Thursday, August 15, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Week 29 - Crossroads Block!!

Good morning dear people:)
And welcome back to the 
next episode of the 

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

I'm using Farm Girl Vintage fabric
 to make my quilt...
and also my 
Bee Backgrounds
 fabric as well.

This is a block that I have
 shared so many times over the years.

I've shared it while 
teaching workshops and retreats...
and here on my blog as a tutorial
 and also as a tutorial on 

I have made many many scrap quilts
 using this pattern.
It came from my grandma and is 
a traditional vintage block...
again with many versions and many names.

The pattern from grandma 
was actually for one quarter section 
of this block 
and it can be 
laid out and sewn together
 many different ways.

This is the way that I have
 always sewn mine together and
 I have always called it 
Scrappy Crossroads 
or for this quilt...just Crossroads:)

It's a great block to use up
 leftover 2 1/2" squares...
We need 48 of them for this block
and we only need one background!

From the background cut:
8 - 4 1/2" squares.

We start out by sewing an
 easy corner triangle onto
 two opposite corners of
 each background square.

You will use 16 of your
 2 1/2" squares for this.

Draw a line from corner to corner
 or use the
 Seams Sew Easy Guide

Trim off the excess...

And press towards the triangles.
You should have 8 segments
 that each measure 4 1/2" square.

Now with the remaining 
32 - 2 1/2" squares 
we are going to make 8 - 4 patch segments.

Start by pairing them up and 
sewing them all together in sets of 2.

You should have 16 that measure
 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" at this point.

I press these open.

Now sew two sets of two together
 to form
 8 - 4 patch segments 
that measure 4 1/2" square each.

Now grab 2 of each kind of 
segments and sew them together 
just like this.

You should have 4 segments 
that each measure 8 1/2" square.

  By the way...
this is the actual block pattern
 that I got from Grandma years ago.

Now lay the four segments out
onto your design board like this...
making sure to turn each one correctly...

And sew them together to make your block:)

This is how I pressed mine.

should measure 16 1/2" x 16 1/2"
 BEFORE we sew it into our quilt.

I love this scrappy happy block
 and really wanted to include it 
in this sew along because yes...
it came from Grandma and
 is a vintage block...

 And also because Grandma was 
there for me when I came to the
 "crossroads" of making every
 important decision in my life.

I miss her so much...
but because she gave me such good advice
 I can still hear in my heart 
what she would tell me to do
 when I still need advice now.
If you are a grandma...
know that your grandchildren
 will always remember your advice:)

For those of you asking...
we are about 3/4 of the way through
 the blocks that we will be making
 for the quilt...
and it sure is going to be a beauty!!

*** FYI ***
Once week I'll be 
out of town and I'll try to get 
the next block posted
 but if it doesn't happen...
 don't worry! 
 I'll be able to do it 
the very next week for sure!!

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
26. Parade

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Vintage Block Along - Week 28 - Wildflowers Block!!

Good morning and welcome
 to episode 28 of the 

This week I'm sharing 
another vintage block from my
 grandma's pattern basket:)

I'm using Farm Girl Vintage 
fabric as well as
 Bee Backgrounds.

This block is another one of those
 tried and true traditional vintage blocks.

Grandma had several versions of it
 in her pattern basket...
each with different names like 
Goose Tracks...Turkey Tracks...
Cross and Crown etc.
I'm naming mine

When we were young...
we had plenty of
 pastures to play in...
both at home and also at grandma's house.

Often the fields were 
dotted here and there 
with wildflowers...
a welcome decoration I always thought!

They had been planted there
 by the autumn wind...
which carries seeds from spent flowers
 in the fall breeze...
landing on the soil and waiting
 for the spring rains to
 soften and sprout them...
 and grow them into a flower:)

When I would come across an
 abundant patch of happy wildflowers... 
 they would seem to be 
nodding their heads at me...
saying "take me inside!"

These simple little bouquets were
 always the sweetest and the best
 and often adorned grandma's kitchen table
 as well as my mom's kitchen windowsill.

Bringing just some of the beauty
 of the outdoors inside
 her little farmhouse.
I still love cutting flowers
 and bringing them inside:)

Even though this vintage block 
has many names that do not have anything
 to do with flowers at all...
to me they look like the 
top view of wildflowers 
growing out in the pasture:) 

 I love the possibility of
 all different color combinations 
for each block...
just like in real flowers!!

We will need to make two of these
 Wildflower Blocks for our quilt...
but I'll just show you
 cutting and directions for one.

From the background 
you will need to cut:
12 - 2" squares
4 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"

From this print cut:
4 - 3 1/2" squares

From this print cut:
4 - 2" squares
4 - 2" x 3 1/2"

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

Grab the pink prints and 
4 of the background squares...

And sew them into sections like this.
They should each 
measure 3 1/2" square.
Now grab the 8 remaining
 background squares
to make easy corner triangles.

Sew one onto each of these
 opposite corners so that 
your segments look like this.

Your segments should still
 measure 3 1/2" square.

Now grab the yellow squares 
and sew an easy corner triangle
 onto the bottom of the segments.

As usual...
either mark a diagonal line
 or use the
 Seams Sew Easy Guide

This is how you will
 layer the two pieces and sew.

After sewing this is what it looks like!

Trim off the excess and press:)

Your 4 segments should still
 measure 3 1/2" square:) 

One more easy corner triangle 
to add to the bottom corner of each one.

Easy peasy....

And cute!!

Now it's time to 
lay out your segments and pieces
 onto your design board 
and sew them into a block:)

should measure 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" square 
BEFORE we sew it into our quilt.

This is what the back 
of my block looks like.

Don't forget to make two wildflowers!

Have fun with your 
fabrics and color choices.
I can't wait to see them on 
Thanks for joining me today 
and I hope you love the tutorial:)

Tune in next week for 
another vintage block and 
another vintage memory!

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
26. Parade

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