Monday, February 1, 2016

February Quilt-Along Challenge

Hello! Sharon here with our February Quilt Block Tutorial. In case you missed our announcement last month, I will give you a little recap. On the first Monday of each month, I will teach one quilt block pattern. You have until the last Monday of the month to sew your quilt block(s) and enter them into the album in our Facebook group, Whimsical Fabric & Me, and/or blog about your quilt blocks and link up your blog post in our link party (see below).

This month's block is designed to let us use some of our dear printed fabric that was saved from all our favorite projects. At least I know I sure save all of mine!

Each block that you sew and enter into the Facebook album, will count as one entry into our monthly drawing. If you make two blocks, that is two entries.  Make four blocks, that will be four entries, and so on and so on. There will be a prize drawing each month. 

In addition to the prize giveaway on the Facebook group, we also have a monthly Link Up Party.  Blog about your entry and link up your post and you will automatically be entered to win a second prize.

Note: You CAN enter both giveaways to increase your chances of winning!

 This month's prize will be a

I also thought I would go over quilt sizes since this question has been asked in the Facebook Group. Below is a list of average quilt sizes and the amount of blocks needed to make a finished quilt of that size**note that the seam allowance were taken out of the finished quilt size.**

*Crib - 34" x 46.75" = total blocks of 88 blocks or 7.3 blocks per month. So you will need 8 blocks for 3 different months and 7 blocks for 9 different months.

*Twin - 63.75" x 85" = total blocks of 300 or 25 blocks per month.

*Queen - 89.25" x 110.5" = total blocks of 546 or 45.5 blocks per month. So you will need 46 blocks for 6 different months and 45 blocks for 6 other different months. 

*King - 97.75" x 110.5" = total blocks of 598 or 49.8 blocks per month. So you will need for 10 different months 50 blocks for 2 different months you will need to make 49 blocks. 

Supply list:
*quilter's mat 
*rotary cutter 
*quilt ruler 
*your scrap fabrics 
*fabric marker or chalk pencil
1. First find all your favorite fabric scraps with little pictures on them. Fussy cut them to the size of 4¾". Note: This will be finished size of our block, so if your blocks from last month were 5" finished block or bigger be sure to start out with your main block the same size.

2. Next cut out some blocks in a smaller print or solid to 2" squares. This would be a great spot to use any left over 2" blocks from last month. For each quilt block you will need one 4¾" block and four 2" blocks.

3. Now take your 2" squares and draw a line through the center of them from one corner to the opposite corner. This will be our stitching line.

4. Now take all your  2" squares and place them onto each corner of the larger fussy cut square. Pin these in place.  Note the direction of the stitch line you drew in the previous step.

5. Stitch right over the center stitch line mark you made on step 3. Repeat with each of the 2" squares.

6. Trim the seam down to a 1/4" at each corner as pictured below. This will help reduce bulk on our quilt blocks.

7. Last, press your now triangle shaped pieces toward the outside, with the seam facing outward as well.

This is an easy block to have fun with and a great way to use all those great smaller pieces of printed fabrics.  I can't wait to see everyone's blocks for this month, and remember to have fun!!

Facebook Group
After you have sewn all your blocks together for this month please go over to our Facebook group and share in our February Quilt Along Album each of your blocks for a chance to be entered into our monthly drawing! You have until Monday, February 29th at 12:00 pm (noon) CT to enter your blocks. 

Link Up Block Party
In addition, if you blog, write up a short blog post about your quilt-along block(s) and link up your post in our Link Up Party.  The button is located below. In addition, 
1. Grab the February graphic, share it in your blog post, and link it back to this post here to let all of your followers know you are partying with us.
2. Share about your blog post on all your favorite social media outlets.
Note: We will be sure to visit and comment on your blog. We love interacting with our followers!

Remember, there is no required amount that you need to make.  Make as many or as few as you would like.

Happy Sewing!! 

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