Friday, April 19, 2013

Going Dutch Block Tutorial - Block 4 of the Virtual Quilting Bee

Today I am so excited to share a new quilt block tutorial.  I call it, Going Dutch.

Going Dutch is the 4th block in the Virtual Quilting Bee hosted by Amy of Diary of a Quilter.  Amy is a dear, sweet friend and I am so very excited to be a part of her bee!!  And as part of this virtual gathering, there will most likely be many of you stopping by Happy Quilting for the first time.  Welcome!!  I hope you enjoy your visit and take a minute to poke around, there's always lots of quilting goodness going on around here :)

Oh, and if you are new to the Virtual Quilting Bee you can see the previous three blocks and get more general info about the Virtual Quilting Bee and how you can participate by popping on over to the Virtual Quilting Bee page at Amy's :) 

So . . . Here's Going Dutch :)  

Start by cutting the following:
   From your background fabric cut (2) 3" x 3" squares and (8) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
   From each of your 2 focal fabrics cut (1) 3" x 3" square, (2) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles,
        and (2) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares.

Using your ruler, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of (4) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" background squares and on all of the focal fabric squares.

Lay your marked background squares on your 4 focal fabric rectangles aligned at the top with rights sides together as shown.    Pin both sides adjacent to that drawn line.  Make sure to put them out far enough that your presser foot won't hit them as you sew on by :)   Now, place your (4) 1 1/2" marked focal fabric squares aligned at the bottom right with right sides together as shown.  Pin as directed earlier.   Stitch a seam directly on top of your drawn line for all 8 seams.

Align your ruler 1/4" over your stitched line.  Cut along the edge of the ruler.  Scrap your loose triangles.

Press your seams.  I found it easiest to press my seams open, but press as you prefer.  Set these 4 pieces aside for the moment.

Gather your (4) 3" squares, 2 background fabric and 2 focal fabrics.  Lay your marked print square on your background square with rights sides together.  Pin both sides adjacent to that drawn line, once again placing them far enough for the presser foot :)  Stitch a 1/4" seam along both sides of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines :)  

Align your ruler along the drawn center line.  Cut along the edge of the ruler.  Press your seams.  Once again, I pressed mine open.

Trim your four half square triangles to 2 1/2" using the angle line on a square ruler.  If you are unsure how to trim HST's see this tutorial :)

Gather (4) 2 1/2" background squares and lay them out as follows.  Place the HST onto the background square with right sides together.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Pin if desired :)  Press the 4 seams.

And now your pieces are all made and you are ready to sew the block together.  Lay your 8 pieced rectangles out as follows creating 4 quadrants.

Sew each set of rectangles into squares.   Just place one rectangle onto another with right sides together, I find this easiest to do with it all laid out so you don't goof (like I did once) and start spinning pieces.  Pin along the edges and then sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.  Press the seams, I opened them to avoid bulk :)

Now sew the top 2 squares into a row and the bottom 2 squares into a row.  Place the right square onto the left with right sides together and pin along the edge taking care to match up your little triangle seams.  They will lay right on top of one another and it is important to get those pretty points in the center that the line up.  Press your seams.

And one last seam to sew.  Place the top row onto the bottom with right sides together.  Match the center seam and the little triangle seams once again.  Pin them in place.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.  Press the seam.

And now sit back and enjoy your cute little 8" Going Dutch quilt block!!

And here she is in solids.  Isn't it fun how different fabrics can create different looks, that is one of my favorite things about quilting!!

Be sure to add your Going Dutch quilt block to the Virtual Quilting Bee Flickr Group as well as the Inspired by Happy Quilting Flickr Group.

EDIT - Some of you have inquired about making this block on a larger scale so I whipped up this little chart of the fabrics you need to cut for 5 different block size options. Note, the last line of the chart isn't fabric that needs to be cut, it just gives you a reference of what size to trim your Half Square Triangles :)   Have fun :!

Hope you have enjoyed the tutorial ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

And since this finishes up my part of the VQB I'm linking up to Amanda's :)

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Refracted Rainbows Mini - A Finish

I started this mini with the purpose to remake my original Refracted quilt with the feedback I received from Quilt Con.  And I am happy to say that I am so loving it!!!  Seriously, this one is going to be hard to mail off to my partner :)    Each of those little refracted rainbows are 2 1/2" finished.  So cute and tiny :)

For the back, I added the remaining 2 rainbows and framed them up.  I will be writing on them for a label but didn't want my partner to know yet :)  I used my favorite text print from Mama Said Sew for the backing fabric!!  I mean, what could be more perfect for a mini quilt back than definitions of quilting terms :)

And a close up on the quilting.  I wanted to give a look of the rainbows extending, like they do out of a prism :)  I am super happy with how it turned out.  And I love the way the color threads pop on the black sashing!

In the end, I love the Remake as much as the original!!  Love it when that happens :)

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Modern Baby Blog Tour Starts Tomorrow!!!

I am so super excited about the release of Modern Baby.   And the Official Launch Tour stars tomorrow!!!! Yippeee Skippee!!!

The tour will start at  Martingale Publishing's blog and then each day visit the blogs of  the contributors to the book.  This is some amazing company I am in :)  At each stop you will get some fun baby stories from the authors as well as a chance to win an e-copy of the book!!  That's 14 chances to win :)

April 18, Thursday       Jenny from StitchThis! 
April 19, Friday            Shea Henderson from Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio 
April 22, Monday          Jake Finch from Generation Q Magazine
April 23, Tuesday        Audrie Bidwell from Blue is Bleu
April 24, Wed              Carolyn Friedlander from Carolyn Friedlander
April 25, Thursday       Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting  (That's Me)
April 26, Friday            Jen Eskridge from Reanna Lily Designs
April 29, Monday          Sarah Flynn from Fairy Face Designs
April 30, Tuesday        Dana Bolyard from Old Red Barn Company
May 1, Wednesday     Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter
May 2, Thursday         Carrie Bloomston from Such Designs
May 3, Fri                    Victoria Findlay Wolfe from Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
May 6, Monday            Lindsey Rhodes from LRstitched
May 7, Tuesday           Pippa Eccles Armbrester from Pippa Quilts

So be sure to follow along each day for lots of Modern Baby fun and I will see you next Thursday with my stop along the tour!!!  
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Scrappy Sappy

I love sewing scrappy.  I find it so much fun to dig through my bins of scraps (which are way to full by the way) and pull out this and that.  Which each print I pull I reminisce what I made with it before.  It is like flipping through a scrapbook. Sewing scrappy always seems to turn into a trip down memory lane.  And yes, I will admit, sometimes I get a little emotional.  (It really doesn't take much to make me cry, honestly :)    Please tell me I am not the only one that gets sappy over scraps.

Today's plans . . . mix a scrappy rainbow with some scrappy low volume.  I have been a little slow on the whole "low volume" band wagon, so I am excited to give it a shot.  Now I just need it to be nap time so I can go play with all this scrappy goodness :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Bits and Pieces

Well, Its a bit of this and that today :)

Fave Quilts just published a new little Free E Book, Patterns for Quilting,  and I am super excited that they choose to include my "Brady Bunch" inspired block in the easy quilt block patterns section.  Pop on over and check it out :)

I have been working on my block for the Virtual Quilt Bee at Diary of a Quilter.  My post is Friday and I am super excited to share what I have whipped up :)

Voting for the Accuquilt Barn Block Contest ends Wednesday, so if you haven't gotten a chance to vote be sure to pop on over and do so :)  And I started working on layouts for a Star Surround Quilt-A-Long.  I am playing with the idea of lots of options, ie 5 different size blocks and 10ish layout options.  Is that to much??


CORKSCREW - #30                       DUE NORTH - #39
And that about wraps it up. Have a Happy Quilting day!!

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