Twelve Words Block of the Month #8: August Encourage

Twelve Words Block of the Month: August Encourage

August. It’s all about swimming pools, and sunshine. Am I right or am I right?

Twelve Words Block of the Month: August Encourage

So naturally, this block just had to be made from a nice pool aqua, and golden sun yellows, and some orange too, for the sweltering heat.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: August Encourage

Here’s the thing. By the end of August, I’m almost always at the end of my hot weather rope. A girl can only take so much sweating to death in the dry arid desert mountains. (<–Utah.)

Twelve Words Block of the Month: August Encourage

So that first little chill in the air that hits right around the end of August? One of my favorite things ever–because fall? Best season. Of course, Spring, Winter, and Summer are the best too.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: August Encourage

Turns out I’m a season girl.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: August Encourage

I love that the seasons always manage to change just when I think I can’t stand another day of cold, or hot, or mud, or wind.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: August Encourage

It keeps me excited and looking forward, encouraged, to know that change will come, and bring fresh new days with it.

xoxo

April

Instructions:

Cut the following:

(12) 3″ orange squares

(12) 3″ yellow squares

(24) 3″ aqua squares

(1) 3″ x 12″ linen rectangle

(2) 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ aqua strips

(2) 1-1/4″ x 11″ aqua strips

Piecing:

Pair each yellow square and each orange square with an aqua square. encourage-01

Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all yellow and orange squares and stitch on either side of the marked line, or use my HST Hack method to make 2 Half Square Triangles from each yellow/aqua and orange/aqua pair. Square up the HSTs to 2″.

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Stitch HSTs into (6) yellow/aqua and (6) orange/aqua pinwheels. Make pinwheels by arranging as shown, stitching top two and bottom two HSTs together, pressing seams in opposite directions to allow the seam to nest. Stitch rows together. Square up to 3-1/2″. Set aside. encourage-09

Mark a 10-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ rectangle on the linen rectangle using a disappearing marker. Using the templates provided, applique the letters in the rectangle you just marked. Square up rectangle to 2″ x 11″.

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Stitch long aqua strips to both sides of linen word strip. Press toward aqua. Stitch short aqua strips to top and bottom of linen word strip. Press toward aqua.

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Lay out the pinwheels as shown, stitch together in columns, and then stitch columns together.

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Finish assembling the block by stitching pinwheel sections to bordered word strip.

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Finished block: 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″

Download the block letters here.



Twelve Words Block of the Month #7: July Grow

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So. July.

Came and went in a hurry.

Twelve Words BLock of the Month-34 But.

With the help of a sweet, sweet friend, I managed to do a bit of growing. Meaning, she literally shoved me out of my comfort zone. So far, it’s been awesome. Can’t wait to show you some of the results.

Twelve Words BLock of the Month-35 Also, my garden grew.

Twelve Words BLock of the Month-36 A lot.

Twelve Words BLock of the Month-37 Are there awards for the largest zucchini? I think I might could take first, second, and third place.

Twelve Words BLock of the Month-38 xoxo

April

PS Did you miss any of the other Twelve Words Block of the month blocks? Here you go, friends. Click here.

Twelve Words BLock of the Month-39 Instructions:

Cut the following:

(1) 8″ Linen Square

(4) 4″ red squares, cut once on the diagonal to make (8) triangles

(1) 7½” Navy Blue Square, cut twice on diagonals to make (4) triangles

(4) 3½” navy blue squares

Trace and embroider the word on the center of the linen square. Square up to 6½”.

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July2 Make (4) flying geese by sewing a red triangle to each short side of a navy triangle.

July3 Lay out the block.

July4 Piece the block in rows, pressing out on the top and bottom rows, and in on the middle row.

July5 Stitch rows together. Press. July6 Makes (1) 12½” square block.

Here’s the embroidery download. :)



Twelve Words Block of the Month #6: June Delight

June Delight

Hello sweet friends!

Here’s my fun June block for the Twelve Words Block of the Month.
June Delight
I kinda love it.
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It turned out to be a delightful surprise, as I had a different block planned and finished for June, but when I put it alongside the previous 5 blocks, it just didn’t jive, you know what I mean?
June Delight
Turns out that block will work out better later in the year, and this block works perfectly now.
June Delight
Sometimes, the most delightful surprises aren’t the ones you planned. They aren’t things you control or expect.
June Delight

As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.

Emmanuel Teney

June Delight
I think I’m going to plaster that on my wall somewhere. For the less-than-delightful surprises.

xoxo
April

PS Let’s make this block, shall we? Miss the previous blocks? Here you go: January, February, March, April, and May.

Instructions:

Materials:

(12-15) fabric strips in widths between 3/4″ and 2½” wide.

(1) 3½” x 18″ linen fabric strip (for middle strip)

(1) 10″ x 4″ dark colored rectangle

(1) 12½” x 12½” piece of lightweight paper (I used newsprint.)

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Use a glue stick to temporarily adhere your linen strip across the paper square, on a diagonal, making sure it is evenly centered.

Block6C Place next strip right sides together and sew to the right edge of the linen strip.

Block6B Press away from the linen.

Block6D Continue placing, sewing, and pressing strips to cover the newsprint out to the corner.

Block6E Repeat on the left side.

Gently tear away newsprint paper.

Block6F Applique word using your favorite method. (Tutorial for machine applique using fuseable web, here.)

Block6G Trim the block to 12½” square, being sure to center the linen strip on the diagonal.

Download the template for the word here.

Post pictures in the flickr group. :)



Beechwood Park Quilt: a free quilt pattern.

Beechwood-Park-Quilt

Hey friends! I come bearing gifts today! This is a fun quilt pattern I designed to accompany Jeanean Morrison’s newest line, Beechwood Park for Free Spirit Fabrics. The best part? It’s free!

You can download the free quilt pattern for this fun crib size (45″ x 53″) quilt at the Free Spirit/Westminster Fibers website here. Just click the link and it will open up in your browser. Then, to save it to your desktop, just click the little icon (it looks like a paper with a downward pointing arrow) in the upper right corner and choose where you want to save it. Navigate to it on your computer, double click to open, print off and voila! Free pattern for you!

As a side note, in step 5 under “Piecing the Block,” I suggest that instead of trimming 1/4″ from each side of the “E” piece, that you trim 1/2″ from the white or polka dot side. Either way, the block will torn out fine, but this suggestion will make things more consistent for you perfectionist types :) I’ve been trying to get my friends over at Westminster to update the pattern with the tweak, but I thought I’d mention it here so you can get started making it.

I’m thinking I’ll make it again, only double the size. I think it will be stunning.

xoxo

April

PS If you have already seen and downloaded this pattern before this week, I’d suggest heading on over and downloading it again. There have been a few edits to the pattern since it was first uploaded a couple weeks ago. There was a bit of confusion on the graphic designer’s end that made things a little bit messed up. It’s all fixed now. :)



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