A Star Kissed Finish

The Star Kissed tutorial/pattern is written for four different sizes, and I just HAD to make all of them.  Tops were finished for three sizes and the fourth is in the works, but it was time to get one truly finished:

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This is a single block based on 2-1/2″ squares, with borders added.

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Finished at 36″ square. A fun table topper, wall hanging or baby quilt.  Or, make four blocks for a bed size quilt (with borders, of course).

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YAY!

Baby Cow Quilt

A few years ago I created a small herd for the big brother.  Now baby brother needs one, too.

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This pattern is so much fun to build.  And, while the pieces are small and there are a lot of them, the results are totally worth it.  Thank you to Sew Fresh quilts for the design.

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I hope to have it quilted and finished soon.

Star Kissed Quiltalong: A BIG Block Baby Quilt

As you may be aware, the Star Kissed Quilt can be made in FOUR different “base block” sizes.

I am finishing projects in each of the four sizes.  The first top can be seen HERE.

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This is the second one.

Made using 2-1/2″ base squares, the top finishes at 36″.

Yep, one block = one quilt.  What a bargain!

A complete tutorial will be posted after the quiltalong instructions are complete, which should be in the next few weeks. You can get all previous posts and information by clicking the Quiltalong Button to the right or by going HERE.

Roundabout Baby COMPLETE

This little top has waited more than a year to be finished.  But, at least it is.  I am not sure I love the binding…feels a little light, even though the colors match.

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More information on the process and pattern can be found here: https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/roundabout-baby-flimsy/

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Yes, it is quite bright, but babies don’t like to be bored.  Having something bright and interesting helps their brain development.

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At least that is my excuse for making quilts that “don’t require a night light,” as Husband puts it.

THROWBACK: Hundred Hugs Top

It has been fun to revisit my own tutorials from several years ago.

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And I have a Hundred Hugs top to show for it.

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The colors were chosen to match the proposed back.

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Hopefully it will be a complete quilt soon.  The baby is on the way!

Side Project

The last month of school is always a big push and it is all a person can do to keep their head above water, but a little sewing can be fit in.

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I know I wasn’t up for anything complicated and these cute “traffic” fabrics came in a bag of scraps.  They could be a quilt.

No tutorial, but here is how I did it.  The “traffic” fabric was different size strips and small pieces.  I cut them to likely sizes and framed them with solid scraps, then trimmed the blocks to 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″.  Do this 24 times.

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Lay them out in alternating horizontal and vertical rows.  Ta-dah!  A quilt top.  Finishes at 36-1/2″ x 36-1/2″.

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Friday was my last day of class.  Give me a week or so to sleep (really, I nap a lot the first week of June) and I’ll have a lot to share again.

Small Someday #2: Back And Binding

Remember this from last week?  DSC01181

It now has a back and binding.IMG_3452

I am ready to move on to another Someday project, but I will let you know when this one is quilted and bound.  IMG_3455

Mostly I am really pleased at the use of scraps.  By searching out the right idea and being flexible with cutting, the scraps are in the quilt and no longer languishing in a bag wishing for “someday.”

If you have a little bag of loveliness hiding away somewhere, maybe today is the day to get it out and ask, “So, what do you want to be?”

Cross My Heart Finish

Quilting four small quilts in a day last week has really boosted my finish count.  DSC01152

It seems there is always a few minutes here and there to get those bindings stitched down.DSC01156

Cross My Heart in particular changes when the binding is added.  I wasn’t sure I liked the design at first, but had to have faith in the process–“Binding will help a lot,” I told myself.DSC01155

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Tutorial coming soon, probably some time in the next week.

TUTORIAL: Flight Path Baby Quilt

Airplanes zoom all over this baby quilt.  I love that it IS NOT paper pieced.  Blessings on those of you who love paper piecing, and it definitely has its place in the quilting world, but it is possible to get angles without it.  The technique is a little different, so feel free to ask questions, and I will do my best.

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Finished size: 36-1/2″ 36-1/2″

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MATERIALS/CUTTING DIRECTIONS

You may note that the block you see assembled below is not anywhere in the quilt.  That is because I lost all my block construction pictures and had to make another block just for this tutorial.  Good thing it is a fun block to make…

For ONE block–multiply as needed

COLORED fabric–

1 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ rectangle

2 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ rectangles

1 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″–ANGLED to 1-1/2″ (As shown below–it has already been cut on the left and is set up for cutting on the right.  You will take 1/2″ off of each side)

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BACKGROUND fabric

4 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ rectangles

2 1″ x 1″ squares

2 4-1/2″ x 4″ rectangles ANGLED to 3-1/2″ on one side.  (As shown below– 1/2″ off of ONE side.  NOTE–both pieces should be facing the same side up when you cut.)

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BACKGROUND fabric for “tip” if that is the setting you plan to use.

2 3-1/2″ x 12″ rectangles, cut on the diagonal.  Put both pieces face up again.  If you want the block to top LEFT, the big part above your ruler should be on the left.  Likewise, if you want your block to top RIGHT, the big part above the ruler should be on the right.  See below.  Yep, this one will tip towards the left.

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When you have them all cut, it should look something like this.

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CONSTRUCTION

  1. I suggest laying out all of your pieces to make sure you have a good idea of how the block will go together and to make sure all your angles face the right direction. DSC01135
  2. To build the nose of the airplane: Attach the 1″ background squares to one of the 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ colored rectangles by stitching diagonally.  Trim and flip.  Press. DSC01138
  3. Attach a 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ background rectangle to each side of the little unit you just created. Press. DSC01139
  4. To build the tail section of the plane: Attach a 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ background rectangle to the other 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ colored rectangle. Press.
  5. To build the body of the plane:  Attach an angled 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ background rectangle to each side of the colored 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ angled rectangle.  Make sure the widest part of the background pieces attach to the thinnest part of the colored piece.  Offset them so the intersection of the seam is 1/4″ from the edge–right where you will sew.  It will all end up even in the end. Press.DSC01140
  6. Attach the three units together–nose to body, body to tail.  Press.DSC01141
  7. IF you are using the tipped section, add those sections top/bottom, left right.  I attach the first pair, press open and then trim before adding the second pair.  Don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly even.  You are going to square up and being a little wonky will add to the flying feeling.DSC01142DSC01143
  8. Square up the block to 10-1/2″ making sure there is at least 1/4″ allowance between the edge of the central block and the edge of the trimmed fabric. DSC01144

For this quilt I created 9 blocks, five of them tipped LEFT and four of them tipped RIGHT.  You do what works for you.

NOW, if you want to add borders, as I did, here is the instruction for that–

BORDERS

For the inner border, using background fabric–

2 30–1/2″ x 1-1/2″ strips for the sides

2 32–1/2″ x 1-1/2″ strips for the top and bottom

for the middle, colored border.  I used leftover tiny scraps from the airplanes just joined together in a way that made me happy.  You will need to create strips as follows–

2 32–1/2″ x 1-1/2″ strips for the sides

2 34–1/2″ x 1-1/2″ strips for the top and bottom

For the outer border, using background fabric–

2 34–1/2″ x 1-1/2″ strips for the sides
2 36–1/2″ x 1-1/2″ strips for the top and bottom

Attach all around in the order listed…

 

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14. You have a finished quilt top.

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15. Layer, quilt, label and bind as desired.  I used an overall swooping pattern to give the feeling of flight.  Ta-dah! Your quilt is complete.

Thanks for visiting WeddingDressBlue and trying out the tutorials.  I love to see what you create.

FLIGHT PATH GALLERY

Liz built this one for the son of a coworker.

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…your beautiful creation here.