100 Days – Week 4

My leaves for the 100-days-project for this week:

What I learned so far:
I like freehand cutting the leaves.
Sewing a leaf per day seems like a small thing to do but it isn’t. I’m thinking about leaves, looking at them and collecting them on my walk with the dog. So the leaves are always on my mind.

If you are wondering what’s that all about – read my post here.

 

BOM 2021: Star #4

Another fast and easy stars but with great impact.

Cut (all measurements include ¼ inch (0,75 cm) seam allowance)
1 square 3⅛ x 3⅛ inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in blue,
1 square 3⅛ x 3⅛ inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in pink,
2 squares 3⅛ x 3⅛ inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in yellow and
4 squares 3⅛ x 3⅛ inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in darkblue (background fabric).
Cut each of these 12 squares diagonally to get 24 triangles.

Cut
2 squares 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) in blue,
2 squares 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) in pink and
4 squares 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) in darkblue (background fabric).

Sew each blue, pink and yellow triangle to a darkblue one. Press and cut off the dog ears. Trim the squares to the size of 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) if necessary. Be careful to line up the diagonal line on your ruler with the diagonal seam.

Lay out the star as shown on the picture below.

Sew the squares together to make 4 rows. Be careful not to mix up your layout.

I do iron each row, pressing the seam allowances to the right in row 1 and 3 and to the left in row 2 and 4. So I can butt the seam allowances against each other and get nice corners.

Sew the rows together for the finished block.

Take 4 of the strips 10½ x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm) that you cut from the background fabric previously (see introduction to the BOM here) and sew 2 of them to opposite sides of your block. They are a little bit too long – shorten them to the block size. Sew the 2 remaining strips to the other sides of the block and shorten if necessary. Finished!

If you just found this BOM you can find the general instructions and the previous stars on the Free BOM 2021 page on top.

I would love to see your finished star-blocks. Please post them in the comments at TheQuiltingSpace’s Facebook page, tag me on Instagram @thequiltingspace and/or use the hashtag #thequiltingspace.

See you in May for star #5.

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties.

 

The 100 Days Project

For years now I’m discussing with myself if I should participate in the 100 days project. It’s about committing yourself to 100 days of doing something – painting a picture, cooking a soup, sketching a flower, … And of course a lot of quilters take part. The project usually starts in April but this year it was advanced to end of January. It’s a great way to work in series and to grow in whatever you are doing.

The last years I always had an idea about what to do but my inner monkey always told me about to much work, about not being able to finish and about a lot of other reasons not to start it. And in 2021, as in all the other years, I did not take part but looked at all the great projects on Instagram (#the100daysproject2021) with envy. I especially love the project of Wendy Gratz who does a patchwork bird every day (@wendygratz).

So today – without much thinking – I decided to do the 100 days project as well. As today is day 101 of the year it’s a good starting point with the project running from day 101 to day 200.

I wanted something easy and fast, something with one theme but different possibilities. And I chose leaves. One leaf each day. 100 leaves that may or may not end up in a quilt.

This is my first leaf

Each day I will post the leaf to my Instagram account (@thequiltingspace) and each Sunday there will be on overview of the week’s leaves here on the blog. Wish me luck and persistence.

 

BOM 2021: STAR #3

This is a fast and easy star. So can either relax with one star or make a whole quilt with a lot of them.

Cut (all measurements include ¼ inch (0,75 cm) seam allowance)
4 squares 3 x 3 inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in green,
4 squares 3 x 3 inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in orange and
4 squares 3 x 3 inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) in darkblue (background fabric)
Cut each of these 12 squares diagonally to get 24 triangles.

Cut 4 squares 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm) in darkblue

Join the triangles to get squares again. Sew
4 squares orange-blue,

4 squares green-blue

and 4 squares orange-green.

Press and cut off the dog ears.

Lay out the star as shown on the picture below.

Tipp: Do this layout as close to your sewing machine as possible so can take the pieces, sew them together and put them back at the appropriate place so that the pieces don’t get mixed up.

Sew the squares together to make 4 rows, then join the rows.

Take 4 of the strips 10½ x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm) that you cut from the background fabric previously (see introduction to the BOM here) and sew 2 of them to opposite sides of your block. They are a little bit too long – shorten them to the block size. Sew the 2 remaining strips to the other sides of the block and shorten if necessary. Finished!

As I told you – fun, fast and easy.

If you just found this BOM you can find the general instructions and the previous stars on the Free BOM 2021 page on top.

I would love to see your finished star-blocks. Please post them in the comments at TheQuiltingSpace’s Facebook page, tag me on Instagram @thequiltingspace and/or use the hashtag #thequiltingspace.

See you in April for star #4.

 

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties.

 

BOM 2021: STAR #2

I hope you liked your Star #1 (if you do post a picture in the comments on my Facebook-page – we all would like to see it). Here is Star #2 of my free Block of the Month 2021.

Cutting
All the measurements include a seam allowance of ¼ inch (7,5 mm).
I also name the color I used to make it easier for you to identify the different pieces.

From the yellow fabric cut
18 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm) – cut all of these squares diagonally

From the dark blue (background) fabric cut
6 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,5 x 5,5 cm) – cut all of these squares diagonally
6 squares 3⅛ x 3⅛ inches (8,5 x 8,5 cm) – cut all of these squares diagonally
4 squares 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm)

 

Sewing

Join a yellow and a blue triangle along the long side to get a two-colored square. Sew 12 squares.

Press (I pressed the seam allowance to the blue side). Cut off the dog ears.

Sew a yellow triangle to a blue side of the two-colored square exactely as shown in the picture. Align the bottom sides as shown and start to sew where my scissors point.

Sew another yellow triangle to the other blue side of the two-colored square exactely as shown in the picture. Start to sew where the tips of my scissors point.

Press (I pressed the seams into the yellow triangles). Cut off the dog ears if you want (I did).

Join each of the triangles you just sewed with a dark blue triangle along the long side. Cut off dog ears.

Now you have only squares to join.

Arrange the squares as shown in the picture.

Sew the squares into rows. Be careful not to change the squares or the orientation of the squares.

Join the rows and press the finished block.

Take 4 of the strips 10½ x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm) that you cut from the background fabric previously (see introduction to the BOM here) and sew 2 of them to opposite sides of your block. They are a little bit too long – shorten them to the block size. Sew the 2 remaining strips to the other sides of the block and shorten if necessary. Finished!

That was fun! And I really like this block. Imagine a whole quilt with this block, every star in a different color – yummy!

If you just found this BOM you can find the general instructions here and Star #1 is here.

I would love to see your finished star-blocks. Please post them in the comments at TheQuiltingSpace’s Facebook page, tag me on Instagram @thequiltingspace and/or use the hashtag #thequiltingspace.

See you in March for star #3.

 

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and to Brag about your Beauties.

 

BOM 2021: STAR #1

Let the fun begin! Here is Star #1 of my free Block of the Month 2021.

(Click here to find all you need to know about this BOM.)

This is the sewing diagram of the block

Cutting

All the measurements include a seam allowance of ¼ inch (7,5 mm).
I also name the color I used to make it easier for you to identify the different pieces.

A = 1 square 2¾ x 2¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm), yellow
C = 4 squares 2 x 2 inches (5,75 x 5,75 cm) cut once diagonally, pink
F = 4 squares 3⅛ x 3⅛ inches (8,75 x 8,75 cm) cut once diagonally, turquoise

In darkblue (background color) cut
B = 1 square 3½ x 3½ inches (9,75 x 9,75 cm) cut twice diagonally
E = 1 square 5¾ x 5¾ inches (15,75 x 15,75 cm) cut twice diagonally
D = 4 squares 1⅝ x 1⅝ inches (4,5 x 4,5 cm)
G = 4 squares 2 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches (7,5 x 7,5 cm)

Sewing

Let’s start with the “flying geese”.

Lay a turquoise triangle on top of a darkblue piece E, right sides together. Align the bottom lines. Start sewing at the bottom (where the scissors point).

Open the triangle and fingerpress the seam carefully.

Sew the triangle on the other side. Again alining the bottom lines and sewing from the bottom up.

Open the second triangle and you get one finished “flying goose”. Make 4 of them.

Sew the smaller “flying geese” the same way. You need 4 of them as well.

Press. I usually cut off the “dog ears” as I find the resulting patches easier to handle. But that’s up to you.

Now we start with the inner star. Sew 2 squares D in darkblue on either side of a “flying goose”. Make 2 of them. Sew the remaining 2 “flying geese” on the opposite sides of the yellow square A. Then sew the 2 other “flying geese” units to the other sides.

Sew the outer star exactely as you did with the inner star.

Iron and marvel at your beautiful block.

Take 4 of the strips 10½ x 1 inches (28 x 2,5 cm) that you cut from the background fabric previously (see introduction to the BOM here) and sew 2 of them to opposite sides of your block. They are a little bit too long – shorten them to the block size. Sew the 2 remaining strips to the other sides of the block and shorten if necessary.

These strips are our safety net. We will sew them around each block and when we’ve finished all 13 stars we cut them to exactely the same size so sewing them together will be a piece of cake.

I hope you had fun sewing this star. I would love to see your finished star-blocks. Please post them in the comments at TheQuiltingSpace’s Facebook page, tag me on Instagram @thequiltingspace and/or use the hashtag #thequiltingspace.

See you in February for star #2.

 

I’m linking this to Off the Wall Friday.