Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Brush Quilt Block Tutorial for National Brush Day

Well, I can't believe it. I just can't! The day has come. The day for the VERY last National Days quilt block tutorial. The 144th 8" scrap block pattern for my National Days scrap quilt project.. (actually, more, b/c there are a couple of extras), enough to turn a bin of scraps into a quirky challenging and colorful KING size scrap quilt!! 

The very last block is for National Brush Day (another November day).



There were a few ways this one could've gone. Hair brush, scrub brush (nah, I hate scrub brushes! lol), or paint brush.. Paint brush it is! Because, creativity of course! :) And all the colors!

It's pretty straight forward, and if you've been following along, you're used to the small pieces by now. Here is how it goes together.


Fabric A - background:
(4) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(4) 1 1/4 x 1 1/2"
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*
(2) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2"
(1) 5 1/2" sq.


Fabric B - yellow:
(4) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)


Fabric C - red:
(4) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)


Fabric D - orange:
(1) 2 1/2" sq.


Fabric E - brush bristles:
(8) 1 x 2"


Fabric F - gray:
(2) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2"


Fabric G - purple:
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2"


Fabric H - green:
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2"

--Be sure to match the symbols (~,+ etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.


 



Using the simple corner flip method illustrated in the video above, and fabrics and sizes indicated on the unit, make the following corner flip units. Note the video shows double upper corners, but these units' corner flips vary. 



When the corner flip units are complete and ready, assemble as shown below, using SCANT quarter inch seams.



The 8 1/2" block (8" when finished in quilt) should look like this when finished.



Red and yellow make orange. :)

Like I said, I can't believe this is finally the last one! It's kind of bittersweet. It's been a super fun design challenge.

I'm going to save the proper recap for next time, because it's getting late here. I will show you the whole filled in grid then. It's SEW fun! 

Until then, happy stitching and be back soon!

xoxo,



P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.

#kellifanninquiltdesigns
#nationaldaysquiltblocks


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 100+ blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!
xx


Friday, January 20, 2023

Harry Potter Quilt: Chocolate Frogs Quilt Block Tutorial

It's been so long since I've posted one of the Harry Potter quilt extra blocks, I thought I'd post the Chocolate Frogs today.



According to Harry Potter Wiki, "Chocolate Frogs are a popular confection that are sold throughout the wizarding world. They are packaged with collectible cards portraying famous wizards and witches. Many of the pupils at Hogwarts collect and trade these cards. The frogs are made of seventy percent Croakoa. Presumably, this substance is what allows them to act like an actual frog." Good wizarding times! :D

This block was easy to design, because I had already drawn an 8" frog block for National Jumping Frog Day.



So, this 18" block consists of four of these 8" sub-blocks, in which all of the frog parts are brown, except for black eyes. I'm reusing the assembly diagram from the National Day block, just consider all of the frog Fabric B brown, except the eyes.

Here is what you'll need to do..


Fabric A -- background, for entire block, cut ONE set:
(20) 1" sq. (~)
(8) 1 x 1 1/4" (@)
(8) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(4) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(16) 1 1/4 x 1 1/2"
(16) 1 1/4 x 2"
(16) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(4) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)
(8) 1 3/4 x 2"
(4) 2" sq.
(4) 2 x 2 1/2"
(8) 2 1/2 x 3"
(2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2"
(2) 1 1/2 x 18 1/2"

Fabric B -- brown for each frog sub-block, in case you want to use different shades of brown for each, cut four sets:
(4) 1" sq. (~)
(4) 1 x 1 1/4" (@)
(3) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(4) 1 x 3"
(3) 1 1/2 x 1 3/4"
(1) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(2) 2 x 2 1/4"
(1) 3 1/4 x 4 1/2"

Fabric C -- black eyes, for entire block, cut ONE set:
(8) 1" sq. (~)

--Be sure to match the symbols (~,@ etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.


 



Using the simple corner flip method illustrated in the video above, and fabrics and sizes indicated on the unit, make the following corner flip units for each of the four frog sub-blocks. Note the video shows double upper corners, but these units' corner flips vary. 


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Once the corner flips are complete, stitch up each frog sub-block as shown below, being sure to use SCANT quarter inch seams

Repeat for total of four 8" (8 1/2" at this point) frog sub-blocks.



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When you have four 8 1/2" frogs, stitch your 18 1/2" (18" finished in quilt) Chocolate Frogs block together as shown below.








Ta Da! Chocolate Frogs! 

I wanted to add a little show and tell at the end here.. look at this fabulous quilt that was shared on my FB page, made by Susan for her hub for Christmas! 



It turned out sooo good!



That's it for today! I hope you have a great weekend! I'll be back soon with more block tutorials and some other fun stuff.

Happy Stitching!

xoxo,

 


P.S For a downloadable form of this post, click HERE

I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of the block tutorials. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.

#kellifanninquiltdesigns
#nationaldaysquiltblocks


If you'd like to see lots of blocks made up from this, or the MinecraftNational Days, or Pokemon sew alongs, come join the sew along group on my FB page. Everyone there is so kind! And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Or my new shop right here on my website *HERE*. Be back soon!

xx


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Recycle Scrap Quilt Block Tutorial for National America Recycles Day


Happy Wednesday! You guys! I'm so excited. This block, for National America Recycles Day, is the next to the LAST quilt block tutorial for my National Days scrap quilt project! What started out as a fun 2020 project, stitch up a scrap block/use all the scraps, post the tutorial, work my way through the calendar in a year.. got waylaid by a pandemic, moving plans, a major health crisis, along with lots of other everyday life stuff, and has ended up lasting three years!



Anyway, more on that, and a proper recap next time, when I post the last of the tutorials.. for now this is the block I drew for America Recycles Day, one of the November days. It would make such a cute shopping bag, I think.
Here is how it goes together.




Fabric A -- background:
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 x 1 1/4" (=)
(1) 1 x 1 1/2"(>)
(3) 1 x 2"
(2) 1 x 2 1/2"
(1) 1 x 2 3/4"
(1) 1 x 3 1/2"
(4) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(1) 1 1/4 x 2"
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 3/4"
(1) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2"
(1) 1 3/4" sq.
(1) 2 3/4 x 3"
(1) 3 1/4 x 3 3/4"
(1) 3 1/2" sq.


Fabric B -- lighter green:
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 3/4" sq.
(1) 2 x 2 3/4"
(1) 2 x 5 1/2"
(1) 2 1/2" sq.


Fabric C -- darker green:
(2) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(1) 1 1/4 x 1 1/2"
(1) 1 1/4 x 2 1/4"
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 3/4 x 2"


--Be sure to match the symbols (+,= etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.


 



Using the simple corner flip method illustrated in the video above, and fabrics and sizes indicated on the unit, make the following corner flip units. Note the video shows double upper corners, but these units' corner flips vary. 



Once you've competed all of these odd sized corner flip units, assemble the 8 1/2" quilt block (8" finished in quilt) using SCANT quarter inch seams.



This is what your America Recycles quilt block will look like when done.



Stay tuned next time for the last National Day quilt block tutorial, and an image of ALL of them mocked up in the most epic scrap quilt ever!

I hope you're having a great week, and until then.. 

Happy Stitching!

xoxo,
 



P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.

#kellifanninquiltdesigns
#nationaldaysquiltblocks


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 100+ blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!
xx


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