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Friday, October 13, 2017

Pokemon Fridays: Block Two

Hi! :) Welcome Back to Pokemon Fridays. Today I'm sharing Block 2, the middle of the top row. 

If you're just joining us, you can click on the Pokemon Fridays button over there in the left sidebar to get caught up. Or you can click here & here.

This is Block 2:



BrightTurquoise (Background):
1 1/2" sq. (8)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (1)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (3)
1 1/2 x 9 1/2" (1)
2 1/2" sq. (1)
2 1/2 x 9 1/2" (1)
4 1/2" sq. (1)
5 1/2 x 6 1/2" (1)
7 1/2 x 10 1/2" (1)

Amelia Blue (Letter Edges):
1 1/2 sq. (15)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (10)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (7)
1 1/2 x 4 1/2" (5)
1 1/2 x 5 1/2" (1)
2 1/2" sq. (1)
2 1/2 x 3 1/2" (1)

Lemon Yellow (Letters):
1 1/2" sq. (9)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (13)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (1)
1 1/2 x 4 1/2" (1)
2 1/2" sq. (4)
2 1/2 x 3 1/2" (3)
2 1/2 x 4 1/2" (2)
3 1/2 x 4 1/2" (1)

**Remember to stitch all pieces indicated by the small grey arrows first, then stitch according to the numbered arrows. When finished with each section, label and set aside.








For the final block assembly, stitch those sections indicated by the small grey arrows first, then according to the numbered arrows. The block will be 19 1/2" square when stitched together.

And that's Block 2! Come back in two weeks for Block 3, the final block in the top row.  Then we can sew the logo together.

**Click HERE for the downloadable PDF of this block tutorial.** (link will go live by this afternoon)**edit** There was a small delay with the link but it is live now. Thanks for your patience and thank you Beth for letting me know!

Remember to tag your photos with #pokemonfridays and/or #pokemonquilt if you share any pictures, so we can find and see each other's blocks. :D  Thanks for sewing along!

See you in two weeks! Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Pokemon Fridays: Block One

Hi! (hand waving) :D

It's Pokemon Friday (for the Intro post, click here) and this week we're diving in to make a block #1! You can also find the Intro post and all of the Sew Along info by clicking on the Pokemon Sew Along button over there in the left sidebar. That will take you to the Sew Along page, where I'll be adding all of the posts as we go along, so it will be in one central place.

This is the first block: 

Following you'll find the cutting instructions, and diagrams. 

The block assembly is divided into four sections. This block will be a 19" square (19 1/2" unfinished). If you've been planning to sew along, and ordered a FQ bundle, hopefully it's arrived and you're all ready! (If not, you can find the FQ bundle offered by Fat Quarter Shop by clicking here, and the downloadable yardage requirements by clicking here. All the details are in the Intro post.) Okay, here we go! I'm excited to get going! :D

Bright Turquoise (background):

1 1/2" square (2)

1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (2)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (2)
1 1/2 x 4 1/2" (2)
1 1/2 x 5 1/2" (2)
2 1/2" square (3)
2 1/2 x 5 1/2" (1)
2 1/2 x 9 1/2" (2)
3 1/2 x 5 1/2" (1)
4 1/2 x 9 1/2" (1)

Amelia Blue (letter edges):

1 1/2" square (12)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (6)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (7)
1 1/2 x 4 1/2" (7)
1 1/2 x 5 1/2" (2)
1 1/2 x 6 1/2" (1)
1 1/2 x 8 1/2" (1)

Lemon Yellow (letters):

1 1/2" square (2)

1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (9)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (6)
1 1/2 x 4 1/2" (2)
1 1/2 x 6 1/2" (1)
2 1/2" square (2)
2 1/2 x 3 1/2" (4)
2 1/2 x 4 1/2" (1)
2 1/2 x 5 1/2" (1)
2 1/2 x 7 1/2" (1)
3 1/2" square (1)

**Stitch pieces indicated by small grey arrows first, then assemble according to the numbered arrows.

**This block will be divided into four smaller sections. (A,B,C & D)





Final Block Assembly:

And here is the completed 19 1/2" square block.

*For downloadable PDF click here.*

(link will go live sometime on Friday afternoon)

See you in two weeks for Block Two. :D If you share your block on social media, remember to tag them #pokemonfridays and #pokemonquilt and come find me at @kellifanninquilts. 

Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Unicorn Quilt pattern: Unicorn Scrappuccino

Caution: Unicorn overload. ;)

Back in April, I started toying around with drawing a pieced unicorn block. It took a LOT of tweaking and many, many, MANY different versions to get it to it's final face. 

I wanted it to be looking straight on.  Then came the hard part. He is a mixture of foundation paper piecing and traditional patchwork. So I really struggled with writing the instructions for FPP and patchwork. 

Finally, I thought this will never become a pattern this way. So I decided to make "foundation paper piecing experience" a requirement for this pattern.  It includes the template but not step by step instructions. It would have taken all kinds of pictures, and pages and pages of instructions. Plus, there are much better explanations on Google these days. After that decision was made, it all came together quickly and I put it out for testers, and these are the testers' blocks. So fun!  I love to see what different people do with the same pattern.

These pics are all from instagram:

This is @mamamel781's block, which she did My Little Pony-style for her daughter.  

@wester.jessica made a scrappy one for her daughter.

Finally, this is from @robotmomsews, whose daughter is now requesting rainbow manes, so the pattern now includes a coloring sheet so you can plan out the mane if you want to do it in different colors. I love the aqua background.

The other day I did another block but this time switched up the mane a little.  Some of the pieces are the same width in the mane and can be interchangeable, so I'm planning to make them each a little different in my finished quilt.

Mine will be mostly from scraps and smaller pieces of leftover fabric. :)  When trying to pick a name for this pattern, I was originally thinking "Blessing" because a herd of unicorns is called a Blessing. :) (unicorn trivia for the day-thank you Google. haha) But then the frappuccino with all the food coloring (and calories!) from that really famous coffee place was all over the news, so I decided to call it Unicorn Scrappuccino. Since I was making it scrappy. :D And it sounds way more fun.

But I still like that a herd of unicorns is called a Blessing. :)

Anyway, I'm really excited to have this one all done.  It was a long time coming and a lot of work.

This morning I got an email asking to mock it up in an upcoming line from Timeless Treasures... so here it is in some dreamy batiks. With some Dear Stella thrown in.

If you know a unicorn fan, and would like to give it a go, this is the cover and it's now in my Craftsy shop. You can view it by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!  Tune in Friday for the first block in the Pokemon Sew Along. :D

Happy Monday!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Pokemon Fridays Sew Along Kick-Off Post

Hi! (hand waving) It's the very first Pokemon Friday! 

Do you have any Pokemon fans at your house? It was all the rage at our house this summer, from Pokemon Go to a local art camp that had a Pokemon week. So, of course, the natural progression of things led to a quilt. :D

Ever since finishing the Minecraft quilt, my son kept asking me when we were going to make another quilt and have another sew along. He had a lot of fun watching the Minecraft blocks pop up and seeing people, and esp. other kids his own age sewing along, (and drawing extra blocks himself!) so when I mentioned Pokemon being a possibility, he jumped right on board and started researching Pokemon images that we could turn into blocks. He loves to draw! Not so much sew, but draw things for me to sew. ;) 

So in case anyone else is up for a Pokemon quilt, here's the info:

These characters have more detail than the Minecraft characters, so in order to keep them beginner and kid friendly, the blocks will be bigger -- they will finish at 20". Except for the top row. That will be broken into 19" blocks, and the difference made up in the sashing. 

The quilt will turn out to be twin size. 74 x 96". There may or may not be extra blocks at then end, I'm not sure. ;) I do know my son has already sketched up a four character panel for the back of his quilt. (yay.) lol But I will tackle that when the time comes. And post the tutorial for it too, in case anyone is interested.

That's a ways down the road though. I might know the dog character's name, Rockruff is it? I could be wrong. But the others I don't know. Maybe your kids will recognize them. :) Here are some of my son's free hand drawings he did in the paint program on our computer this summer. Name those Pokemon characters.. 

I digress. haha! I've forgotten the names of them. :/ Anyway, I plan to do the same as the Minecraft Mondays, only make it Pokemon Fridays. :) I will do my best to post a new block and tutorial every other Friday, because these blocks are bigger and take more time to break down into the diagram images, cutting lists, and stitch etc. That will give us all plenty of time to work on the block before the next one comes out. 

All of the pieces will be squares and rectangles and none smaller than 1 1/2" (1" finished). Diagrams will have small grey arrows, and larger numbered arrows, just like last time. I want any kids that might want to sew along for the entire quilt, or even just a block or two, to be able to easily handle the pieces. That was my most favorite and surprising thing about the Minecraft quilt -- seeing how many kids were sewing and/or helping their parents or grandparents. It warms my heart to this day!

To make it easy, Fat Quarter Shop has put together a FQ bundle of the solid colors that I'm using--that you can purchase by clicking here or under the image below. 

*click here for info*

It includes all of the colors used in the quilt top. Although the bundle does contain a FQ of each, a handful of them do require more than a FQ so you'll need to make up the difference for those. But you might want to wait and see if you have any of those colors in your stash or scraps that you can make up the difference with. Click here or under the image below to download the PDF of the complete fabric list and requirements.

*click here to download PDF*

My son has picked the Bella Bright Turquoise for background, but you might have another color in mind. You'll need 5 1/2 yds. for the background. All of the info is on that sheet above. Although some of the colors require only 1/8 of a yard, I think the fat quarters will work great, as there will be some extra in case there are extra blocks at the end. And also to keep in your stash. I love having extra bits of solids around!

Here is what it looks like with a darker blue background but my son was sold on the turquoise. I can't wait to see what other colors pop up. :)

If you sew along and would like to share on social media, please use the hashtags #pokemonquilt and/or #pokemonfridays. Or tag me @kellifanninquilts. That way we can all find them and see your blocks. :) 

There will also be a Pokemon Sew Along page where I'll link to all the block tutorials. Just like the Minecraft page. You can land on that page by clicking on the Pokemon Sew Along button in the left sidebar over there. :)

Happy Sewing!! xoxoxox

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