Sunday, February 3, 2019

Quilt-Along - LHQSQ 2.0 - Two Blocks

While the rest of the country was watching the football game -

I was blissfully sewing away on my LHQSQ 2.0 - ;))

This is one of my all-time favorite blocks -

Churn Dash -
or - as EQ calls it - Double Monkey Wrench - ;))

Then I made another Rocky Road to California -

With the 4-patches going the "correct" way - ;))


I decided against numbering the blocks in this version - I'm not following the same sequence as the first LHQSQ - and with 99 blocks to choose from - it's too confusing to have two different numbering sequences. So from here on out - I'll show the blocks as I make them - with the "name" of the block and a link back to the original post/instructions - ;))

The other day I asked myself - "Why are you making another Sampler Quilt? You ALREADY made one - why are you doing it again?" And my answer was - "To see if I could cut all of that stuff with my LEFT-EZE™ Rule." - And I CAN use it to cut the HST and QST and Squares and Rectangles. I designed the ruler to do EXACTLY that - and it does a pretty good job of it. So - with this Quilt-Along - I can show it off - and get a pretty quilt top as a bonus - ;))

For these two blocks I took two 2-1/2" strips -
One orange (on the bottom) - one white (on the top) -
Right sides together -

I can cut the 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles from a 2-1/2" strip -
since it's the same as a 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangle -

The lines are 1/2" apart - so 3 lines = 1-1/2" -
I don't even have to look for numbers -

I numbered the "inch" lines - the 1/2" lines are not numbered -
But it's easy enough to see that the 1-1/2" line is the one between the 1" and 2" markings -

I can cut HST - by putting the black triangle at the top -
And lining up the bottom of the strip with a line -
The strips are pre-cut - so the line depends on the width of the strip -

Second cut - straight up the LEFT side of the ruler -
This time with the black triangle at the bottom and the line at the top of the strip -

I can cut squares the same way I cut rectangles - 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square -
Just be sure to use the Horizontal/Vertical line markings and NOT the Diagonal ones -

Sew the HST from the "flat" top -

Using a 1/4" seam allowance - and it starts right where it should -

Press it open - "with the grain" -

And it measures 2-1/2" square -

No dog-ear at the top -
The "flat" top is minus the dog-ear because I used a strip -

Just one dog-ear at the bottom to trim -

This is the "trimmings" from 4 HST -

The pressed open rectangles -

Churn Dash - ready to sew -

And sewn -

Two 1-1/2" strips sewn together and cut at 1-1/2" will make little 4-patches -

Rocky Road to California - ready to sew -

And sewn -

I am not a fan of drawing lines and/or sewing on both sides of them - or cutting squares to get HST and QST because of the Fuzzy Math - and I don't like having to TRIM EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM either before OR after I sew them. I like to use my ruler - CUT the dang HST - SEW them - PRESS them open - trim ONE dog-ear - and I'm DONE - ;))

There are SO many different ways to do the same thing -

The trick is to find the one that works for you - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Gene Black said...

These instructions are great. I need to make a churn dash block for my sampler also.
I will probably do the Road to California also (or maybe the Rocky Road version)

I need to spend more time looking through your block list.

Linda Swanekamp said...

I love to work the way you do. I hate drawing lines and trimming- I would rather be sewing! Nice photos and explanation.

Katie said...

While the rest of the world was watching football, I was contemplating my Project Quilting challenge. Since I spent 17 hours yesterday (okay, like 1.5 hours on Tuesday) making the entire top, I was kinda lost. But this morning it hit me...I have a dot problem. Fabric dots, that is. Why not make your sampler with DOT fabrics? I even have a hunk of grey with white dots that would be a great background. Now I can't wait to start...but first, I must actually finish the challenge quilt. If I ever get a chance, I'll blog about it. But let's just say 25 12" blocks were made, sashed and bordered yesterday. I went to bed after midnight!


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