Wednesday, 26 April 2017

BABY LOVE - QCQ 1


Here is the first variation for the QCQ (Quarter Circle Quilt).  



This finished quilt for baby measures 30 1/2" x 30 1/2". 

My wonderful friend has 2 daughters expecting babies in June a day apart from each other.  This is a perfect opportunity to do some 💚 loving quilt designs.

When I picked this fabric for the inspiration that I had for the QCQ, I had no idea of the name of it.  It just looked like the perfect fabric.  What a surprise when I saw the selvage edge with the title "Two Daughters"!   How cute is that?


For this variation start with the Basic QCQ Blocks in the  PATTERN LINK HERE.




 Here are 2 layout options for 💚 "Baby Love" QCQ 1

I am happy with both of the options...

 ...deciding to go with the one in the photo below that features the 💚 hearts the best . 

 This square baby quilt requires 36 QCQ Basic Blocks (Link Here)
and 2 WOF (width of fabric) strips 3" wide for the borders.  


These beautiful little hearts are so lovely for a tiny baby. 



After deciding on your layout, sew your blocks together in pairs. 

Next, sew your pairs into strips of 6 blocks.  


Cut 2 - 3" WOF strips.  
These will be attached to the 2 sides of the quilt top 
where the Quarter Circles are exposed. 


Sew your 6 strips of blocks together 
and attach the 2 WOF neutral strips to the 2 sides.  
 
 I can hardly wait to free-motion-quilt some hearts 💚 onto this modern baby quilt. 


I am making a baby quilt for each of the two daughters.  
One quilt will have aqua binding and the other will have yellow.  




  
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QCQ BLOCK - THE BASICS


This is the basic pattern for the Quarter Circle Quilt (QCQ) Block.

Quilt patterns will follow in future posts 
 using this method in different variations.  


Select a fabric that has a predominant circular pattern.  
This "Two Daughters" fabric from Joann is an excellent choice with lots of great symmetry.   
This fabric is easy to cut with very little scrap-creation.
Some call it "waste", but I love my scraps! 


 Cutting through one layer at a time
trim the edge of your fabric to the edge of your motif.


Again through one layer only, cut the fabric into strips of your circular motif.  
Find the symmetry and be sure to cut along the edge of the motif. 


Cut the strips apart into individual shapes of your motif.  
In the case of my block these are now 5" square. 



 Now, for the Quarter Circle part! 


On a small cutting board that you can move easily,  
without moving your fabric square,
make a vertical cut and a horizontal cut 
creating 4 equal Quarter Circles.   

Truly, you are cutting squares, but I refer to the circular motif 
when I write "Quarter Circles".  



 I absolutely love how these Quarter Circles have created these beautiful hearts! 
Each piece is now 2 1/2" square.



Setting the Quarter Circles: 


Cut neutral fabric strips 3" wide.   

You will require 1 strip for every 5 blocks that you are making 
if your Quarter Circles are 2 1/2".  

Each Quarter Circle will result in 1 finished block. 



 
 Strip piece your Quarter Circles to the strip.  
Be careful here with the placement of your Quarter Circles
for the pattern that you wish to achieve.   

In the case of my fabric, I wanted to have the heart be the dominant shape.  

All Quarter Circles go onto the neutral strip in the same direction. 

 Press open and cut apart.  





 The Second Neutral Side:

 Now sew the pieces that you have just made to a neutral strip, 
again being careful with the placement for your desired design.  
Press and cut apart.

 Trim your blocks to 5" square.   
VERY IMPORTANT:  TRIM ON THE NEUTRAL FABRIC ONLY.  
Do not trim on the Quarter Circle corner.  

This beautiful finished block 
is ready for some wonderful quilt designs!


QCQ 1 "Baby Love" Variation 

Pattern Link Here
http://quiltersenjoycolor.blogspot.ca/2017/04/baby-love-qcq-1.html


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From May 1 to June 2, AllFreeSewing.com is making it their mission to collect 1,000 homemade pillow cases to donate to Operation Christmas Child.  If you are in the USA the details for shipping your pillowcases are in the photo link below.  

CANADIANS, please consider including a homemade pillowcase in your Shoe Boxes this year.


Pattern and details in this photo link:
https://www.allfreesewing.com/Bedding/Pillowcase-Sew-a-Thon-for-Operation-Christmas-Child



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Precut Fabrics



Hello Quilters!

My name is Krista and I am an editor over at FaveQuilts.com. I asked Melanie if I could share our Ultimate Guide to Precut Fabric with you all today because I found it so helpful when I was just starting out with quilting. Buying precut fabrics are often a time saver as well as a budget-friendly way to make a handmade quilt.

Whether or not I have a quilt idea in mind, I know I find myself swinging past the remnants and precut fabric section of the craft store every time I’m shopping just in case they have something good. If you aren’t familiar with precut fabrics, don’t know the differences in style or how to incorporate them into your work, then I think you’ll find the information below quite useful.

Even if you are a precut master, there could still be something helpful to you. We even have an infographic with the most common precut sizes and styles, which is handy for any quilter to have around!




The Ultimate Guide to Precuts
If you're overwhelmed with all of the different types of precut fabrics, then sit back and relax because FaveQuilts is here to save the day! Our Ultimate Guide to Precut Fabric breaks down each major style of precut fabric, from charm squares to layer cakes, so that you can confidently find the right type of precut for your next quilting project.

Precuts 101
Steer clear of fabric shopping anxiety with this guide to precut fabrics. Perfect for beginner quilters, or even more experienced quilters wanting to brush up on their skills, this list of precuts is your go-to guide for fabric shopping!



*Note: Honey buns are not included on this list. Honey buns are smaller than jelly rolls and typically measure 1.5″ x 44″. They’re also great for strip quilts and similar projects!

Different Types of Precuts

·       Mini Charm Packs – These precuts typically include about 42 pieces and are perfect for patchwork projects. Mini charm packs measure 2.5″ x 2.5″.

·       Charm Packs – One of the most popular precuts, charm packs also contain roughly 42 pieces and are great for patchwork quilts or patterns that call for half-square triangles.

·       Jelly Roll – Jelly rolls are a long-time favorite with quilters and usually contain about 40 strips of fabric. Jelly rolls are great for strip quilts and are often used for bed-sized quilts.

·       Jolly Bars – Jolly bars are a rarer precut than most and come in 5″ x 10″ rectangles. These precuts are great for yellow brick road quilts and can also be used similarly to charm packs.

·       Layer Cakes – Layer cakes are common precuts that are typically used in larger quilting projects. These precuts typically contain about 42 pieces and measure 10″ x 10″.

·       Fat 8th Bundles – Fat 8th bundles are half of a fat quarter and are rectangular in shape. They’re great for smaller quilting projects and come in pretty colors and prints.

·       Fat Quarter Bundles – The crowning jewel of precuts, fat quarters are extremely budget-friendly (you can even find small fat quarter bundles for $1 at stores like Wal-Mart). Fat quarters were the first specialty cut available and are the most common precut.

·       Half Yard Bundles – Measuring in at a half a yard of fabric, half yard bundles are the big sister of fat quarters. Perfect for larger quilting projects, these bundles measure at 18″ x 44″.

Looking for the perfect precut project? Then don’t miss our collection of  



a Jelly Roll Pattern by Melanie  
https://www.favequilts.com/Block-Patterns/Out-of-This-World-Star-Quilt-Block



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