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Ok, so you have made all 4 blocks right?  If you just found this and need the rest of the info.. go to 52 weeks of Accuquilt and look for “flowers in the forest” No… well Im working on some kits, so stay tuned.

But as I promised, today is to show you a new way to sew all this together and quilt as you go. Here is the finished top.


First, some basic instructions:

1. All seams are 1/2″ and you will need a walking foot.

2. What ever you do on the front, you do on the back. Ill call it “top” and “back” for reference. WOF means width of fabric (from salvage to salvage).

3. Batting will always (except for the last border) be cut 1 inch shorter than your fabric.

Ok, lets get started. Here is the fabric I used. Sorry about the dull colors, I”m still camera challenged.IMG_0291 
The two green fabrics are for the back and the blue, black and purple are for the top.

 Fabric needed:

Back fabric for blocks: four 9″ x 9″ blocks , batting: four 8″ x 8″ blocks

Sashing: Top and back fabric, 1/2 yard each,  batting, scraps at least 1 1/2″  wide and up to 24″ long. You will need 2 @ 8″ long, 3 @ around 19″ long, 2 @ 22″ long and 2@ 24″ long. You will probably trim these later,but longer is better. Cut Sashing into four 2 1/2″ wide strips wof from both top and back fabric.

Inner border: top and back fabric, 1/3 yard each cut into four strips 2 1/2″  wide, wof.  Batting, scraps 1 1/2″ wide and up to 30″ long, you will need 4 strips.

Flange: 1/4 yard, cut into 4 11/2″ strips.

Outer border: Top and Back fabric: 1/2 yard, cut 4 strips 4″ wide and wof. Batting, Scraps four strips  3 1/2″ wide and 32″ long. Binding: 1/4 yard, 4 strips 2 1/4″ wide x width of fabric.

Layer your back fabric 9″ square with a 8″ batting square.

Block week finish 2
Then lay your quilt block on top. At this point you need to secure it however you want. I use basting spray. Then sew around your applique pieces with what ever stitch you like. I used a blind hem stitch with clear thread. This is your quilting as you are sewing through all 3 layers. Do this with all 4 blocks. FWI, as I said in the first post about this, I used a fabric glue for my applique pieces, not doing that again. It didnt hold down the fabric very well and I missed a few places. I would suggest using a fusible web. Use which ever is your favorite.

Second: Cut from both back and top sashing fabric 2 strips 2 1/2″ wide and 9″ long. Cut from batting scraps 2 strips 1 1/2″ wide and 8″ long. Lay the back fabric right side down, then batting then top sashing fabric.


 Mark your quilting pattern and using your walking foot, quilt the two pieces. An important note: Your seams will be 1/2″ wide. So I marked 1/2″ from the edges before marking my quilting pattern so I wouldnt sew past it when I sewed everything together.


This is what they look like from the back after I quilted it.

Sew this to two of your quilted 9″ blocks to connect them. Match up the right sides of the sashing and block sewing a 1/2″ seam allowance and seams will go to the back of the quilt. Repeat with the other 2 blocks and sashing piece.

Measure your two sections and cut your next 3 strips 2 1/2″ wide per your lengh measurement from both top and back fabrics. Cut batting strips 1 1/2″ wide and 1 ” shorter than your fabric lengths.

Quilt your sashing strips and sew onto the quilt block sections. Seams go to the back. Repeat this step with the remainding 2 sashing strips.  This is what your quilt should look like from the back.


 Kind of funky huh…. Anyway, measuring your quilt as you go, repeat steps with your inner border fabric. Strips from both top and back are 2″ wide and measure for length. Cut batting strips 1″ wide and 1″ shorter then fabric strips. I didnt quilt these because they were so narrow. I did sew a basting line on each end to hold them together as I sewed.
Ok, now cut 4 strips from your flange fabric, 1 1/2″ wide and measure two sides of your quilt for length. Fold the strips right sides out and iron. Cut 4 strips from each of your outer border fabrics, 4″ wide. Measure 2 sides of your quilt for length. Cut 2 batting strips same length minus 1″ and 3 1/2″ wide. Layer your batting on the back fabric with one edge matching.

This is so when you sew your binding on, you will have 3 layers to sew through. It is hard to hand sew binding with only 2 layers of fabric.

Lay the top border fabric next and then on the side where the batting does NOT match, add the flange.

Pin your flange down and sew a 1/8 seam to keep it in place.  Sew two of your outer borders on. Measure for the last two borders and repeat this step. You are almost done! 

Cut 4 strips of binding fabric, and bind your quilt like usual.

This is what the back should look like now.IMG_0277 

Next you want to cut all those seams like a typical rag quilt. I use these Fiskars craft snips.

Start anywhere you want and clip your seams open on each side. Like this:

Sorry for the raggy looking nails. Im not a high maintence girl and certainly not in the public eye much. Then clip your seams about 1/4″ to 1/8″ inch apart. Make sure you dont cut through your sewing seams.

Ok, Ok, it looks like I cut past a seam here. It is the basting seam I sewed the flange down with. See the black thread.. that is my actual seam. Do this with all the seams on the back of your quilt.

Then I spray the dickens out of the seams with water and throw it into the dryer with some other wet clothes and let the seams fray.    

Here is the finished project from the back.

And here it is from the front.

Now a little note here. I usually would not use this method with a small wall hanging like this. I would do it with a large quilt. But I wanted to show you the technique. I will probably use this again later for a larger project. I hope you enjoyed this. Next week, we work on a larger quilt using only 2 dies.

See you later!


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While stumbling around on the net the other day, I came across a wonderful website called furoshiki.com. Furoshiki is a Japanese gift wrap technique with cloth. Being a quilt shop, I thought it would be a great gift wrap for quilters. furoshiki.com  sells very pretty silks to do your furoshiki wraps in. But also on the site is a techniques area. You can see all kinds of ways to wrap gifts. Another place is Japan's Minister of the Environment's site . It is a quick page you can print out and add to your gift wrap for the next person. You can wrap anything from wine bottles to watermelon. Search the word furoshiki and all kinds of cool sites come up. There is even a youtube video on how to fold gift wrap in a few different ways. Check it out! 

When you go shopping, you can use this instead of another plastic bag.


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I looked and looked for a good tutorial on this and couldn't find one so I'm attempting this myself. Let me know what you think. First shore up the edge of the fabric so you have a nice clean edge.


I put the folded edge of the fabric at the top and the salvages at the bottom. Using your ruler, and rotary cutter, cut through only the top folded edge. Start at the bottom but not at the edge. Cut up from the bottom a little.


Move your ruler over every inch or however wide you are cutting your strips and cut up from the bottom and through the folded edge at the top all the way across your fabric. 

Ok, so I didn't do a great job of perfect measuring, but you get the point.


This is what your fabric should look like when you are done. Now open up your fabric so each end looks like this. You will then want to cut through every other joint.




Now do it again at the other end. But pull the first strip down so you can see where to cut. It will be the second cut over.

The first strip on the right is from the other side. I moved over two slits and cut… then skipped a slit and cut the last one.


You should now have one continuous strip of fabric. The joints will look like this.


I cut a little closer to the edge. Don't cut too close or you might rip the fabric and then have to join it together either by sewing or tying. 


So ends my first tutorial! Hope it helps someone out there in internet land!

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