Monday, September 28, 2015

Courthouse Steps - A Quick Tutorial

Here's another beauty I made for Lecien Fabrics for their spring market booth.

This Flower Sugar collection is mostly reproductions so I wanted to make something that was traditional but still modern. 

I decided on a courthouse step pattern. I've always loved this pattern so I was glad to be able to finally make it.  I especially love how each section ends up looking like a triangle. 

Here's my finished quilt. It measures 54" X 54". Each block finishes at 13.5". 

If you'd like to make one, here are the measurements.  I used 2" strips and 4 different fabrics for each block. 

Here's how you put it together. 

That's it!  Super simple and fun!  Happy Sewing!


Antique Tile Block - Quick Tutorial

Here's another quilt I made for Lecien's Spring Market booth. I was asked to work with their new quilter basics. This collection contains a large variety of colors. There's a mix of bright colors as well as darker traditional colors. I decided to use a traditional pattern and decided on crosshatch quilting. So I stuck with that plan and ran with it. 

I love the end result....  This is  my Antique Tile Quilt. 

These are 9" blocks. If you want to make one, here are the measurements. Just squares and rectangles. 

Here's how they're assembled.

That's it!  Super Simple!  

Happy Sewing!


Scrappy X Block Tutorial

Hey guys!  I know it's been awhile...  Life has been crazy!  But I've miss you!  

Last spring, I did some sewing for Lecien Fabrics. They've been releasing some good stuff lately including a some awesome basics. 

Here's what I made using their L Modern Basics.  I call it "Scrappy X Quilt".  

Here's a tutorial on how to make these block. 

You will need 5" squares and strips = anywhere from 1.5" - 2" wide & 9" - 10" long. 

You will need 4 different 5" squares to start. With (4) - 5" charms - you will end up with 4 scrappy blocks. 

(If you want to make a baby quilt = 35" X 35" (7 X 7), you will need 49 squares.)

Begin by cutting your charms diagonally. 

Your strips need to be a little longer than the diagonal length.  Mine equaled around 9". 

Sew together and the grab a different half square triangle (HST) and sew it to the other side of the strip. 

Once you sew it, give it a good press.  Afterwards, it should look like this.

Cut it diagonally again. 

Now, make another Scrappy X block using different fabrics. Once you're done, cut it diagonally like you did previously.  Gather one side from each block to make a new block.  Your triangles should be 4 different fabrics. 

Sew and press. You don't have to sew it to make a perfect "X" unless you want to. I made mine slightly off because I prefer that look.  

Trim your block to equal 5.5".  

That's it!  You're finished. 

Here's how 4 blocks look together.  

Note:  You can make these any size you want. You don't need to use 5" squares. You can use 6", 7", 9", 12" or whatever you want. As long as your strip is 1.5" or wider, you are adding to your square. When you use strips that are less than 1.5" wide, it will make the square smaller.  

Here's a pillow that I'm working on.  I used my walking foot to create wavy lines. Hopefully, it will be done soon. ;)

If you decide to make one, please use hashtag #scrappyxblock. I'd love to see it!  

Enjoy and Happy Sewing!