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August Block – Options Galore!

Friday, July 10th, 2015

This blog is full of ideas for using the Augusta block with Paris Flight (January), Jim Dandy (March) and Lady of the Lake Block (May).

Let’s begin with my layout for my row quilt showing the Augusta block row dropped in.


Only two more block designs to go….this year is flying by!

I plan to put up the foundation pattern for the triangle spacer rows in August. I am home most of the month so it will get done.

And of course there will be a blog announcing the addition of the PDF for their foundations to the 2015 O.T.R. page.

But for now I played with all the blocks I have released so far and came up with the following ideas to share.

AugustaAlone1I wanted to make a very traditional one block quilt layout with sashing and cornerstones using the Augusta block.

It is such a dynamic block with all the sharp angles I wanted to just see it on it’s own.   When I first start to play with the block(s) I am just using the blocks from my 2015 On The Road row quilt project thus the coloring.  But I see the lines and that is what I am always looking for.  Then I start to play with color.

AugustaAlone1.2I used two different colorways for the blocks.  Again very traditional.  But the palette very modern.

This next pattern uses Augusta, Lady of the Lake and Paris Flight blocks.

Augusta.LadyoftheLake.ParisFlight 1

And recolored in a soft cool color palette.

Augusta.LadyoftheLake.ParisFlight 1.2

How about putting Jim Dandy and Augusta together.

Jim Dandy is such a heavy block to me with those blocky corners.  I wanted to see it as a border.


And I think this might go in the list of possibilities.

I brought colors from the “hot” Jim Dandy border blocks into the first ring of “cool” Augusta blocks to soften the solid line between block changes.

JimDandy&Augusta1.2I hope you like some of these ideas.  And maybe you have a few of your own now dancing in your head.

You can find template  (and EPP papers if you would like to tackle the blocks that way) in my store, the link is above in the header.   And links to all the “how-to blogs” for each block are on the 2015 O.T.R. page.

I am out the door on Monday for 8 days of touring the state of Michigan and visiting several guilds.

Any orders placed from July 13 to July 21st will ship out on July 22nd.

And don’t forget to “like” my facebook page MDQuilts to see blocks as they are being made while I am one the road.

Enjoy your day,


Augusta Block – How to Part #2

Thursday, July 9th, 2015


Starting this blog off with a reposting of the orientation guide so you won’t have to flip back to the previous blog for reference.  Remember you can print off a PDF of this guide, and guides for ALL the acrylic template sets on the 2015 O.T.R page.


  The next step in sewing the Augusta block is to sew the four C-D-C units together to make a large triangle


Match up your corners/points of your drawn seam line.  Pin the seams together horizontally.  Notice in this pic that the black/tan fabric is poking up over the top of the pink edge.  That is because I cut the pint a bit smaller than I was suppose to.  We are human.  Not machines.  This happens in hand work when you are hand cutting the pieces.  Thus always match your drawn line vs your cut edge when piecing.


And away we go.  Remember to sew just above your drawn seam line.  Think of it as a scant quarter inch in hand sewing.


With the first C piece sewn to D it is time to add the second C.  And yes there is a “roundabout” to be made.  I will not go over it in detail here to save space.  You can find a detailed account of how to make a roundabout in Tuesday’s blog post here.


Match your corners/points, horizontal pin the seam lines, and make your roundabout.


And then sew your seam.


Make four C-D-C units.   This is where you should be at this point.


The Augusta block is at this point is basically like a Nine Patch in construction but set on point.

The next seam is joining a unit made in the last blog to opposite sides of the center square to make the center strip.

Then you want to sew a C-D-C unit to opposite sides of each of the two remaining units.  Follow the picture below for guidance.


This is how I press this block.  Press all the triangle units flat, with the upper B triangle  overlapping the tip of the lower B triangle.


Two seams left.   Two long seams.  One along each lengthwise edge of the center strip.


And yes there will be 5 roundabouts in each length sewn.

The rule is a roundabout is made anytime three or more pieces of fabric are being joined together.


And your Augusta block is done!


Check back tomorrow when I show you where this block lands in my row quilt plan.  And then some playing around with the block in settings by itself and with some of the other blocks I have already covered this year.   That is what this year’s project is all about.  I wanted some variety after last year’s single block quilt using Castle Wall.  But I know that not everyone will like the very busy nature of my row quilt plan and that is just fine.  I am all about taking an idea and spring boarding to a  plan of your own.  You can start now and make an entire quilt just with Augusta.  I just want to share my love of hand piecing with the world.  And if you have  suggestions of a combo of blocks you might like to see let me know.  I love to play in EQ7.

’til tomorrow,


Augusta Block – How to Part #1

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015


First thanks for waiting for the “how-to” blogs on Augusta.  If you follow me on Facebook you will know that over the holiday weekend I landed up seeing an urgent care Nurse for what turned out to be a sinus infection.  I am on the mend but those first few days under the antibiotics…well I slept…a lot.   Not one firework was viewed this weekend.  I promised myself that next year I will make up for this fact.



I am anxious to share Augusta with you as I am enjoying piecing the blocks already.  Yes I started one during the holiday weekend.  Didn’t get very far but can’t wait to work on it some more this week.

I am not going to go over marking your fabrics using the acrylic templates as that has been covered already under the general info blogs at the beginning of the year and a very detailed blog here (yes it is for the Castle Wall block but the same info applies to all blocks).  But you will find some quick pics below of the process for a quick reminder.


There are five shapes in the Augusta Block.

Fabrics chosen for the block.  Remember what is tying together all my block in my 2015 On The Road Project is the use of red in each and every one.  Augusta BlockI have decided to put the red in the triangles indicated on the graphic.

You will find an Acrylic Template Orientation Guide PDF on the OTR 2015 page to download and print out.   Here is the graphic so we can follow along during the blog.


And here are all my pieces cut and ready to go.


We are going to start with the E-B-E-B-A units.  You will piece four of these.


First you will piece B to E along the edge that they meet.

I am starting with the green triangle to the right hand E piece.


Remember you want to match up your sewing lines not your edges for the most accurate piecing.  To do this I push a pin thru each point/end of the triangle lining up the drawn seam line points on piece E.  Then I place a small pin (these are the new short version of Karen Kay Buckley’s pins you can find them in my shop under notions) thru both seam lines.

Start each new seam with a back stitch and then back stitch very 4-5 stitches.  You will make a running stitch.  I rock my needle back and forth taking small bites of fabric.  This is a skill and your stitch size and ease of sewing will improve the more blocks you make.

VERY IMPORTANT: sew one or two threads ABOVE your drawn seam line.  this will make up for the unintentional width added to the drawn line by whatever drawing instrument you used.   The templates have a 1/4 inch seam line.  Thus when marked that becomes slightly larger.

Knot off at the end and repeat for the second triangle B (red in my case) and second piece E.


Press your seam allowance towards piece E.


Now it is time to sew these two B-E pieces together down the long center seam.  Your first “roundabout” will happen at the center of this seam. We will cover each move in detail   But don’t knot off when you are done you will pivot and sew piece A onto the edge of your outer edge triangle B.

Red circles in illustration indicated where Roundabouts will be made.


Let’s line up that first part of the seam line but matching up our corners.


The pin goes right thru the corner on the other unit.


I have pinned each end and the center point/seam matchup perpendicularly so the pins can remain in right up to the moment I am sewing thru the roundabout.

I also pinned the seam lines on each unit 20150629_193651

Make a backstitch to start your seam and begin your running stitch just above the drawn line.20150629_193753

Finish off with a back stitch at the end of this first leg of stitching and it’s time to make a roundabout.  This move will draw all four corners together giving you a nice crisp intersection when you open up the unit. picP20150629_194213

picPush your needle thru B (green) to adjoining E at the very corner of the seam line. As if you were aligning the points.  Pull your thread thru. 20150629_194311

Same move but this time from E to the opposite triangle B (red).  Pull thread thru. 20150629_194412

Repeat move again this time from B (red) to adjoining E.  Pull thread thru20150629_194429

Push needle from E to B (green triangle).  Pull thru thread20150629_194452

Right back where we started. Repeat just once more to get to the remainder of the seam to sew.20150629_194507

Make a backstitch and sew the rest of the long center seam joining both B-E pieces. 20150629_194614

But don’t knot off you can join piece A immediately.

Make a roundabout joining A-E-B sew the seam and end with another roundabout on the opposite edge. 20150629_195236

So here is where I have to leave you.  I have run out of space to post the final unit picture but I think you will be fine.  I did actually go back and remove a few pics just to get all these in.   Thursday we will tackle the C-D-C units and the sewing of all the units and center triangle together.   And on Friday we will have some fun designing with the Augusta Block.

Thanks again for hanging in there with me and few free to post any questions you may have.

Enjoy the day,


2015 On The Road – Block Four!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015


Of course the spot on the calendar for this block would of ideally been August. But since we are working with odd number months I decided July it is!   Plus this block reminds me of fireworks.  I think it is the long sharp angles.  It is a powerful design.

Augusta is also the name of my great aunt on my father’s side of the family.  Aunt Gusty as we called her lived a long and full life into her nineties.  She was quite the traveler with two passports jam packed with stamps.   I only wish she lived longer or I was older when our time here on earth overlapped so I could ask her more questions about her travels.    So working on these blocks for the next two months I am sure will be filled with fleeting thoughts of my great aunt for myself.

Five templates are needed for this block.   And the repetitive shapes make for ample opportunities to play with color and texture.   You can see by the block image that I have chosen to put the red color in the outer triangle that makes up the rectangle unit.   Not the obvious triangle(s) that surround the center square.  Sometimes the not so obvious makes a more interesting overall design.

July1pic2I spent two nights kitting up seven blocks to be completed in July and August.   Most likely half these blocks will be done at home in this segment as I typically do not book anything in August in the way of work travel.  I do have one overnight gig in August but it is truly just one night so I am giving myself permission to do a few while “on the road”  in the gazebo in the backyard or even while watching a movie while escaping the heat of August indoors at home.

        The Acrylic Template sets, and English Paper Piecing sets (one and six blocks) are in the store (see tab above)  and you can order now if you wish.

And since this block release coincides with Fourth of July Holiday Celebrations

I am offering free shipping on all orders over $50 until midnight CST on July 5th.  

Just use the code: JULY4TH as you checkout.


I hope you like this block and will join along with us on my facebook page as blocks are created and posted/shared for all to see.  I just love seeing them all!

I will begin posting the “how to” blogs on July 6th.  Since this is the first year in almost a decade that Paul has the true holiday off we plan to spend it barbequing and firework watching like the rest of the country.   Time off with family and friends is always time well spent.  So I hope you don’t mind that I am going to hold off a few days before I post (and answer) any how-to questions you may have.    And if you order your templates/papers before I shut down shipping on Friday morn at 10am you might even have them in hand for when the how-to’s begin to post.

Happy July 4th Everyone!