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Posted on March 22, 2014

Disappearing 4-Patch!

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

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

 

 

Posted on March 1, 2014

Jelly Roll Race

Baby Quilts/ From: Not My Grandma's Quilts/ Jelly Roll Quilts

Hello Fellow Quilters!

Now that the My Sunshine quilt is completed are you ready to move on to our next project? Pay attention this one goes fast!

There is a fun trend out there called Jelly Roll Racing. What is it? Well, it is a way to create a quilt front in less than an hour.  The basic idea is that you will open a jelly roll and then just sew all the strips together.  This is what Roxy’s first quilt will be, but more on that in a bit.

While this quilt is fairly simple it can get confusing if you skip a step.  Have your jelly roll handy? Let’s get started!

What are we using? Life in the Jungle by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake!

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Step 1:  Sew the Jelly Roll Together –

Simply sew one strip to the next. Don’t worry about the order of the strips it will make sense as we go. Just take the top one and work your way to the bottom.   The method for stitching these together is exactly the same way we connect binding strips.  Place the right sides together and stitch at a 45 degree angle. Make sure the small ends are facing to the right as we will be trimming these next.  Alright time to stitch!

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Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

The idea is to chain stitch the bottom of one strip to the top of the next one.

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Yes, you will have a lot of strips! Please excuse all the fuzzies.  I would recommend a lint roller as well. I know we made good use out of it.

Step 2: Trim and Press –

Now that all of your strips are sewn together we need to trim them apart and cut the very large ‘dog ears’. Once you do this you should have one long ‘binding’ strip of fabric.

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I know Baxter enjoyed the ‘dog ear’ confetti party.

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Here is how the strip should look once they are pressed.

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Step 4: Race Away, Connecting the Strip Together –

Pick one end and trim 18” or so.  If you don’t do this all the angled seams will start to line up and it will not give you the variegated look desired.  With right sides together you are going to sew the two ends of the strips together. Careful not to get any twists.  Once you reach the end, (don’t panic, this is going to take a while) you will need to trim the loop part to create two flat ends.  (See Roxy’s photos below for an example. Now, don’t get all up in arms the photo was purely for show. We laid it out and used a rotary cutter to make sure the edges were straight. Smile)

Then, guess what? Yes, put the right sides together from the trimmed end and the other end you started and start sewing again!  Note: YOU ARE MATCHING SHORT END TO SHORT END AND STITCHING LENGTHWISE. Don’t make a long tube, one side should always be open.

With each round you will repeat the trim and the ends together until you have your desired width of quilt.  Each time gets half as long so the strips get shorter and shorter.  Here is a rough video to show you:

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You may want to wind a few bobbins ahead of time and watch every so often to make sure that you haven’t ran out of thread.  It will happen my friends, just you wait.

After you have hit the desired width (the one below is ~48×60)you want you can proceed to spraying, pinning, quilting and binding or you can add a border, etc.  It is completely up to you.  But, let’s just take a moment shall we?! I mean how easy is this?! You don’t even have to decide how to arrange the fabric.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Now, I am making mine into a baby quilt for my dear friend Audra who got to say hello to her super healthy baby 3 weeks early!  As you can see time is of the essence, but this quilt is too big for an everyday baby quilt.

After much deliberation with Roxy we decided that I could make three out of this one quilt, but how?!  That, my friends, is next week’s post, but until then I will leave you with Roxy’s first ever quilting experience in slide show form!  Seriously, how awesome is she! High-five first timer!

We almost did this entire quilt in a day too! (with only 1 or 2 sweat shop references…Winking smile)

Until next week my friends! Have fun quilting!

-Crystal


Step 2: Originally Posted on 3/10/2014:

When we last spoke I had just finished the Jelly Roll Race Quilt front. I mentioned that I was making this quilt for my friend Audra’s new baby boy, Reece. Well the quilt front we finished was quite large. My intention was not for a twin sized quilt, but rather for a play date throw-down in the grass rough and tumble quilt.

With that said I decided to break up the Jelly Roll Race quilt into three sections. Deciding on the first two was easy, but how to make the third took a little deliberation. That’s when after much discussion with Roxy I decided to continue the race one more time through the machine.  Let me just tell you, that was one long quilt front!

At this point all I needed to do was to decide where to ‘rip’ out the seams to create three quilt fronts. This came down to some pretty easy math; add up the strips and divide by three!

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Now that I have the three fronts it became apparent that I would need sashing and a border to set off the ‘race’ as well as make it the final desired size. I knew that it would need something going in since the width was only 2ft and I needed more than that for a baby quilt. Before adding the sashing and borders it was necessary to ‘square’ up the quilt fronts to make them true and even.

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I chose a white on white and a white on green polka dot fabric. Using the same concepts as the My Sunshine Quilt I cut the white on white into 2 ½” strips and the green into 4 ½” strips. In the end they will be 2” and 4” after the 2- ¼” seam allowances. In the same manner as the My Sunshine Quilt you will stitch the sides and trim the strips down and then stitch the top and trim the strips down. Remember to trim your edges and salvages so you are working with straight edges.

In the photo below you can see where I stitch off the edge of the bottom of the quilt. After you complete the stitching you will want to trim the edges down. This takes the guess work out of measuring your sashing and give you a perfect finish every time!

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Here is the quilt front with the completed sashing. Starting to take shape!

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Ta da! The final quilt front with the green dot border! Don’t you think it frames the ‘race’ nicely?

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In this process I discovered Sulky thread for quilting. Man do I love it! You have to be careful with threading and tension, but it makes quilting go so much more smoothly than before. I chose to quilt the borders and then every third Jelly Strip row.

On a side note, it took a bit for me to get the tension correct on the Sulky thread. Translation…I had to rip out quite a bit.  Well, look who was more than eager to help.  Needless to say he is yet again in the hinder category.

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Time to bind and these quilts are done! Look for them on my Etsy shop soon!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

 

Next Up…disappearing 4-patch with Dori! Here’s a sneak peak!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Happy Quilting! Let’s chat again soon!

 

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