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FreeSpirit-Rowan 10&10 Series: Patchwork Floral Throw in Philip Jacobs/September 12 Collection

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I may be dating myself here, but how many of you remember the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland® and DisneyWorld®? When I was little, it was one of my very favorite attractions at the theme park. True, there was no whooshing around a snow covered mountainside or flying through deep space. You were just sitting there on a long wooden bench next to other sweaty tourists, but you were surrounded by talking, singing birds in every size and color imaginable. It was a riot of sound, a tropical kaleidoscope. That's what's today's collection from Philip Jacobs reminded us of, and we came up with wonderful way to use his gorgeous bold motifs: a colorful patchwork throw to wrap up in and chase way the dull, grey winter days. The patchworking on this throw is very easy, and the quilting is done with a 9mm decorative stitch at each seamline, adding an extra splash of color and texture and uniting all the floral blocks. 

This throw is also a great exercise in how to mix and match dramatic motifs and colors to wonderful effect. This doesn't mean you simply throw all the fabric pieces up in the air, then put them together as they fall. It takes planning and sometimes a little trial and error. What's nice, is these days, especially when ordering online, you can do some of that mixing and matching with your computer... even before you buy. Capture the swatches available on fabric retailers' sites or even the manufacturer's sites. Bring them into your computer and start moving them around in different combinations. At Sew4Home, we do our fabric searching online because we find it faster and easier. Plus, it allows us a virtually unlimited number of options and swatches at our fingertips. If you use this method, be sure to pay attention to the actual size of the swatch and the repeat (the distance between the beginning of one complete motif and the beginning of the next one). Not all fabric sellers and manufacturers indicate size and repeat. Look for this information, don't assume. Otherwise, you won't know if a swatch is six inches or a foot. That can really throw your scale planning into a tailspin! You want to do your mixing and matching with swatches at the same scale. In addition, many stores and sites also allow you to buy a very small amount of each of the fabrics in which you're interested. You can then cut your own swatches and move them around until you get the effect you want. When you have things just perfect, place your final order for full yardage.

Philip Jacobs began his career designing dress fabrics and bedding for the American, Japanese and English markets. From there he moved into the design of high-end fabric for many of England's and America's major home furnishing companies, including Rammson & Crocker and Baker Furniture. We love his saturated colors and the take-no-prisoners boldness of the designs. If you're ready to be large and in-charge, you're ready for Philip Jacobs.

Philip Jacobs' September 12 collection debuted, as the name implies, in September of 2012 as part of the Kaffe Fassett Collective. We found a good selection at Sew4Home Marketplace vendors, FatQuaterShop and Fabric.com.

Our thanks to the great folks at FreeSpirit and Rowan Fabrics for sponsoring these four weeks of Resolution Inspiration from ten of their amazing designers. 

Check out the Westminster Fibers Retail Locator for shopping options near you; we will be continuing to add shops throughout the first few weeks of the series, so if you don't see your fave right away, check back in a day or two. Remember, not all shops take delivery and/or display fabrics on the same schedule, so actual in-stock dates may vary. Also, you can always ask your favorite local independent fabric retailer to special order fabric for you.

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

Our quilted throw uses FIVE beautiful fabrics from within Philip Jacob's September 12 collection. We have number-coded the cuts on the layout diagram below. These same numbers are used within the supplies list. As with all our tutorials, we recommend reading through all the instructions at least once before you dive in.

Getting Started

NOTE: For all the blocks, take the time to fussy cut your fabric to center a pretty motif in each. This is especially important if you are working with fabric with a big and bold design, such as the wonderful florals on our Philip Jacobs fabric. If you are new to fussy cutting, check out our tutorial.

  1. From the fabric for the #1 blocks and binding (Banded Poppy in Carmine in our sample), fussy cut the following:
    Row 1: ONE 6½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 2: ONE 15½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 3: No #1 blocks in this row
    Row 4: ONE 14½" wide x 6½" high
    Row 5: ONE 6½" wide x 12½" high
    Binding: FIVE 3½" x 10" strips
  2. From the fabric for the #2 blocks and binding (Floating Mums in Lime in our sample), fussy cut the following:
    Row 1: ONE 18½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 2: ONE 15½" wide x 6½" high
    Row 3: ONE 20½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 4: ONE 14½" wide x 6½" high
    Row 5: ONE 20½" wide x 12½" high
    Binding: FIVE 3½" x 10" strips
  3. From the fabric for the #3 blocks and binding (Begonia Leaves in Green in our sample), fussy cut the following:
    Row 1: ONE 6½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 2: No #3 blocks in this row
    Row 3: ONE 6½" wide x 12½" high and ONE 18½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 4: No #3 blocks in this row
    Row 5: ONE 18½" wide x 12½" high
    Binding: FIVE 3½" x 10" strips
  4. From the fabric for the #5 blocks and binding (Banded Poppy in Butter in our sample), fussy cut the following:
    Row 1: ONE 20½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 2: ONE 14½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 3: No #4 blocks in this row
    Row 4: ONE 15½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 5: No #4 blocks in this row
    Binding: FIVE 3½" x 10" strips
  5. From the fabric for the #5 blocks and binding (Painted Daisy in Citrus in our sample), fussy cut the following:
    Row 1: No #5 blocks in this row
    Row 2: ONE 6½" wide x 12½" high and ONE 15½" wide x 6½" high
    Row 3: ONE 6½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 4: ONE 6½" wide x 12½" high
    Row 5: ONE 6½" wide x 12½" high
    Binding: FIVE 3½" x 10" strips
  6. From the fabric for the back panel (décor weight espresso in our sample), cut ONE rectangle at least 54" wide x 63" high. We simply used our full yardage of 60" x 63".
  7. From the batting, cut ONE 54" x 63" rectangle.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

Assemble the blocks to create the five rows

NOTE: Paying special attention to seam allowances is important in every project, but is essential in quilting, because your seams need to match up perfectly. Therefore, you need to be very careful to make sure all allowances are consistent. For this project ALL our seam allowances are ¼". 

  1. Using our diagram above as your guide, assemble the FIVE horizontal rows for the throw front. To do this, it's best to work in order; we chose to work from left to right and from top to bottom. 
  2. It also helps to sort out the fabric cuts needed for each row and stack them in the order to be sewn. For example, for the top row in our sample we collected our four cuts in the following order: 
    6½" wide x 12½" high Carmine Banded Poppy (Fabric #1 for Row #1)
    18½" wide x 12½" high Lime Floating Mums (Fabric #2 for Row #1)
    6½" wide x 12½" high Green Begonia Leaves (Fabric #3 for Row #1) 
    20½" wide x 12½" high Butter Banded Poppy (Fabric #4 for Row #1)
    We did not use Fabric #5 in our first row.
  3. Take the first pair (1 and 2) and pin them right sides together along one 12½" side. Stitch together (remember - all seams are ¼"). 
  4. Pin the next cut in the sequence (3) right sides together with the remaining 12½" raw edge of the 2 block. Stitch together.
  5. Pin the next cut in the sequence (4) right sides together with the remaining 12½" raw edge of the 3 block. Stitch together.
  6. Your first row in complete.
  7. For Row #2, you'll follow the same steps, except you first need to sew together the two 6½" high blocks.
  8. Find block #5 and #2 for Row #2. Pin them right sides together along one 15½" side. Stitch together. 
  9. Assemble the row as above in this order (left to right): 4 to 5 to 1 and then the 5/2  block, making sure 5 is on top.
  10. Follow these same steps to create the remaining three row. Rows 3 and 5 will assemble as done for Row 1. Row four has a double high block as Row 2 did, so follow that same method to complete Row 4. 

Assemble the rows

  1. Find your five finished rows. 
  2. Lay them in order on your work surface.
  3. Working from top to bottom, pin the first two row right sides together, aligning the bottom or Row 1 and the top of Row 2. 
  4. Stitch together, using a ¼" seam allowance. We're using our Janome Quarter Inch Seam foot for a precise seam every time.
  5. Repeat to pin and stitch the remaining three rows in place. 
  6. When done, press well from the back.

Layering to make a quilt sandwich

  1. Find your 54" x 63" batting piece. 
  2. Lay it out flat on your work surface. 
  3. Place your quilt top on top of the batting, right side up. The batting will extend beyond the quilt top on all sides by an inch or two. 
    NOTE: You can trim the batting flush to the quilt top at this point if you'd like. We prefer to leave the excess and trim after the quilting stitches are complete.
  4. Find your large safety pins. Place a pin in the middle of each block to secure the top to the batting.
  5. Carefully move the quilt top to one side.
  6. Find the back fabric piece. Lay it out flat on your work surface, wrong side up.
  7. Carefully move the quilt top/batting layers back to your work surface and lay them on the quilt back. The quilt top should be right side up. The backing fabric will extend beyond the top layers on all sides.
  8. Open up each safety pin and re-pin it through all three layers.

Quilting/decorative stitches

  1. Thread your machine with contrasting thread (purple in our sample) in the top and bobbin. 
  2. Choose a decorative stitch, and following your machine's instruction manual, set up your machine for decorative stitching. You want a stitch with a fairly wide pattern so it nicely crosses the seamline.
  3. Increase your stitch width to its maximum. On our Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP, we were able to increase our width to 9mm.
  4. Run a line of decorative stitching along each seam line both vertically and horizontally. Use the seamline as your center guide line to keep the swing of the decorative stitch even on both sides.
  5. When the quilting/decorative stitching lines are done. Run a machine basting stitch around the entire outer edge of the quilt, staying about ¼" from the raw edge of the quilt top itself (not from the batting's edge).
  6. Trim the batting and back layers so they are flush all the way around with the top, making sure our corners are square.

Creating and attaching the binding

  1. Rethread your machine with thread to match your fabric in the top and bobbin.
  2. Find your five sets of 3½" x 10" binding strips (one set of five strips from each of the five fabrics). Pin them together end to end (the 3½" ends) to create one long strip. Stitch together and press all seams open.
  3. Press the finished binding length in half, wrong sides together.
  4. Pin the binding strip to the back of the quilt so the raw edges of the binding are flush with the raw edge of the quilt layers.
  5. Attach the quilt binding, using your favorite edge binding technique or follow our Complete Step-by-Step Tutorial for Binding Quilts & Throws.  
  6. Rethread your machine with the contrasting decorative stitching thread in the top and bobbin.
  7. Secure the binding all around with the same decorative stitch you used for your quilting stitches.


Project Concept: Alicia Thommas 
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild



Comments (52)

ktvita said:
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Love the bold and bright floral prints!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

My 2013 resolution is to sort out, proritize, actually use my stash and implement at least 3 of the projects from my to-do list!!! One quilt, One handbag/may be this clutch and one skirt (yes want to start with a simpler one)! I've bookmarked so many projects and have bought many books on quilts, handbags, dress making and home decor in 2012.  

Picking one favorite designer is really hard.. I've collected fabric lines from Joel Dewberry, Ty Pennington, Jennifer Paganelli, Paula Prass, Sweetwater, Tanya Whelan and just love all other designers for their creativity!!! 

Okay, if at all I've to pick one now, I think it is Joel Dewberry :)

DesignsbyJanet said:
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I love this throw.  Looks easy and definitly something I'm going to make in 2013.  I just love these fabrics with it too.  Can't wait to find some to make one.  Thanks

goonybird said:
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Beautiful! And love the fabrics!

My sewing resolution is to sew more, and finish my projects! My favorite designer is Kaffe Fassett.

mygardenerjh said:
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Philip Jacob gets my vote for favorite fabric designer. September 12 collection for Rowan is gorgeous. Love the bright and cheerful colors and anything flower or foliage is to drool over. My 2013 resolution is to finish project I have started before I start another project.  

chaoticlilshadow said:
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This is so gorgeous! Making some throws is definately on my to-do list!

Dr. G said:
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My New Year's Resolution is to try out new techniques with my sewing (example crocheted trim, embroidered accents).  I love all of these designers(and have made things from each of their lines) but have I been following and have loved Anna Maria Horner from the very beginning.

Dupcodeb said:
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Very cute project!  So pretty. My favorite deigner is Anna maria Horner and my 2013 resolution is to finish a coat I have been working and and then moving to some of your projects.

Dena said:
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I must admit that these colors, fabrics, florals take me waaaaay outside my comfort zone.  

carlota said:
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I fall in love with Phillip Jacobs collections everytime they come out.  They are always Bright, Bold and Beautiful.  My 2013 resolution is to finish every project I start before starting a new one.

Cheryl B said:
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I sure like the decorative quilting stitches. I might need to add another 2013 resolution - use decorative quilting stitches in one of my quilts this year!

ginamari said:
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I am soooo glad that I had started quilting a few months ago! This is just fabulous. Thanks.

sewalittle2 said:

Awesome fabric!! My 2013 resolution is to spend more time creating in my sewing room! My all time favorite designer is Joel Dewberry.

Savitar said:
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I'm not a quilter, but I could see this one actually getting made.  And I have some Philip Jacobs fabric in this pattern already!

ggiffinrao said:
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My resolution is to learn how to make clothing that does not look "home-made". My favorite designer is Valori Wells!

ConnieRine said:
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Love the fabric used in this simple quilt and I love the decorative stitching on this quilt, it doesn't take away from the fabric. I love Philip Jacob's designs.

cyndi said:
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I love this quilt and the decorative stitching; plan on making this soon and I can't wait!!

ChristyL said:
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This project combined two of my sewing resolutions...quilting and hand stitching.  Love the stars

jovy.ann said:
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Not gonna lie, this project kinda scares me.  Large projects like these usually end up being overwhelming, since I'm only 5 feet short and feel like the fabric will engulf me.

That is such a pansy excuse though, and I really should face my fears and make this for myself.  Especially since it looks so bright and happy and would be wonderful as a reading blanket.

b1aundie said:
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The fabric is wonderful and the tutorial is wonderful!  Ha I definitely want to make this throw asap!  Thanks!

Pam S said:
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I resolve to spend 15 minutes a day in my sewing room, and this is one of the projects I'm going to make. I love  Phillip Jacobs designs.

Alsan said:
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OMG, My favorites and in my FAVORITE fabric!  Need I say more. I love love love Philip Jacobs fabric! I am sure I could come up with 10 projects with 10 yards of your wonderful material.

corsetkitten said:
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My 2013 sewing resolution is a 2-part resolution: 1) that I would like to become a better quilter--since I'm self taught and I'm only making miniature quilts (1:6) and I make a lot of it up as I go along and it's not always "right" and 2) that my goal for 2013 is to start  a Log Cabin quilt to use as a quilt on the couch (and for guests) in our home. It will be the first human size quilt I try to make.

You have fantastic designers and it's really quite difficult to pick just one.  If I had to though I would go with Jane A. Sassaman. Her designs seem to be so vibrant and alive! They jump out and make me want to use them! (a close second is Mark Cesarik -- his designs and colors are ace too!)

If you need to you can contact me by email (I'm registered with the site). 

ssmullis said:
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My 2013 sewing resolution is to actually start machine quilting my own quilt tops. My favorite designer would have to be Jennifer Paganelli, and I'm sticking to that... but, I love Phillip Jacobs and Kaffe Fassett, too! Thanks so much for this most awesome giveaway!

Rina said:
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Great combination of prints and adding the decorative stitches only enhances them.  I can see that Brenda and Jetson also approve.

kplaposata said:
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Excellent tip about knowing what the scale of the fabric is.  Yours play together so well.  Thanks.

BrittanyTula said:
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BrittanyTula sends greetings and compliments to Brenda & Jetson!  Great modeling job my fellow felines!   I'm a new quilter, find this article inspiring and can't wait to try using a decorative stitch for the quilting.  Stitch in the ditch was getting boing but with the decorative stitches the options are endless!  The colors in ths fabric are stunning!  Thank you for sharing this great project.

Stacey Henderson said:
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This quilt reminding me of a quilt top I need to finish that has loads of PJ in it...he designs such lovely fabric

Gale W. said:
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First of all I love Brenda your fabric tester - so precious!  This is a gorgeous quilt and I love that fabric!

elimarie said:
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A great way to make me try all the decorative stitches on my sewing machine to find the perfect one.

valjeansews said:
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My resolution for 2013 is to make a quilt bigger than a baby quilt.  It's time to get over my fear and just go for it.  I love Jennifer Paganelli's fabrics for the bright colors and prints.  I can definately see them in my 2013 quilt!  I'm really happy I found this website and I'm enjoying it soooo much!

Savannagal said:
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I love these fabrics and especially the detail stitching. I wish my basic machine could do that. I really, really want to learn to quilt this year. These tutorials are such a great help.

Cathy B said:
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Love this throw.  I just got the fabric and will be starting this weekend!  The fabric choices are wonderful.  Jetson and Brenda are adorable!


KnittyWhit said:
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I LOVE this fabric! And as a beginner quilter, what a great idea to use a decorative stitch instead of a straight stitch for the binding! This is definitely on my list for spring!

Fawn B. said:
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this throw is beautiful!  I love the use of the machine's decorative stitches.  I will need to use this project as a way to bust those out on my machine for the first time!

Heather81203 said:
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My husband and I are right there with you! We love the Tiki Room! Everytime we go that's the first song he starts singing when we walk into the park! I can't wait for my daughter to expirence it and I love this blanket! Lets go to the Tiki Room!

GypsyThread said:
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Great pattern and combo of prints and colors!
And now I'll be singing the "Tiki Room" song for the rest of the day... ;-)

Kathleen Ann said:
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Such gorgeous fabric!  Just curious - why did you pin the quilt top and batting together and then add the backing, rather than pinning all three layers together at once?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Kathleen Ann - we pin in two steps for easier placement; to make sure we have the top in the center of the backing.  

Renee Wa said:
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I loved the Tiki Room. Never having lived in a tropical area, I've always been entranced by all things tropical and LOVE this throw. The pattern is wonderful and the purple stitching fantastic. A must make!!

Katastrophe said:
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You're right, it's a total reminder of the Tiki room!  That's where my parents took all of us when they were exhausted and needed to cool off.  Well, that and the Haunted Mansion because it was one of the few rides with a covered waiting line.  This quilt brings back many happy memories.  Thank you S4H.  You rock!

GloriaLaVonne said:
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I remember the Tiki Room, and the song,  In the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki room.  You are right this fabric reminds me of the Tiki room as well.  BUT I reaally like the stitching in purple.  THAT seems like crazy quilting.  This is right on for a gift for my aunt. THANKS Sew4Home for the inspiration and the tutorial.