Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blogger's BOM | Block 5

Hello, and welcome to everyone participating in Jackie's Blogger's Block of the Month quilt-along! I've really enjoyed seeing the designs that have been posted so far, as well as all of the fantastic blocks filling the quilt-along's Flickr pool.

I'm excited to bring you January's block, the 5th block in the program. Because it looks like an hourglass, I call it the Sands of Time block. Finishing out at 8" square (8.5" unfinished), it's a quick & easy block to make -- something I thought you'd all appreciate as you catch up from the holiday rush.

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Ready to get started? Here we go ... !

First, cut 8 - 1.5" x 8.5" strips from assorted prints. You don't necessarily need 8 different prints -- you can see that I used 5 prints here, and just repeated 3 of them.

Sew the strips together into two sets of 4 strips each. This will yield 2 rectangles, each measuring 4.5" x 8.5".

Blogger's BOM | January Block

Find the spot along the bottom edge of your first rectangle that is 3" in from the left hand side. Mark it lightly with a pencil. Using your rotary cutter and straight-edge ruler, make a cut from the top left corner of the rectangle to your pencil mark. Repeat on the right side of your rectangle, making a slice from the top right corner to a mark along the bottom edge that measures 3" from the right side.

This sounds really confusing, but just take a look at the picture below. It's way easy, and only sounds complicated.

As you can see in the photo, you'll do the same steps with your second rectangle, but this time you'll be measuring in 3" from the left and right sides along the top edge of the rectangle, and cutting from the bottom corners.

Blogger's BOM | January

See? It's actually very easy.

OK, from a background fabric, cut 4 rectangles measuring approximately 4" x 6". You'll see in a moment why it's not important that the measurement is exact, as long as you have enough surface area to square up the block later. If (unlike me) you're obsessive about not wasting fabric, trial & error should help you determine the exact measurement that you'll need to minimize waste.

Place your rectangle along one edge of your trapezoid as shown below, eyeballing that you have enough overhang on the top and bottom edges to allow this rectangle to "replace" the triangle you just sliced off. Again, this sounds more complicated than it really is! The pictures help ...

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With right sides together, sew the rectangle to one side of the trapezoid, and press open.

Blogger's BOM | January

With your ruler and your rotary cutter, and using the top and bottom edges of your trapezoid as a guide, trim the edges so that the height of your pieced block is back to 4.5".

Blogger's BOM | January

Repeat these steps for the remaining 3 sides of your trapezoids. You should now have two strange looking pieced shapes that look similar to the ones in the image below:

Blogger's BOM | January

Line up the two smallest strips and, with right sides together, sew the two pieces together. Press open. The height of the pieced block should now measure 8.5".

Blogger's BOM | January

Now all you have to do is trim the width of the block down to 8.5". Be careful to center your block as best you can. The block should now measure 8.5" square.

Blogger's BOM | January

And there you have it -- my scrappy Sands of Time block! I hope you enjoy making this block, and I can't wait to see all of your color and print variations. If you make a Sands of Time block, be sure to add it to the Blogger's BOM Flickr group. And, of course, I'd love it if you also added it to my Quilt Dad is my Homeboy group.

Blogger's BOM | January

Big thanks to Jackie for asking me to be a part of this wonderful quilt-along. As a reminder, here is the full schedule of the other amazingly talented bloggers taking part in the Blogger's BOM quilt-along:

October - Jackie Kunkel - Canton Village Quilt Works

31 comments:

  1. Great block, John! And a great tutorial! Thank you so much for being part of this fabulous group of designers!

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  2. Thank you very much,
    very nice block, like it!

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  3. Sands of time, I love it!! Thanks for your tute John, great block! xo

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  4. Looks cool! Can't wait to get to it!

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  5. Great block, but will make a little difference so I do not have these big fabric lost. Make a paperpiecing foundation and you dont have to rest all these great fabrics :-)

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  6. My BREAND MEW machine will get here this afternoon and I will have this done tonight!!! Darnit, not I have to wait till the 25th again! (I think I prefered the QuiltUberFest when the blocks came out each day! LOL)

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  7. Thanks, your block is really cool. I will make mine tomorrow for sure.

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  8. What a fun block! I'll get mine made us soon.

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  9. Sweetness!!! Off to make mine :)

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  10. It looks like you guys are having a great time at this. One of these days I am going to have to go back and read them all and try my hand at them.

    http//richardquilts.blogspot.com

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  11. Fun way to make those side pieces work with your Block. Very Scrappy!

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  12. Very cool block, I really love the scrappy look!

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  13. Ouuuu, do I love this block! I love how using all the fabrics in my previous blocks can all come together in this block. Thanks, John!

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  14. Love your block! Definitely want to make a queen size quilt in your blocks. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Also love the Kaffe fabrics, I am thinking I will use those also.

    I am becoming a follower of your blog, for sure. Thanks for the awesome block.

    Debbie

    Quiltingathome@earthlink.net

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  15. Awesome block! I just finished sewing mine and posted to Flickr. Thanks.

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  16. Hi John, my first time, but not my last, I am also from NC, but I am gonna have to look up where Holly Springs is, your block is fantastic, I am gonna try to play catch-up and join in,,,,thanks

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  17. Hello! Thanks for sharing another great block. I always find your designs so fresh and the tutorials you provide make them super easy to follow along with!

    In fact, I just posted about one of your blocks from the book Modern Blocks here: Adventures in Fabricland

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  18. Thanks for the great block. About to start now.

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  19. What a cool block! I'll have to dig into my scraps for this one! :)

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  20. Thanks John! Really enjoyed making your block...

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  21. Thanks for a fun block John! I just finished 2 of them.

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  22. What a cool blog, John. I'm now a follower. And I just wanted to add that I grew up on Lake Wheeler, not far from you. Blessings!

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  23. I have made mine
    http://blogrimbun.blogspot.com/2012/02/bloggers-bom-quilt-along.html

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  24. Very nice!! I will have to try that.

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  25. How many people who said this is a great block have actually made this block? Mine did not work out to 8.5 inches. It is only 7.5. I don't sew at a scant 1/4 inch and the directions didn't say scant so I sewed at my usual 1/4 inch. Did anyone else have trouble with this block?

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    1. Sorry for the issues you're having with the block, Peggy. This would be a great question to ask over in the Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/bloggersbom/

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  26. Hello John, I am new to your blog but I must say that I just love the idea of a quilting Dad! Darn, don't I wish my husband loved to quilt...the fun we could have! Anyway, your girls are beautiful, my baby sisters are twins so I remember the joy of growing up with them well. I am just getting back into my old love of quilting (now that I finally have the time) and can't tell you how much I appreciate how clear and concise your instructions are...so nice. I loved this block, a retired Attorney, the hour glass has a special place in my heart so I can't wait to make this one and I can hardly wait to go and look at every thing else you've created! Thanks so much!Kelly (kellezworld@gmail.com)

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  27. I have not yet made this block, and I am somewhat of a beginner - but it seems that the disguarded pieces could be used as an alternate block?

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  28. I like this block because it is unusual. I will probably make it. What do you do with your scraps? I like quilts that can be easily hand quilted.
    clerkathome@q.com

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