Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Avalon by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics 100% Organic Sample Bolts are here!

Avalon by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics 100% Organic Sample Bolts are here! Avalon will be hitting stores in April 2011, including www.fabricworm.com

We are so excited because we have just received our sample bolts of Avalon and we couldn't be happier! We've already began cutting in and prepping to sew our Quilt Market Samples! Look for our double booth this Spring in Salt Lake City at the International Quilt Market!

What you can't tell from these photos is how incredibly soft this fabric it is. We've got a lot of fabric to compare it to, and it's the softest fabric in the whole shop! You are gonna love it!!

Pssst.... Don't miss the newly added collage of Storyboek in the post below!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A little taste of the next collection from Birch Fabrics! Storyboek

Hey There Fabricworms!

We are so excited to announce our next collection for Birch Fabrics, Storyboek by Jay-Cyn Designs!

Printed with low impact dyes, this 100% GOTS certified cotton is the same premium quality that we've been so proud of!

Here's the logo to get you as psyched about it as we are!

Wholesale inquiries can view the whole collection, by sending us an email to: info@birchfabrics.com

Storyboek will be available at fabricworm.com and many other stores too!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Five Points Quilt Tutorial - Part 2

So picking up from where we left off in Part 1, the quilt top is all finished and now you are ready to baste and quilt this beauty.

Assembling the Quilt Back
1. Trim selvage off of Echino Bird Stripe.

2. Cut 3 panels of Echino Dots 16" x 60".

3. Cut the third panel in half and sew each half to the other two panels. Press the seams open.

Assembling the Quilt
1. Lay the quilt back onto a large flat surface. Starting in the center of each side, tape down the sides making sure the back doesn't have any wrinkles. I use painter's tape and it works like a charm. I also invested in a $10 pair of knee pads from my local hardware store and it made crawling around on the floor way more comfortable.

2. Center your batting over the quilt back, smoothing out any wrinkles. The nice thing about the batting is that it clings to the cotton so once you smooth it, it will stay in place.

3. Center the quilt top over the batting and back and smooth out the wrinkles. Your batting and back will be bigger than your quilt top. This is really important because trying to perfectly line up your three layers is nearly impossible and will most likely end in tears. Having a couple of inches on each side will save you a lot of time and frustration.

4. Starting in the center, pin the three layers together with quilting safety pins, pinning every couple of inches. Pinning close together keeps your layers from shifting while you quilt.
5. Rip up the tape and roll up the quilt sandwich and get ready to quilt.

I followed the lines of the sashing for my quilting inspiration, creating a larger triangle pattern. I used a yard stick, also from my local hardware store, and tailor's chalk to draw my quilting lines.

Making the Binding
1. Cut 10 2" strips the width of Quilters Linen Aqua from selvage to selvage.

2. Trim off the selvage.

3. Lay one strip right side up. Lay the second piece right side down at a perpendicular angle like in the picture below. Starting from the top left corner of the second piece, sew diagonally across to the opposite corner. Trim the excess and press flat.

Flip the top piece over and use the other end as the bottom, right side up piece. Take the third piece and place it right side down. Repeat the above sewing directions. Continue with each piece.

4. Fold the long piece in half and press.

5. Lay the binding on top of the quilt with raw edges aligned. With a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the binding to the quilt, leaving a 5"-10" tail of binding. You will need this for connecting the other end of the binding.

6. At the corners, stop 1/2" from the edge and back stitch. Fold the binding over to make a right angle and start sewing on the next side 1/2" from the edge. This will help you create a mitered corner.

7. Stop sewing about 5"-10" from where you started.
8. Lay the two tails flat on the quilt and mark where they meet. Make a notch in the fabric for where you will sew the two pieces together.
9. Sew the two tails together and trim the excess fabric.
10. Fold the binding over and finish sewing it to the quilt.
11. Hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt using a blind stitch.

12. To get a neat mitered corner, fold one side of the quilt down and finger press the other corner to make a right angle.
13. Fold over the second corner and pin in place.
Congratulations! You are all done!
****And Thank You to Melissa Lunden for this fabulous Quilt Tutorial!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Five Points Quilt Tutorial - Part 1

I am so excited to introduce the Five Points Quilt and tutorial. I love how it is the perfect balance of a traditional design and a really modern look.

You can see the Echino back peaking out from the bottom corner.
And here is the back - it is Echino Winter Bird Stripe and Dots.

Although it doesn't feel like it in a lot of places right now, spring is around the corner. With thoughts of warmer weather in mind, we picked these gorgeous spring colors for this quilt. The custom fat quarter set is available here.

Fabricworm Custom Bundle Five Points Quilt Fat Quarters, 10 Total

The quilt is done on point, with the center squares set as diamonds. It is a nice change from my usual tops and something I have been meaning to try. It was super fun and a little strange working on a diagonal but after getting used to it, I am hooked.

This quilt measures approximately 80" x 80". It is perfect for a full or queen size bed. The best part is that we used Echino's Winter Bird Stripe and Winter Dots for the back so it is reversible!

10 fat quarters or quarter yards of coordinating fabrics.

4 yards of Kona Snow

3/4 of a yard for the binding of Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen Aqua

2 1/2 yards of Echino Winter Bird Stripe Green

1 1/2 yards of Echino Winter Dots Green

90" x 90" cotton batting

1. Cut 100 9" x 3" strips of the coordinating prints - 10 pieces per print.
2. Cut 60 3" x 3" cornerstones of the coordinating prints - 6 pieces per print.
3. Cut 41 9" x 9" squares of Kona Snow.
4. For the side triangles, cut 8 11 1/2" squares. Then cut the squares in half on the diagonal.
5. For the corner triangles, cut 2 10 1/4" squares. Then cut the squares in half on the diagonal.

Here are the pieces laid out and looking pretty. I couldn't resist swapping out one piece of sashing for a piece of the Echino Bird Stripe.

Making the Quilt Top
1. Take 4 of each pattern of the 9" x 3" strips and sew one to each 9" x 9" square. Since there are 41 squares, you will need to use one extra 9" x 3" strip from one of the prints.

2. Press the seams open.

3. Following the picture below, lay out 9 blocks on a diagonal. Use one of each print. By using 10 different prints, you can easily lay out these blocks, sashing pieces and cornerstones without having any prints right next to each other.

4. On each side of the 9 block column, lay out 7 blocks, then 5 blocks, then 3 blocks and finally one block. Be sure to leave space between each column of blocks for the sashing pieces and cornerstones.

5. Following the picture below, lay out the pieces of sashing between the blocks. Be sure to leave room for the cornerstones.

6. Following the picture below, lay out the cornerstones between the blocks and the sashing.

7. Take a look at your prints and make sure you like the way the prints are laid out and balanced.

8. With the 9 block column in the center, pin each block column and sashing/cornerstone column so you can transfer them to your sewing machine without messing up your design.

9. Mark the top of each block and sashing column with a pin. Trust me, they are going to start looking alike so having a marker to orient the columns once they are sewn is going to be very helpful. You can see my little pin markers below.

10. Starting with the left block corner, sew the 2 cornerstones to the 9" x 3" sashing. Then sew the 9" x 3" sashing to the block. Take the time to align each row together so your seams line up. Press the seams open and then sew the sashing column to the block column. Be sure to sew the sashing column to the leftside of the block column.

11. Sew one of the corner triangles to the sashing row. Start with the tip of the triangle 1/5" over the end of the cornerstone.

12. Align the side triangle to the top of the column and sew. Repeat on the bottom.

And here is what the finished corner will look like when you are done.

13. Working your way in towards the center, sew the next column of sashing to the 3 block column.

Next, sew the side triangles to the top and bottom of the column, making sure that the hypotenuse of the triangle is in the correct direction. Continue with the 5 blocks column and the 7 block column.

14. For the center 9 block column, sew the sashing columns to the left side and to the right side first. Then sew the two corner triangles to either end.

15. Repeat the steps above for the second half of the quilt top. Be sure to sew the sashing to the right side of the block columns.

16. Once the columns are finished, sew them together. Take your time to align the rows so your sashing and cornerstones line up.

And here is what the quilt top will look when you are finished. This picture was taken right before I basted the three layers. Don't worry, we will talk about basting in the second part of this tutorial.
Congratulations! You are halfway done!

Quilt and Tutorial by Fabricworm's favorite Sewist, Melissa Lunden (Melissa won't sign her name, so we are signing it for her, she deserves all the credit! Thanks again Melissa, for another fabulous tutorial!)
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