Crazy Quilting the Modern Way

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And it is not uncommon nowadays for machines to have a lot of built-in stitches. Mine has over a thousand built-in stitches. And wouldn’t it be nice if we had a project where we could use all those stitches or at least a good portion of those stitches. Well, I have the project for that and it is going to be a fan quilt and we are going to be able to use a lot of those different stitches. Now if you do not want to use the stitches, well, this is still a great project to use and I’m going to show you some quick techniques to make this fan go together a whole lot faster. With or without stitches, it’s a fun project to make. Now this fabric line is from Timeless Treasures. It’s called Tribeca Gabriela, and what I like about it is the colors are all soft. So I’m going to have the thread do all the work. And I’ve chosen thread that’s a little bit darker than the fabric because I do want the thread to show. And I’m going to use a variety of thread. And for the background fabric I’m going to use a nice crisp white. I have pressed all of my fat quarters. And I’ve actually doubled starched them which means I’ve pressed and starched on one side, pressed and starched on the other side. Because you’re going to be sewing along a bias, the starch will help. To get the most out of the fat quarter, which is usually 15″ by 21″–22″, we’re going to square up the edges and then we’re going to cut 3¼” pieces. So this is the 15″ going this way and then we’re going to cut them down to 8″. So we’re going to have 3¼” by 8″ pieces. Each piece is going to give you two parts of the fan blade. And in order to do that you are going to need to cut from one corner all the way down to the next corner. And do all of your piles. And there you have all your sweet little fan blades. And when you match them up the triangles are the same size. We’re going to make a quarter of the block at a time and each quarter is going to have four fan blades in it. Take your stock to the machine and just take the top two pieces, match the right sides together, and match the bottom—but start sewing from the top. And you’re going to notice that the tops don’t match. Just take a quarter inch and stitch all the way down right off of that point. And when you open it up you’re going to notice that you have this piece at the top and that’s okay because y ou’re going to trim it off later. And when you get all your two units together, take them to the iron and press the seams open and flat. So you will have all of your seams flat. The next is you’re going to sew two of the two units together. Just match up the bottom so that it looks close. Match up the one edge and stitch again down a quarter inch. And when that seam is done, press that seam open and flat. And when they’re all sewn together and the seams are pressed flat, we need to take them and curve them so that they become a curved fan. Now in the description I have a template and this template has these two curves in it. So this is going to be able to do two fans And you can either use this as a template and trace it or, if you’re able to print out on your stabilizer, you’ll be able to just put this right in the printer. Now I would recommend getting a stabilizer that is water-soluble, which means after you use this as your stabilizer, when you put it in water it actually disappears, so it’ll keep the fabric nice and soft. So take the shape of the fan and just cut it out roughly because you’re going to need a bit of a seam allowance. So now I have the piece cut out and I have two marks and those are going to be the center marks. And you’re going to be able to line the marks up with that center seam. So have the fan rightside-up and take the stabilizer and just match the seams. You’re going to want a little bit of the stabilizer hanging out on the sides here and you will be able to stitch right along this line. Now trim a quarter inch all the way along that edge. Now you’re going to be able to turn this rightside-out. And push your fingers along that edge, and it’s going to make a nice crease. So now you have a nice curve, and you still have the back stabilized. Now take this to the iron and press it very flat. And now that all the fans are stabilized, we need to put them on the background fabric. The background fabric is a 7½” square. And we’re going to place the fan in the corner, and you can leave a little space because you’re going to trim this down after. And just put a few pins to hold them together. Now comes the fun part. My Bernina machine comes with lots of different stitches. I have practical stitches, I have built-in decorative stitches, and I have built-in quilting stitches. Now I’m going to be able to embroider all of my fan seams. And I have four seams and each one of those seams will have a decorative stitch but none of the stitches are going to match. So I’m going to start with the first stitch on the machine and I’m going to stitch from the top and go right off to the bottom. Keeping the same color on, I’m going to change to the next stitch and do another one. I’m not going to do the same row; I’m going to just alter so that they’re not all going to be the same, and then when I’ve done a dozen or so of the one color, I’m going to go to another color and I’m going to continue. So each line will have a different stitch, and if you don’t have enough stitches, start from one again and continue to go through. I would recommend putting on a topstitch needle. I’m going to use a 90/14. You’re going to be going through a lot of layers so it’s good to have a nice new sharp needle. I’d recommend starting right at the top of the fan and going right off at the end. You are going to be able to continue changing your stitches and changing the thread as you go along. Eventually you’re going to have all of the fans embroidered, and as you go along you will be able to stitch that top curve. Put a bit of stabilizer in the back because you’re going from a thick fabric to a thin fabric. Then you’re going to be able to just tear that off after. Now halfway through I would recommend give your machine a little bit of a dust and you could even change the needle. Because that needle has done a lot of work, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a change. And out of nine fat quarters you were able to get forty‑two of these adorable little fan blocks. Now if you did the three rows of stitching down the center, in the one row here you would have used up a hundred and sixty-eight different stitches on your machine. Now we need to trim these down. The first thing before you trim them is to make sure that they’re pressed very well. Press them from both sides and make sure there’s no wrinkles, that they’re nice and flat. To help square them up I have a template in the description and it is the corner that is going to be cut off. There is a mark right down the center and that mark is going to line up with that center seam. Take your template and tape it onto the back of a ruler. And by having that on the back of the ruler you’re going to be able to match up that curve. Match up the curve to the curve in that paper behind the template, matching up that center seam all the way down. And you will be able to trim off the extra. And when that corner has been trimmed down you’re going to be able to use that edge and square up this edge at 6½”. So you can turn your ruler, find your 6½” mark and trim off all the extra. So you now have a perfect 6½” fan block. There are many ways to sew them together. You can sew them in the circle, you can sew them together every other way, and the larger you go the more designs you can make, so have fun and design a interesting quilt. Now you will be able to get six blocks in a row and you’re going to be able to get seven rows. No matter how you put it together it is a very pretty quilt and you can always rinse out that water-soluble stabilizer before you square them up, and it’s going to make the fabric very soft so you can sew it together and not have any problems. But having all of these fancy stitches kind of makes it look like a crazy quilt. And I’ve been able to use up a hundred and sixty eight stitches. Now if I want to use up more, I could continue the stitches in between all of the different layers, and that’s going to be able to use up a whole pile more. Okay, so I wasn’t able to use all of the stitches on my machine unless I did a bigger quilt. That might have to be for another day. Regardless if you do the stitching or not, it is a very pretty crazy fan quilt. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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