Sunday, July 19, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along : Small Blocks Four and Five

Hey everyone!  How are your Smitten quilts coming along?  I am sorry I was running late this month getting this posted.  I got distracted with my Thimble Blossoms Scrappy sampler.  In all honestly, these two little blocks took no time at all and were really easy once I finally sat down to make them!


For more details on the Smitten Quilt Along, visit this post here for dates and supplies, etc.  If you haven't purchased templates, go ahead and make your's using the pattern and template plastic or other material of your choice.  (Be sure to add the seam allowance if making your own templates.)

We will start with Small Block Four ... 


Cut out your fabrics and then mark your pieces.  Mark the wrong side of your fabric pieces with dots where the 1/4" seams would meet.  (The acrylic templates have holes, making this super easy!) Alternatively, you could use your ruler and pen to draw lines along the seam allowances to mark your start and stop points.


Lay out your block in a pleasing arrangement.  Here, I am just using two prints and alternating them. 


Next, sew two sets of triangles together.  You can sew edge-to-edge since there are no Y-seams in this one! (yay!)


Press and then get ready to add the third triangle to each pair. 


Again, we'll sew edge-to-edge since we won't have to join the two halves with y-seams. 


You'll have two halves like this.  If you are using two alternating prints, they'll be opposite of each other like shown. 


Pin the two halves together.  I put a pin through the intersections to help line things up nicely. 


Viola!  Really easy block!  :-)  You need four of these cuties.



Next up ... Small Block Five. 


Cut out your fabrics and then mark your pieces.  Mark the wrong side of your fabric pieces with dots where the 1/4" seams would meet.  (The acrylic templates have holes, making this super easy!) Alternatively, you could use your ruler and pen to draw lines along the seam allowances to mark your start and stop points.

I elected to fussy cut all three diamonds from the same fabric for this particular block.  But you could do three prints in the same colorway or whatever you like!


Next, sew two diamonds together.  You'll sew from the outer edge (left) to the dots in the center of the block (right). Be sure to backstitch at the dots. 


Your diamonds should look like the photo below. Next, you'll attach the third diamond by sewing from the center dots all the way to the outside edges. 


When sewing on the second side, be sure you you move the opposing diamond out of the way so it doesn't get caught in your stitching. 


All done!  Quick and easy!  I pressed all the seams in one direction going around the block (clockwise). 


You'll need eight of these pretties!  

I am hoping to get caught up in the next few weeks with all my blocks so far.  Don't forget to use #smittenquilt and #smittenquiltqal on Instagram. :-)

If you have questions, leave a comment, email me or tag me on IG!

Happy Sewing!  :)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along Update


Just a quick update... I am running a little behind on my July tutorial, but will be posting it later this week, so stay tuned!  I apologize for the delay.

See you soon!

Simply Colorful by V and Co is here!

So excited to share that Simply Colorful by V and Co is here!

This collection includes 30 beautiful stashbuilders in red, orange, and yellow.  (The green, blue & purple prints will arrive in September.)

These prints are so fun and will work great together and mixed in your stash.


We have a few kits left for our Moda Bake Shop Quilt featuring this collection.


And yardage, select precuts, and our Simply Colorful club reservations are all available here.  (Only a few spots left in our Simply Colorful Club - reserve your spot today!  Bundles will begin shipping this week.)

Happy sewing!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thimble Blossoms Scrappy Sampler QAL : Sashing, Layout and Borders

Hey there!

It's our last week in the Thimble Blossoms Scrappy Sampler QAL and I was too excited not to share my finished top last Friday ... so if you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen it!  If not ...here it is!


I really loved making this quilt and my quilt top is currently on the way to a longarmer who will be working a little magic on it.  I will be sure to show you all those details when I get it back.  :-)

I have created a document to help you with creating the top and bottom borders as well as the sashing to get the top together.  You can download it here.

When I was piecing this together, I started by piecing rows together as shown in the photos below (sorry they are a little dark, but hopefully you get the idea).


Piece the Lollies together all in a row.  Remember the one where we left off a side border?  That goes on the end.  Join the tulips together as shown in the layout file linked above.


Then piece the "Wave" (Vintage Tulips alternate blocks) - there is no sashing between these.  And finally, sew the Swoon blocks together with sashing between them.

Follow the layout diagram to sew rows together and piece the top and bottom borders.  (Here's the link to the background fabric cutting tips again, if you need it.)

I hope you've been having fun if you are sewing along! I'd love to see your finished quilt tops - tag me on Instagram (@sewlux) and use #TBScrappySamplerQAL - it has been so fun seeing your quilts come together over the past few weeks. :-)

I will be back when my quilt comes back from the longarmer with quilting details and a fun link up (probably late July but I will keep you updated).

P.S.  Did you miss out? Find details and all the links to the QAL here. :-)

P.P.S. I am already thinking about planning another sampler QAL when the next round of patterns are released.... would anyone be interested?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thimble Blossoms Scrappy Sampler QAL : Swoon Sixteen

Happy Monday! 

This week we are moving ahead on our Thimble Blossoms Scrappy Sampler quilt. :-)

So far, we've made five Lollies, one Piccadilly Circus, three Tulips, and three "wave" blocks. 

This week, we're working on the Swoon Sixteen blocks.  This is the mid-size swoon - Camille has both an original (24") and a mini size.  You're wanting the newest pattern, which finishes to 16".  The pattern for this quilt is here if you need one.  We're going to make THREE swoon blocks - no changes to the pattern.  :-) 



My blocks are a little wrinkly - sorry about that!  My initial photos weren't great so I retook them and they got a little rumpled in between.


I really like that this Swoon pattern calls for three prints instead of two.  I think it adds a little fun! 



And one more ...I can't decide which one is my favorite. 



See you next Monday - I'll share the layout, borders & sashing!  We're soooo close and I can't wait for you to see it!

If you are on Instagram, show me your wave blocks and tag them #TBScrappySamplerQAL !

Happy Sewing! :-)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Thimble Blossoms Scrappy Sampler QAL : Vintage Tulips Part Two

Happy Monday! 

This week we are moving ahead on our Thimble Blossoms Scrappy Sampler quilt. :-)

So far, we've made five Lollies, one Piccadilly Circus, and three Tulips. 

This week, we're working on the alternate blocks from the Vintage Tulips pattern (I'll refer to this as the "Wave" section of this quilt).  The pattern for this quilt is here if you need one.  We're going to make THREE alternate blocks following the pattern directions with ONE change....

Refer to Step 6 in the Block Assembly section of the pattern.  You'll make six square blocks (b).  For THREE of the SIX blocks, omit the top row (A/2.5/A).  You'll join one complete (b) block with one altered (b) block.  Refer to photos below as a guide. 

TIP:  Before I cut my pieces for this section, I went ahead and cut the pieces for my three Swoon Sixteen blocks (next week's blocks).  The reason for this is that I am using our kit and therefore need to cut some of these "wave" pieces from some of the scraps.  If you are using our kit, I would recommend you do this to ensure you have enough room to get your Swoon pieces next week. 


I tried to include a variety of prints and colors in these cuts.  I chain pieced all the background pieces to the prints, which made the assembly super quick!  

Then I laid them all out to try and make sure colors & prints were distributed well before sewing the pieced strips together into blocks. 

We're getting so close!  Just one more week of blocks making and then we'll reveal the quilt layout!

If you are on Instagram, show me your wave blocks and tag them #TBScrappySamplerQAL !

See you next Monday for our next installment!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Out with the Old (clearance!)

With so many new collections arriving (and with more on the way), we're making room on the shop shelves...

There are over 375 prints in our clearance category at $6/yd or less!  A great time to pick up backings and favorites before they are gone. :-)

See you tomorrow with more of the TB Scrappy Sampler QAL!

Happy Sewing!