February 4, 2018

Lap size layout for 12 inch blocks (The Giving Quilt)

I had twelve 12.5-inch square blocks that I wanted to make into a lap-size quilt.  I saw the above photo on the Boulder MQG blog and decided this would be a great way to accomplish my goal.

(This tutorial assumes you already have (12) 12.5-inch blocks that you've already made.)

The first thing I did was figure out the math.

Below are my cutting instructions.

From 1.75 yards of Background Fabric (BG) cut

A = (1) 24.5" x 12.5" BG
       (1) 18.5" x 12.5" BG

B = (4) 12.5" x 12.5" BG

C = (1) 18.5" x 12.5" BG

D = (6)  6.5" x 12.5" BG

E = (1)  6.5" x 18.5" BG

From 2.5" x WOF cut

Orange = (2) 2.5" x 12.5"
                (2) 2.5" x  6.5"

Green  = (2) 2.5" x 12.5"
               (2) 2.5" x  6.5"
               (6) 2.5" x  2.5" for cornerstones

Yellow = (1) 2.5" x 12.5"
                (1) 2.5" x  6.5"

White  = (17) 2.5" x 12.5"

Assemble the rows.  Row 8 requires special attention; first, assemble the middle sections, then add the gray C and E sections.

Now stitch all the rows together.  Your finished quilt should be about 58 x 72 inches.

May your bobbins always be full

August 29, 2016

How I made the Wonky Improv-Curve Quilt Top

This is a photo of the instructions that were given on making a Wonky Curves block.  I started with smaller squares because most of the fabric I pulled was half yard cuts, so no 20-inch squares.  But, hey, it's improv!

This is the link to the original instructions.

This is how I made my quilt top:

First I cut a 16.6 inch square from each fabric.  Then I stacked them and drew a curved line on the top fabric.  The stack was too thick to use a rotary cutter, so I cut the curve the old fashioned way and using scissors.  Then I stitched together pairs of mismatched fabric.

Next, I drew the second curve and repeated the process.  You can see that the blocks were not laying absolutely flat, but that wasn't a problem until the third curve was stitched in.

I thought of a couple of solutions but decided to "sleep" on it.  I've always been able to problem solve while sleeping.  I work up this morning with my solution.  I did a trial to make sure I'd be happy with the result.

First I sliced two blocks in two.  You can see that the cut edges ended up curved!  I used the top and bottom of each piece to make a straight line and get rid of the curve.  Then I joined one-half of each block, to make two new blocks.  I trued them up to 13.75 inches square, to get rid of all those jagged edges.

And these two blocks are the result.

I performed the slicing, trimming and re-joining process on the remainder of the blocks, but this time, I didn't work with two blocks at a time, so the placement was more random.  Above isn't the final layout, but it's close.

May your bobbins always be full

July 3, 2015

Half Square Rectangle Tutorial

It's been about four years since I made a Half Square Rectangle quilt.  One of the important things I forgot and that I didn't pick up on when I scanned a couple of other tutes about making them, is that you can't do everything exactly the same!

So, here's my tutorial, and if you read it thru, you'll see what I mean.

For my project, I started with 5" x 7" rectangles.  Then I matched them up into pairs.

Place each pair right sides together, and draw a diagonal line on each pair.  If you want all you pairs to be identical, draw all the lines the same.  If you want to be able to form a diamond with your HSR's, draw some top left to lower right, and some top right to lower left.  (This is the part I forgot!)

Now rotate the marked rectangle a quarter turn, so they look like the photo  above.  Take them to your sewing machine and stitch a scant 1/4" seam on each side of the drawn line.

Cut along the drawn line.  Take them to your ironing board and press the seams open.  Go back to your cutting board and true them up to 4.5" x 6.5".

I haven't stitched these together, but you can see how you can turn them to get different looks.

This is my "cheat-sheet".  If I want to make diamonds I need to do half one way and half the other. 
May your bobbins always be full