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Month Four – Lighted Bridge

River Heritage Mystery Quilt continues with Month Four!Image of Month Four Promo

Lighted Bridge

The Bill Emerson cable stay bridge stands over the Mississippi River between Cape Girardeau, Missouri and East Cape Girardeau, Illinois. Opened in 2003, the bridge is a beautiful landmark which thousands of people cross each day. Lighted at night, it is a beautiful  and iconic structure,  especially in the month of October when all the lights are pink for the Pink Up Cape breast cancer awareness campaign. The bridge is 4,000 feet long, 100 feet wide and is illuminated with 140 lights.

 

Lighted Bridge is made of four large flying geese (depicting the lighted cables and their reflection in the river) and three strips (sky, bridge roadway, and water). Image of Quilt BlockFollow the instructions for value (light, medium, and dark) and use your own color scheme to make your bridge block. Remember to check your values by taking a black and white picture of your fabric choices. I look forward to seeing the variety of bridges we make!

Lighted Bridge uses light fabric for the two bridge cables, medium for the lighted night sky and reflected cables, and dark for the bridge roadway and water.

Cutting Instructions:
From light fabrics:                                                                                                                       From dark fabrics:
Two – 3 ½ x 6 ½ inch rectangles                                                                                                         One – 1 x 12 ½ inch strip for bridge roadway
From medium fabrics:                                                                                                                             Four – 3 ½ inch squares for water
Two – 3 ½ x 6 ½ inch rectangles                                                                                                        One – 3 x 12 ½ inch strip for water
for reflected cables
One – 3 ½ x 12 ½ inch strip for sky
Four – 3 ½ inch squares for sky                                                                                            RST = right sides together

Flying Geese: Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of the four medium and four dark squares. Position a medium square RST on the corner of a light rectangle. Stitch on the line. Press. Peel back the top triangle of the square you just pressed and trim the middle layer to ¼ inch from the seam to reduce bulk. Repeat this process at the opposite corner of the rectangle. Flying Geese should be 3 ½ x 6 ½ inches. Trim if necessary. Repeat with second light rectangle. Makes two light flying geese.

Align one light flying geese RST on another, making sure they are facing the same direction. Stitch on the right side. Press seam open.

Position a dark square RST on the corner of a medium rectangle. Repeat instructions for Flying Geese above. Repeat with second medium rectangle. Makes two medium flying geese.

Align one medium flying geese RST on another, making sure they are facing the same direction. Stitch on the right side. Press seam open.

Block Assembly:
Refer to the picture to lay pieces in order from top to bottom.
Place medium strip RST on light flying geese. Stitch; press to strip.
Place dark 1-inch strip RST on light flying geese. Stitch; press to strip.
Place dark 3-inch strip RST on bottom of medium flying geese. Stitch; press to strip.
Place medium flying geese on 1-inch strip RST. Stitch; press to strip.
Trim and square block to 12 ½ inches.

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First Mystery Quilt Block Reveal

River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery QuiltImage of BOM

 By Karla Kiefner

pad*dle wheel

/‘padl ,(h)wēl/

a large steam-driven wheel with boards around its circumference, situated at the stern or side of a ship so as to propel the ship through the water by its rotation.

 

Month 1 – Paddle Wheel (d)

Welcome to the first block in the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt! See the Introduction here for more details about this project.

Paddle Wheel uses dark, medium, and light fabrics. While I’ve decided to make my quilt as scrappy as I can, I choose to keep some consistency in the dark paddle wheel section for this block. Future blocks will have a scrappier look.

Cutting Instructions

From light fabrics:                                     From medium fabrics:

2 – 5-inch squares                                        4 – 2 ½ inch squares

8 – 2 ½ inch squares

2 – 3-inch squares

From dark fabrics:

2 – 3-inch squares

1 – 4 ½ inch squares                                    RST = right sides together

2 – 5-inch squares

 

Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of the 3-inch light squares. Lay each light square on a 3-inch dark square, matching edges, RST. Using a quarter-inch foot, sew ¼ inch on each side from the drawn line. Cut on the line. Press each half square triangle towards the darker fabric. Square/trim each block to 2 ½ inches.

Following the same process as above, stitch the 5-inch squares, cut, press, and trim to 4 ½ inches.

Lay out fabrics according to the diagram shown.

Image of Paddle Wheel Quilt Block

Paddle Wheel – Month One
River Heritage

Chain-piece the four-patch blocks by turning the squares on the right onto the squares to their left, RST. Stitch down the right edge. Press the top row to the right and the bottom row to the left for each 4-patch set. Nestle the seams of the top pair and bottom pair together, RST. Stitch along the top edge. Press open. Lay the four-patches in place according to the diagram.

Now turn the three center column of squares onto the three to their left, RST. Stitch. Press the first row to the right, second row to the left, third row to the right.

Turn the three right column of squares onto the center column squares, RST. Stitch. Again, press the first row to the right, second row to the left and third row to the right.

Turn the top row down RST onto the center row. Match and pin intersecting seams. Stitch. Press to center row or open.

Turn bottom row up, RST onto center row. Pin intersecting seams. Stitch. Press to center row or open.

Square block to 12 ½ inches. You have made your paddlewheel!

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Month 2 will be posted here on February 12, 2018!

 

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River Heritage

Block-of-the-Month Mystery QuiltImage of Mystery Quilt Poster

So…I agreed to head up the Block-of-the-Month program for my local guild this year and I have to say, while the first reveal is yet to come, I’ve had a lot of fun already!  After searching online to find a set of patterns, I decided to create one myself – especially for my guild, River Heritage Quilters’ Guild –  and I want to share it with all of you!

While this quilt will have special meaning for those who live near river life, and especially for those near the mighty Mississippi in southeast Missouri, it can be appreciated by most as a beautiful sampler of blocks in a lovely setting.

River Heritage will feature eight traditionally-pieced blocks and one easy pieced/appliqued block, in a lovely setting which will finish at 66 x 66 inches.

  • Most of the quilt blocks have a common river-life theme and a couple of them have regional and local references.
  • This will be a nice quilt for gifting to a loved one (you’ll see why when we get to that block) or to have as a keepsake, especially if you are a member of River Heritage Quilters’ Guild.  While members of the RHQG will recognize that the names of the blocks have a connection to our guild and the general region of our country, the quilt itself is very appropriate for anyone around the world and would be considered a sampler quilt in a beautiful setting.
  • I suggest hitting your stash for your light, medium, and dark fabrics in three colors. You’ll also need some light neutrals (ranging from white to light beige and gray). The blocks themselves can be scrappy, so you can add to your collection as the mystery and the year unfolds!
  • The setting for this quilt will be striking and yet easy to put together. Instructions and specific fabric requirements for the setting and borders will follow the last block instructions. In general (in case you want to plan ahead), one yard for the dark border and 1 ½ yds. for the three light, medium, and dark setting pieces and binding will be sufficient. (Your nine mystery blocks will be in the light gray squares.) This picture is very similar but not exactly how your setting will look (it is a MYSTERY, after all!).Image of Quilt Setting

Note: Seams are ¼ inch unless otherwise noted. When piecing rows, alternate pressing direction. (For example, I press row one to the right, row two to the left, etc. for easy nesting of seams.)

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