Welcome to Week 2 of the Wyoming Wind Baby/Mini Quilt Along! I am delighted you are here! If you missed last week’s fabric pull tutorial, click here to catch up with us.
This week, we begin by cutting out our fabrics. First things first, though, you will want to make sure that your fabrics are pressed and that you have a new blade in your rotary cutter.
The pattern breaks down the cutting instructions for each of the two types of blocks we are making. You can make the blocks the same colors, different colors, etc. Last week, we focused on choosing fabrics in sets of three for each block and selecting a common background color.
I chose six total fabrics. In my set of six, I had two blues, two greens and two peachy/pink colors. I chose one blue, green and peachy/pink for each of the two blocks. I then decided that, for each of the two Wyoming Valley blocks, I would have the colors in different locations. I did the same for the Summer Wind. That means that for each of my blocks I alternated Color 1, 2 and 3.
You can see this in the images below, but first, I want remind you about a resource we printed last week – the Wyoming Wind Label Pages. This extra, free resource includes coloring pages for helping to choose fabrics, and also includes labels. There are a number of pieces for the quilt pattern, and the labels will help you stay organized for sure.
You need to print two each of pages 4 and 5 if you are making each of your blocks different color combinations. If you are making all of your Wyoming Valley blocks the same, you only need one copy as you can write in the number of cut pieces on each label.
The cutting instructions are included in the pattern. If you still need the pattern, you can purchase that here for PDF Download and quilt along with us.
Wyoming Valley Blocks (Make 2 for the Mini/Baby Quilt)
Because I wanted my two Wyoming Valley blocks to have different color combinations, I started with two of my fat quarters. I laid one on top of the other and cut my 5.25″ squares as noted for Color 1 in the pattern on page 2. I then laid them in different piles and used the label to identify them for later. I cut strips at 5.25″ and then sub-cut those down into squares.
Next, I took one of the colors and added my third color on top. Then, I cut the pieces for Color 2 as directed in the pattern again on page 2. I cut 4.5″ strips and sub-cut into squares. Then, I cut one 5.25″ square from each. I labeled these and added them to the correct pile.
Page 2 of the Free Coloring/Label resource above includes labels for each of the blocks. Now is the time to use the Wyoming Valley Block #1 and Block #2 labels. This will help you keep those straight.
For Color 3, I used the remaining third color and the color from my first cut that I did not use in my second cut. This gave me the rotation and put all the colors in a different location. I used these two fabrics to follow the directions to cut Color 3 per page 2 of the pattern.
Finally, for these two blocks, I doubled the pattern for background color pieces and divided them into the appropriate piles.
This is what my labeled Wyoming Valley Block #1 looks like laid out.
Summer Wind Blocks (Make 2 for the Mini/Baby Quilt)
Just like above, I wanted my two Summer Wind blocks to have different color combinations and slightly different colors. I used the second blue, green and peachy/pink colored fabrics.
Like above, I started with two of my fat quarters. I laid one on top of the other and cut my 5.25″ squares as noted for Color 1 in the pattern on page 4. I then laid them in different piles and used the label to identify them for later. I cut strips at 5.25″ and then sub-cut those down into squares. While the fabrics were still together, I cut the 8.5″ square from each fabric and labeled it.
Next, I took one of the colors and added my third color on top. Then, I cut the pieces for Color 2 as directed in the pattern again on page 4. I cut 4.5″ strips and sub-cut into squares. I labeled these and added them to the correct pile.
Now is the time to use the Summer Wind Block #1 and Block #2 labels from page 2 of the free resource.
For Color 3, I used the remaining third color and the color from my first cut that I did not use in my second cut. This one again gave me the rotation and put all the colors in a different location. I used these two fabrics to follow the directions to cut Color 3 rectangles per page 4 of the pattern.
Finally, I cut all the background color fabric by doubling the pattern to ensure enough pieces for each of the two blocks.
Below is what my labeled Summer Wind Blocks #1 & #2 look like laid out. You can see that the colors are different for each of the two blocks based on rotating the fabrics.
Once all your fabrics are cut and labeled, you need to find a safe place for them until we sew them together. I clip the labels and pieces together, as often they get moved around more than once. If my labels shift in the movement, they are sadly no good to the them.
Finally, I put them in a plastic bag. If you decide to do this step, be sure to snip a little corner off the bottom of the bag. This will allow air circulation to the cotton fabric that likes to breathe.
So, great job! We are done for this week. Next week we will begin by grabbing one of our bags and sewing a block together! I can’t wait!
Until next time, thanks for stopping by!