Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rainbow Ribbons

I have a hard time dealing with how fast the months are flying by.  Didn't we just post a mystery quilt tutorial yesterday?
Anyway,  This months mystery quilt is a pretty fun simple quilt to make.  You just need to be aware of color placement to make sure it works out well.
From each of the 12 coordinating prints cut 10 - six inch squares.  Sort each fabric into two groups of 5 squares.  Pair each group of five squares with a different group.  Be careful not to match the same fabrics twice. 
Place the paired squares right sides together with the edges aligned.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of one of the squares.  Sew ¼ inch on each side of the line.  Cut on the line.  Square the blocks to 5 1/2 inches.

Trim the excess corner points and press toward the darker fabric.  You will have 10 – half square triangle blocks.  Sew the ten half square triangles together to form a row. 

The next row needs to match the peaks of the first row.   Create the half square triangles as explained above.  Position the angles to complete the chevron formation from the first row. 

 Continue this process to complete 12 rows.  Press the seams in alternating directions from row to row and sew the rows together.  Sew the 1 ½ inch first border to the quilt.  Add the 3 ½ inch final border.
The appliqued flower is optional but I think it adds a fun, whimsical touch.  If you choose to add the flower it is actually pretty simple.  We used the preprinted fusible interfacing by Quiltsmart. 

Sew the right side of the fabric to the fusible side of the interfacing.  Sew on the solid line.

Trim on the dotted line.

Cut a small slit in the interfacing.

Turn the petal right side out.  You can use a bodkin to help poke out any stubborn corners.  Be careful not to poke through the interfacing.

You will need to create 6 flower petals.

Create the center of the flower by tracing a circle (a small drinking glass is about the right size) onto the non fusible side of leftover interfacing.  Create the center following the method used for the petals.

Position the petals and flower center on the quilt as desired.  Fuse in place with a hot iron.  (Steam helps.)  Stitch to secure.


Quilt as desired.  Bind and enjoy!

Here is a peek at October's mystery quilt fabrics.  Black and whites with a little green popping through.  It's gonna be fun!


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