Second Chance Quilt: Whoops? to Wow!

Sometimes you have a good idea that doesn’t quite work out. But, it did require effort and fabric and time…you hate to throw it away.

I was fortunate enough to inherit some such items. It appears the original maker was working towards a wonky coin quilt of some kind. Foundation pieced. But a little odd…

First I squared them up and trimmed to a standard size: 5-1/2″ x 46″.

It felt like a border would both make them more stable and give definition. Added 1-1/2″ strip all the way around. Now they are 7-1/2″ x 48″.

Then, because the piecing was already a little wonky, I added strips top and bottom to give that movement to the entire quilt. I started with background fabric cut into pieces 7-1/2″ x 13″. I then cut those into pairs: 3″ and 10″, 5″ and 8″, 7″ and 6″, 9″ and 4″, 11″ and 2″. These were added to the top and bottom of each coin strip. (Only four strips shown in this picture, sorry) That brought the total length of each strip to 60″. Finally, I added pieces 3″x60″ to the sides and between each coin strip. The size was selected by using half the width of the coin section finished (5″ finished /2 = 2-1/2″. Then add the seam allowance of 1/2″.) TIP: When adding components, consider using fractions or multiples of a chosen “base” component. The final result tends to be more balanced and finished feeling.

Total finished size 50″ x 60″.

Quilt and bind.

And a surprise backing–that panel that I didn’t know what else to do with.

Consider how this might work for you on a future quilt. It is fun to take great-ideas-that-didn’t-quite-work and treat them as raw materials. They can be the start (foundation) of a successful quilt.

TUTORIAL: Discovery Baby Quilt

What I thought was a disappointment has turned into a lovely quilt. I call it Discovery.

DISCOVERY BABY QUILT


39-1/2″ x 39-1/2″

MATERIALS

A good sized pile of color coordinated scraps

1/2 yard background fabric

1/3 yard binding

1-1/4 yard for backing

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

from the colored scraps cut a total of…

400 2″x 2″ squares (NOTE: These need to be in multiples of at least 4, 5, or 8 of each color in order to build the block pattern)

after your blocks are built, cut the background fabric as follows…

24 2″x8″ rectangles

9 2″x2″ squares

2 2-3/4″ x 35″ strips

2 2-3/4″ x 39-1/2″ strips

ASSEMBLY

  1. Arrange scrap squares to create a block as follows: 5 squares of Color A (here RED print), 8 squares of Color B (here light print), 8 squares of Color C (here GREEN print), and 4 squares of Color D (here BLUE print).

2. Assemble to create one block. UNFINISHED size should measure 8″ x 8″.

3. Repeat to create a total of 16 blocks. TIP: I made little piles of my squares sorted into blocks first so the colors would be fairly evenly distributed and each block would be unique.

4. Lay out blocks in a 4×4 pattern, balancing colors

5. Add 2″x8″ sashing between the blocks to create rows.

5. Create sashing strips for between the rows by alternating 4 2″x8″ rectangles with 2″ squares.

6. Attach strips 2-3/4″ x 35″ to sides of quilt. Attach strips 2-3/4″ x 39-1/2″ to top and bottom of quilt.

7. Ta-dah!  A Discovery Baby Quilt top.

DISCOVERY BABY QUILT Gallery

your beautiful creations here…

Potholders Make Quick Gifts

I needed a quick gift and a potholder seemed like a good idea. Plus, there was only a little of this cute sewing fabric.

You can use THIS tutorial, or just start with any 8″ block. I really like sawtooth stars.

And, before you know it, there is a gift. YAY!

QUICK Hourglass Baby Quilt: Mini-Tutorial

Another baby arrived a little earlier than predicted. The mother requested pastels. Do I even OWN any pastels? Well, yes, I did, thanks to a generous scrap donation. YAY!

HOURGLASS BABY QUILT

35″ x 35″

Here’s how to do it…

MATERIALS:

50 5″ colored charm squares. You could use a pre-packaged charm pack plus 8 more squares. Solids are a good choice.

1 yard background fabric cut into 50 5″ squares.

1-1/8 yard backing fabric

1/4 yard binding

ASSEMBLY:

Using THIS tutorial, create 100 hourglass blocks. Trim up to 4″. NOTE: Each colored/background pair produces TWO hourglass blocks.

Lay them out in a 10 x 10 arrangement, making sure they alternate: top-bottom, side-side.

Stitch together rows, then rows into a finished top.

Ta-dah! A finished top.

See–I told you it was quick and easy. You probably have all the materials laying around right now.

Layer, quick and bind as preferred. Another Ta-da! Now it is a finished quilt.

Two And Four COMPLETE!

I am so happy to see this quilt complete.

It was all I hoped for.

For those who participated in the quiltalong, you are welcome to share pictures any time.

Those who might be interested in building a similar beauty, information can be found HERE.

EDIT: Thank you to Sandra for pointing out that I neglected to include finishing information. Here is is: the top finishes at 60″ x 80″. You need about 4 yards of fabric for the back and approximately 1/3-yard for the binding (if you use 2-1/4″ strips).

Doll Clothes For Granddaughters

Those baby dolls need more clothes…and Mary really likes playing doctor right now.

Where there are doctors…

Patients are needed.

These tutorials ( SCRUBS, MASK and GOWNS) worked great. I struggled a little with the collars on the scrubs, but I am sure that is my lack of practice rather than a problem with the directions.

And there is something charming about a 3″ surgical mask. If that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

They are all going in the mail very soon. The tutorials are for 18″ dolls (American Girl), but I sized them down to 77% and hope they will work for a Wellie Wisher style doll also. We’ll see…

Two And Four Quiltalong: Top Assembly

Time to stitch all those strips into a top. So exciting!

I like to lay things out and consider my options.

This quilt has many prints and colors and it is probable that it will never be perfect, but I try to avoid color blobs.

When stitching long, pieced strips I don’t find it necessary to pin. Just stitch seam to seam, taking a moment to match them up.

The results will be beautiful in the end.

I love it when it all comes together.

Make sure to visit Katy and see how her version using larger pieces turned out.

And come back on October 12 to share and see finished tops from everyone.

Two And Four Quiltalong: Blocks To Strips

There are many different ways you could assemble your piles of blocks into a quilt, but for this quilt we’re going to assemble all those blocks into strips.

First, sort them out. Make 7 piles of 20 blocks each of the 4-patch blocks. Make 8 piles of 20 blocks each of the fence rail blocks.

And sew them together.

NOTE: FOUR of your strips of four-squares should have light squares in the upper left; THREE should have dark squares in the upper left. And, don’t worry too much if you make a mistake. It will be easy to find and fix with just a little picking out.

Nope, it isn’t complicated. You already did the hard part with the cutting and block creation.

Just don’t give up.

When you are done you should have 8 fence rail strips and 7 four-patch strips for a total of 15.

Assembly next week. Be sure to visit Katy and see how hers is coming along.

And, in case you are just joining us or missed a section, all previous steps can be found HERE.

Two And Four Quiltalong: Fence Rail

How are your 4-patches coming? I hope very well. They are both endlessly interesting and a little mindless. Just chain piecing along…

This week we go to work on the rectangles. Make two piles–all the colored ones and all the backgrounds.

Piece one of each together. Repeat 160 times. Press towards the colored rectangle.

TIP: In case you didn’t know, pressing the seam flat, then pressing it open, helps prevent distortion. If you have noticed that your seams are a little wavy when you just open them up and press down, try this. It helps.

It is such a satisfying pile once you are finished.

Be sure to visit Katy and see how hers is coming along.

And feel free, too, to share our badge, created by a lovely person stitching along with us.

Join us again next week for the next step. And, feel free to ask questions. I’m right here.