Saturday, July 19, 2014

Constellation Quilt Along Part II: Layout

Welcome to the second installment of the Constellation Quilt Along.

Refer to this layout diagram for quilt top assembly. Use 1/4" seam allowances.

Layout Diagram for Constellation Quilt Along @ Quilting Mod

Cut each piece to the size listed (includes 1/4" seam allowance). Label each piece with a piece of masking tape marked with its corresponding letter in permanent marker.

A: 5" x 3"
B: 5" x 5"
C: 8" x 12"
D: 3 1/2" x 5"
E: 5" x 3"
F: 3 1/2" x 7 1/2"
G: 20" x 15"
H: 12 1/2" x 26 1/2"
I: 18" x 3"
J: 4" x 6 1/2"
K: 5" x 1"
L: 5" x 1 1/2"
M: 4" x 6 1/2"
N: 2" x 5"
O: 7 1/2" x 5"
P: 2" x 5"
Q: 6 1/2" x 2"
R: 8" x 2"
S: 3 1/2" x 5"
T: 8" x 3"
U: 3 1/2" x 5"
V: 10 1/2" x 13 1/2"
Borders: 6 1/2" x (Measure your quilt across the top, bottom, and middle. Average for this measurement.)

First, attach the long side of A, D, E, K, N, O, P, S, and U to star blocks. Then, attach B to the A unit, F to the E unit, L to the K unit, Q to the P unit, R to the S unit, and T to the U unit. Next, attach C to the AB unit, D to the EF unit, J to the KL unit, N to the PQ unit, and RS to the TU unit. After that, attach ABC to DEF, JKL to M, and RSTU to V. Then, attach ABCDEF to G and JKLM to O. Attach ABCDEFG to H and JKLMO to NPQ. Add I to JKLMNOPQ. Attach IJKLMNOPQ to RSTUV.
Attach ABCDEFGH to IJKLMNOPQRSTUV. Lastly, add the borders.

If you are looking for the other Constellation Quilt Along Posts, here they are:

Part I: Wonky Stars
Part II: Layout
Part III: Finishing -- Coming July 26

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Round Robin - Royalee's Quilt

When I received Royalee's quilt, it had a lot going on. I couldn't help but notice its unabashed scappiness. The commonalities amongst the blocks were a log cabin structure, some floral prints, and the inclusion of tone on tone white strips.

Round Robin-Royalee's Quilt by Afton Warrick @ Quilting Mod

I decided to tone down the busyness by adding some negative space. I kept with the log cabin structure and liberal use of color. I did include a little surprise within the piecing that Royalee will discover when she takes her quilt into a dark room. If you've been reading my blog, can you guess what this fabric is?

Round Robin-Royalee's Quilt by Afton Warrick @ Quilting Mod

I look forward to seeing what my group members add next.
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Constellation Quilt Along Part I: Wonky Stars

Welcome back to the Constellation Quilt Along.

Today, we are going to make some wonky stars. For the Constellation Quilt, the finished blocks will be 4 1/2", but you can also make wonky stars in other sizes for other projects. For this project, cut four strips of the background fabric and 3 strips of the star fabric 2" x the width of fabric (42"+). Cross cut these into 72 2" background squares and 45 star fabric squares. Cut 36 of the star fabric squares once on the diagonal.

Lay a triangle of the star fabric right sides together on a background square. The longest side should extend from one side to a neighboring side with the corners sticking off the sides. Stitch with a 1/4" inch seam along the long side of the star fabric triangles.

Press the star fabric toward the corner.

Flip the square over so the wrong side is upward. Cut off the portion of the triangle that extends beyond the square.

Flip the square back over so the right side is facing upward. Fold the star fabric triangle away from the corner it was covering. Lay a ruler along the longest edge of the star fabric triangle, and cut off the background fabric corner, leaving a 1/4" seam.

Repeat the process with a neighboring corner by first placing a second star fabric triangle.

Then, press toward the corner.

Flip over, cut of the fabric that extends beyond the square, and flip back over again.

Remove the extra background fabric from the corner.

Lay out a nine patch made from four double stitch and flip triangles, four background squares in the corners, and a star fabric square in the center. Sew it together with 1/4" seams.

See you next week for the continuation of the Constellation Quilt Along.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Constellation Quilt Along

Welcome to the Constellation Quilt Along.

Constellation Quilt Along @ Quilting Mod

For me, it all started with constellation and glow-in-the-dark Fairy Frost fabric, and the need to create some wonky star samples for my UNM Continuing Education quilting class.

You might wonder why I would have such a thing as glow-in-the-dark fabric on hand, not to mention the glow-in-the-dark thread.
Coats & Clark Glow in the Dark Thread 100yds Yellow
Aside from a sale on Halloween fabric a while back, night time illumination takes me back to my childhood--one enlightened by these adorable critters.

But I digress. Let's focus on the quilt, rather than my barely-surpressed campaign to bring back Glo Friends.

My son greatly enjoys heading to the back yard at night with his daddy, the iPad, and a constellation ap. Seriously, whatever happened to Glo Friends being good enough? Kids these days...

Anyhow, I decided to combine wonky stars and an alternate grid layout to create a Leo quilt, since it's my son's favorite constellation.

Since this quilt was designed for a four year old, it is toddler bed size, 61" x 38".

If you'd like to join along, you will need:
3 yards of background fabric
1/4 yard of star fabric
2 yards of backing
1/2 yard of binding

Here's the schedule for upcoming posts:

Layout: July 19
Finishing: July 26

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Today's Tutorial: Using Reemay

For my Stash Bee June Block, I created appliqué butterflies using Reemay. Here's a closer look into the process.

Reemay is a non-woven material that doesn't fray and looks like a denser drier sheet. It can be used to create detailed shapes for raw-edge, fused appliqué.

I place Reemay on the waxy side of freezer paper and coat it with inexpensive acrylic paint from my local craft store. 

Since Reemay is highly absorbent, it takes a decent amount of paint to get it completely coated. 

After the paint dries completely, I peel it off the freezer paper. Sandwiching it between a sheet of parchment paper or a teflon pressing sheet protects my ironing board from melty paint when I apply Steam a Seam II Lite to one side of the Reemay. 

To transfer my desired design to the Reemay, I place white transfer paper on top of the Reemay with the waxy side facing down and trace the lines with a pen.

Black and white clip art works nicely for pattern templates. After I have transferred my design, I remove the release paper from the Reemay and place the fused side down on a piece of glass. Make sure you have good ventilation, then trace around the white markings with a wood burning tool with the pointy tip attached. 

Peel up the design once it has been cut with the wood burring tool and place it on whatever fabric you want to show through the openings.

Apply fusible to the wrong side of this fabric, leaving the paper attached. Then fuse your Reemay shape to the right side. 

Remember to protect your iron with parchment paper or a teflon pressing sheet. Do not touch your iron directly to the painted Reemay. Cut around the outside of the shape before removing the release paper from the fusible to fuse to your background.

Use stabilizer on the wrong side of your background fabric as you machine appliqué around the outside of your Reemay shapes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June Bee Blocks

 Daisy Aschehoug from Ants to Sugar gave Hive 3 of the Stash Bee a generous portion of artistic liberty this month. She requested a butterfly theme with some low volume. I decided to try out an art quilting technique I learned from Betty Busby at Art Quilt Santa Fe. Check out my tutorial about using Reemay for a detailed glimpse into the process. I put some stabilizer behind the butterflies and free-motion stitched around the outer edge of each butterfly. I used a tiny satin stitch combined with a decorative stitch to add antennas.

This month's block for the Hope Circle of Do. Good Stitches was a Curved Log Cabin block. Ellen McKee requested navy or orange with a light blue background.