And Now, Today I am super excited to be sharing a new Moda Bake Shop Tutorial today!!!! It's called Top Spin and I just love it!!!!
The fabrics in Top Spin are Zen Chic's new Hey Dot line. I just love the bright bold colors that just pop out from the fun white/light grey background prints. I mean, how can you not see this and smile at all of that bright polka dot goodness!!!
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 :)
So . . . Let's get to how to make your own Top Spin Quilt!!!! Here is what you will need :
1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Hey Dot by Zen Chic
6 1/2 yards of assorted background fabrics
9 yards backing fabric
1 yard binding fabric
STEP 1 - CUTTING
Start by pressing 32 Fat Quarters from your Fat Quarter Bundle (I used all of the bright colors and left out those that had a white background.)
Cut (2) 6" x 6" squares, (2) 5" x 5" squares, and (2) 4" x 4" squares from each of the 32 Fat Quarters.
You will have a total of (64) 6" x 6" squares, (64) 5" x 5" squares, and (64) 4" x 4" squares
From your assorted low volume background yardage cut the following:
(64) 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" rectangles
(64) 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangles
(64) 3 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangles
(64) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
And with all of the cutting done, we are ready to start sewing. We will start with Half Square Triangle Units. Gather 32 squares (that is 1 of each print) from each of your 3 sizes of squares. (So you should have 96 squares at the moment.) Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each squares. I like to use a Frixon pen so my lines will erase with heat.
And now we can move on to making the block. There are 3 Rows in this block and we will start with the bottom row. Layout a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" HST and a 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" background rectangle as shown below. Be Careful to make sure the HST is pointing in the same direction as shown (they are easy to get flipped around). Place the HST onto the rectangle with right sides together and stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge. Press the seam allowance towards the background rectangle. Repeat to make 64 Bottom Rows.
And now, the blocks are ready to be sewing into a quilt top. There are 2 different row layouts in this quilt and 4 rows of each layout. Layout your blocks in the following two layouts, stacking 4 rows on top of each layout.
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 ;)
I had a lot of fun quilting up this quilt ;) I quilted my favorite small Swirl and Curl in the Background and double arches in the HST's. You can really see how it stands out on the awesome backing fabric, so fun!!!
STEP 6 - ENJOY
Top Spin finishes at 96" x 96" making it the perfect fit for your queen size bed. And with all of that wonderful movement and happy prints, it is sure to make you smile each time you see it ;)
This quilt is so fun in a matching line, but it would also be a great scrap buster quilt!!! Think of all the low volume scraps you could burn through and how fun it would be to selectively pick out fabrics for all of those wonderful HST's. And you could also piece all those HST's as Leaders And Enders so it could be one of those awesome bonus quilts too ;) So fun!!!
And one last note on Top Spin that really makes me smile :) I made this quilt specifically for a family member that is having some health struggles at the moment. And I got the nicest picture from her the other day of it on her bed and a note of how happy it makes her. And that is why I love making quilts, they really are warm hugs that can be shared each day!!!!
I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!!