The Quilting Klatsch Project #1

Klatsch per dictionary.com:

noun

a casual gathering of people, especially for refreshments and informal conversation.
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Hello Friends, I hope you are staying well still!  As I write, the public schools in my state are closed through the rest of the year.  I wonder if that’s happening more and more.

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Shelley (I just love her!), the owner of The Iowa Quilt Block Quilt Shop, asked me if I would do a quilt-along for kids who are out of school!  I never refuse a great idea!  So, of course!

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I came up with my Quilting Klatsch Project #1 that are suitable for ALL ages!  Just scroll down to the age group that applies to you.  Due to time constraint, I won’t be doing a daily post on what to do for the quilt-along.  Rather, I am giving all the information here because I want you to have the flexibility to set your own pace.  All the timeline related information is merely suggested.

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HERE IS OUR QUILT — remember,the BASIC QUILT is designed with mainly children in mind.  Scroll down for the young-at-heart options that are a little more involved!

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FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 18″ x 18″

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE: 6″ x 6″

CUT SQUARES: 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

CUT RECTANGLES: 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

NUMBER OF BLOCKS: 9

FINISHING –  you can finish this as a wallhanging, throw pillow case or even a library book tote for the summer!  I also added an outer border to mine to give me a bit more space for quilting.

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For PLUS block:  you need (4) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background square, (2) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ print square, and (1) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ print rectangle.

Step 1.  Sew (2) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background squares and (1) 2 1/2″ x print square to make a row unit.  Make (2) row units.

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Step 2.  Sew the row units to the opposite long sides of (1) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ print rectangle to complete (1) block.  This should measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ raw edge to raw edge.  You will need to make (5) blocks for the Basic Quilt.

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For DOT Block: you need (2) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background squares, (1) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ print squares, and (2) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background rectangles.

Step 1.  Sew (2) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background squares and (1) 2 1/2″ x print square to make a row unit.  Make (2) row units.

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Step 2.  Sew (2) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ backgroudn rectangles to the opposite wrong side of the row unit to complete (1) block.  This should measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ raw edge to raw edge.  Make a total of (4) blocks for the Basic Quilt.

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Quilt Assembly

Step 1.  Pieced Row 1,3: Sew together (2) PLUS blocks and (1) Dot block.

Step 2.  Pieced Row 2:  Sew together (2) DOT blocks and (1) PLUS block.

Step 3.  Sew together pieced rows to complete quilt top.

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Note:  Supervision is paramount for all the steps where little people (yes, teens too!) are involved.  I am going to let the adults determine how much assistance are needed for the particular little people with whom you work!

AGES 3-4 – QUILT PUZZLE

Day 1 (after kiddo is in bed):

Print out (5) copies of Block A and (4) copies of Block B.  Tape them to make into a “paper” quilt.  If you child loves puzzles, you could mount your paper quilt onto a card board. These block diagrams should print out at 8″ x 8″ to allow a little extra room for the cut pieces.  Little hands might not have the motor skills to place the fabric pieces just so on the paper quilt layout.  Cut all the fabrics pieces required for the entire quilt.

Click PLUS Block Diagram and Dot Block Diagram to downalod block diagrams pdf.

Day 2 -3 (after kiddo is awake):

This is a great way to teach or reinforce with your child the concept of squares and rectangles.  Then, let him place the pieces on the taped paper quilt, matching the squares and rectangles.  Be prepared to see your child’s quilt completely different from the Basic quilt.  The adult here gets to decide whether or not it’s okay for the child to veer of the original design.

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Repeat and take pictures to share with grandparents and relatives!  Maybe repeat the puzzle game for a couple days.

Day 4 (after kiddo is awake):

The day has come for your child to decide which fabric piece goes where.  Once decided, snap a picture, and you or you and child will now put together quilt top!

After the quilt is completed, you can just cut the squares and rectangles out of card stock for continual play on the paper quilt.  My daughter used to love her paper quilt.

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AGES 5-8 – COLORING PAGES

Day 1:

Print Basic Quilt Layout Coloring Page.

Children in this age group should be able to pick up the pattern.

This quilt is a great way to teach contrast (backgroud vs print fabric), as well as alternating pattern.   Point out to your child that the PLUS and DOT blocks both use the same squares and rectangles, just different in number of pieces needed and arrangements.

After teaching the concepts, it’s time for your child to color the quilt layout image with their favorite colors to design their quilt on paper.  You could limit the number of main colors to be included in the quilt — that might make stash raiding later a little easier to clean up.  Ask me how I know.

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After they have come up with their design, they can hunt for fabrics from your stash to sew up their quilt.

Day 3-4:

Pieced the blocks with your child, and complete quilt top.

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AGE 9-TEENS: QUILT MATH

Day 1: 

You child will get to decide the size and layout of his quilt.  Right now, the Basic Quilt finishes at 18″ x 18″, and each side has (3) 6″ finished blocks across.

Math question #1 — if I want to make a quilt that is 27″ x 27″ with the 9-block configuration,  what would be the finished size of each block?

Math question #2 — And what would be the finished size of the squares in a 9″ finished block?

Now it’s also a good time to introducted the concept of seam allowance, and how the pieces are to be cut 1/2″ larger than the finished size to account for 1/4″ around each side of the piece.

Math question #3 — For a 27″ x 27″ quilt with (9) 9″ finished block, what are dimensions to cut for the squares and rectangles?

Here is a chart for you to check your children’s Math.

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Day 2: 

Cut fabric pieces.  At this point, the concept for fussy cut may be introduced for older children.   I chose Windham Fabrics’ Far Far Away II for the very purpose of fussy cutting!  Also I want to point out it’s perfectly okay to rotate the PLUS block 90 degrees in order to make fussy cutting work.  Here is a block I made that shows the PLUS block being turned 90 degrees (the rectangle piece in the block is vertical instead of horizontal) to accommodate my fussy cut rectangle.

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Day 3-5:

Pieced the blocks with your child, and complete quilt top. I worked in Day 5 in case your child is attempting a the larger 5 x 5 version.  But then, the blocks are quick to construct, you might have the quilt top done in a day!

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ADULTS or YOUNG AT HEART!

Basically, for the adult version, I recommend just sewing up a bunch of blocks that finish at 6″.  I am like one of the UN-cool kids, and was never on the cutting edge of things.  I totally missed the wave of plus quilts that so many have made a few years ago.  I am taking this as my chance to make my plus quilts!

I am making 2 versions… a scrappy cream/blue, and a scrappy rainbow version.  Making the blocks to finish at 6″ x 6″ will give a 90″ x 90″ quilt with this (15 x 15) layout.

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The rainbow version is inspired by two rainbow wallhangings I made last year.  I had so much fun I wanted to make a bed-sized rainbow quilt.

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Here are my blocks so far.  I have made (11) for my blue/cream version, and (7) for my rainbow version.

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Obviously you would just sew these blocks up at your own pace.  I know I certainly am…

HOWEVER, during this time of staying home, it would be so fun to get with your guild or club friends via text or email to do a block exchange of the PLUS blocks.

A suggestion.  So there are 113 plus blocks, and 112 dot blocks.  If you are doing an exchange, you could just get a group of 10 friends (you included).  Each friend will make (10) sets of (11) plus blocks.  Then at the exchange you will end up with a total of 110 blocks.  You just need to make 3 additional blocks yourself for the total of 113 blocks.

Another suggestion.  If you are working on this quilt by yourself.  You will make (15) blocks a week, and in 15 weeks, you will have the complete set of blocks to make the bed quilt!

Yet another suggestion.  If you want to have some practice fun on domestic machine quilting.  Make the Basic Quilt, and you will have a nice size of an 18″ quilt to quilt on.  Here are a few pictures of my quilted Basic Quilt.

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Taking the project to a meaningful level, whenever your children work on the plus blocks, it’s great time to pause with them and recount and reflect on the “plusses”/blessings in life!  Whenever you work on the dot block, it would be so nice to pause to pray for those in need.  And that might even generation conversation on how we can show kindness and encouragement to those who are in need in practical ways.

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I hope you have fun with this!  If you are participating, tag me #ivoryspring or #quiltingklatsch on Instagram so that I can see your pictures of your project/progress.  You may email your project pictures to me too.  Depending on how your children at home like this particular Quilting Klatsch project, I have more ideas swirling in my head!  We might just have enough little projects to keep our little ones busy throught the rest of the school year.  In any case, we will have more Quilting Klatsch projects coming up…. the next one being the heart quilt!  In case you missed it, click HERE to read about it.  I just received my fabrics for that quilt — will be starting that one soon!

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8 thoughts on “The Quilting Klatsch Project #1

  1. What a great project for teaching kids to sew and have creative fun during these crazy times. Certainly, a fun way to find joy/give joy. What a beautiful design and your free-motion quilty is stunning. Thank you for sharing. May you and your extended family stay safe & healthy.

  2. your quilting is sensational. This quilt project is superb.
    I might make some paper shapes for my babies, I have made already for each of my daughters, a white felt board, really big on one of those thick paper foam poster boards.
    I also made some fabric mini charms with felt backing. Sarah is 4 and she enjoys it. Lena is 2.5 and she enjoys gently arranging. the other two, Aveline and Lauren, they just throw them around haha.
    I can’t see my babies now. We are all imprisoned in our homes, but I can take care of my dad.
    We are lucky to have video chat.
    I love this project and hope one day to make things like this with all of my babies
    Stay happy and healthy

  3. What a super-fun idea!! Thanks for your, always ready, always available, inspiration. In these uncertain times we need to fill the void with creativity. Hopefully, it will give our minds a rest so that we can focus on peace.. Stay well. Thoughts are with you and your family. ❤️

  4. Wendy, this is a lovely post (well…they all are). I think I will begin by making the small project, then do the Young at Heart version. Wish I could be sewing with the grandkiddos, but when we can be together again, I will have these ideas up my sleeve. Thanks so much.

  5. Oh Shoot!!!! I have just come on and re read this. I looked at it very quickly last week and then went off and started cutting blocks. EXCEPT ….. I have cut mine as reversed blocks. I have made Black and white crosses with a grey background but then I have also made grey crosses with black and white background. Wonder how that will turn out. It will teach me to read things through before I start cutting.

  6. love the blue and cream version – I have a jelly roll that will be perfect! Are you making the alternate blocks from one blue or will they be scrappy too?

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