Saturday, January 3, 2015

Several Birds, One Stone

Bird 1. In which, upon entering "Orange Overload" in the Fall Bloggers Quilt Festival, it occurred to me I might like to make an orange-ish quilt for myself, sometime.
Bird 2. I have been quietly looking for another BOM to link up with, thinking how much I enjoyed the HST BOM with In Color Order a couple years (!) ago.
Bird 3. Ever since the GenQ BOM 2014, in which I did not participate, have loved the idea of reversed blocks. And further, recently came across a quilt in a classic quilt book, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! that appealed to me greatly, see picture below:

And so it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you my own, private, but happily, open-to-anyone-interested-to-join-me Simply Sawtooth BOM!
Each month I will make 2 Simple Sawtooth Star blocks.
Since it is for me, I will endeavor to use only most favorite fabrics, hopefully with a decidedly orange bent. I have pulled several prospective fabrics, but will also leave final decisions to what takes my fancy each month, allowing for future fabric favorites to have a place in the quilt too!

If you might be interested in making your own Simply Sawtooth this year, here is a little info:

Fabric Requirements 
for 2 12" finished blocks:
From each of Fabrics A and B cut:
1  7 3/4" square, subcut into (4) 3 7/8" squares,
        or 1 strip 3 7/8" x 16", subcut into (4) 3 7/8" squares
1 7 1/4" square
1 7" square, subcut into (4) 3 1/2" squares
         or 1 strip 3 1/2" x 14", subcut into (4)  3 1/2" squares
1 6 1/2" square

Using the method where 1 large square and 4 small squares yield 4 "flying geese"units:
Place (2) 3 7/8" squares(B) onto (1) 7 1/4" square (A). Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Stitch 1/4" to either side of the drawn line.
Cut on the drawn line:
Press towards the small triangles, in this case, the white triangles (I didn't press this way this time, but will in the future!) Place the remaining 2 3 7/8" squares on each of the corners, as shown. Again, draw a diagonal line, and stitch 1/4" to either side of the drawn line:
Cut on the line:
Press, and trim off the dog ears (not shown here, but I did trim!):

Layout, and assemble in 3 rows, placing one 3 1/2" square in each corner, and the remaining 6 1/2" square in the center:

Repeat for block 1, making sure to begin with the white 7 1/4" square for the flying geese units.
Voila! Ready and waiting for February! :)

And sew the new year begins!

**these are the most remedial of instructions! Please do not hesitate to ask, if you have a question, I will be happy to answer here, by edit or by email!

First time linking up with Let's Bee Social!Yay!


Gina said...

I love sawtooth stars and think that is a great block to use for a whole quilt!!! Will be fun to watch it come along this year! Happy New Year!

Carla said...

Nice tute, Sarah. I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt grow....It's a great start!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Beautifully clear instructions with photos to match. This sounds like a fun and manageable BOM for you to work on, using those favourite fabrics.

Lorna McMahon said...

These are such pretty blocks! I love the positive/negative quilt idea. You are an inspiration! Looking forward to seeing your blocks each month. Thanks for sharing the tutorial, too!