Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Riley Blake Union Jack Quilt Tutorial


Cheers!  I am so excited to be participating in Riley Blake's Union Jack Blog Hop!  I am in love with the fun colors of this Union Jack panel!  My friend, Karen, loves all things British: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, the Royal Family, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Fish 'n Chips, Beef Wellington, The Cure & Adele….her husband served a mission in England, AND here is Harper, their adorable baby girl with a trendy British name!  Harper is the cutest baby ever and this quilt is for her.  



This quilt is the perfect size for a wallhanging or baby quilt
Finished quilt 38.5" x 30.5"

Here's how you can make your own "Harper Girl" quilt.
Supplies:
1 Union Jack print
assorted jelly roll strips of prints and white - or yardage to cut strips
Heat n Bond Lite Printable sheets
batting
1 yard backing fabric
1/3 yard binding



Cut the white fabric and assorted prints into 2.5" strips x WOF
I used 1 strip of each of the 8 colors, cut 16 white strips
Now cut each WOF strip in half

Sew into strip sets of (5) total.  I just picked random colors and didn't try and lay out the pattern.  Make 3 sets with white beginning and ending and 3 sets with prints beginning and ending as pictured:
Press toward the prints.

Cut the strip sets into 2.5" sub sets:

Make 2 piles: one with the white on the outside and one with the patterned fabric on the outside:

Now comes the fun part - grab and sew!  Once again, I didn't try and lay out a pattern, I just grabbed 2 strip sets and sewed together.  Make sure the intersections of the seams sandwich together nicely.


Make 9 of these blocks: 5 blocks with patterned corners, 4 blocks with white corners.

Fussy cut one of the Union Jack blocks, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance around the print.


Find a font you like and print it in reverse on one of these Heat n Bond EZ print sheets - you could also use a silhouette, but I am not that advanced!  



 Cut out the letters and peel off the backing paper.  Cut a piece of white fabric 9.25" wide (the width of the Union Jack) x 19.5"   Place the letters and iron in place.  Straight stitch around each letter twice.  

Sew the Union Jack to the white fabric.

Lay out your blocks in this pattern: 2 rows of 3 blocks, then the Union Jack strip, then 1 row of 3 blocks.  Square up the white fabric if there is a little excess on the end.


Quilt as desired








Amanda

3 comments:

  1. Hello Harper and your lovely friend who made your quilt...both of you are adorable....your tut was very well put together...your quilting simple but impactful...well done...

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  2. It turned out just lovely!

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  3. So adorable!! and as a Brit (now living in Tulsa, Oklahoma) I'm going to need to get me some of that Riley Blake fabric!!

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