olivia’s sampler…quilting & binding

okay…I didn’t make it in under the wire, but I do have it.  today (I mean, yesterday) we packed up to head on down to Faribault for their Quilt Show this weekend.  Olivia is quilted and almost bound…we have some pictures!

Here we go…

we quilted her with white and a medium meander.

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before we trimmed her…

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we opted for cream binding.

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we will wrap it around and stitch it down by machine, but some of you may opt to stitch it down by hand.

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once we have her washed i’ll get some pictures up…probably early next week…

we have several shows and other events coming up this autumn season so be sure to check out our “Events” page to see what going on.

i’ll be posting to instagram and facebook this weekend…so be sure to follow us so you can see some of our new projects that I haven’t had time to post yet.

have a good weekend and happy stitching!

–april&mickey

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Olivia’s Sampler layout

Sorry for the delay…it has been a busy day. 

Layout the blocks, sashing, and cornerstones as follows and piece together.  Quilting and binding tomorrow.
Have a nice evening!
-april

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Olivia’s Sampler, James & Olivia’s Cornerstones

hope you had a chance to finish up the sashing strips.

today we are going to work on the cornerstones.

these little darlings are just so sweet!

James & Olivia’s Cornerstones

find those strips that were cut last week…

Floral (bleached muslin)

2 inch squares cut from end of each 2 inch strip (22–2 inch squares)

3–2 3/8 inch strips

4–1 1/4 inch strips

Solid (unbleached muslin)

3–2 3/8 inch strips

4–1 1/4 inch strips  (this should be 4 not 3…I have changed it in the last post…sorry about that!)

7–2 1/2 inch strips (these are binding strips that can be cut down to 2 1/4 inches…make sure you hold on to these)

 

Cut the 2 3/8 inch strips into 2 3/8 inch squares.

40–floral

40–solid

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Pair up the 2 3/8 inch squares placing a solid face to face with a floral.  Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch down each side.  Cut on drawn line.  Press towards darker fabric.  Repeat for 80.

corner2Piece together the 1 1/4 inch strips…1 floral and 1 solid.  Then crosscut into 2 inch combination squares for a total of 80.

corner3Layout as follows using the 2 inch squares cut last week, 4 half square triangles combinations, and 4 square combinations. 

corner4Piece together 20 cornerstones.

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okay…now that you have the cornerstones done…get ready!  we’ll be back next week with some piecing instructions for the sashing, quilting, and binding.

James & Olivia Cornerstones

then be sure to join us on September 30 for our Christmas Morning Quilt Along.  More information coming along with kits and pictures.

happy stitching!

–april&mickey  {sweetwater}

Olivia’s Sampler, James & Olivia’s Sashing

Good MOrning gentlefolks…mom and I hope you had a wonderful (and safe!) labor day weekend!  it was nice to have a couple days off…in a row.  I worked on a few things –not this post unfortunately…so I am throwing it together this morning at 11am.

instead I worked on a little leftover hexie table runner.  mom was working on a farmhouse jacket and I grabbed bag of papers and mismatched hexies from when I finished up her grandmother’s flower garden last fall/winter.  I had done 1 extra flower and some others extras…I’m not the best with numbers.  I moved them around until I used up all of them and ta da!  a table runner used from leftovers…then a scrap of batting which I zigzagged together and a leftover piece of white muslin.  once I get the machine quilting done…i’ll start building up the etsy shop and posting lots more pictures…

also…I worked on my Lucy Boston crosses…these lovelies are just so lovely!  I have 17 finished and am thinking when I hit about the halfway point i’ll start the piece along~

lastly…be sure to join us September 30th for our Christmas Morning Quilt Along.  mom finished her up…hopefully I can get her quilted…then get kits out and ready to go!

christmas morning

Now…on to the good stuff!  I decided to split the sashing & cornerstones into 2 posts.  this week we will cut for both the sashing and the cornerstones but only work on the sashing…next week we’ll finish up with the cornerstones.  then lastly, Tuesday, September 16 we’ll have a short quilting/binding post.

First before cutting any sashing…trim all blocks to the same size…if possible.  blocks should measure 12 1/2 inches…however, ours have measured closer to 12 1/4.

James & Olivia’s Sashing

Yardage for sashing & cornerstones…  (yardage is figured at 42/43 inches wide)

1 yard floral (we opted for bleached muslin)

2 1/4 yard solid (we opted for unbleached muslin)  this includes binding…

from the 1 yard cut:

11–2 inch strips

3–2 3/8 inch strips

4–1 1/4 inch strips

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from the 2 1/4 yard cut:

21–2 inch strips

3–2 3/8 inch strips

4–1 1/4 inch strips

7–2 1/2 inch strips for binding (this can be dropped to 2 1/4 inches if you prefer narrower binding)

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Cut 2–2 inch squares off each end of the 11–2 inch floral strips for a total of 22–2 inch squares (set aside for next week) sashing 3

Cut 1 solid 2 inch strip in half and piece to each side of 1 floral strip.

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With remaining 2 inch strips sew a solid strip to each side of floral strips.

sashing5Now cross-cut sashing strips to length of blocks.  Ours were cut at 12 1/4 inches.  Cut a total of 31 combinations.

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be sure to stop back next week for the cornerstones and final journal entries.

James & Olivia’s Sashing

happy stitching!

–april&mickey

Olivia’s Sampler, Gracie Porter {block 12}

Good Morning!  Today is the 12th and final block of Olivia’s Sampler.

I hope you have been following along with us as we travel back to Sweetwater with Olivia and her family and friends.  Today is the final Tuesday of our Olivia’s Sampler summer block of the week!  We first did Olivia’s Sampler ten years ago…it started in September of 2004.  We just had our 10 year anniversary on June 4th, and i thought that doing a little summer throwback would be tons of fun!  So, alas, here we are.

Before we move on to pictures…i have a couple links for you today.

If you are interested in a kit…here is the link… Olivia’s Sampler Floral Kit.  Our kit is for a fat 8th bundle of florals and bleached muslin (which will be used in place of the background in every block and the black on tan floral in the sashing, corner stones, and border), and unbleached muslin (which will be used in place of the solid black in the sashing, corner stones, border and binding).  Our floral bundle will be the same bundle in the kit.

Interested in a civil war kit…drop me a line.  The prints we used in 2004 are no longer available, but i can do my best to get you a kit of fabrics as similar as possible.

If you are interested in reading the intro to Steamer Trunk Treasure…here is link…The Life & Times of Olivia J Cowden.

Today’s block is…

Gracie Porter

4–3 7/8 inch square light
2–3 1/2 inch squares light
8–2 inch squares light  (2 inch strip)
8–2 inch squares dark1 (2 inch strip)
4–3 7/8 inch squares dark2
2–3 1/2 inch squares dark2
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 Place the 3 7/8 inch dark and light squares face to face. Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side. Cut along drawn line. Press and trim.  Repeat.

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Piece together the 2 inch squares (we cut 2 inch strips and pieced them together then crosscut)

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Layout blocks as follows. gracie5
Piece together Gracie Porter block.

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trim blocks to 12 1/2 inches square this includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance for joining them to the sashing.

***no worries if they aren’t coming out that large…ours are coming out to be 12 1/4 inches…as long as they are all about the same size or can be trimmed down to the same size it should all work out well…***

Gracie Porter (civil war)

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Download block instructions and journal entry below.

Gracie Porter

Join us next Tuesday…we will be posting final instructions for a limited time…

***The journal entries and Olivia’s Sampler quilt were written and designed in 2004/2005.***

[if you read this far down…just a heads up…working on getting caught up after the shop hop…still a few meetings to attend then we start getting ready for quilt shows and a shop hop, but i am working on a blog post for tomorrow morning that will jam packed with new fabric, projects, fun extras, along events galore including a new stitch along and a quilt along…but more that tomorrow!]

Olivia’s Sampler, Mabel Avery {block 11}

Good Morning!  Today is block 11 of Olivia’s Sampler.

Today is the 11th Tuesday of our Olivia’s Sampler summer block of the week!  We first did Olivia’s Sampler ten years ago…it started in September of 2004.  We just had our 10 year anniversary on June 4th, and i thought that doing a little summer throwback would be tons of fun!  So, alas, here we are.

Before we move on to pictures…i have a couple links for you today.

If you are interested in a kit…here is the link… Olivia’s Sampler Floral Kit.  Our kit is for a fat 8th bundle of florals and bleached muslin (which will be used in place of the background in every block and the black on tan floral in the sashing, corner stones, and border), and unbleached muslin (which will be used in place of the solid black in the sashing, corner stones, border and binding).  Our floral bundle will be the same bundle in the kit.

Interested in a civil war kit…drop me a line.  The prints we used in 2004 are no longer available, but i can do my best to get you a kit of fabrics as similar as possible.

If you are interested in reading the intro to Steamer Trunk Treasure…here is link…The Life & Times of Olivia J Cowden.

Today’s block is…

Mabel Avery

4–2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangles light
2–4 inch squares light
4–3 inch squares light
2–4 inch squares dark 1
2–5 7/8 inch squares dark 2 (cut both squares in half diagonally once)
4–3 inch squares dark 3
1–2 1/2 inch square dark 3
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Place 1–3 inch square of dark 3 on corner of each 5 7/8 inch triangle.  Sew diagonally then trim.

mabel2Place the 4 inch squares of light and dark 1 face to face.  Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side.  Cut on solid line.  Repeat for 4.  Then cut each diagonally for a total of 8.

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Piece together using combos and 4–3 inch squares light.  Trim to a 1/4 inch seam along bottom.

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Piece together 4 as follows.

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Layout block as follows and piece.mabel5 Mabel Avery block

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trim blocks to 12 1/2 inches square this includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance for joining them to the sashing.

***no worries if they aren’t coming out that large…ours are coming out to be 12 1/4 inches…as long as they are all about the same size or can be trimmed down to the same size it should all work out well…***

 Mae Fleur (civil war)

 

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Download block instructions and journal entry below.

Mabel Avery

Join us next Tuesday as we finish our journey with Gracie Porter.

***The journal entries and Olivia’s Sampler quilt were written and designed in 2004/2005.***

Olivia’s Sampler, Katie Parker {block 10}

Good Morning!  Today is block 10 of Olivia’s Sampler.

If you are joining us for the first time today…this is what’s going on.  Today is the seventh Tuesday of our Olivia’s Sampler summer block of the week!  We first did Olivia’s Sampler ten years ago…it started in September of 2004.  We just had our 10 year anniversary on June 4th, and i thought that doing a little summer throwback would be tons of fun!  So, alas, here we are.

Before we move on to pictures…i have a couple links for you today.

If you are interested in a kit…here is the link… Olivia’s Sampler Floral Kit.  Our kit is for a fat 8th bundle of florals and bleached muslin (which will be used in place of the background in every block and the black on tan floral in the sashing, corner stones, and border), and unbleached muslin (which will be used in place of the solid black in the sashing, corner stones, border and binding).  Our floral bundle will be the same bundle in the kit.

Interested in a civil war kit…drop me a line.  The prints we used in 2004 are no longer available, but i can do my best to get you a kit of fabrics as similar as possible.

If you are interested in reading the intro to Steamer Trunk Treasure…here is link…The Life & Times of Olivia J Cowden.

Today’s block is…

Katie Parker

1–4 1/2 inch square dark
2–4 7/8 inch squares dark
8–2 7/8 inch squares dark
2–4 7/8 inch squares light
2–5 1/4 inch squares light
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 Lay 1–5 1/4 inch light square face up and place 2–2 7/8 inch squares on opposite corners.  Draw a line diagonally from corner to corner.  Sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side.  Cut along drawn line.  Press.

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 Repeat.

Place a 2 7/8 inch square on remaining corner.  Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side.  Cut along solid line.  Press.

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Repeat.

Place the 4 7/8 inch dark and light squares face to face. Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side. Cut along drawn line. Press and trim.  Repeat for 4 half square triangles.

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Layout blocks as follows.

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Piece together Katie Parker block.

katie parker7trim blocks to 12 1/2 inches square this includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance for joining them to the sashing.

***no worries if they aren’t coming out that large…ours are coming out to be 12 1/4 inches…as long as they are all about the same size or can be trimmed down to the same size it should all work out well…***

 Katie Parker (civil war)

katie parker civil war

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Download block instructions and journal entry below.

Katie Parker

Join us next Tuesday as we meet up with Mabel Avery.

***The journal entries and Olivia’s Sampler quilt were written and designed in 2004/2005.***

Olivia’s Sampler, Mae Fleur {block 9}

Good Morning!  Today is block 9 of Olivia’s Sampler.

If you are joining us for the first time today…this is what’s going on.  Today is the seventh Tuesday of our Olivia’s Sampler summer block of the week!  We first did Olivia’s Sampler ten years ago…it started in September of 2004.  We just had our 10 year anniversary on June 4th, and i thought that doing a little summer throwback would be tons of fun!  So, alas, here we are.

Before we move on to pictures…i have a couple links for you today.

If you are interested in a kit…here is the link… Olivia’s Sampler Floral Kit.  Our kit is for a fat 8th bundle of florals and bleached muslin (which will be used in place of the background in every block and the black on tan floral in the sashing, corner stones, and border), and unbleached muslin (which will be used in place of the solid black in the sashing, corner stones, border and binding).  Our floral bundle will be the same bundle in the kit.

Interested in a civil war kit…drop me a line.  The prints we used in 2004 are no longer available, but i can do my best to get you a kit of fabrics as similar as possible.

If you are interested in reading the intro to Steamer Trunk Treasure…here is link…The Life & Times of Olivia J Cowden.

Today’s block is…

Mae Fleur

1–3 7/8 inch square dark
1–6 7/8 inch squares dark
4–3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch rectangles light
4–3 7/8 inch squares light
1–6 7/8 inch square light (sorry i missed this yesterday morning…thanks for letting me know wanda!)
3–3 7/8 inch squares various medium prints

(the rectangles didn’t make it into this picture…you can see them at the top of the next picture though)

mae 1 Place the 6 7/8 inch dark and light squares face to face. Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side. Cut along drawn line. Press and trim.  Repeat with the light and dark 3 7/8 inch squares and the 3 7/8 inch squares light and various medium prints.

mae 2

 

Layout blocks as follows.

mae 3

Piece together Mae Fleur block.  (This is closest to what the block looks like…we used a white muslin for the background.)

mae 4

trim blocks to 12 1/2 inches square this includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance for joining them to the sashing.

***no worries if they aren’t coming out that large…ours are coming out to be 12 1/4 inches…as long as they are all about the same size or can be trimmed down to the same size it should all work out well…***

 Mae Fleur (civil war)

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Download block instructions and journal entry below.

Mae Fleur

Join us next Tuesday as we meet up with Katie Parker, Olivia’s Aunt.

***The journal entries and Olivia’s Sampler quilt were written and designed in 2004/2005.***

Olivia’s Sampler, Dr. William Tate (block 8)

Good Morning!  Today is block 8 of Olivia’s Sampler.

If you are joining us for the first time today…this is what’s going on.  Today is the eighth Tuesday of our Olivia’s Sampler summer block of the week!  We first did Olivia’s Sampler ten years ago…it started in September of 2004.  We just had our 10 year anniversary on June 4th, and i thought that doing a little summer throwback would be tons of fun!  So, alas, here we are.

Before we move on to pictures…i have a couple links for you today.

If you are interested in a kit…here is the link… Olivia’s Sampler Floral Kit.  Our kit is for a fat 8th bundle of florals and bleached muslin (which will be used in place of the background in every block and the black on tan floral in the sashing, corner stones, and border), and unbleached muslin (which will be used in place of the solid black in the sashing, corner stones, border and binding).  Our floral bundle will be the same bundle in the kit.

Interested in a civil war kit…drop me a line.  The prints we used in 2004 are no longer available, but i can do my best to get you a kit of fabrics as similar as possible.

If you are interested in reading the intro to Steamer Trunk Treasure…here is link…The Life & Times of Olivia J Cowden.

Today’s block is…

Dr. William Tate

9–2 7/8 inch squares dark
4–3 1/4 inch squares dark
8–2 7/8 inch squares light

4–3 1/4 inch squares light  dr1   Place the 3 1/4 inch dark and light squares face to face. Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side. Cut along drawn line. Press and trim.

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Layout blocks as follows.

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Piece together Dr. William Tate block.

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I did not realize that i never gave a final size of the block.  the blocks should measure 12 1/2 inches square this includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance for joining them to the sashing.

***no worries if they aren’t coming out that large…ours are coming out to be 12 1/4 inches…as long as they are all about the same size or can be trimmed down to the same size it should all work out well…***

 Dr. William Tate (civil war)

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Download block instructions and journal entry below.

Dr. William Tate

Join us next Tuesday as we meet up with Mae Fleur.

***The journal entries and Olivia’s Sampler quilt were written and designed in 2004/2005.***

Olivia’s Sampler, Sadie & Theoline Hoyt (block 7)

Good Morning!  Today is block 7 of Olivia’s Sampler.

If you are joining us for the first time today…this is what’s going on.  Today is the seventh Tuesday of our Olivia’s Sampler summer block of the week!  We first did Olivia’s Sampler ten years ago…it started in September of 2004.  We just had our 10 year anniversary on June 4th, and i thought that doing a little summer throwback would be tons of fun!  So, alas, here we are.

Before we move on to pictures…i have a couple links for you today.

If you are interested in a kit…here is the link… Olivia’s Sampler Floral Kit.  Our kit is for a fat 8th bundle of florals and bleached muslin (which will be used in place of the background in every block and the black on tan floral in the sashing, corner stones, and border), and unbleached muslin (which will be used in place of the solid black in the sashing, corner stones, border and binding).  Our floral bundle will be the same bundle in the kit.

Interested in a civil war kit…drop me a line.  The prints we used in 2004 are no longer available, but i can do my best to get you a kit of fabrics as similar as possible.

If you are interested in reading the intro to Steamer Trunk Treasure…here is link…The Life & Times of Olivia J Cowden.

Today’s block is…

Sadie & Theoline Hoyt

2–5 7/8 inch squares dark (cut each in half diagonally once for a total of 4 triangles)
2–3 3/8 inch squares dark
4–3 inch squares dark
2–3 3/8 inch squares light
4–3 3/8 inch squares light (cut each in half diagonally once for a total of 8 triangles)
5–3 inch squares light
 sadie and theoline1

 Place the3 3/8 inch dark and light squares face to face. Draw a line diagonally and sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side. Cut along drawn line. Press and trim. sadie and theoline2

Layout blocks as follows.

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Piece together block corners and squares as follows.

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Piece together Sadie & Theoline Hoyt block.

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I did not realize that i never gave a final size of the block.  the blocks should measure 12 1/2 inches square this includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance for joining them to the sashing.

***no worries if they aren’t coming out that large…ours are coming out to be 12 1/4 inches…as long as they are all about the same size or can be trimmed down to the same size it should all work out well…***

 Sadie & Theoline Hoyt (civil war)

sadie and theoline civil war

olivia2

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Download block instructions and journal entry below.

Sadie & Theoline Hoyt

Join us next Tuesday as we meet up with Dr. William Tate.

***The journal entries and Olivia’s Sampler quilt were written and designed in 2004/2005.***