Block of the Month – Dear Daughter Quilt

Block of the Month ~ Dear Daughter

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays! My Dear Daughter BOM Quilt top is done and I wanted to share!

block of the month Dear Daughter Quilt

I also wanted to say Thank you to the quilters from all over the world that participated! Of course we had lots of quilters from the US and Canada ~ Woo Hoo! – (I think Texas was the most represented state!)  A BIG thank you to all the quilters from down under in Australia, New Zealand… and even Africa… As well as lots of quilters in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK to name a few!! WOW! Thank You!

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If you are wondering what my border fabric is… I found this fabric by Valorie Wells ~ (Quill Ash) at a local quilt shop. It’s perfect!

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

To replicate my border applique I made a template from freezer paper. After I appliqued the first of four border motifs, I cut some freezer paper to size and ironed it onto the fabric (shiny side down) and traced everything.

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae DesignsThen I peeled it off and used it (with the help of a light box) as a template for placement of the remaining three border motifs.

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

I over-sized the width of my border by an inch and a half so I could trim/square it up after it’s been quilted. After a lot of thought I decided to hand quilt my quilt.  It will take some time of course, and I will definitely share some pics with you when that’s complete!

If you want to make your own Dear Daughter Quilt you can find the pattern HERE IN MY SHOP

~ OR ~

HERE ON CRAFTSY!

There are also a couple quilt shops that will be offering the Dear Daughter BOM as a QAL beginning in 2017 if you want to participate contact the shops to find out more about their programs and monthly fabric kits!

BERNINA Sewing Centre
Lake Mary, FL
Beginning Late February 2017

 

Quilter’s Corner
Faulkton, SD

Beginning in Spring 2017

And I have to share a couple Christmas Finishes from two of our quilt friends following along!

Sam finished her quilt and presented it to her Daughter for Christmas!!!  Amazing finish Sam!

block of the month quilt pattern, Dear Daughter from Rebecca Mae Designs

And Shawn made FOUR! Look at these gorgeous daughters with their quilts!  This picture makes me happy, and I love that their names are on them! Shawn, I seriously don’t know how you pulled it off. Mind. Blown.shawns-finishHappy Holidays to you all!

sherri

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Chapter 12 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello quilters!

Here we are at the FINAL Chapter of the Dear Daughter Block of the Month Quilt!  If you subscribe to this QAL you should have already received the final pattern a few days ago.

BLOCK OF THE MONTH QUILT - DEAR DAUGHTER PATTERN

You can find the pattern

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company

are generously sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for December are:

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Tiziana G from Italy!

The Warm Company products ~ Judy C from Canada and Melissa K from Alabama!

 

It took me some time to decide on what I wanted this final block to say. I had something else in mind originally but ultimately decided on Believe… It can represent so many things! I even googled it and found this..

Believe comes from old German words meaning to have trust. Belief doesn’t require proof, just acceptance. To believe can also mean having confidence. If you believe in me, it doesn’t mean that you think I’m real. It means you think I can do what I set out to do.

Perfect!

Block of the Month Quilt ~ Dear Daughter Chapter 12

I’ll be back again with some pics of the finished border! But here’s a peek!

Block of the Month Quilt ~ Dear Daughter Chapter 12

Thanks for following along!

sherri

Block of the Month Quilt Pattern ~ Dear Daughter

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Chapter 11 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

WOO HOO! Here’s the second to last chapter in our Dear Daughter Quilt Sampler! Emails went out on the 16th to Dear Daughter subscribers, so if you didn’t receive yours, please email me! ([email protected])

Dear Daughter Quilt Pattern Chapter 11

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company

are generously sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for November are:

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Sandra M from Florida!

The Warm Company products ~ Emma L from Australia and Sue Ellen W from Texas!

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Here’s what the layout looks like… only one more chapter to go!

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Dear Daughter Quilt

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Chapter 10 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

We are down to the last three Chapters and I’m really excited to be in the home stretch!  Chapter 10 is complete!
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Chapter 10 fits into the bottom right corner of Dear Daughter quilt top.

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If you are working on the Dear Daughter Pattern, the Chapter 10 patterns were emailed out already, so if you don’t see the pattern in your email box, contact me at [email protected] and I’ll get it right to you!

It’s never too late to sign up, the posts will remain and you can sign up any time.

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Plus, you can find all the links to previous chapters at the bottom of this post!

You’ve probably noticed there are some small patchwork pieces in these blocks.

dear daughter quilt pattern chapter 10I wanted to share a couple pointers that I like to follow that help me when piecing these little bits…

Check your seam allowance.  One way to check is to sew three 1 1/2″ squares together.  After they are joined, the center square should measure 1″.  If you’re over or under, your seam allowance needs to be adjusted. Otherwise your block will not finish at the proper size (especially with all these seams… it adds up!)

Change your needle.  Do yourself a favor and start with a fresh needle in your machine to keep you (and your patchwork) in line… don’t let a dull needle drag you down.

Cut accurately.  Take your time and cut as accurate as possible, try not to rush through this step, it will save you later.

Use a short stitch length.  I like to use a shorter stitch length (a 2 on my machine) when piecing small patches.  I think it makes my seams stronger, but more importantly, the ends of my seams (at the sides of my block) don’t start to open as I’m working with the block. Remember, when your stitch length is short, picking stitches out with the seam ripper is a real pain, so check twice before you stitch.

Press seams open.  Some may gasp at the thought… but if you don’t do it already, give it a try! I love how nice and flat my blocks come out.  Sure, you can’t ‘nest’ your seams, but I don’t care (so reckless!), I just pin at the seams, and use a short stitch length… I’ve never had a problem, it’s all good!  Do I do this all the time? No, but I do it a lot when piecing small blocks with lots of seams.

Sew slow and steady.  Don’t race through these blocks, take your time and sew carefully.

Pin.  I don’t love to pin, but I make myself take the extra few seconds to pin my block at the start, end and intersections…  and sometimes in between! The pins you’ll see further down are clover fine glass head pins – use my amazon link or try to find some at your local quilt shop, (any brand of fine pins will do) they slide right into your fabric without moving it out of place.  You’ll love them.

dear daughter quilt pattern chapter 10When I made my pinwheel blocks, I got my parts all cut and the diagonal seams marked (yup, marked… don’t eyeball this step)…

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I pinned and chain-stitched when I could…

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Pressed my seams open… see how flat?

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Then I squared up my blocks before joining.

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All these little steps improved the outcome of my blocks!  Hope these tips helped some of you!

dear daughhter quilt pattern - chapter 10Remember last month I shared this fabric bundle from Fat Quarter Shop? Well, I used a bunch of the fabrics this month in my chapter 10!  It’s such a pretty bundle! It’s only available for a limited time :)image

The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company are sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the October winners are:

Vickie from Wisconsin ~ Fat Quarter shop $25 Gift Certificate

Susan from Washington ~ The Warm Company Product

Suzette from N Carolina ~ The Warm Company Product

Congrats!

sherri

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Chapter 9 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello everyone! Septembers Chapter 9 is out!

Be Kind is a continuation of the Have Courage chapter from last month.dear daughter quilt

Here are some of the completed chapters below,

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and a look at where we are so far!  Almost done!

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You can find the pattern

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Plus, you can find all the links to previous chapters at the bottom of this post!

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company are sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for September are:

Sandi from Georgia ~ Fat Quarter shop $25 Gift Certificate

Linda from Kansas ~ The Warm Company Product

Kaye from Texas ~ The Warm Company Product

Congrats!

I have a newly curated bundle at Fat Quarter shop! The last bundle sold out so if you like my color choices and want to build a bundle this one is available for a limited time HERE Fat Quarter Shop.

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Of course it has all my favorite designers!  Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Elizabeth Hartman, Zen Chic, V & Co plus more!

I can’t wait to cut mine up, but it’s such a pretty bundle I haven’t even untied it yet!

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Thanks for checking out this month’s Chapter!

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Chapter 8 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

The Chapter 8 pattern is out today!  I think this month is a favorite of mine.  Something about this color combination appeals to me and just makes me happy!

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Chapter 8 fits into the bottom row of the quilt, and there are only four more chapters to go!

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Chapter eight is all straight piecing (goes together faster than you might think) and some applique…

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if you need a refresher on the fusible method you can find some instruction in the chapter one post.dear daughter block of the month quilt pattern

This month’s block has fabric from some of my favorite designers… Here are some details on some of them…

red stripe is Tula ~ True Color, Lazy Stripe (all time favorite, I need them in every color!)

blue in the flower is also lazy stripe from Tula

the green leaves fabric is part of the Rhoda Ruth line from Elizabeth Hartman

dark purple star points is called knotty grape from cotton and steele

orange in the large half square triangle is guinea from Kaffe – I’m down to a small scrap of this old favorite! boo!

green in the flower is also Kaffe – called paperweight

pink(ish) in corners is Kate Spain (heart) from her Canyon collection and a scrap from this quilt.

the ‘Have’ applique and the background text fabric are from Carolyn Friedlander ~ Architectures

If you’re new here and you want to find out more about this quilt you can read the first post or find all the posts and block links at the end of this post.

You can also find the pattern by clicking here…

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company are sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for August are:

Karen F from the UK ~ Fat Quarter shop $25 Gift Certificate

Terrie C from New York ~ The Warm Company fusible product

Kris S from Oklahoma ~ The Warm Company fusible product

Congrats!  I’ll be in touch!

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Chapter 7 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

We are headed into the second half of the Dear Daughter Quilt!  This chapter goes together quick! We have repeating stars and pinwheel blocks from previous chapters, plus some basic patchwork…

Dear Daughter BOM Quilt chapter 7

You can see where we are in this diagram… It’s getting filled in!!

Dear Daughter BOM Quilt chapter 7

I’ve begun thinking about my quilting plan for this quilt, but I haven’t made a decision yet. I am leaning toward hand quilting.  I ordered a wide back for it last week, it will be the first time I don’t piece the back of a quilt and i’m pretty sure I’m going to love the ease of having the back ready to go!  More on that later!

Dear Daughter BOM Quilt chapter 7

I used some of my stash of noteworthy fabric for the patchwork along the bottom… I love the little sayings that are included!

Dear Daughter BOM Quilt chapter 7

Hope you like this months chapter!  If you want to sign up…

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This quilt-a-long is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company!  The winners for July are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Melinda F. from Georgia

The Warm Company products ~

Tina T. from Germany & Susan F. from Massachusetts

I’ll be in touch!

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sherri

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Chapter 6 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

May was such a busy month for me. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see June!

I did manage to get my sewing time in though!

dear-daughter-quilt-373I made the June chapter entirely from my Turn Up The Volume bundle from Fat Quarter Shop.  UPDATE!!!! – THAT BUNDLE SOLD OUT ~ THE NEW BUNDLE IS TURN UP THE VOLUME 2 ~  (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)fat quarter bundle giveawayI used the purple, orange and yellow for my log cabin circle but if you use one color I think it will look even more circular ~

dear daughter block of the month text quilt

The flying geese blocks went together fast and I like the progression of color from blue to yellow. :)  I have these square rulers in a few sizes and they are great for squaring up your blocks.  It makes a huge difference (at least for me!) and you can get them pretty cheap at Joanne’s when they have their coupons out … I use the 12 1/2 and 6 1/2 sizes the most but I also have 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. The smaller sizes are excellent for trimming half-square triangles.  I like to square up everything as I go to keep things straight as I’m joining blocks.

dear daughter block of the month text quiltYou might not notice at first glance but the triangles get darker toward the top so they contrast a little better against the yellow.

dear daughter block of the month text quilt

I didn’t get a shot this month of all the chapter blocks together, but you can see where this chapter fits into the quilt diagram below.

dear daughter block of the month text quilt

 I hope you enjoy the June Chapter!  dear-daughter-quilt-352Want to join in?

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company are sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for June are:

Martha W from Texas ~ Fat Quarter shop $25 Gift Certificate

Claire S from California ~ The Warm Company Product

Loretta E from Australia ~ The Warm Company Product

Congrats!

 

sherri

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Chapter 5 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt + Giveaway!

Today I have Chapter 5 of the Dear Daughter Quilt and a Fabric Giveaway to share!

First, here’s a look at my Chapter 5 of the Dear Daughter Quilt!

Make Time ~ For Yourself

dear daughter quilt I’ve got five of the twelve chapters complete…

dear daughter quilt chapter 1-5

I was working on this months chapter at a quilt retreat and accidentally made one of my blocks too small!  Apparently I was talking too much… One of the quilters at my table suggested I make a pin cushion out of it!  I took her advice and I think it came out pretty darn cute!

pin cushion

I stitched around the perimeter with Aurifil 12 wt thread.  You can see it better on the bottom…

pin cushion

I love it!

Quilters are so generous… two of the quilters at the retreat brought a tote of their stash and let me dig through it! I scored the green for my flower, AND the orange for the text… yup!

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LOVE!  And also… the fun little elephant fabric on one of the leaves on the vine!

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Generous right?  And now I have a fun memory of the quilt retreat sewn into the quilt! :)

Guess who else is Generous? I’ve got an EXTRA GIVEAWAY from Fat Quarter Shop to share this month!  If you follow me on instagram or facebook you might have seen my BUNDLE pics.

I curated a new bundle for Fat Quarter Shop

Turn Up the Volume

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UPDATE!!!! THIS BUNDLE SOLD OUT!  THE NEW VOLUME 2 BUNDLE IS NOW AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

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You will be seeing a lot of this fabric in the months to come!  I can’t wait to cut into mine!

fat quarter bundle giveawayThere are TWENTY FAT QUARTERS in this BUNDLE! Five yards of fabric! And they are all dreamy!

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If you are interested in what the individual fabrics are, the links are below…

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Here is a list of the fabrics:

Left stack first from top to bottom:

Mini Perle Bracelets in sunshine ~ Andover Fabrics

Eden in mustard ~ Tula Pink, Free Spirit Fabrics

Rhoda Ruth ~ Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman 

Flow ~ Zen Chic for Moda

Flow Papyrus ~ Zen Chic for Moda

Lucky ~ Lotta Jansdotter Windham

Lazy Stripe ~ Tula Pink Free Spirit Fabric

Sun Print Hatch Dot ~ Alison Glass Andover Fabrics

Rhoda Ruth Fox Jewles ~ Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman

Sun Print outlines ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Right stack from top to bottom:

Sun Print Flora ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Lucky Super Emes ~ Lotta Jansdoter Windham

Eden Orchid ~ Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric

Eden Cerise Henna ~ Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric

Rhoda Ruth Blossom Starshine ~ Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman

L’s Modern Basics ~ Lecien Fabrics

Sunprint Orange Flora ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Macrame Grape Guides ~  Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel Fabrics

Macrame Grape Knotty ~ Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel Fabrics

Sun Print Hatch Dot ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

TO WIN THIS BIG BUNDLE (5YARDS!) COMMENT BELOW! HERE ARE 4 COMMENT OPTIONS…

 1) TELL ME HOW YOU FOLLOW Fat Quarter Shop ( VIA facebooktwitter, Instagramtheir blog Jolly Jabber)

2) TELL ME HOW YOU FOLLOW ME! ONE FOR EACH FOLLOW (facebook, instagram, blog etc)

3) LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU ARE A DEAR DAUGHTER SUBSCRIBER!

4) TELL ME WHAT YOUR FAVORITE FABRIC IS IN THE BUNDLE!

WINNER CHOSEN MAY 21!

 

UPDATE~ THE WINNER IS AMY F!  CONGRATULATIONS!

 

The Dear Daughter quilt is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company!

If you are new to my site, you can read about the Dear Daughter quilt in the first post to get caught up.  Of course, you don’t need a daughter to participate. Some are making this for their sons, grandchildren, even for themselves, which is awesome since we rarely do enough for ourselves!  If you want to join you can here…

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Chapters 1-5…

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Chapter 4 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello! I hope everyone is having a good month!  I’ve been enjoying all your messages and loving all the pictures you’ve been sharing with me on your quilt progress!  I can’t tell you how fun it is to see all the variations in color and text and block design… thanks so much for sharing this journey with me!!!

And here is Chapter 4!  Yay!

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If you are new to my site, you can read about the Dear Daughter quilt in the first post to get caught up.  Of course, you don’t need a daughter to participate. Some are making this for their sons, grandchildren, even for themselves, which is awesome since we rarely do enough for ourselves!  If you want to join you can here…

Find the pattern

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This is what we have so far, chapters 1-4 are complete:

block of the month quilt dear daughterAnd they fit into the quilt top diagram like this…

block of the month quilt

I thought I’d share a few pics with you this month on the pinwheels in this chapter…

dear daughter quilt alongThey are not difficult to make but they can be tricky to manage with all those points coming together at the center.

pinwheel quilt block tutorialHere is how I made my pinwheels, and how to press your seams to avoid a big bump at the center of your pinwheel block:

I used the two half-square-triangle method demonstrated in the Techniques page of the pattern and rounded up to the closest 1/4″ so I could trim and square my pinwheel after.

Start with two squares of each color…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaPlace right sides together, mark line diagonally, sew 1/4″ seam each side, cut on marked line…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaOpen four half-square-triangle units and press seam allowance to the darker fabric.

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaTrim off all the ‘dog ears’ to reduce bulk (important) and organize into the pinwheel block design…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaSew together in pairs… notice that the diagonal seams nest together nicely when the seams are all pressed toward the dark (or pressed to same fabric)…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaNow open the pairs up and press the center seams in the SAME direction as the seams in the unit.  Notice in the next picture that the seams in the top unit are all pressed to the right, and all the seams in the bottom unit are pressed toward the left.  When you sew these together the center seam will nest together and the bulk will be distributed…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaAfter you join these two units together you need to press the center seam in opposing directions and carefully open and separate the center where the points meet…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaNow you can see here that all my seams are going in the same direction around the center and the center is pressed open so I don’t have a big bump in the middle of my pinwheel…

pinwheel-quilt-block-41Opening the center takes a little fussing if you haven’t done it before, but when you get it right it will be like “oh, I get it now!”  I showed the same technique in this post if you want to see another example.

Now, to trim you will need to measure from the center out.  I want my block to be 3 1/2″ so I’m measuring 1 3/4″ from center in ALL directions.

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pinwheel-quilt-block-Now I have some good looking squared up pinwheels to make my block!

pinwheel quilt block tutorial

As you know we have Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!  Including International Subscribers too!

Fat Quarter Shop

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Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

Support FQS sponsorship and check out their new Sew Sampler monthly subscription box.
Full of surprise goodies each month!

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Like my fabrics?

Check out my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

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Also, I’ve been getting questions on my background fabrics so I have some links to share.  These are some of my favorites that I have or they are on my wish list!

Paperie Stamped ~ Art Gallery Fabrics

Paperie Parchment ~ Art Gallery Fabrics

Modern Background Ink ~ Moda Fabrics

Modern Background Paper Graphite ~ Moda Fabrics

Ghost XOXO ~ Cotton and Steele

Blueberry Park Sunflowers ~ Robert Kaufman

Flow Fog Pearls ~ Moda Fabrics

Blueberry Park Shadow ~ Robert Kaufman

Story Chevron ~ Windham Fabrics

Lakehouse Favorites ~ Lakehouse Fabric

Mojito Mist ~ Windham Fabrics

First Crush ~ Moda Fabrics

Rhoda Ruth Grey Point ~ Robert Kaufman

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The April Winners are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Sandra E.

The Warm Company products ~ Barbara W. and Brittany L.

Yay!

block of the month ~ dear daughter quilt alongThanks for following along!  Here are some

NEW SHARES…

Chapter 3 from Sandra!

Chapter 3 from Sandra!

Chapter 1-3 from Lisa!

Chapter 1-3 from Lisa!

Chapter 1 Susan

Chapter 1 from Susan!

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Chapter 1 from Brittany!

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Chapter 1-3 from Jan! :)

DD Chapter2 from Candy

Chapter 2 from Candy

Chapter 1-3 from Kathy!

Chapter 1-3 from Kathy!

 

Thanks for sharing!!!

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sherri

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Chapter 3 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

It’s so hard to believe March is here already, and we are up to Chapter 3!

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The Chapter 3 pattern has already gone out to subscribers, so if you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] verify your email address.

If you want the pattern you can find it here:

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EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

Here are Chapter blocks 1-3… coming together!

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And you can see how they fit into the quilt top:

TOP Chapter 1-3 filled inI completed my text for Chapter 3 using the needle-turn applique technique.  It’s one of my favorite ways to applique. I love the look of the turned edges and I also love that it’s portable and I can work on it anywhere!  Plus it has a sort of organic look that I like.

I’ve included some pictures of how I completed mine but if you’re making the dear daughter quilt you can use the templates with any applique method on the Techniques Page of the pattern… or any other method you prefer!

Before we get into it I want to talk a little about supplies…

applique needle and thread

To set yourself up for success, use a good needle and thread for applique.  Here are some of my favorites:

Thread: I have a couple favorites…

I like the following threads because they are light-weight and disappear into the applique fabric.
Aurifil ~ 50 wt (the orange spools)
Superior Thread ~ Bottom Line (donut) or 50 wt Masterpiece (donut)
(I have some applique thread donuts available in my shop)

Needles:

You will need an applique or straw/milliners needle.
I like the tulip #10 big eye applique needles for needle-turn applique. When I’m working on larger applique pieces I will sometimes use an 11 milliners/straw needle. The extra length helps when turning the seam allowance to the back.
note ~ I’ve taken several hand applique classes and something I’ve learned is that the recommended needle isn’t always the best choice for me.  I took one class from a woman who had tiny little hands and she recommended this needle that I could hardly hold it was so small… so use what works for you and feels like a good fit, but stay with a thin applique or straw needle.

This applique will be done much like the butterfly from last months chapter.  To start, trace your applique with a removable marking tool, loosely cut out shape with a generous 1/4″ allowance and baste in place right down the center.

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After your piece is basted,  finger press all along the traced lines.  By finger pressing on the traced line your applique will go much smoother as the fabric will more easily turn under for you.  In the next picture you can see that I have my W (Wander) loosely cut out, basted and finger pressed.

needle turn applique

Make sure to bring your needle up from behind the applique piece on the traced line of the outer edge.  If you bring your needle up from under your background piece and through the traced line you will not be able to turn your seam allowance under.

needle turn applique

Use your needle to turn the fabric under and take your first stitch.  You can see in the next picture that the fabric is turning under easily and I continue to finger press a second time as needed while I sew.

needle turn applique

I also like to trim my seam allowance as I go. If I trim it close before I begin I would have to contend with my seam allowance fraying from being handled, and that wouldn’t be any fun!

Here are a couple tips on curves and points:

Concave Curves:

When you come to an inner curve clip slits into the seam allowance without cutting into the traced seam line.  This will help your turned edge lay flat and ease the fabric under as well.

Convex Curves:

For convex curves, clip notches out of seam allowance to reduce bulk.

Inner Points:

I find these to be the trickiest.  Taper the seam allowance as you near the inner point and clip at the inner point to the seam line right before you sew it.  Take 2-4 small stitches right in the point to hold the threads in place.  If your thread matches your applique fabric these stitches will hardly be noticeable.

Outer Corners:

For outer corners sew right up to the corner, placing a stitch in the very corner, sweep fabric under with your needle and turn the corner.

 

Sew the entire perimeter of the applique and then go back to cut out any holes in the applique.

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I used small scissors or a sharp seam ripper to carefully start the hole, being careful not to puncture or cut my background fabric.

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Turn those seams under and applique in place.  It takes a little practice but that’s all there is to it!

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As you know we have Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!  Including International Subscribers too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

(see my fabric links at the end of this post!)

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The Winners for March are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Shaughna K.

The Warm Company products ~ Candy L. and Loralee M.

I will be in touch via email!  Yay!

block of the month quilt pattern

Lastly,  I’ve been getting some fabric questions, and since Fat Quarter Shop is so generous to sponsor this quilt I thought I’d link to a couple fabrics each month that are in my quilt blocks ~ so if you are interested in finding them you can just check out the links below!

The yellow text fabric is from Windham Fabrics and it’s called Paint by Carrie Bloomston for Such Designs.  I bought it at a local shop this past summer so I’m not sure if you can still find it…

I used a lot of different scraps but I’ve also used several fabrics from:

True Colors

Rhoda Ruth

Architextures

Kaffe Classics

Like my fabrics?

Now you can get my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

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AND WE HAVE SOME SHARES!

Chapter 1 from Kathy!

Chapter 1 from Kathy!

Lisa

Chapter 1 from Lisa!

Chapter 1 & 2 from Lori

Chapter 1 & 2 from Lori!

Chapter 1 ~ Sandi

Chapter 1 ~ Sandi :)

Chapter 1 ~ Shaughna

Chapter 1 ~ Shaughna !

Sandra's Chapter 1

Sandra’s Chapter 1

Sandra's Chapter 2

Sandra’s Chapter 2

Candy's Chapter 1

Candy’s Chapter 1

Chapter 1 & 2 from Vickie!

Chapter 1 & 2 from Vickie!

 

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Chapter 2 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello Everybody!

I’m excited to be getting into Chapter 2 of our quilt~a~long!  If you’re just joining in you can find the original post here with all the information.  I’m making my quilt for my daughters and with them in mind… here is Chapter 2!

dear daughter block of the month

dear daughter quilt

Chapter 2 has gone out to subscribers, so if you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] so we can verify your email address.

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

Now, I have a couple of exciting tid-bits to share with my quilt-a-long subscribers!!!!

We have

Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!

International Subscribers are eligible too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

(see my fabric links at the end of this post!)

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The winners for February Are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Jackie B. 

The Warm Company products ~ Debra G. & Pam R.

I will be in touch via email!  Yay!

Here are Chapter 1 and 2 together:

dear daughter quilt

You can see how they will fit into the quilt top in the image below… Every chapter of the Dear Daughter Quilt will be a different size to fit into the unusual layout…

dear daughter quilt chapter 1 & 2

dear-daughter-quilt-36A little bit about this Chapter…

For the text applique in this block I prepared my applique text the same way as in Chapter 1 with Steam-a-Seam Lite 2, and for the applique stitch I used Aurifil 50 wt and matched my colors to the applique.  (Find thread & colors here)

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The butterfly in this chapter is done using the needle-turn applique method.  Turned applique is my favorite, whatever the method (needle-turn, freezer paper etc) it’s just so pretty!

Here’s how I prepared my needle-turn butterfly.

Trace the templates right onto the fabric using a removable marker (whichever one works for fabric color).  Trim fabric leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.  Center the trimmed fabric parts and baste bottom layer lightly in place with fabric glue or a couple basting stitches.  I used Roxanne basting glue and carefully placed a couple spots of glue to tac fabric in place at least  1/4″ inside the marked edges of all my wings so I still had room to turn my edges under.

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Starting with the wings (bottom layer)  I finger pressed along the marked line, then put my needle through applique piece only, coming up right on the line. Make sure you coordinate your thread to your applique piece ~ (50 wt thread is good)

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Stitch around edge of applique.  Insert needle in background fabric right next to exit thread (on applique piece) take a bite out of the background and then come up catching the edge of the applique right on the drawn line.  Trim seam allowance to scant 1/4″ as you go (if necessary) and cut notches out of seam allowance at the rounded corers.  Use your needle to turn the 1/4″ seam under as you go in a counter clockwise motion.

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After the bottom layer of wings are done repeat with the next layer of shapes.  Add the body and spots…

needle turn applique

So fun!

dear daughter quilt chapter

dear daughter quiltRemember, I’m providing the entire alphabet so you can create whatever text you like and with a little creativity you can gear your quilt for whomever you like!  Check out Sandi’s boy version of Chapter 1, look how she made the petals into a gear… genius! Thanks for sharing Sandi!

boy version dear daughter quiltThis made me wonder about a Man version, so I played with the idea for Chapter 1 & 2, I removed the flower and butterfly then doubled up the block on the right…  I also lopped off the rounded edge of the epp flower petal ~ changed the colors, added some song lyrics and… I think it looks pretty good!

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Lastly,  I’ve been getting some fabric questions, and since Fat Quarter Shop is so generous to sponsor this quilt I thought I’d link to a couple fabrics each month that are in my quilt blocks ~ so if you are interested in finding them you can just check out the links below!

I used a lot of different scraps but I’ve also used several fabrics from:

True Colors

Rhoda Ruth

Architextures

Kaffe Classics

You can also…

Check out my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle

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Chapter 1 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Chapter 1 of the Dear Daughter Quilt is available today!

2016 block of the month quilt

CHAPTER 1 BLOCKS

Thanks so much to everyone who has subscribed, I think it’s going to be such fun!  If you missed the original post, this is my new Block of the Month for 2016, but you receive a full Chapter of blocks rather than one block per month.  Here is where we begin with Chapter 1…

Dear Daughter quilt a long 2016

If you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] so we can verify your email address.

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter 1 blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

I’ve organized the Chapter 1 Pattern and Techniques page in a binder, if you’re following along you might want to do this too…

block of the month

I also included a spot to color in Chapter 1 with your own colors!

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Here’s a couple pics I took of a some patchwork blocks in this Chapter…

block of the monthso fun :)

block of the month

For the text blocks I used Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 and printed from my computer onto printer ready sheets, but you can trace them as well.

dear daughter text quilt

Steam-A-Seam actually has paper on two sides, so after I printed it, I cut out the shape (leaving at least 1/8″ around template lines) and removed one side of the protective paper (non printed side.)  Then I ironed it onto the wrong side of my fabric…

text quilt block of the month

cut out each shape on the template lines…

block of the month

and removed the second layer of paper off the back of the trimmed letters.  NOTE ~ What I love is the back of your applique is tacky so you can position all your pieces and they won’t slide around but you can move them if you want to.   When you have them in position, just fuse.

dear daughter quilt Machine applique per the pattern.

Like my fabrics?

Check out my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

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Thanks for following along!  You can join in anytime!

dear daughter

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2016 BLOCK OF THE MONTH ~ DEAR DAUGHTER

Hello everybody!  Happy New Year!   I’m hosting a new Block of the Month for 2016.  This is a quilt pattern that I’ve been wanting to make for some time, and why not open it up to anyone crazy enough to join me!

dear daughter block of the month quilt pattern

Dear Daughter is a sampler quilt that will include some text blocks.  It will be divided into 12 sections, so sort of like a block of the month but I’m calling them Chapters ~ (just for fun, since there is text and all…) Within the quilt there will be 80+ pieced (6″ blocks) plus several text blocks.  Here is an example a text block and 6″ block from Chapter 1.

2016 block of the month Dear DaughterThe text blocks will have little sayings or quotes…    I named my quilt Dear Daughter because my daughters are the inspiration for my quilt.  But your inspiration can be anyone or anything!

Each Chapter will be a combination of several blocks…

Here is a look at Chapter 1 ~ the graphic…

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Every month a new Chapter will be released.  Chapter 1 will be considered the first ‘month’.  To keep my sanity intact, and to stay on track, I’ll keep some of the blocks on the simpler side, like a five patch or log cabin block etc.

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Here is the top diagram I’ll be filling in as I go along… you can see how Chapter 1 fits in…

Dear Daughter quilt a long 2016

The completed quilt top including the side borders measures a generous 72″ x 90″.

I’ll be running this BOM quilt~a~long a little differently than in the past so read on…

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Here’s a Q & A to help answer questions ~ If I miss something and you ask a question in the comments I’ll add the answer to this post, so check back.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up by purchasing the pattern.

Find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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What Can I expect after signing up?

After sign up you will receive a welcome email.  You will then be added to the monthly email list.  Each month (around mid month, or on the 16th) you will receive an email with the new chapter’s pattern.  Be sure to carefully check your email for accuracy when you sign up.  The first Pattern will be emailed mid January.

Can I sign up anytime?

Yes, if you sign up after January 2016, You will receive your welcome email, and then you will receive an email with the patterns to date.  Any remaining patterns will come monthly via email.

Will I be charged Monthly?

No, the sign up fee is a one time charge that covers the entire series from start to finish and you can sign up any time, it will not expire.

How will patterns be delivered?

As a printable PDF via the email you provide when you sign up.  These patterns are for personal use, please don’t share or copy them.

Will every block be different?

There are a lot of different blocks, and there are some blocks that will repeat throughout the quilt… for example the heart block from the Chapter 1 pattern might show up again in another Chapter.  There might be four identical 6″ blocks that come together to make one larger 12″ block…. you follow?

How much fabric will I need?

Good Question!  This quilt is intended to be scrappy, so I will not be posting a fabric list.  I am working from my stash on a month by month basis.  I have some wonderful saturated colored fabrics and some low volume fabrics to work with.  The blocks are small so little bits from your stash will work on most blocks.  You will need larger pieces for the text blocks.  I will keep track of my fabric consumption (so far my stash looks untouched) and put a list together at a later date that will give you an idea of approximate amounts in each color based on my colors.

Like my fabrics?

Check out my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle

UPDATE: That bundle is sold out ~ For a limited time you can find

Turn Up the Volume 2 

Do I have to use your text? Or any text at all?

No, I will provide you with my text to use if you like it ~ and the entire alphabet (in reverse for applique) so your quilt can say what’s on your mind!  You will only be limited to the space of the block.   As another alternative, You can repeat pieced blocks to fill in the space allotted for text.  This is Your Quilt, do what makes you happy!

Will I need to save previous patterns when I’m done with them?

Yes!  You will need to refer back to previous Chapters for repeating block information, so save them all.

Will you be posting progress?

Yes, I’ll post complete pictures monthly on my blog with my progress.

How else can we follow?

I will post progress on instagram @ rebeccamaedesigns using #deardaughterquilt.  And also on the rebeccamaedesigns facebook page.

What if I have questions?

You can ask questions through instagram (by commenting on my photos or tagging me on yours) or in the comment section of the blog.  If you ask in the blog comments section, I will answer there so everyone can benefit so please check back.

What type of applique will be used for the text?

I am using double sided fusible to applique most of the text, specifically steam a seam lite by the Warm Company. Some text will also be pieced.

What other piecing methods will be used?

I will be using a variety of methods, but mostly straight piecing, some english paper piecing and some applique.

Do I have to have a daughter to participate?

Haha… of course not!  This is your quilt!  You can mix and match some blocks if you need it to be more masculine (for example you might not want to add the flower applique) and you can also change the text to say something else as long as it fits in the same space.  Here are some alternate ideas…

Winter/Holiday (use Christmas fabric and sayings)

Wedding ~ (Use wedding dates, sayings and names)

Free Spirit ~ anything goes!

Sponsored By:

We will have some Monthly Prizes starting in February ~Generously Sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company!

Fat Quarter Shop

the warm company

I hope you’ll join me!

dear daughter

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