Easy Scrap fabric quilt block

This is a simple project for using fabric scraps. I’ve shared it previously as part of scrap-busting series but never on my blog so I figured while I was away at Quilt Market this weekend, it would be a good time.

This project is for a 15” x 15” mini quilt, but of course you can make use this concept to make any size quilt or quilt blocks. This is a great project for using all kinds of random scrap sizes. This method is called “Foundation-paper-piecing” and it’s fun because it allows for lots of improvisation and does not require perfect accuracy (best part!).
 
What you will need 
  • Assorted string-y scraps of your favorite fabric no wider than 1 1/2” and between 3” and 13 1/2” in length.
  • 17” x 17” piece of batting
  • 18” x 18” piece of fabric for backing
  • 1/6 yard piece of fabric for binding (or more assorted 2 1/2” wide scraps)
  • 4 pieces of paper 8 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter and ruler 
I suggest pressing your fabrics (scraps included) before starting.
 Fold one of the 8 1/2” square pieces of paper diagonally down the middle. Lay one 13.5” long scrap down the center of the fold, using a small amount of glue at both corners to hold the first scrap in place. 
Audition various scraps by placing them on either side of the middle scrap, in diagonal rows, overlapping generously to compensate for seam allowance. Make sure you completely cover the paper. Carefully remove the scraps, keeping them in the right order so that it’s easy to grab the next one and sew. 
Turn stitch length on your machine to about 1 1/2. (The shorter stitches will perforate the paper more often, making it easier to tear the paper away later.) Put a new fabric scrap right sides together on top of the glued center scrap with right edges matched up. Sew through both fabric scraps and paper using a 1/4” seam allowance. Working from the front of the fabric, press both strips open and flat. 
 
Start at the center and work outwards toward the corners, sewing your strips in the order that you auditioned them.Repeat the process with additional scrap strips, completely covering the paper.
Turn the square over and with the size of the paper as the guide, use a ruler and rotary cutter to trim all four sides.
Turn paper over to the fabric side and using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut into four equal 4 1/4” x 4 1/4” squares. Carefully remove the paper backing by folding on the stitched lines to crease and then tear them off completely.

Repeat the process with the three 8 1/2” x 8 1/2” paper squares and remaining scraps to create a total of 16 mostly different 4 1/4” x 4 1/4” scrappy diagonal blocks.Layout the pieced blocks 4 across by 4 down. There are a variety of designs you can create by rotating the blocks. Here is a sample.

Sew blocks together using a 1/4” seam allowance into four rows of four blocks each. Press seam allowances to the left on rows 1 and 3 and to the right on rows 2 and 4. Sew rows together in order, nesting opposing seam allowances. 
Layer quilt top with batting and backing pieces underneath and quilt as desired (machine quilting tutorial here.) Using remaining fabric or scraps to create a 2 1/2” x 64” strip for binding the quilt.
You could easily make multiple blocks to make a bigger quilt, re-scale the sizes, use this panel for the side of a bag, etc. Since scraps can so easily get out of control, here are more tips for organizing and using your scraps.

Scrappy Giant Hexagon quilt

Three cheers for a LONG overdue finish. This is a quilt that has been on my bucket-list for a long time. It’s based on a Sandy Klop pattern called Merry-Go-Round. It’s one I’ve wanted to make for years and was way excited when my sister-in-law choose it as the pattern she’d like for their wedding gift. Perfect!

 
The only hiccup is that they got married, oh, 15 months ago. Well, better late (and looking fantastic) than never, I always say. :)

The quilting on this was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. It was a lot of fun to play with the fabrics for this one and just make it a big, scrappy party. My SIL picked the colors and some of the fabrics from my stash, and then I ran with it. Lots of old and new favorites in this one.

I have to say, this is the biggest and most intense quilt I’ve made in a while and, even though I really enjoyed the process, it feels good to finally get ‘er done. This quilt is made using a 60 degree ruler. I modified the original pattern just slightly to make it so that I could get all of my wedges from one strip-set of fabric by cutting the strips down to a 2 1/4” width and then staggering the strips by an inch when I sewed them together. I also used left over wedges to fill in the sides so that I could make them straight. The rest of the construction is the same.

Happy Wedding Lynn and Eric! Second finish of 2015 and first WIP crossed off the list. Only 47 more WIP’s to go…

Cover quilt at Love Patchwork and Quilting

This summer I had a SUPER fun invitation: to create a quilt for one of my favorite magazines, Love Patchwork & Quilting. And then, I ended up on the cover of the most recent issue (Issue 12)! (AAaaahhHH!) This is my first time ever as a cover girl and I must say, it is pretty fun!
I’m not a super-squealy/giggly person, but I have to admit, I do get a little squealy and giggly every time I look at my copy. (They made it look so pretty!)
LPQ requested an updated version of my Chain Linked quilt. It was a lot of fun to recreate it in a fresh new palette using navy blue (which I love) and mixing in teals, yellows, and greens. So fresh and fun. I redesigned the pattern to make it even more streamlined and quick and it comes together (fabulously) fast. The new-and-improved pattern is only found in Issue 12 for the time being.
I used a lot of Art Gallery Fabric Chromatics, Essentials, and Carnaby Street as well as some new Cotton + Steel basics and mixed in a few prints from my stash.
I have to give a HUGE shout out to Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting for her amazing job custom quilting this project. I was making the quilt on a quick deadline before our trip this summer and gave Melissa free-reign to do what she wanted. Her work is amazing!
Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 12 on sale now
Issue 12 came out in Aug in the UK. Usually in the US we get it about a month later and it should be available from JoAnn’s or Barnes and Noble soon, if not now. (Will someone let me know if/when they see it available?) You can also find past issues on Amazon.

You can subscribe to Love Patchwork and Quilting here and get future editions delivered right to your house. I have a subscription and I love when those issues show up in my mailbox. Every issue has multiple projects I love. I highly recommend it!

PS Digital versions are available via Google Play, and Apple Newstand.

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Mini Quilt with Cotton Supremes Fabric

A few months ago I was contacted by RJR Fabrics about creating a project with some of their Cotton Supreme solids. I had never used Cotton Supremes before and was really impressed. They are a nice weight – not too sheer – with a tight weave, but still have nice drape. I was given the choice of what colors to choose and when I saw the soothing, beachy shades of blue I was immediately drawn to them. (Maybe because they brought back happy feelings about our beach trip last year.) 
RJR has hosted a series featuring their Cotton Supreme solids. You can see the other designers and links to their projects at the RJR Facebook Page. It’s really inspiring to see the variety of styles, projects, and colors used.

This is the little mini quilt I made solely with the solids. The colors I worked with are: Sea Glass (234), Blue Skies, (264), Cove (294), Notting Hill (309), Beach House (242), and Nile Green (90).  This little quilt (22.5” x 22.5”) is a mini version of a quilt in my book, Fabulously Fast Quilts.

Here is the big version (63″ x 81″) from the book called Roundabout.
I had a little text print remnant on hand that worked perfectly for a pieced back. I quilted this little guy myself on the BERNINA 710.
 

And if these colors look slightly familiar, I liked them so much that I also used all of these solids in the Churn Dash quilt for the Quilt Along.

The official names of the colors I worked with are: Sea Glass (234), Blue Skies, (264), Cove (294), Notting Hill (309), Beach House (242), and Nile Green (90).  And RJR has a fat quarter bundle of these Cotton Supreme solids to give away. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until Wednesday, April 30 at midight, MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.
I love the soothing colors! Can’t wait to have a take me away moment at the beach! Summer can’t come fast enough.
For a great selection of RJR Cotton Supremes, check out Pink Castle Fabrics. They have most of these colors, as well as a huge variety more, in stock.

I’m hosting a Free Fast Churn Dash Quilt Along!

This week I am so excited to share a new free quick quilt pattern starting this week at BERNINA’s We All Sew site. This pattern uses a “fabulously fast” technique for making a traditional Churn Dash Quilt.
You may remember some sneak peaks of the work on this quilt over the past months. It’s so fun to finally be able to share the full pattern and tutorial.
This is the quilt we’ll be making. A Churn Dash block is as traditional as it gets, but by playing with colors, prints and solid fabrics, you can create a very traditional or modern quilt design. The method for making this blocks is super slick with very little fabric waste.

For part one of this quilt along, we are talking about fabric choice. For this project I used a collection of solids including RJR Cotton Supremes (colors Sea Glass, Blue Skies, Cove, Notting Hill, Beach House and Nile Green) as well as Kona solids (Aqua and Leaf). I also wanted to incorporate a bunch of the “low-volume” (or low-value/contrast) prints that are so popular right now. This was a big switcheroo for my usual style of colorful prints combined with solid white. (Post edit: I used a lot of prints from Pat Bravo’s Rapture collection as well as Alison Glass text prints and other assorted low-volume prints from my stash. Pink Castle Fabrics has Rapture in stock as well as most of the solids I used.)

The key to this fast design option is having two contrasting sets of fabric, in this case the bundle of solids and the bundle of low-volume prints. The low-volume prints and the monochromatic solids create a really subtle quilt. But this design works equally well in high-contrast, saturated colors and prints. For more discussion on choosing fabric and fabric requirements go Part 1 of the Churn Dash Quilt Along at We All Sew.

Come join the fun. This is a great stash buster. You’ve got a week to gather you fabrics. Next week we’ll work on cutting and piecing the blocks.

Quick links to all the parts:

Modern Red Cross Quilt

I’m so excited to finally share a quilt that I worked on last summer. I’m calling it Modern Red Cross (because I’m so gifted at coming up with creative names). This is my modern interpretation inspired by a traditional Red Cross block created during World War 2. 
This quilt is one of the quilts featured in a brand new book from Kansas City Star called Classic Modern Quilts. All of the projects in the book are modern quilt patterns inspired by very traditional quilt blocks. All of the contributors also discuss their thoughts on modern quilting. You can read some of my thoughts on KCS’s My Stars blog as well as meet some of the other authors and learn more about the book.
My copy of the book arrived just this week! I was so excited to finally see the other projects in the book. I’ll be sharing more about this book in a few weeks. But if you want to come back on Monday, there will be a fun giveaway with a copy of the book and a bundle of reds to make your own!
This quilt was quilted by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. I wanted a simple square-stipple to coordinate with the right angles of the quilt design.

I took a bunch of pictures of this ‘on location’ in an orchard but the clothes-line wasn’t high enough to hang the whole quilt. Fortunately my husband snapped this picture when I was showing it to my sisters, that shows the whole thing. Look at how inspired and reverent I’m being.

I also found this picture on my phone from when I was binding it. And that is proof that I put actual blood, sweat (but no tears) into this quilt. Good thing the red is kind of camouflaged in the plaid. 

This is one of my favorite quilts of the year so far. I’m so excited to finally get to show it off – especially just in time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival!

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