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Scrappy Swoon Quilt Along: Sections 9 & 10 (plus an announcement!)

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Welcome back everyone for our last week of piecing little squares!  Last week we knocked out the last of our colored squares and today’s tutorial will take care of the remaining background squares.  But before we get started, a bit of good news!

The wonderful group at Fat Quarter Shop has offered a fat quarter bundle of Jeni Baker’s new collection, Color Me Retro for one of you!

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Just finish your quilt by March 11th to be entered in the giveaway.  I’m so excited to have the Fat Quarter Shop sponsor this quilt along and offer a big thank-you to them for their generosity!  Color Me Retro is on my wish list and I’m thrilled that one of you will get a bundle of it.

Ok, with that as an incentive, let’s knock out sections 9 and 10.

Section 9

This section requires 36 – 3.5 inch squares of background fabric.

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Each block will take 9 squares.  Lay them out in a 3 x 3 pattern.

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Sew the squares into three strips of three.

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Sew the strips together to make a 9.5 inch square.

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Make four of this block.

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Done!

Section 10

This section will use your remaining 72 – 3.5 inch squares of background prints.

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Each block will take 18 squares.  Lay them out in three rows of six squares.

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Sew the squares into three rows.

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Sew the three strips together to make a block that is 18.5 inches long and 9.5 inches tall.

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Make four of this block.

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And you’re done!  Now lay them all out to see how it looks…

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Terrific!  Here’s our schedule for the next few weeks:

Monday February 18th:  Instructions for piecing the quilt top together, and measurements for backing.

Monday February 25th:  Basting and quilting

Monday March 4th:  Binding

Monday March 11 – 13:  Link Party!  Link up (or email me pictures of your finished quilt if you don’t have a blog) to be entered in the giveaway.

Thursday March 14th:  Drawing for Color Me Retro bundle.

That’s the schedule!  A few more weeks and you’ll have a finished quilt.  Don’t forget to add your photos to our Flikr group.  For those of you who are on schedule (or ahead), just keep it up.  If you started late, you still have a month to catch up so you can enter.    The photos so far are lovely; I can’t wait to see your finished quilts!

Happy Sewing,
Jennifer

Scrappy Swoon-Along: Sections 7 & 8

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Welcome back to the Scrappy Swoon Quilt Along!  Today’s post will knock out sections 7 and 8.  I can hardly believe how close we’re getting to a finished quilt top!  Let’s get started!

Section 7

Section 7 is another simple patchwork block.  You will need 36 – 3.5 inch squares in your secondary color.  These are the last of your secondary color squares!

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Each block requires 9 – 3.5 inch squares.  Lay them out in a 3 x 3 nine patch pattern as below:

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Sew them into three strips:

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And once again, the strips into a 9.5 inch square block.

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Make 4 of this block.

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These blocks will fill in the corners of the secondary color sections, completing the points on the corners.

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Now we’re done with your secondary color!  Next up is section 8 and the last of our primary color squares as well.

Section 8

Section 8 comprises the last of your half square triangles and the last of your primary color squares.  For this section you’ll need 12 – 3 7/8 inch squares of both your primary color AND your background color. You’ll also need 24 – 3.5 inch squares of both primary and background prints.

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Pair up your 3 7/8 inch squares and make 24 half square triangles.

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Each block will require 3 half square triangles, 3 – 3.5 inch sqaures of background fabrics and 3 – 3.5 inch sqaures of primary color squares.  Line them out in three rows of three with the half square triangles making a diagonal line throught the square.

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Sew the squares into three strips.

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Sew the strips together to make a 9.5 inch square.

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Make 8 of these blocks.  (Remember the stacked paper method from section 4!)

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These blocks will be placed along each side of the section 6 blocks.

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OK.  There we go!  Finished with all the half square triangles (and we’ve made a lot of those!) and finished with your primary and secondary colors.  Next Monday we’ll wrap up the background fabric with blocks 9 & 10.  I’ve had so much fun watching all the color combinations and fabric choices popping up in the flikr group.  Keep them coming!  Can you believe you’re almost done?  Have a great week!

Jennifer

Scrappy Swoon-Along: Sections 5 & 6

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Welcome back to the Scrappy Swoon-along!  Today we’ll tackle sections 5 and 6.

Section 5

This is a simple patchwork section which will come together quickly.  For section 5 you’ll need 72 – 3.5 inch squares of your secondary color.

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Each block will require 18 squares, laid out in three rows of six squares each as seen below:

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Piece the blocks together in to three strips.

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Then piece the three rows together to make a block that is 18.5 inches long and 9.5 inches tall.

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Make four of these blocks.

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The section 5 blocks will sit on each side of the star between the section 4 blocks you made last week.

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I love the way the center star really pops when it’s completely surrounded by the secondary color.  So pretty!  Let’s start the next section…

Section 6

Section six will require 12 – 3 7/8 inch squares of both your background fabric AND your secondary fabric.  You’ll also need 24 – 3.5 inch squares of both background and secondary fabrics.

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Again, pair up each 3 7/8 inch background square with a 3 7/8 inch secondary color square to make 24 half square triangles.

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Each block will require 6 half square triangles, 6 – 3.5 inch background squares and 6 – 3.5 inch secondary color squares.  The layout of this block is the same as section two, except you’re using the secondary color instead of your primary color.  Once more we’re making three rows of six squares with the half square triangles forming the “v” for a patchwork flying geese block.

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Again, sew the squares into three strips of six squares, then press.

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Piece the three rows together to make an 18.5 inch by 9.5 inch block.

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Make 4 of these blocks.

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Section six forms the outer block in the center of each side of the quilt.  It’s getting big!  Now we just have to fill in the corners.

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Hooray!  We’re more than half way finished with this quilt top.  Only two more weeks of piecing to go and then we’ll put it all together.  It’s been great to see your beautiful quilts taking shape in the flikr group.  So many fantastic color combinations and fabric choices.  I hope these sections come together quickly for you and that you enjoy making them.     See you next Monday!

Happy Sewing,
Jennifer

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