I was super-excited to be asked to take part in the hop for Meadow Dance. I have been a fan of Amanda's designs and her quilting for some time, and I own her book, Modern Holiday, but this is the first time I've worked with her fabric. And what a line! Love! The various prints work so beautifully together. Here is the quilt, Ribbon Stars, on a farmer's fence, in a meadow! Get it?
In case you're thinking, gack! an entire quilt? Rest assured this baby goes together in no time at all because of a very intelligent (if I may say so) construction method that eliminates several seams. The quilt measures 42.5 X 45.5".
Fabric needed (based on 43" of useable fabric width)
Background: 1 yard
Star points: 1/4 yard of each of two different fabrics (Note that the four cornerstones in the border will be cut from the remainder of one of these fabrics.)
Centre ribbon blocks: a variety of prints to TOTAL 1/2 yard, OR if you prefer to do all the centres the same with four colours only, then a 1/4 yard of each colour will do it.
Border: 1/2 yard
Backing: 1 1/2 yards (This means your quilt will just fit across the width of the fabric; if you prefer to have extra allowance along the sides, you will have to piece the backing, so 2 yards will allow for this.)
Batting: a piece that is approximately 45X50"
Cut 2 strips @ 7 1/4". Subcut into seven 7 1/4" squares.
Cut 4 strips @ 3 1/2". Subcut into 12 rectangles 3 1/2 X 12 1/2" and four 3 1/2" squares.
Cut 2 more 3 1/2" squares from the remainder of the 7 1/4" wide strips for a total of six 3 1/2" squares.
Cut 14 squares @ 3 7/8" of two different fabrics for a total of 28 squares.
Centre ribbon blocks
Scrappy look: cut a total of 48 rectangles @ 6 1/2 X 2" which will make 12 centre ribbon blocks.
Matching: cut 12 rectangles @ 6 1/2 X 2" of each of four different prints to total 48 rectangles which will make 12 centre ribbon blocks.
Cut two border strips 3 1/2 X 36 1/2" (or the width of your quilt centre) and two strips 3 1/2 X 39 1/2" (or the length of your quilt centre)
Cut four cornerstone squares @ 3 1/2" from the remainder of one of the star points fabrics.
|Quilt centre pieces all cut! No borders cut yet; might be an idea to wait to check your quilt centre measurements before cutting yours.|
Draw a diagonal line on each of the 3 7/8" squares. I like to use my Hera marker. Lay two squares of one colour across the diagonal of a 7 1/4" square as shown below, left. The 3 7/8" squares will overlap slightly in the centre. Sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line.
Press the seams to the 3 7/8" squares (turquoise in my case). The units look a bit like a heart shape.
Now lay a 3 7/8" square of the second star point fabric atop the background fabric at the bottom point of the heart shape unit. Again, sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the drawn diagonal line.
Sew four 6 1/2 X 2" rectangles together to form the centre ribbon block. Tip for scrappy: I separated my rectangles into basically cool and warm colours, and then paired them up. Then I sewed the pairs together. This controlled the scrappiness a bit, and evenly distributed the cool and warm colours as well as the prints. The block should measure 6 1/2" square. Make 12.
Quilt AssemblyThe quilt is constructed in columns, not blocks. There are 9 columns. Lay out the pieces on your design wall according to the diagram as shown below.
Sew the pieces for column 1: a 3 1/2" square, a flying geese unit, a 3 1/2 X 12 1/2" rectangle, another flying geese unit, followed by one more 3 1/2 X 12 1/2" rectangle. Press the seams toward the background fabric, away from the flying geese units, or open if you prefer. Place column 1 back on the design wall; you can label it column 1 if you wish with painter's tape or a numbered pin.
Now piece column 2: a flying geese unit, a centre ribbon block oriented horizontally, a flying geese unit, a centre ribbon block oriented vertically, a flying geese unit, and so on, but press the seams toward the centre squares. This will ensure opposing seams nest. Continue in this manner until you have all 9 columns pieced.
Now sew columns 1, 2, and 3 together, pressing the long seams outward. Set this unit back on the design wall. Now sew columns 4, 5 and 6 together, and then 7, 8 and 9 together, pressing as before. You will have 3 larger columns now.
Finally, sew these three columns together to make the quilt centre. It should measure 36 1/2 X 39 1/2".
Sew a 39 1/2" border strip (or whatever length your quilt centre measures) to either side of the quilt. Press to the border fabric. Sew a cornerstone to each end of the two 36 1/2" border strips. Press to the border fabric (away from the cornerstones). Sew these units to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press. Your quilt should measure 42 1/2 X 45 1/2".
Quilt, bind and enjoy! I free-motion quilted wavy flowing lines across the quilt but switched to vertical wavy lines where the ribbon centre blocks were vertical. I did a simple dot to dot design in the cornerstones. In the floral border I did a piano key motif, but just with wavy lines, not sraight!
It gives a wonderful texture to the quilt and quilts up in about an hour. I used Floral Blender Turquoise for the binding.
Here's the back. I love pieced backs that are fun and give the viewer a surprise. However, for this quilt, I'd intended to use my favourite print, Wildflowers in white/multi as the sole backing, but when I got the fabrics, I fell hard for this one and so I cobbled together leftovers from the centre ribbon blocks to allow me to have the half yard of fabric I saved grow up into a cushion aka pillow or maybe a bag. So I got my fun quilt back after all!
This quilt has so many possibilities. I've got a rainbow rendition on the go (it was my pattern testing quilt) that has the ribbon centre blocks all the same using another Benartex line, Fleurish by Maria Kalinowski. Here it is in the early stages. You can see the column construction technique.
Here are the other two renditions, the first, in soft pastels, for Hands2Help2015:
|Ribbon centres have varying widths and numbers of strips as I used scraps.|
And the second, for one of my aunt's for her 80th birthday, in blues:
|This one has bigger blocks because I used 2.5" strips for the ribbon centres, and two borders.|
Have fun, and if you make your own, please send me a photo, ephdra (at) gmail (dot) com, as I'd love to see it.
As for the quilt I made for the hop, it was listed in my Etsy shop with the hope that someone would snatch it up. I had said I was donating 100% of the sale proceeds to the Mosque School of Elul Bayt (link to how to help Syrian refugees in Windsor) who are fundraising to send money to help the humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya people. They are being ethnically cleansed out of Myanmar (formerly Burma) by Buddhist (yes, you read that right) militants. They have had their throats slit, some have been forced to watch that happen to their family members, they've been gang-raped, tortured, starved, houses burned, and are fleeing into Bangladesh, a country who is having a hard time feeding, housing, and giving medical aid to these people who have done nothing wrong but believe in a different benevolent God, and worship in a different way.
Anyhow, since CBC Windsor did a news piece on the fundraiser, I called and am giving them this quilt to raffle off. I hope it brings in more than the $140CA I'd asked for it!
There is so much need out there right now, horrific fires in California, the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, even worse hurricane and people being not treated the same as TX and FL in Puerto Rico, all the animals in crisis, and Humane Societies needing funds to go get animals and try to re-home them...sigh. Remember the Red Cross is a wonderful organization where you can send money and can designate which cause you want it going to. Quilters have done and are doing so much to help; it makes my heart swell to read of online auctions, block requests, etc. We CAN do good in an often doesn't-seem-so-good world.
As one of my yoga teachers used to say to end his class:
"Go do something good today."
Crazy Mom Quilts (did you see her Emma and Myrtle fabric line at Connecting Threads? -affiliate link - And her bag she made from the fabrics? Lovely!)