Friday, March 2, 2012

River Whirl Tutorial

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The weather was beautiful yesterday and I was able to take this quilt outside for some pictures. My cats don't get to go outside so I had to bring along a little stuffed kitty.
Would you like to make a quilt like this? It is so simple.
You will need:
  • 15 pairs of 5 inch blocks (total of 30 blocks)
  • 30 - 5 inch blocks of muslin
  • 1 yard of muslin for borders
  • 1/2 yd of stripe for binding
Grab a charm pack or cut up some of your stash into 5 inch squares. I used 2 charm packs of Spirograph by Benartex which only had 22 blocks - one of each print. I needed 2 blocks of each print.

Cut your blocks at the angle shown above. Take your ruler and measure over 2 inches on the bottom and 3 inches on the top, then cut all of your blocks. (in the photo above I removed the muslin off the left side so you could see the cutting line better.
Sew your pieces together as shown using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Press your block and then trim it to a 4.5 inch square.
Here are 4 blocks ready to be sewn together.

One block done - 14 more to go.
Now layout your blocks in the following pattern.
I made 4 rows of 3 blocks then added a 2.5 inch strip and then the last row.
Then I added 4 inch borders doing the long sides first.
The quilt finished at 30 x 46.
I had to show you this photo -it was taken in Sept. 2011 - I decided this week to do some quilting so I now have 2 quilts finally done!
I did a free motion leaf on the prints and stipple quilted the back ground. I had this little stripe fabric that I thought matched pretty good for a binding.
I just had to show one more photo, it was so great to be outside and there wasn't any wind. I am so ready for Spring!


44 comments:

Hettie Pringle said...

Why aren't the cats allowed outside? Looking at the surroundings they would LOVE it!

Lesley said...

Beautiful quilt...beautiful river!

Kristy QP said...

Lovely quilt! Great tutorial too - looks like a fun pattern for charm squares.

The Nifty Stitcher said...

Cute little quilt Connie with lovely quilting that reall sets it off.

Deborah said...

Great tutorial and charming quilt. This one goes on my to do list. Deb.

Michele said...

I realy love it.

Dolores said...

Thanks for the tutorial. A wonderful quilt for using up some of those charm squares. Great shots of the outdoors too.

Kiera said...

Beautiful Connie! I have some charm packs that would be great for this. Maybe I'll finally cut my Sherbet Pips!!

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial -- the quilt looks so pretty. Another one I need to make!

meg said...

Very pretty and I think I know now what to do with a charm pack I've been hoarding... TY !

Quilt n Queen said...

Thank you for the tutorial Connie. I like this and there is no templete. Have a happy weekend...Pauline

Ellen said...

Wonderful! Thank you for the tutorial.

Lisa Lisa said...

This is beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial! Happy Friday to you :)

krisgray said...

Cute project - thanks for the tut!

Needled Mom said...

That is just gorgeous and thank you for the tutorial.

I hope spring arrives soon for you - without the tornadoes.

Julie said...

Now that is cute! That would make a darling baby quilt. You must stop with the great ideas. I'm never going to get all these done!

Enjoy your nice weather. We have a ton of fresh snow here. No outside pictures today!

Carla said...

That is such a fun block to do and I love the fabrics in yours. The river looks so calm!!

Pauline G said...

This is lovely - have already started to cut the squares - will be using Kaffe Fassett fabric - many thanks

Me and My Stitches said...

My kitties don't get to go outside either, but they really like to chase birds through the sliding door! Such a pretty quilt and pretty background...looks a bit different out there today!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Oh, my goodness. When I saw the first photo I thought Oh how beautiful but when I got to the tutorial part I was so excited.
Thank you, I love this pattern!
Hugs,
Susan

Maria Rosalia said...

Good evening...
What a beautiful kilt.
Thanks for your tuto.
I think one day quickly I'm going try to do something like that.
Thank you
Maria Rosalia

Pippa Parsons said...

beautiful, Im loving twisters and yours looks so clean and fresh :O)

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

This is a really pretty quilt! Thanks for the great tutorial! I am really happy to know how to make this block. Maybe this is how I'll use my charm pack!

P. said...

That is just darling! You used such fun prints!

Kirsten N said...

So lovely - will have to try this pattern!

Dawn said...

I've been wanting to make one of these for a while now and you've inspired me to do it. Starting it Sunday!
My kitties do not go outside either. Way too many coyotes, foxes, hawks, bobcats, etc. I'm sure you're in the same situation. They are much safer in the the house. :)

Cyn ;-) said...

Pretty quilt and great tute. Thank you. Do you prefer this method over the Twister Ruler? Your way looks 'twisted' but you saved all that fabric... there's no waste! Yippee. Your little stand-in-fur-baby seems to like it outside. Gorgeous.

Jan-Maree said...

Great tute - thanks for that - I think I see it in my future!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Wonderful quilt...great bright colors just pop out! blessings, marlene

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

I've been wondering how those blocks are made but hadn't taken the time to investigate. Now I don't have to - thanks for the tutorial. Very fun little quilt.

Cher in Victoria said...

Great tutorial, I like that you are not wasting fabric, will have to work on this one. Thanks, you saved me from another ruler. LOL

KatieQ said...

Thank you for the well written tutorial. The quilt is beautiful. I love the bright colors against the white.

nlcalendar said...

Another great tutorial. Thanks - you do the best descriptions, makes them really easy to follow. Marilyn

M-R said...

It's beautiful, Connie! Great FMQ and tutorial too! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Laura said...

Great tutorial and great blog - so glad you linked up! Which river do you quilt by?

Angie said...

What a fabulous quilt and tutorial. You are so generous with us. Thank you. :)

supermomnocape said...

Visiting from Sew Darn Crafty link party.

What a pretty quilt. And I love the FMQing you did on the coloured parts of the blocks.

Bumblebee and Sophie said...

This is so cute, it looks very complicated at first, thanks for demystifying the pattern. I love the fabrics too!
Cindy

Patrica said...

Love this - so much color and movement. Thanks for the nice tutorial too.

Sarah Craig said...

Such a pretty little quilt, and a great tutorial! Whoop whoop!!

Mel Brooks said...

This is a great tutorial! Love the pattern

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I like this method! Very nice finish:)

Mimi said...

Great tutorial!!! Nice to know that I don't need a fancy tool to make this block!!!

Patti said...

What a wonderful tutorial thank you so much.