Modern Squares Quilt

Modern Squares
Finished size is 52 x 36

Hello again everyone! My name is Amy and I am from Alliekatmom and I drew up this fun design to showcase the lovely new line Half Moon Modern!!

I will show you how to make each block and how I did the words on the back. You can get as creative as you would like with this quilt and should have plenty of extra fabric to make extra blocks if you want something a little larger.

Anyways, hope you enjoy this design and I would love to see how many ways you can use this design differently. Its so fun!

Half Moon Modern

One FQ bundle (*Plenty if you want to fussy cut like I did)

Sashing: 1 1/2 yard 32355 17 Orange/egg white background

Binding: 1/2 yard 32355 32 Gray background/white egg

Backing: 1 yard 32359 22 Blue butterfly, 1 yard 9900 24 yellow solid, 1 1/2 yard 32346 19 Green zig zag

Lightweight fusible web for the letters on the back.

If you plan to make more blocks you will have to make adjustments to the yardage accordingly.

This quilt consists of only 4 blocks. Here I will show you how to make each block.


Block One:

You will need to cut:
1 – 6.5″ square for the center
2 – 1.5″ by 6.5″ strips for the top and bottom
2 – 1.5″ by 8.5″ strips for the sides


Just sew the top and bottom pieces onto the center, press. Then sew the two side pieces on, press. Trim the block to 8.5″ square.

Make 4 more of these blocks.
Block Two:

You will need to cut:
1 – 2.5″ square for the center
2 – 1.5″ by 2.5″ strips for the top and bottom, inner border
2 – 1.5″ by 4.5″ strips for the sides, inner border
2 – 2.5″ by 4.5″ strips for the top and bottom, outer border
2 – 2.5″ by 8.5″ strips for the sides, outer border

Sew the top and bottom pieces onto the center, press. Then sew the two side pieces on, press. Sew the top and bottom pieces for the outer border, press. Then sew the side pieces to the outer border, press. Trim the block to 8.5″ square.

Make 4 more of these blocks.

Block 3:

You will need to cut:
1 – 4.25″ square for the center *see my directions for fussy cutting
2 – 2.75″ by 4.25″ strips for the top and bottom
2 – 2.75″ by 8.5″ strips for the sides

Fussy cutting the center…

When I did my fussy cutting, I took my ruler and put it on top of the butterfly, then made sure that I had equal space around the butterfly on each side and measured to 4.25″ square before cutting. This really makes the butterfly stand out in the quilt because it is not cut off and you can see the entire design.

My fussy cut butterfly center square.

Sew the top and bottom pieces onto the center, press. Then sew the two side pieces on, press. Trim the block to 8.5″ square.

Make 4 more of these blocks.

Block 4:

You will need to cut:

1 – 2.25″ square for the center *again, follow my directions for fussy cutting the center
2 – 2.5″ by 2.25″ strips for the top and bottom, inner border
2 – 2.5″ by 6.25″ strips for the sides, inner border
2 – 1.5″ by 6.25″ strips for the top and bottom, outer border
2 – 1.5″ by 8.5″ strips for the sides, outer border

Fussy cutting the center.


When fussy cutting the scissors for this pieces its a bit harder because you have a smaller block. You do it the same way, just lay your ruler on top and make sure you have about a quarter inch around the scissors on each side before you cut.


Your finished fussy cut square.

Sew the top and bottom pieces onto the center, press. Then sew the two side pieces on, press. Sew the top and bottom pieces for the outer border, press. Then sew the side pieces to the outer border, press. Trim the block to 8.5″ square.

Make 4 more of these blocks.

When you are done you should have 5 of each block totaling 20 blocks. Lay them out to see how you like them. You have a few options here. You could maybe make a few more blocks and exclude the sashing, or add a sashing to the blocks like I did.

This part is up to you and where I want you to get creative!! 🙂

Sashing: (if desired)

My sashing was 2.5 inch wide strips.

Be sure to cut from the 1.5 yard side. So fold accordingly. This way your side strips will not have any seams on the sides. I think it took me about 10 strips for what I needed.

Cut:
15 – 2.5″ by 8.5″
5 – 2.5″ by 38.5″ strips for the rows
2 – 2.5″ by 52.5″ strips for the sides

Sew the small strips between each block on your rows. Then sew the next strips between the rows. Finally sew the long strips on each side.

Back:
I cut a 12″ wide strip by WOF (width of fabric) for the yellow. I used the entire amount of the other colors. Sewed them together with the yellow in the middle. Just be sure to cut off your selvage before sewing and line it up better than I did. LOL

Leave lots of extra backing on because that will help with the quilting. You can trim the backing down to size later.

For the letters you can use any kind of computer word document program. Just pick a name, or word you like, then make your letters as big as the paper and pick a font that you like best. Print them out and then cut them out. You will also need lightweight fusible web for this part. Use any brand that helps you. 

I then traced the letters on my fusible web BACKWARDS!! make sure they are backwards or you will be fixing it later 🙂

Then I just roughly cut out the letters I traced on the fusible web and ironed it onto the BACK of the fabric. If you have never worked with this before it has two pieces of paper on each side of the web. Strip the side that is going to adhere to the back of your fabric first then iron your letter onto the BACK of your fabric. Make sure your letter is lined up the way you want it first. Once it is ironed it is not coming off.
After you do this for each letter, you will then cut them out again and lay them on your fabric. You can then strip off the other piece of paper and iron them to the back of your quilt, however you like it. I used my ruler to make sure there was equal space on top and bottom of the letters and that they were straight.

After you have then ironed on you can then take it to your machine and sew around the outside of each letter. I just did a straight stitch because I like the looks of it better than a zig zag. You use your own preference here.

When you are done, you baste, quilt and bind your quilt as desired. I did very minimal quilting because I wanted it to be all about the quilt, so I just stitched in the ditch around each block and added some hand quilting to each block and I was done!

One very happy child.

I mean one very happy quilt!!!

Amy Rivera
{Alliekatmom}

Oh, Christmas Tree Quilt


Hi, I’m Amy! Also known to some as Alliekatmom. I am back with my second Recipe for you. I I want to share with you this half square triangle (HST) Christmas Tree quilt, made with Kate Spain’s new line Flurry. This quilt is much easier to make than it looks. It goes together quickly and accurately. I hope you love it as much as I do.

1 Flurry charm pack
1 1/4 yard of Bella solid white
1 3/4 yard of Flurry Wonderland Gumdrop 27084 13 for backing
1/2 yard of Peppermint Swirl Gumdrop 27087 24 for borders
1/2 yard of Solid Red Ribbon 27082 for the binding


The first step is to choose 30 prints from your Flurry charm pack. I chose 10 from each color…trying to stay away from the ones with the white backgrounds so it would show up better against my solid background fabric.

You will also need (for your wonky star):
2- 5″ charms which you will cut diagonally twice (yielding 4 triangles=total of 8)

** You may use more charms for more of a variety here.
1- 2.5″ square for the center of your wonky star


Then you need to cut your white backing fabric. Here are the cutting requirements.
30- 5″ squares (four 5″ strips of fabric should cover these)
2- 16.5″ x 4.5″ strips
2- 29″ x 4.5″ strips
2- 41″ x 4.5″ strips
2- 17.75″ x 6.5″ strips
8- 4.5″ squares
8- 2.5″ squares (these are for your wonky star)

** Borders are up to you! I added the borders by measuring both the top and bottom and dividing by two to get equal border lengths. They are 3.5″ wide. Sew the borders to the top and bottom and then measure the sides and divide by two….this will get you the side borders.


If you have a 1/4 inch ruler, you may use it here and follow this technique for your HST’s. If not just draw a line down the center of your square (diagonally) and sew 1/4 inch on either side of that line.
With your 1/4 ruler, draw a line on either side with a pencil. Do this for all 30 squares.


When finished with the lines put the fabric front sides together, keeping the pencil lines facing out and on top.


Sew down both sides of each HST. I suggest chain piecing (keep feeding the HTS’s in and do one side then with them all still attached to each other, do the other side).


When finished sewing both sides of the HST’s, cut them in half…diagonally down the middle.


Then iron them open, pressing seams away from the solid white background.


Trim each of your HST’s to 4.5 inches.


** If you wish to make a smaller quilt, or a wall hanging then you can make your HST’s as small as you want by either making them smaller here or starting with smaller squares and then squaring them up to the nearest half inch.


Once all your HST’s are trimmed to 4.5″ squares….You can begin assembly of the top.


First lay out the HST’s in rows as it shows above. Take time to get the layout and placement you like best.

Begin sewing your rows together.


Start by sewing the top 4 rows together, pressing your seams so that each row of seams are going in opposite directions. For example, in the top row your seams will all be pressed in the left direction, the second row all the seams will be pressed towards the right. This will make piecing the rows easier. Or if you prefer, you may press your seams open.

Next sew the 4 rows you just pieced together.


Match up each seam and pin before sewing together.


I like to pin them this way so that my needle doesn’t get in the way while I am sewing. It works just as well as pinning the other way. Pinning is important if you want your points to match up.

** Tip: In the picture above you can see where my sewing lines meet and make an X, this shows you where to sew and where you 1/4 inch is. As you are sewing, make sure you sew just on the outside edge where that X is, getting as close as you can to the X. This will give you perfect points.

Finish sewing your 4 rows together.


Sew the 16.5″ x 4.5″ strips to each side of the row.


Sew the next three rows together following the same procedure as the first 4 rows.


Sew the 29″ x 4.5″ strips to each side and then attach these rows to the top 4 rows.


Sew the next three rows together and attach them to the top completed rows. Then you will sew the 41″ x 4.5″ strips to each side.

You have one more row (the bottom row) to sew and attach to the completed rows. This completes the tree part.

Next you will make the wonky star for the top of your Christmas tree.


Take your 2.5″ white square and put your printed triangle as shown above (you can make it as wonky as you want, just be sure that when you fold it over it will cover the white part of the square completely) and sew a 1/4″ seam on the diagonal line. Press and trim away the excess.


Lay your second triangle over the one you just sewed. and sew your 1/4″ seam. Press and trim the square to 2.5″.

Follow these steps 3 more times.


Layout all of your 2.5 inch squares like the picture above. You will have one center block, 4 corner blocks of white, and 4 star point blocks. Sew these together as you normally would.


Attach the 17.75″ x 6.5″ strips to each side…centering on the top of the quilt attach it to your Christmas tree.

And your top is finished.
I added 3.5″ inch borders to the quilt, quilted with straight line quilting…echoing the HST’s and only quilted in the white areas to make the tree stand out more.

Back and bind as you normally would.

One Oh, Christmas Tree Quilt! Measuring 46.5″ x 57″

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and don’t forget to stop by and tell me what you think on my blog.

Amy Rivera
{alliekatmom.blogspot.com}

Patchwork Pets Quilt


Hi, I’m Amy! Also known to some as Alliekatmom. I have a quilt in a day quilt to share with you. This quilt is super easy to make as a last minute baby quilt, or maybe a charity quilt, or maybe your fabulous pet needs a quilt for their very own.

1 Max & Whiskers charm pack
1/4 yard Max Whiskers Grunge Fur 30150 116
1/4 yard Max Whiskers Grunge Elafin 30150 115
1 yard Max Whiskers Grunge Blithe 30150 112
1.5 yard Max Whiskers Bubbles Blithe 30250 12


1. Select 20 squares from your charm pack to be the centers of your blocks.

2. Cutting:

Blue: You will need to cut 80 – 5″X2.5″ pieces. I start by cutting 10 – 2.5″ strips, then cut the 5″x2.5″ pieces you need from the strips.

Brown: You will need to cut 40 – 2.5″ squares. Start with cutting 2 – 2.5″ strips, then cut your 2.5″ squares from the strips.

Tan: You will need to cut 40 – 2.5″ squares. Start with cutting 2 – 2.5″ strips, then cut your 2.5″ squares from the strips.

3. Sewing the blocks:

Start piecing the centers of the blocks. Use one 5″ square (charm) for the center, and 2 – 2.5″x5″ for the top and bottom. Sew all the 20 blocks in this fashion. You can chain piece these if it is easier.

For the side pieces, you will need a total of 40. Sew a brown 2.5″ square and a tan 2.5″ in square on both sides of a blue 2.5″x5″ strip. Also chain piecing these makes the quilt go much faster.

You will now have two piles that look like this.

Next sew the strips to each side of the center block. Be sure to line up the seams and pin so that your corners match up perfectly.

I like to put my pins in this direction. This way you don’t have to worry about running them over with your needle, or having to pull them out as you go. The fabric is just as secure pinning this way as it is the other way.


Once you have sewn the sides to your blocks, you should have 20 blocks that look like this.


4. Piecing the top:

Layout all 20 blocks until you get a layout that you like.


Sew your blocks into rows first, then sew the rows together.

5. Quilting:

Baste your quilt, I like to use these T pins to hold my quilt down while basting.


Then pin, I pinned every other square and it was just enough.


Finally, quilt your quilt. I used a nice fall color variegated thread.

6. Bind, wash and enjoy your new quilt.


A 34×42″ quilt perfect for your pampered pooch or animal lover!


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Amy Rivera
{alliekatmom.blogspot.com}