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Welcome to Week 1 of the Ombre Gems Quilt Along!

ombre gems quilt

I’ve been thinking about doing this Ombre Gems quilt along for many months.

The reason I’m hosting this quilt along is simply to offer support and pretty much hold your hands through the construction of it.   This quilt is not difficult to make but is a little tedious and finicky in the seams so a little extra encouragement might be helpful.   I am really blown away by how many of you are going to be quilting along!   This should be a lot of fun!

I feel like I need to preface this by saying this is my first quilt along.

First time hosting, first time participating.  I was also very nervous about putting this pattern out there because it wasn’t an easy one to put together!  (I actually almost didn’t!)   The original went together somewhat organically so coming up with instructions that others could repeat really stressed me out.  I’ve seen a few come together already so phew, it does work..lol.

So I’m asking for some grace in this one!   :)   It may take a little problem solving to get your layouts right, to make the right color of blocks to get the effects you want.   Depending on what cuts of fabrics you are using, it may take a little bit of experimentation.  I do think no matter how yours goes together it’s still going to look really cool!   The nature of the Ombre fabrics will guarantee that.  :)


Week 1 / 10

This week we will:

  • Plan out your blocks by using the coloring pages  (sign up for the quilt along list below to get yours!)
  • Have your fabrics ready for cutting next week  (See Shops to buy Ombres from below or scrappy suggestions below)
  • Have your pattern ready to go!   Available in the shop or in LPQ Magazine (see cutting corrections)

So we are starting out nice and slow.  I want to give everyone time to be prepared for cutting next week!   We will cut as we go because I want you to get a feel for how the blocks go together before cutting everything.  There is a lot of precision required so I think you will see improvement with that as we go.  (This is also why I recommend the Stripololgy ruler)  I’ll demonstrate it next week.


Planning

This week will be all about planning out our blocks.

This is a tentative plan that may change as your quilt comes together!  Coloring it out will give you a better visual of how you will get the required blocks out of your fabrics.

Fat Quarter Cuts

I am using a Fat Quarter Bundle for my version.   You need a minimum of 18 Fat Quarters.   I’m using 18 (for now).
A fat quarter will make 2 full blocks and 1 half block (the edge blocks).   Here is my process on planning out the fat quarter cuts:

  • Choose 18 Fat Quarters to use
  • Start by making a key on your page.  I numbered 1-18 (the number of FQ’s I’m using)  and shaded with the coloring pencils.
  • Starting with the first color of fat quarter (yellow) I shaded in 3 half blocks.
  • Moving on to the second color (another yellow) I shaded 2 full blocks.
  • I also marked my blocks on my sheet and marked my fabrics with the corresponding number.
  • Continue through all of your colors of fabrics until your sheet is filled up.
  • Now you know how many blocks (full and half) you will be making with each color.

Keep in mind that the most you can shade per Fat Quarter is 2 full and 1 half  (or mix it up 3 halves and 1 full..etc..)

Also… be flexible as you make your quilt!   You will most likely change your mind on some placements.   There are no wrong layouts here!

I organically moved around my coloring page as I went.  I’m using the original quilt as my guide of color placement.  But hey, mix it up!   I’ll say it again, there is no wrong way to do this! The coloring page is already looking so pretty!   It will be fun to see it come to life!

Also, you might notice there is one block center top without a number.   I’ll have to fill in that gap as I go and maybe do some shifting.   If you want your plan set pretty well before you start, make a rough draft and then a final copy once you know it works out!


Jelly Roll Cuts

If you are using jelly roll strips your process might look a little different.  The original pattern requires 2 jelly rolls so you have enough sets of strips to use.   If you only have one jelly roll I suggest doing the simpler version with less blocks.

You guys will have to correct me if I’m wrong but I looks like a jelly roll has 20 sets.   (40 strips total, 2 of each color)

  • Choose 31 sets of strips (1 Jelly roll = 20 sets, so 2 JRs = 40 sets)
  • Your key will be 20 colors (or less if you take certain colors out)
  • Combine like color sets.
  • 1 set of strips will make 1 full block and 1 half block or looking at it as colors:  each color will make 3 full blocks keeping in mind you can split that up into halves for the edges as needed.
  • Color in 1 full block + 1 half block per set until all 31 sets are used up  (or in terms of color:  Max of 3 full blocks per color if using all 20 colors).  There will be leftover pieces.

Using 1 Jelly Roll

  • 1 Jelly roll will make 20 blocks so I suggest doing the alternate layout with 18 blocks.
  • Choose 18 sets from your jelly roll
  • Color in your blocks by coloring each block 1 of the 18 colors.
  • Or feel free to skip the planning since you will basically be making one block from each color.

Half Yard Bundles

You will have the most flexibility with a Half Yard bundle.   So if that is what you are using consider yourself the luckiest ;)

  • You can get up to 3 sets of strips from each half yard but most likely will only use 1-2 sets per half yard.
  • As you color in your sheet you will have the most flexibility because you can use the same color multiple times since your cut of fabric is big enough.
  • Choose the colors you are using (up to 20) and make your key.
  • Color in your blocks keeping in mind that you will most likely color a maximum of 2.5 – 3 blocks per color.

Find Ombre Fabrics

These shops carry the Ombre Fabrics:

US SHOPS
VandCo
Handmade is Heartmade
Fat Quarter Shop has yardage (Create your own half yard bundle)
Craftsy.com has ombre fabrics in their own brand.  Need 2 jelly rolls or a 1/2 yard bundle
Warm Colors  ||   Cool Colors
Sewitup.com
quilterssquare

UK SHOPS
sewsupplyco

CANADA
Dinkydoo

 


Making a scrappy version

This quilt also looks great as a scrappy version!   I made one using my Bonnie and Camille stash.   If you choose to go this route I suggest cutting blocks as you go.   I started by cutting a bunch of strips and then cutting my pieces as needed from those strips.

ombre gems quilt

I chose a range of like colors to use and made my blocks using same colors together.

If you are pulling from your stash I recommend multiple fat quarters or strips of the same color.   Keeping like colors in one block will keep with the ombre effect.

  • Pull multiple fat quarters or scraps from your stash
  • Sort into like colors.   If anything stands out in the groupings I would keep it out.  Try to keep similar tones and colors together.
  • If using a fat quarter bundle sort into like colors and tones.
  • You can use as many colors or as few colors as you want!  Even a one color scrappy quilt would look so cool!
  • Cut into strips according to pattern
  • Make your blocks according to the pattern using like colors in each block.


 

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Join me next week as we start cutting and making blocks!!


Ombre Gems Official Post
Ombre Gems Week One
Ombre Gems Week Two
Ombre Gems Week Three
Ombre Gems Week Four
Ombre Gems Week Five
Ombre Gems Week Six
Ombre Gems Week Seven
Ombre Gems Week Eight
Ombre Gems Week Nine
Ombre Gems Week Ten

 

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Today is all about the triangles!   Triangle pop quilt pattern is the latest addition to the Quilty Love family and is now available in the Quilty Love Pattern Shop as a Paper copy or as an automatic PDF download.
Triangle Pop was first featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine as the cover girl of Issue 38.  That was a fun surprise!  Triangle Pop quilt pattern is a modern triangle quilt using traditional piecing and fat quarters.    The sashing makes your fabrics pop and allows each one to stand out on their own.   Choose your favorite fat quarter bundle for this one because each print will be highlighted :)

I used the Carkai line by Carolyn Friedlander for my version.   These beautiful bold colors really stand out against Kona White.

I’ve included 4 size options for this one!   The throw is a nice and generous size as that’s how I prefer my throw size quilts ;)   Also included is a smaller baby size, a perfect twin size and a queen.   I made a twin size quilt for my daughter’s bed that I’ll be sure to share soon!

Despite those angles, this one actually goes together fairly quickly.   I’m currently making my third one using a new Art Gallery line.   I recommend a 60 degree triangle ruler for more accurate cuts.   My triangle ruler gets a lot of use and is handy to have if you tend to work with triangles often.  I finished off my Triangle Pop quilt with 3/4in straight lines using my walking foot.   I like how it kept with the modern feel of this quilt.  I also used a thinner batting to keep it nice and light weight.  Sometimes you just need a lightweight quilt :) Backing is a black and white Robert Kaufman print.   You know how I like to keep those backings simple ;) How could I not finish this one off with my favorite black and white striped binding!?   I’m afraid I use this binding far too often but it seems to work with so many quilts! Go pick up your copy and be sure to share your progress on Instagram with the #trianglepop hashtag!

Triangle Pop Quilt Pattern

Materials:
Carkai Fabric by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.
Backing:  Crisscross from the Remix collection by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman.
Sashing and background:   Kona White
Binding:   Timeless Treasures black and white stripe  (my favorite binding!)
Batting:  Quilters Dream Request (This one is a little thinner)
Triangle Ruler:  HexNmore

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  • Shannon - Love this pattern, Emily! I’m a sucker for triangles – or anything geometric! And who doesn’t love a good black and white striped binding – why change it if it isn’t broken?!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - I just love your design style and so your patterns. This is really fun too and has to go on the bucket list.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Ruff - Am an experienced quilter but had trouble piecing this. I used a triangle ruler. Any further hints?ReplyCancel

 

Ombre Gems Quilt along

I’m so excited to announce the Ombre Gems Quilt Along!

This has been on my mind for quite some time because while this quilt is beautiful and uses traditional piecing it is a bit tedious.  I think we can all benefit from encouraging one another along the way!   Plus this will give me the opportunity to teach you some tips and tricks for more accurate piecing.

Dates

March 1st, 2017 – May 10th, 2017

What is a Quilt Along

A quilt along is simply that..   A group of quilters quilting along together.   In this case we will be virtually quilting the Ombre Gems quilt pattern along at the same time.  This quilt along will take place on Instagram using the hashtag #ombregemsquiltalong.   By using this hashtag on your instagram posts that are about the Ombre Gems quilt we can all keep up with your progress.   Quilt alongs usually have a host (myself!), a schedule (see below) and a common project (the Ombre Gems Quilt).

The Ombre Gems Quilt

You can click on over to the original Ombre Gems post to see lots of photos of the original VandCo ombre version.   I have recently finished a quilt top using a variety of Bonnie and Camille fabrics also.  So you don’t have to use just Ombre fabrics to take place in this quilt along!   I’m excited to see what other variations you all choose.

Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern

Who this Quilt Along is for

This quilt along is best for those who have made a few quilts.   You understand the 1/4in seam allowance and your cutting is decent.   If you are a beginner and a perfectionist this might be a little frustrating for you since accurate seam allowances and cuts will be crucial!

But hey, if you are a beginner and aren’t afraid of a few seams not lining up… go for it!   If you look closely at my original you will find plenty of seams that don’t line up.  This one will test your patience of lining up seams but I’m not a quilting perfectionist so I’m ok with these little flaws.

What you will learn

For the Ombre Gems it all starts with accurate cutting.   Accurate cutting and a consistent 1/4in seam allowance.  You will have plenty of practice to work on both of those things in this quilt so I’m sure you will have grown as a quilter by the end of it!

We will be cutting blocks as we make them for this reason.   I want you to pay attention to your cutting and hopefully see some improvement as we go along.  The same goes for the elusive 1/4in seam allowance.

Materials Needed

  • The Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern:   PDF or Paper copy
  • 2 Jelly Rolls (you don’t use the full rolls)  or a Fat Quarter bundle (min 18 FQ) or a Half Yard bundle

Shops that carry Ombre fabrics

US SHOPS
VandCo
Handmade is Heartmade
Fat Quarter Shop has yardage (Create your own half yard bundle)
Craftsy.com has ombre fabrics in their own brand.  Need 2 jelly rolls or a 1/2 yard bundle
Warm Colors  ||   Cool Colors
Sewitup.com
quilterssquare

UK SHOPS
sewsupplyco

CANADA
Dinkydoo

Optional Tools

An extra tool you might find helpful is the Creative Grids Stripology ruler.  Seriously guys, this thing rocks!   It’s not cheap by any means but it’s such a time saver and a very quality ruler.   I bought mine within minutes of seeing it online and I have zero regrets.   Totally not a gadget quilter and I like to keep things simple but I do love this ruler.   If you take one look at how many 2.5in squares we will be cutting for this quilt you might find yourself running for the nearest Stripology ruler ;)

I bought mine from Craftsy.com.


Creative Grids Stripology Ruler

from: Craftsy

And I’ll be giving one of these away for the Quilt along!!   eeeee!

Time Line

Week One:
Get your materials together:
Fabrics
Pattern
Sign up for the Ombre Gems updates (down below) and free coloring pages will be sent your way!

Week Two:
Cut the 2.5in white (background) squares
Make 2 Full blocks and 2 half blocks

Week Three:
Make 6 blocks

Week Four:
Make 6 blocks

Week Five:
Make 5 blocks

Week Six:
Make 5 blocks

Week Seven:
Make 6 blocks

Week Eight:
Make 5 blocks

Week Nine:
Make 5 blocks

Week Ten:
Sew your quilt top together!!!

Location

This quilt along will take place primarily on Instagram.  So be sure to follow along on instagram and use

#ombregemsquiltalong

to participate!   We can all encourage one another by searching this hashtag.

I’ll have periodic check-ins here on the blog and I’m even considering doing a weekly Instagram Live session (ahhh).


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Ombre Gems Official Post
Ombre Gems Week One
Ombre Gems Week Two
Ombre Gems Week Three
Ombre Gems Week Four
Ombre Gems Week Five
Ombre Gems Week Six
Ombre Gems Week Seven
Ombre Gems Week Eight
Ombre Gems Week Nine
Ombre Gems Week Ten

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This is the first completed quilt of 2017!   I feel like I’m kind of off to a slow start for 2017.   Have too many things going on or something.   Today I am sharing a scrappy Indigo Log Cabin Quilt with you!   This is one of two ;)   The other one still needs to be quilted.   I’ll share more about that below.

I signed up for Whimsy Quilts Tiled Indigo Club last year and received a full year of beautiful blue and indigo fabrics with a few others mixed in.   This was a block of the month club and I designed two of the blocks.   I had good intentions of doing the actual blocks but that never happened so instead I pulled the fabric to make my own quilt.

I decided to make a scrappy Log Cabin Quilt with all of these gorgeous shades of blue.   I used various widths of logs (Some are 2in, some 2.5in) to give it more variety and so I wouldn’t have to worry about lining up seams later.

These blocks are quick to make and I ended up making 14 oversized blocks.   I wanted a large throw size.   Well I didn’t quite work out the measurements and 14 ended up being way too many blocks!

My quilt ended up a large Twin Size.   So I ripped the bottom row off and made it a square throw.   And all the extra blocks… I ended up making a second throw ;)

I configured the blocks on point and I’ll share that Log Cabin quilt when it’s done.  So 12 large blocks will make a huge twin ;)   Or 9 large blocks will make a large throw. Since this quilt is not designated to go to anyone in particular I thought it would make a good free motion quilting practice quilt.  I’ve free motion quilted a handful of times and find it really fun and freeing to do.  I’m not that great at it but there is only one way to get better! ;)

I went with free motion scallops.   I’ve done them once before and really enjoyed it.  I didn’t make any markings and just free handed it.   I wasn’t concerned about perfection and don’t mind the whimsical nature these free motioned scallops provide to this already scrappy quilt. When free motion quilting a design like this that is rows, I tend to work right to left on the quilt.   I start on the right edge and continue to roll up the quilt in the throat of my machine as I go.

In this case I worked vertically.   So I started each row at the top of the quilt and basically quilted the scallops sideways as I went.

About 3/4 of the way through the quilt, I turned it around and finished the quilt to alleviate the bulk in my sewing machine throat space. I added sashing with corner stones to give the eye a place to rest on this busy quilt top.   I added corner stones because I hate doing sashing and this way I could really just make a bunch of blocks to sew together instead of one long strip of sashing ;) The textures of all of these different fabrics is so good!   There are a lot of cotton and steel, a lot of essex linen, and a lot of Art Gallery Denims. I had this yellow shimmery Cotton and Steel fabric on hand so I used it as the backing.  Free Motion scallops :)   Blueberries :)   Essex linen :) Totally showing you guys my weaknesses here ;)   These scallops are FAR from perfect…lol.   But they do get easier with practice!

I hope if nothing else you feel encouraged to give free motion quilting a try!   You will notice every mistake as you go but like magic, you hardly notice those mistakes when it’s done and you observe your quilt as a whole :)

 

Materials used:
A variety of Indigo fabrics
Robert Kaufman Kona in White
Backing is Cotton and Steel Netorious
Batting is Warm and White.
Thread is Auriful in White on top and Yellow on Bottom

Used my domestic Janome 4120 QDC for piecing and quilting.

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