I am always excited to share a project with you using the beautiful fabrics from Moda. Today’s project is using a marriage of a Bella solid – American Blue 9900-174 with Sweetwater’s Lucy’s Crab Shack. This collection is a wonderful mix of colours suitable for both girls and boys.
The quilt and runner were designed for a king single bed (mattress size approx. 42″ x 80″).
- 1 – F8 Bundle of Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater (31 SKU’s)
- 8.5 yards solid ( Bella Solid American Blue 9900-174)
- 7 yards for quilt backing / runner centre – light blue dot (5486-22 Ocean)
- Fusible webbing
- 7 yards of trim or bias binding.
- Dark blue embroidery floss
Please read instructions for both quilt and runner before starting.
From the solid blue cut:
- 3 – 13 1/2″ x 90″ strips for solid rows
- 22 – 9″ x 9″ squares (Piece 1)
- 22 – 2″ x 7″ rectangles for Block B
- 22 – 2″ x 16 1/2″ strips for sashing
- 44 – 6 1/2″ x 9″ rectangles (Piece 2)
- 36 – 2 1/2″ x 10″ strips for scrappy binding (Calculated for binding joined with a straight seam not at a 45 degree angle )
- 5.5 yards and halve to make 2.75 yard pieces. Join lengthwise to make backing piece.
From the solid blue cut:
- 2 – 24″ x 16″ for pocket backing
- 2 – 26″ x 41″ and join to make 26″ x 82″ piece for runner backing
- 8 – 2 1/2″ strips for pocket and runner binding
- 8 – 5″ x 5″ squares for applique
- 11 1/4″ x 46″ rectangle
- 2 – 15 1/2″ x 22 1/4″
- Find the centre of Piece 1 by folding lengthwise in half and finger pressing.
- Lay right side up.
- Find centre of Piece 2 and place right side up on Piece 1 using matching the centres. ( 3 1/4″ )
- Cut a triangle by starting at the 3 1/4″ centre mark and ending at the bottom corners of Piece 2.
- Important :Keep the offcuts aside for use in the runner
- Using a 1/4″ seam, sew from base of triangle to point. Press towards the solid. Repeat for the other side.
- Use the 3 1/2″ marking on the ruler to find midpoint of triangle. Trim block back to 7″ x 8 1/2″ leaving 1/4″ inch seam allowance above triangle point.
- Make 44
|FInished Block 7″ x 8 1/2″|
- Use 22 of the large flags and trim block to 7″ x 7″ using the 3 1/2″ marking on the ruler to find midpoint of the triangle.
- Add a 2″ x 7″ strip of solid to the base of each block
- Make 22. Finished size 7″ x 8 1/2″
- Layout pairs of Block A and Block B in rows of 11, alternating between the large and small flags.
- Label the rows 1 and 2.
Hint: For Row 1, I started with Block A and row 2, Block B.
- Sew pairs together.
- Sew a 2″ x 16 1/2″ sashing strip to the tops of each block in Row 1.
- Sew a 2″ x 16 1/2″ sashing strip to the base of each block in Row 2.
- Measure through the centre of each row and note length. They should be approximately 88 1/2″.
- Cut the solid 13 1/2″ x 90″ strips to the measured length
- Sew finished rows and solid strips together.
- Layout and pin trim, meandering down centre of flag blocks. Attach to quilt using a zig zag stitch and matching thread.
- Quilt as desired and bind using a scrappy binding made from joining 10″ x 2 1/2″ strips of the print fabric together with a straight seam.
Block C – Make 44
- Using the off-cuts from Blocks A and B, sew a print each side to the solid triangle.
- Press seams towards the print.
- Use the 2 1/2″ marking on the ruler to find midpoint of triangle. Trim block back to 5″ x 6″ leaving 1/4″ inch seam allowance above triangle point.
|Finished block 5″ x 6″|
- Make 44
- Sew 4 – Block C to make a row.
- Repeat for Rows 2 and 3.
- Sew Rows together reversing the direction of Row 2
- Layer the pocket backing, wadding* (*batting) and pocket front and quilt as desired. Trim back to 14″ x 22 1/4″.
- Cut 2 – pieces of 2 1/2 x 22 1/4″ binding strips and bind top edge of pockets
- Sew 10 Block C’s together. Alternate the triangles facing up and down – Row 1
- Repeat for bottom row – Row 3. Finished size of Rows 1 and 3 – 6″ x 46″
- Take Row 2 – (11 1/4″ x 46″ blue spot rectangle) and sew Rows 1, 2 and 3 together
- Using left over trim from bed quilt, undulate the trim starting 3″ from top of row 2. Pin and sew in place.
- Trace T-Shirt pattern onto dull side of fusible webbing. Cut around shape leaving 1/8″ allowance. Press shape onto wrong side of fabric and cut on pencil line. Peel off backing and position on Row 2. Press onto Row 2 just below trim. Using your favourite appliqué stitch, sew around edge of T-shirts.
- Using a few strands of dark blue embroidery floss. Sew little clothes pegs from trim to T-shirt.
- Sew the 15 1/2″ x 22 1/4″ blue dot rectangles to each end of the centre section.
- Layer the backing, wadding and centre piece and quilt as desired.
- Place the pockets at each end of the finished centre piece and attach the pockets, using a tacking stitch 1/8″ from edge.
- Bind the runner.
Quilt – Finished size – approx. 70″ x 88″
Runner – Finished Size approx. 22″ x 75″
“I love everything about quilting and the quilting industry. I am so inspired by the enthusiasm and creativity I see everyday”.
A scientist at heart, Jane loves the engineering behind the quilt making process – the planning, the fabric selection, the designing and construction, and of course the quilting. She is always ready to challenge her skills when designing a new block or quilt.
These days you can find Jane in her studio running a professional long-arm quilting service, teaching, designing and planning her next publication.