Love Beads Quilt





LOVE BEADS QUILT By Carla Timberlake 

Have you noticed all the groovy 1970's inspired fashions that are hitting the stores? Bright and wild colors dominated the scene and what hippie didn't own love beads during the '70's! The "Oh, My!" line of fabrics by Sanae reminds me so much of the psychedelic fabrics of that day!  This lap-size quilt celebrates the era in a fun and creative way! I'm Carla Timberlake from Lollyquiltz and this is my first Bake Shop pattern. I hope that you enjoy it!




2 Charm Packs of  Oh, My! by Sanae
2 1/2 yards of background fabric: Moda Bella buttercup 9900-28
3 1/3 yards border and backing fabric: Oh, My! 32450-18
1/2 yard binding fabric: Oh, My! 32453-14

Makes one quilt: Approx. 54.5 in. x 63. 5 in.




CUTTING:
Begin by cutting each of the 84 charm squares into two pieces with your rotary cutter and ruler.

Cut off a 1.5 in. X 5 in. piece from one side of each square. This will leave a section 3.5 in. x 5 in.

From the background fabric,
CUT: 23 strips WOF(Width of Fabric) 1.5 inches wide

From remaining background fabric,
CUT: 3 strips LOF (Length of Fabric) 1.5 in. X 59 in.
         7 strips LOF 3 in. X 59 in.                                                         

SUBCUT: Using 12 WOF strips 1.5 in. wide from above , subcut into 320 squares 1.5 in. X 1.5 in.
       

The Love Bead Quilt is made with two simple blocks, the bead block and the chain block.

MAKING THE BEADS:

Place a 1.5 in. background square in each corner of the 3.5 in. x 5 in. Oh, My! rectangle. Sew across the background squares on the diagonal. 

*Hint: Crease the square on the diagonal or draw a line for better accuracy when stitching, if desired.
Using chain sewing will make this step go faster! You will end up with at big stack that looks like this!
Next, using scissors or your rotary cutter, trim off the corners, leaving a 1/4 inch seam.

*Hint: If your stitching line is not quite on the diagonal line, you can trim out just the background corner from the middle, leaving the print corner to keep the block square. Your seam will be a bit more bulky if you choose this.

Press the background corners up toward the outside on each bead block.

MAKING THE CHAINS:

Choose 42 of the 1.5 in. x 5 in. strips that you cut from the charm squares. Lay them, right sides together (RST) along 6 of the 1.5 in. WOF background strips. You can get 8 charm strips on each background strip. Sew the charm strips along the background strips with a 1/4 in. seam.

*Hint: Test to be sure that you are making an accurate 1/4 in. seam before beginning.
Press the seams toward the charm strips.
Use your rotary cutter and ruler to cut across the background strip even with the charm strips to 5 inches.
Now, repeat the steps above to attach the charm strips along the remaining 1.5 inch WOF background strips.

Again, cut apart the 5 inch sections from the long background strips. They should measure 3.5 in. across.
Cut 34 chain pieces in half to make (68) 3.5 x 2.5 sections. Cut the remaining 8 chain sections to 3.75 in. in length. Lay aside.

CREATING THE BEAD/CHAIN BLOCKS:

Begin by choosing 12 beads and lay them aside. (You will use these later to complete the long rows.) Now, using the 68 short chain sections that you cut in the step above, pair up a chain section with a bead and sew them together using a 1/4 in. seam. Mix and match the prints for a fun look. Press seams open. Your bead/chain blocks should look like this:
Now for the really fun part! This type of quilt is called a strip quilt because the blocks are set together, end to end, creating strips. Then background strips, or sashings, are sewn in-between the block strips. Begin laying out the bead/chain blocks to create 9 long rows.

1. Use 8 blocks to create 5 rows, beginning with a bead at the top. At the end of these rows, add a single bead from one of the ones you laid aside above. Now you will have 5 chains of 9 beads, beginning and ending with a bead. Sew together and press the seams open.

2. Create 4 rows using 7 blocks, beginning with a bead at the top. At the end of these rows, add a single bead from one of the ones you laid aside above. Now, add a 3.75 in. chain piece to the beginning and the end of each of these 4 rows. You will now have 8 beads in these 4 rows, beginning and ending with a long chain piece. Sew together and press seams open.

*Hint: You will have 3 beads left over. You could piece them into the backing, just for fun!

3. Using a design wall (or even the floor) is a great way to move around the beads to get a pleasing combination. The 10 LOF background strips that you cut at the beginning of this pattern will be used to separate the long bead chains in the quilt top. Measure several long bead strips and cut the sashing strips  to that measurement. 

*Hint: You can use an average if the lengths vary slightly.
4. You can lay out the strips in any way that you like, but use a 3 in. background strip on the outside edges and alternate the 9 bead rows with the 8 bead rows. Use the cover picture, or the ones below, as a layout guide. Some of the bead stings will be closer together, depending on where you use the 1.5 in. sashing or the 3 in. sashing.

5. Once you have the rows laid out how you like them, sew them together and press seams toward the sashing pieces.

*Hint: The back of a flannel tablecloth makes a great, portable design wall. You can fold it up with the blocks laying on it and they will stay put.
BORDERS:

Fold the background/border fabric in half crosswise and cut. Each section will then be approx. 60 in. long. Using one section, cut (4) LOF 4.5 in. strips. Use these to make the outside borders, measuring across the middle and then cutting the borders to fit that measurement.  Add the side borders first and then the top and bottom. 
BACKING AND BINDING:

Piece together the remaining backing fabric to create a backing 3 in. larger than the quilt top all the way around. Layer with batting and quilt as desired. Use the binding fabric to make a French binding by cutting strips 2.25 in. wide. Fold and press in half after sewing them together end to end on the bias. Bind the quilt.



One funky LOVE BEAD QUILT to remind you of the 1970's! 
54. 5 inches X 63. 5 inches
ENJOY!


Carla Timberlake
{Lollyquiltz}

54 comments:

Jennifer said...

Great design and great tutorial! This is one I'm definitely going to have to make!

Jennifer :)

K2 said...

Great work and lots of patience!

Nicky said...

think this would make a great pieced border as well as a your lovely quilt

Pamela Nees said...

Carla! This is great! Love the design and the Oh My! fabric line is perfect with the Love Beads pattern! You really nailed this one! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Oops-Lah said...

I love this quilt and might try it myself. Thanks for sharing.

madrekarin said...

Tha's just awesome. I love it! :)

The Tulip Patch said...

Great to see you on the bake shop...I have admired your quilts for a while. I love the Love Beads quilt...it's something fresh and different.

Shelley said...

Great job! This quilt reminds me of the "pop-beads" we used to play with as kids :)

Robin's Bobbin said...

Carla! Way to go girl! Love, Love, Love the Love Beads!

Robin

Sherry said...

I love your quilt. What a great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing.

SarahZ said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this fabric, and this pattern!!!!!!

Mary said...

Great tutorial. Very clever, very easy and very pretty!

Debbie said...

What a cute quilt. I read your blog often and admire your clever designs.

Sara said...

LOVE this pattern! This is definitely going on my 'to-do' list. Thank you!

MN2NM said...

Love it! (Already commented on your blog!) Adding it to the list. Can't wait to give it a go!

mary ann said...

this looks like such a happy quilt. will definately make this one.

Sequana said...

Seems to me I had some of those love beads. *S*

I really like this quilt!

susiloci said...

Que colcha tan bonita!!!

Linda said...

You are so talented! What a wonderful design, Carla. Congratulations on your first entry into the Moda Bakeshop. You've got me thoroughly impressed. Peace.

beth said...

love it! Great job!

Jan said...

I really love your design!

tracy_a said...

I love this! Thanks for all the hints along the way!

Kelly O. said...

I cannot say enough about how much I love this!!!!

Jodi said...

I love it, especially the back!

Pamela said...

Great quilt! Absolutely love the fact that it uses the cut off strip from the charm - my scrap bag is full enought already and I can never throw away those cut-offs!

Victoria said...

I love this pattern! Great great great fabric choice to go with it!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Carla, this is an AWESOME quilt. I really like the fabric, being a child of the 60s and 70s myself. :)

Jenny said...

great recipe!

Meri said...

You cooked up something special, Miss Carla! LOVE it!

Sinta Renee said...

I was just at Molly Flanders blog and saw your blog link on a past post... found you and saw your MBS recipe today! I feel like I was on a wonderful Easter egg hunt... with a great surprise at the end! I love your Love Beads quilt! It's beautiful! I am so glad I found your blog too:)

Sadie said...

Love it! The name gave me a double take at the computer screen! ;-)

Patty S. said...

This is such a great design! I love it!

Mary said...

Hi Carla! Congrats! Great quilt!

KatheG said...

Congrats on your first! Great idea and info. Thanks.

Kathe

Jan said...

One of the best Bake Shop designs ever!

sandra said...

Beautiful, it's on my list for sure.The fabric is perfect for the love beads and love the back. Thanks for taking the time to pass onto all of the other quilters.

Peggy said...

What a beautiful quilt. So colourful.

Beverly said...

Love this pattern and what a great choice of fabric. Downloaded and on the list now. Thanks for sharing!

Connie said...

What a neat pattern! Downloaded and can't wait to make this.

sewtakeahike said...

I really love your pattern! Thanks for the great instructions for recreating it!

Amy said...

Cool! I really like these colors on the white background. Nice design.

Melissa said...

Very fun quilt!

Yia Yia said...

Oh, Lolly. I LOVE your quilt(z). I am so proud of you. You are an amazing girl and quilter. Congrats!!

Vicki (Yiayia)

KatieQ said...

This design is wonderfully thought out. I love the imaginative use of charm squares.

Anonymous said...

Great to see something so completely different on here. Congratulations.
Gypsylee

Andie said...

Great pattern, Carla!

Mother of Five said...

Love the quilt. will have to add it to my list. THanks.

gwen

Mother of Five said...

Love it. thanks for sharing. gwen

TADVR said...

Carla, too cute, another great idea for the to do list ! Beaded door hangings, beaded necklaces, bracelets... we had them all :)
Nicky, great comment about using it for a pieced border!

jelly roll fabric said...

That's a lovely looking quilt! Great job.

Sharon said...

Takes me back to groovy 1971!

I am Just One Mom said...

Darling! I had just turned down the corner of pg35 in the June 2011 Amer Ptchwrk & Qltng mag, (the one with the yo yo quilt on the cover) as a reminder to make the Urban Life Quilt by Crazy Old Ladies. Yours is very similar yet more 70s sassy. Glad to see yours before putting the rotary cutter to the fabric.
And a great tut! Thank you

Christi said...

To me, I see pool lane lines in this quilt. My son is a high school swimmer, and for his senior year, I am going to make this quilt in his school colors, which are also the colors in the lane lines in their pool, and make it an autograph quilt as a keepsake of his senior year and swim team. So THANKS!

amylovesowls said...

Saw this pattern on web page thought it was a newbie but thanks for the info will get quilting! Regards Maggie Herbert