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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Minecraft Quilt Letters: A-C Tutorials

In case anyone wanted to add letters to their Minecraft quilt, here are the first three tutorials for the Minecraft font quilt letters that I drew up based on a free font I found online. Each block is 10 1/2 x 12 1/2" (10 x 12" finished).

LETTER A:



Cutting:

Black: (4) 1 1/2 x 10 1/2"
       (1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2"

Dark Gray: (1) 1 1/2 x 6"
           (1) 1 1/2 x 10"
           (1) 1 1/2 x 7"

Light Gray: (1) 1 1/2 x 6"
            (1) 2 1/2 x 10"
            (1) 3 1/2 x 7"
            (1) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2"
            (1) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"
            (1) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2"

Prep:

a) Stitch 1 1/2 x 6" strips of light gray and dark gray together, then cut into (4) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" units. 



Stitch three units together as shown below, and set the other aside.




b) Stitch 2 1/2 x 10" strip of light gray and 1 1/2 x 10" strip of dark gray together, then cut into (1) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2" unit and (1) 3 1/2 x 7 1/2" unit as shown below.




c) Stitch 3 1/2 x 7" strip of light gray and 1 1/2 x 7" strip of dark gray together, then cut into (2) 3 1/2 x 4 1/2" rectangles. 



Stitch together as shown below.




Assembly:  Assemble in order of the numbered arrows.



And the "A" is done. :)



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LETTER B:




Cutting:

Black: (4) 1 1/2 x 10 1/2"
       (1) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"

Dark Gray: (1) 1 1/2 x 15"
           (1) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"

Light Gray: (1) 3 1/2 x 15"
            (3) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2"
            (1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2"


Prep: Stitch 3 1/2 x 15" strip of light gray to 1 1/2 x 15" strip of dark gray, then cut into (2) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2", (1) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2", and (1) 4 1/2 x 5 1/2" units as shown below.


Assembly: Assemble in order of the numbered arrows.



And the "B" is done. :)




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LETTER C:



Cutting:

Black: (4) 1 1/2 x 10 1/2"
       (1) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2"

Dark Gray: (1) 1 1/2 x 5"
           (1) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2"

Light Gray: (1) 5 x 7 1/2"
            (1) 3 1/2 x 6 1/2"


Prep:

a) Stitch 5 x 7 1/2" rectangle of light gray and 1 1/2 x 5" rectangle of dark gray together, then cut into (2) 2 1/2 x 8 1/2" rectangles as shown below.




b) Stitch 3 1/2 x 6 1/2" rectangle of light gray and 1 1/2 x 6 1/2" strip of dark gray together as shown below.




Assembly: Assemble in order of the numbered arrows.



And the "C" is done. :)



Next time I'll do D, E, & F. I'll try to include three letters in each alphabet post, and they will be linked up on the Minecraft Sew Along page. :D

Happy Tuesday!
xoxo

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Minecraft Mondays #20: Slime + a Giveaway!

Hi, friends! Happy 20th Mining Monday!

We're 20 weeks in! When I first started this, it seemed like this day would never come, but it went by really fast. This is the final Monday for the original 20 blocks, although I will be keeping Minecraft Mondays going for a while longer while I work on my son's quilt back, and a few extras that are in the works.

I'm going to add a few extra blocks, because my original plan was to make a pillow sham and throw pillow in addition to the quilt, and I've had a request for some letters.  I actually downloaded a free Minecraft font while working out the flyers for the school literacy night a few weeks ago, so I'll be adding those in case anyone wants to put a name on the quilt back or make cushions etc. They were quick to draw up. I just need to break down the diagrams. I'll post them as soon as I get them done, so if you'd like to use them, you won't have to wait several weeks for them. My son had fun helping me draw them out. :D Each one is 10 x 12".



Other letter tutorials can also be found on the Spell it with Moda blog hop. (Thanks @laurelsstitchery for letting me know!)

Some of you have made extra blocks already to make your quilts bigger, and shared with me, so with permission I'll be sharing the tutorials for those, too. :D (Stay tuned next week for extra blocks brought to you by @wisemantammy & @little.emerz!)

But for now, let's get to Slime. :D  He's a little more complicated than the previous blocks, just b/c some of his pieces are so small with odd sizes.

You'll need a lighter green, a darker green and some white.



Cutting:

Lighter Green: (1) 1 1/4 x 4 1/4"
               (1) 2 x 2 3/4"
               (1) 2 x 4 1/4"
               (1) 2 3/4 x 5 3/4"
               (1) 2 3/4 x 8 3/4"
               (1) 3 1/2 x 5"
               (1) 5 x 5 3/4"
               (1) 5 3/4 x 6 1/2"

Darker Green: (2) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"
              (2) 1 1/4 x 2"
              (2) 1 1/4 x 2 3/4"
              (2) 2 x 2 3/4"
              (2) 2 x 4 1/4"
              (1) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4"

White: (2) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"
       (2) 1 1/4 x 2"


Prep: Assemble two eye units according to the following diagram.










Assembly: Using the eye units that you pieced above, assemble in order of the numbered arrows first, and then according to the large gray arrows.




Slime!




CONTEST NEWS!

If you're interested in winning free quilting for your Minecraft quilt by my friend Lisa from Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting, just leave a comment here on this post.  I will pick a winner in three weeks, so people have time to enter if they're not quite up to this post yet.  Make sure you leave your email address in the comment. If I can't contact you to tell you that you won, then I have to pick a new winner! :/

For those who don't win, Lisa is also offering 30% off for all of our sew along friends who leave a comment on this post! :D  Message me for info, or you can check out her website by clicking here, or find her on Instagram at @lisalisaandthequiltjam. Her machine also has its own Instagram @upstairsbirdie.





Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for making this so much fun!! :D


Here's a peek at the Ender Dragon my son drew for the back of his quilt. He copied it from his t-shirt that I copied a lot of the characters from. I don't quite have it worked out yet how big it's going to be etc.  Yep. I have my work cut out for me! This will be the first time I've ever put something pieced on a quilt back.




If you're ready to sash your quilt after this week, all of the sashing info is on the sew along page. Just click the button in the right side bar.

Sorry if I've overwhelmed you with info. Don't forget to leave a comment to enter the machine quilting giveaway and be eligible for the discount! All you have to do to qualify is leave a comment here and to be sewing along, you don't need to have your quilt top finished by a certain time or anything. :D 

Thanks, friends! Have a great week!

xoxo

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Minecraft Mondays #19: Rabbit

Happy Monday!

We're up to block #19 this week. One more block after this to complete the original 20 blocks. If you're waiting for some alternatives, I'll be continuing Minecraft Mondays and posting those. More on that next week. :D




For now, let's get on to the rabbit.





Like all the other blocks, he's pretty simple.

You'll need two shades of brown/tan, pink, black, and blue (or any background color).

Cutting:

Darker brown: (2) 2 x 13"
              (1) 3 1/2 x 7"
              (1) 3 1/2 x 6 1/2"
              (4) 2 x 5"

Lighter brown/tan: (1) 2 x 13"

Black: (1) 2 x 7"

Blue: (1) 3 1/2 x 5"

Pink: (1) 2 x 3 1/2"


Prep: 

Stitch your (2) darker brown and (1) lighter brown/tan 2 x 13" strips together as shown below. 



Cut into (2) 5 x 6 1/2" rectangles.




Stitch your 3 1/2 x 7" rectangle of darker brown and your 2 x 7" strip of black together as shown below.




Cut into (2) 3 1/2 x 5" rectangles.




Assembly: Assemble in order of the numbered arrows.





Rabbit! :D





Also, I have some exciting giveaway news! My friend Lisa, from Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam -- a blog name you'll appreciate if you were alive in the 80's :D -- has started a long arm quilting business (her longarm machine/business is named Upstairs Birdie) and would like to offer one quilt along participant free edge to edge quilting of their Minecraft Quilt top! And 20% off to all other participants. Thanks Lisa! I'll share more about that contest in next week's post.



Happy Mining! I can't believe we've almost done 20 blocks!

Have a great week!

xoxo

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Minecraft Mondays #18: Blaze

It's Monday again! Welcome back!

This week, we're making Blaze. 





You'll need five colors for Blaze. Red (or dark orange), brown, orange, yellow and white.


Cutting:

Yellow: (1) 2 x 3 1/2"
        (1) 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"
        (1) 3 1/2 x 5"
        (2) 2 x 6"
        (1) 3 1/2 x 8"

Orange: (1) 2 x 8"
        (1) 2 x 6"
        (1) 2 x 2"

Brown: (4) 2 x 2"
       (1) 3 1/2 x 5 1/2"
       (1) 5 x 5"

White: (2) 2 x 2"

Red: (1) 2 x 2"
     (1) 2 x 3 1/2"
     (1) 2 x 5"
     (1) 2 x 5 1/2"


Prep:

a) Stitch your (2) 2 x 6" yellow strips and (1) 2 x 6" orange strip together as shown below.



Cut into (3) of the following 2 x 5" strips.



b) Stitch your 3 1/2 x 8" rectangle of yellow and your 2 x 8" strip of orange together as shown below.



Cut into (4) of the following 2 x 5" strips.



c) Stitch your 3 1/2 x 5 1/2" rectangle of brown and your 2 x 5 1/2" strip of red together as shown below.



Cut into (1) 2 x 5" strip and (1) 3 1/2 x 5" rectangle.



d) With these pieces and your cut pieces assemble the following units.



Then assemble this unit,using the 3 1/2 x 5" rectangle from step c, and the 2 x 5" red/brown rectangle from step d above.




Assembly: Stitch together in order of the numbered arrows.





Blaze!



Next week is the rabbit. :D



Thanks to everyone who came by for the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog hop celebrating the release of their spring issue. The winners are: Miss Pat, Joyce LM, HavPlenty, and Kathy L. Congratulations, everyone! 

See you next Monday for the rabbit. :D

xoxo

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Minecraft Mondays #17: Zombie Villager

Happy Monday Mining Friends!



This week it's the Zombie Villager. I can't believe we're 17 weeks in, and on the last row. When I started it seemed like this would take forever, but time has flown by. I feel like I say that every week now, but it's true.




For Zombie Villager you'll need two shades of green, some dark gray and a tiny bit of red and white.



Cutting:

Darker Green: (1) 3 1/2 x 5"

Lighter Green: (1) 2 x 3 1/2"
               (3) 2 x 4"
               (2) 3 1/2 x 5"
               (1) 5 x 12 1/2"

Dark Gray: (1) 2 x 4"
           (1) 2 x 12 1/2"

Red: (1) 2 x 4"

White: (1) 2 x 4"


Prep:

Stitch a 2 x 4" rectangle of red, white and lighter green together as shown below.


Cut in half to form (2) of the following 2 x 5" units.


Stitch (2) 2 x 4" of lighter green and a 2 x 4" rectangle of dark gray together as shown below.


Cut in half to form (2) of the following 2 x 5" units.



Assembly: Using your preassembled units from the steps above and your cut pieces, assemble in order of the numbered arrows.




Zombie Villager! :D



And I finally made Gold Steve from last week. My son was getting a little impatient. ;)




And I haven't done a show & tell from IG in a while. Here are some blocks spotted over there. :D















Thanks for sharing! I'm sorry if I missed anyone. Don't forget to tag your blocks #minecraftmondays and/or #minecraftquilt. I still can't believe we're on the last row!



I've been feeling pretty scattered. I have lots of things going on this week. I'm working on a Jane's Cross quilt for Lila Tueller with her new line of fabric and it's supposed to be done by next weekend! Yikes!


The Riley Blake solids quilt is off being quilted. (whew!)


Our school's Literacy Night is this coming Thursday, and we are busy doing all kinds of things for that. Packing up the favors, finishing up last minute decorations, and ordering copies. This is the passport for this year. When the kids get all the stations blacked out, they can turn it in for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.


We are attempting to build a castle out of boxes. This is my partner in crime's garage.. ha!


And this past Friday was my stop on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog tour. Their spring issue is out now. Click over to that post if you'd like to enter the giveaway. I will pick the winners next Friday. There are four prizes up for grabs.


Have a great week! I'm off to run around like a crazy person!

xoxo


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