11.02.2015

Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial

Raspberry Kiss Block

Who has been bit by the micro paper piecing bug!?

Ever since I made my Tiny Geese Keychain,
I have been hooked on sewing teenie, tiny, paper pieced patterns.

The Raspberry Kiss Block, designed by Rachel of Wooden Spoon Quilts,
has become such a favorite block of mine,
I wanted to see what it would look like shrunken to minuscule proportions.
And it looks adorable!

Not one to keep a good thing to myself,
today I'd like to share with you the tutorial,
and free paper piecing pattern,
so you can make your very own tiny kisses!

Mini Raspberry Kiss Pattern and Tutorial

This paper pieced block is perfect for your most tiny sewing projects and finishes at 2” square.

Using paper piecing allows you to use your most precious tiny scraps,
and ensures that your tiny kiss block will be accurate every time.

So let’s make some mini kisses!

Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial

Materials You Will Need -

- Download the Free Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Pattern
- Print off the Paper Piecing Patterns (make sure printer is set to "actual size"
- Assorted Fabric Scraps for Paper Piecing Inner Nine Patch
- 2 - 2” x 2” squares (cut diagonally) Background Fabric for Corners

Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial
Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial

Step One - Piece the Inner Nine Patch

- Piece the Inner Nine Patch using the printed out template and standard paper piecing techniques.
Leave the papers in to help your accuracy in the next step.

For more in depth instruction of paper piecing,
try reading through my crash course on paper piecing tutorial!

Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial
Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial

Step Two - Add the Background Corners

- Place one side of the Inner Nine Patch and one diagonal cut side of the Background Corner piece,
Right Sides Together.

- Sew together along the inner, ¼” stitching line marked on the paper piecing pattern.

- Flip over, and press the Background Corner up.

Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial
Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial

- Repeat to sew on the opposite Background Corner Piece.
Trim off the dog ears of the Background Corner Pieces to align with the Inner Nine Patch.

- Sew on the remaining two Background Corner Pieces using the same technique.

Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial

Step Three - Finish The Block

- Remove the papers from the Inner Nine Patch. Using tweezers can help with the tiny pieces!

- Trim the block down to 2 ½” x 2 ½”.

- Line up the ¼” mark of your ruler with the corner of the Inner Nine Patch.
Make sure that your ruler is aligned with the rest of the block.
Trim off any overhang. Repeat for all four sides.
(A small 2 ½” square ruler is perfect for this!)

- Admire your work and make a million more Mini Raspberry Kiss Blocks!

Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Tutorial

And there you have it! Isn't teenie tiny piecing so satisfying?!

If you haven't yet,
pop over to my Craftsy shop and download your copy of the Mini Raspberry Kiss Block Pattern so you can get started!

And be sure to tag all of your photos on Instagram with #MiniRaspberryKissBlock and @michaelannn
so I can admire all of your hard work.

Have fun!

Raspberry Kiss Block

10.26.2015

Halloween Medallion - Week Four - Finishing Up!

Halloween Medallion Quilt Along - Finishing Up

Phew! We made it!

Welcome to the last week of our Halloween Medallion Quilt Along!

This week, I'll just talk a bit about putting all of the rows together to finish your top.
I'll assume that you know how to put together a quilt back, baste, quilt, and bind your quilt.
(I did include the measurements needed for your quilt back below!)
If you do need help, let me know, and I'd love to point you to some of my favorite tutorials online!

Halloween Medallion Quilt Along - Finishing Up

To make things simple,
I made up another PDF for you to download!
You can click here to download your Halloween Medallion Finishing PDF!
It includes diagrams and instructions on what order to sew all your rows together.
(the image above is a little snippet!)

The instructions also include the dimensions and instructions for cutting the few corner stones
and background filler bars you need to complete the rows,
as well as the dimensions you need for your quilt back.

Halloween Medallion Quilt Along - Finishing Up

Of course, life has gotten the better of me this week,
and I didn't quite get to sewing my rows together. Ugh!

I did get everything laid out for you to see what it should look like!
(and then of course discovered that there are six flying geese lost somewhere in my sewing room...
another indicator of what my life at the moment looks like I suppose, haha!)

There are a couple of you quilters out there so close to finishing your Halloween Medallions,
and I just can't WAIT to see what they look like!
Be sure to keep tagging #HalloweenMedallion and @michaelannn on all your Instagram posts
so that I can keep watching your progress and ooh and aah over your finished quilts!

I've had such a spooky time sewing with all of you,
thanks for playing along!

10.20.2015

Halloween Medallion - Week Three - Plus Block

Halloween Medallion - Week Three - Plus Blocks

We made it to the last week of block building for our Halloween Medallion Quilt Along!

How'd you do after making all those flying geese?
You're not too sick of them I hope!

Halloween Medallion - Week Three - Plus Blocks

This week we will be making 24 Plus Blocks for the third border of our quilt.

There have been lots of Plus Blocks floating around the quilting internet world,
like the low volume plus block by Rachel Wooden Spoon,
but this one is just a little bit different.

As usual, I have included the cutting instructions for all 24 blocks in an image below.
But this time, I have also included a construction guide too!
The construction guide is like a super mini tutorial to help you sew your block together!

I suggest cutting out one block and test sewing it
to get the hang of it and make sure that you understand all the directions
(there are so many tiny pieces to cut, I'd hate for you to cut them all wrong!)
Then go ahead and cut all your pieces and chain piece them together!

When you production line chain piece these blocks, they really take no time at all.

Halloween Medallion - Week Three - Plus Blocks

Halloween Medallion - Week Three - Plus Blocks

Halloween Medallion - Week Three - Plus Blocks

And that's all there is to it!

Be sure to post your progress pictures to Instagram
and with the tag #HalloweenMedallion
so that we can all ooh and aah over them!

And in one week's time, we'll get ready to finish this bad boy for Halloween!!

10.12.2015

Halloween Medallion - Week Two - Flying Geese

Halloween Medallion Week Two - Flying Geese

Who's ready for week two of our Halloween Medallion Quilt Along!?

I love that there are so many of you joining me for this spooky sewing ride.
Sewing really is more fun with friends!

I'm especially excited for this week of the quilt along,
because at this point I feel like it really starts to look like a quilt.
And we're that much closer to finishing!

Halloween Medallion Week Two - Flying Geese

The best, and most sneaky part, about this week,
is that with just a little extra effort, we can make two rows at once!

A couple of you already noticed,
but both of the flying geese rows, rows 2 and 4, are exactly the same!
So why not just piece them all at the same time and call it a day!?

Halloween Medallion Week Two - Flying Geese

Again, I made a fancy little cutting sheet for you,
and again, we will be using an existing tutorial to construct our geese.

I really like the "no waste method" or "four at a time" method for making flying geese,
because you can make more geese quickly and simply.
The best tutorial that I have found for this method is
the No Waste Flying Geese by Generations Quilt Patterns.
And the added bonus, she uses the exact measurements we need for our quilt!

The measurements in the cutting sheet above follow the Generations tutorial,
and will give you the amount of blocks needed for both the 2nd and 4th rows.
I separated them in case you need to use different background and geese combinations
for your rows like I did
(my second row is dark geese on light ground, and fourth row is light geese on dark ground)

And please also note, feel free to use your preferred flying geese making method.
So long as you end up with the same number of 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" geese, you're good!

Halloween Medallion Quilt Along

Once everything is cut, these geese are really simple to crank out
when you just chain piece all of them.
There is something so meditative and satisfying about chain piecing!

One trick that I did use, in addition to the Generations Tutorial,
was to mark my ruler with a bit of washi tape while I was trimming the geese down.
That way I didn't have to look at the numbers every time I lined up a new block,
and I could trim all the blocks at once without too much trouble.

Halloween Medallion Quilt Along

Later this week I'll talk a bit about medallion quilt assembly
so that we can begin sewing all our rows together.
For now, look at how dapper that Mr Chillingsworth is with all his blocks pinned up!

I just can't wait to see how this week goes for you!
Be sure to tag me on Instagram @michaelannn
and join the #HalloweenMedallion hashtag so we can all cheer each other on!

See you again soon, and happy sewing!
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