Quilt Along 4 - Island Chain

Island Chain - Session 6 - Nine-Patch Blocks March 30 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 two sizes 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 with 1 unit from step #9.

11. Press seam allowances open.

11. Square to 3½”.

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

 

 Next post is April 13th.

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Island Chain - Session 5 - More Cutting March 16 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

 

Next post is March 30th.

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Island Chain - Session 4 - Block Assembly March 02 2020

Heather Ellis is the lucky winner of a $20 thimbles & things gift certificate! Congratulations!

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.

 Next post is March 16th.

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Heather Ellis March 05 2020 at 08:08AM

Thanks so much Wanda & Sue!

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Island Chain - Session 3 - Corner Square Triangles February 17 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. Again, if needed, a step-by-step interpretation is here.

1. Sew an 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.

6. Stitch along the long side of the triangle. With accurate quarter inch seam allowances, the 3 stitching lines should cross. Don't be too worried if they don't. The Stitching Police are not on duty! Just do the best you can from now on.

7. Press towards the larger triangle.

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

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

That is a lot of corner-square-triangles!

To be included in a draw for a $20 thimbles & things gift certificate, send in a picture of your completed corner-square-triangles before March 2nd.

Next post is March 2nd.

Comments

Heather E. March 01 2020 at 08:51AM

I really like these blocks and can’t wait to start sewing them all together.

Heather February 23 2020 at 08:44AM

These blocks are fun and fast. Had very similar fat quarter pack to colours to pattern. Perfect timing.

Colleen February 20 2020 at 09:05AM

I am having so much fun doing this quilt along..forcing me to make blocks I haven’t made in a while and get really really good at them – after all you get 144 tries.

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Island Chain - Session 2 - Combination Square Triangles February 03 2020

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

 

 

You will need:

              - the pattern: Island Chain by Eye Candy Quilts 

              - 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 Ltd.® 

              - optional: rotating cutting mat (available online HERE)

The instructions for the combination-square-triangles can be found at the bottom of page 2 of your pattern. The following is a step-by-step interpretation.

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. 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.

We will press the seam allowance to the dark side. 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.

9. Slice the unit in half on the drawn line.

10. Press to the less busy side. In this case, towards C. You now have 2 combination-square-triangles. 

11. Repeat steps #7 to #10 with the other half-square-triangle. There will be a total of 4 combination-square-triangles.

12. Square the combination-square-triangles to 3½”.

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

Using the remaining A, B and C squares, make a total of 144 combination-square-triangles. Pin the similar fabric groups together.

 Next post is February 17th.

Comments

Wanda February 13 2020 at 04:51PM

2.5 is perfect!

Chris Bell February 13 2020 at 04:50PM

Hello :) I’m loving putting these little blocks together, but wondering if my stitch length should be shorter? I’m using 2.5. Thanks !

Wanda February 10 2020 at 08:26AM

We do not sell the block loc ruler, our best is the Tucker trimmer, even a 6 or 6 1/2” square will do the trick. Taking a bit off each side ensures a perfect block.

Linda February 09 2020 at 08:29AM

I am really enjoying the quilt along. I finished my cutting on Monday and have started sewing the ABC blocks, they are coming together very well. I am using a Bloc_Loc ruler to trim the block and i am getting very clean points.
Thanks for running the quilt along. It’s a great way to pass the winter months.

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Island Chain - Session 1 - Cutting January 20 2020

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

You will need:

             - the pattern: Island Chain by Eye Candy Quilts (available for shipping 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.Number the pattern pages from 1 to 7.

2. 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.

3. Label the 7 storage containers A to G.

4. 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

5. Cut  the Island Colours for 36 blocks as listed on page one and set them aside in the appropriate storage containers.

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.

Keep all of the left-over fabrics. We will be cutting more later.

Next post is February 3rd. 

 

Comments

Wanda January 26 2020 at 11:06AM

Absolutely, you can do that.The pattern states “from each of 36 assorted colours”, so you can have as many colours as you like as long as there are 36 sets.

Wanda January 26 2020 at 11:02AM

Colleen asks….If we bought the kit of 20 fabrics – do we use only 18 and cut 2 of everything?

Wanda January 24 2020 at 05:11PM

You can choose to make either size just highlight the parts in the pattern that refer to your size.

Sue Piitz January 24 2020 at 05:07PM

Great to have something I can participate in without worrying about a flare up that will interrupt things. Sue

Julie Jones January 24 2020 at 05:08PM

I have not read the pattern over yet or referred to page one for cutting yet. Do these instructions that you’ve listed allow for the larger size?

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Island Chain is coming! December 10 2019

Welcome to the thimbles & things’ fourth Quilt Along. We hope you decide to participate, as this is going to be fun!  This is a free 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.

Beginning January 20th, 2020, there will be a bi-weekly blog post on our website to help you stay on track, give you helpful hints and answer any questions you may have.

For the first session, you will need the pattern, which can be purchased at the shop or, ordered and shipped to you here  and fabric.

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.

Decide on the size of quilt you are going to make, version #1 - 83½” x 83½” (solid border - not pictured) or version #2 -75” x 75” (pieced border as shown on the pattern cover). Refer to the back of the pattern for Background fabric requirements. 

Island Colour fabrics are a little harder to calculate as it depends on how many different ones you use. The pattern designer states that we need a total of  2¼ yd. (2.1 m) of the island fabrics for the blocks and another ⅓ yd. (0.3m) for version 1 and ½ yd. (0.5m) for version 2, but doesn’t tell us how much of each colour. I would suggest a collection of 18 Fat Quarters. This should be enough for 2 blocks of each colour with enough left over for the 9-patches and the borders.

DO NOT CUT YOUR FABRICS.

See you January 20th!  


 

 

Comments

Colleen January 26 2020 at 10:52AM

If we bought the kit of 20 fabrics – do we use only 18 and cut 2 of everything?

Wanda January 04 2020 at 09:08AM

Hi Ellen. You can order the pattern from this Thimbles and Things website and it will be mailed to you.
Happy Quilting!

Ellen Riordon January 04 2020 at 09:05AM

I would like to register for this quilt along please. I am not sure howto get the pattern asi am in Florida. Weather permitting I plan to be around very briefly Jan 20.

Joyce Wark January 01 2020 at 04:59PM

Excited to pick up my pattern and fabrics.

Barb December 26 2019 at 09:46AM

Eager to get going on this quilt along

Sharon Benner December 22 2019 at 11:57AM

Hi, Just making sure that Im registered for this quilt along session. Thanks.

Julie Jones December 15 2019 at 08:39AM

Looking forward to doing this quilt.

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