Friday, 16 September 2016

Spin the Bottle Block and Lap Quilt Tutorial

Who remembers playing "spin the bottle" when they were younger? (I do!) Luckily you don't have to take any dares with this spin the bottle.

Here's a quick tutorial for the Spin the Bottle Block:

To make this block you will need my Wine Bottle Block pattern which is available on Etsy ($5.00 CDN) and Craftsy ($4.00 US).

To make a spin the bottle block you need four wine bottle blocks.

You need about a half yard of background fabric per spin the bottle block and fat eighths or scraps for the bottles.

The wine bottle blocks measure 4 1/2 inches x 12 1/2 inches unfinished. Once you have sewn four wine bottles you simply sew an 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch background rectangle to the right side of each wine bottle and set them into the block by spinning the bottles in the four directions as shown in the photo above. Piece the block as you would a four patch. Sew the centre seam on the top two and bottom two blocks. Press the seams in opposite directions to create a nesting seam at the middle and then sew the top and bottom sections together. This makes a 24" block. This in itself would be great as a table topper but I plan to make a lap quilt.

To make a 60" x 60" lap quilt you need 3 1/2 yards of background fabric. Make four "spin the bottle blocks" as above and piece them together into a quilt top by sewing 4 1/2" sashing strips between the blocks.

Cut 6 - 4 1/2" x 24 1/2" sashing strips and sew them to the vertical edges of your spin the bottle blocks. You will have from left to right: sashing, block, sashing, block, sashing. Make two. Then sew the two rows together with a 4 1/2" x 60 1/2" sashing strip running horizontally across the middle of the quilt. Then add a 4 1/2" x 60 1/2" sashing strip across the top and the bottom edges of your quilt top. You are finished and ready to baste, quilt and bind your quilt.

I am sewing mine scrappy using various half yards of low volume background fabrics but if you want all of your background to be the same then cut the sashing strips first before you cut the rectangles and wine bottle background pieces.

I hope you like this fun block idea! :) To learn more about the wine bottle block pattern you can read this post.

Monday, 12 September 2016

The "Feel Better" Quilt

I have a friend who has been ill and in the hospital. I wanted to do something helpful for him so I set to work sewing a "feel better quilt". I wanted to get it finished quickly so I drew up a simple block in EQ7. This quilt took me four days to finish and I also worked 26 hours at work in those four days so you may be able to get it done in even less time if you have a weekend off. This quilt measures 60" x 72" and the blocks are 12" finished.

Here is the block diagram:

To make the blocks here is what you do:

Fussy cut a centre square that is 2 1/2 inches square. I used a 2 1/2" square ruler so I could get my fussy cuts centred as best I could by looking at the print through the clear plastic ruler.

For the first round in light grey cut 2 - 2 1/2 inch squares and 2 - 2 1/2 inch by 6 1/2 inch rectangles.

For the second round in dark grey cut 2 - 3 1/2 inch by 6 1/2 inch rectangles and 2 - 2 1/2 inch by 12 1/2 inch rectangles.

Sew the light grey squares to either side of the fussy cut square and press towards the light grey. Sew the two light grey rectangles to the top and bottom and press towards the rectangles. Then sew the 3 1/2 by 6 1/2 inch dark grey rectangles to either side and press towards the dark grey. Sew the 3 1/2 by 12 1/2 inch dark grey rectangles to the top and bottom and press towards the dark grey.

Make 20 blocks.

Layout your blocks in five rows of four blocks each. I added a pop of orange into my quilt so you could consider doing something like that to add a bit of interest to the quilt.

Once your quilt top is sewn together you just need to add the borders if you wish to have them.

Originally I planned to have 3 two inch borders but in the end I went with a two inch inner border, a one inch middle border and a three inch outer border. These borders added a foot to the width and length of the quilt to get it up to the size I needed but you could leave them off or sew more blocks if you wish.

So there you have it! A simple and fast quilt to make quickly when you find out someone needs a "feel better quilt."

You can see more photos and close ups of this quilt in my Instagram feed.

I fussy cut dogs (and one spooky fish) for the centre of the blocks.

I put in one block that was different from the rest to add interest and a pop of colour.

Spooky the fish!

If you are a newsletter subscriber this tutorial was also sent out in last week's newsletter Issue 27. :)

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Ornamental Quilt

Hello! The summer is winding down and I haven't yet shared one of my quilt finishes this summer. This is the "Ornamental Quilt" from Angela Pingel's book "A Quilter's Mixology."

My Mom was given a large piece of fabric as a gift and she wanted me to use it as a quilt back. We decided on the Ornamental Quilt because its ornament shapes mimic the shapes on the quilt backing. (Plus, it was on my quilty bucket list!)

I quilted the quilt from the back following the shapes on the backing fabric. It was tricky and I did have to use my seam ripper a few times but in the end I am very happy with how it turned out. It took 75 times pushing the quilt through my Juki to quilt it. (Yes, I counted.) I broke it up over a few days and did the dance of joy when the quilting was finished. ;)

I added an extra vertical row to make the quilt double bed sized for my parents' bed. You can see close ups of the blocks on Instagram by clicking here, here and here. :)

This was a fun quilt to make. I really enjoyed choosing the fabric for the blocks from my stash. The background fabric is Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Espresso. The binding is an orange Michael Miller solid.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Wine Bottle Quilt Block

As some of you know, if you subscribe to my newsletter, I recently started a new part time job as a liquor store clerk. I wasn't sure I was going to like but it's actually not a bad job! And, BONUS!, I've lost six pounds already from all the lifting and carrying of liquids! :)

Anyway, sometimes it can be a bit boring, as all jobs can be, and then my mind will occasionally wander. As you know, I am prone to daydreams of quilts. So anyway, I was stocking the wine shelves one day and this block idea came to me. When I got home I drew it out on graph paper. It took me a few weeks to get a chance to actually test and tweak the block design and I am happy to say that today I released a block pattern! I have quilt designs coming but the block design is ready to go. Here it is! This is a 4" x 12" finished block.

I am having loads of fun fussy cutting wine bottle labels from my favorite Heather Ross prints. There are a lot of very cool wine bottle labels out there I have noticed so we can pretty much put anything we want on our quilt wine bottles and they will be true to life. :)

This block pattern is available now in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. Cheers!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Patchwork Death Star

I made a Patchwork Death Star pillow yesterday and people seem to really like it over on Instagram so I though I better share it here for those of you who aren't on IG. First, let me tell you a bit about the person who inspired me to make it.

You know how sometimes in life you meet someone and your personalities just click? That's what happened with me recently when I started a new job. One of my work mates and I just click and we work well together. It totally makes my day seeing this person and I really enjoy talking with them. So anyway, my friend is going through a bit of a hard time and I wanted to cheer them up. Since my super power is sewing (joking!) I naturally wanted to sew something for them. Enter the patchwork death star.

Here's what it looks like finished:

Patchwork Death Star pillow made by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts. Pattern by Quirky Granola Girl.
My friend loves movies, and Star Wars especially, so that was why I chose this project. You can find the free pattern here. The original pattern by Quirky Granola Girl is English paper pieced. While I do love EPP I wanted to get this project finished in one day so I used an applique method that I learned from Alyssa at Pile 'o Fabric in the Technicolor Galaxy course.

I printed out the pattern and taped the two halves together. I traced the whole pattern onto freezer paper. Then I placed a piece of muslin over the printed pattern and secured everything in place on my pressing board with pins. Working piece by piece I cut the shapes from the freezer paper and ironed them onto the front sides of my grey scraps. Then I cut them out, removed the freezer paper and glue basted them to the muslin using my iron to set the glue. (I used Elmer's washable glue sticks... the purple ones.)

Once all the pieces were basted down I fused strips of black Clover bias tape to cover the raw edges. To get a 3D effect it's important to imagine that the sun is shining on one side of the Death Star and work your fabric scraps from dark on the left to light on the right.

I cut around the Death Star with my rotary cutter to remove the excess muslin and glue basted the it to the background. I used black Cotton + Steel "Sprinkle" for my background. I put a piece of quilt batting behind the background and top stitched on all edges of the fusible bias tape to secure everything with black thread and quilt it at the same time. Then I fused bias tape around the whole outside edge of the Death Star and top stitched that. I added a quote from the movie "That's no moon" in white thread handwriting in free motion quilting and I free motion quilted the circle on the Death Star.

Then I trimmed, made my envelope pillow back and stitched that together with the pillow front and added binding in Lizzy House's Constellations fabric from her new Whisper Palette.

I am very happy with how this pillow turned out. I gave it to my friend almost immediately after finishing it and I think my cheering up plan worked. :)

P.S. Make sure you enter my 5 year Blog Anniversary giveaway before Thursday August 11th at midnight Mountain time! :)

Friday, 5 August 2016

Five Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway of "Uppercase" fat quarters!

Wow you guys! It's been five years of blogging at Daydreams of Quilts already! Time flies when you're having fun! Of course, it would not be fun at all if you weren't here following and commenting and generally being awesome. :) To celebrate five years, and all of you, I am giving away seven fat quarters of "Uppercase" by Janine Vangool for Windham Fabrics. I was so excited to see that the iconic spines of Uppercase Magazine were being brought out in fabric form and knew they would be my giveaway prize. (I love Uppercase Magazine. I highly recommend it!) I bought these lovelies from Studio 39 Fabrics. There are many more fantastic colours in the line but I tried to put together a cohesive bundle that represents me a little bit.

To enter please use the Rafflecopter below (it makes life so much easier for me). A winner will be selected by Random Number Generator on Thursday August 11th, 2016. Open to everyone world-wide. Giveaway is sponsored by Daydreams of Quilts. Thank you for being here!

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

"Lucky" Halloween quilt WIP

Hi quilting friends! I just realized I've hit over 101,000 page views on my blog! So exciting to be in the 6 digits. Thanks for being here with me!

Some of you told me you would like to see more quilts in progress so with that in mind here is what I'm working on this week. My "Lucky" Halloween quilt. (Pattern is "Lucky" by Thimble Blossoms.)

This is one of those projects that gets stalled and sits because it can get a bit tiresome as you can imagine with all those half square triangles. Trimming them nearly killed me! ;) Once you get through that though things start to speed up a bit. I got all 12 blocks put together yesterday.

Two rows were finished last night (don't mind my toes please) and I have two rows to go! The end is in sight!

What about you? What are you working on this week?