Christmas Delivery!

Well hello there!  It’s been awhile, my apologies, I’ve been moving across the country….but…I’m excited to be back and have a ton of new ideas and a new creative space to break in! (maybe I’ll do a new studio tour when everything is put away and pretty…because we know that won’t last long!)  Today I’m happy to announce a new super quick quilt pattern using Christmas Delivery by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs.

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Lemon Drop Garden Quilt – This & That Blog Tour

Hi Everyone!

It’s time for another blog tour! This time it’s for Jill Finley’s new line This & That for Penny Rose Fabrics.  It’s a fun mix of bright colors, florals and words that is sure to brighten any dull winter day.

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Today’s project is a chain-piecers dream. So if you love chain piecing this is the quilt for you.  Here’s what you’ll need –

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You can download this free printable materials list on our shoppe’s website here – https://www.thecleverquiltshoppe.com/pages/free-downloads

Here are the prints we’ll be using from the line today.  They include the following –

  • Black Daisy, Blue This Ampersands, Yellow This Geometric, and Black this Main.  Our Backing fabric is the Basics Black from the Shades collection for Riley Blake.

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What do you say, let’s get started…enjoy the video tutorial.


 

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Don’t forget to check out all of the other lovely projects featuring this line this week!  Here’s the schedule below –

  • Wednesday 11/8/17 – Ameroonie Designs – Amy Chappell – www.amerooniedesigns.com
  • Thursday 11/9/17 – Debby Brown Quilts – Debby Brown – higheredhands.blogspot.com
  • Friday 11/10/17 – That’s-Sew-Kari – Kari Steiger – thats-sew-kari.blogspot.com

Until Next Time, Happy Quilting,

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Finally! A Log Cabin Redeux!

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Hi! You are probably looking for my infamous black, white & green (Paradigm Shift) quilt or you’ve pinned it in the past (Thank you for that!).  This was the very first quilt I made for my blog back in 2013 and I used a pattern that was published in America Makes Fast Quilts If you are really wanting that pattern you can click on the link and buy a copy of the magazine just like I did.  If you’ve followed me for awhile you know I was asked to pull the previous post by the author. I won’t go into the details because who needs to relive the past? Instead, why not make a new and improved version? So, without further ado, here it is! (Finally!!)

This version is similar to the original but I just gave it my own spin, using a different method and measurements to get essentially the same pattern.  The blocks do end up a little smaller, but can I just say, I think I love this new version WAY more!  In the true spirit of the studio we’re using precuts, yep precuts! The original had you cutting individual squares and stripes out of yardage so I thought, why not use a Jelly Roll or 2.5″ strips?  So, that’s what we’re going to do and trust me when I say it’s way faster.

Here’s the only minor hiccup. In order to get the look of my original quilt you’ll want to pick a jelly roll with fewer color lines and more repeats.  The one I’m using is Cotton + Steel’s Pixie Strips Basics Roll in navy.  They also have a berry one that is to die for.  I’ve added some rolls from my Shoppe that I think would be great for this at the bottom of the post if you’d like inspiration.  Just make sure the roll you choose says 3 or more of the same color-way per roll.  Or, by all means you can make it your own and throw caution to the wind!

This is long overdue so what do ya say, let’s get started!

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Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Nesting, Sewing and Cutting!

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Hey Everyone!

Welcome to week two of Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Disappearing 9-Patch! How did week one go?  Hopefully smoothly and y’all are pumped to put these sets of three together.  What do ya say; let’s jump right in!

This week we are going to go over the art of nesting seams, sewing the 9-patches together, cutting the 9-patches apart for your surprise block and then finally the final layout of your quilt.

Step 1 – Nesting Seams.  I’ve been talking about this and talking about this, now we get to put it into action! Below you will see our three lovely rows that we have sewn together in anticipation of this ‘nesting’ moment.  Hopefully you’ve sewn all of your groupings of three together and are excited for this next step. Did you happen to catch my bonus video on YouTube? It’s all about chain piecing so if you are a little behind it is definitely a good watch and will speed up your process immensely. Okay back to business…let’s combine these three patches into nine shall we?

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Quilting from ‘Square’ one – Disappearing 9-Patch – Week 1 – 1/4″, the dark side and straight lines…

Hi Everyone & welcome to WEEK 1 of Quilting from ‘Square’ One-

Are you more nervous or excited or an eclectic combination of both!?!  Well, don’t be nervous….this is fun stuff!  Here’s how we’re going to break down this crazy hobby called quilting.  This week we will be going to go over basic items like machine basics, the right and wrong side of fabric, why an accurate 1/4″ is important and how you’ll be sewing together your first block set.  You can watch the video snip-its for information as well as follow along with the written instructions.

Please reach out if you are lost or would like to as a question.  I’m here to help!

Machine Basics: Make sure you have 2 wound bobbins of a ‘mostly’ matching thread color. Most people use white or black. Since most of our kits have white center blocks you’ll want to use white thread.  Coats & Clark is a basic beginner brand that is affordable and an all around easy every day thread.

If you are new to your machine or haven’t used it in awhile I highly suggest running a few test stitches through your machine before getting started.  This will help you feel more comfortable when you start on your real blocks and will allow you to adjust any tension issues you may run into.  Since everyone probably has a different machine I will direct you to you individual machine manual should you have mechanical issues.

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Big, like the state of Texas, BIG announcements (aka. Broken Dishes, A PreCut Tutorial)

HI Everyone!

I’m am so excited that I get to share this news with you! Well I have two things…not that it is an excuse, but it is kind of why I have been MIA…WAIT! 3 things, oh my gosh so busy! First off let me tell you that I was selected way back in April to be a cutting corners instructor for Riley Blake Designs.  Well today my post was published!

You can check it out here: Broken Dishes, A PreCut Tutorial

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Quick Batik Jelly Roll Quilt – Modified Plus

Hi Everyone!

 It has been forever, right? I know, I’m sorry.  See, no one told me when I decided to start this blog a little over a year ago that I would be cheating on it with summer.  There was just too much going on and if there is sunshine, well, I need to be outside!

In addition to running, biking and paddle boarding I was commissioned to create two batik style quilts and so the Falling Charms quilt had to take a back seat for paying gigs.  My apologies, but guess what? I have the first of the two batik quilts ready to show you as a kind of peace-offering for neglecting you all so much this summer?

While I know that we need to finish up the Falling Charms quilt (trust me…it is coming very soon) I wanted to show you the two quilts that I did as contracts over the summer.  One was for my Uncle Steve and one was a service swap for an exterminator. Have I mentioned that my house was built in the early 70s and has some ‘quirks’?  Well anyway both of the clients liked batiks so I figured I would show you them in a couple of posts.  First up the quilt for my Uncle.

I am going to call this the Batik Plus quilt, get it? 😉 You are going to be amazed at how easy this quilt is! Here’s the finished product; ready to get started? Let’s Go!

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Disappearing 4-Patch!

First off, I must say a Happy Happy Birthday to my younger and only brother and only sibling for that matter.  We are 19 months apart almost to the day (technically 19 months and 5 days apart).  Today then begins the 6 months out of the year when his age is exactly 1 year below mine.  Happy 31st DJ, you are the best brother a girl could have!

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Alrighty down to business who is ready for our next project? I know I am!  I’ve listed the materials below; let’s do this!

Disappearing 4-patch featuring Dori by Mitzi Powers for Benartex

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Materials:

  • 2 Printed Charm Packs
  • 2 Solid Charm Packs
    • Keep in mind white or black will have the most impact.
  • Border Fabric (optional)
  • Backing Fabric
  • Binding Fabric
    • I prefer backing and binding fabric that matches

Steps:

1) Layout all of your blocks.

Whether you choose to use the Dori charm pack or a different print you should have two printed charm packs and two solid charm packs.  Taking the printed charm pack lay out all of your squares keeping in mind that they will be a 4-patch later.  Notice that I didn’t lay out any of the the white charm pack.  That is a step that isn’t necessary since every other square will be solid.

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I decided that I didn’t want to go super random on this quilt.  I like the idea of having similar prints together, but not matching.  It will give it dimension without turning into a hot mess.  We’ve all seen them right? The girls that had a great style going, but added that one accessory that took it from cool to ‘oh honey!’.  That is what I am trying to avoid here.  There is such a thing as too random.  Anyway, I digress. Note, these are just for initial block lay out; no need to decide where the final blocks need to go yet.

Yes, you caught me…I did a couple of the blocks ahead of schedule, but hey I really wanted to see what they looked like!

Take your photo! Time to get sewing…

2) Chain stitching 2×2.

I found it easiest to lay out both charm packs and just chain stitch them together. Honestly you can skip step 1 if you don’t want to match them up yet as you can do it after these are completed as well.  I just love seeing all of the fabrics laid out before I begin.  As always we are using a 1/4” seam (per your individual machine’s specifications).  This step goes pretty quickly even though you have ~80 pairs to get together.

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3) Step 3 – Setting & Pressing.

Time to set your seams and press.  Make sure you are always pressing away from the solid fabric.  This will allow us to ‘nest’ the seams and will almost always ensure a perfectly matched block. Nifty right? I fell in love with this tip when I learned it too!

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4) Step 4 – Matching Seams & Completing the Basic 4-Patch

Once you have all of your seams pressed you will want to consult your photo or lay out all of your blocks on your work surface wall, carpet, spare bed…you know the drill.  (here’s just a few…)

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Then, gather them all up in corresponding tops and bottoms. I made one pile of tops and one pile of bottoms like the photo below.  You should be able to pull one top and one bottom from each pile, match them and stitch.

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You guessed it, we are going to chain stitch these as well. The beauty of pressing to the dark side above means that in this particular 4-patch we are able to ‘nest’ out seams. What this allows you to do is match your 4-patch centers with little to no effort.  All you need to do is nest the seams  by rubbing them together and they will settle into their natural place which also happens to be where the seams line up perfectly.  Just remember to stitch the correct side.  You will read in the outtake below that it is easy to stitch the wrong side and then things get a little off kilter if you know what I mean.

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Alright, we are down to sewing 40 blocks.  Let’s meet back here next week (sorry for the couple week hiatus, back on track now) to cut and assemble the final blocks. Exciting! Check out the center matching using ‘nesting’, ah perfection! One thing to note when pressing.  Usually you would split the center seam and press both to their consecutive dark side, but since we will be cutting this block up and moving pieces around just choose the darker of the two printed squares and press to that side. (it will make more sense next week)

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Oh! Before I forget;  I have been working on something really great that I think will take this blog to the next level (also another reason why you haven’t seen a post in a week or so). Stay tuned! I can’t wait to reveal it…hopefully next week & hopefully you like it!


Outtake:

I thought I would show you that, yes, I have to rip out too. I started pressing some of my blocks and realized something was off. You see I was trying to line up straight edges and lost the block integrity.  I think those vines are supposed to run up and down?! I had to not only take out 1, but 10 different blocks, but it didn’t take too long. Winking smile

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Have a great week!


Step 2 F/ Not My Grandma’s Quilts – Originally Posted on March 30th, 2014 (Condensing for the Studio and to make it easier for you all to find and follow):

Happy Day Fellow Quilters!

It is gorgeous here in Denver and I can’t wait to show you what I have been working on.  Without further ado I would like to introduce you to ‘Seam to Seam’!  What is ‘Seam to Seam’? They are short (~2 minute) videos showing each step along the way.  This way you can watch the next step, complete it and move on to the next set of instructions without having to rewind and find your place in a tutorial to see something over again.

Photos and written instructions will still be there to help so if you don’t want to watch the videos you don’t have to.  Feel free to let me know what you think.

Let’s get started, today we are creating the final block.  This is the first of two big TA-DA moments for this quilt; I’m excited to show you!

Steps:

1) Cutting the four patch

Time to get cutting. First things first you will want to get your cutting mat and a ruler that is larger than the block and can measure in 1” increments. Oh, you need your rotary cutter too! Next, line up your square so it is aligned on the cutting mat.

Helpful Hint: A rotating cutting mat will make this process 100% easier.  If you don’t have one you can walk around your table or move your big mat very (and I mean very) gingerly.  DO NOT MOVE THE BLOCK.

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Now align your ruler at the 1” mark along the center of your block.  Use your rotary cutter and cut all the way through the block.

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Carefully pick up your ruler, rotate the mat and line it up again.

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Same process as before. Align 1”, cut and rotate.  You will want to do this all the way around the block; 4 cuts total.

2) Arranging the four patch

Now it is time to rotate the cut pieces of the block.  It should go solid, printed, solid printed all the way around.  Just flip the center pieces around.  The easiest way to look at it is the before & after below.

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3) Sewing the block back together – Rows

We are going to work in rows when assembling this block.  It is very important to have you seam allowances accurate because we will be matching ~ 8 seams per block.  Yes, this block is a little more labor intensive than some of these others we’ve tackled, but we have already saved ourselves a ton of work just by cutting the four patch.  Wow, can you imagine cutting and sewing all of the little squares; talk about exponential room for error!   (…sorry for the ‘perfectly’ overuse…that word is officially off limits Smile)

Here is how to put the first row together. This may seem a little unorthodox, but we want to press to one side for this top row. I know, I know some may not be to the dark side, but trust me it will be worth it in the end. Lets press them all towards the large patterned block like shown in the photo below. Sew the next row the same way, EXCEPT you will press the opposite way.  In this example below you will press towards the teal strip.  Okay final row same as the first, but press towards the large white block this time.

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4) Sewing the block together – Final Assembly

Let’s match up some seams shall we? I think you know where this is going. Attach the top row to the middle and the middle to the bottom.  Do you see why we pressed our seams the way we did? Yep, this way we can nest and life will be so much easier.  Feel free to pin if you’d like or try it with just the nesting if you feel like you are becoming one with your machine.

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5) Finished Block

Voila! Here is your finished block.  Let’s meet back next week and we can work on layout of this fantastic quilt.  In the mean time I have a ton of blocks to cut and assemble…and you do too! Smile

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Step 3:F/ Not My Grandma’s Quilts – Originally Posted on May 5th, 2014 (Condensing for the Studio and to make it easier for you all to find and follow):

Hey Everyone!

We have finally reached front assembly day! Now that all of the front blocks are done it is time to choose a layout.  The disappearing 4-patch gives us a lot of different options.  Here are my two finalists:

Option 1: Option 1

Option 2:Option 2

Can you see how just re-arranging the blocks can give the entire quilt?  I like both of them, but some of the fabric works better vertical rather than horizontal.  I have also been practicing my free-motion quilting and really want to try something small on this quilt.  I’m thinking I may place flowers in the white squares.  We’ll see I don’t know; so nervous to dive in to that new technique!  With that said, choosing the second option seemed like the better one to go with; there will be less white space to fill up throughout the quilt.

Okay, you know what’s next; work in rows and stitch all of the blocks together matching seams.  For this application I am definitely pinning. While I am waiting for the border, backing and binding fabric to be back in stock I thought that it would be best to move on to our next project. I mean the real fun is seeing how the fronts are put together anyway, right? Right!

If you have the front together and want to add borders I encourage you to check out my Jelly Roll Race Baby Quilt tutorial (Part 2).  If you are ready for batting, pinning, quilting and binding please check out my Paradigm Shift tutorials (steps 6, 7 & 8).  In fact, I may just copy them and move them to a special section on the basics.

Update 10/10/15 – Here’s the final quilt in all its glory!

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Are you ready to see what is up next?

Here you go!

I’ve decided to switch the schedule up a bit.  If you have been following the tutorial schedule and were looking forward to the five and dime quilt next please let me know and I will see what I can do.  But when I looked at that pattern I realized that it will be similar to the disappearing 4-patch and wanted to work on something completely different. Can you guess which project is moving to the top?

Anyone up for a little Op Art Reflections? Yes! We are going to complete a falling charms quilt.  Here’s what you’ll need for next week!

  • What’s Needed?
    • 1 Black or Solid Roll Up (Jelly Roll)
      • 2 1/2″ wide strips
    • 4 Charm Packs
    • Border Fabric (optional)
    • Backing Fabric
    • Binding Fabric
    • Opart

I can’t wait to get started! Don’t worry, I will finish up the disappearing 4-patch soon enough.  I made a rule when starting this that each quilt needs to be finished before starting the next one. I’m bending the rules a bit, but Dori will be completed before Op Art….trust me! Winking smile

Until next week, go out and bask in the sunshine! (seriously, it’s gorgeous here in Denver…probably why my posts have been a bit scattered…please accept my apologies.)

Oh and shh, but I have a really fun ‘on the side’ tutorial coming up. Check back on Wednesday for that post! (Hint get 2 mini-charm packs and a fat quarter ready!)

Later!

Crystal