Ohio Star Variation by Jo Morton is our 9th block for Moda BlockHeads block of the week.
You will want to go to Jo's blog, link below, for the instructions.
My block and my Mini Penny blocks are below.
Time has once again flown by since last Wednesday. I blinked and missed the weekend! It's Spring Market prep time and I'm just a little crazy and a whole lotta behind making my quilts. Normally by this time I'm sewing on bindings, well I do have one to do...but the other tops aren't finished.
And the clock is ticking!
BlockHead question of the week....this week, let's talk sewing machines. What is your preferred sewing machine? How many machines do you have? How often do you clean your machine? And how thoroughly? and the really big question...have you named your machine?
I'll go first. I sew on a Pfaff. When I first began sewing, it was on my aunt's 1940's Singer, which I still have. Then when Rachel was little I bought a new Singer, which I wore out, so I bought a Pfaff and wore it out. The photo you see is my 2nd Pfaff. Love the dual feed. So sold on that feature, that I guess you could say I am a Pfaff girl.
For retreats, I do have a little Janome platinum that I do love, lightweight and very dependable, but not good for my daily sewing. I'm hard on my things.
I clean my machine each time I change a bobbin, cleaning the bobbin area and removing the faceplate to clean there and especially the feed dogs. I am not good about oiling. And I don't take it in to be serviced as often as I should. Reason...never a good time to be without it. Pretty sorry excuse, I need to do better.
I have the 3 machines I already mentioned plus my grandmother's treadle which needs to be restored.
Now, Have I named my machines??? the answer is NO. With Betsy as my name, I've heard too many cars and machines, not just sewing machines referred to as 'ole Betsy...so NO, I don't name my machine. But, it's ok if you do. However, if your machine is named Betsy, please don't tell me. I just hope you named her so with affection. ;-)
The quilt ready to be bound, in this photo is Eliza's Indigo...a couple of years ago at this very time, right before Market.
Here is my version of Jo's pretty block...
CLICK HERE to go to Jo's blog for the pattern. All links to the designers are listed at the end of the blog. You will want to visit each one's blog for their block and tips. I love seeing what we all make! Thanks Jo for another great block!
All fabrics are from Rachel Remembered which should be in shops now.
The piecing is pretty easy this time.
Here is the back of one hourglass (quarter square triangle units) so you can see how I press.
When I twist open the seam it makes a 4 patch. Can you see where I clipped next to the seam allowance, so I could press to the dark triangle? Only 2 clips.
And here are my 3" blocks, yes, I made 2. I really like the 3" blocks on point. hmm.
This one is made just like Jo's 6" block. Rachel Remembered fabrics with a touch of
Lizzie's Legacy pink.
and then a plain, cute as can be. Ohio Star.
For either block cut light and dark squares for the quarter square triangles 2 1/2". Once you have Pieced the units, trim each to 1 1/2". Cutting parts larger, and then trimming. after sewing, to correct size, makes a more accurate block. The little squares for the 4 patch corner units are cut at 1" and finish at 1/2". If working with 1" squares scares you, try cutting the squares at 1 1/4", piece as you normally would and then trim the 4 patch to 1 1/2". Measure 3/4" from center seam and trim one side at a time. Try one unit and see how this works for you. and of course be sure to starch before cutting anything. Center square and plain corner squares are cut 1 1/2"
Stars will measure 3 1/2" for 3" finished blocks
The last thing on my list for you today is another question...are you keeping all your BlockHeads fabric contained? I'm keeping every little scrap the scraps are piling up! My attempt to keep the bigger pieces nice and neat proved a joke, total mess and growing. So, just before writing this, I straightened my mess.
I could have put it all in a plastic tub, but this project will be ongoing, and I need it all where I can see it. So I emptied a carrier and separated the larger pieces from the scraps. Two containers and each big container has a smaller box for smaller parts, of course! I'm pleased. But don't ask next week after making our next block, if the plan is working. I wish the rest of my room could be so easily handled.
Until next time~
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