All Good Gifts Quilt


Hello.  Cindy Sharp from Tops to Treasures here again.  I am excited about this quilt for a number of reasons, but mostly because its inspiration stemmed from the loving heart of my oldest son.  Each step along the way was marked by the love of someone offering a good gift.

Good gift #1:  Each person my son meets becomes a candidate for a quilt from mom. Really, he  has no qualms about asking me to make one.  I've made them for coaches, room mates, and class fund raisers. This time he asked me to make one for a pregnant friend.


Good gift #2:  I was visiting with the ladies in the sample room at Moda and they suggested this line of fabric. "Mixed Bag" by Studio M is fun and funky, AND comes in brushed cotton....perfect for a snuggly baby quilt. Chelair tossed me a fat quarter stack and said "Send us the pattern when it is done!"


Good gift #3:  I started Tops to Treasures in 2006 as a long arm quilting business.  It pays for my quilty habit and helps my boys with college expenses.  Sometimes I let my friends come and use the machine for the cost of the materials.  (Honestly I love having company during the day.)  Jeanne was not satisfied with that arrangement.  Her solution....minion labor!! Jeanne volunteered to trade piecing for long arm time.  I've seen her piecing...not going to turn that offer down.  (Thank you my friend for piecing this quilt for me.)
So it went....one good gift leading to another.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The horrible truth is that I am a bit of an OCDC geek.  I love things to be orderly and in order.  It makes me happy to see books arranged by subject and author on my shelf, earrings neatly paired in little cubbies, my Lego blocks sorted by size and color, directions that are explicit and precise, you get where I'm going.


The opportunity to make a rainbow quilt makes me "Happy, happy, happy!"  just like the fabrics that inspired my design, Mixed Bag by Studio M. 

All Good Gifts is a simple quilt made of 42, 8" x 8" finished blocks, set in a lattice of 2" sashing with corner stones.  The construction is straight forward and requires no special tools, or skills.  The challenge lies in the selection and placement of color.  With Roy G. Biv helping us, this should not be a problem.



The most challenging aspect of this quilt is the placement of colors.  The picture below assigns a number to each diagonal row.  All of the blocks in each row are identical.  Use these row numbers and reference the following chart to determine how much fabric you need.


There is enough fabric in a fat quarter stack to make the blocks of this quilt; however, you need to purchase an extra fat quarter for the frame in each row that has more than 5 blocks. (Specifically, rows 1 and 2.  They each have 6 blocks.)

In my quilt I chose to repeat the frame fabric used in row 1 (a long row) in rows 4, 9, and 12.  This required additional yardage as well. 

When making your fabric selections the following information is helpful:
  • There are 12 diagonal rows -
    • 12 different colors for centers - choose bright or deep tones.
      • You can repeat colors like I did - it uses less fabric or choose 12 different ones....just keep them in rainbow order. That is where my friend Mr. Roy G. Biv comes in. (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.)  I put red in the middle and worked out from both sides to blue.
      • You can cut 16 centers from one fat quarter
    • 12 different colors for frames - choose prints that help to blend from one center color to the next. 
      • I repeated a the multi on white.  Because it has most of the colors in it, transition is natural.  You don't have to do that...I was just being lazy. 
      • You can cut  5 sets of frame pieces from one fat quarter
      • Rows 1 & 2 require 1/4 yard extra to cut all of the frame pieces.


Yardage Required
What I used
Blocks


FQ Stack *
*additional yardage needed for rows with more than 5 blocks
Mixed Bag by Studio M

Frames*



1/4 yd (row 1)
1/4 yd (row 2)
1/4 yd for duplicate frames
(rows 9, 12)
SKU#32860-11
SKU#32865-19
SKU#32860-11

 
Setting Squares
½ yd
SKU#32862-18 
Sashing
1 3/4 yds
SKU#9900-97 
Border
1 ½ yds
SKU#32865-19 
Binding
1 yd
SKU#32862-18 
Backing
5 1/4 yds
 

12 sandwich sized zip lock baggies



One very happy, 76" x 86" rainbow quilt to snuggle under or gift to someone you love.



Cutting Directions:

Before you begin cutting, it may be helpful to create a "swatch page" for your project.   I've created a page for you, it lists all of the pieces you need to cut (just like the cutting chart) plus it has a column for swatches.  Print this file Swatch Page with my compliments.  In the column headed "SWATCH" cut and paste a small sample of the fabrics you want to use for that row.  It will help keep everything organized - (read - this is so you know what you are doing when you finally get back to cutting out the project after the finishing 101 things that draw you away from your favorite hobby) 


  • Blocks
    • Cut the pieces for the blocks in each row as outlined in the chart below.
    • I highly recommend that you keep your pieces segregated in zip lock baggies.  One baggie for each row.
    • Centers -
      • Cutting a 4 1/2" x 18" strip from a fat quarter will yield 4, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares
      • For rows with more than 4 blocks, cut 2, 4 1/2" x 18" strips.
    • Frames -
      • Cutting a 2 1/2" x 18" strip from a fat quarter will yield
        • 2, 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles for top and bottom OR
        • 4, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles for sides
      • For 5 complete frames
        • Cut 8, 2 1/2" x 18" strips from a fat quarter
        • Sub-cut 3 strips into4, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares each, for a total of 12rectangles.  (You will have two extra)
        • Sub-cut 5 strips into 2, 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles for a total of 10 rectangles.
Row
# of Blocks
4 ½" x 4 ½"
Centers
8 ½" x 2 ½"
Frame
 Top & Bottom
4 ½" x 2 ½"
Frame Sides
1
6
6
12
12
2
6
6
12
12
3
5
5
10
10
4
4
4
8
8
5
3
3
6
6
6
2
2
4
4
7
1
1
2
2
8
5
5
10
10
9
4
4
8
8
10
3
3
6
6
11
2
2
4
4
12
1
1
2
2

 
  • Setting Squares
    • 56, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
      • Cut 4, 2 1/2" x width of fabric (wof) strips
      • Sub-cut 3 strips into 16, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares each for a total of 48 squares
      • Cut 8, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares from the remaining strip to complete 56.
  • Sashing
    • 97, 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles
      • Cut 7, 8 1/2" x wof strips
      • Sub-cut 6, strips into 16, 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles each for a total of 96 rectangles
      • Cut 1, 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle from the remaining strip to complete 97.
  • Border
    • Cut 8, 5" x wof strips
  • Binding
    • Cut 8, 2 1/2" x wof strips

Break Time!


I sure hope that was better than I am thinking it is.  Right now it is "clear as mud" even to me.  I suspect I am tired from all of that cutting....and maybe you are too.

Clear as mud

Step away from the project.  Have some fun!  Go for a walk.  Clear your head.  That is where I am headed.
Thank you God!  That's better.  I've reread the directions....I think it is the best that I can do.  If, however, you still have trouble understanding what you need to do feel free to contact me at cindy@topstotreasures.com.  I am more than happy to help.
Sewing Directions:
  •  Block - the goal is 42, 8" x 8" finished blocks


    •  Use the "Swatch Page" to remind yourself how many of each color to make.
    • To make one block -
      • Gather
        • 1, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" center square
        • 2, 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" top & bottom rectangles
        • 2, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" edge rectangles

      •  Sew 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" side rectangle to opposite sides of the 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" center square.
      • Iron seam allowance towards the center square
      • Sew 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" top/bottom rectangle to long edges of pieced unit.
      • Iron seam allowances towards the top/bottom rectangles.
      • Trim to 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Repeat process 41 times to complete 42 blocks needed for project.
  •  Sashing
    • Gather
      • 97, 8 1/2" x 2 1/2"  sashing rectangles
      • 56, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" setting squares
      • 42, 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" blocks
    • Block Rows
      • Gather
        • 49, 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" sashing rectangles
        • 42, 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" blocks
      • Sort your blocks into 7 groups of 6 blocks each, one group for each horizontal row of the quilt.
      • Using the Swatch Page row numbers as a reference for color placement (#s designating the diagonal rows in the quilt) your horizontal rows (letters designating) should contain the following blocks:
        • A - 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
        • B - 2, 1, 8, 9, 10, 11
        • C - 3, 2, 1, 8, 9, 10
        • D - 4, 3, 2, 1, 8, 9
        • E - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 8
        • F - 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
        • G - 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
      • Add 7, 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" sashing rectangles to each pile.
      • Being careful to keep the blocks in the right order, sew 1 sashing rectangle between each block in the row.
      • Iron seam allowances towards the blocks.
    • Sashing Rows
      • Gather
        • 56, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" setting squares
        • 48, 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" sashing rectangles
      • Sew 48 sets of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" setting square, + 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" sashing rectangle (they will look like matchsticks)
      • Iron seam allowances towards the setting square
      • Sew sets together to make 8 rows of 6 matchsticks each, tail to head.
      • Iron seam allowances towards the setting squares.
      • Sew 1 setting square to the stick end of each row.
      • Iron seam allowances towards the setting squares.
    • Top
      • Gather
        • 8, sashing rows
        • 7, block rows
      • Sew rows together as illustrated in the diagrams.
  • Border
    • Gather
      • Cut 8, 5" x wof strips
    • Sew 4 sets of 2 strips each together, short edge to short edge.
    • Irons seam allowances open
    • Sew 1 set to each long edge of top.
    • Iron seam allowances towards the border
    • Trim excess
    • Sew 1 set to each short edge of top
    • Iron seam allowances towards the border
    • Trim excess

  • Finish - layer and quilt as desired!
    • I quilted mine in "Going in Circles" by Anne Bright. 
    • I used "Pearl" thread by Signature on the top of my quilt
    • I used "Cleopatra" thread by King Tut/Superior for the back and for the embroidered label.
I would love to see your quilt!  Send me a picture of it when you are done and/or feel free to add it to my Tops to Treasures group on Flickr.

Cindy Sharp
{www.topstotreasures.com}


5 comments:

KathyinMN said...

Super cute. I really love this fabric line, just bought two jelly rolls of it, because the colors and the patterns just make me smile. Really nice to see what you did with it and see how the colors blend so well. And thanks for sharing information on your quilting business. You do fantastic work.

vkh6210 said...

What a cute quilt and fabric line. Love them.

CruiseFan said...

Super nice.....
and THAT LABEL!!!

Where can I get such a "washing label"?

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
Wow, I really enjoyed reading this. You are a real angel to make quilts for all of sons friends
Best wishes to his pregnant friend.
This project is a beauty. I want to make it
You gave excellent instructions
Will you move next door to me? The house is for sale and everything :-P
Thank you for sharing your creativity

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