~IN THE LEAFY TREETOPS~
8 fat quarters or 9 1/2 X9 1/2 inch squares of something inbetween the color screamers and the lights. Something with just enough pattern –but not too much now. something like these:
4-6 fat quarters of LIGHT fabric.
One with a bit of print, but they aren’t screaming color at you.
6 fat quarters of screaming color fabrics
they just need them to contrast enough with the other pieces.
1 sheet for the border + the back
Finished size is 45X45 –or something like that.
Now that you have all your supplies ready to go–or are still searching high and low for them (sorry about that)..no matter, we’ll wait…………ok. got them? Your back and ready to go now? good.
Today we will be cutting all the pieces. I know that isn’t too much fun, but one step at a time. Everyone is busy in the summer time…..so this is how it is going to be.
So you need to cut:
Light colored fabric—
Cut 32 squares that are 3 1/2 inch X 3 1/2 inch.
Cut 16 squares that are 2 1/2 inch X 2 1/2 inch.
HINT: if you would like each block to have their ‘own’ background and not scrappy–cut 4 squares from each light colored fabric. -Each block will use 4 squares- If you want them to be mixed and matched them just cut them up and don’t worry about that.
Screaming color fabric—
Cut 40 squares that are 3 1/2 inch X 3 1/2 inch.
Cut 20 squares that are 2 1/2 inch X 2 1/2 inch.
HINT: If you would like each block to have their ‘own’ color and not scrappy–cut 5 squares from each colored fabric. -Each block will use 5 squares- If you are looking for a totaly scrappy quilt, then cut away.
**I made mine not so scrappy. Each block has their ‘own’ background and their ‘own’ colored piece….see some below—now don’t think because i showed you that they end up to be 9 patches that you can just go ahead and sew them all together !) whatever what was that? who said that?
let’s move on. shall we?
In between fabrics–
Cut 8 squares that are 9 1/2 inch X 9 1/2 inch.
Cut 4 strips 6 1/2 inch X 36 inch
After all the pieces have been cut you will end up with a pile similar to mine. I think i am missing a few in this shot though. hmmmm
That’s it for today! Come back for the sewing part. That is a bit funner isn’t it?
3) Sew those rows together to get a nice center of the quilt top.
Did you end up with a nice center of a quilt? yippeee!!!
Now, get out there and print, cut, and pin those pieces!!!
This is the fun part isn’t it? The one where if the top looks a bit funny, you can fix it by adding some stitching. –cranky quilt soooo had a cranky block, but after quilting—not cranky! I love adding the quilting. It isn’t quite finished until all the thread work gets on.
So here ya go—just a little help and some links for further help.
1) If you are quilting this on a big quilting frame, just load it up. pins and all!! when you get to that area, watch the pins- make sure you don’t run over one or your finger while trying to remove one.
2) If you are quilting this on a normal machine using the walking foot or quilting foot….make your quilt ‘sandwich’ as usual. You would want to replace those pins though with safety pins so when you scrunch and bunch it to quilt it you won’t get poked and bleed.
So layer your top (with all those safety pins) on top of the batting, and then on top of the backing. Now you need to add more pins! I know, you think there wouldn’t be any more room, but those 1st pins only hold down the applique…not the quilt sandwich together.
After pinning till you have no more pins left in the pin box, you can quilt it. Remove the pins when getting close to them.
With the appliques—–start at a place where you don’t have to remove the pin if possible. This will help that applique not shift so much.
I entered the leaft at the bottom point- where it joins the branches- i sewed around once then again –keep this 1/2 inch from the edge. It might get a little pucker at the entrance point where the leaf shifted…..don’t worry about it. It will shagg in the wash and then you’ll never know it!Then i sewed down the center and made some ‘veins’.
I just sewed down the center of each branch with a wiggly, squiggly thing. this keeps the center very secured and the edge will shagg nicely. See where the little branches join? They are cut at angles and then really just stitched in the center like all the rest.
I sewed all the way around the bird once. At the tail i did pointy, jagged stitching for the ‘tail feathers’ Then i jumped into the wing at the front or back point and sewed back and forth for ‘wing feathers’. The beak is sewn around the edges over lapping the head a bit–so no background shows between the beak and body. I did do a bit of stitching for feet…see the little feet? they don’t show much, but still cute.
I did swirlies all over. You could easily do a meander between everything else. See the branches and the leaves too? You just need something that will get you from one place to the other and keep all the sandwich parts together.