Thursday, August 4, 2016

101 Patchwork Patterns - Block 9 Weathervane

If you are following along and making the blocks, I must apologize. I wasn't feeling well for a couple weeks and wrote a pattern without testing it. Block 8, Pinwheels, had a mistake in the cutting instructions. Please download the block pattern again. I am now 3 blocks ahead so that won't happen again. And if I do fall behind and am ill, I will skip a week rather than risk an untested pattern. Very unprofessional of me, and I feel bad if anyone had trouble with it. I haven't heard from anyone so hopefully we're all behind with this summer heat. It has been a very hot, humid summer here on the northern New England seacoast. My old house only has an air conditioner in one room, so I spend a lot of time there!

Block 9 Weathervane

Download the Weathervane pattern.

Make Half Square Triangle Units:

Using the 2-3/8" squares of pink and beige, and following the tutorial for half square triangle blocks, make 8 units.

Make Flying Geese Units:

Using the 3-1/2" blue squares and the 8, 2-3/8" beige squares, make 4 flying geese blocks.

1. Place a background square, with the diagonal drawn, on a corner of the blue square. Sew along the drawn line.

2. Trim away the corner, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press corner up.

3. Place another 2-3/8" background square on the other corner with the sewing line as shown. It doesn't matter which side you put the first corner on, but be sure they are both on the the same edge of the base square. You do not want them to be on opposite corners.

4. Trim the corner and press the piece. This shows the back with one corner pressed towards the background piece and one pressed towards the main block. If the blocks were to be sewn point to point, pressing the same way on each would allow the seams to nest.

Note: Flying Geese are usually a rectangular block, but the base can be larger, as is shown here. 

Here's what the quilt it looking like for me. I am going to start sewing the center together now, then add the last 4 blocks in this round once they are done. 

The Road Home Row Along

We are getting closer to the next online event that I'm participating in. Marian at Seams to Be Sew has organized a group of 48 quilters into a row along. Our theme is The Road Home which continues the Row by Row Experience theme of Home Sweet Home. We start on September 6 and continue for 6 weeks. Each has created a row depicting their idea of the theme. I can't share my design until my day, but I can tell you it is based on something from my hometown of New Milford, Connecticut.

Thanks for visiting today,