Monday, September 22, 2014

Rankin n' Rollin Mystery 2014 - Step 5


Rankin n’ Rollin Mystery Quilt 2014
Step 5-Part I

Use thirty-six (36) Unit A's
Use seventy-two (72) Unit F's
Construct 36 Unit I's, as illustrated below, press as indicated by arrows:
 
 
Unit I – Make 36 (Unit I should measure 3-1/2” x 12-1/2”)
 
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Step 5 – Part J
For  5- fabric quilt:
·       From C2-Light fabric (C2-Light)
o   Cut two (2) 3-7/8” strips
o   From these strips, cut twelve (12) 3-7/8” squares (only two (2) squares are cut from 2nd strip)
o   Cut the squares in half on the diagonal (24 triangles)
·       From Background fabric, cut four (4) 3-1/2" squares, label squares “R” and set aside

For scrap-fabric quilt 

·       From C2-Light fabrics
o   Cut twelve (12) 3-7/8” squares
o   Cut the squares in half on the diagonal (24 triangles)
·       From Background fabrics, cut four (4) 3-1/2" squares, label squares “R” and set aside

Using the twenty-four (24) C1 Units saved in Step 2, sew the twenty-four (24) C2-Light triangles to the long side, press to C2-Light:
 
 
           Unit J – Make 24 (Unit J should measure 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”)
 
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Step 5-Part K 

Use 34 Unit D's 

Use 17 Unit E's 

Construct 17 Unit K's, as illustrated below, press as indicated by arrows:
  
 
Unit K – Make 17 (Unit K should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2")
 
 

Rankin n' Rollin Mystery 2014 - Step 4


Rankin n’ Rollin Mystery Quilt 2014
Step 4-Part G

For 5- fabric quilt:
·       Background Fabric
o   Cut two (2) 4-1/4” strips
o   From these strips, cut eighteen (18) 4-1/4” squares
·       Color Two Light (C2-Light)
o   Cut two (2) 4-1/4” strips
o   From these strips, cut eighteen (18) 4-1/4” squares
·       Color One Dark (C1-Dark)
o   Cut four (4) 3-7/8” strips
o   From these strips, cut thirty-six (36) 3-7/8” squares
o   Cut the squares in half on the diagonal (72 triangles)       

For scrap-fabric quilt 

·       From various Background fabrics
o   Cut twenty-four (24) 4-1/4” squares
·       From various C2-Light fabrics
o   Cut twenty-four (24) 4-1/4” squares
·       From C1-Dark fabrics
o   Cut thirty-six (36) 3-7/8” squares
o   Cut the squares in half on the diagonal (72 triangles)
 
Use this method to control the fabric placement so that the BG and C2L fabrics are always in the orientation shown below (Unit G1).  With right sides together, put a BG square with a C2-Light square, using a pencil, mark the lighter side from corner to corner on both diagonals as shown in diagram below.  Begin sewing in upper left corner ¼” from marked line as indicated by black arrows, stop at intersecting diagonal line and move to the other side of the line and continue sewing.  Rotate block and sew in the same manner as indicated by red sewing line. Cut apart on the solid diagonal lines, pressing seams on each unit toward the darker fabric.

 

 
Unit G1 – Make 72
 
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Using the 72 G1 Units, sew the seventy-two (72) C1-Dark triangles to the long side, press seams to darker unit.

Unit G2 – Make 72
The unit should measure 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” square
Step 4 – Part H
For 5-fabric quilt
·       Background Fabric
o   Cut seven (7) 6-1/2” strips
o   From these strips cut sixty-eight (68) 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles
 
Set aside 34 rectangles (label them BG-H rectangles)
 
For scrap-fabric quilt
·       From various BG fabrics
o   Cut sixty-eight (68) 3-1/2”” x 6-1/2” rectangles
 
      Set aside 34 rectangles (label them BG-H rectangles)
 
Using the remaining thirty-four (34) BG-H rectangles, sew a B1 Unit to one 3-1/2” end, and a B2 Unit to the other 3-1/2” end, as illustrated, press to BG-H rectangles
 
 
Unit H – Make 34
The units should measure 3-1/2” x 12-1/2”


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rankin n' Rollin Mystery 2014 - Step 3

Step 3-Part E
For 5- fabric quilt:
·       Background Fabric
o   Cut four (4) 2” strips
·       Color One Dark (C1-Dark)
o   Cut two (2) 3-1/2” strips 

Sew a BG strip on top of each C1-Dark Strip
Sew a BG strip on bottom of each C1-Dark Strip

·       Press seams towards Dark Strip
·       Cut these into seventeen (17) 3-1/2” units which will measure 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” 

For scrap-fabric quilt 

·       From various Background fabrics
·       Cut thirty-four (34) 2” x 3-1/2” rectangles
·       From various C1-Dark fabrics
·       Cut seventeen (17) 3-1/2” squares 

Sew one BG rectangle to the left side and one BG rectangle to the right side of each C1-Dark square, press toward C1-Dark

 
Unit E – Make 17 (Unit E should measure 3-1/2” x 6-1/2”)
 
Step 3 – Part F 
For 5-fabric quilt 
·       Background (BG) Fabric
o   Cut four (4) 3-7/8” strips
·       Color Two Dark (C2-Dark)
o   Cut four (4) 3-7/8” strips
·       Layer BG strips with the C2-Dark strips, right sides together (4-layered strip sets)
o   From the strip sets, cut thirty-six (36) 3-7/8" squares
For scrap-fabric quilt
·       From various BG fabrics
o   Cut thirty-six (36) 3-7/8” squares
·       From various C2-Dark fabrics
o   Cut thirty-six (36) 3-7/8” squares
 
On the wrong side of the lighter of the two fabrics, mark a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Sew ¼” on both sides of the diagonal.  Cut apart on the drawn line to create 72 half square triangles, press toward C2-Dark
 
Unit F – Make 72 (Unit F should measure 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Constructing Split Quarter Square/Half Square Triangle units



How to construct a unit (3-1/2" square) that has a half-square triangle on one side and a quarter-square triangle on the other (using colors white, blue and brown, for the example)

Step 1.  Start with a 4-1/4" White (Background) square, a 4-1/4" Blue Square, and two (2) 3-7/8" Brown squares


Step 2.  Layer the White Square on top of the Blue Square


Step 2.  Mark lines on both diagonals from corner to corner


Step 3.  The background should have an "X" drawn as shown below


Step 4.  Using a 1/4" foot and starting with the diagonal line which begins at the upper left corner, sew 1/4" to the right of the line, stopping at the intersecting diagonal line (if you don't have a 1/4" foot, draw sewing lines 1/4" to the right and left of each diagonal line to mark the stitching line)


 Step 5.  Lift presser foot and jog over 1/4" to the left side of the diagonal line and sew to lower right corner 





Step 6.  The sewn first diagonal line (blue thread)


 Step 7.  Turn square a quarter turn and sew the second diagonal line in the same way as the first--to the right of the first half of the diagonal line and to the left of the second half (red thread)
 Step 8.  Cut apart on both diagonal lines


 Step 9.  Press to Blue fabric


 Step 10.  This creates four (4) partial Units (the quarter-square half of the finished unit) "QSH"


 Step 11.   Cut the two (2) 3-7/8" C2 Brown squares in half on one diagonal


creating 4 half-square triangles

Step 12.  Sew each QSH unit to a Brown triangle



Step 13.  Press toward Brown triangle


 Step 14.  Cut off "dog-ears"



Step 15.  Each set will produce four (4) Split Quarter Square/Half Square Triangle Units


 A new (to me) tool for creating these units and a tutorial for using the tool and creating the units may be found at Nancy's Quilt Designs here:

http://nancysquiltdesigns.com/whirlwind-whiz-amazing-quarter-square-triangle-tool/

No affiliation, and I don't have this tool, but it looks like it would make the process of making these units very straightforward.  I may need to order one!

Rankin n' Rollin' Mystery 2014 - Step 2


Rankin n’ Rollin Mystery Quilt 2014

Step 2-Part C

For  5- fabric quilt
·        Background Fabric
o   Cut three (3) 4-1/4” strips
o   From these strips, cut twenty-four (24) 4-1/4” squares
·        Color One Light (C1-Light)
o   Cut three (3) 4-1/4” strips
o   From these strips, cut twenty-four (24) 4-1/4” squares
·        Color One Dark (C1-Dark)
o   Cut four (4) 3-7/8” strips
o   From these strips, cut thirty-six (36) 3-7/8” squares
o   Cut the squares in half on the diagonal (72 triangles)   

For scrap-fabric quilt

·        From various Background fabrics
o   Cut twenty-four (24) 4-1/4” squares
·        From various C1-Light fabrics
o   Cut twenty-four (24) 4-1/4” squares
·        From C1-Dark fabrics
o   Cut thirty-six (36) 3-7/8” squareso   Cut the squares in half on the diagonal (72 triangles)
 
Use this method to control the fabric placement so that the BG and C1-Light fabrics are always in the orientation shown below. With right sides together, put a BG square with a C1-Light square, using a pencil, mark the lighter fabric from corner to corner on both diagonals as shown in diagram below.  Begin sewing in upper left corner ¼” to the right of marked diagonal line as indicated by black arrows, stop at intersecting diagonal line, move your needle to the other side of the line and sew ¼" to the left of marked line.  Rotate block and sew in the same manner on the red diagonal line.  Cut apart on the solid diagonal lines, pressing seams on each unit to C1-Light fabric.  Each set of sewn squares will yield 4 C1 units with the straight-of-grain running along the 2 shorter sides of the triangle, and the bias running on the long edge of the triangle.

                   Unit C1 - Make 96





 Set aside 24 C1 units to be used in another step
Using the remaining 72 C1 Units, sew the seventy-two (72) C1-Dark triangles to the long side, press to C1-Dark:





            Unit C2 – Make 72 (Unit C2 should measure 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”)

Step 2 – Part D

For 5-fabric quilt
 
·        Background Fabric
o   Cut two (2) 3-1/2” strips
·        Color One Light (C1-Light)
o   Cut two (2) 2” strips
·        Color Two Light (C2-Light)
o   Cut two (2) 2” strips
Sew a C1-Light Strip on top of each BG Strip
Sew a C2-Light Strip on bottom of each BG Strip
·        Cut these into thirty-four (34) 2” units which will measure 2” x 6-1/2”

For scrap-fabric quilt

·        From various BG fabrics
o   Cut thirty-four (34) 2” x 3-1/2” rectangles
·        From various C1-Light fabrics
o   Cut thirty-four (34) 2” squares
·        From various C2-Light fabrics
o   Cut thirty-four (34) 2” squares 

Sew one C1-Light square to left end of each BG rectangle and one C2-Light square to right end of each BG rectangle, press toward the C1-Light and C2-Light fabrics

 
 
Unit D – Make 34 (Unit D should measure 2” x 6-1/2”)

Rankin n' Rollin Mystery 2014 - Step 1


Rankin n’ Rollin Mystery Quilt 2014

All Unit measurements will include seam allowances, unless otherwise noted

Step 1-Part A
For  5- fabric quilt

·        Background Fabric
o   Cut four (4) 7-1/4” strips
o   From these strips, cut eighteen (18) 7-1/4” squares
·        Color One Light (C1-Light)
o   Cut eight (8) 3-7/8” strips
o   From these strips, cut seventy-two (72) 3-7/8” squares  

For scrap-fabric quilt 
 
·        From various Background fabrics
o   Cut eighteen (18) 7-1/4” squares
·        From various C1-Light fabrics
o   Cut seventy-two (72) 3-7/8” squares 

Unit A – make 72
Construct seventy-two (72) Flying Geese units, using the No-Waste method.  There is a good tutorial of this method at http://www.patchpieces.com (click on tab “Sharing Patch”, and then on “No Waste Flying Geese Shortcut”) (No affiliation, but a very good tutorial)

 


                               Unit A (Unit A should measure 6-1/2” x 3-1/2”)
Step 1-Part B
For 5-fabric quilt
 

·        Background Fabric
o   Cut seven (7) 2” strips (cut one strip in half)
·        Color One Light (C1-Light)
o   Cut four (4) 2” strips (cut one strip in half)
·        Color Two Light (C2-Light)
o   Cut four (4) 2” strips (cut one strip in half)

    Unit B1 – make 34
Strip piece 3-1/2 C1-Light strips to 3-1/2 BG strips, subcut strips into sixty-eight (68) 2” units, then join these into thirty-four (34) four-patch units
 
    Unit B2 – make 34
Sew 3-1/2 C2-Light strips to 3-1/2 BG strips, subcut strips into sixty-eight (68) 2” units, then join these into 34 four-patch units

For scrap-fabric quilt
·      From various Background fabrics
o Cut one hundred thirty-six (136) 2” squares
·      From various Color One Light fabrics (C1-Light)
o Cut sixty-eight (68) 2” squares
·      From various Color Two Light fabrics (C2-Dark)
o Cut sixty-eight (68) 2” squares

Unit B1 – make 34
      Construct 34 four-patch units from BG fabrics and C1-Light Fabrics
 
      

Unit B2 – make 34

Construct 34 four-patch units from BG fabrics and C2-Light Fabrics

 
 Units B-1 and B-2 should measure 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”


There is a good tutorial on making these here:


Just remember to use the measurements given above (beginning with 2" strips) rather than using the measurements given in the tutorial (beginning with 2-1/2" strips) (Again, no affiliation, but an excellent tutorial)

 

Rankin n' Rollin Mystery Quilt 2014 - Fabric Requirements


 
Rankin 'n Rollin Along
 
MHV Rankin Quilt Club
Mystery #1
 
Where to begin:
 
Quilt Size:      66" x 90"
 
FABRIC Requirements:
 
4-1/8 yards      Background
2-1/8 yards      Light Color 1
1-5/8 yards      Dark Color 1
1 yard              Light Color 2
½ yard             Dark Color 2
 
·                 Choose two colors you like together (e.g., Red/Yellow, Blue/Green, Violet/Red, Blue/Orange, Red/Green, Yellow/Purple, Brown/Turquoise, etc.), actually any two colors you really like together;
·                 Pick two distinct values of both colors (e.g., for a Blue/Green combination, you might choose a Medium Blue, a Light Blue, a Medium-Dark Green and a Medium-Light Green (keeping in mind that value is relative, i.e., what might be dark to you will be medium to another), the important part here is that everything plays well together, but they each have something about them that makes them enough different from the others that you can still tell them apart;
·                 Choose a background color that makes your other colors sing;
·                 You may also use your stash to make the quilt.  For example, say you pick a Medium-Dark Purple for your Dark Color 1, take that piece of fabric and look through your stash for other Medium-Dark Purples that are very similar to the first fabric pulled in color and value, then continue to pull Medium-Dark Purples in this manner until you have 1-5/8 yards of this color/value; proceed in the same manner for each of the remaining color/values; then pick your background fabrics in the same manner (e.g., you decide you like a creamy beige with your pulled fabrics, pull out all your creamy beige fat quarters (for instance) and use them all.
This quilt should work in many different styles, so if you want to go with thirties, civil war reproductions, brights, novelties, spring, winter, trendy, you name it, it should work as long as you are careful in picking two distinct values of each of your two colors, and then pick a background color that shows them all off.