Water/Waves Tutorial

Okey Dokey, here is my first attempt at a tutorial…feedback encouraged! Hopefully at least some of this makes sense. šŸ™‚

I’m going to explain the ridiculous way I figured out how to do the gradient water/waves quilt. It is entirely possible there is a better way to do this, but this way worked for me, so hopefully it works for you!

First let’s take a look at the pattern repeat. The quilt is made up of two rows that repeat as many times as you’d like them to. You can use a variety of colors, but for this version I chose a six color version, seen below.

Must Love Quilts Water/Waves Tutorial

Here is a better look at how the blocks are pieced together to make up the rows:

Must Love Quilts Water/Waves Tutorial

As you can see above, there are 2 rows of 6 blocks each. All of those blocks will be made via strip piecing. Each strip set will produce 4 blocks, which is enough for a lap size throw in the end if you do 6 blocks across. To make the quilt shown in this tutorial you end up needing 12 strip sets to produce the 12 blocks above.

Now it is time to figure out the pesky colors and how many strips of each color you need. First, number your chosen colors (I literally pinned a piece of paper with a written number to each color fabric). Next, using the pattern repeat diagram and the colors chosen, number the colors and where they occur in your diagram, like below.

Must Love Quilts Water/Waves Tutorial

Now go through and count the number of times each color appears in the strips (ie; how many times the number 1 appears in the diagram, etc), and presto, the number of strips you need of each color! Write this down by your chosen colors and get to work cutting out your strips. Again, I kept the color number pinned to each stack of strips so I wouldn’t get confused, especially if you are using similar colors!


I cut my strips 2.25 inches so that I could end up getting 4 blocks per strip set. You can use 2.5 inches, but you only end up getting 3 blocks per strip set with a bunch of leftover fabric.

Must Love Quilts Water/Waves TutorialAfter you’ve sewn your strips together it is time to cut them down to size. If you used a scant 1/4 inch as your seam allowance you’ll end up with your strip set being 9.25″ from top to bottom, and 42-44″ in length. Measure and cut down to 9.25″ squares.

Must Love Quilts Water/Waves TutorialI next laid out my blocks according to the diagram and the repeat pattern. The lap size quilt is made up of 4 sets of the repeating pattern. See below:

Must Love Quilts Water/Waves Tutorial

Now, piece together your columns:

Must Love Quilts Water/Waves Tutorial

After you are done with your columns, sew them together and you should end up with something like this:

Must Love Quilts Water/Waves Tutorial

I went ahead and put together a diagram you can print and color in, since everyone doesn’t have the luxury of Adobe Illustrator. Works the same way, just color, number, and sew! The diagram includes more rows and columns than the tutorial quilt, just in case you want to try more colors.

Must Love Quilts Water/Waves Diagram

If you end up making one, I’d love for you to comment on this post with a link to your blog post about it! Happy sewing everyone! Here is the blue version I have yet to quilt (Blogged here):



Waves in the Wind

Everything is a work in progress

It’s officially the time of year where I get to work on Christmas presents, which also means content for my blog will be lacking until after the holidays. With my focus on several “top secret” projects, there is only so much time to sew my two million random ufos. I actually have made a ton of progress on my Winding Ways, but still haveĀ a lotĀ more to go. I’ve been piecing in units, which makes it a bit easier to handle because you do the same motion over and over again instead of going from one step to the next.

I also decided to try my hand at Amy Butler’s Weekender Bag. I’ve seen so many awesome ones I couldn’t resist giving it a whirl. I only have one pocket panel done so far, but I think it will be fun!

My last WIP is to get a tutorial up on how I figured out my Water/Waves quilt. I’m halfway done with the post and hope to get it online this week.

Linking up to Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

October on my mind

So you know how much I love fall. The only thing that keeps me from getting sad after Halloween is over is knowing Christmas is around the corner, otherwise I’d be totally bummed out, winter just isn’t my thing (one of the top reasons I now live in Austin.) I do miss the East Coast’s autumn though. I have many fond memories of driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to and from college, going to Halloween houses with my sisters, and pumpkin picking with my family as a child. My dad turns our house into a hauntedĀ haven each Halloween, and kids are always met with large bags of candy. No scare tactics, just spooky fun. I hope to one day carry on the tradition, but living in an apartment doesn’t afford that opportunity just yet.

I have almost completed piecing my Not So Modern Maples quilt top, just need to add 4 inch squares around the entire top as a semi-border! This photo is terrible, the sun is going down earlier now and I just don’t get home early enough during the week to take sun-filled shots. Maybe I’ll remember to get one this weekend! In the meantime, here is my progress.


Last fall I fell in love with all the wonderful wreaths you find on pinterest. I came across this tutorial and wanted a similar product. I ended up using a wire wreath frame and sewing instead of gluing. If glue is your thing, that is cool, I just find it weighs things down too much, and it takes just as much time as sewing large stitches, so why bother. I made the black and white wreath below last year and it has been hanging out on a shelf in my laundry room flower-less all year. I busted it out this weekend and finally whipped up some lovely flowers to make it festive. I made a ton of these flowers in red last year for my Christmas tree, and thought they would look awesome on this wreath in orange. Again, I didn’t use glue, I sewed the petals on. The glue weighed the Christmas flowers down and took way too much time to dry. The only perk of glue is you get to peel it off your messy fingers when you’re done, but that doesn’t outweigh the cons in my opinion. šŸ™‚

wreath square low res

This wreath is hanging on my wall above my computer at work so that I can enjoy it. It took a year to finish, but I like how it turned out.

wreath portrait low res

WWIP – Winding Ways In Progress

Going to keep this short today. Almost done putting my Not So Modern Maples top together, hope to take pictures and post soon. Now that my autumn themed quilt is almost ready for quilting, I am again working on something beachy. I cut out a million and half pieces of the Winding Ways quilt a while back on an Accu-quilt, and did 4 or 5 practice blocks (not the ones posted below, they came after lots of practice). I have to admit, I was ready to give up. I’d cut it out though, so it is going to happen! I think I’ve found my groove, it involves A LOT of pins. I only have four decent blocks done, but I have a big pile of various parts pieced together. I also realized I didn’t cut out enough pieces from four of my fabrics. Going to have to figure that out, I’m not cutting these out without an Accu-quilt!

Linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP.