Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursdays - August 27, 2015

I found Throwback Thursday on Facebook, and I love the idea.  So I thought I'll keep my blog in this fascinating loop.

I didn't see any rules about the time frame of the throwback.  So here is my entry for this week.  The tiny boy in the center of the photo is my paternal great-grandfather (my dad's mother's father).  His sisters (the girls in the back) are obviously much older than he is. Lottie and Tillie were born before the Civil War;  John was born after.  His father (also John) was an officer in the Union army and away from home (Michigan) for several years during the war.  This photo was taken ca. 1868.

Too far back?

Friday, August 14, 2015

You Can Make This Quilt!

I saw a picture of this quilt a while ago and thought it was so cool.  It's no mystery that I am very fond of optical illusion quilts!  So I decided to figure out how to make this one.  Now that I have, I thought I would share.  Finished size on this quilt is 40" x 54" (lap or crib size).  

You will need:
  • 1.5 yards of the face background material (spacer strips and binding)
  • 1.5 yards for the back
  • .25 yards each of 5 different colors/prints (you will have 7 blocks of each color)
  • .5 yard medium gray (shadows)

Rather than try to verbally explain how to do this, I decided pictures are worth several thousand words!

The photo shows all the dimensions for CUTTING the pieces.  Quarter-inch seam allowances are used everywhere in this quilt.

First attach a 1.5 inch square to the end of a shadow strip, pressing the seam toward the darker material.  Attach this to the right side of the block (big square) from the top down.  Cut it off exactly square with the bottom of the block.   Attach a 1.5 square to a shadow strip.  Attach this strip to the bottom of the block, lining it up with the left side of the block.  Cut this strip off exactly square to the right side of the block.  Once you've done this, your block should measure 6.5 inches.  Do this with all of the blocks until all 35 of them are done.

The assembled rows are block spacer block spacer all across. When you have a complete row, attach a spacer to the entire bottom of the row.  Assemble the next row, attach to the first, add a spacer all the way across....  Keep doing this until you have seven rows.

My version of this quilt has a 3 inch border on it, but you are welcome to put any size border on it that you like.

Have fun!