It’s Official…

The Toye family is growing!

Arriving May 2016 Announcement

We’re expecting our second little boy in May.  Because of this, my belly is ever expanding making it harder daily for me to reach the rails on my frame to load quilts.  I am planning to stop quilting for others around mid-March when I anticipate it becoming too difficult to reach the machine.  So, if you’ve been considering getting a quilt to me now is the time to do it.  I have space on my queue throughout much of February and the first half of March.

At this time, I don’t have an exact date of when I’ll stop.  I’m planning that sometime around March 15th or so will be when I’m going to need to back off.  I also don’t have a specific plan for starting back up.  I think right now it will depend on the personality and tolerance of this new little man in my life.  I do plan to start taking quilts again once I can sort life out with two boys in my care, but I have no idea when that will be.  I also anticipate that the time a quilt is on the frame once I do start back up will be longer than it is currently.

So, there it is.  A sort-of, not-exact plan as to how my world is going to change once this little guy comes around.

Upcoming Events

Have you interested in learning my technique for pictorial applique quilts?  If so, I have several classes coming up over the summer.

 

May 30th KCMQG Workshop

9am – 4pm at the Roeland Park Community Center in Room 6

4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park, KS

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July 15 at Meadows Quilt Shop

10:30-3:30 at Meadows Quilt Shop

200 S. 5th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048

 

Sample #3

 

July 18 at Meadows Quilt Shop

10:30-3:30 at Meadows Quilt Shop

200 S. 5th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048

 

Sample #2

 

July 29 at Modern Makers 

10-4 at Modern Maker’s new location!

3707 Summit Street, Kansas City MO 64111

 

Sample #1

 

August 22 at Modern Makers

10-4 at Modern Maker’s new location!

3707 Summit Street, Kansas City MO 64111

 

I hope to see you at one of these classes!

A free pattern! Thirty-two carats

I’m taking part in the Handmade Birthday Club with some of my fellow Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild members.  I made a really cool set of placemats for my friend, Denise.

Four on Table

Since I put in the effort to make myself a paper-piecing pattern to create these, I might as well share it with the rest of you, right?!

Four Placemats - Flat

You’re in luck.

Feathers Flat Eyeballs Flat Circles Flat Sprig Flat

I’ve made this (sort-of) pattern available for free on Craftsy.  That’s right.  It’s free!  You can find the pattern here.

Why do I say sort-of?  Well, if you haven’t done paper-piecing before this might not be the most easy to follow.  Here’s what you will find in this pattern:

  • Some really basic instructions, but if you’re new to this technique I’d recommend looking up a YouTube video or really in-depth tutorial.  I’m sure there’s hundreds of them available out on the web & paper-piecing can be a little tricky to wrap your head around if you haven’t tried it before.
  • A pretty basic formula to use to figure up how much yardage you’ll need for your project.
  • A photograph of the placemats I made & a few digital renderings of what a quilt could look like in various sizes.
  • A page of project ideas with dimensions and grid layouts for different standard sized projects.
  • There’s the paper-piecing pieces and printing instructions.

Hope you try it out and enjoy!

Summer Dreamin’ Blog Hop – Summer Shades Quilt Tutorial & a Giveaway!

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Welcome back to those of you have been here before.  If you’ve never stopped by before, hello!  I’m Jessica Toye, a long-arm quilter & quilt designer living in Kansas City, MO.  Gina Martin, a friend of mine from KCMQG, was looking for bloggers to partake in this tour a while back and I volunteered.  She gave us total freedom on what we’d like to make for the blog hop, so I decided to make a quilt using from half-square triangles & appliqué.  The appliqué is done with the same raw-edge, fusible web method I shared in the last blog hop & tutorial post I wrote.  If you gave the diaper pin quilt a go, you’ll know that this method is super quick and easy.  Basically, all that’s involved is tracing, ironing, and outlining the shapes in a zig-zag stitch.

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How fun is this fabric?  When I see it I just want to sing “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  It’s so cheerful & summery.  The whole quilt top you see below is made from fabrics from the Sanibel line Gina designed for Moda.

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I couldn’t pick just one of these photos to share with you.  How cute is my little guy?  This was possibly the first photo shoot with him that didn’t involve tears.

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Okay, this one might be my favorite of him.

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I had planned on making a baby quilt for this tutorial, too, but when my sister said she liked the fabric, I jumped the finish quilt to a throw size instead of a smaller one.  I like to have an idea of where the final project is going before I start it, so I don’t add to my collection of homeless quilts.  I keep telling my husband they add to the insulation of our house, but I’m not sure he believes me.

Are you ready to give it a go?  Check out the tutorial below.


T U T O R I A L

Notes:

  • All seams are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise.  Read all instructions before beginning.
  • If you like to plan your final block arrangement instead of leaving it to fate, feel free to use a design wall as you go to organize your arrangement before sewing anything together.

Supplies & Materials:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Lightweight, paper backed fusible web (I like Pellon #805)
  • Printed templates for sunglasses appliqué (get it here: Sunglasses Templates)
  • 1/4 yard each of the of 30 different prints from the Sanibel fabric line
  • Backing fabric (I started with 14″ of each of the 30 different Sanibel fabrics & pieced the backing out of the leftovers from the quilt top & had some fabric to spare.)
  • 1/2 yard red solid fabric for binding
  • Thread (I used white thread for piecing, zig-zag stitching the appliqué & quilting.)
  • Batting

Cut:

From each print, cut one 7″ strip x WOF (Width of Fabric).

  • From 5 of these strips, cut one rectangle from each to measure 12-1/2″ wide x 6-1/2″ tall for the background of the applique blocks.
  • From 5 other strips, cut one rectangle from each to measure 10-1/2″ wide x 4-1/2″ tall for the sunglasses rims.
  • From 5 other strips, cut two squares from each to measure 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ for the sunglasses lenses.
  • From each of the 30 strips, cut 3 squares from each to measure 7″ x 7″ for the half-square triangles.

Trace:

On the glue side (bumpy side) of fusible web, use your ballpoint pen to trace Sunglasses A – Rim.  Write a little “A1” next to the line on the outside of your shape to label it.  Set aside.

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Repeat to trace all of the templates the number of times listed in the list below.

  • Sunglasses A – Rims: Trace 2
  • Sunglasses A – Lens: Trace 4
  • Sunglasses B – Rims: Trace 1
  • Sunglasses B – Lens: Trace 2
  • Sunglasses C – Rims: Trace 2
  • Sunglasses C – Lens: Trace 4

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Once you have traced all of the parts, cut them apart leaving a margin around the lines you traced.  Make sure you don’t cut off the letter you labeled each piece with.

Iron:

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Choose one of your fabrics for Sunglasses A – Rims.  Lay this fabric right side down on your ironing board.  Place the fusible web that you traced Sunglasses A – Rims on top of this fabric with the glue side facing down (glue to wrong side of fabric).  Iron the fusible web to the fabric according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  This will sandwich your pen outline between the glue and the backside of the fabric.  Repeat until you have all of your fusible web rims attached the backside of a piece of fabric.

Use the same method to attach the fusible web to the backside of the lens fabrics.  Be sure to choose the same fabric for both lenses of the same glasses.  Set aside.

Appliqué:

Peel the paper off the backside of each of your appliqué pieces.  Discard paper.  See how your pen marks are still there?  Magic!

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Use your sharp scissors to cut exactly along the ballpoint pen line you traced.  Set aside & repeat for each of the appliqué pieces.

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Once you have each of your appliqué pieces cut, you can start to fuse them to the background fabrics.  This is how:

Lay one of your background fabrics right side up on your ironing board.  Press it to get any remaining wrinkles out.  Finger press to find the center of the background fabric.  Center the sunglasses rims on the rectangle and press according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Place the two lenses for the sunglasses on top of the rims.  Press according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Repeat for remaining sunglasses blocks.

Now is the time to break out your sewing machine.  Set your machine to do a basic zig-zag stitch.  Place your needle into the rim fabric at the corner using the fly wheel on your machine.

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Bring your needle back out of the fabric to pull the bobbin thread to the top of your work.  Pull both the bobbin and top threads to make a tail that is about 6″ long or so.  Hold onto your tails of thread and zig-zag stitch around the outer edge of the appliqué pieces.  Be sure to move slowly around the curves to keep your stitches as even as possible.  Continue following the colored fabric’s edge until you have outlined the entire thing.  When you reach the point you started at, raise your needle and pull a tail of thread about 6″ long before snipping it.  Use a pin, awl, or other sharp object to pull the thread tails from the front of your work to the back.  Tie a knot with the tails as close to the fabric as you can.  Trim the thread tails to about 1/4″ – 1/2″ long.  Repeat to outline the lenses of the glasses in a zig-zag stitch.  Repeat for remaining sunglasses blocks.

Note: If you’d like to see photos of the above process, check out the diaper pin baby quilt tutorial.  

Making the Half-Square Triangles

If you’ve never done half-square triangles (HST’s) before, this is a fabulous tutorial for doing them.

Pair the 7″ squares and lay them right sides together.  Mark a line diagonally from corner to corner across the lighter colored fabric.

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Stitch 1/4″ away from your drawn line on both sides.

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Slice down the drawn line of the HST.

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Press seam to one side.

Trim square to 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.

Piecing the Quilt Top:

Use a design wall if desired to arrange the HST & sunglasses blocks before proceeding.

Piece the blocks together in pairs.  Continue piecing the pairs together until you have rows.

Piece the rows together until you have a completed top.

Note: When piecing a quilt top, press the seams in each row in opposite directions.  (1st row, all seams pressed to the right.  2nd row, all seams pressed to the left.  3rd row, all seams pressed to the right.  Etc…)

Make Your Quilt Back:

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You can use a solid piece of fabric or piece one; it’s up to you!  You just need to end up with something that is around a little bigger than your top.  Mine was about 64″ x 72″.  I cut 6-1/2″ wide strips of the leftover fabric and pieced them together into strips and cut them to 64″ wide.

Make Your Quilt Sandwich:

Cut your batting to the proper size.

Decide how you want to finish your quilt.  I use my longarm machine to quilt, so I don’t need to baste my quilt sandwiches.  If your method requires basting, do it now.

Quilt:

Quilt as you like.  My sample is filled with orange peels in all the blocks but the appliqué blocks.  Those are outlined around the glasses and the background is filled with a different filler in each.

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Finishing:

Use your rotary cutter to trim the excess batting and backing fabric even with the edges of the quilt top.

Trim the selvedges off your orange binding fabric and sew the strips together to create one long strip.  (You can get fancy and 45 the ends of each strip to reduce bulk if you like.)  Press the seams open.  Fold binding in half lengthwise (right sides together) to make a double layered strip that is a little bigger than 1” wide. Press.

Sew the raw edges of binding along the raw edges of the quilt on the top side. Be sure to leave a tail on each end.

Sew the two ends together to make a snug binding. Cut off the excess tail of binding.

Wrap the binding around to the back side of quilt. Hand stitch in place if you’re feeling ambitious  If not, machine stitch it down(like me!).

And that’s it!  You’re all done!

D E T A I L S   O F   T H E   S A M P L E    Q U I L T

PHOTO OF FINISHED QUILT STAGED

Approximate size: 54″x66″

Block Sizes:

  • Appliqué Blocks: 6″x12″
  • Half-Square Triangles: 6″x6″

Fabrics used: Moda’s “Sanibel” line by Gina Martin, binding in Kona (an undetermined specific name) red

Thread used: So Fine #50 – Color #401

Batting: Quilter’s Dream Orient

Quilting Design:

  • Sunglasses are outlined & background of appliqué is filled with a different background.
  • Orange peel quilting

A few notes:

  • Thanks to Gina for letting me participate in this blog hop!  Baby quilts are some of my favorite things to create, so this project was extra fun for me.  Hope you all enjoy it as well!
  • I’d love to share your versions of this quilt on my facebook page.  Send photos of your finished projects to JessToyeQuilts (at) gmail (dot) com and I may share them on the facebook page or this blog!
  • The blog tour goes from April 6 – 10.  Here are the other sites participating: Sarah Lowry of Stitching and Bacon, Tammie Schaffer of Crafty Tammie, Sally Keller of Sally’s Angel Works, Donna Shervington of DONNALEEQ, Denise Bane of I Am A Quilter, Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts, Trish Price of Hadley Street Quilts and Gina Martin of Pattern and Hue.

G I V E A W A Y 

Charms

Gina is giving away 2 charm packs of Sanibel to one of my readers who comments on this blog post.  Tell me, what is your favorite project to make for summer?  Placemats for your patio table?  A new beach tote bag?  Leave a comment by 11:59pm on Sunday, April 12 to be entered into the giveaway.  I’ll pick a winner on Monday, April 13, so be sure to leave your contact info in case you’re the lucky winner!  Also, make sure you visit the other sites in the blog hop.  Each stop is giving away a different prize and will be sharing a different project made from the fabric. 

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for participating!

Marsha’s Science Fair

I did this quilt a really long time ago… like, wordpress says I started this draft for a post a year ago.  Oops.  I’m really bad about blogging the quilts I’ve finished for others.

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I did this Science Fair quilt for Marsha.  Aren’t the colors gorgeous?

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I can’t remember a whole lot of the details on this one, so it’s going to be mostly photos.

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The back of it is pretty, isn’t it?

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I know that this quilt was one of the first ones I did the topography quilting on.  This may have been the quilt I fell in love with that design on.

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Details (that I can remember):

Pattern: Science Fair by Jaybird Quilts

Quilting:

  • Orange Peel in many of the blocks.
  • Some blocks have stars & wavy lines.
  • Topography quilting in the negative spaces

Orange + White Houndstooth

I like quilting for Maggie.  She’s usually pretty okay with me quilting whatever I want to on her quilts.  This quilt, she told me she wanted “happy” quilting.

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We decided on this loopy design going from point to point.

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Pretty cute, right?

Details:

Approximate Size: 70″ x 102″

Pattern Used: Houndstooth Quilt by V & Co.

Quilted: Loops in alternating directions following the piecing design.

Thread: So Fine#50 – I think the color was #451.

Batting: Quilter’s Dream Cotton – Request Loft

From Bump to Baby – Diaper Pin Quilt Tutorial & Blog Hop

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Gina Martin, a member of my fabulous guild (the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild), put a call for bloggers from the guild interested in taking part in a blog tour to help spread the word about her new line, From Bump to Baby, with MODA fabrics.  I happily jumped at the chance to have a really good reason to make myself write a blog post.

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And how ridiculously gorgeous is this line?  The colors are amazing!  I love that they’re soft (visually, but their soft to the touch, too) without being over the top pastel.  Does anyone else get tired of the same old pastel prints for babies?

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I paired it with a few colors from the Moda Bella Solids line that matched to create the project you see below.

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In case it’s your first time visiting my blog, welcome!  I’m Jessica Toye, a long-arm quilter & quilt designer living in Kansas City, MO.  Gina gave us total freedom in choosing which type of project we’d like to make, so I chose to design a baby quilt.  This quilt top is pretty quick and easy to put together and lots of fun to quilt.  It’s created using fused, raw-edge appliqué, so when I say fast, I mean lightning speed!

Ready for the tutorial?  Here we go!


TUTORIAL

Notes:

  • All seams are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise.  Read all instructions before beginning.
  • If you like to plan your layout instead of leaving it to fate, feel free to use a design wall as you go to organize your arrangement before sewing anything together.

Supplies and Materials: 

  • Sharp scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Lightweight, paper backed fusible web (I like Pellon #805)
  • Printed templates for diaper pin appliqué (get it here: Diaper Pin Template)
  • 4” x 4” of nine solid fabrics to coordinate with Bump to Baby Fabric line.  (I used Bella Solids in these colors: 30’s pink, robin’s egg, 30’s blue, betty’s pink, silver, popsicle, Amelia orang, Amelia lavender, and key lime)
  • 7/8 yard of solid white fabric for background (I used Bella Solid in white bleached)
  • 1/8 yard of each of the prints in the From Bump to Baby fabric line (or you could use scraps instead and cut them to the dimensions listed below).
  • 3/8 yard orange solid for binding (I used bella solids – Amelia orange)
  • Thread for quilting (Optional: separate thread for applique)
  • 1 ¼ yard backing (Optional: you can piece the backing fabric instead like I did)
  • 40”x40” batting

Cut:

  • 9 squares from solid white: 9 ½” x 9 ½”
  • 54 rectangles: 2” x 3 ½”  (2-3 from each fabric for a good variety)
  • 36 squares: 3 ½” x 3 ½” (2 from each fabric for a good variety)
  • 1 square of each of nine colored solid fabrics: 4” x 4”
  • 9 rectangles from grey solid: 8″ x 4″
  • 9 squares from fusible web: 3 ½” x 3 ½”
  • 9 rectangles from fusible web: 7½” x 3½”
  • 4 strips 2-1/4″ x width of fabric (WOF) from orange for binding

Trace:

On the glue side (bumpy side) of 3 ½” x 3 ½” square of fusible web, use your ballpoint pen to trace Template A.  Repeat for all 9 squares.  Set aside.

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On the glue side of 7 ½” x 3 ½” rectangle of fusible web, use your ballpoint pen to trace Template B.  Repeat for all 9 rectangles.  Set aside.

Iron:

On the backside of your 4” squares of solid fabric, iron your 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares of fusible web according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure the glue side is touching the backside of your fabric.  This will sandwich your pen outline between the glue and the backside of the fabric.  Repeat for all 9 squares.  Set aside.

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On the backside of your grey solid fabric, iron your 7 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles of fusible web according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure the glue side is touching the backside of your fabric.  This will sandwich your pen outline between the glue and the backside of the fabric.  Repeat for all 9 rectangles.  Set aside.

Applique:

Peel the paper off the backside of each of your appliqué pieces.  Discard paper.  See how your pen marks are still there?  Magic!

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Use your sharp scissors to cut exactly along the ballpoint pen line you traced.  Set aside & repeat for each of the appliqué pieces.  You should have 9 grey metal parts of the pin & 9 different colors for the tops of the pins.

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Once you have each of your appliqué pieces cut, you can start to fuse them to the white fabric.  This is how:

Lay one of your 9 ½” squares of white fabric on your ironing board.  Now is the time to make sure there aren’t any wrinkles, so press it again if necessary.

We want the entire diaper pin to be approximately centered on the diagonal of the square.  Lightly finger press a diagonal line from corner to corner across the white square to help you align the pieces if you need.

Take one metal wire appliqué piece and set it on the square at about a 45 degree angle.  Don’t iron just yet!

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Take one colored top appliqué piece and set it on the block.  Make sure the colored part overlaps the grey part by 3/8” or so.   Once you’re satisfied with your placement of the pin, you can fuse the appliqué parts to the background of the block by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Note: Looking back at this now, I would have opted to trim the grey part shorter on the lightest colored blocks.  You can see on this orange one that the grey really shows through the orange fabric.  If this bothers you, cut the grey a little bit shorter and it will be much less noticeable.

Repeat this process until you have all 9 of the diaper pin blocks fused to the white background fabric.

Next we get to stitch our appliqué pieces down.  I chose grey thread and am using the standard zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine.  Place your needle into the grey fabric at the corner where the grey meets the colored top of the pin.

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Bring your needle back out of the fabric to pull the bobbin thread to the top of your work.  Pull both the bobbin and top threads to make a tail that is about 6″ long or so.

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Hold onto your tails of thread and zig-zag stitch around the outer edge of the appliqué pieces.  Be sure to slowly move around the curve to keep your stitches as even as possible.  Continue following the colored fabric’s edge until you have outlined the entire thing.

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When you reach the point you started at, raise your needle and pull a tail of thread about 6″ long before snipping it.

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Use a pin, awl, or other sharp object to pull the thread tails from the front of your work to the back.

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Tie a knot with the tails as close to the fabric as you can.

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Trim the thread tails to about 1/4″ – 1/2″ long.

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Repeat to outline the circular part of the appliqué.

Repeat for all 9 appliqué blocks.

Piecing the Strips:

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COMBO SET A: Select 36 of the 2” x 3 ½”  rectangles of printed fabric.  Stitch these together in pairs along the long edge with right sides together.  Be sure to mix up the fabrics you sew together to give yourself a nice variety.  You should have 18 pairs after you’ve finished piecing these.  Press the seams to one side.  Set them aside for now.

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COMBO SET B: Select 9 of the 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares of printed fabric and 9 sets of COMBO SET A.  Select one COMBO SET A and lay them flat with the seam going vertically.  Choose one of the printed fabric squares and lay it on top of your COMBO SET A square with right sides together.  Stitch the two squares together with the new seam going parallel to the seam within the COMBO SET A square.  Press seam away from rectangles.  Repeat to make 9 COMBO SET B.

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COMBO SET C: Select 9 of the 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares of printed fabric and 9 sets of COMBO SET A.  Select one COMBO SET A and lay them flat with the seam going horizontally.  Choose one of the printed fabric squares and lay it on top of your COMBO SET A square with right sides together.  Stitch the two squares together with the new seam going perpendicular to the seam within the COMBO SET A square.  Press seam away from rectangles.  Repeat to make 9 COMBO SET C.

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STRIP SET #1:  Choose one COMBO SET B and one COMBO SET C.  Stitch them together as shown below.  Press seam towards COMBO SET B.  Repeat to make 9 of STRIP SET #1.  Set aside for now.

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COMBO SET D: Select 18 of the 2” x 3 ½”  rectangles and 18 of the 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares.  Stitch one rectangle to one square with right sides together along one long edge of the rectangle.  Be sure to mix up the fabrics you sew together to give yourself a nice variety.  You should have 18 pairs after you’ve finished piecing these.  Press the seams to one side.  Set them aside for now.

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STRIP SET #2: Choose 2 COMBO SET D’s.  Stitch them together as shown below.  Press seam towards square.  Repeat to make 9 of STRIP SET #2.  Set aside for now.

Piecing the Blocks:

Choose one appliqué block, one STRIP SET #1 and one STRIP SET #2.  Sew STRIP SET #2 to appliqué block with right sides together.  Press seam towards appliqué block.

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Note: For the sample project I didn’t keep all of the blocks oriented the same direction.  The diaper pins are going every which way.  You can choose to be more organized in your placement if you like. 

Attach STRIP SET #1 along one side of block with right sides together.  Press seam towards appliqué block.

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Repeat to make 9 blocks.

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Piecing the top:

Sew blocks together, with right sides together, in rows.  Press seams to one side.  Alternate the direction you press seams from row to row.  (Example: Row 1, seams pressed to the right.  Row 2, seams pressed to the left. Row 3, seams pressed to the right.)

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Sew rows together.  Press seams to one side.

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Make Your Quilt Back:

You can use a solid piece of fabric or piece one; it’s up to you!  I pieced this backing from the leftovers of fabric I had.  You just need to end up with something that is around 42″x42″.

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Make Your Quilt Sandwich:

Cut your batting to 40″x40″.

Decide how you want to finish your quilt.  I use my longarm machine to quilt, so I don’t need to baste my quilt sandwiches.  If your method requires basting, do it now.

Quilt:

Quilt as you like.  I quilting my sample quilt with an all-over quilting design that included swirls, feathers, back-and-forth lines, and bubbles.

Finishing:

Use your rotary cutter to trim the excess batting and backing fabric even with the edges of the quilt top.

Trim the selvedges off your orange binding fabric and sew the strips together to create one long strip.  (You can get fancy and 45 the ends of each strip to reduce bulk if you like.)  Press the seams open.  Fold binding in half lengthwise (right sides together) to make a double layered strip that is a little bigger than 1” wide. Press.

Sew the raw edges of binding along the raw edges of the quilt on the top side. Be sure to leave a tail on each end.

Sew the two ends together to make a snug binding. Cut off the excess tail of binding.

Wrap the binding around to the back side of quilt. Hand stitch in place if you’re feeling ambitious.  If you don’t feel like having a Parenthood binge and hand stitching the binding to the back, you can machine finish your binding (like me!).  Here’s my secrets to a nice machine stitched binding:

And that’s it!  You’re all done!

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Approximate Size: 36″ x 36″

Fabrics used:

  • Prints from Moda’s “From Bump to Baby” line by Gina Martin
  • Solids are all Moda Bella Solids (in these colors: 30’s pink, robin’s egg, 30’s blue, betty’s pink, silver, popsicle, Amelia orang, Amelia lavender, and key lime)

Thread used:

  • Appliqué was outlined in a grey guttermann
  • Quilting was finished in So Fine #50 – Color #451

Batting: Quilter’s Dream Poly – Mid Loft

Quilting Design: The quilting on this quilt featured an all-over pattern that included:

  • Swirls
  • Swirls with feathers
  • Elongated swirls with feathers
  • Back-and-forth meander
  • Bubbles
  • Bubbles with leafy spines

Extra Credit:  My little model on this baby quilt is my three-year old son’s doll, Baby Charlie.  I let him pick a few of the leftover fabrics from the quilt project and we made Baby Charlie’s outfit together.  Here’s the links to the clothes we made him:


A few notes:

  • Thanks to Gina for letting me participate in this blog hop!  Baby quilts are some of my favorite things to create, so this project was extra fun for me.  Hope you all enjoy it as well!
  • I’d love to share your versions of this quilt on my facebook page.  Send photos of your finished projects to JessToyeQuilts (at) gmail (dot) com and I may share them on the facebook page or this blog!
  • The blog tour goes from February 23-27.  Here are the other sites participating: Becca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts, Sally Keller of Sally’s Angel Works, Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts, Hilary Smith of Young Texan Mama, Tammie Schaffer of Crafty Tammie, and Gina Martin of Pattern and Hue.

Jelly Roll

GIVEAWAY: Ready for the giveaway?  Gina is giving one reader who comments on this blog post a jelly roll from the fabric line used in this project.  Tell me, what’s your go-to baby shower gift?  Mine is a baby quilt and I usually try to personalize it to the recipient by adding their name, coordinating with the décor of the nursery, or just making it resemble something the parent of the new bundle is really into.  Leave a comment by 11:59 on Saturday, February 28th to be entered into the giveaway.  I’ll pick a winner on March 1st, so be sure to leave your contact info in case you’re the winner!  Also, make sure you visit the other sites in the blog tour.  Each stop will have a different project tutorial and a giveaway!