Homesteader's Nine Patch BOW Quiltalong

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  1. Feb 9, 2018 #91

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    This week we're making the popular Calico Puzzle. This is a great little block that never lets you down and looks good with everything.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/C/CalicoPuzzleBlock.html

    I've been taking pictures with my cell phone to download but I've messed up my settings or something. I have the pictures on my phone but can't get them to download. I'll keep messing with it today until I figure it out what I've done. In the meantime, here are a couple of pretty pictures.
    http://quiltingbeargal.blogspot.com/2011/06/civil-war-quilt-block-25.html

    http://vickisews.blogspot.com/2015/01/farmers-wife-quilt-2014-instalment-2.html

    I wanted to show a picture of a quilt made only of Calico Puzzle blocks but the only ones I could find show it set block to block. You lose the design when it's set that way and it looks like a pinwheel quilt. Here's an illustration:​
    http://www.jeannesquilting.com/free/puzzle.html

    Noting wrong with pinwheels but if I want to show off the pattern, I prefer to set them with alternate plain blocks or sashing. I couldn't find a picture of a quilt with that setting but here's one with scrappy blocks laid out with a little space between them. Hopefully, this gives you an idea of what I'm talking about. You don't see pinwheels, you can still see the block pattern.
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    No idea what I did but here they are.
     

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    Love this pattern too!!! Thanks Katie!!!
     
  4. Feb 10, 2018 #94

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    You're so welcome! I hope others are enjoying these and are making them as we go along.
     
  5. Feb 15, 2018 at 1:20 PM #95

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    another cool pattern.. you are really inspiring me Katie!! I am printing off the instructions as we go along.. no sewing yet.. :(
     
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  6. Feb 15, 2018 at 6:48 PM #96

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    I'm glad you're liking these! When you have a chance to start working on them, they'll go together fast. Do you have an idea of how you want to use them? Lap or twin size quilt?
     
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    Not sure just yet Katie,,, I'm just soaking them in right now,, trying to decide on what color way to make.. I'm trying to organize my sewing room, get rid of stuff I don't need, and thin out the fabric.. when I hit right fabric I'll know.. I can see these blocks will look awesome in red-white-blue.. right now I'm leaning toward green & yellow.. but CoSunflowers idea of Southwest colors are calling to me too!!
     
  8. Feb 15, 2018 at 10:27 PM #98

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    I've made these in all kinds of color combinations and they always look good. I think my favorites are the ones I made in blues and yellows because they're so fresh and cheerful looking. I'll be posting a new block in the morning.
     
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    Yahoo!!!!! very excited to see what the next one will be.. I am thinking I will use the Thrifty Block as a connector..
     
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    Maxine, the Thrifty block is a great connector because it's fast to make and gives you a chain look. It frames your pieced blocks and doesn't distract from them. If you want some suggestions on how to get your quilt to the size you want just let me know. :)
     
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  11. Feb 16, 2018 at 8:11 AM #101

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    We're going to take a break from HSTs this week and make the Antique Tile block. I love the Dresden blues this pattern is shown in.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/A/AntiqueTileBlock.html

    This tutorial is for 9" Antique Tile blocks but it shows a great scrappy quilt setting them block to block with no sashing. Love it!
    http://www.sunnyincal.com/2015/09/antique-tile-block-quick-tutorial.html

    This pretty quilt shows the blocks on point. Click on the picture for an enlarged view. You can see that they put triangles on each side of the Tile block to make it a diamond in a square. So much easier setting the blocks together this way.
    http://www.quiltersclubofamerica.com/media/p/284015.aspx

    Here is a sweet Antique Tile quilt with all the blocks made from the same fabric and a simple sash between them.
    https://thegallopinghorse.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/catching-up/

    I just wanted to show you that even a simple pattern like this one can make a gorgeous quilt!

    Here are my blocks.
     

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  12. Feb 16, 2018 at 8:31 AM #102

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    The Antique Tile is a fantastic beginner's block because it is just squares and rectangles. You can concentrate on making your seams measure 1/4" and making your corners meet. I think this pattern would also make a great leaders and enders project.
    http://quiltsbyjen.ca/what-are-leaders-and-enders/

    This article is from the Scrap Queen herself, Bonnie Hunter, and shows some quilts she made just from leader/ender squares.
    http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/leaders-enders-whys-and-hows.html
     
  13. Feb 16, 2018 at 8:44 AM #103

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    BTW, we hit a little milestone with our BOW thread. This morning we've passed the 1000 view mark and that's pretty doggone impressive so pat yourself on the back! I know we're not doing a lot of talking - yet - but we're doing a lot of looking and a lot of thinking about these great quilt patterns. Who knows, this might be like the baby boom nine months after a big snowstorm. Next winter we might just have a nine patch quilt boom with all the great quilts that will be made from this BOW.
    :sewing: :quilting: :groupdancing:
     
  14. Feb 16, 2018 at 11:08 AM #104

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    Thanks Katie I will ask if I need help with size,,, now I've printed off the 4th pattern. :).. very nice and I've learned what leaders & enders are... and very creative how Bonnie uses them to make a quilt! I rarely use them but might start !

    Has anyone else started making their blocks yet?? would love to see them.. !!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  15. Feb 16, 2018 at 8:24 PM #105

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    I haven't started yet because I'm still trying to finish up Christmas stuff!!!!! I have fabrics collected for a blu and lavendar one and
    Im thinking about making some R/W/B ones to use with our last summers swap blocks!!!
     
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    RWB always looks good in any patterns! The blue and lavender color theme sounds really pretty. Do you have soft florals in those colors? I think that would be a perfect girl's quilt.
     
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    Oh dear Greeneyes! hope you are feeling better soon and get that hernia surgery over with...
     

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