I was working on this Block of the Month in 2015 but didn’t keep up with it at the end of the year. It then became a UFO until this spring. I lost interest because of all the flippy corners. ( A method of putting triangles on the corners of rectangles, etc..) When I bought a new specialty ruler for another project, I found that it worked well for making the flippy corners without having to draw a line, sew, and cut. I made the last three blocks for each quilt and completed both the large and small quilt tops.
The large quilt is 66 1/2″ X 88 1/2″ and the smaller version is 38 1/2 X 49 1/2″. I used my 1930s fabrics that I had been collecting for years. I had Fat Quarters and Jolly Bars (5″ X 10″) cuts of fabric.
Here is the larger quilt….
..and this is the mini version.
This shows them together to compare the sizes.
The larger quilt was much easier to make than the smaller version but they both went together very well. I did have to make a few adjustments on a couple of the blocks in the mini quilt to make the first round of sashing fit. The seam allowances caused a lot of bulk in the smaller blocks.
The pattern for the large quilt is available free at The Jolly Jabber, the blog at the Fat Quarter Shop. Sondra Davidson of the blog, Out of the Blue, made a smaller version of the Snapshots quilt. The measurements for cutting a smaller quilt are available on her blog.
I visited my local quilt shop, QuiltTrends and picked up my first mystery quilt clue and a new ruler. Sue was demonstrating the Creative Grids Quick Trim Ruler and showing how it can be used to make the clue. I have been wanting a ruler to do this step but I didn’t know that one existed. This ruler is used when a square is added to the corner of another square or rectangle. Rather than drawing a line on the diagonal and sewing on the line and then cutting away the excess, it can be made by lining up the ruler with the square and cutting. When it is done this way, all the leftover corners are the same size and can be used for another project. I have always disliked drawing all those lines before I can get down to the business of sewing.
I cut the first corner, sewed it and measured to make sure it was the correct size. It was! I then put a piece of colored tape on the ruler so that I could pick it up and quickly see where to line it up for the next piece. I finished sewing and pressing all 48 pieces for clue 1. Next I sewed all the leftover HSTs and pressed them too. I now have 48 extra pieces to be used for another project.
I know that I will use this new ruler often. Yes, I am a ruler junkie!
Sunday afternoon I began the process of cutting five yards of fabric into small pieces to be sewn back together again. How they will be sewn together is the mystery!
Next Saturday I will pick up the first clue to the mystery. Sue at Quilt Trends will demo helpful rulers for making the quilt and also demonstrating how to make the first clue.
I don’t need another project but I couldn’t help myself! This mystery sounds like fun so I bought a kit at Quilt Trends last week. The kit includes 5 one yard pieces of fabric. They are inside a brown paper bag and stapled shut so you can’t see what you are getting. There are five paint chips tied to the outside of the bag to give a hint about the fabric colors inside. I chose a bag called Pacific Harbour with dark turquoise, gray, peach (or light orange), white and light turquoise paint chips. (I was really tempted to buy a bag with shades of pink and green but the turquoise won the battle!)
Inside the bag is an information sheet with instructions for cutting and and explaining how the mystery works. Clues will be given every two weeks starting on March 18.
This is the fabric from my mystery bag. I was surprised to see that one of the fabrics in the bag is from the same line of fabric I am using in Charlotte’s quilt. I know I will like this quilt!
I am off to my sewing room to start cutting fabric. Watch for the next episode of the Brown Bag Mystery, coming soon!
Since our move to Columbus in 2014, we have been adjusting to city life. We have settled into a routine which includes watching our oldest granddaughter two days a week. Sometimes we take her with us to get groceries at Meijer. She shops for “peanut butter sandwiches” (but we haven’t found them on the shelves yet). The shopping trip ends with a ride on the horse named Sandy. Sometimes Sandy is out of order and that requires her to check him out before we leave the store.
She turned three years old in December and keeps us on our toes. She loves to pretend and to act out stories I tell her. She especially likes to hear Goldilocks and the Three Bears every morning while she eats her oatmeal. She also loves to have me tell her the Cinderella story as she acts it out. Her facial expressions are priceless.
For the last two weeks she has been playing with her imaginary friends, Pooh, Tigger ( he bounces!), Piglet, and Mouse. As you can tell, the first three are Winnie the Pooh characters and Mouse is from the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” book. We have to find them when she gets here in the morning and throughout the day. Sometimes Moose from “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” joins us too. She loves to have picnics with them and sets a plate for each one. Sometimes she says she is ‘exdasperdated’ (exasperated) with their antics.
I don’t have as much time for quilting as I had back home. I try to go upstairs to my sewing room for a while in the afternoon to sew when Sami isn’t here. Sometimes the weekend is my only sewing time. I have been working from my stash more than I did before the move. I also found a lot of things that I had started and am trying to finish some of them. I have made several new quilts and find I am drawn to making smaller baby and throw size quilts. My fabric choices are changing also. I am leaning toward brighter colors and more contemporary patterns. I am also trying to use up my stash and scraps. I have made Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilts each year since 2013. (It hasn’t even made a dent in my stash!)
In January, Jen and I joined a quilt guild. We each signed up for a “secret pal”. We are hoping this will help us get to know some of the quilters. I also signed up for the Bonnie Hunter workshop but am on the waiting list. I’m not wishing bad luck on anyone but I am hoping to get into the class. I have started cutting strips from my scraps so I will be prepared if I do get in.
My most recent purchase was a new sewing machine. My favorite machine is starting to have some issues and I had been looking at the new machines since last fall. In February I went to the Viking Gallery at Easton and looked at the models available that have the same features as my Quilt Designer. I found that the Sapphire models have the same features and went back with my daughter to try it out. My old machine makes a perfect scant quarter inch seam and found that the Sapphire makes the same size seam with the foot from my old machine. All the extra feet that I had purchased for the Quilt Designer also fit the new machine. The extension table that I have won’t fit but the dealer said she would include an extension table for the Sapphire.
My first project with the new machine was to finish the hexagon quilt that I am making with Kaffe Collective Spots Kaleidoscope Hexagons from Missouri Star Quilt Company (more about that later). My next project was to use my Go! Cutter to cut out Winding Ways blocks from the fat quarters I received in the gift exchange at Piecemakers last Christmas. I used the leftover white fabric from the hexagon quilt to cut the light fabric for Winding Ways. I am still in the process of sewing the blocks but I am getting familiar with using the Sapphire. I am LOVING it! It sews just like the old machine but much quieter, smoother and without the issues. It is also a little bigger than the Quilt Designer.
Sew, that is what has been happening here in Columbus. Stay tuned to hear about the Brown Bag Mystery quilt that I am starting soon.
I finished the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt, En Provence, in January. I have been waiting for a sunny day to take a picture of the quilt top. The first picture was taken indoors and shows the true colors. The outdoor pictures were taken in my backyard which is shaded in the morning.
All the fabric used in this quilt were from my stash except for the pink. I didn’t think I had much purple but I did find several fat quarters that were the right color. The light purple plaid was a piece leftover from an apron I made for a gift several years ago.
The free pattern for this quilt ended on February 1 but is now available for purchase from Bonnie’s website, Quiltville, as a digital pattern.
Click here to see En Provence quilts made in other colorways and lots of them just like mine.
I am having so much fun with this quilt! Last week I made all the four patch blocks and this week made the triangle in a square blocks. You can still join the fun at Quiltville! Today you can see all the progress other quilters have made on the mystery quilt here at the link-up party.
Clue 1 took me all week to finish because I was too busy Christmas shopping to do much sewing. I finished pressing them before I started working on clue 2 on Friday. I counted them into groups of ten and clipped them together. I ended up with a few extras of each block. I plan to use them on the back of the quilt. We will see what happens!
Sorry about the picture quality. It is so dark today.
Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt is beginning on Friday, November 25. The fabric requirements have been posted along with the colors she used. As in previous mysteries, she has given paint chip colors for easier fabric selection. She also explains how to use the Ultimate 3-in1 Color Tool. I picked up the paint chips at Lowes and I also have the Color Tool.
I love to make these mystery quilts entirely from my fabric stash if possible. I went through my fat quarters and fabric yardage and found everything I need except for the magenta. I bought 2 magenta pieces, one for the constant in the quilt and the other for the binding.
This year she is introducing a new ruler that she designed. It is not necessary to use this tool. I ordered the Essential Triangle Tool and am excited to try it in this quilt.
These are my fabrics.
If you have used interfacing in all of your blocks, you will need to use interfacing on the sashing and borders. The reason you will do this is because the sashing and borders will stretch more than the blocks and it will be difficult to keep it flat to quilt if it does not have interfacing.
Preparing and Cutting the Sashing and Borders
(Sashing = Strips of fabric that go between and around the blocks)
I cut a length of iron-on interfacing to fit the width (selvage to selvage) of the black and the green (Kiwi) fabrics. Press it onto the wrong side of the sashing and border fabrics.
After the interfacing is attached to the back of the fabric, cut 2 1/2 inch strips as follows for the sashing:
Green (Kiwi) = 7 strips
Black =12 strips
Assembling the Quilt Top
You have now assembled all your blocks and they are ready to be joined into sections using sashing strips between the blocks.
For the first section:
1. Sew the Key block to the top of the Candle block.
2. Sew the Fairy block to the top of the Bomb block.
We will join the two sections to the Link block by adding sashing to each long side of the of the Key/Candle block and the Fairy/Bomb block and sewing to the sides of Link.*
Helpful Hint: *Measure the length of the two sections and the Link block. If there is a large difference between the sections, you may need to add a piece to the shorter section. For example: If the Key/Candle block is 1 inch shorter than the Link block, cut a 1.5 inch strip of interfaced black fabric. (The half inch is the seam allowance.) Measure the width of the Key/Candle block (15.5)and cut the 1.5 inch strip that length – 1.5 X 15.5 inches.
Sashing will be added between the blocks in the middle and bottom sections of the quilt, using the same color fabric as the background in the blocks. Sashing will also be added all around the outside of each of the three sections. To do this, measure the length of each section and cut sashing to that measurement for the ends of the section. (It should be the same length as the sashing you added between the blocks.) Next measure the width of the entire section and sew a piece of sashing to the top and bottom of the section. Make sure each of the three large sections measure the same width.
When you have all three sections assembled, sew the sections together as shown above in the illustration of the quilt.
Adding the Border
(3 1/2 inch strips)
Green (Kiwi) = 8 strips
To make the border, I like to join all the strips end to end to make one long piece. Measure the length of the quilt top and cut 2 pieces that length. Sew one on each side of the quilt top. Next, measure the width of the quilt and cut 2 pieces that measurement. Sew to the top and bottom edge of the quilt.
Helpful Hint: If one piece is slightly larger than the other piece, place the larger piece on the bottom next to the feed dogs on the machine when you sew. This helps to ease the slightly different sized pieces together.
Congratulations! You have now finished the quilt top!
Quilt as desired.
I quilted my Zelda quilt on my short-arm quilting frame. Because of the thickness of the quilt top with all the seams and interfacing, I used a large needle in my machine and did a large meander design.
This is the only part of the quilt that will NOT have interfacing. I like to cut 2.5 inch strips and join them together with a diagonal seam. Use your favorite method of binding to finish your Zelda quilt.
We are now ready to make Tri-force, the last block in the quilt-along This one is not made with a grid like the rest of the blocks. Because the previous blocks were made with interfacing, we will need to add interfacing to this block also.
You will need a ruler with a 60 degree line.
Before we cut out this block, we will apply iron-on interfacing to the back of the fabric as follows:
Apply interfacing to the wrong side of the Kiwi and the Canary fabrics.
2 pieces - 17 X 9 5/8
1 piece – 8 5/8 X 9 7/8
3 pieces - 8 5/8 X 9 7/8
We are now ready to cut the large triangles for the right and left sides of the Tri-force blocks using the (2) 17 X 9 5/8 pieces of Kona Kiwi with interfacing. IMPORTANT: These triangles MUST be cut one at a time because they are not the same.
Place your ruler on the diagonal on one piece from the upper left corner to the lower right corner and cut. We will only use one piece. You may discard the other half.
For the second triangle, cut from the upper right corner to the lower left corner. Again, we will use one piece and discard the other piece.
We have now cut the right and left pieces of the Tri-force block.
The center of the block has 1 Kiwi and 3 Canary triangles. Using the 8 5/8 X 9 7/8 interfaced fabrics, mark the center of each piece on one of the 9 7/8 inch sides. Line up the 60 degree line on the ruler with the bottom edge (9 7/8) of the fabric and slide the ruler until it is lining up the bottom corner of the fabric with the center mark on the top edge. Cut on this line. Turn the ruler around and line up and cut the other side to make a triangle. The cut triangle should measure 8 5/8 inches high by 9 7/8 at the base.
See the above picture and assemble the Tri-force block as follows:
Sew the Canary triangles to the right and left sides of the Kiwi triangle. Press seams toward the canary triangle. Sew the 3rd Canary triangle to the third side of the Kiwi triangle and press toward the Canary triangle.
The final step is to sew the large Kiwi triangle to the right and left sides of the Canary and Kiwi triangles that you just assembled. The unfinished* size of the Tri-force block is 18 1/2 X 16 1/2 inches, the same as the Sword and Shield and Bow and Arrow blocks. If your block is smaller than this size, you can add a strip of fabric to the top or bottom of the block to make it longer. and likewise to the sides, to achieve the desired size.
Helpful Hint: * Unfinished size is the measurement before the block is sewn onto the block or sashing next to it.
The final step to assemble the quilt block will be to make sashing and borders. This will be detailed in the next post.
After a little hiatus we are back and tackling the big man and main character of the Zelda Games, Link himself, in our tenth block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. As a reminder, our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt.
The tenth block that we will be making is Link, our main hero and the character that is played by the individual gamer. Link is typically depicted as a young boy or teen in green clothing that is called upon to leave his home and save Hyrule (the world within our Zelda games) and Princess Zelda.
As Link is the main character of the Zelda games, we are making him significantly larger compared to the other items and characters on our quilt. For that reason, Link’s quilt block has been divided up into four separate blocks to be sewn together after they are individually completed. Find all of the blocks associated with Link here: Link (Part 1), Link (Part 2), Link (Part 3) and Link (Part 4).
The Link block will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key, The Bomb, The Blue Wizrobe, The Red Darknut, Princess Zelda, Sword and Shield, and Bow and Arrow however the size is different. The Link (Part 1) block grid is 15 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:
Kona: Sour Apple
Happy April’s Fools Day – but we aren’t fooling you! Yes that’s right, we’re ready to make the THIRD block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. We have our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt..
The third block that we will be making is The Key, which was an item that Link could use to unlock doors within dungeons in the The Legend of Zelda game. Link would need to find the key before progressing through each dungeon, often right before facing the main enemy of the dungeon or “boss”. There were a total of eight dungeons within the first Zelda game.
The Key will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle and The Fairy, however the size is different. The Key block grid is 15 squares across and 15 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabric:
Are you ready to make The Fairy — the second block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along? We have our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt.
The second block that we will be making is The Fairy, which was an integral part of The Legend of Zelda game. The Fairy was an item that Link, our hero, could use to replenish his health or even bring himself back from death. Throughout the game, Link would battle his enemies and often lose his health, sometimes even dying to these foes. If Link came across a fairy within the land, he could use it to replenish his health fully. If Link captured a fairy and kept it in his backpack, he could bring himself back from death should he die in combat.
The Fairy will be constructed in the same manner as the first block, The Candle, however the size is different. The Fairy block grid is 9 squares across and 17 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabric:
Grab your fabric and additional tools — we’re ready to make the first block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along! (We have our full list of fabric and tool requirements here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt)
The first block we are making is The Candle, which was an item that Link (the hero of The Legend of Zelda) could use to light up dark caves in the Zelda games. While there are different Zelda games that have been created, all of the items, characters and enemies that will be included within this quilt are from the very first game: Legend of Zelda.
The Candle block grid is 15 squares across and 17 squares down and it uses the following fabrics:
Are you ready for some Zelda? If you are a video game buff and this quilt is for you to keep, I can already imagine that you’re really anxious to see the design of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along quilt. If you’re making it for a friend or relative and they know about it, make sure to send them a link or a screenshot and let them know all about the really incredible quilt that you’re making for them. If you really want to make them excited, you can throw around some of the characters in it like Link, Princess Zelda, a Red Darknut, a Blue Wizzrobe and the Triforce. Finally, if you’re saving this quilt as a Christmas present for the video game buff in your life, just know that you are going to be bigger than Santa this year. Here it is:
Below are the fabric requirements for our Zelda: The Quilt-Along and some of the tools that I used to create the first Zelda quilt that you can see here on this post. Please note that some of the tools are marked as optional.
Fabric Requirements for Zelda: The Quilt-Along
|Border, Binding and Block Background||3 yards|
Kona: Sour Apple
|Link and Arrow||¾ yard|
|Border and Background||3 yards|
|Candle and accents in other blocks||3 yards|
|Link, Darknut and other blocks||3 yards|
|Shield, Link, Bow, Zelda||1 yard|
|Zelda, Darknut and Others||¼ yard|
|Wizzrobe and Bomb||¼ yard|
Kona: Deep Blue
|Wizzrobe and Bomb||¼ yard|
Kona: Medium Grey
Pellon 911FF (20 inches wide)
|Used as backing for all squares||15 yards|
1. Quilting Fabric(s): Kona Cotton Solids – I used all Kona Cotton Solid fabrics. They are available at Fabric.com, Amazon.com and JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts (only some of the colors below are available here). I will give you the names of the fabric colors in the fabric requirement list. There are a couple colors that need a very small amount. You may want to check your scrap basket or buy a fat eighth or fat quarter. I will note this on the list.
All fabric for the blocks will be cut into 1.5″ squares. Please note that the fabric requirement list above includes yardage for sashing and borders. The sashing and borders will not be cut into squares. There is a notation above on the colors that will be kept back for sashing and borders.
2. Interfacing: Light Weight Fusible (Pellon 911FF) - I used a light weight fusible interfacing (911ff by Pellon) for the grid. You do not have to use interfacing but it speeds up the process and helps keep the squares in the correct order while sewing. I bought the thinnest interfacing I could find because it does add some bulk to the blocks.
Rather than buying more expensive interfacing with the grid printed on it, I made my own on white or cream duck fabric and simply laid the plain interfacing on top. It works just as well, as you can easily see through the interfacing to the grid below and it saved me quite a bit of money. I’ll be explaining how to make the grid on March 1st, along with how to make the first block.
Tools Needed for Zelda: The Quilt-Along
1. Notions: Rotary Cutter – To cut the fabric into 1.5″ squares, you will need a sharp blade in your rotary cutter. Now would be a good time to replace the blade before you begin cutting strips. To cut the squares, you will cut 1.5″ strips and then cross-cut the strips into squares. We recommend using both the OLFA 45mm Rotary Cutter and OLFA 60mm Rotary Cutter.
2. June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler (Optional) - In order to speed up the process, I used a June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler (find one here at Amazon.com). This allowed me to stack up to four layers of fabric at once and then cut several strips without moving the fabric. This is not necessary to complete the quilt blocks, but is a big time-saver and more accurate option. It is definitely a worthwhile purchase if you are intending on doing any other similar quilts or quilts in which you are cutting strips.
3. Fabric-Covered Board - You will need a board to use under the grid and also to layout and press the blocks. I went to Lowes and had them cut a 30-inch square from a MDF board. Rather then waste the remainder of the board, I had them cut the leftover piece into several smaller boards to share with a friend or use yourself. I used a scrap of batting for padding and covered the board with a piece of duck cloth. You could draw your grid directly on the covered board. I chose to use a separate piece of duck cloth for my grid. Again, I will be sharing how to make this grid on March 1st.
4. Container for Individual Squares (Optional) - A container to hold your cut squares is very useful. Any container will be fine. I used an empty square tupperware box.
These are all the tools (other than a sewing machine or needle and thread) that you need to make the blocks. The sizes of the blocks will vary according to their location in the quilt. Each month (or half month, in the case of the first few patterns) we will release a new pattern on my blog that will show a grid for all the squares and also give you a little information about what character, enemy or object from The Legend of Zelda video game that you will be making. Feel free to use this information to really tease that special someone about their new Zelda quilt!
In 2012 I made a “Zelda” quilt based off of an old Nintendo game, The Legend of Zelda. My daughter Jennifer designed it and I created it for my son-in-law (her husband) for Christmas. It was a big hit not only with my son-in-law, but with my website visitors as well — many of whom were interested in a pattern or tutorial on how to make it.
Now that I am living closer to my daughter, Jennifer and I have decided we can now put together a FREE quilt-along on the blog featuring Zelda. For this new project, which we are calling Zelda: The Quilt-Along, Jennifer has changed the design slightly from the quilt I originally created, making the new Zelda quilt smaller and changing some of the blocks. Zelda: The Quilt-Along will be starting March 1st, 2015 and will involve a new block each month, with a few of the first months featuring two smaller blocks twice a month. We’ll be providing not only a free design PDF each month, but will also provide helpful photos and tips that I learned along the way to really help streamline your piecing and make the entire process easier. We will finish up with our last block and finishing instructions in November, so this could be a great Christmas gift for the gamer in your life.
I have been busy preparing for the holidays and trying to stay current with the mystery quilt. I had clue four sewn but not pressed before Christmas. Clue five was given on Friday, the day after Christmas, but I didn’t begin to work on it until today. (Monday, Dec. 29) Today I made all of the blocks for clue 5 and pressed all of the finished blocks.
We are getting near the end of the mystery. I can’t wait to see how everything goes together!
I am linking to Bonnie’s Link Up where you can read more about the mystery.
This week we are making 200 pink, black and white rectangles and sewing two together to make 100 blocks. Bonnie gave us three different ways to assemble the rectangles. I chose to use the second method.
I printed the template for the diamond and taped it to the EZ Angle ruler to cut the diamonds. I wanted to try to make a block before cutting 200 pieces and took the template off my ruler to cut a few triangles. The pieces fit together perfectly.
I like to sew assembly line style. After sewing all 200 rectangles, I pressed them. Next I pieced all the blocks together and again did all the pressing.
To see the progress of other mystery quilters, click on this link.
The first clue has arrived and I am busily sewing blocks. My Thanksgiving guests left early Friday morning and I started cutting my fabric in the afternoon. On Saturday I was busy putting up Christmas decorations but did squeeze in some time for sewing. I now have all 288 half square triangles finished and sewn to the solid squares, reserving 80 for another clue to come later. The block assembly has begun! I am making 100 Broken Dish blocks.
I used Triangulations to make the HSTs (half square triangles) rather that using the EZ angle ruler. I’m not sure it saved any time because of having to remove the paper but my blocks all finished perfectly.
All the fabric for this quilt came from my fabric stash. I found that the pink fabric matches the paint chip perfectly. I had been saving this fabric for something special and the time to use it has arrived! To see all the fabric I am using, click here.
If you are also making this mystery quilt, you can link up to Bonnie Hunter’s blog with this link.
I have been making the blocks each month, but since the move, did not post them on the blog. Here are the last three blocks/rows.
I am making this quilt entirely from my stash. As I was finishing up the last row, I ran out of the background fabric so I mixed in another fabric that I used in another block. That is the beauty of scrap quilts, you do not have to panic when you run out of a certain fabric.
The background in the pattern used 2 1/2 inch squares but I cut larger pieces rather than piecing all the squares. I did this with all the blocks and rows. It not only saves a bit of fabric, but it takes less time to sew.
August – Sweet Tooth (ten peppermint candies)
September – Evergreen Tree
October – String of Lights
This is the last row of blocks. I have enjoyed making these blocks/rows. Thank you to “Quilt Doodle Doodles” for the free patterns.
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