Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kids' Quilts Blog Hop: Day 2

Welcome back for Day 2 of our Kids' Quilts Blog Hop! Today Nikki from The Girl Who Quilts is here, sharing a tutorial that transforms a simple patchwork square design into something special with a little dimensional applique. Nikki used the English Rosey by Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas to make this quilt. 
Check out her technique in the tutorial, and then don't miss the spotlight on a charity accepting kids' quilts at the end, as well as a chance to win a bundle of English Rosey prints for yourself!



Hi! I'm Nikki, and I blog over at The Girl Who Quilts. I'm so excited to share a quilt tutorial today. I love to make charity quilts, so that makes this project especially fun for me!



Here are the great fabrics which Benartex provided me for this event. The collection is called English Rosey, and it's a great combination of different prints.


These are the prints that I chose to use in my quilt:


Here's what you will need to create this quilt:
4 - 5/8 yard cuts of coordinating fabric
1/2 to 1 yard of large scale print (I used a floral)
1/2 yard binding fabric
3 yards backing fabric
55" x 65" batting
Large batting scraps
Marking pen or pencil suitable to use on batting

Optional: Basting spray or glue stick to temporary hold the applique pieces



To begin, I cut 8 squares measuring 10" x 10" from each of the 4 coordinating prints.


Next I cut out 8 large floral motifs from my large scale prints. I left about a 1/4" edge around the floral motifs because I wanted the background fabric color in the floral print to frame the prints.



I am going to raw edge applique the floral pieces to one of my coordinating prints. To give them some dimension, I want to back them with batting. To cut the batting, lay each of the 8 floral motifs on the batting scraps and trace around the motifs one at a time.

I like to use a marker to trace on batting. This marker erases with ironing, but if you're using a marking pen that doesn't erase just be careful not to draw on the edges of the applique pieces.


Here you can see how I drew around my floral motifs:


All traced!


Now cut the batting *inside* the drawn line by 1/4" all the way around.


If you lay the batting over the wrong side of the applique piece, the applique piece should show around the edges by about 1/4", as shown here.




At this point, you can applique your floral pieces, or wait to do that during the quilting. To applique the floral pieces now:

Lay the floral motif on one of the 10" x 10" squares, layering the cut batting between the block and the floral motif, and stitch around about a 1/4" inside the cut edge. Feel free to use a walking foot or a free motion foot to do this step. (There are pictures of this below.)


Once the piece is sewn down, you can stitch around the different elements of the motif. If you'd prefer, you can save this step for when you quilt the quilt. (See photos below.)

You can now stitch your blocks together into a 5 block x 6 block layout. You will have 2 - 10" x 10" squares left.

If you'd rather applique the pieces during the quilting process, follow the instructions below:

I chose to wait to applique my floral pieces.

First, I stitched together my blocks in a 5 block x 6 block layout.

Next I pieced my backing and basted my top, backing, and batting.

Beginning in one corner of the quilt, I started to quilt an all-over loop design.


When I approached a square where I wanted to applique a floral piece, I placed the batting and fabric in place* and quilted my way to the edge of the applique. Rather than cut my threads, I sewed from the edge of the applique up to the edge of the floral design. Can you see the stitch line to the right of my quilting foot in this photo? That is how I transitioned from the background loop quilting to stitching down the applique!



*If you're worried about the applique shifting, try basting spray or a bit of glue stick to hold the piece in place.

Next I quilted around the entire piece, approximately 1/4" from the cut edge, holding it in place as I sewed around. No need to stitch perfectly along the print!


After quilting around the piece I outlined the individual flowers and leaves, plus added some quilting details. The double layer of batting really makes the quilting pop!




Continue to applique the pieces and quilt the rest of the quilt.

If you appliqued the pieces onto the individual blocks above, you can now baste and quilt your quilt as desired. Adding quilting details to the appliqued pieces really makes them pop!



Now bind your quilt with your favorite method!



Before washing the quilt check the applique pieces for excess batting, as shown here:



If there are large pieces of batting like this, trim a bit of it away. Be careful not to cut through the applique or quilt, though! It's better to leave the excess batting than risk cutting too close. This is as close as I would try to trim:


Now wash and dry your quilt!


 The applique edges should be soft and fluffy! Feel free to trim away any long threads. I also ironed the applique pieces to flatten the edges for this photo:



I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I'm excited to send this quilt off to Benartex for donation to Quilts for Kids!



Thanks, Nikki! 


Meet a Charity:
Quilts for Kids


Inspired by discontinued fabric samples that were being thrown away, founder Linda Ayre began Quilts for Kids to use those samples to create quilts for children in need. Fourteen years later, the organization has facilitated the donation of almost 30,000 quilts using the following mission statement: Transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse.

How it works: Quilters can make and send in a quilt on their own or request and receive a kit to assemble a quilt, which is then returned to the Quilts for Kids headquarters to be given to a child needing comfort. The organization is always accepting donations of finished quilts, fabric, or for volunteers to "adopt" a quilt, providing financial sponsorship. Closer to home, local chapters organize quilts for local hospitals and are happy to have more volunteers. 

To find out more about how you can get involved, visit the Quilts for Kids website.


For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the English Rosey collection, simply sign up to follow this blog, either through Bloglovin' (or another blog reader service) or email (both options are in the right hand sidebar) and leave a comment letting us know you follow. In your comment, let us know what you're most looking forward to about spring. Leave a second comment and receive a second entry by following us on Facebook and letting us know. This giveaway is open through Sunday, March 2 at 11:59 PM EST. 


Make sure you check out all the tutorials from the Kids' Quilts Blog Hop:

Day 1: by the Benartex Blog Team, featuring Monkeying AroundDay 3: by Emily from Mommy's Nap Time, featuring Doodle Dog
Day 4: by Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict, featuring Yard Dog
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103 comments:

  1. Oops I didnt' see there was a giveaway, I of course follow your blog via RSS

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  2. I follow on FB and can't wait for spring to really arrive so I can plant some herbs and have some fresh flowers popping up.

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  3. I follow via Bloglovin. Looking forward to warmer runs :)

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  4. I love seeing my flowers sprout in the spring after such a long long winter. I follow with bloglovin.

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  5. Of course, I also follow along with FB.

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  6. I follow via GFC. I am looking forward to blooming flowers. And not shoveling snow!

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  7. I follow you on Bloglovin, and love your ideas! Those roses reminds me spring is on the way, and I will have my own blooming soon!

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  8. I also follow you on Facebook!

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  9. i am most looking to the spring flowers. i follow on bloglovin'

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  10. I follow this blog via bloglovin and email. What am I looking forward to for Spring? A little warmth!!! This has been one cold winter!

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  11. I also like/follow your facebook page

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  12. I am a follower through bloglovin'. I am looking forward to spend time in our garden.

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  13. I already follow, thru Bloglovin & Email! :)

    Lookin for Spring most, for warm sunshine,& flowers peeping, and opening windows!!!

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  14. I follow by email.

    Looking forward to spring to put an end to the very cold and very long winter. Thanks.

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  15. Beautiful dimensional quilting - love this idea!!! I am most looking forward to an end to this freezing cold winter... tomorrow it is supposed to be -47 degrees
    C, that is with the windchill factor!!!

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  16. I follow your blog via Bloglovin' and also FB!!

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  17. Great idea for sprucing up a plain block quilt. My daffodils are blooming. Spring is almost here!

    I follow by email.

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  18. I follow this blog via e-mail. The thing I look forward to most this spring is the profusion of yellow flowers in our yard. I love the color yellow as it makes even a gloomy, rainy spring day more cheerful.

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  19. Great tutorial thanks!
    I follow by email!
    I love Spring - I can't wait for some blue skies and sunshine!

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  20. I follow using Bloglovin. Oh, and email, too. I can't wait for spring for the WARMTH! Really, really, really, really, REALLY tired of being cold!

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  21. I follow by bloglovin, Spring for me is: daffodils, tulips and a coffe in the sun ;-)
    Thanks for the chance!

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  22. I follow via GFC. I love Springtime with all the flowers in bloom, trees full of cherry blossoms. It's really pretty in my area.

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  23. I also liked you on facebook. I'm so looking forward to spring! I just love all the different shades of green!

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  24. I'm a follower though GF and Bloglovin. I'm looking forward to putting my shovel away in the garage and not lifting another snowflake for many, many months!

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  25. Very clever!! The tutorial is excellent. I follow via e-mail subscription! When spring approaches, I look forward to the birds returning!!

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  26. Great quilt!
    I follow via email
    I am looking forward to getting out in my garden.

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  27. Love the impact of those big roses on the appliquee. I follow you!

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  28. I follow with Bloglovin. I'm looking forward to warmer temps so I can get out to enjoy park trails.

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  29. Wonderful idea - can see doing that with so many children themes. A group I am with sew quilts for a camp in Kentucky called Courageous Kids. It is so worthwhile to sew for others.

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  30. I get your newsletter through email!

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  31. I follow on Bloglovin. I can't wait for this cold weather to finally be done. I want flowers and vegetables growing at my house...and my strawberries too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  32. I follow through email and Bloglovin. I can't wait for daffodils and hyacinths and lilacs! A little warmer would be nice, too, so the snow melts. Still lots here.

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  33. I also follow Benartex on Facebook. Thanks.

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  34. I am looking forward to being warm! I follow by email

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  35. I follow by Bloglovin!

    And I look forward to see, and feel, the sun again. The winters are long in Norway....

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  36. I am already a Facebook "liker"

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  37. I follow on bloglovin and can't wait for spring. I love to watch the new plants peak through the soil.
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  40. I follow you on FB.
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  41. What lovely rosey fabric! Thanks for the chance to win. What I'm looking forward to about spring is weather above zero!

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  42. I follow you on Bloglovin and Facebook. Thanks again!

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  43. I am looking forward to Spring...and gardening...and colour...and flowers. I'm so sick of winter white.
    I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  45. follow and looking forward to bluebonnets

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  46. I follow by bloglovin. I'm looking forward to the tulips coming up and no more snow!

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  47. I follow via email. I am really looking forward to seeing some color in my yard this spring. yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

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  48. I am looking forward to seeing my flowers come up and making my front yard look beautiful.

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  49. I'm looking forward to the warmer weather, so I will be able to sit on my porch and do handwork. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  50. Nice quilt, I follow you on Bloglovin

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  52. I follow on bloglovin and email. I can't wait for SPRING so it will get warmer! I love all the new growing things and the greens smells! Thanks

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  53. I follow on Facebook! Thanks

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  54. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. I'm looking forward to flowers & new green leaves & the end of winter. Thanks.

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  55. I'm a Facebook follower too. Thanks again.

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  56. I'm looking forward to daffodils, my favorite spring flower. I follow on bloglovin.

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  59. I follow via email. I am looking forward to the end of winter, warmer weather, Spring flowers, and more sunshine.

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  60. Such a beautiuful flowers!!
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  61. I am looking forward to blooming flowers and the warm and sunny days!

    I'm a Facebook follower too. Thanks !

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  62. Spring to me is the fresh smells of grass , warmer air, longer days and beautiful flowers.

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  64. I follow this blog and look forward to my bulb blooms to grow this spring.

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  65. I am looking forward to warmer weather. -5 can go harass someone else!
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  66. I follow by email, and I'm looking forward to warm weather and daffodils and wearing something besides sweaters!!!

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  67. I follow on Bloglovin'. I love that fabric line - hadn't ever seen it! I may just have to try this applique method - it's so great for large prints like that!

    I cannot wait for my flower bulbs to bloom. I love it when they come through the snow!

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  68. I am a follower via email, am a Facebook follower, and get the preview packs. I can't wait for it to get warm enough to plant my garden.

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  69. I'm looking forward to warm sunshine and flowers. I can't wait to pack away the winter coats and boots and bring out the flip flops. Thanks for the chance to play with the beautiful floral fabrics.

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  70. I follow by FB and GFC...I'm looking forward to planting my garden too.

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  71. I follow by email. What I'm looking forward to most about spring is just being able to go outside, and not worry about falling and getting hurt.

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  72. I follow you on facebook too.

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  73. What a lovely charity - thank you for the link. I love the rose fabric ! I am a new follower with Bloglovn ! I look forward this Spring to some hiking and birdwatching! thank you!

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  74. Lovely little quilt . I love the bright green of the leaves and grass in spring , not to mention no snow ! Thanks for the chance . I follow by bloglovin .

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  75. just found you. beautiful work

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  76. I follow on FB - Stitching Happily

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  77. I am so looking forward to working in my gardens after this long winter. I follow via email - laura84watt Thank you for a wonderful post.

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  78. following on Facebook, I have a new Play house for the grandkids and I want to sew items for it.

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  79. I follow via GFC. Thank you for the great tutorial on how to do large scale prints as an applique, this is something I really want to try. I can't wait for Spring to enjoy taking my daughters outside to play at the park!

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  80. I follow via bloglovin. I am so looking forward to my lilacs to start blooming, they are so beautiful. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial and giveaway.

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