Quilters Planner | Week 1 | Block “Unnamed”

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52 Weeks with The Quilters Planner kicks off today! Our first block is “Unnamed” by Jane of Jolly and Delilah and you can click here to get the tutorial. It’s a big block with lots of opportunity to show off a favourite print. I’d forgotten just how big a 12″ finished block is before I’d started; so many months of Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt blocks and #100Days100Blocks and I forgot that there’s a measurement larger than 6″. I dug into some of my much hoarded Tree Peony by Phillip Jacobs for Westminster Fibres (Free Spirit Fabrics) to feature in this block. It’s a bit hit and miss. I think it would have benefitted from a bigger contrast in the strip colours, but it was a good lesson for me.

I’ve done a supplementary tutorial to accompany this block. This isn’t something that I’m going to do for every block. Normally I’d just share any tips or tricks I have for making the block to help you with yours. However, if I’ve struggled with a tutorial I’ll provide more detailed explanations of what I’ve done to try and help you out with yours. In all instances I’d recommend you look at the original tutorial and then mine to make sure you’re across everything.

Every Saturday I’ll post here on the blog (and remind you via social media and my newsletter (click here to sign up)) to share with you my tips and tricks for the next week’s block, the prize on offer and how to win. 

“Unnamed” Block Supplementary Tutorial

Supplies:

If you’d like to know “My Top 10 Beginners Patchworking Tools” you can find them by clicking here.

General advice:

  • Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 12¼” instead of 12.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
  • Press your seams at each step. Click here for a great article on how to press your seams for patchwork.
  • You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
  • When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces.
  • Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it.
  • Original tutorial of “Unnamed” by Jane of Jolly and Delilah – click here to get the tutorial.

Cutting Instructions:

I’ve provided cutting instructions for those that like to cut first, then sew. However, I’ve written the tutorial to include cutting instructions as well for those that like to do it all in one flow. Don’t cut two lots of fabric!

Fabric 1 (Aqua)

  • 1 – 10.5″ x 3″

Fabric 2 (Light Pink)

  • 1 – 10.5″ x 3″

Fabric 3 (Pink)

  • 1 – 10.5″ x 3″

Fabric 4 (Dark Pink)

  • 1 – 10.5″ x 3″

Fabric 5 (Orange Rings)

  • 2 – 1″ x 9.5″
  • 2 – 1″ x 10″

Fabric 6 -Background (Orange Floral)

  • 2 – 2″ x 13″
  • 1 – 14.5″ x 14.5″

Remember, if you’ve cut the fabrics out above don’t recut them in the below steps!

1. Cut 4 strips of feature fabric (fabric 1 to 4) each measuring 10.5″ x 3″, see diagram 1. Tip: If accuracy isn’t your friend cut the strips at 11″ x 3″ and trim to size in the next steps.

52 Weeks with The Quilter's Planner - Join Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com in 2017 to sew all 52 block tutorials included in The Quilter's Planner. Make blocks, learn skills and win prizes - what more could you want? Find out more on www.gnomeangel.com2. Join strips together as per diagram 2. Trim the block to 10.5″ x 10.5″.

3. Cut the square on the diagonal, twice. As per diagram 3. This will make 4 triangles.

Please note: For this block you will be using the 2 triangles that contain all four strips of fabric in them. In diagram 3 this is the top and bottom triangles.

52 Weeks with The Quilter's Planner - Join Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com in 2017 to sew all 52 block tutorials included in The Quilter's Planner. Make blocks, learn skills and win prizes - what more could you want? Find out more on www.gnomeangel.com4. Cut 2 strips of background fabric each measuring 2″ x 13″. One one end of each of the strips mark a line with fabric pen on the backside of the strip 1¼” in from the end. (Indicated by the red line in digram 4.) On the longest side of the triangle (the hypotenuse (how’s that for getting all mathy!)) pin the edge of the strip as per diagram 4. You’ll use the mark on the back of the strip to line it up with the beginning of the longest edge of the triangle.  Attach each strip as per diagram 5.

52 Weeks with The Quilter's Planner - Join Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com in 2017 to sew all 52 block tutorials included in The Quilter's Planner. Make blocks, learn skills and win prizes - what more could you want? Find out more on www.gnomeangel.com

5. Cut 2 strips 1″ x 9.5″ from feature fabric (fabric 5). Starting at the right angle corner pin one strip and attach as per diagram 6.

52 Weeks with The Quilter's Planner - Join Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com in 2017 to sew all 52 block tutorials included in The Quilter's Planner. Make blocks, learn skills and win prizes - what more could you want? Find out more on www.gnomeangel.com6. Cut 2 strips 1″ x 10″ from feature fabric (fabric 5). Starting at the right angle corner pin one strip and attach as per diagram 7. Your triangles should look like diagram 8. Join the two triangles to make one large triangle – joined as per the layout in diagram 8.

7.  This is where things get a little less accurate. I cut a 16.5″ x 16.5″ square because I wanted to play around with the positioning of the print, however if you want to be more conservative cut a 14.5″ x 14.5″ square. Place your triangle face down on your square and attach via the longest edge of the triangle. Align the edge with the two diagonal corners of the square. Trim the excess off the square.

52 Weeks with The Quilter's Planner - Join Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com in 2017 to sew all 52 block tutorials included in The Quilter's Planner. Make blocks, learn skills and win prizes - what more could you want? Find out more on www.gnomeangel.com8. Press the seam and then square the block. I used a 12.5″ square ruler to do this. I used the line across the middle of the ruler aligned with the longest edge of the pieced triangle to square it up.

52 Weeks with The Quilter's Planner - Join Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com in 2017 to sew all 52 block tutorials included in The Quilter's Planner. Make blocks, learn skills and win prizes - what more could you want? Find out more on www.gnomeangel.com

Meet January’s Sponsor: Bobbie Lou’s Fabric Factory

Chelsea Graham is the driving force behind Bobbie Lou’s Fabric Factory. Named after Chelsea’s grandmother, Bobbie Lou’s offers an eclectic and vibrant selection of carefully curated fabrics. Chelsea only sells what she loves and I for one love what she sells. You can see more on her website or click here to read more about Bobbie Lou’s.

Prize: $100 gift certificate.

You can find Bobbie Lou’s Fabric Factory in the following places: Instagram | Website

Please note: The prize is open internationally. Winner is responsible for own postage, insurance and custom charges where applicable..

How to Win

To be eligible for this prize you must do the following:

  1. Sew all of the block’s for January as contained in The Quilter’s Planner.
  2. Post a photo that contains your completed “Unnamed” block and your Quilter’s Planner to Instagram. (Your post can show either the cover or the specific week for the block. Feel free to cover any personal information you may want to avoid sharing to social media. We just need to see that you’ve got a your own copy of The Quilter’s Planner.)
  3. Post the block photo between 1 January 2017 and midnight 7 January 2017 (in your timezone).
  4. You must hashtag your photos with the following hashtags for January: #52weekswithTheQuiltersPlanner #bobbielousfabricfactory
  5. You must post all 5 blocks for January in their respective weeks to be eligible for the prize.
  6. At the time of the prize drawing you must be following these Instagram accounts: @gnomeangel, @thequiltersplanner and @bobbieloufabric.

Late Starter Prize: Stitches Quilting

Stitches Quilting is your online quilting store for quilting, sewing, crafting, gifts, supplies and ideas.  We are dedicated to make your experience personal like visiting your neighborhood store right around the corner.  Let us help you find just the right fabrics, supplies, ideas and teach you the skills if needed to execute your projects.  We are here to personally assist you with anything like determining how much fabric is needed, combining fabric colors or altering the size of a pattern. Just as we want to inspire you, we want you to inspire us with what you are working on. Happy Stitching, Deann

Prize: $100 gift certificate.

You can find Stitches Quilting in the following places: Instagram | Website | Facebook

Please note: The prize is open internationally. Winner is responsible for own postage, insurance and custom charges where applicable.

We know that life doesn’t always go to planned and the postal system is a big contributor to that, so to help everyone out we’re running a Late Starter Prize.

To be eligible for the prize all you have to do is:

  1. Sew one of the block’s for January as contained in The Quilter’s Planner.
  2. Post a photo that contains your completed January block and your Quilter’s Planner to Instagram. (Your post can show either the cover or the specific week for the block. Feel free to cover any personal information you may want to avoid sharing to social media. We just need to see that you’ve got a your own copy of The Quilter’s Planner.)
  3. Post the block photo by midnight 31 January 2017 (in your timezone).
  4. You must hashtag your photos with the following hashtags for January: #52weekswithTheQuiltersPlanner #stitchesquilting
  5. You must post all 5 blocks for January in their respective weeks to be eligible for the prize.
  6. At the time of the prize drawing you must be following these Instagram accounts: @gnomeangel@thequiltersplanner and @stitchesquilting.

Wild Card

Because we know life can get in the way we’re letting you have a “wild card”. You get one wild card for the entire event. The wild card will let you do either of the following – skip 1 weekly task or let you exchange 1 block for another block in the planner (for those that want to make 52 blocks). To play your Wild Card all you have to do is post a photo of your Quilter’s Planner and write WILD CARD in the caption. Use it wisely!

If that all seems too complicated and you have questions check out the 52 Weeks with The Quilter’s Planner Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here. If you read all of this and the FAQ and your question still hasn’t been answered please feel free to email me by clicking this link.

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