Hi there! I’m Amy Ellis, first a wife and mom to four kids, second a quilt and fabric designer, with five books to my name, most recently Modern Heritage Quilts! I learned to sew garments as a girl, and taught myself to quilt as I became a mom. By the time our fourth came, I realized how much I needed the creative outlet for my sanity, and was piecing and quilting on a daily basis! I’m so blessed to MAKE and inspire others everyday.
I had so much fun making the Square in a Square quilt, with my new Adventures fabric (get your’s HERE)! The colors are rich and take me back to where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest.
The Square in a Square tutorial is a fun and simple project, that I think most quilters would enjoy! I cut all of my pieces from the precuts to the size that I needed, then enjoyed the chain piecing marathon.
Mixing and matching the different prints from the charm pack and jelly roll is always fun, I try to stay organized as I work so that there’s no repeat or confusion in my blocks. I like to look for a contrasting color and a print that is different in scale from the center, for the most visually pleasing arrangement. That’s a bonus when working with a fabric collection, everything works together!
Are you “one with needle” while stitching, or do you like to listen to music/podcasts or watch tv? I do all of the above, it just depends on the day!
While piecing this one, I pretty much worked the same way as Jenny – she’s already so efficient! Working on the opposite sides, pressing, then working on the remaining sides for that round of piecing. I trimmed the edges as needed and once the blocks were complete to have nice square edges for quilt top construction.
This quilt block is very forgiving, meaning even if you sew too wide a seam, it will most likely work out, but one thing that always helps with any quilt construction is double checking your ¼” seam allowance. I like to verify every couple of weeks, so that I know I’m piecing accurately, while you are at it – change your needle. I typically change mine once a week, but occasionally will forget and this is the perfect time to get it done.
One of my favorite parts of the quilt making process, is layering texture over the top of my quilts. I love finding the pattern that works best and shows off the piecing too. For this quilt I added an arrow with circles, it fits the quilt, and is just the right amount of quilting to make it great for snuggling with.
I can’t wait to see your interpretation of the Square in a Square quilt! It’s a great project to make and enjoy!
Happy quilting –
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On the first Monday of every month, we invite a guest quilter to come and join us on our blog to try out one of Jenny’s tried and true tutorials and of course, put their own little spin on it! Whether it’s the fabrics they use or a new tip, we’re always excited to see how it turns out! For June’s Tutorial Reboot, we welcome Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft to join us! We hope you enjoy her take on the Double Slice Quilt! #tutorialreboot
Hello Missouri Star Quilt Peeps! I’m Heather from The Sewing Loft.
On the average day I’m in one of two places; I’m either behind my machine or behind my keyboard. When I’m not stitching up a storm, I’m sharing sewing tips and tricks on my blog. One of my latest passions is using up every last scrap. That’s right, I’m a scrapaholic.
I think that’s why I love Jenny’s Double Slice Layer Cake tutorial so much. With just a few quick passes of the rotary cutter you are well on your way to creating a random scrappy pattern.
To make my quilt I used Mojito by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics as my main focal fabric and because I just love the soft, tactile feel of Cuddle, I mixed in a few extra squares for good measure. Banana, Aruba, and Jade.
Cuddle is a specialty fabric that is knit based and has a directional pile. Normally, I would pay close attention to the direction of the pile but since I knew each block would be turned in all different ways, I didn’t sweat it. Instead, I just jumped right in and decided it would be a fun textural factor on the final quilt.
If you’ve never worked with Cuddle before, here are a few of my favorite tips to ensure your project is a success.
After watching the video you can see that from start to finish this is going to be fun. Thank goodness the cutting went super fast because with each pass of my rotary cutter I began to get more and more excited.
The bursts of color were like a visual rush of sugary eye candy. Seriously, I could hardly wait to get stitching on this one. Just look at all those yummy colors stacked together.
When it comes to matching fabrics, this double slice technique really takes the pressure off! Just grab your favorite layer cake, rotary cutter and get set to slice and go. You can see that I layered the cuddle squares into my fabric stack. Then it was all about the chain piecing. With each stitch I could see this was gonna be good.
The quilt top really comes together in a flash and is the perfect weekend project.
I pretty much love everything about this quilt but the random placement of colors and patterns makes my scrapaholic heart sing.
Here are a few additional fav’s for me:
- Super fast cutting (who wants to spend time cutting when we all just want to sew!)
- NO pins!! This is big for me because I like to just put the pedal to the metal.
- Scrappy outlook.
- Touch-ablity factor! All I want to do now is veg out on the couch and pet it!!
P.S. Don’t forget to label your work! This is so much easier than you think.
Here’s where you can find Heather on the web:
It’s time for another Tutorial Reboot! This month we want to introduce you to Christie Hurst! We know you’re going to love this one!! 🙂
Love From Ruby is the whole reason I chose to use the Valentine Heart Quilt Tutorial in the first place! I have a two year old daughter with a congenital heart defect so anything with hearts makes me smile. This quilt will be donated to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit on December 17, which marks two years since my Ruby had her open heart surgery.
You can watch the video tutorial from Jenny Doan here!
I love how this quilt turned out! The video tutorial is very clear and easy to follow. I chose to make a baby quilt in boy colors. There are just not enough boy heart themed items sometimes!
I didn’t always love to quilt. It hasn’t been until this summer that I’ve started to quilt more and I’m hooked. Initially I was pretty sure I hated it when I made my first quilt, ha! I haven’t made a lot of quilts, but I am learning more with every quilt I finish! This heart quilt is my 10th.
I’m in the process of making another with my sisters for my Aunt for Christmas. There is just something about giving a quilt to someone that I love–I feel I am wrapping them with my love when nothing else seems to suffice sometimes.
To make this baby quilt, you need 1 Ocean Cotton+Steel Basics charm pack (will not use all), 1.5 yards Kona White for the background and sashing, 1/2 yard XO Night Owl Cotton + Steel for the binding (will have plenty of that left over) and 1.75 yards Dottie Bluebird for the backing. And of course batting, thread, and time. Though I love baby quilts because they are so quick to make!
So you will need to use:
-24 charm pack squares: 4 squares of 6 different matched fabrics
-twenty-four 2.5″ white squares. I cut 2.5″ strips and then cut that into squares.
-twelve 5″ white squares
-twelve 2.5″ x 9.5″ strips white fabric
-twelve 2.5″ x 13.5″ strips white fabric
-sashing 4″ wide (I didn’t get the exact length measurement on this, so sorry!)
The video has you iron the white squares in half diagonally but I drew them. On the 5″ squares you draw from corner to corner, then measure half inch a way and sew down that as well. In the video she saves them for a cute little centerpiece made from the smaller triangles sewn together, but we will use ours in the quilt so hang onto them!
So you will use the larger triangle for the hearts, and save the smaller one for the border.
Sew along all the lines and you’ll end up with this. Make sure to press well!
Sew one side of the heart together top to bottom and repeat with the other side.
Match the seams up and pin, then sew the two sides of the heart together.
Now add the sashing. Do the 9.5″ strips on the sides first, and then the top and bottom 13/5″. I like to pin from the middle out and then sew. It helps to keep it from getting wavy. This is especially important the longer your sashing pieces are.
Make sure to press well throughout the entire making of the quilt block.
I’m sorry I didn’t record the exact measurements of the sashing everywhere, but measure the middle of the quilt and the edges for an accurate sashing measurement. As I said, I used the smaller triangles cut off from the 5″ squares at the beginning so you will have to factor in those squares as well.
If you want to learn more about how you can help families who are affected by a congenital heart defect, then click HERE.
Thank you so much for having me MSQC!