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DIY Quilt at The Featherweight Shop ~ Part 2
by Ashley Fritsche

In my neighborhood, we have so many kids always running around - and I love it that way! Around this time of year, when the leaves start to turn, we usually have fresh cookies (Snickerdoodles) baking in the oven for the kiddos. My two young ones, Nathan and Sayley, love to have a paper peeling contest with the neighborhood kids to "win" the extra cookies when I get to the step of peeling the papers off the blocks. I know with all the little hands working so fast, some seams will come out, but those sweet memories are always worth it!

Read DIY Vintage Patchwork Quilt Part 1 Here

Suggested Products & Notions (Aka - Ingredients)
Miss Rosies Cake Mix #9
1 Layer Cake + 1 Charm Pack + 2 3/4 Yards Low Volume 
12" x 18" Reversible Cutting Mat
Itty Bitty Eights Creative Grids Ruler
Creative Grids 2 1/2 x 12" Ruler
Olfa Rotary Cutter
Glass Head Pins
Iron
Quilter's Pressing Fleece
Thread Snips
Aurifil
Magnetic Pin Dish

Please note that I cut all of my fabric from yardage to create my dream vintage inspired blue and cream star quilt. I used the following "recipe" below!


3 Yards of "Background" Fabric:

White or "Light" Fabric from Edyta Sitar's Collection.

3 Yards Total of "Block" Fabric:

Medium Blue Fabric from Edyta Sitar's Collection: Shop HERE
Dark Blue Fabric from Edyta Sitar's Collection: Shop HERE

1 Yard Total of "Charm Pack" Fabric:
Medium Blue Fabric from Edyta Sitar's Collection: Shop HERE
Dark Blue Fabric from Edyta Sitar's Collection: Shop HERE

1 Yard of "Sashing" Fabric:

White or "Light" Fabric from the Bella Solids Collection

2 Yards of "Border" Fabric:

Medium Blue Fabric from Edyta Sitar's Collection: Shop HERE

 


Now, let's get started on our Miss Rosie's Cake Mix #9 (can't wait to start this one) pattern that I have paired up with 
Edyta Sitar's Blue Sky fabric line. If you are having a hard time deciding on fabric, take a look at the layer cakes and pair it up with a low volume yardage! This combination works well to create a visually striking quilt!



If you already have a layer cake (10" squares) then all you have to cut are the low volume 10" squares and 5" squares. I opted to pick up more of the Edyta Sitar line for the Mini Charm Pack 5" section on this block, the little blue ditsy flowers are just so adorable!

Begin pressing, measuring, and cutting your 10" squares and 5" squares, according to the directions!






Applying one 10" piece of fabric to the other 10" of low volume fabric with the printed paper pattern on top 
wrong side out.

Pin in place. I usually place one pin on four corners. This one was a bit tricky due to the placement of the square at the bottom that is not sewn.


After you get all your papers placed and pinned with your 
glass head pins, begin sewing! There is a little start at each starting point. This is a major reason why I LOVE these patterns, it takes the guesswork out of it. Start at the star, follow the dotted line, turn on the arrows and stop!


Begin cutting along the 
solid cutting line using your Creative Grids RulerOlfa Rotary Cutter, and 12" x 18" Reversible Cutting Mat. I begin by working from the outside in to keep structure to my block. 


When I get to the small 2" x 2" square, I keep a pin in the opposing squares to make sure there is no movement in the fabric. Cut from the outside in.


Time to remove your papers and trim your dog ears!

Fold the triangle back over your stitching line...

And gently rip the paper while holding steadily on the seam. 


Remove the last strip of paper!


Trim off your dog ears for clean piecing in the following steps.


Press your seams open. I opt for using the
 Quilter's Pressing Fleece which absorbs moisture from the air and builds up underneath the fabric, allowing me to only need the pressing mat and the iron! What a wonderful mat!


Ta-da! You have finished the first step in the sewing process. Great job!

See you Monday, November 8th for the next installment of the Do It Yourself Sew Along!


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