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

…your beautiful creation here.

 

 

 

A Small Finish (And A Little About Labels)

This is the first of four quilts that were quilted Friday morning.

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It was made from cut-offs or waste triangles a few months ago.

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Now–a finish.  Husband would put it in the category of Useless Quilted Object.  And I am OK with that.  At about 18″x24″ it could be a doll quilt, or maybe a wall hanging….But some things just exist to exist, and I am OK with that.

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A while back one of you asked about how I label quilts.  True confessions:  NOT VERY WELL.  My standard label is a 3″ square folded diagonally and stitched to the back of the quilt along with the binding.  Name, date, location–that is about it.  Sometimes I will also include the name of the recipient, if known at the time of the finish.  Basic, but better than not labeling, which is probably what would happen if I tried to get fancy.

 

Another New Project? Really??

Sometimes it is just TIME!

I vowed that this year, 2018, would be the SOMEDAY year, and I am tackling someday projects one after another.

This project has been a plastic tote stuffed with scraps for way too long.

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Now it is small piles of scraps scattered all over.

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And some cut and prepped.

More news coming soon…

Flight Path Flimsy

Flight Path is now a completed top.

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You might recall that a while back I was rejoicing over developing a NON-paper-pieced version of an airplane.

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Now that block has several friends, a setting and a border.  What it does NOT have yet is a tutorial.  Classes are out June 1–after that, my schedule will open up to such luxuries.  🙂

Irish Stars Update: 181 of 361

Records indicate that I started my Irish Stars quilt about June 1, 2017.

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In just under a year there are 181 blocks complete of 361 total needed to make a queen size quilt out of 1-1/2″ base squares.

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My goal is to finish the second half in the next year and have the entire quilt complete before I turn 52–October 2019.  Realistic?