27 May 2017

Holly & Berries

This is the tenth quilt block for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along!

All the details for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along are this page.

Holly & Berries is a 12" quilt block.

Made using traditional piecing methods.

Sew Fresh Quilts – Holly & Berries

Finished size of block is 12” x 12”

Fabric Requirements
Single Block
1/8 yard
1/8 yard
1/4 yard

Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press all seams open as you go.

STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Pressing the seams open to reduce bulk is recommended.

Single Block
1 @ 1.5” x 5”
1 @ 2.5” x 8”
1 @ 3” x 10”
1 @ 2.5” square
2 @ 3” squares
1 @ 5” square
1 @ 1.5” x 8”
1 @ 3” x 8”
1 @ 3.5” x 10”
12 @ 1” squares
1 @ 1” x 2.5”
1 @ 1” x 6”
1 @ 1.5” x 3”
2 @ 2” x 3”
2 @ 1.5” x 6”
1 @ 1.5” x 12.5”

Step 1: Sew a Green (A) to a White (F). Press then crosscut each completed unit into (3) 1.5” wide strips. Sew a Green (B) between a White (G) and a White (H). Press then crosscut each completed unit into (3) 2.5” wide strips. Sew a Green (C) to a White (J). Press then crosscut each completed unit into (3) 3” wide strips.

Step 2: Arrange these strips and sew together. Make (3) units.

Step 3: Use the STOP method to add the White (K) squares on the corners of the Red (D) and (E) squares.

Step 4: Arrange the (D) and (E) units as shown. Sew the White (L) onto the Red (D). Sew the White (N) onto the Red (E) and the other Red (E) between (2) White (P). Press the seams. Sew the White (M) to the (PEP) unit. Sew the (DL) unit to the (EN) unit and then sew this to the other side of the White (M).

Step 5: Arrange the units as shown. Sew the units onto the White (Q) then sew them onto the White (R). Sew the rows together to complete the block.
Block should measure 12.5” square.

Here is my Holly & Berries block.

Here is my Holly & Berries quilt made using 9 blocks.

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Twice a month, instructions for all of the individual blocks will be shared. A continuous never ending linky party will be available to share your Flickr and Instagram photos or your blog posts on the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along page. You can find it by clicking on the Quilt Alongs page tab found just below the blog header. As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.

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26 May 2017

Ducks in a Row

Have you got all your Ducks in a Row?

After sharing my Love Birds quilt last week, I was inspired to design another simple baby quilt with just a single row of piecing. I shared my EQ7 drawings for the Ducks in a Row design, showing the many possible colourways I had come up with, in this post.

I have been using prints a lot more lately. Not only am I trying to challenge myself to go out of my solids comfort zone.... But for this year I am also trying to resist making any fabric purchases. Instead I am shopping from my stash. The yellow and orange fabrics for the ducks are from the Fancy collection by Lily Ashbury for Moda Fabrics.

The background is the only text print I have in my stash. Thank goodness I had enough! It is Fairy Tales White from The Land That Never Was collection by Lisa Congdon for Cloud9 Fabrics.

Of course, the quilting is my usual organic wavy lines using my walking foot. I used plain white Gutermann thread both on top and in the bobbin. I chose to bind this little quilt in the wonky black and white grid print - to match the eyes and to provide a strong frame. This is Sylvia by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics.

The backing is a really cute minky that I found at FabricLand. So soft and it provides a lovely drape for this little quilt. I love it!

The "Ducks in a Row" baby quilt finished at 38" x 42"
and was the 33rd use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

One of the things I love about this new pattern is that it can be made to suit a boy.... or a girl... or to be a gender neutral quilt - all depending upon what fabrics you choose!

This new pattern is called Ducks in a Row and you can find it listed here in my shop.


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24 May 2017

Let's Bee Social #178

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!
So glad to have you join us for the Let's Bee Social weekly linky party!

The Love Birds quilt that I shared with you on Friday has got my creative juices flowing...

This week I drew up the Ducks in a Row....

 I am having fun trying out different fabrics to see how this could look....

 This fabrics you choose could make this design look like it suits a boy...

 Or the fabrics you choose could make this design look like it suits a girl...

Or it could be made to be completely gender neutral.

Hope to be able to make a decision on a fabric pull and show you a real life version soon!

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