And here it is all done!!!! ABC . . . Read With Me!!!! And because you all loved the idea so much back in March, I wrote a tutorial to go along with it!! It can be found over at the Moda Bake Shop ;) It has easy step by step instructions for the entire quilt including the links for the free letter downloads, in case you don't have the Spell it with Moda Pattern Book ;) EDIT - I also found a super easy way to look up all the letters. Just copy and paste this link in http://www.modafabrics.com/a_spellitwithfabric.pdf and then change the letter after the .com/ to whatever letter you need ;)
ABC . . . Read With Me finishes at 80" x 84" :) Yup, its a big one, perfect for the reader in your family or for a special gift to a school or library. This one is hanging in the school my Twin Sister administrates ;) She says the kids just love it and I can't tell you how happy that makes me ;)
And now that this Moda Bake Shop Tutorial has been published for a while, I can now post it here on my blog for your convenience ;) So just follow along below for the full step-by-step tutorial. And if you love it, you can get the printerfriendly version here :)1 Fat Quarter Bundle of LOL by Me and My Sister Designs
So let's get to making your own ABC . . .Read with Me Quilt.
Here is what you will need :
3 3/4 Yards White Bella Solid
1/2 Yard of Black Bella Solid
5 Yards of Backing
2 Yards of Fusible Webbing
Spell it with Moda Pattern Book or Downloadable Pattern Sheets for each Letter
STEP 1 - CUTTING
From the White Bella Solid yardage cut :
(8) 6 1/2" x Width of Fabric Strips
(20) 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric Strips
(3) 3" x 15" rectangles
(3) 2 1/2" x 6" rectangles
(3) 1 1/2" x 6" rectangles
(6) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
(24) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
(27) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
From (15) strips cut a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle. Put the scrap of the strip with the Alphabet Block pieces.
From (18) strips cut a 2 1/2 x 11 1/2" rectangle. Once again, put the scrap of the strip with the Alphabet Block pieces.
From (9) strips cut the strip in half to create (18) 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles
From (3) strips cut a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle and a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle. Scrap the remaining piece.
From (3) strips cut a 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle and a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle.
From (3) strips cut a 2 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangle and a 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangle.
Sort all of the cut rectangles grouping by like sizes. Set them aside.
It's time to move on to making some blocks. I like to make the ABC blocks first as they take a little time ;) For each block you will need to gather a 2 1/2" x WOF white strip and then the matching fabric (2) 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangles, the (2) 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles, and the matching Alphabet Scrap fabric you set aside.
And with your ABC's done, you are ready to move onto making some books. We will start by making each of the individual "books" for the blocks.
First, we will make 3 "angled" books. Gather the (3) 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" White rectangles. Cut them in half diagonally. Lay a 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangle onto the long triangle centering with right sides together as shown below. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge. Press the seam allowance towards the print square. Place the other White triangle along the remaining side of the Print rectangle centering with right sides together as shown below. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge and press the seam allowance towards the print rectangle. Repeat to make a total of 3 books ready for the first trimming.
Using your ruler, align the left hand side of the block with the 4 1/2" marking on your ruler and the right hand side of the block with the edge of your ruler and the bottom right hand corner of the Book with the 12 1/4" mark on your ruler. Trim the top of the block even with the top of your ruler.
Now, rotate the block 180 degrees. Once again, align the left hand side of the block with the 4 1/2" line on your ruler and the right hand side of the block with the edge of the ruler and align the bottom of the block with the 12 1/2" line on your ruler. Once again, trim the top of the block even with the top of your ruler.
Repeat the trimming for all 3 blocks. These angles blocks are now done and you can set them aside.
And now, you are moving on to making the horizontally stacked books. You will be making 3 sets of these 4 books, for a total of 12 books ;) Layout the Print rectangles and White rectangles as shown in the image below. Place the white rectangles onto the ends of the print rectangles with right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge. Press the seam allowances towards the print rectangles.
And lastly, it is time to make the books that fill up all the rest of the space.
Place a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" white rectangle onto a 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangle with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge. Chain stitch 18 sets. Press the seam allowances towards the print rectangles.
Place a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" white square onto a 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangle with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge. Chain stitch 15 sets. Press the seam allowances toward the print rectangles.
You will be making 3 Angled Book blocks for your 3 Angled Books. Choose any 4 Filler Books and 1 Angled book and lay them out in any order you like, but just take care that the angled book is "leaning" up against a taller book, otherwise you will end up with a floating book ;)
Repeat to make a total of 3 Angled Book Blocks
You will be making 3 Horizontal Book blocks for your 3 sets of Horizontal Books. Choose any 4 Horizontal books and 2 Filler books and lay them out in any order you like. You don't have to use 1 of each Horizontal book for each block, mix it up as you like :)
Repeat to make a total of 3 Horizontal Book Blocks.
You will be making 6 Vertical Book blocks to finish your book case. Choose any 6 Filler books and lay them out in any order you like. Once again, mix it up as you like :)
Repeat to make a total of 6 Vertical Book Blocks.
And now, with all of your ABC and Book Blocks done you are ready to put together your quilt top!!!
MAKING THE ROWS
Start by laying out 3 rows of 4 blocks. I liked to have 1 Angled Block, 1 Horizontal Block, and 2 Vertical Blocks in each row but you can mix and match as you like.
Take the (8) 6 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips and sew the end to end, removing the selvages and pressing the seam allowances to one side. From the long strip, cut (4) 6 1/2" x 48 1/2" strips. Lay them between the book rows as shown below.
Print out the Applique Templates from here. Using the letter templates, black solid fabric, and Fusible Web, cut out the the appliques for each letter in Please Read With Me. If you are new to appliqueing and need a bit more explanation on preparing applique, please see my Applique Basics Video tutorial that will walk you through the steps in detail ;) Layout the applique on the two middle sashings as shown below.
Now you are ready to add the sashing to the quilt. This is just like sewing the rows together only we are working horizontally. Place the first sashing strip onto the first book row with right sides together and pin in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge. Then place the second sashing strip onto the pieced top aligning and pinning the edge. Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Continue adding row after row until all are sewn into one piece. Press the seam allowances towards the sashing strips.
It's time to pull out those ABC blocks you set aside. Align 5 blocks along either side of each quilt and 8 blocks along the top and 8 blocks along the bottom of the quilt. Play with the layout until you get a color plan that is pleasing to the eye.
And just like that, your quilt top is done!!!! Now all you have to do is finish it up. Time to Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It. I know, that is a whole lot crammed into one little sentence. If you are new to finishing a quilt, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Video Tutorial Series that will walk you through each of these three steps in detail.
When it came time to quilt this one, I opted for a little custom work. I outlined the letters and the books using my straight line ruler. Then I did curly cues in the letter backgrounds and swirls in the white background ;) I used my all time favorite 402 Pearl So Fine Superior Thread. It really is the perfect blend on white ;)
I love all of the happy texture it created. And I left the books blank because the kids at my sisters school get to write their favorite book title on a spine when they achieve their reading goal for the year isn't that just so awesome!! I know the next time I get to go visit I am totally going to cry.
STEP 6 - ENJOY
And now you have one adorable 80" x 84" ABC . . . Read With Me quilt. This quilt is so much fun to make and is just perfect for that special friend who loves to read, your children or grandchildren, a library or school. The list goes on and on :)
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you make your own ABC . . . Read With Me Quilt I would love to see it!! You can email me a picture at email@example.com, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc or or add it to my flickr group here ;) I can't wait to see your ABC . . . Read With Me Quilts!!!
Thank you so much for stopping by today ;) I can't tell you how much I appreciate my readers. I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for you :)
Have a Happy Quilting Day!!