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Happy Saturday. A warm welcome to the kick-off of our Harmony Mystery Summer Sew-Along!!! Hopefully, you have gotten your supplies and are ready to go. Whether you are meeting up with friends to make this quilt at your local quilt shops, or sewing from the comfort of your PJ’s at home, I hope we will have lots of fun this summer making a fun little quilt! [Again, you may find a list of participating shops here.]
Next, let’s work on organizing the fabrics. The Harmony Bright palette comes with REALLY beautiful colors. Even though it is considered a “basic” fabric group, I love that the fabrics all have timeless prints to go with the colors. You may organize your strips based either on the prints or colors, whichever works better for you!
If you are organizing by prints, there are four (L-R): spiral square, swirl, leaf, weave.
If you are organizing by main color groups, there are eight (L-R): purple, green, blue, aqua, orange, yellow, pink, red
I just have a couple of things to note before we cut into the fabrics:
#1. Before I unpack my strips set, I gently ran a lint roller on the top and bottom of the set to get the lint and fuzzies off.
#2. Be careful when cutting into the fabrics. We will be using most of the fabric strips.
For today, we will be making four-patch units and stem units for some mysterious purpose. :o) But nothing too strenuous, I promise!
CUTTING & SEWING FOUR PATCH UNITS
#1. We will sort the strips into the following three groups. Set aside remainder strips after cutting.
Group 1: (L-R) – cotton candy weave, turquoise blue (mist) weave, lilac weave, peony weave. Cut 4 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from each strip. Make 4 four-patch units.
Group 2: (L-R) – tangerine swirl, geranium leaf, bubble gum swirl, red swirl. Cut 4 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from each strip. Make 4 four-patch units.
Group 3: (L-R) – shamrock swirl, deep ocean spiral square, pansy swirl, marine swirl. Cut 2 (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) squares from each strip. Make 2 four-patch units.
#2. Here you see the squares cut for the first group,
and sewn into 4 four-patch units.
Make 4 four-patch units for each of the remaining fabric groups.
CUTTING & SEWING STEM UNITS
#1. We will use vanilla weave fabric + shamrock swirl, grape spiral and sapphire swirl.
#2. Cut 2 (3″ x wof) from vanilla weave fabric. Subcut 20 (2 1/2″ x 3″) rectangles.
#3. Cut from shamrock swirl strip 6 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles; grape spiral square strip 2 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles; and sapphire swirl strip 2 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles.
#4. Sew 2 (2 1/2″ x 3″) vanilla weave rectangles to the opposite long sides of 1 (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) rectangles. Repeat for all the cut (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) Harmony rectangles. So, you will end up with 6 shamrock swirl, 2 grape spiral square and 2 sapphire swirl sewn units.
And here we are – DONE for the day!!! My strips and units are safely stored away in my project tub.
I hope you have had fun sewing these simple units along. I shall see you again next week! Send me your work-in-progress pictures – I would love to see them.
p.s. If you like working with precuts or stash, don’t forget to check out my Creative New Quilts & Projects using Precuts or Stash here.