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!

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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 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 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –