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Flowering Snowball Quilt Tutorial

I’ve been showing you my progress of my Flowering Snowball Quilt on Instagram for a while now.   I’ve had a few questions about how I made it, so I thought I’d share a quilt tutorial with you.

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First, print this Flowering Snowball Quilt Template.

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Printing this template at it’s current size should give you a 6 inch square block.  You can shrink or enlarge this template if you would like bigger or smaller squares.

Second.  Using your template pieces, cut out fabric.  To make this process quicker, be sure to layer your fabrics.  I usually cut 4 layers at once.  Now you should have all your pieces ready to go.  I used scraps for all my colored fabrics.  I used about 1 yard of white fabric.

Third.  Sew pieces together.  Your squares are made up of 3 sections.  First we will made the diagonal section, then two corner sections.  Sew your three pieces together that form the diagonal section.  Press seams to the inside middle square.

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Sewing curved lines can be tricky, but the more you do it, the better you will get.  It gets easier as you go, I promise!  Now let’s make the corner sections.  After laying out your pieces, fold the corner colorful fabric on top of the white piece on the left.  The top right corner is where we are going to start our first seam.  Put that corner under your presser foot.  Clip the edge of your colored fabric to help it straighten out a little.  Hold into place aligning up your curved line, and sew!

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Next, we will add the other side of our corner section.  Lay it back down how it is supposed to be put together.  Fold white fabric on top of the colored fabric, aligning the the bottom corner.   This is where you will start your next seam.  Flip it over so the white fabric is on the bottom and put it under your presser foot.  Clip the edge of your colored fabric again, hold into place and sew!

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Once your corner section is sewn together, press the seams to the white fabric.  This is the direction the fabric lays the best.  Repeat this process to put your second corner section together.  Now we are ready to attach our corner sections to our diagonal section.

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Here we go.  Using only 2 pins, pin your diagonal section on top of a corner section.  Clip the edges of the colored fabric so that is gives a little better in the curve.  Both of these seams will be done with the diagonal section on TOP.  Once you’ve completed these two curved seams, you are done!  Press the seams to the white fabric, and trim edges to square up your block (if needed!)

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I finished off my quilt with a 2.5 inch white border, then a 3.5 inch colored border.  Finished size is 50X60.  Love, love, love it!  I can’t wait to get this quilted.  Don’t worry, I’ll show you once it’s all done!

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Patriotic Table Runner Tutorial

It’s not too late… You still have time to make this simple table runner to enjoy the whole month of July!  I originally shared this post on Or So She Says.  I am loving my new Patriotic Table Runner Tutorial.  I have table runners for several other holidays, but not a good one for the 4th of July.  It was time to fix that.  Let’s get making a table runner!

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Finished size:  16 X 46 inches

Supplies needed:

  • 1/3 yard navy blue fabric
  • 1 fat quarter (or scraps) red fabric
  • 1/2 yard white fabric
  • 1/2 yard fabric for backing, plus a few scraps.
  • 1/4 yard fabric for binding
  • Batting size approx.  18  X 48 inches
  • 1/4 yard wonder under (for appliquéing the stars)

 1.  Cut Fabric.  

  • Navy blue squares – cut 12 X 12 inches.
  • Red and White Stripes – cut 2 X 12 inches.
  • White Border – cut 3 strips 2 X 44 inches (width of fabric)
  • Binding – cut 3 strips 2.5 X 44 inches (width of fabric)

2.  Cut and Applique Stars.

  • Print this star (or draw your own).  My star is about 8.5 inches across.  Trace onto fusible web, and iron onto white fabric.  Then, cut out along traced lines.  Peel off the paper layer and iron onto the navy blue squares.  If you are new to applique, here is a basic tutorial for you.

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3.  Sew.

  • Sew the red and white strips together.  Sew the blue squares onto both ends.  Press seams open.   Sew your white border strips onto the long sides of the table runner first, then the shorter sides.  Press seams open.
  • Sew some scraps onto the backing piece.  The width of fabric is just a little bit too short.  I added a 3 inch strip on each end, because I like things symmetrical.  🙂

4. Quilt.

  • There are a few things that can make putting all your layers together easier.  First, tape your backing to the floor so it doesn’t move.  Be sure to not stretch your fabric.  Use adhesive spray and curved safety pins to keep the layers together.
  • Machine quilting is my favorite.  This is easily done on a standard sewing machine.  For this table runner, I just used straight lines, nice and easy.  I used white thread on the white, blue thread on the blue, and red thread on the red.

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5. Bind.

  • There are several ways to do binding.  This is my favorite way.  Sew your three strips of fabric together so that you have one super long piece of fabric.  Press in half, wrong sides together.  Sew strip onto the front of your table runner.  Tack down the back side by hand or with your machine (I always do it by hand!).  If you need more tips for binding, I love this tutorial.

6.  Enjoy!

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You are now ready to add a little holiday decor to your table this summer.  I hope you enjoyed this project.  A few other things  you might like are my Christmas Tree Table Runner, My Favorite Quilting Supplies, and Making quilts with Friends.  Come say hi!

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