Please welcome Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine to the Dear Stella blog! She is sharing some fun projects using Wee Gallery’s Adventure Awaits. This collection is available now—ask for it at your local quilt shop or look for it online!
Hello! Kristen here from Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine and I am so excited to share my Adventure Awaits quilt tutorial. Wee Gallery’s new line is absolutely perfect. Just PERFECT! Black and white and all kinds of kid adventure wrapped up in one. If I could have designed a line for my son, this would be it.
My son’s first birthday is coming up and I have been dreaming of doing a black and white twist on the traditional log cabin and when I received the line, I finally had my last piece of the puzzle to create it. As you create this quilt, I hope you feel inspired to play with colors and size to build something that you are just as in love with!
Wild One Quilt
Quilt Size: 60″ x 60″
Block Size (unfinished): 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″
Seam Allowance: 1/4”
-3/4 yard of each print in the Adventure Awaits collection (quilt top)
-Extra 3/4 yard of STELLA-WG737-Black for binding
-Extra 4 yards of STELLA-WG-733-Shadow for backing
-65” x 65” Batting
-Thermoweb Basting Spray
Each block will be created using a center novelty feature print and 12 strips from the other 10 prints.
Step 1: Quilt Top Cutting
Take the two novelty prints: Forest Dreaming and Adventure Awaits: and fussy cut 12 centers. Each center should be at least 3 1/2” on each side. Feel free to fussy cut into squares and rectangles. They will range in size based on the print you choose. I chose to feature each animal from Adventure Awaits and then the different sayings in Forest Dreaming.
Take the remaining ten prints and cut varying strip sizes from 2” to 4 1/2” by width of fabric (WOF). Subcut them into 16” long strips. You will need a total of 200 strips. This will give you extra to play with.
Step 2: Sewing Each Block
Select one fussy cut center and 12 strips to begin assembling your block.
Take your fussy cut center and one strip. Sew the strip to the right side of your center right sides together (RST). Press towards the strip.
Now take your next strip and sew it to the bottom of the unit you just created. Press towards the strip again.
Sew your third strip to the left of the unit and press out. Finally, sew your top strip to the unit and press out.
You have now created the first row around your fussy cut center. Each block has three of these rows. Repeat the whole process for each row. I used the scraps from the first few rows as the strips on the next few rows so that I would have plenty of extra fabric and was being economical with what I used.
When each block is complete, square each block to 15 1/2”. If a block is too small feel free to add a side wherever needed. I tried to play with each block as I built them and would add wide strips when I noticed it was shorter on one side.
These blocks are meant to look improvisational, so feel free to play with them or even add a Dear Stella color print or blender! You can also scale the blocks to be larger or smaller and add more blocks to create a larger quilt!
Step Three: Preparing the Quilt for Quilting
Lay out your quilt in four rows, four blocks per row. Play around until you get the desired look you like. Sew each row together.
Piece your quilt back by cutting the 4 yard piece into two 2 yard by WOF pieces. Sew the long edges together, right sides together. Iron well.
*Alternative Back- Use two yards of the backing fabric and piece scraps into a middle section. This is what I have chosen to do with my quilt! I like to incorporate a custom back into my quilts, plus it allows me to use up scraps.
Sandwich the back, batting, and quilt top together and spray baste or pin baste it. I like to spray baste because it allows me to move quickly without worrying about the pins.
Step Four: Quilt and Bind
Choose the type of quilting you would like to do for this quilt. I chose to matchstick quilt it on my domestic machine. I started with sewing lines about every 2”-3” apart horizontally. Then I went back and filled in-between the lines. I like my matchstick quilting very close together so my sewn lines are about 1/8”-1/4” apart. I don’t want it to be perfectly straight, so I choose to allow the lines to cross at points and be a bit wavy at times.
Cut your binding into seven 2 1/2” by WOF strips. Sew them together and create your binding.
Sew your binding onto the front of the quilt with a 1/4” seam and then hand sew or machine sew it to the back. I always hand sew the binding down, but use your favorite method.
Throw your quilt into the wash for a “wrinkled” look and enjoy your new quilt!
Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine
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