Grandma Jane is back with a great beginning quilting tutorial, the Disappearing Nine Patch, and a fabulous giveaway. I can't take any credit for this giveaway. Mom came up with this idea herself and personally purchased these items for one lucky reader all on her own. Mom knows how much you all mean to me and wanted to do something special. So without further ado........here's Jane.......
“Hooray, hooray, we’re on our way! Our summer vacation starts today!” That line from the Berenstain Bears book, The Bears’ Vacation, still resonates through my head from time to time when starting off on a trip. My children, Lindsay and Ben, grew up on the Berenstain Bear books in the 1980’s and together, as a family, we would frequently chant that line as we started off in the car on a new adventure. What good times we had!
I was thrilled when I saw the Berenstain Bear fabric collection from Moda and then so sad soon after when I read that Jan Berenstain had passed away in February. Jan and her husband, Stan, who died in 2005, together wrote more than 300 books, most of them offering important moral lessons through the lives of the bear family --Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear. Simple family values and issues all children and parents deal with were the basis of the books and as a parent, I loved them! They helped explain things like a new baby, not to be afraid of dentists and the dark, how to get along with friends, and the problem with a messy room! Be kind and nice to others…how much more simple can it be? Bear Country was a good place to live!
Three charm packs are perfect for putting together two sweet baby quilts. Each quilt measures approximately 34 inches by 46 inches.
To make each quilt you will need:
• 54 Charm squares
• Narrow border ¼ yard Cut 4 strips 1 ½ inches by WOF (Width of fabric)
• Wide border ½ yard Cut 4 strips 3 ½ inches by WOF
• Binding ½ yard Cut 5 strips 2 ½ inches by WOF
• Backing 1 ½ yard
1.The fabric line is not gender neutral so I sorted out the sweet girl and little boy charms.
2. I then sorted the charms into groups of 9 each to make sure I had a balance of the different fabrics for each block.
3. Arrange 9 charms in three by three rows. Keep the larger prints in the corners as these are the ones that will not be cut. I wanted those cute little bear scenes to remain in one piece. I also wanted the bright pink polka dot print to be in the same place so I placed those in the middle for the little girl quilt.
4. Using a scant ¼ inch seam, sew three charms together to make a row and press seams to the side, alternating direction of pressed seams on each row. Sew three rows together. Press seams. This is a traditional nine patch block. You will make 6 blocks of 9 charms each. Press blocks well. I used a little spray starch on these when pressing as it makes the next cutting step easier.
5. Carefully cut the nine patch block in half vertically and without moving the pieces, cut in half again horizontally. Line up the marks on your ruler to make sure you are accurately cutting the blocks.
6. Your nine patch block has now “disappeared” and you have four smaller blocks!! After you cut all your nine patch blocks, you will have 24 smaller blocks.
7. Arrange these 24 blocks in six rows of four blocks each for your quilt top in whatever order that you like. I prefer to position the sides of the blocks so I can avoid having to match the seams. I wanted to keep the little bear scenes going in the right direction so had to match seams on a few of the blocks.
8. Sew blocks together in rows. Sew rows together and then add the narrow and wide borders.
Sandwich, quilt and bind!
I added a little decorative scallop stitch around the edge of the little girl quilt which I think gives a sweet little touch.
Now for the GIVEAWAY........
I just have to share some of these precious little bears!
I would like to give away three charm packs and three copies of our family’s favorite Berenstain Bear books to one of Lindsay’s lucky readers!
Wishing you many happy trails and travels through Bear Country with your children or grandchildren!
Thanks so much, Mom, you are the best! I hope everyone enjoyed this tutorial, I know I did. To view more projects and tutorials from Grandma Jane, click HERE.
Now here's how to enter this very generous giveaway from Grandma Jane.......
Leave a comment with YOUR favorite Berenstain Bear book or if you have not experienced Bear Country yet—what was your favorite children’s book and memory associated with the book?
Giveaway open to US residents only. Giveaway will close at midnight (CST) on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.