Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Celebration Sew Along Step 4

 

Step 4 Triangles and squares!

These two rows are triangles made from 3 ½’’ strips and 6 ½’’ strips and 3
½’’ squares. I used background and assorted prints. You can use all assorted prints or just two fabrics or just two colors. Both rows are the same size.

King Size version

Use the same cutting and sewing for triangles from STEP 1.

Cutting

Throw and Twin- You get a break this week because you don't need this row!

All Other Sizes-

Cut 8 strips 3 1/2’’ x 18’’ from the background , cut strips into 64 triangles

Cut 7 strips 3 1/2’’ x 18’’ from the colors, cut strips into 32 squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Cut 16 strips 6 1/2" x 9" from the colors, cut 2 triangles from each strip (32 total)

Sewing

Sew the 3 1/2" background triangles to the 3 1/2" color squares to make 1 pieced HST for each block. Press the seams toward the background fabric. Make a total of 32.



Sew a 6 1/2'' color triangle to each of the pieced HST units. Press the seams toward the 6 1/2'' triangle. Make 32


Queen Size version

Arrange the blocks as shown in the diagram and sew them into two rows. Press the seams.

Make 2 rows of 16

Go HERE to print the directions. You may need to scroll down to see the current step.

If you are sharing your progress photos on Instagram or Facebook please use the following tags so we can all enjoy them!

#celebration2020sewalong

#butterflythreadsquilting

#dianedknott

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Celebration Sew Along Step 3

 

Step 3 Triangles in 2 sizes!

These two rows are triangles made from 3 ½’’ strips and 6 ½’’ strips. I used background and assorted prints. I also introduced a second background print because I don't have enough of the first I chose. I knew I would need to use additional background fabrics and I'm happy with the addition of the grey check fabric. You can use all assorted prints or just two fabrics or just two colors. Both rows are the same size.

King Size version

Use the same cutting and sewing for triangles from STEP 1.

Cutting

Throw-

Cut 6 strips 3 1/2’’ x 18’’ from the background , cut strips into 48 squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Cut 15 strips 3 1/2’’ x 18’’ from the background , cut strips into 120 triangles

Cut 12 strips 6 1/2" x 9" from the colors, cut 2 triangles from each strip

Cut 9 strips 3 1/2'' x 18'' from the colors, cut strips into 72 triangles

All Other Sizes-

Cut 8 strips 3 1/2’’ x 18’’ from the background , cut strips into 64 squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Cut 20 strips 3 1/2’’ x 18’’ from the background , cut strips into 120 triangles

Cut 16 strips 6 1/2" x 9" from the colors, cut 2 triangles from each strip

Cut 12 strips 3 1/2'' x 18'' from the colors, cut strips into 96 triangles






Sewing

Sew the 3 1/2" background triangles to the 3 1/2" color triangles to make 10 HST for each block.

Throw- make 120 half square triangles, press to the darker side.

All other sizes- make 160 half square triangles, press to the darker side.





Sew the remaining background triangles to both sides of the color fabric on the HST.

Throw- make 24

All other sizes- make 32

Sew this unit to the 6 1/2'' color triangles. Press toward the large triangle.

Throw- make 24

All other sizes- make 32





Sew the four patches from the remaining HST and the background squares.

Pinwheel press the seams.



Arrange the four patches and the triangle units as shown in the block. Sew these together four patch style. Pinwheel press the seams.

Throw- make 12

All other sizes- make 16

Arrange the blocks as shown in the diagram and sew them into two rows. Press the seams.

Throw- make 2 rows of 6

All other sizes- make 2 rows of 8

Throw version

Go HERE to print the directions. You may need to scroll down to see the current step.

If you are sharing your progress photos on Instagram or Facebook please use the following tags so we can all enjoy them!

#celebration2020sewalong

#butterflythreadsquilting

#dianedknott

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane

Saturday, September 12, 2020

A Dream Come True



My latest quilt can be found in the just released issue of Simply Moderne by Quiltmania.  This quilt was inspired by a Ted Talk I heard by this amazing person. I just loved the term MULTIPLICITY and had never even heard it before. I spent some time thinking about what the concept meant to me, and naturally it led me down a quilting path! No surprise there!

I have always wanted to make a variation on the Xplus block but wanted to add a bit more piecing. By creating a fun technique which combines half square triangles and sew-and-flip squares on the corners, I was able to create the unusual shapes with no templates or paper piecing. So the quilt is actually very quick and easy strip piecing for the most part. I made all of the blocks on a weekend retreat with my local quilt guild. 


Go HERE to order your copy today, or subscribe! You might need to scroll down a bit to see the latest magazine covers. My quilt is found in the one with the squirrels on front. How cute are they?

Being published by Quiltmania has always been a dream of mine. Thanks so much to Carol and the team at Quiltmania for making my dream come true!

You can also follow Quiltmania on social media at these links:

https://www.facebook.com/quiltmaniainc/

https://www.instagram.com/quiltmaniainc/

https://pinterest.com/quiltmaniainc/


Enjoy every stitch!

Diane

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Celebration 2020 Sew Along Step 2 CORRECTIONS



Imagine my embarrassment when a kind friend gently pointed out an error in step 2. In my defense, I was typing up the instructions late on the night of my birthday and I perhaps was under the influence of too much celebration? That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

I've made the corrections in the post and on the printable instructions. If you print it out now it will be correct, if you've already printed, just look at the post to see the two numbers that need changing. They are crossed out in red and redone in bold. I inserted the quilt dimension instead of the units needed. Your grace is greatly appreciated!

If you click on the link and see the beginning of the Sew Along, just know that unlike the past when each step was it's own document, this time I'm just adding the next step to the original. Scroll down and you will see it. You can select to print all pages or just the pages you need. I hope this is helpful. If not, we will go back to the old method in the future. This just saves me having to compile them all together at the end. And it is my birthday, so you don't want this old lady over exerting herself do you? LOL

My heartfelt love and appreciation to all of you who sent sweet messages and wishes for my birthday, I loved every single comment! Also, for those of you sewing along with this quilt, THANK YOU. It makes me so happy to have so many friends joining in the fun!

Now go stitch something!

XOXOX

Diane

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Celebration 2020 Sew Along Step 2

  Step 2 9 Patch Rows


These two rows are nine patches made from 2 ½’’ strips. I used background and assorted prints. You can use all assorted prints or just two fabrics or just two colors. Both rows are the same size.

Cutting

Throw- cut 18 strips 2 ½’’ x 18’’ from each of the fabrics (background and colors)

All Other Sizes- cut 21 strips 2 ½’’ x 18’’ from each of the fabrics (background and colors)

Sewing

Sew the strips into sets of light/dark/light and dark/light/dark. Press the seams to the dark strips.

Throw- sew 6 strip sets dark/light/dark and 6 strip sets light/dark/light

All Other Sizes- sew 7 strip sets dark/light/dark and 7 strip sets light/dark/light

Cutting

Cross cut the strip sets every 2 ½’’. 

Throw- cut 72 36 of each of the color combinations

All Other Sizes- cut 96 48 of each of the color combinations

Sewing

Sew these together alternating colors as shown in the diagram.  Make 2.

Note the ends will have different combinations (not matching) as in the diagram.

Press the seams in one direction. 

Go HERE to print the directions.

If you are sharing your progress photos on Instagram or Facebook please use the following tags so we can all enjoy them!

#celebration2020sewalong

#butterflythreadsquilting

#dianedknott

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Mystery Block of the Month


 Welcome to the launch of the Mystery Block of the Month! I am sharing the Block of the Month created for my local guild here beginning today! Here's what to expect:

  •       Steps will be shared once a month from September 2020 until March 2021.
  •       Two size options will be given for Queen Size or Throw Size.
  •      Three color options will be offered, totally scrappy, or two color, or three color.
  •       The instructions will include the steps for the month, you choose how many and color options.
  •       March 2021 will have several border options if you choose to add a border or borders.

Supplies Needed

  • 1 charm pack or 3/4 yard of fabric for step 1
  • 1 yard of fabric for sashing (or scraps)
  • 2 1/2 yards for border (if adding one to large size) OR
  • 2 yards for border (if adding one to throw size)
  • 24 fat quarters or 6 yards TOTAL of scraps or fabrics for blocks OR
  • 12 fat quarters or 3 yards TOTAL for throw size
  • Additional scraps for pieced border (optional) 
  • throw or queen size batting
  • throw or queen size backing
  • no special rulers or tools needed

September 2020

Cut a 5” square

  • Queen Size-cut 36
  • Throw Size-cut 20

Scrappy- choose a charm pack or a fabric with lots of colors

Two Color- use all one color or do half in color A and half in color B

* I chose the Kaffe dot fat quarter bundle on the top shelf in the photo. All of my 5" squares are cut from those dot fabrics. I will be using a collection of  Heather Ross fat quarters from various collections for all future steps. I have not decided on my sashing fabric yet. If I had to guess, I'll probably go scrappy because that's how I roll. 


Next month we will begin cutting and sewing additional pieces to these squares. We will repeat that for a few months, cutting and sewing onto the previous month. Then it'll get interesting and that's when you will definitely want to be up to date so you can proceed. 

So go collect all of your supplies, pop them in a bin, and cut your 5" squares and add them to the bin. You will be ready to go when the next clue arrives the first Thursday of every month!

Print this step HERE.

Enjoy every stitch, 
Diane 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Celebration 2020 Sew Along Step 1

 

Celebration 2020

Sew Along

Throw

66 x 72

Twin

66 x 96

Queen

84 x 96

King

106 x 96

Background fabric for patchwork

3 yards

4 yards

4 yards

4 yards

Sashing (not pieced)

2 yards

3 yards

3 yards

3 yards

Colors for patchwork row 1

½ yard

¾ yard

¾ yard

¾ yard

Colors for patchwork rows 2

¾ yard

1 yard

1 yard

1 yard

Colors for patchwork rows 3

1 yard

1 ¼ yards

1 ¼ yards

1 ¼ yards

Colors for patchwork rows 4

¾ yard

1 yard

1 yard

1 yard

Optional final border

 

 

scraps

scraps

King size additional rows

 

 

 

3 yards

Binding

½ yard

¾ yard

1 yard

1 yard

Backing

4 yards

5 ½ yards

8 yards

9 ½ yards

Please Note: these are subject to change based on piecing and cutting variations. Extra has been provided to cover most situations.

 

 

Step 1 Center Row

Helpful Hints:

·         Make half square triangles that are 3 ½’’ (will be 3’’ once sewn into the quilt)

·         Cut the same number of triangles from background fabric as from the scrap fabrics or use all scraps and have a really colorful center row! Or simply use 2 colors or 2 fabrics for a nice calm center row.

·         If you are using your background fabric for sashing, cut your sashing strips first. Cut 6 strips 3 ½’’ wide by length of quilt, and for king size you will also need 2 strips 9 ½’’ wide by 96’’.

128 half square triangle units.

·         You may sew the sashing rows to the finished rows as we go, or you may wait until the end and audition different setting options.

Using the following (or your favorite) method make the half square triangles:

Throw- 96 half square triangle units

Twin- 128 half square triangle units

Queen- 128 half square triangle units

King- 128 half square triangle units

 


I use the strip method for making triangles.

Cut strips 3 ½’’.

Layer the background and color strips right sides together.

Using a triangle ruler such as Easy Angle or BH Triangle tool, cut triangles.

Rotate the ruler to cut additional triangles.

Sew along the long edge of the triangles.

Press the seams toward the darker fabric.

No trimming should be needed.

Clip off the one small point of seam allowance at the corner.

Arrange the half square triangles as shown (pinwheel style) and sew them into rows of 4 each.

Sew the rows together. Press all of the seams one direction (or open if you prefer).

Row one is complete!

Go HERE to print the instructions.

Please tag the following when sharing on social media so we can all enjoy the progress!

#celebration2020sewalong

#butterflythreadsquilting

#dianedknott

Enjoy every Stitch!

Diane

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