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.

Fusible Fleece

(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!

Harmony_FQS_bundleall.jpg

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!

Harmony_FQS_bundleall.jpg

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!

Harmony_FQS_bundleall.jpg

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.

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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

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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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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—————————->

 

 

 

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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!

Harmony_FQS_bundleall.jpg

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 3

Welcome back!  Did you finish your Brooke Quilt A-Long Chain Blocks from last week?

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

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Before we continue, here are a few terms/guidelines we’ll follow throughout the Quilt Along:

  • 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

I am using blue thread this week so you can better see my stitches on the fabric.  I would normally use white or light gray thread when piecing this project.


Let’s begin!  This week we will be making the flower basket blocks.  We’ll expand our skills by working with triangles.

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

Yellow/Orange Floral Scroll, 26320-SO

(1) WOF Strip, 4” wide, Sub-cut (4) 3.5” squares, (2) 37/8” squares, cut on the diagonal diagonalcut

Green/Black Floral Scroll, 26320-JH

(2) WOF Strip, 4” wide, Sub-cut (4) 4” squares,  (8) 3.5” squares, (2) 37/8” squares, cut on the diagonal diagonalcut

Pink/Black Floral Scroll, 26320-JP

(1) WOF Strip, 4” wide, Sub-cut (2) 4” squares, (4) 3.5” squares

Black/White Floral Scroll, 26320-ZJ

(1) WOF Strip, 4” wide, Sub-cut (2) 4” squares, (4) 3.5” squares

Black Illusions, 21516-J

(3) WOF Strips, 3.5” wide.  Sub-cut (4) 3.5” squares, (16) 6.5” x 3.5” rectangles

White Floral, 26318-Z

(4) 4” squares

(2) 6 7/8” squares, cut on diagonal  diagonalcut

cut fabrics


Flying Geese – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

We will use the stitch & flip method.

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Mark diagonal line on fabric’s wrong side.  (4) 3.5” squares in each color of floral scroll.

We’ll make 4 white/yellow geese & 4 green/pink geese.  Make separate piles for each block, pairing your marked squares with (4) 6.5”x3.5” black rectangles.

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Line up green scroll square with left side of black rectangle.  Stitch directly on the line you marked on green square.

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Repeat above steps for all 4 green/black blocks.

Repeat above steps with white scroll fabric from other flying geese stack.  Repeat for all 4 blocks.

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Press all 8 blocks toward the corner, “flipping” the green fabric over so that the 2 halves of the green fabric are now WST.

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Trim the seam allowance to ¼”.  Discard the trim off triangles.

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<——–  Place the ¼” line on your seam allowance & trim at the ruler’s edge

 

 

Line up the pink square on the right side of the Green/Black geese unit.  Stitch directly on the line you marked.  Repeat for all 4 blocks, press & trim as above.

Repeat steps above to complete Orange/White geese units.

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Repeat steps as before to trim seam allowances to complete the blocks.  Finished size 3.5” x 6.5”

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Half Square Triangles (HST)- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – hst1.jpg

Next up is 4 Pink Scroll/White Scroll HST’s and 8 Green Scroll/White Floral HST’s.

Since we get 2 HST squares from each fabric, set aside

*(2) Pink & (2) White Scroll 4” squares,

*(4) Green Scroll & (4) White Floral 4” squares.

 

Mark the diagonal line on the back of all 6 white squares.

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Pair the squares, RST.  Stitch ¼” on each side of the drawn line.  Repeat for all 6 blocks.

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Cut the drawn line on each block.

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Press toward Pink or Green fabric in each block.

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Square up each block to 3.5”

TIP:  Our ruler’s diagonal line comes to the corner of the ruler.  Be sure yours does too before you trim your blocks as outlined below.  If your ruler does not come to the corner, you’ll have to turn your block for each side’s trimming.

Place the diagonal line of your square ruler along your stitch line, trim along the side & top of ruler.

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Turn block so that the trimmed sides are under the ruler.  Line up ruler & stitch line again & trim remaining 2 sides.

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Repeat for all blocks

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Block Center – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

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Layout the pieces near your sewing machine: 4 each of the Pink/White HST (from the last step), Yellow Scroll Triangle, Green Scroll Triangle, and larger White Floral Triangle.

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Watch the direction of your units so that you don’t inadvertently stitch to the wrong side.  Stitch the green triangle to the right of the HST.  Repeat for all 4 units.  Gently press toward green fabric.  You may iron or finger press this seam.

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Stitch the Yellow triangle to the bottom of the HST.  Repeat for all 4 units.  Gently press toward yellow fabric.  You may iron or finger press this seam.

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Stitch the  6 7/8” White Floral triangle to create square.  Repeat for all 4 units.  Press toward White Floral fabric.  Block should measure 6.5”.  Square up if necessary.

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Complete Flower Basket Block – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

Lay out the components of your block near the machine.  I like to make stacks (4 deep since we are making 4 blocks), this allows me to chain piece the blocks for a faster finish.

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Stitch 3.5” black square to Pink/Green Scroll flying geese block.  Repeat for all 4 blocks.  Press toward Square.

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Stitch White/Yellow Scroll flying geese block to side of basket center square.  Repeat for all 4 blocks.  Press seam open for the flattest block, or to one side if you prefer.

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Stitch the 2 completed components together.

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Stitch (4) White Floral/Green Scroll HST to Black Illusion rectangle.  Note direction of HST.  Make 4 units.

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Stitch to side of center block units.

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Stitch remaining (4) White Floral/Green Scroll HST to Black Illusion rectangle.  Note direction of HST.  Press toward rectangle.

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Stitch Green 3.5” square to this unit. Press toward square. Make 4 units.

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Stitch to bottom of center block units, finishing the 12.5” block.

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Woohoo!

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!

Harmony_FQS_bundleall.jpg

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 2

It’s time for our first blocks in the Brooke Quilt A-Long!

Aren’t you excited about the bright colors & large-scale patterns in Brooke? The fabrics are going to do much of the talking in our quilt, which lets us use big blocks for a fast finish.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I like to have a quick project.  On those projects, I like to add a little extra touch of something unexpected and we’ll do that with our applique in our last step.

If you missed the introduction post, click here.  Get all the details, gather your Brooke fabrics, then join in as we make this fun lap quilt together.

Brooke Quilt_A_Long_digitalimage


Before we begin, here are a few terms/guidelines we’ll follow throughout the Quilt-Along.

A few terms/guidelines we’ll follow throughout the Quilt Along:

  • 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.

TIP:   Ever wondered why you’d cut this way? LOF is commonly used for borders so that they will not have to be pieced, matching patterns, also length of fabric also has less stretch.

  • 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 sew!  We’ll start with the chain blocks.  These are simple blocks and we will use a strip piecing shortcut, making 8 of them.

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

Yellow/Orange Floral Scroll, 26320-SO

(3) WOF Strips, 2.5” wide, sub cut (1) strip on the fold (creating 2.5” x approximately 21”)


Black/White Dots, 26321-JZ 

(2) WOF Strips, 2.5” wide, sub cut (1) strip on the fold (creating 2.5” x approximately 21”)

(3) WOF Strips, 4.5” wide, sub cut (8) 4.5” squares & (8) 4.5” x 8.5” rectangles


Multi Dots, 26321-ZX

(2) WOF Strips, 2.5” wide, cut (1) strip on the fold (creating 2.5” x approximately 21”)

(3) WOF Strips, 4.5” wide, sub cut (8) 4.5” squares & (8) 4.5” x 8.5” rectangles


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Four Patch Blocks- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

Pair one Yellow/Orange Floral Scroll 2.5” WOF strip with one Black/White Dot WOF strip RST.  Stitch the long side, selvage to selvage.  Press strips toward scroll fabric.

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Repeat for half WOF strips.

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Repeat stitching as above, with Multi colored Dots.

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Sub-cut these pieced strips into 24 Multi/Orange and 24 Black/Orange 2.5” sections.  Unit should measure 4.5” x 2.5”.

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Pair one multi dot unit with one black/white dot unit from above.  Butt seams for a good point.

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Stitch pair.  Repeat, making 24 Four Patches.

TIP:  Chain stitching units will save time & thread.  To chain stitch, take a few “empty stitches” after you finish the current seam.  With your needle in the down position, lift presser foot & insert next unit to stitch.  Lower presser foot and stitch seam.  Repeat until all units are sewn.

Press Four Patch blocks to either side or open, as desired.  Block should measure 4.5” x 4.5”

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Complete Chain Block – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

Lay out the components of your block near the machine.  I like to make stacks (8 deep since we are making 8 blocks), this allows me to chain piece the blocks for a faster finish.

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Sew each row, pressing toward the rectangle or square (away from the four patch) for a flatter block.  See arrows in diagram.

Stitch rows together, butting seams, just like we did with the four patches.

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Tah-dahhhh!  Your Chain block is completed!  Make 8 total and come back next week!

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.

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

 

 

Welcome – Brooke Quilt-Along! Week 1

Brooke is a bright, whimsical new collection designed by QT Fabrics.   I’m Shannon Ownby, owner of Fabrics N Quilts quilt shop in Jamestown, Tennessee.  I have designed a  lap quilt to share here on the QT blog; we will have fun making this together! This is my 7th design for QT Fabrics and 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 progress.  There is also a Facebook event for this where you can post photos and comments!

Facebook Brooke Quilt-Along – Click here to join in the fun!

Each week you’ll find one section of the quilt right here on the QT blog.  The tutorials will walk you through each block with lots of pictures.   If you have any questions, or comments just email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com

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Finished quilt size is 60 1/2″ x 60 1/2″

It’s time to gather your supplies from your favorite Quilt Shop!

You will need basic sewing and rotary cutting supplies.  Everything you need, fusible web, fusible fleece, and the Brooke fabrics with quantities, are outlined below in a handy shopping list! Click on the image to download and print!

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Keep in mind… this quilt-along is for fun!  If you don’t have time to shop or finish a block in any given week, you can always refer back to the previous blogs and follow along!

We will have a big giveaway the last week of the quilt-along! Prize package will be announced next week…

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’re excited to see you next week to start the quilt and showcase the first block! 

Patchwork Farms by Desiree Designs

Every month or so, my husband and I go to a local animal farm/sanctuary.   For a small donation, we are able to walk around with the animals, enjoy nature and get to know other friends who enjoy animal welfare!  This weekend, I told my husband, “I need goat therapy!”  Immediately, he knew I meant we needed to go hang out with the animals…

Our adventure is perfectly timed as we are showcasing our friend, Desiree Designs’ new collection, “Patchwork Farms“, in shops now!

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This adorable collection features a farmyard panel and all the great animals to make it fun!  Desiree has been a designer with QT for many years.  Her extensive library of artwork, patterns and products are well-loved in the industry.  Follow her blog to keep up with her latest adventures and check out her website to see even more of her talent!

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There are sooooo many project opportunities!  These fun and young at heart fabrics bring cheer and sunshine!  Check out the quilt pattern, designed by Desiree below…how fun!  The big floor pillows are a great, quick, add-on project to the quilt!

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Fabrics in shop now!  Ask your local quilt shop for the pattern for this quilt!

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How about a fun and easy market bag?  Don’t forget the bread & milk…. chocolate too?

Of course, there are plenty of colorful coordinates to this group – which is your favorite?

 

 

Keep an eye out on our Facebook on Friday – we’ll announce a giveaway featuring Patchwork Farms!

Shout out – The Carriage Quilt Shop

bizcardThe wonderful thing about quilt shops is there are no two alike.  In my Northeast jaunt, I discovered so many wonderful shops, and found that The Carriage Quilt Shop is like a second home.  Prepare to be welcomed with open arms and smiling faces.. and candy!   I think their business card says it all… Fabric, books, custom designs, machine quilting, giggles and more…  

Sue and Linda, with their bright and shining personalities and passion for fabric, have an infectious spirit that make you want to hang out and “giggle” until your heart smiles!

I was fortunate enough to hang out for a few hours with Kevin, our Sales Manager and these lovely ladies.  We were showing them the latest fabrics and were joined by their entourage of spirited friends and family.  Samantha, Sue’s daughter, is a new quilter.  Finally catching the quilting bug after years of hopeful persuasion by her mom!  Now, she is unstoppable – check out her quilt below – amazing for a new designer, no?

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Samantha showing us her beautiful work… and that’s Kevin, one of our many talented and dedicated Sales Managers!

It was wonderful to see the group’s reactions to the new designs; it reinforces why we do what we do!  We love sharing our passion for fabrics with shop customers and their customers!!!

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My Minion friend…

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In addition to my new human friends, I have a new Minion pal here!  This is a clever use of a panel!  Using a 36″ x 45″ panel, some coordinating fabrics and lots of stuffing… this  great standing pillow came to life!  Mr. Minion is super popular in the shop.  I wasn’t sure if I would be able to say goodbye… he’s so squeezable!

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The Carriage Quilt Shoppe has a wonderful variety of fabrics.  We were so excited to see our Sew & Go Santa Claus Apron panel on display!

Another great display was using our ArtWorks digital print – is that a HD TV?  No, it’s s digital print panel!  🙂  IMG_1204.jpg

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I spy some Desiree Designs!  Great infant/toddler section of their shop!

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SNEAK PEEK – Carnivale by Debi Payne is arriving in shops in December!  We were playing with the mirror to see how it would look as a stack and whack!  

Another clever idea…  They took our Ink & Arrow Cat’s Meow fabric and used fabric markers to color in the cats… how fun!  Customize your own tote bag like this!

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Lots of great patterns!!!!

We had a wonderful time with everyone here.  This shop is in a wonderful town – lots of quaint shops and wonderful restaurants.  I am excited to see what they have in store for the next 18 years!  Make sure you stop in and tell them we said hello!

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Lovely mom and daughter with the kitty mermaid Samantha made… so cute!!!

Until next time – SHOP your local fabric shop and have fun meeting new friends!!!

Blog shout out! Common Threads

If you’re ever in the Leechburg, PA area, you must visit Sharon and Jim Thompson’s wonderful shop, Common Threads!

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Sharon has been in the drapery business for 30 years.  Her background in interior design shines through in her thoughtful and well-appointed shop.  Sharon teaches Family and Consumer Sciences at a local high school while also working in this wonderful custom window treatment and quilt shop.  Common Threads is a treasure.  It’s a place to linger, get inspired, and to find fabulous fabrics, patterns, books, sewing machines and notions.  There are so many wonderful creative projects here!

One of the many pleasantries in this shop are the custom bolt displays designed by Sharon and built by her husband Jim.  You know when you go into a shop and you feel like you wish you could unroll every bolt but don’t, as you don’t want to trash the shop?  Well, their creative and beautiful racks are a wonderful solution.

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These displays allow for fabric to drape and to see a lot more than stacking bolts on a shelf.  A great way to feature new fabrics and specialty fabrics, like these batiks.

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I think I need one of these racks in my studio!  Sharon’s interior design degree came in handy when merchandising her shop!

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A wall of wonderful patterns just waiting for an eager quilter or sewist to bring them to life!

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Speaking of patterns, here is the Diva Frame Wallet featuring our Ariel fabric for QT.  Sew Many Creations is a wonderful pattern company – this wallet is super popular and such a great class!

 

Above is their Row by Row from 2017.  So cute!  Sharon had a black & white fabric printed as part of the kit.  Great detail and such a whimsical idea!  We ❤ it!

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Another great display designed and created by Common Threads.

Most importantly, are the people who work in these shops; their passion for what they do is inspiring.  We also met with Lisa, who makes a lot of the wonderful samples throughout the shop.  Sharon, Lisa and Jim are examples of the heart of local quilt shops.  People who want to share their ideas, serve their community with great products and bring excellent education and customer service to their patrons.  This is why we love Common Threads and our local quilt shop families.

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Here I am with Sharon and her great display design!  Congratulations on a wonderful shop and we wish you many more years of creativity!

 

 

 

P.S., had to share this great chair – we are in Pittsburgh Steelers Country!!!

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Steelers Unite!