Monday, September 19, 2016

Planetary Mini Medallion Quilt Tutorial (Luna Sol Blog Tour)

Planetary Mini Medallion Quilt Tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt with Luina Sol Fabric

***Giveaway now closed -- congratulations Sarah@123quilt!***

Last spring I was so happy to help out my friend Felice with her Quilt Market booth by making a mini medallion quilt using her Luna Sol collection. These prints just glow with saturated colors, astronomical wonders, and the cutest little bunny rabbits you've ever seen.


I promised that I would release a tutorial for that quilt, and here it is, ready at last -- just in time for her official fabric release tour!

Planetary Mini Medallion Quilt Tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt with Luina Sol Fabric

If you've never tried making a medallion quilt before, this is a great way to get a feel for the style without committing to a full size quilt. The blocks are simple to make, and you can finish this project in a week or less depending on how much time you have to sew. Wouldn't this make a fun quilt for a little one? I used to let my baby girls play on small quilts about this size when they were tiny. How long ago those days seem now!

I would love it if you would share photos on Instagram if you sew one of these. Tag me @fabricmutt and tag your quilt #planetaryminimedallion. It's always so fun to see what people make from tutorials!

The best news, of course, is that Windham is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Luna Sol to one of you -- so exciting! Just leave a comment below on this post, and I'll pick a random winner on Thursday.

Okay, let's sew!


Planetary Mini Medallion Quilt
by Heidi Staples               


Finished Size: 36 1/2 x 36 1/2’’


Fabric:
For:
Cutting:
Fat quarter orange moon phases
Center star
Planet Blocks
Cut 4 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat quarter gold space bunnies
Center star
Planet Blocks
Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
1/2 yard white solid
Center star background


Planet blocks background
Cut 4 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 64 squares 2 x 2’’
Fat quarter dark blue bunny field
First border
Cut 4 strips 2 1/2 x 8 1/2’’
Fat eighth dark blue comets
First border corner squares
Nine patch corner block
Cut 4 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat quarter orange space bunnies
Chevrons


Nine patch corner block
Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 8 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
3/4 yard orange floral
Chevrons


Binding
Cut 8 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 16 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 4 strips 2 1/2 x WOF
Fat quarter yellow bunny field
Chevrons
Planet blocks


Nine patch corner block
Cut 8 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 16 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
1 1/2 yd. yellow moon phases
Chevrons


Quilt Backing
Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’
Cut 8 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 1 square 40 x 40’’
Fat eighth aqua moon phases
Corner 4-patch blocks
Nine patch corner block
Cut 2 strips 2 1/2 x 11
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat eighth aqua floral
Corner 4-patch blocks
Cut 2 strips 2 1/2 x 11
Fat quarter pink floral
Second border
Nine patch corner block
Cut 4 strips 2 1/2 x 20 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat eighth pink moon phases
Second border corner squares
Nine patch corner block
Cut 4 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat quarter orange comets
Planet blocks
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat quarter yellow floral
Nine patch corner block
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat quarter purple moon phases
Planet blocks
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat quarter purple floral
Planet blocks
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat quarter purple comets
Planet blocks
Nine patch corner block
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’
Fat quarter purple bunny field
Planet blocks
Cut 2 squares 6 1/2 x 6 1/2’’
Fat eighth aqua space bunnies
Nine patch corner block
Cut 1 strip 2 1/2 x 11’’


Notes
All seams 1/4’’ unless otherwise stated.
Press seams toward darker fabric unless otherwise stated.
RST = right sides of the fabric together
WOF = width of fabric


Make the Center Star




1. Place an orange 2 1/2’’ square on top of the right end of a gold 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’ rectangle RST. Use a pencil to trace a diagonal line on the wrong side of the orange square from the lower inside corner to the upper outside corner. Sew on that line and trim off a 1/4’’ seam. Repeat with the other 3 pairs of squares and rectangles.


2. Place a white 2 1/2’’ square on top of the left end of a gold rectangle RST. Use a pencil to trace a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white square from the upper inside corner to the lower outside corner. Sew on that line and trim off a 1/4’’ seam. Repeat with the other 3 pairs of squares and rectangles.



3. Sew a white 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’ rectangle to the 4 1/2’’ side of a star rectangle which is half orange and half gold. Press the seams open. Repeat with the other 3 pairs of rectangles.



4. Sew the four star units together as shown in the photo above.



5. Sew 2 of the blue 2 1/2 x 8 1/2’’ border strips to the right and left sides of the star block.



6. Sew the 2 dark blue 2 1/2’’ squares to either end of one of the blue border strips. Repeat with the other remaining pieces. Sew these strips to the upper and lower edges of the star block.


Make the Chevron Border


1. Draw a diagonal line in pencil from corner to opposite corner on the wrong side of each of the squares that will be used in making the chevron blocks or simply fold the squares in half diagonally, pressing a fold line that you can use as a stitching guide.



2. Lay out your rectangles and squares as shown in the photo above. The squares paired with each rectangle will be the same fabric as the rectangle above it.



3. Sew flying geese blocks with each rectangle and pair of squares. Place a square on the right side of a rectangle RST and stitch along the drawn or folded line, trimming the seam to 1/4’’. Press the seam toward the square. Repeat with the other square on the left side of the rectangle.



4. Sew the the 6 flying geese blocks together as shown in the photo above. Use the remaining rectangles and squares to make 3 more units like this one.


5. Sew a chevron unit to the right and left sides of the center star piece, one pointing up and the other pointing down.



6. Sew a 2 1/2 x 11’’ aqua moons strip to an aqua floral strip along a long edge. Subcut the resulting strip into 4 units that measure 2 1/2 x 4 1/2’’.


Sew the pairs together to create 4-patch blocks as shown above.



7. Sew a 4-patch unit to each end of the remaining chevron units as shown in the photo above. Sew these units to the top and bottom of the center star piece, paying attention to directionality as shown in the photo.



8. Sew a pink 2 1/2 x 20 1/2’’ floral strip to the right and left edges of the quilt.


Sew a 2 1/2” square pink moon phases block to the right and left sides of the remaining floral strips and then sew these to the top and bottom edges of the quilt.


Make the Planet Border



1. Place a white 2’’ square in the corner of one of the 6 1/2’’ planet squares, tracing and stitching a diagonal line to cut across the corner. Trim the seam to 1/4’’ and press away from the corner. Repeat with the other 3 corners.



2. Repeat step 1 with the other 11 planet squares and 44 white corner squares until you have 12 planet blocks.



3. Arrange the planet blocks in rows of 4 and sew them together.


Sew a row of four blocks to each of the left and right edges of your quilt.


Make the Nine Patch Corner Blocks



1. Arrange the 9-patch strips into 3 groups of 3 and sew them together along the long sides.



2. Cut each 9-patch slab into 4 pieces, 2 1/2” wide.



3. Arrange the pieces into 4 9-patch blocks and sew together.



4. Sew a 9-patch block at the each end of the remaining 2 rows of planetary blocks, and then sew those onto the remaining top and bottom edges of your quilt.


Finish the Quilt


1. Make your quilt sandwich by stacking in this order from bottom to top: quilting backing (right side down), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste together with pins or adhesive basting spray and quilt as desired. Trim off excess batting and backing.

2. Bind your quilt (see my links page if you need help with this step), wash, and enjoy!


Be sure to check out the other stops for the tour this week:


Sept. 19 - Fabric Mutt
Sept. 20th - Bryan House Quilts
Sept. 21st - Stars & Sunshine
Sept. 22nd - Modern Sewciety
Sept. 23rd - Sew Scatterbrained

Happy sewing!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Think Small

Tiny Dresden Pincushion by Heidi Staples from Westwood Acres Pattern

There are moments when you have to make something right away. Sometimes you even find yourself running for the printer and the fabric as soon as you see the pattern on your computer screen. 

The Tiny Dresden Pincushion, designed by my friend Amanda of Westwood Acres Fabric, is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. This was actually my first Dresden block, and I'm completely hooked. I can't wait to make another one. 

Tiny Dresden Pincushion by Heidi Staples from Westwood Acres Pattern

I made a few alterations to the pattern, cutting the center circle about 1/2" smaller and using a longer strip for the gusset so that I could sew it on like binding (it's just easier for me that way). The whole project took less than a day. I started this as soon as I finished cutting out the pattern pieces last night, and finished it right after lunch today. For the fabric, I used a bundle that I shared on Instagram over the weekend of some of my very favorite prints. I am absolutely crazy about this darling little pincushion!

Tiny Dresden Pincushion by Heidi Staples from Westwood Acres Pattern

Do any of you find that hand sewing encourages deep thinking? It sure does with me. Over the past few months I've found myself mulling over current events as I sew, and it can be so discouraging. 

In this day and age, we're told to think big, dream big. There are certainly moments when this is a good thing. I've been struck lately, though, with the importance of thinking small. The world is going crazy right now. Pain and suffering, injustice and cruelty -- they're happening all around us, and it's frightening to realize that there's not much I can do to alter these things. How many of us have the power to change the world? 

But then I remember that I can change my world. I can't influence heads of state, but I can teach my daughters to be kind to each other. I can't care for hurting people around the globe, but I can encourage a friend who's struggling with problems at home. We can make a difference in the lives of those closest to us, especially our families. It's easier to think that a grand gesture has a bigger impact, but I'm not sure that it does. When we cultivate kindness in the everyday challenges of life, those seeds of love can spread farther than we realize. 

It's not the easy way, mind you. Showing patience with crabby kids, frustrating coworkers, and difficult family members day after day is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage and selflessness and determination. It takes strength beyond ourselves. But isn't it worth the sacrifice?

Make a difference today, my friends...think small.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lovely Little Patchwork Tour: Cross Stitch Sewing Book


I'm living in the land of secret projects these days. There are so many things I've been working on that I wish I could share but just can't yet. It's so hard to keep secrets!


Thankfully, today I can show you my project for the Lovely Little Patchwork blog tour. Kerri has written an adorable book full of patchwork sewing for the seasons. It was on my must-buy list even before she sent me a copy for this tour, and it's full of all the vintage colorful patchwork goodness that I love so much.


I chose the Cross Stitch Sewing Book for my project and decided to try making a simplified version, replacing the cross stitch panel on the front and the hexagon panel on the inside for pieces of my feature fabric print, Polly Goes to Paris. I also switched out the fabric ties for an elastic/button closure, one of my favorite options. Though I usually like to use a full spectrum of color for my projects, this time I stuck to a fairly strict palette of white, black, pink, and green (with a tiny hint of ice blue in that strawberry print on the front). It was a fun challenge for me, but I loved the simplicity of the Polly print and felt that a tight range of colors would let it shine.


The inside of the book is full of space for notions and works in progress. Just for fun, I used a print featuring rows of houses for the inner right lining panel, as if Polly was cycling through the streets of Paris. This book is just begging for a striped binding, and I went with classic black and white. I decided to gift this to my mother who is the queen of cross stitch. It will also be a perfect storage space for the occasional felt projects she sews.


There are so many other sweet projects in Kerri's book that I would love to try. The Strawberry Patchwork Bag and Back to School Pencil Pouch are at the top of my list.


There will be cuteness galore on this tour over the next month. Here's the lineup:

Date
Participant
Instagram
Blog
   27.08.2016     
28.08.2016
Amanda Niederhauser
Sarah Edgar
29.08.2016
Heidi Staples
30.08.2016
Megan Jimenez
02.09.2016
Cheri Lehnow
03.09.2016
Ange Hamilton
04.09.2016
Sedef Imer
05.09.2016
Kimberly Jolly
06.09.2016
Samantha Dorn
07.09.2016
Ayda Algın
08.09.2016
LeAnne Ballard
09.09.2016
Sharon Burgess
10.09.2016
Lauren Wright
11.09.2016
Kate May
12.09.2016
Debbie Homick
13.09.2016
Wynn Tan
14.09.2016
Kim Kruzich
15.09.2016
Jennie Pickett
16.09.2016
Veronica AM
17.09.2016
Nadra Ridgeway
18.09.2016
Amanda Woodruff
19.09.2016
Minki Kim
20.09.2016
Sharon Yeager
Instagram
21.09.2016
Peta Peace
22.09.2016
Sarah Scott
23.09.2016
Kristin Cobb
Instagram
24.09.2016
Erin Cox
25.09.2016
Kerri Horsley

Kerri will be giving away a copy of her book at that last stop, so be sure to stop by!

Happy sewing, friends!
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