Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Batiks Gone Modern {Making Wonky Crosses In Bulk}

It's time for Batiks Gone Modern, Episode 2: Attack of the Wonky Crosses!

To recap, I'm making a abstract Mount Everest out of wonky crosses, using 5 shades of purple batiks.

First the winner of my batik giveaway:

Congrats, Rachel! A fun bundle of your favorite colors will be on its way to you soon!

Today I'm going to talk about my process of making wonky cross blocks in bulk. I will preface this post with the disclaimer that I am not the wonky-est blogger on the block. I think that most people will tend to call my blocks "controlled wonky" but this is who I am as a person. I'm also slightly limited because of the small size of my cross blocks -- these will finish at 3 inches square, which is the same size as a Post-It note, for scale.

Now onto the sewing!

For the purposes of this tutorial, I'm going to be working with fabrics #3 and #4. For these blocks my darker fabric will always be my "cross" and the lighter fabric is the background.

To make approximately 6 blocks, cut the following
1 - 3.5 inches x 22 inch (half width of fabric) rectangle of your background fabric
2 - 1.5 inches x WOF strip of your cross fabric -- cut one strip in half

Lay your 3.5 inch x 20 inch rectangle on your cutting mat. Using a long ruler, cut a diagonal cut lengthwise through the rectangle, creating two halves. The start and end of your cut should be at least 1 inch from the corner so that your cross doesn't end up too close to the edge of the block (which I learned the hard way!)

Sew both halves of the background fabric to your shorter 1.5 inch strip, pressing toward your darker fabric, aware of potential stretch along the bias.

Measure the length of your new unit, and cut 5 or 6 sections of equal width. For mine, my piece was 22.25 inches long so I cut sections 3.75 inches wide. You do not need to worry a lot about the "rough ends" since we'll be trimming our blocks at the end!

At this point, you can slice your block in half in any direction of your choice to create the space for the second half of your cross. I varied the angle at which my second piece crossed the first piece. I sewed all of my first half of each block to the same 1.5 inch strip, then cut the strip apart and pressed. I then added the second half of each block and pressed.

Now it's time to trim all of our blocks to our desired size - 3.5 inches. You can also use this step to vary the angles of your crosses within the blocks. Most of my untrimmed blocks were about 4 inches square so I had some wiggle room in determining how I wanted my final blocks to look.

And we just made 6 wonky cross blocks and saved a little bit of time by being able to strip piece and chain piece our blocks (at least part of the time!)

For this project, I made a total of 59 wonky cross units in four different fabric pairs for my ombre Everest:
16 - dark dot print fabric + dark tonal
16 - dark tonal + medium tonal
12 - medium tonal + medium burst print (shown above)
15 - medium burst print + light tonal

Next week, I'll be posting about putting the top together and the final product! I've already planned my quilting idea out and am excited to see if it will work or not!

Sharing at Tips and Tutorials Tuesday at Quilting Jet GirlLet's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, and NTT at My Quilt Infatuation!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Christine's Kitchen QAL {Week 10}

Welcome back to Week 10 of the Christine's Kitchen QAL! Today we're making the pieced border for our quilt!

The most important thing about making pieced borders is making sure that you've accurately made your quilt center and that you accurately make your pieced border -- size matters, cutting accuracy matters, seam allowance matters.

You'll need a total of 92 background and 92 print fabric squares to make 46 four patches for your pieced border. I strip pieced my pairs of background and print fabrics (always pressing to the print fabric) from the large scraps I had from piecing my blocks. I did mine randomly, but Amanda did hers in just two colors, which gives her a totally different look! Click on over to Craftsy to download the directions.

You can also see that Amanda added in a few extra flowers to her quilt too! Make sure that your four patch sections "pair up" at the corners -- take a few minutes to make sure that your rows start and end with the correct pattern.

No giveaway this week, and next week is our off week, but we will have multiple giveaways for those who send in finished quilt pictures for the quilt parade! Once you've finished your quilt top and/or quilted and bound your quilt, email me a picture of your finished quilt or finished top at to be entered to win some wrap up prizes! Prizes include but are not limited to layer cakes, charm packs, fat quarter bundles, and potentially a KIT for one of our other patterns!

Thinking about joining in late? There is still a lot of time to catch up before the final quilt parade in June! Download all of the directions in one place on Craftsy!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Stash Bee Blocks

This month our Queen Bee was Bethany and she requested Converging Corners blocks. For her quilt, she wanted purple and coral fabrics with low volumes as the background. She also requested that we make 16 inch blocks instead of 12.5 inch blocks.

I didn't end up having a lot of fabrics in the colors she requested, but still enough to make two blocks for her, both slightly larger than the 16 inches she requested so that she can trim them down as she chooses.

I can't wait to see how her quilt comes together! Happy Sunday to you! Sharing at Oh Scrap!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Coast to Coast Traveling Bee {Month #3}

It occurs to me again that naming each edition of this quilt bee as a "month" is a misnomer, but it still is the easiest way to track my progress.

Karen asked for individual blocks rather than blocks added to a quilt center so that she can build the quilt as she sees fit. For some reason, this has actually been harder for me, since I didn't have a center to pin to the wall and stare at for a few weeks.

After reading through Karen's requests and ideas again, and flipping through the blocks made thus far, I decided that the thing I should do is make filler blocks -- lots of them in lots of different sizes -- and the best way to accomplish that was to make a lot of flying geese blocks.

I spent about three innings of a baseball game (yes, that is how I measure time!) cutting squares upon squares for fast flying geese units. Here is the first batch of flying geese that I made:

Unfortunately, I really only have the one teal print and I have a LOT of it (it is the leftover backing fabric from this quilt), but luckily when Karen saw these blocks she loved both the piles of flying geese and the teal fabric!

The first batch of geese were mainly teal/black, and the second batch used nearly the entirety of the white and black print fat quarter.

I made 56 flying geese units in four different sizes. I decided not to sew any of the units together so that Karen can manipulate them however she chooses.

This will be going in the mail to Audrey today! Karen will actually be visiting Audrey while the quilt is in Pennsylvania, so they will be working on starting to assemble part of the quilt!

Next up is working on Chelsea's quilt! This will be another round of making blocks rather than adding borders to a quilt center, so we'll see what I come up with!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Anything Goes Mini {Blog Hop + Giveaway}

(Update: the giveaway is now closed, thanks to all who entered! Winner noted below.)

I am happy to be back over at Benartex's blog Sew In Love With Fabric to share a tutorial for a quick and fun mini quilt made from the new line Anything Goes by Ann Lauer!

Here's a sampling of some of the fabrics in this line:

I used mainly the green and blue prints in this mini, which finishes at 20 inches square. I used one of my favorite blocks -- the Ohio Star -- and used partial blocks to give the design a little more pizzazz. Hop on over to the post to see the full tutorial!

If you have a Quilter's Planner, you might recognize the quilting motif as the design of the week from last week! I decided to go with a swirly and round design to contrast with the graphic prints in this line.

I used the blue dot print and white dot print to piece together a backing for this mini. I realized that after I designed this mini to be 20 inches square that it was a little to large to use a single fat quarter for the backing, which was my original plan. Piecing the leftovers from those two fabrics into a four patch worked perfectly.

I used the black squares print for both the hanging pockets and the bias binding. This tutorial is essentially the same as what I do when making non-continuous bias binding. Since I was working with a fat quarter, I needed four bias strips total for binding. I use this method to add hanging pockets to the mini quilts that I make. For this mini, I believe that my pocket squares were cut to 6.5 inches.

Now for the giveaway! Two entries:

1. Leave one comment and tell me your favorite summer picnic food.
2. Followers (Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin, or any other method) can leave a second comment for a second chance to win.

Congrats to our winner, Monica! I will contact you shortly!

Happy Wednesday! Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!