Monday, June 7, 2010

A Very Small Garden Party

I'm restless today. I just can't make myself sit and work on anything. I think it's because I have to sit down and write checks and sort mail. I would almost rather clean bathrooms!

I thought I might have a bit of fun before work. I decided to make this small block. Just one....It's a 4" square made from our Garden Party line of fabric. Ten minutes of fun and the results are so sweet.

Here's the recipe:


Cut 3 - 1 7/8" squares each from a light and dark print.
Draw a line down the diagonal of each light square. Sew a seam on both sides, 1/4" away from the diagonal line. Cut them apart on the drawn line.

Cut 1 - 2 1/2" square each from the dark and light print. Draw a diagonal line down the center of one square. Sew on the diagonal line.

Cut 1/4" away from the diagonal line....discard the small remaining triangles.

Open all the triangles and press. (By this time, I'm starting to feel a bit more focused and relaxed.)
Cut 1 - 1 1/2" square from the light print. Sew the units together as shown above.

Cut 2 rectangles 1 1/2" x 3 1/2". Sew the block together as illustrated.

The results! A very small Garden Party block.

Now what to do with the block?

Until later,

Alma

26 comments:

  1. a good job!!!
    very nice ;)
    ciao Maria

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  2. Love the fabric and the block. It's amazing how some time with needle, fabric and thread can soothe the soul! I think the block would look fab on top of a box. I'm getting ready to put a hexagon patch on a round box top using your 'box' finishing technique. I'll send a pic when I'm finished. Have a wonderful week!!

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  3. The bear paw is one of my very favorite patterns, thank-you for sharing, the colors are lovely together.
    Keep up the good work.
    Catherine

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  4. When did Garden Pary come out? I don't remember.

    Brenda

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  5. oops -- Party

    Brenda

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  6. Well I love that! And I LOVE, LOVE your Garden Party fabric line. It is gorgeous!

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  7. You asked What to make with it? I'll bet a future post will show us a most beautiful project idea! I can't wait to see what you have in mind!

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  8. Oh I love it! What fun! I'm going to have to make one -- I love tiny things!

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  9. Will look out for garden party line. I just ordered my Country Inn from Amazon yeepee! Hugs Nat

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  10. Yes, funny how we just settle in when sewing - really cute basket!! Cant wait to see what you do with it!
    Linda P in Ga

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  11. Alma I love the fabric alot, I think I need to get some. XO MARY

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  12. Beautiful block and fabrics.
    I have not tried smaller piecing, need more practice with large blocks.

    Debbie

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  13. Funny how a bit of stitching can relax us...I went up to my sewing room today just for a bit and came down three hours later. But I did manage to get all four of my borders on the quilt! I love basket blocks..

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  14. Alma, I so enjoy your fun blog! You inspire me to find some fabric and do a bit of sewing myself.
    Lancy

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  15. Goodmorning! What a nice block! A good way to start my day! Hubertine

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  16. I love that fabric. It does make you feel better to take needle and thread to fabric. I am going to have to buy some of that fabric online. So very pretty.

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  17. Beautiful block and lovely colours!

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  18. Pretty block!

    Enjoy your week!

    Anna

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  19. Oooohhh! I want to make a whole lot of these!! But then I'm always looking for distractions. Back to the job at hand, which is the restoration of my client's 1928 family heirloom silk crazy quilt.
    Love your pictures from June show and tell too.
    Janet in Nova Scotia

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  20. That tiny basket block is so cute! But it needs some friends...

    Thanks for the tutorial!

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  21. What a fun block. I look forward to your blogposts and am also enjoying your new book "Country Inn". I do have a question about your lavender sachets - since there are no directions with that pattern, did you combine lavender and crushed walnut shells or did you use one or the other?

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  22. What a cute quilt block. I look forward to your blogposts and am also enjoying your new book "Country Inn". I do have a question about the lavender sachets. Since there are no instruction with that entry, do you combine the lavender and the crushed walnut shells, or do you use or the other.

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  23. oops, didn't mean to comment in triplicate:)

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  24. Love the block and the Garden Party collection.
    But discard the leftover triangles? NEVER!!!! Just sew another seam a scant 1/4" on the other side of the drawn line before cutting, and you have another tiny half square triangle. Perfect for a doll quilt, pincushion, or just to pile in a small basket.

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