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River Heritage – Trail of Tears

River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

Month Five – Trail of Tears

 

The Trail of Tears State Park, located on the Mississippi River, in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, is a beautiful park with four trails, three river overlooks, a lake, campsites, picnic areas, and a visitor’s center. It  also is a burial site which commemorates the tragic deaths and hardships of the forced relocation of the Cherokee.

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View of the Mississippi River from Trail of Tears State Park.

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The visitor’s center is filled with information including audio recordings, video presentations, books, and static displays about the Trail of Tears, plus information about wildlife found in the area.

 

It is difficult to read, see, and hear about the struggle of these people at the hands of our government and, consequently, our country.  Still, it is wonderful to have the history and beauty of the state park right here in our own “backyard”.  If you haven’t been to the Trail of Tears State Park in a while, I recommend the drive, the views, and the history lesson.Image of Trail of Tears SignImage of Mississippi River

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Later found to have inaccuracies, this covered stone still stands to honor all those who endured the march of relocation on the Trail of Tears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image of Quilt BlockThe Trail of Tears quilt block is made from sixteen half-square triangle squares (eight made from a dark/light combination and eight made from a medium/light combination).

Follow the instructions for value (light, medium, and dark) and use your own color scheme to make your 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 blocks you make!

Cutting Instructions:

From two light fabrics:                                             From dark fabric:                                        

Four – 4-inch squares, totaling 8                        Four – 4-inch squares

 

From medium fabric:

Four – 4-inch squares

                                                                                               RST = right sides together

Half-square triangles:  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of each of the eight light squares. Layer one dark square and one light square, RST.  Likewise, layer the other three dark/light pairs, RST. Stitch ¼ inch from the diagonal line for each set (chain-piecing method). Remove and clip the threads connecting the sets. Stitch ¼ inch seam on the other side of the drawn line. Clip apart. Cut on the drawn line. Press. Trim/square each set to 3 ½ inches. Makes eight sets. 

Repeat the above method using medium/light combination to make eight sets. Trim/square each set to 3 ½ inches.

Assemble block:  Position the sixteen half-square triangles according to the picture. Take a black/white photo to double-check your layout using value.

Turn each piece from Column 2 onto Column 1, RST. Chain-piece a ¼ inch seam on the right edge. Clip apart and press odd rows (1 & 3) to the right, even rows (2 & 4) to the left.

Repeat with the next section by turning Column 4 onto Column 3, RST, stitch and press. Now you have two columns.

Repeat the above assembly with the final two columns, stitch and press.

Nestle seams and pin Rows 1 and 2, RST, and stitch. Press open.

Nestle seams and pin Rows 3 and 4, RST, and stitch. Press open.

Repeat with final two sections, stitch and press open.

Trim and square your block to 12 ½ inches.

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Image of BeeIf you visit the Trail of Tears Visitor Center soon, you may experience the carpenter bees working at the entrance. While their buzzing is loud, they aren’t aggressive at all and are too busy making holes in the soft wood to bother you. It’s kind cool and I had to get a picture of one to share, because…you know. 🙂

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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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View from Red Star Boat Ramp

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Chain-piecing a Quilt Block

When piecing a sampler quilt (like the current River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt), chain piecing individual blocks can save you time and help you stay organized.

Since we have all levels of quilters participating in the mystery, I want to share a technique which would help our newer quilters down the road. Chain-piecing.  It’s something I take for granted now, but I remember the lightbulb going on when I was first taught to chain-piece. Here’s how I approach chain-piecing an individual block (which might just show up down the road (river?) in your mystery quilt).

Have you ever given road directions to someone and said, “It’s not nearly as confusing as it sounds.”? That’s how describing chain-piecing is. Hand’s on, it’s easy to grasp. In words, it seems confusing. Take it a step at a time the first few times and soon you’ll be chain-piecing without even thinking about it.

*Cut and prepare your block pieces. In the example I use here, the block is made from all half-square triangles (HST).

 

*Arrange your block pieces according to the block design. (I like to use my ironing board surface.) If it’s a complicated design, I like to check myself by taking a black and white picture (to see value) to make sure I’ve arranged the pieces correctly.

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This quilt block is made of four rows and four columns.

 

*Notice that there are four rows (left to right) and four columns (top to bottom). Turn each HST in Column 2 over onto the HST to the left, in Column 1, right sides together (RST) as shown.

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Turn Column 2 onto Column 1, RST.

Likewise, turn each HST from Column 4 over onto the HST to the left, in Column 3, RST.

 

Layer the sets in order, starting with Row 4 on the bottom, offsetting them to keep them distinctly separate as shown below.

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Layer the sets from the bottom up to take to your machine.

Carry them to the machine, keeping them in order.

 

Starting with the top set, stitch along the right edge. 

As you get close to the end of stitching the first set, have the next set ready to slide under the presser foot. (I love using my knee bar for this step.) Stop stitching for a moment before you come off the edge of the first set. Slide the second set just under the foot so that it catches the feed dogs, but isn’t touching the first set and continue stitching. It is okay to have two or three “air” stitches between sets. Repeat this for all the sets.

 

Trim the threads between all the sets, keeping them in order. (Your first set is from Columns 1 & 2 in Row 1 and your last set is from Columns 3 & 4, Row 4.)

Press according to block instructions and arrange them in again, only now you have two columns.

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Now you have two columns.

Turn Column 2 onto Column 1, RST, for all four rows. Again, layer the four rows with Row 4 on the bottom and Row 1 on the top. Take to the machine and chain piece along the right edges.

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Turn Column 2 onto Column 1 and stitch.

Clip threads, press, and arrange the rows in order. With the columns complete, you only have four rows left to piece.

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Rows 1 is at the top and Row 4 is at the bottom.

Continue by piecing the rows together, turning Row 1 down onto Row 2, RST. Nestle and pins the seams. Repeat for Row 3 and Row 4. Stitch along the top edges.

Trim and press. Now lay the two remaining rows in order. Turn Row 1 down onto Row 2. Nestle and pins the seams. Stitch along the top edge. Trim and press.

Remember to square and trim your block according to instructions.

If you are a new quilter, what techniques are you wanting to learn? If you are an experienced quilter, what are your favorites to share?

Month Four in the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt will be revealed on Monday, April 9 at 9 a.m.!Image of Three Quilt Blocks

 

 

Heading to AQS Quilt Week in Paducah? How about stopping in Hancock’s of Paducah? You’ll see TEN #usebothsides hanging there with patterns during the show!

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Phoebee, Belle, and Lily

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Rose, Emily, and Kate

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Something’s Brewing

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Sally Quilt Pattern

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Fiona Quilt Pattern

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Pepita Quilt Pattern

Yakity Yak – Let’s Talk Backs

Sometimes…er, many times…okaay, MOST of the time the back of my quilt is an afterthought. All of my excitement and energy is focused on the quilt top and when the top is finished, I want to quilt it NOW.Image of Quilt Back

I’ll have fleeting thoughts while stitching the top about what fabric I want on the back, but I’m not the type of quilter who generally purchases my backing ahead of time, unless I’ve purchased a kit.

Being a long-arm quilter, I do keep in mind the color of thread I’ll be quilting my top with because that’s the color I will have in my bobbin.  Beyond that, and especially in the last year, since I’ve knocked out 14 quilt patterns in nine months, time is the biggest factor I considered when choosing a backing.

Maybe that seems haphazard and disorganized, but, on the up-side, I have to say my backings have gotten more interesting in the last year!

Take Something’s Brewing, for example. Definitely time was a factor because it was a seasonal quilt I was designing in the fall. So as to not completely miss out on the current season, I had to get her done! Here’s what I did to use what I had on hand: Instant Bargello.Image of Cauldron Quilt

One of my favorite quilting books is called Instant Bargello by Susan Kisro.Image of Book I grabbed some scraps and did three little columns of that technique which gave me enough width for the backing. It was fun and fast!

Notice the Prairie Point Hanging Method (click here for more information)?

Those prairies points proved a bit sentimental for me because one of the fabrics was a Debbie Mumm which belonged to my mother-in-law, Pat. I have little bits of her fabrics in a lot of my #usebothsides quilts.

Something’s Brewing with the label, too. It just couldn’t be a square label. A shout-out to my friend, Mary, for encouraging me to put a little character into my labels! Notice it’s using the reverse side? (wink)

Do you have interesting back ideas? Please share in the comments section!

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Simple Designs for Stunning Quilts

Grace features a soft blue mason jar with a lovely spray of pink flowers.Image of Grace Pattern Cover

 

She’s petite. Just 18 x 24 inches.

The Grace quilt pattern is a great way to try out the #usebothsides pattern. As with all the patterns,  you learn how to audition your focus and background fabrics to make a delightful, cheery wall hanging. With a focus fabric kit (you still provide the background fabrics), you know you’ll have the perfect mason jar and floral spray.

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Colorful Petals Quilt Patterns

Saturday, March 17th

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

at The Golden Needle in Cape Girardeau, MO

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Free Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

Month One for River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt is well underway!

With Month Two being revealed right here on Monday, February 12th, I thought we’d take a look at the blocks shared so far with the hashtag: #riverheritage

These blocks use dark, medium, and light fabrics of your choice.

See the Introduction HERE for more information about the quilt, including the setting.

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Click HERE for Month One: Paddle Wheel

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Look at all the fabulous fabrics used in these Paddle Wheels!Image of Paddle Wheel BlocksImage of Paddle Wheel BlocksImage of Paddle Wheel Blocks

It’s not too late to start this free mystery quilt. Make your Paddle Wheel today!

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#usebothsides Pattern NEWS: Sally has a new friend!

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Fiona – Click HERE

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One Easy Way to Conquer Color

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Tropical Trip/Quick Trip by Eleanor Burns

I wish I knew how many books there are which explain how to use color in making quilts. I also wish I knew how many times I looked at the color wheel, read about it, studied it as long as my attention span would allow…and sighed out of frustration and boredom.  Image of Fabric Stash

Many books about color go into great detail explaining the principles for mastering color in quilts. You can learn about hue, color, and intensity, warm and cool colors, the harmonies of  triadic, analogous, split-complimentary, double-complimentary, complementary colors and much, much more–WHOLE BOOKS of small print, explaining everything you’d ever want to know about color!

But they don’t work for me.

NEVER HAVE I EVER read about color and been inspired!

For me, I do better by “studying” nature. Sometimes its from a picture and sometimes it’s from real life, but either way, I find that nature, whether its a single flower, a landscape view, or a beach at sunset has perfect coloring AND its inspirational! (Can you guess my favorite place to be?) See “Sally” HERE for a hint!

I will be sharing information about color in future posts — but that’s all it is, information. It’s good and important information, but its information I prefer to use  AFTER I’ve been inspired, as a check to make sure I’m covering all the bases and have thought my choices through.

I will admit I am very much a color person. Color can evoke emotions in me that seem just a little over the top — I REALLY, REALLY love some and REALLY don’t care for others. Maybe you are like that, too? How do you choose color when your canvas is blank?  Share in the comments section below. What are your scenes in nature?

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Mysterious Values

Value can be a head-scratcher. When separating your fabrics for a project like…let’s just say, the FREE River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt, you might find yourself guessing which fabric goes where.

That’s because the fabric value can change, depending on what value it is next to.

Say what?

How can a fabric value change, you ask? While the value of the fabric itself doesn’t physically change, how you see that value can be affected by what is around it. Let me explain and then give you a simple way to test your values…

Here are three piles of fabric stash I’ve selected for my River Heritage. Dark, Medium, Light. Straight forward.Image of Fabric Stash

 

However, if I were to choose to use a dark Light and a light Medium together, they suddenly look similar.

I’ll use my first-run at BOM as an example.

Because I like to mix it up with background fabrics in my #usebothsides quilts, I thought I could do that with my BOM as well. As you can see, the neutral on the bottom right from my Lights pile stands out and interferes with the rest of my block. (My eye goes right to it.)

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See how the bottom right square competes with the rest of the block?

My Medium looks too light when I use that dark of a Light!

Or you could say…

My Light looks too dark when I use that light of a Medium!

The best way I have found to truly see the value of a fabric is to take a black and white picture.

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Check your values by taking a black and white picture.

Boom. There it is. Block is fixed.

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Paddle Wheel
Month One
River Heritage

(Now how did those too Grunge Dots get so close together? Come here, Sam ( the seam ripper). Read more about The Tricky Traits of Value here and here.

So why does mixing of values work in other quilts? Mixing up my neutrals for #usebothsides works because my focus fabric is a very vivid Dark value. Even a dark Light or light Medium  works in the background of these quilts.

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Phoebee was designed using both sides of a focal fabric.

You can really see that in Phoebee the focus fabric will be strong enough to override even a medium background fabric.

While I still want to encourage you to live on the edge (only in quilting circles) and mix up those fabrics, you do have to pay close attention (maybe even more so) to values.

If you’ve been in my classes, you know I don’t give any opinions about fabric options until I’ve taken a black and white picture first. I’ve been stumped many times by guessing and it’s just easier to know for sure. So grab your stash  and your camera and sign up below for the FREE River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt! The clue for Month Two is three weeks away!

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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.

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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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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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