Alter Ego Tutorial Reboot Featuring Simple Simon and Co.

Alter Ego Tutorial Reboot Featuring Simple Simon and Co.

Hello we are Elizabeth Evans and Elizabeth Evans… two girls who married brothers and ended up with the exact same name! We also are the same age, have the same number of children and, are both former school teachers. Together we blog over at Simple Simon and Company where we love to write about sewing, quilting, and the art of homemaking.

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Today it’s me (liZ…short name, short hair) that gets the chance to share some thoughts about quilting with you. And the quilt I’m talking about is one that is a current work in progress that I started after being inspired by Jenny’s Alter Ego Quilt Tutorial.

There are two things that I really love about this quilt top tutorial:

#1. How the finished product looks complicated and time consuming when in actuality it is simple enough to be completed by even a novice quilter! (Over at Simple Simon and Company we love simple, beautiful projects….so this tutorial was right up my alley!)
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#2. How versatile this tutorial really is. Just by changing up fabric styles and combinations you could make this top countless times and have an entirely different looking quilt each and every time. (And because most of us who quilt are making quilts for others rather than ourselves I can see this fast becoming a go-to quilt top to make for gifts.)

Alter Ego Full Quilt

So let’s get down to brass tacks…the making of this quilt top.

For this quilt I used 16 fat quarters from RJR’s “Everything But The Kitchen Sink” fat quarter bundle along with 2 yards of plain white fabric and a ½ yard of Riley Blake Design’s basic black and white Swiss Dot.

Everything But the Kitchen Sink by RJR

(I love this fabric. It has such a happy, vintage vibe and working with it is a pure delight. Yes, a pure delight…some fabric just is that fabulous.)
But before I made my first cut into this fantastic fabric I came up with a plan. Even when I am following a pattern or a tutorial I jot down notes or sketch out my plan in a notebook.

Alter Ego Plan

It’s not fancy but it helps me collect my thoughts and gives me a direction for what fabrics I would like to place where. And for this quilt I wanted to try something a little different.

The Alter Ego quilt top is made using alternating 4 Patch and Hourglass quilt blocks. Each of these blocks have 4 different areas or zones. And my idea was to start in the center of the quilt with solid patterns…no white…and slowly add white into the mix until the rows on each end were solid white.

So you can see in my plan where the middle two rows were constructed of solid patterns.

Then the next row on either side of the middle would have ¼ of each block be constructed out of white.

The rows after that would be constructed from blocks where ½ of the area would be made from white.

And finally the two rows on each end would be solid white.

That was my plan but when I got to here I stopped:

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I’m not sure I feel like only ½ of the blocks done in white gives the quilt enough white space to transition into an all white row.
Which is where you come in…what do you think?
Here is the original plan:

Alter Ego 4 square with 1 fourth

Solid, ¼ white, ½ white, all white.

But here is what I am thinking I should do instead:

Alter Ego 4 square collage with 2 fourths

Solid, ¼ white, ½ white, ¾ white, all white.

So that would mean adding two more rows (one on each end of the quilt before the all white row.)

I think this would make the flow better…and I have exactly enough little squares already cut to make it happen.

But here is what it would do to my quilt size:

If I stick with my original plan the quilt will finish at roughly 72” x 72” (which I like…because I LOVE square quilts). However, if I add the two extra rows it will become about 72” wide and 90” long…kind of a strange size.

Which leads me to my question (and the reason my quilt top construction has come to a halt): Do I go with the better design and weird size or better size and a design that is not as strong?

I am leaning toward the stronger design….what do you think?

Here’s where I am at…and can go either way:

Alter Ego Full Quilt

While you are thinking you can check out Jenny’s terrific tutorial for The Alter Ego quilt and then you can pop on over to Simple Simon and Company and read about a quilt making tip that saved my marriage when making this quilt top!

-liZ

(And when I decide which way to go I will be sure and share photos the finished quilt with you!)

Alter Ego Quilt Step by Step Tutorial

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Read more about this quilt from Simple Simon and Company: http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2017/04/alter-ego-quilt-tutorial-reboot-and-quilting-advice-that-could-save-your-marriage.html/

New Friday Tutorial: The Flying Home Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Flying Home Quilt

Make the Flying Home Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!There truly is no place like home. At the end of a long, busy day, I love to crawl under the covers and snuggle up in the familiar coziness of my very own bed.  

Make the Flying Home Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

No matter how hectic it is outside, I always feel peaceful in my home. It’s not fancy, but it’s mine. Today’s new quilt, Flying Home, brings to mind the simple beauty of my very favorite safe haven: home.

Make the Flying Home Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Click on the button below to watch the tutorial and get everything you need to make your own Flying Home Quilt!

Watch the Flying Home Quilt Tutorial with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

New Friday Tutorial: The Friendship Star Sashing Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Friendship Star Sashing Quilt

Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you have beautiful fabrics and the cutest quilt pattern picked out, but then you can’t bear to cut your fabric up into such small pieces? The Friendship Star Sashing Quilt gives you the best of both worlds. You can keep your large 10″ squares without cutting into them, but still add a super cute flair to the sashing to give it a little something extra.

This is the perfect quilt pattern for those 10" precut squares you just can't bear to cut up! Free video tutorial!

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Here is all the info you need to create this quilt. You can click on the image to download a printable version of this as well!

Click on the button to watch the tutorial and shop for all the supplies you need to make your own Friendship Star Sashing Quilt!

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Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Nicole Daksiewicz

Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Nicole Daksiewicz

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Hello, my name is Nicole Daksiewicz and I sew and blog over at Modern Handcraft, where I share my current projects and free sewing tutorials. I was so excited when they contacted me about joining the Tutorial Re-boot series here at Missouri Star Quilt Company. I have been a huge fan of the website and of Jenny’s since I first started quilting, and since joining the Sizzix Design team where they offer a huge assortment of MSQC dies that are so helpful!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

One of the reasons I started quilting is that I was searching for nursery decor when I was pregnant with my first son and just couldn’t find anything that I loved. Fast forward to today’s project – my take on the Chopped Block Quilt which is a quilt I am making for my son’s Star Wars themed room. Kids bedding is a tricky one, usually the bed sets you find at the store are cheap quality and are not exactly the colors your child wants in his room. Luckily MSQC has a great assortment of novelty fabrics, including the Star Wars fabric I used in this project along with a pop of color that my son loves and matches the artwork we bought for his room.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

The quilt I chose, the Chopped Block, is a beautifully simple quilt that was so so much fun to make. It can be very modern in appearance depending on the fabrics used and is a perfect project for a quilter that is just starting out! In the YouTube tutorial, Jenny uses pre-cut jelly rolls and charm packs.

The fabric we wanted to use unfortunately did not come in pre-cuts, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t use them, we just had to do a little math using the fabric allowance chart and do a little extra cutting.

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For my fabrics I chose to use Kona White as my main fabric for my background, backing and binding. The remaining prints for the blocks are Kona Bahama Blue solid, Star Wars Grid in Black, Star Wars Logo in Black and Blueberry Park neutral black strand. One yard of each print fabric is the perfect amount for the size quilt I made with just a little left over for some pillows.

Once you have all of your fabrics prepped, it’s time to make each block. We will start with a patterned center for the first block. You will make the same number of patterned center blocks as solid center blocks since you will be cutting and shuffling in the next step. Take your 4.5″ patterned square and join a 4.5″ x 2.5″ solid strip of fabric to each side, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Add your 8.5″ x 2.5″ solid strips to the remaining sides, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Now add your 8.5″ x 2.5″ patterned strips to two sides, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Add the final patterned 12.5″ x 2.5″ strips to the remaining sides, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

For the chop and shuffle step you will first need to cut your blocks into 4 sections, in half and in half again. The trick I have for making cutting the blocks is to line up your outside middle square line to the 2″ line on a ruler and the outside line of the middle fabric to the 4″ line on the ruler. This will make for fast cuts and ensure that everything is nice and straight.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

You will join two pieces of solid center block with patterned center block to create the chopped block design, isn’t that fun?!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Once you get into the groove of sewing all of your parts together this is a fantastic project for chain piecing. It comes together really fast!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Before you know it you will have a whole stack of Chopped Blocks finished! The instructions now have border information for you to use. I altered my twin size a bit and left the half blocks off of the top and bottom and just went with a 6″ border around the entire quilt. My son’s bunk bed is a little smaller than a normal twin sized bed so making it a little smaller so it will fit inside the bed nicely.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did! The video instructions are fantastic and I honestly believe beginners to expert quilters would enjoy making this quilt. Here are some more photos of my finished quilt along with the inspiration for my color choices.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my version of the Chopped Block Quilt with you here at MSQC!

You can find more of my work at the following places:

Website: www.modernhandcraft.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/modernhandcraft

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