Hour Mint Block Tutorial–52 Twisted Traditions Quilt Along

I’m a little at getting this posted … I’ve spent the day getting ready for surprising the girls with a  trip on the Polar Express!  But before we set off … here’s your weekly quilt block tutorial

Hour Mint Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 6” x 6”

A traditional hourglass block twisted into a fun peppermint!

Supplies and Cutting Instructions

Mint (white)


1 – 3” x 3” square
1 – 2.5” x 2.5” square

Background 1 (golden yellow)


3 – 3” squares

Background 2 (green)


2 – 2.5” squares
2 – 3” squares

Peppermint Swirl (red)


1 – 2” square

1 – 2” square of fusible


Half Square Triangles

We need to start by making three pairs of half square triangles.


On the wrong side of your 3” square of white fabric and two of your 3” squares of golden yellow fabric draw a diagonal line with a water soluble marker.

Pair the white fabric with the remaining square of golden yellow fabric right sides together. Pair the two 3” squares of golden yellow fabrics with the two 3” squares of green fabric right sides together.


Sew a seam a quarter-inch on both sides of the lines you drew on all three pairs of the fabric.


Cut each of the blocks on the line you drew.

Press towards the darker of the two fabrics.


Take your six half square triangle blocks


and square them up to 2.5”.


Now take your six half square triangle blocks and lay them out with your 2.5” squares you cut out initially in the setting shown above.


Sew the nine patch together into a block. You can already see that there is a fun peppermint shape coming out! Let’s bring that out a little bit more with some fun fused applique.


Start by sketching out a 2” x 2” square on your paper (this is the size of your finished center block).


Draw the design you’d like to showcase in your mint. I decided I wanted a fun swirl!


Now trace that design onto your fusible web.


Press it onto your red fabric. And then cut it out!


Place it how you think it looks best in your mint and press to finalize the placement.


And now you have a fun mint! I still didn’t think it was quite ‘there’ just yet.


So – I took some of the scraps of red fused fabric I had left from cutting out my swirl and added two particle swirls to each part of the mint! I personally think it made a great final touch but feel free to embellish as you see fit!


And with that…your ‘Hour Mint’ block is finished!


Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (1/17/15), the PDF will be $1.


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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

Hashtag: #52bTT

Stop back next Wednesday for the FINAL twisted traditional block tutorial!


Snapshots Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting another fabulous quilt along in 2015.  snapshots

Seriously!?  Isn’t this a super fun quilt!  I’m freaking about just how adorable all those blocks are!!!!

For this QAL, the Fat Quarter Shop releases the first pattern and video tutorial on January 15th, 2015, and all the other patterns and videos on the 15th of every month.  (Which means … yup … a new block comes out on my birthday in April!!!!!)

For every pattern download, we are encouraging everyone to donate at least $5 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital!

The Fat Quarter Shop is currently taking pre-orders for Quilt Kits and Backing sets.  These kits will ship early February.

If you are sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop they would love if you could share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or you blog of your Work in Progress and finished blocks on every 15th of the month as well.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #fqssnapshots for your posts so that people can find them!

For more detailed information regarding the QAL visit HERE.

I was going to share with you my favorite block of the quilt along but it’s really a toss up …

Released January 15th, 2015

Released February 15th, 2015!

Released March 15th, 2015!

Released April 15th, 2015!

Released May 15th, 2015!

Released June 15th, 2015!

Released July 15th, 2015!

Released August 15th, 2015!

Released September 15th, 2015!

Released October 15th, 2015!

Released November 15th, 2015!

Released December 15th, 2015!


You all know I love a good quilt along … and a good quilt along for a great cause is even better!

A Mug and Friendship Tea–Holiday Gift Ideas

I realized this weekend I had nothing planned for the girls’ teachers gifts this year.  I like to really think of something special and neat for folks so I put my thinking cap on.  Considering how crafty I am – I make shockingly few gifts to give.  Don’t get me wrong – I buy a lot of handmade/locally made products for gifts but I can never seem to get focused to make anything myself.  I’m turning over a new leaf and this year I’m making the teacher’s a little something (hopefully they don’t read my blog…). 



  • Lemonade (pink or regular … I like pink for the color)
  • Tang
  • Iced Tea
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon


  • Jars with lid and ring – I found these adorable squatty half pint jars but you can use whatever jar you’d like
  • charm squares of fabric (5” square)
  • ribbon
  • printed gift tag

Friendship Tea

1 C Instant Tea
2 C tang
2 pkgs of presweetened lemonade (if unsweetened add 1 cup sugar)
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix together and store in covered jar.

Use 1 heaping tsp or more to 1 cup boiling/hot water.

Mix up the ingredients in the Friendship Tea recipe above into a big bowl or container.  Make sure all the ingredients are stirred and mixed really nicely.

IMG_6329Now take one of your jars.


Fill it with the tea powder mixture.  I found that I can fit about 12 servings of tea in the jar.


Place the metal canning lid on and then put the 5” charm square.


Tighten the ring over the fabric.  How cute is that!?


With the ribbon tie the little label you made to go with the Friendship Tea gift.  My label says …

Use 2 heaping tsp. or more to one full Lapacek’s Orchard mug of hot/boiling water. Stir and enjoy!

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate” – Linda Grayson


You guessed it!  The tag gave it away – I’m paring the jar of tea with a handcrafted mug from our orchard!  What teacher wouldn’t love this!?

Are you making any cute little handmade gifts for teachers or others this year? I’d love to hear about them!

Classic & Vintage–the Bear Paw

I’m so excited to share with you the newest block the Fat Quarter Shop is featuring as part of their ‘Classic & Vintage Series’ – the Bear Paw!

The Fat Quarter Shop is using the Classic & Vintage series to take classic, traditional blocks and make it fresh for today!  Check out their latest video on the Bear Paw HERE

If you want to give it a try – download the block pattern HERE and a full quilt pattern PDF can be purchased HERE

When they asked for bloggers to use the pattern and show their viewers how we chose our fabrics and how it turned out – I was in immediately!

I started out by browsing the fabrics at the Fat Quarter Shop to come up with my color scheme.


Of all the different types of solids out there I’ll admit that I’m completely addicted to the Grunge Basics collection.  I decided to get a fat quarter bundle of it for the Bear Paw project. 


Because it’s me – I couldn’t JUST use solids.  I wanted to add a little bit of pattern in there too.  After checking out the Fat Quarter Shop’s great sale fabric section – I found this – Pat Bravo’s Carnaby Street Berry Groovy Vibes fabric!  It was perfect!

So I got to work and started cutting into the fabrics!  It turns out – you can get enough fabric cut for one inside and one outside of the bear paw block from one fat quarter.  There’s still a little to spare but not enough for a whole paw – great for a later scrap quit or who knows – maybe to use in the sashing or border. 


Here was the first color combination I went with!  I just love the purple and golden yellow – although I admit, it does remind me a bit of the Viking’s.  I was officially hooked!  Time to make some more Bear Paw blocks!

IMG_6296Block 2

IMG_6295Block 3

IMG_6298Block 4

IMG_6297Block 5 – this is my favorite color combination!  Can’t you just see this as a Christmas quilt combination!?

IMG_6300Block 6

IMG_6301Block 7

IMG_6302Block 8

IMG_6303Block 9

IMG_6305Here are the nine bear paw blocks I have done so far!  I have enough cut to make quite a few more – it’s going to be a big quilt!  I really love how by doing these you really get a sense of what some more uncommon color combination look like and react to each other.  I’m also so excited that I was allowed to finally share this with you all – I’ll be posting my blocks as I keep going!

Well – I couldn’t just stop and show you a few unfinished blocks – I wanted to have a finished project to share with you too!


So I decided to make a miniature Christmas Bear Paw quilt.  These blocks finish at 14” add a little border and you have a 16” block – plenty big for a mini quit.  I used Jason Yenter’s fabulous print

‘Magic of Winter Red Woven Ribbons’ (seriously this is fabric is beyond amazing!  I think I want ten million more yards!!!!) with a solid red to create a fun little wall hanging.


I added 1.5” borders in red and bound in the Ribbon fabric.  Some straight line echo quitling for the final touch!  It’s dramatic and perfect for the holidays’ without being so holiday-y that you couldn’t keep it up year round!  And hey – it may even be my ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Project QUILTING Entry

Have you made a quilt using the classic bear paw block?  I’d love to see it!  Please link up a picture below!   Be sure to come back and share once you use the Fat Quarter Shop’s tutorial to make your very own Classic & Vintage Bear Paw Quilt!


Don’t forget!  The Fat Quarter Shop has made it super easy for you to join in the fun!

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