Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sugar Flowers Tutorial By Quilting In the Rain

Hi All! This is Jera from www.QuiltingInTheRain.blogspot.com I'm a fabric addict from the rainy city of Seattle. My addiction to fabric is the reason I quilt - it's my way of showing off beautiful textiles! I started quilting 5 years ago and immediately got the quilting bug. I started my blog 1 year ago and found that I love teaching others to quilt, hence all of my tutorials. I am absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to share my Sugar Flowers quilt tutorial with you all - this is my first post on Madame Samm's amazing blog! Enjoy!

p.s. you can see finished pictures of this quilt here.

This is a great quilt to showcase your favorite fabrics. It's a simple quilt that's made up of 46 of these blocks:
In this tutorial I've also included an optional technique that shows how to turn the corner scraps into half triangle squares - these can be saved for making a baby quilt, table runner, pillow shams, etc., so long as you don't throw away those precious scraps! :) Being a fabric addict, the thought of those babies at the bottom of the bin pains me! Enjoy the tutorial!

Materials for the Quilt Top (45.5"x53"):
  • 12 fat quarters (or 1/4 yard cuts)
  • 2.5 yards of white fabric

Step 1 - From each fat quarter or 1/4 yard, cut four 8" squares for a total of 46 8" squares. Layer your fabrics for quicker cuts (e.g. as shown below, I folded the fabric into quarters so there were four layers to cut through. When you fold, press flat with an iron before cutting).
Step 2 - From the 2.5 yards of white fabric, cut a total of 46 8" squares. Layer the fabric for quicker cuts. The best way to do this is to start with one yard of fabric. Fold it in in half lengthwise so it measures 18"x44", and then sub-cut into five 18"x8" strips. Sub-cut each strip into four 8" squares. You can cut 20 8" squares from one yard. Repeat, but with remaining 1.5 yards.

After you've cut 46 8" squares from the white fabric, layer and then quarter them into 4" squares. This will give you a total of 184 4" squares.
Step 3 - Place a 4" square and align it with the corner of an 8" square. As shown below, mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the 4" square. I used a Hera marker which is a plastic tool that creates a crease on the fabric when pressed with a firm hand. If you don’t have a Hera marker, simply draw a line using a ruler and pen, or fold the square diagonal and press with an iron and then unfold.
Then, sew along the marked line.
Step 4 - Repeat step 3 for all four corners of the square.
Note: Steps 5 and 6 are optional for this tutorial. I've incorporated these steps to show you an easy way to utilize your scraps. I recommend taking the extra minute to do them. :)

Step 5 - After you've finished step 4, it will look like this. Once again, use a marking tool and mark a line 1/4" along the outer part of the stitch that you previously sewed. Repeat for all four corners.
Step 6 - Sew a 1/4" seam along the line that you previously marked. Repeat for all four corners.
When you're done it will look like this.
Step 7 - Cut the corners off by cutting along the marked lines that you marked from step 5. (If you skipped steps 5 & 6, simply cut a 1/4" seam along the outer part of the lines you sewed in step 4. Or in other words, instead of marking a 1/4" line along the outer part of the stitch as was done in step 5, cut the line instead of marking).
Step 8 - Press open with an iron, giving you five beautiful blocks! Note: the four half squares triangles will not be used for this tutorial, so you don't have to press them open right now. Use them for your next project to make a quick table runner, baby quilt, etc.).
Repeat steps 3 through 8 for all 46 8" squares.

Step 9 - Take eight of the 46 blocks, and cut them so they measure 4.25"x8". This will yield you eight end pieces.

Step 10 - Arrange all 36 blocks and eight end pieces as shown below, with two end pieces in every other row. Sew all blocks together in each row, and then sew all seven rows together.
Baste, quilt and then bind. A basting tutorial can be found here. Several quilting techniques can be found on my blog. And lastly, a binding tutorial can be found here!

That's it! And if you happen to make this quilt, I'd love it if you shared it with everyone on the QuiltingInTheRain Facebook page!

Happy Quilting!

-Jera

41 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing this tutorial. It is one I will definitely be trying!

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  2. Great way to use those large prints you hate to cut unto small pieces and lose their beauty. Thank you for sharing your tutorial and all the links to other helpful tips and techniques.

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  3. wonderful tutorial! thank you for sharing it ... I agree with Vroomans above ... great way to use larger prints ... oh I can't wait to try this one :) :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. When I can actually see something it makes me more confident that I can really do it!

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  5. Yes, I love this idea, it is like making blocks for two quilts at one time! I am going to try this, as I agree it is great to showcase certain fabrics. Thank you so much.

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  6. Very nice way to showcase prints. However, instead of stitching down the middle of those white squares, if you stitch 1/4" inside that line, you won't be chopping off all the points on the squares.

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  7. Thanks Jerald for anise sweet, easy pattern. I have some fabric that will suit it just fine.

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  8. Thanks for the tip about HST I have been doing that with mine and it makes such a difference. Linda

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  9. This is put on my "to-do-list"

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  10. Great tutorial...thanks for sharing :)

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  11. Wonderful tutorial....I have to add this to my list of "must-dos"! Thanks for sharing with all of us.
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. This is a great tutorial. I've got it on my to do list.

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  13. Great tutorial. Thanks for shairng it with us. I have the perfect fabric collecion for this.

    Ursula

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  14. I LIKE IT! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Good Morning Jera....This just shouts SUMMER, FRESH, love it...and your choice for such a great tut...well who knows many will be making this...I will..hand raised...I say it over and over but this is worth repeating..the simplest quilt have my Heart!. How will you be quilting this???
    Ohh I feel sew cool!

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  16. Great tutuorial - thanks. I need to use up FQ's in my stash & this will be perfect.

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  17. Fantastic tutorial! Thanks for sharing it with us. Adorable quilt too!!

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  18. Love this! My home church has a quilt auction with donated quilts every summer - what a great way to whip up a quick quilt for the event http://www.metigosheministries.com/modules/news/news_details.php?id=316 - thank you!!

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  19. You did a terrific job with this tutorial -- I'm really impressed with the quilt, too. Very, very pretty!!! :)

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  20. Thanks for the tutorial. This looks so easy, it would make a wonderful scrap quilt.

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  21. Love, Love this - and I have a beautiful watercolor fabric that would be perfect for this pattern. Stay tuned. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. Judy C in NC

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  22. I've got some great fabrics that would really look good in this quilt! You do a great tutorial - thank you. blessings, marlene

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  23. Thanks everyone for your kind comments! I'd love to see the finished quilt if you end up making it!

    @Madame Samm - you can see how I quilted Sugar Flowers here: http://quiltingintherain.blogspot.com/2011/06/quilted-sugar-flowers.html

    Thanks again all, and happy quilting!

    -Jera

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  24. I want to thank Liz (comment #6) for instructions on how to keep the points of the squares, when blocks are joined to each other. This is a great quilt to add to my files; I'm always looking for simple ideas for Project Linus quilts and other charity quilts that can be made quickly from scraps and are still visually appealing. Thanks for the inspiration, Jera!

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  25. This is simply beautiful, thank you for sharing YOU. Jera, you are adorably engaging. Off to visit your blog. Katrina in Madrid

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  26. What a wonderful quilt.. I love a good tutorial! I'll be coming on over to your blog :) Whooo hooo! I love to learn :)

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  27. I messed up--I really shouldn't be trying to leave comments involving MATH late at nite. Anyway, to avoid chopping off the points you need to make colored fabric squares should be 8.5" and the white squares should be 4.5". In other words, the bottom corners of the white squares need to overlap by 1/4" so that there is a seam allowance and when the blocks are sewn together the points are outside the seam allowance, not inside. Alternative, leave the colored squares 8" but cut the white squares 4.25"

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  28. I love this palette! Very pretty!

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  29. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. THIS IS SO CUTE!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  31. This is lovely, and so easy, I may just have to add it to my very very long list of to do's! Thanks for sharing :)

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  32. Oh wow I wish I'd know this technique when I started sewing squares like that for a quilt I'm making - you've saved me hours and hours of fiddly work. Thank you :)

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  33. Great tutorial. Looks like something I could do!

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  34. I love this pattern. The fact that you alternated your squares means less corners to line up! Love it! Thank you Jera for the tutorial. I am off to see your blog, and how you quilted it.

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  35. That is really a great quilt! Thank you so much!

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  36. I like the Sugar Flowers fabric collection. It's perfect for this quilt. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  37. I totally LOVE this one! Great tutorial and great way for the FHT! Love it!!!

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  38. My sort of quilting as I am very new to it thankyou

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  39. this tutorials is very cute...post more...thanks
    Flowers

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