Loyal Union Sampler blocks 51, 52, 53, 54 and 55/121

I’m getting close to the half way mark on the Loyal Union Sampler by Jennifer Chiaverini. I’ve got another five blocks done which makes five completed rows so far.

First up is Home Sweet Home.

E-7 Home Sweet Home

This one is called Honey Bee but the design in the book also has some appliqué. I’m not having appliqué in this quilt so I’ve taken the liberty to rearrange the colour values of the base block so it’s more to my taste.

E-8 Honey Bee

Third up is Hourglass.

E-9 Hourglass

Now, I really like the next one which looks like a pineapple block variation but the construction is nothing like it. This is Illinois.

E-10 IllinoisThe last one in row five is Improved Four-Patch.

E-11 Improved Four-Patch

That’s 55 blocks completed so far. I’m getting there!

LUS 55 Blocks

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Loyal Union Sampler blocks 46, 47, 48, 49 and 50/121

These blocks are from the Loyal Union Sampler by Jennifer Chiaverini. I’ve got another five to show today.

The first one is called Granny’s Favorite. Not as simple as it looks but I enjoyed making it.

E-2 Granny's Favorite

This one is Guiding Star.

E-3 Guiding Star

Happy Home is next.

E-4 Happy Home

Then Harvest Home. Lots of fiddly points to match here.

E-5 Harvest HomeIt was nice to finish on an easy one called Hatchet.

E-6 Hatchet

Here’s the virtual quilt so far.

LUS 50 Blocks

These blocks all finish at 6 inches square. Have you made a sampler with small blocks? Or are you still in the process maybe?

Loyal Union Sampler blocks 41, 42, 43, 44, and 45/121

Five more blocks to share today from the Loyal Union Sampler by Jenifer Chiaverini.

Nice and easy Friendship Square to begin with.

D-8 Friendship Square

Next up is Gerda’s Puzzle. I like this one a lot.

D-9 Gerda's PuzzleThe third one is Gettysburg.

D-10 Gettysburg

Glad Tidings has more lovely Y-seams 😉

D-11 Glad Tidings

Last but not least is Good Fortune. Hurray, I’m onto the fifth row!

E-1 Good Fortune

Here’s the virtual quilt so far.

LUS 45 BlocksI’m really trying to put my head down with this project now and I don’t think I’ll start anything else (in patchwork) until it’s done. Part of me wants it all finished but another part doesn’t want it to end because I’m having so much fun with these tiny blocks.

Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40/121

Here I go again with the latest batch of 6 inch blocks from the Loyal Union Sampler. They all come from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini.

First is Everett’s Oratory. I have to admit I almost tore my hair out with this one. It has 56 pieces and lots of Y-seams that had to be hand stitched because they were too tiny to put under the machine foot. I had several names of my own for this block but I don’t think it would be wise to publish any of them! Anyway, I got there in the end. It’s all about the challenge isn’t it? I had a huge sense of achievement when it was finished.

D-3 Everett's Oratory

Next up is Farm in the Valley which isn’t as wiggly as it looks here.

D-4 Farm in the Valley

 

Then it’s Fond Farewell. I like this one. So simple, yet so effective I think.

D-5 Fond Farewell

Fort Sumter is next.

D-6 Fort Sumter

Finally, I took a liberty with this one. It’s called Friendship Knot and the curved sections are supposed to be appliquéd. I don’t want any appliqué on this quilt so I made my own pattern templates and machine pieced it instead. It was fiddly but doable as you can see.

D-7 Friendship Knot

By the time I’ve done the next block I’ll be one third of the way to a finished quilt top. Here’s the virtual quilt so far.

LUS 40 Blocks

Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35/121

Another five blocks completed for the Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jenniefer Chiaverini.

First up is Double Four-Patch. A nice easy one to start.

C-9 Double Four-Patch

Next is Double Z. I quite like this one.

C-10 Double Z

Drummer Boy is next.

C-11 Drummer Boy

This one is Economy. Quite an easy batch so far.

D-1 Economy

Finally for today is Emancipation. I really enjoyed making this one.

D-2 Emancipation

All the blocks finish at 6 inches square and will end up in a quilt like this virtual one.

LUS 35 Blocks

I hope you’re all getting lots of time to craft today.

Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30/121

Keeping on with The Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Number 26 is Crossroads. I had to hand stitch some of this one as it was too small to get under the machine foot for the Y-seams.

C-4 Crossroads

This one is called Cross Stitch.

C-5 Cross Stitch

Next up is Delaware Flagstones.

C-6 Delaware Flagstones

Now for Democratic Watchman. Strange names these blocks have!

C-7 Democratic Watchman

Finally for today is Diamond Star.

C-8 Diamond Star

If you like making small blocks, this is a good project to take on. They’ll all finish at 6 inches square. I’ve been busy on this quilt for far too long so I’m going to focus a bit better and motor on over the next few weeks.

Here’s all the blocks so far.

LUS 30 Blocks

Using up the scraps

Last time I showed you the Trip Around the World quilt that my sister started and then I finished for her when she ran out of enthusiasm. You might also remember this knitting bag I made for her over three years ago that she uses all the time (but not for knitting).

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Some of my other bags, including this one, are here if you’re interested.

Well, I had to do something with all the scraps that were leftover from the quilt. I’d come to the conclusion that the reason my sister didn’t want to use the original bag for knitting was because I didn’t make it with a zip closure.  She doesn’t like spiders and I realised spiders could get into the knitting and that wouldn’t be good would it? She just kept saying the bag was too good to use for knitting but I still think it was all to do with pesky spiders LOL. So I made a new one with a zipper in the hope that she’d use it for knitting this time!

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It’s almost the same as the original but with a much wider base, it closes with a zip and the button placement is different. Those buttons are from my late Aunt Edith’s sewing box by the way, probably circa 1960’s. Even though it looks similar, the construction method was completely different and, to be honest, it had me stumped for a while but I got there in the end. It’s all in the planning isn’t it? The original started with a one piece base and the sides were attached to it. For this one I needed to rethink because of the zip. I started at the zip and then attached the sides, so working down the bag instead of up.

There were still a few scraps left so I made a little pouch to pop inside as well.

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My sister was well chuffed with both. I told her the large one was for her knitting. She has other ideas. I might have known!

Anyway, that’s all of the blue Trip Around the World fabrics used up now. I’ve also been plodding on with the Loyal Union Sampler blocks recently and have a few of those to photograph. Then I’ll get the virtual quilt on the right of the page updated so you can see where I’m up to.

What crafty stuff have you been up to recently?

To the rescue…

My sister’s been having a clear out which ended up being great news for me.

I can’t remember how many years ago it was, but she started to do patchwork at a class which resulted in a fabulous first quilt. She was very enthusiastic about starting another one so we went to the fabric shop together to choose lots of blues for her solo adventure. The pattern had already been chosen, as had the method of construction. It was going to be a Trip Around the World quilt made using the tube method. All went well initially but her enthusiasm soon waned and that was the last I heard of any quilt progress. Unfortunately it had made its way into the cupboard to be forgotten. Every now and again, I’d ask her when she was going to get the quilt bits out of the bag and have another go. She kept saying it would get done one day. It didn’t. Eventually, I offered to finish it for her. Those fabrics were pricey and far too good to just sit in a cupboard. I was convinced she’d thrown it all in the bin! However, I was so pleased when she handed me the bag just after Christmas.

There were lots of bits.

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Some tubes were already split, some were still stitched together. There was a pile of uncut fabric plus three pieced rectangles. The dark photos were all taken in poor electric light by the way 😦

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The top two rectangles are exactly the same if one is rotated 180 degrees. The bottom one is completely different in both size and colour. I couldn’t make head nor tail of the pattern so I ditched it. Then it was just a case of solving the puzzle of all the bits. The good thing was that my sister had pressed all the seams correctly and her piecing was perfect so far.

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I eventually got to here…

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…but there was still loads of fabric left so I joined more strips and made it wider.

6I chose a white on white fabric for the backing and binding…

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…and kept the quilting simple.

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Not a brilliant photo but you’ll get the idea. It turned out to be a good sized single to flop over the sides of the bed or it would make a nice double topper.

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My sister loves it but she no longer has a colour scheme in any room to match. So it’s mine! That’s the good news 🙂 I’ve got a single bedroom with white walls and it works a treat in there. However, I couldn’t stop there because there was still plenty of fabric left.

10 I made a quilted pillow sham.

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I should have made more effort with the photography but here’s the finish!
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I think it would have been so much quicker to start this one from scratch but my sister had spent a lot of time cutting and piecing and I had loads of fun sorting out the puzzle.

Have you ever finished something that someone else had started? How did it turn out?

Loyal Union Sampler Block 17/121

Just one block to show today. This one is called Charlie Stokey’s Star and I really enjoyed making it. Charlie Stokey's StarHere’s what the virtual quilt looks like so far.LUS 17 blocksThe blocks all finish at six inches square and details can be found in the Loyal Union Sampler book by Jennifer Chiaverini. I hope you’ve had time to craft today.

Loyal Union Sampler Block 16/121

Good afternoon everyone,

Not a lot of progress to share on the sampler this week. I made the nine square in a square blocks the other day and then just looked at the pieces on my mat and walked away several times. Sometimes I just know it isn’t going to be successful so I go off and do something else. Today, the bits went together like a dream. It was worth waiting until I could give it my best shot.

Anyway, this one is called Chambersburg from the Loyal Union Sampler book by Jennifer Chiaverini. It’s got forty five dinky pieces and finishes at six inches square. I’ll definitely make this block again in a larger format. There’s so much that could be done with colour placement to make secondary patterns.

Chambersburg Here’s where I’m at now.

LUS 16 Blocks

It’s back to Y-seams for the next two blocks. I promise not to whinge!

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