Friday, April 12, 2019

mosaic jig qal - border one

Hi Everyone! Thanks for joining us on another edition of the Mosaic Jig Quilt Along. This week we will be putting on the first border. It will be an easy assigment with a little bit of applique. I hope you will like it.



First of all, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for reading my blog posts and participating in the quilt along. I am very honored! Thank you!

Here is a reminder of previous posts if you missed one.

Intro
Material and Fabric Requirements (March 1)
Preparation and Cutting Instructions (March 15)
Center Mosaic Medallion (March 29)
Border One (April 12)
Mosaic Blocks (April 26)
Record Blocks (May 10)
Finishing (May 26)

Preparation & Reminders

Please read through the instructions before you begin. You should have knowledge of sewing as well as how to use templates to complete this quilt.
  • Use high quality patchwork/quilting fabrics and thread for longer endurance.
  • All dimensions are given in inches.
  • Use a scant 1/4" seam allowance for all seams unless otherwise given.
  • Finger press as you go. Press with a warm iron to set your seams. Do not use steam to set seams.
  • Use a 2.0 stitch length for smaller blocks. Use a 2.0 - 2.5 stitch length for larger blocks.
  • Clip off dog ears as you sew.
Additionally, if you are using a translator to translate this information, the fractions will probably be lost in the translation. Please print out the original dimensions.

Copyright

All designs and templates are protected under copyright laws and may not be photocopied, dublicated or reproduced in any form other than the orginal purchaser for personal, private use. No commercial use of any kind is granted without the written consent from Karen Ackva or easypatchwork. May not be used as teaching material nor used in sellable items. All designs © Karen Ackva - easypatchwork.

Border One

Let's get on to the first border, shall we? It is rather simple with a few dots in the corners and a striped border that will fram the center mosaic block. It shouldn't take that long to make it. You can read the below blog post for in-depth photo explanations and download the PDF with pattern-like illustrations on my website.


Let us first start with the appliqué dots. If you do not like to appliqué at all and don't wish to make those round dots, just use an accent-colored square 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" instead. The effect will be slightly different, but still look great.

Here's what you need to get started:




Total Number of Patches
Shape
Patch
Dimensions in Inches
Subcut
 Accent
Main
Med 1
Med 2
BG
Template
D
3 ½ x 3 ½
D
4




Squares
DB
3 ½ x 3 ½





4
Rectangles
P
3 ½ x 5 ½





8
Q
1 ⅝ x 20 ½





8

R
1 ¼ x 20 ½ 

4






 

Make the Dots

 

Method 1

There are several methods of appliqué - Raw Edge, Needle-Turn, and Starch Appliqué. There is also another method which my friend, Katrin, reminded me about. (She is also sewing along, so go check out her account!) It is actually the very first method I used when learning how to appliqué. There must be a name for it. I refer to it as Stitch-n-Flip Appliqué. So if you know the name, please share with us.

You will need your accent circles cut out along the seam allowance of the template. Place it right-sides-together on the the fabric dryer sheet or light (non-fusible) interfacing or Stich and Tear product. Sew around the edge of the circle with a 1/4" seam allowance.


Make a small slit in the middle of the interfacing. Trim the dryer sheet flush with the dot.


Cut slits in the seam allowance on the outer edge of the dot to allow it to better hold the roundness of the curves. Flip right side out. Adjust the curves by pushing the seam allowance outward with a pair of scissors or a chopstick. Press. Center on the background DB square. Appliqué with your favorite stitch. Finished.

Method 2

After preparing my dots using Method 1, I didn't really like the choppy edge of the dots. I decided to use raw edge appliqué for my blocks instead. Since my quilt will probably not get washed, this is the best option for me. It is simple, quick and gives me the best result.

Fuse squares of fabric to backed fusible web such as Pellon Wunder Under or Vliesoline Soluvlies. Trace the circles onto the webbing.

Cut out carefully along the circle outlines. If your raw edge is not perfect, it will be seen on the end block. Take extra care when cutting.


Peel off the paper. Fuse the center of the squares. (Find the center of the squares by folding in half horizontally and vertically creasing in the middle with your fingers.)


Appliqué with your favorite stitch. (I used a simple 2,5 straight stitch in matching thread.) You can see the direct comparison of my blocks below. Which method appeals to you more?


Striped Borders

Take one R stripe and sew one Q stripe to each side. Press towards the middle. Measure the width. It may be slightly wider than 3 1/2". I originally had a larger width dimension in the Q patches just in case your center mosaic was sewn larger. Trim about 1/8" off of each side if you used the original cutting guide. If you use the dimensions stated in this post, you shouldn't have to trim anything off.

 

Finishing the Border

Add one side border to each side of your Mosaic Jig Medallion. Sew a Dot block to each end of the remaining two Striped borders and add to the top and bottom of the center block. Finished.

Now was that easy or what?


Please share with all of us your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #mosaicjigqal. We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful quilts.

Join us on April 26 for the Mosiac Jig blocks. They will be a bit more challenging, but I know you can do it. Here's a another sneak peek of what's to follow.


Thank you for stopping by. Happy quilting!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

mosaic jig qal - center mosaic block

Hi everyone! Are you getting excited yet? Well you should be. Today we will start to sew the first block in the Mosaic Jig Quilt Along. Since this is a mystery medallion quilt, instructions will be given every two weeks for a new border or at least the main blocks in that border. Are you curious??


First of all, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for reading my blog posts and even participating in the quilt along. I am very honored and grateful! Thank you!

Here is a reminder of previous posts if you missed one.

Intro
Material and Fabric Requirements (March 1)
Preparation and Cutting Instructions (March 15)
Center Mosaic Medallion (March 29)
Border Blocks (April 12)
Mosaic (April 26)
Record Blocks (May 10)
Finishing (May 26)

Preparation & Reminders

Please read through the instructions before you begin. You should have knowledge of sewing as well as how to use templates to complete this quilt.
  • Use high quality patchwork/quilting fabrics and thread for longer endurance.
  • All dimensions are given in inches.
  • Use a scant 1/4" seam allowance for all seams unless otherwise given.
  • Finger press as you go. Press with a warm iron to set your seams. Do not use steam to set seams.
  • Use a 2.0 stitch length for smaller blocks. Use a 2.0 - 2.5 stitch length for larger blocks.
  • Snip off dog ears as you sew.

 

Copyright

All designs and templates are protected under copyright laws and may not be photocopied, dublicated or reproduced in any form other than the orginal purchaser for personal, private use. No commercial use of any kind is granted without the written consent from Karen Ackva or easypatchwork. May not be used as teaching material nor used in sellable items. All designs © Karen Ackva - easypatchwork.

Center Mosaic Block

Now on to the first block of our medallion quilt. I designed a four-patch mosaic block. If you look at it closely, you will see four blocks. However, where the blocks butt up against each other, the lines are missing. This creates more interest when looking at the block. Do you see the big X in the middle? Does your eye tend to travel over the block or does it stop at one point?


If you have never sewn large blocks this could be a totally new experience for you . This block is huge (measuring 30" x 30"). We will break it down into smaller segments. Enjoy the larger scale, because we will get smaller along the way.

Here is what you need to get started.




Total Number of Patches
Shape
Patch
Dimension in Inches
Subcut
 Accent
   Main
 Med 1
Med 2
    BG
Triangles
G
8 ¾ x 8 ¾
(4) QST

16


8
H
4 ⅝ x 4 ⅝
(2) HST
10
16


10
Squares
K
5 ¾ x 5 ¾



2
2
4
L
4 ¼ x 4 ¼





6








 

Lay it out

Lay out your patches for the block on a large area such as a wall, table or floor to get an idea of the exact placement of your fabric. We will be making units and then sewing together in diagonal and horizontal rows.


Below you will find a condensed version of the instructions. You can find the full version here for your convenience.

Making Sub-Units

Make (10) HST's. Trim to 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".


Make (2) Unit 1's. Trim to 4 1/4" x 8".



Make (4) Unit 2's. Trim to 4 1/4" x 8".


Make (4) Flying Geese. Trim to 4 1/4" x 8".


Make (2) Diamond in a Square Blocks. Trim to 8" x 8".



Sewing Instructions for the Rows

Row 1 & Row 5
  1. Sew one HST to each corresponding Flying Geese unit, nesting seams. Press outwards towards the corner. Repeat for the other side.
  2. Sew one HST/Flying Geese unit to each side of Unit 1. Press in the direction shown. Make (2) rows and set aside.
Row 2 & Row 4
  1. Sew two G triangles together. Press in the directions shown. Repeat for the other side.
  2. Sew one G triangle to each side of corresponding K square as shown. Press outwards (up and down). Repeat for the remaining two diagonal sections.
  3. Finish the entire row by nesting the seams and sewing the rows together. Finger press in the direction shown. Make (2) rows. Set aside.
Row 3
  1. Sew one Unit 2 to the correct side of each Diamond in a Square blocks. Press towards Unit 2. 
  2. Make the Bow Tie block by sewing and nesting two Unit 2's together. Pop the center to create a spinning seam. Press. 
  3. Finish sewing the row by connecting all units. Press in the direction shown.


Set your seams and press with a warm iron. 

Good luck with sewing your block together! If you have any problems, don't hesitate to ask. You can link up your block below or on Instagram: #mosaigjigqal #mosaicjigquiltalong

Here are a few mock-ups of your most popularly voted color schemes:


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Here are some of my favorite tips to keep mind.


When sewing rows together, always start where two seams will butt up against each other. Using your finger nail, push the seams into each other to nest and pin in place. Fill the rest of the seam with straight pins as needed.Sew and remove pins. Since I am right-handed, I pin perpendicular to the seam with the glass head on the right.


When sewing, keep your iron turned off and finger press as you sew. Set your seams and "flatten" after the block is sewn together to prevent stretching and distorting the seams. When you work with triangles, you will have a lot of bias edges. Spray with starch before sewing or even cutting.


Measure your blocks and rows before sewing them together. If they don't match what is written in the instructions, you should trim or square them within reason. Use large rulers and cut off the excess. It is more important that the 1/4" seam allowance remains intact rather than the length and width of the block/row is exact. In other words, it is more important that your blocks are consistent rather than accurate in measurements. Chances are, if you sew everything together with more than 1/4" seam allowance, that's okay, as long as everything is consistent.


After you sew a row together, check to see if your points match up. The points should match but be offset (not touching tips) about 1/16" when opening up the seam. Why? Because the seams are pressed to one side and not open. If they don't match up, rip the seam about one inch before and one inch after the point you are trying to correct. Preform a "preliminary" basting with about five or six stitches. Open back up to see if it worked. If so, sew a second time over the entire two inches directly over the same seam. If not, rip the seam and try again.


Looking forward to what comes next? Here's another sneak peek. That looks like applique!


Please join us on April 12, 2019 for the border blocks. Thanks for reading! Happy patching!
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