Their post includes a bit of our studio
a couple pics of me . . . yikes!
More info at Riley Blake Designs.
Wow, week four already!
So, this is the part of the Snow-A-Long where it gets tricky for me,
I not an expert when it comes to constructing pieced blocks. On the contrary, I am a novice. I began learning two years ago and have limited experience. I cannot offer tips on how to get these blocks perfect or precise. The best way I can instruct you in this segment is to show how we did it in a picture is worth a thousand words quilt block how to gallery, from a watercolor artist perspective rather than a quilter’s. It worked fairly well for us so no matter what your level of piecing skills is, I am confident that you can do this too.
First, using your two Pieced Blocks Guide sheets included in your pattern and the cover art for color, cut all of your fabrics according to the specified sizes in each of the 7.5″ (finish size) blocks. Our approach was block by block although, some of you experienced quilters may want to cut multiple blocks of the black and white fabrics, all at one time. The blocks are all two color classics so we found the majority were fairly simple to construct.
Once all of our fabric was cut we laid out each block’s pieces on pre-stretched artist canvases that we had on hand to use as our mini design boards. I hope to make some proper ones in the near future but these were just the right size and served our purpose.
We also labeled each board by row and block number with post-its. This helped us to keep everything organized until we were ready to sew. It will also help you to spot any mistakes that may have occurred during cutting too, as was the case in our first attempt! Can you spot them?
For our post photography we used these cool vintage price labels to show the quilt rows (top #) and blocks (bottom #).
I began with the blocks that were easiest for me to see how they could be assembled in horizontal rows but you can start with any of the blocks that you like. The design boards allow you to arrange the various pieces in advance to see how you think they look best. I tried wherever possible to have my text facing up and the pieces that were sideways, to be facing in the same direction.
Row 2, Block 6
We attached all of the half square triangles, B and C cuts together with a 1/4″ seam, shown in the first photo. Working from left to right we attached the top left two units together forming a horizontal, half square triangle double. Then we attached the two below those in the same way. After that, all four half square triangles were sewn together forming the top left corner unit of four half square triangles. Follow the same for the remaining three corners.
Attach the two top corner units to each side of your D cuts, and then bottom the same way. Attach the horizontal D cuts with center cut C. You will have three rows. Pin to match seams and working top to bottom attach all three rows together to complete the block.
Row 3, Block 1.
I started in the upper left corner making the small half square triangle by attaching E to B with a 1/4″ seam. Then added both of the dark triangles E to two sides of that unit forming a larger, 4 piece triangle. Again and throughout the quilt construction, we tried to maintain 1/4″ seams. To complete the corner unit I then sewed to the large white cut triangle A in the same way you made your first small, half square triangle. I repeated the steps for the remaining three corner units.
Then working from left to right attach top two corner units to D and repeat for the bottom corners. You will then have three horizontal rows. Last we pinned in place to attach all three rows together.
More of our picture is worth a thousand words quilt block gallery:
You can see that we followed a similar sequence for each of the remaining blocks. I attached all of the small half square triangles first as I moved from block to block.
I do not know the technical terms for block assembly so please excuse me quilters and please, interject your vast knowledge from experience in the comments! We would all love to learn more!
I have not included every block in this post but will add the remaining four in a follow up post.
I imagine that most of you following are able to quilt circles around me but I read somewhere once, “finished is better than perfect.” Jenny Doan I believe said that and I found it encouraging.
So, keep going!
And post photos with #snowalong and #snowsweetfabric in your social media so we can find/see your progress.
Last week in September and also for
My last PAPERDOLL block.
I used Black Text, Blue Text, Blue Pin Dots & Riley Blake White.
And I used more Just Another Button Company’s new alphabet buttons in my styling! Loving those, on everything.
And speaking of buttons, these oversized are stoneware coasters that I picked up in Hamilton last weekend. They are my Birthday Bash present to self that I spotted in the Farm Goods shop and couldn’t resist getting for the studio. Set of four, yellow and green not pictured. Aren’t they sew cute?
Well, that’s all for the Meet The Makers QAL project but not for me and piecing/quilting! I think I’m just getting started. Learning to piece and a bit of quilting during the QAL and September’s National Sewing Month this year seams so fitting and friends say was about time. After designing fabric and projects for over fifteen years I am enjoying getting to actually use the fabrics as they were intended, in the ‘sew through’.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my progress while you quilted along and I would love to see yours. If you haven’t already I hope you’ll try this fun project. All of the details and kits are at RileyBlakeDesigns.com
Thanks for tuning in! 😉
Once again, this Riley Blake Designs Maker, is sharing!
Here is my progress for the
RILEY BLAKE DESIGNS
MEET THE MAKERS Quilt-Along.
My block #2 features
pincushion toss, vintage button illustrations and tape measures plus,
Riley Blake White.
please tell me, are YOU quilting along?
Jump in anytime.
Details are on their BLOG.
And very good details they are too! Including a VIDEO TUTORIAL.
Each time that I complete one of these blocks I am fascinated to see the results. In case you missed my last post, I’m actually learning to piece during this QAL. Very fun and challenging at the same time. And, I think I may be hooked!
Meet me here next week for more,
Meet the Makers Paperdoll blocks!
And be sure to tune in for the
starting Thursday, Sept. 6 for four consecutive Thursdays on the blogs listed below.
I’m betting these Makers are going to be showing you some really
For some of our really cute stuff using Paperdoll fabrics:
“Doll Closet” Applique Design for Makers
in our ETSY SHOP