I had such good intentions of posting this week’s blocks early so you could get a jump start on them before the big holiday next week, but alas sometimes life just gets in the way! Better late than never, here are the blocks for week seven.
Can you feel the end is near? This week we are on blocks 19, 20, & 21. That means there are only 9 blocks left after this week!! I’m starting to get excited to put my quilt together, and this week I started to spread my wings a bit with changing up the block designs.
Block 19 is pretty straight forward. It features my new favorite method in the corners and when you take a look at the pattern you’ll notice I decided to add a third color- the pink. The original design features one print and one background, but now that I have my pile of completed blocks I’m wanting to see more colors in them. So, with only a handful of blocks left I’ve decided to spice things up a bit when I can.
Click on the link below to download the instructions for Block 19, designed by Kansas Troubles Quilters.
Block 20 proved to be something new for our Sampler- a tiny bear paw variation block. Very cute- albeit not my favorite one to sew! Teeny tiny and I don’t always get along. Not to mention trimming down half square triangle blocks to 1 1/2″, but I made it through and so can you! In the end, it didn’t turn out as bad as I had thought. I’m glad I made it, just don’t hold your breath waiting for me to make any more!
Click on the link below for the pattern designed by A Quilting Life.
And now for Block 21. I was excited about this block when I looked at the pattern. Again, something different, a zigzag or chevron design. “What? a zigzag?” Correct- that’s what the block is supposed to look like. Remember how I said life can sometimes get in the way? This week my usual routine got a bit interrupted when my son Jack was home sick for 3 days. He was great- he just laid on the couch in my sewing room while I sewed up my blocks but my mind wasn’t necessarily working at 100%!
First, I decided to use two different fabrics instead of just one for the print. When I looked at the pattern, I saw that I was supposed to sew the background squares onto the print rectangles to make the little sliver of print in each rectangle. What I didn’t pay attention to was that I was supposed to make 4 with the sliver of print running one way and 4 with it running the other way.
I got all of my rectangles made and when I tried to lay them out in a zigzag it wouldn’t work. Now I’m not one to resew pieces when I have perfectly good pieces in front of me. Instead, I changed up the design and created my own block! So lucky you- now you have an extra “secret” design no one else has!!
Click on the link below to download the pattern for Block 21 designed by Minick & Simpson.
So that’s it for this week. I am hopeful I’ll be able to post next week’s blocks early so you don’t have to think about it during Christmas. Until then, happy sewing. – Katie