Monday, July 17, 2017

Bubbles Bubbles Every Where


Bubbles
39” x 51”
Designed and made by Heidi Pridemore
Quilted by Monica Croom
This month’s project was made using the GO! Local Color die #55452 and Atlas collection from Windham Fabrics. The secret to this project to have a nice balance of values and this group fit the bill. The Atlas collection has the perfect combination of light blues, medium blues and dark blues for this lovely quilt. The GO! Local Color die is great for cutting accurate curved pieces so the pieces of the quilt just pop together.



For the project, I used a fat quarter bundle of the Atlas collection from Windham Fabrics along with bright white for the background. I found the instructions on the package for the Local Color Die extremely helpful. So I recommend refering to these instructions along with our free pattern to cut the listed number of pieces for the project.
The pattern for this month’s project is free from The Whimsical Workshop. You can download the free pattern at www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com along with our past free patterns. We have also included traditional cutting instructions for this project in the pattern too.

Next up is to lay out out the blocks. You can treat this as a scrappy quilt and randomly laid out the blocks or you can plan your top, if you decide to plan the quilt, I recommend a design wall to help with this. I kept things organized by sewing all the light pieces to the background pieces and all the medium blue pieces to the dark blue pieces.

Once you have your pieces cut out it is time to start sewing curves. While most of the time I dread sewing curves, when I know the pieces have been die cut, I stop worrying about it because the pieces are so accurate and each piece has a little triangle that you can use to align the pieces.
Above I show you how I aligned, pinned and sewed the medium blue piece to the dark piece. Star by aligning the little triangles on the two pieces and pin them together. Then I aligned each end and pinned in place.
I recommend always putting the dark blue piece on the bottom and curve the medium blue piece in place as you sew.

Next up is to sew one background piece to each end of a light blue piece. Place the Light Blue piece on the bottom when sewing.

Once you have all the Medium/Dark blue units sewn and all the Light Blue/Background pieces sewn, it is time to sew the two halves together. Sew with the Medium/Dark blue units on the bottom and ease the Light Blue/Background piece in place. Just go slow and easy as you sew and these pieces will just ease together to create the block.




Once the blocks are all sewn, it is time to lay out the blocks. To create the illusion, make sure to match up the Medium Blues on each block or light blues in each block. For my sample I also matched the fabrics together. 

We asked Monica our quilter to quilt the top and she did an amazing job! She created a feeling of movement over the quilt by quilting swirling circles. Hope you have as much fun with this easy project to use up some of your pre-cut packs.  As always please send along your projects to us at info@thewhimsicalworkshop.com and we can add you to our bragging rights page on our website.
Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website The Whimsical Workshop You can also see our pattern and post at www.accuquilt.com
Until next time…..
Heidi 


Monday, June 26, 2017

Making Lemonade-FREE Pattern



Making Lemonade
39” x 39”
Designed and made by Heidi Pridemore
Quilted by Monica Croom

Summer is here!!!!! Time to think about sunny days and beach vacations, cool drinks and summer nights. So to celebrate our next few months of warm weather with  “Making Lemonade”. This month’s project was made using the GO! Ohio Star-12” finished die and a layer cake (10” squares) of “Lemony Squeezy” from Benartex.


If you are anything like me you have a few pre-cuts lying around your studio. I am always attracted to the rainbow of colors and the nice price point on pre-cut packs when I visit any quilt shop. For this project I decided to use a Layer Cake that was a group (36) of 10” squares. The project can easily be made with cut yardages as well. Layer cakes, charm packs and other pre-cuts work wonderfully with the Accuquilt GO! Die cutter, as you will see with this project.
The pattern for this month’s project is free from The Whimsical Workshop. You can download the free pattern at www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com along with our past free patterns. We have also included traditional cutting instructions for this project in the pattern too.


First step is to lay out the 10” squares and divide it up into four groups as shown in our pattern. You can follow our color palette or come up with you own combination. Once you have the fabrics divided up, refer to the pattern to cut the assorted triangles and squares as listed.


I recommend pairing up the cut triangles before sewing. I do this so that I do not end up with 3 or 4 triangles of the same fabric at the end. Once everything is paired up, it is time to sew!
First step is to sew together four different triangles to make one quarter square triangle. You will need four quarter square triangles, four corner squares and one center square for each block. For our layout we used 9 blocks. Once the blocks were made, I sewed them together in three rows of three blocks to make the quilt top.\

Next up is the scrappy pieced border. Lay out the eighteen 2 ½” x 10” assorted strips as desired for color placement. Sew the strips together to create one strip set. Cut the strips set into four 2” x 36 ½” strips for the borders. Two of these will become the side borders. Sew one 2” square on each end of the remaining two borders to create the top and bottom borders. Sew the borders to the quilt top to finish.