Friday, April 18, 2014

Above All Pink: All Solids Rainbow Modern Quilt

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Above All Pink
Size: 52"x52"
Fabric: Kona Cotton Solids Summer Jelly Roll, Ikea Ludovika (backing)
Quilted by MRL on a Juki TL-2010Q
Binding: MRL by hand
Progress Photos: Here

Linking Up to TGIFF at Blossom Heart Quilts!!!

- rebecca lynne


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Japanese x and + Block Tutorial for 12.5" blocks

x and + with some selvage of course!
I began my blocks using Brenda's sketch for a 12.5 Japanese x and + block which you can find here.
I decided to take her sketch and create a step by step tutorial (I'm a visual learner...you?)

x and + block 12" finished
Step 1. Choose and Prep your fabric
I like x and + blocks that are saturated and full of contrast like this beautiful example from a little gray.  I love the fussy cutting in Gone Aussie Quilting's version (full quilt here).  And there are a lot of other options out there such as doing an all low volume background.  My choices and notes below are just suggestions based on a saturated layout, you are all artists so pick what works for you!
Once you've gotten your fabric picked (and good luck I found picking my fabric was one of the hardest parts of this block) you can start cutting.

For your + fabric:
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Fabric flanking the +:
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Background fabric to x:
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Fabric that forms the x:
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Step 2: Create the four blocks that form the X
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Repeat for each of your 5.5" and 3.5" squares until you have 4 finished squares... If you prefer chain piecing as I do, I suggest prepping all four blocks at once and sitting and chain piecing one after the other.
Finished 5.5 Squares

Step 3: Sew your +
I wanted to make sure my block was going to look just right before I put all the pieces together so before sewing my + I laid it out to move around the pieces and fix the layout.

I then sewed the horizontal strip for the + first.  REMEMBER: a scant 1/4" seam!
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Next sew the top and bottom parts of the +
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Step 4: Sew your rows
After completing your + you can complete the three rows for your block...
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Step 5: Sew your rows together to complete your block!
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Have any tips or tricks you use when making these blocks?  Leave a comment below!

- rebecca lynne


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fabriholics Anonymous March Check-in

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Whew!  Just getting this in right under the wire!  March is practically over...oh well that happens when busy gets busier...at least I can say that my time has been spent sewing...

So how has it been for you ladies and gents?  I, for one, was able to buy fabric this month in order to help a swap member get her fabric picks for the Low Volume Swap.  To be honest with you it made me feel a bit dirty!!!  It felt quite decadent to be perusing fabric, putting it in the shopping cart, changing my mind, and then eventually finalizing my shopping card and pressing Buy Now.  Agh!  What a thrill...  I still haven't spent my gift card yet and am debating how much longer I will be able to hold out.

Specifically, I am lusting over these right here...

I pretty much want this whole line...

What about you all?  How are you coping?  If you have any tips for your fellow fasters do share.  I am compiling a list of tips and would love to hear your ideas!

You know the drill, leave a link and visit two links above you.  Make sure to leave a comment when you visit!

- rebecca lynne