Thursday, August 6, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along : Small Block Six

Hey everyone!  How are your Smitten quilts coming along?  We are coming to a close on the quilt along ... I know I have a few blocks to catch up on!  But this month's little block is certainly pretty quick and easy even though it looks like it might not be.  No Y-Seams!  :-)




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.)


This month is our last tutorial and its Small Block Six ... 



Cut out your fabrics and then mark your pieces.  (I actually chose not to mark this time for two reasons: (1) there are no y-seams and the clipped corners help me line things up and (2) I am pretty comfortable sewing these now!)  Then lay out your block in a pleasing arrangement.  Here, I am just using two main prints and alternating them with a "background."



First, we need to make the pieced triangles.  We'll sew edge-to-edge to join them... one triangle to the diamond at a time.  I also backstitched at the beginning and ends as I chain pieced them.



Then the second triangle to the diamond. I pressed toward the triangles in both steps.



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 and sew your last seam. (I put a pin through the intersections to help line things up nicely. See block four here ... its just like last month!) 

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




I am still working on completing all my blocks and will need join my small hexagons into bigger ones as well as make the half blocks necessary.  I'll share more of those soon!

I hope these photos were helpful to you...  I can't wait to make a few more myself and to see your's too! 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!  :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hello Darling, Meadowbloom, and Free Fall

So much newness in the shop! Here's a quick update ... 

Hello Darling yardage is arriving early next week, so we've made it available!  These prints and colors are sure to become quick favorites in your B&C stash!


April Rosenthal's newest line, Meadowbloom, is bold and bright!  We love the versatile stash builders, text prints, and fun low volumes in this one. 


Tula's newest collection, Free Fall, is 108" cotton sateen - perfect for backing a special quilt with no fuss!

Happy Sewing! :-) 

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! :-)