A Quilty Kind of Girl

June 16, 2010

Introducing the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along

Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along

Join me in making a beautiful Star Sampler Quilt this summer.

Well my quilty friends, it is time to introduce the lovely Summer Star Sampler quilt. I will be offering tutorials to make this beauty every Tuesday, beginning July 6 through Aug 31. I will give you instructions for two blocks per week, followed by the center medallion, then borders. This is where you can find your fabric requirements (click the words!!).

Be sure to visit the Fat Quarter Shop, where you can find all the fabrics you need for this project. I am thrilled that the Fat Quarter Shop has agreed to sponsor this project by providing the fabrics to make this beautiful quilt. Get over there and shop your little heart out right now!! Have your fabric requirements list handy! You will need to order each fabric as yardage, this quilt is NOT available as a kit, but FQS does have all the fabrics you will need. 🙂 Take a peek at the gorgeous fabrics below….

Fresh Cottons by Fig Tree

oooooooh! They are so pretty! I love em!!

Moda's Fresh Cottons by Fig Tree from Fat Quarter Shop

Visit the Fat Quarter Shop to get your fabrics for the Summer Star Sampler Quilt Along

If you’d like to join me in making this pretty quilt, be sure to grab a banner to post on your own blog!
Quilty Hugs,

March 24, 2010

Easter Mini Quilt Along – Day Three – Bunny Time!

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Here we go with Day Three! I am so thrilled to be feeling a little better, and I am back in action Baby! So last night, I got busy with the remaining applique and the second set of shapes is now ready for download. Follow the instructions from Day Two for today’s bunny and eggs. I chose chocolate brown for my bunny so he didn’t blend in with the other colors. He really does look yummy enough to eat! Now onto the goods….

Background fabric for applique.

Cut your white backgorund fabric to measure 8.5 inches X 16.5 inches.

Easter Mini Quilt Applique Shapes

Download your shapes for the applique bunny and eggs. Trace them onto the fusible and cut them apart leaving a quarter inch around each one.

Applique shapes on wrong side of fabric.

Choose the fabrics for your bunny and eggs. Press the fusible pieces onto the wrong side of the fabrics. Cut out each of your shapes.

Applique pieces laid out on background fabric.

Now you can remove the paper from the back of your applique pieces. Play around with the layout until you like the way it looks, or lay it out like mine. Remember to stay away from the edge, you will need a quarter inch seam around the outside. Once you like the layout, press them in place onto the background fabric. Remember to hold iron for 3-4 seconds ONLY.

Four patches sewn together.

Sew 4 of the four patches together in a single row. You need four rows.

Borders laid out around mini quilt.

First attach the top and bottom border, and press the seams outward. Next attach the two side borders, also pressing outwards.

How do you like it so far? From this point on, all we have left is the top stitching! How exciting is that?! Tomorrow, I will show you how I do the blanket stitch around the applique. From there, your quilt can be quilted and bound. If you keep working on it each day, you will certainly have it finished in time for Easter!
Now I want to see ALL of your photos up on flickr. I have started an Easter Mini Quilt Along group and I would love for you to join us! There are already a few members, and Sue has already added her photos too! So join us…. don’t miss out on all these cutie little quilts.

March 23, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday – Machine Applique – Part One and Day two of Easter Mini Quilt Along

So today’s post begins with some big fat excuses. First of all, I have a cold in my sinus area, that is making it a constant challenge to remain vertical. Second of all, my two oldest darling daughters are away on a school trip. That means that 98% of the chores in the house need to be reassigned. (Dear daughters, Mommy misses and appreciates you so much more than you will ever know!!) So now that is out of the way, I should tell you I did not get nearly as much done as I wanted to last night. But not to fear, I still have part one of the machine applique tutorial ready for you my quilty friends. So let’s get going k? 🙂

Hoppy Easter!

These are the letters we will be using for the applique. The letters have to be backwards because we will trace them onto fusible web then attch to the back of the fabrics.

Letters traced onto fusible web.

Place the fusible web on top of your letters and trace around the shapes. Leave about half an inch space around each letter.

The individual letters all cut away from each other.

Cut the letters apart from each other. Leave about quarter inch of paper around the outside of each one.

Experimenting with placement of letters.

Set your iron to the silk setting with no steam. While it heats, move the letters around to decide where you wnat them on the fabric. I made mine very flowery and colorful. Remember you are placing the fusible on the BACK of the fabric.

Letter attached to the fabric.

Once you've decided you like the letter orientation, press the fusible, paper side up, onto the fabric. Hold it for about 3-4 seconds then lift iron to see if it has attached. Do not hold the iron on for longer than that. If the glue overheats, it loses effectiveness.

Back side of letter after cutting out.

Cut out the letters including the centers where necessary. Leave the paper on the back for now.

A peek at the front of the letter.

Phew! Are you relieved? It's not backwards!

Applique letters after cutting out.

See how flowery and pretty they are? Carry on with this method until you have all the letters for Hoppy Easter.

Leftover scraps from charm squares.

Some of your scraps will still be usable. Toss them into your tash, or use for more letters.

This is where you can download the words for the Easter mini quilt. There is no need to reverse the letters or resize, they are ready to use. So your homework for today is to print out your letters, and trace them onto the fusible web. Press the letters onto the back of your fabrics, and then cut them all out. If you keep the paper on the back, it will protect the glue until we are ready to put these on the quilt. We still have a couple of applique designs to do, attach borders, and stitch down the applique shapes. Now don’t forget, if you have any questions, be sure to either leave a comment or email me. bradie at quiltcetera dot com.

I’ve also started an Easter Mini Quilt Along flickr group for everyone to add their photos. Be sure to join and share with us!

QuiltersDaily Blog-Along

QuiltersDaily Blog-Along

Have you been blogging along with us? Don’t forget that blogging along can earn you a chance to win $200 in long arm quilting services, so make sure to join in! I will see you all tomorrow for Day 3 of The Easter Mini Quilt Along!

Quilty Hugs,

March 22, 2010

Day One – The Easter Mini Quilt Along

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Welcome to Day One of The Easter Mini Quilt Along! Today we will stitch up 16 little four patches. These will make the border of your mini quilt. Here is a recap of the materials you need to make this little quilt:
about 30 charm squares. ( A charm square is a 5 x 5 inch square. You can use from your stash if you like)
a neutral background fabric, white or cream, 8.5 inches X 16.5 inches.
a bunny colored fabric, if you don’t want to use charm squares. My bunny is going to be chocolate brown. 🙂
about 3 strips, for binding. ( 2.25 inches X 44 inches)
(18 in X 26 in) pieces of batting and backing
Fusible web such as wonder under, misty fuse, steam a seam, or heat and bond.
Paper Scissors

16 charm squares

For the first step of this mini quilt, you will need an assortment of 16 squares. Choose different colors, prints, solids and scales. This looks better if the blocks have a good variety.

Marking center lines on back side of charm squares.

Mark a vertical line down the center of each charm square. The squares are each 5 inches, so the marking with be at 2.5 inches.

Marking center lines on back side of charm squares.

Mark a horizontal line across the center of each charm square. The squares are each 5 inches, so the marking with be at 2.5 inches.

Pairing up the charm sqaures.

Pair the five inch squares with a fabric that has contrast. You don't want any blending of prints.

Fabrics with out contrast.

These two fabrics have a different color background, but the print is so similar that they blend. AVOID this type of pairing.

Stitch your squares right sides together. First stitch a quarter inch to the left of one marking. Then turn patch around it stitch on the other side of the line using a quarter inch seam again.

Two sets of patches sewn together and cut apart on the marking line.

Once you have sewn along both sides of the marking, cut on the marking line to seperate the patches in two.

Peeking inside the patches to determine a solid.

The seams should be pressed towards the fabric which seems more like a solid. In this case, I pressed towrds the purple and the red.

Pairing the patches a second time.

Pair the patches again. Chose a mate that contrasts. Place a solid type fabric next to a print to avoid blending of colors and prints. Save the two other halves to pair with different patches.

Pinning the seams of the patches.

Pin the side seams to nest them together. You will stitch down the marking line again, crossing two fabrics this time. Stitch on both sides of the marking line, in the same way you did the first time.

Cutting the patches apart the second time.

Once you have sewn on both sides of the marking line, cut the patches apart for the second time.

The two 4 patches created.

This will yield two identical 4 patches.

The remaining charms, sewn in pairs.

Finish sewing the remaining charms together in pairs, cut them in half, and press open. Pair them each with a contrasting pair.

These four patches will create the border for your Easter Mini Quilt.

I laid the patches out to see how they would look as the border of my Easter Mini Quilt. We will sew them together in a later step, but isn't it fun to see how they will look? 🙂

If you need help with nesting seams, you can visit my tutorial on that very topic.

Tomorrow, we will do some applique letters. Now if you’ve never done applique, do not worry! I will show you how to do it step by step, and by machine! It is super duper easy. 😉

If you are planning to quilt along, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear about your progress. Now if you have any questions, you can ask in the comments section, or feel free to email me at Bradie at quiltcetera dot com.

Quilty Hugs,

ps. Hop on over to see Vickie! She is having a giveaway!! and it’s moda Botany…. one of my FAVES!!

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