Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Progress of a Challenge Quilt

I attend a sewing group at my LQS, and we just participated in a challenge.  We were to use at least 80% of this fat quarter (in a visible location) and make something.  It could be a bag, quilt apron, whatever.  The perimeter of the finish project couldn't be larger  than 210 inches.

It is from the Country Girls line by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake.  At first I was going to make a bag, but it was just too cute not to fussy cut the shapes.  I started out by cutting 3.5 inch strips.  (The red is just so you can see where I cut the fabric.)

Luckily there was very little waste, but I did lose the cute girl with the knapsack.

Then I cut the strips into squares and rectangles.  I knew I had to piece some ends together to make them big enough to finish at 3 x 3 and 3 x 6.

Then I added fifteen fabrics cut into 3.5 inch squares and put them on the design wall.

I added some Riley Blake Basics, one from Tasha Noel's Little Red line, a couple from Lori Holt's Vintage Happy line, a couple Robert Kaufman quilter's linen fabrics, and some Moda Daysail fabrics by Camille Roskelley.  I am very happy with how well all the different fabrics played together.

I pieced the quilt is a new way.  After chain sewing some pieces together, I didn't snip the threads.  I just continued chain sewing pieces in the row together.  There is a tutorial for this method here.  It looks really neat hanging from my ironing board.

Then I clipped some of the threads so that all the rows were in pairs.  I pressed all the odd rows to the left and even rows to the right.

Then I folded it over and sewed the rows together.

  No pins and my points looked pretty good.  :)

Have you ever tried that method before?

Pretty soon I had a finished quilt top which used 92% of the fat quarter and had a perimeter of less than 200 inches.

I actually finished this quilt in May, but waited to blog about it.  I had fun enjoying it in my kitchen until it was time to turn it in.

I will share more of the finished quilt later this week.


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  1. Very cute! I love your color palette. You're so right, those fabrics all do play so well together!

  2. Thanks for linking to the tutorial to further explain the chain piecing method you used. Nope, I have never done that but now I 'm thinking I should start a project just to try it - no wonder it looks so great draped from your ironing board! Neat!

  3. Love it, Jasmine. I love Riley Blake anyway, especially the children's line. You are so creative!

  4. That's beautiful fabric, I love the greens and navy you've used with it.

  5. Very sweet fabric combinations Jasmine and the fussy cutting you did is just darling!

  6. I really love this! So many wonderful fabrics in there :)

  7. A very effective use of your fat quarter. I've been at quilt retreats where others used the method you describe. I never quite got the hang of it, but it looks efficient once understood. knitnkwilt.wordpress.com

  8. Your quilt is beautiful!! I have never used this method on an entire quilt, but I have been using this technique to piece quilt blocks. Julie @ That's sew Julie calls it web piecing.

  9. Great way to show that fat quarter! Every once in a while I use that method of sewing together also.

  10. Great use of the challenge fabric. Your colours are wonderful and, as usual, your creativity shines through.

  11. I love the way you fussy cut the print and included them in a square patch quilt - such a great use of the print :)

  12. I've never tried that method but it looks interesting. I like the colors you used, and those little girls are so darn cute!


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