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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.




Contributors

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

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Comments (52)

Cristina Nogueira said:
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Love it! Specially the decorative stitiching on the binding. Fantastic detail

nanabeth said:
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I remember the enchanted Tiki room!  This is lovely - makes me think of spring!

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