Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 61, 62, 63, 64 and 65/121

Hello again,

Here’s another five blocks from the Loyal Union Sampler by Jennifer Chiaverini.

I’m very excited about the first block as it marks the half way point in the construction of all the blocks. It’s called Kentucky Crossroads and what a test of patience it was!

F-6 Kentucky Crossroads

This one is Ladies Aid Block. Quite straightforward to make and definitely one to remember for future projects.

F-7 Ladies Aid Block

Third is Libby Prison. It’s a bit like Churn Dash.

F-8 Libby Prison

The next one is Lincoln. I love this one!

F-9 Lincoln

Finally, Lost Children.

F-10 Lost Children 

This is where I’m up to now.

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Only one more needed to complete row 6. Not quite on the home straight yet but I’m feeling like I’m getting there. I’m trying to stay motivated enough to make five blocks every week. Kentucky Crossroads didn’t leave much energy for another four this time. It’s a good job I made it first.

Hopefully, there’ll be another five to show you next week. I’ll try :-).

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Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 56, 57, 58, 59 and 60/121

Hello everyone,

Here’s another five blocks to add to the Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini.

First up is Indiana. This one reminds me of a Storm at Sea block but it’s a bit simpler.F-1 IndianaSecond is Iowa Star with some unusual angles. The book gives instructions for making this one in the traditional way or using a foundation paper piecing method. I chose the latter without stitching through the paper.
F-2 Iowa StarThis is a popular one. I’ve seen it in loads of quilts. It’s Jewel Box.F-3 Jewel BoxJonathan’s Satchel is next. Not as easy as it looks!F-4 Jonathan's SatchelFinally, this is Kansas Star. Again similar to a Storm at Sea block (and Indiana above). It’s my favourite in this group because of the lovely star it’s got in the centre which seems to happen by accident due to colour placement.F-5 Kansas StarThis is where I’m at so far. It’s still a lot of fun to sew, especially as I’m almost half finished!

LUS 60 Blocks Have a fun and crafty weekend!

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!

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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.

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Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 23, 24 and 25/121

Plodding along with the Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini.

First up, an easy one called Cornerstone. This is the first block on the third row.

C-1 Cornerstone

Next is Cotton Boll (funny name). Another quick one to make. I think it has lots of secondary pattern possibilities for a one block quilt with different colour placements. Must try it some time.

C-2 Cotton Boll

The last one was a bit more tricky but very enjoyable to make. I quite like two colour blacks. This is called Crosses and Losses. Again, loads of pattern possibilities for using lots of these in one quilt.

C-3 Crosses and Losses

Here’s the virtual quilt so far. The other blocks are shown in previous posts.

LUS 25 BlocksWe’re snowed in here. The main road near us is closed to traffic and there are several abandoned cars along the route. British weather, eh? Oh well, I’ll just have to sew 😉

Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 20, 21 and 22/121

Hurray! That’s the first two rows finished.

This one is called Combination Star.

B-9 Combination Star

Next up is Connecticut.

B-10 Connecticut (My version)This is actually my own adaptation of the original block design in the Loyal Union Sampler book by Jennifer Chiaverini which shows all 12 pieces meeting at the centre. I suspect the Moda fabric I’m using is just too thick to work with this block. I had several attempts which seemed to be getting progressively worse in appearance. All went well every time until the final seam and then there was nowhere for all the bulk to go. I tried spiralling the seams, opening them and also pressing to one side but that final seam just didn’t want to play and knocked everything gonky. I even trimmed the seams with no luck. If I’d been working with prints it would have probably been OK but these solids are so unforgiving. Hence, the final solution after discussion with Claire was to piece the centre in 4 instead of 12 and it’s worked really well.

I was initially approaching this project as a purist. I’m usually more than happy to change designs and patterns to my liking but I’d set out to follow this one to the letter and I found it so hard to “give in”. Anyway, after looking at several of the other blocks that are still left to do, I found a couple with appliqué and I definitely have no intention of doing appliqué blocks for this quilt. Once I’d made that decision it was easy to change Connecticut.

Finally, to complete the second row, is a block called Constance’s Pride. You can see the virtual quilt so far to the right of the screen.
B-11 Constance's Pride

Do you ever change designs? Maybe use patterns just as inspiration and then go off on a tangent? I suppose if we do change things it means our projects will be unique.

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