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Olivia: Fabric Shoppe Sponsored Baby Quilt Pattern/Tutorial

A while ago, the ever-so-lovely Jody of Fabric Shoppe sent me this very pretty Tanya Whelan FQ Bundle to have a play with. I decided a baby quilt for my new baby niece Olivia was in order, especially considering her mother’s favourite colour is green.

Finished size: about 40″ x 40″. For this quilt, you’ll need:

  • 4 white floral/print Fat Quarters
  • 3 or 4 feature colour (green in my case) floral/print Fat Quarters (or whatever contrast colour you choose)
  • 1/3 yard or 30 cm of white
  • 1 yard/metre red solid (or whatever solid you choose)
  • 4 binding strips (for 2.75″ wide binding, that’s 11″ or 30cm)
  • 43″ x 43″ batting
  • 43″ x 43″ backing (1 metre + a 6″ strip)

The centre block measures 18″ x 18″ square finished and the smaller blocks measure 9″ x 9″ finished.

For the 9″ blocks, cut:

  • {24x} 4″ x 4″ feature colour print
  • {24x} 4″ x 4″ white print
  • {24x} 4″ x 4″ red solid
  • {12} 3.5″ x 3.5″ for block centres (I used feature colour/green print in the small blocks)
  • {24x} 4″ x 4″ white solid

For each block, you’ll need to make a total of 8 HST units. Here are the pairings (each pairing yields 2 HSTs):

  • white print and feature colour print: 1 square each
  • red solid and white print: 1 square each
  • white solid and feature colour print: 1 square each
  • red solid and white solid: 1 square each
So to piece the whole quilts’ worth of  HSTs in one go, you’ll need to pair them up in this way:

  • {12x} white print with {12x} feature colour (green) print
  • {12x} red solid with {12x} white solid
  • {12x} white solid with {12x} feature colour (green) print
  • {12x} white print with {12x} red solid
Assembly: For more information on Half Square Triangle construction, see my HST tutorial. Then when you’ve got the HSTs made, you’ll assemble them in rows. Here are the steps:

Lay out the centre square and your freshly made and trimmed HSTs as shown above.

Sew the top, middle and bottom rows together as shown above.

Then sew the rows together, making sure you line up the seams as best as you can. Do this step for each of the 12 blocks.

For the centre block, cut:

  • {2x} 7″ x 7″ red solid
  • {4x} 6.5″ x 6.5″ white print
  • {1x} 6.5″ x 6.5″ green print
  • {2x} 7″ x 7″ white print

Make 4 Half Square Triangle units using the 7″ x 7″ red solid and white print squares, pairing each red solid square with a white print square.

Assemble block by sewing the top 3 squares together, then the middle 3 and the bottom 3. Sew these together, being careful to match seam lines, just as you did the 9″ square blocks above.

Then sew your blocks together in this formation:

For the border: Cut {4x} 2.5″ x WOF strips – 1 for each side. Then sew those three big portions (shown above) together and add your border:

Now baste, quilt and bind! My binding tutorial can be found here.
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Tutorial: Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL Diamond HST Block

Would you like to leave a link on Manic Monday Linky Party? It’s still open! I had a good response to yesterday’s knitting question and I’m still mulling over it. I’d like to do more videos, but we’ll see how the foundation piecing video goes this weekend. If it’s not a total nightmare, I may look into doing more, including knitting. That would be so fun, to knit with you all!

HST Diamond Block

For today’s tutorial, I’m going to try something a little different. Below you’ll find a link to the Word file you can download, so that if you want, you can print it off. I don’t usually do these because it makes it VERY easy for someone to rip off my work and I get very angry about it. But this is a fairly simple block, so I guess if (read: when) people steal it, I won’t be too upset. I’ve also published it in the normal way, so scroll down if you don’t have Microsoft Word or something that can read Word documents.

That said, all the same copyright stuff applies, and yes, there is a way I can check to see if someone has posted it. Feel free to link to the page though.

If you’re following along in the Sew. Happy. Quilt. Quilt Along, I’ve added a few layout ideas to the Flickr group that you might like to look at.

HST DIAMOND QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL

HST DIAMOND QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL

By Jenna Excell, www.SewHappyGeek.co.uk

© Copyright J C Excell, 2012. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. You are NEVER allowed to copy an entire tutorial or post.
Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.

For this block you will need 4 families of fabric. The graphic above shows grey, red, aqua and white. I’ve left blanks below so you can fill in your own colours. You can either use 4 fabrics, or you can use more than one print for each family, so the number of squares listed is the TOTAL you will need for that portion of the block. For example, my inner diamond and outer diamond fabrics consist of 3 different fabrics, so I cut 2 squares of each fabric (total=6). You can do whatever you want, use as many different fabrics as you want, but you need at least 4 and you need them to contrast when placed next to each other. I’ve left big blanks so you can fill in your own colours.

CENTRE COLOUR­­­­­­­______________________________________: 2 squares 4” x 4”

INNER DIAMOND COLOUR______________________________: 6 squares 4” x 4”

OUTER DIAMOND COLOUR______________________________: 6 squares 4” x 4”

OUTER ACCENTS COLOUR_______________________________: 2 squares 4” x 4”

 

You’ll be making a total of 16 HSTs (Half Square Triangles). If necessary, refer to the HST handout to refresh your memory of how to make HSTS (https://docs.google.com/document/d/17KQucBG_0bRN8nMxqMLfFCZ2x7TF0M2GN6w70_5hjQY/edit). In essence, you’ll draw a diagonal line on the back of the squares, then draw lines ¼” on either side of the centre diagonal line. Sew down those ¼” markings, cutting the centre diagonal line to reveal 2 HSTs. Remember to trim down to exactly 3.5″ x 3.5″ for your points to match up!!!

But you’ll need to match them up to the right colours. Here’s how:

Both (2) CENTRE COLOUR________________________ get matched with 2 of the INNER DIAMOND COLOUR_____________________________.

The other 4 INNER DIAMOND COLOUR_____________________________ get matched with 4 of the OUTER DIAMOND COLOUR___________________________.

The last 2 OUTER DIAMOND COLOUR_________________________ get matched with the 2 OUTER ACCENTS COLOUR___________________________.

That’s it.

Once you have your 16 HSTS, press the seams open or to the side (your choice – I use a small stitch length and press open), then trim them to EXACTLY 3.5” square making sure you use the diagonal line on your ruler to match up to the diagonal on the HST.

Then you just need to arrange them in place:

And sew them into groups of 4:

Next, form the 2 halves of the block:

And sew those 2 halves together:

Yay! You’re done!

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Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL Fireflies Block #6 – Guest Tutorial Melissa of SewBitterSweet!

Did you want to leave a link on Manic Monday Linky Party? It’s still open!

I’m really thrilled to present Block #6 of the Sew. Happy. Quilt. Quilt Along! My friend Melissa agreed to do a tutorial for the Fireflies block, and I’m sure you are going to love it! If you’re wondering what I’m on about, here’s the Quilt Along information page. Most of the blocks are fairly simple, so anyone can join anytime.

Hi Everyone! My name is Melissa and I blog at Sew BitterSweet Designs. Last year I worked on a Vintage Christmas Sampler quilt and one of the blocks was the Fireflies block. When Jenna asked me if I would like to do the tutorial for her QAL – I was tickled and honored at the same time!

So here we go!

Let’s start with the cutting instructions:

Usually when I make HSTs I cut my squares larger, but for this block, I find my results are more accurate if I cut to these measurements and starch like crazy. (If you’re nervous about that, you can cut them 1/8″ larger than called for and then trim down. Eg cut the large red square to 7″ instead of 6 7/8″)

All seams: 1/4 inch

Start by Assembling your 6 blue & white HSTs – I like to chain piece. Sew section after section without cutting your threads until you are done.Then cut them all apart – for newer quilters – this will save you lots of time.

Next – take 2 of your HSTs and assemble your large triangle sections (make 2):

Next – take your large red triangles and assemble two 6.5″ blocks:

(Hint) – place the pieces right sides together – line up the points and sew – then trim down to 6.5″

Next assemble two 4-patch blocks:

Layout your block and sew together – voila – you’re done!

If you have any questions – don’t hesitate to ask! melissa (at) sewbittersweetdesigns (dot) com.

PS. If you are interested – I have a giveaway on my blog right now from Fat Quarter Shop – stop by and enter!

See? Wasn’t that easy? Ok, maybe not easy, but definitely not as hard as you might have thought. When you get your block done, pop a pic in the Flickr group!

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