.
• Cut 36 tumblers from 4-1/2″ strata strips.
Note From Nancy: For the red and white fabrics, simply rotate the tumbler template 180° to nest the shapes next to each other.
For the pieced strip, in order to keep the white at the top of the tumbler shape, cut pieces in the same direction. Always place the widest part of the template along the blue fabric strip. There will be a slight waste of fabric.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.

### Construction:

• Lay out the rows, starting and ending with a Finishing Piece.
• Make:
Three columns of #1
Three columns of #2
One column of #3
Four columns of #4
Four columns of #5

• Pin the coordinating pieces of each column together.
• Offset the end ¼″—the seam allowance width. Stitch. Repeat for each column.
• Join the block pairs with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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• Finally, stitch the columns into a quilt top. Simple as that!

Linda finished her patriotic tumbler quilt with in-the-ditch style quilting.

- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/quilting-2/patriotic-tumbler-flag-quilt-tutorial/#sthash.c98LzbDC.dpuf

### 803 803 Supplies, Fabrics, and Notions:

Note from Nancy: Consider using all the red, white, and blue scraps to bust your fabric stash. I think you’ll be pleased with the color-coordinated, scrappy results.

### Cutting Tumblers:

Red: Cut 131 tumblers and 23 finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Off-White: Cut 138 tumblers from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Navy: Cut 55 tumblers and seven finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
• For each solid fabric tumbler, the cutting directions are the same.
• Stack several cut strips of fabric.
• Align the template as close to the cut end as possible.
• Trace along each edge.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template side, and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Trace and cut the Finishing Pieces.
• Begin by aligning the template area of the Finishing Piece at the narrow end of the strip. Trace along the template area.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template, and trace the center Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked with half-tumbler shapes.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Create the pieced blue and off-white strips.
• Use a 1/4″ seam to stitch together the 1-3/4″ wide off-white fabric strip and the 3-1/4″ wide navy fabric strip.
• Press the seam allowance towards the navy blue fabric.
• Cut 36 tumblers from 4-1/2″ strata strips.
Note From Nancy: For the red and white fabrics, simply rotate the tumbler template 180° to nest the shapes next to each other.
For the pieced strip, in order to keep the white at the top of the tumbler shape, cut pieces in the same direction. Always place the widest part of the template along the blue fabric strip. There will be a slight waste of fabric.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.

### Construction:

• Lay out the rows, starting and ending with a Finishing Piece.
• Make:
Three columns of #1
Three columns of #2
One column of #3
Four columns of #4
Four columns of #5

• Pin the coordinating pieces of each column together.
• Offset the end ¼″—the seam allowance width. Stitch. Repeat for each column.
• Join the block pairs with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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• Finally, stitch the columns into a quilt top. Simple as that!

Linda finished her patriotic tumbler quilt with in-the-ditch style quilting.

- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/quilting-2/patriotic-tumbler-flag-quilt-tutorial/#sthash.c98LzbDC.dpuf

### 803 803 Supplies, Fabrics, and Notions:

Note from Nancy: Consider using all the red, white, and blue scraps to bust your fabric stash. I think you’ll be pleased with the color-coordinated, scrappy results.

### Cutting Tumblers:

Red: Cut 131 tumblers and 23 finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Off-White: Cut 138 tumblers from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Navy: Cut 55 tumblers and seven finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
• For each solid fabric tumbler, the cutting directions are the same.
• Stack several cut strips of fabric.
• Align the template as close to the cut end as possible.
• Trace along each edge.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template side, and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Trace and cut the Finishing Pieces.
• Begin by aligning the template area of the Finishing Piece at the narrow end of the strip. Trace along the template area.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template, and trace the center Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked with half-tumbler shapes.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Create the pieced blue and off-white strips.
• Use a 1/4″ seam to stitch together the 1-3/4″ wide off-white fabric strip and the 3-1/4″ wide navy fabric strip.
• Press the seam allowance towards the navy blue fabric.
• Cut 36 tumblers from 4-1/2″ strata strips.
Note From Nancy: For the red and white fabrics, simply rotate the tumbler template 180° to nest the shapes next to each other.
For the pieced strip, in order to keep the white at the top of the tumbler shape, cut pieces in the same direction. Always place the widest part of the template along the blue fabric strip. There will be a slight waste of fabric.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.

### Construction:

• Lay out the rows, starting and ending with a Finishing Piece.
• Make:
Three columns of #1
Three columns of #2
One column of #3
Four columns of #4
Four columns of #5

• Pin the coordinating pieces of each column together.
• Offset the end ¼″—the seam allowance width. Stitch. Repeat for each column.
• Join the block pairs with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

### 803

• Finally, stitch the columns into a quilt top. Simple as that!

Linda finished her patriotic tumbler quilt with in-the-ditch style quilting.

- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/quilting-2/patriotic-tumbler-flag-quilt-tutorial/#sthash.c98LzbDC.dpuf

### 803 803 Supplies, Fabrics, and Notions:

Note from Nancy: Consider using all the red, white, and blue scraps to bust your fabric stash. I think you’ll be pleased with the color-coordinated, scrappy results.

### Cutting Tumblers:

Red: Cut 131 tumblers and 23 finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Off-White: Cut 138 tumblers from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Navy: Cut 55 tumblers and seven finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
• For each solid fabric tumbler, the cutting directions are the same.
• Stack several cut strips of fabric.
• Align the template as close to the cut end as possible.
• Trace along each edge.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template side, and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Trace and cut the Finishing Pieces.
• Begin by aligning the template area of the Finishing Piece at the narrow end of the strip. Trace along the template area.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template, and trace the center Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked with half-tumbler shapes.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Create the pieced blue and off-white strips.
• Use a 1/4″ seam to stitch together the 1-3/4″ wide off-white fabric strip and the 3-1/4″ wide navy fabric strip.
• Press the seam allowance towards the navy blue fabric.
• Cut 36 tumblers from 4-1/2″ strata strips.
Note From Nancy: For the red and white fabrics, simply rotate the tumbler template 180° to nest the shapes next to each other.
For the pieced strip, in order to keep the white at the top of the tumbler shape, cut pieces in the same direction. Always place the widest part of the template along the blue fabric strip. There will be a slight waste of fabric.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.

### Construction:

• Lay out the rows, starting and ending with a Finishing Piece.
• Make:
Three columns of #1
Three columns of #2
One column of #3
Four columns of #4
Four columns of #5

• Pin the coordinating pieces of each column together.
• Offset the end ¼″—the seam allowance width. Stitch. Repeat for each column.
• Join the block pairs with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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• Finally, stitch the columns into a quilt top. Simple as that!

Linda finished her patriotic tumbler quilt with in-the-ditch style quilting.

- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/quilting-2/patriotic-tumbler-flag-quilt-tutorial/#sthash.c98LzbDC.dpuf

### 803 803 Supplies, Fabrics, and Notions:

Note from Nancy: Consider using all the red, white, and blue scraps to bust your fabric stash. I think you’ll be pleased with the color-coordinated, scrappy results.

### Cutting Tumblers:

Red: Cut 131 tumblers and 23 finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Off-White: Cut 138 tumblers from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Navy: Cut 55 tumblers and seven finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
• For each solid fabric tumbler, the cutting directions are the same.
• Stack several cut strips of fabric.
• Align the template as close to the cut end as possible.
• Trace along each edge.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template side, and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Trace and cut the Finishing Pieces.
• Begin by aligning the template area of the Finishing Piece at the narrow end of the strip. Trace along the template area.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template, and trace the center Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked with half-tumbler shapes.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Create the pieced blue and off-white strips.
• Use a 1/4″ seam to stitch together the 1-3/4″ wide off-white fabric strip and the 3-1/4″ wide navy fabric strip.
• Press the seam allowance towards the navy blue fabric.
• Cut 36 tumblers from 4-1/2″ strata strips.
Note From Nancy: For the red and white fabrics, simply rotate the tumbler template 180° to nest the shapes next to each other.
For the pieced strip, in order to keep the white at the top of the tumbler shape, cut pieces in the same direction. Always place the widest part of the template along the blue fabric strip. There will be a slight waste of fabric.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.

### Construction:

• Lay out the rows, starting and ending with a Finishing Piece.
• Make:
Three columns of #1
Three columns of #2
One column of #3
Four columns of #4
Four columns of #5

• Pin the coordinating pieces of each column together.
• Offset the end ¼″—the seam allowance width. Stitch. Repeat for each column.
• Join the block pairs with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

### 803

• Finally, stitch the columns into a quilt top. Simple as that!

Linda finished her patriotic tumbler quilt with in-the-ditch style quilting.

- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/quilting-2/patriotic-tumbler-flag-quilt-tutorial/#sthash.c98LzbDC.dpuf

### 803 803 Supplies, Fabrics, and Notions:

Note from Nancy: Consider using all the red, white, and blue scraps to bust your fabric stash. I think you’ll be pleased with the color-coordinated, scrappy results.

### Cutting Tumblers:

Red: Cut 131 tumblers and 23 finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Off-White: Cut 138 tumblers from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
Navy: Cut 55 tumblers and seven finishing pieces from 4-1/2″ crosswise strips.
• For each solid fabric tumbler, the cutting directions are the same.
• Stack several cut strips of fabric.
• Align the template as close to the cut end as possible.
• Trace along each edge.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template side, and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Trace and cut the Finishing Pieces.
• Begin by aligning the template area of the Finishing Piece at the narrow end of the strip. Trace along the template area.
• Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template, and trace the center Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked with half-tumbler shapes.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.
• Create the pieced blue and off-white strips.
• Use a 1/4″ seam to stitch together the 1-3/4″ wide off-white fabric strip and the 3-1/4″ wide navy fabric strip.
• Press the seam allowance towards the navy blue fabric.
• Cut 36 tumblers from 4-1/2″ strata strips.
Note From Nancy: For the red and white fabrics, simply rotate the tumbler template 180° to nest the shapes next to each other.
For the pieced strip, in order to keep the white at the top of the tumbler shape, cut pieces in the same direction. Always place the widest part of the template along the blue fabric strip. There will be a slight waste of fabric.
• Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut on each marked line.

### Construction:

• Lay out the rows, starting and ending with a Finishing Piece.
• Make:
Three columns of #1
Three columns of #2
One column of #3
Four columns of #4
Four columns of #5

• Pin the coordinating pieces of each column together.
• Offset the end ¼″—the seam allowance width. Stitch. Repeat for each column.
• Join the block pairs with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

### 803

• Finally, stitch the columns into a quilt top. Simple as that!

Linda finished her patriotic tumbler quilt with in-the-ditch style quilting.

- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/quilting-2/patriotic-tumbler-flag-quilt-tutorial/#sthash.c98LzbDC.dpuf