First Snowfall Patchwork Quilt Block

The August edition of online magazine ‘We Like Sewing’ is out now. It looks like this:

photo copyright: We Like Sewing

The magazine has a mixture of sewing projects, including dress-making and patchwork and quilting (see Editor Catherine Eaton’s introduction to the issue at the end of the post to discover what’s included in the magazine this month).

Although the weather is warm in August, canny sewing enthusiasts are already preparing for Autumn – and even for Christmas! As the cover says (at the bottom left-hand side) there is a ‘Christmas Corner’ to encourage you to begin sewing now for the winter holiday period.

Included in the magazine, is ‘First Snowfall Patchwork Quilt Block’ which I contributed. It’s a large block (16 x 16″) which could be incorporated into a variety of projects or could form the basis for a whole ‘snowflake’ quilt.

Here it is made up in white, pale grey and blue with white polka-dots. What colours would you choose?

‘First Snowfall Patchwork Quilt Block’ by Amanda Ogden; photo copyright: We Like Sewing

Here’s the editor Catherine Eaton’s introduction to the August issue of the magazine:

It’s almost time to say goodbye to summer sewing and hello to everything fall! And wow, is this issue packed full of inspiring projects for you to sew.  Start with a wardrobe staple: a classic trench coat by designer Kimberly Payne. Including a gorgeous magenta lining, a timeless camel exterior and available in sizes 0-34, this coat is a must-sew project for the upcoming season. Next, try your hand at quilted wearables with our brand new quilted vest from designer Meg Healy. Featuring deep side pockets, a flattering tie waist and drafting instructions to walk you through the creation process that results in a unique piece sized especially for you.

Have an older shirt or dress that needs a refresh? Why not create an custom oversized collar to layer over your existing piece? The Simple Detachable Statement Collars by designer Janice Bailor will show how simple this process can be. Plus, learn how to update an older dress for summer with a brand new upcycling tutorial from designer Quayln Stark.

And if you ask me, it’s never too early to start holiday sewing. Our brand new Christmas corner section features two inspiring projects to try: First Snowfall Patchwork Quilt Block and Couched Yarn Christmas Tree Pillow. 

Happy Sewing,

So, lots to entice you! Here’s the link to the issue: https://welikesewing.com/toc/magazine-august-2022/


Amanda Jane Textiles offers unique fabrics for sale here, quilt patterns here, classes here and quilts for sale here

‘Watch the Stars’ mystery quilt – August block

Welcome to the August block for the ‘Watch the Stars’ 2022 mystery quilt.

Watch-the-Stars Mystery Quilt 2022 with Amanda Jane Textiles, white lettering on a dark blue background, four yellow on blue star blocks at the bottom

I hope you are enjoying making your star blocks month by month. It has been great to hear from readers who have contacted me about ‘Watch the Stars’. Just look at these beautiful blocks made by Ruth Jones from Edinburgh:

And now for the August block instructions…

A quarter-inch seam is used throughout.

Materials

3 x 3″ white/gold print fabric

4 x 7″ light yellow/white print fabric

6 x 12″ dark yellow print fabric

10 x 6″ navy blue solid fabric

10 x 18″ navy/white print fabric

Cutting

from the white/gold print fabric, cut one square 2½ x 2½”

from the light yellow/white print fabric, cut two squares each 3¼ x 3¼”

from the darker yellow print fabric, cut four squares 2½ x 2½”, four squares each 2⅞ x 2⅞”

from the navy solid fabric, cut four rectangles, each 4½ x 2½”

from the navy/white print fabric, cut two strips each 10½ x 1½”, two strips each 12½ x 1½”, two squares each 3¼ x 3¼”and four squares each 2½ x 2½”

Making the Block

After stitching, press each seam to set the stitches. Then press the seam allowances to one side, as directed below.

1 Cut each of the darker yellow 2⅞ x 2⅞” squares in half, across the diagonal, to create two medium triangles.

2 Cut each of the 3¼ x 3¼” light yellow/white print squares across the diagonal in both directions, to create four small triangles. Cut each of the 3¼ x 3¼” navy/white print squares in the same way.

3 Stitch one small pale yellow/white print triangle to the left of a small blue print triangle. Press the seam allowances to the blue side.

4 Stitch one small pale yellow/white print triangle to the right of a small blue print triangle. Press the seam allowances to the blue side.

5 Join the unit made in step 3 to a medium dark yellow triangle. Press to the dark yellow side.

6 Join the unit made in step 4 to a medium dark yellow triangle. Press to the dark yellow side.

7 Take the unit made in step 5 and join it to the right of a 2½ x 2½” navy/white print square. Press towards the navy square.

8 Take the unit made in step 6 and join it to the left of a darker yellow 2½ x 2½” square. Press towards the darker yellow square.

9 Join the piece made in step 7 to the piece made in step 8. Press towards the navy print square.

10 Join the unit made in step 9 to the left of a 4½ x 2½” navy oblong. Press towards the navy solid.

11 Repeat steps 1-9. Rotate this unit through 90 degrees and join it to the right of the piece completed in step 10. Press towards the navy solid.

12 Join a 4½ x 2½” navy oblong at the short end to a 2½ x 2½” white/gold print square. Add a second 4½ x 2½” navy solid oblong to the right of the white square. Press towards the navy.

13 Join the unit made in step 12 below the one completed in step 9. Press towards the centre row.

14 Repeat steps 3-11. Rotate the completed unit through 180 degrees.

15 Add the unit made in step 14 below the piece completed in step 13.

16 Join a navy 10½ x 1½” strip to each side of the patchwork. Press the seam allowances outwards. Join a navy 12½ x 1½” strip to the top and bottom of the patchwork. Press the seam allowances outwards.

Press well and set aside.


Amanda Jane Textiles offers unique fabrics for sale here, quilt patterns here, classes here and quilts for sale here

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