Tutorial for Grandma’s Dominos by Kymberly Pease

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I love memory quilts made from the clothing of a loved one. One day I found myself feeling discouraged that I probably would never have the opportunity to make one of the quilts since my loved ones still need their clothing. Then I realized that there was more than one way to make a memory quilt. One of my favorite things to do when I visited my grandma’s house was to make elaborate domino chains with my sister. The white squares in this quilt representative of those domino chains. I plan to embroider dots with the birthdays of all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren into the white squares before I give this quilt to my grandma. This quilt would also be perfect for a guest book for a special occasion such as a graduation, wedding, baby shower, or anniversary.

Requirements

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1 Jelly Roll (I used 1930s Bella Solids)
1 Bella Solids Charm Pack OR 3⁄4 yd solid fabric (I used Bella Snow) 1 yard for first border (I used Bella Solids Grass)
2 yards for second border (I used Bella Solids 30s Pink)
4 yards for backing

From first border fabric: Cut (7) 2.5” x WOF strips
From second border fabric: Cut (7) 5” x WOF strips
Cut (7) 2.5” x WOF strips for binding
From 32 charm squares cut (64) 2.5”x5” rectangles
*If using yardage cut (8) 2.5” strips. Subcut into (64) 2.5” x 5” rectangles. You should get (8) rectangles from each strip.

Don’t be scared. The next steps look complicated, but each row is made from 1 strip from the jelly roll. Each step is cut into three pieces. The two outer pieces will be the same length and the third piece will be in the middle of the row. (Row A is the exception. You’re strip will be cut into two pieces with one rectangle in the middle. Add 2.5″ squares to each side to make the row the same length as Rows B-I.)

Row A: Cut (3) strips into (2) 21” pieces

For each row cut (2) 2.5” squares of matching fabric
*You will not use all of the strips from your jelly roll for this quilt. Most Jelly rolls will have a few duplicates. Use these for Row A and cut 2.5” squares from the duplicate.
Row B: cut (4) strips into (1) 2.5” and (2) 20” pieces
Row C: Cut (4) strips into (1) 5” and (2) 18.5” pieces
Row D: Cut (4) strips into (1) 10” and (2) 16” pieces
Row E: Cut (4) strips into (1) 15” and (2) 13.5” pieces
Row F: Cut (4) strips into (1) 20” and (2) 11” pieces
Row G: Cut (4) strips into (1) 25” and (2) 8.5” pieces
Row H: Cut (4) strips into (1) 30” and (2) 6” pieces
Row I: Cut (2) strips into (1) 35” and (2) 3.5” pieces

Break out the dishes for this bakeshop recipe! Place all of the pieces for one row on a paper plate to keep things organized as you assemble the rows. I recommend labeling the plates to make assembling the top easier.

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Assembly

Row A: Sew 2.5” square to end of each strip. Sew white rectangle between strips to create one long row. Rows B-I: Sew white rectangles to each side of the single sized cut from jelly roll. The remaining two pieces from jelly roll should be the same length and are sewn to the other side of white rectangles.

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Sew rows together as shown. (A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-H-G-F-E-D-C-B-A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-H-G-F-E-D-C-B-A)
*I avoid using pins when possible, but I recommend pinning at least the middle and end of each strip to avoid fabric shifting.
For both border fabrics sew (2) pairs of strips together. Cut (1) strip in half and sew to remaining strips. The inner border is 2.5” wide and the outer border is 5” wide.

7/13/2015 Original Recipe can be found at www.modabakeshop.com Recipes are sometimes altered to correct errors. Please ensure that you have downloaded the most recent Printer Friendly Version before starting your project. If you find a mistake in this pattern, please contact modabakeshop@unitednotions.com.
This is an original pattern not intended for sale.

Measure length and width in at least three places (middle and each side), average the measurements (add the 3 measurements together and then divide by 3), and border strips to length. Begin by placing a pin in the middle and at each end and pin every few inches so that fabric is fairly even. Sew long sides first. Press and attach borders to short sides using same method. Repeat for second border.

Quilt and bind as desired. I chose to do an all-over pattern of various sized circles and used the (7)2.5” strips from second border fabric to bind the quilt.

60″ x 70″ Quilt

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Click Here For Printable Instructions

By Kymberley Pease {peasinapodcreations.blogspot.com}

For modabakeshop.com

 

Tuesday’s Tip With Terry….Mini Design Board

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Having a mini design board is the perfect tool for your sewing space. This small and portable design wall can sit next to your sewing machine, avoiding the need to constantly leave your chair and walk over to a larger design wall.  While constructing your quilt blocks, you can affix fabric pieces to the board during your quilt block layout.  Being that it is upright, you can easily see what you are working on.  There is no need to take up space on your sewing surface by laying out fabric pieces that always seem to be shuffled around while you sew.  This mini design board is a must for any quilter that works on mini quilt projects, or create smaller size blocks like those in Civil War quilting.  See how easy this board is to make!

Step One

Cut a piece of board 10 inches square.  I like mine to be approximately 1/2 inch in thickness.  If you are unable to cut your own board, you can purchase pre-cut boards from most home improvement stores.  Most stores will cut these boards down to a custom size.  Cut a square piece of quilter’s flannel 12 inches square.  Position the wood board centre over the quilter’s flannel and wrap the excess around the edges of the board.  Attach theses edges to the back of the board as in the picture below.  You can use a glue gun to this, however I prefer to use staples.

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Step Two 

Purchase a stand for your design board.  The best stand I have found is a plate display stand.  These stands are very inexpensive and can be found in most Dollar Stores.  They usually are hinged allowing the stand to fold in half.  This is great as it will make your design board portable to take to a quilting class.

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 Step Three

Voila! your are finished.  Now you just need to place the finished design board in your stand and it’s ready to use.  Now you can place your fabric quilt block pieces on the board and they will stay on the flannel.

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Civil War Quilts “History Sandwiched In”

Civil war quilts have become very popular over the past few years.  The beauty and stories to these quilts captures our intrigue.  Be sure to keep a watch out for our new Farmer’s Wife Civil War Sampler Club.  We will be offering the club in two formats, online and as a monthly workshop.  I came across this video recently from Wisconsin Public Television, featuring Pat Ehrenberg.  From fabric to explanation of blocks, this video features a wealth of information on Civil War quilting,   Pat also showcases a great selection of Civil War Quilts.  It is a bit lengthy so be sure to grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and relax and take a lesson from the past of “History Sandwiched In”.

Piecing Batting The No Sew Way

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No need to sew batting edges together anymore, you can fuse it. Developed specifically to fuse batting together, to enlarge or reinforce. This 15 yd x 1-1/2” wide cloth tape allows batting edges to be fused together with a soft fuse that stretches. It eliminates hand or machine stitching when extra batting pieces are needed to fit a specific project. Can be used on any type batting. Does not shrink or bulk with washing.  Click Here to order.  Be sure to watch the video below for a full tutorial.