Since I have been working on the quilt I put together a tutorial of the process. The project idea came from the lovely ladies at the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I happened to be in Missouri briefly and was able to make a trip out to the store. I wish I lived there, they have the best deals of the day, and awesome store, templates a plenty, and great tutorials. I broke many speed limits to get there before they closed and they were nice enough to stay open even when I got there 10 minutes before they closed. The day I was there they had any fat quarter for $2, I was like a kid in a candy store. The deal of the day the day I was there was Moda Kona White at $3.49 a yard with a limit of 2 yards. It turned out to be just what I needed to make the quilt for Ian's wedding using this tutorial.
I have never been one for buying precuts, partially because I am cheep cheep cheep and partially because I like digging through my stash and picking out the pretty fabrics myself. So for this quilt I started digging and pulled these from my stash. My intention was to do a rainbow of pastels. It was also a pretty good excuse to go fabric shopping. I don't know about anyone else but I haven't been able to find many light peachy oranges or lavender purples. So in the beginning this is what we had.
|Strip sets ready to sew
Once you have your colored strips sewn to the white strips press them toward the darker fabric.
Once you cut these strips you will have two different blocks. The strip set with one color and two white will be the same throughout, the set with two colors and one white will flip flop. Since I was using the one set to make a center square I would chose which strip was going to be in the center at this point. The pattern that I wanted to be in the center I would sew another white stripe to. The remaining (non-center) set would get another colored strip. Confused yet????? Maybe the picture will help! Then press the sets toward the colored strip.
So in this case the yellow print and the pink/red print are going to be my center squares. At this point you should have three strips sewn together in each group. You will pair a set with two white and a colored strip with a set with two colored strips and one white. Place these face to face and sew down the outside of each side. You will now have a tube of 6 strips sewn together that is the WOF. Within the tube the strips will alternate white and colored.
This is one long set of strips (folded over for the picture). You will lay the strip set out flat, using a ruler (mine is 9.5" square) line up the 45 degree line with one of the outside seems. Make sure the point of the ruler is past the selvedge of the fabric.
Using the ruler as a guide and a rotary cutter cut the strip set.
This piece can be added to your scrap bag. Move the ruler to the opposite seam (now the shorter side) and line up the 45 degree line up with the seam again.
Using the ruler as a guide and a rotary cutter cut the strip set. This will give you your first block.
Continue this process down the length of your strip set. You will end up with 3 of each block. In this case three blocks with a larger strip of grey and three strips with a larger strip of blue. Press the blocks open toward the colored strip. For my quilt I wanted to lay out the blocks to have a square in the middle with the same color. The Missouri Star tutorial lays out the blocks with the colored points in the middle. This quilt can become many many variations based on your imagination, layout choices, and fabrics. Have fun! Final pics will be posted when the quilt is done!
|Ian's Wedding Quilt Layout
|Missouri Star Quilt Layout
|Candy Stripe Layout
|Double Hourglass Layout
|Silly Stripe Layout