Quilt Along 2 - Fruit Drops

Fruit Drops - Week 6 - Quilt Top Assembly March 19 2019

Today is the last entry for the Fruit Drops Quilt Along. I hope you have enjoyed it.

Congratulations to Lynn E for being last week’s draw prize winner...a $25 gift certificate!

This week you will need:

             - all of your blocks

             - page #2 of the Fruit Drops pattern

             - sewing machine and neutral thread

             -a large floor space or design wall.

Now the fun begins. This week we will strive to make 9 (12, 20, 25) 4-block units and join them to complete our quilt top. Follow steps #16 to #18 of the pattern.

 Tips:

  • Be sure to not have any fabric repeated in the 4-block unit (step#16).
  • Arrange the 4-block units in a pleasing manner, being sure to not have any of the same fabrics touching.
  • Step away from your arrangement….go have a cup of tea...then come back to it with fresh eyes. Re-arrange the units if necessary. Taking a photograph also helps with this process as things jump out in a picture.

To enter this week's draw by midnight Saturday April 6, email a picture of your completed quilt top (it doesn't need to be quilted).

 

Comments

Dianne Duff April 08 2019 at 08:47AM

I have just finished sewing the last of the 12 blocks together and have sent in my picture. I had to wait for my daughter to decide how she wanted the blocks to go. Since the blocks are all different colours the arrangement is like a colour wheel with one block transitioning to the next. I have really enjoyed this quilt along, I can’t wait to see what the rest of you have created. My picture will not post here.

Edie Harvey April 05 2019 at 05:19PM

Thanks Sue and Wanda I enjoyed making the quilt

Peggy Downs April 05 2019 at 01:55PM

Thank you, my sister, is going to love her birthday present. She already loves what she has seen so far.

Heather April 05 2019 at 01:55PM

I really enjoyed making this quilt. Since this was the first quilt I made, I found the pace great and was able to keep up. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Thank you Sue & Wanda.

Marion Ginn March 28 2019 at 09:07AM

Thank you, Sue and Wanda. Doing the Quilt Along was like being in class, without the travelling. I was able to keep pace, the pattern was fun and I love the way my top turned out.

Lori Corrick March 28 2019 at 09:07AM

Thanks ladies love putting this quilt together.
Lori

Crystal Shaw March 21 2019 at 09:07AM

I enjoyed the process of making this quilt and the final emerging of the pattern of squares.

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Fruit Drops - Week 5 - Block Assembly March 05 2019

The blocks are really starting to take shape now.

Congratulations to KIM BRITTON for being last week’s draw prize winner.

 

This week you will need:

             - all of your pinwheels and larger half-square triangles

             - page #2 of the Fruit Drops pattern

             - sewing machine and neutral thread


Block assembly this week! Follow steps # 13 to #15 of your pattern. Making 36 (48, 80, 100) is our goal.

Tips:

  • Make a stack of the pinwheel and half-square triangles with the orientation correct. Start sewing the top 2 units together. Press and return to the correct place. Sew the bottom units. Press and return to the correct place. Now sew top to bottom and press the seam allowances open.
 

To enter this week's draw by midnight Saturday, March 16th, Email a picture of at least 12 completed blocks.

 

Comments

Lynn Ellis March 19 2019 at 09:06AM

I sent in my picture. I’ve got 18 completed blocks so far. Really enjoying this pattern and can’t wait to see the blocks altogether.

Dianne Duff March 19 2019 at 09:06AM

Last night March 13, I finished stitching, pressing and trimming my final blocks to a count of 48. I have sent a tentative arrangement of the 48 into my rows of 3×4. Oh the choices of where to put each coloured block. Since the coloured fabric was my daughter’s and by half ownership this quilt will be hers, I will let her make the final decision of where she once the blocks to go. This has been real fun and doing it as a quilt along really has kept me Moving along week by week. I have sent my photo of 48 blocks .

Lori Corrick March 14 2019 at 08:26AM

I sent my picture in. Loving this process.
Cheers
Lori

Edie Harvey March 14 2019 at 08:27AM

I just sent in my 12 completed block photo. I am just squaring up the rest of the blocks and deciding on fixing a few of them. They sew up fast when you chain sew them

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Fruit Drops - Week 4 - Pinwheels February 19 2019

Hope you managed all of those half-square triangles! Making 8 at a time certainly gets the job done.

Congratulations to Cathy S for being last week’s draw prize winner.

This week you will need:

             - all of your 3” half-square triangles

             - page #2 of the Fruit Drops pattern

             - sewing machine and neutral thread

             -optional: The Cutting Gizmo by The Gypsy Quilter®

We are joining the 3” half-square triangles into pinwheels. Follow steps # 10 to #11 of your pattern. The aim this week is to make 72 (96, 160, 200) pinwheels.
Tips:
  • Make a stack of the half-square triangles with the orientation correct and chain piece them.
    Check out the Cutting Gizmo for making separating the units a snap.
    • Be sure to press the seam allowances as shown in the diagram.
    • Stack the pieces again and sew. The seam allowances should “nest”.
      • When doing the final press try twirling the seam allowances. This avoids bumps...your long arm quilter will appreciate it.
       
      It is still important to keep the fabric groupings together.
      Each pinned fabric grouping now has 2 - 5½” pinwheels and 2 - 5½” half-square triangles with the same fabrics.
       

      To enter this week's draw, by midnight Saturday, March 2nd

      Email a picture of at least 12 pinned groupings of pinwheels and large HSTs.

       

      Comments

      Lynn Ellis March 07 2019 at 09:05AM

      Sent my picture in. I’ve got 23 pinwheel sets done so far. Hope to get the rest done this weekend. Really enjoying this quilt along!

      Dianne Duff March 07 2019 at 09:06AM

      I have finished all 96 of the pinwheels. They look great but a bit smaller than they should be. This is probably because I was working ahead and did not know about the scant seam. The twirling of the center seams worked great especially when the seam was warm. I have two of the 10.5 blocks using 2 pinwheels and 2 HST done. They look fine, now to finish the rest. I have sent my photo earlier.

      Edie Harvey February 27 2019 at 09:53AM

      Just sent in my photo. My head is spinning from making all those pinwheels. I am better at twirling the seams.

      Lori Corrick February 25 2019 at 09:06AM

      I sent in my photo. Loving this project. Thank you
      Lori

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      Fruit Drops - Week 3 - More HSTs February 05 2019

      Well that was a lot of half-square triangles! Congratulations to those who got the majority of them done. And a special congratulations to ANNE MASON for being last week’s draw prize winner.

      This week you will need:

                   - the 6¾” squares of feature and neutral fabrics

                   - page #1 and #2 of the Fruit Drops pattern

                   - a pencil or other fabric marker

                   - a ruler

                   - a rotary cutter and cutting mat

                   - sewing machine and neutral thread

                   - optional: rotating cutting mat

                   - optional: Tucker Trimmer I by Studio 180 Design Ltd.®

                  - optional: Mary Ellen’s Best Press® or other light spray starch

      Follow steps # 6 to #9 of your pattern to make many more half-square triangles using a different method. Oh dear, 288 (384, 640, 800) to be exact.

      Tips:

      • Using a scant ¼” seam allowance allows for more wiggle room when trimming. (Step #7)
      • When making the 4 slices (Step #8), avoid shifting the pieces until all the cuts have been made. A rotating cutting mat or a small cutting mat which you can turn is helpful. By the way. the measurement for the vertical and horizontal slices is 3⅜” but going through the center and keeping the ruler square to the piece should be sufficient.
       
      • When pressing (Step #8), squirt a little starch (Best Press®)  on each half-square triangle. This flattens them and stabilizes the bias edges for trimming (Step #9).
      • Placing multiple half-square triangles on a larger rotating mat makes the trimming process a little quicker. By the way, we are using the solid circle on the Tucker Trimmer this time since our cut is 3”.
       
      It is still important to keep the fabric groupings together.
      Each pinned fabric grouping now has 8 - 3” half-square triangles and 2 - 5½” half-square triangles with the same fabrics.
       

      To enter this week's draw, by midnight Saturday, February 16th, “Leave a Comment”  and tell us how many jelly rolls are on our online shop.

       

      Comments

      Annemieke February 21 2019 at 08:34AM

      Late night posting and there are 24! There are 24 Jelly Rolls available to order on the website :). On the quilt front, I have realized that squaring up baby HST’s is even less enjoyable than squaring up large ones! But I persist! :)

      Dianne Duff February 21 2019 at 08:34AM

      I just finished a total of 64 pinwheels. I don’t want to go to the next step in case there are tips. I still the rest to finish sewing into pinwheels but I am going tonbe away from my machine until Thursday. I have a system now so I don’t miss sew and miss press. Made a few errors until I got the system in place. I counted 19 jellyrolls in the online store. I did not count the balipops, they were not in a roll. Happy Family Day Everyone for Monday.

      Lynn Ellis February 21 2019 at 08:35AM

      There are 24 jelly rolls in the online store. Working on my 6 3/4” squares. Can’t wait to start putting all the different colours together.

      Cathy S February 21 2019 at 08:35AM

      I appear to have trouble with scant seams.However, I think the HSTs will go together okay and I’m looking forward to playing with the finished blocks.

      The number of jelly rolls may be subject to interpretation but I will say 24.

      Kim February 14 2019 at 09:12AM

      There are 24 different jelly roll collections listed on your website

      Edie Harvey February 14 2019 at 09:13AM

      I forgot there are 19 jelly rolls in the online shop

      Edie Harvey February 14 2019 at 09:13AM

      Just finished squaring up 640 three inch 1/2 square triangles. I wore out a couple of blades in my rotary cutter. Can’t wait to make pinwheels with the many different colours

      Jan Belanger February 14 2019 at 09:13AM

      I am doing the single. There are 12 jelly roll on shop line. I have finished week 3 84 half square triangles

      anne m February 12 2019 at 08:56AM

      working my way through the HST
      some turned out 2-7/8"
      need to redo – lost an 1/8’ somewhere
      18 jelly rolls

      Marion Ginn February 11 2019 at 01:27PM

      There are 19 Jelly rolls.

      Dianne Duff February 10 2019 at 05:47PM

      I have finally finished cutting all 384 3” HST. I took breaks from the trimming by reading ICE by Lauren Carr. There were some guns as murder weapons but no rotary cutters. It was a good way to give my nexk a rest. Now to start the next step of sewing the 4 HST into a square. I finally figured out how to twirl the seam after watching a few UTube videos.

      Lori Corrick February 10 2019 at 10:47AM

      I was super excited when I realized I had done all the cutting and pressing last week. So it feels like a vacation this week. 😁

      Brenda Tupling February 10 2019 at 10:47AM

      Can tell you this – it may be cold, dreary & blowing snow outside – but my cutting table is a sea of bright, cheery, ice cream fountain batik HST – what a way to brighten the day

      Kim Britton February 07 2019 at 11:32AM

      Tell you what? How much fun this is? Tell you how many colours we are using? Lol sorry quirky sense of humour so had to post something

      Dianne Duff February 07 2019 at 11:32AM

      Here are my first HST from the 6 3/4“ blocks , 96 in total a few more to go to reach 384.
      They are all cut but not pressed and trimmed. Since I was working ahead I did not realize I needed a scant 1/4” but the squares appear okay. I also did not use the spray starch suggested for these 96. I will do that for the rest. I did have a picture but it did not copy .

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      Fruit Drops - Week 2 - HSTs January 22 2019

      What a great start! Congratulations for getting your cutting and sorting done. And a special congratulations to EDIE HARVEY for being last week’s draw prize winner! Edie wins a spool of Aurifil thread - woohoo!

      You will need:

                   - the 6” squares of feature and neutral fabrics

                   - page #1 of the Fruit Drops pattern

                   - a pencil or other fabric marker

                   - a ruler

                   - a rotary cutter and cutting mat

                   - sewing machine and neutral thread

                   - optional: rotating cutting mat

                   - optional: Tucker Trimmer I by Studio 180 Design Ltd. 

      Follow steps #1 to #5 on page 1 of the pattern to make 36 (48, 80, 100) 5½” half-square triangles. 

      Tips:

      • Keep the seam allowances accurate at ¼”.

      • Here is a refresher video on using the Tucker Trimmer. Remember, we are using the half-circle corner of the ruler since the trimming is at 5½”. Tucker Trimmer
      • Always press the seam allowances towards the feature fabric.

      • Remember to keep the fabric groupings pinned together!

      Each pinned fabric grouping now has 1 - 6¾” square each of the Feature and Neutral fabrics, and 2 - 5½” half-square triangles with the same fabrics.

      To enter this week's draw, Email by midnight Saturday, February 2nd, and tell us how you fared this week and a picture of at least 12 pinned groupings with half-square triangles done.

       

      Comments

      Edie Harvey February 11 2019 at 01:27PM

      I tried to send my comment with photo. Don,t know if it went thru

      Jan February 07 2019 at 11:33AM

      A little late but all caught up, of course I’m only doing the lap at least for now. Using all scraps. Thanks for the inspiration.

      Lynn Ellis February 07 2019 at 11:32AM

      I’m doing the throw size and have got all my squares cut out and all of the 6" square blocks sewn and cut apart into the HST. I still have to trim them with the Tucker Trimmer and sew the 6 3/4" blocks. I’m using 36 different shades/patterns of purple batik, a different one for each block. My photo show the 36 pinned groupings with the HSTs done.

      Judy Paul February 07 2019 at 11:33AM

      Been busy gathering fabric, cutting and squaring up. Not sure how to add a photo

      Lori Corrick February 07 2019 at 11:33AM

      Thank god for snow days that was a lot of cutting, but all done now. Ready for next week.
      Cheers Lori

      Anne M February 07 2019 at 11:33AM

      The winter blast, so no excuses, working away on HST, almost completed! Lots of time spent, reviewing stash, to find the right combination of colours!

      Marion February 07 2019 at 11:33AM

      Week 2 homework is done, and my picture submitted. So far, everything is going smoothly.

      Dianne Duff February 07 2019 at 11:33AM

      Before bed last night, I finished 8 more fabrics with trimming the 6” prepared block into HSTs. So 14 fabrics done , 10 to do the trimming on. I have sent a photo to Sue to attach. This snow really encourages one to sew, one way to avoid shovelling that white stuff.

      Dianne Duff January 25 2019 at 09:28AM

      The snow has helped to keep me inside. I have all the stitching done for both sizes of blocks. I have 30 6”square blocks cut apart on the center line and 24 HST trimmed using the Tucker Trimmer. This is half of my trimming since I have 48 blocks in total using 24 different fabrics. My photo shows one quarter of the fabrics (6) with 12 of the original 6” blocks split into 24 HSTs.

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      Fruit Drops - Week 1 - Cutting and Sorting January 08 2019

       

      Cutting and Sorting

      This week you will need:

                   - your fabric collection

                   - page #1 of the Fruit Drops pattern

                   - a rotary cutter with a sharp blade

                   - cutting mat

                   - a ruler wide enough to cut 6¾”

                   - pins

      During the Quilt Along, amounts will be listed as Throw (Single, Queen, King). For example, the number of blocks needed for each will be 36 (48, 80, 100).

      Refer to the top line of the chart on page #1 and decide on the size of quilt you are making and circle your choice. Frixion® pens are great for putting notations on a pattern. When  the quilt is finished, the pages can be pressed with an iron. The markings will disappear, and the pattern is ready to be reused!

      Tip:

      • A ruler is much more accurate than the markings on the cutting board, therefore, avoid using the board for measurement when cutting your fabric.

      Feature Fabrics

      Since this is a scrappy quilt, your fabric collection may be in different sized pieces. Each block requires 1 - 6¾” square and 1 - 6” square of the same feature fabric.  Here are some numbers that may help you

           - 1 - 8” x 14”  rectangle is needed for 1 block

           - 1 - 10” x width of fabric strips (0.25m) will make 3 blocks and 1 binding strip

           - 1 - 19” x 21” piece (fat quarter) will make 3 blocks and 1 pieced binding strip

           - 1 - 19” x 42” piece (0.5m) will make 6 blocks and 2 binding strips

      From the feature fabrics cut:

      36 (48, 80, 100) - 6¾” squares

      36 (48, 80, 100) - 6” squares

      6 (7, 9, 10) - 2½” x width of fabric strips

      Neutral Fabrics

      Each block requires 1 - 6¾” square and 1 - 6” square of the same neutral fabric. 

      From the neutral fabrics cut:

      36 (48, 80, 100) - 6¾” squares

      36 (48, 80, 100) - 6” squares

      Make groupings of 1 - 6¾” square and 1 - 6” square each of the Feature and Neutral fabrics.

      Pin each group together.

       

      To enter this week's draw, “Leave a Comment” by midnight Saturday, January 19th and tell us about your colour choices and quilt size. We would love to hear from you!

       

      Comments

      Dianne Duff January 21 2019 at 06:53PM

      What a lot of cutting but the ruler guide tape I got as part of my Countdown to Christmas helped to keep me on the right size of 6 3/4 for that block. The tape works very well. All the white is cut and 28 blocks of the various prints. I will finish the 10 fat quarters remaining this weekend then to sort.

      edith harvey January 17 2019 at 08:06PM

      I am going to make the queen size quilt. I will use the blues, greens, yellows, blues, purples and teals in my stash. I like the variety of colors in the pinwheels.

      Annemieke Struyk January 17 2019 at 08:07PM

      I am going to make one with all the scraps I can scrape together! :) I think I will be able to make the accents entirely from Tula Pink…so super bright! I have A LOT of Tula Pink scraps! I am going to aim for the Single but if I have enough scraps I may go bigger…the cutting board awaits with the final say on size. Super excited to do my first quilt along and see everyone’s creations! :)

      Cathy S January 16 2019 at 04:15PM

      I’m making a single size with my Kaffe Fassett bundle and a lot of other fat quarters that I can’t remember buying.

      Anne M January 16 2019 at 04:15PM

      Using fabric from stash-a scrappy look of bold and brights with white as neutral, the size will be a throw!

      Ann Marie Koskinen January 16 2019 at 04:15PM

      I am making a throw size out of various left over fabrics from quilts I have made for different nieces and godchildren’s babies. The fabrics are mostly bright and sunny.

      Edie Harvey January 16 2019 at 04:15PM

      I am going to make a queen size quilt from my fat quarters and scraps. I like the variety of colors in the pinwheels. I will use pink, purple, blue, green, yellow.

      Marion January 16 2019 at 04:15PM

      I started cutting out blocks this morning. I am using leftover Patrick Lose fabrics from the spring 2018 Hills and Valleys Shop Hop.

      Dianne Duff January 16 2019 at 04:16PM

      I am making the 60×80 size. I have most of the white cut. I am using a collection of Kaffe fat quarters with abstract prints in jewel tones that belong tonmy daughter Sarah. The quilt will be hers since she has no time to sew at the moment. The prints we feel will work great in this fruit drops design.

      Peggy Downs January 12 2019 at 09:11AM

      Be very careful with the orientation, it is really easy to get confused!

      Peggy Downs January 12 2019 at 09:12AM

      There is an error in Wanda’s pattern, first assemble block is not the same orientation as the finished assembled 4 blocks. Has the feature fabric, lined up with the 4 HST, in the diagram of the assembled 4 block unit, the neutral, fabric is up against the 4 HST. Of course if you turn it upside down it works fine and I am a nut.!!!

      Lynn Ellis January 12 2019 at 09:12AM

      I’m making a throw size using all shades of purple batiks.

      Brenda T January 12 2019 at 09:12AM

      I plan on drawing from my substantial batiks collection to make a bright & white throw or queen (love winging it)

      Peggy Downs January 10 2019 at 08:24AM

      I am going to make a throw from Timeless Treasures, Tonga Treats they are 6" strips, and I have some grundge, fat quarters for the 6-3/4" pieces. I got the Tonga Treats on sale at Thimbles & Things.

      Lori Corrick January 09 2019 at 08:54AM

      I am making a throw size and using my fat quarters I got with my kaffe fassetts Mystery quilt. Thank you for your help on this project
      Lori Corrick

      Kim B January 09 2019 at 08:55AM

      I plan on making a queen sized using 1 light colour with blues and teals maybe some green thrown in

      Lori Corrick January 09 2019 at 08:55AM

      I am using my Kaffe Fassett fat quarter bundle that I got for free from the Mystery quilt. I am doing a throw thank you for you assistance.
      Lori

      Judy Paul January 08 2019 at 08:09AM

      I am going to try making a king size quilt!
      I’ve never attempted anything this size.
      I plan on using pieces that I have of purples, blues and teals. I’m also going to add some bright colours for interest.
      I wish everyone success with their projects and would love to see pictures

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      Fruit Drops Quilt Along is coming soon! December 17 2018

      thimbles & things  is very excited to announce our second Quilt Along!!!

      We hope you decide to participate as this is going to be fun! 
       There will be a bi-weekly blog post right here on our website for 12 weeks to help you stay on track, give you helpful hints and answer any questions you may have.
      And there are prizes too! Each week share your progress to enter a draw.
       The pattern we will be using is Fruit Drops by Wanda’s Designs. It is a scrappy quilt which features only one repeating block and can be a throw (60” x 60”), single (60” x 80”), queen(80”x 100”) or king (100”x 100”). The pattern is available at the shop (visit or call 705 326-9357 to reserve), or online, where it is available as a download.  

      We are starting January 8th!

      That's just enough time to gather your pattern and fabrics.

       

      Here are the fabric requirements for all 4 sizes.

       

      Throw

       60” x 60”

      36 blocks

      Single

      60” x 80”

      48 blocks

      Queen

      80” x 100”

      80 blocks

      King

      100”x 100”

      100 blocks

      This is a scrappy quilt. Each block requires an 8” x 14” piece of feature fabric and an 8” x 14” piece of neutral fabric. Therefore the fabric requirements below are  approximate.

      0.5m/½yd  of feature fabric and 0.4m/½yd of neutral fabric yields

      6 blocks and 1 Feature binding strip

      A

      Feature Fabrics

      2.5m/2¾yd

      3.2m/3⅝yd

      5.4m/6yd

      6.6m/7⅜yd

      B

      Neutral Fabrics

      2.5m/2¾yd

      3m/3⅓yd

      5m/5⅔yd

      6m/6¾yd

      Batting (96” wide)

      1.75m/2yd

      1.75m/2yd

      2.75m/3yd

      I King package

      Backing  -42”

                     -108”

      3.5m/3⅞yd

      1.75m/2yd

      4.5m/4⅞yd

      1.75m/2yd

      6.6m/7⅓yd

      2.25m/2½yd

      8.2m/9yd

      3m/3½yd

       

      The Fruit Drops Quilt pictured behind Sue is in the Kaffe Fasset collection with an assortment of whites. Choose fabrics of the same collection or similar colour value or even make a 2-colour quilt like the Blue/Cream throw pictured.

       

      Dive into your stash and be ready for January the 8th!

      There is a limited supply of  ¼ meter or ½ meter bundles available at thimbles & things, visit or call 705 326-9357.

       

      Comments

      Wanda January 08 2019 at 08:15AM

      So glad you are joining us. Just check the “Quilt Along” page every 2 weeks for your next instruction.

      Dianne Duff January 08 2019 at 08:09AM

      I missed the first sew along so looking forward to doing this one. I love that pinwheel block and have always wanted to do a quilt with that block in it.

      Jan January 08 2019 at 08:09AM

      My first sew along with you, I purchased the pattern, what happens now

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