year's BOM has a cowboy theme. Each pieced block in this BOM is
based on a 7-patch (or 49-patch) grid. Most blocks are comprised
of squares and half-square triangles. A cowboy themed
applique design is featured with each block. These designs can be used
to embellish the pieced blocks or
as quilting stencils or alone on a plain (or plaid or bandana) fabric
background to make a simple child's quilt.
I will be doing quilt-as-you-go blocks and willl use these
For the pieced blocks, you will need a minimum of four color values:
very light, light medium, dark medium and dark. If you choose to
do the cowboy
themed designs, make sure your dark fabric will contrast with your
applique fabric. I'm using a range of primary school colors (think of a
of crayons) and rope colored thread for machine quilting. This
works well with scraps if you keep a sharp contrast between your
mediums and darks.
You will have a choice of making 7", 14" or 21" blocks. I will be
made 7" blocks because they're easy to scan, but I recommend the
sizes unless you really, really love working with 1" squares and 1"
half-square triangle units. Warning: there are lots of
half-square triangle units in this BOM -- many blocks have 16 and one
block has a whopping 28!
otherwise stated, use a 1/4" seam allowance.
Note: Since I haven't had much
experience with quilt-as-you-go methods with large items, I rushed to
Wal-mart one night and bought some inexpensive fabrics to test things
out before using my more expensive fabrics. This is why you'll
see similar but not quite alike blocks. The Wal-mart blocks also
better match the Electric Quilt blocks; the Connecting Threads blocks
will show a more scrappy look with different colors used for the
mediums and dark values.
My choice of fabrics for this BOM is the Elementary fabric pack from
This is the traditional colorway for block #2. As you
can see from the images below, I changed the coloring quite a bit to
get more colors in the block. I've done this with several of the
blocks in this BOM. You have the option of using the
traditional colorways in your project.
outline drawings can be used as quilting stencils
Girl Next Door
temporary pdf file
Old Fashioned Quilt
aka Mountain Maze
There are two more applique/stencil patterns! One is a
linear design for using in sashing and borders; the other is just a bit
of fun for quilters.
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| Making Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)
This BOM uses lots of HSTs! Below are directions for three
popular methods for making these units. My cutting instructions
call for squares large enough for methods A and B. Method C uses
squares that are 1/2 inch smaller - if you prefer this method just cut
your squares 1/2 inch smaller (for example, 3.5" instead of 4").
You will be sewing on the bias with any method - be careful not to
stretch the fabric as you sew.
1. Draw a diagonal line on the back side of the light fabric squares.
2. Sew 1/4" from each side of drawn line.
3. Cut on drawn line.
4. Open and press.
5. Trim to exact size needed.
1. Cut the squares in half diagonally.
2. Stack 2 triangles right sides together.
3. Sew on long side 1/4" from edge.
4. Open and press.
5. Trim to exact size needed.
This method gives you a small bonus HST for every regular size HST
made. The drawback is that there is no margin of error so you
must cut and sew accurately.
The pinked edges on most "jelly roll" strips fray and make this more
but it's not impossible. (Note: measure width of jelly roll strip
pinked tip to pinked tip, not from dip to dip.)
1. Cut your squares the desired size of the unfinished HST
required. If you need 2.5" unfinished HSTs, cut 2.5" squares.
2. Draw a diagonal
line on the back side of the lighter square. Draw another line
1/2" from the first.
3. Sew on each line.
4. Cut halfway between the two lines of stitching.
5. Press open.
Trim small bonus HST to desired size.
This method makes 8
HSTs with just 4 lines of stitching. It's a great method to use
when making miniature blocks.
1. Cut squares twice the size needed for methods A and B.
2. Draw 2 diagonal lines on the back side of the lightest color
3. With right sides together, stitch 1/4 inch from both sides of
4. Cut in half
vertically and horizontally.
5. Cut each
small square in half diagonally. Press each unit open and trim to
(hmm, white doesn't show up that well...new images with colored fabric
or thread are coming.)