quilt-along

Do you have a copy of the Whip Up Mini Quilts book? Lets make the quilts from the book together. Post them on the whipup flickr group under the tag “Whip up mini quilts”.

Here is what we are going to do – each week – say on a friday – for 6 weeks [more or less] – I am going to post one of the quilts from the book that I have made – and give you a few tips and ideas to help you make it. + 6 books to give away in that time. Do you want to join in?

And if you don’t yet have a copy of the book but want to join in straight away – there are 2 free Mini Quilt patterns available for download from the Chronicle website + The pattern and templates for Kellie Wulfsohn’s little girl’s applique wallhanging ‘A little birdie told me’ is available at the Woman’s Day website

The first week I showcased my version of Lisa Call’s ‘Modern Geometric’ mini quilt, and last week I showed you how to make my Shibori Sampler.

This week I am going to my version of Jude Hill’s Crazy Cats Mini Quilt – the pattern, instructions and templates for this quilt is available online from the Chronicle Website.

Step 1. Gather your materials – you will need a nice vintage napkin or hand-towel or small cloth of some sort – if you don’t have anything suitable you can use plain cotton fabric. You will need some scraps of fabric for your patchwork squares, felt for the cat faces, muslin to use as foundations for the crazy patchwork squares and embroidery floss + fabric for backing and border.

Step 2. Make your crazy patch squares – you will need 3 of these and they are sewn onto a foundation of muslin or other cotton fabric. These are so fun to make – I co-ordinated my scraps of fabric with the applique design that was already on my found cotton hand-towel.

Step 3. Make your cat faces – cut out the faces using the templates provided and then embroider the faces onto them – I am afraid my faces turned out to look a little angry – mmm…

You will continue to follow the detailed instructions in the free pattern to finish putting this quilt together. I didn’t do as much hand-stitching as Jude did on her original quilt – so mine is plainer. Naturally my daughter has already suggested a fabulous space in her room where I can hang it!

Here is Jude Hill’s Crazy Cat’s mini quilt – gorgeous yes!

Have fun making this one – it really is such a versatile design and if you happen to be talented at hand stitching – there is a lot of room for showing your talents. Don’t forget to post your results in the whipup flickr pool – under the tag “Whip up mini quilts”.

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Do you have a copy of the Whip Up Mini Quilts book? Lets make the quilts from the book together. Post them on the whipup flickr group under the tag “Whip up mini quilts”.

Here is what we are going to do – each week – say on a friday – for 6 weeks [oops sorry I missed a week] – I am going to post one of the quilts from the book that I have made – and give you a few tips and ideas to help you make it. At the same time I will be giving away a copy of the book (that’s 6 books to give away). Do you want to join in?

And if you don’t yet have a copy of the book but want to join in straight away – there are 2 free Mini Quilt patterns available for download from the Chronicle website + The pattern and templates for Kellie Wulfsohn’s little girl’s applique wallhanging ‘A little birdie told me’ is available at the Woman’s Day website

Last week I showcased my version of Lisa Call’s ‘Modern Geometric’ mini quilt

This week I am going to show you my pattern from the book and a couple of variations too. Its the Shibori sampler and was so fun to make. In fact it turned out to a bit of a family project and we made lots of versions.

Step 1. Cut your white cotton fabric into squares (you will need 9 for your mini quilt – but it essentially it doesn’t matter how big your sample pieces are – start with 8x8inch squares if you like). Fold the squares into different configerations – use an iron to get crisp fold lines and then hold your folds in place with clamps, pegs, or folder clips. Traditionally these folded fabrics are held firmly between wooden blocks which are kept in place by tightly bound string.

Step 2. Prepare your dye – if you know about fabric dye methods then great – if not then simply purchase fabric dye from your local store and follow the directions carefully – using safety equipment and protecting your surfaces and clothing, eyes and hands (rubber gloves, plastic apron and plastic table cloth come in handy). You can choose to fully immerse your folded fabric bundles, or dip in the edges and sides, you can wet the fabric first with warm water or not. Leave the dye in the fabric for at least 20 minutes before rinsing – but really this bit is the fun experimental part and when it comes time to unwrap your folded fabric packages you will be surprised and addicted. Make a few extras so you have choices when putting your final design together.

Step 3. Rinse and dry and iron your folded squares of fabric and sew then together in a simple 3×3 design – lining up the corners and arranging them how you like. Press the seams as you go then press the entire quilt top. Now use this finished quilt top and cut out a piece of backing and binding the same size. There is no binding required – instead you are going to use the ‘bagging out’ method otherwise known as the ‘pillowcase method’ of binding.

Step 4. Place your quilt top and backing RIGHT sides facing each other, then place your batting on top. Sew around the edges of all three layers (1/4-1/2 inch seam), leaving a 5 inch gap on one side. Put your hand into the gap between the quilt top and back and turn it right side out. Fold the inside corner seams to create neat corners. The close up the gap with a hemming hand stitch. Now there is some basic hand quilting involved next – use a quilting hoop and a hand quilting needle, thread and thimble to run a line of running stitches around the perimeter and then using an assortment of cups and bowls and some tailors chalk, trace circle shapes onto your quilt design, which you will then hand quilt around. To finish hand wash and dry. You may like to hang up your mini quilt or make a few more to use as table mats.

VARIATION:
Here I have used plain white strips of fabric (available as a Moda jelly roll) and then sewn them together once I dyed the strips. Here I used a pole wrap method – wrapping the fabric around a pole and then tying tightly with string before dying. I like the storm like effect. I then quilting them on my machine with a messy scribble quilting design – echoing the shibori string lines.

Have fun making this one – or one of the other quilts from the book. Don’t forget to post your results in the whipup flickr pool – under the tag “Whip up mini quilts”. Post your finished mini quilt or progress report and then link here in the comments – and I will draw a winner.

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Do you have a copy of the Whip Up Mini Quilts book? Lets make the quilts from the book together. Post them on the whipup flickr group under the tag “Whip up mini quilts”.

Here is what we are going to do – each week – say on a friday – for 6 weeks – I am going to post one of the quilts from the book that I have made – and give you a few tips and ideas to help you make it. At the same time I will be giving away a copy of the book (that’s 6 books to give away). Do you want to join in?

And if you don’t yet have a copy of the book but want to join in straight away – there are 2 free Mini Quilt patterns available for download from the Chronicle website

My version of Lisa Call’s ‘Modern Geometric’

Lisa Call’s ‘Modern Geometric’ Quilt is totally fun to make. It was the first from the book I made simply because I really wanted to give this technique a try. Its made using improvisational piecing. Lisa recommends cutting the strips with a rotary cutter – but I wanted a more irregular look so I cut the pieces freehand with scissors. It went together really quickly, the main thing is to sew then trim, then sew, then trim again.

In the pattern you are encouraged to cut the thin strips first and lay them out on top of your larger square of background fabric. Then step back from the design, checking for proportion – asymmetry is best for this design. Then mark with tailor’s chalk where your lines are to be cut. Cut your background into 4 main sections and sew your strips onto these sides. Adding in optional color changes as desired. Then sew it all back up together again – and trim.

It is finished with straight line quilting – I loved doing this – the quilting lines are quite close together but because its such a small quilt this was fun rather than arduous. I recommend using a ‘walking foot’ on your sewing machine. Also (because I like a short cut) instead of pin basting I used basting spray glue and it worked perfectly.

The pattern recommends facing your quilt rather than binding it in the regular way – this keeps that clean modern look of the quilt front. Facing a quilt is just as easy as binding – you just need to pull the binding all the way to the back so the seam line ends up on the edge of the quilt. You will need to hand sew it to the back. I had so much fun that I had to make 2 and am planning on more. They look so lovely grouped together on my family room wall.

Here is Lisa Call’s original quilt from the book:



Have fun making this one – or one of the other quilts from the book. Don’t forget to post your results in the whipup flickr pool – under the tag “Whip up mini quilts”. You have one week to post your finished mini quilt or progress report and then link here in the comments – and I will draw a winner.

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The sometimes crafter has a series of blocks for a quilt sampler block-along - block patterns are included – great series – any of these would make terrific mini quilts on their own.

Are you following sew mama sew for Elizabeth’s weekly Quilt blocksdresden plate here … and spiderweb here

And this hexagon quilt-along block is fabulous – directions and how-to are here.

ps I quilt has a pinwheel block-along with tutorials

And great directions for making paper pieced hexagons for a hexagon block

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You up for it? Link to block one.

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