Amy Smart’s Patchwork Forest Using 10″ Squares and Fat Quarters

Amy Smart’s Patchwork Forest Using 10″ Squares and Fat Quarters

CLICK HERE to watch the Facebook Live video that teaches this project!

A few years ago, our friend Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter) came out with a free Patchwork Forest Wall Hanging Tutorial that people are still talking about and making in every which way they can imagine! We love it, especially the free improv method she uses for creating the tree shapes! Every tree is slightly different and that’s what makes it so fun to make and such a cute finished project! So, we’ve collaborated with Amy and are excited to be able to share these new cutting instructions so that you can make the same great Patchwork Forest blocks using precuts! We’re focusing specifically on 10″ squares and fat quarters and hope this makes you even more excited to try out this fun, improv pattern!

First, let’s start with the 10″ squares.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 Pack Holiday Themed 10″ squares (42 squares)
  • 1/4 yard Brown/Gray fabric for tree stumps
  • Backing Fabric
  • Binding Fabric

If you think about the ultimate shape of your blocks, they are not square, but are taller than they are wide. so, if you start with 10″ squares, you will cut off a 2.5″ strip to save for border, binding, or another project. Once you’ve done that, you will cut another 2.5″ off the bottom and then divide those into 2 parts, which makes your fabric look like this.

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

These cutting instructions feature The Cat in the Hat Christmas Ten Squares by Dr. Seuss for Robert Kaufman. Isn’t it adorable?

At this point you will want to divide your fabrics into complementary pairs.

When you start to cut your trees, you will stack your 2 fabrics together first, then cut out your tree shape.

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

When you create your tree shapes, make sure to leave enough room for seams on the sides and at the top. Once you’ve cut your desired tree shape, swap the center fabrics so it looks something like this (Each pair should be cut slightly differently to achieve the improv effect).

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

To make the tree stump (1.25″ x 2.5″), you will want to sew it to the (2) 2.5″ x 3.75″ rectangles as shown. Here are some great fabric options for your tree stumps:

In Amy’s original tutorial, she shows that you should sew your tree to the short side of the background fabric first, then to the long side. Make sure to place your point past the edge to allow for the 1/4″ seam allowance. There will be some trimming required, but I like to wait until I’ve sewn all the blocks to make sure I’m trimming them all to the same size!

Finished Block Size: Approximately 6.75″ x 9″

If you use your entire pack of 10″ squares, you can make a wall hanging or small quilt that is 7 blocks across and 6 blocks down (42 total). That will make your finished project approximately 43″ X 60.5″ (or bigger if you want to use your leftover 2.5″ strips to make a piano key border! The result is so fun!

You can see that this project makes a really adorable, whimsical project, but I want to assure you that it can also be very elegant and beautiful with different fabrics!

Now, let’s talk about the cutting instructions when you’re making this project out of Fat Quarters!

I whipped up a table runner using a few fat quarters that has a completely different feel to it! I used this Holiday Flourish 10 Holiday Metallic Fat Quarter Bundle for Robert Kaufman.

Supplies Needed

  • 3-6 Fat Quarters (depending on the variety you would like in your design)
  • Brown Scrap Fabric measuring 2.25″ x7.5″ (divide into 6 strips that are 1.25″ x 2.25″)
  • Backing Fabric
  • Binding Fabric (1 Fat Quarter cut into 2.5″ strips is plenty)

Cut each fat quarter into (4) 8″ x 10.25″ rectangles (If you’re only going to make one table runner, then you can just use half of each fat quarter and cut TWO of the 8″ x 10.25″ rectangles. If you cut it in half lengthwise to get the two, then you could use the remaining fabric for binding or even a pieced backing)

Finished Block Size: Approximately 7.25″ x 9.25″

The table runner is made up of 12 blocks. The Finished Table Runner size is approximately 17″ by 39.5″

Patchwork Forest Christmas Trees Table Topper

Using 6 fat quarters, I was able to make 24 blocks (I wanted the variety of 6 different fabrics), so in addition to the finished table runner shown, I have 12 more blocks ready to make a second table runner for a gift! Or, of course, you could certainly make a larger wall hanging with your 24 blocks. With some of the remaining fat quarters, I cut them into long strips to make a scrappy backing. This is a fun, carefree, improve project, so have fun with it and make it your own! #holidaypatchworkforest

Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for the Big Game!

Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for the Big Game!

Go, team, go! I may not be able to tell you the difference between a blitz and a bump-and-run or a guard and a tackle (I Googled those terms…), but I do enjoy the festive atmosphere surrounding a good ol’ game of football. The family gathers around the television, with plenty of snacks at hand, arrayed in their favorite team’s colors. It almost feels like a holiday. I always cook up a batch of my best appetizers and snuggle up in a quilt, right alongside my husband. And if you’re especially full of game-day spirit, a few decorations might be in order as well.

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

This year I went all out and stitched up some accents in classic football prints and colors to make the occasion even more memorable. No matter what team you’re rooting for, enjoy the end of a spectacular football season with a few of your favorite recipes and a couple quick and easy projects to add to the fun.

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

This table runner is so much fun in football fabrics! It’s the Flower Fancy Runners Pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company. Here are the fabrics that were used for this project:

Footballs & Helmets: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/39169/timeless-treasures/kimberly-knight/sports-football-helmets-black-yardage

Footballs: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/39170/timeless-treasures/kimberly-knight/sports-footballs-black-yardage

Sports – Tossed Footballs Green: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/64782/timeless-treasures/timeless-treasures/sports-tossed-footballs-green-yardage

Football Stripe: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/64783/timeless-treasures/timeless-treasures/sports-football-stripe-black-yardage

All Sports – Team Mascot Black: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/61798/kanvas-studios/maria-kalinowski/all-sports-team-mascot-black-yardage

Sports Life 3 – Grass: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/27044/robert-kaufman/studio-rk/sports-life-3-grass-yardage

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

These Micro-Safe Hot Holders for Indygo Junction are perfect for serving any hot dish, like some delicious queso or little smokies and aren’t they so darling in the football fabrics? What are some of your favorite snacks and appetizers to eat while you’re watching the game? Amy Barickman, the designer of the Micro-Safe Hot Holders, has a go-to recipe called Amy’s Super Bowl Salsa that just looks amazing!

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

Here’s a breakdown of the recipe for Amy’s Super Bowl Salsa.

  • 3 cans corn
  • 3 cans black beans
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 8 oz. feta cheese
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 c. oil

Do you enjoy watching sporting events with family and friends? Do you like to add something quilty to the occasion? Leave a comment and let us know!

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

Prairie Flower Tutorial Reboot – Featuring Guest Blogger Natalie Barnes

Prairie Flower Tutorial Reboot – Featuring Guest Blogger Natalie Barnes

Make a Prairie Flower Table Runner with Natalie Barnes!

Hi there, everyone!  It’s Natalie Barnes, here.  Proprietor of beyond the reef pattern company, licensed designer for Windham Fabrics, and author of A Modern Twist (Martingale/TPP).   

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

I’m just so excited to be here at Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s blog!  This year, I had the great opportunity to participate in the Missouri Star Quilt Co. Birthday Bash with Windham Fabrics. I just fell in love with the work that MSQCo. has done with Hamilton, Missouri!  Every detail you could possibly want or imagine is available for your visit. They have beautifully organized each and every one of the different shops, provided great dining and food options, and even created a retreat center!  For me, with a background in interior design/architecture, I loved seeing the buildings being restored to their original grandeur, and it was fascinating to hear about the local history that MSQCo. is keeping alive!  Thank you, Jenny, for making all of this a reality.

Natalie Barnes visiting Missouri Star Quilt Company!

There’s no getting around it.  As quilters, we are precise.  And we are organized.  Each and every one of us, organized.  Well.  In our own way.

Personally, I fall into the “controlled chaos” method of organization.  If you look at Amy Ellis’ charts and graphs manner of calculating yardage, you’ll see another way.  Or Angela Walters’ ribbon candy quilting.  Precise.  Organized.

We know exactly where a 1/4″ seam lies on any sewing machine we come across.  We always know where our sewing scissors are and where we keep (read: hide) the rotary cutters.  We know how much yardage we need for binding, and like Mama Jenny, we know that there are twelve (12) 5″ squares in a fat quarter, and fifty six (56) 2-1/2″ square “snowballs” or “dog ears” in a fat quarter, as well.  

Precise and Organized.

That’s what I’m going with.

Until someone calls and says, “You’re hosting Tuesday’s luncheon”, and we go into a sort of….well….you know the drill.  How many 10″ square napkins can I get out of two yards of fabric?  What is the standard size of a placemat?  Can I just turn them right sides out and quilt?  Will anyone notice they’re not bound?  I need something to go with the runner I have on the dining room table!!!  Oh.  Wait.  Food.  She said luncheon, didn’t she

That drill.

Jill Marie Landis, writer, best girlfriend, and inspiration for my pattern company, beyond the reef, would say, “If I walked in to Natalie’s house before a party, and didn’t find her just stepping out of the shower, I’d think I was in the wrong home.”   

“But the placemats are done”, I would reply, “and they match the runner”!  

One day it hit me.  Make the table runners in pairs, run them along the short side of the table, and voila!  The table is coordinated.   Table runner as placemat.  Two for one!

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

 

And with the amount of resources that Missouri Star Quilt Co. gives us, a quick review of the youTube channel is all we need to select a fool proof block large enough to use for our runners doubling as placemats.

This project is made using the pattern “Prairie Flower“, and Hand Maker Fabrics – my very first line of fabric, I’m proud to say – by Windham Fabrics.

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern
Once the fabrics are chosen, create a “color recipe” for the project.

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

The Blossoms will be made using the three medium value prints.

The Leaves will be the bright/dark prints, and they are scrappy – the more the merrier.

The Center of the Blossom will be the grey print, and the snowballs will be a mottled solid.  (Palette by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics)

Select a favorite print from Hand Maker for the backing – and use a contrasting binding.  This will give you two runner “looks”  from one set of runners!

For the two 13-1/2″ x 67-1/2″ runners, 1 x 5 blocks each, cut a total of:

Blossoms:   (40) 5″ squares

Leaves: (40) 5″ squares

Centers: (10) 5″ squares

Snowballs: (160) 2-1/2″ squares

Remember, your piecing accuracy is only as good as your cutting accuracy.  Here’s my first hint – – take time with this step, and enjoy the process.  Using the 2-1/2″ ruler and the 5″ ruler from the MSQCo. shop is really time efficient.  There’s no stopping to confirm the dimension is 5″ not 6″  (admit it, you know you’ve done it.  I’ve also cut tons of 3″ squares, thinking they were 2-1/2″, too.  Precise 3″ squares.  I’ll admit it….)

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Snowballs: 1 yard mottled solid

Binding: 2-1/4″ straight binding / 2/3 yard

(10) 40″ x 2-1/4″ strips

Backing: 2-1/8 yards

(leaving 4″ top and bottom for machine quilting / placing two runners

side by side when machine quilting)

Use Mama Jenny’s proven method of ironing the snow balls from corner to corner, and settle in with a good wholesome “lots of dialog” movie and start stitching until all of the snow ball corners complete.  

Here is Jenny’s full tutorial:

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Here’s another little hint – press open your snow balls and be sure they align with the corners of the 5″ square BEFORE trimming the fabric from the back.  This will help keep your 5″ squares “square”.

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Once all of your pieces are completed, head to your design wall, or other flat surface, and lay out the pieces, until you are satisfied with the look of your runners, and the colors are dispersed evenly throughout your project.

Finally, it’s time to pop in the second movie, and begin sewing your 5″ squares together to form your runners.   

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Now that the tops are complete, it’s time to let Angela Walters do her magic.  Angela is an author, instructor, lecturer, Robert Kaufman Fabrics licensed designer and Owner of Quilting is My Therapy in Liberty Missouri.    If you’re looking for a private long arm quilting lesson, or even want to purchase your own Handi – Quilter long arm machine, head to Quilting is My Therapy. Having a machine quilter is the closest I can come to having four hands!  It gives me time to cut, sew, and prepare the binding for the quilt as it’s being quilted. Thank you Angela, for taking time to quilt this project!  

Once the quilts have returned, I like to reconnect with my project.  So, I use “natalie’s quilted binding” – by sewing the binding on to the wrong side, and turning it to the front.  Then I use a pearle 8 cotton and a running or quilting stitch close to the folded edge of the binding to attach or “quilt it’ on to the front of the quilt.  Finally, I look for a consistent area in each block to add in some big stitch pearle cotton quilting.  It adds a different texture, and, well, it’s just my “finishing touch”.

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Precise and Organized, I say.  That’s how Hand Makers get things done.

So, give me a call.  Schedule a luncheon.  The table will be set, and I’ll be ready!

And if you’re looking for a new recipe, here’s my mother’s version of Waldorf Salad….just in case it’s your turn to host next month’s luncheon…

Waldorf Salad Recipe from Natalie Barnes

Many many thanks again to Missouri Star Quilt Co. for letting me stop by today and visit with all of you!

HappiestDays.

Natalie Barnes

be.do.create

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

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we’d love to see what YOU make!!

New Friday Tutorial: The Dresden Squared Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Dresden Squared Quilt

dresden squared pinnable

Look at this bright, happy quilt!  It looks like rays of sunshine and it features the dresden blade that we love!  It’s called Dresden Blades and the result is so fun!  Switch up the fabrics and the look of the quilt will be completely different!

dresden squared infographic

Jenny also shows how to use the leftover blocks to make an adorable table runner! Isn’t this so fun??

dresden squared tablerunner

Click on the button below to WATCH THE TUTORIAL and find everything you’ll need to get started!

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A Show and Tell kind of day…

A Show and Tell kind of day…

How are you?!!?  I have so much to show you today!! I have gotten SO {sew} many emails with your pictures of quilts and I am more excited than ever to show them to you!

Such a great quilt Sarah!! Love it!

First off Sarah sent me this picture of the first quilt she has ever made!!!  What a great quilt!  {you can’t even tell it was a first.  You should have seen the first thing I tried to sew.  YIKES.}  I just love the colors, so soothing.

Then…Check out this awesome table runner Kelly made for her Mom for Mother’s Day.

I love love love this line…and it looks so cheery as a table runner!

Kelly used our tutorial here and a Breath of Avignon charm pack. Thanks so much for sharing this with us Kelly!

Next up:  I got a sweet email from Barbara who had followed Mom’s video tutorial on making a baby quilt.

Barbara used a charm pack by MOMO from Moda fabric.  Isn’t it darling!?  You did such a fabulous job Barbara!!  Thanks for sharing.

Last but certainly NOT least is a sweet ‘Summer in the Park‘ quilt that Maria {from Australia} made using this tutorial.

How pretty!!

I love how sweet and simple the two tones of color makes it.

Thank you ALL for all the awesome quilts you make.  I am so glad that you have taken the time to email pictures to me! I really LOVE seeing what you all make.  I love hearing the stories behind the quilts….

I hope that you are all having a great week.

I am gearing up for Market!  CAN NOT believe I will be ‘outta here’ in only a week.  Where has the year already gone?!?!

~Sarah