Friday, February 26, 2010

Lyra's 1st Birthday Quilt

I originally was going to use a different fabric selection for this quilt. First, it was going to be Hopscotch by Chloe's Closet for Moda. Then it was going to be a scrappy quilt from my stash. Finally, I fell in love with Blush by Basic Grey for Moda. I bought 3 charm packs, even tough I had NO clue what I was going to do. Smart, huh? Luckily, I had some white solid yardage!

Anyway, I decided on a 9-patch & box-in-box combo (only after my first design choice was plagued by my horrible quilt-math skills) I separated 2 charm packs into pairs (there were duplicates in each pack, too). I further separated the fabric into 1 pair set and 1 individual coordinating square.

Next I cut each of the 3 squares into 2.5x5 rectangles. From there the rectangles became:
main fabric: (3) - 2.5x5 rectangles
main fabric: (2) - 2.5x2.5 squares
second fab: (1) - 2.5x5 rectangle
second fab: (2) - 2.5
x2.5 squares
1 of the main fabric 2.5x5 rectangles, and one of the main fabric's 2.5 squares were put aside for later.

The remaining 2.5x5 rectangles were sewn together in an alternating fashion, and then cut in half down the middle to make 2 strips roughly 2.5x6.5. This made the top and bottom of my 9-patch.

The remaining 2.5 squares were sewn together in a similar fashion, but the pattern of fabrics in reverse to make the middle of my 9-patch.

This was such a nice, easy way to make the 9-patch with charm squares! I, initially, was prepared to cut every square down to 2.5x2.5 and sew it piece by piece. I only ended up doing that with 1 patch, thank goodness ;)

Remember the 'extra' 2.5x2.5 square from earlier? Not to mention, the white yardage I mentioned ;) Well, the yardage was cut down to 2.5xWOF strips and then subcut multiple times to produce the following per-block:
(2) - 2.5x2.5 squares
(2) - 2.5x6.5 rectangles
I think each strip made like 4 - 2.5x2.5 & 4 - 2.5x6.5 with an extra piece left over around 7-ish inches in length.

These pieces were paired with the 'extra' 2.5 square of fabric from the 9-patch to make the box-in-box-y patch.

I'm going to use the remaining 2.5x5 rectangle on the back of the quilt. I'm so excited :) This is going to be my first project with applique (but more on that later ;)

Wish me luck!

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