Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RBD Home Dec Love Blog Tour: Picnic Throw Tutorial

Picnic Throw tutorial using cute Riley Blake home dec fabrics

July is the month of parades and picnics around here!  I decided we needed a convenient throw we could keep in the car to have on hand for these fun events.  As a part of the Riley Blake Home Dec Blog Tour, I chose to make a picnic throw from one of my favorite home decor prints (Quatrefoil in Navy) and a coordinating Riley Blake basic (Small Dots in Yellow).  I loooove navy and yellow together – yummy!

Picnic Throw tutorial

Using the home dec fabric adds a nice weight and durability, without needing the extra step of adding interfacing.  

Picnic Throw tutorial

I added a simple strap from 1” wide webbing to make it easy to carry, or loop over the handle of the stroller.  Since finishing this throw last week, our family has already put it to good use! 

Here’s what you’ll need to make one of your own:
  • 1-1/2 yards of Riley Blake Home Dec fabric
  • 2-1/3 yards of any Riley Blake coordinating quilting print
  • 2 yards of 1” wide webbing

Step 1:  Remove selvages from the Home Dec fabric and cut to measure 54” x 54”

Step 2:  Remove selvages from the coordinating quilting print.  Cut 1 piece that is 40” x 54”.  From the remaining fabric, cut two pieces that are 14.5” x 27.25”. 

Step 3:  Sew the two 14.5” x 27.25” pieces together end to end with right sides together and using a 1/4” seam.  Press seam to one side.

picnic throw tutorial measurements 6

Step 4:  To the panel created in step 3, sew the  40” x 54” piece, again right sides together and using a 1/4” seam.  Press seam to one side. 

picnic throw tutorial measurements 5

This piece should now measure 54” x 54”

Step 5:  Take the 2 yard length of webbing and sew the ends together.  Before stitching, make sure there are no extra twists in the loop.  I used a zig zag stitch and stitched over both raw edges to keep it from fraying.

Picnic Throw tutorial

Step 6:  Fold the loop in half and mark both end points. 

picnic throw tutorial measurements 7
Picnic Throw tutorial

Step 7:  We are going to place the webbing loop on to the TOP LEFT corner of the RIGHT side of the Home Dec fabric.  This loop will become the handle for the picnic throw.  

Remember the pins we placed in step 6?  Those are the pins circled below.  They should both be placed 4” down from the top edge of the fabric.  The left pin should be 2.75” from the edge and there should be 6.5” between the straps. 

picnic throw tutorial

Step 8:   Next, add a pin 3” above and 3” below each of the center pins. 

picnic throw tutorial

Step 9:  Using a straight stitch, sew straps in place.  You’ll be sewing a rectangle – with the top and bottom edge of stitching where the top and bottom pins are located.  Repeat for second strap.

Picnic Throw tutorial

Step 10:  Place the 54” Home Dec square right sides together with the 54” quilting fabric square.  Pin around all edges, making sure that the straps are tucked inside.  Sew around the outside edge of the square using a 1/2” seam and  leaving about 7” or 8” open for turning the throw right side out.  As you sew, be careful not to catch the webbing straps in the stitching. 

Step 11:  Turn the throw right side out and carefully push out corners.  Press edges.  Fold in raw edges of the opening and press.  Top stitch around entire throw.  The top stitching will sew the opening shut. 


Your throw is ready to use!  Here’s how to roll it up – it’s quick and easy!

Picnic Throw rolling diagram

First lay the throw with the Home Dec side down and the straps in the top right corner.  Fold throw in half and then half again, and then roll up from the bottom. 

Picnic Throw tutorial

Now get outside and use it! 

Picnic Throw tutorial

The Riley Blake Designs Home Dec Blog Tour is just getting underway with some fun projects already added to the list.  You can see more of the RBD Home Dec fabrics here.  And stop by each day on the blog tour to get more fun ideas for using those RBD Home Dec fabrics!

6/23 - A Bright Corner -- You are here :)
6/24 - Tea Rose Home
7/3 - Heart Zipper
7/6 - Quiltscapes





















Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Deco Foil Star Table Topper tutorial

Deco Foil Star Table Topper tutorial

Summer is in full swing around here and we are counting down the days to our family’s annual Cul-de-sac of Fire celebration (a.k.a. 4th of July fireworks with extended family.)  To add to our July decor around the house I’ve made a sparkly star table topper using the Silver Star color of the iCraft Deco Foil

The Deco Foils were fun to work with!

Deco Foil table topper tutorial

My tutorial is over on the Therm O Web blog today – go check it out!

star table topper tutorial

Monday, June 8, 2015

Play Ball! A Quilt Tutorial

I spent part of last week working with the fun "Play Ball" fabric line from Riley Blake.  I love taking a straightforward quilt pattern and adding in some personality with a bit of applique.  For this quilt I take inspiration from the fabric and add a basketball and some stars along with the phrase "Play ball" - but you could also swap in a child's name there to personalize it!

Play Ball quilt tutorial
Finished quilt measures 60" x 65"

Supplies Needed:
1/3 yard each of 8 Playball prints:  Playball Main Navy, Playball Uniform Orange, Playball Ticket Aqua, Playball Ticket Navy, Playball Stripe Multi, Playball Star Navy, Playball Geo Aqua, Playball Geo Orange
1/2 yard Heat n Bond Lite
1/6 yard solid blue for stars (or use scraps)
1/4 yard solid orange for ball and letters
1/2 yard binding (Multi Stripe)
1-1/2 yards of solid white
3-3/4 yards of backing fabric
Batting (68" x 73")
Play Ball applique templates

Play ball fabric

Cutting Instructions:
From each of the 8 main prints, cut:
2 @ 5.5” x WOF.  Subcut into 12 @ 5.5” square (need 96 total)

From the solid white cut:
8 @ 3” x WOF
2 @ 3” x WOF.  Subcut 1 @ 3” x 30” and 1 @ 3” x 30.5”
2 @ 10.5” x WOF.  Subcut 1 @ 10.5” x 30 and 1 @ 10.5” x 30.5”

Play Ball quilt tutorial

We’ll make the large applique blocks first.  Print the applique templates for the ball, letters and stars.

Play Ball quilt tutorial

Using a pencil, trace each shape on to the Heat n Bond Lite.  Be sure to trace enough of the letters to spell “play ball.”  Trace as many stars as you want – I did three.  Number the ball segments to help with placement later. 

Play Ball quilt tutorial

Cut around each shape, leaving about 1/4” around each shape.  The ball segments maybe kept together for this step.

Play Ball quilt tutorial

Following the instructions on the package, iron the applique pieces to the wrong side of the solid orange and navy fabrics.  Cut out each shape directly on the lines.  Set aside for a later step. 

Play Ball quilt tutorial

Choose 12 of the 5.5” squares, using a variety of prints.  Sew 5 of them end to end.  Cut one square in half and sew to each end of the strip.  Press seams.  Sew this row to the long side of the 10.5” x 30” solid white.  Press seam.  Sew a 3” x 30” white strip to the other side of the pieced strip.  This makes the right side applique block.

  Play Ball quilt tutorial

For the left applique block, sew 6 (5.5”) squares end to end.  Press seams.  Sew this pieced strip to one long side of the 10.5” x 30.5” white rectangle.  Press seams.  To the other side of the pieced strip sew a 3” x 30.5” white strip. 

Play Ball quilt tutorial

Peel the paper backing from the ball segments and stars.  Place them as shown in the photo with the pieced strip UNDERNEATH the ball and stars and making sure that all pieces are at least 1” from the edges.  Press in place.

Play Ball quilt tutorial

Repeat for the “play ball” this time making sure the pieced strip is ABOVE the lettering.  I used a ruler to make sure the  letters were aligned.  Press letters in place.   

Play Ball quilt tutorial
Using a coordinating thread and a straight or zigzag stitch, stitch around each applique shape.  I find it’s SO much easier to do this step now, while the block is smaller rather than waiting until the whole quilt is pieced.  It’s a hassle to wrestle with an enormous quilt top as you’re trying to stitch around a tiny letter!
Play Ball quilt tutorial
Sew the two applique blocks together, using a 1/4” seam.  Press.  You now should have a section that looks like the photo above.  We’ll call this the applique section. 

Next we’ll make the long, pieced rows.  Sort the remaining 5.5” squares into 7 groups of 12 squares each.  Each group will become one row, so make sure each group has a variety of prints.  Play Ball quilt tutorial
Four of the rows will be offset rows.  To create an offset row, sew 11 squares together end to end.  Cut the remaining 5.5” square in half and sew to each end of the row.  Press seams.  Repeat to make 4 total offset rows.

For the other three rows, sew 12 (5.5”) squares end to end to make a long, pieced strip.  Press seams. Trim 1/4” from each end of the non-offset rows.  All of the rows as well as the applique section should measure 60".


Now for the white strips between rows.  Remove the selvages from the 3” x WOF white strips.  Sew all of the white strips together end to end to make one very long strip.  From this long strip cut 5 that are 60” long.

Starting with one offset pieced row, start sewing rows together with long white strips between.  Follow the layout diagram, and add in the applique section where shown.

  Play Ball Layout Diagram

Your quilt top is done!    I used the Play Ball Multi Stripe print for the binding – you know I can’t resist a great striped binding, and it adds such a fun finishing touch!

  Play Ball quilt tutorial

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Hexdens and English Paper Piecing

If you follow me on Instagram you have maybe seen these pink English Paper Piecing flowers that I’ve been working on here and there.  I’ve been getting questions about them so I thought I’d do a blog post about this project.

  Hexden EPP flowers

A few months ago I was in a quilt shop in Spokane Washington and spotted a little EPP (English Paper Piecing) display that was the sweetest little flower, and I instantly fell in love!  But the shop was sold out of the templates.  I finally tracked down the pieces at paperpieces.com – they have EVERYTHING there!  If you’re into EPP, that’s a fun place to shop.  

EPP pieces for Hexden blocks

The shape is called Hexden (hexagon + dresden) and paperpieces.com has two variations and several sizes.  You can see in the photo above that I went with the 1” size.  That 1” refers to the length of the side that forms the base of each flower petal, which is also the length of one side of the hexagon that forms the flower center.

  laser_hexden100var02

Want to see the difference between the two Hexden variations?  Check out the two flowers below.  The difference is subtle, but in the bottom flower, the petals are a little taller and rounder.  That’s variation 2.  And that’s the one that I preferred for this project.  For both variations (in the 1” size) you can cut all pieces from a 2.5” scrap, including the hexagon center.  That's pretty handy since 2.5" scraps are easy to come by around here!

Hexden variations

Here’s what’s in the package of paper pieces – enough pieces to make 36 blocks.

EPP templates

I dug through my scrap bin and pulled out most of the pinks.  Then they were stacked into  similar piles and pinned together in groups of 6. 

Pink squares

Ready for basting!  I’ll be back in a later blog post to show you how I keep everything organized, and how I glue baste the curves of the petals. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Hexden flowers

Friday, May 15, 2015

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

A couple of weeks ago in our quilt group we each brought 12.5” quilt blocks to donate to a charity quilt.  We were also asked to bring the instructions to make the block as well.  I've always loved the very traditional “Weathervane” quilt block, so that's what I chose to make.  And since I wrote up the instructions for my quilt group, I thought I would also share them here! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Print 1: 
4 @ 4.5” square

Print 2:
1 @ 4.5” sq,
4 @ 2.5” sq, and
4 @ 3.25” sq

Background: 
Cut 12 @ 2.5” square
4 @ 3.25” square

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 1:  On the 4 (3.25”) background squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner with a pencil.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 2:  Place each 3.25” background square RST (right sides together) with a 3.25” print square.  Sew about 1/4” on each side of the drawn line.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 3:  Carefully cut along the drawn line.  Press HSTs open with the seam allowance toward the print side.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Trim each HST to be 2.5” square.  You need 8 total (2.5”) HSTs.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 4:  As shown in the photo, lay out 2 HSTs, 1 (2.5”) background square and 1 (2.5”) print square.


Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew the top two squares together using a 1/4” seam.  Repeat for the bottom two squares.  Press seams away from the HSTs.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew the top and bottom units together, matching center seam.  Press seam open. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Repeat to make 4 of these Unit A blocks.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 5:  On 8 of the 2.5” background squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner with a pencil. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 6:  Place one 2.5” background square RST on one corner of a Print 1 (4.5”) square. 


Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4” away from stitching. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Fold open the corner and press. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 7:  Place a second 2.5” background square RST on an adjacent corner of the 4.5” print square. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4” away from seam.

  Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Fold open the corner and press.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Repeat to make 4 Unit B blocks.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 8:  Lay out block elements as shown in the photo. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew into rows using 1/4” seam.  Press seams of row 1 and 3 towards the center.  Press seams of row 2 away from center.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew rows together, matching seams.  Press.  And you’re done! 

Block should measure 12.5” square. 


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