TUTORIAL: Pint Size Baby Quilt

Little squares again?  Yep, I never seem to get tired of them.  This quilt is based on 2-1/2″ squares and you might have some of those, or something close to it, laying around.  You can use plain old scraps, jelly roll leftovers, a charm pack (with a few friends)…really just about anything.  I have a plastic shoe box where I put 2-1/2″ squares as I cut them.  All I had to do was sort through the box and find pieces that worked.  Don’t worry…the box is still full.  In fact, the box is ALWAYS full.  Scraps don’t seem to match the laws that govern the rest of the universe.

PINT SIZE

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block size:  8″ finished (8-1/2″ raw)

MATERIALS

192 2-1/2″ squares.  You can use scraps, a jelly roll, or take one-and-a-little charm packs and cut them into quarters

1-1/3  yards background fabric (in the model I used two different colors, but both the white sashing and borders and the very light blue in the blocks is background)

1-1/4  yard backing fabric (or as required for quilting technique)

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1/3 yard binding fabric

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare your colored squares.  Because I am sometimes a little obsessive, mine get sorted by color.  But, you don’t have to do that.  Just make sure a good pile is ready.
  2. Background fabric–for each block you will need 4 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares and 4 2-1/2″x 4-1/2″ rectangles.   That means a total of 64 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares and 64 2-1/2″x 4-1/2″ rectangles.
  3. Background fabric, continued–for sashing and borders you will need 24 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ rectangles, 9 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ squares, 2 1-1/2″ x 35-1/2″ strips and 2 1-1/2″ x 37-1/2″ strips.

CONSTRUCTION

  1. Using your colored squares, create a four patch block.  Be color obsessive (I raise my hand here), or just grab 4 pieces and stitch them together.  The finished 4-patch blocks should measure 4-1/2″ square. Do this 16 times.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. Choose one of your 4-patch centers, 8 colored squares, 4 2-1/2″ background fabric squares and 4 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ background rectangles.  Lay out your proposed block.
  3. You will create a flying geese block using 2 colored squares and a background rectangle.  Use the “stitch and flip” method. Do this four times.
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  5. Yay!  You have a finished block.
  6. Do steps 2-5 a total of 16 times.
  7. Lay out your blocks in a pleasing arrangement.  If they are scrappy enough, it probably doesn’t matter.  But, just looking at them all is part of the fun.
  8. Create rows of blocks by alternating four blocks with the 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ background strips between.  It will take three strips. Do this four times.
  9. Create sashing rows by alternating 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ background strips with 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ background squares.  It will take four strips and three squares.  Do this three times.
  10. Sew the block rows and sashing rows together.
  11. Attach the 2 1-1/2″ x 35-1/2″ strips and 2 1-1/2″ x 37-1/2″ strips to the top and bottom and then the sides.  You have a finished top.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  12. Layer, baste and quilt as desired.  I used a simple diagonal through the blocks.  It was something I could handle on my home machine.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  13. Label and bind.  Ta-dah!  You have a quilt.
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Your beautiful creation here…

 

 

TUTORIAL: The K-Quilt

This quilt was designed for two different babies, so we have already made it twice with two really different looks.  I don’t have step-by-step pictures, so this is more like a general guide, but I do hope you’ll like the results!

K-QUILT TUTORIAL

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Finished size approximately 39″ x 49″

MATERIALS/CUTTING DIRECTIONS

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109 4″ assorted squares of all the beautiful colors

40 4″ squares background (for stars)

20 4-1/2″ squares, cut on the diagonal (for star points)

5 4″ squares (for star centers)

1-1/2 yards WOF for back

1/3 yard WOF for binding (cut at 2-1/4″)

CONSTRUCTION

  1. You will build 5 star blocks using the background and star fabrics listed above.  I followed THIS TUTORIAL for the stars themselves.  They will seem a little awkward at first, but the result is worth it. NOTE:  The tutorial uses 5″ squares, but it works just fine with the changed dimensions.

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2. Lay out the quilt in a pattern 11 blocks wide and 14 blocks high.  Note the placement of the stars.  Now you can see the reason it is called a “K-quilt.”  See the constellation?  The family name of the baby it was designed for begins with a K.  I try to sneak special messages into quilts when I can.

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3. Assembly is a little tricky, but if you build chunks you can join them together with no partial seams.  Here is one suggestion from my lovely sketched plan for the quilt.

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4. Ta-dah!  You have a finished top.  Now just quilt and bind and it is a completed quilty item.  I used a spiral done free-hand on my grandmother’s faithful Pfaff 130.  Not fancy, but it gets the job done.

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5. Here is a glance at the back.  The fabric was printed by Cranston Print Works in 2007.  I don’t know the line.  But I love it!

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Sparkle Jane was commissioned to make a baby quilt and decided to use this pattern, too.  What a difference a color scheme makes!

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…your beautiful creation HERE

Show And Tell–That Happy Time

Seeing your projects made using WeddingDressBlue tutorials makes me very happy.  So happy, in fact, I share the pictures with all my readers.  Which encourages them to make more projects.  Which they share with me.  Which makes me happy again.  Yep, this entire blog is a conspiracy of quilting and happiness!

Here is a striking version created by Charlene of Calico Rose using black background fabric.  It makes the “arrow” secondary pattern show up much more, don’t you think?   I like the piano key border, too.

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Moira built this nice variation on Build-A-Baby.  I like the corners.

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Linda has a finished Calico Rose top, too. She conquered those borders!

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I am particularly honored that Gaby chose Hundred Hugs as her very first quilt.  She is off to a great start in the joyful world of quilting.

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Bonnie’s Calico Rose is FINALLY (her words, not mine) finished.  She did a nice job and is waiting for the next quilt along.  I really need to get one put together.

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Yvonne is working along on a Film at Five.  It started out to be a baby quilt, but just kept growing.  She is using all black in the “filmstrip” sashing.

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And, finally, Martha has been stitching away.  She shared three quilts:  Calico Rose, Film at Five and Stutter Steps.  All darling baby-size versions.

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Thank you all for sharing and for supporting WeddingDressBlue.  I have been very quiet lately, but I am on Spring Break this week and have several things I hope to show you soon.  In the meantime, you all keep sewing for me!

 

Christmas For The Grands: Twin L.

The second half of the twin set L. and V. is a 3-1/2-year old boy who loves his cars, tools and other noisy and construction oriented things.  Some of you might remember that last year he got a tool belt.

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This year’s gift is a little different…All rolled up…Guess  it…

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This year he gets a car caddy race track. Don’t you want to play, too?!

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Thanks to this very good tutorial, I was able to whip it up in no time.  I did a number of tweaks, of course.  The main one was changing out the felt track for canvas and iron on tape.  The track is now smooth and fast for those little cars.

Christmas is still a month away!  How is this granny going to wait?

Dog Toy Tutorial

Some time ago I posted the dog toy created for our new pet, LuLu.  LuLu is doing well and goes through a lot of dog toys. She likes to play tug-o-war and shake things and chase and fetch.  Good thing I have a way to give her cheap entertainment!

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Finally, for your entertainment, here is the tutorial link many of you asked for:  http://makingithomeblog.com/tutorial-fleece-tug-toy-dogs/

I used 8 strands of jersey knit 1-1/2″ wide cut from an old t-shirt rather than fleece.  It was what I had and seemed to work really well.

Sorry it took me so long to answer.  Life has been crazy.  I just resolved to carve out a few minutes this weekend and here I FINALLY am.

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Show And Tell (So Far)

The Calico Rose Quiltalong has been a terrific success.  While I hope you have all enjoyed yourself, I am certain I have received the most benefit–It was a great push to take the time to write down this design idea.  Good motivation.

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Here is the finish–of this one.  The original LARGE Calico Rose is with the quilter and I’ll share it when it comes home.

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Possibly my favorite part of this quilt is the back:  CHICKENS!  I allowed this to set the colors for the front.  As wild as the colors might appear at first, there is a plan.

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As a finale, we have many versions and variations of Calico Rose to share.  As you may remember, the original quilt was based on 2″ squares and offered in three different sizes–SMALL (3×3 layout), MEDIUM (5×5 layout) and LARGE (7×7 layout).  Many readers were also interested in using 2-1/2″ squares as a foundation and have created MEDIUM (3×3) and LARGE (5×5) versions.

Following are some of the Calico Rose quilts created so far.  If I missed yours, I am sorry.  Please send along a reminder (and pictures) and I will add your creation as soon as possible.

Here we go!

Nora created this 3×3 version using 2-1/2″ squares.  She is working on a large one, too, but the borders aren’t quite finished yet.

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Judy also used 2-1/2″ squares and added an extra dimension with two different backgrounds. I like it!  She also plans a second quilt.

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Jennifer chose controlled scrappy for a dramatic version that is completely finished and, I believe, already with its new owner.

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Jennifer in PA (a DIFFERENT Jennifer) used 3″ squares (’cause that was what was in her stash) to create this 76″ Calico Rose–NICE!  It has been gifted to her friend Eileen, who loves purple.

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Lynn tried several new ideas–she made it MEDIUM wide and LARGE long (5×7) with a different, less lacy but very effective border.  That used a lot of her scraps. Eye catching!

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Lee Etta completed the center of a 5×5 and shared it with her scrap quilting club. Sounds like my kind of club. Sad that it meets in Missouri.

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Patricia just didn’t get quite enough from a LARGE and added additional borders to make it king size. You go girl!

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Rutigt shared her top–borders to go!

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Susan is still in progress–oh, those borders!

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Bonnie, too, is working on borders.  Sorry that there are SO many pieces, but it was all I could see when I looked at it. Plus, think of all those scraps you are using up.  YAY YOU!

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Several others are working away, but I don’t yet have pictures.  This includes Emma, Veronica, Charlene, and, possibly, YOU.  Don’t be discouraged.  It is OK.  This isn’t a race.  Everyone who finishes is a winner.  After all, you will have a finished quilt.  And, that is a pretty good prize.

Thanks to all for your kind words, support and sharing.  This was FUN!  Let’s do it again soon.

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Top Assembly And Borders

Wow!  This has gone so quickly!  If you have been with us from the beginning, I hope you are pleased with your progress so far.  If you are new, welcome.  You can find all past posts and information HERE.

Remember that this quiltalong is offered in three sizes. SMALL–a throw that uses 5 stars and four alternating blocks. Finished size about 48″ square; MEDIUM–This is the size I am making this time. It uses 13 stars and 12 alternating blocks. Finished size about 72″ square; LARGE: This is the size of the original Calico Rose. It uses 25 star and 24 alternating blocks. Finished size 96″ square.

This month we are assembling the top and adding all those beautiful pieced borders.  If this is your first experience with pieced borders, never fear.  They are not any harder than blocks and give a great look to a quilt.

Ready?  Let’s put this thing together!

NOTE:  All dimensions have been added for all three sizes.  Please let me know how it works out for you.  Particularly if there are errors! 🙂

ASSEMBLY: 

1. Lay out the star and alternating blocks in a five-by-five arrangement for a MEDIUM.  There should be 13 star and 12 alternating blocks.  If you are building a SMALL the layout will be three-by-three with 5 star and four alternating blocks.  If a LARGE (seven-by-seven) you will have 25 star blocks and 24 alternating blocks.  NOTE:  There is a star block in each corner regardless of size.

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2. Assemble rows first then stitch the rows to one another.  The finished 5×5 center should be 60-1/2″ square.  If you are making a SMALL the 3 x 3 layout will be 36-1/2″ square.  If a LARGE, the 7 x 7 layout will be 84-1/2″ square.  Whew!

CUTTING:

1. From the background fabric cut 14 WOF strips 2″ wide for a MEDIUM quilt.  For a SMALL you will need 9 strips.  For a LARGE 19 WOF strips.

2. From the background fabric cut 178 2″ squares for a medium quilt.  For a SMALL you will need 112 and for a LARGE 240.

3. From the colored scraps cut at least 178 2″ squares for a MEDIUM quilt.  If a SMALL you need to cut at least 112.  For a LARGE, more like 240.  I usually cut a few extra for careful color distribution and as seed for the next project.

CONSTRUCTION:

1. We will first attach a narrow background border all the way around.  Sew all of your WOF strips together end to end (after removing selvages, of course). For a MEDIUM size cut two strips 60-1/2″ long.  Attach to the sides of your center.  If a SMALL  you will need strips 36-1/2″ and for a LARGE two strips 84-1/2″.

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2. For a MEDIUM cut two strips 63-1/2″  long.  Attach to the top and bottom of your center. For a SMALL cut them 39-1/2″ and for a LARGE  87-1/2″.

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3. Now for the tricky part.  You are going to create the middle border with pairs of alternating clored and background squares.  For a MEDIUM size quilt, you will need to make 178 pairs.  Once made, stitch these into four strips.  One should be 42 pairs long, two should be 44 pairs long and one should be 46 pairs long.

For a SMALL size quilt, you will need to make 112 pairs.  Once made, stitch these into four strips.  One should be 26 pairs long, two should be 28 pairs long and one should be 30 pairs long.

For a LARGE size quilt, you will need to make 240 pairs.  Once made, stitch these into four strips.  One should be 58 pairs long, two should be 60 pairs long and one should be 62 pairs long.

4. To be sure your alternating pieces will alternate ALL the way around, I suggest attaching one strip at a time and rotating rather than the usual method of 2 side and two sides that we used on the inner border.  So, choose a side (they are all the same length at this point) at attach the strip that has 42  pairs first (if you are making a MEDIUM quilt) .  Then rotate 90 degrees and, making sure you are alternating in the corner to give a smooth appearance, attach strip number 2 with 44 pairs.  Turn again and attach number 3 with 44  pairs.  One more turn and your final strip (46 pairs) should attach with all pieces alternating.

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For the SMALL quilt, start with your 26 pair strip, then the two 28’s and finally the 30.

For the LARGE quilt, start with the 58 pair strip, then the two 60’s and finally the 62.

5.  To finish attach a  final narrow background border to the outside.  For a MEDIUM, you will cut two strips 69-1/2″  long.  Attach to the sides of your center.  Now two more strips each 72-1/2″  long for the top and bottom of your center.

For a SMALL, you will cut two strips 45-1/2″  long.  Attach to the sides of your center.  Now two more strips each 48-1/2″  long for the top and bottom of your center.

For a LARGE, you will cut two strips 93-1/2″  long.  Attach to the sides of your center.  Now two more strips each 96-1/2″  long for the top and bottom of your center.

6. Ta-dah!  You have a finished top.  Now, that may have been a lot of pieces, but it really wasn’t that hard, was it?!  Well done!

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7. Thank you so much for quilting along. As you finish your tops, please send along pictures with links to a blog post if you have one, or just the story of your quilt if you don’t.  Either is OK.  I’ll see you here on August 10 for a tremendous Show and Tell.