Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer of Sewing: Dino Balls Quilt

During our Summer of Sewing series, we'll be featuring weekly tutorials using our new fabric collections (and giveaways, too!). Join us each week, sit back, relax, and then start sewing! 


This week's tutorial features our new Lost World dinosaur collection. If you haven't seen this collection yet, check out our blog post here (and be sure to download the free twin-size quilt pattern--it's adorable!). Our tutorial today is a smaller quilt--just 47" square--that can be assembled quickly and easily. It's perfect for a new baby or toddler gift!


Let's get started!

You'll Need:
1/4 yard (or fat quarter) of each of 8 Lost World prints
3/4 yard blue egg print (includes binding)
1/4 yard each 4 coordinating Painter's Palette Solids (121-003 Pencil Yellow, 121-067 Christmas Red, 121-151 Grape, and 121-164 Jolly)
1 yard allover dino print
3 yards backing fabric
54" piece of batting

Cutting: 
From each of the 1/4 yard cuts:
(4) 6-1/2" squares

From the blue egg print:
(4) 6-1/2" squares
(5) 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding
(4) 2" x 42" strips

From each of the 4 solids:
(36) 2-1/2" squares

From the allover dino print:
(3) 4-1/2" x 36" lengthwise strips
(4) 4-1/2" x 28" widthwise strips
Note: Be sure to cut in this order--this allows the directional print to be oriented correctly in the border as shown in our quilt.

Your cut squares will look like this...time to get started! 

Make the Quilt:
Step 1: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a green 2-1/2" square. Position it on the upper left corner of a 6-1/2" dino square as shown. 

Step 2: Stitch on the drawn line, trim seam allowance to 1/4", and press open. 

Timesaver tip: If you don't want to draw lines on all of the 2-1/2" squares, you can position a piece of masking or painter's tape that aligns with your sewing machine needle. Then simply align the smaller square on the larger one, and position so the needle is touching the small square corner on one end, and so the opposite small square corner aligns with the tape edge. Stitch, keeping the small square corner aligned with the tape edge. No line drawing needed! 

Step 3: Repeat on remaining 3 corners, using a different color in each corner as shown.

Note: When you press the corners open, press opposite corner seams in opposite directions (below, the yellow and red corners are pressed in toward the center, while the green and purple corners are pressed out toward the corner. This allows the seams to nest neatly when it's time to join the blocks. 

Step 4: Repeat to make a total of 36 blocks (4 of each dinosaur print). Make sure you sew on the solid corners in the same order for each block. Blocks should measure 6-1/2" square. 
Step 5: Lay out the blocks into 6 rows of 6 blocks each, noting orientation so the corner colors are in the same position for each block. 

Step 6: Sew the blocks into rows and join the rows to complete the quilt center.
Step 7: Measure the length of the quilt center. Trim (2) 2" x 42" blue egg strips to that length and sew to the sides of the quilt. Measure the width of the quilt center, including the strips just added. Trim (2) 2" x 42" blue egg strips to that length and sew to the top and bottom of the quilt. 
Step 8: Join the 4-1/2" x 36" dino strips (with dinos running vertically up the strip) short ends together into one long strip. Measure the length of the quilt and cut (2) strips to that length. Sew to the sides of the quilt, making sure dinosaurs are right sides up. Sew the remaining 4-1/2" x 28"strips (with dinos running horizontally) together in pairs. Measure the width of the quilt, including the strips just added, and trim strips to that length. Sew to the top and bottom of the quilt, making sure dinosaurs are right sides up.

Step 9: Layer the quilt back right side down, batting, and quilt top right side up. Quilt as desired. Trim layers even with the quilt top and use the (5) 2-1/4" x 42" blue dino egg strips to bind the quilt. 


We love the little diamond pops of color created by the solid corners on the snowball blocks! 

Find the entire Lost World collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Would you like to win a bundle of Lost World fabrics? Leave a comment below (or on IG) telling us your favorite dinosaur (if you can't come up with one, take a peek at the fabrics--they even include dino names!). Giveaway is open through Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59 PM CDT. 


Follow along with our Summer of Sewing Series! 
Click here to see all the tutorials.

Love is a Four Legged Word bundle winner:
tac73
pssst....tac73, we don't have your email address to contact you, so please email us at fabriquiltblog (at) gmail.com. If we don't hear from you by Monday, July 24th, we'll choose a new winner.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Discovering a Lost World

What kid doesn't love dinosaurs? 
Our new Lost World collection features bright and bold dinos in multiple sizes! There's also a cool hexagon print, a mini dino egg print, and dino text--perfect for little ones obsessed with learning the different kinds.


Bright, friendly dino prints:




Fun coordinates: 



Download the "Lost World" free quilt pattern designed by Pine Tree Country Quilts. This cheerful kids' quilt uses a Log Cabin technique with pieced strips to make a dino-licious design!
Find the free quilt pattern here.

Find the entire Lost World collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer of Sewing: Pet Pillow

During our Summer of Sewing series, we'll be featuring weekly tutorials using our new fabric collections (and giveaways, too!). Join us each week, sit back, relax, and then start sewing! 

Our tutorial this week is for all the pet lovers! We've used the sweet prints from Love is a Four Legged Word to create a 24"-square pillow. Use it for a pet bed or use it yourself--perfect for both humans and furry friends!


Our large pillow features a fussy-cut center square from the collection's patchwork print (choose your own favorite part to showcase!), surrounded by subway tile piecing. Such a fun, scrappy look! 

Let's get started!
You'll Need:
1/4 yard each 9 prints
1 yard patchwork print
27" square of batting
24" square pillow insert

Cutting: 
From the blue check print:
(2) 2" x 9-1/2" pieces
(2) 2" x 12-1/2" pieces
(1) 2-1/2" x 42" strips; recut into (6) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces and (2) 2-1/2" squares

From the remaining 1/4 yard prints:
(1) 2-1/2" x 42" strips; recut into (6) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces and (2) 2-1/2" squares

From the patchwork print:
(2) 16" x 24-1/2" pieces
(1) fussy-cut 9-1/2" square (see below)

Make the pillow
Step 1: Pick your favorite motifs for the center square. Leave 1/4" margin beyond the motifs you want to showcase; parts of various motifs will be cut off and that's okay.

Step 2: Sew 2" x 9-1/2" blue check strips to opposite sides of the fussy-cut square. Sew 2" x 12-1/2" blue check strips to the top and bottom. 

Step 3: Lay out (12) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces and (12) 2-1/2" squares on the sides of the center square as shown, making sure you're happy with color placement. 

Step 4: Sew the pieces and squares into rows and join the rows to make pieced sides. 

Step 5: Lay out the top and bottom sections as shown, making sure you're happy with color placement. 

Step 6: Sew the pieces and squares in the top and bottom sections into rows, and join 3 rows on the top to make the to section. Do the same for the bottom section. 

Step 7: Sew the side sections to the center square and the top and bottom sections to the top and bottom. Your pillow top is finished. 

Step 8: Fold the long edge of (1) 16" x 24-1/2" piece over 1/4" (wrong sides together) and then over 1/4" again. Stitch to created a hemmed edge on the first pillow back piece. Make a second pillow back piece. 

Step 9: Lay the pillow top right side up. Position the first pillow back piece right side down, matching raw edges. The hemmed edge should be across the middle of the pillow. 

Step 10: Position the second pillow back piece right side down, matching raw edges. The two hemmed hedges should overlap in the middle to create an overlapping envelope pillow back. Pin in place and stitch around all four sides of the pillow using a 1/4" seam allowance. 
Step 11: Clip corners and turn pillow right side out. 

Step 12: Stuff with your pillow insert and enjoy! 


See the entire Love is a Four Legged Word collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.


Would you like to win a bundle of Love is a Four Legged Word fabrics? Leave a comment below (or on IG) telling us what you'd fill these boxes with. Giveaway is open through Sunday, July 16th at 11:59 PM CDT. 


Follow along with our Summer of Sewing Series! 
Click here to see all the tutorials.

Hold Everything bundle winner:
ytsmom

Patriotic Palette Blog Hop winners:
Anita J.
Janine H.
Nancy S.
Betsy L. 
Sylvia
Debbie M.
Amy L.
Kathy H. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Love is a Four Legged Word

Cat lover? Dog lover? Both? 
We'd like to introduce you to our new collection, Love is a Four Legged Word. These bright and cheery novelty prints feature everyone's favorite furry friends, dogs and cats (separately and together!). 


Wouldn't this patchwork print make a great border or backing? 

Love these little sayings...

A close-up on a few of our favorites:


The text print--a pseudo stripe

Cats, cats AND dogs, and dogs...take your pick:

See the entire Love is a Four Legged Word collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer of Sewing: Hold Everything Fabric Boxes

During our Summer of Sewing series, we'll be featuring weekly tutorials using our new fabric collections (and giveaways, too!). Join us each week, sit back, relax, and then start sewing! 


Some may say that women can never have enough shoes, or enough chocolate, or enough jewelry...but as quilters, we say we can never have enough storage space! 

Our Summer of Sewing tutorial for this week features three different sizes of fabric boxes, perfect for holding notions and other sewing room supplies (or anything else that needs to be contained in a pretty box!). 


We've used the Goanna Walkabout collection--bright, dynamic Aboriginal-inspired prints. Look for Goanna Walkabout and Walkabout 2 (we'll be featuring it here soon!) fabrics at your local quilt shop. 
What else makes these fabric boxes special? A layer of Pellon's® Flex-Foam provides body so they stand up, but it's still soft enough and flexible enough to be stitched, folded, and adjusted.  

Let's get started!
You'll Need:
(per box)
2 fat quarters 
1/8 yard coordinating Painter's Palette Solid for binding
Pellon® Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible (20", 12-1/2" or 9" square, depending on box size)

Cutting:
Note: Directions are for the largest box. Find measurements for the smaller boxes at the end of the tutorial and follow the steps using your preferred size of squares.
From each fat quarter: 
(1) 18" square

From the solid:
(1) 2-3/4" x 42" strip

From the Flex-Foam:
(1) 18" square

Make the Box:
Step 1: Decide which 18" square will be the lining and which will be the outside.

Step 2: Following manufacturer's directions, fuse the Flex-Foam to the wrong side of the outer fabric. Fold in half right sides of fabric together and sew along the short sides using a generous 1/4" seam. 

Step 3: Cut a 4-1/4" square from each bottom corner (along the folded edge).

Step 4: To create a boxed corner, fold so the raw edges you cut match up and pin. The side seam should align with the crease from the folded bottom edge in step 2.

Step 5: Stitch along the pinned edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Backstitch at beginning and end.
Step 6: In the same way, fold the 18" square lining piece right sides together, stitch along short edges, and cut 4-1/4" squares out of the bottom corners.  

Step 7: Fold and stitch to box out the corners of the lining just like in step 4. 

Step 8: Turn the outer box right side out and insert the lining piece. Pin along raw edges, matching side seams. 

Step 9: Press the 2-3/4" x 42" binding strip lengthwise in half wrong sides together. Align raw edges and sew to the lining side of the box, joining ends as you would for a quilt. Note: The binding can be stitched on with the lining on the inside, or you can turn the pinned box lining side out, as shown below, and stitch the binding in place. Whichever is easier for you works fine, as long as the binding is stitched onto the lining side!

Step 10: With the box right side out, fold the binding over the raw top edges, secure in place with binding clips, and topstitch to secure. 

Your finished large box!

To make the medium sized box, use 12-1/2" squares of fabric and Flex-Foam, and cut 2" squares from the corners. 

To make the small sized box, use 9" squares of fabric and Flex-Foam, and cut 2" squares from the corners. 

All three boxes upside down so you can see the fun fabrics! 


Would you like to win a bundle of Walkabout fabrics? Leave a comment below (or on IG) telling us what you'd fill these boxes with. Giveaway is open through Sunday, July 9th at 11:59 PM CDT. 



Follow along with our Summer of Sewing Series! 
Click here to see all the tutorials.

Patriotic Star quilt bundle winner:
Janarama

psst...we're still collecting winners' names from our Patriotic Palette Blog Hop! We'll announce the names soon here on the blog.