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Framed 4 Patches

A while back I shared a draft of a Framed 4 Patch quilt and Tanya emailed me a photo of the Quilt of Valor she made from my drawing and brief cutting instructions. You can find instructions on my website.

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One of these days I’ll stay home long enough to piece one of my own!

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Framed 4 Patches

Someone mentioned framing 4 patches like we do with our Happy Blocks at the Maine sew-in … Maybe Bev? I liked the idea and decided to work up a quilt…. Not that I’ll be able to start it anytime soon but at least I’ll have a plan when I get around to it. I decided I’d only frame half the blocks and alternated the framed blocks with a simple 4 patch. For a child’s quilt you could use bright solids for the frames. When I eventually make this, I’ll go scrappy as usual.

When designing on the iPad I use the TouchDraw app so I almost always keep the design coloration simple and often use RWB because I know so many of my blog readers make and donate quilts to Quilts of Valor. I used a lighter blue for my frames but you could use a white cream or beige. This one finishes at 56×72 and you could add a simple framing border if you chose.

Framed Four Patches
Blocks are 8 inches finished (8.5 with seam allowances)
Uses 4.5 inch squares and 2.5 inch strips (I’ll use my GO dies for this)
Quilt size is 56 x 72

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What to do at 3AM

I can’t sleep but I’m too tired to get up and work so I’m browsing antique quilts on eBay for ideas. Here’s a great one for 2.5 inch strips and who doesn’t love a 9 Patch? It would work with 2 colors, 2 color scrappy, or scrappy with each block having a different combination.

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Four Patch Stars

I had a request for instructions for this quilt that has been on the design tab for a while so I wrote them up and posted them on the website  if anyone else is interested. They are untested (I’ve not made my quilt yet) … so read them over carefully and ask any questions you may have before starting.

Four Patch Stars

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Setting the HS Stars

Another possibility … For those interested in how I made the stars I posted instructions on the website.

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Bricks and Stones

I am in such a piecing mode right now … So as I finish up the borders on the Log Cabin, I’m already thinking about the next quilt. I’ve got fabric pulled for a Half Log Cabin but I think I want to do another one in between so I spent a little while putting this idea on the iPad this morning. It’s one that’s been floating around in my head for months … Simple … Uses my brick, circle, chisel, and 3 inch half square triangle dies, and I think I have a set of fat quarters that will work.

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Hopefully having a plan for the next quilt will motivate me to finish the log cabin top but I’ve also got my November UFO and a couple tied quilts on the agenda before my next trip so we’ll see how much I get done.

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Log Cabin

I’m going to blame Shirley!

I went upstairs to piece a back for the Tessellating Pinwheels top that I finished before my trip and started eyeing potential fabrics for a log cabin quilt using my new die. After pulling a bunch of brown and green fabrics, I read Shirley’s comment and remembered that I had a bundle of black and white fat quarters.

I figured I could make 36 eight inch blocks from that bundle so pulled some reds to go with it and played a bit in EQ. I think this is where I’m going but I might change the layout – after all there are lots of choices with Log Cabin blocks.

 

I cut the first 8 blocks and got them sewn…. would have been quick if I hadn’t had to pick out a couple rounds when I wasn’t paying attention. To make my blocks scrappy, I cut 8 different B/W prints and 8 reds… more fabrics will be added in as I go.

As cut

After “shuffling” the stacks

 

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Charmed Squares

Love how this one turned out! While I kind of flew by the seat of my pants on this, I did post some instructions on the website in case you’re interested in my measurements, etc.

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a Substitution

The number Judy drew for June’s UFO is the only one on my list that is not a finished top but with the design wall occupied and an upcoming trip, I decided on a substitution for this month.

This is one of my Heartstrings quilts — and I love the colors but of course they’re not photographing as well as I’d like because it’s late. As usual, once it’s bound I’ll get a photo of it outside. Quilted with the pantograph Jilly by Keryn Emmerson.

Doesn’t the panto give it great texture?

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Simple quilts

I’ve mentioned before that I love simple scrap quilts. Another eBay quilt inspired this RWB Hourglass – of course I’ll make it scrappy when I eventually get around to it.

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And in case you’re wondering why I’m spending so much time looking at quilts on eBay, Chesty’s allergies are giving him a fit and I’m having to spend time sitting with him to keep him from scratching himself to death. At least the cone stops the biting.

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