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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Stitching Together...

  Well hello quilters!  It's good to be back here with you.  I'm Jill from Jillily Studio.   It has been a while since I posted, and I know there are many new readers on Stash Manicure, so come join me for some quilting fun!

Recently I talked on my blog about a quilt my daughter was making.

Talia and her blocks
I had tons on inquiries about it, so I thought I could share that with you today.  Talia wanted to make a quilt for  her Valentine. (She is away at college, and came home for the weekend to make a quilt.)
 So she thought she would do a variation of the
"Hugs and Kisses" quilt: 
Hugs and Kisses
from my book, Stitched Together. 

My book from Kansas City Star

First we chose a selection of fabrics.  We "shopped" in my cupboard, and at the store.  You can make this as scrappy as you like.  It's a great one to use a bunch of different fabrics from your stash!


Because we needed it to be bigger than a baby quilt, and faster, we used larger blocks.  That means we could use more pieces and more fabric!

Now here's a quick tutorial for making the quilt.  I know you know how to do this, but I will tell you anyway!  To make one block, start by cutting two squares.  You can use any size--we started with 7" to yield a finished block of 12".


 Place the squares right sides together, draw a diagonal line on the back of one square.  Sew 1/4" away from the line, on both sides.


  Cut the square in half on the line.  Press the new half-square triangles open.  Trim them to 
6  1/2" square.
 Cut small background squares.  We used 3 1/2".  Draw that diagonal line again.  Place a background square right sides together on one corner of the half square triangle.  This time sew right on the line. 
Do that again on the opposite side.  Trim away the excess leaving a seam allowance of 1/4".
 Here's the finished unit.  You will have four of these. 

Here's a few of Talia's leftover blocks to show how the units can be put together.
Arrange the four units like this to make an "O" block.
(This "O" is different from the one in the book--just simpler.)

 Arrange them this way to make your "X" blocks.

 Alternate the "x" and "o" blocks.  Use as many as you like on each row to make the size of quilt you want.  Talia used four across and five down, then added some borders.  Isn't the quilting cute? 


Now remember that trimming we did after we added the corner triangles?  There's a whole new quilt waiting to happen!

Now I have a funny story to tell you.  Talia wanted this quilt to be more masculine, since it is for a guy, but she also wanted all those fun colors.  So she chose brown for the background, and went with
all the colors.  Good choice, don't you think?
When it came time to add the borders she was out of $$$, so she was "shopping" in my sewing room.  I design fabrics for Henry Glass, so I had a few bolts from different lines that were possible choices.  One was a polka dot (from the Elizabeth's Letters collection) and one had
swirly leaves on it (from the Thistledown collection).




  She liked the polka dot.  I was not sure.

"Don't you think polka dots are a little bit girl-y?"  I asked.
"Not as girl-y as those leaves."
"But when was the last time you saw a guy wearing polka dots?"
"When have you seen a guy wearing leaves?!"
                  (Then Andrea, my niece and Talia's roomate at college piped up.)
"You mean besides Adam???"
!

Nevertheless, the polka dots won out.

And that is the story of one scrappy, happy, Valentine-y quilt.  I can't wait to see what will happen to those left-over pieces!  Maybe next time I post,  I'll have something done with them.
You have a great day now, and be sure to visit me at my site or on my blog.  I love to hear from quilters and will try to help out any way I can.
Happy Quilting!
Jill

58 comments:

  1. Fab, Fab, Fab! And the brown bkgd changed the whole look -- good decision!

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  2. I. LOVE. THIS. QUILT!! So much that saying it in all caps isn't even enought! Great layout, great fabric selection. Seriously - I have about twenty quilts on my "wanna-do-next" list, but this one goes STRAIGHT to the top of the list. WOW and THANK YOU for an AMAZING tutorial!

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  3. It turned out great! The brown really makes it pop. Great guy quilt. What did you put on the back?

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  4. Corrie-
    On the back? Why of course it is the polka dot!!!

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  5. Wow! Beautiful quilt ... she done did good :) lol I'm going to have to investigate your book now, you know. ;) Thank you for sharing!!

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  6. Thanks for the tute - I hadn't realised that block was so user friendly!

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  7. and I forgot to say that I love both quilts and I think the polka dots are lovely - just manly enough!

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  8. I really like the color contrast in the Valentine-y quilt. Sigh. Now I want to make one and it will be #1100 in line on my wish list.

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  9. Very grand! And so wonderful. I have to share with my mother.. I need to shop in her stash a bit more.

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  10. What a fun, easy quilt. A great scrap buster,too. All X's would make for another whole look - with 'manly' prints would make a great Father's Day gift. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us.

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  11. I love the brown she has used in this quilt! Not an easy color to use but it SO works! And what a pretty girl!

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  12. Love the quilt and the choice of the Polka dots too.

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  13. LOVE THIS, thank you so much for sharing. You choices in colors and contrast make this such a stunning quilt - I now will make one for me!!

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  14. Good Morning Jill, what a delight to see you back even though I had never seen you before lol...I am sew pleased to know you now...I love a dark color added to a quilt, it frames it doesn't it? I adore hugs and kisses...I am surprised we don't see more of these... One of my very first quilts was hugs and kisses..Not tonight quilt..still makes my neighbors laugh...One of them purchased it...reminds me now to make yet another... sew this is sew timely... thank you for returning and being a NEW guest well at least to me...wink.

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  15. What a great post! Love the 'story line' and seeing the process. The quilt is adorable (I agree with the polka dots and am delighted to know they populate the back, as well) and I am crazy about the quilting!!! It turned out great!! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Hi Jill,

    The quilt is beautiful. I dropped in for a quick visit to your Blog and instantly became a follower. I love your wallpaper and Blog design.

    I may be writing with some questions as I am just beginning to think "making a quilt". So much to learn....so little time. (o:

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  17. I am a newbie in the quilting world, and as soon as I saw the quilt I thought "Hugs and Kisses". I didn't know the name of the original quilt as I hadn't had the honor of meeting that quilt yet either.. I'd say she did a fantastic job if it was that obvious to me.. Even her boyfriend HAD to get it... LOL... GREAT JOB!!!!!

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  18. What a great quilt! I love the colors. I'm going to have to put this one on my list! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. Great quilt and fabulous tutorial Thank You! :)
    Loved the story too, LOL... and the polka dot fabric best ;)

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  20. I LOVE IT! I've been trying to think of a quilt to make for my husband and this would be perfect. Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I love it when ppl explain it in photos instead of words it makes it so much easier.

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  21. Love the quilt! Love the colors in it. I'm going to put it on my to do list! I think I'm going to have to put together a separate Stash Manicure to do list because there are always great ideas here!

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  22. Kids can be so funny with their perceptions can't they?? I really like the hugs and kisses quilt. GREAT JOB!!

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  23. What a wonderful quilt and the brown certainly makes everything pop.
    You can feel the love in this quilt and you just want to snuggle up in it. Judy C

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  24. What a great post with a great quilt and funny story. I love the polka dots too. It is funny how she think the leaves are more girly than polka dots. I have to make a hugs and kisses quilt.

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  25. Thanks for sharing the great tutorial - very easy. The quilt is lovely and very masculine.

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  26. beautiful!! thanks for sharing.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  27. I love, love, love, polka dots and love the finished quilt...sweet Valentine story...Was visiting your blog before I commented here. Thanks for the tutorial....I'm adding this quilt to my loooooooong wish list of quilts to make in my lifetime. Have a wonderful day:)

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  28. Great quilt! I love the X and O's. And polka dots are always appropriate ;-)

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  29. "Besides Adam..." *giggle snort*

    The quilt is very cute...erm...Handsome?

    Thanks for the great tute!

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  30. Your daughter did a great job! I hope one day my daughters (3) will love quilting as much as I do and we can share the common interest. I also like the colorful border what a great idea to keep the eye roaming around the bottom edge too. Thanks for tutorial.

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  31. Great quilt. I was looking for a pattern for my teenage grandson. Thanks for the tutorial, you mkae it look so-o easy.

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  32. Oh, that quilt looks AWESOME! I'm sure her valentine will love it. I think I will make one just like it someday - or maybe put Xs and Os in some of the borders of my quilts. What a great tutorial!

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  33. Incredible quilt... I love it... another idea on my "quilt list"...

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  34. Thank you thank yu for sharing this pattern and tutorial. I want to make one bad. It is the cutest thing!!
    Mary

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  35. What a great quilt and a wonderful story about the leaf fabric. :) I can't wait to tell that one! I'm going to bookmark this tutorial - I'd love to make one for my husband too. blessings, marlene

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  36. Love this quilt! So cute. What a great Valentine Gift for your daughter's sweetie. So did he like it??? She did a great job. Love bigger blocks - they go so much faster and still look great all put together. Jenn

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  37. Cute quilt - thoroughly enjoyed the story of your daughter making this quilt

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  38. I love this quilt! Thanks for the tute!

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  39. How darling is your daughter!! That quilt is wonderful and now it is on my to "try" list! Thank you so much!! and I agree with dots, I just love them!!

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  40. What a fabulous quilt!!! I am in shock that it was made, quilted and bound in a weekend. That never happens at my house! Thanks for the pattern - how easy is that?

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  41. Thanks for the super tute, the wonderful ideas and great stories! I have a wee qweztion....in a couple of photos, where you are sewing the squares (pt2pt to make the half triangles - I see a blue/clear tape or kind of ruler to keep your sewing line and not have to draw. I would love to know what you are u-zing. =D

    hugz,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  42. Rubyslipperz,
    Good observation! I put a line on my machine table straight out from the needle, and also mark it 1/4" away on each side. Then I don't have to draw the line on the fabric square, I just place one corner under the needle, and the opposite one follows along on the line. So I watch the ending corner point as I sew, rather than watching the presser foot. Does that make sense?
    I give this tip out to all my students at classes, but when writing a pattern, I use the "draw a line" method because I am not sure how wide their sewing table is, or if they understand. Make sure when you place your lines that they are perpendicular to the arm of your machine. (I use masking tape, underneath my clear sewing table.)

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  43. love x and o quilts. your daughter did a fantastic job on this . Oh yes you can feel the love. No doubt what her Mama taught her as a lasting affect. nice to see you here

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  44. love the tutorial simple enough isn't it?
    such variety. You just never know who you are going to meet today. thanks everyone.
    Gaigarant@yahoo.com

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  45. Oh that's such a beautiful quilt, I'm going to have to give it a try! I have just the right fabirc in my stash! Thank you sew much for the tute, it's great!

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  46. I love that quilt, I can see great possiblities there and best of all it's fairly quick to make. Thanks for the little tutorial.

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  47. Very cute quilt. Excellent tutorial. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  48. Fab quilt - thanks for a great post.

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  49. Jill thanks for the great tutorial, I'm loving that quilt. I'm really intrigued that it was all pieced and quilted in one weekend! It's definitely going on my to do list for a fast and easy project.

    Linda

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  50. Hey, what a great tutorial! So quick, so fun with the big blocks. NICE! That should impress Talia's someone special!

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  51. I learned a new trick with your tutorial!! I'm also a new follower.
    Blessings
    Jane

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  52. What a wonderful job you and your daughter did! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Jennifer :)

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  53. Fabulous quilt and tutorial! Wow, that making a quilt for a guy thing can be a TOUGH customer, but this one really works!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  54. Love this quilt! My daughter is a Vslentine baby.. ok she just hit 23, so no so much a baby these days! I am thinking making this quilt is a must! Great tutorial too!

    Barb C.

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  55. Great quilt. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks pretty masculine to me.

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