Monday, August 25, 2014

deep blue sea baby quilt tutorial

I am excited to share this tutorial with you today.  This quilt is pretty quick to put together and is a great introduction to curves since these are pretty easy.  You can read more about the quilt in my original post here.

If you have any questions or if you make your own, I would love to hear from you!
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
Cutting Instructions
When cutting your shapes it is faster to leave your fabric folded in half. 

Kona Navy - 
  • Cut 1 strip 4.25" x WOF.  Subcut into (4) 4.25" x 10".  
  • Cut 1 strip 7.5" x 40"
Kona Celestial, Cyan, Capri, and Aqua - 
  • Cut 1 strip 6.25" x WOF.  Subcut into (4) 4.25" x 10".
  • Cut 1 strip 4.25" x WOF.  Subcut into (4) 6.25" x 10".
Kona Sky -
  • Cut 1 strip 6.25" x WOF.  Subcut into (4) 6.25" x 10".
  • Cut 1 strip 3.5" x 40".  
You can download the templates for the quilt here (the original link was incorrect, if you downloaded it before the afternoon of 8/26 you should re-download).  Make sure that when you print that you printer is set to 100% and not "scale to fit."  You will know if you have printed the correct size because the template should be the same size as your cut fabric like the photos below.  If you have trouble getting the file to download to the correct size just send me an email and I can send you the file.  (This type of template is very easy and quick to make in EQ7.  You can read more about my thoughts on EQ7 here.)

Once you have your templates cut, place them onto your fabric.  The "A" template goes with the 6.25" x 10" pieces and the "B" template goes with the 4.25" x 10" pieces.  If you left your fabric folded in half you can leave the pieces together to cut 2 templates at a time.

Since 3 sides of your template are already cut, all you need to do is cut the curve.  You can either use a marking tool (I like Frixion pens) and then cut the curve with scissors or you can cut very carefully with your rotary cutter.

Piecing the curve
There is definitely more than one way to piece curves.  I like to use pins so that is the method that I am going to demonstrate.

You are going to piece 20 total curves.  Sew the "B" Navy pieces with the "A" Celestial pieces, the "B" Celestial pieces with the "A" Cyan pieces, and so on.

Fold the pieces in half and pinch it to crease on both the A and B pieces.
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
They should look like this.
deep blue sea quilt tutorial

Line up the creased marks on the A and B pieces and pin.deep blue sea quilt tutorial
And then piece at each end of the curve.
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
Now this part is a little tedious, but it doesn't take that long and it makes sewing the curve go pretty quickly.  You want to use enough pins to make the edges of the A and B pieces line up all the way along the curve.  Be careful not to stretch the fabric as you pin.
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
It should look like this.
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
When you piece the curve just go slowly and remove the pins as you go.  You might want to lift up your presser foot occasionally to adjust the fabric.  
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
Once your you have pieced the curve, it should look like this.
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
Very carefully press the seam toward the darker fabric 
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
And you have just pieced a curve!  Pat yourself on the back.
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
Once you have all of your curves pieced you are going to sew them together into rows.  Since your fabric may have gotten a tiny bit wonky when you sewed your curves, match the curved seam first and pin.  Then if the top or bottom of the blocks didn't quite match up it will be less noticeable.  
deep blue sea quilt tutorial
When I sewed together the rows I pressed my seams open but you can do whatever you prefer.
Once you have sewn your rows you can sew the rows together.  Sew the 3.5" Sky strip to the top of the quilt and the 7.5" Navy strip to the bottom.  Your strips are a little wider than the quilt, but this way you can trim the edges to make them nice and straight.

Baste, quilt, and bind as desired.
deep blue sea baby quilt
Finished size: 38" x 48"

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29 comments :

Hilary said...

This quilt is fantastic! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Cynthia Woodham said...

Thanks I can't wait to have a go at curved piecing with so a beautiful project.

amy said...

Eeeek,I'm so glad you posted this! I couldn't get this quilt out of my head! I'm thinking of making it for a little boy I know...once I get the chance :) I'll let you know when it's done!!

isabellaswhimsy said...

Thank you so much for making this tutorial. I have just loved your quilt since I first saw it. Thank you!
Janie

kimberlier said...

Awesome!!! Thank you!!!

Cari said...

Awesome... such big impact for a simple quilt. Love it; thanks for sharing the details!

Miggsie said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! You make curves look totally doable, and I love the finished quilt!

Colleen Potter said...

What a lovely quilt. Thank you for taking the time to make us all a tutorial !

Joy said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I love it and want to be able to make it soon. Thank you again for your wonderful tutorials.

Gotham Quilts said...

What a lovely baby quilt! Thank you for the tutorial! We will make one of these for a charity baby quilt for our guild here in NYC.

Ruth said...

Fabulous - love this!

ME said...

Love this!! I'm unable to download the template. Could you email it to me please? Thank you

Sharon said...

What a fun quilt! Thank you for the tutorial!

Cheryl said...

What a great quilt! Thanks for the tutorial.

Erin Stewart said...

Thank you for sharing the tutorial for it too!! Yay! =)

Meagan Carstensen said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! Quick question: What thread did you use to quilt it? Variegated, light blue, dark dark, white... love what you did.

Meagan Carstensen said...

Oops *dark blue not dark dark!

Ashley Kent said...

Your quilt is so cute, I made one in rainbow over the last few days.

White + Warren said...

Thanks for the tutorial, that was really great. Thanks for sharing, check out White + Warren for more baby blanket. Thanks ! :)

Quilting Focus said...

Love, love, love this quilt! I wrote a blog post on Quilting Focus, a quilting directory site about summery quilts and featured a link back here to your wonderful tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Rachel said...

Is the thread on the top stitching all one color? If so, which color? Thanks!

ambercsnow said...

I made this in a 56 by 76 inch size for my nieces wedding. She is a marine biologist and loved it. Thank you for your great idea and tutorial. I had never pieced curves before and it was fun. My son enlarged the measurements, laid the pieces out on computer fabric...and made me templates. Thank you mechanical engineer son.

ambercsnow said...

I made this in a 56 by 76 inch size for my nieces wedding. She is a marine biologist and loved it. Thank you for your great idea and tutorial. I had never pieced curves before and it was fun. My son enlarged the measurements, laid the pieces out on computer fabric...and made me templates. Thank you mechanical engineer son.

Marion said...

Hi Erica, I only discovered your blog now and hope you don't mind me asking about the deep blue sea quilt tutorial. I have a curve master for my sewing machine - wouldn't it be possible to sew those curves with it ? Thank you fo your advice and kind regards and compliments for this most beautiful peace of art.
Marion

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Vicki Cabak said...

In the following section of the tutorial, are the instructions about "subcuts" switched. Thank you! I can't wait to make this quilt!

Kona Celestial, Cyan, Capri, and Aqua -
Cut 1 strip 6.25" x WOF. Subcut into (4) 4.25" x 10".
Cut 1 strip 4.25" x WOF. Subcut into (4) 6.25" x 10".

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