September 15, 2017

Folk Stitches- Blocks 7, 8, 9

Hello and happy weekend to you! Today's blocks have lots of color and we get to complete some of the tulips- hooray! Once again, the remainder of this row is identical to these three blocks, so if you make 2 each of 7, 8, and 9, you'll already have 28, 29, and 30 ready to go when it's time.

I may have mentioned before that my husband has an alternate title for all my quilt patterns. Some of them crack me up, and some of them I don't understand at all. He calls Folk Stitches "Fire Flower" in reference to a video game. I had all sisters, we didn't play video games, and I have no idea what he's talking about! He says it's the tulips that we're finishing up today. 

 
Block 7
Color B- 12
Color D- 18
Color G- 3
Color H- 2
Background- 29
 Classic

Buttercup

Pansy

Block 8
Color B- 8
Color C- 11
Color G- 15
Color H- 10
Background- 20
Classic

Buttercup

Pansy


Block 9
Color B- 4
Color C- 7
Color D- 18
Color H- 12
Background- 23
Classic

Buttercup

Pansy

September 13, 2017

Sweet Prairie Blog Tour- Great Granny Square Pillow Tutorial


Today I have the pleasure of kicking off the blog tour for Sweet Prairie by Riley Blake. I love this fabric and was delighted to work with it.

For a while I'd been itching to make some great-granny square pillows, so when Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane asked if I would make something for her newest line, I knew it was the perfect opportunity! Sweet Prairie is an irresistible mix of sweet and sophisticated.



I made the same pillow in two colorways because I couldn't pick between them. I have been crushing on the pink/yellow combination this year (remember this quilt?) and adding red, aqua, and grey to the mix is just heaven. Fabric dreams, people!


My very favorite prints are the small florals, the check/grid print, and the dots.



Here is a quick pattern for how to make a great granny square if you've never made one before. It's one of my all-time favorite blocks to make. This will give you an 18" block (including borders).

Fabric requirements:

Sew pieces into diagonal rows, with 2.5" x 3" rectangles on the ends. Center the two end rectangles.

Press seams alternate directions, and sew into rows, using nesting seams as a guide.
 Press rows away from center and trim off outer triangles 1/2" away from Row 4 points to 15" square.


Sew 15" x 2.25" borders to each side, press out. 
Sew the 18.5" x 2.25" borders to top and bottom, press out again. 


Baste and quilt as desired. You can see how I sew zippers into the back of pillows here. I only do it this way when I plan on adding binding, otherwise, I sew in into the bottom seam between the two panels like this. Using the 2.5" strips, bind as you would a quilt.


I quilted the pink one on my Husqvarna Opal with a scallop stitch, and the yellow one with straight lines on my Juki TL 2010Q. I love both machines for different reasons. 


If you're looking to add some of this beautiful fabric to your stash, StarlitQuilts is one of my favorite places to shop. This is not sponsored, I just always love her selection, prices, quick shipping, and extra treats! She's the best.

Also, I buy 20" pillow inserts at IKEA and try to make all my pillow covers around 18" square like these ones. With this size and insert, you'll have the perfect amount of squishiness to your pillow. Plus, the price is right!


Thank you Sedef and Riley Blake for letting me create with your beautiful fabric. It is wonderful as always! Be sure to check back each Thursday to see what other people made with this line. These gals are amazing and I'm so excited to find out!

14 September - Allison Jensen - Woodberry Way - @woodberry_way
21 September - Minki Kim - Minki's Work Table - @zeriano
28 September - Keera Job - Live.Love.Sew Pattern Co - @keera.job
5 October - Alexis Wright - My Sweet Sunshine Studio - @mysweetsunshine
12 October - Emily Dennis - Quilty Love - @emily_dennis_

September 11, 2017

Rise Quilt Along Donation Quilt

Last fall I hosted a quilt along for my original pattern Rise. I made this top as a part of that, but didn't get around to quilting it until this summer. Such is life! Here she is all finished. 


I went with a lighter, softer color scheme than my original Rise quilt, using an assortment of color prints and solids from my stash and Kona Bone- my go-to cream background choice. I always use it with Fig Tree fabrics too.


The backing is a long-hoarded bird print from Heather Bailey. I love birds and collect bird things in all forms, so it was hard to part with this quilt (more on that later), but I think it found the perfect home here. It's such a gorgeous print.


I ended up having to wash this quilt before I sent it off, hence the crinkle. My boys got some sort of mark on it, but luckily it came out! It's quilted with a scallop stitch on my Husqvarna Opal.


This quilt has been donated to QuiltAnthropy, a non-profit that uses money from quilt auctions to help refugees. The founder is a wonderful woman who is the mother of two of my college roommates. She is truly an inspiration. If you are interested in donating a quilt to QuiltAnthropy, you can contact her at Patricia@quiltanthropy.org, or visit their site which is soon to be fully launched. If you are in northern Utah, you may be able to attend the auction and purchase a beautiful quilt! Last year they raised over $22,000 for refugees. Amazing.


Here is one of the blocks from the quilt along last year. You can still find the individual block pattern downloads for free here, or purchase the full consolidated pattern PDF in my shop here.

September 8, 2017

Folk Stitches- Blocks 4, 5, and 6

Welcome back fabric lovers! We are getting ready for a fun crazy day tomorrow so I figured I get this one up early. There's an air show at the airport right behind our back yard so we'll have friends, food and front row seats to some amazing aircraft doing tricks! One of my favorite days of the year.

Here are the next 3 block design for the week. You'll notice they are almost exactly the same as each other like last week. Only the bottom row differs- the tips of the tulips.

Block 4
Color A- 8
Color B- 6
Color D- 3
Color G- 3
Background- 44
Classic


Buttercup


Pansy

Block 5
Color A- 8
Color B- 6
Color C-  2
Color G- 4
Background- 44
Classic


Buttercup


Pansy


Block 6
Color A- 8
Color B- 6
Color C- 1
Color E- 3
Color G- 2
Background- 44
 Classic


Buttercup


Pansy


Here's my Block 6 (upside down). I try to make one block every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning while my two big kids are at school. So far so good! It's good for me to have to do a steady, consistent project like this. Usually I'm an all or nothing binge sewer!


I know I mentioned this earlier, but I don't count, for example, 44 background squares each time I sit down to sew. I just look at the diagram and start making pairs as I go. Does that make sense? I try to avoid counting when possible, ha!

See you next time for the tulips, it's a fun one :)

September 6, 2017

Blue Raspberry Kiss Quilt for Fallen Officers

I had the pleasure of helping out with the #blueRKblocks project started by Jessica Bloomberg @craftycop. Jessica is a police officer and avid quilter, and a true friend. She started a call for blocks to make a quilt for the family of a fallen officer in her area. What started as one lady making one quilt has turned into something much bigger than she ever imagined!


Over the course of several weeks, Jessica received over 2,100 blocks- enough for 50 quilts! Not only that, but she received backings, binding, and longarmers offering their services for free. I knew that sewing 50 quilts together would be a monumental task so I offered to sew some together for her. She's had so many people volunteer to do the same, she only needed to send me one.


Another friend and generous heart Star @starlitquilts offered to quilt the one I put together for free. She used modern loops and did a beautiful job of it. Star is also organizing her local quilters into making another whole quilt for the cause.


It was very touching for me to be able to sew these blocks together. They were made by 42 different individuals, all making and sending out of love and support for people they've never met. The binding was pre-made and donated, along with the text backing with inspirational phrases.


The block pattern is called Raspberry Kiss, and you can find a tutorial for it here on another quilty friend's blog- Jen @heritage.threads. Jen is a fellow boy mom and quilter and I just know if we were neighbors she'd be my favorite one.


It's such a delight to be a part of things like this- to know that a family somewhere will unexpectedly receive this quilt and know that many hands spent time doing something for them, thinking about them, and honoring them for their loss.


In other news, we have a new member of the family over here! She has been making appearances on my Instagram, but I don't think I've introduced her here yet. This little pup is Lady, a Havanese we adopted at 10 weeks old. She has been a delight (aside from the potty training!) and we can't remember life without her. She likes to be where I'm at, and pose front and center whenever I try to photograph projects, so I'm just going to roll with that and embrace my nosy new quilt model. I only wish she could hold quilts up, ha!

September 3, 2017

One hour baby quilt top

This week I remade a baby quilt top tutorial from my old blog with some delicious Bonnie and Camille rainbow goodness. It was a fast, easy, satisfying project!




Mostly I just needed an excuse to use this stack of fabric together, but also I'd been meaning to test out the tutorial and see if it could be made in less than an hour since I have a faster machine now. Like always, there were many (welcome!) interruptions, so it's impossible to tell how long it really took. Suffice to say, not very long!


I thought I'd repost the original tutorial here for your use, it's a great little trick to have up your sleeve in a pinch. Here it is:



"Scrappy Trip Around the World" is a quilt pattern tutorial by Bonnie at Quiltville. It uses an interesting piecing method involving unpicking seams- on purpose! It's a great way to use strip scraps, and delightful to see how the different patterns emerge as you go. I have made two of them and loved them both.

The first one was a red, white, and blue classic Scrappy Trip that we still use at our house often. I posted about that one here, or you can check it out on Instagram @woodberry_way under #marquittascrappytrip.

 

The second one alternated prints with white, and I made the blocks bigger so as to use every last scrap of a Jelly Roll. You can find a tutorial and all the information for that variation here.


Here's how I used this tube method to make a 36" x 48" simple baby quilt.

Supplies:
12 different 1/4 yard cuts in coordinating prints (I used Cottage Garden by The Quilted Fish, plus some blenders)
1/2 yd for binding
1 1/2 yds for backing
You will also need your trusty seam ripper :)

1. Cut strips to 4.5" by WOF. (You can technically make two of these quilts out of 1/4 yd cuts, if your cuts are very careful and straight.) You should have 12 strips, one of each print. (These cut strips are folded into quarters.)


2. Arrange the the strips however you'd like. You can blend the colors to achieve an ombre look, or go for high contrast with distinct stripes. The stripes you see here will be the same as the diagonal stripes in the end. Also, keep in mind that the top and bottom rows will touch eventually, so make sure you like the way they look together.


 You can see here I arranged the colors with two different results in mind- one with blended colors and one with contrasting.


3. Sew strips together. Use a 1/4" seam. You know the drill.


You'll have what could be a simple striped quilt top. Don't trim it yet! The fabric widths vary depending on manufacturer, and that's alright. 


4. Press seams, alternating the direction on every row. This will ensure that your seams nest in the end, making it much easier to match up corners.


5. Fold in half, right sides together, and sew the top and bottom strip together. You will create a tube of strips. You can see I don't fuss about threads until the end.



6. Lay the "tube" flat, and cut perpendicularly into 4.5" strips. I fold it in half again for easier cutting, just make sure it's lined up! You should have 9 tube strips.



7. Take a tube strip and unpick one of the seams. Keep in mind that wherever you start unpicking will determine which print will start the pattern in the upper left corner. Lay that strip flat.


8. Determine which seam needs to be unpicked in the second row by looking at the first two prints of your first flat strip. Unpick the seam between those two first prints. When you lay this one next to the first you will see that the prints have all shifted over one spot. Continue to do this, laying them out with the first color from the last row in the last spot on the next, and you will see the diagonal stripes emerge. Remember, these are the vertical columns of the quilt. (You can see I have highly qualified help!)

EDIT: For my newest rainbow version, I wanted the diagonal lines to go up instead of down, so I unpicked the first seam on the other end first.




*Note: You can't rotate the layout (like in the original Scrappy Trip block) unless you reduce the pattern to a 9 by 9 grid. It will only work with a square layout. I highly recommend trying that too, it's super fun!

9. Sew your strips together, "nesting" the seams as you go. As you put your strips right sides together to join them, you'll see that the seams you ironed will alternate, making them easy to tuck into each other as you go. This eliminates the need to pin, and you can feel that the seams are lined up perfectly, making perfect corner points. Press your rows all one direction and trim any threads.


Voila! You have a lovely 36" by 48" quilt top ready to go-  the perfect baby size. Layer, baste, and bind with your favorite method. There are lots of wonderful tutorials out there for these steps if you are still learning.