I scored some really great fabrics from the Esoterra line of Art Gallery Fabrics at Quilt Market in May. I decided yesterday to open them up and see if I could design a modern kids/baby quilt since the subject of the graphics in this line is Dinosaurs. It reminded me of the Flinstones, hence the name of the quilt, “Bedrock City”.
I was initially going to just publish this pattern but today I thought it would make a fun and quick project that you could sew along with me.
This is the quilt we will be making:
You will need to pull 8 fat quarters in your favourite fabric line or from your stash. I actually have a half yard of each fabric and I have oodles left over. You will also need:
*about a yard of the light grey for the quilt center
*3/4 yard of the darker fabric for the border tumblers
*3/8 yard of the light grey fabric for the borders.
I used my favourite cutting tool, my Accuquilt GO Cutter with the Tumbler die (3″ finished).
You don’t need the Accuquilt GO to make this quilt; it just makes short work of the cutting. A template is here so you can use rulers. Bedrock City tumbler
From each of your 8 fat quarters, cut 10 tumbler shapes to yield 80 tumblers. Here are mine. Yes you see nine piles here. I had 9 fabrics and I’m not sure if the white one will be in the quilt. I like to have choices when it comes to layout on my design wall.
Now you will need 80 plain grey tumblers. My fabric wasn’t from the same line. You could use your favourite solid fabric line.
That’s all for now; there will more tomorrow. Go pick your fabric and get your tumblers cut and I’ll meet you back here for the next step!
I hope you had fun picking your fabrics. This quick and easy quilt will come together very quickly. Here we go with Step 1.
We are going to cut our grey tumblers in half:
These half tumblers are going to be the wings we add to the coloured tumblers to make them into 3 1/2″ (3″ finished) squares for our quilt.
You see the little notches at the top and bottom? My tumbler die conveniently does that which makes matching up the pieces SO much easier.
Sew the grey half tumbler on to the coloured tumbler like this:
Press it open before adding the other ‘wing’.
Second wing going on!
Press open and TADA!
Our blocks are supposed to be 3 1/2″ before they are sewn into the quilt. You can see that this one is 3 1/2″ high but wider than that. Here’s how we trim it to 3 1/2″ wide.
Fold your block in half like this to find the center and use your finger to crease it.
Now, using your quilting ruler (small ruler is easier to maneuver) trim at the 1.75″ from the center mark.
Flip your block around and do likewise on the other side.
Your block should measure 3 1/2″ once trimmed.
Your block should look like this once it’s trimmed.
Have fun making your blocks! Remember there should be 80 all together. It’s not such a big number. It may sound daunting but you’ll have them done in no time if you chain piece them through your machine. I’m going to finish mine and I’ll meet you back here!
Yaba daba doo and happy Friday!
I had a brainstorm this morning about a way to cut these tumblers if you don’t have an Accuquilt GO and tumbler die and aren’t fond of templates.
I remembered that I bought the EZ Dresden ruler earlier this year. So I unwrapped it (yes, I was GOING to take a class but then couldn’t so it was still untouched) and pulled out some 3 1/2″ strips from my strip bins. The little wooden hand presser comes in handy too for folding and marking the centre of your blocks.
So the base of your tumbler will be the 6 1/2″ mark on the ruler. The top of your tumbler will be the 3″ mark, like this: (notice that I’ve got the base at the top and the top at the bottom so you can read the ruler.)
Cut on each side. Voila ~ cute little tumbler from your 3 1/2″ strip. For the sides/wings, cut 2″ strips longer than your 3 1/2″ block. I suggest maybe 2″ x 5″ strip.
Place the strips on either side of the tumbler and sew them down with a 1/4″ seam making sure you’ve got overhang on both the top and bottom.. Press open.
Repeat on the other side.
Notice that the height of the tumbler is still 3 1/2″. Remember, our finished block is 3 1/2″ square. The angle of this photo makes mine look lopsided a bit but the measurements are exact so it really is even.
Find the half way mark on your tumbler and then trim 1 3/4″ from the centre of your tumbler just like the Accuquilt GO instructions in Step 1.
And there you have it!
I tried a sample and it turned out exactly the same measurements as my GO tumbler version. (GO version on the left and ruler version on the right.)
When it worked I just knew I had to tell you … so if you were holding back because you don’t have the Accuquilt GO and/or the tumbler die, you can now jump in and join me!