Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St.Patrick’s Day! I hope you had a nice day. We stayed on the island, went for a walk, had scones with cream and jam… For a change it didn’t rain!Hooray!  That means no rainbow in the sky but there was one in my house!

I have finished the third Rainbow Wonky Squares Quilt. Oh, how I love it! It is ready to be posted to America. I think it will look so pretty as a wall hanging for a nursery, and I hope both mummy and baby will like it as much as I do!

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Feliç dia de St Patrici! Avui ens hem quedat a casa tot el dia, hem anat a passejar, hem menjat scones amb nata i mermelada… i no ha pogut! (sempre plou per StPatirci…) aixo vol dir que no hi ha hagut cap Arc de St Marti, pero en canvi el tenim a casa!

Ja he acabat el Rainbow Wonky Squares Quilt, com m’agrada aquest quilt! Ja esta llest per a enviar a America. Crec que quedara tan bonic penjat a la paret de l’habitacio on ha d’anar. Espero que tant a la mare com al nado els agradi tant com a mi.

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There is some exciting things going on too. I am working on my logo, labels, business cards, banners, etc… it takes so long! So now at last you get to see a small sample of it and know who are the main characters of El Petit Taller. My little ants!!! You see, the first name I thought for my blog was La Formigueta (the little ant), because I loved making those quilled ants and that’s how I saw myself… working like a laborious ant in my sewing room… but alas, that name was taken! So my sewing room got the name instead, The Little Workshop it is. Some English speakers don’t get it (and why should they), I know, and they thing Taller is in English (like the opposite of shorter) and that together with Petit… well, it doesn’t make much sense… does it? So now you know, taller is pronounced “tayeh”, and it’s the word for workshop!

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Com ja sabeu, estic enfeinada preparant el meu logo, noves tarjetes, etiquetes, etc… i sabeu qui son les protagonistes? les meves formiguetes! i es que en un principi, el nom del meu blog volia ser La Formigueta, perque era aixi com em veia, com una formiga laboriosa treballant en el seu taller… pero el nom ja l’havien agafat, aixi que el taller va ser el protagonista i que va agafar el nom. Tinc uns quants problemes aqui amb la gent de parla anglesa, es pensen que taller esta escrit en angles (que vol dir “mes alt”) i es clar, ja em diras tu “El Petit Mes Alt” no te gaire sentit…

photoSo there you go, here’s the story of my blog/shop’s name, my ants and my Rainbow Quilt!

Doncs aqui us deixo… amb el meu Arc de St Marti i les meves formiguetes…!

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Doing maths…

I am flying solo for the next two weeks, since Mr. F.  is touring the States (again!). That means I am a “stay at home mum” and I’ll be trying to squeeze as much stitching as I can during naps, night time sleeps, and Toy Story show times (it is the Toy Story era at home at the moment).

Last night, after tidying up the millions and gazillions of toys that were spread in the living room floor, I sat down and saw Hana’s sketch pad right in front of me. I took it and started to think of how could I use that charm pack that I cut many moons ago to do something which I can’t remember… I did draw something nice, but let’s say that my maths after 10pm are not really accurate.

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Aquests dies faig de mama soltera! El senyor F. torna a estar de gira a l’altra banda de l’Atlantic (una l’atre cop!!!) aixi que intentare exprimir les hores de cosir durant les migdiades, les nits i les pel.licules de Toy Story, i es que estem en plena era de Toy Story a casa…

Ahir, despres de recollir les cincuantamil joguines escampades pel terra vaig veure els bloc de dibuix de la Hana. El vaig agafar i vaig dibuixar una idea per fer servir uns rectangles que vaig tallar fa moltes llunes per fer no se que… ja ni me’n recordo… El que passa que les mates no em quadren passades les 10pm. I avui, quan he recalculat tot, no podia sortir-me amb la meva (ja que he de comptar amb els rectangles tallats), pero si que m’he inspirat amb el dibuix que vaig fer. Ara nomes falta enumerar les tires i deixar-les enllestides per cosir-les mes endavant, abans de que vingui el carter i em porti la tela que vaig comprar a Fluffy Sheep Quilting

This morning I tried the calculations again and well, it doesn’t work with the 2 1/2″ x5″ rectangles… but I think I’ll make something nice inspired on the sketch I made last night. Having said this, I’ll better hurry up to have those rows numbered (I don’t think I’ll start sewing it), before the post comes with my order from Fluffy Sheep Quilting! I have the white triangles  cut for another rainbow wonky square quilt that a lady from America has ordered. I’m pretty sure she’s a first time mum and, oh boy, her joy and excitement is contageous! I love making these wonky squares and it makes me so happy that somebody across the sea wants it to decorate their baby’s nursery. 

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Last week I finished another custom quilt for a little girl called Ciara. I like the fabric choice that her aunt made and I think the pattern works well with it too. It’s a pretty simple pattern I made that works well with 4 coordinating prints, that’s why I decided to offer as a custom order at the shop.

Ja tinc els triangles tallats per fer un altre quilt de Wonky Squares que una noia d’America m’ha encarregat. Crec que es mare primerenca perque esta tan entusiasmada que s’encomana i tot (l’entusiasme, no les ganes de tenir-ne un altre que ja en tinc prou).

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This quilt measures 38″x 51″ and I used 4 prints from the line Enchant by Riley Blake and 3 Kona solids (white, ash and posy). I free motion quilted it with that stippled effect that I seem to not being able to leave alone (I wish I could try something different but I’m too scared!!!)

La setmana passada vaig acabar un altre encarrec, un quilt per a una nena que es diu Ciara (es pronuncia Kira). M’agrada molt la tela que la seva tieta li ha triat i crec que s’hi ave molt be amb el diseny que he fet. Per aixo l’ofereixo com a encarrec a la botiga, amb 4 teles estampades i 3 de llises queda molt be. 

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And there is another thing I’m thinking of… again sketching it and trying to do my best at maths! Hopefully I’ll be giving a tutorial on how to make a cute toiletry bag. This time I’ll try to make it into a pdf. I’d like to have a couple of pattern testers… would anyone be interested? Thank you in advance :-) That’s all for now, I better go and pick up my darling princess from school! Here’s how she looks like when she telling me a thousand stories… and Conor is faster than a rocket…

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I tambe hi ha una altra cosa que estic maquinant… estic dibuixant, disenyant i calculant! Espero tenir aviat un tutorial preparat per fer un necessaire, aquest cop m’agradaria tenir-lo en pdf. M’agradaria tenir un parell de cosidores voluntaries per provar el patro, algu s’hi anima?

I be, aixo es tot, millor sue em prepari per anar a recollir la Hana a l’escola. Aqui la teniu, aixi es posa quan  m’esta explicant mil histories! I el Conor, que es mes rapid que un coet

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The Modern Irish Bee

Well, well… it looks like spring is showing up slowly! I love the light in my sewing room where I spent almost the entire weekend. Who knows when I’ll be able to enter again…

Before the end of last year, I joined the Modern Irish Bee and I’m loving it. I missed the first round, and I thought I had missed this round too but fortunately they were still looking for one more spot and there you go, jumped in!

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It’s so nice to imagine how the different blocks will make up the quilt. The January block was organised by Ruth. It was tricky to match all those 1″ squares, but it was a challenge I enjoyed. In fact, there will be a few of those in my June block (yes, I already came up with the design for my block!).

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Cindy was the February Queen Bee and she had us all busy with spools. I had a lot of work to do in February and although I had the fabric chosen and cut, I didn’t start making them until the end… I finished them this weekend and I am very happy how they came out. This quilt will be amazing!

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And well… I was on a sewing spree yesterday, all the scraps were out, the iron on, the sewing machine ready… and I just happened to have one of the low volume prints that Sarah, the March Queen Bee, was suggesting for her block, plus I was itching to try this tutorial. I couldn’t have been able to go to bed without having it done! I really really liked this one and I think I will be making a quilt like this. Maybe a wall hanging for my sewing room…

 

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I’d like to show you a bit of the design I made for my quilt… but I think it will be better to keep it until June. Only 3 more months… that’s nothing!

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Sembla que la primavera ja comença a donar senyals! M’encanta quan el meu petit taller s’omple de llum, on m’hi he passat practicament quasi tot el  cap de setmana!

Abans d’acabar l’any, em vaig apuntar al Modern Irish Bee. No se si se’n fan d’aquests “grups d’abelles” entre les costureres catalanes, pero us ho recomano! Normalment es fa un grup de 12, i cada persona te un mes. Decidiu quin bloc voleu per a un quilt (de 12 o 24 blocs) i quan sigui el vostre mes envieu un tutorial a cada una de la resta d’abelles per a que us el faci i us l’envii. Aixi tens un quilt fet per totes les abelles del grup. Oi que es bona idea?

Doncs mes amunt teniu els blocs de Gener, Febrer i Març. Si voleu donar una ullada a les instruccions, aqui teniu l’enllaç del Modern Quilt Guild of Ireland i podreu anar seguint el que fem durant la resta de l’any. Jo ja tinc el meu bloc preparat, pero fins el Juny no el podre ensenyar!

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Crafty night and a giveaway

Hi there! I think I’m getting back on my feet with this blogging bug!

First of all, pop over to my Facebook Page to enter a giveaway, you’ll be in for a chance to win €15 to spend on El Petit Taller Etsy shop!

I had a great time last Wednesday at the crafty night. I didn’t bring any stitching though, but I had a pile of paper and my ink pen instead. I am working on a logo for El Petit Taller… One of the crafters is a graphic designer and she’ll help me to digitalise my drawing. I’m so excited about it!

I’ll show you the amazing work that another crafter is working on… She took some paper, stuck the old pages of an old dictionary, draw the silhouette of a woman and now she’s stitching on it. It’s fantastic to see her progress bit by bit.

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Hola! Primer de tot us dire que podeu participar al meu sorteig a la pagina de Facebook, on podreu guanyar €15 per gastar a la botiga Etsy de El Petit Taller!

Aquesta setmana va haver trobada de “crafters” pero aquest cop no vaig portar cap agulla. Vaig agafar una pila de papers i el meu puntafina i em vaig dedicar a disenyar un logo per El Petit Taller. Una de les crafters es disenyadora grafica i m’audara a digitalitzar el diseny. Tinc ganes de veure com quedara tot!

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Aqui us ensenyo el sue una altra crafter esta creant. Va agafar un paper enorme, hi va enganxar pagines d’un diccionari vell, una mica de pintura, hi va dibuixar la silueta d’una dona, i ara l’esta omplint de puntades… oi que es fantastic?

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Mes cosetes la setmana que ve. Aqui el temps segueix igual de nefast…paciencia!

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Weekend Sewing: Pillows

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Hello!How are your winter months going? It’s been raining for ages here and we’re kind of fed up with this weather. Right now is VERY windy, as it can only get here on the tiny island (I don’t mean Ireland in general, I mean the tiny one where we live in). I can’t wait for spring to come and enjoy the light of the longer evenings, at least I’d be able to take better photos of my sewing.I have been sewing quite a lot recently. I made Hana another dress by drafting the pattern from a dress she already has and loves but that will soon be passed on. I had several custom orders as well, baby blankets, bibs… and I only need to cut the fabric for a baby quilt. Pics of all this will come soon, of course…

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But this morning… well… I am determined to make my sewing room look prettier and organised, so I finally cut the fabric to make some covers for 3 pillows that I got in IKEA about… 2 years ago??? I know how to make pillow covers, it’s easy, but probably because it’s “that easy” I kept putting it off. I should thank Dana from Made to give me that kick and get that fabric cut. Made is one of the blogs I love following, I learn so much from her tutorials, she makes everything look really easy and I am so inspired after looking at all those great photos she has. Her new series of video tutorials are really good, so after watching the pillow tutorial I remembered I had that fabric and pillows waiting for me.

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Hola! Com us va aquest hivern? Aqui no ens para de ploure i ja n’estem ben tips. A mes fa un vent tant fort! Ja tinc ganes de que arribi la primavera, amb la llum i les tardes llargues. Al menys podre fer fotos mes maques del que estic cosint…

He fet bastantes coses. Un vestit nou per la Hana treient el patro d’un vestit que ja te i que li encanta pero que aviat ja no li entrara. Tambe he fet encarrecs, un parell de mantes, pitets i ara em falta tallar la roba per un quilt. Les fotos ja anirant venint!

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Pero avui… avui m’he decidit a reemprendre la marxa per millorar el meu taller. Fa mil anys que vaig comprar tela i coixins a l’Ikea per fer unes coixineres. Es facil fer coixineres, pero com que es “tan facil” sempre ho deixava per mes tard. Suposo que he de donar gracies a la Dana de Made per donar-me aquesta patada al cul que necessitava i posar-me mans a l’obra per acabar de fer-les. M’agrada molt seguir el seu blog, aprenc moltissim amb els seu tutorials, sembla tot tan facil! I ara amb els video tutorials que te, encara mes! Despres de veure el dels coixins va ser quan  em vaig recordar dels meus.

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Merry Christmas everyone! Bon Naldal a tothom!

Oh dear Oh dear, I do miss blogland a lot! I miss you all!But really… I have work coming out of my ears, as the Spaniards say… I’m “on holidays” from the primary school where I have been working as a Special Needs Assistant, but I am still working for the charity organisation as a social carer. I’m happy though that I can breath a bit more. So what have I been doing?

It is Chrsitmas Eve now and we have lovely stormy weather out on this tiny island. You should see our hens trying to walk against this wind! Sometimes I think they’ll fly across the bay over to Galway city

Last night, after a few days of madness, just when I had the children in bed and I was snuggling on the sofa, looking forward to doing nothing but to watch a filim (as the Irish say it), the electricity went off. The only time I decide to watch TV. So no filim for me. Anyway, I’ll try to snuggle up later on, after making sure that Santa has left all the pressies

Besides doing my duties as WOHMACWASAHM (Working Outside Home Mum And Continue Working As a Stay At Home Mum) I kind of managed to frantically sew a good decent amount of stock for (wohoo!!!!) my stall at the local Christmas Market!!! It took me 4 years to finally get myself sorted and make it to the market. I had so much fun! I was sharing table with my crafty neighbour who makes the most beautiful hand bound journals. People were saying our stall had the best cutest display… I learnt a lot about displaying though, people seemed really attracted to the stall because there was a lot of colour, a lot of stuff on the table and they were allowed to touch. Athough I booked the place for only one day, somebody had cancelled their place so I was offered to go back on the next day. Then my stock was much better displayed, a friend had lent me a nice cast iron screen where I could hang the bibs, cardigans and dresses. You can see some shots (sorry for the quality of the photos, taken with my phone!)

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The different sized baskets worked really well and the linen cloth over the stripy fabric was nice too. It was funny though, that before I had made any sale, a lady approached to ask me how much was the bunting… Altough I made it (for my daughter’s birthday party) it wasn’t for sale… and when I was packing up at the end of the day, a lady came to ask me how much were the baskets!!!

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some of the knitwear I have under the label “Lamama Knits”

So here’s a few things I learnt (and if you have any tips to share the more the merrier!):

- Have different height levels to display on your table, use boxes or baskets stacked on top of the other.

- Go around your house to see if you have any little bits and bobs, nice wooden boxes, baskets, bowls, etc to display your stock in.

- Have something made that is easy and fast and can sell at a very affordable price. I had lots of hairbands that didn’t seem to sell online on my Etsy shop. People go to crafts markets prepared to buy at least something. If you have something less than €10, it will probably go quick. So I put all the hairbands in a basket (Hana’s doll’s clothes basket)  at €5 together with the dummy holders at €7. They sold fast!

-  I didn’t have any patchwork quilts for sale for 2 reasons. I didn’t have time to build a good stock and I thought they’d be too pricey for what people would be looking for. Instead, I had patchwork blankets, they sold and people now know that I also make quilts.

Overall, I think I did pretty well, I wanted to let people know I am here and I am local and I handed out lots of business cards (and what a good idea it was, I got a call yesterday from a customer who wanted to buy one of my bags that his girlfriend liked!).

I hope you are all doing well, stitching a lot and making beautiful things! Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you so much to those of you who have made contact in some way to say hello and ask about my whereabouts. It is really so nice to feel appreciated like this! And I’m sorry that I haven’t visit your blogs or participated as much as I’d have liked to… Life is a bit crazy at the moment! Crazy but fun…

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Una’s hand bound journals, cards and bookmarks

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Buf buf, com trobo a faltar llegir els vostres blogs i els vostres comentaris! Pero es que no paro no paro i no paro! Per fi estic “de vacances” de l’escola de primaria on he estat treballant pero segueixo com sempre a la organitzacio de treball social. Aixi que quan no estic treballant fora de casa, segueixo treballant dins de casa (com tothom, oi?).

Aquesta nit ens estem preparant per a que Santa Claus aterri a la teulada amb els rens. Ho he intentat, pero cada vegada que parlo del Cagatio la gent em mira com si estigues ben boja, i ja no us dic res del Caganer… aixi que segueixo la tradicio del Santa que baixa per la xemeneia… 

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hairbands in a basket, dummy holders, fabric covered notebooks and business cards…

No se per que els catalans som tan escatologics, em pregunta el meu company:  entre el Cagatio, el Caganer, el conte del Patufet, que ma mare li desitji molta merda abans de pujar a l’escenari i que ens caguem en tot quan ens emprenyem o enviem allo que no ens agrada a la merda… apa aqui, es curios que mai no m’havia adonat fins que ell m’ho va fer veure… Doncs si, debem tenir una fixacio amb les femtes. Que hi farem. Segur que a hores d’ara tota Catalunya esta fent cagar el Cagatio a cops de pal (aixo tambe els va sobtar als irlandesos, que despres de cuidar-lo i mamnt-lo tant durant dies, ben calentet sota la manta, acabem fotent-li pals per fer-lo cagar). 

Be, us dic que es el que he fet aquests dies. No se com, vaig poder fer d’una revolada un estock prou decent per poder tenir una parada al mercat de Nadal! i que be que m’ho vaig passar. Per sort, una persona va cancel.lar la seva parada, i en comptes d’estar-m’hi un dia, m’hi vaig estar dos! Vaig compartir taula amb la meva veina que enquaderna unes llibretes supermaques. La gent ens deia que la nostra parada era la mes maca del mercat… he he, tampoc deuria ser per tant, pero si que feiem goig…

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cardigans, dresses and bib-aprons

Si algun dia teniu pensar fer parada en una fira, aqui teniu el que he apres:

- Intenteu tenir els articles sobre la taula a diferents nivells d’alçada, apilant caixes o cistells, etc…, queda mes atractiu a la vista.

- Segur que per casa teniu coses maques com cistellets, capsetes, bols, plats…etc… on podeu posar les coses de maneres diferents.

- Tingueu articles que siguin facils i rapids de fer i que es puguin vendre a preus molt assequibles. La gent acostuma a voler comprar alguna cosa, el que sigui, i si es a menys de €10 ja ho teniu fet. Jo tenia una pila de cintes per al cabell que no es venien gaire be a Etsy, en canvi a la parada, posades dintre d’un cistell a €5 van volar quasi totes.

I be, si teniu alguna idea o consell mes que podeu afegir a aquesta llista, compartiu-la!!!

De mentres, espero que passeu un Bon Nadal i us desitjo un Feliç Any Nou 2014. Moltes gracies a tots (totes, vaja) les que heu contactat per una via o altra amb mi per saludar-me i preguntar com anem. De bolit! Perdoneu que no visiti els vostres blogs i no hi participi tant com m’agradaria. A poc a poc anire treien el cap!

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Tilted Square in a Square, a tutorial and a goodbye!

Well, again it’s been a long while since my last post, so that’s why I’ve decided to hibernate… It’s quite difficult to juggle between a full-time job, 2 young children, a partner, a shop, a hobby, a blog… So I’ll take a break from blogging and hopefully I’ll come back with loooots more of time, to be able to read and enjoy other blogs (since this is how it all started and I really miss it).

I’ll say goodbye with a tutorial that many people asked me to share. Honestly, I didn’t really write anything while I was making the first quilt, it was all experimenting, but then I made a second one and took photographs of each step.

About a year ago I made this quilt. I had been (and still am) very inspired by the bright colours and rainbow-like projects from other blogs and flickr groups and I wanted to try and work with solids too. I also wanted to use my new 60 degree triangular ruler and cut triangles. I have this fear with triangles you see, they eventually open at the bias and I can’t never have a perfect seam… So I always sew squares diagonally to come up with triangles and I don’t have to deal with that.

But I really wanted to cut triangles!

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I had seen this slightly tilted block idea in a quilting magazine. There was no instructions for it because the quilt was on the background of a photograph. I tried to search online for a pattern and typed “wonky square” on Google and all I got were lots of different designs of wonky squares alright but not like the one I wanted.

I’m sure there would be an easier way, probably some more experienced quilters would be able to work that out in no time. But I’m not that experienced…

Here I’ll show you what I did to find out the size of the triangle I need to make the block. You can change the angle of inclination to make it more or less tilted, and then I’ll show you how I assembled the quilt. Write me an email if you have any questions :-)

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How to make a triangle template for a wonky square block

(*NOTE if you do not have a 60 degree ruler, find the diagonal line on the grid of cutting mat that marks a 60 degree angle)

1.Take a paper and cut out a square about 4″ larger than the square you want to be tilted ( here a 5″square).

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2. Align the right angle of the ruler with the bottom left angle of the paper square and align the side of the 5″ square with the side of the ruler like this:

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3. Make sure to leave 1/2″ between the angle of the 5″ square and the side of the paper square.

4. With a ruler, trace a line along the side of the 5″ square, from that angle to the next one and again leave 1/2″ between the angle and the side. Do the same following the perimeter of the 5″ square .

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5. Cut the excess paper to have an exact square with 1/2″ distance from each of angles of the inner square  to the sides of the outer one as shown below.

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6. Cut this triangle as a template and add 1″ at the bottom following the horizontal lines of the ruler like this: (*NOTEif you do not have a 60 degree ruler, find the diagonal line on the grid of cutting mat that marks a 60 degree angle)

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This will be the size you’ll need for a 5″.

So by cutting 2 rectangles of fabric that measure 7″x 4″, and cutting them diagonally,

I would get 4 scalene triangles just like the template I wanted.

You want 4 triangles like this if you are using white fabric like I did because there isn’t right or wrong sides on solids.  If you are using printed fabric, you will need to cut 2 triangles, then flip the template over and cut 2 more.

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How to make a wonky square quilt with solids

(please note the photographs will show alternate patterns. This tutorial will show you how to make the blocks. The way you arrange them is up to you :-)

MATERIALS:

- rainbow colours: 5″ squares, as many as you want depending on how big you want your quilt.

- white fabric: 4 triangles per coloured square (follow template above)

pssst… Did you know that FILILIS is selling Moda solids at 50% off???

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To make a block with a centre square tilted onto the left, sew the longest side of the triangle onto the top and bottom sides of the square making sure the 60 degree angle is on the left. Leave 1 1/4″ off the edge, as shown below:

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 Press seams to the white and sew the other 2 triangles as before, pressing seams to the white.

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Align the block with the grid of  your cutting mat and with a squared ruler  align a 1/4″  off each angle for a seam allowance.

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 Rotate the block and do the same with the other to angles.

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You end up with a 6 3/4″ square block

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For a block with the square tilted onto the right, you would need to flip over the triangles so the 60 degree angle is on the right.

 Follow the same steps as above.

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Cut the little corners at the back.

Arrange the blocks the way you like and sew them row by row, pressing the seams to one side for one row, and to the other side for the row below.

When all the rows are sewn, start to sew the top one with the one below and press the seams open.

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Add a border with the same with the same white fabric.

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Proceed to quilt following your desired pattern.

I preferred to highlight the squares so I sew straight lines on the outside of each square.

For the borders, I echoed the zig-zag all around the squares.

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There are a few different patterns you can make using these blocks. I hope you enjoyed to watch this process! I donated this last quilt to raise funds for a beautiful boy with cerebral palsy (and the most astonishing blue eyes) who lives in our area.

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