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Vice Versa Block of the Month - November

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Nov 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM
  

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing your quilt smoother process!

Here's the month you've all been working toward! This month, we'll prepare our background and sashing fabrics and assemble our quilt.

Following the instructions on pages 74-76 of Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany, you can see how your blocks will be combined to form a quilt with a super modern layout. Her diagram on page 76 is very helpful for sewing them all together, but you are not at all obligated to put your blocks in the same places. I would just recommend not putting two of the same blocks next to each other. A design wall would be very helpful for determining your quilt's final layout.

   

After your quilt is assembled, you can quilt it or send it to your favorite longarmer! Kathy Koch of Thread Bear Quilting did a great job quilting with overlapping circles on her longarm. I'm so happy this quilt lives at Pink Castle Fabrics!

The binding complements the fabrics very well in this quilt. Dottie in Bluebird is one of my personal favorites. I love AnneMarie's tutorials for hand- and machine-binding on pages 120-124. Even if you've been quilting and binding for years, her instructions are very clear and easy to read. I forgot how simple joining the ends of binding can be, so I'm glad I read all of the instructions!

That's all for the year! It's been so great following along with all of you. I look forward to seeing all of your finished qults on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley

Topics: Gen X Quilters, Sister Sampler Quilts, Vice Versa BOM

Vice Versa Block of the Month - October

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Oct 20, 2016 11:00:00 AM
  

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Striped Corners

Since our blocks for this quilt are in strips placed on the bias, we need to create some triangular shapes to turn this into a square. The striped corners let us pull out some of our favorite colors from the blocks to tie the whole thing together. This is how we chose to piece our corners:
PCF Vice Versa BOM
PCF Vice Versa BOM
      
 
You can find the instructions for the Striped Corners on pages 72-73 in AnneMarie Chany's book,  Sister Sampler Quilts
 
Since we're sewing the version of this quilt with 12" blocks, you'll need to strip piece two panels with your prints and sashing for the WOF. Be mindful of which direction you cut your diagonals! If done correctly, you should have extra fabric strip pieced to set aside and use for another project. If you're like me, and aren't paying close attention, you'll need all of that fabric to make up for a silly mistake you made.
PCF Vice Versa BOM
Another thing to keep in mind is that these blocks will be trimmed on the bias so they have to potential to stretch out of shape if they're mishandled. You should be careful with these sections between cutting them and the assembly next month--just stow them away in a safe place so they won't have the potential to stretch!
 
That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.
 
Until next time,
Hayley

Topics: Block of the Month, Gen X Quilters, Monthly Clubs, Sister Sampler Quilts, Vice Versa BOM, Fabric

Vice Versa Block of the Month - September

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 20, 2016 3:00:00 AM
  

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Arkansas Snowflake

These are the final two pieced blocks for the Vice Versa quilt! And they're definitely the trickiest to put together. They turn out so awesome though! Check out the two we made:
PCF VIce Versa BOM
You can find the instructions for Fox & Geese block on pages 66-69 with templates on pages 70 & 71 in AnneMarie Chany's book,  Sister Sampler Quilts. The instructions in the book have you piece this block together from templates you trace from the book and onto your fabric.

If you've pieced with templates like this before, you may have no issues but I found it a bit challenging. I would definitely suggest giving this method a shot, especially if you've never done it before. But if you would rather, Hayley C. and her wonderful genius brain has created a paper piecing template to use for the points of the star! If you'd like to use that instead, check your email for the PDF download.

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,

Hayley

Topics: Block of the Month, Gen X Quilters, Sister Sampler Quilts, Vice Versa BOM, Techniques, Quilting

Vice Versa Block of the Month - August

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Aug 20, 2016 3:00:00 AM
  

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Fox & Geese

This month's block puts your flying geese skills to the test! The Fox & Geese block utilizes flying geese and half square triangles to create a block with tons of visual movement. Let's see how ours turned out:
PCF Vice Versa BOM
I'm personally a big fan of the no-waste flying geese method. I've made entire quilts using that method and they come together so much faster! Make sure to review AnneMarie's instructions on how to piece geese this way on pages 114-115 of the book. I typically use my Sewline pencil to draw my center guidelines. Their pencil lead glides really smoothly over fabric without tugging and draws a line dark enough to see where you're going but not so dark that you'll need to worry about lines showing through.

You can find the instructions for Fox & Geese block on pages 62-65 in AnneMarie Chany's book, Sister Sampler Quilts. As always, the Half-Square Triangle block can be found on pages 108-109.

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.
 
Until next time,
Hayley

Topics: Block of the Month, Gen X Quilters, Monthly Clubs, Sister Sampler Quilts, Vice Versa BOM, Techniques, Quilting

Vice Versa Block of the Month - July

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jul 20, 2016 3:00:00 AM
  

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Capital T

Here's a modern take on a traditional block. The Capital T block dates back to the late 1800s and has quite a history--if you're interested in reading about it, I found a pretty cool site with the full history.
 
PCF Vice Versa BOM
There are quite a few small pieces in this block, but they all come together nicely. It's really important to be precise with your cutting and seam allowances since there are so many points that need to meet in order to give you the nifty "T" shape that's hidden in these designs.

The tutorial for this block can be found on pages 58-61 of the Sister Sampler Quilts book. Again, you can find AnneMarie's tutorial for two-at-a-time HSTs at the back of the book on pages 108-109. You will also find her tutorial for Flying Geese on pages 112-113. 

 
That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.
 
Until next time,
Hayley

Topics: Block of the Month, Gen X Quilters, Monthly Clubs, Sister Sampler Quilts, Vice Versa BOM, Techniques, Quilting, Fabric

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