Here we are at Day 3 of the My Favorite Quilt Block Hop! Thanks again to our generous sponsor, Carla. Make sure you check out some of the fun blogs and creations – all the links are below. Carla is having a giveaway and so am I. I will send the winner the equivalent of 1 yard of Island Batik fabrics. See below for details.
Now, I love a lot of blocks, star blocks, traditional blocks, bocks that intersect and make other designs, but the canoe block has interested me for some time.
I am using the canoe block twice this month. In fact, I was given a die by Accuquilt as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program. I needed to test the block. Then, I used fabric I loved and a quick table runner was made for this hop! Honestly, the rotary cutting instructions are not fun, so I thought you could use templates to cut if needed. This block is a finished 9.5″ before it is in a quilt, 9″ finished.
I began by putting the top on the canoe. Using my design board I flipped the corner pieces over the canoe. Pick them up and then sew the seams, chain piecing. I cut the adjoining thread and finger pressed seams open and placed on my design board.
After I made all my blocks (for this Hop and Island Batik challenge), I found Accuquilt’s tutorial on putting this block together. I did it a little differently, but, like them, I pressed seams open.
I would then flip one triangle on each canoe, and pick them up. I would chain piece. Cut the adjoining thread. Finger press seams open. Place back on the design board.
Do the same thing with the other side. Finger press seams open. Place back on the design board.
Connect 2 blocks at a time. Finger press open. Pin together both units.
Piece the final unit together.
For my table runner, I added two pieces on either end so it would be the size I wanted for the space it would be spending the most time.
For quilting, I did some in the ditch between the blocks, dot to dot quilting triangles and finally around the canoes. It is a pretty addition to our counter that separates the old from the new in our cottage.
I also enjoyed both of these quilts, and thought you might like to see them. So, you will have to wait a little to see my second version. I am working the challenge them of child’s play, and while the basic blocks are done, the setting blocks, final assembly and quilting will be a least another week. However, you do have plenty to keep you busy. Enjoy the hop, I know I will.
Coming Upon the Blog:
Color Block of the Month
September Island Batik Challenge
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8
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