Stitch Pink in October – Days 1 & 2 – Tuckerizing!

Many of you may have heard that Moda is doing a free quilt this month on their blog called Stitch Pink in October. It’s a quilt block a day.  Here’s a link to the archive, showing all of the blocks for the month.  Moda Stitch Pink Archive The quilt was brought to my attention by one of my students (thanks Nancy!) and she asked me during a class on the Wing Clipper if it would be possible to convert the flying geese portions of the quilt to the Wing Clipper method. After looking at the whole quilt I realized that it would be a perfect quilt to Tuckerize. That’s what we CIs call converting a pattern to Tucker Tools. Each day after the pattern is posted, I will be posting here on my blog what tools I used to Tuckerize the block, and the sizes I cut my fabrics.

Many shops are selling kits for the quilt. It’s made using Moda Grunge fabrics. I love Grunge fabrics, and Wish Upon a Quilt carries a a large assortment of them. But I chose to dig into my stash and work from a fat quarter bundle and some yardage.  The great thing about pattern like this is that you can work from your stash or go to your local shop (or online if your local shop isn’t open during the pandemic) and choose what appeals to you. I did decide to stay within the pink theme. With October being breast cancer awareness month, I wanted to stay true to what Moda had intended with this project.

 

So without further delay, let’s get into block #1. 

Underdog

This block is made using hourglass units and what’s known as the stitch and flip method. I used my Tucker Trimmer and my Corner Pop tool t(o make the block.  Using the letters in the grid at the top of the pattern, here are the measurements I used to cut my fabrics, converting them to the charts on my tool instructions.

A – (4) 4 1/2″ squares (same as the pattern)
B – (2) 3 1/4″ squares cut in half once on the diagonal (Corner Pop tool)
C – (2) 5 1/2″ squares to make the hourglass units (Tucker Trimmer)
D – (1) 5 1/2″ square to make the hourglass units (Tucker Trimmer)
E – (1) 5 1/2″ square to make the hourglass units (Tucker Trimmer)
F – (1) 4 1/2″ square (same as the pattern)

Following the instructions on the Corner Pop tool for the 2 1/2″ published folded corner size, I made the stitch and flip units. Following the instructions for the 4 1/2″ cut size for quarter square triangles, I made the hourglass units.

The block is put together as a 9 patch, and because there was some bulk at the seam intersections, I chose to press the final seams of the block open. I also spun the seams on my hourglass units. I also pressed the seams of my Corner Pop blocks open. I find that it gives them a nice neat appearance on the front.

Block #2 uses a lot of flying geese. Using my Wing Clipper is the only way I make flying geese now. In a block like this making them four at a time is faster, and cutting them slightly oversized and them trimming them down with the Wing Clipper assures that the points won’t get cut off.

On the Rise

A – (4) 3 1/2″ squares (same as the pattern)
B – (4) 4″ squares
C – (1) 7 1/2″ square
D – (4) 2″ squares (same as the pattern)
E – (4) 2 1/2″ squares
F – (1) 4 1/2″ square
G – (1) 3 1/2″ square (same as the pattern)

First I constructed and trimmed down all the flying geese, both the 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ unfinished units, and the 2″ x 3 1/2″ unfinished units. Then I constructed the center star block as a 9 patch. Then I constructed the final block as a 9 patch, using the completed star unit as the center of the block. This block packs a lot of punch because it looks so complicated, but it’s very simple to put together when you break it down into the component parts.

I also chose to press all the seams open on this block as well because of the bulk when putting it together.

I hope you’ll continue to join me for the Stitch Pink blocks each day. I’m hoping to have them completed on a daily basis, although I may have to double up on them on some days because I’m teaching 4 classes this week! We’re working on flying geese using the Wing Clipper this month in the Tucker Tool Club. And I’m wrapping up a 2 part class on the Hunter’s Star tool on Wednesday.

If you’re interested in using Moda Grunge fabrics for this quilt and your local shop doesn’t have them, take a look at Wish Upon a Quilt’s selection. Laurie and Katie have done a wonderful job our curating our selection of Grunge fabrics.

And speaking of October being breast cancer awareness month, Frank and Laurie have decided to use a portion of some sales for the month to go towards a local organization called Pretty in Pink. They help women who may not have resources to cover their medical needs and bills. 10% of sales for all of Laurie’s designs for the month will go towards this initiative. I think it’s fantastic that they want to give back to the community that they are a part of. Here’s a link to Laurie’s designs on Wish. There are a lot of great panels to choose from, and a few of them I had the pleasure of turning into quilts.

Thanks for stopping by my website and blog. I hope you’ll continue to come by and check out what I have going on after the month is over.