Saturday, April 18, 2015

Shimmer Braid QAL #4








Hello, I'm Deana from Dreamworthy Quilts and welcome to the FOURTH  tutorial for the Fort Worth Fabric Studio Shimmer Braid QAL.  The first, second, and third tutorials can be found at the links below:





It is FREE so come sew along!  This is the fourth of five months, and the remaining tutorial will post on the second Tuesday of May.

Here is what we are making.  It is 70" x 70" with adaptations for a queen sized quilt.



Here is how the Queen size will look.  It is 86" x 96".  The final white border can be larger if desired.


As a reminder, Fort Worth Fabric Studio has a great linky party on Fridays where we would love to see your progress on this or any project you are working on.
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Tutorial for Month 4

Download PDF Pattern HERE

Paper Piecing Pattern HERE
Center Block Pattern HERE
Triangle Template Pattern HERE




This month we will be making 4 star blocks that finish at 
10" square


 and 1 center block that finishes at 8" square.


CUTTING
White Fabric

Cut (1) 8" x 42" strip
Cut (1) 3 3/4" x 42" strip
Cut this Number
This size
Label it
From the 8” strip cut and label the following:
11
3 ¾” x 8”
Background for star blocks
From the 3 ¾” strip cut and label the following:
5
3 ¾” x 8”
Background for star blocks
Cut all sixteen rectangles through the diagonal.  Cut 8 one direction and the other 8 the opposite direction to yield a total of 32 triangles.




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If you purchased the "Mineral" shimmer fat quarter bundle, you can use two different dark greys instead of the black fabric purchased separately.  (See month 1 instructions page 4).  Cut the following according to your choice.

Two dark greys from the "Mineral" fat quarter bundle

Cut the following FROM EACH of the two dark grey fat quarters.

Cut (4) 2" x approximately 20" strips
Cut (4) 1 1/2" x approximately 20" strips
Cut (1) 3 1/2" x approximately 20" strip

Cut this Number
This size
Label it
From the 2” strips cut the following:
2
11 ½” x 2”
Sashing
2
10 ½” x 2”
Sashing
From the 1 ½” strips cut the following:
2
10 ½” x 1 ½”
Sashing
2
12” x 1 ½”
sashing
From the 3 ½” strip cut and label the following:
2
3 ½” x 6 ¾”
Center block
Cut the two rectangles through the diagonal.  Cut 2 one direction and the other 2 the opposite direction to yield a total of 4 triangles.




OR



Black Fabric

Cut (1) 3 1/2" x 42" strip
Cut (3) 2" x 42" strips
Cut (3) 1 1/2" x 42" strips
Cut this Number
This size
Label it
From the 2” strips cut the following:
4
11 ½” x 2”
Sashing
4
10 ½” x 2”
Sashing
From the 1 ½” strips cut the following:
4
10 ½” x 1 ½”
Sashing
4
12” x 1 ½”
sashing
From the 3 ½” strip cut and label the following:
4
3 ½” x 6 ¾”
Center block
Cut the four rectangles through the diagonal.  Cut 2 one direction and the other 2 the opposite direction to yield a total of 4 triangles.





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Various Fabric Strips

1.  Cut approximately 7-9 strips anywhere from 1” to 2” wide.  These strips are cut from fat quarters and need to be approximately 20” long.  A variety of widths is best.  I like to add a couple of white strips for a more modern look.



2.  Sew the strips together in any order and press the seams all in the same direction.




3.  Trim the strip unit to exactly 6 ¼” tall by trimming off one end or the other.

4.  Place the triangle template on the strip unit and cut (8) triangle pieces from it.  Flip the template upside down every other cut.  You will get 4 identical triangles for one block and another 4 identical triangles for a different block.




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Star Center Fabric - any color you choose




Each star block will need (2) 4” squares cut through the diagonal to yield (4) triangles.


Use these triangles for paper piecing the very center of the stars (piece #2).



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Center Block Fabric




Cut (2) 5” squares of one color and (2) 5” squares of another color.  Use them to paper piece the center block.  
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Paper Piecing the Blocks - Make 4 star blocks and 1 center block.


The 4 star blocks are paper pieced.  The pattern is attached.  It is important to align piece #1 the same on all four identical units the best that you can.  Here are some tips:

1.  Score the paper before you begin.  I use the back side of a dull seam ripper and a ruler.  Simply place the ruler right on the sew line of the paper pieced pattern.  Run the back side of the seam ripper along the line next to the ruler while pressing down slightly.  This creates a crease in the paper for folding the paper.  It also makes the paper much easier to take out when you are done.





2. Fold the paper down on the bottom line between piece #1 & piece #2. 

3.  Place the wrong side of fabric touching the back side of the paper.  Center it the best you can and allow approximately ¼” to show at the bottom.  (The scissors are holding the fold down.)


4.  Pin in place.  Sometimes I use a glue stick instead and iron it to dry the glue and make it stay.

5.  Place fabric triangle #2 right sides together along the edge of piece #1 that is hanging over ¼”.  Center it the best you can.



6.  Unfold the paper and stitch right on the line between piece #1 & piece #2.  I like to keep my stitch length closer than normal.  It helps the paper come out if it is perforated closer.



7. Backstitch – sew from point to point not into the seam allowance and backstitch on both ends.






8.  Press.



9.  Fold the paper down where piece #3 is.


10.  Trim the fabric hangover to ¼”.  




11.  Place a background fabric triangle in position for sewing (right sides together).  While the paper is folded down you can see the form of the triangle and exactly where it goes.





12.  Pin.



13.  Unfold the paper and stitch, backstitching at both ends.  Do not sew into the seam allowance.

14.  Press.



15.  Fold the paper down where piece #4 is.

16.  Trim the fabric hangover to ¼”. 




17.  Place a background fabric triangle in position for sewing (right sides together).  While the paper is folded down you can see the form of the triangle and exactly where it goes.


18.  Pin.






19.  Unfold the paper and stitch.  SEW INTO THE SEAM ALLOWANCE on this last seam.

20.  Press.




21.  Trim the block to size on the outside lines.





22.  Join four identical blocks together to form a star block.  Make four of them.




23.  Follow the same paper piecing steps to make the center block.  If you are using two different greys, place same greys in opposite corners.

Sashing the Star Blocks

If you are using two different grey fat quarters from the “Mineral” bundle, frame two whole blocks with the same grey and the other two blocks with the other grey.  Place identical greys  kitty corner from each other in the quilt. 

1.  Sew a 1 ½” x 10 ½” sashing strip to one side of each block.

2.  Sew a 2” x 10 ½” sashing strip to the opposite side of each block.



That's it for Month 4.  The final quilt assembly instructions will be in next month's tutorial.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Fabric Frenzy Friday #59

Happy Friday! Wow, it has been a busy week on the blog! Mini Quilt Mania is still going on strong, Amanda and Trina stopped by and shared their quilts this week! 

I also shared April's first Mystery Project -- A Quilted Zipper Pouch! 



I hope you all have a fun weekend full of sewing! :) :)  Now let's get to this week's bundle:

Click HERE to purchase!

MAP IT OUT is today's 9 piece Bundle Batch!   We are showcasing some of our new Northcott ColorWorks Solids along with the low volume map prints from Moda!

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. ColorWorks Solid Lagoon  - Northcott
  2. ColorWorks Solid Tangerine  - Northcott
  3. Passport London Map - Moda
  4. ColorWorks Solid Lipstick  - Northcott
  5. ColorWorks Solid Heather  - Northcott
  6. Passport Toyko Map - Moda
  7. ColorWorks Solid Turquoise  - Northcott
  8. ColorWorks Solid Lime  - Northcott
  9. Passport New York City Map - Moda

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.

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