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Inspired Free-Motion Quilting (and giveaway!)

This has been such a busy and exciting week for me! I had a little time away from sewing celebrating the Christmas season with our family (and our daycare was closed for almost two weeks–insert the screaming face emoji here ;). All joking aside, it was wonderful to get to spend so much time with the family and remember what’s important in life! I hope you were able to rest, recharge, and be around the people you love.

Photo courtesy of C&T Publishing

One thing I’m super pumped about is Amanda Leins and Bill Volckening’s new book Inspired Free-Motion Quilting. The book is described as “90 Antique designs reinterpreted for today’s quilter”. I do a lot of custom quilting, and this book is really inspirational, as far as brainstorming designs goes. There are pages of antique quilts with really amazing quilting designs, along with step-by-step instructions on how to execute and master each design. It’s a great reference for seasoned quilters and beginners alike. I’m so excited to be a part of the Inspired Free-Motion Quilting blog hop and team up with Mandy Leins and C&T Publishing to give away one free PDF copy (that means the giveaway is open internationally!!!) of this awesome book! Read to the end for details on how to enter.

As soon as I was able to flip through Inspired Free-Motion Quilting, two designs immediately caught my eye that I knew exactly what I wanted to use them for. My two favorite motifs from the book are “Double lines and orange peel” and “Echoed Crosshatch”. I really enjoy making bags (in addition to the quilting I do), and I like to add a bit of decorative quilting to the exterior of the bag, if I’m able to. I had a new pattern I was really excited to try–The Gloss Cosmetic Bag by Sew Sweetness (Sara Lawson). The pattern is available with purchase of the Minikins Season 2 pattern bundle on Sara’s site.

This is a really great way to spice up some solid fabric–and solid colors show off the quilting with less distractions than prints. I cut the green linen-canvas fabric I had slightly larger than the pattern called for and quilted it prior to assembling the pattern. I loved the instructions and diagrams that are included with the book–they really leave no room for error, even if you’re just starting out. I’m really thrilled with how impactful the design is that I selected from the book. I chose “Double Lines and Orange Peel” for a classic motif that would really look great on a cosmetic bag. I love the definition and texture it gives the solid–in what would otherwise be a really boring cosmetic bag. It’s not as easy to see in the picture, but I opted to skip the orange peels on the patterned fabric on the bottom of the case, and only quilted the echoed crosshatch.

I quilted the bag components on my longarm, but it would be easy to do this sort of quilting on a domestic. Just pop on a walking foot and measure out your straight lines, and follow the simple instructions for free-motion quilting the orange peels between the lines to finish up. I used a slightly contrasting thread color for a little pop, but I’m dying to make another in black canvas with black thread for subtle texture and style.


Amanda and Bill do a fantastic job of sharing some amazing antique quilts and their in depth knowledge of how to reproduce the motifs, and I highly recommend Inspired Free-Motion Quilting as a must have reference for quilters! Make sure you read below to enter the giveaway, and check out the other blog hop participants’ posts for more chances to win!

Giveaway Details

Here’s what you came for!! C&T Publishing has so generously allowed me to give away one PDF copy of Inspired Free-Motion Quilting. All you need to do to enter is like my Instagram post and tag a friend in the comments OR leave a comment on THIS blog post telling me why you’re excited to get a copy of this book! The giveaway is open internationally and will close Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM, CST. The winner will be notified by me soon thereafter. Good luck!!!

 

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Ringing in 2019 with OLFA

Hey guys!! If you can’t tell from the heading on this post, I’ve got some exciting news to announce! I’m excited to share that I’ll be among a team of greatly talented makers to serve as a 2019 OLFA Ambassador!!! I’m so pumped to share this brand with you. OLFA truly makes the best products with us in mind. Be on the lookout for tips and tricks, and maybe even some great new tutorials coming up in the next few months. I have a fun project coming up in March using OLFA and Aurifil floss and I think you’re going to love it!

Check out the Limited Edition Ruby Anniversary Rotary Cutter that was just released!

If you aren’t familiar with OLFA products, they create some of the most amazing tools like rotary cutters, cutting mats, and rulers, to name a few. When I started sewing about 10 years ago, I was exploring the aisles of my local Joann’s. I was in the scissor aisle and remember seeing rotary cutters for the first time (mind you, I didn’t come from a sewing background!). I remember thinking…why in the world do they have pizza cutters over here in the scissor department? Have these folks lost their minds?? Then, I made my first quilt–I made my own cardstock templates and traced them on each piece of fabric and *GULP* cut all the pieces out by hand with a pair of scissors.

If you’ve been down this road, you know this took literally FOREVER. A few months later, I signed up for my first Craftsy class on machine quilting as you go, and saw a cutting mat and rotary cutter in the background…did some research…and proceeded straight back to that scissor aisle to buy my first OLFA rotary cutter and mat. Once you’ve done something the long and hard way, and you find out there’s been a much better way all along you kind of feel like a fool! But there was so much satisfaction in cutting that first piece of fabric and not having my knuckles kill me from scissor overuse.

OLFA has some great rotary cutters, and the Aqua Splash rotary cutter is my favorite color. I use it daily and it brightens up my cutting area (along with being super cute!)

OLFA Splash Rotary cutter in Aqua

I’m so excited to share this news with you! Can’t wait to share some great projects with you and get sewing 🙂

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All is Bright Pillow tutorial

All is bright pillow

Are you tired of your throw pillows and need a quick way to freshen up your home dec? Grab a few sewing supplies, a pillow form, and some fabric and you’ll be on your way to piecing and quilting up this simple pillow cover in no time at all! I made my pillow on the Janome MC9400, but it can easily be adapted to work with any sewing machine and it’s helpful if you’ve got a walking foot (or some sort of dual feed device), but not a deal breaker! This tutorial consists of piecing some flying geese units and doing a little straight line quilting to add a modern punch to your home dec. Check out the supply list below, then click on the PDF instructions “All is Bright” below for the complete project.

Supplies

  • Janome HMC9400QCP (or other sewing machine)
  • Janome supplies (or other sewing machine supplies): Dual feed foot holder, Dual Feed Foot AD, 1/4″ Foot, Standard Foot A, Purple Tip Needle, Empty Bobbin, Pre-wound Bobbin
  • 1 FQ bright green floral fabric (fabric A) sub cut into:
    • (4) 2-3/8” square
    • (1) 3-1/2” square
  • 1 FQ true red floral fabric (fabric B) sub cut into:
    • (4) 2-3/8” square
    • (1) 3-1/2” square
  • 1 FQ bright green and true red mix fabric (fabric C) sub cut into:
    • (4) 2-3/8” square
    • (1) 3-1/2” square
  • 1-3/4 yds. light grey patterned fabric (fabric D) sub cut into:
    • (12) 2″ squares
    • (3) 3-1/2” square
    • (1) 18” x 30” (back of the quilted pillow top)
    • (2) 4-1/2” x 6-1/2” (borders)
    • (2) 4-1/2” x 26-1/2” (borders)
    • (2) 13-1/2” x 15” (pillow back)
  • 1 yd. SF101 woven fusible interfacing sub cut into:
    • (2) 13-1/2” x 15”
  • 16” x 28” piece of batting
  • Coordinating all-purpose sewing thread for piecing and quilting
  • 12” x 24” pillow form
  • Other miscellaneous supplies: Spray baste/basting pins, Spray starch, sewing pins, thread snips, marking pen/tailor’s chalk, rotary cutter/ruler/mat, iron and pressing board

Piece the Flying geese units and assemble the pillow (PDF instructions)

All is bright pillow

I can’t wait to see how your pillow turns out! I hope you’ll tag me on Instagram @kustomkwilts when you finish your awesome project 🙂

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Ten

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along

Quilt Along – Week Ten

This is a bonus post to announce the grand prize winner of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!

First–I’m so excited to see so many people finish their Cheeky Churn Dashes!  Thank you for choosing this pattern and quilt along to participate in–I loved getting to see each quilt come together and the different personalities behind them.  You are amazing for pushing on and finishing, especially at a time of year when there is so much going on.  This post is going up a little later than usual…my husband lost his grandpa a couple of weeks ago, and my dad had a major health issue that scared us all.  It’s been a hectic couple of weeks.  I know how things can come up to delay projects, and I so appreciate your persistence to finish!  Thank you for joining in and letting me see your creativity and amazingness!!

Alright…without further delay…the Grand Prize winner of free edge to edge quilting on their Cheeky Churn Dash is Kelda T!  Congratulations Kelda!!!  I’ll be in touch shortly to go over the details with you!  Here’s Kelda’s finished Cheeky Churn Dash:

And I have a little surprise!  If you posted a photo of your finished Cheeky Churn Dash within the deadline and haven’t won a prize throughout the Quilt Along (Katelen P., Melanie D., Rebecca C., and Beth N.), please DM me your mailing address or EMAIL ME.  I’ll be sending you something fun in the mail for pushing through and finishing on time 🙂

Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

A huge thank you to all the prize sponsors:

The Quilt Along was a lot more fun with weekly prizes and awesome giveaways to look forward to.  Thank you for your generosity Aurifil, Crafter’s Companion, Knotted Thread, Olfa, Quilter’s Dream Batting, and The Quilter’s Planner!

 

And I’m super excited to share some of the finished Cheeky Churn Dash quilts tops with you from the quilt along!

Each picture is from the creator’s Instagram account from the final week of the Quilt Along, and each maker has been credited with their first name and last initial on their photo.  Check out the creativity and unique colors in each quilt!  Some of the quilt along participants even have their minis and quilts quilted and bound already.

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six – Catch Up!

Week Seven – Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8

Week Eight – Assemble section 5 (for option B)

Week Nine – Sew together the quilt top and finish!

Week Ten – Announce grand prize winner and share finished Cheeky Churn Dash quilts

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Nine

Quilt Along – Week Nine

We’re moving right along into Week Nine of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  This is it–the final week.  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Congratulations to Christine R. for snagging the Week Severn prize-a sweet notions bundle curated by me!  This was Christine’s sections 2, 4, 6, and 8  post from Week 7:

 

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.  Now’s the time to buy your quilt backs!

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Nine:

 

 

  • In Week Eight, we assembled section 5.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Nine!
  • Option A instructions can be found on pages 14-15 and Option B instructions can be found on page 22 in your pattern.
  • You caught me again–I cheated on the photos this week and used the mini (Option B).  It’s so much easier to photograph the mini/pillow Option B than it is the large quilt option.
  • Take a look at your coloring sheet–and lay out your sections prior to pinning and sewing them together.
  • The whole quilt is basically a large nine patch block.  So you’ll sew three rows of three sections together, then sew those rows together to complete the quilt top.
  • Make sure you check that you pin at your seam intersections whenever you have a seam intersection so everything lines up as it should.
  • The only really tricky thing to sewing the top together is keeping your sections straight.  I like to label my sections with a little post it note pinned to each one and numbered.  It just keeps me from pulling my hair out later when I accidentally grab the wrong one.
  • Double check your layout prior to sewing each section together, and press when you’re done!

 

  • This week, post a picture of your completed quilt top on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag by midnight on November 16 to qualify for this week’s prize!  This is the grand prize for the QAL-free edge to edge longarm quilting, so you’ll really want to make sure you post this week.  Refer back to the prize roundup for more details.  Even if you missed posting earlier in the quilt along, you can still qualify as long as you post this week with a finished top (must be the 81″ quilt size).

Next week, the grand prize winner will be announced and I’ll share some of the finished quilt tops.  Thank you so much for joining me for the quilt along, and a huge thank you to all the prize sponsors:

Aurifil, Crafter’s Companion, Knotted Thread, Olfa, Quilter’s Dream Batting, and The Quilter’s Planner

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six – Catch Up!

Week Seven – Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8

Week Eight – Assemble section 5 (for option B)

Week Nine – Sew together the quilt top and finish!

Week Ten – Announce grand prize winner and share finished Cheeky Churn Dash quilts

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Eight

Quilt Along – Week Eight

We’re moving right along into Week Eight of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Congratulations to Erica B. for snagging the Week Six prize-a Small Spool Thread Set from Aurifil!  This prize was sponsored by the awesome people at Aurifil Thread.  This was Erica’s post from Week Six:

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Eight:

 

 

  • In Week Seven, we assembled sections 2, 4, 6, and 8.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Eight!
  • If you’re on Option A–you’ve got another rest week.  Your section 5 is already in one piece.
  • Option B can be found on page 22 in your pattern this week.  
  • Obviously, I cheated on the photos for Option B.  It’s much easier to photograph the mini/pillow Option B than it is the large quilt option.  So let’s pretend these are 9.5″ squares pictured above, instead of 2.5″ squares 😉
  • Take a look at your coloring sheet–and lay out your pieces prior to pinning and sewing the sections together.
  • Section 5 is basically a large nine patch block.  So you’ll sew three rows of three HSTs together, then sew those rows together to complete section 5.
  • Make sure you check that you pin at your seam intersections whenever you have a seam intersection so everything lines up as it should.
  • The only really tricky thing to sewing section 5 together is watching the direction of the diagonal in each HST block.  Honestly, if you don’t follow the pattern layout 100%, it will still look great, and no one will be the wiser that you didn’t!
  • Double check your layout prior to sewing each section together, and press when you’re done!
  • This week, post a picture of your completed section 5 on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  It doesn’t matter if your completed section 5 is for Option A or B, just post a quick pic and be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Nine to qualify for this week’s prize!  Week Eight’s prize is a Double Sized Batting of your choice (meaning you can pick any of the substrates their batting comes in-cotton, wool, blend, poly, etc.) sponsored by Quilter’s Dream Batting!  The amazing folks at Quilter’s Dream are so awesome to be giving this away–I use their batting exclusively in my studio, and it’s absolutely the best.   A huge thank you to Quilter’s Dream for sponsoring Week Eight’s prize!

Next week, we’ll be sewing the quilt top together.  You guys, we’re almost done!!!

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six – Catch Up!

Week Seven – Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8

Week Eight – Assemble section 5 (for option B)

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Seven

Quilt Along – Week Seven

We’re moving right along into Week Seven of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Congratulations to Susan S. for snagging the Week Five prize-a Rotary Cutter and Endurance Blade from Olfa Creates!  This prize was sponsored by the awesome people at Olfa (Thank you so much Olfa!).  These were Susan’s sections 1, 3, 7, and 9 from Week Five:

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Seven:

  • Week Six was a catch up week.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Seven!
  • For Option A-we’re on pages 12-13 and Option B-pages 21-22 in your pattern this week.
  • Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8.  
  • Take a look at your coloring sheet–and lay out your pieces prior to pinning and sewing the sections together.
  • These sections all have the same construction, except they are slightly rotated each time.
  • Make sure you check that you pin at your seam intersections whenever you have a seam intersection so everything lines up as it should.
  • Double check your layout prior to sewing each section together, and press when you’re done!
  • This week, post a picture of your completed sections 2, 4, 6, and 8 on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  The sections can be all in one picture, or you can do multiple pics in one post, or multiple posts.  As long as all four completed sections are posted, you’ll be good to go.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Eight to qualify for this week’s prize!  I’ve curated a sweet little prize of my favorite notions and must have sewing tools!!  Included in your winnings: Rainbow Clover Binding clips, Tula Pink snips, Aurifil Thread in my FAVORITE color for piecing, the absolute best Clover Seam Ripper, A Holster to keep all your goodies close at hand, and a clip on lamp by Daylight Company!  Check it out:

Next week, we’ll be assembling section 5.  If you opted to make Option A, section 5 is all in one piece already 🙂

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six – Catch Up!

Week Seven – Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Six

Quilt Along – Week Six

We’re moving right along into Week Six of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Congratulations to Erica M. for snagging the Week Four prize-a Quilter’s Planner from The Quilter’s Planner!  This prize was sponsored by the awesome people at The Quilter’s Planner.  These were Erica’s trimmed and squared up HSTs from Week Four:

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Six:

 

 

  • In Week Five, we assembled sections 1, 3, 7, and 9.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Six!
  • And here is where irritating elevator music starts playing until the start of Week Seven 😉  (Or, if you’re a mom, it might be Momma Shark da da da da….)
  • If you fell behind, go ahead and use this free week to catch up with us!
  • If you’re an overachiever–I see you there in the front with your quilt nearly done–You can work ahead, if you like.  Just make sure you follow the original schedule (linked at the top of this post) so you have pictures to post to Instagram for the prizes.
  • This week, you can post a picture of anything Cheeky Churn Dash related on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Seven to qualify for this week’s prize.  Week Six’s prize is sponsored by Aurifil.  The amazing folks at Aurifil are giving away a small spool thread set, and man…their thread is top notch.  A huge thank you to Aurifil for sponsoring Week Six’s prize!

Next week, we’ll be assembling sections 2, 4, 6, and 8.

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six – Catch Up!

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Five

Quilt Along – Week Five

We’re moving right along into Week Five of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

Congratulations to Tracie M. for snagging the Week Three prize-a sweet fat quarter bundle and thread set from Crafter’s Companion!  This bundle was sponsored by Crafter’s Companion.  This were Tracies’s HSTs and accordion from week three:

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Five:

  • In Week Four, we squared up and trimmed all our HST blocks to the correct size, based on the selected option.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Five!
  • Take a look at your coloring sheet–if you have a specific layout in mind for your HSTs.
  • I like to have a pretty specific plan for my Cheeky Churn Dash before I start sewing, so I lay out the HST blocks for section 1 (we’re on pages 8-11 for Option A, and 19-20 for Option B in your pattern), then sew them together and press.
  • Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9.  These are the outermost corners of your quilt.  They all have the same construction, except they are slightly rotated 90 degrees each time.
  • Make sure you check that you pin at your seam intersections whenever you have a seam intersection so everything lines up as it should:

  • Double check your layout prior to sewing each section together, and press when you’re done!
  • This week, post a picture of your completed sections 1, 3, 7, and 9 on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  The sections can be all in one picture, or you can do multiple pics in one post, or multiple posts.  As long as all four completed sections are posted, you’ll be good to go.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Six to qualify for this week’s prize!
  • This week’s prize is sponsored by Olfa!  I love using Olfa Rotary cutters because they precisely cut whatever I need and have great safety features.  I’m so excited that they’ve jumped on board to sponsor a great prize for Week Five.

Next week is a catch up week, so don’t fret if you’re behind 🙂

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Four

Quilt Along – Week Four

We’re moving right along into Week Four of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

Congratulations to Ruth B. for snagging the Week Two prize-a Tula Pink De La Luna fat quarter bundle!  This bundle was sponsored by Kustom Kwilts (me!).  This was Ruth’s stack of fabric cuts for week 2:

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Four:

  • In Week Three, we sewed all the half square triangles for either Option A or Option B.  Then we pressed all of our HSTs.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Four!
  • Week Four is pretty easy.  Grab your rotary cutter and a quilting ruler and slide your HSTs over to a cutting mat.
    • For the 81″ square quilt size–Option A and Option B, you’ll square up all your HSTs to measure 9.5″ square.
    • For the mini or pillow size, you’ll square up all your HSTs to measure 2.5″.
  • To do this, you’ll need to make sure the diagonal of your HST is exactly centered within the square measurement.  Then trim off any excess as needed.  
  • Check out a quick video tutorial of how to line up your ruler when trimming your HSTs.
  • That’s it!  It is a little labor intensive, but it’s worth it to go back and check that all your HST blocks measure correctly before we start putting this quilt together.
  • This week, post a picture of your stacks of trimmed and squared up HST blocks (and trimmings/rotary cutter if you have them!) on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Five to qualify for this week’s prize!

This week’s prize is sponsored by The Quilter’s Planner!  I just purchased my 2019 Quilter’s Planner, and it’s amazing!  I’m so excited that they’ve jumped on board to sponsor a 2019 Quilter’s Planner for Week Four.

Next week, we’ll be assembling sections 1, 3, 7, and 9!

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine