Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Calico Stars

I fell completely head over heals the first time I saw Amy Smart's first fabric line, Gingham Girls by Penny Rose Fabrics, and knew immediately that I wanted to turn it into sawtooth stars. This is the ultimate summertime fabric, with a real patriotic feel. The sawtooth star is a classic staple that is used over and over again in traditional quilting, creating a homey feel. Without at doubt, this is the quilt I'll be sitting on while I enjoy parades and fireworks this summer!

I have had several people ask me if I used a pattern. I did not, but if you would like to make this quilt for yourself, here are some basic guidelines.

You will need:
  • 15 Gingham Girls Fat Quarters
  • 3 yards background fabric
  • 1 1/2 yards border and binding
  • 4 1/4 yards backing

Using my Sawtooth Star Tutorial, make 30 sawtooth star blocks.

From border and backing cut:
  • EIGHT 4" x width of fabric for BORDERS
  • SEVEN 2.5" x width of fabric for BINDING
Add side borders first, then add top and bottom borders. Quilt and bind as desired.

If you're looking forward to summer as much as I am, you must make a Calico Stars quilt for yourself!

Quilted by Utah Valley Quilting.

Sawtooth Star Tutorial - 12" Block

Sawtooth Star has always been one of my favorite blocks. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I just love traditional blocks! And it doesn't get more traditional than the often used Sawtooth Star. This is the block that I used to make my Calico Stars quilt, using Gingham Girl fabrics by Amy Smart for Penny Rose Fabrics.

For each 12" block, cut the following:

Calico Fabric
  • ONE 6.5" x 6.5" square
  • EIGHT 3.5" x 3.5" squares
TIP: You can get two blocks from one fat quarter of calico.

Background Fabric

  • FOUR 6.5" x 3.5" strips
  • FOUR 3.5" x 3.5" squares

Here's a little tip for cutting the background fabric. It takes one 3.5" x width of fabric piece for each star block. If you fold the strip in half twice, so that there are four layers, you can cut it as shown in the above picture to save steps in cutting.

Place a 3.5" square on top of 6.5" x 3.5" background fabric and sew as shown above. Repeat for a total of four pieces.

Trim, then fold corner back and press, as shown above.

Again, place a 3.5" square on top of 6.5" x 3.5" background fabric and sew as shown above. Repeat for a total of four pieces.

Trim, then fold corner back and press, as shown above.

Arrange block, as shown above, and sew together.

Unfinished block measures 12.5" square.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jacob's Ladder Tutorial - 12" Block

This year I'm participating in a Birthday Bee, meaning there is a group of twelve or so quilters who make a block for each participant during the month of their birthday. The block that I have chosen is Jabob's Ladder, and although my birthday isn't until October, I'm providing a tutorial ahead of time for those who like to get a jump on things.

I'm so excited about this block for a couple of reasons. One, I love traditional blocks and have always wanted to have a Jacob's Ladder quilt. Two, red is my favorite color and I'm looking forward to having a red and white quilt. I'm also excited that this quilt will be made with the help of so many of my friends.

Here's a little sketch from my book of ideas. Ready to get started? Let's go!

From both red and low volume fabrics cut:

Two - 5" squares
Two - 13" x 2.5" strips

To make the half square triangles, lay the low volume fabric on top of the red fabric, right sides together, and draw a line diagonally from corner to corner.

Sew a 1/4" seam allowance on both sides of the line. (Sorry the stitching is a little hard to see in the picture.)

Cut each apart on the line.

Press to the red side and square each block to 4.5".

Sew one red strip to one low volume strip. Repeat with other set. Press to the red side.

Nest the two strip sets, right sides together, so that red is facing low volume.

Subcut into 2.5" units.

Sew together along right edge, then press open.

Arrange your pieces and sew together.

Unfinished block measures 12.5" square.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kirsten's First Quilt

This spring my daughter, Kirsten, decided to try her hand at quilting. She chose a layer cake from my stash and decided on a hugs pattern. We couldn't find an exact pattern that she wanted to use, so we decided to wing it and we made it up as we went along.
 It was so rewarding for me to watch as Kirsten carefully cut and stitched all of the pieces together with very little help from me.
 I'm so proud of her and the beautiful quilt that she made.

I'm looking forward to making many more quilts together!

Fabric: Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda
Quilted by: Utah Valley Quilting