When I found out from my friend over at Pieces by Polly about this opportunity, I jumped on it. She put me in touch with A Girl and a Glue Gun (If you get a chance you should check it out: she will give you all the details on how to get involved in this amazing program). I did not hesitate putting my name on her list. This is my first experience with so many wondrous Bloggers. It filled such a need, I was having; to do some charity work. I am always looking for an opportunity to give back or pay it forward in my life: that urge was growing stronger. It always does around this time of year as the weather turns colder and wetter. So many have tragedy touch their lives: Quilts are a very big part of healing in any situation and at any age!!!! It is one of the biggest reasons why I have such a drive to help others acquire their very own quilt. I feel so blessed to be able to create a Quilt that was stitched with love each time it finds way to a new home! I get so much pleasure knowing the warmth that a Quilt brings will grow with every snuggle, every tear, every pretend tent, puddle jumping moment and with every washing. I had a drag blanket that went everywhere with me. The stories a Quilt could tell……….
I truly hope that you enjoy this tutorial. I made this Quilt with the current Riley Blake fabric line-“Woodland Springs”, that they so kindly donated to this project. Thank You so much!
I chose to make my version of “The Cut-up” by Pieced Tree patterns. This pattern works well with a Layer Cake and about 3 yards of fabric of any contrasting color, which will make a 75″ x 78″ quilt. I however, am making a toddler size quilt and my instructions will reflect this. I love how this shows off the beautiful fabrics. They remind me of the illustrations from the story books that my grandma read from. So as I was cutting and ironing; I was reminiscing……….listening to my grandma read while I was all snug under a warm blanket. I was truly blessed to have readers in my family. My mom read to my sister and I every night. Now on to the tutorial………This is a pattern that you can make as large or as small as you want. You just have to alter the amount of squares you will be using. So keep that in mind when you are picking your fabrics. I first took the yardage and cut off the selvage and cut them into 10″ x 10″ Squares. Like such………
I had 13 fabrics ……I needed 12 squares for the front and put the 13th square on the back.
You will need to cut all the squares into a 7 1/2″ strip and a 2 1/2″ strip.
Next you will take the fabric you have chosen for the insert strip……and cut into 1 1/2″ wide strips. I cut 8 WOF strips in total, to be sub cut later on. I also, cut 8 WOF strips that measured 2 1/2″ wide. These will be used for the Sashing between my rows and the Outside Border.
I took 3 of the strips WOF and sub-cut into 10″ strips. So that you have 12- 10″ x 1 1/2 ” individual strips. These will be used in the first insert as shown in the next photo.
So at this point you have your three pieces. Keep in mind the fabric placement if it is directional, as mine was. Sew these pieces together using a 1/4 ” seam allowance. Consistency is the important thing when it comes to your seams.
I chained piece the pieces together. It made the process so fast. This quilt can easily be made in a day or a weekend.
Then iron to the dark or contrasting fabric which should be your insert strip. It is important that you are careful when pressing. It is easy to make your fabric wobbly by pushing it instead of just pressing. Up and Down motion is your friend!
Here are my blocks ready to cut for the second insert strip. Do not square up anything yet: we will do that at the end. You will cut the remaining 5 WOF strips into 10 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ individual strips. You will need 12 for the blocks and 8 for the Sashing between the blocks.
This is how it should look as you are getting ready to sew. Then just chain piece as you did with the first insert strip. Sewing it to one side first, ironing to the dark and then sewing it to the other side. Ironing to the dark.
Matching strip placement…… I hope this shows well ….I will fold back the fabric and match up the strip. You can pin if you want to at this point.
It is easy to match up your strip if you sew the larger side last. As in this Photo. So no matter which way you have sewn your pieces together….I hope that I have shown you how to match your strip perfectly.
Now you can square up your blocks. They should measure 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2 “. However, mine ended up 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4”. It really only matters that they are all the same size. The next step will be block placement and sewing the Sashing on. My placement is a 3 blocks across and 4 blocks down. I need to sew 2 Sashing strips in each row. You can see just how easy this pattern is to increase in size or decrease (as I have ) to make it smaller. I have plans to make a scrappy king size.
Here it is on the design wall with the Sashing in place.
It is important to take accurate measurements for your Sashing strip in between rows. This will help keep things aligned.
As you can see here my Sashing strip is 2 1/2 ” x the measurement of your row: mine was 35″ . To insure a prefect placement I ironed a mark to show the middle of the row and did the same for the Sashing strip. I then matched these two points and pinned. You can go even further and iron a mark to show the halfway point between the middle and each side. This will give you more control over everything measuring out equally with the three points of reference. I took the extra step and always ironed to the dark after each seam was sewn. It just makes it nice and crisp. I think it is easier then trying to iron everything after it is together. I have more control over the precision of the piece. Therefore, giving me a better results in the end.
Before sewing on the Outside Borders always remember to take a measurement from all three points:The Left Side , The Center and The Right Side. Then take the average of the three and that is the measurement for your Outside Borders. This will help keep things square if it got wobbly on you. Then just take your time sewing it, remember this is suppose to be fun!
I decided to do my version of a Greek Key Square. Remember we all quilt as uniquely as we write. So embrace the process and let the Quilt speak to you.
Here is the back right after coming off my machine. I just love how this turned out. That 13th block is leading the way.
I truly hope that this quilt will warm the heart of some child that is in need. For I always put love into every Quilt I create…….so that is will carry on to the recipient. So much so that I could not stop at one and made a few others to donate as well. I will be dropping these off with my local Project Linus.
You can link over to see what I made out of the scraps here.