Jacqueline Quilt-along! Finale!

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Are you amazed at how this quilt comes together?    We hope you are having fun with Mike and sewing with this wonderful pattern by Pine Tree Country Quilts!

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!

On to assembling this beauty!

Keep going!  You’re going to assemble the strips now…

And… before you know it – tah-dah!!!!  A gorgeous project by a fabulous quilter – YOU!

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

If you subscribed to our  QT Fabrics Youtube channel!l, you can visit these videos easily, anytime!

Share pictures of this or any QT Fabrics projects on our Facebook Page!   Join our Facebook Fan Page to ensure you always see our posts.  On Instagram, tag us with @QTFabrics and @QTSewingSalesman  We can’t wait to see your projects!

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks from our Sewing Salesman!

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Jacqueline Quilt-along! Week 3

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How’s your quilt coming along?  These bargello quilts look so much more complicated than they really are! We hope you are having fun with this beautiful collection of fabrics and wonderful pattern by Pine Tree Country Quilts!

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!

Just look at this quilt *swoon* 🙂  Another one of our QT Sales Managers, Ann, made this quilt!  The she styled it and sent this photo!  Our team is so talented!!

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Let’s sew that center square!   Mike has had some practice – he sewed it at least twice!  🙂 Practice makes perfect and Mike will share his tips on getting it right the first time!

How did you make out?  You’re getting so close!

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!!!  Next week, we’ll finish this beauty up and show it off!!!

Share pictures of this or any QT Fabrics projects on our Facebook Page!   Join our Facebook Fan Page to ensure you always see our posts.  On Instagram, tag us with @QTFabrics and @QTSewingSalesman  We can’t wait to see your projects!

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 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!

Jacqueline Bargello Star

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!!!

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!

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 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!

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 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.

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