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24 Quilts - The Dirty Details

Americana Quilt 
Finished Size 84 x 72 inches (no borders)

This quilt is made up of 42 star and pinwheel blocks.  You don't have to use my layout or my blocks.  These are only suggestions.
Fabric requirements:  Since this is a scrappy quilt you don't have to be super precise about how much fabric you start out with.  I collected about two yards each of reds and blues and about four yards of neutrals.
The blocks:   Below is a layout of the quilt with the blocks labelled.

...and the number of each kind of block to make.

A 12 units
B 4 units
C 6 units
D 4 units
E 6 units
F 4 units
G 5 units
H 1 unit

A - Simple pinwheel block.  For each block cut two 7" squares of color and two of neutral.  Make HSTs.  Sew the HSTs together pairwise and then sew the two pairs together, matching centers.

B - Friendship star.  For each block cut two 5" squares of color and two of neutral.  Cut one 4 1/2" square of color and four 4 1/2" squares of neutral.  Using the 5" squares, make HSTs.  Assemble the block in three rows  where the top row is a neutral square, an HST, and a neutral square.  middle row is HST, color square, HST, and bottom row is neutral square, HST, neutral square.  Sew the three rows together.

C - LeMoyne Star.  There are at least two ways to make this block.  One way uses template cut diamonds and set in seams.  No thank you.  My way uses a LOT of HSTs.  No problem!  Cut four 4" squares red, four blue, and four neutral.  Cut four 3 12" squares neutral.  Using the 4" squares make HSTs as follows: 4 each red and neutral, blue and neutral, and red and blue.  Assemble the block in four rows where the top and bottom rows are neutral square, red and neutral HST, neutral and blue HST, neutral square and the two middle rows are neutral and blue HST, red and blue HST, red and blue HST, red and neutral HST.  Sew together the four rows, matching centers on the two middle rows.

D - Hourglass star.  Cut two 6" squares color and two of neutral.  Cut one 4 1/2" squares of color and four neutral.  Using the 6" squares, make 4 QSTs.  Assemble three rows where top and bottomrow are Neutral, QST, Neutral and middle row is QST, Color, QST.  Sew the three rows together.

E - Simple eight point star.  Cut one 6 1/2" square color.  Cut four 4" squares of color and four of neutral.  Cut four 3 1/2" squares of neutral.  Using the 4" squares, make 8 HSTs.  Sew together according to diagram below:

F - Tricky eight point star. Cut four 6 1/2" squares blue, two neutral, one red.  Cut four 4" squares neutral and one 5 1/2" square red.  using the 6 1/2" squares make four QSTs.  Trim from the red side after squaring up to 4" x 5 1/2" (see diagram below)
Assemble in three rows so that the top and bottom  rows are neutral, trimmed QST, neutral and middle row is trimmed QST, red, trimmed QST.  Sew the three rows together.

G - Hourglass star variation.  This block is just like block D above except for the colors.  Cut two 6" squares blue, one red, one neutral.  Cut four 4 1/2" squares neutral.  Cut one 4 1/2" square red.  Using the 6" squares, make QSTs.  Pay attention to color placement to prevent frog stitching later!  Assemble as for block D making sure that the red triangle in each QST faces inward towards the center 6" square.

H - Pinwheel posse.  This is just five small pinwheels in a nine patch layout.  Cut ten 2" squares of color and ten of neutral.  Cut four 3 1/2" squares neutral.  Using the 2" squares, make 20 HSTs.  Assemble them as for block A.  Assemble the nine patch block with top and bottom rows Pinwheel, Neutral, Pinwheel and middle row Neutral, Pinwheel, Neutral.  Sew the three rows together.

Easy Color Strip Quilt
Finished size 72 x 60 inches

For this quilt, cut 24 3 1/2" strips of colors (I used three each of the basic rainbow colors) and several strips of black (or whatever your desired neutral is).  On each strip of color randomly snip off between zero and 12 inches from one end and set aside for making a matching pillowcase.  Add neutral to EACH end of the color strip to bring it up to 60 1/2".  Assemble the rows.  That's it!  My quilt will be two sided, so I'll repeat the whole thing using white on the other side for the neutral.

Bland Quilt
Finished size:  86 x 86 inches

Fabric requirements:  344" strip 1 1/2" wide for border, fifty-five (55) 3 1/2" strips various neutrals.  OR the scrappy equivalent.  I count one strip to be 40" even though some fabrics will be slightly longer.

Sew several strips together.  I don't use more than five at a time because my cutting equipment can't really handle it any wider.  Cut the sewn together strips into 12 1/2", 10 1/2", 8 1/2" 6 1/2", and 4 1/2" sections. Keep this up until you have two 12 1/2" colums of 20 strips, two 10 1/2" strips, three 8 1/2" strip, two 6 1/2" strips, and one 4 1/2" strip.  Sew these strips together.  Alternatively, you can cut individual rectangles and mix and match the columns one rectangle at a time.  To do that, cut forty each of 12 1/2" x 3 12" rectangles, 10 1/2 x 3 1/2", and 6 1/2' x 3 1/2", sixty 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles and twenty 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles.

Trip Around the World
Finished size: 93 x 93"

There are at least two ways to make a Trip Around the World quilt.  You can cut strips, sew them together, cut the sections into strips and then sew them together bargello style, or you can cut squares and assemble in rows.  I'll be cutting squares and assembling rows because I already had a bunch of 3 1/2" squares sitting around.

I am using 13 fabrics for the quilt, three of which get reused in the border.  Here is the cut list I used for the squares.

Starting from one pale corner of the quilt and moving towards the dark center along the top edge, I labelled the colors A through M.  All squares are 3 1/2 x 3 1/2".

A 5 squares
B 12
C 20
D 28
E 36
F 44
G 52
H 60
I 68
J 76
K 84
L 92
M 48

Assembly is super simple as long as you have an adequate method for keeping track of which square goes next!

I will be adding a triple border of the three darkest fabrics, each cut at 3 1/2" wide.

Orange Simple Spiderweb
Finished size:  74" x 74" (sorta)

Fabric Requirements:
About a half yard of each of ten different orange prints, and about three yards of a pale orange print.  Since this is a scrappy quilt it's probably better if I just say that you need about 3 yards for your background and about four and a half for your darks.

This is a paper pieced block the way I make it.
My quilt will have a little purple in it...easier to just show you on the blog, so stay tuned.

This quilt is a one block quilt, but the block is made in two colorways.

Chinese Butterflies
Finished size yet to be determined, probably about 36" square

I'm going to paper piece the butterflies in a variety of sizes, the smallest ones in faded pinks and reds and the larger ones in bright pinks and reds to give the illusion of depth to the quilt.  After creating all the butterfly blocks I'll put them on my design floor and shuffle them around until the layout pleases me and add big chunks of empty background squares as needed.  You can find the eq6 project HERE.

Finished size: 80" x 80"

The eq6 pattern is available for download HERE.  I'll be making this quilt with Kona black and a light, medium, and dark of several different colors of batiks.  My blocks will be 15" squares.

More Cubes
Finished size 16 1/2" x 16 1/2"

The eq6 project for this quilt is the same as the one from the previuos quilt, but here's the link again LINK.

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