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…

That Baby Is Built

I was able to get some time on the longarm I rent.

Simple pantos are within my capacity, and it is nice to have it done.

That baby will probably get here a little earlier than originally predicted and it is nice to have it ready.

You can find the tutorial for Build A Baby HERE. Enjoy!

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.

Couch Quilt FINISHED

 THIS TUTORIAL provided a great starting point for our new couch quilt.

I just love it when a pile of fabric, a need and an idea all come together.

And then I found the perfect back!

And I had pre-made binding all ready to go!

Sometimes it is just meant to be. And I look forward to wrapping up in this cozy quilt.

North Star State Top COMPLETE

There were days I thought it would never end. When I saw Pat Speth’s North Star State Quiltalong I immediately knew I wanted to stitch along. But I also knew that the small scraps of 1930s repro (and some original) fabric that I had on hand would mean making the pieces smaller…much smaller. Yep, that star is 3″.

But, off I went, sure it was all going to be ok.

As I stitched, my ambitions had to be adjusted. NO, I wasn’t going to make a queen size quilt. Not even with borders. I finally decided that enough was enough and finished a throw quilt. It has 56 blocks, 97 setting blocks and 42 star cornerstone blocks, and it is only 60″ x 69″.

But, it is complete.

Hopefully quilted soon and a truly finished quilt.

I do still recommend the pattern, but maybe have the good judgement to follow Pat’s original recipe.

FNSI Report

My Friday Night Sew In (FNSI),(Wendy of Sugarlane Designs) began with an hour of sewing Friday morning, and continued with more time Friday night. And, continued into Saturday. Between other necessary things, I was determined to get the last 13 setting blocks for the North Star State quilt finished.

YAY! All that are left are the friendship star cornerstone blocks. It is so good to see it finally coming together. It seemed like such a good idea to do the quilt in miniature…or at least much smaller scale. I am glad to have found a use for my smallest 1930s (and a few others) scraps, but it has been harder than I thought it would be. Ah, well, the end is in sight. Probably fairly soon. I am shooting to have a finished top by the end of the month. Maybe sooner.

Also stitched are the strips of rectangles for the Two and Four Quiltalong. You can check back here on Tuesday for the details.

Is it too early to be looking forward to next month? I enjoy the FNSI so much!

Two And Four Quiltalong: Cutting Directions

Have you got your scraps gathered? YAY! Let’s get going!

These directions are for a quilt finishing at approximately 60″ x 80″. Useful on a twin size bed, as a throw or couch quilt, or as a donation quilt. Or, you can make it exclusively because it is beautiful and makes you happy. That might be the best reason of all.

  1. Divide your scraps into two piles: Colored and Background. My Colored is all red/blue. My Background is cream or coordinating low volume prints.

TIP: Generally, when cutting scraps, cut the largest piece you can/need first, then work down to smaller ones.

2. From the Colored fabrics, cut 160 2-1/2″x4-1/2″ rectangles. Also from the Colored fabrics, cut 280 2-1/2″x2-1/2″ squares. NOTE: It is nice to have some kind of color balance, but several possibilities will work. On Katy’s original quilt she cut all the rectangles from blue and all the squares from red. I am mixing my colors to match the fabric I had available. You can use more colors if you like.

3. From the Background fabrics, cut 160 2-1/2″x4-/2″ rectangles. Also from the Background fabrics, cut 280 2-1/2″x2-1/2″ squares.

4. Look at what you have accomplished and feel really great about it.

Thank you for quilting along with us. Visit Katy to see her progress on the quilt she is building. It is a similar size but uses larger pieces. Goodness, you might have enough scraps to do both! Now, that would be fun!

We’ll be back on September 7 with the first stitching step. Feel free to ask questions between now and then. See you soon!

Welcome Home #2

This past weekend did not go as planned. A Saturday morning visit to a walk in clinic with Husband turned into a trip to the emergency room turned into a nearly three day hospital stay.

We are home now, and he is on the mend, but, WOW, that wasn’t what I had planned.

Once I could leave the hospital to get some supplies, I grabbed a quilt.

Stitching down binding is a great way to pass the time. And quite a conversation starter.

And it is finished. Welcome Home to a future owner. And welcome home to Husband.