Monday, April 21, 2014

Fresh Flowers - Cutting Fabrics


This week we are cutting our fabrics for the Fresh Flowers Quilt Along.  Let's get our rotary cutters and rulers ready :) 

If you want to learn more about this QAL see the introduction post here.

Please read through the entire cutting directions before starting. I designed this so that there is very little waste of fabric. 

WOF = Width of Fabric, usually 42"

There are 4 flowers in the Wall/Lg Pillow, 16 flowers in the Baby/Child and 30 flowers in the Lap/Throw.
The block consists of  6 units: petal, petal background, center, sashing, side A and side B. 

When cutting the petal background pieces you will be cutting rectangles and then cutting them in half diagonally. If you are using a solid fabric that has no wrong/right side there are special instructions on which angle to cut.


**Important!!  If you are using a printed fabric or a fabric with a right/wrong side for your background - after cutting strips make sure the strip is folded in half with wrong sides together and then sub cut two rectangles at a time. Leaving them stacked in twos, then cut diagonally. This will create the correct angles needed for the petals, a left and right petal background.**


Background fabrics:

Wall/Lg Pillow - 24" x 24" finished size
  • (2) 1.5" x WOF strips
    • sub cut into (16) 1.5" x 5" for sashing
  • (2) 2" x WOF strips
    • sub cut into (16) 2" x 4" rectangles
    • then cut in half diagonally, for (32) petal background 
  • (1) 2.5" x WOF strip
    • sub cut into (4) 2.5" x 10.5" for side A
  • (2) 2.5" x WOF
    • sub cut into (4) 2.5" x 12.5" for side B


Baby/Child - 48" x 48" finished size
  • (3) 5" x WOF strips
    • sub cut into (64) 5" x 1.5 for sashing
  • (4) 4" x WOF strips
    • sub cut into (64) 4" x 2" rectangles
    • then cut in half diagonally, for (128) petal background
  • (1) 10.5" x WOF strip
    • sub cut into  (16) 10.5" x 2.5" for side A
  • (1) 12.5" x WOF strip
    • sub cut into (16) 12.5" x 2.5" for side B

Lap/Throw 60" x 72" finished size

  • (5) 5" x WOF strips
    • sub cut into (120) 5" x 1.5 for sashing
  • (6) 4" x WOF strips
    • sub cut into (120) 4" x 2" rectangles
    • then cut in half diagonally, for (240) petal background
  • (2) 10.5" x WOF strips
    • sub cut into (30) 10.5" x 2.5" for side A
  • (2) 12.5" x WOF strips
    • sub cut into (30) 12.5" x 2.5" for side B




Petal fabrics:


Wall/Lg Pillow - you need (5) 10" squares
  • (4) cut into (16) 5" squares for petals
  • (1) cut into (4) 1.5" x 1.5" squares for centers
Baby/Child - you need (17) 10" squares
  • (16) cut into (64) 5" squares for petals
  • (1) cut into (16) 1.5" x 1.5" squares for centers
Lap/Throw - you need (31) 10" squares
  • (30) cut into (120) 5" squares for petals
  • (1) cut into (30) 1.5" x 1.5" squares for centers
Template Example


Print this cutting template for your petals in PDF form HERE. 
Make sure when printing do not choose 'fit to page' or 'scale', print 'actual size'. You need to have Adobe reader to view this file. Cut out the template on the dotted line.

You can cut 4 of the 5" squares at a time. Stack them neatly and place the template on top and cut the corners to match the template. Do this for all the petal squares.

a start on cutting petals


Now you are all set for next week, 'Fresh Flowers - Creating the Petals'

April 21st - Cutting the Fabrics
April 28th - Creating the Petals
May 5th - Assembling the Flowers
May 12th - Completing Blocks
May 19th - Piecing the Top

Kira
xoxo


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Illegally Stealing Blogger Content - Important!!!

I have received quite a few emails about La Bella Colori blog posts showing up on a web site at Quilt Patterns Pro. 



They have taken content from many bloggers without permission or linking back to the original site. The web site is a Scraper site with the sole purpose to collect revenue off of your hard work and your blog post! Don't let this happen, please contact Go Daddy, who hosts the web site.

For more information visit The Bitchy Stitcher here and here.

If you find out your blog content has been comprised  Alison at Little Bunny Quilts has graciously created a copy and paste letter you can email to Go Daddy.

Ok, done with my rant!

Kira xoxo


Monday, April 7, 2014

Fresh Flowers - Introduction and Fabric Requirements



Welcome to my very first quilt along!! I am super excited at the response the Fresh Flowers quilt along has received! I am overwhelmed by how sweet everyone's comments have been, thank you!

Fresh Flowers was inspired by the beautiful spring blossoms we are seeing during this time of the year. The blocks are simple and easy to construct. They are the perfect project for beginners and first time quilters. The finished block size is 12" x 12", using rotary cutting and traditional piecing methods.

In my quilt and the examples I am using Kona Snow as the background, but any solid fabric would work just as well. With fabrics like Kona, Bella solids and other dyed fabrics, both sides of the fabric are right sides. Unlike printed fabrics, there is no way to mistakenly cut angles wrong. This is one of the many reasons I love dyed or yarn dyed solids. However you may choose to use a printed fabric for your background (which has a right and wrong side), and I will be adding optional cutting instructions for that as well.

In my quilt and the examples I am using Hothouse Flowers by Mo Bedell for Andover fabrics for the petals and centers. When choosing your petal fabrics decide if you want a planned or a scrappy look to your quilt. You can use a layer cake (10" by 10" squares) for a more planned look to your quilt or pull from your stash for a scrappy look - this is up to you!

 Our 3 layout options are:




Wall Quilt or Large Pillow
Finished size: 24" x 24"
1/2 yard of solid background fabric 
5 - 10" squares for petals and centers



Baby Quilt
Finished Size: 48" x 48" 
1 3/4 yards of solid background fabric
17 - 10" squares for petals and centers




Lap/Throw Quilt
Finished Size: 60"x 72"
2 3/4 yards of solid background fabric
31 - 10" squares for petal and centers


Fresh Flowers Quilt Along


The next post is April 21st with the cutting instructions, that gives us two weeks to pull from our stash or gather fabrics. Looking forward to seeing what fabrics everyone is going to use. I have added a link up party below if you would like to share your fabric choices.

April 7th - Introduction and Fabric Requirements
April 28th - Creating the Petals
May 5th - Assembling the Flowers
May 12th - Completing Blocks
May 19th - Piecing the Top

If you have any questions please ask away!!

Hugs and many thanks,
Kira

Add your link to your fabrics here:





    

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fresh Flowers Quilt Along

It's official - I am going to host my very first quilt-along! I am super excited!! I have always loved participating in QALs over the years and now, finally I will be hosting one. We are going to have such fun!! The pattern is so cute and just in time for the spring weather.


After a dreary, cold and record breaking winter, aren't we ready for spring?! And what would be more cheery and spring-like than a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. 

We will have 3 size layouts and color placement options - all starting April 7th. The schedule will be as follows:
April 21st - Cutting the Fabrics
April 28th - Creating the Petals
May 5th - Assembling the Flowers
May 12th - Completing Blocks
May 19th - Piecing the Top

This schedule should allow plenty of time for fabric shopping (and stash shopping of course), for everyone to complete their blocks and a few late comers to the party also. 
Fresh Flowers Quilt Along

I hate to repeat myself - but I am super excited and hope you join me in this quilt along! 

Hugs,
Kira

Monday, March 24, 2014

Wonderful New Beginnings

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” - Eda J LeShan




My dear friends have a baby boy on the way, such a great blessing for a very deserving couple!! I wanted to make something they could enjoy and celebrate with their new baby.  I had to keep it a secret as the new momma-to-be watches my posts, but now that the baby shower is over I can share :)


Carter's quilt was made using Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl's Monster Truck Quilt Tutorial. Her tutorial is perfect! It was quick and easy, and so cute too! The finished measurements on this quilt is 36" by 48". I used the 12.5" blocks (12" finished) in a 3 by 4 layout, total blocks used were 12. Instead of a monster truck, I went with a cute elephant applique very similar to the couples nursery decorations. I found the applique at Sew4Home's post 'Super Cute Animal Applique Pillows'.

 

The nursery colors are navy, green, gray and taupe. Which made this a great quilt to use Riley Blake's chevrons and dots fabric prints, along with Kona navy, ash (gray) and green. I use a raw-edge applique technique for his name and the cute elephant, and stitched down with a simple zigzag stitch. It is quilted with a simple meandering quilting design with gray thread.


For the banner/bunting I also used raw edge applique and the same fabrics as in the quilt.


Using Noodlehead's Divided Basket pattern and fabric scraps from the quilt, I finished up this cute fabric basket just in time. I highly recommend the Divided Basket pattern - great instructions and very well written!


I love all the room in there!!


And also to add in the basket - 5 burp cloths and a flannel receiving blanket.  Had a wonderful time at the baby shower and the couple love all the gifts they received. Looking forward to meeting Carter!! xoxo

~A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.~ Anonymous 

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