Neighbor Girl Quilt



Hello from Jo and Kelli at Jo's Country Junction. We had a great fun designing and creating this full sized quilt using Zen Chic's, Juggling Summer, fabric line. The quilt is destined to be a gift for our neighbor girl who is my daughter's best friend, Regan. She is the sweetest gal you could know.
Good news, too... There is a giveaway of a Juggling Summer Fat Quarter bundle happening on my blog so follow this link and check it out.




Fat Quarter Bundle of Zen Chic
5 1/4 Yards Black Accent Fabric 1503 25
2 3/4 Yards Cream Fabric 1503 27
6 Yards Backing Fabric for Backing and Border

The cutting instructions make use of an Easy Angle Ruler.  If you aren't familiar with using the ruler.  Here is a tutorial to help you.

Cutting Instructions:
From the black accent fabric:
Cut 10 ~ 1 1/2" strips.  Sub cut into 272 1 1/2" squares.
Cut 28 ~ 2 1/2" strips.  Sub cut into 360 triangles using a Companion Angle Ruler.
Cut 8 ~ 4" strips for the border.

From the cream fabric:
Cut 30 ~ 2 1/2" strips.  Sub cut into 720 triangles using an Easy Angle Ruler
Cut 10 ~ 1 1/2" strips.  Sub cut into 78 ~ 1 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangles.  Sub cut 8 ~ 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles.  Sub cut 4 ~ 1 1/2" squares.

From the fat quarter bundle:
Set aside the creamy fabrics and the black fabric that matches the accent color.

From the remaining fat quarters:
Cut each fat quarter into 2 1/2" strips.  Layer two of the pieces wrong sides together.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.  The blocks need mirror image pieces and the best way to get them is to have your fabric wrong sides together when you cut.



Using the companion angle ruler cut triangles.



Again layer two pieces on top of each other.  Using a companion angle ruler cut off the corner.  After the corner is cut off, position a ruler on the pieces as shown lining the ruler up on the two inch line.  Cut.



Continue cutting.



Each block needs four of the companion angle triangles and four of the parallelograms.  You will also need eight white triangles.

You can get five blocks from each fat quarter.  You will need a total of 90 blocks all together.



Sewing these blocks together is a little tricky.


When sewing the parallelograms, pieces need to be placed as shown.



Start by making the inner *56* blocks.  (The outer blocks are just a little different)

Sew the pieces together in strips as shown.

  

Sew the strips together to create the block.



Make 56 of them.

Now we need to make the *16* side blocks.

Make strips as you did before.  But this time, you will need to create the small black edge triangle pieces on each strip.  To do that, lay a black square on the corner.  Sew on the diagonal.



Trim and press open.

Create the shown strips.



Sew the strips together to create the block.



Next we need the top and bottom blocks.  There are *14* of them.

Create using the same methods adding two black triangles to the blocks as shown.



Next we need the corner blocks.  Create them using the same methods.  You need *2* like this.



You need *2* like this.




Lay the quilt out making sure to keep the inner blocks in the inside, the top and side blocks in place and the corner blocks in place.  Sew in rows.  Then sew the rows together to create the inner quilt top.

Time to make the inner border.  It is made using the 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" cream pieces and the 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" black squares.



Create 78 of these.  Sew them together in strip sets.  2 sets of 17 each and 2 sets of 19 each.

Using the 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" cream rectangles and the 1 1/2" black squares create 4 of these and 4 of these.



Add one to each end of the border strips using the diagram below as a guide.  Make sure to match your seams.

Attach the long inner border pieces to the quilt.

Sew the cream 1 1/2" squares to the remaining inner border strips.  Attach the strips to the quilt.

Sew the outer border pieces together.  Add the outer borders.

Cut the backing piece in half.  Seam the two pieces to create a backing.

Sandwich the top, batting and backing.  Quilt as desired.  Bind by cutting 2 1/2" strips from the leftover backing fabric.  Bind.




Grab a good book, a cup of coffee and cozy in with this gorgeous quilt! Measures approximately 83" x 91"


Jo and Kelli Kramer
{joscountryjunction.com}

18 comments:

Jody said...

Holy cow, that looks hard! But it's truly beautiful!

Anita said...

Love it! Its nice to see something that isn't just a bunch of squares or half square triangles :)

jennyg said...

I love it but you would need to be paying attention while you sew !

Quiltjane said...

Fabulous quilt and design.

lissa said...

Jo
Great job. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

-modalissa

lissa said...

Jo
Great job. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

-modalissa

Karen said...

I would say that is very Ambitious! Very beautiful.

Brigitte said...

Thank you so much for a beautiful quilt, great tutorial and a nice giveaway. I so love to see my fabrics featured in your design!

Sherryl said...

I agree with Anita - so nice to see something new and challenging. Love it!!

Sherryl said...

Anyone else having trouble opening the PDF link??

Sarina said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful. Nice tutorial too. Don't know if I'm this ambitious yet- but maybe sometime. Very stunning! Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...

Beautiful!! I would love the recipe but the link is not working!

Suzann McGinnis said...

Yes, I can not get the printer friendly version...the link goes to "site not found"

Quiltsmiles said...

What a beauty this quilt is, nicely designed Jo!
Thanks too Moda for such a gorgeous line of fabric that complements this quilt pattern beautifully.
Kudos to you both and thanks! Jane

Gill said...

Love this pattern!

Rosa said...

wonderful quilt and fabrics and fabulous design.Thanks for the tutoial!!

KatieQ said...

I really love it. The fabric choice is perfect for the design.

dungeonquilter said...

Would love to be able to print out the pdf file.