Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Waves QAL: Joining the Rows

Waves QAL

Welcome back to the Waves QAL. Are you quilting along with me? If so, I'd love to see your progress on Instagram with #wavesqal and #100quilts4kids or in the 100 Quilts for Kids Flickr group. All the posts in the QAL can be found here.

By now you should be done piecing your blocks and ready to complete the quilt top. If not, don't worry - we'll have two weeks to complete this step, so you have plenty of time.

Layout of Waves Quilt Blocks

Once you have all your blocks completed, I think it's helpful to lay them out to make sure everything is in the right order. I have a "design wall" I use made of flannel backed vinyl, but sometimes use a "design floor" as well!

Piece one row at a time, and press the seams of each row in opposite directions. This will help with matching them up when you piece the rows together.

Abutting seams

Once you've pieced all the rows together, give the top a good press. I had to press from the top as well to really get the seams flat. Now you are ready to quilt! Come back on September 9th where I'll be sharing some quilting ideas.

completed Waves quilt top

Thursday, August 21, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids Charity Quilt Ideas: Scrap Quilts

Hey all! I'm back today with some more ideas for charity quilts you can make and donate for 100 Quilts for Kids. As a reminder, I'm keeping a Pinterest board here with ideas I'm collecting as I come across them.

Scrap quilts are a great way to make good use of fabric you already have on hand and don't have plans for. You may already have your go-to project for using up scraps, but here are a few I've found that I think would be great for children's quilts.

The only scrap quilt I've ever made was part of the Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along at Ellison Lane quilts. This is a great pattern for using up long strips and is very forgiving for random sizes, etc. You can see my version here.

Photo by Ellison Lane, used with permission.
I also recently happened upon this free pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew called the Chippewa Scrap Quilt. Isn't this a beautiful way to feature some little bits of of treasured fabrics?

Photo by Cluck Cluck Sew, used with permission.
Also, if you follow Crazy Mom Quilts, you know Amanda Jean does amazing things with scraps! She recently hosted the Scrap Basket Quilt Along where participants made a rail fence quilt from their scraps and donated it to Margaret's Hope Chest. Such a simple pattern, but there is great movement in this straight-forward piecing!

Photo by Crazy Mom Quilts, used with permission.
Also, Rachel at Stitched in Color hosted the Scrap Attack Quilt Along a couple years back. See a list of great resources and inspiration here. I love the triangle quilt Rachel did as part of the series (not all our scraps come in strips or rectangles, of course).

Photo by Stitched in Color, used with permission.
Finally, I wanted to let you know that if you make a scrappy quilt as part of 100 Quilts for Kids, you can also enter it as part of the Scrap Quilt Challenge being hosted by Fabrics N Quilts. Fabrics N Quilts is sponsoring a prize for 100 Quilts for Kids this year, and their 4th annual Scrap Quilt Challenge also runs through September 30th, so the timing is perfect! Fabrics N Quilts has some great prizes lined up (Aurifil, Quilter's Dream, and an Accuquilt Go! Baby, just to name a few) so go see how to be part of this great event!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids Blog Hop

As part of 100 Quilts for Kids this year, I'm hosting a blog hop with my guild, DC Modern. You can hop over to see Alyson at The Hasty Quilter here, and visit the DC Modern Quilt Guild blog here for a list of all the participants so far.

Check back tomorrow for more charity quilt inspiration!

Monday, August 18, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids: Sponsor Highlight

This is the last of our sponsor highlights. I have to admit that I'm so envious that I can't win some of these prizes, too! I hope this serves as some motivation and inspiration to keep quilting!

Jennifer Mathis, owner and founder of Sew South is donating this awesome prize pack.
Fabrics N Quilts is donating a $25 gift card to their online shop.
Faith of Fresh Lemons is donating a four-pack of her quilt patterns.

Interweave is donating a prize pack of three of their recent book publications, including a Quilter's Mixology, New Classic Patchwork, and the Quilter's Applique Workshop and a bundle of magazine publications.
Jeni of In Color Order is donating 6 patterns from her shop.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids Charity Quilt Ideas: Charm Squares

We're a couple weeks in to 100 Quilts for Kids, and I've loved seeing the quilts that have already been linked up here. If you're planning to donate a quilt, and need some ideas for quick quilts that would be great for kids, I've started a Pinterest page here, and I also link to it from the main 100 Quilts for Kids page (see tab at right above). These quilts feature simple designs, or use scraps so you don't have to invest in new fabric. I'll continue to add quilts to that board as I come across ideas, so please check back or follow the board on Pinterest.

In addition to the Pinterest board, I'm planning to do a few post featuring some of these designs, and thought we'd start of with some charm square quilts. If you are like me, you might buy charm packs without a plan in mind - they are a minimal investment in a fabric line you love, but don't need all the prints from. Or perhaps you've been in a charm swap and collected a variety of charms that way. In any case, these little pre-cuts are a great jumping off point for some quick kid-sized quilts.

Of course, you can use them for simple patchwork, like I did here. These were charms from a rainbow swap that I arranged in a color wheel for a bright, vibrant quilt. This quilt is an eight by eight layout, so 36 inches square, and could be made from about one and a half charm packs.

Rainbow Night Night Quilt
Another fun thing to do with charms is an I-Spy quilt. Take some of your favorite fussy-cut-able fabrics and pair them with fun solids. Here's a quilt I made a couple years ago based on a Moda Bake Shop quilt that Katie designed.

I-Spy Quilt
Finally, here's a quilt I did for my first 100 Quilts for Kids entry in 2011. It was based on this pattern by Made by Rae.

Sugar Pop Quilt

Hopefully this has given you some ideas to kick off your charity quilting in this 100 Quilts for Kids season!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Friendship Supernova Quilt

Late Night Quilter

Hard to believe, but I'm actually here to post about something other than 100 Quilts for Kids! If you still need your charity quilt fix, the DC Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a little blog hop to show off some of the charity quilts we're donating as part of this year's drive, so please pop by to see Meli at Munchkin Quilts and Lynne at Tinking Along.

This year, I'm participating in the Friendship Supernova Block Swap hosted by Stephanie at Late Night Quilter. Each month, my partner Rachel and I make two Supernova blocks - one for our partner and an identical one for ourselves - and share a little story or something about ourselves in a handwritten note. It's been fun so far, and I really like where our blocks are going.

Here are our blocks together from June and July. Mine are the two on the left and Rachel's are the two on the right.

Supernova Blocks June and July

It's been interesting to me to see how we interpret our color palette a bit differently but that the blocks still look good together.

Here's my block for this month:

Supernova Block for August

When I send this block to Rachel I'll write about a favorite childhood memory. I'm not sure yet which one I'll choose...

Linking up with WIP Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Waves QAL: Piecing the Blocks

Waves QAL

Welcome back to the Waves QAL. Are you quilting along with me? If so, I'd love to see your progress on Instagram with #wavesqal and #100quilts4kids or in the 100 Quilts for Kids Flickr group. All the posts in the QAL can be found here.

We'll take the next two weeks to piece all of our half rectangle triangle (HRT) units. This will be the bulk of the work and will allow for some breaks from trimming the blocks if you need it. If you are using the (HRT) method that makes two units at a time, per Latifah's tutorial, please refer to this post and meet us back here in two weeks. For those who have cut their rectangles into triangles and are piecing one at a time, see below.

Note: Although my quilt is all solids, this tutorial uses patterned fabric as I think it better illustrates some of the concepts.

First, select a pair of triangles. Remember that you cut triangles from two rectangles stacked on top of one another, and one triangle stacked on it's match is a pair.

half rectangle triangle tutorial

Next, place the triangles side-by-side, then rotate one around to form the rectangle shape we are trying to achieve.

half rectangle triangle tutorial
half rectangle triangle tutorial

I know this will be fairly obvious if you are using two print fabrics, but you should employ the same concept with solid fabrics since there is no "right side" and if you don't pay attention to this, you could end up with the wrong number of units of a certain orientation. We need units with opposite orientations to make the chevron pattern.

Next, flip one triangle on top of another as shown in the photo, with approximately 1/4 inch extending beyond the edge of the other triangle to account for the seam allowance. It's ok to eyeball this, since you left room to trim when you were cutting.

half rectangle triangle tutorial

Sew your scant 1/4 inch seam and press your block. If you are using a Bloc Loc ruler, you need to press your seam to one side.

Now to trim. Following are directions for both Bloc Loc and conventional rulers.

If you are using the Bloc Loc ruler, you might want to watch the video here to get the hang of it. Basically, you need to select the A or B ruler as appropriate for your unit (this will be very obvious) and align the groove of the ruler with the seam through the block.

half rectangle triangle tutorial

The ruler tells you which side your seam allowance needs to be on (again, press to one side).

Half Rectangle Triangle tutorial

Align the ruler so you have a bit more than 3.5 inch width and 6.5 inch length and trim the excess. The width will likely be close, but you should have room to trim a bit.

half rectangle tutorial

Now slide the Bloc Loc ruler down the seam line until your trimmed edge exactly matches the 3.5inch line at width and 6.5 inch line for length. It helps to have a rotating cutting surface here so you can spin the block 180 degrees and then trim. Your unit is ready to be pieced into the quilt top!

half rectangle triangle tutorial

You don't need a fancy ruler to trim your unit to perfect (thought it helps!). If you are using a conventional ruler, start here with your pieced unit. First trim the long sides so they are straight, and to achieve a 3.5 inch width. I had to trim mine about 1/8 of an inch each.

half rectangle triangle tutorial

Now, take you block and line the top of your ruler with one of the long sides of the block. Find the point where 1/4 inch length and 1/4 inch width on your ruler intersect. Position the ruler so this point is on top of the seam. I hope the photo below illustrates this clearly. Trim. Turn the block around and do the same on the other side - your block should be 6.5 inches long. Don't worry that the seam doesn't go through the corner of the rectangle as it would for a half square triangle - lining the seam up with the 1/4 x 1/4 inch mark on your ruler ensures that once you account for seam allowance, the seam will end in the corner of the block.

half rectangle triangle tutorial

Once you have a row or two, add them to your design wall (or design floor, as I sometimes use!) and see your waves starting to take shape!

half rectangle triangle tutorial

Thanks for following along with the post. Please leave comments if you have any questions or need clarification on one or more of the steps.