Adventures in Babysitting and a Pattern Correction

First, the pattern correction:  for those of you who followed along with the Pumpkin Spice Latte mystery  on the blog, I made a mistake in the second paragraph when I said to fold the middle piece right sides together.  It should have been wrong sides together.  Subscribers, if you downloaded the pattern as your Thank You gift, no worries.  The written pattern is correct.

My thanks to Carol H who brought this to my attention, and I do mean that sincerely.  I consider any criticism to be constructive and I will always try to fix it and learn from my mistake.

I am writing this post on Saturday, September 22 and will set it to out tomorrow morning.  Where will I be on that beautiful autumn Sunday?  At my daughters wedding!  WHOO HOO!

The bachelorette party was last night and I was given the privilege of watching grandbaby while her mother partied with the bride and her friends.  And, yes, I am sincere.  Four month old babies like everyone – they are past the colic stage and haven’t gotten to the fear of strangers stage.  So all this baby does is smile!

What an adventure it was for me, though.  My youngest hasn’t been a baby for mumble-mumble years and I just didn’t realize how things have changed.

For example, diapers have lines on them now so you can tell when the baby is wet.  (At least Huggies Diapers do.)  That’s an affiliate link, by the way, Target has great prices on them. 

And Wipes are now kept in a warmer, like the Munchkin Warm Glow although there are other brands.    The green thing on her foot is a owlet smart sock , which is basically a baby monitor that checks your babies heart rate and oxygen levels.  I really wish I had one of those for my kids.  I was always so paranoid, I kept a mirror near their beds to make sure they were breathing.

The best thing, though, was the Swing.   This is a picture of a picture of my daughter in her click-click, so named because as it swung back and forth, it went click-click, click-click.  It wasn’t electric – you had to wind it up after it clicked itself out.  If you weren’t careful, you woke the baby up!

Now, of course, they are electric,  like the Graco Baby Swing –   Even her bassinet was electric!  It placed music and gently rocked her to sleep.  It was a Fisher-Price Soothing Motions

I’ve put a few links in this post, because if you are a grandma like me, you probably want to look into these things for YOUR new grandbaby.  Do check Amazon, but be sure to look at Target, Walmart and Bed, Bath and Beyond and Sears for things like that, too.  Prices vary widely.

One word of caution – many baby monitors link to phones now, too, so Mommy can watch the room from her cell phone.  This is good to know ahead of time if you go into babies room to get dressed after your shower.   Oh, well, I figure she has seen me naked often enough….

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Pumpkin Spice Latte, a Mystery Quilt in Three Dimensions. Final Clue

Creating the Three Dimensional Center and Finishing Options

You should have four of the Latte blocks.  Now it’s time to add the dimensional center.  Remember the Three Dimensional Bow Tie?  This is the same idea, just on a larger scale.  I call it the Faux Cathedral Window.

If you watched the 2008 video here:, you probably already know what you are going to do with the remaining 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Background square.

Fold it in half, wrong sides together.  Place it at the lower right corner of the Latte block (the green block), so the cut edges are along the sides and the fold is toward the middle.  Pin it in place.

Place another Latte block on top of this one, right side down, matching the green corners.  The folded square is in the middle of the sandwich.

Sew the SIDE of this block set.  Open up your block set and fold the two Latte blocks back.   Your folded square should be free standing.

Lay this packet on top of the right side of a Latte block so the edge of the  center folded block is on the right edge (the green block) of the Latte block .

Lay the last Latte block right side down on top of that block with the green block in the corner.  Once again the folded square will be the center of that sandwich.  The two Latte blocks that you folded back will be off to the left.

Sew down the sides and open up your new unit.  You have just made an odd looking pair of pants.

This next part is a little tricky the first time.  You will need to sew the two sides of the pants into a four-patch by pulling the middle square open to flatten it out.  As you do so you will see the four patch beginning to come together on the back.

Pin the seams in alternate directions, keeping the raw edges of the squished middle square even with the raw edges of the four patch squares.  Sew the four patch and turn the block over.  You have just made a three dimensional square-in-a-square in the center of the four blocks.

Did you notice that when you made your square-in-a-square block, the edges of the center square were on the bias?   Roll them in toward the center to create a curved effect.  Either hand stitch or machine stitch them in place.  If you would like, you can insert a 3″ x 3″ square under those rolled edges to get a Faux Cathedral Window look.

Your quilt top should now measure 25-1/2″ x 25-1/2″.

Here is another option – all those 3D geese have bias edges that can be rolled back.  I am not going to do that on this quilt because I think it makes it look too Christmas-y and I want to add a fall border.

You can stop and finish it here if you like.

Finishing Options

If you would prefer to make it bigger, you have two options.  The first is to add borders.  It the picture below, I am auditioning the fall border.  It doesn’t look bad!  But I need to keep going…

Cut (2) border strips 25-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.  Sew them to both sides of the block, taking care to match the center of the border with the center of the top.  Press to the border.

DO NOT just sew on the border and cut off the excess when you are done!  That is a recipe for wavy  borders, especially in something with as many seams as this block. Forcing the top to match two identically cut borders forces it to lie square.

Cut (2) border strips 3-1/2″ x 31-1/2″.  Sew these to the top and bottom of your quilt top.  Press to the border.

Setting the Block on Point to Make a Larger Quilt

There is actually a formula for this.  Setting a block on point increases it’s sizes by the square root of two, 1.414.  If I am estimating a future block size, I usually figure it will increase the block 1.5 times.  So a 10 inch block would become approximately 15 inches.    The finished size of the block you just made is 25-1/2″ square.   Multiplying that by 1.414,  it becomes 36″ if set on point.   You don’t need that number for the next step, it’s just to give you an estimate of size.

The trick to setting a block on point is to remember that all the edges of the final block have to be on the straight of grain.  This means the corner blocks have to start with a square which is cut on the diagonal. The formula for this is: size of the finished block divided by 1.414 plus 7/8 inch (.875 if you are using a calculator.)

For this block, the formula tells us that you will need to cut a 19″ block on the diagonal for two of the four corners.  I suggest that you make it slightly oversize and cut (2) 20″ squares.  Cut those squares on the diagonal to make (4) triangles to use for the corners.  Here you can see that I actually had to put two rulers together to get them to reach the entire diagonal.

Sew the two opposing corners to the block first,  taking care to match the center of the triangle with the center of the block.  Press to the triangle.  Sew the remaining two corners and press to the triangle.  You will now have to square up this block.  Take care to maintain the 1/4″ seam allowance.

In the picture above, I am matching up the 45 degree angle on my long ruler with the edge of the block.  Because I cut those triangles WAY oversize, I have a bit to cut off.  First I cut to the left, then I turned the ruler over, matched the 45 degree line again, and cut to the right.

You can download a chart for setting a quilt or block on point at

Adding the Borders

A floating border is a border that “floats” the block away from the border.  It gives the block a little extra space so it doesn’t touch the border directly.

Measure your new quilt top through the center vertically.  It should be 36″, but if not, use your measurement to cut (2) of the 2″ wide floating border strips.  Sew these to both sides of your quilt top, matching the center of your border with the center of your quilt top. Press to the border.

Measure your new quilt top through the center horizontally.  It should be 39″, but if not, use your measurement to cut (2) of the 2″ wide floating border strips.  Sew these to both remaining sides of your quilt top, matching the center of your border with the center of your quilt top. Press to the border.

Repeat this process to add the final borders.

You are done!  What do you think?

Please send me a picture if you can.  My email address is  I want to brag about you!  In return, I will send you the written pattern for this quilt.

Here is my finished sample.  I am not thrilled with the center.  I may pick it apart and put a bit of the border in the middle, or I may just put a big pot on the center when I use it on the table.  But no matter, it is done!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte – A Mini Mystery Quilt in Three Dimensions, Clue Three

Making a Latte Block

You will be making four identical blocks.  The pieces go together like a puzzle, so take your time and use pins.  You might prefer to make them one at a time. 

To make ONE block, Assemble:
(4) Flying Goose Blocks, one of each design
(2) Green HST Blocks
(4) Red HST Blocks
(2) 3″ x 5-1/2″ Background Rectangles
(5) 3″ x 3″ Background Squares
(1) 3″ x 3″ Gold Square
(1) 3″ x 3″ Green Square

Sew the Flying Goose block with the Gold on the left between a 3″ x 3″ Background square and a 3″ x 5-1/2″ Background rectangle as shown below.  Press away from the goose.  Try not to flatten it:-))

Sew a 3″ x 3″ Green square to the left side of a Flying Goose block with the Green on the left.  Sew a 3″ x 3″ Background square to a Red HST.  Sew those two blocks to right side of the Flying Goose so the reds touch each  other and make an upside down Goose.  Press away from the goose, avoiding the center of the Flying Goose block.

Sew a Red HST to the left of a Flying Goose block with the Red on the left so the two reds touch and form an upside down Flying Goose, as shown below.   Press away from the goose, avoiding the center of the Flying Goose block.

Sew a Red HST between a 3″ x 5-1/2″ Background rectangle and a 3″ x 3″ square, as shown. Press away from the HST.

Sew the remaining blocks in the four-patch configuration shown below, taking care to match the direction of the HST blocks.  Press ALL seams open. Really.  It will make it easier to match up to the other blocks without twisting seams in the back.

Sew a two patch as shown below to the right side of the block you just made.  Press that seam open, too.

This is the block you should have made.  Press the vertical seams of this block toward the gold square.

Sew a Flying Goose block with Green on the left to the left side of the block as shown below. Press away from the goose.

You now have all the parts of the puzzle to make a block.  Sew the center of the block together first, then add the top and bottom row.  Press gently from the back and check for twisted seams.  There is a lot of bulk in a three dimensional design.  Ensuring that the seams don’t overlap helps keep the block straight.  It should measure 13 ” x 13″.  Make three more of these blocks.

Next clue is tomorrow.  Don’t peek ahead, you have a surprise coming!

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