Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bloom Bloom Pow! A Springtime Quilt-Along

It's 18 degrees here as I type this, and winter doesn't seem to be letting up, so who wants to help me hurry spring along with a flowery, sunshiney quilt?

Yes, I've decided it's time for another quilt-along! I've got a yummy stack of Lizzy House's Pearl Bracelets line by Andover, and I'm ready to bring on spring, even if it doesn't feel like it outside.

So this is the design we'll be making. I'm calling it "Bloom Bloom Pow." (My apologies if you end up with a certain song stuck in your head!) This looks hard, right? I promise you it isn't! No paper-piecing here, no templates required—the design uses a really simple strip-piecing technique to make the flower shapes. The most difficult thing you'll do during this QAL is sew together equilateral triangles, which really isn't that hard either, and I'll show you all my tips and tricks for lining up your triangles nicely. 

All the fun kicks off with our first post a week from today, March 28. There will be two size options: Baby/Crib and Throw. Fabric requirements for each are below. 

And hey, look! The lovely Amanda of A Crafty Fox and Westwood Acres has made up some Pearl Bracelet bundles especially for the QA! The bundles include everything you need to make either the Baby or Throw-size top and are now available in her shop—how easy is that? : )

Baby/Crib
Finished size: 37.5" x 50"
Fabric requirements to make the top:
• 1/4 yard each of 17 colors of Pearl Bracelet prints by Andover (straight quarter-yard cuts are ideal because of the strip-piecing, but you can also use fat quarters)
• 1 yard solid white
Bloom Bloom Pow Baby-Size bundle can be purchased here (this bundle has straight quarter-yard cuts)

Throw
Finished size: 52.5" x 69"
Fabric requirements to make the top:
• 3/8 yard each of 17 colors of Pearl Bracelet prints by Andover
• 1 1/2 yards solid white

Fabric Selections
I think Pearl Bracelets is perfect for this design, with its bright colors, its subtle but fun print, and the varying values within the line (my design relies a lot on the darker flower "petals" paired with lighter secondary elements). But there are plenty of other prints that would look great in this quilt. Because of the strip-piecing, it would be difficult to make it scrappy, but using stash prints or another fabric lines would be very cool too. I'm looking forward to seeing what you talented people do with this!

Cutting Equilateral Triangles
For both sizes, we will be cutting 7" equilateral triangles. I'll be providing a downloadable template that you can use to cut your triangles, but if you want to make life easier for yourself, use a 60-degree equilateral triangle ruler. If you don't have one already, consider buying one—it's a versatile ruler that you'll almost certainly use for many other projects. I love the Creative Grids rulers, so this triangle ruler would be a perfect choice, but any 60-degree equilateral triangle ruler that cuts up to 7" finished sizes will work.

Quilt-Along Schedule
March 28 - Design strategy (we'll just be talking about the big picture here, so you won't need your fabric yet for this post)
April 4 - Cutting your fabric
April 11 - Strip-piecing instructions
April 18 - Cutting the triangles and deciding on a layout
April 25 - Piecing the triangles to complete the top
May 2 - Quilting and finishing

It's important to note that this will be a very laid-back, do-it-whenever-you-want kind of quilt-along. Because if the weather does improve, we might all want to go outside, after all. : ) So follow along at your own pace—the posts will be available indefinitely. I hope you'll all join in—you can grab the quilt-along button below for your own blogs if you would like.


See you next Thursday when we'll talk design! I can't wait! And don't forget to join the Freshly Pieced Sewing group on Flickr and post your progress photos there!


39 comments:

  1. Wow, this is so beautiful Lee!

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  2. Oh I am in...I can squeeze a baby quilt in my schedule for sure....lol

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  3. so pretty. Do you think it is fat quarter friendly?

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  4. That song will definitely be in my head all day! Ha! Now time to start thinking about fabric selection.. ;)

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  5. Such a fun looking design - I might have to think about making it in solids, too :-)

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  6. Love this design! I'll definitely have to join in.

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  7. This looks like fun, thank you for hosting this for us.

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  8. I am all in!!!! An the great thing is March 28th is my birthday - so yea!! I am going fabric shopping for me :)

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  9. I'm in! I already did a fabric pull. It looks like Rainbow Bright had a Skittle party in my sewing room. :-) I would have loved to use the Pearl bracelet prints, but I hope my fabric pulls will work out. :-) So excited!!!

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  10. Hi Lee:

    I've been waiting to join one of your quilt-a-longs. Woo Hoo, I'm in. Love the Pearl Bracelets fabric and went for the throw sized quilt. Last month I ordered and downloaded your (and Faith's and Katie's) Summer Sampler Series Anthology. I was so pleased with the content, it inspired me to try to get my local modern guild to do our own sew-a-long from it.

    Can we get the Bloom Bloom Pow button for our own blogs?

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  11. I'm in too. I think this looks very interesting! :)

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  12. Ohhh....phooey...if my list wasn't so darn long!! Pinning for the future!!!!

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  13. Very cool, I look forward to learning this strip piecing method. I don't have room on my bucket list for a full quilt, but I'm psyched to make a Bloom Bloom Pow block for the sampler I am working on!

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  14. Argh, I totally got that song stuck in my head and now it's bedtime. If I wake up still hearing it, I'm hunting you down ;o)

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  15. This looks like fu-u-n. I cannot invest in a special bundle, but I will be thinking about what fabric I might have that would complement this pattern.

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  16. Love this!! I'm thinking solids... How much of a pain will it be to use fat quarters instead of 1/4 yard cuts?

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  17. This is so much fun! I have some fat quarters bundle which I might use.

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  18. oh I love this pattern. How big is each star? I can't do a quilt right now, but am looking for patterns for cushion (pillows)

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  19. I would love to make the throw size but it appears Westwood Acres doesn't have anymore bundles for it. Will she be listing more do you know?

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  20. I would love to join in. I'm sure I have something in my stash that will work. ;) Thanks for hosting.

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  21. This looks like fun. I would like to do this with you.

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  22. I just ordered the bundle from Westwood Acres' Etsy site. I look forward to getting started.

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  23. oh that looks nice. Would be something for a pillow or a tote, too. Hmmmm....

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  24. eeep! I love this quilt pattern! And darned it if I don't have that song stuck in my head!! LOL

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  25. ACK ~ I love this pattern and just ordered a bundle to make the throw! I'm excited. Joining the flickr group too!

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  26. Yes, love a fun quilt-along. Thanks for doing this Lee.

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  27. Love the pattern and already have the fabric for it. For once I'm ready. Maybe I better pick up some thread and a little more material would give me more options. I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to just look at the fabric store, I don't necessary have to buy anything. Right!

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  28. Ohhh love the pattern I am up for a challenge

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  29. I'm in! LOL. Got my fabrics for the baby size just now. Ordered the kit like you suggested, I'm all ready to go. :)

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  30. Quick question... On the fabric list it says that you need 17 qtr yd cuts but in the kit there are only 16. Which is it? :)

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  31. again that song is stuck in my head now! hehe :)

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  32. Such a lovely design, in my favourite fabric. Will put it on my to do list :)

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  33. Winter isn't moving along here either. Those Pearl bracelets are wonderful!

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  34. I'll be joining in but with Riley Blake Shuffle - I just got the entire line in half yard cuts which will yield me a nice sized quilt top.

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  35. I will be joining along but with different fabrics,the Soaked line at Connecting Threads!

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