Thursday, April 22, 2010

Strawberry Fields Quiltalong!

I'm finally getting this posted!! You all seem to be sewing up a storm so I hope a few of you will find time to sewalong.
For those of you that would like to join in, here's the little quilt we will be making. My doll quilt measures approximately 21"x26". The blocks finish at 4 1/2".





I saw this unique block in Roberta Horton's Scrap Quilts book and thought that would be a little challenging but not too complicated.

So many quilts of this era (1890's-1910's) were set in a zig zag fashion that I thought it would be fun to do the same. I'm always a fan of 1/2 blocks too.


Other than the triangles for the sashing and a border, if you desire one, this will need no more than a few scraps.



I used pinks, black, gray, blue and browns for the larger printed section of the block. You'll need 4 for each whole block and 2 each for the half blocks. They do not need to be be the same print or color. I figured the blocks were pretty small and scrappy so I opted to keep them the same. (except in one block) Cut these squares 2".



For the colored center of the economy patch I kept within the same color but not print. You'll need 5 for each block and 4 for each half block. Cut these 1 1/2".


I like to cut my background patches on a square in a square a little larger, then trim to size. That's the cutting instructions I'll be giving. I used some antique fabric that was pretty thin and I had a heck of time sewing with some of them. The small size didn't help. Cutting a little larger and trimming was key to getting a nice square.


With that said your background light can be varied. I was trying to use up as many scraps as I could.

Cut 10- 2" squares, then cut once on the diagonal to make two triangles. If you have a strip cut it 20" x 2", then cut into squares, then triangles.

I'll give you some time to get organized and ready to sew!!

Edited to add links to the rest of the quiltalong:
Part 2- half blocks

31 comments:

  1. Oooo...that is ~beautiful~. I will be doing your quiltalong. I sure appreciate my cheddar and crackers and know this will be along the same vein. I love the colors. LOL, more food for the name! I thought you were into weight watchers! LOL!

    Lucy

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  2. What a sweet little quilt! Just love 4 1/2 inch blocks. Thanks so much for the instructions!

    Dixie

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  3. Oh I'm excited about this cute little quilt and I think I'm going to join in on this one.

    Thanks Lori!

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  4. Your doll quilt is a good one. I am going to have to look at my Roberta Horton book because I can't remember the quilt picture. I was looking Brackman's quilt encyclopeida and do not find a block exactly like this. The closest block is called Peekaboo but it has pieced rectangles composing a square where you have plain squares.

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  5. Thanks for another fun project, Lori! I can't wait to get started.

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  6. Thanks for the instructions I love the quilt I am going to attempt a nine patch from my scraps and see how I do. Your quilts are wonderful.

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  7. Oh! I want to play this time! Count me in. We're starting immediately? Wait, wait, I'll be getting my stuff organized!

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  8. I sure like your little quilt and the antique one that inspired it. I have a bunch of quilting I have to finish before the end of May so I might not get started on this for a few weeks.

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  9. I love the name "Strawberry Fields". Can't wait to see everyones finished quilts, but I'm going to have to pass at the moment.

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  10. woot woot~!!~ here we go~!~

    i love the pattern and have the book so will be digging it out and taking a second look . . .

    it will be fun to use the zig zag setting and although i really do like the look of half blocks i've never actually done it so this will be so good for me~!!~

    ~!!~thank you Lori~!!~

    :)
    libbyQ

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  11. beautiful quilt and oh what wonderful fabrics you used.
    Kathie

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  12. Excellent choice! I'm going to fit it in to my piecing schedule; thanks!

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  13. Don't think I have time, but your last one sure inspired me like crazy, so perhaps I'll let it rumble around my noggin for a bit and see what tumbles out!

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  14. I love that little quilt! I'm raring to go... :)

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  15. Lovely new quiltalong! I am still struggling to finish up my Crackers and Cheddar which isn't turning out as I'd envisioned, but that's okay; it's engendered two other mini quilts, one of which is cut and set aside for future enjoyment and the other mini is being worked on some every day. Could this be why I'm not finished with the original quilt??? None-the-less, I am off to pick out fabrics for this new quiltlet.

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  16. I have so much on the go at the moment, but so tempting. I have the fabric already and they are only little blocks aren't they? Oh yes count me in!

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  17. Another sweet little project. I'm in the middle of a lot of things, but this is just too tempting. Love the name! Count me in, Lori.

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  18. I think I have some Civil War Reproduction prints that will work nicely in this quilt... Thanks!

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  19. so cute - a really good one!
    I may have to do mine later and enjoy this from the bench. 3 challenges in the works right now - how did that happen??

    happy weekend -

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  20. What a gorgeous quilt. You're so wonderful to share this. I love the block!

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  21. What a wonderfu pattern, love the zig zag and I always wanted to do one. The fabrics are great too.I shall try and find time but probably after this week.

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  22. Hi Lori, I realized I would be joining you when I caught myself already imagining and planning what colours I would be using before I finished reading your post!
    So, count me IN!
    Thank you, and very nice to meet you, by the way! I came over as soon as Kathie mentioned 'mini'
    :)
    Valentina from Cyprus

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  23. Love the little quilt. maybe I can get organized today and join you guys.

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  24. Oh it is wonderful! Now to find time to do it with you this time!

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  25. This looks like another wonderful quilt. I'll be pulling out my scraps soon, and running behind as usual.

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  26. Hello Lori, as I was reading your post I realised this would be a wonderful quilt to make, so please count me in and let me know what do I have to do now! I just LOVE your mini quilts. Ann ~ Australia.

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  27. The more I look at the quilt, the more I can appreciate the decisions you made with the setting and colors. The zig zag sort of appeared to me - sort of like looking at the man in the moon or the lady with the umbrella (if that makes any sense to anyone outside my head). Anyway, thank you for posting this!

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