Sunday, July 1, 2012
Olympics - Inspired Mini Quilt and Tutorial
I have always LOVED the Olympics! As a girl, I took several years of gymnastics classes, and even was on a team for a short time. I also participated in club sports' gymnastics in college. I've been lucky enough to (very briefly) meet Nadia Comaneci (even had her autograph at one time), and Tim Dagget. Every 4 years when the Olympics roll around, you can find me glued to the TV! In fact, my husband and I were lucky enough to take a trip to Utah during the 1998 Winter Olympics, and since Utah was preparing to host the 2002 Winter Olympics, it was such a blast to see beautiful parks such as Moab, Bryce and Zion during the day, and watch the local Utah coverage at night in our hotel rooms! That was also "before kids", and was our last "solo" vacation!
I wanted to do an Olympics-inspired quilt, and after looking through my pictures from our local Pendleton Quilt Show, and seeing this picture, I knew right away how to do it! It's basically a quilt made with "bright hopes" and "snowball" alternating quilt blocks. Pretty neat! The nice thing about the "ring" quilt is that it has no partial seams! The hardest part is getting the color placement right.
I took pictures of the quilt as I made it, and wrote down everything, so I could share it with you!
The quilt is 42.5 inches by 24.5 inches. I made 6 inch by 6 inch quilt blocks. You easily could double the block size (12 inches square) and add a border to make it bed-sized. Maybe I'll do this for the winter Olympics ;-).
1 yard of white fabric
5 fat quarters or 1/4 yard of the 5 different colors. In reality, I was able to cut it all out of 1, 2 inch strip of fabric cut the whole length (42 inches). So you could use jelly roll strips or even an eight of a yard of fabric of each color, or even scraps you have on hand.
Cut 2 inch strips times width of fabric from each of the 5 colors. If you're using fat quarters, cut 2, 2 inch by 22 inch strips.
3, 6.5 inch by 2 inch strips of each color
1, 5 inch by 2 inch strip from each color.
From the remaining strip of fabric, cut:
7, 2 by 2 inch squares from the blue and yellow
6, 2 by 2 inch squares from the other colors (red, blue, and black).
From the white fabric, cut:
16, 6.5 by 6.5 inch squares
7, 6.5 by 5 inch rectagles
3, 5 by 3.5 inch rectagles
2, 5 by 5 inch squares
Now the sewing begins! First sew on the 6.5 by 2 inch strips onto the 6.5 by 5 inch white rectangles. You'll need 2 each of the red and blue ones, and 1 each of the green, yellow and black, like so:
You should now only have small 2 by 2 inch color squares and 6.5 by 6.5 white squares left. These small squares get sew onto corners of the white squares, sewing from diagonal tip to tip, like so:
Use the remaining small colored squares to stitch up the 5 squares below. I found that pinning them all in place prior to sewing helped a lot!