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Sunday, June 28, 2020

April Fools Day Quilt Block Tutorial

Hey guys! Well, 2020 keeps throwing curves, doesn't it? This week, my best friend of nine years now? (since our kids were in pre-k together, and they're 13!), was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She's basically the sister I never had, the Ethel to my Lucy, the Shirley to my Laverne. Please, please pray for her and her family if you're so inclined. She's currently waiting to see an oncologist at UCD to formulate a treatment plan. They won't know the staging or prognosis until she has surgery. I've just been in a fog about it the last several days. She's devastated, obviously, and her hub and daughters are grappling with the news and we're all just sick over it. But, today, in an effort to distract myself, I'm going to try to post another National Day quilt block tutorial.






This one is for April 1st, or April Fools Day. I knew I wanted an April Fools Day block in my quilt, but I really had no idea how to translate that. So I set out googling a while back, and decided on making a Joker's Hat. Following is a Joker's Hat quilt block tutorial!





This one is a challenge, and has quilt a bit of clip & flip, some odd sizes, and lots of pieces, but all straight seams! I like blocks where, if you can sew a straight seam, you can do it! In the end I'm happy with it! It just might take a little longer. But the good news is it can use up some smaller scraps!

Here's how it goes together.







Fabric A (background):
(7)1 1/4" sq. (+)
(2) 1 1/4 x 1 1/2"
(1) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2"
(1) 1 1/4 x 3"
(2) 1 1/2 sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2"
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 3/4"
(4) 1 3/4" sq. (>)
(1) 2" sq.
(1) 2 1/4 x 2 3/4"
(1) 2 1/2 x 2 3/4"


Fabric B (gold):
(3) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(8) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 3/4 x 8 1/2"


Fabric C (blue):
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(1) 1 3/4 x 2 3/4"
(1) 1 3/4 x 3 3/4"
(1) 2 1/4" sq.


Fabric D (green):
(1) 1 1/4 x 2"
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(1) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2"
(1) 1 3/4" sq. (>)


Fabric E (red):
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(1) 1 3/4 x 2 1/2"
(1) 1 3/4 x 2 3/4"
(1) 2 x 2 1/2"






Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.





  • Using the above method, (2) 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A, and a 1 1/4 x 2" rect. of Fabric D-long edge at the top, make one unit.
  • Using same method, a 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A-left upper corner, 1 3/4" sq. of Fabric A-right upper corner, and a 1 3/4 x 3 3/4" rect. of Fabric C-long edge at the top, make one unit.
  • Using same method, (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B, and 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric C-long edge at the top, make one unit.
  • Using same method, (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A, and 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric D-long edge at the top, make one unit. Repeat for total of two of these units.
  • Using same method, (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B, and 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric E-long edge at the top, make one unit.
  • Using same method, 1 3/4" sq. of Fabric A-left upper corner, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A-right upper corner, and 1 3/4 x 2 3/4" rect. of Fabric E-long edge at the top, make one unit.
  • Using same method, (2) 1" sq. of Fabric E, and 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric A-short edge at the top, make one unit.
  • Using same method, (2) 1 3/4" sq. of Fabric A, and 1 3/4 x 8 1/2" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

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Right Upper Clip & Flip

1. Place square at upper end or right upper  corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.




  • Using above method, 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric D, and 2" sq. of Fabric A, make one unit.
  • Using same method, 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A, and 1 1/2 x 5 1/2" rect. of Fabric D-short edge at the top, make one unit.
  • Using same method, 1 3/4" sq. of Fabric D, 1 3/4 x 2 3/4" rect. of Fabric C-long edge at the top, make one unit.

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Left Upper/Right Lower Double

1. Place a square at the left end or upper left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or lower right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.








  • Using above method, 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric C-left upper corner, 2 1/4" sq. of Fabric C-right lower corner, and 2 1/2 x 2 3/4" rect. of Fabric A-short edge at the top, make one unit.
  • Using same method, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A-left upper corner, 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric D-right lower corner, and 2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric E-short edge at the top, make one unit.

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That should do it for the clipping and flipping. Assemble your block as shown below. You should have an 8 1/2" (8" finished) Joker's Hat!





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I'll be back, hopefully soon with another National Day block tutorial. In the meantime, please keep my friend in your prayers. I've kind of been absent on my social media for a while, and that is one of the reasons. 

If you're just finding these National Days quilt block tutorials, and want to see the first 40-ish of them, you can see them all, and find the links to their tutorials *HERE*. If you post them on social media, come find me @kellifanninquilts on IG, or at my FB page, *HERE*, or in the sew along group on my FB page, *HERE*. You can see lots of blocks there, and also lots of blocks and quilts from the Harry Potter, Minecraft, and Pokemon sew alongs. 

Thanks for popping in to read today.

Happy Stitching!

xoxo



Monday, June 15, 2020

national crayon day


Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm posting the National Day quilt block for National Crayon Day, which was back on March 31. When I fell off the wagon in early March, I wondered if I'd ever catch up. I'm still committed to catching up and am excited to have finally gotten thru all of the March blocks. Stay tuned for April blocks! But for now, let's celebrate National Crayon Day! These crayons are different thicknesses and different sizes, just like my real life box of crazy mismatched crayons.




This block is super colorful and uses lots of scraps! That's the goal, right? I really like this one. Here's how it goes together. 





Fabric A (background):
(10) 1 1/2" sq. (*)


Fabric B (dark red):
(1) 1 3/4 x 2 1/4"
(1) 2 1/4" sq.


Fabric C (lighter red):
(1) 2 1/4 x 5 3/4"


Fabric D (lighter orange):
(1) 1 1/2 x 2"
(1) 2 x 2 1/2"


Fabric E (dark orange):
(1) 2 x 5 3/4"


Fabric F (dark yellow):
(1) 1 3/4 x 2"
(1) 2 x 2 1/4"


Fabric G (lighter yellow):
(1) 2 x 5 3/4"


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


Fabric I (dark green):
(1) 2 1/4 x 5 3/4"


Fabric J (dark blue):
(1) 1 3/4 x 2"
(1) 2 x 2 1/4"


Fabric K (lighter blue):
(1) 2 x 5 3/4"








Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.





  • Using above method, (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A, and 2 1/4" sq. of Fabric B, make one unit.
  • Repeat using (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 2 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric D-short edge at the top.
  • Repeat using (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 2 x 2 1/4" rect. of Fabric F-short edge at the top.
  • Repeat using (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 2 1/4 x 2 1/2" rect. of Fabric H-short edge at the top.
  • Repeat using (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 2 x 2 1/4" rect. of Fabric J-short edge at the top.

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Assemble block as shown below. You'll have an 8 1/2" National Crayon Day quilt block! (8" finished)



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Thanks for popping in today. If you're just finding these blocks, I'm listing and linking all of the tutorials on National Days page, *HERE*.

If you post them on social media tag me, I'd love to see! @kellifanninquilts on IG, or on my FB page, or in the sew along group where you can see lots of these blocks, and blocks and quilts from the Minecraft, Pokemon, and Harry Potter sew alongs.

I hope this finds you well in these uncertain times. It seems the world can be a pretty dark place lately. I'll leave you with this. This past week, my family was out of town, and as we were driving to our destination, we watched this glowing rainstorm, which just seemed to be at a standstill for about 20 minutes as we got closer and closer. The sun, shining thru this storm, felt like a sign of HOPE. 💖




I hope you're doing well, hanging onto hope, staying safe, and finding time for some Happy Stitching!

Be back soon!

xoxo


Saturday, June 6, 2020

Pencil Quilt Block Tutorial



When I started sketching a pencil block for my National Days scrap quilt (National Pencil Day was on Mar. 30), I decided to do it a little differently since I had already done *this pencil block* for National Handwriting Day back in January (its tutorial is *here*). Plus, I've done two colored pencil patterns already, Color Outside the Lines, and Color Outside the Lines Mini. So to change it up, I did a pencil jar on a desk!


It might be a bit unconventional but it uses pretty small scraps. Which was one of the main goals of this quilt, using up the scraps!

Here's how this pencil jar block goes together.



Fabric A (background):
(1) 1 x 1 3/4"
(1) 1 x 2"
(2) 1 x 2 1/2"
(1) 1 x 3 1/2"
(2) 2 1/2 x 2 3/4"
(2) 3 1/4 x 4 1/2"


Fabric B (desk):
(2) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(1) 1 x 4"
(2) 2 1/2 x 2 3/4"



Fabric C (pencil jar):
(1) 4" sq.


Fabric D (pencils):
(1) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 x 2"
(1) 1 x 2 1/2"
(1) 1 x 2 3/4"


Fabric E (erasers):
(5) 1" sq. (~)





Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.




  • Using above method, (2) 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric B and 4" sq. of Fabric C, make one unit.

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Assemble block as shown below. You will have an 8 1/2" (8" finished) pencil cup block for National Pencil Day. Or for your favorite teacher, or accountant, etc.





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Your block should look like this. But you might use a lot more creativity with the colors. :) I like the look of the good old #2 pencils for mine this time. 



I've said it before, but I'll say it again. This whole National Days scrap quilt project has been a lot more fun and a lot more challenging creatively than I ever expected! For my king size quilt of 8" blocks, I need 144 and I want them all to be different so I have had to pick some days that were not necessarily what I would typically think of as a quilt block. It's been interesting. ha!

Thanks for dropping in to read.. I'll be back soon with another National Day tutorial. 

If you're just finding these blocks, you can see all the others, and links to their tutorials on the National Days page, *HERE*. If you make any, be sure to tag me if you post pictures, I'd love to see! @kellifanninquilts on IG, or at my FB page, or in the FB sew along group. Come join us there, there are lots of cute blocks there, from this and also from the Minecraft, Pokemon, and Harry Potter sew alongs. 

I hope you're staying safe and healthy!

Happy Stitching! Stay tuned for a National Crayon Day block!

xoxo




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