Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop: Message in a Bottle

I'm so very excited to share my version of Message in a Bottle from the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander.  If you've headed over from Meadow Mist Designs or Quilted Blooms thank you so much for stopping by.  Cheryl and Paige have hit it out of the park with this exciting new quilt book based on the plus block.  There are so many great projects that you're guaranteed to find something you like as soon as you get your hands on a copy, which I recommend you do!

Photography by C&T Publishing

Message in a Bottle is a simple quilt that makes a big statement.  It's wonderful for using up larger pieces of fabric that you may have in your stash.  At 48 inches square it makes a perfect lap quilt or playmat for a baby.  You will love how easy it is to put together.  Below is the book version of Message in a Bottle.  The large center plus with the red border really pops against the background for maximum graphic impact.

Photography by C&T Publishing

For my version of Message in a Bottle I chose four fabrics from the Maribel collection by Annabel Wrigley and I love how they look together in the quilt.  Yellow is my favorite color and I was happy to incorporate it into this special quilt.

This pattern also gives you lots of opportunities for great quilting with all of the wide open space and its simple motif.  I decided to have this quilted with an allover edge to edge floral pattern by Allison at AB Quilting Studio.  I think this is the third quilt I've had quilted with this design...I love how pretty it is.   I like the way it mimics the floral background print.  Allison chose a matching aqua thread and the results are spectacular.

With such a simple design your piecing really shows in this quilt, so when you make this quilt (and I know you will!) it's important to pin carefully where the plus seam joins are.  I recommend that you sew a few stitches to secure them in order to ensure that when you sew across everything lines up perfectly.  Since it is the only piecing in this quilt, you'll really want it to be right.  My friend Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty has a quick tutorial on this technique, which works well when you want to match things up precisely.   

For other great versions of Message in a Bottle check out:

You can purchase a copy of the book here, or for a signed copy and a bonus pattern from Cheryl click here, and for Paige click here.   

Congratulations to Cheryl and Paige for creating a wonderful new quilt book.  You'll want to check out all of the book hop participants and their work here.  Happy sewing!  

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts, Busy Hands Quilts, and Crazy Mom Quilts. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Delilah Quilt - Block 12

This is the final block for the Delilah Quilt and it's called Black Cockatoo.  This block was so easy compared to all of the other months.  The cutting did not require any reverses, the pieces were a good size, no curves, no y-seams, no seams to line up... the hardest part was picking the fabrics!

Kept this kind of simple, but I did use a few different fabric placements.  Some have all the same background, some have two different backgrounds which creates a little bit of a pinwheel effect.  On some I made it look like four different triangles with two on top and two underneath.  For others, I used the same fabric for each template piece.  It's always fun to see how you can make each block look different depending on how you decide on your fabrics and placement.

My next step for this project is to decide what blocks should go where within the placement layout that was provided in the pattern.  I have a few main color groups in my blocks so I'm going to start with a layout that keeps them grouped together and see how that looks.  Even though the original Jen Kingwell design is super scrappy, I'm going to try to dial it down a bit.  Wish me luck!  

You can see all of my blocks along with a few helpful tutorials for machine piecing on my Delilah page.  Also check out more great Delilah inspiration here

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts and Sew Fresh Quilts.  

Monday, February 26, 2018

Delilah Quilt - Block 11

Month 11 of the Delilah Quilt is the Princess Cut block.  This is a 6-inch block with 32 pieces!  The construction isn't difficult but it is very time-consuming.  For tips on how to construct this block check out my Princess Cut tutorial post.

Here's the final round-up of my nine blocks.

Click here for more great Delilah Quilt inspiration, or visit my Delilah page to see additional blocks.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Busy Hands Quilts

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Princess Cut Tutorial - Delilah Block 11

The Princess Cut block (Delilah Block 11) isn't terribly difficult to piece together, but it does take some accuracy and precision to get everything lined up well.  I've put together a series of photos with some tips for getting accurate points and matching seams.  If you're going to take a few hours for each block, might as well get it right!

These tips assume that you are machine piecing and that all seams are pressed open.  Also, you have to sew over your pins to keep everything lined up.  Do this at your own risk.  I use fine pins and go very slowly with a short stitch length.  I chain piece all of the pieces together until I have the eight triangle units formed.  Once you get to this point you need to start pinning. 

The best way to get points matching up on this block is to use your pins in two specific ways.  Using two triangle units, put your pin directly through the tips of your points from the back of one unit into the front of the other unit and then all the way through.  Take your time lining up the points.  Then push the pin head all the way down to the fabric and 'nest' the fabrics together.  Once you have the fabrics in the right spot, the second step is to put a pin on each side of that seam/point.

Remove the pin that is pushed through.  Next line up the two ends and pin.  Lastly, check the alignment of the remaining seam join and put a pin on each side of the seam.  Fold down your fabric a quarter inch to make sure you have the seam perfectly matched. 

When you sew the seam watch for the small triangle which will indicate where the point is on the inside.  Make sure you sew your 1/4 inch just below the point, do not sew over the point.

Repeat four times to join the eight triangle units.  Now you will have four square units.  Use the same pinning techniques to match the squares together as shown below.  Start by matching the corner points with the pushed through pin.  

For the two halves, you will need to push through three pins, one for the center point of the pinwheel, and one at each corner.

Then put two pins on both sides of each pushed through pin to match the points, then remove the three pushed through pins.  Next match the seams for the outside edges of the pinwheel squares by using two pins on each side of the seam.  You will need ten pins in total here. 

Sew the last seam to join both halves.  There you have it, points and seams matched through the use of expert pinning and slow sewing.

Good luck with your Princess Cut blocks, can't wait to see what you make!