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Monday, June 27, 2016

Minecraft Mondays #24 Bonus Blocks: Guardian, Elder Guardian & Polar Bear

Twenty four weeks into my son's epic 10th birthday quilt (which was only supposed to last 20 weeks), it's turning into the never ending project. :) But the end date for sure is Oct. 16th, his birthday. At first I was disappointed that he found out about his surprise quilt, but now I'm glad because he's taken an interest in helping to design it and we're having lots of fun with it.

He's been busy coming up with extra blocks since school's been out, so these are two that he drew himself. :D 

These are characters in Minecraft that I didn't even know existed! Guardian and Polar Bear.




I also like, that with so many extra blocks, if someone makes another Minecraft quilt in the future, it could be totally different than the first one they made by mixing and matching combinations of blocks. 


First up is the Guardian.  I have no idea what he guards or why he looks like this. ;) But your kids probably do. ha!



You'll need a darker turquoise color, a lighter turquoise or aqua color, orange, white and brown.





Cutting:

Dark Turquoise: (2) 3 1/2 x 9 1/2"
                (2) 2 x 3 1/2"

Lighter Turquoise: (1) 2 x 8"
                   (1) 3 1/2 x 8"
                   (1) 3 3/8" sq.
                   (4) 2 3/8" sq.

Orange: (1) 2 x 8"
        (1) 3 3/8" sq.
        (1) 4 1/4" sq.

White: (1) 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"
       (1) 2 x 3 1/2"
       (1) 2 x 2"

Brown: (1) 2 x 2"


Prep:

a) Using 3 3/8" sq. of orange and lighter turquoise, place right sides together and sew scant quarter inch from outer edge all the way around.




--Trim from corner to corner x 2. Press open to form (4) 2" unfinished (1 1/2" finished) HSTs (half square triangles). You might need to trim them just a bit to size.




b) Using 4 1/4" square of orange and (4) 2 3/8" squares of lighter turquoise, make four flying geese as follows.




--Trace diagonal lines on back of each smaller square. Place two of them as seen below, right sides together, and stitch a scant 1/4" from each side of line. 




--Trim apart on line. 




--Press as follows.




--Place remaining two squares as seen below, right sides together, and stitch scant 1/4" on each side of line.




--Trim apart on line. Press. You now should have (4) 2 x 3 1/2" flying geese units (1 1/2 x 3" when finished in quilt). Again, you might need to trim them just a bit.  A couple of mine were just a hair too big, but it could've been my wandering seam. lol!




c) Stitch 2 x 8" strips of lighter aqua & orange, and 3 1/2 x 8" rectangle of lighter aqua together as shown below.




--Cut into four of the following  2 x 6 1/2" pieces.




Assembly: Assemble according to the small gray arrows first, then assemble in order of the numbered arrows.




And you have a Guardian.. to guard stuff..? ;) His one eye reminds me of Monsters, Inc. :D



*note*: To make your guardian into an Elder Guardian, just switch out the orange for lavender, the aqua for tan, and the brown for pink.

Elder Guardian! (according to my son..I really have no idea-lol)


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Next up is the Polar Bear, another animal that I didn't know existed in Minecraft. He could use a wax. He's heavy on the eyebrows. ;)



You'll need white, dark gray (nose), medium gray (eye brows), lighter gray (nose), and black (eyes).

Cutting:

White: (1) 3 1/2 x 12 1/2"
       (1) 3 1/2 x 6 1/2"
       (2) 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"
       (3) 2 x 3 1/2"
       (2) 2 x 2"

Medium Gray: (2) 2 x 5"

Light Gray: (1) 2 x 6 1/2"
            (2) 2 x 2"

Dark Gray: (1) 3 1/2 x 6 1/2"
           (2) 2 x 2"

Black: (2) 2 x 2"


Assembly: Assemble the top, middle and bottom sections according to the numbered arrows, then assemble according to the large gray arrows.




And it's a Polar Bear. :D




Thanks for popping in today. Between @little.emerz, @wisemantammy, myself, and my son, we will have over 20 extra blocks! That's enough for a whole seperate Minecraft quilt. Before I started doing this, I had no idea there were so many different characters! Or that I would be doing this many extras.  I had only planned on a couple. But I'm loving that they're so easy and colorful! And the time spent with my son. :)

Happy Monday! Hope you're staying cool.  I'm in Northern Calif., and it is so hot. And fires seem to be popping up everywhere! :( It's that season again.

Have a great week!

xoxoxo

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Minecraft Mondays Bonus Blocks: Spider, Cave Spider & Pick Axe

The Minecraft blocks continue, 23 weeks in now. This week the extra blocks are the spider & the pick axe. These two are really fun!

First, the spider...




You'll need some black, dark gray, lighter gray, and red.

Cutting:

Black: (1) 2 x 7"

Lighter Gray: (1) 2 x 7"

Dark Gray: (2) 2 x 3 1/2"
           (4) 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"
           (1) 2 x 15"
           (1) 2 x 7"
           (2) 2 x 6 1/2"

Red: (1) 2 x 15"
     (1) 3 1/2 x 6 1/2"

Prep:

a) Stitch 2 x 15" strips of dark gray and red together, then cut into (4) 2 x 3 1/2" sections and (2) 3 1/2 x 3 1/2" sections.









b) Stitch your (4) 2 x 3 1/2" sections from above into two of the following sections.


x2

c) Stitch your (2) 2 x 6 1/2" strips of dark gray to each side of your 3 1/2 x 6 1/2" rectangle of red as shown below.





d) Stitch 2 x 7" strips of dark gray, light gray and black together, then cut into (2) 3 1/2 x 5" sections as shown below.




Assembly: Assemble each section in order of the numbered arrows, then assemble per the large gray arrows.





Spider! eek! ;)




Note: To make your spider into a "Cave Spider", just switch out the grays for blues.

Cave Spider!



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The Pick Axe is brought to you by Tammy (@wisemantammy on Instagram), thanks for working this one out Tammy!



For the pick axe, you'll need three colors of blue/turqoise, two colors of brown, and a background color.

Cutting:

Light Brown: (1) 1 1/2 x 10 1/2"
             (1) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2"

Dark Brown: (2) 1 1/2 x 10 1/2"
            (1) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2"
            (1) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"

Dark Blue: (4) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2"
           (1) 1 1/2 x 3"
           (1) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"

Medium Blue: (1) 3 x 4 1/2"

Light Blue: (1) 1 1/2 x 3"

Background: (1) 1 1/2 x 10 1/2"
            (2) 1 1/2 x 3"
            (4) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2"
            (2) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2"
            (1) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"
            (1) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"
            (2) 3 1/2 x 8 1/2"
      

Prep:

a) Stitch 1 1/2 x 10 1/2" strips of white (or your chosen background--I chose purple), dark brown and light brown together, then cut into seven of the following units.





b) Stitch 1 1/2 x 4 1/2" rectangles of light brown and dark brown together, then cut into three of the following units.





c) Stitch 1 1/2 x 3" rectangles of white and dark blue together, then cut into two of the following units.




d) Stitch medium blue and light blue rectangles together, then cut into two of the following units.





e) Assemble the following unit.



Assembly: Assemble each section according to the numbered gray arrows, then assemble block.

Left Side:


Right Side:


Bottom:




Block:



And then you have a pick axe! :D

I did ours with purple background b/c it's going on the back of the quilt, and I wanted it to match the rest of the backing.



Happy Monday!

Have a great week!

xoxoxo

*CLICK HERE for downloadable PDF*
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Minecraft Quilt Letters: Y & Z

Now we know our ABC's, next time won't you Mine with me? ;) It's Y & Z, the last of the Minecraft alphabet. So let's get to it!

Let me know if you find any typos in these instructions or diagrams, since I haven't made the Y & Z, or found anyone who needed them to test them. Thank you!

Letter Y:




Cutting:

Black: (4) 1 1/2 x 10 1/2"
       (2) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2"

Light Gray: (1) 3 1/2 x 15 1/2"   
            (1) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2"

Dark Gray: (1) 1 1/2 x 15 1/2"


Prep: Stitch your 3 1/2 x 15 1/2" strip of light gray and your 1 1/2 x 15 1/2" strip of dark gray together, then cut into (2) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2" and (1) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2" pieces.




Assembly: Assemble in order of the numbered arrows.





And you have a Y! :)

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Letter Z!



Cutting:

Black: (4) 1 1/2 x 10 1/2"
       (2) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2"
       (2) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2"
       (2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2"
       (2) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"

Light Gray: (1) 5 x 7 1/2"
            (1) 4 1/2 x 6"
            (1) 3 x 3 1/2"
            
Dark Gray: (1) 1 1/2 x 5"
           (1) 1 1/2 x 6"
           (1) 1 1/2 x 3"

Prep:

a) Stitch a 5 x 7 1/2" rectangle of light gray and a 1 1/2 x 5" rectangle of dark gray together, then cut into (2) 2 1/2 x 8 1/2" rectangles as shown.



b) Stitch a 4 1/2 x 6" rectangle of light gray to a 1 1/2 x 6" of dark gray, then cut into (4) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2" strips as shown.


c) Stitch a 3 x 3 1/2" rectangle of light gray and a 1 1/2 x 3" rectangle of dark gray together, then cut into (2) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2" rectangles as shown.



Assembly: Assemble pieces indicated by small gray arrows first, then assemble according to the numbered arrows.


And it's a Z! :D The Z is has a lot more pieces but looks like the most fun of all the letters to me. :)

Stay tuned for Monday's bonus blocks, which will be the Spider (my son is really excited about that one!) and the Pick Axe. :)

Happy Father's Day Weekend!

xoxo
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