Thursday, May 18, 2017

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop: Day 4

We can't wait for summer! To help put us all in a carefree, sunshine-y mindset, this week we're hosting the Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop! Thanks to our talented designer friends, we'll be featuring tutorials to make four different summer-themed mini quilts.


Who doesn't love bright and bold colors in the summer? Today Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation is sharing a tutorial for a modern flying geese mini using a gorgeously textured and cheerful palette from the Patio Splash collection. Check out her tutorial and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a bundle of Patio Splash. 

Here's Kelly!
Happy almost summer, friends!  I'm Kelly, and my blog home is My Quilt Infatuation.  I'm super excited to share the tutorial for this little mini, featuring a few fabrics from the Patio Splash collection.  I chose to use the Color Strokes prints from this collection, and I am in love with the fresh, summery palette.


This mini is a fun twist on the timeless flying geese block.  My making geese of several sizes, it creates the fun illusion of sliding right down the quilt.

Materials-
(6) assorted fat quarters, Patio Splash Color Strokes
1/4 yard solid white background fabric
1 fat quarter, Color Strokes fabric for backing
binding fabric (cut from leftovers)

This mini requires cutting your fabrics into several different sizes, and I've tried to make this part as organized as possible so it doesn't get too tedious.

From the pink and purple fabrics, cut-
(1) 2" x 3.5" rectangle
(1) 4.5" x 8.5" rectangle

From the red and turquoise fabrics, cut-
(1) 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle
(1) 4" x 7.5" rectangle

From the Yellow and orange fabrics, cut-
(1) 3" x 5.5"
(1) 3.5" x 6.5"

From the solid white fabric, cut-
(4) 4.5" squares
(4) 4" squares
(4) 3.5" squares
(4) 3" squares
(4) 2.5" squares
(4) 2" squares
(2) 1.5" x 4"rectangles
(2) 2.5" x 3.5"rectangles
(2) 3" x 3.5"rectangles
(2) 2.5" x 4.5"rectangles
(2) 2" x 5.5"rectangles

When working with so many different sizes, I find it easiest to lay everything out for your flying geese units before sewing anything at all.  Arrange them in increasing size order on the left, and decreasing size order on the right.  Then, to keep everything organized, go ahead and lay two white squares of the corresponding size on each rectangle.  These squares will be the corner units needed to create the flying geese units.


To sew the flying geese, we'll use the stitch and flip method.  When making several geese the same size, there are more efficient ways to make more geese at one time, but that doesn't really help when you only need a single unit of each size/color.  To make a single geese unit, align the white square with the edge of the print rectangle, and sew from corner to corner.


To help you sew a straight line, you can either draw a line on the wrong side of your square, or you can use painter's tape.  Keep the corners of your square aligned with the edges of the painter's tape, and you'll have no trouble keeping a straight seam.


Since there are only 12 total flying geese, it is pretty quick to sew the first square to each one, before heading to the ironing board.


Then, just take your scissors and trim each corner to 1/4" seam allowance. Don't worry!  This doesn't have to be perfect.  Just be sure you don't cut too close to the seam.  Then press each corner open!



Then, just repeat this process on the opposite side of each flying geese unit, using the second white square.


When they're all pressed open, lay them back out in order by size, and use your white rectangles to fill in the gaps, making each flying geese unit the length of the longest one.


Pay close attention to the direction of the flying geese.  I've chosen to have one row pointing upward, and the other down, but you can mix them up if you would rather.  Sew each unit to its corresponding strip, and then sew the flying geese strips together to make your mini.


Finish it up by quilting it however you like.  This finished mini measures 16" x 16 1/2" and the bright happy colors would be a cute addition to your favorite summer decor, either inside, or (dare I say it?) your patio!



I'm so excited that I have the opportunity to offer a fun giveaway!  Benartex is graciously offering a bundle of the Patio Splash fabrics I used to a a lucky reader.  Head HERE to my blog home to enter.


Happy summer and happy sewing, y'all!








Head over to Kelly's blog to enter the giveaway! 

Click here to see the entire Patio Splash collection. 

Don't miss the other days of our Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop!

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop:
Day 1: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts using Liberty Garden
Day 2: Benartex blog design team using Play Ball
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts using Anything Goes
Day 4: Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation using Patio Splash
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop: Day 3

We can't wait for summer! To help put us all in a carefree, sunshine-y mindset, this week we're hosting the Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop! Thanks to our talented designer friends, we'll be featuring tutorials to make four different summer-themed mini quilts.


Today Alison from Little Bunny Quilts is here with a bright star mini quilt. Enjoy her tutorial (featuring some of the colorful prints from Ann Lauer's Anything Goes collection) and then head to her blog for a chance to win some Anything Goes for yourself! 

Here's Alison!
Hello, quilters! I am Alison from Little Bunny Quilts and I am happy to be back here today at Sew In Love With Fabric to share a tutorial for a quick and fun mini quilt made from the new line Anything Goes by Ann Lauer.

Here's a sampling of some of the fabrics in this line:


I used mainly the green and blue prints in this mini, which finishes at 20 inches square. I used one of my favorite blocks -- the Ohio Star -- and used partial blocks to give the design a little more pizzazz.

Cutting:
3 - 5.5 inch squares background fabric (for QSTs)
8 - 4.5 inch squares background fabric
1 - 5.5 inch square blue #1 fabric (for center QSTs)
2 - 5.5 inch squares green #1 fabric (for center QSTs)
2 - 5.5 inch squares blue #2 fabric (for outer QSTs)
4 - 5.5 inch squares green #2 fabric (for outer QSTs)
5 - 4.5 inch squares white print fabric


Draw diagonal lines on all of your green squares. Pair up each 5.5 inch square as listed below to create HSTs by sewing 1/4 inch on each side of the line, cutting apart on the drawn line, and pressing toward the green. Do not trim your units yet.

For center QSTs:
1 - 5.5 inch green #1 square + 1 - 5.5 inch background square (yielding 2 green/background HSTs)
1 - 5.5 inch green #1 square + 1 - 5.5 inch blue #1 square (yielding 2 green/blue HSTs)

For outer QSTs:
2 - 5.5 inch green #2 squares + 2 - 5.5 inch background squares (yielding 4 green/background HSTs)
2 - 5.5 inch green #2 squares + 2 - 5.5 inch blue #2 squares (yielding 4 green/blue HSTs)


In this picture, the units that will be used for the center QSTs are in the top row, and the units that will be used for the outer QSTs are in the bottom two rows.

Cut each HST in half, perpendicular to the sewn seam. Note: it is important to cut perpendicular to the seam, rather than just from corner-to-corner as this ensures nice "square" seams at the center of  your QSTs. If you find that your two corners are not perfectly aligned when you line your ruler perpendicular to the seam, do your best to position the cut such that the cut splits the difference between the offset corners, as in the diagram below.


After cutting your HSTs in half, pair each half with the corresponding complementary half to make your QST units. Sew together, making sure to align the center seam. Press seam open to reduce bulk and trim your QST units to 4.5 units, making sure that the center intersection remains the center of the trimmed block.


Lay out your QST units and 4.5 inch white print and background squares as shown below.


Sew together for your mini top.


Quilt as desired and bind. I quilted my mini with a swirly flower motif. I made bias binding with one of the black prints in the collection and also used the same print for my hanging pockets. I pieced together the leftovers from the green floral print and blue dot print for my backing fabric.


Thanks for letting me share this fun tutorial with you! I love making minis and I hope you do too! Hop on over to Little Bunny Quilts to win a mini bundle of fat quarters from the Anything Goes collection!

Click here to see the entire Anything Goes collection. 


Don't miss the other days of our Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop!

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop:
Day 1: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts using Liberty Garden
Day 2: Benartex blog design team using Play Ball
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts using Anything Goes
Day 4: Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation using Patio Splash
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop: Day 2

We can't wait for summer! To help put us all in a carefree, sunshine-y mindset, this week we're hosting the Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop! Thanks to our talented designer friends, we'll be featuring tutorials to make four different summer-themed mini quilts.


Today we're celebrating America's favorite pastime (or second favorite, if you count quilting as America's true favorite)! We've used the vintage baseball-themed prints from the Play Ball collection by Bristol Bay Studios to create a mini wall hanging. 

Quilt measures approximately 16" x 22"


Here are the fabrics we've used: 

You'll Need:
1 fat quarter allover baseball print
1/3 yard red star print (includes binding)
1/4 yard baseball stripe
1 fat quarter bat stripe
5/8 yard beige star print (includes backing)
10" square of cream solid
20" x 26" piece of batting
Fusible web

Click here to download the pdf with the "Play Ball" words.

Cutting:
From the allover baseball print:
One 6-1/2" fussy-cut square, cut so design is on point

From the red star print:
One 3-1/2" x 42" strip; recut into two 3-1/2" x 16" pieces and four 2-1/2" squares
Two 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding
One 1" x 42" strip; recut into two 1" x 7-1/2" strips and two 1" x 6-1/2" strips

From the baseball stripe:
One 2-1/2" x 42" fussy-cut strip; recut into four 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" pieces (fussy-cut to center two rows of baseballs)

From the bat stripe:
One 8-3/4" x 22" strip; recut into two 8-3/4" squares

From the beige star print:
One 20" x 26" piece for backing; reserve remainder for applique

Make the Quilt:
Step 1: Sew 1" x 6-1/2" red star strips to opposite sides of the 6-1/2" allover baseball square. Sew 1" x 7-1/2" red star strips to the remaining sides. 


Step 2: Lay out four 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" baseball stripe strips and four 2-1/2" red star squares around the center square as shown. Sew baseball stripe strips to opposite sides of the center square. Sew red star squares to both ends of the remaining baseball stripe strips. Sew these pieced strips to the remaining sides of the square. 


Step 3: Cut one 8-3/4" bat stripe square diagonally in half from lower left to upper right. Cut the second 8-3/4" bat stripe square diagonally in half from upper left to lower right. 


Step 4: Lay out the bat stripe triangles around the pieced square as shown, so the bats are all running the same direction. Fold each triangle in half and mark a crease at the center point of the long side of the triangle. Mark the center of each side of the center square as well. Matching the center marks, sew triangles to opposite sides of the pieced center square. Press triangles out. Sew triangles to the remaining sides. 


Step 5: Trim quilt center 1/4" past the red star points, approximately 16" square. 


Step 6: Sew the 3-1/2" x 16" red star strips to the top and bottom of the quilt center. 


Step 7: Print out the "Play Ball" template and trace onto the paper side of fusible web. Fuse to the wrong side of the beige star print. Cut out the letters. Adhere fusible web to the back side of one 10" cream square. Cut in half to make two 5" x 10" pieces. Fuse the words "Play" and "Ball" to the cream pieces.


Step 8: Cut out each word approximately 1/4" past the beige print to create a cream outline as shown. 


Step 9: Fuse the words to the top and bottom of the quilt as shown, centering from left to right.


Step 10: Layer the backing, batting and quilt top right side up. Baste layers together and quilt as desired, stitching the appliques down to secure as well. Trim the backing and batting even with the quilt top. Use the two 2-1/4" x 42" red star strips to bind the quilt. 

Click here to see the entire Play Ball collection. 

For a chance to win a bundle of Play Ball fabrics, make sure you follow us on social media--blog, FB, or IG. Leave a comment below letting us know how you follow us, and telling us your favorite thing about summer. Giveaway is open through Friday, May 19th at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Don't miss the other days of our Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop!

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop:
Day 1: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts using Liberty Garden
Day 2: Benartex blog design team using Play Ball
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts using Anything Goes
Day 4: Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation using Patio Splash
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop: Day 1

We can't wait for summer! To help put us all in a carefree, sunshine-y mindset, this week we're hosting the Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop! Thanks to our talented designer friends, we'll be featuring tutorials to make four different summer-themed mini quilts. 

First up is Debby Kratovil from Debby Kratovil Quilts. She has used the cheery floral Liberty Garden prints and a cool folded hexie technique to create a sweet fabric garden. Check out her tutorial, and then head over to Debby's blog to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of some Liberty Garden prints. Click here to see all 35 Liberty Garden prints and download two free quilt patterns for use with the collection.

Here's Debby! 
Liberty Garden is a perfect collection for Spring. The flowers and colors celebrate all the newness that this season brings our way. I chose six SKUs from the collection for the project I had in mind. 

Six fabrics chosen from Liberty Garden
For this mini project, I decided to revisit some of my 3-D hexagons, yoyos and prairie point flower leaves. First, let's see what I mean for the folded hexie! Then I think you'll understand my steps.


3-D Folded Hexagon
Other techniques begin with circles. Who can cut a perfect circle? Not me! Plus, there aren't any points of orientation with a circle. I like to start with a hexagon. These are easily cut using a multi-size 60 degree ruler. This is my Creative Grids ruler. I like to practice with construction paper. That way, if I make a mistake, it's only paper!

(The pattern for this will be included at the end of this post.)
Practicing with construction paper
I cut a 5-1/2" strip of the first floral and folded it in half, with fold side down and raw edges at the top. This is approximately twice the height of my finished folded hexagon.
5-1/2" strip folded
Then I cut the folded fabric, aligning the 2-1/2" horizontal line at the raw edges. (2-1/2" is half the finished height of the 5-1/2" strip). Slice on both sides of the ruler.
Cutting the 5-1/2" strip
 Open it up and - magic! A perfect hexagon.


Perfect hexagon!
Now, fold two opposing points into the center. Notice that the fold runs from two other opposing points. Press well.
Press two opposing sides
 Now, this gets tricky to show, but easy to do: Fold the bottom right point (in pic above) up to the center. Repeat for the top left corner, folding down to the center. Press. Sometimes I use pins to hold the folded fabric in place.
Next two folds
 You now have two remaining points to bring to the center. Press and hand or machine stitch. The center stitching will be covered with a yo-yo (or a button).
Last two points brought to the center. Stitched down,
 Now for the yo-yo (circle pattern included in link below). Trace onto freezer paper, press to right side of fabric and cut out. (See. I told you I can't draw a circle well!)


Cutting circle of fabric for yo-yo
 Gather outer edge (1/4" folded under).
Gathering the yo-yo.
 Now for the prairie points. Cut three 2-1/2" squares. Now press them in half, forming a folded rectangle.  Bring outside points DOWN to the center so that ALL raw edges meet. Secure with stitching. (This is illustrated in my Trash Basket Batiks pattern link below.)


Three prairie points (will become my leaves)
 The stems of my hexagon flowers were made with a 2-1/8" x 20" strip sewn into a tube. Pull it right side out using a safety pin. Press flat.
Tube of fabric for my stems.
Now let's see it all together:

Folded hexagon with yo-yo center 
The background of my mini was cut 10" x 12-1/2" (1705-84). The side border was cut 4-1/2" x 12-1/2". All other elements were cut and described above.

Liberty Garden mini
Here are the links to my 3-D Folded Hexagon pattern (with circle and hexagon templates included) and Making Prairie Point leaves is part of my FREE PATTERN: Trash Basket Batiks on Craftsy.

You can see the prairie points (and yo-yos) in the pic below:


Thanks Debby! Head over to Debby's blog for a chance to win some Liberty Garden prints! And make sure to follow along for all four days of our blog hop! 

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop:
Day 1: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts using Liberty Garden
Day 2: Benartex blog design team using Play Ball
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts using Anything Goes
Day 4: Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation using Patio Splash
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