Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Penny Patch: Sewing Blocks

Penny Patch buttonHow is your cutting coming?  Are you sewing yet?  If you want to get in touch with others in the quilt-along, do visit the Stitched in Color Flickr group. There's a passel of photos and this busy discussion thread.

I was originally going to make two Penny Patch quilts for our quilt-along.  But... my fabric for the throw quilt still has not arrived (it may not be available  yet), so I think I'm going to take it easy now and just make the one purple and yellow baby quilt.  I do love how it's coming together, so this scratches the "itch" for me!

sewing 4-Penny Patch blocks

Over these three middle weeks in November I encourage you to sew away at your 4-penny patch blocks.  You'll need 32 for a baby quilt, 60 for a throw quilt and 84 for the twin.  More details here.  I like to work in color groups, so I started with my color A (yellow) and some simple neutral, low volume blocks.

low volume

Next week we'll have a link party so you can show off your work in progress!  Meanwhile, I ran into this gorgeous photo at my friend Svetlana's blog.


Visit her post to read about her color inspiration.  I don't think I noticed before that autumn has so many peach and limey tones.  It does!  Looks just like the view from my window as well.

Happy sewing!


16 comments:

  1. Process question for you: while making this quilt are you laying out your whole quilt and putting the penny patch blocks together that way or making your penny patch blocks and then layout out your rows and columns? I have all my 6.5" and 3.5" squares up on my design wall but had thought to power through all the mini 4 patches and then laying them out to make the penny patch blocks. I know there's no wrong way to do it but I'd love to know what works best for you (and the the rest of y'all too!)

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    1. Like you, I preferred to make a ton of the mini 4 patch pairs and then set them out with the 3.5" squares in large batches. I had all my 6.5 and 3.5 squares up on my design wall and would fill in the mini 4 patches as I went. Then, later, I sewed the mini 4 patches with the 3.5 squares to finish those blocks.

      As you said, no wrong way to do it!

      btw, Terri, in case I have not mentioned it before, you are a "no reply blogger". =)

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    2. Thanks Rachel, and thanks for hosting this QAL! I think the only way I can be a no reply is to put my email on my profile so I'll just continue to stalk your blog for replies for now :) I can't wait to get more blocks stitched and put together a post for the link up, I've never participated in a QAL while it's actively going on before so this is VERY exciting for me!

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  2. We need a hashtag for instagram too! I've seen a few pictures with #pennypatch and #pennypatchqal

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    1. great idea! I have been using #pennypatchqal ... although I'm falling behind a little and haven't posted much ... must get moving!!

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  3. so pretty, I can't wait to see the link-up!

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  4. It's so fun to see different color combinations popping up, and Svetlana's is gorgeous! I wish I could have joined in on the quilt a long!

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  5. thanks so much rachel! i am a bit behind, due to a little emergency. i am hoping to get my cutting finished tomorrow! i was wondering if you do all colors together? or do you mix some of your colors together also? does that make any sense?

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    1. No, for me, each of the blocks is it's particular kind: color a, color b, color c or low volume. But,many of my low volume fabrics have pale colors in them.

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    2. thanks for your reply, i also have many low volume fabrics that have colors in them! i am still trying ways that look good to me, but i like the colors all together i think too. thanks again!

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  6. Does this mean that by next week for the linky party that we need 40 squares together?

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    1. Actually, you can participate in the link party no matter how much you've accomplished so far. We like to see works in progress, regardless! If you are following the quilt along pace, none of your squares will be joined to each other yet.

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  7. Oh I love them, I wish I had the time to do this with you.

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  8. I found myself confused on color A etc. I have all of my cutting done and I made color A a mixture of mid tone fabrics. Color B is darker fabrics. My low tone are peach, white, and light pink.
    I have brown and olive green for my neutrals.
    So now I am totally confused on what goes where on making the blocks.
    Oh, my color C, my pop color is a bright yellow. In the darks I have a turquoise that I want it with in a block.
    I want to start with those. Do I put 2-3.5 inch yellow pop and then do the diagonal of the turquoise on the penny patches with a colorA (lighter) on one block? Then on another block make the penny patch of the yellow and turquoise and my choice of color on the 3.5 inch corners?
    Do all other blocks then have color A, Color B and the low in each one?
    Sorry to ask so many questions. I am a hands-on learner, I need to be physically shown to learn most of the time.

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    1. Oh dear! I think at this point it would honestly be easier to forget about my color A/B/C stuff and just make the quilt with the fabrics that look good for you. Since you are mixing lots of colors together, it doesn't really fit the color recipe I called for. And that's soooo fine! Just trust your eye and go for it yourself!

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    2. Thanks! I kind of figured so :) I didn't get that color A was to be all shades of the same color etc. (at least that's how I understand it now.)
      I'm just looking forward to starting to actually start sewing now.

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