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Home Sweet Home Quilt Tutorial

 I finally got this tutorial up! Thank you ALL so much for your fabulous quilt name suggestions. I love picking your crafty brains 😉 It was a tough choice, but I decided to go with Home Sweet Home (thank you Anna from Switzerland for the idea!). If you’re familiar with my tutorials, you’ll know that I love simple and quick quilts that require little to none fussy measurements. Well, this is one of them! In fact, this quilt practically requires no measuring! That’s the beauty of pre-cut fabrics – you can whip up a quilt top over a weekend. Check out my tutorial below 🙂

A printer-friendly version can be found HERE.

Materials for a 47″ x 47″ quilt:

  • 2 charm packs (or 81 pre-cut 5″ squares)
  • Ten neutral colored Jelly Roll strips (or 3/4 yard neutral colored fabric; from this, cut ten 2.5″ x 42/44″).
  • 5/8 yards binding fabric
  • 3 yards backing fabric

Step 1 – Choose 9 charm squares (or pre-cut 5 inch squares) and make a 9 patch block by sewing 3 rows together with 3 blocks per row.

Step 2 – Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut 2 diagonal lines from corner to corner as shown below.

Step 3 – Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 3 nine patch blocks. Cut diagonal lines from corner to corner for all 3 blocks. This will give you a total of 12 triangle pieces.

Step 4 – Here’s the fun part! Rearrange all 12 pieces to your liking.

Step 5 – Then sew the rearranged pieces back together as shown below. This will give you a block that measures roughly 13.3″ x 13.3″. Repeat until you have a total of 9 finished blocks.

Step 6 – Take three jelly roll strips (or three 2.5″ x 42/44″ long strips), and then sub-cut each strip into three 2.5″ x 13.5″ strips. This will give you a total of six 2.5″ x 13.5″ strips. With right sides facing together, sew a strip to the side of a finished block, press flat with an iron and then trim the excess ends (since your finished block measures 13.3 inches, this is simpler then trying to measure 13.3 inch long strips).
Sew the remaining strips to create sashing between the blocks that looks like this:

Step 7 – Use two more jelly roll strips (or two 2.5″ x 42/44″ strips) for the middle sashing. with right sides facing together, sew the first row of blocks to the sashing, then press flat with an iron. Repeat until all three rows of blocks are connected by the two sashing strips. Trim the excess ends.

Step 8 – Use two more jelly roll strips (or two 2.5″ x 42/44″ strips) for the top and bottom borders. After sewing them on, trim the excess ends. Lastly, sew the left and right side borders on. Each side will measure roughly 47″ long, so you will need to sew some jelly roll strips together to get two 2.5″ x 47″ long strips. I simply sewed three jelly roll strips together (or three 2.5″ x 42/44″ strips) from end to end and then cut that in half. After sewing them onto the sides of the quilt top, trim the excess fabric.
That’s all there is to it! Like I said, it’s a non-fussy cut quilt and fast to piece together. Here’s a picture of my quilting buddy, Bodie, that I thought I’d sneak in. He was ready for a walk in this photo. 🙂
Happy Quilting! And if you make this quilt, don’t forget to share it on Quilting In The Rain’s Facebook page for all to see!

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Jelly Roll Giveaway!

Hi All! My Rainy Days quilt tutorial is being featured on Sew We Quilt @ Stash Manicure today, August 15th. Click the link below to check it out, and for a chance to win TWO jelly rolls! Sweet deal!

On a different note, I’m off to a slow start on my latest bakeshop tutorial, but at least I’ve started! I wanted to share some photos of my little helpers keeping me company while i quilt. Putting together a tut requires a lot of photos…though Bodie and Paige started encroaching on my photos, they “started” out as perfect little models…

Here are before pictures…(Paige on the left, Bodie on the right)
Bodie was content, but Paige got restless…
…and here are after pics :-p I left the room for one minute to find Paige rolling around in my patchwork.

Their way of of telling me they were ready for a walk. 😉 Anyway, I hope to wrap this tutorial up in the next week or so, so stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Quilting!

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Simple is Good!

You might recognize this quilt from my earlier post Quilting with my Furry Children.
Well, I finally finished it last night! It was one of those neglected quilt tops that kept giving me the evil eye for not finishing it right away. I really like the simplicity and modern feel of this quilt. The top is made up of 54 charm squares and 1 yard of white fabric. Though it’s a simple, straight forward quilt, as promised in my earlier post I will post a tutorial.

I’m proud of this one. 🙂 I basted it myself (I usually use my quilting frame which naturally bastes quilts for me). I used my 6″x23″ ruler to help flatten out any bumps.

I also machine quilted this without my quilting frame 🙂 I quilted wavy grid lines using my walking foot. I’m really loving straight-stitching designs, and hope to do more of that.
I binded it last night, followed by blind-stitching the back within an hour. I was in the zone.
I just love the Hullabaloo collection my Moda. I snagged the charm pack as soon as I saw them, and whipped up this quilt in no time. This is a great quilt to show off your latest and greatest charm pack collection, so stay tuned for my upcoming tutorial. 🙂

Oh and I haven’t forgotten…I’ll be posting the fabric giveaway winner on Friday, so stay tuned for that also. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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Quilting with my Furry Children

Yes, I’m one of those crazy pet owners. That’s my excuse for posting so many pictures, of every single angle, of my dogs. :-p Last weekend was fun. Paige spent the afternoon with me making this quilt using charm squares. I used the Hullabaloo collection, and will likely post a tutorial on this after I’ve finished quilting it. It’s a straight forward pattern since they’re all squares, but with a tutorial at least you’ll get all the measurements, maybe learn a few quilting tips, etc. 🙂
Simple is good. Simple is fresh. Best of all, simple is quick! I finished this quilt top in a few hours. This is a great quilt for showing off one of your favorite fabric collections.
Mid-way through piecing together the quilt top, I got a visit from Bodie (the black and white Corgi). He’s my sweetheart, but he prefers to hang out on the stairs while I’m crafting…honestly i think he’s afraid of my sewing machine…notice the uneasy look on his face?
Clearly, Paige was ready for a walk. She wouldn’t move her furry buns until I agreed.

Anyway, that’s it for now. Just a short and sweet post to show off my pride and joys..oh, and there’s a quilt in there somewhere 😉

Happy Crafting!

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Gray and Gloomy

Not only did it rain all weekend, but it stayed dark and gloomy without the slightest break of sunshine. Bodie stayed by the window all weekend watching the rain and day dreaming of long summertime walks. I guess that’s typical Seattle weather for ya!

I admit the rain allowed for good quilting weather; however, it was SO gray and dark outside all day that I couldn’t even get a good picture of my finished Rainy Days quilt. 🙁 I took several photos of the finished quilt, and my husband and I even came up with crazy lighting contraptions to try to brighten the room, but we still couldn’t get a decent picture. So in short, I apologize for not having the finished photo up yet but it will happen! My plan is to score a decent photo after returning from work this week, and thanks to daylight savings time that extra hour of daylight should help! 🙂

On a different note, you may have noticed the new “Finished Quilt” button on the right hand side of my blog. This is something I’ve been meaning to put together for a while now. It captures all of the quilts I’ve made since I started this blog April of last year, and it also includes some photos of quilts I made prior. There’s a few more photos I still need to take to complete the collection, but I’ll get to them eventually. I will continue to update that page with my latest quilts.

A great benefit about blogging is it captures all of the completed projects I’ve done throughout the year. But above all, I get to meet awesome folks like yourselves who encourage me to keep at it :o)

Have a great week everyone! Hopefully you’re getting more sunshine than I am (I recently learned I have a vitamin D deficiency!)

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