Friday, July 3, 2020

Fireworks Table Runner Tute

I do love an excuse to create some fun red, white and blue projects, and 4th of July is great for that! 

I originally created this tutorial for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics using their Painter's Palette Solids. It's super quick and easy--thank you, fusible web! 
I hope you enjoy it! I kind of want to make a larger version now...

Let's get started!
You'll Need: 
1 fat quarter each Painter's Palette Solids: White, Patriot, French Blue, River, Claret, Crimson, and Tomato
Fusible web
1/2 yard backing fabric
12" x 27" piece of batting
How's this for a patriotic bundle?!
(from left: 121-000 White, 121-111 Patriot, 121-131 French Blue, 121-025 River, 121-051 Claret, 121-002 Crimson, and 121-134 Tomato)

From the white:
(3) 7" squares
(4) 2" x 6-1/2" pieces (reserve remaining piece of strip for piecing the long borders)
(2) 2" x 21" strips

From each of the 3 blues and 3 reds:
(1) 2-1/4" x 21" strip for binding
(1) 7" square

From the fusible web:
(6) 7" squares

Make the Quilt: 
Step 1: Adhere a 7" square of fusible web to a 7" Tomato square. Using a thread spool or other small round object, trace a circle slightly off center on the paper side of the fusible web.

Step 2: Using a ruler, draw lines radiating out from the center circle as shown. Note: I marked the rays that would be red with a pencil squiggle to help visualize the negative space the lines will create. Create as many or as few rays as you like, varying widths and angles. 

Step 3: Cut out the negative areas to create a fireworks shape that looks like this: 

(The squiggly lines also help to make sure you leave the correct parts while cutting!)

Step 4: Repeat with the 7" Patriot square--your center circle and rays will be slightly different from the Tomato shape, and that's good! 

Here's what both your fireworks shapes will look like:

Step 5: Position both fireworks shapes on a 7" white square. Try with both the Patriot and Tomato fireworks shape on top (see photos below), and experiment with rotating one of the shapes until you find the look you like. 

Step 6: When you are satisfied with your block, remove the paper and fuse the fireworks shapes onto the white square. 

Step 7: Trim block to measure 6-1/2" square.

Step 8: In the same way, make 2 additional blocks, pairing the River square with the Claret square and the Crimson square with the French Blue square.

Step 9: Lay out the 3 blocks alternating with (4) 2" x 6-1/2" white pieces. 

Step 10: Sew the blocks and white pieces together. Sew the (2) 2" x 21" white strips and remaining 2" x 14" white strip short ends together into a long strip. Cut (2) 24-1/2" lengths. Sew to the long sides of the quilt. 

Step 11: Layer the backing right side down, batting, and quilt top right side up. Baste layers together and quilt as desired. Use short sections of the (6) 2-1/4" x 21" red and blue strips to bind the quilt. 

Block close-ups: 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Wonk Around the Block - Month 2!

It's July and time for Month 2 of the Wonk Around the Block quilt! 

To recap, Wonk Around the Block is my new Block of the Month quilt pattern combining traditional and wonky piecing. You can purchase the pattern on my Etsy shop and receive one section per month for 6 months. I hope you'll come sew with me! 

Month 2 is the breather month, which is good, because even in these strange pandemic times, July always seems like a busy month. We're making a row/column of three-color flying geese units and adding them to the quilt center. Plus one solid border row, and you're done! 

I've also introduced video demos for each month - I'm super excited about this! 
Months 1 and 2 are now available. In the videos, I'll walk you through each step of the process--almost like a class! I also include additional tips and tricks for putting the quilt together. If you're new to wonky piecing, these video demos will augment the detailed diagrams in the pattern to help you master this technique. 

The group of six videos (I'll be adding one each month) can be purchased in my Etsy shop for $10. You'll receive a link with access to the current videos, and that same link will work for future videos. Click here to purchase.

Here's a photo taken during filming!

 When you purchase the pattern, you'll receive the Introduction pages, which include yardage for the entire quilt, a page of tips, and a black-and-white line drawing so you can choose your own color placement. You'll also receive Month 1, which is the center wonky star and a few borders. Each month afterwards will include the specific yardage, cutting, and piecing instructions for the sections being added. We'll assemble as we go, so by the end of Month 6, your quilt will be complete!

Purchase the pattern here

Here's a quick look at the fabric requirements. These are generous to ensure that you have plenty of options for switching up colors as you piece. 

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show!

I'm excited to once again be participating in the Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show! It runs June 16-18 from 12 pm - 8 pm EDT on Facebook, with one live video at the top of each hour. 

I'm scheduled for June 16th at 4 pm, and I'll be talking about the wonky log cabin piecing in my ZuZu Squares quilt. I hope you'll tune in! 

Here's the full Virtual Show schedule:

Tuesday, June 16
1:00   Becca Fenstermaker
3:00   Jo Westfoot
4:00   Lisa Ruble
5:00   Marlene Oddie  
8:00   Ebony Love
Wednesday, June 17
5:00   Andi Stanfield
6:00   Laura Piland
7:00   Tammy Silvers
Thursday, June 18
12:00 Toni Smith
3:00   Epida Studio
4:00   Geeky Bobbin
6:00   Kimie Tanner and Missy Winona
7:00   Simone Fisher

If you're interested in trying wonky piecing yourself, I have a few options in my Etsy shop:

ZuZu Squares - 10% off!
Purchase the pattern here.

Wonky Spirals
Purchase the pattern here.

Wonk Around the Block 
(and if you'd like a little more video encouragement, I'll be offering add-on video tutorials for this Block of the Month pattern--more details to follow soon!)
Purchase the pattern here.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

NEW Cogs in Space pattern!

Two men just left Cape Canaveral on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and are now in space--the first manned launch in the U.S. in 9 years! We visited Kennedy Space Center and also watched a few launches during our year in Florida, and a launch is a pretty amazing thing to see in person (even from our home, 50+ miles away)!

This momentous events seems like a pretty great time to introduce a new quilt pattern called "Cogs in Space."

To tell you the truth, Cogs in Space didn't start out space themed. It began, as many of my quilts do, in solids and was featured in Quilty magazine (see more here). And I do love the solid version! 

But I also knew that this pattern was just one kids' fabric collection away from being an incredibly fun baby or kids' quilt. Enter the Super Fred collection from Michael Miller. Cute robots that played on the idea of the "cog" look of the design, rocket ships, and stars...perfect! 

The collection comes in two colorways, so I tried them both in the pattern. 

Cogs in Space is now available in my Etsy shop. The pattern includes materials, cutting, yardage and instructions for both colorways of the Super Fred fabrics, as well as bonus pages showing the yardage, cutting and layout diagram for the solid version. Make one, make them both! 
To celebrate this pattern launch AND the rocket launch, Cogs in Space is currently 15% off in my Etsy shop using code SPACEQUILT.
Purchase the pattern here.

Here's the back cover, showing the various options and yardage information. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day Mini Quilt Tutorial

On Memorial Day, we remember those who have died in service to our country. Flags wave and red, white and blue abounds in patriotism. For quilters, it's a good day pull out those patriotic-colored fabrics and perhaps sew something for a veteran. 
Here's a tutorial for a mini quilt using red, white and blue solids. 

You'll Need:
1 fat quarter each of three red solids (Crimson, Real Red and Claret)* 
1 fat quarter each of three blue solids (Midnight, Royal, and River)*
1 fat quarter white solid
Lightweight interfacing or muslin
13" square of batting
13" square of backing
*I used Painter's Palette Solids from Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

From each red and blue solid: 
Cut two strips ranging in width from 1" - 2"

From the white solid:
Cut four strips ranging in width from 1" - 2"

From the remaining Midnight:
Three 2-1/4" x 21" strips for binding

From the interfacing or muslin:
Cut four 6" squares

Make the Blocks:
1. Lay a wider white strip diagonally across the muslin square. 

2. Choose another strip to layer on top and stitch along the long edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

3. Press open. 

4. Continue sewing various red and white strips to the square until it is completely covered. 

5. Trim the unit to measure 6" square. Make two red stripe units.

6. In the same way, make two blue stripe units. 

7. Cut each unit in half diagonally. Cut one blue unit perpendicular to the stripes and one parallel to the stripes. Do the same with the red units. 

8. Match up each red unit with a blue unit that has the stripes running in the opposite direction. Make four blocks. 

9. Play around with the lay out of these blocks. You can try them like this: 

Or like this: 

10. Sew the blocks into rows and join the rows. Press seams open to decrease bulk. 

11. Layer the backing right side down, batting, and mini quilt top right side up. Quilt as desired. Trim backing and batting even with the quilt top and use the three 2-1/4" x 21" navy strips to bind. 

Looking for some more red, white and blue inspiration? Check out this post!

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