Blessings Patchwork Indian Summer Quilt
Posted by sallykeller on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Blessings Patchwork Quilt
by Sally’s Angelworks
Hi there!! Sally from Sally’s Angelworks here with a fun easy quilt tutorial with a twist!! I hope you love embroidery as much as I do, because this quilt is the perfect avenue for your handwork to be featured. After your embroidery is done, you will be able to put this quilt together and finish it in just a weekend! For sure!! :) So let’s get this class started!!
* 20 assorted fat quarters of Zoe Pearn’s Indian Summer for Riley Blake Designs
* 1 1/4" yds Cream Basic Blender (3/4 yd for the binding)
* 1 yd Chocolate Basic Blender
* embroidery thread, needle and hoop
* fusible web
* light table
* buttons (optional)
Cut 8 5 ½” squares from 14 fat quarters.
Cut 7 5 ½” squares from 6 fat quarters.
Cut 3 15 ½” x 10 ½” rectangles from the Cream Basic Blender.
Cut 2 10 ½” x 10 ½” squares from the Cream Basic Blender.
Cut 8 4” strips WOF (width of fabric) from the Chocolate Basic Blender.
Let’s get started!!
Take a pencil (or a marking pen) and write your words on your rectangles.TIP: If you use freezer paper on the back of your cream fabric, it makes it a bit easier to write! I wrote “Blessings”, “Thanksgiving”, and “Hem your blessings with thanksgiving so they don’t unravel”. If you don’t want to use your own handwriting, you can print the text on a sheet of paper and trace it using a light box. Embroider your words with your choice of thread, colors, and stitch. Here I used green DMC floss #730 for Blessings and Thanksgiving, and I used Perle Cotton size 5 and size 8 in brown for my Hem block. I used a back stitch and a stem stitch for my stitches.
Use this template for your big flower appliqué:
download FLOWER TEMPLATE
Grab some leftover fabric to use for your flower appliqués. Get your fusible web (I used Steam-a-seam light) and your light table and trace your flower on the back of the fusible web. Trace the leaves a bit away from the flower.Take the backing off and iron it on to a piece of your leftover fabric. Iron your leaves to your green fabric. Cut out the shapes and place them on the squares using the light table and the template to guide placement.
Iron them on! Yay!
Pull out 4 random squares of prints and sew two together and do the same for the remaining two. Sew the two-square strip to the right sides of the squares.
If you want to embellish your embroidered squares, use a die cutting machine and your leftover fabric to cut some cute flowers. Iron your fusible web onto the wrong side of your fabric.
Run it through your die cutting machine and place your flowers where you want them on your blocks! Another TIP: Leave your backing on until you've cut your shapes out...works much better!! LOL!! Iron them on…yay!
Sew all of the remaining 5 ½” squares together in rows of three. Sew them randomly with chain stitching. Which means, sew 15 groups of two squares one after the other without cutting the thread.
Cut the threads between each pair of squares, then sew one more square onto the ends of those 15 rows the same way.
Sew a row of three onto each of the bottoms of your Blessings rectangle and your Hem rectangle. Sew a row of three onto the top of your Thanksgiving rectangle. Sew a row of three onto each of the tops of the square appliqué blocks matching your seams. Now you’ve finished five of your 20 blocks! Yipeee!!!
Take three rows at a time and sew a 9-patch block matching seams. You can press each row the opposite direction to help match those crazy seams! Create 15 of these blocks.
Now you can use a design board and see how you’d like your blocks to come together. I used my king sized bed to figure it out. Because I grabbed random squares while sewing the rows of three, I am not as worried about blocks matching next to each other. If they do, it’s okay! It’s random, of course! If you’d like it to look like mine, follow the diagram below: (I actually moved my bottom "thanksgiving" block over one...but I'm a little wild like that...rebel with a cause! LOL!!)
Sew each row of five blocks together. Then pinning and matching seams, sew the rows together to create your basic quilt top.
Sew two border strips together end to end and sew this new strip to the side of your quilt. Do the same for the other side. Sew two more strips together and sew it to the top of the quilt. And finish by sewing another two together and then to the bottom of the quilt.
It’s time to create your quilt sandwich!! Pin baste your quilt top to your batting and backing. If you are lucky like me, maybe a couple of friends can come over and pin with you!!! (okay, I closed all the pins! LOL!!)
Then comes the super fun time!!! Quilting! You are free to do whatever you want to do! I quilted my embroidery blocks and my appliqué blocks with tiny stippling to make the embroidery and appliqué pop! And for the rest of the quilting, I quilted a ¼” straight line on either side of all of the seams. LOVE!!!
Sew your binding onto the edge and whipstitch it to finish! You can add your buttons on your little flower centers if you want!!
And you're done!! yipeeeeeeee!!!
To see more of my crazy outloud life and other projects of mine, hop on over to my blog at Sally’s Angelworks. I have a head full of ideas that I will share in the near future!! And of course, many of them include Riley Blake fabrics! Yay!!