Thursday, March 31, 2011

Magnolia Garden Quilt Tutorial

We could not resist designing a new quilt around Laura Gunn's beautiful new line, Magnolia Lane for Michael Miller. The designs are so original, vibrant and textured. Wanting to highlight the prints, I kept the design really simple. Besides showing off all of the prints, the simple design also means that making this quilt takes a lot less time.

This quilt measures 76" square. It is perfect for a full size bed.
And here is the back.

We loved these prints together so much we even designed a special fat quarter set just for this quilt.


Magnolia Garden Quilt Bundle 12 Fat Quarters



MATERIALS
12 fat quarters of Laura Gunn's Magnolia Lane
2 1/2 yards of Laura Dunn Canvas Cream
4 1/2 yards of Laura Dunn Canvas Brown for the quilt back
1/2 yard Laura Dun Textured Plaid Turquoise
80" x 80" cotton batting
Coordinating thread


INSTRUCTIONS
Sort the fabric into the following groups: Light (Blooming Tulips Yellow, Canvas Candy, Canvas Cream, Canvas Sage), Medium (Scattered Buds Yellow, Geometric Aqua, Canvas Green, Canvas Mustard), and Dark (Textured Plaid Turquoise, Magnolia Branch Aqua, Canvas Teal, Canvas Brown).

Cutting
1. Cut all of the fabric in the Light group into 7" strips. Cut the strips into varying widths.

2. Cut the fabric in the Medium group into 6" strips. Cut the strips into varying widths. You will only need to cut about 2/3 of the fabric. The rest can be used for the back.

3. Cut the fabric in the dark group into 3" strips. Cut the strips into varying widths. To create a little visual interest, I also cut a few strips 2" wide. You will only need to cut about 2/3 of the fabric. The rest can be used for the back.

4. For the Canvas Cream, cut the following strips selvage to selvage: 2 strips 11" wide, 2 strips 8" wide, 2 strips 7" wide, and 4 strips 6" wide. Trim the selvages.

Making the Quilt Top
1. Starting with the dark fabrics, sew the pieces together, alternating the different prints. The easiest way to do this is using the string piecing method. Start with two pieces of fabric and sew them together, back stitching at the beginning and end. Now, instead of cutting the thread, take the next two pieces and sew them together.


Continue this until you have sewn together all of the pieces. Cut the threads between each pair and then sew the pairs together. Continue this until you have 4 strips measuring approximately 76" long. As I mentioned above, I made one of my dark strips 2" wide. Iron the seams open.

2. Repeat the string piecing technique for the light and medium fabrics. You will end up with 3 strips of each.

Here are all of the strips laid out.

3. Sew the 2 pieces of 11" Canvas Cream and sew them together to create one long strip 11" wide. Repeat with the other remaining pieces of Canvas Cream so you have 5 long strips.

4. Trim all of the strips down to 76" long.

5. Lay out your long strips, alternating the prints with the Canvas Cream.

6. Sew all of the strips together and press the seams open.

Here is just a bonus shot of prettiness.

Assembling the Quilt Back
1. Cut the 4 1/2 yards of Canvas Brown in half so you have two panels that are 81" long.

2. Trim the selvages.

3. Take the remaining prints and cut them into 3" wide pieces. Sew them together using the string piece method. Press the seams open.

4. Sew the strip of prints to the two panels of Canvas Brown. Press seams open.

Assembling the Quilt
I tried a temporary spray adhesive to baste this quilt. It worked really well and went a lot faster than my usual pining method.

1. Lay the quilt back onto the floor, right side facing down. Using painter's tape, tape the back to the floor, making the quilt back taunt and smooth.

2. Lay the cotton batting on top of the quilt back. Gently fold half of the batting back. Spray the adhesive to the quilt back. Slowly fold the batting back onto the quilt back, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go. Fold the other half of the batting back and repeat the above directions.

3. Lay the quilt top on top of the batting. Fold half of the quilt top back, spray the adhesive and then fold the top back onto the batting, smoothing out any wrinkles.


Quilting and Binding
I used my favorite meandering quilting style for this quilt.

The Textured Plaid Turquoise is cut on the bias for the binding strips. Click over here for my tutorial on how to bind a quilt.

Congratulations! You are all done!

 
Thanks to Melissa Lunden for another Fabulous Quilt Tutorial!! You rock lady Mel!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fabricworm Tuesday Giveaway! Joel Dewberry Lilac/Dill in Fat Quarters!








Hello Fabricworms!

Here we go again! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win. The Giveaway will end at 7am PST, Monday, April 4th. We will announce the winner later that same day. (The winner will be chosen by random.org)

Tell us, who your favorite fabric designer is?

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Winner of the Weekly Giveaway Announced!


Time to announce the winner of the Beach Mod Fat Quarter bundle!




Congratulations to:
vfniel

I have tweeted you for contact information since there isn't an email available.

Thank you everyone for your participation. Don't forget to tune in tomorrow to see what else Fabricworm will be giving away!

Happy Sewing!
Fabricworm Girls

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fabricworm Tuesday Giveaway! Monaluna Beach Mod Fat Quarters!



Hello Fabricworms!

As most of your have notice us tell you last week, every Tuesday we will announce a giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win. The Giveaway will end at 7am PST, Monday, March 28th. We will announce the winner later that same day. (The winner will be chosen by random.org)

This week simply tell us what your favorite project you've done!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

First Winner of the Weekly Giveaway Announced!


We are excited to announce our first winner of the wonderful Alexander Henry Griffith Park Fat Quarter Bundle!



Congratulations to: EG!

We will be contacting you shortly to get your address to ship your prize to!

Thank you everyone for your participation. Don't forget to tune in tomorrow to see what else Fabricworm will be giving away!

Happy Sewing!
Fabricworm Girls

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sugar and Spice (and everytyhing nice!) by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs!

The newest collection from The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs, Sugar and Spice is just so sweet!

Sugar and Spice in Red
Sugar and Spice in Green
Sugar and Spice in Blue
All the prints are available now @ www.fabricworm.com

Fabricworm Tuesday Giveaway! Alexander Henry Griffith Park in Fat Quarters

Alexander Henry Griffith Park in Fat Quarters

Hello Fabricworms!

We are going to try something new. We are proud to announce a weekly giveaway @ www.fabricworm.com! Every Tuesday we will announce a giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win. The Giveaway will end at 7am PST, Monday, March 22nd. We will announce the winner later that same day. (The winner will be chosen by random.org)

This week, please tell us what your first sewing project for Spring will be!

You can get 3 bonus entries by doing the following:

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sale this week @ fabricworm.com 10% All Westminster and Free Spirit Fabrics (ends 3/10)

10% all Free Spirit and Westminster Fibers Fabrics through 3/10 @ fabricworm.com



Happy Weekend Fabricworms! It is that time of week again! Sale Time! And this week have we got a doozy for you! We are offering a 10% discount off of our entire collection of both Free Spirit and Westminster Fibers Fabrics. So time to stock up on all those Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Joel Dewberry and Amy Butler Fabrics you've been after! 


This week we have tons of new fabrics for you! We received a large shipment from Timeless Treasures including tons of fun Kyla May prints! We also received an enormous shipment from Anthology, consisting of the entire collections of both Khristian A. Howell's Bryant Park, and Diane Kappa's Bonjour, and boy these are just lovely!! We also received Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman which is a lovely collection of Linen/Cotton Blend Solids in a wide array of colors. These will be great for apparel and quilting!

Happy Weekend and Happy Sewing!
XOXO
The Fabricworm Gals

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Storyboek by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, a Proper Introduction!

We decided it was time for a proper introduction! Storyboek by Jay-Cyn Designs is our upcoming collection for Birch Fabrics 100% Organic. Due this July 2011.

This collection is inspired by my favorite verse from Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses", "Foreign Lands".  A tale that shows how our imaginations can take us on trips near or far, and remind us of the beauty that lies just before our eyes, in this case from within a cherry tree.

Storyboek, the Dutch spelling is a collection that is near and dear to me, because it's one I've been dreaming of since I was a little girl. I was always fond of tales that included travels to far away places and when I was five I was a dutch girl for Halloween wearing wooden clogs and all. I still have the wooden clogs sitting on a shelf on my desk as a reminder of that day.

My husband, Jason and I designed this collection together, just like Avalon, except Storyboek was all hand drawn first and it took a very long time, not only to draw, but then to narrow down the prints. At one point there were more than 20 total! You'll see elements of some of the prints we had to let go of in the cheater prints. It was a lot of fun, because we both took on different elements, so the whole collection really is a compilation of both our efforts.

The group consists of 14 prints, 7 for the girls and  7 for the boys, but the best part is that all 14 prints coordinate perfectly together so that you may quilt with all prints, and in the soft neutral palette there is something for everyone! I can picture a wonderful combination of these prints in a shared room between brother and sister.

We've used the same premium GOTS certified organic cotton, printed with low impact dye that we've used for Beach Mod, Marine, and Avalon. The fabric is so soft and smooth and with a higher thread count than the traditional quilting cottons on the market, for those of you have felt it in person, you know what I mean, it's like butter baby!

We hope you will view this collection as a trip back to those storybooks that you love ever so much and can now share with your little ones too!

Storyboek will be available in July @ fabricworm.com

Field Flowers SB-01 Cream

Field Friends SB-05 Coral

Field Friends SB-05 Shroom

Field Stroll Cheater SB-04

Field Stroll Main SB-06 Cream

Woodcut Floral SB-03 Sky
Cobblestone Stripe SB-02 Coral
Bubble Stripe SB-10 Fresh

Gone Fishin' Cheater SB-07

Gone Fishin' Main SB-12 Cream

New School SB-08 Sun

Whale Watch SB-09 Shroom

Whale Watch SB-09 Sky
Seahorses SB-11 Sun