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

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Supernova–Step 4–Spray Basting & Pinning for Quilting

Happy Snowy Sunday from Colorado!  With the snow and cold temps this weekend all I have wanted to do is nest.  I have been deep cleaning and of course, quilting.  Are you ready to finish up this quilt? Me too! Once I package and send this quilt I can finally let my dad read my blog. Open-mouthed smile Only one more week of the Supernova.

These final two posts may be shorter than most because this process is just like the process we went through for the Paradigm Shift Quilt.  Instead of re-inventing the wheel I will simply direct you to those posts.  Hopefully someday soon when I get a little free time (I know hilarious, right?) I will create tutorials based on specific items that are not project related such as, spray basting, ‘stitch in the ditch quilting’, and binding.  Until then hopefully this will do.

Let’s get started shall we?

BACKING & SPRAY BASTING


First things first we need to make sure our backing is pressed and stitched.  Start by pressing your backing fabric and squaring it off prior to cutting.   I cut mine in half along the natural fabric fold and then lined up the selvages.  Once I did that I trimmed up the edges from there.  It seemed like the easiest process for me not to mention the most manageable when dealing with that much fabric.  If you need to piece your backing (which is necessary unless you bought 60” wide fabric), make sure you are stitching right sides together.

There are two options when piecing your backing fabric. You can have a vertical seam or a horizontal seam.  The way I pieced mine a horizontal seam was the easiest….wait a sec…I just realized something.  My quilt is square so it doesn’t matter.  Oh man, blonde strikes again!  Well anyway, you get the idea.

Here is a photo of my fabric laid out on the floor ready for batting.

Supernova–Step 4–Spray Basting & Pinning for Quilting

Before I laid the batting down I double checked to make sure that the backing was larger than the front.  Mine is going to be a little tight, but I will make it work.  Usually I like to have at least 2-3” all the way around the quilt front.

Supernova–Step 4–Spray Basting & Pinning for Quilting

Once we know that the back is bigger than the front we can lay out the batting.  Here is the batting I used for this quilt.  I usually try to stock-pile batting by purchasing multiple quantities when they are 40-60% off at JoAnn Fabrics.  This means I always have some on hand for impromptu projects and ensure that I am not breaking my budget per quilt.

Supernova–Step 4–Spray Basting & Pinning for Quilting

The next step is to lay out your batting and trim slightly larger than the backing piece.  I go slightly larger than the backing so if there is any tightness resulting from the quilting there won’t be a gap.

Supernova–Step 4–Spray Basting & Pinning for Quilting

As you can see getting Baxter off of the batting was an impossible task which is why you get a shot with him in it.  In fact he ended up getting locked out of the room completely.  Here’s how it went down.  Baxter attacked the batting while I was laying it out. Baxter pounced on the scissors while I was cutting the batting to size. (talk about a mini heart attack!).

Supernova–Step 4–Spray Basting & Pinning for Quilting

After I got the batting trimmed I left the room to change the laundry. While I was out, Baxter proceeded to dis-assemble the batting into his own shape of choosing.   After all was said he decided his best defense was to look cute and play dead.  Needless to say the next moment is when he was locked out.  Not only for ease of spraying, but for safety with the chemicals.

Supernova–Step 4–Spray Basting & Pinning for Quilting

Okay here we go; time to spray! If this is your first quilt with me please refer to the following post for a tutorial on how to spray baste your quilt.  Otherwise, you know the drill; always spray the batting and not the fabric and be generous.  Here are a few photos from the Supernova’s process.  I did find that this time I used more spray and it stuck super fast so it was a little challenging to smooth out pieces.

Spray Basting Tutorial

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One tip: Make sure you double check both the front and the back to ensure that there are no bubbles or wrinkles in the fabric before beginning to pin.

PINNING FOR QUILTING


Once you have basted your quilt it is time to pin. I plan on stitching in the ditch again on this one.  That is my preferred method for at home quilting simply because I do not have a large arm sewing machine.  I am going to stitch diagonal from the triangles.  What this means is that I will need to pin in the center of the block to avoid having to remove safety pins while quilting.  Here is a shot showing how I have pinned this one.
Supernova–Step 4–Spray Basting & Pinning for Quilting

Happy Basting & Happy Pinning!  Next week we will be quilting and binding.  If you feel comfortable cutting out your 2 1/2” binding strips before next week please feel free to do so! (Here’s a tutorial)

Have a great week! See you Wednesday!

Crystal

Puzzle Piece Quilt–For Gabe

Almost 2 years ago my dear friend Jenny announced that she was going to have her first-born; an adorable baby boy named Gabriel.  Well, I decided that he needed an everyday quilt so I began working. I found this pattern on pinterest and thought it would be a great baby quilt with so many possibilities.  You can get it from eQuiltPatterns.com

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Jenny, like me, grew up in rural Montana. She, however, grew up on a ranch and her and her husband now run one of their own.  She told me Gabe’s nursery would be a cowboy theme, but I could not find any cowboy prints to my liking.  Plus, like I said I wanted this to be an every day, park sitting, drag along quilt so when I found this John Deere fabric I knew it would be perfect. 

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Since this quilt was created pre-NotMyGrandmasQuilts.com there isn’t a tutorial, but this quilt could not be easier. The key is making sure all the blocks are laid out correctly before starting. That is where our photo finish method comes in handy. Smile

I may complete another one of these for my Etsy Shop, but there are already 2 more quilts on the tutorial docket first…one of which is Jenny’s 2nd baby’s quilt. She’s due in March with a baby girl! So excited! There will definitely be a tutorial for that one.

I will leave you with a few more photos of this quilt. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Leave a comment or send a private note.