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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.