SPRING PROJECT

Rapture fabrics and solid fabrics



solid quilt fabrics
Hello there! I am back home in Barcelona, missing Cali a lot already but also very happy to be with all the family again. We are traveling to Norway in two weeks...very exited/nervous! if you missed why we are moving to Norway and want know the full story, go back and read about it!

you know what the best way of dealing with the jet lag is? Guess what? Getting inspired and starting a new spring project! I bought a fat quarter bundle of the line Rapture by Pat Bravo some months ago and I kept it safe until now to make a spring quilt. I also have in my stash the perfect coordinating solid fabrics from Connecting Threads (Sapling, Coral Reef, Turquoise and Custard) and it turns out that they are my favorite colors...see the blog color palette? :)

half square triangle units nine patch quilt block

I am making nine patch blocks from half square triangle units. I think I will love this quilt...looking forward to show you the result!

I usually like to imagine a whole story behind the projects I do, this time I am mostly inspired by spring days, time outdoors, the sun and the beautiful colors of the flowers I see now everywhere. This quilt makes me think about a relaxed picnic day...

I've had fun picking some of the things I would bring with me to that picnic...:). I hope you enjoy it!


spring inspirational board

Lady vintage bike Reid Vintage Mixte 6-speed cycle/ 2 Botanical Journey Rose from Rifle Paper Co/ 3 bamboo cutlery/ 4 Rattan picnic basket/ 5 Party plates from Mr.Wonderful shop/ 6 Wooden salad bowl/ 7 Old glory sunglasses in mint

Hugs!

Ingrid

WE ARE MOVING!

So...yes, the big news is that we are moving to Norway! Crazy right? What's even more crazy is that we only have 9 days left to spend in California...snif snif :(. This is a sudden change in our lives as it was one year and half ago coming to the US. We came here because my partner got a fellowship to study his master degree. We've always loved to travel, so quickly we found ourselves in a totally different country that we consider now our second home!

Getting adapted to living in California was so easy! We've had here probably the best time of our lives! I really cannot describe how well we've been seriously!

So now you may be wondering, if you are so well in California, why are you leaving? We ask ourselves this question almost every day too! But the thing is that in some way we feel this experience has arrived to the end, the master is done, we've traveled a lot around the US and now we just want to start something new! Does it make sense? I guess that once you start traveling and specially when you live abroad for some time, you may get somehow addicted to experience the same again and again.

Some months ago we wrote a list of the top ten places we would like to live and Norway was one of them :). In less than 3 weeks my partner got a great job there and here we are...almost in our way to Norway! I've always had curiosity to know more about Scandinavia and now I'm gonna find out!

We have been selling our furniture this week, our home is almost empty right now, it feels weird, sad and happy at the same time.

In less than one month I will be writing you from Norway. I am looking forward to start this new adventure! I hope you enjoy following along! I will keep writing here as usual and even more often (That's the plan!) because this young little blog is a huge important part of my life and I love to share my projects and expediencies with all of you!

Thanks for making it possible.

Have a great weekend!


Ingrid

HELLO SPRING/ HEDGEHOG BABY QUILT PATTERN


How is the first spring weekend going? Here in California we haven't noticed big changes but I guess it feels good anyway! We have been enjoying the sun as much as we can these days (you will understand why very soon...big news coming!). In an attempt to bring some spring at home I bought these extremely cheap daffodils. They came totally closed and on Saturday morning when I woke up I found one of them already opened and some of the others where on its way, aren't they beautiful? It totally made my day!



Since Friday you can find the pattern for my Hedgehog baby quilt on my Etsy shop! It's the first time I write a pattern for a quilt and it's taken my so long to finish it! I always get lost in the details when I work on things like this! But finally I am happy to say it's already available! I've enjoyed a lot working on it, specially because I've drawn all the illustrations you will see in the pattern! It's so rewarding to spend time doing what makes one happy :).

The pattern comes with an additional pattern for making the matching stuffed fabric hedgehog I made when I finished the quilt, with templates and detailed step by step instructions!


It's a really fun and fast project to make! You can either find the pattern and listing details on my Etsy shop or on Craftsy!

Hope you like it!


Ingrid


ECONOMY/ SQUARE IN SQUARE BLOCK TUTORIAL: TRADITIONAL & PAPER PIECING METHODS












Hello there! Who doesn't love economy /square in square blocks? We have seen lots of them lately on the blogosphere and on the internet in general that man, it's impossible to resist the temptation of making tones of them!

My last baby quilt was made in part of economy blocks, but I didn't have enough! So, this week I've been making lots of them, in many different sizes and using different techniques or approaches. It's been so useful to me that I've thought I would share a little bit of of it here.

The first method I used was the one I've always seen my mom using, so the the first I learned too. It consists in cutting your fabric pieces the exact size needed. I did the math behind economy blocks (again because I always forget the sizes I need!) and this time I decided to make a table with the ones I was more likely to use. Definitely that was a great choice as I've looked back to that table so many times already that I've printed it and it's now hanging on my desk wall!

Here it goes:



The table shows the exact fabric cuts (rounded to the nearest 1/4'') that we need for each finished block size on the list. We need a central fabric square A, 4 B triangles and 4 C triangles. There's 2 ways of cutting out B triangles, from a bigger square B1(cutting it along both diagonals) or from 2 smaller squares B2 (cutting each one in half diagonally). Choose what works best for you depending on your fabric. To get the 4 C triangles, simply cut both C squares in half diagonally.

All the fabric cuts must be sewn using a scant 1/4'' seam allowance, which is a little bit less than a 1/4''. It's very important to cut and sew as much accurate as possible because any little mistake affects the finished size, trust me I know! But the good news is that it just requires practice. Don't be frustrated if they don't look as squared they should be or if they are a little bit smaller at first. You will see your blocks improve every time you make a new one, I promise you!

Now let's take a look to the process:






Using a quilting ruler to help you center the triangles is a really good idea (steps 1,5,8 & 12). This method requires very little trimming after steps 6 & 13 and it's very important to keep a 1/4'' seam allowance all around your blocks, not only in the last step but also on step 7.

If cutting out your fabric pieces almost the exact size isn't for you, no worries, you can find a great tutorial over at Red Pepper Quilts made by Rita (her blocks are so perfect!). She prefers to over-size the fabric triangles and have more fabric to trim later. You can still use the table above and just increase a little bit the sizes on the three last columns. The A square needs to be the same size as above.

Another method for making economy blocks is paper piecing. I guess lots of you have already tried! I have to confess that most of the times I forget about it and I just start cutting out my fabric and I end up using the traditional method! Lately I am trying to push myself to get better at it though!

Paper piecing seems overwhelming at first, but once you see the trick, it's a lot of fun and the resulting blocks are just so PERFECT! This method allows you to make really complicated blocks with maximum accuracy.

So, what we need?





1. First we need a paper piecing template. I've prepared templates in 5 different sizes (3'', 4'', 5'', 6'' & 7'') in case you want to give it a try!

DOWNLOAD FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING TEMPLATES:

3Inch  Foundation paper piecing template
4Inch  Foundation paper piecing template
5Inch  Foundation paper piecing template
6Inch  Foundation paper piecing template
7Inch  Foundation paper piecing template

Choose one of them and print as many templates as blocks you want to make. Trim the template(s) and go pick some beautiful fabrics!

This method is perfect for using fabric scraps. You don't even need to have them perfectly squared, the only thing you must assure is that your fabric cuts are a little bit larger than their corresponding space on the template plus 1/4'' of seam allowance. Having this in mind, you can pick whatever scraps you have on hand!

If it's the first time you do this, it will be easier to use bigger fabric cuts. I still use them bigger than necessary sometimes, wasting more fabric than I would like, but hey...I am learning too!

2. You will soon notice that each space on the pattern has a number. It's very important to follow this order when sewing.
3. Take fabric cut num. 1 and place it RIGHT SIDE OUT on the back of your template.
4. Make sure you are covering all template space 1 plus 1/4'' seam allowance at least. Pin in place.



5. Take fabric cut num. 2 and place it on the fabric cut num. 1 with right sides together.
6. Use a light to check if both fabric cuts overlap at least 1/4'' into template space 2.
7. Before sewing anything, reduce stitching length on your sewing machine to easily perforate and remove the paper later. Stitch along the line between template spaces 1 and 2. Start sewing a little bit before the line and stop a little bit after it ends. Backstitch at the beginning and at the end.
8. Remove the template from the sewing machine and flip it over.
9. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4''.
10. Press your fabric open.

11. Take fabric cut num. 3 and place it on the fabric cut num.1 with right sides together. Pin in place.
12. Check if both fabric cuts overlap at least 1/4'' into template space 3 and stitch along the line between 1 and 3. Trim seam allowance to 1/4''.
13. Press the fabric open.
14-18. Repeat the steps described above for fabric cuts num. 4 and 5. Notice that I used fabric triangles for 2/3 and rectangles for 4/5. These were the fabric scraps I had on hand, but as I said above, they could be any shape always that fit the size requirements.

19-22. Take fabric cut num. 6 and place it on the already sewn fabric with right sides together. Make sure the fabric overlap at least 1/4'' into template space 6 (including outer seam allowance). Stitch along the line right next to template space 6. Trim to 1/4'' seam allowance and press your fabric open.
23-24.  Repeat steps described above for fabric cuts num. 7, 8 & 9.

25-27. Here comes my favorite part! Once you have all the fabric sewn, trim excess fabric from all around the template using a rotary cutter (as you can see I wasted too much fabric in two of my fabric cuts!).
28. Remove carefully the paper, flip it over and that's it! Your block is done!
It looks perfect, isn't it? I love this method!

I feel bad for making such a long post! But I thought it was better to have all this information together. Choosing how to make your economy blocks is totally up to you, I would recommend trying out first the different techniques and then just do what works best for you.

My conclusion after all this exercise is that I will use paper piecing always for small blocks and for the bigger ones I will just cut the exact fabric cuts and sew them as usual.


I just want to end with the latest addition to my economy block family...how cute is that 3'' baby economy block :)! You can find the paper piecing pattern above.

Happy Friday!

Ingrid