Northern Wilderness

I am leading a Northern Wilderness Block Party (think Block of the Month) at the store this year.  We will be using the pattern Northern Wilderness from Northern Threads.  If you are local the pattern is available at Ruth’s Stitchery (or will be if they have sold out again).  If you aren’t local, it can be ordered directly from the designer or from Ruth’s.  If you miss a month, you can catch up here, or if you have a conflict with the time or distance feel free to follow along.  I will be using various speciality rulers when I put the blocks together.  This will be different from the directions in the pattern.  I will post any measurements I change while piecing.  However, I will not post measurements that I do not change.

I’ve posted an article about how to get an accurate quarter-inch seam allowance here.  Accuracy will be important in these blocks.

Northern Wilderness Block Borders  — this clickable link is a pdf of a PowerPoint presentation showing the steps for applying the borders to the pieced block.  This is done prior to adding the applique.

This post from a couple years ago shows the process for doing the raw edge applique.

Eagle Block

1-19-12  Block Party met today and here is the pdf presentation for the Eagle Block — Northern Wilderness Eagle

Specific Supplies I used in this month’s block include:

  • –6-1/2″ Easy Angle Ruler
  • –10″ Companion Angle Ruler
  • –An Applique Pressing Sheet
  • –To stitch down the applique, I used YLI Wonder Invisible thread in both clear and smoke
  • –I used Lingerie and Bobbin thread in my bobbin — When using smoke invisible thread in the needle I used black  in the bobbin, and white when using clear in the needle.  Feel free to use what ever thread you prefer.
I forgot to mention at block party, I did not applique the eagle’s eye.  I chose to embroider it with a lazy daisy stitch.
–February 16  This month we covered two blocks in the block party.  First the Moose block.  I chose to use Lazy Girl’s “Flying Geese X 4” ruler in the construction of this block.  See how in the presentation Northern Wilderness Moose.
The next block is the outhouse block.  The background is a log cabin block so I don’t think there will be any real surprises in its construction.  This is the Northern Wilderness Outhouse presentation..
March 15, 2012 — Salmon Block and Sashing
This month I did the Salmon Block (Northern Wilderness Salmon) and since I had my first column done, I also showed how to do the sashing.  The presentation on the sashing maybe more confusing than helpful.  Here is the file from the Powerpoint presentation Northern Wilderness Sashing.   You be the judge.
April 19, 2012–
Today I talked about the Loon block.  Once again I went searching for actual pictures of the loon before choosing my fabric.  The pdf of my PowerPoint presentation can be found here  Northern Wilderness Loon.
May 17, 2012
Today’s blocks were the Glacier and the Forget-Me-Nots.
The Power Point Presentation for this block can be found here Northern Wilderness Glacier
Here’s the PowerPoint presentation for this block Northern Wilderness Forget Me Nots
June 21, 2012
The first block today was the Trees Northern Wilderness Trees
Once this block is finished the first two columns can be stitched together.
The second block today was the dragonfly Northern Wilderness Dragonfly.
July 19, 2012
I’m very late getting this up (a whole month) since we left the minute class was over on vacation.  The block this month was Blueberries.
The PowerPoint Presentation can be found here Northern Wilderness Blueberries.
August 16, 2006
Today’s block is Fireweed.
My PowerPoint presentation can be found here Northern Wilderness Fireweed.
September 20, 2012
This month’s block is the Orca.  The PowerPoint presentation discusses two different methods to do paper piecing.
The PowerPoint presentation can be found here Northern Wilderness Orca.
October 18, 2012
Today we did two fairly easy blocks, the raven and the mountains.
PowerPoint presentation is here Northern Wilderness Raven
The piecing in the mountain blocks is the same as what is done for the outside border.
Find the PowerPoint presentation here Northern Wilderness Mountains
November 15, 2012
The Bear Block was the theme of today’s presentation.
Here is the PowerPoint presentation on the construction of the block Northern Wilderness Bear.
December 20, 2012
A year in the making, today I presented the final block (Canoe) as well as some notes on corrections to the pattern regarding the border.
The PowerPoint Presentation that covers this last block and completing the top can be found here Northern Wilderness canoe.
Oh, you wanted to see the finished top?  The real deal will be hanging in Ruth’s Stitchery for awhile, but here is a picture.
I know some people have purchased the block kits and haven’t started the quilt yet.  I’ve been asked how long I will leave this up on the site.  At this point, I don’t have any intention of removing it.

5 responses

2 02 2012
Charlou Smith

I would like to start attending the class at Ruth’s in February. Is there room?

18 02 2012
Sandy Crosby

Loved the lecture/class and you could tell how much effort went into preparing the presentation for us. thank you thank you!!
PS where will I find the Moose and Outhouse instructions on here…I am definitely NOT blog savy!


4 08 2015

Thanks for much for keeping this post on-line. Just bought the kit/pattern.

5 09 2015

You are welcome. I still need to quilt mine -sigh

5 03 2016
Susan Gauvain

Thank you so very much for this tutorial…it was so helpful, and I don’t think I would have made it through the pattern without your hints and tips and pointing out the errors. We were in Alaska in 2014, I bought the pattern in 2015, and have been working on it since January of this year…almost done!!

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