Saturday, February 27, 2021

Cancer Ribbon Quilt Block Tutorial


Happy Weekend!

I thought I'd get this next National Day quilt block posted, in an effort to get back on track and get some momentum going. This one was way easier to dice up compared to the black bear block. So here it is, for National Cancer Survivors Day, which is on June 6th.



I feel like this block could be useful for so many things. Of course for survivors' quilts, or even quilt labels for those quilts made for friends going through cancer treatments.. plus, blue ribbons have always been a symbol of high quality or what you get when you win first place, yellow ribbons can symbolize wanting to bring someone home safely.. (tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree) ..there are so many meanings to ribbons, the possibilities for this block are endless.

I made my ribbon this color because it's the color of Hodgkin's Lymphoma awareness. I'm a survivor of Hodgkin's Disease, diagnosed on my 19th birthday, in stage 3A (of 4 stages). I had a tumor the size of a grapefruit in my chest and was lucky it hadn't spread to my bone marrow. After 8 mo. of chemo (every two weeks), and then 4 weeks of radiation, my treatments were done and I've been cancer free ever since. Except for that whole skin thing last year-grr.. Anyway, I wouldn't wish it on anyone EVER, and Dr. appts and routine tests still make me extremely anxious, but at the same time, it absolutely changed my life forever, and I can't imagine what my life would've been like if it hadn't happened. I could probably write for days about it, but that's enough for now! What ribbon colors have special meaning for you? This block can be made in any color to signify anything, really. 

This is how it goes together. It uses just two colors, and just like the other blocks, it's extremely scrap friendly.




Fabric A (background):
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 1 3/4" sq.
(1) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(2) 1 3/4 x 2 1/2"
(2) 2 1/4 x 2 1/2"
(1) 2 1/4 x 4 1/2"
(2) 2 1/2" sq.
(2) 3 x 4 3/4"


Fabric B (ribbon):
(2) 1 1/4" sq.
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(2) 1 3/4 x 2"
(2) 2 1/2 x 3 1/4"





Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.





-Using above method, (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

-Using same method, (2) 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric B and 2 1/4 x 4 1/2" rect. of Fabric A-long edge at the top, make one unit.

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Left Lower/Right Upper Double

1. Place a square at the left end or lower left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or upper right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.







-Using above method, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A-left lower corner, 1" sq. of Fabric A-right upper corner, and 1 3/4 x 2" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

-Using same method, 1 3/4" sq. of Fabric A-left lower corner, 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric A-right upper corner, and 2 1/2 x 3 1/4" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

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Left Upper/Right Lower Double

1. Place a square at the left end or upper left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or lower right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.






-Using above method, 1" sq. of Fabric A-left upper corner, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A-right lower corner, and 1 3/4 x 2" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

-Using same method, 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric A-left upper corner, 1 3/4" sq. of Fabric A-right lower corner, and 2 1/2 x 3 1/4" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

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Using scant quarter inch seams, assemble your ribbon block as shown below. It should measure 8 1/2" at this point. (8" when finished in quilt)



And that's it for this ribbon block! If you make any, come show me! I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you post on social media, tag me so I can see, in any of these places:


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE* if you're looking for any of the other blocks. Thanks for popping in again! Hope you're having a great weekend! I'll try to be back soon with another block.

Happy Stitching!

xoxo
 


P.S. If you're visiting for the first time, and are interested in other tutorials, free sew alongs (Minecraft, Pokemon or Harry Potter), etc. you can find them *HERE*. Non-free stuff (patterns, enamel pins, stickers, mugs, etc)  *HERE*. Thanks for visiting!






Thursday, February 25, 2021

Black Bear Quilt Block Tutorial




Hello, friends!

Long time no see! Well, except for the update the other day. I am finally posting the next in the National Days quilt blocks lineup. National Black Bear Day was/is June 5th. (I'm so behind, I'm about to lap myself. ha!)





This one went through a LOT of tweaking before I was finally happy with him. First his cheeks were too big, then the proportions were wrong, then his eyes would NOT work out. That is until I stumbled upon his rolling eyes and TA-DA! He finally looked right to me. And really, who doesn't need an exasperated, eye rolling black bear? haha Esp. these days. I kind of love him. He's my current spirit animal. ;)

In June last year, we were in Jackson, WY on a quick road trip just to get out of the house. I think I shared pics of that. We didn't see any black bears that trip, but we did see some grizzly bears. We loved it so much there, we ran away from home again, back to Jackson in October, for fall school break, and that time we saw a black bear! In the top of a tree. Batting at the leaves, the top of the tree swaying. It was awesome and kind of hilarious. We couldn't really get a good pic, though because the park rangers were there, making sure cars kept moving and didn't block the road and there was nowhere to pull off. Which was best for the bear, because that meant he could keep doing wild bear things and not be bothered by people. (We also saw moose, bison (of course!) pronghorn antelope, and a black wolf ran across the road right in front of us! And we heard elk bugling!) I'm ready to go back! If only...

But until then, fabric bears will have to do. Here's how the eye-rolling black bear goes together.

{The symbols beside some of the cutting sizes/fabrics are meant to correspond/represent those pieces in the assembly diagram. I sometimes get asked that question.}





Fabric A (backgound):
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 3 1/2" (>>>)
(6) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(2) 1 1/4 x 2 3/4"
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 2 3/4 x 4"


Fabric B (dark brown/black):
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 4"
(2) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(2) 1 1/4 x 4"
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 2" sq.
(2) 2 x 2 3/4"
(1) 2 1/4 x 3 1/2"
(2) 2 3/4 x 3"


Fabric C (light brown):
(2) 1 x 1 1/4" (@)
(2) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(1) 1 1/4 x 2"
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/4"
(1) 2 1/2 x 3"



Fabric D (black):
(2) 1 x 1 1/4" (@)



Fabric E (white):
(2) 1" sq. (~)





Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.




-Using the above method, (2) 1" sq. of Fabric A and 2 1/4 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make this unit.



-Using same method, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric B-left upper corner, 1" sq. of Fabric B-right upper corner, and 1 1/2 x 2 1/4" rect. of Fabric C-long edge at the top, make this unit.



-Using same method, 1" sq. of Fabric B-left upper corner, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric B-right upper corner and 1 1/2 x 2 1/4" rect. of Fabric C-long edge at the top, make this unit.



-Using same method, (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B and 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric D-long edge at the top, make one unit. When you flip it around when stitching it into your block, it will make the nose.



-Using same method, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A-left upper corner, 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A-right upper corner, and 2 3/4 x 3" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.
--Place a 1 1/4" sq. in the left lower corner of this unit, right sides together. Stitch from corner to corner. Trim, flip & press to make this unit.



-Repeat these steps, but placing 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A in left upper corner, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A in right upper corner, and 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A in right lower corner of 2 3/4 x 3" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top. You will have this unit.


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Right Lower Clip & Flip

1. Place square at lower end or right lower corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.




-Using above method, 1" sq. of Fabric E, and 1 x 1 1/4" rect. of Fabric D-short edge at the top, make one unit. Repeat for total of two units. These are the eyes. 

 

-Repeat these steps using 2" sq. of Fabric B and 2 3/4 x 4" rect. of Fabric A-short edge at the top. When you flip it around in your block, it will be the bear's cheek on the right.


-Repeat these steps using 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A and 1 1/4 x 4" rect. of Fabric B-short edge at the top
--Flip unit around and repeat using 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric C. You will have this unit.



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Left Lower Clip & Flip

1. Place square at lower end or left lower corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.




-Using above steps, 2" sq. of Fabric B and 2 3/4 x 4" rect. of Fabric A-short edge at the top, make one unit. When you flip it around in your block, it will be the bear's cheek on the left.


-Repeat these steps using 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A and 1 1/4 x 4" rect. of Fabric B-short edge at the top
--Flip unit around and repeat using 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric C. You will have this unit.


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Assemble as shown below, using scant quarter inch seams.





And you should have an 8 1/2" block (8" when finished in quilt) of my new favorite animal. The eye-rolling black bear.🐻 It's been so long since I've typed one of these tutorials, I feel a little rusty. Let me know if you find any errors or typos or have any questions!

If you're just coming across these blocks, I'm keeping them all linked *HERE*. Or you can click on the National Days button in the right side bar up there. Thanks for dropping in today! 

If you're just finding these blocks, you might also be interested in the free Minecraft, Pokemon, and Harry Potter sew alongs. If you make any and post pics come find me on social media so I can see. I can be found in these links/places:


Let's see.. anything else.. OH! Someone asked how to follow by email notifications, because they don't do any other social media accounts. There should be a subscribe button up there in the right sidebar, where you can enter your email address and click submit, and you should get new post alerts. 

I'll try to have another block again soon, and get back to Instagram and knock the cobwebs down over there, and on facebook, too. There's so much to do.

Oh! Have you guys heard about the free sew along sampler that Riley Blake is hosting right now? I'll try to post about it in case anyone wants to participate. It just started this month and lasts until June. A great way to use up some scraps.

Okay, I really have to go now. Dinner refuses to cook itself. haha!

Be back soon! Until then, Happy Stitching!

xoxo




Sunday, February 14, 2021

Update: On My Way Back!

Hi everyone! Or anyone? Is anyone still there? What a crazy time of life it's been for the last year or so. I hope all of you have stayed safe and healthy. I just wanted to pop in and give a quick update and say I'll be back very very soon. 

I've had such a hard time feeling creative, or in any way social, the last couple of months, and eventually just gave up trying to force it -- sometimes when life gets a little too heavy and you find you can't carry ALL the things, you have to set some things down for a bit. So I put this on pause, along with my social media, and tried to just focus on getting pattern orders out. While all of the below stuff was/is happening:

A couple of months ago, I got news that several people I know, and some extended family members had c-19. Some of them weren't doing well at all. In fact, one dear family friend recently passed away after a weeks long battle in the hospital. Another friend, who was my exact same age, also passed away from it. It's just been kind of a sad time. 

Along with that, my bff that had ovarian cancer surgery last summer is still having complications and unexplained symptoms which is heavy on my heart. 

All of this while the big move this summer inches closer, and we are trying to figure out the logistics etc. of getting our household from CA to MO. I've been slowly going through stuff when I can, and making trips to goodwill.

But I can feel the fog lifting and it finally feels like the funk I've been in is starting to disappear. 

So I'll be back soon with an eye-rolling bear. An eye-rolling, heavy-sigh-heaving bear. Seems appropriate. haha! What better mascot for 2020/2021 than a bear that's just HAD IT. :D It's for National Black Bear Day.

Oh great! I was going to share a preview photo but now google is not letting me access my computer's photos, blogger photos or my OneDrive photos. *more eyerolling bears needed*.

Let me know how you're doing! I hope you're all well. I'll try to get the bear all diced up and posted in the next couple of days. And try to solve this computer/google issue. 

Oh! I fixed it. A simple sign out and sign back in fixed it. Whew! Here's a preview of my new favorite eye-rolling animal! :)




See you soon. Thanks for listening!

P.S. HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY!💘

xoxoxo



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