Thursday, January 25, 2018

Home Tweet Home Take Two

I've had some questions about how to make a larger version of Home Tweet Home, my latest Moda Bake Shop tutorial, using charm squares (5") rather than mini charm squares (2½").  If you're interested, here's some rough math to help you out.

For a 30½" square quilt made with a charm pack:

Birdhouse block size:  4¾" x 4¾" finished
Sashing strips:  1" x 4¾" finished (cut 1½" x 5¼")
Cornerstones:  1" x 1" finished (cut 1½" x 1½")
Inner border:  1" wide finished (cut 2 - 1½" x 22½" and 2 - 1½" x 24½")
HST border:  3" x 3" HSTs finished (make in the same manner described in the tutorial using 4" squares to start - you'll have to trim the charm squares first)
Outer border corner squares:  3" x 3" finished (cut 3½" x 3½")

I plugged this larger design into EQ7 and it's looks like you'd need roughly a yard of background fabric and ½ yard of fabric for the birdhouse roofs.

Here's a link to a foundation pattern that I drafted for the 4¾" birdhouse block.  And here, again, is the link to the original tutorial — the cutting measurements are different for the larger quilt, but the construction is the same.


I'd love to see what a bigger version of this quilt looks like and I may even try one myself!  One reader suggested appliquéing a black circle to the larger birdhouses rather than using buttons — great idea Cheryl!  Don't forget to tag me @JenDalyQuilts if you share your quilts on Instagram or Facebook!

Happy Quilting!

— Jen

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Home Tweet Home

I know we still have two months of winter left, but somehow I can't help looking ahead to spring.  And in honor of the sweetest season, here's what I've been working on:



It's Home Tweet Home, my latest Moda Bake Shop tutorial.  This sweet quilt finishes at 15½" square.  You'll need a mini charm pack, a bit of yardage and 16 little buttons to make Home Tweet Home and you can find detailed instructions as well as plenty of how-to photos free at the Moda Bake Shop.




I made my little quilt with "Lilac Ridge" by Jan Patek Quilts.  Her shades of lavender, green, brown and cream are perfect for spring—soft, lovely and warm. 

But if you're wondering what Home Tweet Home would look like in a different color palette, here are a couple of ideas that I think are equally cute.  Each is inspired by a current or upcoming Moda fabric collection.

Mama's Cottage by April Rosenthal available now

Provencal by American Jane available in February

Whichever you choose, I hope you have fun making Home Tweet Home.  And if you share your little quilts on Instagram or Facebook, please tag me @JenDalyQuilts—I'd love to see what you're up to!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along - Day 10!

Welcome back for the final day of the Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along!  This quilt-along has been so much fun for me because I've been able to keep the final quilt a secret until today!  So without further ado, here's a look at the finished Sweet Shoppe quilt!


Ta-da!  It's a table runner with colorful candy rows interspersed with strips of sweet stitching.  It's amazing to me how simple shapes and bright colors can combine to create a quilt that's bold and graphic but still very sweet.  Don't you just love quilting?!

Let's jump right into the instructions for the final day:


You'll need to gather:
  • the rows of candy from Day 9 (you should have 15 of them)


You'll also need to cut:

Background fabric:
  • 14 strips 1½" x 18½"

Binding fabric:
  • 4 bindings strips 2¼" x 42"

Backing fabric:
  • 1 panel 26" x 60"


Assembling the quilt:

Here's a diagram of the Sweet Shoppe quilt to help you out with your assembly.



Lay out the 15 rows of candy and 14 white strips in alternating positions.  Pay particular attention to the orientation of the ribbon candy rows, these are the rows that will be located in between the lollipop and peppermint rows, and the rows on either side of the minty fresh row in the center.  To assemble my quilt, I laid it out on a table and then stitched it together row by row, pressing all seam allowances toward the white strips.  Your finished quilt top should measure 18½" x 52½".

Here's a tip to help you keep your work square.  Make light pencil marks on the length of the white strips within the seam allowance and appropriately spaced for the candy row that you will be sewing to it.  Then align these marks with the seams on the candy row before pinning and sewing.  For example, when joining a white strip to the lollipop row, make your first mark at 3½" in from the edge (to allow for seam allowance) and then at 3" intervals thereafter.

That's it for assembly!  Love row quilts—they're such a snap to put together!


Finishing your Sweet Shoppe quilt:

1.  Layer quilt top, batting and backing.  Baste. 

2.  Quilt as desired.  To stabilize the quilt, I machine quilted in the ditch on either side of the white strips and in between the lollipop blocks using white thread.  Then I machine quilted ¼" inside both edges of each white strip.  And finally, I used red size 8 perle cotton to big stitch quilt down the center of each white strip. 



3.  Join the 4 binding strips into one length and use it to bind the quilt.


Some Thoughts on Finishing Your Sweet Shoppe quilt:

The quilt was pretty before I added the red perle cotton, but I think the red stitching is really the cherry on top!  If you'd like to add the stitching to your quilt, you can also substitute 2 strands of embroidery floss for the perle cotton.  

But don't feel limited to finishing your quilt the way I did—there are countless ways to personalize this project.  You could do decorative machine stitching or a narrow quilted border pattern of wavy or swirly lines or ribbons within the sashing strips.  The larger blocks are an opportunity for some fun machine quilting—I can imagine spirals in the lollipops and maybe a small cross-hatch in the wrapped sweets.  Even the red and green peppermint stick rows could be embellished with complementary colored diagonal lines stitched between the HSTs.  And if you really want to take the Sweet Shoppe theme over the top, you could stitch little bows to the lollipop sticks or the narrow parts of the wrapped sweets and sew tiny buttons to the centers of the minty fresh and peppermint blocks.  Just have fun!



I'd love to see your finished quilts, so please tag me @JenDalyQuilts if you post them on Facebook or Instagram, or send a picture to me via email:  jendalyquilts@gmail.com.  And if you haven't been able to quilt along this year, but you'd like to make your own Sweet Shoppe quilt, the complete pattern will be available in my Etsy shop after Christmas.

Thank you all so much for following along with this year's Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along!  Happy Holidays and, as ever, Happy Quilting!

Cheers!  Jen

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along - Day 9

Welcome back for Day 9!  After 8 days of piecing blocks and half-square-triangles (and I think we can all agree that we're experts at making HSTs by now!) we're finally going to start assembling our quilts!



Today we're making rows!  I just loved making a row quilt for last year's quilt-along, so I thought we'd give it another try this year with a different shape and size.


You'll need to gather the following:

From Day 2:
12 red print #3 2" x 2" HST units
12 green print #3 2" x 2" HST units
(you'll have 4 of each left over for another project)

From Day 3:
36 red print #2 1½" x 1½" HST units
36 green print #2 1½" x 1½" HST units
(again, you'll have 4 of each left over)

From Day 4:
9 split quarter-square triangle blocks
9 mirror split quarter-square triangle blocks
(you'll have 1 of each left over)

From Day 5:
6 Minty Fresh blocks

From Day 6:
6 Wrapped Sweet blocks

From Day 7:
12 Peppermint blocks

From Day 8:
12 Lollipop blocks

You'll also need to cut from your background fabric:
4 rectangles 1½" x 3½"
4 rectangles 1" x 3½"


Let's start assembling day by day:

1.  Lay out 12 red print 2" x 2" HST units and 12 green print 2" x 2" HST units in 2 rows of 12 units each, alternating 2 greens and 2 reds as follows.  Join the pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances open.

Make 2 measuring 2" x 18½" unfinished.

2.  Lay out 36 green print 1½" x 1½" HST units in 2 rows of 18 units each alternating direction as follows.  Join the pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances open.

Make 2 measuring 1½" x 18½" unfinished.

3.  Lay out 36 red print 1½" x 1½" HST units in 2 rows of 18 units each alternating direction as follows (note that the red HSTs slant in the opposite direction of the green HSTs above).  Join the pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances open.

Make 2 measuring 1½" x 18½" unfinished.

4.  Lay out 9 split quarter-square triangles and 9 mirror split quarter-square triangles in 2 separate rows as follows.  Make sure that you orient the blocks correctly to create a ribbon effect.  Join the pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances open.

Make 1 of each measuring 2½" x 18½" unfinished.

5.  Lay out 6 Minty Fresh blocks in a row, alternating prints.  Join the pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances open.

Make 1 measuring 3½" x 18½" unfinished.

6.  Lay out 3 Wrapped Sweet blocks, 2 white 1" x 3½" rectangles and 2 white 1½" x 3½" rectangles in a row as follows.  Note that the 2 white 1" x 3½" rectangles should be placed on the outside edge of each row and the 2 white 1½" x 3½" rectangles should be placed between the 3 blocks.  Join the pieces and press seam allowances toward the white rectangles.  Repeat to make a second wrapped sweet row.

Make 2 measuring 3½" x 18½" unfinished.

7.  Lay out 12 Peppermint blocks in 2 rows of 6 each, alternating prints.  Join the pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances open.

Make 2 measuring 3½" x 18½" unfinished.

8.  Lay out 12 Lollipop blocks in 2 rows of 6 each, alternating red and green prints.  Join the pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances open.

Make 2 measuring 6½" x 18½" unfinished.

Phew!  I know that was a lot of piecing, but isn't it fun to see these rows of sweets come together?! 

I hope to see you back here Friday for Day 10!  We'll finish assembling our quilt tops (yay!) and I've got a fun embellishment idea to share with you!

: )  Jen

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along - Day 8

Happy Monday and welcome back for Day 8 of the Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along!

Today we're making lollipop blocks!


These blocks couldn't be easier—we'll be strip piecing the lollipop stick units and making snowball units for the lollipop tops.  Fast and fun, so let's get started!


Today you'll need to gather:

2 red print #1 3½" x 3½" squares
2 red print #2 3½" x 3½" squares
2 red print #3 3½" x 3½" squares
2 green print #1 3½" x 3½" squares
2 green print #2 3½" x 3½" squares
2 green print #3 3½" x 3½" squares
48 white 1½" x 1½" squares
2 white 1⅞" x 42" strips
2 white 1⅞" x 3½" rectangles
1 gray print ¾" x 42" strip
1 gray print ¾" x 3½" rectangle



To make your lollipop blocks:

1.  Sew a white 1⅞" x 42" strip to either side of the gray print ¾" x 42" strip to make a lollipop stick strip set.  Press seam allowances toward the gray print.



2.  Crosscut the lollipop stick strip set into 11 lollipop stick units 3½" wide.  Note:  if your strip set is sufficiently long to cut 12 lollipop stick units, do so, if not, proceed to step 3.



3.  If necessary (see step 2), sew a white 1⅞" x 3½" rectangle to either long side of the gray print ¾" x 3½" rectangle to make a 12th lollipop stick unit.  Press seam allowances toward the gray print.



4  On the wrong side of the 48 white 1½" x 1½" squares, use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.



5.  Layer a marked white 1½" square atop a red/green print 3½" x 3½" square with right sides together as shown.  Stitch the pair together on the drawn line.



6.  Trim seam allowances to ¼" and press toward the red/green print.



7.  Repeat with remaining 3 corners to make a snowball unit measuring 3½" x 3½" unfinished.



8.  Sew a lollipop stick unit to a red/green snowball unit to make a lollipop block.  Press seam allowances toward the snowball unit.



9.  Repeat to make 12 lollipop blocks measuring 3½" x 6½" unfinished, 2 from each red print and 2 from each green print.



They look a little diamond-shaped right now, but once they are sewn into the quilt top and the seam allowance is taken up, they're cute as can be.

That's it for today and these are the last blocks we'll be making.  On Wednesday, Day 9, we'll start pulling it all together and assembling our Sweet Shoppe quilts.  Can't wait!!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along - Day 7

Welcome back for Day 7 of the Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along!  Today we're making peppermint blocks!



These blocks are actually just like the minty fresh blocks that we made on Day 5, but they're red and white and spinning in the opposite direction.  We're also making twice as many as we did on Day 5, but because it's the weekend, we've got an extra day to get them done.  Ready?  Here we go!


You'll need to gather:

2 red print #1 5" x 5" squares
2 red print #2 5" x 5" squares
2 red print #3 5" x 5" squares
6 white 5" x 5" squares
48 white 1½" x 1½" squares



To make your Peppermint blocks:

1.  On the wrong side of a white 5" x 5" square, use a pencil to lightly draw 2 diagonal lines a scant ¼" from each true diagonal of the square as follows.



2.  Layer a marked white 5" square atop a red print 5" square with right sides together.



3.  Stitch the pair together exactly on the drawn lines.  Press to set seams.



4.  Use a rotary cutter to cut the unit in half vertically and horizontally and in between the seams to make 8 half-square-triangle units.



5.  Press the seam allowances toward the red print.



6.  Trim the HST units to measure 2" x 2" unfinished.



7.  Lay out 4 matching HSTs in 2 rows of 2 each as follows:



8.  Join together the pieces in each row.  Press the seam allowances toward the red print.



9.  Join the rows together to make a Pinwheel block that measures 3½" x 3½ unfinished.  Fan seam allowances open in back, pressing toward the red print, to reduce bulk at the center of the block.  Press.



10.  Repeat to make 12 Pinwheel blocks, 4 from each red print.

11.  On the wrong side of the 48 white 1½" x 1½" squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.



12.  Layer a marked white 1½" square atop one corner of a Pinwheel block with right sides together.  Stitch the pair together along the drawn line.



13.  Press open toward the white and trim seam allowances to ¼".



14.  Repeat with remaining 3 corners to make a Peppermint block measuring 3½" x 3½" unfinished.



15.  Repeat to make 12 Peppermint blocks, 4 from each red print.



I hope you have fun making these little blocks over the weekend.  I'll be back here again on Monday for Day 8 with a new block that couldn't be sweeter!

Cheers!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along - Day 6

It's Day 6 of the Sweet Shoppe Quilt-Along and today we're making wrapped sweets!


On day one, I suggested that you label your 2 favorite red fabrics as red print #2 and red print #3 and your favorite green fabric as green print #3.  The wrapped sweet blocks are the biggest in the project, so we'll be using your favorite fabrics (as labeled) to make them today.


You'll need to gather:

2 red print #2 3½" x 3½" squares
4 red print #2 1½" x 3½" rectangles
2 red print #3 3½" x 3½" squares
4 red print #3 1½" x 3½" rectangles
2 green print #3 3½" x 3½" squares
4 green print #3 1½" x 3½" rectangles
48 white 1½" x 1½" squares



To make your wrapped sweet blocks:

1.  On the wrong side of the 48 white 1½" x 1½" squares, use pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.



2.  Layer a marked white 1½" square atop a red print 3½" x 3½" square with right sides together as shown.  Stitch the pair together exactly on the drawn line.



3.  Trim seam allowances to ¼" and press toward the red print.



4.  Repeat with remaining 3 corners to make a snowball unit measuring 3½" x 3½" unfinished.



5.  Layer a marked white 1½" square atop one end of a red print 1½" x 3½" rectangle as shown.  Stitch the pair together exactly on the drawn line.



6.  Trim the seam allowances to ¼" and press toward the white.  



7.  Repeat at the opposite end of the red print 1½" x 3½" rectangle to make an end unit.



8.  Repeat to make a second matching end unit.  

9.  Sew one end unit to the left and right sides of a snowball unit (making sure that all red prints match) to make a wrapped sweet block.  Press seam allowances open.



10.  Repeat to make 6 wrapped sweet blocks, 4 red and 2 green, measuring 3½" x 5½" unfinished.



And that's it for today—easy peasy and oh, so sweet!  I'll see you back here Friday for Day 7!