August Little Quilt
7.22.2015

August Little Quilt Fab

The August Little Quilt is constructed with the Connecting Threads Quilter’s Candy Basics in a cheery winter theme. The Kit is now available with the pattern download becoming available August 3rd! I like the idea of this cool-themed quilt for August!

Our August Little Quilt is a sweet repeat of the Attic Windows block. This is perfect for showcasing a fabric with a variety of imagery you would see through a window, which is how I went with my personal Little Quilt. Unlike the traditional block, this version of the block is constructed with half square triangles rather than “Y” seams. For this reason it is much easier and quicker to sew together. I am going to make a few plain “window” blocks and a few “lovelies” for some windows. Also, I chose to make my Little Quilt with the Garden Square Collection. It just seemed so appropriate for this quilt.

August LQ 1

The half square triangle (HST) technique begins with drawing a line on the back of your square 1/4″ to the right and left of the center diagonal line.

August LQ 2

One square is matched up with a partner square. The drawn square is facing up.

August LQ 3

Stitch along the drawn lines slightly to the center of the square, perhaps the width of the needle. You should be able to see the pencil line once it is sewn. This is done to accommodate the space needed when the square is cut apart and pressed back. The goal is to have the square finish at the correct size as opposed to having a full 1/4″ seam.

August LQ 4

 

Cut the square through the center,

August LQ 5

and press each HST to the dark. As you can see this technique results in two HSTs.

August LQ 6

A rectangle is sewn to the left side of the main square pressing the seam allowance to the rectangle.

August LQ 7

A rectangle is sewn to the right side of the constructed HST. Note the orientation of the HST. It is easy to turn the HST out of position when sewing them together. It just needs an “eagle eye” while making these. This seam is pressed to the rectangle.

August LQ 8

Then, the two units are sewn together. If the seams are pressed as noted above, they will nestle together.

August LQ 9

Voila’, a completed block!

August LQ 10

 

Continue in this way until all twenty blocks are constructed. August 3rd’s tutorial will complete the construction sewing the blocks together with the sashing and cornerstones. See you then!


24 comments

  1. Patricia Cash - July 22, 2015

    So pretty in their fabrics and yours. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    • Mari - July 22, 2015

      Thank you Patricia! I agree, so many beautiful fabrics!

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  2. karen schwalk - July 22, 2015

    I love the attic window quilt
    good tutorial

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    • Mari - July 22, 2015

      Thanks Karen! I’ve always been hesitant making this block, but not with the HST!

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  3. pauline - July 22, 2015

    Love August’s Little Quilt.
    Thanks for posting it.

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    • Mari - July 22, 2015

      You betcha! Thank you for posting a comment! The feedback is always appreciated.

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  4. Rita Serrano - July 22, 2015

    I am thinking this pattern would make a cute mug rug too!

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    • Mari - July 22, 2015

      Absolutely Rita! Great idea! Gosh, with the right fabrics the mug rug could really make a statement.

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  5. Judith Green - July 22, 2015

    Darling with the floral design! Can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

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    • Mari - July 22, 2015

      Well, thank you Judith! I’m looking forward to finishing it. I think it’ll look super! Love this method for the block!

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  6. Patricia Hurdle - July 22, 2015

    I had the blocks all cut out and some of the Windows blocks done and ,would you believe I worked on them,trying to lay them out for the window for about 6 months and finally gave them all away to a friend that was an avid quilter. She finally figured it out and finished the quilt. It really looked good….I think I will give it another try ldoing it this method.

    Patt

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    • Mari - July 22, 2015

      Oh, yes, Patricia, you can’t beat this method for the Attic Window block! I hope you do try it just to see how simple it is!

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  7. Judith Green - July 22, 2015

    Yes, it is

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  8. Judith Green - July 22, 2015

    Yes, it is much easier. Thanks.

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  9. Kathy Potts - July 23, 2015

    I made an attic window quilt many years ago, the hard way. This will be a snap and a good opportunity to use winter-themed fabrics in the windows!

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    • Mari - July 23, 2015

      Oh, gosh Kathy, if you made it the hard way already you will really enjoy this technique! Yes, I love the opportunity to showcase some special prints in the windows as well. Hope you enjoy the project! Thanks for your feedback!

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  10. Barbara Burns - July 23, 2015

    Just joined today. This looks like lots of fun and I feel I will not be sewing alone. Thank you for the project.

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    • Mari - July 23, 2015

      Welcome Barbara! So happy to have you with us! No, you absolutely will not be sewing alone.

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    • Barbara Burns - July 27, 2015

      Mari, not sure how this works. Where do I pay, what do I get to start and are the lessons on line?
      Barbara

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      • Mari - July 27, 2015

        Barbara, you just need the book Fast, Fun, and Gifty. Half of the projects are from that book. It can be purchased at http://www.connectingthreads.com and in the search box put the number 46191. Half the projects are from that book. The rest are from a myriad of blog spots and we give you the address with each tutorial. These projects are free. If you want to sew along with a group of people doing this hop over to Gifty Galore here: http://quiltwithus.connectingthreads.com/group/giftygalorequiltalong?
        They are working on these projects all the time and are great for sharing and helping with anything. Good people there! Hope that helps! Also, each project comes in the form of a tutorial and that is one way you get through the project. They will always be posted here.

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  11. Annette God - July 23, 2015

    You show how it’s done, but no sizes for blocks.
    OR do we get that info by purchase only.

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    • Mari - July 24, 2015

      Hello Annette, that is correct, this is simply a tutorial to accompany a pattern found in the book, Fast, Fun, and Gifty. We are posting tutorials for 12 of the 15 patterns in that book between now and December 14th. Thank you for your comment!

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  12. Linda Christianson - July 24, 2015

    I like the idea of this quilt so much I ordered the Kit today along with the batting order. I still think it would be fun to make a Christmas ornament for each window and hang the cloth ornament on the big tree as count down. My daughter loves to have her own small tree in her room.

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    • Mari - July 27, 2015

      Horray! I’m so happy you loved the idea Linda! Your idea of the Christmas ornament is great! Thanks so much for posting! All these ideas help everyone become more creative including myself!

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