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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

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Three

Quilt Along – Week Three

We’re moving right along into Week Three 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 Marcy S. for winning the week one prize- the Alison Glass Insignia FQ bundle sponsored by Knotted Threads!  Marcy posted a lovely picture of her bluebonnet fabric for the week one prompt:

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 Three:

week three assemble hsts

  • In Week Two, you should have decided on which Option of the Cheeky Churn Dash you’re making–Option A or Option B.  You also should have kind of looked over the Accordion Sewn HST™ Method and decided if you’ll be using that method of piecing your HSTs or the standard piecing method outlined on pages 6-7 of your pattern.  If you chose the method outlined in pages 6-7, you starched your fabric already.  So here’s the action list to complete for Week Three!
  • For Option Aoption page
    • If using the Accordion Sewn HST™ Method, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other on the wrong side of each square designated for half-square triangles.
    • If using the standard method, follow the instructions outlined in pages 6-7 to make the HST blocks.
      • Check out the video for the Cheeky Churn Dash.
      • Assemble a total of 24 half square triangles made from combining fabrics B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I.  Assemble a total of 12 half square triangles made from combining one Fabric A with one fabric B-I.  So for Option A you will have 36 HSTs.
  • For Option B
    • If using the Accordion Sewn HST™ Method, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other on the wrong side of each square designated for half-square triangles.
    • If using the standard method, follow the instructions outlined in pages 6-7 to make the HST blocks.
      • Check out the video for the Cheeky Churn Dash.
      • Assemble a total of 33 half square triangles made from combining fabrics B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I.  Assemble a total of 12 half square triangles made from combining one Fabric A with one fabric B-I.  So for Option A you will have 45 HSTs.
  • For both options-press your HSTs well.
  • This week, post a picture of your stacks of completed HST blocks on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Four to qualify for this week’s prize!  Week Three’s prize is sponsored by Crafter’s Companion– and they’re offering up a gorgeous fat quarter bundle and thread set!
  • These are my completed HSTs for week three!  I can’t wait to see yours!

Next week, we’ll be squaring up all the half-square triangles!

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

Week Five

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Two

Week two

Week Two

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

The Quilt Along

Materials Needed:

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 :).  Just make sure you post the weekly prompt to IG by 11:59 CST on the Friday that ends that week.

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 Two:week two cut that fabric

  • Starch all your fabric prior to cutting (unless you’re using the Accordion Sew HST™ method)
    • Tips for starching:  I recommend using a starch with body–like the Faultless brand, or another inexpensive option from your grocery store’s laundry aisle–it will stiffen your fabric and lessen the chance for distortion if you’re going to be messing with bias cuts.
      • I like to spray the entire piece of fabric so it’s damp all over, then let it sit and soak in the starch.  I let it air dry, then come back and hit it with the iron.  I do this so there isn’t a lot of that flaky mess you get when you press immediately after spraying the starch.   Make sure you pre-wash your fabric if you think the colors might bleed–but not if you’re using precuts.
    • You don’t need to starch if you’re planning to use Beth Helfter’s Accordion Sewn HST™ Method.
    • There’s a link to Beth’s videos in the pattern on page 4 or you can check out the video I made here.
  • Decide which Cheeky Churn Dash you’re going to make and cut out your fabrics accordingly.  You’ll need to make a large quilt option to qualify for the grand prize at the end of the Quilt Along, so keep that in mind.
    • Quilt Option A cut list is found on page 5 of your pattern
    • Quilt Option B cut list is found on page 17 of you pattern
    • Mini/Pillow cut list is found on page 23 of your pattern
    • There’s a note on page 4 of your pattern–if you have a hard time sewing a consistent 1/4″ seam allowance (don’t we all??), you can cut the squares that will be used for HSTs a little larger than the cut list calls for.  So instead of cutting 10″ squares for the large quilt option, you can cut them at 10-1/4″.
  • If you need help–there are cutting diagrams for each option that will maximize your fabric use.
  • This week, post a picture of your stacks of cut fabric on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.
  • I’ll be randomly picking one winner from week two (you have to post the week 2 prompt on Instagram with the hashtag by 9/28/2018 at 11:59 CST) to win an awesome prize!  This week’s prize is a FQ bundle of De La Luna, sponsored by Kustom Kwilts (me!) that I purchased from Knotted Threads.  Check out the Prize Roundup post for more details & the rules.

Next week, we’ll be assembling all the half-square triangles!

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week One

Week one

Yes!!!  This is it, the start of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  I’m so excited to start sewing with y’all.  Don’t forget to sign up for the QUILT ALONG E-MAILS if you haven’t already so you don’t miss out on anything.

So if you missed the original quilt along post, I’m going to run through the details once more here:

The Quilt Along:

Starts: September 15

Lasts: 9 weeks

Supplies:

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Pattern (on sale for the duration of the Quilt Along)

Fabric:

fabric requirements

And the usual sewing supplies-thread, rotary cutter, ruler, starch, etc.

How to join in the fun:

RSVP to the quilt along for the weekly emails linked to the blog posts, follow the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong on Instagram and make sure you include that hashtag on your quilt along posts so you can qualify for prizes and you can inspire other people participating!

If you’ve signed up to get the quilt along updates, you’ll get an email each Saturday morning with the task list for that week.  The link to that week’s corresponding blog post will be in there as well.


Week One

  • RSVP for the quilt along
  • Gather your pattern, fabrics (get a 10% discount at Knotted Threads with the code CHEEKYCHURNDASH), and materials
  • Introduce yourself on Instagram, using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong.  Post a picture of yourself or your fabric or BOTH!
  • I’ll be randomly picking one winner from week one (you have to post on Instagram with the hashtag) to win an awesome prize!  This week’s prize is a FQ bundle of Insignia, sponsored by Knotted Threads.  Check out the Prize Roundup post for more details & the rules.

RSVP For the Quilt Along, if you haven’t already

RSVP HERE

Get your copy of the pattern from the pattern shop, or you can grab one below:

Cover Page - Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt

$12.00 $9.00Add to cart

Get your fabrics together

Check out the fabric requirements above-they’re also listed in the pattern.  If you don’t want to use precuts or yardage, you can just as easily use fat quarters, but you’ll need 16 fat quarters for Option A and about 20 fat quarters for Option B.  This pattern is a great way to use up those fat quarter bundles you’ve been hoarding for ages.  Or go scrappy and put together some great color combinations from your fabric stash!fabric selection

Planning your layout

Within the pattern are two coloring sheets so you can easily plan your layout.  If you’ve RSVP-ed for the Quilt Along, you’ll be getting a separate downloadable coloring sheet in the Week One email.

Introduce yourself!

This Quilt Along takes place mostly on Instagram, so post a picture of yourself or your fabrics (or both), and introduce yourself using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong.  You can also follow on Instagram to see my weekly posts for the QAL.  I’ll be picking a winner this week to win an awesome prize, but you’ve got to post on Insta before September 22, 2018 to qualify.

That’s it for Week One!  Super easy, and we’ll be gearing up for next week!

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Build-A-Block Market Tote Tutorial and Giveaway

Market Tote Tutorial

This week’s blog post has some real treats in it–There’s information about the giveaway that Crafter’s Companion is so generously sponsoring, and a free tutorial for a modern Market Tote.  Check out my previous post for more info about the Build-A-Block.  And I know a lot of you won’t be able to wait for the giveaway results to get your hands on this, so be sure to use the promo code QUILTEASY to purchase the Build-A-Block and you’ll receive a set of threads and a six-piece fat quarter bundle valued at $41.95!!  Free Gift with Code QuiltEasy

I’ve been using the Build-A-Block system and Gemini die cutting machine for a few weeks now, and I’m so excited to be a brand partner with Crafter’s Companion!  The dies that come with the Build-A-Block system make it so easy to cut out all the pieces you need for a project–with no trimming after the fact.  I’m a super fan of half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles, and I use them in just about every pattern I make.  The process is made so much easier by just layering your fabric and die, running it through the Gemini, and cutting it up fast!  If you’d love to get your hands on your very own Gemini and Build-A-Block system, here are the details for the giveaway:

Giveaway Details – a Gemini Machine and Build-A-Block systemBuild a block and gemini

  • Giveaway is sponsored by Crafter’s Companion and opens September 1, 2018 and ends September 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM, PST
  • Winner will be notified via this blog post no later than Monday, September 17, 2018, and must provide a US shipping address once notified.
  • Giveaway prizes can only be shipped in the United States.  Crafter’s Companion reserves up to 30 business days to distribute prize to giveaway winner.
  • In order to enter, you must:
  • Good luck!!!

So I’m really pumped to bring you a free tutorial for the Market Bag–it’s a simple carry all bag with a clean modern look that’s great for the farmer’s market, grocery shopping, gym bag, or whatever you’d love to use it for.  I used Threaders™ Linen Look Cotton in White for the lining of my Market Tote–I like a clean white lining so I can easily spot the things I need in my bag, and the linen feel of the fabric is a little heavier duty than plain quilting cotton, so it will really stand up to the test of time!

Quilted Market Tote Tutorial Market Tote Tutorial

Finished bag dimensions: 16” tall x 13” wide x 6” deep

Materials needed:

  • Gemini™ & Build-A-Block™ die cutting system and 4.5” HST die
  • 4.5” Half square triangle Build-A-Block™ die cutter
  • (2) 23” lengths of 1-1/4” cotton webbing for straps
  • (1) 25” x 45” piece of fabric for the quilt sandwich (will not be visible when bag is complete)
  • (1) 25” x 45” Soft and Stable or 2 pieces of 25” x 45” batting layered together
  • 1 yard of Threaders™ Linen Look Cotton in White sub cut into
    • 20” x 40” for lining
  • 5/8 yard Fabric A (White fabric) sub cut into
    • (25) 5.5” squares
  • 5/8 yard Fabric B (Blue fabric) sub cut into
    • (25) 5.5” squares
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread for piecing
  • Thread for quilting
  • Pre-wound bobbin
  • Thread snips/scissors
  • Binding Clips/sewing pins
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Iron and pressing mat
  • Rotary cutter/ruler/mat
  • Starch (optional)

HST-Half-square triangle, RSO-Right side out, RST-Right sides together, RSD-Right Side Down, RSU-Right Side Up, all seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise specified.  It is recommended to starch the fabrics for the HSTs prior to cutting them, as they will be sewn on the bias.  This will help minimize distortion of the fabric.

Cut out and assemble the HST units

  1. Use the 4.5” HST die for the Gemini Build-A-Block to cut the HST units. Follow the steps for layering the fabric in the cutting plates and shims per the Gemini and Build-A-Block instructions.  Layer up to eight of the 5.5” squares of Fabric A at a time in the Gemini, with the 4.5” HST die cutting the fabric.  Position the die so you are able to get two cuts from the square.  Cut a total of 50 HST pieces from Fabric A and 50 HST pieces from Fabric B (see Fig. 1).  Your HSTs will measure 4.5” when completed.
  2. Take one HST piece of Fabric A and one HST piece of Fabric B (see Fig. 2). Place them RST, aligning the diagonal edges, and pin in place.  Sew along the diagonal with a 1/4” seam allowance (see Fig. 3).  Repeat to create a total of 50 half-square triangle blocks.  Press seams.

    Figures 1, 2, 3, and 6
    Figures 1, 2, 3, and 6
  3. Layout the 50 HST blocks created in step 2 into a 5 x 10 grid (see Fig. 4).
    Figure 4
    Figure 4

    You can position the HSTs in any way you like, rotating them, etc.  Sew each row of five blocks together by placing two blocks RST and sewing together with a 1/4” seam allowance (see Fig. 5).

    Figure 5
    Figure 5

    Repeat and sew another block to those two until you have one row of five blocks.  Press seams.

  4. Repeat step 3 until you have used all 50 HST blocks and have ten completed rows.
  5. Take two rows and place them RST and pin in place, being careful to match the seam intersections (see Fig. 6). Sew together with a 1/4” seam allowance.  Repeat until all ten rows are sewn together into one piece (see Fig. 7).

    Figure 7
    Figure 7
  6. Make a quilt sandwich by taking the 25” x 45” piece of fabric for the back of the quilt sandwich and placing it RSD. Layer the Soft and Stable (or batting) on top of it.  Then place the HST pieced top on top of the batting, with the right side up.  Baste the layers together using your desired method.   Quilt as desired.
  7. Take the quilted piece to the cutting mat and use a ruler and rotary cutter to square up and trim away the excess batting and fabric (see Fig. 8). If you quilted the fabric very densely, measure the new dimensions of the quilted piece, as this will sometimes shrink up the fabric a little.  You will use those new dimensions to measure and cut or trim down the lining for the tote bag (if different from 20” x 40”).

Assembling the market tote

  1. Fold the quilted piece in half RST, matching the 20” ends and use binding clips or pin to secure the sides (see Fig. 9). Sew together with a 1/4” seam allowance up each side, leaving the top of the bag unsewn (see Fig. 10).  With the bag still wrong side out, use a ruler to measure and mark a 3” square in each lower corner of the bag (see Fig. 11).  Flip the bag over and repeat on the opposite side.

    Figures 8-11
    Figures 8-11
  2. Make a “tent” with one corner by pinching the bag together, and lining up the lines you just drew with each bottom corner, so the lines you drew give you one straight line to sew on. Pin in place or use binding clips to secure (see Fig. 12).  Sew directly on the line you marked (see Fig. 13).  Repeat for the remaining corner of the bag.  Trim the seam allowance to 1/4” and discard the trimmings (see Fig. 14).

    Figures 12, 13, 14, 17
    Figures 12, 13, 14, 17
  3. Repeat steps 8 and 9 to assemble the lining, with one exception. When sewing the sides of the lining together, leave a 6” opening in the middle of one side for turning the bag right side out at the end.
  4. Turn the quilted exterior RSO and leave the lining wrong side out. Take the quilted exterior and lay it flat.  Measure and mark 6” in from each side seam on one side of the bag.  Place the outer edge of one end of the strap against the 6” mark, with about 1” hanging off the edge of the bag.  Pin or clip in place.  Fold the other edge of the strap over (make sure you’re not twisting the handle) and place its outer edge against the remaining 6” mark, again with about 1” hanging off the edge of the bag (see Fig. 15)
    Figure 15
    Figure 15

    .  Pin or clip this strap in place as well.  Repeat with the remaining strap on the opposite side of the exterior.

  5. Place the exterior (still RSO) inside the lining (still wrong side out), making sure the straps are neatly tucked between the exterior and the lining and still pinned in place (see Fig. 16).
    Figure 16
    Figure 16

    Match the side seams and secure the tops together with binding clips.  Sew the two layers together, catching the straps between the two layers, with a 1/4” seam allowance, backstitching at the start and stop.  Sew all the way around the top of the bag (see Fig. 17).

  6. Carefully turn the bag right side out through the 6” opening in the side of the lining. Prior to tucking the lining down inside of the bag, turn the raw edges of the 6” opening inwards then stitch closed by hand or machine.  Push the lining down inside the bag.
  7. Press the top of the bag so the lining and exterior sit neatly at the top of the bag, then topstitch around the top perimeter of the bag, about 1/8” from the edge (see Fig 18.).
    Figure 18
    Figure 18

    Now you’re ready to fill your modern Market Tote up with all the goodies you can carry!  I hope you’re as excited about the Build-A-Block system as I am–It has significantly cut down on the time I spend preparing my fabrics and eliminating the need to trim all my blocks down.  Sew up this great tote in just a few hours, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  Happy sewing 🙂

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along prize round up!

Who doesn’t love a good giveaway?  Here are some exciting updates for the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along–we’re getting ready to kick off in a little over two weeks–so I hope you’re getting ready!!!  There are some super special people and companies who have joined in the fun and are giving away some great prizes for the CCD QAL–A huge thank  you to all of the sponsors!

Cheeky Churn Dash paper patterns are now in the shop, so if you haven’t purchased your pattern yet, you can grab a PDF download or get your paper copy HERE.

The featured fabric shop for the quilt along is Knotted Threads!  Head over to Jennifer’s Etsy shop and use the discount code CHEEKYCHURNDASH for 10% off your purchase.

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As the Official Cheeky Churn Dash QAL post indicated, there are going to be some AMAZING prizes for participants of this QAL.  Many of the prizes are sponsored/donated by myself, but I’ll give you a little peek at some of the other prizes, and who the sponsors are!

Aurifil is sponsoring a small spool collection of thread 🙂

Olfa is giving away a Splash Rotary Cutter and Endurance Blade!

Quilter’s Dream Batting is giving away one double size batting (perfect for the Cheeky Churn Dash!) of the selected winner’s preference!

The Quilter’s Planner is giving away one 2019 Quilter’s Planner!!!

Free Gift with Code QuiltEasy

Crafter’s Companion is giving away a FQ bundle and thread set 🙂

Jennifer from Knotted Threads is giving away one FQ bundle of Alison Glass Insignia

I’m giving away one FQ bundle of Tula Pink’s De La Luna that I purchased from Knotted Threads!

The grand prize for the conclusion of the QAL (see the giveaway rules posted below) is for FREE edge to edge longarm quilting by Kustom Kwilts (that’s me!).  If you’d prefer custom quilting, you just pay the difference.  Winner is responsible for shipping costs.  And I’m providing several other goodies along the way, so there are lots of chances to win!

Rules

There aren’t many rules for this quilt along, unless you want to be considered for giveaway prizes.

There will also be some awesome giveaways sprinkled throughout the quilt along, so be sure you post one picture to your Instagram account of that week’s progress before the next week’s starting date in order to qualify for prizes (see the schedule below for specific dates).  Each weekly giveaway is dependent only on that week’s task.  SO if you missed week one, but you post a picture to Instagram that completes the week two task by the end of week two, then you’re in the running for the week two giveaway.  Got it?

There will be one grand prize winner at the end of the quilt along for one lucky person who completed and posted their quilt top (must be the 81″ x 81″ version) by November 16, 2018.  You’re still in the running for the grand prize, even if you missed posting throughout the quilt along, so long as you post your finished quilt top to your Instagram account by November 16.

The giveaway prizes are only for US participants and cannot be shipped outside the US.  Sorry!

Schedule September 15-November 16, 2018 (IG posting schedule)

September 15-21 Week One:

RSVP for the quilt along, gather your pattern, fabrics, and materials and introduce yourself using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong.  I’ll be randomly picking one winner from week one (you have to post on instagram with the hashtag) to win an awesome prize!

September 22-28 Week Two:

Starch fabrics if needed (you won’t need to do this if you plan on using Beth Helfter’s Accordian Sewn HST™ Method.  Cut all fabric according to the option you are making.

September 29-October 5 Week Three:  

Draw one diagonal line on the backs of the squares we’ll be using to make half-square triangles if using the Accordian Sewn HST™ Method.  Assemble the half-square triangles and press.

October 6-12 Week Four:  

Square up the half-square triangles to 9.5″ square for the quilt size and 2.5″ square for the mini and pillow sizes.

October 13-19 Week Five:

Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9.

October 20-26 Week Six:

Catch up week if you’re behind!

October 27-November 2 Week Seven: 

Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8

November 3-9 Week Eight:

Assemble section 5

November 10-16 Week Nine:

Sew the quilt top together!