Thursday, July 11, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Week 25 - Family Reunion!!!

Welcome back to 
the next episode of the

Today I'm sharing this vintage block
 from my grandma with you:)

Traditionally it's called 
Goose Tracks but I'm calling mine
Family Reunion!

We just recently had 
our yearly Family Reunion...
and just like every summer 
they really are my favorite:)
I get to see my Uncles and Aunts
 and cousins that I grew up with!

Family Reunions have always been
 a tradition in our family...
it was something that Grandma
 looked forward to and so did all of us.

Often we would go camping and 
spend a whole week 
with all of our relatives...
I have such good memories of that!

Our family reunions always included
 game playing...
story telling...
quilt making...
song singing.

We all did potluck and we also 
ate every meal together...
and the food was always good!
Every year was homemade root beer
 and hand cranked ice cream:)

Us kids had plenty of time
 to run loose and play 
while the adults visited:)

Of course I had to include
 a block called Family Reunion 
to go into our quilt!

I'm continuing to use 
Farm Girl Vintage Fabric 
and still having a 
lot of fun with the 
endless color and print combination:)

These are the prints
 that I chose for my 
Family Reunion Block.

I'm using my yellow circles print 
from Bee Backgrounds:) 
From the background 
you will need to cut:
20 - 2 1/2" squares

From this one cut:
4 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles

From the green cut:
4 - 4 1/2" squares

From the yellow cut:
4 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
4 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

From the aqua cut:
4 - 2 1/2" squares
4 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles

From this red cut:
1 - 2 1/2" square

Start with 4 background squares
 and the aqua pieces...

And turn them into this!
You should have 4 
and each should measure 
4 1/2" square at this point.

Now grab 8 more background squares...

Add an easy corner triangle 
onto each side of the 
opposite aqua corners.

Mark your sewing line from 
corner to corner or use the 
Seams Sew Easy

Y'all know the drill by now...
Trim and press!
Your segments should still 
measure 4 1/2" square at this point.
Now set them aside for a minute:)

You will need the 
remaining background squares 
to add an easy corner triangle onto
 the top of the yellow rectangles...

Just like this.
The rectangles should still measure
 the original size that you cut them...
they just have a triangle at the end:)

Now add them to the aqua segment...

Like this:)
All four segments should now
 measure 6 1/2" square at this point.

Now we are going to add 
the green squares onto the bottom 
where the yellow rectangles meet.

Draw a line from corner to corner 
and sew directly onto the line.

I like to place a pin halfway in
 just at the place where the 
point underneath is 
so that I sew in exactly 
the right spot across it...

Just like this:)

Now to trim...
and cut two squares from the leftovers!

Now your segments are complete...
and they should still
 measure 6 1/2" square:)

It's time to lay out 
your block and sew it together!

So cute and scrappy happy:)

Here's the back of my block so that you can see how I pressed it.

should measure 14 1/2" square 
before we sew it into our quilt.

I hope you have as much fun sewing this traditional vintage block as I did:)

Next week I will be
 on vacation and so that means 
we will skip next Thursday:)

That will give y'all a vacation too 
or another week to catch up...
whichever point you are in the 
Vintage Block Along.
Meet me right back here
 on Thursday the 25th 
after I get back:)

If you are just joining us...
click on each block that we have
 done so far to go to the tutorial:

8. Humble
15. Memory
19. Picnic
20. Sparklers

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Week 24 - Mercantile Block!!

Hello and welcome to Week 24 of our 

Today I'm sharing another 
vintage block with you from 
my grandma's pattern basket:)

As I mentioned last week...
my grandma owned the only store 
in our small town and it
 was called The Mercantile.

Today's block is inspired 
by the flooring in the store.

It was made with linoleum tiles...
which back then was very common 
and easy to install.
Just like with quilting...
you could arrange the tiles 
for many different designs.

There were many colors to choose from
 and grandma's store was in
 the classic black and white.

In the backroom of the store 
the flooring was the deep blue green
 color that is the exact same 
as the color in my fabrics
that is called Vivid.
The opening of the backroom 
had a curtain instead of a door.
 Grandma kept a small size 
table and chairs set back there for us.

I remember staying at the store
 with grandma before I was old enough
 to go to school when Mom had a
 PTA meeting or went to get her hair done.

We would eat lunch at the table 
and grandma had a book shelf back there
 with lots of fun books
 and also some toys...
and of course crayons and coloring books.

I looked through grandma's basket 
for a block that had a checkerboard
 to represent the flooring. 
In grandma's pattern it said 
the block was called Stepping Stones.

I used the same colors from
 Farm Girl Vintage 
that were actually in the floor:)

I used one of my 
Bee Backgrounds for the block:)

Are you ready to sew???

From the background cut:
16 - 1 1/2" squares

From this cut:
5 - 3 1/2" squares

From this one cut:
20 - 1 1/2" squares

And finally from this one cut:
4 - 3 1/2" squares
(I changed my mind and used another print
 and I'll tell you why at the end:)

This block is easy peasy to put together...
as simple as sewing squares together.

First step is to grab all of the
 1 1/2" squares...

And make 4 little 9 patch blocks.
Each should measure 
3 1/2" square at this point.
Then lay them out with the 
5 - 3 1/2" squares to make 
a larger 9 patch...

Like this!
It should measure 9 1/2" square 
at this point.
Now to add the 4 easy corner triangles 
to the corners:)

And this is where I switched the fabric...
Although I think that
 my original choice would look good...
I just felt that the darker 
would be a better contrast 
so I went with that one!

Draw a diagonal line for sewing or use the 
Seams Sew Easy Guide

I really like how the darker print pops!
Now to trim off the excess...

And cut 1 1/2" squares from the leftovers.
As I told you in the 
beginning of this series...
I always cut the largest size squares 
that I can from the trimmings 
of my easy corner triangles.

The smallest size that I cut is 1 1/2".
 If I can't get that out of 
the trimmings I just discard them.

You may be surprised to find out that 
use my scrappy squares stash 

Here is my completed block....

And how I pressed my seams.

I cannot tell you how thrilled 
I am with how it turned out.

The pattern and the colors truly
 take me back in time to those days
 in the store with grandma.

I can still see the floor in my memory...
and each aisle with neatly stocked 
shelves of groceries
 and household items.

There was a tall turn around display 
that held packaged toys hanging 
on the pegs that was
 next to the cash register.

I loved that store:)
My brothers and sisters and I
 didn't even have to "play" store...
we just went to grandma's store:)

She sold the store and retired 
when I was in Junior High School.

should measure 9 1/2" square 
before we sew it into our quilt.

Thanks for sewing vintage
 with me today:)
Tune in next week for
 another episode of the 
Vintage Block Along!

If you are just joining us...
click on each block that we have
 done so far to go to the tutorial:

8. Humble
15. Memory
19. Picnic
20. Sparklers

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