Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dreaming in Fabric Mystery QAL-Block 3 and Reveal

Kim & I hope you have enjoyed your trip through your scrap bins and our tutorials.  Today's our last block & our big reveal!  Don't miss the details at the end for the giveaway!

Remember, Kim from Persimon Dreams & I are each posting a tutorial today!  Kim is going to blow your mind today with her design, so you gotta go pop over  & check it out: http://persimondreams.blogspot.com/2015/09/regent-ropeblock-3dreaming-in-fabric.html

Continuing my fun with pinwheels, my third block will combine to make up our top & bottom border.  These blocks will give your quilt a secondary design when we make them in 2 different colors.  

We are making a 6" finished block.  In my final reveal, we will use 2 colorways of this block, yellow and red.  We'll need 8 yellow and 10 red blocks in my final design (see below).  

We'll call this one...

Below is what you need to cut and stitch for ONE block. 
Background  (cream) 
          (2) 3.5" x 2" rectangles
          (2) 2 3/8" square -  (to be honest, I used 2.5" squares and then square up the HST.  It's how I roll; see here)
Color 1-  (blue)
          (4)   2 3/8" square - mark diagonal line on wrong sides (same 2.5" squares as cream above)
Accent-  (yellow or red) 
          (2)   2 3/8" square -  (again I use 2.5" squares and then square up)
          (2) 3.5" x 2" rectangles 
{Click on any of the images to enlarge, then your browser's back button to come back to the tutorial}

Step 1: Make HST units:

Place cream squares right side up, place blue squares right side together (RST), aligning all sides of the squares.  Stitch 1/4" from each side of the drawn line.  Make 2.

Cut the drawn line, press toward the blue fabric.  Trim up to 2.5" squares.  This will yield 4 squares. 

Repeat process, matching Yellow & Blue squares.  (2 yellow matched with 2 blue 2 3/8" squares.)

{Note I'm showing both yellow/blue HST & red/blue HST.  
You need 2 yellow/blue squares-4 HST- for the yellow colorway block.  
You need 2 red/blue squares-4 HST-for the red colorway block}

Step 2:  Assemble Rows
I like to lay my block pieces on the table so I can see just which side to stitch. 
I know there are several quilters that don't like open seams.  You can avoid the bulk in your seam & the open seam by spinning your seams on the back side of your block.  Here's a tutorial from Moda that will help & another from the July Scrap Quilt Challenge Featured Designer, Joan Ford.

a.  Stitch, RST the top and bottom rows of the block.  These rows are the same:
Yellow Colorway:  yellow/blue HST, yellow rectangle, yellow/blue HST.  Stitch 2:
Red Colorway:  red/blue HST, red rectangle, red/blue HST.  Stitch 2:
Stitch RST across the row.  Press seams toward rectangle.

b. Stitch Pinwheel center:
Stitch the 4 blue/cream HST units RST, Press seams open

c.  Stitch cream rectangle to each side of pinwheel center. 

Step 3:  Sew Block
Stitch rows RST
Sew rows together.  Press seams open or toward outer rows.

Let's put this scrappy quilt together, what do you say?
Kim & I originally agreed on an unsashed setting, but adding sashing to my design gave it a new look I really liked.  It helps it gel a bit more too.  So, I have decided to give you a few options for layout.  All 3 layouts use 8 blocks of my Block 1 and 8 blocks of my Block 2.  Block 3, above will require a total of 16 blocks for the unsashed option and 18 blocks for the sashed. 

First let's look at the unsashed versions.  Turning Block 1 so we have a pink star in the middle:

I think the unsashed versions look better with all yellow Block 3's. 
 You will need 16 Block 3's for the unsashed version
Here's the unsashed with Block 1 turned to form a red star in the middle:

Do you love the spools that form in the corners around the 4 center star blocks?

Sashed Option
In the unsashed versions, you'll see that the image on the right has the block numbers overlaid so it's easy to see where each block is placed. 
Same layout as the red-star-center unsashed version above, just with sashing plus the 2 colorways of Block #3.  Remember from above, that we'll use 8 yellow Block #3's & 10 red Block #3's.
If you choose the sashed version, we need to cut those sashing strips!  I find that using the same fabric for all your sashing will calm the overall scrappiness a bit .  I used backing scraps and was able to still work out of the stash.
All strips are 2.5" wide.
(4) 30.5"
(24) 12.5"
(9) 2.5"
(4) 12.5"
(4) 20.5"

I am going to explain the sashed version's construction.  I think you can deduce the other 2 from the longer explanation (i.e., leave out the sashing.)

UNIT A: Top & bottom borders:
  • Stitch RST -Block #3-  2 yellow colorway , 5 red, then 2 more yellow.  Press seams open
  • Make 2.  
  • Should measure 54.5" x 6.5"

UNIT B:  First & last rows of medallion center:
Insure directional placement of the #1 blocks (pink to the inside bottom corner).

  • Stitch RST-Block 1, Red 12.5" sashing, Block 2, Red 12.5" sashingBlock 2, Red 12.5" sashingBlock 1. Always press toward sashing.
  • Make 2
  • Should measure 54.5" x 12.5"

Unit C:  Middle rows of medallion center:
Insure directional placement of the #1 blocks (red corner square toward the row middle).
  • Stitch RST-Block 2, Red 12.5" sashing, Block 1, Red 12.5" sashingBlock 1, Red 12.5" sashingBlock 2. Always press toward sashing.
  • Make 2
  • Should measure 54.5" x 12.5"

Assemble Sashing Rows:
I like to use cornerstones in long strips of sashing.  It helps keep the quilt square and the rows/columns aligned.
Sashing A:
  • All red units- Stitch RST- 12.5" sashing, 2.5" square, 12.5" sashing, 2.5" square, 12.5" sashing, 2.5" square, 12.5" sashing.  Always press toward sashing.
  • Make 3
  • Should measure 54.5" x 2.5"

Sashing B:
  • Stitch RST- Yellow 12.5" sashing, Red 30.5" sashing, Yellow 12.5" sashing.  Press toward Red sashing.
  • Make 2
  • Should measure 54.5" x 2.5"

Assemble Rows:
Stitch rows RST-

Unit A

Sashing B

Unit B

Sashing A

Unit C

Sashing A

Unit C

Sashing A

Unit B

Sashing B
Unit A

Should measure 54.5" x 70.5"

Add Side Borders:
  • Stitch RST- Yelllow 20.5" sashing, Red 30.5" sashing, Yellow 20.5" sashing.  Press toward red sashing.
  • Make 2
  • Should measure 70.5" x 2.5"
Add one to quilt's left and one to quilt's right side
  • Should measure 58.5" x 70.5"

And here is my finished Dreaming in Fabric quilt.  I even used Frankenbatting (scraps of batting fused with HPB to make a bigger piece of batting {here's a blog post about it})

There are print buttons at the end of the post for easy post printing & even editing what you print.  For example, if you don't need the pictures or all the text, this option will let you save paper & ink!  Next week, I will make a consolidated pdf of all 3 tutorials & have that on our Free Patterns page (here).
Link up your blocks here or on Kim's post.  They will show on both blogs, so you only need to link up once!

Don't forget...on November 15th, we will host a linky party for finished tops or quilts.  Fabrics N Quilts will award a $25.00 gift certificate to one of these linky quilters, at random.  The quilt can be any combination of the Dreaming In Fabric blocks.  Kim & I can't wait to see what you create!

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