TUTORIAL: Lily Pad Baby Quilt

This happy little quilt is based on the Fresh Flowers quilt by Karen. (You can see the original here: http://piecesofcontentment.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/fresh-flowers-quilt.html ) She kindly gave permission for me to resize it and write a tutorial for the design.  I just love the happy shape.  Hers uses a charm pack (5″ squares), a great alternative.  This one is based on 4″ squares.

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Finished size: 32-1/2″ 32-1/2″

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MATERIALS

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36 4″ squares.  Use scraps to give variety.  On this one I used 6 different fabrics in the six colors chosen to match the backing fabric.  I like doing that with baby quilts.

1/3 yard for the outer “strip” and binding (not shown in picture above)

1  yard background fabric

1-1/8  yard backing fabric (or as required for quilting technique)

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CUTTING DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare your colored squares.  36 of them.
  • Background fabric:
    • 36 4″ squares
    • 4 2-1/2″x 9-1/2″ strips
    • 4 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ strips
    • 4 2-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ strips
    • 2 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″ strips
    • 2 1-1/2″ x 32-1/2″ strips
  • Colored Strip:
    • 4 1-1/2″x9-1/2″ strips
    • 4 1-1/2″x10-1/2″ strips
    • 4 2-1/4″xWOF for binding

CONSTRUCTION

  1. Pair the colored squares with background squares.  Draw a diagonal line across the back of the background square.  Stitch 1/4″ away from the line on each side.  Cut and iron open to create two half-square triangles. Do this 36 times.  It will create 72 half-square triangle blocks.

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2. Square up the half-square triangles to 3-1/2″ inches. Yes, this does matter.

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3. Lay it out in a pleasing arrangement.  You will notice that it is an arrangement of 8 by 8, plus 8 more in triangles outside the array.

4. Stitch the rows together.  I created strips and then sewed the strips together, nesting the seams for accurate piecing and to minimize bulk.

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5. Now you are going to create the first set of borders.  Sew the 1-1/2″x9-1/2″ colored strips to the 2-1/2″x9-1/2″ background strips.  Do this four times.

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6. Make a long border that uses a strip-background pair, two half square triangles in a pyramid shape, and a second strip-background pair. Make sure the colored strip is on the side that is at the base of the pyramid as shown below.  To this two times.

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7. Attach the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt.

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8. Now, you are going to create the borders for the other two sides.  The technique is similar, but there are extra pieces. First, attach the 1-1/2″x2-1/2″ background pieces to the 1-1/2″x10-1/2″ colored strip.  Do this four times.

NOTE: I thought for sure that I had pictures of each step. I guess I was caught up in the creative process.  I’ll have to make another one sometime soon and do better on photography.

9. Stitch the pieced strip to the 2-1/2″x12-1/2″ background strips.  Double check first to make sure the small background  piece will end up on the outer end of the larger pieced unit and on the base of the triangle.  Yep, I had to use my seam ripper here when I didn’t double check. 🙂 Do this four times.

10. Again, Make a long border that uses a background-strip-background pair, two half square triangles in a pyramid shape, and a second background-strip-background pair. Make sure the colored strip is on the side that is at the base of the pyramid.  Do this two times.

11. Attach the borders to the sides of the quilt.  The colored strips should meet, giving a continuous look to the corners of the colored border.

12.  Attach the 1-1/2″x30-1/2″ background strips to the top and bottom of the quilt.

13.  Attach the 1-1/2″x32-1/2″ background strips to the sides of the quilt.

14. Ta-dah!  You have a finished quilt top.

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LILY PAD GALLERY

This is the first Lily Pad quilt I made, for a family in my neighborhood.

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Your beautiful creations shared here…

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.
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  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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K-QUILT GALLERY

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.