Jacqueline Quilt-along! Week 2

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Did you gather your  Jacqueline fabrics and this  Pine Tree Country Quilts’ pattern, Bargello Star?

It’s never too late to start with this blog quilt-along!  Click here to see the supply list and intro to this great project!

We hope you are ready to get started with this great video quilt-along with Mike Flynn, our QT Sewing Salesman!

Jacqueline Bargello Star

Here, Mike explains a bit about cutting, right and wrong sides of fabric tips and keeping things organized!

If only it was as fast as the video – the magic of “TV” as they say!

Go at your own pace, that’s the best part of blog quilt-alongs!  Mike is here in his videos whenever you’re ready – and there is more to come!!!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

We’ll be back next week with some more tips from our Sewing Salesman!

Jacqueline Quilt-along! Week 1

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He’s at it again!  Our Sales Manager, Mike, is ready to tackle another amazing quilt project and help you along the way!

This quilt, featuring our Jacqueline collection, is just stunning with Pine Tree Country Quilts’ pattern, Bargello Star!

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Talk about a show-stopper!  Bargello quilts never disappoint and this Jacqueline version is just lovely with the very trendy purples and lilac colors of our fabrics!  Speaking purple and color, check out Pantone’s Color of the Year – 2018 – Ultraviolet!

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Let’s get started! You’ll need to buy your fabrics and pattern (available at your favorite independent quilt shop OR at pinetreecountryquilts.com   Here is a link to our shop locator on our website.  Here you can find online shops carrying QT Fabrics or brick & mortar shops near you!  Please call ahead to see if the shop carries these fabrics as not every shop carries every collection!

Here is a PDF download to print/reference for the fabric requirements.

Jacqueline Quilt Along Sewing Salesman PDF

Jacqueline Quilt Along Sewing Salesman

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

We’ll be back in 2 weeks to start cutting!  Gather your supplies!!!

Lazy Girl Designs – Sew Inspired!

The best part of working in this industry is meeting creative, like-minded friends.  We are thrilled to work with Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs.  Get to know this lovely lady; you’ll definitely want to become a Lazy Girl!

We hope you enjoy this peek into the super-creative, fun and sew-inspired world of Lazy Girl Designs!

QT:  Tell us a little about you and your company

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Joan in her happy place!

Lazy Girl Designs is absolutely an extension of me and my rocky, semi-successful, journey as a sewist. It’s not that I’m not accomplished. It’s that I learned different things from my sewing experience. Being tall, I made my own work wardrobe for years. I even made a wedding dress for a friend. That was all great. But I love to sew for sewing’s sake. And I no longer need a closet full of office attire. I think fabric crafting should be fun. So now I like to make things. They aren’t quilts, apparel, or home-dec. It’s the in-between stuff like bags, accessories, etc. Little, fun, functional, gifty, easy-to-make, feel-good creations.

 

QT:  How did you get started in sewing/crafting/making?

A Home-Ec class in the 7th grade started my sewing passion. I remember the feeling of excitement when I was at the store picking out my first pattern and fabrics/supplies. It was like building my own puzzle. Working my way around the store, selecting fabric first, then trim/notions, and finally thread. It was like a scavenger hunt in which I decide what to collect or find. I was building something as I shopped. As the contents of my shopping cart grew, I could see the finished project in my mind. I was working my way toward bringing that project to life with each acquisition from around the store. What was this first project that set me on a course to today? It was a two-piece, red, terry jogging suit (pants and a zip jacket) with white trim on the pants and sleeves. I made it. It fit. I loved it. I was proud and empowered…and also very red.

QT:  What inspires you most?

I am like a dog with a bone when something inspires me. It’s all I can think about. I forget to eat, I can’t sleep, I’m stuck until it’s done. I love this pursuit of the final creation. For me, inspiration and intrigue are everywhere.

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Where the Lazy Girl magic happens!

QT:  What’s the worst sewing experience you’ve ever had?

Oh, let me tell you! I call these sewing scars. The worst was a project that stopped me in my tracks – after I bought everything needed. It was a two-piece suit. The pattern had 19 pieces for the jacket, and suddenly, every seam felt like an opportunity for me to fail. That sounds awful, I know. But when you’ve argued with projects and broken up before finishing, you don’t want to go down that road again. We invest time, love, and money and don’t want to be crushed. And for me, those negative feelings become attached to that project. I can’t bring myself to go back, pick it up again and finish.

QT:  Have your ‘sewing scars’ shaped your pattern line?

Yes, absolutely. Due to my own sewing tragedies, I keep my projects within a safe playground. And I think the journey should be as enjoyable as getting there.

Here’s my framework:
– No binding, piecing, or hand work
– No more than five fabrics
– Require supplies found in your basic fabric shop
– One new tip, trick, or technique to build your skills
– If you can cut and sew a straight line, you can make anything I design.

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A place for everything….

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…and everything in its place!  🙂

QT:  How do you decide on a project for a new pattern?

When designing or considering a pattern, I ask myself: Do I need it? Can I make it? Can I innovate the construction? Can I teach something in the project? Is it fun? Will my Lazies enjoy the journey as much as the finish?

QT: What drives your passion for designing patterns:  color, print or silhouette?

I’m completely driven by the symphony of where function, construction, beauty, and learning meet to create an enjoyable journey. It’s like a really good movie that has strong characters, great acting, an amazing story line, and beautiful scenery. I love when something hits all the high notes and draws me in.

QT:  Sewing sounds like a philosophical pursuit for you…

Yes! My extra big nerdy-ness is showing. I find it fascinating that our daily lives are filled with stitched things. Shoes, furniture, car interiors, clothes, accessories, books, etc. Everywhere you see (or don’t see) a stitch – it was sewn. The world is humming with the whirl of needle and thread, everywhere, all the time, making things for us. Stitching is a universally basic building block. Something is being stitched right now.

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QT:  Do you speak another language?

I’m fluent in fabric-crafting as a language. Fabric, thread, buttons, zippers, interfacing, etc are our words. It’s up to us to construct sentences and dialogue with these components. When I see something interesting that sparks question marks, I see it in my fabric crafting ‘words’. I ask myself if I can do that in fabric. What does that look like? Can I build it? How would that work? Could it be a launching point for something else?

QT:  Give an example of your fabric-speak…

My Button Boats project is a perfect example. I follow food bloggers and saw an interesting food tray on Instagram. It didn’t speak to me, it yelled at me. The blogger was showcasing sushi but all I saw was the architecture of the food tray. I thought the structure was really cool and I just knew I could think of fabric as architectural components (Lego blocks, Lincoln Logs, Jenga). I combined my fabric and interfacing to create firm sheets as building materials. They had fabric on both sides, like a sandwich. Simply cut the size and shape needed, then combine to make things. Cut, stack, sew, embellish. It’s a new building block. I designed a whole collection of patterns made using these sandwiches. All of that came from a picture of sushi yelling at me.

QT:  What types of stitching do you like to do?

There is a great big buffet of fun awaiting every sewing adventure, whether you are dreaming, buying, making, collecting, sharing, or learning. The universe of sewing is a 24/7 non-stop party. Grab a big plate, belly up to the buffet and discover what makes your soul sing. From time to time as a stitchy person, you’ll wear different hats or experience different elements of sewing.

QT:  What type of sewist are you?

I call myself a ‘thinger’. I make things. I’m a little sew-y, a little quilt-y, but mostly I make things. I started Lazy Girl because there weren’t any projects for people like me. I felt there must be others looking to play in the areas between apparel sewing, home dec, and quilting.

QT:  What else has your love and attention?

I love testing a new recipe or cooking tool. If there’s a dog nearby, I need to smooch on it and that usually happens. All the neighborhood dogs know where Aunt Joanie lives. When dogs get loose in the neighborhood, they often end up at my door.

QT: What advice would you give to a newbie to sewing/crafting?

Don’t be shy, find your sewing community, decide what brings you joy and run toward it. Find your local quilt shop, go in and say ‘Hi’. Tell them you are new and ask for tour of the store. Find out about projects, classes, supplies. Ask friends if they sew and let them know you want some guidance. When deciding on a project, I usually ask myself ‘How wrong can I go?’ What’s the worst that can happen? It’s just fabric and time.

QT:  What’s your biggest fear?

Running out of the supply I need. I’ve been there. It’s not fun!

QT:  Finish this statement:  To me, success is…

…enjoyment. That says it all.


We just love everything about Lazy Girl Designs!

Introducing, the newest pattern from Lazy Girl Designs:  Banana Bag

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This will become your new sewing obsession! Who doesn’t love a little grab & go bag?

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So pretty – featuring our QT Fabrics – Hayden!

We want you to be able to make these pretties yourself!

Head over to our Facebook Page tomorrow, Friday, April 13, and look for the Hayden/Lazy Girl Designs Giveaway!  

You’re one step away!

Saturday with QT’s Sewing Salesman! Week 8 – Finale!

It’s been a great 7 weeks, we took last week off for the holiday but we’re back with the finale of the Mustang Sunset Cowboy Memories II Quilt-Along with Mike!

This is the last week – we are so excited to finish!  Don’t worry, if you’re just joining us, it’s never too late to start!  Click here to go to the 1st video/blog!

The Whimsical Workshop designed this quilt and we think you should check out their site and see what other whimsical quilts you can create!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Click the image to go to the 1st blog in this series.  It’s never too late to start!

Off we go to the big finish!

Please be sure to share your project with us on Instagram  #QTFabrics #QTSewingSalesman

For Facebook – you can join our Fan Page – click here and click JOIN to submit your request – we will approve you.

Tag us with @QTFabrics and show off your finished masterpiece!!!

Happy sewing friends, we’ll be back with more great projects!

A world of Color – Debi Payne Designs

Who doesn’t love a burst of color?   Someone who definitely shows her passion for color and design is our QT Fabrics designer, Debi Payne.

We were fortunate enough to interview Debi to share some insight into her world of color and we hope you enjoy!

The Carnivale collection has been a huge hit!  We know why – because our quilting and sewing friends enjoy a little color and WOW does Carnivale deliver!

Check out the entire collection here.

Onto the interview – enjoy getting to know our friend Debi!


Tell us a little about you and your work…

I am an artist and designer that creates whimsical art with bright, bold colors.  Even as a very little girl I always wanted to be an artist.  At age twelve I painted a large sunflower oil painting that was hung on display in the local public library.  As I stood in that library with its massively tall walls and saw my artwork hanging on the wall I knew in that moment, at that very young age, that my art was meant to be shared with others in as many was as possible.

How did you get started?

Once I decided that I wanted to license my art I first started reading anything and everything that I could find that talked about art licensing.  Today, there are so many classes and resources available today on the internet that I wish was available when I first started.

What inspires you most?

I am inspired by so many different things is so many different ways, however if I had to choose just one, I think it would have to be other artists because it is through them that I can see what is possible. Because, to me, once I really believe that something is possible, then I know that I am able to actually achieve it.

Are you more motivated by color or print?

Definitely color!  I love color and I love finding ways to shape color and have it make sense.

What’s one of your favorite projects? Why?

I have to admit that the Carnival collection has truly been one of my most favorite projects for two reasons, First, seeing the amazing response that everyone has had for the collection and second is seeing what people are creating from the collection. 

What advice would you give to a newbie to design?

  1. Don’t second guess yourself or your work. Go with your gut!
  2. Read and learn everything that you can about the business.
  3. Be patient because nothing happens over night and most things take years.
  4. I recently saw a documentary about Bob Hope. In it they said that Bob Hope woke up every morning asking himself, “how can I  promote Bob Hope today?”  I think that is a very good philosophy for all professional artists to adopt. 

Finish this statement: To me, success is…

 …other people finding joy in my art.

Three words that best describe you…

  1. Positive
  2. Imaginative
  3. Happy

Biggest challenge in your business

Just simply keeping up with everything that needs to done on a daily basis.  I have said many times that I could probably hire three full-time people and I would have plenty of work to keep them busy.

Rapid fire questions………………………………………………………………………………………………

Favorite color:   That’s like asking a mother which of her children is her favorite – they are all her favorite!  But if I have to choose just one, it would be red. 

Favorite food:   Mexican food/tacos

Favorite movie:  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Most interesting place you’ve ever been:   Las Vegas.  My husband Tim and I lived there for 8 years and I loved it.  It was always changing and I was so inspired by the                     imagination and creativity of Vegas.

Favorite book:  “The Velveteen Rabbit”

Best gift you ever received:  Other than my children and my husband, the best physical    object gift I ever received was my wedding ring.

You have a whole day to yourself with no worries or obligations – what would you most want to do?   I would probably find a new art class that I could take where I            could learn something new and hang out with other artists.

Fun fact about you:  I can play the piano and I know how to ride a horse (but not at            the same time.)

You’re in a time machine – what year do you visit & why?  I know I wouldn’t go back in time because I have been there,  done that!  I think I would like to go to the year 2118.  I would like to see how long my art lasted and how well it stood up to time.  I might also see what I should be doing now to make that happen.

Favorite genre of music:  When I am in my studio working I listen to a mix of oldies and    jazz.


Here are some fabulous projects created with Carnivale!

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This pattern is available at your favorite independent shop and at Lazy Girl Designs

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Pattern available at your favorite independent fabric shop and at The Whimsical Workshop

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Dresden Pouf Concept – So chic! Pattern available at Indygo Junction

Here is a creation from our lovely shop customer 35th Ave Sew & Vac in Phoenix, AZ  They created kits of this beautiful quilt – it features the fabrics so well and the black sashing really helps the color POP!

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A QT Facebook friend created this gorgeous quilt and explained the process.  Becky explains…

Sending you some photos of our Stack and Whack (8 layer) that was made by me and my husband. He picked the fabrics, did the cutting and designing and I assembled. I’m sending these because the quilt is made with Carnival Floral Geometric JX. In fact, when we walked into J&B Fabrics in Sunset, LA, Belinda had just received her bolt. That Day (my husband) and another customer split the bolt! So, I fully understand how popular this fabric is! We really enjoyed making this quilt and will be hopefully be submitting it for competition soon. We’ve named her Champagne Carnival, because of all the bubbles! Did a Mardi Gras mask motif in center and fleurdelis on the borders.

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It’s great to learn more about our designer friends, we love how Debi’s passion for color and design has inspired so many other people.  What will you make???

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the complete Carnivale Collection by commenting here on this blog post or Facebook post with your favorite fabric from Carnivale!

We’ll announce the winners next week on 2/22 at 3pm!  

 

 

Brooke Quilt-Along Project

We hope you enjoyed the Brooke Quilt-Along… we definitely loved seeing the bright colors during some of our snow storms!

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CLICK HERE for a formatted version of the instructions for this quilt designed by Shannon Ownby.   It’s easy to download and print so you are ready-to-go and sew – – – –

If you followed along and made the quilt already – awesome!  Share your photos on Facebook @QTFabrics or Instagram #QTFabrics so we can see your beautiful results!

If you have this project on your to-do list, that’s great… can’t wait to see the flowers bloom in your Brooke Quilt!

Happy Sewing Everyone – we’ll be back next week with new fun & fabrics!

 

Brooke Quilt-Along – The big finish!

Welcome back!  We’re almost finished.. it’s been so much fun creating this quilt with you!  Let’s add another layer of fun to our Brooke project!

Once your quilt is quilted & bound, add some dimension and FUN to your finished quilt.

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Cutting: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Black Illusions, 21516-J

 (1) rectangle the same size as the applique rectangle you reserved from Week 4.

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(2) rectangles the same size as the applique rectangle

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Prepare applique:  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

picture 3_fusibleFuse 1 rectangle of Fusible Fleece to wrong side of the Black Illusions rectangle.  Working quickly, while this is still warm, place the 2nd Fusible Fleece rectangle on top of the fleece just fused & fuse in place.

You’ll need a toasty-hot iron with steam to activate the glue on the second layer.  Press & steam from both the fleece & the Black Illusions side.

Remove paper backing from floral applique rectangle.  Position on top of fusible fleece.  Fuse floral fabric to top of the applique sandwich.

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Once the layers are well fused, fussy-cut out applique shape.

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Stitching – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Satin stitching is recommended for durability.   I set my machine zig-zag at .3mm stitch length & 3.0mm stitch width.  I used yellow thread on top & black thread in the bobbin to better match the fabrics.  You can blanket stitch if preferred.    Once stitched, trim any loose threads poking through the satin stitch.

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Attach – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

There are many ways to attach your embellishment.  I opted for 2 stacked buttons from my button stash.  I ran my stitch through the entire quilt for ease of stitching.  Just be sure to make small stitches on the back & pull nice & tight.  I like the buttons because they allow some movement of the applique.

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Other Embellishing Ideas (not shown)

The red flower would be easily embellished with some French Knots on the stamen.  You could also add seed beads or crystals to make the flowers glimmer.

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If you missed our earlier posts, just click over here, gather your supplies, then join in as we make this fun lap quilt together.

I am excited to see your finished quilts!  Be sure to tag any social media posts with #QTBrookeQAL  #QTFabrics so we can see your creations and share in your stitching fun!

If you have any questions, just comment or email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com.

Last Chance to win!!!

One lucky winner will receive our entire Harmony collection as fat quarters – that’s 84 fat quarters! WOW!

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There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway:

  • Upload a photo using the hashtags (#QTBrookeQAL and #QTFabrics) on Instagram
  • Comment on this blog
  • Comment on the Facebook event with photos!

We’ll pick our winner from the comments or photos next week and will announce the winner on 12/27

HAPPY STITCHING – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

 

 

 

 

 

Brooke Quilt-Along – Week 6!

If you missed our earlier posts, just click over here, gather your supplies, then join in as we make this fun lap quilt together.

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Just a reminder of our abbreviations & tips for a successful project:

  • WOF – Width of Fabric. This is a cut made Selvage to Selvage.
  • LOF – Length of Fabric. This is a cut made parallel/along to the Selvage.
  • RST – Right Sides of the fabric Together (facing each other)
  • WST – Wrong Sides of the fabric Together
  • HST – Half Square Triangle
  • Accurate ¼” seam allowances will insure your blocks finish to the correct size.
  • Press all fabrics before cutting

Cutting: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

No cutting this week!  Just grab all the border strips you cut last week and all your blocks!

Assemble your top center:  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

You’ve probably gathered by now that I like to visually see the layout before I sew.  SO, layout your blocks in advance of stitching your rows.

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Press in the direction of the arrows above.  Stitch each row, then attach the 3 rows together.    Press last seams toward outer row or open, as you prefer.

Finished quilt center should measure 48.5” square


First Border: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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Stitch the 1.5” black Illusion strips into one long length.

Cut border pieces (2) 1.5” x 48.5” and (2) 1.5” x 50.5”

Stitch smaller lengths to opposite sides of the top.  Press toward border

 

 

Stitch remaining border pieces and press toward border.

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Last Border: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Stitch the 5.5” Large Floral strips into one long length.  Cut border pieces (2) 5.5” x 50.5” and (2) 5.5” x 60.5”

In the same order that you added the inner border, stitch smaller lengths to opposite sides of the top.  Press toward border.

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Stitch remaining border pieces and press toward border.

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Prepare Backing: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Remove Selvage edges.

Stitch together (2) 1 7/8 yard cuts of fabric along length of fabric (stitches will be on the edge where selvage was removed.

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Prepare Binding:  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Stitch together all Green Scroll Floral binding strips into one long strip using mitered seams.  Press in half lengthwise.

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Quilt & Bind your quilt in your preferred method….but that’s not the end of this project!

I am excited to see your progress each week!  Be sure to tag any social media posts with #QTBrookeQAL #QTfabrics so we can see your blocks and share in your stitching fun!

Come back to the QT blog next Wednesday for the last step in our quilt.  Next week we will show you how to make your applique jump up off your quilt for a fun 3-D applique technique.

If you have any questions, just comment or email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com.


**Reminder** 

We will have a big giveaway the last week of the quilt-along! One lucky winner will receive our entire Harmony collection as fat quarters – that’s 84 fat quarters! WOW!

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There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway:

  • Upload a photo using the hashtags (#QTBrookeQAL and #QTFabrics) on Instagram
  • Comment on this blog
  • Comment on the Facebook event with photos!

HAPPY STITCHING – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Brooke Quilt-Along – Week 5!

Did you enjoy making your Monkey Wrench Medallion?

If you missed earlier posts, just click over here, gather your supplies, then join in as we make this fun lap quilt together.

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Just a reminder of our abbreviations & tips for a successful project:

  • WOF – Width of Fabric. This is a cut made Selvage to Selvage.
  • LOF – Length of Fabric. This is a cut made parallel/along to the Selvage.
  • RST – Right Sides of the fabric Together (facing each other)
  • WST – Wrong Sides of the fabric Together
  • HST – Half Square Triangle
  • Accurate ¼” seam allowances will insure your blocks finish to the correct size.
  • Press all fabrics before cutting

This week we are going to cut the borders and add the first step to the 3D applique.

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You will need 1/3 yard fusible web.   If you are new to this product, here are brand names to ask for at your Local Quilt Shop:   I like Heat N Bond Lite™ or Featherlite™, but Wonder-Under™ and Steam-A-Seam™ are other options.

Cutting:  Reserve border & binding fabrics for next week- – – – – – – – 

Green Floral Scroll, 26320-JH, cut (7) 2.5″ WOF strips for binding

Black Illusions, 21516-J, cut (5) 1.5” WOF strips for inner border

Large Floral, 26317-X

cut (6) 5.5” WOF strips for outer border

From remaining fabric, choose a flower cluster, no more than 10” square.  You need two identical flower clusters.  Cut out the clusters in a square or rectangle.  Mine are about 9” x 7” rectangles.

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Trim fusible web to the size of your clusters, cutting 2 rectangles/squares the same size.
Following manufacturer instructions, fuse the web to the WRONG SIDE of the flower cluster fabric.
Fussy cut ONLY 1 of the clusters. Reserve the other cluster for later in our project.

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Place applique flower – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Once the flower is cut out, place it on the Monkey Wrench block where it makes you happy.  Be sure to leave at least 1/2” margin to the edge of the block.  You don’t want the applique to fall into or right up against the seam allowance.  If you want it all in the white, super.  If you want it to overlap the patchwork, that’s great too.  Once you love it, peel the paper backing and fuse in place, again following manufacturer instructions.

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Hand or machine stitch the applique in place by your preferred method.  I used a blanket stitch (settings 2.5 length & 2.5 width of stitch) with golden yellow 40 wt. thread.

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I am excited to see your progress each week!  Be sure to tag any social media posts with #QTBrookeQAL and #QTfabrics so we can see your blocks and share in your stitching fun!

Come back to the QT blog next Wednesday for the next block in our quilt.   If you have any questions, just comment or email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com.


**Reminder** 

We will have a big giveaway the last week of the quilt-along! One lucky winner will receive our entire Harmony collection as fat quarters – that’s 84 fat quarters! WOW!

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There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway:

  • Upload a photo using the hashtags (#QTBrookeQAL and #QTFabrics) on Instagram
  • Comment on this blog
  • Comment on the Facebook event with photos!

HAPPY STITCHING – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

 

Brooke Quilt-Along – Week 4!

Welcome back!  We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Are your flower basket blocks from last week brightening up your sewing space?  It’s time to get one step closer to a finished project & make our center medallion!

If you missed our earlier posts, just click over here, gather your supplies, then join in as we make this fun lap quilt together.

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Just a reminder of our abbreviations & tips for a successful project:

  • WOF – Width of Fabric. This is a cut made Selvage to Selvage.
  • LOF – Length of Fabric. This is a cut made parallel/along to the Selvage.
  • RST – Right Sides of the fabric Together (facing each other)
  • WST – Wrong Sides of the fabric Together
  • HST – Half Square Triangle
  • Accurate ¼” seam allowances will insure your blocks finish to the correct size.
  • Press all fabrics before cutting

Let’s begin!  The center block is a Monkey Wrench block, set on point.

Monkey Wrench Block image

Cutting – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Large Toss Floral Black, 26318-J, cut (1) 9.5” WOF.  Subcut:

(1) 9 3/8” square, cut on diagonal cutondiagonal
(1) 5 1/8” square, cut on diagonal
(1) 6 7/8” square, cut on diagonal
(2) 3 1/2” squares   (consider fussy cutting these squares to highlight the beauty                          of the fabric)

Large Toss Floral White, 26318-Z, cut (1) 9.5” WOF.  Subcut:

cutondiagonal(1) 9 3/8” square, cut on diagonal
(1) 5 1/8” square, cut on diagonal
(1) 6 7/8” square, cut on diagonal
(2) 3 1/2” squares (consider fussy cutting these squares to highlight the beauty                            of the fabric)

White Tonal Illusions, 21517-Z

cutondiagonal   (2) 12 7/8” squares, cut on diagonal

cutting 1

Let’s start in the middle & work our way out.


Four Patches– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

 

We made several of these in our chain blocks, but here we just need one.
Stitch 2 pairs of black & white squares. Press toward black floral.

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Stitch the 2 halves together to finish the block. Unit should measure 6.5”

 

 

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Stitch the 2 halves together to finish the block.  Unit should measure 6.5”

 

 

 


Adding HST Borders – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Sometimes, when making a new, unfamiliar block, construction makes more sense if you can dissect it and put it in terms of other blocks you already know how to make.

You can think of the Monkey Wrench block as a four patch with lots of HST borders or rounds, kind of like how a log cabin goes around (and around, and….). This is just a center square with triangles instead of rectangles. Or you can think of it like a square in a square (in a square in a square in a square) block.

Looking at the block, we want to make sure we put the white & black triangles on the correct side of the four patch, this way we will get the swirl effect. If it helps, the color you are adding should match the color on the bottom corner of the block that’s made.

Working from the smallest triangle to the largest, stitch white triangles from the 5 1/8” square to opposite sides of the four patch. Treat your triangles with care; you are stitching the bias-cut edge. Any pulling or tugging will pull your piece out of square.

Press with care toward the triangle.

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hst tip photo

TIP You want to line up the triangle exactly, so that the block finishes square.

With WST, finger press the triangles in half along bias cut edge to mark center of block.   Align that fold with the center of block.

Double check the placement by lining up the point of the triangle with the seams of the four patch.

 

On opposite sides of the four patch, add the same size black triangles & press again toward the triangle. Trim triangle “dog ears”

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dog ears—————————->

 

 

 

dog ears————————–>

This block should now measure 9”

 

 

 

 

Add the triangles from the 6 7/8” square in the same order.
When complete, the block should measure 12.5”

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Add the last black & white triangles in just the same way as before. When complete, the block should measure 17.5”

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Add the remaining white tonal triangles to all 4 sides, following the same process as before. This will put the block on point & when complete, the block should measure 24.5”

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I am excited to see your progress each week!  Be sure to tag any social media posts with #QTBrookeQAL and #QTfabrics so we can see your blocks and share in your stitching fun!

Come back to the QT blog next Wednesday for the next block in our quilt.   If you have any questions, just comment or email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com.


**Reminder** 

We will have a big giveaway the last week of the quilt-along! One lucky winner will receive our entire Harmony collection as fat quarters – that’s 84 fat quarters! WOW!

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There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway:

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HAPPY STITCHING – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –