Today we are weaving our quilt blocks together

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my block in the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days  blog hop hosted by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks. The number 19 seems to be a number of interest for me, so it was prodigious that when I contacted Carla, 19 was one of the few still open. I had to take it, and I am so happy I did! Today, my block is “Weave”.

As a brand new quilter, you may find yourself wondering how to acquire your “stash” without breaking the bank. Personally, I joined one of the Freecycle groups for my area, and found someone who was giving away scrap fabric. This is where I got the fabric for my block today.

“Weave” isn’t quite as super simple as some of the other blocks in the hop, it has 7 pieces total in it.

Spring is taking its sweet time around here in coming. Maybe if I used spring-like fabrics, Mother Nature would get the hint. I was hoping to find some fabrics in my stash of free fabrics, and I did. No need to go to Joann’s, like I ever need an excuse for that! So, I ironed first, then cut the needed pieces. I thought it would be great to be able to see the weave together, so I cut what I would need for 2 blocks. You can see them here:

 

Then came sewing them together, which I was able to chain piece them together and make the sewing go that much quicker. Piecing it all together was done pretty easily with no matching seams. I found that finger-pressing the seams before using the hot iron made the fabric lay better and not go all cattywompus on me.

 Both of them together came out absolutely adorable, but then I thought, what can I possibly make with just two blocks? Lately, I have been exploring mug rugs as a way of learning new quilt blocks, or new quilting techniques. I grabbed some batting I had left over from a previous project. I cut the size of batting I would need, slightly larger than necessary, and layered it from bottom to top

–Batting

–One block face up

–the other block face down

I sewed it all together with about a 3 inch opening to be able to flip it inside out and cut all the excess after sewing, especially at the corners to reduce all the bulkiness. After flipping it inside out, I used a chop stick I got from a Chinese restaurant to poke out the corners as gently as possible. You have to be gentle with the poking, but firm at the same time. I know from experience, too little pressure and you will have bulky curvy corners, not the pretty sharp corners you want. Too much pressure, and you will find your chopstick poking right through that corner you just sewed. That is frustrating!

Afterwards, I ironed the entire square on both sides, folded both sides of the opening in by a quarter inch and ironed that down really well to help it line up with the rest of that side and help camouflage that opening. Top stitching an eighth of an inch from the side, starting at the opening helped to give the entire mug rug a nice finished edge.

I wanted to quilt it, but I haven’t ever attempted free motion quilting. To be honest, I don’t have that kind of courage in my quilting just yet. I decided to stitch in the ditch in the four corner squares. Since the squares on either side are going in opposite directions, it didn’t make sense to me to do much more than that.

Here is the finished product:

If you want to check out the other squares and designers, here’s the full schedule:

Date Project Designer Block
April 1st Creatin’ in the Sticks Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd Kwilty Pleasures Blog Block 2 – Double Stuffed
April 3rd Sew Incredibly Crazy Block 3 – Baby in a Corner
April 4th SBD Embroidery and Quilting Block 4 – Dutch Door
April 5th What About Rheema Block 5 – Surrounded
April 6th Quilted Delights Block 6 – Tacked Up
April 7th Joy Studio Block 7 – Stripper
April 8th Just Sew Quilter Block 8 – Staggered
April 9th Quiltscapes Block 9 – Topsy Turvy
April 10th beaquilter Block 10 – Chunky Pinwheel
April 11th Freemotion by the River Block 11 – Painted WIndow
April 12th krislovesfabric Block 12 – Broken Cinder Block
April 13th MooseStashQuilting Block 13 – Reaction
April 14th Quilts by Joanne Block 14 – Median Strip
April 15th Persimon Dreams Block 15 – Center of Attention
April 16th Needled Mom Block 16 – Bounce
April 17th Just Let Me Quilt Block 17 – Sweet Sixteen
April 18th Life in Scrapatch Block 18 – Yeah Eights
April 19th Quarter Inch Crafter Block 19 – Weave
April 20th Seams To Be Sew Block 20 – Classic
April 21st Just Let Me Quilt Block 21 – Spot
April 22nd Something Rosemade Block 22 – Cross Walk
April 23rd Thimblemouse and Spouse Block 23 – Opposites Attract
April 24th Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc. Block 24 – Possibility
April 25th Words & Stitches Block 25 – Camper Window
April 26th Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats Block 26 – Catching Z’s
April 27th Selinaquilts Block 27 – Broken Stripes
April 28th QuiltFabrication Block 28 – Stockade
April 29th Lakeshore Stitches Block 29 – Dovetail
April 30th Creatin’ in the Sticks Block 30 – Slow Tee

 

Thank you so much to Carla for a fantastic blog hop!

This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Your block is a fun one to make. Yes I have poked through on occasion but who hasn’t?

    1. Hi Christi, thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Cute! Thanks for sharing. What a great idea to use freecycle as a source of fabric.

  3. Cute mug rug! Keep up the good work–your stitching in the ditch looks great! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Carol!

  4. The gardening fabric is just adorable. I’ve used Freecycle in the past to get rid of gallons cans of left over house paints (LOADS of it), box springs, even an abundance of wine bottles ( which are great for crafters… no need to purchase to darn things when they come free with a drink ;0) …..) Thanks for reminding me of a great community resource.

    1. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Cute!
    Love this block!

    1. Thank you Beth!

  6. Adorable fabric and I have some novelty fabric to make this one up.

  7. Making a mug rug with that cute block is a great idea. Making it with free fabrics is even better!!

  8. Your little garden fairy looks ready for spring! I know I am…time for winter to go on vacation!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Happy Quilting!

  9. Look at that sweet mug rug. Thank you so much for hopping with us in the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop and Quilt Along. You did a great job! Your Weave block is perfection.

    1. Thank you for having me! I look forward to more.

  10. A great looking block!!! I taught myself to free motion quilt – you can do it, just like everyone else – practice practice practice – and you’ll be fine.

  11. You did a great job with this block and it made a really cute mug rug. Stitching in the ditch is one of my favorite methods to quilt! Thanks for sharing what you did with Carla’s cute block.

  12. I like the visual effect of the weaving! It’s nice to find something different – at least to me. LOL

  13. Very easy block and great for using scraps. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Thanks for the reminder about Freecycle, both as a source for fabric and as a place to donate fabric we may be tired of and ready to pass on.

  15. Great looking block. Good idea to turn your 2 blocks into something useful. I use a knitting needle to push out my corners. They poke thru too. Isn’t it amazing how simple these blocks are and how great they look when made into a quilt? I know there’s many of Carla’s patterns for this hop that I’d like to turn into a quilt.

  16. love scrap quilts

  17. Great way to use a pair of blocks! Free motion quilting is really fun, don’t be scared, just jump in! Practice on something that’s not too important because you won’t love your first try, but as you practice you will get the hang of it in no time.

  18. When I began quilting, over 13 years ago, I was given free fabrics from so many people it was amazing! My husband and I also enjoy garage sales and it is fabulous how much fabric you will find, along with patterns and tools also. I hope that you enjoy quilting and just have a blast learning and creating. Your blocks were great! I think this block will be a great scrap busting pattern and am looking forward to making one! Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

    1. Thanks so much Brenda. Do you find yourself still learning new things, 13 years later?

  19. With your fabric and the weave technique, this would make a great nap quilt for a little girl. Good job

  20. I like using orphan or test blocks for mug rugs. Garage and estate sales are also a source for inexpensive fabric.

  21. Very neat block! Thank you for sharing. Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  22. Really cute mug rug! The block worked out well for making a mug rug.

  23. I love this pattern, so many possibilities.

  24. This is such a fantastic block with endless possibilities! Thanks!

  25. I like this block. Like your spring colors too. Hope it does help bring Spring to you! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Love the fabric you chose – so pretty!

    1. Thanks Susan, I had so much fun with them.

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