I am so excited to be a part of the Reclaimed West blog tour with Timeless Treasures. Not only is it a fabulous line, it really takes me back to my roots. I was born and raised on a farm and I am always looking for classic prints to take me back to my childhood memories. When I was asked to design a pattern around this fabric I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. When I saw the colors and prints my childhood memories came flooding back to life and inspiration just hit me. I love all of this fabric collection, but I would have to say I have a few favorites.
JN-C2902-Meadow brings back memories of the early mornings. We would always have to wait for the morning dew to burn off before the field work could begin, but don’t worry, mom always made sure there were other chores to be done while we waited. JN-C2899-Beige reminds me of the smell of the fresh hay and watching the cattle gather at the fence waiting for my dad to arrive with their feed. With all of the fabulous prints to pick from, JN-C2913-Blue, one of my go to colors, it reminded me of the cool summer night skies where you could see miles of stars
At night, the country sky is so incredible, so large and amazing as it is filled with stars, which was the inspiration for the star block in my quilt. The summer nights are my favorite along with the long winters we had up north are the reasons why I have a passion for quilting. So for me, marrying the two seasons just seemed to be the right way to go. I love the way the snowball block has a large center that features the prints in the collection. Here is my pattern “Prairie Skies” that I designed using “The Reclaimed West” Collection by Judy Niemeyer for Timeless Treasures. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Click HERE for the Prairie Skies free pattern download designed by Osie Lebowitz.
Here are a few tips and techniques that I used for making the star block in my quilt.
So I don’t usually promote buying a whole bunch of tools. I like to be able to use what I have on hand, but with that being said, I highly encourage buying and using the Tri-Rec Ruler for making this star block. It is very accurate, quick and easy for cutting and piecing the star points. Make sure you refer to the free pattern download for the cutting instructions.
Here are a few examples of using the Tri-Rec ruler:
(Be careful when cutting JN-C2912-Lake is directional) Using the Tri portion of the Tri-Rec ruler line up the top of the triangle while lining up the 4 1/2″ line with the bottom of the fabric, this will assure accurate cuts. Now cut on both sides of the triangle, flip the Tri ruler 180 degrees and re-align. Continue cutting from the strip (see pic 2 below) this will maximize the fabric.
Using JN-C2909-Ivory be sure to leave the 4 1/2″ strip folded selvage to selvage wrong sides together. Using the Rec portion of the ruler, line up the top of the triangle while lining up the 4 1/2″ line with the bottom of the fabric, this will assure accurate cuts. Cut on both sides of the Rec ruler then flip the ruler 180 degrees and continue cutting (See pic 4). Remember, by cutting 2 layers with wrongs sides together you will be cutting an equal number of left and right pieces for star points. **Note: See info on picture**
Lay out the block. There is a left and a right to all star points.
Flip star point on top of center piece right sides together and aligning the edges. This is where the small extra angle comes in. Refer to photo and align the small cut angle. Sew an exact 1/4″ seam and press the seam towards the star point.
Repeat for second star point.
Your finished star point will measure 4 1/2″ square unfinished. Repeat 3 more times.
This is the 12 1/2″ unfinished square.
I hope these tips help you in making your star block. Follow the instructions in the free pattern download for the directions in making the snowball blocks.
Don’t forget to enter the drawing HERE, and dont forget to check out the other blogs below for some more fun!
Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works – http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog
Lauren Rogers, Backdoor Quilt Shoppe – www.backdoorquiltshoppe.wordpress.com
I hope you enjoyed The Reclaimed West Blog Tour. Thanks for following!