Monday, January 07, 2008

quilt-a-long week 8

Thank you all so much for your condolences and prayers for our family during this difficult time. We are doing as good as can be expected and are so thankful for each and everyone who took time to leave a comment.
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Here is the block for week 8. Again, I tried to keep it fairly simple. Do you find as you make more blocks that they are going together easier?


cut 2 squares 4 7/8" from the background fabric
cut 2 squares 4 7/8" from the colored fabric

cut 10 squares 2.5" from the background fabric
cut 10 squares 2.5" from the colored fabric

sew your 4 7/8" squares together to make 4 sets of triangles

layout as shown

sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance

and you have another completed block.

As always, any questions will be answered in the comments.

Just out of curiosity, how many of you are caught up?

47 comments:

Nichole said...

i'm a slacker and am pretty behind. i have about 4.5/8 done. so i suppose that isn't THAT bad.... i hope. :)

One Sweet Life said...

I have fallen so far behind with the holidays, but hope to catch up in the next week or so. I am lovin' this amazing thing you have been doing! I feel like my sewing has DEFINITELY improved because of it! :)

Mama Urchin said...

Need I say that I am not. You know about my list but I think I'll squeeze this in as a reward for finishing something. How many weeks are we doing again?

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness for the holiays I am up to date and have been waiting for no. 8 now I am off to complete it as well.
Gai P

Make and Takes said...

For the 4 4 7/8 squares to make 4 sets of triangles, do you cut 8 triangles out first and then sew them, OR are you sewing them together as squares in some faster way?

Anina said...

Love it!!!
I'm still thinking of you.
Of course I'm up to date. :-)

carolyn CMB said...

you know i'm not caught up. maybe on friday!

Shelli said...

I'm totally caught up, and I have a 2 year old and a full time job (in addition to mommydom), so that should count for something!

I am totally in awe that just after the news of your father in law (z"l - Hebrew for May his memory be for a blessing) that you posted the quilt a long!

Wow. Now THAT is commitment.

And I am a total and complete novice, and I am finding myself growing and learning, as I posted on my own blog recently, so thank you, Amanda. And I'm MUCH less afraid of triangles, and would be willing to do the star quilt, too!

CONNIE W said...

Since I'm only halfway through, please don't delete the directions for a little while, please? My excuse? the holidays, I wimped out.

Danetta said...

I am sorry to say I am not caught up. I didn't expect to be able to keep up when I started ( I work 2 jobs) but I thought I would be able to do better than this. I'm not discouraged though, I will get there. I too hope you will keep the directions up for a little while. I am loving this.

NanaK said...

I'm behind...have blocks 5, 6, 7 cut out and ready to sew. Tomorrow will cut out this one (#8)....then sew, sew, sew!

Sending my condolances....I did not know of this before now. Take care.

Jan said...

So sorry about your father-in-law. I am caught up except for this one--thanks for taking the time to do this! Am loving the blocks!

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

All caught up and having a wonderful time doing this!!! Thanks so much!

HobbyMommy said...

I'd like to say I'm caught up...but.. alas I've caught a cold instead! I'll get crackin!!

amandajean said...

make and take,

for the triangles-draw a line on your lighter square with a pencil from one corner diagonally to the other corner. pin the two squares together and sew a quarter inch on either side of the line. cut apart. repeat. after sewing, cut apart on the diagonal line, press seams and you should have 4 half square triangle blocks.

let me know if you have further questions. :)

amandajean

amandajean said...

mama urchin,

I have 12 weeks planned.

amandajean said...

to all of you who asked, I do plan on keeping the directions up indefinitely.

donnamarie said...

I'm hoping to get this week's block cut out tonight and sewn tomorrow and then I'll be caught up. I'm still debating whether or not to make 2 of each of the blocks so my quilt will be bigger and I can use more of my stash up!

I was so sorry to hear about your father-in-law - my thoughts are with you and your family.

donnamarie

Roxanne said...

I'm a long way from being caught up, but I'm having a good time being slow!

Heidijayhawk said...

keep your head up sweets!

Lissa Jane said...

Yep apart from this block I am up to date, I am doing two sets at once.. i plan on adding a 13th block so I'll have 25 blocks in total.. I like square quilts, I have a thing about square quilts!

Take care possum.. :O))


Lissa

Marcia said...

I cut out block 7 today and will be caught up completely with block 8 by the end of this week. Thanks for keeping us moving along and all the great pictures and directions.

Anonymous said...

I am not on the list but I am enjoying making the blocks, and "surprise" I am up to date. Thanks so much.
Sorry about your sad loss.
Pat Shep.

Tamera said...

I am caught up to week 6, but I'm planning on catching up today.

I'm sorry for your loss.

de vliegende koe said...

Thanks Amandajean for making another great block, while you have lots of other things on your mind now!

I’ve finished all blocks, so I can start block 8, hurray. They get easier indeed. I struggled with the inches/centimeters, but I’ve figured it out now!

Take care!!

Lissa Jane said...

I have to brag.. not only am I up to date with this block, I have also made my second week 8 block.. will put a pic on my blog this week :O)


Lissa

crunchy peas said...

Well I have to say that I am a bit behind too. The holidays and a broken sewing machine set me back a couple of squares. Not giving up though...

Rachael Adele said...

Yep, I'm up to date. This is a nice excuse for me to buy a new floral fat quarter every week!

Tamera said...

YEAH!

I finished those two blocks and a couple others besides.

Can't wait for next week.

Nitzza said...

I just started visiting your blog. The quilt-along is an awesome idea! I hope to get to it one of these days:)

Em said...

I am SO behind - I think I have some time tonight, maybe I'll get some more blocks done. Thanks so much for doing this! Em

ELIN - "The quilt maiden" said...

I've made 7 blocks so far, so I'm still with you!

Pieces said...

Um, I still haven't started yet. It looks like I have a month to get caught up. My plan is to do a mini-version which means I have a lot of math to do. I have never reduced block patterns before so I really don't know what I'm doing.

Mamaperreca said...

I am up to date. This one looks really cool. Now to decided with fabric to use. AHH!

Sorry about your Father-in-law.

Debi said...

I am caught up also. Thanks for sharing your blocks with us.

deelee said...

I have 5 blocks done. This quilt along has been great for me. I'm using 30's fabrics that I've been collecting for a while and never got around to doing anything with them. I'm looking forward to making more blocks.

Thanks for the inspiration!

arnica said...

Hi, I've done 4 first blocks. Slowly but surely. by the way, my blog address is www.arnica.vuodatus.net

regards Arnica

Julie said...

I have just this moment put block 8 with the other blocks. I am enjoying using my scrap boxes and challenging myself to keep up with the weekly posts. Thanks so much for all your hard work Amanda!

Louise said...

I hope your family is doing well. I'm almost caught up. Done 1-5 and 8. Need to do 6 and 7 and blog 5 and 8. Enjoying it!

Bloom said...

Hi Amandajean. We were very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your father-in-law. You & your family will certainly be in our prayers.

My Mum is chugging along and is up to date with her blocks. They are looking great. Thank you again for taking time to organise this for us all. It is a welcome distraction for my Mum as we too are mourning the loss of my Dad in this last year. Quilting is such wonderful therapy & gives us a sense of peace (mostly, except when those blasted pinwheel joins just won't meet)!! Thinking of you, Bloom.

Lynne said...

I am all caught up and am loving this quilt a-long. I would to join the stars quilt a-long if you go forward with it. Its nice to have a project lined up for you whan life is too busy to have time for planning (that part of the process overwhelms me and I end up like a deer in head lights 0 unable to decide on anything).

debbiejune said...

What a great block. I'm off to do it and stay on track. I look forward to the next block each week.

Di said...

Well I have just jumped int and "joined" - just love the blocks some friends of mine have made so thought I would too - Im nearly up to date with them too
Di

Smurfcentral said...

I have only just found this site I am going to try and do all the weeks in the next week to catch up to all you guys :-)

Karen T. said...

HI,

I am praying for your family today!

I completed block #8 and it is on my blog. :) It was fun!! I am looking forward to all I will learn. Since I am new I decided to do the current block and catch up with the others as I can, hopefully doing at least on "catch up" block per week.

In Christ, Karen T.

Michelle Payne said...

I've been lurking on your blog for a few weeks and I have to tell you have inspired I've been by your weekly quilt blocks, so much so that after my frist class last week I'm going to try making your blocks!

Bro. AJK said...

I whirled my triangular pieces here around the center four-square.