Project using 8" Scrap Crazy Ruler set.

By Heather Buck
on June 28, 2016
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This project uses the 8 " Scrap Crazy Ruler set and can be put together in lots of different ways.

There are only 3 fabrics used to piece the blocks.

For each block you will need to cut the following

Cut 1 C piece from the green fabric

Cut 1 C piece and 1 A piece from the Red Fabric

Cut 1 D piece and 1 B piece from the Blue fabric

Piece together each block as shown below

There are lots of options to assemble blocks into a quilt.  Join 4 blocks together as shown to form a star block.

 

 

This block now measures 16 1/2" square.

Blocks can be put together in rows with sashing strips in between each block and each row for a totally different effect.

Instead of joining 4 blocks together to form a star add in the sashings before the stars are assembled for a different look.

These options have all been assembled with the same star block.  Rotate blocks so that a different corner of the block is too the centre and it will change the entire look of the quilt.

 

This block gives you a lot of variety and can be used over and over to create different quilts.

 

Have fun playing with the Scrap Crazy Blocks

 

Happy Stitching

Heather

Split Seconds Table Runner

By Heather Buck
on May 26, 2016
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This month I will give instructions for this pretty runner using Creative Grids Split Seconds Ruler.

You will need 2 pieced blocks and 2 solid blocks.

Start with a 6" square of fabric then using complimentary fabrics join a strip to one side of the square and then press seam flat.  Trim any excess fabric so that you are always working with a straight edge.  Then join a second strip of fabric to the next side of the square.  The strips do not need to be of a uniform width.  In fact it adds more interest to the block if the width of each strip varies..  Keep adding in strips of fabric until you have a pieced block large enough to cut a 16 1/2" block.  You will need 2 blocks.

Then cut 2 blocks in a complimentary colour 16 1/2" x 16 1/2"

Repeat with the other 2 blocks

Then move 1 of the pieced sections behind the plain piece so that you have a pieced and a plain section and join together along the curved cut.

 Repeat with the other sections.  You will end up with 4 blocks.(Only need 3 for the table runner)

For the sashings cut a strip 1 1/2" wide then cross cut into 2 - 1 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips.

Join a sashing strip to the right hand side of the first block then join a second block to the other side of the sashing.

Join a second block to the right of the sashing strip followed by another sashing strip then the third block.

 For the border cut 3 x 2" strips.  Trim 2 x 50 1/2" long and add to top and bottom of Table runner

Trim 2 x 19 1/2" long and add to either end of the runner.

These blocks would also look lovely used in a bed quilt.

I hope you have fun with this project.

Happy Stitching

Heather

Drunkards Path

By Heather Buck
on April 28, 2016
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This month I thought I would talk about Drunkards Path Quilts.

I like to get value out of my rulers and the more different projects I can make using the same ruler the happier that I am.

Yes you can purchase Drunkards Path Templates but I prefer to use my Circle Ruler.  The block for a drunkards path is simply a square with a circle in the middle that has then been cut into quarters.  The instructions below are to applique the circle to the block, if you prefer the circle can be set into the block.

  

There are lots of different layouts for Drunkards Path Quilts.  Lay out your blocks in a pattern that you find pleasing then join your blocks together into rows.  Then join the rows together.

Happy Stitching

Heather

Star Blocks using 6" & 8" Scrap Crazy Templates

By Heather Buck
on March 30, 2016
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Star blocks are one of the easiest designs to make using your Scrap Crazy templates.  They can be made using the 6" and the 8" templates.

To make a star blocks you need to make 4 identical blocks with either the 6" or the 8" Scrap Crazy templates.

          

Once you have made the four blocks they are put together as 2 pairs of blocks with the same corner of each block to the centre.  Then the 2 pairs are joined together. to form the star.

 

By having the same corner of each block to the centre you form a 12" star.  Each block will make 4 different stars determined by which corner is used in the centre of each block.

               

 

Using the 8" Scrap Crazy Ruler and putting your blocks together the same as for the 6" you will get the stars below.  They will be a finished size of 16"

             

 

             

 

Each of the 4 finished star blocks can be in different colours, so long as the 4 blocks that form each star are the same.

These star blocks put together with sashing and a border will make a great quilt or make every star block the same and put them together without sashing for a different effect.

   Quilt using 6" blocks

   Quilt using 8" blocks.

 Each quilt has 4 different options, the look will be determined by which star block is used

Happy Stitching

Heather

Crazy Table Runner

By Heather Buck
on February 25, 2016
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Hi Everyone,

This month I thought I would share with you my Crazy Patch Table runner that I show as part of my Circle talk at the Craft Shows.  This pretty Table runner is a great way to use up scraps.  It would also make a decorative throw across the end of the bed.   Make the circles larger add in a couple of extras and a border or two and you have a stunning decorative strip for the end of the bed.

 

This fun runner can be made any size with any size circles.

Crazy Patch is a great way of using up Scraps of fabric

  1. Start with a square of Quilters Muslin 1” larger than the circle that you are wanting.
  2. From your fabric scraps lay a strip of fabric across the muslin square right side up then lay another strip of fabric on top of this right side down and sew the two strips together through the Muslin.
  3. Press open continuing to add strips of fabric until the entire square is covered. If your scraps are not large enough or you want to add more interest join several small sections of fabric together before adding to the crazy patch square.

 

4.    Once the squares are covered cut out circles to the desired size. My circles were

       cut 10 ½”

5.    The Circles can now be decorated along all the seam lines either by hand or using

       the decorative stitches on your machine.

6.    When the circles are finished they can either be appliquéd onto the background

       fabric for the table runner or they can be inset into the background.

Below are the instructions for setting circles into blocks

 

Setting in Circles

  1. Decide on the size of the circle and cut circle from chosen fabric
  2. Then cut a square at least a couple of inches bigger than the finished circle size and cut a circle from the square 1” smaller than the size of the circle being inserted
  3. Mark the ¼ points on both the circle of fabric and the circle hole cut from the square

 

                                   

4.     With right sides together line up the pins on the square and the circle then ease

        the curve between the pins and add extra pins to hold in place.

5.     Sew the circle and square together with the square facing up as it will sit flatter

        then press the seam towards the edges of the square.

 

 Happy Stitching

Heather

 

 

 

Chevron Stripe using 8" Scrap Crazy Rulers

By Heather Buck
on January 31, 2016
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Hi Everyone,

This months project is a Chevron Stripe using the 8" Scrap Crazy Ruler

 

The Block for this quilt is 6 1/2" wide and 8 1/2" high.   It is made using only the B and C templates for the 8" Scrap Crazy Blocks.

You will also need blocks that are mirror images of each other which means cutting half the pieces with the fabric facing up and half with the fabric facing down.  Keep these separate from each other.

Make blocks by joining a coloured B and C piece together and a cream B and C piece together then join the two sections together to complete each block.

  Half the blocks will look like this and half will look like the block below.

They are then put together in rows

Row 1

 

 Row 2

 

 Row 3

 Row 4

 Then join rows together

 Happy Stitching

Heather

Diamond Quilt

By Heather Buck
on January 04, 2016
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This month I will share the instructions for a Diamond Quilt made using the Scrap Crazy  Templates

 The Block for this quilt is 6 1/2" wide and 8 1/2" high.   It is made using only the B and C templates for the 8" Scrap Crazy Blocks.

You will also need blocks that are mirror images of each other which means cutting half the pieces with the fabric facing up and half with the fabric facing down.  Keep these separate from each other.

Make blocks by joining a coloured B and C piece together and a cream B and C piece together then join the two sections together to complete each block.

  Half the blocks will look like this and half will look like the block below.

Once all the blocks have been made they are put together in rows to form the diamond design.

First row repeat the following sequence of blocks

   

 Second Row

    

 When your rows of blocks are the desired length Join rows together

Borders can be added to increase the size of the quilt.

Blocks can be put together in groups of 4 to form individual diamonds and sashings can be added between diamond blocks to give a different end result.

Happy Stitching

Heather

 

 

 

 

Split Seconds Ruler Project

By Heather Buck
on November 29, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

This month I want to share a project using the Split Seconds Ruler which we have available on the website www.bay-window.com.au 

I have been showing this ruler and some of the projects that it can be used for in my talks at the Craft and Quilt fairs.

This stunning quilt is a stack and slash quilt made using The Split Seconds ruler.  This ruler has curved slots in the ruler which you cut along using a 28mm rotary cutter

I started with 4 x 18" blocks and laid them one on top of the other all with their right sides facing up.  I then made 6 random cuts through all the layers using the curved edge of this ruler.  Moving the ruler so that the cuts were not all the same.

Then following the diagram above I moved the top piece of fabric from both sides labelled 1 to the back of the stack.

I moved 2 of each piece labelled 2 to the back

I moved 3 of each piece labelled 3 to the back.

This will make 4 different blocks.  Working 1 layer at a time join the pieces together to form the block.

Repeat the steps to make as many blocks as required

I then joined the blocks together using 1 1/2" sashing strips alternating the blocks between vertical stripes and horizontal stripes.

 

Another option is to use 7 different fabrics, once again position them on top of each other right sides facing up.  Make the 6 cuts through all the fabrics.

 

Move 1 piece from number 1 to the back

Move 2 pieces from number 2 to the back

3 from number 3

4 from number 4

5 from number 5

6 from number 6

Number 7 leave as is (don't move any to the back)

You will now have 7 pieces all different in each block.

Join each layer together to form a block.

This will give you 7 blocks.

I hope you have fun playing with this technique and ruler

 

Happy Stitching

Heather

Scrap Crazy Borders

By Heather Buck
on October 26, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

The Scrap Crazy Templates are a great way to make pieced borders for quilts and are a nice change to cutting wide strips of fabric for borders.  My images aren't very good but I hope they are enough to show how effective these borders are.

Below is a panel which has been bordered with 6" scrap crazy blocks.

Before you can add a border using 6" scrap crazy blocks the quilt centre measurements needs to be a multiple of 6 plus 1/2". 

Add borders to achieve this. 

For example if your quilt centre is 20 1/2" wide x 31 1/2" high

This means your quilt needs to be an extra 4 inches wide divide by 2 and add 1/2" which makes your borders 2 1/2" cut.  Add to either side of quilt.

Border on top & bottom of quilt need to be a total of 5" plus seam allowance which would be 3" cut.  Add 3" strip to top and bottom of quilt centre.

Now you can add your scrap crazy border and it should fit perfectly.

I hope this makes sense.  If you have trouble working out the width of this border email me your quilt centre measurement and I will work it out for you.

Elaine has picked 4 colours that complement the panel and made every block the same.

Below Kaye has used 8" blocks between her panel blocks and then added a border to either side of her quilt.  She has used colours that complement her panels but has used random placement of fabrics within the blocks

If using the 8" template set for border your quilt needs to be a multiple of 8 plus 1/2"

 

Scrap Crazy rulers are available on our website www.bay-window.com.au

Happy Stitching

Heather

Colour wash Quilt using 8" Scrap Crazy Ruler set

By Heather Buck
on September 27, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

This month I will explain how the colour wash quilt is done.  I have used the 8" Scrap Crazy Template. 

This quilt is a great way to use all the little bits and pieces that we all have in our stashes left over from other projects.

Start by sorting all your fabrics into colour groups

If you look closely at the image of this quilt some blocks are all in one colour way and others are mixed with the next colour.  This quilt is easiest to make if you join the blocks together as you go.

Start with a block that is all one colour then as you work your next block start with a couple of sections of the colour used in the first blocks then finish the next block introducing your next colour

           

           

 

Don't try and work one complete row at a time, it will flow from one colour to the next if you start in one corner and work across a couple of blocks then down a couple of blocks rather than a row of 10 -15 blocks at a time.

 

Happy Stitching

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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