Monday, February 1, 2016

KT Stitch With Me - Week #2


KT Winners

We have 2 big winners this week from my two blog posts last week. The winner of the new
Crazy for Minis book is:


Lewcrese Shields -This is going to be so much fun. I already have the first block done and am ready for the next. What a way to make you look forward to Mondays!!! Thanks a bunch, Lynne.

You are so welcome, Lewcrese! I'm having a blast sharing my layered patchwork secrets with all of you.

And, the winner of the Moda All-Stars All in a Row book is:
Beth J. Beal -I just love how you always manage to stay true to yourself! The Drunkard's Path was also a favorite of mine.

If you haven't checked out the rest of the designer's rows in this book, you still have time. A Beauty of  a Contest is just beginning, now thru March 15th. Grab a book and piece my row, then enter it in A Beauty of a Contest marked #KTacorns and post it on the FB page #AllinARowQuiltAlong. I'll randomly select from those entering my row for another chance to win an All in a Row book! 
Happy Stitching and Good luck!

KT Stitch With Me - Week #2

I love that so many of you are following along for my first KT Stitch With Me series. Last week, we made a Floating Star using KT's Layered Patchwork technique. No chance of chopped off star points here! This week, we're going to frame our star with a scrappy checkerboard border. Usually, that would involve lots and lots of tiny squares pieced together, one by one. That's not how we roll here at KTQ! We're going to begin by layering a MC square in the center of a 4 1/2" background square. Here we go!
If you haven't assembled your fabrics yet, this is the supply list once more.
Supplies for MC Sampler Quilt:
    2 KT Mini Charm Packs
     tan - 7/8 yd.
     navy - fat 1/8
     red - fat 1/8
     green - outer border/binding

Checkerboard Border

Cutting:  From the tan, cut (9) 4 1/2" sq.  background
                                           (4) 2 1/4" sq.  corners
                                           (8) 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" spacer/background
Select (13) assorted dark MC squares. 
Layer (9) MC on top of a tan 4 1/2" square, right sides up. Center MC on tan square with 1" left exposed on all sides. Use a standard ruler and measure 1" on each side to center the MC. 
Dot glue on all 4 corners of MC to hold in place. I love my Sewline glue pen!


OR, use our KT Spare Change ruler to position 2 sides of the tan square at once. We'll be using the 1/4" line, as shown, to have 1" around all sides of the MC (the outer edge of the Spare Change ruler is used with a 5" charm square). Position your Spare Change ruler in lower left corner on the 1" line, then flip the ruler over and measure in the upper right corner for a perfectly centered MC.
Use our KT Spare Change ruler for easy centering of MC.
Topstitch 1/8" from the pinked edges of the MC with coordinating cotton thread. Aurifil #5013 is a great green/gray that blends with all dark KT fabrics so you don't have to keep switching thread. 
Start stitching in the middle of one side of the MC so the thread ends are in the seam allowance after we cut the blocks into fourths. Note the placement of my 1/4" foot with the points of the pinked edge just under the 1/8" notch in the foot.

Topstitch 1/8" from inside point of pinked edges.
Make (9) layered, stitched blocks.
Cut the 4 1/2" layered blocks into (4) 2 1/4" squares, as shown.
Cut (9) layered blocks into fourths.
Cut a 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" rectangle from each of the remaining (4) MC squares. Layer each on one end of a 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" tan with 1 1/2" ends even. Topstitch 1/8" from pinked edge. Add another tan 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" rectangle to the layered end, as shown; press toward plain tan strip. Make 4 Unit A.

Make (4) Unit A

Sew the layered blocks together in pairs, as shown below, for Unit B. Sew the layered blocks together in pairs, as shown below, for Unit B. (TIP: I like to lay out all my blocks around the center star before sewing the units together - see picture below.)
Make (12) Unit B

Make 4 sections - 3B + 1A

 With the remaining 4 layered blocks, add a plain tan square to one side, as shown above; press toward tan. Sew this pair to a Unit B to make a Unit C for corners. Make (4) Unit C.
Make (4) Unit C for corners

I like to lay out all the blocks around my center star first for even color placement.

 Pin and sew 2 side sections to opposite sides of Floating Star block; press toward star. Add Unit C corners to each end of remaining side sections; press toward corners. Add to top and bottom of star. Quilt center measures13 3/4" square. (I know the sizes are little funky, but it will all make sense when we get to next week's blocks. Promise :)
Cut (4) 2 1/8" x 22" strips from red fat 1/8th. Trim (2) red strips for side borders: 2 1/8" x 13 3/4". Pin and sew to opposite sides of quilt center; press toward red. Trim (2) strips for top/bottom of quilt: 2 1/8" x 17". Pin and sew to top/bottom of quilt center. Quilt measures 17" square. So fun!

I can't wait to show you the super easy pieced border for next week - you'll LOVE it!



With the techniques we've learned so far, these two projects in Crazy for Minis are a breeze!

Fair & Square

Autumn Sky

Comment here to win an assortment of 4 KT Mini Charm packs. What a great start to all the cool projects in Crazy for Minis!

Please let me know if you have questions. You can email me directly at lynnedesigner@ktquilts.com for a private chat, if you prefer. 


47 comments:

  1. Sewing with minis seems like a great way to learn the KT layered (with love) technique. These minis are lovely!

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  2. I have your Spare Change ruler and use it a lot!

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  3. It looks so easy! The mini's are very cute and I love your fabrics!

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  4. Can't wait to see the next step of the project. Awesome, so far.

    Charlotte

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  5. So cute and a great way to include a wide variety of fabrics!

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  6. I am loving this top stitch technique for these units! Keep 'em coming!!!

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  7. SO NEAT! THANK FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  8. Looking forward to doing this - thanks again!!

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  9. Loving this! Your idea for sewing is really neat!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! Bev Eckert

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  10. Hoe exciting to see my name above as the winner of the Moda All-Stars All in a Row book. I saw all the rows together on the blog of Sandy Gervais earlier and was thinking that I was going to have to purchase this nook. Thank you so much!

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  11. So far, so good. I can't wait to see how this project turns out!

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  12. What an easy way to make a checkered border. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Your thought process is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing these techniques.

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  14. Wow I love the look of the star with its border of squares. I can't wait to get going on my week 2 blocks. Thank you for your generosity

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  15. Love how you do the blocks, great tutorial and makes it easier to see how it is done and put together.

    Debbie

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  16. Thanks for the great tip on starting the sewing on the middle side of the charm.

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  17. Such a cute quilt! Love the technique. Can't wait to try it. Thanks- K-

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  18. This is perfect for my left over KT fabric from doing Delaney's Twirl. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win some of your beautiful fabric.

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  19. Great tutorial thanks for sharing! Your little mini is just too cute not to make it;-)

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  20. Can't wait to try your technique! Looks like so much fun. Just that whole work thing keeps getting in the way of fun!

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  21. Well I have my center put together and I am loving it!! I enjoy making things scrappy and using fabrics as you go, of course KT fabric are the best because every line goes with every other line!!

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  22. I love this new addition to the sew along! Can't wait to see what you have for us next week!

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  23. Love these minis! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Lynne, I am a very visual learner and quilter! This step by step with great photos and directions (that are very clear) is such a blessing! Thank you a million times over! You make quilting a pleasure. :)

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  25. Love working with the minis! Thank you for all you do to help me have fun!!

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  26. I really like the Fair & Square wallhanging. Your fabric colors are my favorite. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  27. Enjoy your fabric lines.

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  28. Thank you for sharing your technique. I am looking forward to getting your book and trying it out.

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  29. I just finished my second mini quilt. It is hanging on the sewing room wall. I have been quilting for over 25 years and decided to give it a try. I am loving it. Thank you for the inspiration. I would love to win the charms, so I can make more minis!!!

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  30. Thank you for the tutorial! I love making mini quilts.

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  31. Wow - this looks like an awesome method to do patchwork. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  32. I just received my kit,looking forward to catching up and making this mini, thanks.

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  33. Making minis are a great way to have a quick project for a gift and the layered technique you use is appreciated. Thanks for the clear instructions.

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  34. Minis are so cute, I want to the new book if at all possible, I won 7 mini charms the other day at mangelsons and now I need a usr for them!!!!!

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  35. I really like this technique! Minis are sew much fun!

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  36. Your layering technique makes quilting so much easier and outright fun! Thanks Lynne!

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  37. I can't wait to finish this little quilt! It's so adorable!

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  38. This looks a lot easier than traditional patchwork, especially working with small pieces. I just love your mini patterns!

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  39. love the look and ease of the checkered border.

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  40. Oh...so beautiful and so clever and I love the fabrics.

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  41. Love your charming quilts and the technique used.

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  42. Just love this sew-along. Just the thing to get me motivated in the new year.

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  43. I love your fabrics. This is my second layered project and number 3 is ready to go.

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  44. The mini charm packs are so versatile. I love what you ceate with them, and your technique makes it so easy!

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  45. Love your fabrics and patterns. Have made several.

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  46. Hey sorry commented guess it got lost just want to say your fabrics are just beautiful with out the struggle of trying to figure out what goes together which makes this a breeze besides your teachnics are easy to follow and easy to understand. I never have liked sunflowers but theses are beautiful. And I love the flannels... As soon as I am able I will order you book on minns. Thank you so much for all you do.

    Patricia



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  47. Hey sorry commented guess it got lost just want to say your fabrics are just beautiful with out the struggle of trying to figure out what goes together which makes this a breeze besides your teachnics are easy to follow and easy to understand. I never have liked sunflowers but theses are beautiful. And I love the flannels... As soon as I am able I will order you book on minns. Thank you so much for all you do.

    Patricia



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