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Heirloom Quilt Tutorial – and kits!


Recall this quilt I was working on? I finally finished it! This one went to my Grandma in the Philippines as a gift for her 50th wedding anniversary. 🙂

It’s a simple quilt that doesn’t require that many materials. If you use the right prints, it’ll turn out looking more intricate than it really is! I used the Heirloom collection by Joel Dewberry.

If you like it, we have Heirloom quilt kits available at our shop. The kits come with all the fabric you need to make this quilt (even backing and binding fabric). Enjoy the tutorial below! Only five simple steps.

Materials for one 35″ x 46.5″ quilt:

  • 8 fat quarters (or 8 quarter yard cuts)
  • 1.5 yards backing fabric
  • 1/2 yard binding

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Step 1 – From each fat quarter, cut three 7 inch squares (save the remaining scraps for step 4). This will give you a total of twenty-four 7 inch squares. For quicker cuts, stack your fabrics 2-3 at a time, press with an iron to help keep in place, and then cut.

Then, pair your fabric prints:
Step 2 – Choose a fabric pair to start with, and place one square directly on top of the another, with right sides facing together.
With a rotary cutter and ruler, make a diagonal cut as shown below. This will give you two half square triangles. Then, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along each edge where you made the cut.
Press open with an iron, yielding two half triangle squares:
Then, make a diagonal cut on both half triangle squares as shown below. This will yield four triangles:
Switch the triangles around so that opposite prints are adjacent to one another. With right sides facing together, sew the half square triangles together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open with an iron:
Step 3 – Repeat step 2 for all remaining pairs that you sorted from step 1. This will yield a total of 24 of these ‘x’ blocks (six stacks of each pair).
Step 4 – From your remaining eight fat quarter scraps, cut three 6 1/4 inch squares from each. This will yield a total of twenty-four 6 1/4 inch squares.

Step 5 – At this point, you should have a total of twenty-four ‘x’ blocks from steps 2-3, and twenty-four plain blocks from step 4, for a total of forty-eight blocks. Rearrange all forty-eight blocks in alternating order with 6 blocks per row and a total of 8 rows, as shown below. (click image to enlarge)
Then, piece your quilt top together: with right sides facing together, sew all six blocks in each row together, press open with an iron. And then all eight rows together.

Lastly, baste, quilt and then bind. And there you have it…one simple yet gorgeous, keepsake quilt!

Let me know if you have any questions. Happy Quilting!

-jera

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Making Progress!

Remember this quilt I was working on? Well, the other day I made progress! For one, I finally pieced together all the blocks. For the longest time I had the blocks laid out in the middle of my sewing room – it was annoying having to walk around them so I pieced them together (only took me 30 minutes!).
Then I thought, might as well baste it now. That took me a little longer, mainly because of my baby bump.
Basting a quilt is a workout having to squat and reach, repeatedly. It was my first time trying it with my 15 lb belly/baby weight! I’m at 29 weeks already…time is flying by! (photo above: I like to use curved pins when basting. It makes life easier).
I happened to find the perfect thread to go along with the color scheme. I chose gold for the quilt top, and purple for the backing. Purple and gold…(gooo Huskies!) 😉
Inspired by the fabric, the thread and the fact that basting (in my opinion, the least fun part of quilting!) was over, I threw the quilt on my sewing machine and started quilting.
Thanks to my amazing Pfaff Grand Quilter (it’s super fast), I finished quilting in about 30 minutes. You might have to click to enlarge the picture above to see the actual quilting. I just did straight lines and made diamonds. I like it simple!

I told you I made progress 😉

If you like the fabric collection I used, I have it on sale at my new shop. Click HERE. The quilt top requires 8 fat quarters. I’ll have the tutorial up shortly.

Happy quilting!

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…sneak peak…!

Time flies when you’re busy! It’s not that I’ve been ignoring all you fellow fabriholics…quite the opposite actually – I’ve been a busy bee working away on Quilting in the Rain’s online store in order to satiate your fabric addiction 😉 We’re aiming to go live by the end of this month…I really can’t believe it’s already October! Anyway, above is a sneak peak of our new store logo…the blog logo will remain the same.

Being a fabriholic, one of the hardest parts of starting the store is the stockpiles of gorgeous inventory I have…the thought of it just sitting there brings a tear to my eye. The funnest part of course is choosing beautiful collections for you all – I’ve even pre-ordered fabric collections all the way into the new year to provide you the freshest, latest fabrics. The store is really coming together – it’s pretty darn cute! Can’t wait to introduce it to you all!

Happy Friday! And of course, happy quilting!

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Long time no post!

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Long time no post! As some of you know i haven’t been feeling very well which has been getting in the way of my crafting, big time. Lucky me, I get this entire week off of work – I hope to start feeling better soon so i can get some quilting in during my week off.

I’m off to a so-so start, as I managed to finish the embroidery pillow I started in early June. It turned out great AND it’s my very first embroidery project ever!
And the back of the pillow is just as cute as the front. I really love this colorway of olives, grays, aquas and reds…i know it’s still summer but it’s getting me excited for Fall! I guess I can’t help it being from Seattle 🙂
I made this pillow using pre-cut 2.5″ squares, also known as “crumbs”. You can also make it by quartering a charm square.
This lovely line called “Little Apples” by Aneela Hoey will be released by Moda this Fall. And yes, I will be selling this line as soon as Quilting in the Rain, the shop, is open. 🙂 I’ve been a busy bee ordering a substantial collection of pre-cut inventory and working on the website with a goal to have the online shop open by this Fall, if not sooner! With all that’s been going on, this Summer has been going by too fast! Stay tuned for more updates. 🙂
That’s it for now…just a quick post to show you what’s up at Quilting in the Rain.

Happy Quilting!

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Exciting News!

I am a self described fabric addict. My love and passion for fabric runs in every fiber of my being. For those of you that have followed me and witnessed my fabric hoarding posts, I’ve finally nailed it. 🙂 For the past year this blog has been an outlet for me to channel my passion for quilting and fabrics. I decided to take it a step further by starting an online shop that specializes in selling pre-cuts (i.e. fat quarter bundles, jelly rolls, layer cakes and charms). All of the yummy stuff 😉
It’s been a whirlwind of planning, researching, saving and exciting ideas these last few months! But the concept of an online store is finally underway, and I am excited to share with all of you updates as I get things moving along.

To start, I wanted to share some photos of the latest fabrics I’ve pre-ordered from the After Quilt Market Show! The very first photo (above) is by Moda and will be available closer to Fall. If you liked the Sherbert Pips line by Aneela Hoey, you’ll love this one!

These are some freebies I got from Moda. Aren’t the mini charm squares adorable? I could almost bite into one! Apparently they’re calling them “crumbs.”
Are there any Riley Blake fans out there? Because they have a lot of awesome collections coming out this Summer! A lot of fun pre-cuts too.
This line by Riley Blake is called Indian Summer. The fresh floral prints mixed with the brown and green hues is a great print that will easily transition from Summer to Fall.
Do any of you remember the Bliss collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda? They have a new line coming out towards the end of this year called Ruby! It’s just as charming as Bliss. Here’s a sneak peak…
Lauren and Jessi Jung (designers of the Hideaway and Botany collections) for Moda have a new line coming out called Flora. This line has a modern/vintage look to it…It’s absolutely gorgeous!
Below is a new line by Michael Miller. The designer, Sarah Jane, started as a children’s book illustrator and now she also designs fabrics. The colors and detailed illustrations are so fresh and happy and make me reminisce of my carefree, childhood days :p
Free Spirit also has some gorgeous lines coming out (as always) including new 6″ square pre-cuts! Unfortunately I have no pictures to show for those yet.

We don’t have an exact launch date yet, but we have an idea. As I mentioned earlier, please stay tuned for more updates. This is an exciting endeavor that I plan to share with you all, in addition to my normal blogging/tutorials. As always, if you have any thoughts or questions, please leave me a comment! I’m always happy to hear from you! 🙂

Happy Quilting!

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