Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 1

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Hello Everyone,

Let’s get down to this business of polka dotting, shall we? I am so excited about this quilt-along, and am even more excited about my dear friend Wanda who currently lives thousands of miles away from me is joining the fun!

I know that most of us have more than one quilt project going on at any given time. So, I have tried to split up the construction of this quilt into easy to manage portions (I hope!). I will be showing you exactly how I construct all my quilt tops. There is no one correct way to do things in quilting. So, feel free to use whatever method you like.

Part 1: We will be constructing the main playground for the ladybugs in the first part of the quilt along:

You will need for the multi-color colorway —

You will need for the pink/purple colorway —

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will have to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway****

Step 1: I pre-wash all my fabrics prior using Orvus. I know there are different schools of thought on the topic of pre-washing. My quilting teacher drilled into my little pea brain to always pre-wash my fabrics. That’s why I do it.

Step 2: From the green polka dot fabric, cut 60 2 1/2″ squares.

i) I would fold my fabric matching selvage edges, and trim off the fuzzies. Notice how I lined up my bottom edge against the markings on the ruler.

ii) After I trimmed off the fuzzies, I gingerly flipped the fabric over so that the trimmed edge is on my left hand side. I then cut the fabric widthwise four 2 1/2″ x 42″ strips.

iii) From the strips, recut 60 2 1/2″ squares.

Step 3: Use your ruler to draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the green polka dot squares. Notice how one of the edges matches up with the 45 degree line on the ruler.

Step 4: The cutting process will be the same as mentioned for the green polka dot fabric. So, I shall not belabor the points. From the multi-color big dots, cut lengthwise three 4 1/2″ x 48 1/2″ strips, recut into 30 4 1/2″ squares. This cutting scheme is for continuous border strips.

If you are piecing your borders, you would cut your fabric widthwise four 4 1/2″ x 42″ strips, and recut the strips into 30 4 1/2″ squares.

Step 5: Line up a green 2 1/2″ square, right sides together, with the corner of a multi-color square. Pin on both sides of the drawn line.

Sew on drawn line.

Step 6: Open up the green polka dot triangle to match the corner of the multicolor square, and finger press. Then press with the iron to set the shape.

Step 7: Flip the triangle back. Trim 1/4″ away from the sewn line. Now you are half way there.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 &6 at the corner diagonal from the one you were on to complete the block.

Step 8: Take a break and enjoy the following Ladybug Fun Facts!

Ladybugs are cold blooded, and they hibernate during the winter season in clusters to conserve heat.

Ladybugs are a great natural pesticide as they eat nasty bugs like aphids.

Ladybugs are the state insect for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Delaware and Tennessee.

Step 9: Make 29 more blocks. Sew 5 blocks in a row, make a total of 6 rows. Sew rows together. And you will be ready for Part 2!  Meanwhile, mosey on over to Facebook and become RJR Fabrics’ friend, would you?  They also have a Flickr page for you to share your progress pictures.  I look forward to seeing your work.

Thanks for being my quilting buddy. I hope you will have fun making these. I would love to hear your thoughts. Have a great weekend.

19 thoughts on “Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 1

  1. Love the quilt. Here’s a suggestion. Instead of gingerly flipping the fabric to cut it, how about just rotating your cutting mat!!

  2. Great instructions…but I already knew you gave fabulous instructions! I don’t have my fabric yet but will get caught up as soon as it arrives! I can’t wait to get started!

    Hugs! W

  3. Hello Wendy! I just have a tricky step for you. If you sew back when do the little triangles (before cut them off), there is no wasting. But you have tiny squares you can use next time for another projects .o) I love your polka dot pattern!

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