The Cozy Afternoon BOM starts today! If you've signed up to sew along, you should have already received an email from Jacquelynne with the patterns for the first two blocks. If you haven't signed up .... what are you waiting for????? It's FREE!!! And it's FUN!!! Go HERE NOW to sign up :*)
You can see Jacquelynne's wonderful blocks #1 and #2 on her blog post today HERE, and see how gorgeous they look in her fabric choices. (She does still have a few fabric kits, but they're going fast so get one while you can!!!) Her post shows many different ways to make the fun and easy blocks - applique, embroidered, or even just pieced with a yummy focus fabric!
All of Jacquelynne's guest bloggers are also posting the first two blocks today - including me! :*) You can find all those super friendly, helpful guest bloggers listed below! And as always, stick around to the end of this post, because Jacquelynne is offering a SUPER GIVEAWAY PACKAGE!!!
As I shared in an earlier post, my plan is to continue using the Laurel Burch panel cats that I used in Sew Sweet Simplicity last year...
|Yes, I had to change the corners of the top block so it would "chain" with the others :*)|
And by the way, if you missed out on the Sew Sweet Simplicity sew-along, don't fret! You can still get the patterns at a very small cost from Jacquelynne's Shop HERE!
When I realized that the blocks for Cozy Afternoon (CA) are all rounded in design, I thought they would be perfect to set in between the SSS blocks - and I was right as you will see :*)
The first CA block is a super simple strip design. Here are all my pieces cut and ready to go ....
It was a snap to simply sew those four hot-colored strips together in the order I liked best and then cut them into the required sized chunks for the block design ....
These bright fabrics make a very colorful frame for this gorgeous Laurel Burch Cat, don't they?
There will be TONS of color and activity going on in this quilt, so I've decided to use this calming purple dot with black to make corner HST's on all of these CA blocks to pull it together. I'll share more on my thoughts on that later :*)
I used Jacquelynne's instructions for making these hst's and then squared them up using my favorite new tool, the 6-1/2" Bloc-Loc ruler. I'll explain more about these rulers in a little more depth later in this post :)
Here is my completed Block #1 .....
I just LOVE IT!!!
Lots of bright colorful hst's for this block! First we make four hst diamond blocks - these were so fun!!!
You might notice that instead of pressing these seams open as Jacquelynne suggests, I decided to press mine to one side because I may end up quilting this block by stitching in the ditch (SID) and will need that fabric under the stitching if I do. If you don't think you'll be using SID for your quilting, then pressing the seams open is definitely the way to go! You can see in the top right photo that I also alternated the pressing direction on these so they would "nest" nicely for me when it came time to assemble the units....
I also used a Bloc-Loc ruler on these smaller units - my 2-1/2" ruler was perfect for the job!
In the top two pictures, you can see that you simply line up the diagonal seam with the "groove" in the ruler and trim the first two sides, leaving room to turn and trim the remaining two sides to finish it up to a perfect square. See how nicely that diagonal is kept true? That makes for perfect hst's, and no tips floating or cut off when you stitch them together - pure bliss!!!
These rulers are a little pricey, but I have found them to be well worth it. They are available in many sizes, but I actually use the 6-1/2" ruler for most applications because it will square up any size hst that size or smaller. I couldn't resist picking up the 2-1/2" ruler at Quiltfest this year because I knew it would be a pretty common, much-used size - and I must admit, it is a luxury to have that convenience :*) HERE is the Bloc-Loc site if you are interested in checking them out.
Once all the little hst diamonds were finished up and looking oh-so-adorable, Jacquelynne has us twist them around one clockwise turn around the block for additional interest - notice how each fabric travels around to a different position on each diamond? I really like this fun effect!
Sooooo back to the star of this block - the Laurel Burch Cat! I chose to use this wonderful feline for the center of Block #2 .... it takes me back to my groovy 70's days :*) Flower Power baby!!!
And here is my completed block ....
Again, I love it!!!
Isn't this a FUN block?
And here is my Design Wall with the two new blocks added ...
|The circle shows where I fixed the corners of that center top block so it "chains"|
I hope my blocks will offer some inspiration as you start to play with your Cozy Afternoon version! Be sure to share your blocks with us on Instagram at #CozyAfternoonQuilt - spread the inspiration!!!
Block #3 will be released July 13, so be sure to come on back !!!
And now, for the GIVEAWAY you've all been waiting for!!! This awesome Digital Pattern Package from Jacquelynne is going to the winner of my giveaway!!! For your chance to win, leave me a comment telling me what you like to do best on a "cozy afternoon" - and keep it clean LOL!!! If you are a follower, you can have a second chance to win by leaving a second comment letting me know how you follow!!! The giveaway is open to all readers, domestic and international, and will end at midnight on Saturday, June 20.
Now - head on over to visit the other Cozy Afternoon guest bloggers - you'll be glad you did!!! See their creative versions of the CA blocks, and get more chances to win the super GIVEAWAY!!!
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