Monday, April 30, 2012

FREE Pattern~Celebrate Freedom Wallhanging~

Pin It


               

Celebrate Freedom Wallhanging-by Denise Clason

(17” x 33”, without hanger)

Supplies:  **Look for patriotic prints with stars, and flags.
* Scraps from 3 cream #1, #2, #3 prints (background for block 1 & 2)
* Scraps from 2 different red #1, #2 prints (block 1 & 2)
* Scraps from 1 blue #1 print (block 1)
* Scraps from 1 tan print (background for block 1) 
* 1-1/3 yd red #3 print (side & corner triangles, backing) 
* 3/4 yd blue #2 print (block 2, stars, ties, binding)
* 1/2 yd 100% cotton batting---Mountain Mist, Cream Rose
* All-purpose thread, in matching colors---Coats
* Transparent thread---Coats
* (1) 9” x 12” pkg. Lite-Steam-A-Steam2---The Warm Company
* Quilt Basting Spray---Sulky KK2000
* Lickity Grip--Lolly Corp.

Tools:
* Basic Quilting/Sewing supplies
* 1/4” quilting foot
* darning foot
* 6” square rotary ruler---Olfa
* 24” x 6” rotary ruler---Olfa 
* 24” x 36” rotary mat---Olfa 
* 28mm rotary cutter---Olfa 
* pencil
Instructions: All seams are 1/4”. Keep the cream background small, medium and large triangle pieces separate.

Block #1---
Cutting Instructions:
From cream #1, cut:
(1) 4” square (center block)

From cream #2, cut:
(4) 2-1/4” x 4” rectangles (block)
(1) 3-5/8” square, cut once on each diagonal to make four quarter-square triangles (block)
(1) 4-5/8” square, cut once on each diagonal to make four quarter-square triangles (block)

From tan print, cut:
(2) 7” squares, cut once on the diagonal to make four half-square triangles. (corner triangles)

From blue #1 print, cut:
(8) 2-1/4” squares (star points)

From red #1 print, cut:
(4) 1-1/4” x 11” strips (block frame)

Sewing Instructions:
Make (4) flying geese units as follows:
1. Sew a 2-1/4” blue square diagonally, right sides together, onto background rectangle. Trim off excess and press toward the dark print. Repeat four times.


2. Sew a second blue square onto the opposite end in the same manner as step 1. Repeat four times.
3. Sew a flying geese unit onto the left and right side of the cream 4” square center block, as shown below. Press toward the cream print.



4. Sew a medium cream triangle to each side of the above unit.
5. Sew a medium cream triangle and two small cream triangles to a flying geese unit to create two new units as shown below. Repeat. Press toward the cream print.


6. Sew the unit from step 5 to the top and bottom of the center unit, from step 4. Press toward the block center.
7. Sew the remaining medium cream triangle pieces to the two sides of the block. Press toward the cream print. Trim all of the edges straight.
8. Sew the red accent strips to all four sides of the center unit. Trim off excess fabric. Press toward the red print.
9. Find the center of each large tan triangle and center block and sew to each side of the center unit, as shown, matching the pins. Press toward the tan triangle.




Block #2---
Cutting Instructions:
From background cream #3, cut:
(2) 3-1/4” squares (label with a sticky post #2)
(2) 2-7/8” squares, cut once on the diagonal, to make 2 half-square triangles. (label #7)
(2) 2-1/2” squares (label #1)
(1) 5-1/4” squares, cut on each diagonal, to make 4 quarter square triangles. (label #6)

From red #2 print, cut:
(7) 2-7/8” squares, cut once on the diagonal, to make 14 half-square triangles. (label #4)

From blue print, cut:
(2) 4-1/2” squares (label #3)
(1) 6-7/8” square, cut once on the diagonal, to make 2 half-square triangles. (label #5)

Sewing Instructions:
1. Using pieces #4 and #6, sew four units, as shown. Press toward the red triangle.



2. Using units from step 1, sew piece #1 to form two new units, as shown. Press toward the cream print.



3. Using the remaining units from step 1, sew piece #3 to form two new units, as shown. Press toward the blue center.



4. Using units in step 2 and 3, sew two new units, as shown. Press toward the blue center.



5. Using pieces #4 and #7, sew two units, as shown, and sew two units with pieces reversed. Press toward the red triangle.



6. Using pieces #2 and #4, sew two units, as shown. Press toward the red triangle.


7. Using the units in steps 5 and 6, sew two units, as shown. Press toward the center block.



8. Using piece #5, sew to units in step 6 to complete two new units, as shown. Press toward the blue triangle.



9. Take units made in steps 7 and 8 and sew together, as shown, to complete block.



Finishing the Wallhanging:
Cutting Instructions:
From red #3 (1-1/3 yd) print, cut:
(1) 9-3/8” square, cut once on the diagonal, to make 2 half-square triangles (corner triangles)
(1) 18-1/4” square, cut on each diagonal, to make 4 quarter-square triangles (side triangles)

From blue #2 print, cut:
(2) star shapes from pattern
(3) 2” x 14” strips (ties)
*binding will be cut later.

Sewing Instructions:
1. Sew one small red triangle to one side of Block #1.  
2. Sew another small red triangle to the adjacent side of Block #1, as shown. 


3. Sew a large red triangle to one side of Block #1, as shown. 


4. Sew remaining large red triangle to Block #2, as shown. 

5. Sew the unit in Step 3 to the unit in Step 4, as shown. 



6. Press well. Cut the edges straight for preparation to quilt.

Quilt the Wallhanging:
1. Cut a piece of batting and red #3 backing 1” larger on all sides than the wallhanging front.
2. Press the backing. 
3. Layer the backing (face down), layer the batting on top of the backing. 
4. Spray the batting with quilt basting spray. 
5. Lay the wallhanging (face up) over the top of the batting. 
6. Apply Lickity Grip to your fingers and rub together. Let fingers dry. This step will help grip or keep a hold of the quilt while you are quilting. 
Quilt as desired. This wallhanging was quilted with a loopy circular design. See photo. NOTE: If you are machine quilting, change the presser foot to the darning foot, lower the feed dogs. Use transparent thread in the needle and red thread for the bobbin. Practice on some scrap pieces to make sure that the bobbin does not show on the front of the wallhanging. Adjust the tensions to that they are correct.
7. Trim all the edges straight, keep in mind you will need to have a 1/4” seam allowance for the binding.

Add the Stars:
1. Trace two star patterns onto the paper side of the fusible webbing. 
2. Cut out the stars, leaving 1/4” around tracing line. 
3. Iron the stars onto the wrong side of the blue fabric. 
4. Cut the stars out on the tracing line.
5. Iron the stars onto the quilted wallhanging. Note: be careful not to flatten the quilting.
6. Appliqué around the stars with a small zigzag stitch.

Cut and Add the Binding:
1. Cut enough 2-1/4” bias binding from the blue #2 print to go around the wallhanging. You will need to piece them together. Press the seams open. Press the bias binding in half, lengthwise.
2. Begin sewing the binding on at the top of the wallhanging, leaving an 8” tail. Sew around the wallhanging, turning the corners making a miter corner (see instructions) at each corner and angle.
3. Follow binding instructions for finishing the seam.

Make the Ties:
1. Press along the 14” sides toward the wrong side of the fabric, 1/4”. Fold in half, lengthwise and press again. Repeat with the remaining two ties.
2. Top stitch on all sides of the ties, close to the edges.
3. Fold the ties in half and mark the center of the tie with a pin.
4. Sew the center of the tie to the corners and center of the wallhanging, stitch in the ditch of the binding. See photo.
5. Tie the wallhanging to a decorative hanger.


Make the Hanger:
Supplies:
* 1-1/2” x 24” x 3/8” wooden piece
* (2) 6” x 3-3/4” x 1/4” rectangle wood pieces
* Delta Ceramcoat 2 oz. Acrylic Paint in the following colors:
Territorial Beige #2425
Tompte Red #2107
Golden Brown #2054
Dark Night Blue #2414
Brown Iron Oxide #2023 (for stain medium)
* Delta Gel Stain Medium
* Delta All-purpose Sealer
* Delta Satin Varnish
* 100 grit sandpaper
* tack cloth
* wood glue
* tracing paper
* transfer paper
* Loew-Cornell American Paint Series Brushes in the following sizes:
1/2” wash, series #4550
1” wash, series #4550
3/8” angular, series #4400
* water basin, or bowl for water
* paper towels
* (2) metal pieces for hanging

Instructions:
1. Cut wood measuring the size above. (Hardware stores will cut for free or a minimal fee.) *Note: wooden stars can be purchased at the craft stores, if desired.
2. Sand the wood pieces with the sandpaper, on all surfaces.
3. Remove dust with the tack cloth.
4. With the 1” wash brush, seal the wood with the all-purpose sealer. Clean brush well with soap and water. Let wood dry completely.
5. Trace the flag pattern with the tracing paper.
6. Transfer the flag pattern onto the wood using manufacturers directions.
7. With the 1” wash brush, paint the “rod” and flag background with the Dark Night Blue. Let dry. Paint a second coat. 
8. With the 1/2” wash brush, paint the stripes Territorial Beige and Tompte Red. Let dry, paint a second coat.
9. With the 3/8” angular brush, paint the star with the Golden Brown. Let dry, paint a second coat.
Note: you may want to sand the edges of the flag and rod to achieve an antique look.
10. Mix equal parts of the Gel Stain Medium and the Brown Iron Oxide.
11. With the 1” wash brush, paint the stain over the entire rod and flags. Let dry.
12. With the wood glue, glue the flags to each end of the rod. To do this, lay the flags face down and glue the rod onto the back side of the flags, to dry flat. Let dry completely!
13. With the 1” brush, brush on the Satin Varnish and let dry.
Note: clean brushes out thoroughly!
14. Attach metal hangers to the back side of the flags.
15. Tie the wallhanging to the rod and enjoy!



Sunday, April 29, 2012

FREE Project~Basket of Strawberries, by Denise Clason

Pin It



Basket of Strawberries—Designed by Denise Clason for Walnut Hollow
This strawberry print was calling out to be made into a basket block! Doesn’t the block look good enough to eat?

Supplies:
Fabric from Benartex: Kayes Kitchen Collection:

* 1/3 yard Yellow Linen print, #988-30 (block)
* 1/4 yard Embroidered Flower print, #987-88 (block)
* 1/4 yard Rick-Rac Stripes print, #986-10 (block)
* 3/4 yard Red Chicks print, #985-10 (block, backing, binding)
* 1/3 yard Strawberry print, #186-07 (block)
* 1/4 yard Mini-Dots print, #984-50 (borders)
* All-purpose sewing thread---Coats
* Transparent Thread---Coats (for machine quilting)
* Rotary Cutting Tools---Olfa
-rotary cutter # RTY-3/G
-cutting mat # RM-MG
-ruler # QR-6x12
* Compression Rod #26715---Walnut Hollow
* 2 oz. bottle Tomato Spice acrylic paint-Delta
* 2 oz. bottle Matte Varnish-Delta
* Series 4550 wash--1” flat acrylic brush---Loew-Cornell
* Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive 

Tools:
* Basic sewing supplies
* 1/4” pressure foot
* Darning foot

Cutting Instructions:

From the yellow linen print, cut:
A= 2-3/4” x 5” (cut four)
B= 2-3/4” square (cut two)
C= 3-1/8” square (cut four squares, then cut again on the diagonal)
D= 5-3/8” square (cut one square, then cut again on the diagonal)

From the embroidered flower print, cut:
E= 5-3/8” square (cut one square, then cut again on the diagonal)

From the rick-rack print, cut:
F= 3-1/8” square (cut two, then cut again on the diagonal)

From the red chick print, cut:
G= 5-3/8” square (cut one, then cut again on the diagonal)
I= 5” square (cut four)

From the strawberry print, cut:
H= 3-1/8” square (cut four squares, then cut again on the diagonal)
J= 5” square (cut four)

From the mini-dot print, cut:
Border: 1-3/4” x 22” strips (cut four)

Make the Basket Blocks: all seams are 1/4". Repeat all the steps, below, for the second basket block. Or you can make both blocks at the same time.
1. Chain sew the C triangle, right sides together, to the H triangle, to make eight half-square triangles. Cut the half-square triangles apart. Cut off the “dog ears.” Press toward the strawberry print. Set aside.





2. Sew the G triangle, right sides together, to the E triangle. Cut off the “dog ears.” Press toward the red print. Set aside.









3. Sew the F triangle, right sides together, to the ends of the A rectangle. Make sure that they are positioned as in the figure above. (They need to be sewn onto opposite ends. Press toward the yellow.) Set aside.






4. Sew two sets of the C/H squares together, as shown below. Repeat, to make four sets. Press toward the dark print. See below:






* Be sure the half-square triangles are sewn exactly as shown above.

5. Sew the yellow square to the end of one of the pieces in step 4. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the yellow.






6. Sew the remaining H/C squares, right sides together, to the right side of the E triangle. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the center of the block.








7. Sew the strip in step 5 across the top of the above block. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the center of the block.












8. Sew the F/A pieces to the outside edges of the block. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the F/A piece.















9. Sew the yellow D triangle piece to the corner of the above block. Repeat, to make two sets. Press toward the yellow.














Make the Four-Patch Blocks: 
1. Sew the 5” red squares, right sides together, to the 5” chick squares. Make four sets. Press toward the red. 

2. Sew two of the above pieces together, right sides together, as seen below. Repeat to make two four-patch blocks.















3. Sew the two four-patch blocks to the two basket blocks as seen in the project photo. Press toward the four-patch. 

4. Straighten the edges up, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Add the Borders:
1. Sew two of the 1-3/4” x 22” strips, right sides together, to opposite sides of the wallhanging. Press toward the border. Cut the extra off of the strips.
2. Sew the remaining two border strips to the top and bottom of the wallhanging. Press toward the borders.
3. Give the wallhanging a final pressing. 


Quilt the Wallhanging:
1. Cut a piece of batting 2” larger than the wallhanging.

2. Cut a backing piece the same size as the batting, from the red chick’s print.

3. Layer the pieces: backing (face down), batting, spray the batting with the temporary spray adhesive, wallhanging (face up).

4. Pin the edges to secure.

5. With a walking foot, stitch in the seam lines to secure the blocks. Sew around the edge of the block.

6. Lower the feed dog on the sewing machine. With a darning foot and the invisible thread, free motion quilt the wallhanging. I used a meandering loopy pattern. 

7. Trim the edges straight for preparation for the binding.

Add the Binding:
1. Cut a 2-1/4” wide piece of bias binding from the red chick’s fabric, long enough to go around all four sides of the wallhanging, plus 10 inches. You will need to sew the pieces together.

2. Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back of the wallhanging, and pin in place. Machine or hand sew to the back. Use the invisible thread if you are using the machine, so that the thread doesn’t show on the front of the wallhanging.

Paint the Compression Rack:
1. Take the compression rack apart. Set the screws aside.

2. With the tomato spice acrylic paint and the flat brush, paint the compression rack. Let dry. Paint a second coat.

3. Paint the matte varnish over the paint. Let dry.

4. Hang the wallhanging from the compression rack.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lego Bernina!

Pin It
Okay, I thought I saw everything, but....look at this: IT IS A LEGO BERNINA! and it looks very close to MY sewing machine! I have one of the Quilt Edition 170e machines.

I fell in LOVE! Our son loves legos and he continues to love them, even at his young age of 24! So, here's to you Matt! Do you think you could make me one of these? haha

Tell me what you think? and can you recreate it? if so, please post on the Quilt Girl Flickr page!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Block of the Month #6~Courthouse Steps

Pin It
Here we have another Block of the Month...#6, Called, Courthouse Steps. This is a fun block to make, out of  your scrappy-strippy leftovers. (all of the 2012 BOM's are made from strip scraps! or jelly rolls)

I love this particular block, because it is using prints from different friends and family members, as well as a few from my own stash!  I really like the colors that were used in the block, the fruit print helped me decide on what else to use. Give that tip a try when making your block.

Here it is!


The pattern for courthouse steps is in my Free 2012 BOM tab! Enjoy!

click on my flickr page in the sidebar for other BOM photos!