Wednesday, August 1, 2012

First Wednesday of August - Sow-A-Long

FINALLY!! You are going to be so excited by this set of blocks! Hopefully you will feel that it was worth the wait!! I love them!


Background:  Cut (12) 1-1/4" x 2" rectangles
Dark:           cut (4) 2" squares (red corners)
Medium:       cut (4) 2" squares (my green)
2nd medium: cut (1) 2" square (center)
2nd dark:      cut (4) 1-1/4" squares


Background:   cut (4) 2" squares (corners)

Background:   cut (1) 4-1/4" square; cut on the diagonal TWICE
Medium:        cut (2) 2-3/4" squares, cut on the diagonal TWICE
Dark:            cut (2) 2-3/4" squares, cut on the diagonal TWICE
  These are to make the "flying geese". You need to piece the "geese". Note that I made a mistake and switched one pair of triangles around. You need to be consistent.  Fortunately I caught it and fixed it before I sewed it together.

2nd dark:     cut (1) 2-5/8" square (center)
2nd medium:cut (2) 2-1/2" squares, cut on the diagonal ONCE
  You are making a square in a square.  It will measure 3-1/2" unf, 3" fin.

see my mistake in the flying geese on the left side? The dark triangles should be adjacent to the center square in a square!
Before correction


Background:   Cut (6) 2" squares
Medium:        cut (6) 2" squares, you are making 12 hsts, 1" fin, 1-1/2" unf.

Background:   cut (4) 1-1/2 x 2-1/2" rectangles

2nd Medium:   cut (1) 2-1/2" square (center)
3rd medium:   cut (1) 3-1/4" square, cut on the diagonal TWICE
Dark:             cut (2) 3" squares, cut on the diagonal ONCE
Using 2nd medium (center) and 3rd medium, make a square in a square. It's 3-1/4" unf,  2-3/4" fin; add the dark to create another square around the square. It is 4-1/2" unf, 4" fin.

That's it for this week. I hope you are having fun doing this project. I laid my blocks out so I could see how they were looking. I have to admit that I am liking it. I'm not sure how I'm going to set them: sashing v. no sashing. I think I need more yellow and maybe blue!  

One of these days I'll figure out the link thing and we can share our blocks. Thanks for following along. Even if you're behind, keep doing how ever many you can do. Even one is better than none!

Love to you all,


  1. I love seeing them all together!! Looking wonderful!

  2. Love these blocks, but I think I need another month off!

  3. Thank you, Randy! These look great. Like you, I'm wondering if I want to sash them or just set them side-by-side. But there is still plenty of time to decide because I am still behind. :-P Sharon B

  4. I'm stoked about these, Randy! Great Olympic watching projects!
    I am keeping mine pinned to a portable design wall and I think I have decided to sash mine when the time comes--like Lori did on her birthday quilt blocks.
    Thanks for all the effort you put into this for us. I'm sure it isn't an easy thing to keep going. : )

  5. Thanks Randy! Wonderful blocks. Also thanks for showing yours all laid out together. I have mine pinned to my design wall so I can see what colors need to be added. I'm thinking I will sash them to avoid trying to match all the seams. Connie in Michigan

  6. Beautiful blocks! Can't wait to get started on them...Thank you!

  7. Fantastic set of blocks! Thanks for all your work on this project. Amy in Wisconsin

  8. This is a great new trio of blocks, Randy. I love seeing the group together. That's great impetus to get mine caught up (while I'm watching Olympics, as so many of us are).

  9. I think I'm going to pass on that Missouri Star block. Last week I made 3 eight-inch ones and that was as small as I want to go! Maybe I'll double up on the Handweave block.

  10. Thanks Randy!! I can't wait to get home and make mine! LOVE LOVE LOVE Boxes and Baskets especially! - Terri in Great Lakes, IL

  11. You have done it again. Wow, these are great and will be a bit of
    a challenge. Thanks so much for sharing these with us. It was wonderful to
    see your blocks, so inspiring. Off to the machine, and get these
    completed so I can sit and enjoy looking at them.

  12. I like these blocks. I could make a few for the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler in 30's I'm doing to make up for the blocks I won't make with 'y' seams.

  13. I just finished this set and I love how they turned out. I am writing again to let you know how much I appreciate your instructions. Giving the subunit sizes for those square in a square elements really helps. Squaring them up makes the rest of the block go together so nicely. Making the oversized tiny HST and then trimming them really works nicely! Again thanks so much! Amy in Wisconsin

  14. Randy, thank you for posting the blocks on your blog. I can't wait to get started on them. We have had several out of town guests (we live in a resort area) for the last few weeks. I love seeing and playing with our friends, I get to be a tourist in my our town. Traverse City Film Festival ended last night, last group of friends leaving on Tuesday, then back to sewing!

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