Friday, January 18, 2019

Warp & Weft Virtual Trunk Show

We've got a real treat for you today: A virtual trunk show of Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr's projects made using their Warp & Weft fabrics. They've created five projects, and they're all conveniently featured in the Warp & Weft publication. They've also shared a free quilt pattern (see Tube Socks below).


Plaid Happy
47" x 76"
This quilt uses the gray and white plaid in the background of the blocks. That one check just transforms the rest of the quilt. 
Click here to purchase the publication containing the Plaid Happy pattern
and here to purchase the kit. 


Plain Spoken
51" x 77"
This quilt mixes the yarn dyes with prints from Printology. They play well together! You don't have to have equal amounts of every fabric, but you do need good contrast among the prints and yarn dyes so the pieces don't blend into each other. 
Click here to purchase the publication containing the Plain Spoken pattern
and here to purchase the kit.


Triple Play
50" x 72"
For this quilt, we chose a low-contrast palette of yarn dyes and Printology fabrics--the "worker bee" tonal fabrics. The pieced sections are made using improvisational piecing techniques, which you can cut wonky or straight. 
Click here to purchase the publication containing the Triple Play pattern
and here to purchase the kit.



Fringe Benefits
24" square pillow or wall hanging
These squares are appliqued on, and then stitched down with a 1/4" seam allowance. Then we pulled a few threads out to fray the edges for a textured look. 
Click here to purchase the publication containing the Fringe Benefits pattern.

Tube Socks
47" x 78"
When we decided to develop modern quilts, our first rule of thumb was not to use traditional 19th century patterns--we wanted to use motifs from our modern lifestyle. Tube socks--like our daughter's soccer socks--definitely fit into that category. They made their heyday in the 80s, but they've made a comeback too. This was a fun quilt to design and puts a smile on our faces whenever we see it. 
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.
Want to see more Warp & Weft fun? 
Click here to read an interview with Weeks and Bill about their new collection. 
Click here to see the entire Warp & Weft collection.
Visit Weeks and Bill's website
Click here to read Debby Kratovil's Technique Tuesday post.
Click here to see the Around the Block topper tutorial.
Click here to see the Pillow Duo tutorial.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Warp & Weft Pillow Duo Tutorial

The Warp & Weft collection is calling your name--what will you make? Today we're sharing two pillow tutorials to brighten up your couch. The pillow patterns lean traditional, but the palette and prints of Warp & Weft give these pillows a modern feel.




Pillow #1

Materials:
1/4 yard red plaid
1/3 yard each gold check and green stripe 
1/4 yard off-white solid
3/4 yard navy check
18" square pillow form


Cutting
From the red plaid: 
(8) 3-1/2" squares

From the gold check: 
(2) 7" squares


From the green stripe: 
(2) 7" squares

From the navy check: 
(2) 15" x 18-1/2" pieces for backing
(1) 3-1/2" square
(2) 2" x 18-1/2" strips
(2) 2" x 15-1/2" strips

From the off-white solid:
(32) 2" squares


Make the Pillow:
Step 1: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (4) 2" off-white squares. Position (2) marked squares on (1) 3-1/2" red plaid square as shown. 

Step 2: Stitch on the drawn lines. 

Step 3: Trim seam allowances to 1/4" and press open. 

Step 4: Position the remaining (2) marked squares as shown, stitch on the lines, trim seam allowance to 1/4", and press open.

Step 5: Trim to measure 3-1/2" square. Make a total of (8) units. 

Step 6: Sew the units together in pairs. Make (4) pairs. 

Step 7: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (1) 7" gold check square. Layer right sides together with (1) 7" green stripe square. 

Step 8: Stitch 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the line and press units open. Trim each HST unit to measure 6-1/2" square. 


Step 9: Lay out (4) HST units, (4) pairs from Step 6, and (1) 3-1/2" navy check square as shown. Position 2" x 15-1/2" navy check strips to the sides and 2" x 18-1/2" navy check strips to the top and bottom. 


Step 10: Sew the units into rows and join the rows to make the pillow center. Add the navy check strips to border the center. 

Step 11: Layer the pillow top on (1) 20" square of batting. Quilt as desired and trim to measure 18-1/2" square. 

Step 12: Fold a long edge of (1) 15" x 18-1/2" navy check piece over 1/2" and press. Fold over another 1/2" and press. Topstitch to secure the finished edge of the backing piece. Make (2). 
Step 13: Layer a backing piece right sides together with the quilted pillow top. layer the second backing piece on top, overlapping the first piece in the middle. Pin in place and stitch around the edges using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Step 13: Turn the pillow cover right side out and insert the pillow form. 



Pillow #2



Materials:

1/4 yard from each of (9) yarn dye fabrics*
1/3 yard off-white solid*
5/8 yard green plaid
18" square pillow form

Cutting: 
From each of (9) yarn dye fabrics:
(2) 4" squares

From the off-white solid:
(18) 4" squares

From the green plaid: 
(2) 15" x 18-1/2" pieces for backing


*Note: We used the leftover triangles from the roof units of the Around the Block topper. They're already paired with off-white triangles, so they're ready to go! If you use these 16 pairs of triangles, you only need (10) 4" woven squares --(2) each of (5) different fabrics--and (10) 4" off-white squares.

Make the Pillow:
Step 1: If you're using the leftover triangle pairs from yesterday's tutorial, stitch each pair along the long edge, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open and trim to 3-1/2" square. 



Step 2: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 4" off-white square. Pair it with a 4" yarn dye square and create half-square triangles like in step 8 above. Trim to measure 3-1/2" square. 


Step 3: Make a total of (36) 3-1/2" white/plaid HST units. 
Step 4: Lay out the HSTs into (6) rows of (6) units each. 

Step 5: Sew the units into rows and join the rows to complete the pillow top. 

Step 6: Finish the pillow following steps 11-13 above.



Love the Warp & Weft fabrics? Leave a comment below letting us know if you prefer stripes or plaids for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 of these prints. Giveaway ends January 19th at 11:59 pm EST. 

Want to see more Warp & Weft fun? 

Click here to read an interview with Weeks and Bill about their new collection. 
Click here to see the entire Warp & Weft collection.
Visit Weeks and Bill's website
Click here to read Debby Kratovil's Technique Tuesday post.
Click here to see the Around the Block topper tutorial.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Warp & Weft Around the Block Tutorial

It's time for more Warp & Weft inspiration! Today we're sharing a tutorial using these yarn dye fabrics. Cozy woven prints are perfect for classic house blocks, but the bright colors of the Warp & Weft collection create a table topper with a modern feel that pops against a soft white background. 


Materials:
1 fat quarter each 8 yarn dye plaids and stripes
1/2 yard large gray/white check
1 yard off-white solid
1-1/8 yards backing fabric
40" square of batting

Cutting:
From each of the lime green plaid and dark blue stripe:
(2) 6-1/2" x 9-1/2" pieces

From each of the magenta plaid and orange plaid:
(2) 6-1/2" squares

From each of the gold check, purple stripe, pink plaid and turquoise stripe:
(2) 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" pieces

From the large gray/white check:
(1) 3-1/2" square
(4) 2-1/4" x WOF strips for binding

From the off-white solid:
(16) 4-1/2" squares
(4) 3-1/2" x 8-1/2" pieces
(4) 2-1/2" x WOF strips
(8) 1-1/2" x 9-1/2" pieces
(8) 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces


Make the Blocks:
Tall House
Step 1: Sew 1-1/2" x 9-1/2" off-white strips to opposite sides of (1) 6-1/2" x 9-1/2" green plaid piece to make a house unit.



Step 2: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (2) 4-1/2" off-white squares. Position a marked square on the left end of (1) 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" purple stripe piece.

Sew on the drawn line and trim seam allowance to 1/4". 

Press open. Repeat on the opposite end with the second marked square to make a roof unit. 


Step 3: Sew the roof unit to the top of the house unit from Step 1 to make a tall house block measuring 8-1/2" x 13-1/2". 

Step 4: Make a second green plaid/purple stripe tall house block. In the same way, make (2) pink plaid/blue stripe tall house blocks. 


Short House Block
Step 5: Sew 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" off-white strips to opposite sides of (1) 6-1/2" magenta plaid square to make a house unit. 

Step 6: Make a roof unit using (1) 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" gold check piece and (2) 4-1/2" off-white squares. Sew together (1) house unit, (1) roof unit, and (1) 3-1/2" x 8-1/2" off-white piece to make a short house block measuring 6-1/2" x 9-1/2".


Step 7: Make a second gold check/magenta plaid short house block and (2) orange plaid/turquoise stripe short house blocks. 


Step 8: Sew blocks together in pairs as shown. Make (2) of each combination. 



Step 9: Attach the paired block units to the 3-1/2" gray/white check center square using partial seam piecing techniques. Begin by sewing the square to the upper right corner of a paired block unit as shown below, stopping 1/4" before the side edge. 


Step 10: Press open and add the next paired block unit as shown. 

Continue, adding the third paired block unit as shown. 

Add the last paired block unit, completing the partial seam from Step 9.


Step 11: Trim (2) 2-1/2" x WOF off-white strips to measure 29-1/2" long. Sew to the sides of the quilt center. Trim (2) 2-1/2" x WOF off-white strips to measure 33-1/2" long. Sew to the top and bottom of the quilt. 

Step 12: Layer the backing right side down, batting, and quilt top right side up. Baste the layers together, quilt as desired, and trim backing and batting even with the quilt top. Use the (4) 2-1/4" x WOF gray/white plaid strips to bind the quilt. 


Love the texture in these yarn dye fabrics! 


Isn't the large plaid a fun binding?!

Love the Warp & Weft fabrics? Leave a comment below letting us know which is your favorite for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 of these prints. Giveaway ends January 18th at 11:59 pm EST. 

Want to see more Warp & Weft fun? 
Click here to read an interview with Weeks and Bill about their new collection. 
Click here to see the entire Warp & Weft collection.
Visit Weeks and Bill's website
Click here to read Debby Kratovil's Technique Tuesday post.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Technique Tuesday: Warp & Weft Hourglass Blocks

Today Debby Kratovil from Debby Kratovil Quilts is sharing a Technique Tuesday post using Modern Quilt Studio's Warp & Weft fabrics. See how she uses these fun, bright yarn dyes in ai quick-to-cut and quick-to sew quilt! 

Here's Debby:
Hello! I'm excited to be featuring Warp and Weft by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio. These fabrics are not your ordinary cottons that are surface dyed, but are wovens with colored threads. As soon as I saw them I knew just what I'd like to stitch with them. My tried and true "Yikes! Those Stripes" pattern is a go-to anytime there are fabrics such as these in my studio.

First, the fabrics. I separated out the clear colors (many brights) from the grays. I have plans for those grays - on another day.

Crayon colors from the Warp and Weft Collection

And I added the red plaid to the grays and darker blues:

Grays and blues with a single red from the Warp and Weft Collection

One thing I did notice about these fabrics is how soft to the touch they are! They have a lovely "hand," which means they feel good in my hand!

Now let's see what I did. I first paired the colors as I thought I'd like to see them in each block. My plan is to make Hourglass Blocks using my quick piecing method, which I first published in Quilt Magazine about 25 years ago!

Six sets of paired colors 

I cut 2-3/4" strips of each fabric and stitched a 1/4" seam. I offset one strip by about 2-1/4" because I'm going to cut some triangles in the next photo. Offsetting gives me one more cut when I reach the end. This pattern also works well with 2-1/2" strips. You'll see!
Two 2-3/4" strips, offset by 2-1/4"

Press toward one of the colors (doesn't matter) and then we start to cut. The cuts are 45 degree angles.
Cutting with an Omnigrid ruler
 Flip flop the ruler and cut the second wedge.

Two pieced wedges cut

You may not have this type of ruler. You can use your standard 6 x 12 ruler and align the 45 degree line at the bottom as shown below. Trim off the side.

Trim left side as shown. 45 degree line is running along the bottom edge of fabric strip

Then flip flop the ruler and cut the right side of the pieced triangle. Again, you are using the 45 degree line as your guide.

Flip flop the ruler and cut other side of triangle

You should be able to get 8 pieced triangles from each strip set. Here are four together, getting ready to make an Hourglass Block. I will get two Hourglass blocks from each strip set.

Hourglass Block parts
Stitch pairs together as shown

And the last seams?
Sets of blocks with their last seam sewn

I was able to get 12 Hourglass Blocks from the fabric pairs. I only cut one 2-3/4" strip from each fabric. I don't want a small quilt, so I'm planning on making another 12 (or 13) blocks so I can have a good sized quilt center. These blocks will finish to about 8-1/2" (maybe 8-3/4"). Here are my 12 blocks:

12 Hourglass Blocks using Warp and Weft

Thanks Debby! 

Head over to Debby's blog to read more and to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 Warp & Weft fabrics for yourself! 

Stop by each day this week for more yarn dye project inspiration! 
Click here to read an interview with Weeks and Bill about their new collection. 
Click here to see the entire Warp & Weft collection.
Visit Weeks and Bill's website
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