Show And Tell Time, Courtesy Of YOU!

Getting pictures and stories of your WeddingDressBlue inspired creations is one of my favorite parts of having a blog.  Your kindness and creativity and generosity are inspiring and humbling.  Here are a few recent examples.

Faye created and donated this String Twist top.  Quilters are the most generous people.

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Mary has finished a Growing Up Odd quilt top.

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A Twinkle Stars from Ann in the UK.  Notice her careful color coordination of stars and surrounding scrappy squares.  Impressive!

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Jules made a My Size Stars for a Canadian-born Aussie baby.

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Cindy made a Build-A-Baby for Adina.

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A tested and approved version of Fading Charms by Linda and her assistant!

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You will find the tutorials for each of these designs in the TUTORIALS tab above.  Keep those pictures coming!  I love to see what you create.

Show and Tell Time

It has been too long since I shared some of the projects readers have been sharing with me.

Take a look and be inspired.

Here is a Film at Five from Jane. The photo was taken
on the beach at Lake Pend, Oreille, Idaho during her camping
trip where she finished stitching down the binding. This was a
wedding gift. Lucky couple!

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Judy made a Film at Five, too.  This one with a light grey background and meander quilting.

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Another Film at Five, this time from Sandra in Switzerland.  Very scrappy-happy!

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Nora built a cheerful Twinkle Baby quilt.

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Cathy made a Fading Charms quilt.  She had the scraps (don’t we all) and said this was the perfect project to use up a bunch of them. I love her crosshatch quilting.

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For Julie it was all about babies and all about pink.  She made a pair of quilts–one Starring Baby and one Twinkle Baby.  So sweet!  She said the tutorials were ” quick and easy to follow and went together like a dream.”  I am always glad to hear that!

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 Kathy in Maine made an all-from-scraps Super Stars quilt.  I like the colored sashing she choose.

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Wow! You have all been busy.  It inspires me to get back in the sewing room and get serious!  Thank you for sharing.

Tutorials for all of these quilts and more are found in the TUTORIALS tab at the top of this page.  Enjoy!  and keep those pictures coming.

TUTORIAL: Growing Up Odd Quilt

One, three, five, seven, nine…all those numbers are in there.  I guess we all grow up a little odd one way or another, but this quilt is just full of odd numbers.  Hopefully, it will be a charming sort of odd that you will enjoy as much as I have.

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90″ x 90″

MATERIALS

Approximately 2500 2″ squares cut from all the scraps you can find.  The exact number is 2425, but who’s counting?

3-1/4 yards background fabric

backing (7 yards)

batting (at least 100″ square)

binding (3/4 yard, if you use 2-1/4″ width)

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

Well, by the time you get to this point you will already have done the hard part and cut all those little squares.  By the way, you have just saved 6-3/4 yards of fabric from waste.  Don’t you feel thrifty and clever?!

Background fabric–

1. to build the blocks you need 75 2″x5″ rectangles, 25 2″x2″ squares, 50 2″x11″ rectangles.

2. to build the sashing you need 40 2″x17″ rectangles, 16 2″x2″ squares.

3. to build the borders you need 2 2″x87-1/2″ rectangles (made using  2″ WOF, joined), and 2 2″x90-1/2″ rectangles (made using  2″  WOF, joined).

CONSTRUCTION

1. Using the 2″ scrap squares, build 75 9-patches.

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2. Using the 2″ scrap squares, build 25 blocks 3-by-7 (21 squares each).

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3. Using the 2″ scrap squares, build 25 bocks 7-by-7 (49 squares each).

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4. Assemble into larger blocks.  You need 3 9-patches, 1 3-by-7 patch, 1 7-by-7 patch.  Also, background fabric:  3 2″x5″ rectangles, 1 2″x2″ square, 2 2″x11″ rectangles.  Lay out as shown.

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I assemble the row of 9 patches first, then the sashing row, then the larger blocks with sashing.  Then sew my three “rows” together.  Press.  A lot. You won’t regret it.

5. Repeat step four a total of 25 times.

6. Lay out the assembled blocks.  I rotated each block 90-degrees right compared to the one next to it.  It gives is a sort of cobblestone look.  I like the variation. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule.   Just play around until you like the look of it.

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7. While that rests and you make adjustments every time you walk by, make the sashing between the blocks.  You will use 5 2″x17″ rectangles and 16 2″ squares.  Alternate the rectangles and squares.  Repeat four times to create the strips that will go between the rows.

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8. Using the remainder of the 2″x17″ rectangles, assemble the block rows.  Each row will alternate five blocks and four rectangles.  More pressing!

9.  Sew the rows and strips together to make the body of the quilt.

10.  Add the border by attaching the 2″x87-1/2″ rectangles to the sides and the 2″x90-1/2″ rectangles to the top and bottom and pressing a lot more.  You have an assembled top.

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8. Sandwich, quilt, bind and label as desired.

NOTE: I was in such a rush to share this with you that I haven’t completed those steps yet, but will update once the job is complete.

9. Ta-dah!  You have completed a Growing Up Odd Quilt.  Yay you!

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GROWING UP ODD GALLERY

Maxine made this beauty for her great-nephew.

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Mary in Michigan finished this lovely top.

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…your beautiful creation HERE!

Show And Tell Time

Ah, that happy time again when we get to rejoice over the lovely work you lovely people are making with WeddingDressBlue tutorials.

First up today is Susan, with her String Twist variations.

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Not just one, but two!

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Carolyn made a Hundred Hugs quilt.  Very Pretty quilting!

Linda made a Film at Five with black sashing.

2013-11-03 16.09.31 2013-11-03 09.14.07Debbie made a Film at Five, too, using 2″ squares.  Hers has light sashing  and coordinated navy and green “cornerstones” throughout.  Really makes those blocks shine!

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And Jennifer has made three Film at Five quilts–so far!  The first is a variation sized to 16-patches in the centers.  When that threw off the math, she improvised and came up with this setting option.  I like it!

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And, then she made two more.  Here’s her explanation:

A’s quilt has yellow, green, pink and orange squares. B’s quilt has yellow, green, blue and purple squares. both quilts have the exact. same. yellow and green fabric, but it’s amazing how different they look. now we know what they mean when they say pinks and oranges are “warm” and purple and blues are “cool”!
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Great job, Jennifer!  I can’t wait to see more…
You can find these patterns and more in the TUTORIALS tab above.  Keep those pictures coming.  They are very inspiring.

Super Show And Tell

I love to share ideas and patterns with you, and the best part is when you share back.  Lovely WeddingDressBlue readers have been busy stitching.

We start with a Super Stars variation by Lori, the Dakota City Quilter.  This quilt finishes at 96″ x 116″. Amazing!

Kathy did this happy Hundred Hugs quilt for a husband’s coworker.

And she had so much fun she decided to make another one.  I like the loopy quilting.

Bianca made a Film at Five for her friend, who liked it so much she is making one of her own.  I hope to see that in a future show and tell.

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Want to make one of your own?  These quilts and more can be found in the TUTORIALS tab above.  Enjoy!  and share!

Happy Show And Tell Time

I love seeing your WeddingDressBlue projects.

Sister Mary Pat made two Hundred Hugs.  Very bright and happy!

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Lucie, the happy quilter, made this lovely Film at Five quilt.

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And, to show that great minds think alike, Melodie also selected grey sashing for her version. (LOVE her thread collection!)

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Lori, aka the Dakota City Quilter made Super Stars Blocks.  She is still debating on a finish and considering a larger quilt.  Go for it!

Renelle made a Fading Charms with “shirts my boys promised to love, and didn’t.”  That made me laugh!  And what a nice way to deal with a change of opinion.

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Jenny made a beautiful wall hanging based on Fading Charms and sent a story to go along with her picture:

I just wanted to share a photo of a wall hanging I made using your Fading Charms tutorial. It all came about when I found myself with many poorly cut hexagons from a failed Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. The largest salvageable piece I could consistently cut from the hexagons was 1 ½”. Several quilting buddies advised me to just toss the pieces and move on, but I couldn’t. I remembered your tutorials, took a look and realized I could make something from all my squares. After weeks of turning my hexagons into squares I began sewing and a wall hanging was born. I machine quilted it myself with a serpentine line in graduating squares from the middle four squares on out. I love how it turned out and am I look forward to making more postage stamp quilts and using more of your tutorials in the future. Thank you for sharing.

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Jenny, I LOVE it.  What a great rescue.  Thanks for sending your picture and story.

If you like what you see and want to made a WeddingDressBlue quilt yourself, check out the TUTORIALS tab at the top of the page.  And, please share when you are done.  It is so much fun to see ideas come to life.

TUTORIAL: Super Stars Quilt

Whether you have a layer cake, charm packs or just a lot of scraps, this is a pattern for you. Twenty big blocks. One fun quilt!

This quilt premiered as a quiltalong, but I wanted to gather all the directions into one tutorial for your convenience.

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84″ x 104″

MATERIALS

You need either:
1. layer cake–42 10″ squares, or
2. four coordinating 5″ charm packs (it really helps if they are in pairs–so you have two of each charm), or
3. 160 scrap cut 5″ squares. Again, it really helps if they are in pairs, at least two of each type of fabric. So, cut or raid your scrap box for 2 5″ squares of 80 different fabrics. This will give the coolest, genuine scrappy look. As soon as the quiltalong is over, I am making one of these.

You will also need background fabric, about 5-3/4 yards.

CONSTRUCTION

1. If you are using a layer cake, cut 40 of the 10″ squares into quarters, yielding 4 5″ squares from each. You will have two left over.

If you are using charm packs, put all of your charm packs in a pile. It really helps if you have two each of the identical charm pack.

If it is scrappy, raid your scrap bin and cut a lot–160 squares, again, ideally in groups of 2. That is 80 fabrics in all. Or, just make the closest matches you can–in pairs.

But, however you get there, you need 80 pairs of 5″ squares(160 squares in all).

2.  Cut (some of) your background fabric into squares.  There will be more cutting of this fabric when we assemble the quilt.  But, for now you need to cut 80 5″ squares and 80 4-1/2″ squares. Set the rest of your background fabric aside.  Clearly label it “Super Stars Quilt” so you don’t accidently cut it up for a different project next week.  :)

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3. Now we are ready for SORTING. This isn’t a big step, but it is an important one, and the last step before we get serious about sewing.

You need to sort your fabric into 10 piles. Each pile should contain

8 5″ background squares
8 4-1/2″ background squares
16 5″ print squares–2 each of 8 different fabrics, or very close matches.

As you create the piles of print squares, you want to keep color distribution in mind. As my colors are very bold, I wanted to make sure the colors were distributed as evenly as possible. Because I am a little obsessive, I created an 8-by-10 grid of color to try to keep a nice mix of color and pattern in each pile. You don’t have to be this picky about it. But, just looking at fabric makes me happy, so I actually enjoy this process.

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If you do not have a safe place to put your piles, you might want to get 10 ziplock bags or other storage item and put the piles in there. Label the bags Super Stars Quilt, or you might accidently use the fabric for something else. Put the bags, or safe piles, with your leftover background fabric.

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4. When you are ready to sew, get one of your sorted stacks. Set aside the 4-1/2″ squares. They will get their turn shortly.

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5. Take the colored squares and arrange them in a circle. Make sure you have nice color distribution and like the look of each color next to the other. This was my original idea, but later on I switched two of the colors because it was too red-orange on one side and too blue-purple on the other, but this gives you the idea.

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6. Take the fabric from the circle and lay it in two straight lines starting with Fabric 1. In this picture, the floral at the bottom is number 1.

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Now is the color arrangement issue more obvious?  It was to me, so I changed things up a bit.

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Ah, much better.  Ultimately, it probably doesn’t really matter.  As far as I can tell, every block is going to look great in the end, so don’t stress about it, just think about it a little bit.

7.  Using the top row, take each fabric and sew it to a 5″ back ground square to make Half Square Triangles (HST). I like to use the draw-a-diagonal-line-and-stitch-on-both-sides method. For a full explanation of this technique, check out THIS tutorial. She does a great job. When finished you will have 16 HST.

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8. In the bottom row, take each fabric and stitch to the one next to it–match up 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8. You will again make HST. When finished you will have 8 HST.

9. Square up. Yes, I know  noone really likes to do this, but it makes such a difference in the results, particularly if you are using precut fabric, which never is exactly-precisely cut. You might have noticed a fringe of the colored fabric peeking out behind the background square in the picture above.  Now you know why I wasn’t worried about it.  Squaring up is your friend. :)  You don’t need a 4-1/2″ ruler, but, if you happen to have one, it is really nice. This one came free with a batting purchase.

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10. Separate the HST into two matching sets.  In each set you will have four color-color HST and 8 color-background HST.  Add 4 4-1/2″ background squares to each set. I should have a picture here.  Sorry.

Using one set, lay out the pieces to create a faux-Lemoyne star.  The center is a pinwheel shape and then the background-color HST form the points. Notice those 4-1/2″ squares have their turn in the corners.

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11. Assemble block.

12.  Do it again with the other set.   Yes, this is a two-for-one deal!  When you compare the two blocks you will see the color arrangement isn’t exactly the same.  It is fun to try different combinations.

13. Ta-dah!  You have two beautiful Super Stars blocks.  We are going to do this 10 times to create 20 blocks.

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14.  Now, time to cut the sashing. You need to cut  49  rectangles 4-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ and 30 4-1/2″ squares.  Cut the squares from the scraps AFTER you cut the rectangles.
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15. Lay out your 20 blocks in a 4 wide and 5 long pattern.  You can use the picture as a reference. It probably doesn’t matter too much, but I do like to check that identical prints aren’t touching and that I don’t end up with big color blobs accidently.

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16. Assemble each of the five rows using your 4-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ rectangles as sashing in between.  Each row will use 5 rectangles. Take the time to iron.  I like to iron away from the colored stars because it seems to be easier than folding all that piecing back on itself and adding bulk.  That means that the seam allowances on the rows all point towards the sashing.

17. Build sashing strips for between the rows.  Each strip will start and end with a 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ square and then alternating 4-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ rectangles and squares in between.  You will build 6 strips. On these strips, I iron all seam allowances away from the squares towards the rectangles.  This will make the sashing nest with the rows when you do the final assembly.

18. Finally, you have only 10 long seams to go.  Sew the sashing strips to the colored star rows.  Again, ironing is very important.  I iron after each seam.  Otherwise, it is a lot to handle at the end.

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19. Ta-Dah!  You have a finished top.  Large enough for a queen size bed.  Simple, but bright and happy!  Enjoy!

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SUPER STARS GALLERY
Look at Lori’s scrappy variation–over 100″ square!
Kathy’s is a scrappy success, too.
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Your lovely creation here!