Monday, June 30, 2014

Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along & BOM - Block #4

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Spring Sampler - Finishing Instructions: Lap-Size Quilt


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Welcome to our last set of instructional posts in our Spring Sampler Series! A big thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for sponsoring our quilt along!

Please join in our quilt along at any time - the patterns will be available on our blog indefinitely!  Visit these pages for help choosing your prints and for fabric requirements for the project.

Share photos of this block below in our linky party or in our flickr group.  Each block shared between now and 7/24/14 is an entry into our prize raffle - US & Canadian residents only, please.


The following post gives instructions for finishing the 9-block wall-hanging version of our spring sampler.  If you're making the 13-block lap-size version, finishing instructions are posted here.


Always be sure to read through the entire set of instructions before beginning, sew with a 1/4" seam, and press seams as directed by the arrows.

Sashing & Border Triangle Cutting Instructions


From a Vibrant print fabric (#1), cut:
        2 - 18 ¼” triangles, cut in quarters, diagonally {setting triangles}
        2 - 9 ½” squares, cut in half, diagonally {corner triangles}

From the Background fabric (#2), cut:
         35 - 12 ½” x 2" rectangles

From the Dark Print (#3), cut:
        7 - 3 ½” x width of fabric strips

Choose one Medium Print (#4), and cut:
        24 - 2" squares


Quilt Top Construction


1.  Lay out 2 - 2” Medium Print squares and 1 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles, as pictured; sew together and press towards Medium Print squares.  Repeat to make a total of 2 units.


2.  Lay out 4 - 2” Medium Print squares and 3 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles, as pictured; sew together and press.  Repeat to make a total of 2 units.


3.  Lay out 6 - 2” Medium Print squares and 5 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles, as pictured; sew together and press.  Repeat to make a total of 2 units.




 4.  Lay out the 13 Sampler blocks, as pictured.  We like this arrangement:






5.  When happy with the arrangement, add the left-leaning 12 ½” x 2" Background rectangles, and the setting and corner triangles.  Sew the blocks together into diagonal rows, pressing seams away from the sashing rectangles.



6.  Lay out the sashing strips made in steps #1 - #3 along with the rows made in step #5.  Sew the rows together and press seams towards the sashing.



7.  Trim the edges of the over-hanging 2" Medium Print squares so that they are flush with the edge of the quilt.  There should be a 1/4" beyond the intersection of the Medium Print square and the Background sashing rectangle.

Borders


Please read this important note before border construction:
The border measurements provided below are mathematically correct measurements.  Since all quilt tops can vary a little bit in actual constructed size, measure the length and width of your own quilt top in several places (but not along the edges, as they can stretch a little during construction) to find out if any adjustments need to be made to your own border sizes.  Press all seams towards the borders.

8.  Sew the 7 - 3 ½” x width of fabric strips together, end-to-end, into one continuous piece; press seams open.

9.  From the continuous strip, cut 2 - 57 ¾” x 3 ½” rectangles.  Attach these to the left and right sides of the quilt top.


10.  From the the continuous strip, cut 2 - 63 ¾” x 3 ½ rectangles.  Attach these to the top and bottom of the quilt top.






Finishing Instructions


11.  Layer backing, batting, and quilt top together.  Baste and quilt as desired.

12.  Cut 7 - 2 ½” x width of fabric strips from the Binding print and attach end-to-end into one continuous strip.

13.  Match the raw edges of the continuous  strip together lengthwise, and iron along the fold to crease.  Attach the binding to the front of the quilt, aligning the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt.  Fold the binding over and hand sew to the back edge with a neat, blind stitch.


Congratulations!  You've finished your sampler!  Please share your photo finishes in our Parade of Quilts linky party or in our Flickr Group.  All photos count as entries into our Connecting Threads gift certificate drawings on July 25th!

Thank you so much for sewing along with Cora's Quilts!  It has been my incredible pleasure to share this journey together - I'm so happy to have met some wonderful new friends and can't wait for our next quilt along project - our Autumn Aspen Glow Quilt.


Happy summer!!


Spring Sampler - Finishing Instructions: Wall-hanging Quilt


Sponsored by:


Welcome to our last set of instructional posts in our Spring Sampler Series! A big thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for sponsoring our quilt along!

Please join in our quilt along at any time - the patterns will be available on our blog indefinitely!  Visit these pages for help choosing your prints and for fabric requirements for the project.

Share photos of this block below in our linky party or in our flickr group.  Each block shared between now and 7/24/14 is an entry into our prize raffle - US & Canadian residents only, please.


The following post gives instructions for finishing the 13-block lap-size version of our spring sampler.  If you're making the 9-block wall-hanging version, finishing instructions are posted here.

Always be sure to read through the entire set of instructions before beginning, sew with a 1/4" seam, and press seams as directed by the arrows.

Sashing Cutting Instructions


From the Background fabric (#2), cut:
         24 - 12 ½” x 2" rectangles

From the Dark Print (#3), cut:
        5 - 3 ½” x width of fabric strips

Choose one Medium Print (#4), and cut:
        16 - 2" squares


Quilt Top Construction


1.  Lay out 4 - 2" Medium Print squares and 3 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles as pictured; sew together and press.  Repeat to make a total of 4 rows.




2.  Lay out the nine sampler blocks.  We like the following arrangement:




3.  When happy with the arrangement, attach vertical 3 - 12 ½” x 2” Background rectangles to the sides of the blocks as pictured; press away from the sashing blocks.


4.  Lay out the sashing rows made in step #1 along with the rows constructed in step #3.  Sew rows together and press towards the sashing rows.




Borders


Please read this important note before border construction:
The border measurements provided below are mathematically correct measurements.  Since all quilt tops can vary a little bit in actual constructed size, measure the length and width of your own quilt top in several places (but not along the edges, as they can stretch a little during construction) to find out if any adjustments need to be made to your own border sizes.  Press all seams towards the borders.

5.  Sew the 5 - 3 ½” x width of fabric strips together, end-to-end, into one continuous piece; press seams open.

6.  From the continuous strip, cut 2 - 42 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles.  Attach these to the left and right sides of the quilt top.

7.  From the the continuous strip, cut 2 - 48 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles.  Attach these to the top and bottom of the quilt top.





Finishing Instructions


8.  Layer backing, batting, and quilt top together.  Baste and quilt as desired.

9.  Cut 5 - 2 ½” x width of fabric strips from the Binding print and attach end-to-end into one continuous strip.

10.  Match the raw edges of the continuous  strip together lengthwise, and iron along the fold to crease.  Attach the binding to the front of the quilt, aligning the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt.  Fold the binding over and hand sew to the back edge with a neat, blind stitch.


Congratulations!  You've finished your sampler!  Please share your photo finishes in our Parade of Quilts linky party or in our Flickr Group.  All photos count as entries into our Connecting Threads gift certificate drawings on July 25th!

Thank you so much for sewing along with Cora's Quilts!  It has been my incredible pleasure to share this journey together - I'm so happy to have met some wonderful new friends and can't wait for our next quilt along project - our Autumn Aspen Glow Quilt.


Happy summer!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cora's Stash Update

My goodness!  With all the Spring Sampler and Mario Quilt Along posts, I haven't had a chance to write about anything else lately!  Even with the massive amounts of sew-along-sewing lately, I've actually had a chance to do some sewing with the beast and have a few fun projects that I can start sharing over the next couple of weeks!

I did want to share some exciting news - Cora's Quilts is now carrying Blend Fabrics!  I've fallen in love with Amanda Murphy's designs and we're currently carrying select prints from her fabulous Bella ...










.... and Bonjour Mon Ami lines.






We'll also be carrying Modern Lace in August of 2014.

Her prints are so stunning.  I love, love, love, the movement, symmetry and balance of the pieces, plus her colors are just gorgeous!

We have individual yardage, plus half- and fat-quarter bundles available in the shop.  You can also email me at Info{at}CorasQuilts{dot}com to place a custom order.

And, you can be sure that these designs will be popping up in some of my own sewing projects soon!  Happy sewing!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Spring Sampler Block 9 - Rambler


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Welcome back to the last block tutorial in our Spring Sampler Series! A big thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for sponsoring our quilt along and to Heidi and Cheryl, our incredibly talented pattern testers!

Please join in our quilt along at any time - the patterns will be available on our blog indefinitely!  Visit these pages for help choosing your prints and for fabric requirements for the project.

Share photos of this block below in our linky party or in our flickr group.  Each block shared between now and 7/24/14 is an entry into our prize raffle - US & Canadian residents only, please.


Can you believe that we're almost finished!  These last 10 weeks have just flown by and I know that I'm going to miss having a weekly block deadline ... since it guaranteed a bit of sewing time every few days!  We'll be back next week, though, with finishing instructions, and then we'll have a final parade before award prizes in July!

Always be sure to read through the entire set of instructions before beginning, sew with a 1/4" seam, and press seams as directed by the arrows.

Block 9 - Cutting Instructions




***If you've had difficulties with too-small-Square-in-Square blocks, read this post before cutting!!!

From the Background fabric (#2), cut:
         1 - 5 ½” square

From the Dark Print (#3), cut:
        8 - 3” squares
          2 - 2 ⅞” squares; cut in half, diagonally


Choose 3 Vibrant Prints (#1)
    From the first, cut:
        1 - 3 ½” square

    From the second, cut:
        1 - 5 ½” square
           2 - 3 ” squares, cut in half, diagonally


    From the third, cut:
       1 - 7 ¼” square, cut in quarters, diagonally


Set-up: Square-in-Square Block


Make a Square-in-Square block, using our tutorial, 1 - ½Vibrant Print square, and 4 - ” Dark Print triangles.  Square and trim blocks down to ¾".




Set-up: Flying Geese Blocks



Make a set of four Flying Geese blocks, using our tutorial, 1 - 5 ½” Vibrant Print square, and 4 - 3" Dark Print squares.

Make another set of four Flying Geese blocks, using  1 - 5 ½” Background square, and 4 - 3" Dark Print squares.




Block Construction



Our last block goes together so unbelievably quickly - especially since we've had so much practice with those Flying Geese blocks!  And here we go!

1.  Attach a Background Flying Geese block to the top of each of the 4 -  Vibrant print Flying Geese blocks.


2.  Attach a Vibrant print 3 ” triangle to the top of each of the 4 blocks made in step #1.


3.  Attach a 7 ¼” Vibrant print triangle to the left and right sides of 2 of the blocks made in step #2.


4.  Attach the remaining blocks made in step #2 to the left and right sides of the center Square-in-Square block.


5.  Attach the blocks made in step #3 to the top and bottom of the block made in step #4.


And we're done already!  5 easy steps!!  Don't forget to share your photos below in our linky party or in our flickr group!



Sunday, June 15, 2014

Spring Sampler Block 8 - Georgetown Wreath


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Welcome back to our Spring Sampler Series! A big thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for sponsoring our quilt along and to Heidi and Cheryl, our incredibly talented pattern testers!

Please join in our quilt along at any time - the patterns will be available on our blog indefinitely!  Visit these pages for help choosing your prints and for fabric requirements for the project.

Share photos of this block below in our linky party or in our flickr group.  Each block shared between now and 7/24/14 is an entry into our prize raffle - US & Canadian residents only, please.


Thanks to the World Cup, this block was the only sewing I got accomplished this week ... and just barely, let me tell you!  It's a very good thing that I've been looking forward to this specific block since I started designing with the Hampton Hues line ... or else it might not have gotten done at all!  I think it does such a great job showcasing that beautiful blush-toned print.  I loved it so much that I'm using it for my setting and corner triangles too.  More on that in a couple of weeks, though!





Always be sure to read through the entire set of instructions before beginning, sew with a 1/4" seam, and press seams as directed by the arrows.

Block 8 - Cutting Instructions




***If you've had difficulties with too-small-Square-in-Square blocks, read this post before cutting!!!

From the Background fabric (#2), cut:
         1 - 5 ½” square

From the Dark Print (#3), cut:
        2 - 4 ¼” squares, cut in quarters, diagonally

Choose 3 Vibrant Prints (#1)
    From the first, cut:
        2 - 2 ” squares, cut in half, diagonally

    From the second, cut:
        4 - 3” squares

    From the third, cut:
       2 - 4 ¼” squares, cut in quarters, diagonally
         4 - 3 ½” squares

Choose 1 Medium Print (#4), and cut:
        1 - 3 ½” square
           2 - 3 ¼” squares

Choose 1 Neutral Print (#5), and cut:
        2 - 3 ¼” squares


Set-up: Square-in-Square Block


Make a Square-in-Square block, using our tutorial, 1 - ½Medium Print square, and 4 - ” Vibrant Print triangles.  Square and trim blocks down to ¾".




Set-up: Flying Geese Blocks



Make a set of four Flying Geese blocks, using our tutorial, 1 - 5 ½” Background square, and 4 - 3" Vibrant Print squares.




Block Construction



And off we go!

1.  With a fabric pencil, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the 3 ¼” Medium Print squares.

2. Pin a 3 ¼”  Neutral Print squares right-sides-together with a 3 ¼” Medium Print square; sew a scant 1/4” seam along both sides of the pencil line.



3.  Cut the unit in half along the drawn line and press each of the two resulting blocks; repeat steps #1-#2 to make a total of 4 blocks.  Square and trim the blocks to 2 ”.



4.  Attach a Flying Geese block to the left and right sides of the center Square-in-Square block.


5.  Attach a a Half Square Triangle block (made in steps #1-#3) to the left and right sides of both remaining Flying Geese blocks.


6.  Attach the blocks made in step #5 to the top and bottom of the center block.


7.  Attach a 4 ¼” Vibrant print triangle to the right sides of 4 - 4 ¼” Dark print triangles.



8.  Attach a 4 ¼” Vibrant print triangle to the left sides of the remaining 4 - 4 ¼” Dark print triangles.


Yes hubby - the photo is backwards ... cuz I forgot to take a picture ...
9.  Attach the right-facing blocks made in step #7 to the right side of 4 - 3 ½” Vibrant print squares.

10. Attach the the left-facing blocks made in step #8 to the bottom of the blocks made in step #9.



11.  Attach two blocks made in step #10 to the left and right sides of the center block. 



12.  Attach the two remaining blocks made in step #10 to the top and bottom of the center block.  




Sit back, kick your feet back, and pat yourself on the back for finishing another block   ... and then share your photos below in our linky party or in our flickr group!