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Square in Square Quilt Block (Paper Piecing Tutorial)

I recently made a quilt block for my do. Good Stitches charity bee, and I had so much fun making this block. So, I decided to take photos and put together a square in square quilt block tutorial!

Tutorial for a Square in Square quilt block (paper pieced)

This is a paper-pieced (foundation pieced) quilt block pattern that works great with all kinds of fabrics. You can use these blocks to make a pretty paper-pieced pillow, a whole quilt or just make one block to practice your paper piecing.

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This is a pillow made using the same square in square block pattern, made by Tamiko of Patchwork Notes! She has put together a free paper-piecing pattern for this block, which you can download here.

Foundation Piecing Tips

Here are a few things to remember when sewing foundation-pieced blocks:

  1. Print out your foundation pattern once for each block you’d like to make. For the 8 blocks pictured, I printed off 8 sheets! I used regular computer paper.
  2. Shorten your stitch length to 1 or 1.3. This will allow you to tear off the paper easily when you’re done sewing.
  3. Place your fabric on the non-printed side of the paper. The pretty side of the fabric should face out toward you.
  4. When sewing a foundation pieced quilt block, always sew directly through the paper on the printed side of the paper. The fabric will be underneath the paper as you stitch, so use a glue stick and/or pins to hold it in place.
  5. For another little primer on how foundation piecing works, you can visit my New York Beauty block tutorial! Once you get used to placing fabric on one side of the paper and sewing the other, you should have no problem with this technique.

Square in Square Block Tutorial

Pattern makes a 6″ finished (6.5″ unfinished) block. Download the free template and print one copy for each block you’d like to make.

For each block, cut the following:
– 1 square 3.5″ x 3.5″ for center
– 2 squares 3.5″ x 3.5″ for center ring. Cut squares in half once diagonally to make 4 triangles total.
– 2 squares 4.5″ x 4.5″ for outer ring. Cut squares in half once diagonally to make 4 triangles total.

Here are two of my printed templates, side by side:

1. To make 1 block, take the 3.5″ x 3.5″ fabric for your center square. Place it on the wrong side of your paper, so the edges overlap the edges of the center box on your printout. You can hold up your paper to the window to see the lines. Use a glue stick to dab just a dot of glue to hold the fabric in place.

2. Next, take two of your triangles (cut diagonally from the smaller 3.5″ squares), and place them right side down on the fabric square as pictured. Align the long straight edges of your triangles with the top and bottom of the square. Center and pin in place. (The photo to the right shows what it will look like after stitching.)

3. Flip the paper and take it to your sewing machine so the printout is facing up at you. Peek under your paper to make sure the fabric has not shifted, and stitch the two lines where you’ve pinned the wide end of your triangles. Backstitch at end edge.

4. Open up the triangles you’ve just sewn and press. Repeat by pinning the long edge of two triangles to the opposite sides, taking the paper to your sewing machine, and stitching along the left and right sides of your center square.

5. Here’s what the triangles will look like stitched. Again, fold the triangles open and press with your iron.

6. Next, it’s time to trim! Take the block to your cutting mat. With the printed side of the paper facing up, fold along one of the diamond edges (diagonal lines) as pictured.

7. Fold the paper corner completely down, so you see the edges of fabric poking out. Lay your ruler on top of the paper, and measure out 1/4″ from the edge of the paper. Trim the fabric that pokes out past a 1/4″ seam.

8. Unfold the paper corner, and repeat with the other 3 corners to trim each of the edges.

9. Here is what the block looks like trimmed. So pretty!

10. Since I was making 8 blocks, I went ahead and assembled the centers and first row of triangles up to this point. You can see that I left the papers full-size, but you may wish to trim yours at this point or before getting started! Just be sure to leave on the outer printed border, which is the seam allowance.


11. To make the outer border, take two of the triangles cut diagonally from your 4.5″ squares. Pin the long edges of each triangle along the top and bottom of your patchwork square (pictured, left). Stitch in place along the printed lines. Press the triangles open.

12. Take your final two triangles, and pin the long edges along the left and right sides of your patchwork square (pictured, right).


13. Stitch in place. For this entire step, you will be stitching around the lines of the diamond (the second shape from the center), as pictured.

14. Press the entire block. Get excited, because you are almost done!


15. Flip the block over, so the paper side is facing you. Trim along the edges of the paper, again leaving the 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around the edge.

16. Flip over the paper and admire your pretty square in square quilt block!

17. When you are joining your blocks, it’s helpful to leave the paper on. I know… it seems funny. But it makes it very easy to get an accurate seam allowance and line up all the points.

18. All of your previous seams will naturally be pressed to the sides. For the seams between each block, I like to press the seams open.

do. Good Stitches {imagine} April for Toni

I can’t wait to see the quilt that Toni makes from these charity blocks! If you make any blocks based on this or any of our tutorials, we’d love to see them! Please add them to the Craft Buds Flickr group or share a link in the comments.

Have you tried foundation piecing or another type of paper piecing before? What’s your favorite method (or tools and tricks) of paper piecing?

Charity Quilters Needed: Sari Bari Quilt Auction

Have you heard of Sari Bari? It’s a wonderful organization that helps women in India find a safe employment to keep them protected from the very real threat of human trafficking. I was first introduced to Sari Bari when my roommate Sally gave me a beautiful jute tote bag, embellished with a recycled sari, the traditional clothing worn by women in India.

Sari Bari is preparing for their annual quilt auction fundraiser, and they need your help to raise $60,000 for this awesome organization! You can volunteer to make a quilt from saris (materials provided) to be auctioned off this November 2013.

“We are excited for the opportunity, through quilting, to connect both the materials and the stories of Sari Bari with your own stories and passions as quilt artisans,” says Sarah Lance, the auction organizer. “This year Sari Bari will produce 10 large quilts and we hope to have 10-20 more quilts from gifted quilters like you! In addition to the auction, we hope to hold a quilt raffle as well.”

You can see all of last year’s auctions quilts here.

If you’d like to make a quilt from new or recycled saris (materials provided to you) to donate for the auction 3rd annual Sari Bari Quilt Auction, e-mail Sarah at quiltauction@saribari.com.

You can also consider supporting this organization by shopping their home decor, baby items and accessories, all made from saris!

Giveaway! Fabric, Thread + More

Would you like to win this gorgeous bundle of Michael Miller Gingham fat quarters from Westwood Acres?

How about a this amazing little set of jewelry tools from Whimseybox?

You can also win a Storybook Set of Coats and Clark thread!


One lucky winner will win all three of these prizes! But hurry, because you only have until Monday, April 1st! Repin the following pins and fill out the form below to enter:

1. Click on the Scissors picture and repin

2. Click on the Mustache picture and repin

3. Click on the Owl S’mores picture and repin

4. Click on the Picnic Blanket picture and repin

5. Follow CraftFoxes on Pinterest

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Giveaway now closed. Congrats to #228, Nancy B.!


Rules: Giveaway will end on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm (EST). One random winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S or Canada. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the form above including name, e-mail and pinning. One entry for filling in the form. For an alternate entry, please e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com and write “Pin It Giveaway” in the subject line. You are providing the information to the bloggers who will in no way sell or give your information to anyone including Facebook or Pinterest. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via e-mail within 48 hours of the giveaway close. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

Sew Sweetness Patterns + Giveaway!

Some of you might remember last summer, when we told you about Sara Lawson (a.k.a. Sew Sweetness) and her Kickstarter campaign to help launch her sewing patterns business. Many of you supported her by pre-ordering sewing patterns, and others may have seen her bag sewing patterns popping up everywhere in 2013!

Velocity Girl Bag

I’ve halfway lost track, but I know that she’s put out a new pattern every week for about 9 weeks or so. Amazing! I decided to make myself a new everyday bag, since my old was has been in use for at least 4 years, pretty much non-stop.

Velocity Girl Bag

I chose to make Sara’s Velocity Girl Bag pattern, because I liked the size and shape of it, and it has plenty of pockets to keep all my odds and ends.

Velocity Girl Bag

I ordered some Melody Miller fabric (Ruby Star Sparkle / Ruby Stories Skate-A-Thon) and interfacing from Sew, Mama, Sew! and go to work. This pattern, like all of Sara’s bag patterns, has step-by-step photos, so it is super easy to follow. I installed a metal purse slider and a zippered pocked, both for the first time, and had no problems along the way!

Velocity Girl Bag

Can I tell you how often I lose my cell phone in my purse? I can’t believe how long it sometimes takes me to find my phone, even when I know it is in my purse and I can hear it vibrating. I adore these side pockets on the outer purse, which are the perfect size for my phone. Now, I only have to look two places to find it!

Velocity Girl Bag

I did make a couple of simple modifications to the pattern. I decided to add metal rings and strap extenders on both sides of the purse instead of just one. That’s the way my old purse was, so I figured I would be used to it already! I also added a piece of yarn as “cording” in order to make piping for the tops of the outer pockets. I don’t think this made a huge difference versus the  flat piping called for in the pattern, but I do think it helped my fabric strip keep its shape a little bit more, since I used a thinner cotton for the piping.

You can find the Velocity Girl Bag and many other patterns–including a camera bag, a travel bag, a paper-pieced clutch and more–in the Sew Sweetness Pattern Shop! All PDF patterns are available for immediate download, so there’s no waiting or wasted paper. You only need to print off what you will use, which was just one page, in my case!

 

Giveaway!

Sara is generously giving one lucky winner a complete set of 9 sewing patterns from Sew Sweetness!

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. Good luck!

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Make a Bunting from Charm Squares

how to make a bunting from fabric squares

What do you do with your extra fabric squares? Nearly a year ago, I collected these fabric charm squares from a couple of swaps on Craft Buds, and I still hadn’t used them. I need a quick and easy sewing project to come to my rescue!

Learn how to cut your own charm squares

To make this bunting, you’ll need:

– 17 fabric charm squares, 5″ x 5″ (I used repeats of each of 9 prints, and used all but 1)
– One 3-yard package of bias tape or quilt binding (I used Wright’s extra wide double fold)
– Pinking shears or a pinking rotary blade
– Sewing pins, thread and sewing machine

First, mark one of of the charm squares by folding it down the center line. Fold from the bottom of that center line to each corner, and press the fold with your fingernail to mark.

If you have a rotary cutter, you may want to purchase a pinking rotary blade. Otherwise, a pair of pinking shears works great. Aside from making your bunting flags very cute, these pinked edges will keep the fabric from fraying!

how to make bunting flags

Cut along the diagonal lines you marked to make a triangle. I stacked and cut through two charm squares at a time to save time.

To cut the rest of your triangles, simply fold the charm squares as described above, or use a previous bunting flag and trace the edges with your fingernail. Remove the top flag and cut along the marked line.

Arrange your bunting flags in the order you’d like.

Open up the bias tape and insert the non-pinked edge of your triangle flags into the fold. Pin each flag in place, leaving a 1/2″ to 1″ gap between each one. I left a few inches of the bias tape empty on each end, for hanging.

Once the flags are trapped inside of the binding, head to your sewing machine. You can sew the bias tape together with a straight stitch or a wide zig-zag stitch, like I used.

how to sew a bunting

Continue to stitch the bunting closed, sewing in the flags while you remove the pins.

how to make a fabric bunting

Ta-da! Admire your festive fabric bunting!

Variations:

– If you don’t like the look of pinked edges, cut the triangles with straight edges, and sew two triangles together on the long sides, with the right sides of each fabric facing. Turn the flags right side out and press. Finish the bunting by placing the raw edges inside the bias tape and sewing shut.

– If you prefer, skip the triangles and just make a bunting from the 5″ x 5″ charm squares. With the right sides facing, stitch together a pair of charm squares on three sides. Turn right side out and press. Placing the raw edges inside the bias tape and sew the bunting shut.

how to make a charm square bunting

I hope you enjoyed this super-easy charm squares tutorial! This is a great sewing project for beginners or for teaching kids to sew.

Charm Madness at Sew Lux Fabric

The Charm Madness Blog Hop Participants & Schedule

Tuesday 3/19 – Jennie at Clover & Violet
Wednesday, 3/20 – Jess at Sew Crafty Jess
Thursday, 3/21 – Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap
Friday, 3/22 – Jenelle at Echinops &Aster
Sunday, 3/24 – Week 1 Giveaway Post @ Sew Lux

Tuesday, 3/26 – Lori at Lori H Designs
Wednesday, 3/27 – Kelsey at Kelsey Sews
Thursday, 3/28 – Lindsay at Craft Buds
Friday – 3/29 – Jennifer at That Girl, ThatQuilt
Saturday, 3/30 – Stacey at The Tilted Quilt
Sunday, 3/31 – Week 2 Giveaway Post @ Sew Lux

Monday, 4/1 – Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
Tuesday, 4/2 – Wendi at prsd4tim2
Wednesday, 4/3 – Elizabeth at Don’t Call Me Betsy
Thursday, 4/4 – Ginny at Fish Creek Studio
Saturday, 4/6 – Leona at Leona’s Quilting Adventure
Sunday, 4/7 – Week 3 Giveaway Post @ Sew Lux

Three Ways to Win Prizes

1) Enter the three weekly giveaway drawings on Sundays during the blog hop here at the Sew Lux blog.
2) Link up your own charm project at Sew Lux –  Linky post will be open for entries between 3/23 – 4/6.
3) Enter the Grand Prize Winner Giveaway by counting the total number of charms used in all the blog hop tutorials.  Complete the entry form on 4/7 or 4/8.

Free Pattern Feature: Fabric Flowers

Today, we are excited to have a guest post from Mary Egan of CraftFoxes! Since springtime is coming (but it’s still snowing for some of us!), we thought it was time to post a round-up of free patterns for fabric flowers. Take it away, Mary!

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As you all know (and are, no doubt, eagerly counting down to), spring it on its way! Although climates in the American Midwest and even over in England seem to think more snow is in order, I, for one, believe it’s time for tulips and warm winds. A great way to maybe give Mother Nature a hint about the change in weather is to brighten everyday wardrobes with some fun fabric flower accessories. Luckily, there are plenty of ideas and patterns out there for you to create fabric flowers to pin in your hair or to make into jewelry. These six ideas might give you a head start if you’re looking to add some spring to your wardrobe.

Little girl wearing a headband with a green fabric flower on it

Flower Headband by Carina Gardner

This flower headband from Carina Gardner is absolutely gorgeous and very customizable. As the original post suggests, this flower can be used as a brooch, on a belt, or on a hair clip. But I think the most stunning way to use it is on a headband to inject a bit of spring sassiness into your hair.

Fabric flower made of layers of blue and purple fabric

Fabric Flower Hairpins by eDiva

Here is another adorable hair accessory made from fabric flowers. These flowers are created by cutting circles out of the chiffon fabric of your choice. Simply layer your circles on top of each other with the largest on the bottom of the stack and then sew some beads in the middle to join the fabric together. To create a hairpin, all you need to do is sew on a bobby pin.

A peach colored fabric flower on a bracelet

Fabric Flower Bracelet at Jewel Box Ballerina

The fabric flower affixed to this bracelet is made in pretty much the same way as the one linked above. Simply sew circles of fabric together with a stone or jewel in the middle for embellishment. To create the bracelet half of this craft, wrap some memory wire with a fabric of complementary color and tie a bow at the end. Hot glue your fabric flower to the bow and you have a charming bracelet for springtime!

A ruffly blue fabric flower

Ruffly Flower Tutorial at Craft Buds

Straight from Craft Buds is a great tutorial on how to create a ruffly flower. This flower is made by folding fabric and sewing those layers together to create a ruffly effect in the finished product. These adorable flowers can be attached to pipe cleaner stems for a synthetic bouquet on your kitchen table, or can be made into headbands or brooches as well.

A red fabric flower with a blue gem at the center

Easy Peasy Fabric Flower by Little Kids Grow

This is a super quick and easy way to create a fabric flower if you don’t have much time to be crafty. Use a gathering stitch on a square of fabric and just keep gathering until you’ve created a little puff. Stack several puffs together and press down to sew them at the middle, adding a bead or jewel for decoration. This flower is so simple to make and can be used as a headband, bracelet, or anything else you’d like.

A necklace made of white fabric rosettes

Fabric Rosette Necklace at Pattern Runway

This fabric rosette necklace is a gorgeous homemade piece of jewelry that is sure to get some comments from anyone who sees you wearing it. Fabric rosettes are created by rolling and twisting strips of fabric into a circular shape, eventually creating the appearance of a rosette. Glue your rosettes onto a felt pattern and add ribbons to hang the necklace around your neck. How pretty!

Have you tried your hand at making fabric flowers? If so, what do you use them for?

Introducing the Charm Madness Blog Hop

Are you ready for March Charm Madness?!

Sew Lux Fabrics is hosting a fun blog hop this March with giveaways each Sunday (3/24, 3/31, and 4/7) and a blog hop with fun tutorials to show you how to use your charm packs to make quilts, gifts, home decor and more! There will also be a linky party for you to share your own charm pack projects. Get the scoop on Charm Madness 2013!

The Charm Madness Blog Hop Participants & Schedule

Tuesday 3/19 – Jennie at Clover & Violet
Wednesday, 3/20 – Jess
at Sew Crafty Jess
Thursday, 3/21 – Rhonda
at Quilter in the Gap
Friday, 3/22 – Jenelle
at Echinops &Aster
Sunday, 3/24 – Week 1 Giveaway Post

Tuesday, 3/26 – Lori at Lori H Designs
Wednesday, 3/27 – Kelsey
at Kelsey Sews
Thursday, 3/28 – Lindsay
at CraftBuds/LindsaySews
Friday – 3/29 – Jennifer
at That Girl, ThatQuilt
Saturday, 3/30 – Stacey
at The Tilted Quilt
Sunday, 3/31 – Week 2 Giveaway Post

Monday, 4/1 – Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
Tuesday, 4/2 – Wendi
at prsd4tim2
Wednesday, 4/3 – Elizabeth
at Don’t Call Me Betsy
Thursday, 4/4 – Ginny
at Fish Creek Studio
Saturday, 4/6 – Leona at Leona’s Quilting Adventure

Sunday, 4/7 – Week 3 Giveaway Post


Three Ways to Win Prizes

1) Enter the three weekly giveaway drawings on Sundays during the blog hop here at the Sew Lux blog.

2) Link up your own charm project –  Linky post will be open for entries between 3/23 – 4/6.

3) Enter the Grand Prize Winner Giveaway by counting the total number of charms used in all the blog hop tutorials.  Complete the entry form on 4/7 or 4/8.

    All entry posts for prizes will be on the Sew Lux blog.


    Charm Madness at Sew Lux Fabric

    Save on Charm Packs!

    Save 10% on all charm packs and mini charm packs now through 3/22 at sewluxfabric.com.  Discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

    Giveaway! ‘Creative Thursday’ Books

    If you need some handmade business inspiration to keep your New Year’s goals in check, you’ll love the book “Creative Thursday” by Marisa Anne. Check out the video trailer for a sneak peek at what’s inside the book, and enter to win one of two copies, courtesy of Fabric Seeds, below!

    creative thursday book trailer from Marisa Anne on Vimeo.

    Giveaway!

    Want to win one of two copies of this great book? Leave a comment on this post telling us about one creative goal you have for yourself, whether that’s to learn a new skill or to improve your current craft. We’ll choose two random winners on Sunday, 3/24.

    Congrats to our winners, Louise and Domenica!

    Sewing Collection Giveaway!

    With warmer temperatures around the corner, we want to help you get inspired for Spring!


    Some fantastic bloggers and companies have teamed up to help you get your Spring Sewing On. Enter the Sewing Collection Giveaway for your chance to win one of SIX incredible prizes, including a brand new PFAFF® ambition essential™ sewing machine, with the total of all prizes being valued at more than $2,000!  

    Get inspired this Spring! {read more}

    Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    Book Cover: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    My friend Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts recently sent me a review copy of the book Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe. She has a quilt included in the book, along with some other great quilting bloggers!

    TOC: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    This book has 19 quilts from different contributors, which means it is wonderfully diverse. Some quilts are minimalistic in design and others use many blocks. Some quilts show off solids and others are heavy with prints. What ties them all together is the love of quilting and blogging that is shared by each of the designers.

    Spotted Stones: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    “Everything’s Coming Up Rainbows” is a quilt by Krista Fleckenstein of Spotted Stones. I got the chance to meet Krista briefly at QuiltCon, and she is lovely! I love her modern take on a bento box quilt block.

    Olive + Ollie: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie shares the pattern for her “Silo” quilt in this book, which offers a really beautiful use of solids and repetition across the quilt. What a lovely project!

    Freshly Pieced: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced is the designer behind “Candy Necklace,” a pattern that would look really beautiful in solids or monochromatic prints. I’m really drawn to the vertical orientation of this quilt, and how it appears to be not really “blocks” but strips.

    I’m a huge fan of collaborative sewing and quilting books, because they allow a group of contributors to join forces and share their very best work! If you follow many quilting blogs, you may have seen some of these quilts already on the Web; however, I don’t believe I’ve seen them with the full patterns. There are several quilts in this book I would consider making.

    Back: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    In fact, my only real criticism of the book is that it reminded me of something. It made me realize how prone we all are (myself included) to view and refer to well-known quilting bloggers “stars.” I certainly respect the hard work it takes to design a quilt, write the pattern and maintain a regular blog presence in the midst of the rest of life! Quilting and blogging have become two of my greatest passions in life, and I can let hours and hours go by without noticing what time it is when I become lost in a project.

    However, one thing I’ve learned from meeting some blog friends in real life is that people are just people! They are real… they have struggles. They have joys. There are some incredibly talented designers that have never had their pattern published in a book or magazine. They have never displayed their quilt in a show. I’d love to challenge the idea that having a popular blog with lots of comments makes someone a star.

    Quilters are some of the nicest, most genuine people on the planet! I don’t wish to take away any joy from the quilters featured in this book or those who put it together, because I myself love the feeling of sending a project off the be published. It’s exhilarating! However, I was recently reminded how beautiful life can be when we realize that there is room at the table for all of us. You are right where you are supposed to be. It’s not about competition, or who is “in” and who is out.

    If quilting becomes about winning a ribbon, what is it good for? If making becomes about seeking attention or watching the “Likes” build up, what is the point?

    What brings us together, creative bloggers, is a shared love for creating. That’s it. That is why I love this online community! I hope to be reminded of these things when I forget them myself.

    Thank you to Martingale & Company for putting together this beautiful collection of quilts. With 19 patterns in versatile designs, Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe is a welcome addition to my bookshelf!

    Ellison Lane Quilts: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    Giveaway!

    Want to win a copy of Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe?

    Head over to Ellison Lane Quilts (that’s her quilt in the book, above!) by Sunday, 3/17 for your chance to win a hard copy of the book. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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