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Posted on October 22, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Sewing the Final Squares

Charm Pack Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one

Hey Everyone!

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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Posted on October 7, 2016

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

Bed Sized Quilts/ Charm Pack Quilts/ Layer Cake Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one

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. Read more..

Posted on September 11, 2016

Modified ‘Doe a Deer’

Baby Quilts/ Fat Quarter Quilts/ Uncategorized

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.

Woodland Springs Quilting Fabric

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Posted on April 9, 2016

Charmed Triangles

Baby Quilts/ Charm Pack Quilts

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!


Materials Needed:Charmed Triangles - CleverQuiltStudio.com - 4

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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Charmed Triangle - Cover - CleverQuiltStudio.com

I can’t wait to show you what’s next!

Until then, Happy Quilting

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Posted on February 14, 2016

Diamond Jelly Roll Quilt

Baby Quilts/ Jelly Roll Quilts

Happy day my friends! As many of you know I like to make baby quilts for all of my friends to welcome their new little one. This quilt is for my dear friend Jenny’s third baby, Christian. Since this is the 3rd quilt I’ve made for her family I thought I’d mix it up a bit. I wanted to go a little non-traditional so I picked boy colors and simple shapes, but not juvenile in nature.  This one goes up fast and the best part is you can actually get two quilts out of one jelly roll.  That also means that you can use one Rolie Polie for this size of a quilt. What do ya say; let’s get started!

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Posted on November 29, 2015

Houndstooth- PreCut Style

Charm Pack Quilts/ From: Not My Grandma's Quilts

Hello Everyone!

I’m so happy to be working with Riley Blake again and I’ve got a fun and simple precut pattern for you today.  It’s a houndstooth quilt made easy! We’re going to bypass cutting 3″ or 4″ strips with angles, etc.  and instead opt for Jelly Rolls (Rolie Polies) and Charm Packs (Stackers) depending on the size you want your finished quilt to be.

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Posted on May 9, 2015

Disappearing 9-Patch – It’s a hoot!

Baby Quilts/ Charm Pack Quilts/ From: Not My Grandma's Quilts

I hope y’all (yes I’m embracing the y’all here in TX) are having a great weekend with your friends and family.  Speaking of friends & family, today’s quilt was for a new little addition to one of my oldest and dearest friend’s family.  Hopefully little Emma likes this disappearing 9-patch as much as I do!  I know y’all will love it as this could not be any easier to whip up on a Sunday. Let’s get started! Read more..

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