Falling Charms–Step 2- Creating L’s & 7’s

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

Today we remember those who have served, sacrificed and are still fighting for our freedoms! To my grandfather and father thank you for your service!


OH before I begin I have to tell you that you really only need 2 charm packs!!!! **ALERT** this quilt is going to be HUGE!  Seriously look at how many squares I made!

Step 1 Finished Falling Charms Blocks

With that said, I am going to split my blocks into two quilts for my Etsy shop.  I am also excited to tell you about my newest obsession, but that will have to come when we put these puppies together!

Back to business…Today’s post may be a little short because we are really just completing the block and starting the layout process.  Now that all of your blocks are cut and pressed we need to add them to the rest of your left over strips from the black jelly roll. Note if you want to use 4 charm packs you will need extra as my simple math skills pointed out. I had less than half of the strips left when I finished the first round AND we have to cover 2” more space…you get the idea.

Ready to repeat the verse same as the first only a little bit worse? (sorry, had to do it…do you guys remember ‘Wee Sing Silly Songs’? I’m sure my mom does…I was obsessed. We had the version WITH the cassette…yep I said it, cassette.)

1) Place your jelly roll right side up and attach your block with a 1/4” seam.  We want the short side of the jelly roll and the charm pack on the block under the presser foot.  I’ve arranged mine so my pressed seam will always be facing towards me so I don’t have to worry about that getting messed up.

Falling Charms Step 2 Chain Piecing

Chain piece everything until you are done with all of the blocks.  I found on average I ended up with 3-4 inches left over from each strip….save those!  I have so many I literally ran out of black thread (who doesn’t have extra black thread?!?!) and had to make a trip to JoAnn’s for more!

2) Cut the blocks apart just like we did in the first round; then set and press your seams open towards the dark side.

3) Layout time!!! You may have been wondering why I called today’s post ‘Creating L’s & 7’s’. Well that is the easiest way to remember the layout of this quilt.  Instead of the computer lingo of 0’s and 1’s we will be operating in a series of L’s and 7’s.

Here’s how it is going to go:

Falling Charms: L & 7 Layout Grid

Before your eyes go totally bonkers on you just remember to go one block at a time.  “Crystal, where are you getting L & 7 From???” Simple, look at the black in your squares. Depending on how you turn the block you either have an L or a 7.

Here is the L lay out:

Falling Charms: L Layout Example

Here is the 7 lay out:

Falling Charms: 7 Layout Example

It is really just a matter of rotating the squares.  Here is an example of a few of the squares.  Pretty neat, right?! No, my final layout isn’t complete; I really just wanted to see how it was going!

Falling Charms: L & 7 Quilt Layout Example

Alright, time to get a final layout and start sewing rows. Next up final assembly!!

Have a great holiday!

~Crystal

Get ready to take a charming fall!

Are you all ready to start our next quilt? I know I am. It is snowing today in Denver; yes snowing on Mother’s day.  There is something inherently wrong with that.  I mean, shouldn’t Mother nature want it to be nice on a day that celebrates her name sake? Hmm, just doesn’t make sense.  Speaking of Mother’s day, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a little shout to my Mother and my late Grandmother!  Because let’s face it without the two of them I would not be here right now about ready to start our 6th quilt since August.   Man how time flies! Here’s to you mom and grandma!

 

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These photos were from a few years back, but they make me smile.  My mom and I ran a Halloween 5k (want to guess who what we were? lol) The next is with my grandma on a spring visit home from Colorado.


Ready, Set, Gather your materials and put on some music…It’s show time!

Here’s what you need for our ‘Op Art’ Falling Charms Quilt:

  • 4 Charm Packs
  • 1 Jelly Roll
    • We may need a little extra black, but I’m hoping it will just take one jelly
  • Batting
  • Binding
  • Backing
    • Also known from here in out as the three standard B’s…as in you can’t complete a quilt without them.
  • Thread
    • I’m using black on this quilt.

Falling Charms - Step 1


Step 1 – Attaching Charms to the Jelly Roll [Phase 1]

I am saying that there are two phases to attaching the charm pack to the jelly roll because, well, there are.  I want to show you both steps because they are slightly different.  We are all fans of chain stitching and I know I am a fan of the assembly line when it comes to quilting so here we go. 

Start by sewing all, yes ALL of your charms that’s 168 if anyone is counting to your jelly roll in a chain stitch.  Start by laying the right side up on your jelly then attaching the first charm to it (right sides together).  I am going to have the jelly roll on the bottom since it is the longer piece of fabric and you will want to add charms as you go.  Put on some good music or an hour long TV show (reality or baseball are my top two choices for quilting, because let’s face it…do I really care if I can’t hear every piece of dialog…nope.)

Let the chain stitch begin!

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Step 2 – Cutting apart your attached charms

The next step is to use your rotary cutter and cut apart your chain piecing. Be careful not to cut your charm, but line up the ruler with the edge of the charm and slice along your chain.  For non-ambidextrous people like me you may want to cut all of the right sides first and then go back and do the left sides by flipping them over.  

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Step 3 – Setting & Pressing Seams.

Remember that you will want to set your seams by ironing on the stitching side first and then opening them up. If you leave the jelly roll side up you will press to the dark side each time.  Since this fabric is dark all around I’m not really worried about which side it goes to, but I am into being consistent so pressing towards the jelly rolls just feels right. (Man, I really need a different ironing board…okay I’m on it!)

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So far so good, right? I hope so! If not, leave me a comment below.  Next week we’ll add the second round of jelly roll strips and look at final layout. Yes, this one is going to be THAT quick!

Until next week, quilt away my friends, quilt away!

-Crystal

Front Layout and Final Assembly

Hey Everyone!

We have finally reached front assembly day! Now that all of the front blocks are done it is time to choose a layout.  The disappearing 4-patch gives us a lot of different options.  Here are my two finalists:

Option 1: Option 1

Option 2:Option 2

Can you see how just re-arranging the blocks can give the entire quilt?  I like both of them, but some of the fabric works better vertical rather than horizontal.  I have also been practicing my free-motion quilting and really want to try something small on this quilt.  I’m thinking I may place flowers in the white squares.  We’ll see I don’t know; so nervous to dive in to that new technique!  With that said, choosing the second option seemed like the better one to go with; there will be less white space to fill up throughout the quilt.

Okay, you know what’s next; work in rows and stitch all of the blocks together matching seams.  For this application I am definitely pinning. While I am waiting for the border, backing and binding fabric to be back in stock I thought that it would be best to move on to our next project. I mean the real fun is seeing how the fronts are put together anyway, right? Right!

If you have the front together and want to add borders I encourage you to check out my Jelly Roll Race Baby Quilt tutorial (Part 2).  If you are ready for batting, pinning, quilting and binding please check out my Paradigm Shift tutorials (steps 6, 7 & 8).  In fact, I may just copy them and move them to a special section on the basics.

Update 10/10/15 – Here’s the final quilt in all its glory!

Final Disappearing 4-Patch

Are you ready to see what is up next?

Here you go!

I’ve decided to switch the schedule up a bit.  If you have been following the tutorial schedule and were looking forward to the five and dime quilt next please let me know and I will see what I can do.  But when I looked at that pattern I realized that it will be similar to the disappearing 4-patch and wanted to work on something completely different. Can you guess which project is moving to the top?

Anyone up for a little Op Art Reflections? Yes! We are going to complete a falling charms quilt.  Here’s what you’ll need for next week!

  • What’s Needed?
    • 1 Black or Solid Roll Up (Jelly Roll)
      • 2 1/2″ wide strips
    • 4 Charm Packs
    • Border Fabric (optional)
    • Backing Fabric
    • Binding Fabric
    • Opart

I can’t wait to get started! Don’t worry, I will finish up the disappearing 4-patch soon enough.  I made a rule when starting this that each quilt needs to be finished before starting the next one. I’m bending the rules a bit, but Dori will be completed before Op Art….trust me! Winking smile

Until next week, go out and bask in the sunshine! (seriously, it’s gorgeous here in Denver…probably why my posts have been a bit scattered…please accept my apologies.)

Oh and shh, but I have a really fun ‘on the side’ tutorial coming up. Check back on Wednesday for that post! (Hint get 2 mini-charm packs and a fat quarter ready!)

Later!

Crystal