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Living at the Lake - Quilt Along 2021

This is our fourth "Quilt-Along" and we are so very excited to introduce "Living at the Lake" with partnership of the Benton county Enterprise (BCE). The 3rd week of each month BCE will publish a block in the newspaper with cutting and assembly instruction. We will provide more detail with pictures for assembly process here to help assist you. If you are not already a BCE subscriber you can subscribe at the link below to not only receive the block information but also learn about all the "happenings" in Benton County, Missouri.  You can subscribe annually or you may also print just that day's paper for just $2 to get the block pattern for that month. We will list the dates on our website here.

Fabric Kits will be available in Batik  Cottons or Quilting Cottons.  TBD - Check back here or check for Living at the Lake.
Link for Benton County Enterprise below:
It’s another great year for quilting success as we celebrate our new quilt: "Living at the Lake".
When we look up at the stars, walk through beautiful wooded areas, and enjoy lots of sunshine while we are boating and fishing; life is good!
I am “SEW” excited to be asked to return for another “Sewing with Amy” for the Benton County Enterprise newspaper. Be on the lookout the third Thursday each month for additional rows starting in February.
This year it’s a ROW Quilt. But really, aren’t most quilts constructed from blocks and then rows? Yes, they are!
What makes a row quilt unique is that it often repeats a block or group of blocks in a single row with each row being different. If you have a small sewing group, this is a great quilt to share in a “round-robin” style - friendship quilt. Gather a group of friends and each month you trade quilts so each friend can add a row to your quilt. You can select all the fabrics for your group to use or you could provide a focus fabric and inform your group of your color choices and let them be cre-ative with each row to create a truly unique quilt made by your friends.  Apx size is 60" x 78"  or add borders to make it 72" x 90".

You may also join our FACEBOOK Group for added fun. See what others are doing and provide us your show and tell as you build out your quilt for a chance to win a monthly drawing.  Come Play with us by joining the BCE Sew Along Group BCE Sew Along 2020.  Ask to join today.
Living at the Lake - Sew Along

Quilt Along Instruction:    

 This is for assembly only - pattern with fabric requirements and cutting instruction is provided by the Benton County Enterprise or you may register here for monthly pattern: Living at the Lake Registration.

Tip:  Create a Color Key to ensure placements of your fabrics #1 - #4. 
Tip:  Pattern is written for Row Construction 1 at a time, however fabric requirements are for the entire quilt. When Cutting WOF - you may not use the whole piece in the block construction. Hold all extra fabric pieces until entire project is complete.

Corrections:  Yardage for added borders s/b 1 5/8.  Not 2 yds.

Cut out pieces as indicated in the Benton County Enterprise Paper.

Row 1:  Stars and Friendship

Tip: When sewing multiple long strips together. Sew two strips together and then add the third strip sewing from the opposite end. Sewing in opposite directions each time you add a strip will help to keep your strip sets even.

Assembly Instruction:

9-Patch Unit: 

Using (3) MB strips (2 strips x WOF + 2 strips 12” each cut off 3rd strip) and (2) LB strips (1 Strip x  WOF + 12” strip cut off 2nd strip. )   Sew (1) LB  strip  and (1)  MB  strips (RST) down long side of strip.  Repeat with 2nd MB  strip on other side of LB strip. Press outward toward MB. Creating a 3-piece strip set (MB/LB/MB) strip. Sub-cut strip set to   Make (16) MB/LB/MB sets. Repeat with 12” strips to make an additional (4) MB/LB/MB) sets (20 sets total). Press toward MB.

Using remaining LB Strip + 1 additional LB strip and 1 Purp Strip. Repeat steps above to make LB/Purp/LBstrip set and sub-cut to make (10 sets total). Press toward center sq. (purp). With right sides together matching seams, sew one MB/LB/MB set to a LB/Purp/LB set.

Sew an additional MB/LB/MB set to the other side of LB/Purp/LB set so that the purple square  is in the middle of you Patch Unit.   Make a total of (10) 9 Patch units.

Friendship Star Unit:

Note: Look at picture of star block to place RO HST pieces and half block placement.

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each LB.  Place (1) RO   (1) LB  Sew 1/4"  on each side of the drawn line. Cut on drawn line to make (2) LB/RO HST units. Press towards the LB.  Make 40 LB/RO HST units. 

Sew (1) LB sq to each side of (20) LB/RO HST units to make rows #1 and #3 of Friendship Star Block. Press toward LB sq. Ensure HST unit is placed in correct position and direction.

Sew (1) LB/RO HST unit to each side of a Y sq to make row #2.  Press toward Y sq. Ensure HST squares are placed in correct direction.

With RST and matching seams, Sew rows 1, 2 and 3 together.   Y sq will be in middle of Friendship Star Block. Measures 6 ½” sq.  Make (10) Friendship Star units. 

Sew (1) 9-patch unit to (1) Friendship Star unit to make Half Block Unit.  Sew (2) Half Block Units together to complete block to measure 12 ½” unfinished square. 

Sew (5) blocks together to complete row.  
Row measures 60 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Row 2 - Living in the woods - March 18, 2021

Cut out pieces according to the insdtructions in Benton County Enterprise Paper.


Fold  GR Fabric in half..  Crease fold line. Open back up and on back side of fabric, draw a line diagonally from center fold to bottom right corner and from center fold to bottom left corner. 


Place a LB Fabric sq RST on GR rectangle lining up to left side of rectangle. Sew ¼” on the inside of the triangle from drawn line. Trim off excess forming a ¼” seam. Open and press toward LB.

Repeat on right side.


Keeping a ¼” seam at top of triangle point and centering triangle point.  (Tip: Trim sides first keeping top point centered, then trim from top down keeping your 1/4 from point.  Trim block to size.  Make 8.


Sew (2) triangle units together to make tree tops.  Make 4.

With (2) LB rectangles and (1)  BR rectangle sew a strip set of LB/BR/LB. Press seams toward center BR fabric. Make 4.

 Sew tree trunk to tree top. Press seam toward tree top. Completed block measures Make 4.




Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each Y  sq. Place (1) Y sq.RST on (1) LB sq.Sew ¼” on each side o fthe drawn line.

Cut on drawn line to make

(2) Y/LB HST units.  Press toward the LB. .Make (6) Y/LB HST units.

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each Y/LB HST unit crossing the joining seam.

Place (1) Y/LB HST unit RST on left side of (1) BR  rectangle. Seam of Y/LB HST unit should be placed in upper corner. Sew on drawn line. Trim to ¼” seam. Press away from roof.

Repeat on right side to make a finished roof top unit.  Make 3.

Place (1)  rectangle RST on (1) Purp sq. Sew to make window unit. Press toward Purp Make 3.


Sew in order:
(1) Purp sq., (1) R/O  rectangle, (1) Purp rectangle, (1) window unit, and  (1) Purp rectangle. Press toward purple rectangles.
Creates 1 Door/Window unit measures Make 3.


Place (1) Purp strip RST at top of Door/Window unit. Sew. Place (1) Purp  strip RST at bottom of Door/Window Unit. Sew. Press toward Purp strips. 

 Sew (1) Door/Window unit to (1) Rooftop Unit. Pres toward Purp strip.

Sew a Tree Block to left side of finished house block. Sew a Tree Block to the right side of (1) House Block.



Assemble row by sewing (2) Tree/House blocks together. Sew the last Tree/House/Tree block at end of row.




Build the quilt:  Sew Row 1 – “Stars and Friendship” to the top of Row 2 – “A Home In The Woods”.

Row 3 - Sunshine

 Cut out pieces according to the insdtructions in Benton County Enterprise Paper.

Tip:  If you don’t want to use fusible during applique process – startch (best press) fabrics well to stiffen a bit.


Get our free downloadable template for your applique circles or for piecing your Drunkards Path blocks.  Free - Drunkards Path Template w/Instructions - Click here.

Note: We will refer to the circle portion of your block as the “pie”.  And the square portion of your block as the “crust”.

First: Let's crerate our "pie" pieces.  If piecing - use the instructions included with downloadable template. If using the template to create your applique then print template and cut off the arc seam allowance of the (A - Pie) piece.  Should look like this.  

Then trace it onto wax paper and cut out. This allows you to iron onto fabric so it does not shift as you cut it out and you can use the same piece multiple times.  
To create circle for pie pieces. Fold "pie" fabric pieces in half twice.  Then iron your pie template to the folded fabric.  Make sure the point of the pie is on the folded edges. Trim the arc.  Open up to reveal circle.



Fold background (crust) square in half twice to find center of sq. Place circle (pie) piece right side up on background piece. Line up the folded lines both horizonally and vertically. 
Applique the circle (pie) piece to the background (crust) piece.

Once sewn, sub-cut into 4 drunkards path blocks to size as indicated in the newspaper instructions.

There are two instructions for trimming. The 4 drunkard's path - pie pieces in the center circle have a smaller crust and should be trimmed starting with the (A) template pie section. We will call this Large Pie.

The outer drunkard's path blocks that create the rays have larger crust pieces and should be trimmed from the (B) template crust section. We will call this Small Pie.

Row 1 and 4: Sew a background square to 2 Small Pie Blocks as shown.  Make 2.

Row 2 and 3: Sew a Small Pie block to 2 Large Pie blocks as shown.

Sew rows together as shown: 



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