Island Chain

Island Chain - 8 - Borders May 23 2020

This session you will be finishing your quilt top by adding borders!

 

You will need:

              - 24 (4) - 3½” nine-patch blocks

              - 24 (0) - 9½” x 3½” background fabric rectangles

              - 0 (23) - 4½” B squares

              - 0 (46) - 4” C squares

              - 9 (0) - 3½” x WOF Outer Border strips 

              - 8 (0) - 1½” x WOF Inner Border strips

Version 1

  1. Using 12 - 9½” x 3½” background fabric rectangles and 10 - nine-patch blocks make 2 more sash strips as we did last session (steps #10 to #12).
  2. Join these sash strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Again, press seam allowances open.
  3. Sew the remaining 12 - 9½” x 3½” background fabric rectangles and 14 - nine-patch blocks into 2 sash strips as shown on the right and left sides of the diagram on page 6.
  4. Join to the sides of the quilt top. Press seams open.
  5. Measure the quilt top from top to bottom across the middle. It should measure close to 75½”. Using the 1½” Inner Border fabric strips, make 2 pieces at this measurement.
  6. Sew to the sides of the quilt. Press towards the border.
  7. Measure the quilt top from side to side across the middle. It should measure close to 77½”. Make 2 Inner Border pieces to this measurement.
  8. Sew to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press towards the new border.
  9. Using the 4½” Outer Border strips, repeat the above steps  The measurements should be close to 77½” and 85½”.
  10. Layer the quilt top, batting and backing. Quilt as desired.
  11. Follow your favourite method for binding using the 2½” Binding strips.     

Version 2

  1. Using the B and C squares, make 92 combination-square-triangles. Refer to page 2 or session 2  if necessary.
  2. Join 23 combination-square-triangles into one long border unit. It should be close to 69½”.
  3. Press seam allowances open.
  4. Repeat steps #2 and #3 to make 3 more long border units.
  5. Sew a long border unit to each side of the quilt top. Refer to the version 2 diagram for the orientation.
  6. Press seams open.
  7. Add a nine-patch block to each end of the remaining long border units. The units should now be close to 75½” in length each.
  8. Press seams open.
  9. Sew these long border units to the top and bottom of the quilt top.
  10. Layer the quilt top, batting and backing. Quilt as desired.
  11. Follow your favourite method for binding using the 2½” Binding strips.     

 Congratulations! All done.

Square Dance is coming soon!

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Island Chain - 7 - Assembly May 23 2020

This session you will be assembling the center of the quilt top.

You will need:

              - 36 -  9½” blocks

              - 25 - 3½” nine-patch blocks

              - 60 - 9½” x 3½” background fabric rectangles

              - fabric marking pen

Use the diagram on page 5 as a reference.

  1. On a large surface, arrange the 9½” blocks in a pleasing manner.
  2. Using a fabric marking pen or pins and bits of paper, label it’s position on each block. For example, the top left block is 1A (row #1 and column A), the next block to the right is 1B (row #1 and column B). Continue with the last block on the bottom right as 6F.
  3. Sew a 9½” x 3½” background fabric rectangle to all blocks in columns A to E.
  4. Press the seam allowance to the rectangle.
  5. Join the 6 blocks in row #1.
  6. Press seam allowances to the rectangles.
  7. Repeat steps #5 and #6 for rows #2 through #6. Set aside.
  8. Sew a 9½” x 3½” background fabric rectangle to 25 nine-patch blocks.
  9. Press seam allowances to the rectangles.
  10. Join 5 units made in step #8 together.
  11. Add one more rectangle to the end.
  12. Press towards the rectangles.
  13. Repeat steps #10 to #12 to make 4 more long sash units.
  14. As shown in the diagram, join the 6 rows and 5 long sash units.
  15. Press seam allowances open.

 

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Island Chain - 6 - Nine-Patch Blocks May 23 2020

This session you will be making version 1 - 49 (version 2 - 29) nine-patch blocks.

You will need:

              - the 1½” x half WOF strips of background and island colours fabrics

              - a rotary cutter with a sharp blade

              - cutting mat

              - a ruler    

Since the 2 versions of the Island Chain quilt require differing number of nine-patch blocks, I will show the variations as Version 1 (Version 2). For example, in this session, you will be making 49 (29) nine-patch blocks.

 

1. Sew a background strip and an island colour strip together lengthwise.

2. Press towards the island colour strip.

3. Repeat 11 (7) more times for a total of 12 (8) units.

4. Sew a different coloured island strip to the opposite side of 8 (5) units made above.

5. Press towards the island colour strip.

6. Cross-cut into 98 (58) - 1½” x 3½” units. Set aside.

7. Sew a background strip to the opposite side of the remaining 4 (3) units made above.

8. Press towards the island colour strip.

9. Cross-cut into 49 (29) - 1½” x 3½” units.

10. Being careful to avoid using the same colours, join 2 units made in step #6 with1 unit from step #9.

11. Press seam allowances open.

12. Square to 3½”.

13. Repeat steps #10 and #12 and make 48 (28) more blocks for a total of 49 (29) nine-patch blocks.

 

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Island Chain - 5 - Cutting May 23 2020

This session you will be cutting the reminder of the fabric pieces.

You will need:

              - all of your remaining fabrics

              - a rotary cutter with a sharp blade

              - cutting mat

              - a ruler

Rather than jumping between pages, the cutting instructions have been consolidated into charts below.

Also, the pattern designer suggests cutting small 1½” squares for the nine-patch blocks. You can go ahead and do this if you wish, but a less labour intensive method would be to make the nine-patch blocks from strips, as will be tackled in session #6. The cutting charts below show cutting for the strip method.

 

 

Version 1

Background fabric

9 - 9½” x WOF strips → sub-cut into 84 - 9½” x 3½” rectangles (sashing)

8 - 1½” x WOF strips (Inner Border)

16 - 1½” x half WOF strips

Island Colours fabrics

From a variety of fabrics, a total of 20 - 1½” x half WOF strips

Outer Border

9 - 3½” x WOF strips

Binding

9 - 2½” x WOF strips

 

 

Version 2

Background fabric

6 - 9½” x WOF strips → sub-cut into 60 - 9½” x 3½” rectangles (sashing)

3 - 4½” x WOF strips → sub-cut into 23 - 4½” squares (Border).

                                         Put into container B

5 - 4” x WOF strips → sub-cut into 46 - 4” squares (Border).

                                         Put into container C

11 - 1½” x half WOF strips

Island Colours fabrics

From a variety of fabrics, 46 - 4½” squares (Border). Put into container A

From a variety of fabrics, 13 - 1½” x half WOF strips

Binding

8 - 2½” x WOF strips

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Island Chain - 4 - Block Assembly May 23 2020

This session you will be assembling 36 blocks.

You will need:

              - the pattern: Island Chain by Eye Candy Quilts

              - 36 groupings of combination-square-triangles

              - 36 groupings of corner-square-triangles      

To assemble the block, follow the diagram on page 3. Note that the seams on the combination-square-triangles may be different than the diagram. As long as the feature fabric triangles are around the center square the block will be fine. The arrows on the diagram below are the pressing directions.

 

Make 36 - 9½” blocks. Set aside.

 

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Island Chain - 3 - Corner Square Triangles May 23 2020

This session you will be making 144 corner-square-triangles.

You will need:

              - the pattern: Island Chain by Eye Candy Quilts

              - cut fabrics D, E & F

              - a rotary cutter with a sharp blade

              - cutting mat

              - a ruler

              - pins

             - pencil or fabric marking pen

             - optional: Tucker Trimmer by Studio 180 Design®

             - optional: rotating cutting mat

The instructions for the corner-square-triangles can be found at the top of page 3 of your pattern. There are 7 construction steps.

1. Sew a E triangle to one side of an F square.

2. Press towards the triangle.

3. Sew another E triangle to the adjacent side of the F square. Be sure to check the diagram to ensure you have the orientation correct.

4. Press towards the triangle.

5. Position a D triangle on the above unit by lining up the 90° corners and having the D triangle on top, stitch along the long side of the triangle.

6. Press towards the larger triangle.

7. Square the corner-square-triangle to 3½”.

Using the remaining D, E and F fabric pieces, make a total of 144 corner-square-triangles.

Pin the similar fabric groups together.

 

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Island Chain - 2 - Combination Square Triangles May 23 2020

This session you will be making 144 combination-square-triangles.

You will need:

              - the pattern: Island Chain by Eye Candy Quilts (available online HERE)

              - cut fabrics A, B & C

              - a rotary cutter with a sharp blade

              - cutting mat

              - a ruler

              - pins

              - pencil or fabric marking pen

              - optional: Tucker Trimmer by Studio 180 Design® (available online HERE)

              - optional: rotating cutting mat

The instructions for the combination-square-triangles can be found at the bottom of page 2 of your pattern. There are basically 11 construction steps.

1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a B square. 

2. Position an A square right sides together with the above B.

3. Sew a scant ¼” on each side of the drawn line.

4. Slice the unit in half on the drawn line. You now have 2 half-square-triangles.
5. Press the seam allowance to the dark side. There are 3 general rules about pressing when making a block. 1 - Press...Do not iron! 2 - Press to the dark side. 3 - Or, press to the less busy side... meaning the side that has the least seams. After pressing, DO NOT TRIM the squares.
6. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a C square.
7. Position the C square right sides together with one half-square-triangle being sure the drawn line is perpendicular to the seam line.
8. Sew a scant ¼” on each side of the drawn line. Slice.
9. Press to the less busy side. In this case, towards C. You now have 2 combination-square-triangles. My picture shows 4.
10. Square the combination-square-triangle to 3½”. When using a Tucker Trimmer, position the half-moon symbol at the top right and line up the 45° line on the seam line. Also, position the perpendicular 3½” dashed line on the other seam. This will ensure that the intersection of seams will be centered.
11. Repeat steps #7 to #10 with the other Half-square-triangle. There will be a total of 4 combination-square-triangles.

 

Using the remaining A and B squares, make a total of 144 combination-square-triangles.

Pin the similar fabric groups together.

 

When using a Tucker Trimmer, position the half-moon symbol at the top right and line up the 45° line on the seam line. Also, position the perpendicular 3½” dashed line on the other seam. This will ensure that the intersection of seams will be centered.

 

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Island Chain - 1 - Cutting May 23 2020

Welcome to the thimbles & things’ fourth Quilt Along. Each installment will guide you through the making of an “Island Chain” quilt by Eye Candy Quilts. Please feel free to ask questions or comment. Your insights may help other participants.

Let’s get started! There is no sewing this time, just fabric gathering and cutting.

You will need:

- the pattern: Island Chain by Eye Candy Quilts (available online HERE)

- your fabric collection

- a rotary cutter with a sharp blade

- cutting mat

- a ruler

- pins

- pencil or Frixion® pen (available online HERE)

- 7 storage containers (plastic sandwich bags, paper envelopes or any small containers you have handy)

We are going to mark up the pattern a little. I would suggest using a Frixion® pen as any erroneous marks can be ironed or rubbed off easily and it’s more visible. Keep the pencil or Frixion® pen handy for making notes or checking off the steps as we get them done.

  1. Read through the WHOLE pattern...yes, the WHOLE pattern. This will give you an idea of what is ahead. Don’t worry if you have found it a bit confusing, it will all make sense as you follow our Quilt Along.
  2. Number the pattern pages from 1 to 7.
  3. Decide on the size of quilt you are making, version #1 - 83½” x 83½” or version #2 -75” x 75”, and cross off any reference to the version you are not doing. For example, I am going to make version #2, therefore I will cross off the section titled Version No.1 at the bottom of page 1 and the top of page 2, and all of page 6.

Now lets talk about the fabrics. The quilt pictured on the pattern cover has a neutral background and every block has a different turquoise/green featured fabric, hence the pattern name “Island Chain”. The author must have enjoyed the blue waters of the Caribbean at some point. Your colour choice is personal. Are you an “Autumn in Muskoka” fan? This would be gold, orange, red, brown and some green. How about “A Psychedelic Punch”...a dark background with bright primary colours? Or “Tranquil Time”...a light soft background with honey gold. Then there is always “Scrap Happy”...anything goes! As I say the choice is yours.

  1. Label the 7 storage containers A to G.
  2. Read the tips below then go ahead and cut the Background fabric pieces for the BLOCKS only as listed on page 1 and set them aside in the appropriate storage containers. By the way, the pattern asks for 2⅜” cuts. Yes, you can round up to 2½” but some accuracy will be lost later, so I do not recommend it.

Tips:

  • A ruler is much more accurate than the markings on the cutting board, therefore, avoid using the board for measurement when cutting your fabric.
  • Press your fabrics before cutting. Line up the selvedge edges together and press. Sometimes the manufacturer’s center fold is not accurate.
  • If you are working with fat quarters, stack 2 to 4 together by lining up the selvage edges. Press.
  • Cut away a thin strip off the outer edge to ensure a straight edge before beginning to cut your pieces.
  • Cut the larger pieces first.

 

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