Sunday, December 31, 2017

Jake's Christmas present chronicles summer of '17

Jake, summer 2017 at Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan

by Linda Theil

I made Jake's Christmas present this year using Blurb's bookmaking program BookWright. I've used this free, and easy-to-use, program to make many books that are available on-demand from the Blurb site

I took photos at the Warren Dunes State Park in southwest Michigan this August, so I put together a picture book using these and other photos that Alisa and I had taken over the summer. Alisa helped me put the pages together with photos, dates, and information about Jake's summer of 2017. 

A free view of the entire book, Jake Theil: summer nine 2017 is available online at the blurb site. Or click on the image below to view.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Origami box


Folded box made of pages from Fons & Porter "Scrap Quilting".

I have been making these Origami boxes for a very long time. They are beautiful and elegant and very easy to fold. Start with two squares of paper of any size and by making the box twice, you have both top and bottom that fit easily inside each other. 

The Fons and Porter Love of Quilting TV series featured a box made of pages from a quilting magazine in the "Tips" section of program # 3001 titled "Diagonally Set Log Cabin Quilts". I thought this would be an excellent way to highlight these wonderful little paper boxes that are such a pleasure to create.

There is a very good video of how to create this box at "Classic Origami Box" on Instructables.com, and "Easy Origami Open Box".

I have shown my process here with a page from the Fons & Porter special bonus issue, "Scrap Quilts". I have developed a simple mnemonic to help me remember how to make this box. I say, "Make a blintz, and put it in the cupboard." Once you have done the blintz fold and the cupboard fold, you unfold the ends of the box and refold them into a 3-D configuration that creates the box. 

When this is done, put a piece of tape on the spot where the points come together and you have a very nice gift box, or trinket holder.

How to make an origami box 

Cut a square of paper from a quilting magazine page. An 8.5-inch square will make a 3-inch square box, 1.5-inches deep. Fold the square in half in both directions to determine the center point of the paper. Once the center point has been determined, fold each corner of the paper into the center point to make a configuration that resembles a blintz pastry.

Making the blintz. 

Completed blintz fold.

Fold the blintz in half, both horizontally . . .

. . . and vertically.

Then fold each edge into the center of the blintz to create a cupboard door on the left . . .

. . . and the right -- closing both cupboard doors on the blintz.

Open the cupboard doors and pull out the ends of the construction.

Push in the corners and fold the point of one end into the center of the box.


One end is folded.


Repeat on both ends of the box.

Tape the center points, to hold in position. 

Make two boxes of the same size and carefully fit one box inside the other to make a box top and box bottom.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Interlocked Squares


"Interlocked Squares" quilt block as used in the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild logo
Completed "Interlocked Squares" block using method described in this post.

I found a version of the "Interlocked Squares" quilt block -- similar to the block used in the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild logo -- on the Field Guide to Quilts site. The AMC Quilts site also had an "Interlocking Squares" piecing guide. The AMC site used a piecing plan different from the Field Guide site. The AMC site featured a snowballing technique that I thought simplified the piecing process for this block considerably. I used the snowballing technique featured on the AMC site to lay out a sixteen-inch "Interlocked Squares" block that exactly replicates  the block used in the GAAQG logo shown above. Here is a graphic of the block on 1/4-inch graph paper.

Graphic A: Layout for 16-inch "Interlocked Squares" quilt block as used in the GAAQG logo 

Cut pieces for one "Interlocked Squares" block

To make one "interlocked Squares" block, you will need: (Note: all pieces are 2.5-inches wide, except for 4.5-inch squares.)



Background (white in this demo), 60-inches of 2.5-inch strips and one 9-inch square. Cut 
  • four 8.5-inch long strips
  • four 6.5-inch long stips
  • four 4.5-inch squares

Dark contrast (dark blue in this demo), 46-inches of 2.5-inch strips. Cut
  • four 6.5-inch strips
  • eight 2.5-inch squares

Light contrast (aqua/green in this demo), 48-inches 2.5-inch strips. Cut
  • four 4.5-inch strips
  • twelve 2.5-inch squares
Graphic B: Layout for 1/4-block 16-inch "Interlocked Squares" as used in GAAQG logo. Graph grid is 1/4-inch. Entire 1/4-block shown is 8 x 8 inches square.

Make each quarter block

Pieces needed for one-quarter block of "Interlocked Squares"

For each quarter block, divide each set of cut pieces into one-quarter block squares, as follows:
Background (white)

  • one 8.5-inch strip
  • one 6.5-inch strip
  • one 4.5-inch square
Dark contrast (blue)
  • one 6.5-inch strip
  • two 2.5-inch squares
Light contrast (aqua
  • one 4.5-inch strip
  • three 2.5-inch squares

Graphic C: Graph of 1/4-block of  16-inch "Interlocked Squares" showing piecing layout and joining process.
Grid is 1/4".

Individually stitch each one of five units -- numbered one through five in image above -- that make up one-quarter of the "Interlocked Squares" pieced block. Four of these identical, one-quarter square units, when rotated and stitched together, will make up the entire block as shown in the first diagram titled "Layout for 16-inch 'Interlocked Squares' . . . " pictured in Graphic A at the top of this article.


Unit #1
Sew two 2.5-inch dark contrast squares to one 4.5-inch light contrast strip as shown in Graphic C diagram above. Lay one square, right sides together, on each end of strip, and stitch a diagonal seam in the same direction across each of the two squares. Trim seams to 1/4-inch and press open with seam toward the dark fabric.

Pieces for Unit 1 of each quarter-block for "Interlocked Squares" block
Stitch two squares diagonally across top and bottom.
Unit 1 complete
Unit #2
Lay one 2.5-inch light contrast square, right sides together, on top left corner of of a 4.5-inch background square. Stitch diagonally across corner of square, as shown in Graphic C diagram above. Trim seam to 1/4-inch, press open. (This is called "snowballing" the corner of the square.)
Pieces for Unit 2 of each quarter-block for "Interlocked Squares" block
Snowball 
Trim seam
Press seam. Unit 2 complete

With right sides together, sew unit #1 to unit #2 as shown in Graphic C diagram above.




Unit #3
6.5-inch dark contrast strip

With right sides together, sew unit #3 to top of completed set as shown in Graphic C diagram above.
Piece for Unit 3 of each quarter-block for "Interlocked Squares" block



Unit #4
Snowball by laying one 2.5-inch light contrast square, right sides together, on top of right corner of 6.5-inch background strip. Stitch diagonally across corner of square, as shown in Graphic C diagram above. Trim seam to 1/4-inch, press open. 
Pieces for Unit 4 of each quarter-block for "Interlocked Squares" block
Snowball
Trim seam
Press seam. Unit 4 complete
With right sides together, sew unit #4 to top of completed set as shown in Graphic C diagram above.

Unit #5
Snowball by laying one 2.5-inch light contrast square to bottom of 8.5-inch background strip. Stitch diagonally across corner of square, as shown in Graphic C diagram above. Trim seam to 1/4-inch, press open. 
Pieces for Unit 5 of each quarter-block for "Interlocked Squares" block
Snowball
Trim seam
Press seam. Unit 5 complete
With right sides together, sew unit #5 to left side of completed set as shown in Graphic C diagram above.





Your quarter-block is complete.

Complete the entire "Interlocked Squares" block


Make three more quarter blocks. Arrange as as shown in the first diagram titled "Layout for 16-inch 'Interlocked Squares' . . . " pictured at the top of this article.
Second quarter-block completed and rotated to create "Interlocked Squares" design
Third quarter-block completed and rotated to create "Interlocked Squares" design
Fourth quarter-block completed and rotated to create "Interlocked Squares" design
Stitch quarter-blocks together:


Right sides together, sew top left and top right quarter together. Press seam and set aside.

Right sides together, sew bottom left and bottom right quarter together. Press seam and set aside.



Right sides together, sew top and bottom half of block together. Press seam and set aside.

Your "Interlocked Squares" quilt block as used in the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild logo is complete.

Twelve of these 16-inch blocks laid in a 3 x 4 grid without sashing or borders 
will make an approximately 46 x 62 inch quilt top.

Future updates

I plan to make the block and create an "interlocked Squares" mini-toot video to publish here in the future.

Resources

http://fieldguidetoquilts.com/0Frontmatter/Home.html





"Interlocked Squares" block at a glance

"Interlocked Squares"quarter-block process -- make four of these quarter blocks to make a complete "interlocked Squares" block.



 Five sections of each quarter-block of "interlocked Squares" block


 Sew sections 1 and 2 together.

 Sew section 3 to 1-2.

 Sew section 4 to 1-2-3.


Sew section 5 to 1-2-3-4.

Make four. Rotate to create square. Sew together to create "Interlocked Squares" block.