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I pulled out all my hoarded collected Maze & Vale prints the other day and decided that rather than just admiring them and putting them back on the shelf, I should actually make something out of them. What an idea, right?!

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As you may know, I’ve been and admirer, and collector!, of Leslie’s beautiful hand printed fabrics for quite some time now, and I’ve made a couple quilts previously out of her fabrics (here and here).

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This time I decided to limit the color palette – using all the pinks, yellows and brownish grays I had along with some similar solids. The design is similar to my Bespoke quilt, though with less background white space and consequently a slightly different look.

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I like that it shows off larger sections of these beautiful prints.

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My mom has already mentioned that these are her colors, so possibly she’s making a play for this one? (though she also mentioned that it would be great if it could be larger to fit her bed…unfortunately that’s not possible as this one already used up my stash of Maze & Vale prints!)

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two by four – a quilt block tutorial

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So, it seems there’s interest in the measurements for this block (It wasn’t actually a trick question – I really did want to make sure there was enough interest before taking the time to put together a tutorial! And, well, it got a lot of you to comment, so there’s that…)

I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial and will pull out some fat quarters to give this block a try! It’s fun to make and goes together quite quickly!

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Block size: 9″ x 10 1/2″ (unfinished)

A few points to keep in mind:

*measurements provided are ideal for fat quarters, but yardage could be used as well
*non-directional prints work best — directional prints can be used of course, though keep in mind that the design will be upside down on half the block
*each pair of fat quarters yields 6 blocks (I used 18 fat quarters included in Melissa Ybarra’s Blush & Bloom line, along with a few extra solid strips, for a total of 56 blocks arranged in a 7 block by 8 block layout)

ready, set, go!

From each fat quarter, cut 3″ strips along the long (22″) edge of the fat quarter. You can cut 6 – 3″ x 22″ strips from each fat quarter.

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Pair each strip with a strip of a different fabric (I think they look great when they’re coordinating, but have different values so you can see the checkerboard look – I mostly paired a print fabric with a solid or near solid, but play around with it to see what you like best!)

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Sew the two strips together along the length and press the seam

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Cut in half – I cut my pieces into roughly two 10 1/2″ sections.

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Sew these two pieces together, repeating the pattern (print, solid, print, solid, for example) and press

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Trim one edge, then cut two sections measuring 4 3/4″ (look – very little waste!)

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Flip one section and sew together. Pin at each seam, or keep an eye on the seams as you’re sewing to make sure they’re aligning correctly.

Note: Keep in mind that how you flip and sew your sections will determine the look of the final block – above you’ll note that I kept the print at the top left, and if you were making a quilt with alternating prints and solids and wanted to keep that pattern across the quilt, you’d want to make sure to keep it the same for each block (ie – always keep the print in the top left when sewing these sections together).

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If you flip it the other way, the solid will be in the top left.

[In my quilt I decided to sew my blocks randomly, so you’ll see sections where the blocks are put together and prints are aligned with other prints, rather than always alternating with a solid]

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Sew together and press, and ta da, block #1. Repeat for as many blocks as you need for your desired quilt size.

To speed up the process, make several blocks at once and chain piece. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this top will come together!

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800 flowers

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It started to feel like Spring here recently, but then yesterday morning there was snow in the air again, so who knows. I do know that it’s been looking Spring-like in the sewing room though. This great group of fabrics is a new line for Windham called Blush & Blooms by Melissa Ybarra, due out in May. As soon as this bundle arrived I knew I wanted to make a quilt out of it, but I wasn’t sure of the design. A few months later I saw this photo on Instagram of Gina’s vintage quilt, and immediately thought of this collection.

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I think this line is ideal for this design what with its mix of florals and semi-solids. And I like that the rectangles make it feel a bit different than a quilt made up of squares.

A few weeks later I finally found some time to pull out the bundle and come up with some measurements to recreate this vintage quilt.

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I generally don’t enjoy patterns and figuring out the math in advance, but for whatever reason, this one was strangely satisfying to sew! It was the perfect project to work on while hanging out with Henry – lots of chain piecing and ironing and cutting that could be done in batches, quick to put together, and as a bonus, the measurements I came up with used the fat quarters with very little waste. (Anyone want those measurements?)

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Even thought it may still be frosty outside, at least I can admire this quilt and dream of Spring!

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