A little while back I was asked by the wonderfully talented Carina Gardner if I wanted to play with some of her beautiful Posy Garden prints as part of the Posy Garden Tour. It took all of about two seconds to say absolutely yes!!!! I love Carina's beautiful style and use of rich colors. And, the blog hop just happened to line up with my Riley Blake Design Team post, So . . . that means tutorial as well!!!!! So, Today I am super excited to share my new Posies Quilt for the Posy Garden Blog Hop and a full tutorial for making your own Posies Quilt as well ;)
So . . . Let's get right into that tutorial ;)
What you will Need:
(18) Fat Eighth's from Posy Garden
3 1/2 Yards of Snow Shades for Background
2/3 Yard of Asphalt Shades for Binding
4 1/2 Yards of Matching Print for Backing
STEP 1 - CUTTING
We will start with cutting all of our fabrics.
From each of the 18 Fat Eighth's cut (3) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares, for a total of 54 Squares.
From your Black Yardage cut (8) 2 1/2" X Width of Fabric Strips to be used for Binding.
From your White Background yardage cut:
(10) 3 1/2" x Width of Fabric Strips
(8) 3 1/2" x Width of Fabric Strips subcut into (22) 3 1/2"x 12 1/2" Rectangles
(5) 6 1/2" x Width of Fabric Strips subcut into (30) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" Squares
Then from your remaining White Background yardage cut (1) 21 1/2" x Width of Fabric Strip. Subcut the strip into (2) 21 1/2" x 21 1/2" Squares (it is okay if there is a little bit of selvage in them as they will be trimmed at the end ;) And finally, Subcut the (2) Squares in half diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles per square and a total of 8 Triangles.
STEP 2 - SEWING THE POSY FOUR PATCHES
Before we can start sewing, we need to do a little fabric organizing. We will by grouping our Print fabrics into two groups, a Group A and a Group B. Group A represents the "posies" in the quilt and Group B represents the "stems " in the quilt. Because of that, I used the more floral prints in Group A and the more basic prints in Group B, but you can divide them as you like. Place 9 prints (3 of each) into a pile for Group A and 9 prints (3 of each) into a pile for Group B.
Now, we are going to group each of the 9 "posies" in the quilt. Layout your Group A prints, keeping the 3 prints of each together. Then, choose a print from Group B to compliment the Group A print. Place 1 Group B print with each set of Group A prints to make a total of 4 squares in each set. Set the remaining Group B prints aside for the moment.
And now, we are ready to start sewing Four Patches. Layout a set of 4 squares that you have just created as shown below. (and I am sorry, somehow I forgot to take a picture of this next bit, but I am sure you can figure it out :) Place the right hand squares onto the left hand squares with right sides together and stitch a 1/4" seam along the edges to sew the two rows together.
Press the seam allowances of each of the two rows in opposite directions. This will allow them to nest. Place the top row onto the bottom and Nest (and pin if you like) the center seam. Sew a 1/4"seam along the edge.
Press the seam allowance open. And your Four Patch is done :) Repeat the process for the remaining 8 sets of 4 squares to make a total of 9 Posy Four Patches. They should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2". (and you can always chain stitch this process if you want to speed things up a bit ;)
STEP 3 - SEWING THE STEM FOUR PATCHES
And now, we are ready to make the "stems". Layout your 9 Posy Four Patches with space between them as shown below. If you have a designated space to do this that is best as it helps to just leave these laid out on the floor ;)
Now with your remaining Group B print squares and your White 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares, fill in between the "posies" by laying out 4 Patches as shown below. Take care to match the print sides to the bottom of the "posies" so that the "stem" is all the same print. You will be laying out 12 Additional "Stem" four Patches.
Once your layout is all correct, gather the additional "stem" four patches. (leave the "Posy" Four Patches where they are.) I like to stack them up next to my machine so I can chain stitch them and save time, but you can do them one at a time if you prefer. Using the "Posy" Four Patch instructions, Sew these additional "Stem" Four Patches together.
When completed, you should have 12 Additional "Stem" Four Patches that will measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2 square.
And now, you can place them back in between the "Posy" Four Patches as shown below. (this is why it is nice if you can just leave the laid out ;)
STEP 4 - SEWING FOUR PATCHES INTO ROWS
Now with the Four Patches all done, you are ready to start sewing them into rows. For that, we are going to need our small 3 1/2" x 12 1/2" Rectangles or Sashing Strips. Place a Small Sashing Strip between the Four Patches as shown below. Take note that there are not sashing strips at the end of every row as some of them will be trimmed.
Place the small sashing strips onto the 4 Patches with right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge of each set. (I find it is very helpful to take a picture of this step before picking them all up so you can remember where everything goes back ;)
Press the seam allowances towards the sashing strips. Now gather 5 of your large Setting Triangles and lay them at the end of the rows as shown below. (Yup, one got away from me for a few pictures so I had to add him in digitally ;)
Now you are ready to sew the rows together diagonally. To do this, place the sashed Four Patch or Setting Triangle of the row onto the second Block/Triangle with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam allowance and then press towards the sashing. (shown in first row). Then, place the third Block/Triangle onto the now sewn together first and second units with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam allowance and then press towards the sashing (shown in second row) Continue in this fashion until the row is all sewn together.
NOTE - When adding the setting triangles: For Row 1 and Row 2 (or top rows) Align the bottom edge of the triangle with the bottom of the row. For Row 4, 5, and 6 (or bottom rows) Align the top edge of the triangle with the top of the row.
Continue in this fashion until you have sewn all of the rows together. Then press all of the seam allowances towards the sashing strips. Trim the "dogears" that are hanging out on your triangles even with the rows.
STEP 5 - SEWING ROWS INTO QUILT TOP
And now, you are ready to add your long sashing strips and sew the rows into a quilt top. Start by sewing all 10 of your 3 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips End to End to make one giant strip. (I like to trim the selvages of my strips before sewing them together ;)
Now lay the giant strip between each of your sewn rows and trim a piece of the sashing strip to size. They don't have to be perfect, just close. Notice, you don't need a sashing strip along the bottom row of the quilt.
And now it is just like making the rows, only on a larger scale ;) Place the sashing strips onto the rows with right sides together. You can pin if you like or just align as you go. Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge or each row.
Press the seam allowances towards the sashing strips. Add 2 remaining Setting Triangles (there will be 1 leftover that is scrap) to be used for the two Top Corner Triangles.
Place the Corner Triangles onto the top row and the end of the third row with right sides together as shown below. If the end of your Third row is not even with the sashing, just trim it nice and even. Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge of the triangles and press the seam allowance on your Corner Triangles towards the sashing.
And now, you can start sewing the sashed rows together!!! Place the bottom row onto the next row with right sides together. Take care to align your sashing strips and pin them together. (this means you will have to sort or peek between the strips to assure they are aligned) Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge and press towards the sashing strip.
Next, place the now sewn together first and second row onto the third row with right sides together. Once again, align the sashing and pin it in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge and then press towards the sashing.
Continue in this fashion sewing the rows together. I find it easiest to sew half of the rows together from the bottom. Then to stop and switch to the top of the quilt and sew half of the rows together. So then you have two halves that look like this.
Then all that is left is to place the bottom half onto the top half with right sides together. Align the sashing strips and pin them in place. Then sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge and finally, press towards the sashing strip.
And now your quilt top should look a little something like this and is all ready to be trimmed nice and sqaure ;)
STEP 6 - TRIMMING QUILT TOP & ADDING SIDE BORDERS
To trim your quilt top, place a cutting mat under your quilt top. You will be trimming the sides of the quilt different than the top and bottom so be sure to note that!!! Along the two sides of the quilt, align your long quilting ruler so that it is 1/4" over the points of the print "stems". Trim along the edge, removing the excess background fabric.
Along the top and bottom of the quilt, align your long quilting ruler so that it is 2 1/2" over the points of the print "posies". Trim along the edge, removing the excess background fabric.
And now your quilt top should look something like this. You can be done here if you like, but I like to have all of the posies appear to be "floating" so I decided to add two side borders. The other thing that is super nice about this is that it uses up some of that "trim" and less wasted fabric is always better ;)
So grab that extra that you trimmed off of the top and the bottom of the quilt. Cut it into a 3" strip. Then you will need to cut a few additional 3" strips from the triangles you cut from the side. If you cut just right, you can get this from the sashing part and not the pieced square part ;) Sew the strips end to end to make 2 long border strips.
Place them along along the two sides of the quilt. If they are a little short, add some additional trim pieces ;) Place the two side borders onto the quilt with right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge. Trim the excess strip and then press towards the border strip.
And there you have it!!! A beautiful Posies Quilt Top all ready to be finished up :)
STEP 7 - FINISHING QUILT
So . . . Let's finish it up ;) Time to Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!! Which is a whole lot in one little sentence. If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Series of video tutorials that will walk you through Basting, Quilting, and Binding step by step ;)
STEP 8 - ENJOY QUILT
Thanks for stopping in today to share this tutorial. I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!