Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Way West Set for Westering Women Block of the Month

Way West
72 x 84"
Here's an idea for an innovative set for the twelve blocks in  
the Westering Women Block of the Month.
I've called it Way West.

The twelve pieced blocks are in the west.
Arrows from the east point the way west.

A feedsack with a covered wagon on it.

I drew the quilt up in EQ7 with some random pieced blocks
and two simple setting blocks plus 8 plain, unpieced squares.

It's a grid of 6 x 7 blocks, each finishing to 12".
There are 12 Pieced blocks
8 Plain Blocks (Cut 12-1/2" square)
5 Arrow Blocks
and 17 Strip Blocks

The arrows could be done as flag stripes
in reds and the left side could be a sort of a blue field.

Or whatever suits your fancy.

Cutting 12” Finished Arrow Blocks
You Need 5.

A– Cut 1 square 6-7/8”. Cut in half diagonally with a single cut. You need 2 triangles for each block.

B– Cut 3 rectangles 6-1/2” x 4-1/2”.

C—Cut 1 triangle 13-1/4” . Cut into 4 triangles with two diagonal cuts. You need one large triangle per block.

Cutting 12” Finished Strip Blocks 

You Need 17.
For each cut 3 strips 12-1/2” x 4-1/2”.

YARDAGE for the set.
For the light background for arrows & strips—3-1/2 Yards
For the dark plain blocks and arrow point backgrounds—1-1/2 Yards
For the arrow strips & points - 1/2 Yard

More of the feedsack with cowboys and cactus too.


Barbara said...

Wow! Neat set :)

RodFleck said...

What Barbara above said....that is actually a really cool idea.

Jacqueline said...

Very creative setting.

Unknown said...

Really a creative way to lay out blocks. Thank you for thinking out of the box.....

Jeanne said...

Hmmm, this is interesting ... I'll ponder on it at work today when I can't be sewing :)

lalaluu said...

LOVE this setting! So creative and modern!

kristie said...

Great setting...looks fun to do too!

suz said...

this is a brilliant setting! I love it!

Alwayskeptintap said...

Great setting! I love it! Would it be possible to allow us to copy and print the blog entries for our personal use and reference, as we could before the start of this 2016?

I always could copy the graphics and text in the past onto a word doc and shrink the pics and move them so the text was beside the pics, so to print out in a paper saving mode for my offline reference reading. Since the start of the new year I can only print out in screen view mode and the print and pics are so small and layout is so vast - it is not very user friendly. So, I am wondering if you are doing something different, for some reason, or if you might return to the way you set your blogs in the past, please!

With fingers crossed for an affirmation,
Cathy von Jess in Acton, Massachusetts

MaryC said...

Very interesting idea! I like it! I will certainly consider this idea with the final assembly....!

Susan said...

A modern setting for a Civil War quilt. I like it.

Susan said...

Under Cutting for the Arrow block in section C: it says, "Cut 1 triangle 13-1/4” . Cut into 4 triangles with two diagonal cuts. You need one large triangle per block."

Should this be, Cut 1 square 13-1/4” . Cut into 4 triangles with two diagonal cuts. You need one large square per block."?

Barbara Brackman said...

Susan. No, you really only need 1 triangle per block so cutting 4 will give you enough for 4 blocks. At least I think that's right.

Barbara Brackman said...

Cathy---I'm not doing anything different that I can think of. What I do is highlight the text in the post, save it all and put it in an empty word file. The pictures and text all go in there. The screen saver might work---but make it a really big jpg (300dpi) and then trim all that extra space.

kathyinozarks said...

this is really a clever setting-love it

QuilterinMotion said...

The setting of the blocks with all the arrows pointing westerly toward them is a very clever layout. I hope a lot of your followers make their quilts up using this as I can't wait to see how they look!!!


Janie said...

Great design! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

pinkdeenster said...

This idea has certainly got me thinking!

Alwayskeptintap said...

Thank-you for your response to my added query, Barabara, about the printing out.

This is what I have been trying to do and have done since we started celebrating the 150 years since the Civil War: Highlight, Copy and Paste the entire blog post (including your name as author) onto a ms-word document. This process always worked, before 2016, for me. However now, only your text copies; there are big blank spaces where the photos or illustrations go. This is why I thought you may have changed your "permission" settings. -I will give it a try, on another computer and then with google docs, and see if I get 'happier' results of text and pics.

THank-you again for all you share with the world! Happy Spring Time!
Cathy vonJess in MA

Unknown said...

OK, I' a little confused. (MY normal state) I see the directions forth e arrow block. Have the other blocks been released or will they be in the future? I want to make this quilt. It is a really great setting!!

Anonymous said...

Now I know where you got that stupid arrow idea from Hilary's campaign.

Unknown said...

OK, now I am confused. Is the Westerning Woman BOM the Dixey Diaries quilt? I just found this site and would like the make your Westering Woman Quilt. However, I am behind, obviously, and would like to catch up. Where can I find instructions for the blocks I have missed if they are not the Dixey Diary quilt? Thank you!