Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Diamond Panes Blocks: Patchwork Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop


We're midway through February, so that means we are already onto our second block in the Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along! Last month I shared my six Souvenir of Friendship blocks.  This month our block is called Diamond Panes.  It is a snap to sew together, and yet I made a silly mistake.  Whoops!

Here are my finished (accurate) blocks:




You may recall I am using the pretty Fleurs collection by Brenda Riddle (Moda) for my quilt. I just love sewing with this fabric, especially as I long for springtime to arrive in Minnesota!


The pattern calls for us to make (6) 5 1/2" blocks and the construction is simple. Yet for some reason, my brain must have wandered. I began sewing them together in Shoofly fashion. Here's a picture of my whoops moment. Seam ripper to the rescue!



As I was sewing my blocks together (correctly) I snapped a couple of pictures to share a tip with you. When you are pinning the sections together, it's a good idea to sew on the side with the half square triangles (left photo) rather than the side with the small middle square (right photo).


 


That will allow you to see the seam angle you want to "hit" with your needle for precise piecing! (You will also note that I pressed all of my seams open. I like pressing my seams open on smaller blocks.)




In case you are a new reader, this annual event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop is a charity quilt along.  The patterns are free and are posted on the 15th of each month on the Jolly Jabber. Quilters are asked to donate $5 for each block pattern that they download.  All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  What a great opportunity for us all!




It's not too late for you to join in the fun. Here’s an informational link which provides all the details:

And here’s a link to the kit if you want to make one in Basics by Bonnie & Camille!

Several other bloggers are quilting along! Please visit their blogs too!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Thanks for stopping by! Remember to share your progress on the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group! And be sure to post your own blocks using the hashtag #patchworkquiltalong on Instagram!   

~Taunja






13 comments:

  1. Your blocks are so pretty with this fabric! Whoops moment? Isn't that how all the new blocks were discovered :)! Thank you for your tips!

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    1. Hee hee! Too true! But I did kind of laugh at myself. Thank goodness it was only a few blocks!

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  2. Your blocks are lovely! I love the fabrics you've chosen!

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    1. Thank you! This Fleurs fabric is soooo cheerful! :)

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  3. 1. I completely forgive you for Shoo Fly block, because it's my favorite block!! And with it being a sampler quilt, NO ONE would've noticed! (Or it could've been a "Where's Waldo" moment)

    2. Did you REALLY get up and post this at 5;00 in the bloody am?? Oh, my goodness!!

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    1. Ha ha ha! You are so right!
      No way did I post that early! Thankfully, my blog software has a "scheduling" feature. hee hee!

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  4. Your blocks are beautiful Taunja.

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    1. Thanks Leanne! Hope you are having a great week!

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  5. Your blocks are so perfect and beautiful, as always! I did have to chuckle at your Shoofly attempt (maybe you had your new pattern on your mind?) but really appreciate the tips you share for making these blocks a bit easier. I am doing mine all in red, but still haven't gotten this one cut yet! Hope mine turn out half as nice as yours.

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    1. I SO want to do a red and white quilt some day. I will be watching yours develop (so keep at it girl--Taunja wants to see) ha ha ha! Yeah, it turns out at least 3 other people I've seen on social media did the same thing. I'm thinking it must be quilter brain and the shoofly arrangement seemed more typical. That's what happens when you start sewing on autopilot! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  6. I just found your website and noticed these beautiful blocks. How do you get them to look so crisp? Do you use extra starch and how do you press them to make them look so perfect? I will have to spend more time navigating through your website and all the pretty projects.

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    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words! Well, Ii do use spray starch to press my fabric before I begin piecing. (I don't use it after piecing because I think it tends to shrink the fabric a bit.) I press all seams open on small blocks to reduce bulk and to flatten small blocks, just after pressing I often lay them under a few heavy books (quilting books of course) overnight. That really helps!

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