Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Quilt Along {week 2}

I'm so very sorry that it has been more than just a week, but look on the good side you've had more time to cut out your fabric. Now we can get into the fun stuff.

This quilt is made up of 20 blocks each block looks like this...
This week we will be sewing just the highlighted part below.

We will only be using A pieces this week. You can set aside your B, C, and D pieces until next week. You also won't be using all of your A pieces, you will only use 60 the other 20 will also be set aside for next week.

Take 3 A pieces. Sew together using a 1/4'' seem allowence. Use the image above for your guide on how to sew these 3 pieces. It should end up looking like this.

Press your seems toward the darker color. Now repeat this until you have 20 small squares, each made with 3 different A pieces.

You are done for this week,

Happy quilting!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Quilt Along {week 1}

I hope you all have picked out your fabric and love it as much as I love mine. Next step: cutting.
I'm not going to lie cutting these pieces out is not the quickest or easiest task but I'll try to help and make my instructions as easy as possible.
Everyone take out your cutting supplies and get ready to cut!
Before we start take your backing fabric, Border #1, and Border #3 fabrics and set them aside we won't be using these fabrics for a while.

Take your 8 pieces measuring 3/8 yard and cut strips that are 2-1/2 inches by the length of the fabric, should be close to 45''. You should get 5 strips out of each fabric piece. 40 pieces total.

Step #2
Take your pile of 40 fabric strips and separate them into 2 piles of 20. Make sure you have a good mixture of different fabrics in each pile.

Step #3
For this quilt you will need 4 different size pieces.
A: 2-1/2'' x 6-1/2''
B: 2-1/2'' x 8-1/2''
C: 2-1/2'' x 8-1/2''
D: 2-1/2'' x 10-1/2''
From the first 20 strips start cutting one of each size piece, one A, B, C, and D out of each stirp.

Now with the next 20 strips cut one B and C, and 3 A's from each strip

Again set your scraps aside we will need them later.

Thats it! Not to bad for the first week! Have fun cutting and check back soon for our first week of sewing!!!!
Happy Quilting!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Quilt Along

I can't stop thinking about it so I guess I'll blog about it!

I'm so excited to start this quilt along. I've been reading a blog that is doing a quilt along and it looks like so much fun to get a group together and become connected through quilting.

The quilt below is the quilt I have picked for our Quilt Along. Its a fairly simple quilt. Easy enough for a first quilt but still will give you a little bit of a challenge, which is always a good thing. A little challenge will only teach you more.

The finished quilt will be 55 1/2'' x 65''. I think it is the perfect size for just relaxing on the couch or tucking a little one into bed with.

Now for buying the fabric. For this quilt you will need...

3/8 yard of 8 different fabrics (this is for the center of the quilt, have fun with this part and make sure you get matching fabrics that you love)

3/8 yard for border #1 (I just bought one of the same fabrics that is in the center of my quilt. I suggest you buy a fabric with a small print for this border.)

1-2/3 yards for border #3 (I again bought one of the same fabrics that is in the center of my quilt but if you can find another fabric to match you might like the different pattern. This might be a fun border to try something with a bigger print but really it doesn't matter.)

1/2 yard for binding (I haven't bought mine yet but this should too have a small print on it.)

3-3/4 yards for backing (This is also another time to try a big print. I can guarantee that you will love your quilt so much more if you do have a large print on the back. It just adds so much to the quilt.)

Note:This is a jelly roll friendly pattern, it is a lot more money that way, but if you would like to use a jelly roll leave me a comment and I'll give you those instructions.

Have fun picking out your fabrics, make sure to take your time and get fabric that you love, that way you will love to sew all the pieces together.

Check back soon for "Week 1-Cutting"!!

Happy quilting!!

It's been a while

It has been a long time since my last post. My goal for this next week is to catch up with all the projects I have been busy with. Can't wait to show them all off!!