Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dandelion Mini--PiecingTutorial

As you may remember, earlier in the summer, I constructed a quilt for our local theater group to use in their production of the musical Quilters.

I thought it might be fun to write a tutorial for the small wall hanging for anyone that would be interested.  So here we go... 

Fabric requirements:

Sky Fabric                          3/4 yard
Ground Fabric                    1/4 yard
Assorted Greens                 total of 1/2 yard
Assorted Yellows               total of 3/4 yard
Border Fabric                   1/2 yard
Binding                              3/8 yard

Cutting Instructions:

Sky Fabric
2    2 3/4" x 30 1/2" rectangles
4    2 3/4" x 12" rectangles          
6    2 3/4" x 7 3/8" rectangles
2    2 3/4" x 9 3/4" rectangles
4    2 3/4" x 5 1/8" rectangles
6    2 3/4" squares
10  3 1/4" squares

Ground Fabric
2    2 3/4" x 12" rectangles
2    2 3/4" x 5 1/8" rectangles
3    3 1/4" squares

Binding Fabric
5   2 1/2" strips WOF

Border Fabric
2    3 1/2" x 30 1/2" strips
2    3 1/2" x 36 1/2" strips

Yellow Fabric
4    3 1/4" squares
29   2 3/4" squares

Green Fabric
9   3 1/4" squares
15  2 3/4" squares

**A note about the 2 3/4" green and yellow squares--These squares are used to make the flower and the leaves and stems.  You can use a mixture of 2 3/4" squares and 2 3/4" half square triangles as you wish.  You will just need a total of 29--2 3/4" squares for the flower and 15--2 3/4" squares for the leaves and stem.**

Piecing Instructions:

Construct the HST as follows:
     4 Yellow and 4 Sky Fabric 3 1/4" squares to yield 8 2 3/4" HST
     6 Green and 6 Sky Fabric  3 1/4" squares to yield 12  2 3/4" HST (you will have one extra)    
     3 Green and 3 Ground Fabric  3 1/4" squares to yield 6 2 3/4" HST

Below is the method I use to construct half square triangles.

First, place two 3 1/4" squares together, right sides together, and draw a diagonal line on one of the squares.

Next sew 1/4" on either side of the diagonal line; shown as the dotted lines.

Then, cut along the diagonal line to create two units.

Press the units open and trim to 2 3/4."  Each pair of squares will yeild two 2 3/4" HST.

After you have completed all of the half square triangles for the project, we can begin assembling the quilt as follows.  All of the HST and unmarked squares in the diagram measure 2 3/4."

After constructing your rows and sewing them together (it's always a good idea to pin seams together that should match up to prevent uneven rows), you can add the borders.  Then all that is left to do is baste the dandelion block and quilt it.

That concludes the piecing tutorial for the Dandelion miniature quilt.  If you decide to make this wall hanging I hope you will take some time to email me (email button found on the top right of my blog), I would love to see your creation.  I would like to say a big thank you to Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs and Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon for taking time to look over this post.  Next week, I would like to take some time to discuss how I quilted it.  I hope you will join me to talk about quilting this little quilt.

For a printer friendly version of this tutorial can be found here.

Come join the party!!!  Parties are more fun with friends.


Jayne said...

Love this! You got me at 'dandelion', which may not make me happy when they are in my yard, but I love the bright yellows in them! You did a great job with this tutorial!

Anonymous said...

This quilt is so darn cute!!! I saw Quilters here in Denver in 2009, it was so wonderful. All quilters should see the production if they get the chance. Your tutorial is fab, easy to follow!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tish for this tutorial. This is such a pretty quilt!

Paula said...

Such a pretty quilt. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial.

Sandra Walker said...

Thanks so much for doing this tutorial Tish! Knew you could! How did you make the professional-looking diagrams? I also like that you are going to give quilting directions...this 'quilt as desired' nonsense has GOT to go! And I just know Brady will be SO happy to have a dandelion quilt, a flower he really likes, even though both of his grandpas, and his great-grandpa (my dad, who died the month before Brady was born, sniff), as Brady told me, hate them. :-)

Karin - BluePip Designs said...

This is so lovely!

Shelley Folkerts said...

This is a very nice tutorial. Your diagrams are great. Your dandelion quilt turned out really cute.

Ramona said...

Cute, cute, cute! Thank you for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tutorial Tish. Another pattern for my to-do bucket. LOL

legato1958 said...

What a pretty quilt! Thank you for the great tutorial!
I like that you have the printer friendly version, too!

Cheryl said...

Your design is beautiful and your tutorial was clear and well written. Thank you for the opportunity to review it. I look forward to reviewing the next one!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful design! Thanks so much for sharing!

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