Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Backing, Basting, Pinning

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Today we’re going to go over how to make your backing, spray the batting to the front and back as well as pin for quilting.  I’m going to be honest here…this is my LEAST favorite part of the quilt making process.  I think it’s because now we’re dealing with yards of fabric and not small blocks.  It can become a circus to try to tackle it all.  Likewise, I have a dog and a cat who have sixth sense about quilts and always need to get in the middle of the process.  I’ll add a cute ‘outtake’ below so you can see what I’m talking about.  Okay enough babbling…as I said least favorite, but with these techniques it should be fairly painless.  What do ya say? Let’s get started!

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Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Sewing the Final Squares

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I’m so sorry I am late with this post. The truth is, even I get overwhelmed at times.  This overwhelmed feeling got me thinking that maybe some of you are trying to keep up with the speed of this sew along and, quite frankly, it’s too fast.  Because of this revelation I’ve decided to slow it down a bit.  Now, if you are on a deadline and needing to get this project finished next week please send me a note and we’ll work something out on the side.  For everyone else, use this week to catch up!

Here’s the only video for this post. It shows you how to put the final squares together.

If you get ambitious you can put the entire front together as well. Just follow how we read when assembling; left to right, top to bottom.

Happy Quilting!

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

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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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Quilting from ‘Square’ one – Kit Description


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This sew-a-long is going to be informative and fun!

This kit includes enough fabric for the front of your quilt.  Backing and binding fabric will need to be purchased separately.

Included in your kit –

  • 100 – 5” ‘Outer Squares’
  • 100 – 5” ‘Inner Squares’
  • 25 – 5” ‘Center Squares’

Information about the sew-a-long –

  • All tutorials will be posted on Friday evenings so you can have the entire weekend to sew if you so desire.
  • I am ALWAYS available for help should you need it. Feel free to reach out via email, phone, Instagram, Facebook or carrier pigeon.  If you get stuck, we can FaceTime or Skype and I will do my bet to get you ‘unstuck’. The last thing I want is for you to feel frustrated. This is a FUN process; let’s enjoy it!
  • http://cleverquiltstudio.com/quilt-tutorials/quilting-from-square-one/ is your landing page and where you will find all things Quilting from ‘Square’ one.
  • There are some notions that are required to complete this project and are not included in the kit. There are also some helpful notions that I’ve listed as optional. If you find you like quilting, you will most likely want to purchase these in the future.  All of the notions are listed below.
  • This letter is also posted on the blog so you can reference it at any time and all of the notions will have affiliate links so you can one stop shop on Amazon.com if you would like. (Yes, my blog contains affiliate links, but only to items I find useful and do not carry in the shop.)

Required Notions –

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Modified ‘Doe a Deer’

Happy first Sunday of the 2016 NFL Season!  While many of us enjoy watching football with our friends, hubs, etc. sometimes it is nice to retreat to the studio on Sunday for some ‘me’ time.  Today I am working on finishing up my next blog post, but in the meantime here is one I’ve been meaning to share with y’all for some time.

A colleague’s wife commissioned a baby quilt for one of her best friends.  The timing wasn’t great as I was still in the middle of that nasty hail storm remodel and my studio was in complete shambles.  So, naturally I said “Yes of course I’ll make you a quilt.”  (It’s what we all do, right?)

The nursery colors are teal and coral which is a pretty tough combination I discovered, but luckily Woodland Springs by Designs by Dani for Riley Blake came through and worked perfectly.

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Quick and Easy DIY Ironing Station for Under $120

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I know that I am completely overdue in posting, but I assure you that I have a couple great tutorials in the works and a long list of super fun quilts to come. Today I just wanted to pop in and show a quick weekend project that you can do in about 2 hours.

Space in my studio is limited and as you know a regular ironing board tends to take up a lot of space.  I have seen a few ironing station ideas on Pinterest so I thought I’d put my own together.  IKEA here I come! I wanted a cart with some overhang for a ‘ironing board cover’. It also needed to be counter height or slightly higher since I’m standing 90% of the time I’m ironing.  It also had to have storage space since that was the point of the entire thing and, of course, look good.

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Introducing our FIRST ever BLOCK OF THE MONTH!

Please join us for our first ever Block of the Month! 

Follow along each month with The Clever Quilt Studio as we create

‘Manor House’ by Pam and Nicky Lintott.

We will be using Carina Gardner’s newest fabric line

Posy Garden for Riley Blake Designs!

Finished Quilt Size: 53”x70” (134.62cm x 177.8cm)

Block Size: 12” (30.48cm)

Blocks per Quilt: 12 sampler blocks plus 6 connector blocks

Begins July 15th 2016, sign up ends July 1st 2016 at midnight CDT

Cost: $20.00/Month plus shipping and applicable tax

  • Auto charged on the 10th of every month for 5 months after your initial payment of $20.
  • Your initial payment includes the month one kit to be shipped on July 15th. All subsequent block packets will be shipped on the 15th of each month. Since the Posy Garden fabric line won’t be released until July, the initial kit will not be shipped until July 15th and then every subsequent month thereafter.

Each Month you receive:

  • Fabric and instructions to make 2 of the 12 sampler blocks and one connector block.

The first month you will receive:

  • Fabric for the first two blocks
  • Fabric for two connector blocks
  • The Creative Grids Multi-Size 450 / 900 ruler
  • ‘Manor House’ instruction booklet

Aren’t you excited to get started on these blocks right away?

Your month three kit will include the binding fabric along with a free BONUS pattern.

If you would like us to include backing fabric please select the option and add to cart as well. This will ship this with your 1st kit. ($40 for 4 1/8 yards of backing fabric)

START DATE: This Block of the Month Club starts on July 15, 2016 and runs for 6 months

SHIPPING: The standard shipping rate of $5 will be applied at mailing. If you are an international customer the standard international rates apply.

NOTE: By signing up for this Block of the Month Club you agree for your credit card to be charged on the 1st of each month. This includes the cost of the program plus shipping.

Cancellations will only be accepted in special circumstances and a cancellation fee equal to one month’s charge will be debited to your credit card. As always we will work with you if something should arise. Please contact us at the shop.

Follow along on our sister site, The Clever Quilt Shoppe! Create with us; we’d love to see tagged posts of your progress. Use #CleverManorHouse on Instagram and Facebook. We’ll even share some of your great work on our blog as time goes on.

Click here to purchase  Please give us a call or email with any questions you may have.

We can’t wait to get started with Y’all!

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Charmed Triangles

Today is a dreaded, yet, necessary evil here in north Texas. It is the day I have to replace my air conditioning system. Sad day for the unit that came with the house, but this girl is super excited for a more efficient system and lowered utility bills! Oh, and not dying this summer!  So Cooper, Baxter and I are ‘chillin’ (pun intended) in my office writing this post for you.  I’m also excited to show y’all this quilt.  I made it for my friends the Hitchings’ baby girl, Caroline. She is beyond adorable and this one was so easy but turned out like a million bucks (in my opinion).

Oh! Before I forget, I’m so excited to introduce ‘printable patterns’.  These are simplified instructions that you can take to your fabric store so you won’t forget any dimensions, etc. You can even scan the QR code at the bottom of the page and it will take you right to the blog with photos, etc.  I will try to back fill as many posts as possible, but know that they will be there for any new ones going forward. You can find today’s here: Charmed Triangles – Free Printable

What do ya say; let’s get started!


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Finished Size: ~45″x45″

 

 


I decided to use a left over layer cake and some charms from a blue, lavender, pink and gray charm pack (Jubilee by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda). As you can probably gather I was making this quilt for a baby girl so I left the blue squares out to be used for another project at a later date and I already used the lavender squares for Charli’s Layer Cake Quilt. I also used white on white yardage and cut it down to the needed 5″ squares and some fun gray on gray fabric for backing.  Since I was using a remnant layer cake I also cut those down to 5″x5″ squares.  Here are all of the squares once cut:

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If that picture doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will (but clean cut fabric is one of my favorite things, so who knows?)


 

Step 1:  The first thing we need to do to will be to create iron seam lines.  Fold wrong sides together on the colored charm pack and press the diagonal.  Likewise, fold right sides together on your white charms and press the fold as well.

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Step 2: Match a colored charm to a white charm. Stitch ¼” on each side of your pressed seam diagonally.  See the illustration; stitch along the dotted lines.

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Step 3: Cut along the press seam using your rotary cutter and ruler.  Make sure to line up tip to tip or corner to corner.
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Step 4: Set seams and press open and trim your dog ears. Voila! That’s the block.
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Step 5: Layout the squares into the diamond pattern pictured below. Make sure you don’t have too many of the same color ways right next to each other.
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Step 6:  Sew the blocks together row by row horizontally. Your front is ready for batting, backing, pinning and quilting! (Didn’t I tell you this one would go fast?! Youza!)
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I can’t wait to show you what’s next!

Until then, Happy Quilting

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