Simple Scrappy Sampler :: Quick & Easy Block Tool by C&T Publishing

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-16-blocksAs things start winding up in the spring {we’re no longer trapped in our house by cold and snow, yay!}, I’ve decided it’s time to take a little break from the Simple Scrappy Sampler. I may make up a block or two here and there, but I have some other projects that have been pushed to the back burner and need to get completed. However, if you would like to keep up your block making, I have a fabulous resource to share with you, the Quick & Easy Block Tool by C&T Publishing.

While I’ve been using Electric Quilt 7 for most of my blocks, I recently discovered this app through friends on Instagram and it is great for any block that is divisible by 4. It includes 5 sizes for each block. Blocks divisible by 4 have 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″ and 12″. Blocks divisible by 3 have 3″, 6″, 9″, 12″ and 15″ {which don’t work for this 8″ quilt, so I am still running those blocks through EQ7}.

IMG_1153Here’s a screen shot I took of the app from my iPad, this is for the Broken Dishes block we did a couple weeks ago. Now, I don’t always assemble my blocks the same way, but it is still useful to find blocks and not have to run back and forth to the computer, I can just have the iPad at my sewing table.

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I’ve been hesitant to share this tool because I know not everyone who reads blogs uses a smart phone or tablet. However, when I looked it up this morning, I was delighted to find that this is available as an e-book and paper book too! So, it really is a handy and affordable resource for nearly everyone.

I think this is one of my new favorite resources! Have you had a quilting resource or tool find recently that you’d like to share? I’m always looking for amazing new things!

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 12}

King's Crown

Thanks for all your well wishes last week! I’m pretty much back to normal, and just catching up on laundry and everything else. And I know everyone says time flies, but as my kids get older, it really does go even faster! So, here’s this weeks block, King’s Crown. I cut into my Katy Jump Rope, my very first designer fabric purchase. Yes, I’ve had this fabric for almost 7 years and never cut into it! But it feels good to have cut it!

Block 22

Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the block:

King’s Crown: I used the same methods as last week.

I know this is a short post, but it’s better than nothing! I don’t think I’ll have any blocks next week, with Easter and we’re participating in The Stash-Busting Blog Hop with Retro Mama and Stitch Craft Create {you can check the schedule here!}

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 11}

Buzzard's-RoostSince I’m apparently having the cold that never ends, I’ve only got one block for you this week: Buzzard’s Roost. First, I was going to make this block mostly pink with the mint for the flying geese, but in my distracted cutting, I cut the squares/rectangles reversed. So, I recut the center square in mint and I think it’s a happy mistake now because I love that mint print so much.

Block 21

Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the block:

Buzzard’s Roost: I sewed slightly to the outside of the drawn line on the 2 1/2″ squares. Then, when I trimmed and pressed them they turned out more square without any excess. I will be doing this from now on.

I know this is a short post, but it’s better than nothing! Maybe I’ll even have 3 blocks next week…

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 10}

Right-and-LeftI really love this print from Bliss, so I was glad to find a little bit different quilt block that also utilized larger pieces, but in a different way than most of the blocks I’ve done before, this one is called Right and Left.

WindowsI seem to be drawn towards paisley this week, and the Windows block is no exception. Since my quilt looks mainly blue, red, and pink, but has some other colors, I am working on broadening it out. I don’t want to get to the end and find there are two green blocks!

Block 19 and 20Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Right and Left: I cut my quarter square triangle (QST) blocks  to 5 1/2″ and then sewed them. Then, I marked the center of each side of the larger square and put the QST seam there, then trimmed the whole block down.

Windows: Again, I cut the QST blocks to 5 1/2″. When you cut them this way, it actually makes two of the hourglass center blocks, so I just sewed up the extra one and will make a pincushion or something. I’m sure you could figure out how not cut without making the extra block, but EQ7 wasn’t helping me and I just wanted to get it done without making a mistake.

week-10-blocksHere are the last two weeks of blocks, you can see all the older blocks here. It is funny just to see these four on my design wall, since the others are put away for now. Maybe someday I’ll have a space large enough to put more than a few blocks on the wall! But, this works great for now. And, we’re almost 1/4 of the way done {the finished, queen sized qulit, should have 85 blocks!}. Yay, I cannot believe this is really coming together. Maybe it will be finished before we move next year!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 9}

bow-tieOne of my reasons for choosing an 8″ sampler is to be able to use some of my bigger prints and still see the print. So, I used one of my all time favorite Ruby prints for this Bow Tie block and I love that you can really see the print.

Dutchman's-PuzzleThe next block is the Dutchman’s Puzzle. I had a bit of a hard time getting this one square, I’m debating remaking it, but just not sure. I’m worried about the integrity of the quilt if the blocks are a little wonky. So, we’ll see if I leave it. I’ve already remade my Rolling Stone block because this is my dream quilt.

Block 17 and 18Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Bow Tie: I drew a line on the 2 1/2″ squares and then sewed along that line and trimmed to 1/4″ seam allowance. This is a great blocks to showcase larger prints.

Dutchman’s Puzzle: I used the same method as for the Bow Tie, which left me with lots of little triangles. However. I had a hard enough time getting this block finished neatly, I know it would have ended up wonky if I’d done a different method!

18-blocksI laid out all my blocks this week and took a picture, since my mini design wall was full. Now I’ve packed up the first 16 blocks and will start with these new ones. I’m really enjoying how this is coming together. I am going to keep going with the PDFs since more people are expressing interest. I really appreciate your comments letting me know you’re interested!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal.