Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bella Parade Quilt Along Post # 5

Bry again!  Well bebe’s this is the last installment in our Bella Parade QAL!  Hope y’all have had fun so far and are ready to finish your mini quilts!  This week we are going to be basting, quilting, and binding our colorful little beauties!

First off iron your top and your backing fabric!  I promise you will be happy you did!  Then create you quilt sandwich – backing right side down, batting, top right side up. 

I am going to pin this little guy.  I know a lot of people are fond of basting spray for small projects, but since I am going to be hand quilting this with embroidery thread I am using pins.  I find when hand quilting that my needle gets caught up in the sticky basting, especially since I use an embroidery needle since I am using perle cotton to quilt and not waxed hand quilting thread. 

To quilt I used a number of different colors of DMC embroidery thread, but only 2 of the 6 strands.  I want the stitches to be a little thick and lay on top of the fabric instead of sinking in.  This requires a bigger needle with a bigger eye, Thread Heaven (which is awesome!!), a marking pin, and a hoop.  Use your marking pin to make your quilting lines.  For the circles I used a roll of tape and traced around it, and a ruler to mark a ¼” away from the HST.  Once your lines are marked start quilting!

Now let’s make and attach the binding!  I used 2 ½ inch strips for my binding from a variety of our Bella solids because scrappy bindings are just so cute and this project is all about using a lot of colors! 
For tips on this check out Jaybird Quilts amazing tutorials!

Personally I love hand binding my projects.  It’s that extra little bit of love.  Plus this project won’t be in danger of multiple washings and lots of hands on use.
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Now would be a great time to do that happy dance from when you finished the top again!
IF YOU WANTED…you could even take this a bit farther and scale this quilt up into approximately a 62” x 62” quilt using the same layout, or even make 9 of these mini quilts and sew them together to make the most colorful throw quilt EVER!

Bella Parade - Tiled Quilt Sketch by A Blond Quilts
Fabric Requirements for either of the THROW SIZE QUILTS:
·         ½ yd of 30 different Moda Bella Solid colors
·          2 ½ yd Bella Solid White
·         70” X 70” inches for batting
·          4 yd backing
·         ½ yd for binding
***You will have LOTS of colorful scraps!  These estimates are on the high side to account for the 2 different types of quilts you can make.***

Measurements for scaled up quilt:  
(Note: I have not made this quilt scaled up and simply multiplied up the measurements so I hope they work!)

Inner Log Cabin
(MAKE 9 – each from 3 different colors.)
(1) 3” x 3” Color A
(2) 3” x 3” Color B
(2) 3” x 9” Color B
(2) 3” x 9” Color C
(2) 3” x 12” Color C
Log Cabin Sashing
(6) 4.5” x 9” white
(3) 4.5” x 30” white
Inner Borders
(2) 6” x 28.5”white
(2) 6” x 37.5” white
Half Square Triangles
(34) 6 7/8” x 6 7/8” Various colors (Use some twice!)
(34) 6 7/8” x 6 7/8” white
(12) 6” x 6” white
Outer Borders
(2) 4.5” x 55.5” white 
(2) 4.5” x 61.5” white
(3) 2.5” x WOF

I truly hope you have all enjoyed this quilt along with me, and if anyone has any questions, finds an error, etc please email me at bomara [at] gmail [com].  Please add photos of your creations to the Flickr pool!  I would LOVE to see them!

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