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.
Join us for our newest Quilting from ‘Square’ One Series –
Half Square Triangles!
Follow along on our YouTube channel as we teach you five different techniques for making half square triangles. Your kit comes with all of the precut pieces you need to learn each technique as well as the Creative Grids multi-size triangle 45/900 ruler.
Kit Includes –
- Everything to make the front of the quilt –
- Transformation Fabric by Sarah Vedeler for Contempo in 6 shades
- Solid Kona White Fabric
- All fabric is precut for each specific technique
Finished Quilt Size – ~48″x55″
What techniques will be taught?
1) Half Square Triangles from 5″ Squares or Charm Packs
2) Magic 8 Method from 10″ Squares or Layer Cakes
3) Cross-four Method from 7″ Squares
4) Strip Method from 3 1/2″ Strips
5) Traditional Ruler Method from Creative Grids 45/90 Ruler
I see six different colors but only five methods, how do we get the sixth?
We give you enough fabric for you to pick your favorite method from the five we show you so you can practice and perfect the technique.
How much is shipping?
Shipping is always free at both our main website and our Etsy store.
Is there a cost for the tutorials?
Not at all, our YouTube channel is 100% free. While we would love for you to buy the kit we know that you may have other fabrics in mind and that’s totally fine. In fact, if you see something else in our store you’d like we’ll gladly ship you the yardage at the kit price; it just won’t be cut to the tutorial specifications. (You need 2 yards of a solid and 2 yards of a print to make the pinwheels or just 4 yards total to make the front of the quilt)
That’s great that you have tutorials, but what if I get stuck along the way?
We’re always here to help. If you get stuck just reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll gladly assist in any way we can.
What if I mess up?
You will end up having some spare precuts as a backup. Also, As with all of our tutorials and block of the month clubs if you mess up please contact us and we’ll do our best to help get you back on track. If we have the fabric in stock we’ll gladly send you more fabric in what we call an ‘oopsie kit’ with free shipping.
I see the kit doesn’t include binding or backing; can I order that as well?
Of course, just select the variation under the kit and add it to your cart as well. Be sure to double check your color. Stock is limited so we encourage you to purchase your backing and binding at the same time. Once we’re sold out; we’re sold out.
How much backing and binding fabric do I need if I’m not using the kit?
Backing – 3 1/2 Yards
Binding – 1/2 Yard
I don’t want to go through all of the methods but I love the quilt. Can I order a kit just using, say, the 5″ square method?
Absolutely! Simply select the ‘5″ Square Only Kit’ and we’ll create a kit for you with all of the colors, but just in 5″ Squares. Same goes for 10″ squares, 7″ squares, 3.5″ strips & 3.5″ strips.
Where can I find the videos? The videos are available on our YouTube site. Click here to watch them or to check out our other tutorials. We have uploaded a sample below so you can see how they look.
Brr it’s cold outside! Fall/Winter has finally hit North Texas and I could not be happier. I don’t have to turn on my air conditioner today and can even wear long sleeves. It’s also my college’s rival football game today (GO BOBCATS!) so I am desperately searching for an online source to get a local Montana channel…wish me luck.
Who is ready to bind this quilt? I know I am! Let’s get started…
Hey Y’all! Well, the rain has begun here in north Texas so that can only mean one thing; fall is here! We can finally catch up to the rest of the country and pull out our sweaters, and boots…even if they are rain boots. I am so excited for apple cider, pot pies and all things fall. I would also like to thank you all for being patient with me this week. I know I’m a bit tardy on this post, no excuses, just bit a little more off than I can chew. But the good news is I’m getting caught up which means we get to QUILT today! Yay!
I contemplated a write up on this one, but honestly, I think it’s easier and more self explanatory to watch the video. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate in reaching out.
Here are links to the items we used today –
Next week we’ll be going over binding and some tips and tricks with that….and once that’s done you can cuddle under your very own hand made quilt. Just in time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
p.s. I’m going to add a special bonus post next week…(think quilt label)
Until next time; Happy Quilting!
Happy Day Everyone!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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 –