Welcome to the new series, A Quilter's Alphabet. Every other week, Kate and I will be defining quilt terms for you in - naturally - alphabetical order. "A" is for: Applique: Applique can be a noun or a verb - how fun is that?! noun: a cutout decoration ...
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A Quilter's Alphabet: A and more...

A Quilter's Alphabet: A

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Welcome to the new series, A Quilter's Alphabet.  Every other week, Kate and I will be defining quilt terms for you in - naturally - alphabetical order.  

"A" is for:

Applique:

Applique can be a noun or a verb - how fun is that?!

    noun: a cutout decoration fastened to a larger piece of fabric (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/applique)

As quilters, the most common idea of appliqué is a shape/motif (or series of shapes combined to form a larger motif) that is stitched or fused to another (usually larger) piece of fabric.

 

  verb: to apply( something, such as a decoration or ornament) to a larger surface ((https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/applique)

So the ACT of attaching the applique shape is also appliqué - but in the action or verb sense of the word.  So whether you are fusing, doing raw edge, or needle turning your motifs, when you attach them to another piece of fabric, you are appliquéing.

 

Types of Appliqué:

There are numerous types of applique.  For the purposes of our alphabet, I am focusing on Hawaiian, Machine  and Needle Turn Applique.  Let's take a look:

 

Hawaiian Applique:

A method of needle-turned applique. Hawaiian applique is created by folding a piece of fabric into four sections and then cutting the design. A quiltmaker then appliques the design to the background of the fabric (http://www.creativeglossary.com/quilting/hawaiian-applique.html).

This definition, however, doesn't do the intricate, rich applique justice.  At it's core, the designs are steeped in nature and personal meaning.  They are symmetrical in nature, from a single piece of fabric, and the most traditional Hawaiian appliqués are two colors - a background color and an appliqué color.

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Photo: Sunshine Block (Tamarinis)

 

Machine Applique:

Remember that basic definition of appliqué?  To fasten a cutout to another piece of fabric?  Well, machine applique is fastening that cutout, decoration, or motif by machine.  This can be done with a straight stitch or with a decorative or overcast stitch in matching or coordinating thread.  

 

Needleturn Applique:

For needle turn appliqué, the raw edges of the fabric shape are sewn under while you are hand stitching the shape to the background (https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-to-do-needleturn-applique-2821009).

What does this mean?  Simply, that the edges of all of the shapes are turned under (usually with a 1/4" to 1/8" seam allowance) so that there are no exposed raw edges.  The applique pattern is hand stitched down using stitches that do not show.

Visit Kate's blog to get definitions of other appliqué terms: Baltimore Album, Broderie Perse, Fused.

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Exploring the Basics: How to Make A Shaded Nine Patch

ETB Shaded Nine Patch

The Shaded Nine Patch is another VERY VERSATILE block!  At first glance, it ALMOST looks like you stitch up a nine patch, and then pair with a half square triangle (HST) - almost.  But if you did - well it wouldn't be quite as balanced as the true Shaded Nine Patch.  

In the past, some have found it to be a bit more challenging than they wanted simply because it has those HSTs - big and small - which all have bias edges.  But never fear - there is an easy way to make one and never deal with exposed bias edges!  And yes, I will be showing you the "Studio 180" style, which is easy and gives you practically perfect blocks!

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Shaded Nine Patch - Step One

You may make your nine patch blocks by first stitching up strip sets.  So good news!  You can begin your Shaded Nine Patch the same way but with a bit of difference!

Shaded Nine Patch Strip Set 1

So full disclosure - I forgot (I know - what can I say?) to take pictures of my strip sets.  So let's just pretend the image above has the beautiful batiks that I used for my Shade Nine Patch, ok? Great!

Strip Set 1 will  have three different size strips, and this strip set will make up the top and bottom "row" of the nine patch portion of the Shaded Nine Patch.  You'll submit this strip set into sections the width of Strip One.

Shaded Nine Patch Strip Set 2

Strip Set 2 will make up the center row of the nine patch portion of the Shaded Nine Patch block.  You'll cut THIS strip set into sections the width of Strip 2 - ah, tricky, huh?  You thought you might be cutting them into segments the width of strip 4 or 5 - nope!

Shaded Nine Patch - Step 2

Shaded Nine Patch Step 2

Ah....here are the pretty fabrics!  Ok - enough drooling, let's get to sewing!

You'll sew one segment from Strip Set 2 between two segments from Strip Set 1.  I know, I know - it looks weird right now.  No points match up.  But it will be ok - really.  You are going to be cutting this up again.

Pair the pieced rectangle unit with a matching fabric rectangle.  Hint: this fabric rectangle will become your large HST!

Shaded Nine Patch - Step 3

Shaded Nine Patch Step 3

Pair the offset nine patch unit with the solid rectangle, right sides together.  Draw a 45 degree line through the intersection of the seams  on both sides of the pieced unit.  I drew extra thick blue lines on the picture so you could see exactly how the lines are supposed to look.  

Shaded Nine Patch - Step 4

Shaded Nine Patch Step 4

Sew on the drawn lines.  Cut between the drawn lines.  Ah-ha!  Even before you press, it is starting to LOOK like a Shaded Nine Patch block! Press to the large HST.

Shaded Nine Patch - Step 5

Shaded Nine Patch Step 5

Now you'll pull out your Tucker Trimmer and trim this block down to perfection!  As with most blocks when using the Tucker Trimmer to cut down to size, you'll line up the two diagonal lines (solid line that is going right to left and dashed line that is going left to right).  In this example, we are lining up to the 6 1/2" lines. 

Note that the dashed line intersects the seam line between the two yellow squares.  When lining up so that the desired size line intersects the seam line of the squares AND the solid line runs along the long seam line, you'll get a practically perfect block!  And it was so easy!

Shaded Nine Patch

 

Now - you may be asking - what size do we cut everything?  All of the steps and the cutting are laid out on the Shaded Nine Patch Technique Sheet by Studio 180.  All 7 sizes!  That's right - it gives you measurements for whole and half size blocks from 3" up to 12".    I do recommend the Technique Sheets - especially this one!  Yes, you can find the Technique Sheets and the Tucker Trimmer on my website (because I LOVE Studio 180 - I'm even a certified instructor!).

Click the button below to go to the Shop to find the Technique Sheets and tools!  The Tucker Trimmer is available on my website, but unfortunately I don't have a Shaded Nine Patch Technique sheet in stock.  But good news!  You can get it directly from Studio 180!

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Head over to Kate's blog to get some additional tips and ideas on the shaded nine patch block (you got a sneak peek at her block in the badge at the top of the post!)

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Introducing A Quilter's Alphabet

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I am SOOOO excited to announce a new blog series, done in partnership with the ever adorable, super talented, always amazing Kate Colleran!

What is a Quilter's Alphabet?  I'm so glad you asked!

Every other week, Kate and I will define quilting terms - some basic, some more obscure, hopefully all interesting - that will make up your Quilter's Alphabet.

Mark your calendars - the series launches on Wednesday, September 23rd with A!

Is there a term that stumped you as a beginning quilter?  Something that you think every quilter should know?  Share it with us so we can be sure to include it in our developing glossary of quilting terms!

I'll see you next week when, as part of Exploring the Basics, we discuss Shaded Nine Patch.  Until then, Happy Stitching!

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Exploring the Basics: How to Make a Shaded Four Patch Block

Shaded 4 patch

The shaded four patch is a magical block - not only because it has a SLEW of other names (Birds in the Air, Hidden Square, or Mary's Triangles to name a few), but because it is a happy partnership between - yup you guessed it! - a four patch and a HST.  

Making a shaded four patch CAN be a pain and more than a bit challenging to piece accurately.  Sewing small HSTs to each side of a square and then pair with a larger HST creates issues for some folks due to the exposed bias seams.  Ack!

But never fear!  The mathematically minded, amazing Deb Tucker of Studio 180 has a fun, easy alternate to making this fun, versatile block.  I'm going to walk you through the technique, step by step.  Ready?

Making the Shaded Four Patch - Step One

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Begin with TWO strip sets of a narrow strip and a wide strip.  Note that the seam allowance is pressed to the WIDE strip.  Put those two strip sets, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, and with the narrow strips opposite each other.  

Hint: Look at the left of the picture.  Do you see how the purple strip is on the TOP of the strip set on top set, and the purple strip (narrow strip) is on the bottom on the bottom strip set?  Right - that is how you pair them.  Match raw edges and have the narrow strips opposite of each other.

With the strips sets paired, you then cut segments.  The width of your segment (as well as the size of the strips) will depend upon the size block you are trying to make (more on THAT later).

Making the Shaded Four Patch - Step Two

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Sew the segments together along one long side.  Whew - that was easy!  But wait....one little trick before we press.  Fold the sewn segment in half lengthwise and make a small cut (ALMOST to the seam allowance) at the halfway mark.

Making the Shaded Four Patch - Step Three

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Press the clipped seam, flipping the seam AT THE CLIP so that the seam again is toward the large strip set.  This pressed unit will be paired with a coordinating rectangle of the same (or similar) size.  HINT:  This plain rectangle will become your large HST!

Making the Shaded Four Patch - Step Four

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On the pieced unit, draw TWO 45 degree lines.  Note that the lines intersect the seam allowance of the small squares at the corner.  Sew on these marked lines, and then cut apart.  Press to the large HST.

Making the Shaded Four Patch - Step Five

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Wow - it looks pretty good, huh?  We are ALMOST there.  We just have to do a bit of trimming.

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Enter the almost mystical Tucker Trimmer!  Tada!  Seriously - when trimming units like this, I swear I hear angels singing!  Here's why.  One diagonal line will be placed on the long diagonal seam.  The intersecting diagonal line for the same trim size will be lined up on the intersection of the square and HST.  

I know it is hard to see on the dark purple, but on the example above, I am trimming the Shaded Four Patch down to 4 1/2".  Look closely at the dashed 4 1/2" line.  It crosses the solid diagonal line exactly at the intersection of the light purple square and the dark purple HST.  No guessing.  No eyeballing it - when I trim, my block will be symmetrical and PRACTICALLY PERFECT!  Yup, quilty pal, we just experienced a Mary Poppins moment.  I know - I'm loving it too!

The Final Unit - The Shaded Four Patch

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And here it is in all of its trimmed, symmetrical glory - a thing of beauty and no swear words were involved.  

Now - you may be asking - what size do we cut everything?  All of the steps and the cutting are laid out on the Shaded Four Patch Technique Sheet by Studio 180.  All 21 sizes!  That's right - it gives you measurements for whole and half size blocks from 2" up to 12".    I do recommend the Technique Sheets - especially this one!  Yes, you can find the Technique Sheets and the Tucker Trimmer on my website (because I LOVE Studio 180 - I'm even a certified instructor!).

Click the button below to go to the Shop to find the Technique Sheets and tools!

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Head over to Kate's blog to get some additional tips and ideas on the shaded four patch block (you got a sneak peek at her block in the badge at the top of the post!)

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2020 Monthly Color Challenge: Septemer Cinnamon

Color Challenge 2020 9 September Link Up

 

Not only does the air get cooler and crisper in the fall, the colors also expand and fill the senses.  The glorious bright blue skies, the wonderful oranges, reds, golds and browns of the leaves, and the warmth of the gourds and harvest delight the senses.  This month's color challenge does the same thing - bring to mind the warmth of fall and tempt the eye with awesome color.  Cinnamon is the color of the month!

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In my mind, I had a clear idea of what I thought of as cinnamon - but then when I went to pull fabrics, I was torn.  I settled on these four - all warm, toasty colors.

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I settled on two color combinations - a high contrast block and a lower contrast block.  

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The high contrast used the toasty warm orangy brown as the background and nice dark geese.  And yes, when you get to Jen's page and grab her instructions, you are going to notice that I pieced mine backwards.  I thought for a hot second about seam ripping and resewing - and decided "nah."

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This lower contrast version has a more mottled background, which I love because it adds movement, and slightly softer cinnamon geese.  I love both of them......but tell me - which is your favorite?

Share your cinnamon versions with me - I'd love to see your take on a yummy color and a delicious name!

Side note:  Jen's measurements work GREAT with the Studio 180 Wing Clipper, and made it a snap to stitch these slightly oversized and trimmed down to PERFECT measurements!  If you don't know, I am a die hard Studio 180 fan, and a certified instructor!  You can grab a Wing Clipper tool on my website if you don't already have one - you'll be so glad you did!  Click the button below to go to my shop to purchase one.

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Head over to Jen's blog to grab your copy of the pattern and instructions!  And be sure to check out all of the other versions of this block from this month's bloggers:

 

Patterns by Jen

Pieceful Thoughts

Sew Joy Creations

Rainbows.Bunnies.Cupcakes

Textile Time Travels

Everyone Deserves a Quilt

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