My Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 2 Small Block Assembly

Did everyone have a blast sewing together their strips and cutting out their blocks?  I know it went up fairly quickly for me.  I think you are all going to fall in love with today’s task.  We will have so many combination choices when we are done. How cute are these blocks?

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How did I get here? C’mon I’m so excited to show you!

The first step is to lay out all of your blocks in pairs.  I was unable to sleep last night so I put this masterpiece together at 2am.  Looking at it the next morning I am still satisfied with my results.  I made sure that each pair of blocks did not have two of the same strip fabric. Meaning no pink on pink stripes with pink on pink stripes, for example.  I did mix like patterns together (there really isn’t any way around that)  That task is easier said than done, but I think It went alright.  (Look closely the horizontal stripes are behind.)

My Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 2 Small Block Assembly

Next, we need to sew the block combinations together.  You will place the blocks right sides together with one being horizontal and one vertical.

My Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 2 Small Block AssemblyMy Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 2 Small Block Assembly

After you have placed the right sides together we need to sew around all four sides.  Your end result should look like this:

My Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 2 Small Block Assembly

Notice that I DID NOT pivot on my squares. Instead I chose to chain stitch one side of all of the blocks, then go back and do the next side in a chain stitch as well.  Eventually you will have all four sides closed off.  Why did I choose not to pivot?  A couple of reason actually; first this is a much faster technique. Second, I didn’t have to worry about when to stop…”am I 1/4” from the end or not?!”.  Finally, it gives you a nice guide for where to cut on the diagonal, but more on that in a second.

My Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 2 Small Block Assembly

Line up your ruler through the intersecting lines from you 1/4” seams. See, I told you I would get to it in a second. Cut on the diagonal, then rotate and to the same thing on the other corners.  A rotating mat works very well for this application.  I do not recommend picking up your blocks and moving them at this stage.

My Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 2 Small Block Assembly

Once you have cut diagonally across both corners you can open up your four NEW blocks! Here is what you get! How cool is this!? Talk about a fake out, right?! (don’t for get to press your seams.  For this quilt I have found it easier to press towards the fabric without three seams.  For example, on the bottom right square I pressed toward the white daisies on green fabric.

My Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 2 Small Block Assembly

Anyone want to guess the next step?  If you said trim the dog ears you would be correct!

My Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 2 Small Block Assembly

Ready, set, GO get ‘em! Time to finish up all of your blocks and we’ll meet back here for final layout and front assembly!  Have any questions? Leave a comment below and I will answer as quickly as possible.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

Ciao,

Crystal

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Colors!

We all know that our fabulous pre-cuts take the guess-work out of color choice.  They come to us with pre-selected fabrics that go together which saves all of us serious time and decision-making trials.  With that said, it can still be hard to figure out just the best color combinations for your particular project.  This is where knowledge of the color wheel can come in handy.  I recently watched an episode of ‘Brain Games’ on the National Geographic Channel that kind of blew my mind.  It was called ‘In Living Color’.  It got me to thinking how could I apply this to my quilts.  Some quick research and memory searching revealed the answer; quite a bit indeed.

We all want quilts that keep your eyes moving or focused in a particular direction.  I personally do not like looking at a quilt and seeing just one print.  Let’s be honest, it ultimately dominates and takes away from your hard work and overall design concept.  This is where the color wheel can come in handy.  Check out this introduction from Tiger Color.  They enlightened me on many of the items below.  Well their tutorial and having a mom as a color consultant and almost going back to school in 2005 for interior design, but I digress.  In this installment we will be discussing complementary, analogous and triadic color schemes.

Here is a color wheel for reference:

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Complementary Colors:

These are colors opposite each other on the color wheel.  Basically these create the ‘wow’ factor you are looking for. They should be used sparingly and in small doses.  In the color wheel above blue and yellow are complementary colors.

Here is a photo where they work well together.  See how they pop?

Flower image yellow abstract nature blue HD Wallpaper

But, having this in large doses can get overwhelming.

Analogous Colors:

Analogous colors are usually found to be pleasing and peaceful to the eye. Unlike complementary colors they are harmonious and your eyes almost feel like they can relax.  Have you ever walked into a room and just felt comfortable? Chances are you were in a room with analogous colors.  On our above color wheel Blue, Blue Cyan, and Cyan are Analogous colors.

Here is an analogous quilt example from JWD Publishing Blog: See how your eyes feel comfortable and they aren’t working too hard, but still moving around the quilt?

From JWD Publishing Blog

Here is an analogous room from colorindesign.net:

Living room in variations on purple and lavender

Triadic Colors:

While there are more schemes in the world of design and color theory to go over the final one we will discuss today is the Triadic Scheme.  If you were to guess that it will make a triangular shape on the color wheel you would be correct.  This scheme is best used for deciding on accent pieces, etc.  All of the colors are evenly dispersed around the wheel.  On our color wheel above Red, Yellow Green and Blue would be an example of a triadic color scheme.   Usually you will pick one point of the triangle as the dominant color and accent with the other two edges of the triangle.

Here is an example:

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The red is obviously dominating, but the other two colors (green and blue) work well as accents.

Here is a triadic room from catalogs.com.  See how the yellow is in the fore front, but the red and light blue/gray are accenting?

Triadic Children's Bedroom  This room contains the primary colours (red, yellow and blue), making this room triadic.

Many times we don’t know why we like the color combination, we just do.  It is because our eyes are trained in the concepts from repeat exposure and we inherently develop a second nature towards them.

As mentioned above, yes our pre-cuts come with most of the guess-work out of fabric selection, but how you chose to arrange them is up to you.  Here are some of the combinations that I posted in our last quilt tutorial.  Any guesses what method I used? Hint I wanted certain colors to ‘pop’.  If you guessed Triadic you would be 33% right. It was kind of a trick question.  The truth is that with so many different patterns and shades of colors all three methods needed to be used which is why I chose to discuss those three in particular today.  Keep an eye out for Sunday’s post. We will be deciding on a design layout and getting even more out of these theories!

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Have fun putting your combinations together and remember ultimately it just has to be pleasing to your eye. I say if you like it…go for it!

Until Sunday! Crystal

*Please note: I pulled many of these images from Google searches to convey a concept. If you own one of these photos and you do not feel I properly cited your work please let me know and I will make it right.

My Sunshine Baby Quilt–Step 1 Row Assembly and Initial Blocks

Happy Sunday Everyone! As I sit writing this post I hear fireworks, car horns, and various shouts of joy…why you might ask? THE BRONCOS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL! Woo Hoo. I may be a girl who quilts, but I LOVE sports!  I live on a hill here in Denver and from my second story you can see all of downtown including Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  When we won I looked out the window of my craft room (yes, I was sewing during the 2nd half while watching) and saw flashes of fireworks and smoke from the field.  Pretty great afternoon if I do say so myself.

Now onto the next exciting topic of the day, the My Sunshine Baby Quilt!  One of my oldest and dearest friends from college, Jenny, is having her second child and is due March 21st.  Likewise, another one of my college roommates and close friend, Audra is having her second boy and is due in March as well.  Needless to say the next two quilts will be of the baby kind.  These are the most fun for me because they are small and you get to use super cute, super fun prints. 

First up, Jenny’s quilt.  We are going to use My Sunshine (by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Designs) and create the cutest, easiest pattern ever. 

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1

There is a Missouri Star Quilt Co. tutorial on the pattern we are going to use if you would like to watch it, but the way I will be showing is similar, but with different steps.  My mom is also doing this pattern, for a quilt of her own and she has made some suggestions to improve the steps so we are going to go with those. 

Side Note: My mom….who has stayed 100 feet away from quilting for many many years (she’s a big sewer) has found…wait for it…pre-cuts! She is in love with quilting and has projects coming out of her ears. (Personally I think it’s because I’m doing it, but I’m sure she’ll say otherwise). Winking smile I’m happy to have my mom along for the ride!

What will the final blocks look like? Here is a drawing of the finished pattern. When we get to the layout stage you will see the versatility of this block. It is simply amazing!

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1


Here’s what you will need:

1 – Jelly Roll

1/2 yd – Border Print if desired (optional)

1.5 yds – Backing and Binding Fabric

That’s it…yes, another reason why I love making baby quilts. 


Step 1: Row Layout

Big decisions need to be made your block size depends on it.  My mother chose to sew together 5 rows at a time which will give her larger blocks and a less kaleidoscope affect.  I, however, am sewing together 3 strips at a time which will give me smaller blocks and therefore more blocks overall.  Mine will end up being 6×6 and hers will end up around 10×10.  The great thing is that it is 100% up to you.  The only advice I will give is that you will want to stick to odd numbers. It is a basic rule in design and your eye prefers it that way.

Here are some of the combinations I’ve chosen.  Check on Wednesday for a writing about color theory and why I chose the way I did, but until then go with your gut and start laying them out!

To the work surface wall!

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1

I have no idea why this picture is so grainy, but you can see how I start the project. I lay all of my strips out so I can see what all of the prints are and how many of each I have.

Next, I lay them out in their initial strip pairings. Here is a sample of a few of the combinations. Yes, I take pictures so I don’t forget the order. 

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1

Next, because I know I won’t be working on them immediately and I need to reclaim my table, ironing board, etc. I lay them on top of each other left to right and pin the top.  I then stack all of the strips on top of each other and fold in half. Keeps everything organized and everything in order. I pin them so I remember the combos and can just grab one at a time if I only have time to work on it in spurts.

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1

Here they are just feathered out so you can see the concept:

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1

Step 2: Row Assembly

Once you have your color combinations figured out it is time to sew them together. We will be using the standard 1/4” seam. Remember to press you seams towards the darkest fabric noting that not all rows will be the same directionally speaking. 

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Step 3: Initial Block Cutout

Now that all of your rows are assembled it is time to cut them into blocks.  Just like the Supernova Quilt we are going to measure the width of the final row and cut that same size because remember 1/4” is not a 1/4” is not a 1/4”.  What is important with this quilt is that you cut them all evenly.  This may require a little trimming, but if you are consistent with your seams (which you should be Winking smile) then it should be an easy task to cut them square.  Mine are all ending up at 6 1/4” which means that my finished blocks will be 5 3/4” square.  (Shh don’t tell anyone that I didn’t mark out my 1/4” for this quilt. It is a free-form pattern one so I figured I’d catch it on the next one….stress free, remember)

Since mine are 6 1/4” wide I will be cutting the length to 6 1/4”.  Here we go!

Make sure you line up your strips with the straight lines on your cutting mat.  Next we need to trim the salvage off the edges to create a perfectly straight line. (Remember to keep you other hand on your ruler when cutting. I took the photo then cut.)

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1

After that we need to measure the 6 1/4” and cut.  I really like the ruler I used because it shows the 6 1/4” wide and the 6 1/4” which makes it easy to keep on track.  (It is a 6 1/2”x6 1/2” ruler)

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1

My Sunshine Baby Quilt - Step 1

Ready to do the rest on your own? I thought so!  Here’s your homework for next week.  Figure our your combos, sew strips together and cut out your blocks.  We’ll meet back here for the next step which I must say is pretty fun!

Have a great Sunday! Have a fantastic week!

Crystal