Monday, April 29, 2013

Brick Road Sew Along Week 4

Everyone's blocks are looking great!! You still have plenty of time to catch up if you're behind, or if you're just joining us! This week we will add sashing, borders and assemble our entire quilt top! Let's get started!
Cutting the Sashing:
1. From the sashing/border fabric cut:
          20-1 1/2" X WOF (width of fabric) strips.
          2-7" strips
2. Take 6- 1 1/2" X WOF and subcut:
           36- 1 1/2" X 7" pieces
3. From the 2-7" X WOF strips subcut:
          8-6 3/4" X 7" pieces
Sewing the Sashing:
1. Choose 6 blocks and lay them out vertically with the shorter sides on top and bottom. Sew a 1 1/2" X 7" sashing strip to the bottom 7" side of the first block. Press sashing to block. Continue sewing a 1 1/2" X 7" sashing strip to the bottom of the next 4 blocks. *There should be sashing attached to 5 of the 6 blocks.

2. Sew all 6 blocks together in a vertical row along the 7" sides. Press sashings to blocks. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 4 vertical rows that measure 7" X 74 1/2".

3. Choose 5 blocks and lay them out vertically with 7" sides on top and bottom. Sew a 1 1/2" X 7" sashing strip to the bottom 7" side of the first block. Press sashing to block. Continue sewing a 1 1/2" X 7" sashing strip to the bottom of the next 3 blocks. *There should be sashing attached to 4 of the 5 blocks.

4. Sew all 5 blocks together vertically along the 7" sides. Press sashing towards blocks. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make a total of 4 vertical rows that measure 7" X 62".

5. Take a 6 3/4" X 7" piece and attach one to the top and one to the bottom of 1- 7" X 62" vertical row along the 7" side.  Press towards blocks.  Repeat on remaining 7" X 62" vertical rows. You should now have 8- 7" X 74 1/2" rows.

6. Take the 14- 1 1/2" X WOF strips and sew two together along the short 1 1/2" sides to make one continuous strip. Repeat with remaining strips until you have 7- 1 1/2" X 84" strips. (Be sure to cut the selvedges off first)

7. Measure all rows and cut 7- 1 1/2" sashing strips to that measurement. (Should be around 74 1/2") As long as your rows are all the same size, it doesn't matter if your measurement is a little off from mine, but it should be close to 74 1/2".

8. Lay out the rows alternating as shown.

9. Sew a 1 1/2" sashing strip to the RIGHT side of rows 1-7. Press to sashing strip.

10. Sew vertical rows 1-4 together.

11. Sew vertical rows 5-8 together.

12. Sew all rows together from steps 10 & 11.

Outer Border:
1. Cutting the border fabric, cut 7- 2 1/2" X WOF strips.
2. Take one 2 1/2" strip and cut in half. Sew one half along the short 2 1/2" end of 2 WOF strips. You will now have 2- 2 1/2" X 63" strips.
3.Measure the center width of the quilt top and cut two strips to that measurement. Sew top and bottom strips on. Press to border.

4. Sew 2 strips together along the short 2 1/2" ends. Measure center length of the quilt top and cut strip to that measurement. Repeat with 2 more strips.  Sew one strip to each side of the quilt and press to border.
And now your quilt top is done! I'm sure they look awesome! I can't wait to see all of the tops so don't forget to upload photos to my Flickr Group!
Here is the rest of the schedule...see you next week for backing!
Week 5-May 6th: Prepare Backing/Basting
Week 6-May 13th: Quilting/Binding
Week 7-May 20th: Winners Announced
Also, be sure to check out my Mirror Ball Dot Blog Hop Post HERE for a chance to win some fabric!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mirror Ball Dot Blog Hop & giveaway!

Hello and welcome to the 2nd stop on the Mirror Ball Blog Hop!
I think people know my LOVE for the awesome Mirror Ball Dot fabric by the wonderful designer Mark Hordyszynski for Michael Miller Fabrics, but in case you don't I LOVE THEM!!!
The first round of MBD came out all the way back in 2007 with about 40 colors. I missed them the first round,I was graduating from college and getting married, so needless to say my plate was full! I saw them and instantly fell in love with them. I believe I came across a few bolts at a local quilt shop. I then began scouring the Internet trying to find as many colors that I possibly could. Then at Quilt Market back in Fall 2010 I "flirted" as much as I could with the President of Michael Miller Fabrics to get them reprinted. He said if I got enough people interested that he would consider it!  I went home that night at started a Flickr Group, made a paper petition as well and asked all of our loyal customers that came into the old shop (thanks again by the way and I miss all of you!) to sign it!  Then, about a year ago, I believe it was March 2012 I received an email from Mark telling me that they just introduced 5 colors of MBD and they were planning on launching 20 new colors!!  I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to get that email, I probably came close to peeing myself from excitement, that and being sleep deprived from having a newborn!!
Anywho, I am so honored that Mark asked me to join the Mirror Ball Blog Hop and hope that ya'll like my projects! Plus, there's a chance for you to win some MBD awesomeness yourself!
 Here is the info for the blog hop straight from Mark's blog:
"The concept was to get six designer/artists/bloggers - all Mirror Ball Dot enthusiasts - to work with the new color palette that was released last year. I limited the participants to four fat quarters of Mirror Ball Dot and one-quarter yard of 3 colors of Michael Miller Fabric's Cotton Couture. They were sent 1 yard of each color of Cotton Couture and were allowed to use their discretion in using it but just the same, I tried to limit what they were allowed to work with. The backing, batting, binding or other incidental materials were left to their choosing. Over the next 8 weeks we're going to share ideas, thoughts and tips on working with the shimmery, glimmery, pearlized, iridescent geometric fabric call Mirror Ball Dot. Each MBD Enthusiast will post on their respective blogs, so you're going to have to "hop" around, and at each stop you'll have an opportunity to win a Mirror Ball Dot color card and one Fat Quarter of 5 colors of your choosing of Mirror Ball Dot fabric. "
For the MBD Challenge I came up with these fun iPhone Cases!

The fabrics I chose were MBD: Princess, Citron, Luna and Starlight; Cotton Couture: Mist, plus Neon Lemon and Neon Pink
I made 8 iPhone cases so I could showcase all of the fabrics I requested. I just love how they turned out and they go together really quickly! On the inside of the case, there is a place to hold your iPhone using elastic and there are pockets on the other side to hold your ID, credit cards and some cash. Then it folds up nicely to cover your iPhone while you're not using it. There is Peltex on the inside of the case to make it extra safe for your iPhone, since those suckers are make of glass! These are great for going out and holding all of your essential items without the hassle of carrying you huge purse.
If you want to make one for yourself and all of your friends, you can purchase a pattern HERE! If you make one, send me a picture OR add a picture to my Flickr Group so everyone can see it!
I love working with the Mirror Ball Dot fabrics! They are cotton quilting fabrics and the metallic shine is to die for and just simply stunning! When cutting them with a rotary cutter, the blade just glides through them like butter! I also liked working with the Cotton Couture and new Neons. The neon colors are so bright and fun and worked well for my project. The only thing is that they are pretty stiff. Being stiff actually worked very well for the iPhone case and I'm very pleased with the results! I didn't prewash them so I'm sure they would soften up if you did.
I couldn't just make one thing for the Mirror Ball Blog Hop, so I also made a quilt using a FQ Bundle I had been hoarding for a while.

This quilt is called Brick Road and I'm actually in the middle of the Brick Road Sew Along on my blog now! If you want to make one using your MBD fabrics, jump on in and sew along with us you still have plenty of time! There is a link in my header to hook you up with all of the instructions so far. It's just a quilt top right now, but I will be doing a tutorial on my blog on how to quilt it in two weeks as part of my sew along, so make sure to come back and check that out!
Here are more photos of the projects I came up with:

Ok, now is YOUR chance to get your hands on some MBD fabrics! What's up for grabs you say?
There will be two lucky winners:
1. will receive a MBD color card and 5 MBD Fat Quarters in your choice of colors!
2. will receive a FREE iPhone case PDF pattern
Simply leave a comment on this blog post and I will chose a winner next Sunday May 5th!

Thanks for hopping to my blog and be sure to stop by all the other blogs during the Mirror Ball Blog Hop! HERE is a link to Mark's post with a list of all the blogs!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Brick Road Sew Along-Week 3!

Ok guys, how are we doing on our cutting? I love seeing the progress photos in the Flickr group, don't forget to add yours! Today starts week 3, so halfway there and let's get started!!
Block Assembly
1. Take 1-5" X 10" rectangle and sew a 1 1/2" X 5" piece to each 5" side of the rectangle. Press towards outer fabrics.
2 Sew a 1 1/2" X 12" piece to each 12" side of the rectangle. Press towards outer fabrics. Repeat until you have all 45 mixed blocks. Square blocks to 7" X 12"

*You will only need 44 blocks to complete the quilt top, you can use the extra block on the back or use it for a label for your quilt!

That's it for this week! I can't wait to see ya'll's finished blocks!  How is everyone doing?
Here is the schedule for the following weeks:
Week 4-April 29th: Sashing/Borders/Top Assembly
Week 5-May 6th: Prepare Backing/Basting
Week 6-May 13th: Quilting/Binding
Week 7-May 20th: Winners Announced
Next week we will add the sashing and borders...I told ya'll this quilt comes together fast! See ya next week!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Brick Road Sew Along Week 2: Block Cutting/Block Arranging

Do you have your fabrics picked out yet? We are going to start cutting our Fat Quarters (FQ) this week!! Don't forget to upload photos to our Flickr Group of your progress, I LOVE seeing them! Also, if you're on Instagram, #brickroadsewalong for your photos!
Ok, let's get cutting!!
Directions: Making the Blocks:
Cut all FQ as follows:
1. Cutting along the 18" side of the FQ, cut:
     6-1 1/2" X 18" strips
     1-10" X 18 strip
2. Subcut:
     6- 1 1/2" X 12" pieces
     6- 1 1/2" X 5" pieces
     3- 5" X 10" rectangles

Here are my lovely RJR Cotton Solid Supreme cut pieces stacks: (I just love seeing the fabrics in color order!)

Arranging the blocks:
-You will mix and match the 1 1/2" pieces with the 5" X 10" rectangles. You need 2-1 1/2" X 5" and 2-1 1/2" X 12" of the same fabric border pieces and 1-5" X 10" of a different fabric rectangle. The border pieces will be a different color fabric than the center rectangle. Group them together until all rectangles have border fabrics as desired.


That's it for this week! Cut all of your FQs and arrange them in block sets to get ready to sew them together next week! Again, don't forget to upload progress pictures to the Flickr Group to share with everyone and see you next week!!
Here is the schedule from next week on:
Week 3-April 22nd: Block Assembly
Week 4-April 29th: Sashing/Borders/Top Assembly
Week 5-May 6th: Prepare Backing/Basting
Week 6-May 13th: Quilting/Binding
Week 7-May 20th: Winners Announced

Monday, April 8, 2013

Brick Road Sew Along Week 1: Supplies

Good Morning Everyone!
Welcome everyone to the Brick Road Sew Along by SunFlower Quilts sponsored by RJR Cotton Solid Supreme Fabrics!
I hope everyone is as excited as I am about the Brick Road Sew Along! Let's not wait any longer! Here is a photo of what the  quilt top looks like:

I haven't quilted mine yet, because I'm going to do a tutorial during week 6 for ya'll! Plus, I'm not sure how I want to quilt it yet, so if ya'll have any ideas or requests let me know!
Now this quilt shown above is for a lap size quilt about 63" X 78"  You can choose whatever fabrics you have in your stash but I highly recommend getting your hands on some RJR Cotton Supreme Solids, they are awesome!
Supply List:
Lap Size: 63" X 78"
15 FQ (Fat Quarters)
2 1/3 yard sashing/border & binding -I used the same fabric for all
OR (1 3/4 yards sashing/border & 5/8 yard binding)
4 yards backing
In case ya'll are wondering what fabrics I used, listed below are the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids that I used. I've listed them by number and name.  The pattern calls for 15 FQ but I wanted to showcase as many of the gorgeous RJR Cotton Supreme Solids  colors that I could so you'll see 30 different colors but you only need 15 FQ!!
From top to bottom left to right....
195-acorn, 283-on the rock, 125-silver, 254-verbena, 287-raging ruby, 279-purple haze, 253-lupid, 138-little boy blue, 126-royal blue, 192-lapis lazuli, 275-tide pool, 291-tiffany box, 274-riviera, 289-teal

204-celadon, 205-pistachio, 288-electric lime, 128-clover, 127-kelly green, 302-lemon twist, 305-buttenut, 220-maze, 209-cantalope, 131-carrot, 159-mandarin, 108-crimson, 82-bordeaux, 277-elephantastic pink, 217-hot pink, 181-rhododedron
AGAIN, I wanted to showcase as many different RJR Cotton Supreme Solids as possible so ya'll could see all the lovely colors, but you only need 15 FQ.
So this is how the Brick Road Sew Along is going to work: each Monday I will post the next steps for the quilt. This week is the supply list so you have until next Monday to gather supplies! The rest of the schedule will be as follows:
Week 1-April 8th: Supplies/Pattern Reveal/Prizes announced
Week 2- April 15th: Block Cutting/Block Arranging
Week 3-April 22nd: Block Assembly
Week 4-April 29th: Sashing/Borders/Top Assembly
Week 5-May 6th: Prepare Backing/Basting
Week 6-May 13th: Quilting/Binding
Week 7-May 20th: Winners Announced
Everyone who participates has the chance to win lots of cool prizes! RJR Fabrics has generously donated awesome fabrics to the winners of the Sew Along. We (SunFlower Quilts) will also be giving a PDF pattern of your choice to a few winners as well.  How do you win you ask?  You can win by sewing along with me and completing a quilt by the end of the six weeks(you can do it, I promise!!). 
 I can't wait to see what fabrics ya'll pick, so please share photos in my Flickr Group along the way! That way you can see what everyone else is working on a well! I'll put a Brick Road Sew Along tab under my header at the top of my blog so that it's easy for you to find all of the weeks. Also, if you're on Instagram use the hashtag #brickroadsewalong for any progress photos! My Instagram username is: jamiemueller0522
I am just so excited to start this Sew Along and if you have any questions just leave a comment below! Now go pick your fabrics and upload a photo to the Flickr Group!