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Star Wars Fabric

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving (or Thursday for my non-American friends) ūüėČ . ¬†

My only gift to sew this Christmas is a twin size Star Wars quilt for my favorite 6 year old.  Most of my fabrics are from Fat Quarter Shop (just search Star Wars). 

Star Wars Quilt

I was going to hold off and post this quilt after I had some “styled” shots so you can see the whole thing…but I couldn’t wait.¬† I had to be sneaky making this one with the kids around…and if Sophie saw it she would tell Ryan immediately. ¬†4 year olds are SO bad at secrets.¬†

The fabrics are so busy and I wanted to use all of the prints…so I kept the pattern very simple. ¬†The big squares are 8 1/2″ cut, and the small squares are 4 1/2″ cut, and sewn into a 4 patch. ¬†Easy peasy.¬†

Star Wars Quilt

I used the softest blanket from Target on the back. ¬†I also used batting, so I sent this one to Kathy to quilt and asked her to do some simple wavy lines so it wouldn’t be stiff.

If you’re interested in using a blanket for a backing…I have some tips and info at the end of this post.¬†¬† It’s all wrapped up under the tree but I promise a full picture after Christmas! ¬†

Quilted Zipper Pouch

I used the scraps to make him a zipper pouch, and then I couldn’t stop and made a few more for gifts. ¬†I used this pattern/video by Sherri and it’s awesome! ¬†Except I used a metal zipper and broke two needles as I kept forgetting and sewed right over it.¬†

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As I was finishing up this quilt last week I snapped a picture of Jane on my sewing room floor…in the exact same pajamas and chewing on my exact same measuring tape. ¬†I couldn’t help but snap a picture…it’s so fun to see them side by side. ¬†Jane has a bit more hair. ¬†ūüėȬ†

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If you made it through this extremely long post and you need a weekend project (ha!) patterns are 25% in my shop.  Use code Thanks25 through Monday.  

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Have a great weekend! 

 

 

 

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Grayscale Finished!

Grayscale Quilt and Block Tutorial

I’ve had more questions about this quilt than maybe any other since I posted¬†the top over a year ago. ¬†I made this one with two jelly rolls I talk about here, and there¬†is a tutorial for the blocks found here. ¬†

Grayscale Quilt

I opted for a pop of color and did a bright back and binding. ¬†These 108″ widebacks from Windham Fabrics are so handy! ¬†This one is a print from my Dixie fabric line. ¬†

Grayscale Quilt

I tried to get a good full shot of this one but it’s tricky when my quilt holder upper is only 3 1/2 ft. tall¬†and tries to be¬†in every. single. picture. ¬†I have to bribe her to stay out of the shot or hurry and take them when she’s not looking. ¬†

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Oh to be 4. 

I just noticed her hoodie was on AND ZIPPED UP inside out!  Lol!  

Grayscale Quilt Block Tutorial

Again if you’re looking for the instructions to this one click the image above or here! ¬†

Have a great weekend! 

 

 

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Rainy Day Baby Pow Wow Quilt

Baby Pow Wow Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

I keep thinking I’ll be able to get better at posting more regularly…but then, ya know…life happens. ¬†¬†

My sister had her third little boy last week, so in true Allison fashion I waited until the last minute to make him a quilt. ¬†I used my Pow Wow pattern, which I hadn’t made in awhile, and this baby size goes together so fast! ¬†

Baby Pow Wow Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

I had a few cute rain cloud and umbrella prints I threw in since we’re from Seattle (it really doesn’t rain that much…maybe). ¬†

Baby Pow Wow Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

Baby Pow Wow Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

I backed this with a grey minky fabric.   I wanted it to be very drapey (is that a word?) so I kept the quilting very minimal.

 Too much quilting can make them a little stiff, especially with the thicker backing.  I also used Warm and White batting so it will be cozy warm through the winter. 

Baby Pow Wow Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

All wrapped up and ready for gifting!  I really really love making baby quilts.  

I¬†can’t forget to thank¬†my assistant…she’s the best help (ha!). ¬†

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¬† I remember putting my first baby¬†in cute little jeans and cute little matching outfits each day. ¬†With the fourth baby it’s fuzzy footie¬†pajamas¬†all day every day. ¬† ūüėČ ¬†Fuzzy jammies for the win! ¬†

I forgot to mention random.org picked¬†a winner from the last post¬†with First Blush…Susan E. won and it’s already on it’s way! ¬†Thanks for the entering and have a great week! ¬†

 

 

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Free Floret Table Topper Pattern and First Blush Fabric Hop

Free Floret Table Topper Pattern

It was a stormy yucky weekend in Seattle…and I was sewing like the wind to get this done before our power went out. ¬†Luckily¬†it didn’t go out, and this little table topper was the brightest part of my Saturday! ¬†

Windham Fabrics sent me a bundle of a new collection called First Blush, to make something summery.  First Blush by Ruby Red Designs comes to stores this month.  It has happy, saturated colors and a couple great basics I love.  

First Blush Fabric

The little tiny dot/flower basic print is perfection…especially in the white backgrounds. ¬†

Free Floret Table Topper Pattern

I made a little table topper for a friend, and wrote up a free pattern you can open/download at the link below: 

Free Floret Table Topper Pattern 

Free Floret Table Topper Pattern

It measures 26″ square and you can make it in an hour or so. ¬†Especially if you are sewing like the wind!

Free Floret Table Topper Pattern

Free Floret Table Topper Pattern

Isn’t that red check a perfect binding fabric??!

First Blush Fabric

 
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Diagonal Strip Quilt Tutorial

How to make a Diagonal Strips Quilt using the fast and fun tube method!

There are a few different ways to make these diagonal quilt blocks…but by far my favorite method is this tube method below. ¬†These are fairly easy blocks to make, but I wouldn’t ¬†recommend this quilt to a brand new quilter as there are tons of bias (stretchy) edges to deal with. ¬† Read through the tutorial before you cut all your strips so you know what you’re in for! ¬†

I’m going to take you through making one “tube”, which¬†yields¬†6 blocks. ¬†At the end of this tutorial you’ll find a chart with sizes, and the amount of¬†strips you’ll need for each. ¬†Use a 1/4″ seam allowance for steps below.¬†

1. Start with 6 strips 2 1/2″ x the width of the fabric (jelly roll strips work awesome in this quilt!). ¬†

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2.  Sew the strips into two sets of 3 strips each.  Press seams OPEN!

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3.  Place the strip sets right sides together, matching the outer edges.  Sew the strip sets together along both edges (top and bottom in the photo below) creating an enclosed tube.  

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Below you can see the stitches along the top and the bottom (next time I won’t use such a light bottom fabric…sorry!).¬†

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4.¬† Now¬†you’ll need a large square ruler with a 45 degree line. ¬†I’m using my¬†9 1/2″ square ruler from this pack, but any large square ruler will work as long as it has a 45 degree line from corner to corner and it’s bigger than your tube. ¬†

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5. ¬†Quick note: ¬†I’m right handed, so if you are left handed, start cutting from the left edge of the strip set instead of the right like I do below. ¬†ūüôā¬†

Align the 45 degree line on your ruler on the bottom stitch line of stitches. ¬†Make sure it’s lined up with the stitches along the whole length of the ruler. ¬†

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Cut along the right edge of the ruler as shown. 

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6.  Move the ruler up to the top row of stitches, again lining up the 45 degree mark with the line of stitches, and the corner on the cut edge as shown.  

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Cut along the ruler edge to make your first block. 

7.  Move the ruler back down to the bottom row of stitches, line everything up making sure the corner of the ruler is on the cut edge, and make another cut.  

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8.¬† Continue lining the ruler up on the bottom and top, and making cuts until you’ve cut up the whole strip tube. ¬†

Each strip tube yields 6 triangles (blocks).  

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9. ¬†Gently open up the triangles, and press the center seams to the side or open. ¬†The edges are cut on the bias grain¬†and are very very stretchy…so handle them gently and don’t pull or push them with your iron. ¬†This tip is fabulous for getting these blocks extra flat without stretching them.

Each block measures 8 1/4″ square. ¬†Actually mine were all just under 8 1/4″…but close enough.¬†

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10.  Repeat the steps above to make all of your blocks, and layout your blocks as desired.  To sew the blocks together, place them right sides together and pin where the seams meet (or just hold the fabric in place like I do) and sew.  Again, be gentle with the bias edges!

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The points meet up without too much fuss if you cut them all correctly.

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Once it’s sewn into the quilt you can hardly tell some of the seams don’t match up perfectly (some of mine were way off)! ¬†Don’t sweat it too much.¬†

Spring Strips Quilt Top

After you are done making this quilt top I highly recommend stay stitching (normal stitches/stitch length is fine) around the edges to prevent them from stretching during finishing.  I always add stay stitching to every quilt top! 

Diagonal Strip Quilt, Stay stitch the edges to prevent stretching

Size*:  Baby Crib Small Throw Large Throw Twin
  38¬†1/2″ x 46¬†1/2″ 46 1/2″ x 54 1/2″ 54¬†1/2″ x 69¬†1/2″ 62″ x 77¬†1/2″ 69¬†1/2″ x¬†85
Number of Blocks:  30 42 63 80 99
Blocks Across x Down: 5 x 6 6 x 7 7 x 9 8 x 10 9 x 11

2 1/2″ strips needed:¬†

30 42 66 84 102
Tubes to make (6 blocks each): 5 7 11 14 17

*This is assuming a finished block size of 7 3/4″…they may be a bit smaller than that. ¬†Also I didn’t include queen and king sizes because honestly I don’t recommend making this in anything bigger than a twin because of the stretchy edges and lots of seams to match. ¬†Also you’ll die of boredom making all the strip set tubes. ¬†

I found a great video by MSQC showing this tube method here (after I’d written this tutorial…ugh). ¬†It helps to see it in action, and they add white in their version so you can make it with one jelly roll!¬†

Put any questions in the comments and I’ll try to answer them there. ¬†Happy quilting!

 

 

 

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