Well hello there:)
Welcome back to the
Fall Quilt Market deadlines are over...
and I'm back from teaching in Arizona...
And I'm sew ready to pick up
right where we left off!
Today I'm sharing another vintage block
with you from my
Grandma's pattern basket:)
As usual I'm using
Farm Girl Vintage fabric
and a Bee Background:)
I like the way that this block
looks like it's turning...
and I tried to think of a memory
about my grandma that I could
relate to it and think of a name.
I didn't take me long to
remember the perfect thing...
and so this block is called
and here is my memory!
For as long as I can remember...
Grandma had two chairs this same color
and that looked almost just like this one.
They were on each side of
the fireplace in her front room.
Instead of legs they had a center base
which allowed you to rock...
which was awesome...
but the best thing about them was
that they could turn all the way around...
And boy did I ever love that!
I called them "twirly chairs" and
us kids often fought over who would
sit in them and we would race
to get into the house saying
"I speak to sit in the twirly chairs!!"
I would twirl and twirl and twirl
until grandma would say...
"Lori, you're going to
make yourself sick now
you better slow down"
and then I'd slow down a little
until she got distracted talking to mom
or something and I'd speed up twirling
until she would finally say
"Okay Lori that's enough twirling"
and then I could always tell by her tone
that she meant it and so I would stop!
We always minded Grandma.
I can still hear her voice saying
those words to me....
and I miss her and
I miss those twirly chairs.
She had them still even after I
married and had all three
of my children and they liked
to twirl in them too:)
They just don't make furniture
like they used to.
She had those chairs all those years
and they still looked amazing.
Okay...are you ready to make the block?
You will need one background and
one medium value and one dark print.
From the background cut:
4 - 4 1/2" squares
16 - 2 1/2" squares
From the medium value print cut:
4 - 4 1/2" squares
4 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
From the dark print cut:
4 - 4 1/2" squares
4 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Start with the medium and dark
4 1/2" squares...
And make them into 4 half square triangle.
As you know by now I will
cut squares from the leftover trimmings.
Your half square triangles should
measure 4 1/2" square
Now grab 8 of the
2 1/2" background squares...
again and add an easy corner triangle
onto each side ...
All four should still measure
4 1/2" square:)
Now grab the 4 medium print rectangles
and 4 of the background squares...
Add an easy corner triangle onto
the bottom right corner
of each rectangle like this.
All four rectangles should still measure
2 1/2" X 4 1/2"
Now grab the dark rectangles and the
4 remaining small background squares...
And add an easy corner triangle
onto the bottom left hand corner of these.
They should still measure
2 1/2" x 6 1/2" each
Now sew these 2 sections together
just like this...
And then add the dark rectangles
to the top like this.
You should have 4 sections
that look like this and
they should each measure 6 1/2" square at this point.
Use the remaining background squares
and add corners to each of them...
Now all four of your sections
should look just like this and
still measure 6 1/2" square.
Now it's time to lay them out like this...
And sew them together!
This is what the back
of my block looks like:)
should measure 12 1/2" square
before we sew it into our quilt:)
I just love how this block turned out!
It would also look nice
in two different colors
but I really wanted to make mine
just classic blue and white.
I can't wait to see all of your color combinations!
Bee sure to use the hashtag #VintageBlockAlong
when posting yours to
Thanks for sewing vintage with me
again today and for the lovely chat
about twirling at grandma's house.
I'll meet you right back here
next Thursday for another
vintage block and another chat!
If you are just joining us...
click on each block that we have
done so far to go to the tutorial:
6. Vintage Lily
7. Star Shine
9. Egg Money
10. Quilting Bee
11. Sunday Star
12. Sweet as Honey
13. Bear Hug Block
16. Farmers Daughter
21. 4th of July Flag
22. Playing Card
23. Penny Candy
25. Family Reunion
27. Shade Tree
32. September Star
34. Six Sisters