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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Aztec Dance BOM - Month 2


Welcome back to Month 2 of the Aztec Dance Block of Month.  I hope you enjoyed making your Month 1 block.  If you are new and would like to read all about Month 1, you can read about right here.

You can purchase Block 2 Here.  Remember, you have two options for buying the pattern. First, My website is set up for both Printed and Downloadable PDF versions. For my International customers, I have an Etsy website.

Also, Today 7/16, at 3:30 pm, I will be doing a Live Tutorial on the block and discussing how to make each of its elements. Plus answering any questions, my Quilting Affection Design Block of the Month Facebook Group.   


Let's get started with Month 2's Tutorial.





Month 2 is now available for purchase. The tools you will need for this month's block are the Tucker Trimmer and Square Squared tools. This block makes into 6" (Wall) and 9" (Queen). 

For this month's block, you will be making two different types of Diamond in Square units. Additionally, you will be introduced to the Triangle Pizazz units that use your Tucker Trimmer tools.

Diamond in a Square


Last month we made Diamond in Square units (read the blog post), this month we will continue to make them, plus we will be making Dual Color Diamond in Square units.

Dual-color Diamond in a Square is made the same exact way that standard Diamond in a Square is made, except we will be using two different colors.


After your center square is cut, you will cut your tan and Gold squares in half diagonally to make triangles. Place a Tan and Gold triangle on opposite sides of each other. Stitch and press away from the center square. Remember to stitch the center square with the triangle on the bottom. 



Next, add another Tan and Gold triangle on the opposite side of each other. Then Stitch, Press, and trim just like you would with a regular Diamond in a Square unit. 



Triangle Pizazz A units


Now we need to introduce the Triangle Pizazz technique. This technique uses the Tucker Trimmer tool and is based on the Triangle Pizazz Technique Sheet.  If you like this technique, you can purchase the Technique Sheet on my website. 


Start by drawing a diagonal stitching line on a Gold Square. Position the Gold Square on one end of the Tan rectangles with the right side facing each other. The diagonal line should run the top left corner to the right (see above picture).  Stitch on the diagonal line, trim the excess 1/4" from the stitching line. Press away from the rectangle. 




Position two of the A rectangle units, as shown above, and stitch the pair together along the sides of the rectangles.



Snip the seam allowance at the halfway between the two triangles all the seam allowance.  Press the seams in opposite directions away from the triangle.  

Using a ruler with a 45° angle mark.  Place the 45° line on the edge of the unit and Draw a 45° sewing line on the wrong sides of the unit.  Making sure the line runs from top to bottom and goes through the corner of the triangle where the stitching lines meet.  Draw a second line on the opposite side of the unit through the other triangle.



Center the unit on a Blue Rectangle, and stitch on the lines.


Cut a 1/4" from the stitch lines on both sides. Press toward the blue larger triangle.



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Left Handed


Position the sizing diagonal of the Tucker Trimmer over the unit, so that is lines up with the unit size diagonal seam line of the Triangle Pizazz and assuring the common diagonal lines up with the triangle at the center. Trim the first two sides.

Right Handed

Left Handed
 Rotate the unit 180° and line up the Tucker Trimmer over the unit again, aligning up the diagonals and cut sizes with the previously trimmed edges and trim.


Triangle Pizazz Unit B

The Triangle Pizazz Unit B, it made the same way as Unit A, but the starting small triangles are rotated in the opposite direction.




Draw a diagonal line on the small Gold squares. Place the Gold squares to the diagonal goes from the top right to the bottom left on a tan rectangle: Stitch, trim 1/4" from the seam, and press.



Stitch a pair of units along the sides of the triangle edge.  Snip the seams in the middle and press the seams in opposite directions.



Using a ruler mark the 45° lines on the wrong sides of the unit, that run top to bottom and runs through the corner of the triangle unit. Repeating on the opposite corner.



Center the unit over a large blue triangle and stitch on the lines. Trim 1/4" away from each of the stitch lines.  Press toward the blue triangle.

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Left Handed


Position the tucker trimmer over the unit, so the lines up line up with the unit size and the diagonal seam line of the Triangle Pizazz unit. Trim the first two sides.

Right Handed
Left Handed
Rotate the unit 180° and line up the Tucker Trimmer over the unit again. Aligning the diagonals and the cut size lines with the previously trimmed edges and trim.


Assembly



Now comes the easy part of stitching all your units into beautiful blocks, referring to your pattern instructions to complete your 4 blocks.



See you on August 15th for the release of Month 3 and tutorials. Remember, you join our Quilting Affection Designs Block of the Month Facebook Group to share your completed blocks.  


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Aztec Dance BOM - Month 1 - Part 2



Welcome back to Part two of the Month 1 block for the Aztec Dance BOM.  If you missed Part One you can catch up HERE

Today, we are making the four Diamond in Square units for the center of our blocks.  


Gather your Tan squares and Accent #1 Strip.

Right Handed


Left Handed

Position the Center Square Section of the Square Squared tool over the Accent #1 strip.  Placing the Square Squared tool on the trimmed edge of the strip, lining up the corner of the strip with the center for the size of the unit. Cut up the side and across the top to get a precise unit. Repeat to make 4 center squares.


Cut the Tan squares on the diagonal once to yield two triangles from each square to Tan triangles.


Position two triangles on opposite sides of the center square. 


Stitch with the square on top of the triangle for best visibility using a 1/4" seam. 


Press seams away from the center square.
Position the remaining two tan triangles on the Accent #1 center square. Stitching two triangles using a 1/4" seam allowance and press seams again away from the center square.


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Left Handed
Position the Trim Down Section of the Square Squared tool over the unit. Be sure to refer to your pattern instructions for trim sizes. Focusing the "X" of the finished unit sizes over the sewn seams. Trim up the side and across the top.


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Left Handed

Rotate your Diamond in a Square Unit and reposition the Square Squared tool and the two remaining sides. Again, trim up the side and across the top.


Assembly




Now that all your units are now complete it is time to assemble the units into blocks, referring to your pattern instructions to complete your  4 blocks.



See you on July 15th, for the release of Month 2 and tutorials. Remember, you join our Quilting Affection Designs Block of the Month Facebook Group, to share your completed blocks.  




Also, to Join our Quilting Affection Groupies Facebook Group, to receive a Free Block Pattern each month. 

Tina

Monday, June 15, 2020

Aztec Dance BOM - Month 1 - Part 1


Welcome to the Aztec Dance Block of the Month Kick-Off. I'm excited to get this 6-Month Block of Month started.  



Starting today, and every 15th of the month, I will be releasing a new block in the series and posting a tutorial right here in my blog on how to make the specific blocks.  Also, I will be doing Facebook Live tutorials in my Quilting Affection Design Block of the Month Facebook Group.  


You have two options for purchasing the pattern. First, My website is set up for both Printed and Downloadable PDF versions. For my International customers, I have an Etsy website, especially for you, where you can purchase the patterns as a Downloadable PDF only so you don't have to worry about shipping costs. 


On my website, I have set up an exclusive page for the Aztec Dance Block of the Month. This page will provide all the essential information that will get you ready to start this program, such as the General Instructions, possible color combinations, and tutorial links. 


The fabrics I used in my quilt cover are from the Island Batik "Sundance" Collection. If you are interested in other possible color combinations that this Block of the Month will look beautiful in, then check out the Aztec Dance Block of the Month page on my website.


You will have to decide which size of quilt you wish to make, the 56" x 56" (Wall Hanging), 90" x 90" Queen size. What size do you plan to make?




In designing this Block of the Month, I wanted to create something that will help develop your skills in the three fundamental tools of the Studio 180 Design tools. Depending on which size of quilt you have chosen to make. You will need the following: 

  • Wall Hanging 
    • Tucker Trimmer® I
    • Wing Clipper® I
    • Square Squared® 6."

  • Queen Size
    • Tucker Trimmer® III
    • Wing Clipper® I
    • Large Square Squared®



Now let's get started with Month 1's tutorial!



Month 1 is now available for purchase. The tools you will need for this month's block are the Tucker Trimmer and Square Squared tools. This block makes up into 6" (Wall) and 9" (Queen). 

For this month's block, you will be making three different units, Half Square Triangles, Quarter Square, and Diamond in a Square.


When you have your pattern, please read through the instructions thoroughly. Cut out and organize your pieces. I arrange my pieces on paper plates, writing down the unit sizes, and the color and sizes of the pieces needed.


Half Square Triangles

Making Half Square triangles is one of the most fundamental units in quilting, and using the tucker trimmer is so much easier to get quick and accurate units every time.



Start by marking two diagonal lines on the reverse side of your gold fabric squares using your favorite marking tool and Quilter's Magic Wand, these lines are now your stitching lines. Layer them with a Blue fabric square. 



Stitch on the lines, then cut them down the middle. Press according to the instructions.



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Left Handed
Once you have them all pressed, take them to your cutting mat and Position the Tucker Trimmer® over the unit, carefully align the common diagonal and sizing diagonal line with the stitch line for the size of the block you are making, refer to your pattern instructions. 
 Trim the sides and across the top first.




Rotate the unit 180° and line up the Tucker Trimmer and trim the remaining sides to measure the cut size for the units you are making, refer to your pattern for exact sizes.


Once the unit is complete, put them back on the paper plates, so they are not lost, and set them aside.  Now it is time to make the Quarter Square Triangles.

Quarter Square Triangles


Quarter Square Triangles start out the same way as you would make Half Square Triangles, except you start out with slightly oversized squares so we can cut and sew them twice. 




Start by marking the two diagonal lines using your Quilter's Magic Wand on the reverse side of the Rust squares.  Layer the Blue and Rust together and repeat with Rust and Tan fabric squares. Stitch on the lines, cut, and press according to your pattern instructions.




Stop, please don't trim these units just yet, we need position a Blue and Rust unit and a Rust and Tan unit with right sides together. Mark two stitching lines using your Quilter's Magic Wand on the wrong sides of the fabric.


 Stitch on the lines, cut apart and press according to your pattern instructions.


Right Hand


Left Handed
Now, we can use our Tucker Trimmer to trim our units. Position the Tucker Trimmer over the unit, size according to your pattern size. Carefully aligning the common diagonal and sizing line with the stitched seam. Trim the sides and across the top first.

Right Handed



Left Handed
Rotate the unit 180° and line up the Tucker Trimmer and trim the remaining sides to measure the cut size for the units you are making, refer to your pattern for exact sizes.




Thank you for joining me today for Part 1 Half Square Triangles and Quarter Square units. Be sure to check in tomorrow for part two on how to make the Diamond in the Square units using the Square Squared 6" Tool.

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