A Mini Quilt with Curves

Also known as a Curated Quilts Mini Challenge Reject!

This is an old one I made for the a Curated Quilts Mini Challenge for the Curves Issue last year. I did have a tutorial and a different quilt in the Gallery of Quilts, but my mini challenge didn’t quite make the cut!

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Also, in keeping with my projects photographed at the beach house, I thought I should get this one posted!

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I had had this idea for a quilt for a little while, so it was a fun chance to try it out. I went full on curves with the circle. Maybe they were looking more for ‘curves’ versus ‘circles’! ha! First I sewed together a piece of the white and pink fabric. Then I cut it into stripes and sew-ed in the green stripes.

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I did not succeed at getting the thin pieces of the pink fabric perfectly straight, but I think it was close enough! Then I used my inset circle tutorial to make the circles.

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I think I have mentioned this before, but I typically don’t piece the backs of my minis. I just used one of my favorite staples, Cotton and Steel Fabrics Dottie.

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My traditional label photo!

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Even though this one didn’t get picked for the magazine, I think it has some potential for a larger quilt design. What do you?

Inset Corners- A Quilting Tutorial

One more post about my Raindrops on Wildflowers Quilt! I’ll show you how I made all those inset corners!

I made the block up to start with, but then I had to figure out how to actually put it together. I thought about more piecing, but I had to make a lot and that would have been too many steps per block. So I had to figure out how to make with as few pieces as possible. I made a little video of how many steps there still are in the block!

Anyway… I digress… Back to the corners… Maybe everyone else knows how to do this. I did a lot of inset corners on the Weight of Love quilt I made, but for some reason it took me a little while to get it to make these blocks! I kept forgetting which way to sew them together… Finally it stuck and I was on a roll!

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First up, stack the two fabrics on top of each other so that they overlap.

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Then trim the two pieces of fabric. And you end up with the pieces above.

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Mark one piece, on the right side, 1/4″ down from your corner.

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Mark your second piece, on the wrong side, 1/4″ down from the corner.

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Stack your dots! I’m using solids, so it doesn’t really matter for me, but you’ll want these to be right sides together!

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Then sew, using a 1/4″ seam along the edge and stop at your dot.

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When you stop at the dot, leave your needle down, but raise your foot. Then pull your top fabric around to align with the bottom piece. Sometimes the fabric wants to bunch under the needle, sometimes it doesn’t. Not sure why… But when it does, I just go in with my tiny scissors and move the fabrics behind the needle so they aren’t bunching. If you watch the ‘video’ above, you’ll see these steps in action!

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Then continue sewing out to the other end!

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Here’s the kicker! Iron into the V. If you iron the other way, you’ll get bumps.

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Then you have this!

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Some pretty awesome looking inset corners! Oh, yea!

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Honestly, I kinda hated cutting the second one off to add the half circles. But it had to be done. I thought about not using the half circles on the back blocks, but I really like the half circles, too. Big Dilemma I had! I used the inset circle tutorial to add the circles.

Hope this helps in your sewing fun!

Sports with I’m Feelin’ Crafty- With an Inset Circle Tutorial

Well, another scheduling update! Today I’m filling in and we’ll get back to the real schedule on Monday!

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This year threw me for a loop! I couldn’t figure out what to do… Then it came to me, a sports themed quilt with circles. Then the whole ball thing came in to the picture. But what would I do with the quilt??? That’s when it totally fell into place!

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I have two best friends from high school who are awesome. They both had little girls right around the same time and each of their girls got quilts from me! One even got my first ever quilt! Then one of my friends had another child, but he never got a quilt… AND I remembered that this spring they told me they were decorating his room with a sports theme! So perfect!

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Now, how to make circles???? I tried a few ways and couldn’t get the right circle. Then I found a bunch of tutorials online for this freezer paper technique that is awesome! I take no credit for the technique, but it’s great! I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about it before now. In the video, the lady says people learn it and then just start making a bunch of circle quilts after learning the technique, and she’s right! I totally have a bunch of circle quilts ideas now!

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First you cut a hole in the freezer paper the size you want your circle to be and iron it on the wrong side of your fabric. Then cut out a hole in the fabric.

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Notch the fabric around the circle, but don’t cut all the way to the freezer paper.

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Use a glue stick and glue on the freezer paper around the circle. Then fold back the fabric, over the paper, and iron it down.

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Here I switched to regular school glue. Glue on the notches. Then place on your background fabric and iron in place.

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Then stitch in the ditch around the circle. (Sorry, not a great picture of this step…) Then pull off the freezer paper! You can trim down the background fabric around where you stitched!

The video is great too! If you learn better from videos, it’s a good one!

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For each of the balls, I printed the image of the ball and traced it with this tool to leave the indentation of the shape on the fabric.

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For both the tennis ball and the basketball, I just used an applique stitch along the lines of the white and brown of the balls. I also added freezer paper to the back of the fabric to help secure the fabric from bunching!

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The baseball was an easy one! Just a little red fancy stitch on some white fabric and your good!

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The soccer ball was the most time consuming of them all! I did a little english paper piecing for this one.

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And last, but not least… The bowling ball! For this one I used the same technique as above for the larger circles, but I topstitched it instead!

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Then I quilted it with pretty tight stitching to give the illusion of movement! and I think it worked!  I also love the ghosting of the ball on the back.

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I’m hoping the new owner will love it as much as I do!