words to live by.......

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming, "WOO HOO what a ride!!"

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ok...here we go

March is my month (OYG Hive B) for sending out instructions and fabric for my block.  Sounds easy enough..............but, one catch I am going to try to do a "tutorial".  This is my first ever attempt at this, so whom ever reads this please be patient with me.  I don't think the pictures are so great.....not sure why but we can't have everything now can we!

Ok, here we go...............

This is the end product.  Pretty cool don't ya think!  Yea me too.  First off this block is from EQ7.

Fabric enclosed in each squishy (white is not in picture, forgot to add it to the stack!)

The blue piece is 4" x 44" and the others are 4" x 22".  I think they go together quite well, don't you?

Pieces cut....I find it is easier to use the template than using the rotary instructions.  Can't tell you why, it just seems all the parts fits better that way.

Using 1/4" seam, attach "D" to opposite sides of "F".  Attach "G" to opposite side of "D", (both pieces).

It should look like this.  Easy so far and oh so pretty.  Now attach "E" to opposite sides of block.

Attach "C" to the opposite sides of "E"

Ok, here is where it gets a little tricky......but just alittle!  You will be making 4 of these pieces.  Attach "B" to each end of "E".
Make 4 attach "B" to opposite ends of "D"
In the above photo you can see a small mark on the orange, I wanted to make sure my seams would be lined up so I used my ruler and held it against the seam and placed a small mark on the orange so that I could line up the next row.
And finally, attach "A" to each corner and you are done!

For all my bee friends.......cut one of the pieces of fabric that you have left over into a 4" square, cut in half to make 2 triangles and the 2" white strip, square up.  Please, in permanent fabric ink add your name, city and state and your flickr name.  I am adding this to the back behind your block.

Now, to make all this a little more interesting I will be giving away a fat quarter of each of these fabrics. (except white)  All you have to do is start following me and add a comment.  A winner will be picked randomly on March 15th! If you already are a follower, just leave a comment.  If you can help make this a better or more informative "tutorial" please by all mean let me know.  I am still learning...........

and with that said.........

Duke on the pillows and Daisy at the end of the bed, and this is every night.  DH and I just have to squeeze ourselves in!  (Wouldn't have it any other way! Love my puppies!!)


  1. This is awesome Margaret!! I love your puppies too!! Love a good big doggie!!

  2. This is a great tutorial my dear! I'm over half-way done

  3. I really like this block! Even though I'm not in your hive, I'd love to make it for another couple of sampler quilts. Could you tell me the width of the strips and the size of the center square? I think I could figure out the rest from there. Thanks!

  4. You know I follow you girl! I think you did a great tutorial!

  5. Hi Margaret! Love them bright orange color and yes you did a great job on the tutorial. You made is so 'super easy' for a newbies like me. The dogs are cute : )

  6. Your block is beautiful and it's a great tutorial. EQ7 has some neat patterns to play with. Love the picture of your bed with the dogs....we get to sleep with a couple cats. I'm a new follower, great giveaway!

    1. Connie.....you won! Yeah......email me at mclarkcmc@yahoo.com your mailing address and I will get the fat quaters out to you!

  7. I LOVE the photo of your furbabies in your bed---makes me laugh out loud. :D

  8. I follow your blog an I am working on the block right now. My only suggestion for the tutorial is to add the template... Unless I missed it, I did not see it. Also cutting directions would be awesome!

  9. I am a new follower :D I love the finished block. You will have a gorgeous quilt.

  10. I just finished making the block - I LOVE IT! So glad you sent this pattern, I want to make one of these quilts myself now!
    Carolyn aka the Vegetarian Hunter from OYG