Monday, November 14, 2011

First Ever Video Quilt Along!

So many of you have emailed me asking for more quilting tutorials. I've listened and now I'm delivering!

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Today I launched the first ever Crafty Gemini video quilt along!

I'm so excited to post Block #1 of 12 in this series.  Every few weeks I will post a new video tutorial with complete step-by-step instructions on how to create a new 12" block.  At the end of the quilt along we will each have 12 blocks. Each block will finish measuring 12" x 12" once it's sewn into the quilt. All blocks will be simply pieced together.  No fancy techniques like applique or paper piecing either. Just nice and easy 1/4" seam piecing.  Then I'll post a tutorial showing you how to sew them together to create your quilt top and then how to layer your quilt sandwich and finish it all up. 

If you have never made a quilt before and have been anxious (but scared) to try... this is the quilt along for you!  I will walk you through everything and I'll answer your questions, too! Each of the twelve blocks will only require two contrasting fabrics.  There are no set rules as to whether or not all your fabrics need to be the same or from the same line, etc.  Mine will definitely be scrappy (all different fabrics) so I can use up some of my stash.  If you do want to use the same fabrics I would estimate about 2.5 yards of each fabric for the quilt top and you'll probably have some left over. The backing fabric will need to be at least 40" x 52" so you can pick that out now if you want as well.  The finished quilt top will measuring roughly 36" x 48".  A perfect first time quilt for a baby or small lap quilt.
Block measures: 12.5" x 12.5"
Choose two fabrics- one will be your light and the other the darker fabric.  You need 1/4 yard (22.86 cm) of each fabric.  You won't use it all in this one block but can use the extra in some of the other blocks if you want. In my sample block above the blue fabric is my dark and the flowered print is the light.

If you are going to join us please post a comment below so we can see who is in!  If you have a Facebook page you can also post to the Crafty Gemini page and announce your participation there, too.  We want to see pictures of these blocks, too!  You can upload them to our Facebook page or post them to our Flickr group.


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