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Lindsay’s Quiltalong #2

 

I’ve completely embraced the Four-Patch! After working on the Quiltalong quilt Buried Treasure (see my blog post about that here) and seeing so many amazing photos on Instagram with the hashtag #apqquiltalong, I decided to make another of the Quiltalong quilts. I decided to experiment with Edyta Sitar’s super scrappy Scraptacular quilt. In this quiltalong, we’re really encouraging all our readers to make the Four-Patch work for them. So instead of making Scraptacular full-size, I just used the blocks to make a cute coaster and trivet set!

 

 

I pulled inspiration from Scraptacular, the absolutely breathtaking and scrappy Edyta Sitar quilt in the April issue (shown above). She sets Four-Patch blocks on-point for a striking design. After making a few of the blocks, I noticed they were the perfect size for coasters, so the project that I had no size planned for turned out much smaller than expected (but still so fun to make!).

 

 

 

I’d been hoarded mini charm packs of the Doe collection by Carolyn Friendlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, so I decided to use two of them in this project. They have a very modern feel and include both bright and tone-on-tone prints, which was perfect for the effect I wanted. I wanted my quilt to have a scrappy feel like the original, so I chose two bright prints and two light prints for each Four-patch, but stuck with matching corners on the blocks. I loved playing with this fabric line and choosing colors and prints. From the two mini charm packs, I made four coasters and two trivets.

 

 

These look so fun stacked on top of each other. I’m definitely using this pattern to make more of these coaster/trivet sets as presents for the holidays! It would look so cute tied up with a bow! Plus, I made this whole set in a few nights, so it wasn’t a big time commitment.

 

Are you joining in our our Quilt Along?  Not only can you choose from three beautiful quilt patterns in our April issue, but we also have free patterns for three smaller options online! (Get the patterns here.) Plus, we were encouraged to explore the Four-Patch and really make these quilts our own. Share pictures of your progress with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with the hashtag #apqquiltalong!

 

Lindsay, web editor

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We Heart It, It’s Free

Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!

 

 

Chubby Churn Dash Mini by Joanna Figueroa for Aurifil

Create a mini quilt featuring a “rainbow”of blocks going from lightest to darkest using your fave fabrics. A linen-feeling background really make the churn dash blocks pop.

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

 

Glam Clam Quilt by Latifah Saafir

This pattern takes a traditionally hand-pieced pattern–the clamshell– and makes it bigger so it can easily be pieced by machine! It makes such a modern and fun quilt!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

 

 

Birchen Quilt by Fat Quarter Shop

Use a fun color combination for a quilt that turns nature-inspired fabrics into a quilt that’s perfect for camping or a picnic!

Click here to get the free pattern.

 

Quilted Table Runner by Diary of a Quilter

This quilt-as-you-go table runner is the perfect quick project for a spring get-together! We love the bright colors and florals.

Click here to get the free pattern.

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Perfect Your Skills: Squaring Up Blocks

 

It is essential that all quilt blocks be squared up before they’re assembled into a quilt top. If you piece together your quilt top with some blocks that are too large and ease in the excess fabric, you’ll end up with a quilt that has waves. If you piece your quilt with some blocks that are too small and try stretching the fabric to fit, you’ll have a quilt that isn’t square at the corners and pulls in, creating drag lines across the surface.

 

Measure each block to be certain they are all the same size. Check to be sure they have 1/4″ seam allowances on all edges and that the corners are square. Use a large, acrylic square ruler atop the block to check your work. If you have cut accurately and used 1/4″ seams throughout the piecing process, the blocks will be the correct size.

 

If you are squaring up a block to a dimension that is not easily visible on the ruler, use pieces of narrow masking tape on the underside of the ruler to create a guide, like in picture above. Place the inside edge of the tape on your measurement line, so you can see at a glance if a block is too small.

 

 

What can you do if some blocks are too small?

• Discard blocks that don’t measure up and make replacements using accurate 1/4″ seam allowances.

• Restitch blocks, making sure to use accurate 1/4″ seam allowances.

• Add borders to blocks to bring them to a uniform size. Borders may be added around the entire block or just to one or two sides.

 

What can you do if some blocks are too large?

• Discard blocks that don’t measure up and make replacements using accurate 1/4″ seam allowances.

• Restitch blocks, making sure to use accurate 1/4″ seam allowances.

• If the margin the block is off is minimal (1/8″ to 1/16″), you may trim it. Recognize that you may be trimming into the seam allowance, thus cutting off points of angled pieces or visually altering the finished look of a block relative to the other blocks in the quilt.


Blogs We <3 This Month

Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!

 

Life Under Quilts

Jessica Alexandrakis of Life Under Quilts is a master of English paper-piecing and working with scraps! Be prepared to be inspired by her current sewing projects and learn great tips for quilting on the go.

Read her blog here.

 

Ivory Spring

Designer Wendy Sheppard loves antique quilts, China, and needlework, and regularly features these beautiful heirlooms on her blog. She also sometimes throws in a fun free pattern and machine quilting tips!

Read her blog here.

 

Persimon Dreams

Designer Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams has such a fun quilting style and loves exploring and learning. She hosts a yearly Quilt Along to teach new skills and help readers discover more about your own quilting style!

Read her blog here.

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Trend Talk: Quilt Alongs

Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!

This month, we’re loving quiltalongs! Yes, we are hosting our own, so this may be a selfish post, but quiltalongs are so fun! It’s a great way to expand your skills, meet new quilters, and get great inspiration from an online community! They’re also known as mystery quilts or block of the months. Some are already started, but you’re only a month behind! Find one (or more) and start sewing. Join the online community to see what other’s are making, too!

 

 

Find a quiltalong to start now (in order going clockwise):

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