Thursday, September 13, 2018

Rainbow Serenade Quilt Along Week 1

On Tuesday, I started the Rainbow Serenade QAL, on Facebook Live. I have included the video to go along with this blog post.

The Rainbow Serenade QAL is here, to get this started I have a couple of things you should take note of before starting your Rainbow Serenade.

  1. Be sure to read the instructions before starting
  2. Pressing, be sure to follow your pattern pressing directions, or you can press your seams open. You choose!
  3. Pay Attention to your units and their directions they should be placed according to the charts in the pattern.
  4. Understand your Tucker Trimmer® and Corner Pop® tool instructions.
  5. Its suggested for this pattern to stay organized, one way is to label your units and colors.
Unit 1 A & 1B

Step 1 - Colors, some missing from this photo
Step 1

Let's get started with Units 1A & 1B this week. So, let's begin with Step 1, Half Square Triangles. Start with cutting all your colors out as directed on Page 1 of the pattern.

Once you have all your squares cut, I suggest if you have a Quilter Magic Wand to use it to mark two stitching lines 1/4" on either side of the center diagonal line on the wrong sizes of the colored squares.

With the rights sides facing, layer your colored square on a Black Square and Stitch on the drawn lines.

Then cut down the middle to get two Half Square Triangle units.

Press toward the black triangles.

Continue to make all the HST combinations listed on page 1 of your pattern. There is no need to trim at this point; we will be using them in Step 2, the combination units.

Step 2

Step 2 Combination Units on page 2 of your pattern, you will start by cutting the additional colored squares you will need to make the combination units.

Using the charts on Page 2 of your pattern you will match the HST unit with the color squares you just cut out. For example in the picture above, Black / Mint HST will be paired with a Violet square. Position the HST unit with right sides together on top of a Colored square.

Using your Quilter's Magic Wand mark two stitching lines 1/4" on either side of the center diagonal on the back of the HST unit.

Stitch on the drawn lines.

Cut down the middle.

Press toward the colored triangle.

Trim the first two sides to 4 1/2" using the Tucker Trimmer® 1.

Then rotate the unit 180° and line up the Tucker Trimmer® 1, and trim the two remaining sides to

measure 4 1/2” cut.

Repeat with all the combination units listed in the chart on page 2 of your pattern.

Step 3

In this step, we will be taking those colorful combination units, and we will be adding some corner pop to the colored triangle side of the units. To do this, we will be using the Corner Pop® tool.

Start by cutting out all the small squares listed on top of Page 3 of your pattern. Then each of the squares once diagonally.

Now, using your Corner Pop® tool, Cut Away 2" from the colored triangle side.

Position the small triangles on the corner to replace the piece we just cut away.

Press away from the combinations unit.

Trim using the Corner Trim Down Section of your Corner Pop® tool using the 2" diagonal line. Cut away the excess fabric.

Well, that's it for Unit 1A & 1B. Please remember if you have questions, please post them in the comment section below, you can also refer to the video above.

Week 2 of the Rainbow Serenade QAL will be 9/25 at 2:30 pm EST for the Facebook Live and the blog will be posted on 9/27.

If you would like to participate in the Rainbow Serenade QAL you can purchase the pattern (also find the yardage requirements) HERE and Purchase the Studio 180 Tools HERE.  


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