[ Playful strumming intro ] Hi everyone!
It’s Tammy with Shabby Fabrics. I have the cutest project for you today.
This collection is called Safari Life, it was designed by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics.
When we saw this collection we knew we just had to design a quilt around it.
It has a panel, and that’s how we get the animals that we put on here to appliqué.
They’re 3-D animals! And I just love this for my grandson. I knew I had to make it right away for him.
This is just so cute. And I want to show you the elephant
on the back. I could write a special note
behind his ear, so it’s like a quilt label
on the back of the quilt. So, to get started, we’re gonna make
a double cross block. This block uses templates.
So, we decided, templates are not that fun— a lot of you are going, “Oh my gosh,
I’m not using templates!” I’m with you on that.
I don’t like templates either. So we designed a block that does not make—
it does not use templates. So I have my pieces here,
so I’m gonna lay these pieces out for you. So we cut our triangles out of a square,
and you cut it twice. I did use magic sizing on my fabrics
before I cut them. I like to do that,
it gives them a little bit of body. When I’m gonna deal with a bias triangle
I always, always use magic sizing. It just helps that fabric not have as much
stretch or pull when I’m working with it, so my blocks are more square. Okay. So you can find…
the pattern for this quilt is ‘Safari Life’ quilt, and this is
in the box right below this video, there is a link you can click
to go right to the download. Click on Free Download,
it’ll take you right there. Otherwise, if that link is not there
for some reason, you can always go to our homepage. Scroll all the way to the bottom,
and it says “Free Downloads,” you can click on that. It’s going to take you to our
free download page. And there are a ton of downloads on there.
Lots and lots of videos. It tells you how to search for a certain video.
You can search for Safari Life, this one will come right up. Now, we do have kits available,
but we only have a limited number of kits. So, if you’d like a kit for this
I suggest you get it right away. I don’t expect them to last long.
So. Once you have your download in your hand, it’s got several pages to it.
So the double cross block is the cross units, and we’re going to make that,
and I’m just going to set this up here. I have my pieces precut ahead of time.
So I’m gonna lay this out and we are going to add our triangles
just like this. All right. You can see—
I’ll go ahead and lay out another one so you can see
what this is going to look like. Like this. And you can see how odd
this kind of looks, where you have—your triangles are
way bigger than these rectangles, that’s done on purpose.
And we will trim this up later, and then you have your sashing unit
that goes in like this. So essentially, this is your block. Let’s look at how to sew that together.
We’re going to start with the triangles, and I’m going to line up
my bottom point right here, even, and I am going to put a pin in that, just because I know those like
to move a little bit. But I want to make sure
this is nice and even. Okay? So I’m going to take that
to the sewing machine and sew it. I’m going to sew the
other one while I’m there, all right? I’m going to come back, we’ll get it pressed. [ Sewing machine whirrs ] Okay, so we have got our
triangles sewn on here, so now we’re gonna look at
how to press this. And I think you’re gonna be tempted
to press it toward the black. I actually press mine
towards the white triangles. So I’m gonna set my seam first, and then I’m gonna finger press it
and I’m gonna press that seam over, making sure I don’t take any folds in this.
Let’s do that again. So we set our seam,
kind of warms up that fabric, and, I think it makes it fold over cleaner
when you do that, that’s the right word for that.
It’s nice and flat, and that’s what I’m looking for,
is that nice flat seam. There’s no rolls in it,
there’s no tucks in my seam there— okay, so I would do that again. I actually have another one of those
done ahead of time, like this. All right, so now we have our sashing unit like this, and we’re just going to sew our little lions in there. So let’s go do that. [ Sewing machine whirrs ] Okay, so we have our lions in there, so again I’m going to
press toward my lions. Turn that up. I always put the seam that
I’m pressing toward on top. So I put the lions on top,
heat that seam up, and press that over. There we go. All right. So now we’re going to put these together. So you’re gonna do right sides together, and now these seams will all nest. You’re going to nest these seams
together like this. Start here, sew all the way across, and then do the same on this side. Right sides together,
nest your seams right here, and sew all the way across. All right. Here’s what your block
looks like when you’re done, like this, okay? So you can see, on the back, how my seams nested together, and I pressed these seams open when I sewed the block together. All right? That way, these four points come out exactly where I want them. Okay, this looks like
an odd block now, doesn’t it? So we are gonna take this block,
and now I’m gonna square this up. This block needs to be squared
to 5 and a half inches. So, I like to use a ruler that’s
slightly larger than the block that I’m squaring it up to. so I’m using a six and a half
by twelve and a half inch ruler, and I’m squaring this to
five and a half inches. All right. So what I’m gonna do is
I’m going to use the Creative Grids ruler, and on here I’m going
to use the half inch side. I want that because my block
is gonna be five and a half inches. If it was going to be at five inches,
I would use this side of the ruler where these are the solid
inch marks right here. But I want to use the half inch side
with the black numbers. All right.
So I’m gonna put this on here, and I find five and a half
and five and a half right here. All right.
I’m going to take this line— this diagonal line right here
is a 45-degree line— I’m gonna make sure that it is
exactly in the center of my block, just like this. I want five and a half inches—
five and a half inches, this is over. We’re gonna move it down a little bit. So I’m just kind of
centering this on here. I like the way this is looking, here. I have a little bit on all four sides
to trim off. Okay? So I’m going to use
a spinning mat to do this. I love the spinning mats.
So we’ll take this and this, just like that. Now I’m gonna—just leave all that alone,
and I can just rotate the spinning mat twice. Pick your ruler up, flip it over
180 degrees. Now, I have my clean-cut edges, and that is what I’m going to line up
now with my five and a half. So I’m gonna align five and a half,
five and a half. Right on the money. And here we go. I’m gonna cut, spin it once,
and cut this side. Just like that. So what I love is,
now I have these fun points here, where before, you would have to
use a template to get this block. So that’s how we make
a double cross block. Oh, it’s actually a cross block, it’s a double cross when you
add a second one to it. So, to do your double cross block,
you’re gonna lay out your two blocks with your sashing units, like this. Here we go. Just like that. And your other cross here. And you just put them together
as you would expect. Right sides together,
press toward your sashing, right sides together, again, press toward your sashing. I always press toward my sashing units when I make a block like this. And then, again,
you could press your seams open when you’re finished. All right. So now, let’s get to the fun part.
The fun part is the giraffe and the animals that are on this quilt. Gonna move this out of my way. All right. So I want to show you the panel. Let’s look at the panel. This animal panel is so cute!
This is where all your animals are. This is a large panel. All right. So, what I did
was I cut them all out right on the line. I’ve cut all my pieces out,
and the directions are right here at the very top. Now if you like, you could make
just stuffed animals with these. That’s what this panel was designed to do. We thought it would be really super cute
to put them on the quilt. I like that. I like making a dimensional quilt. Especially for babies, so they can sit
and pull at the little ears and the tail and the mane. All right. So we have cut this out ahead of time.
So I have a giraffe here. All right. So what I’m gonna do is,
I’m gonna make his mane and I’m just gonna fold right sides together.
And this is a dimensional piece. We’re gonna fold it right sides together
and I’m just going to stitch on the short side, on this side, and this side. I’m going to show you all
everything I’m going to do at the machine. Then I’m going to take my tail, I’m going to put my tail pieces right sides together. And we’re going to start
at the top up here. And I’m gonna back tack a little bit,
sew down, around, and back up,
and end with a back tack. I want to secure this edge,
because this is where we’re turning it through. We’re going to turn it. All right.
So I’m going to pin my tail together a little bit here. These edges want to move
a little bit when you’re sewing smaller pieces like this. All right. And then we’re also
going to sew the ear together. All right. So again, I’m going to put them
right sides together. There we go. I’m going to pin the point,
because I want the point to be where— I want them to stay together. All right. So I’m going to go sew all these
at the machine, and then we’ll turn them. [ Fun strumming music ] [ Ambient music fades ] Okay. So once we’ve sewn around them,
we’re gonna want to clip our curves. And I’m just gonna clip around these curves quickly,
cut my tip off. [ Scissor snips ] I find it easier to clip my curves before I
grade a seam allowance. I find it easier to cut, and I end up with all this little confetti
on my sewing table. But I find it easier to clip your curves
when your seam allowances are bigger, when they’re—that’s still the
quarter-inch, rather than— I find it really hard to clip
little itty-bitty seam allowances. If you were to cut this down
to an eighth of an inch and then try to clip your curves, I think it’s much more difficult. So we’re just going to cut around— I’m gonna grade my seam allowance
back to about an eighth of an inch. A little bit less bulk
when I turn this right side out. Okay. And then on these,
on the mane— I’m just gonna give that corner
a little clip, just like that. Okay, okay. So let’s turn these
right-side out. We’ll start with the mane. He turns pretty easily.
I love that, the large opening. And I use my little point— Point 2 Point. My Clover gets right in there.
I love that. And my sharp point in there, give it a good press. All right. There’s my mane.
Let’s do our ear. That’s easy. There we go. Kind of round it out a little bit.
Like that. Okay. So now I’m gonna take my little ear, and I’m gonna fold my ear in half like this,
and I’m gonna press him again. Because I want him to be really good and pressed when we sew our giraffe together. Ear gets inserted. Okay, perfect. There’s my ear. All right. Now you look at the tail,
and you’re like, ‘how in the heck
is she gonna turn that?’ Well, I wondered the same thing myself,
let me tell you. I found a clever tool. It’s called the Turn-it-All,
and I’m going to show you how this works. There’s a lot of pieces here, so I left them in the package
rather than just pull them all out. Let me pull these out for you,
you can take a look at these. Okay. So they come with all these different tubes,
and it looks like a straw. It’s not a straw,
it’s a lot heavier material. This is a really heavy plastic.
This looks like a drinking straw, but it’s not. You can’t bend it.
These are really heavy plastic. And then they have
a little tiny one. All right. So I’m going to take my tail, and I’m going to insert
this tube down into it, into the opening, just like this. And I would use the biggest tube. Let’s see if we can use this bigger tube,
that might be better to use the bigger tube to turn this. Let’s see if that will fit inside there. Nope, that is not going to go.
We’re going to have to use the blue one. Okay. You use the blue tube. All right. All right. You can see how
this is already starting to turn, how I’m already pushing in on this.
There it goes, and it comes out the other side. Done. How cute is this? I can use this metal rod to pop my corners out on my tail. Just like that. And the other one.
Because on this, your Point 2 Point Turner, while it’s really an amazing tool,
it really is too big for this. I could not get it up into the tip of this tail. I had to use the metal rod.
This, it only goes in about to here. So this is not going to
do you any good right here. All right, so we get our tail turned,
I’m gonna give him a good press. Go, press him from both sides here. I’m gonna get these points a little bit better with my little metal rod here, now that I got this pressed out—there we go— And sharp points. There. Okay. So now—I’ll gather this stuff here
and just set it to the side. So we’re going to need this again
when we turn our giraffe. Okay. All right. So now
I’m going to take my giraffe, and I’m gonna pin his mane on,
and his tail, like this. Pin his tail to him. I’m gonna pin his mane on here. This is so much fun.
I made this quilt for my grandson, and it’s so much fun to do that. Whenever— I don’t know about you,
but when I do things like this, I like to think about the child, and how he’s going to have so much fun
playing with these toys, and how nice that is,
and what a special gift this will be from Grandma. I’ll pin his ear on like that, okay. Now I’m just gonna lay these two
right sides together, like this. I’m going to start with the tail,
and I’m going to move my pin from the inside to the outside,
holding the tail in place while I do that— there we go. Okay. I’m going to move my pins,
I’m gonna pin all around my giraffe and then I’m gonna go sew him together.
So if you were gonna make this as a stuffed toy, you’re gonna want to leave an opening,
and I would pick a straight part to leave an opening. Don’t leave an opening, like,
around the head, or anything on a curve. I would pick a straight area to leave an opening to stuff it with. And then you would
whipstitch it closed to make a toy. I, however, I’m gonna sew all the way
around the entire thing. All right. and then we’re gonna— I’m going to show you how I got it to be
an appliqué on a quilt. All right. [ Whimsical ambient music ] [ Music fades out ] Okay. So we got him
all sewn together, so I’m going to now take my scissors and I’m going to clip in on my— sharp points, I’m going to clip into the point
without cutting the stitching. Cut in here,
and I cut these points off. A little bit here. Anywhere I turned, I generally cut in and
clip that corner, and clip my points off. Here on his chin, and then I’m going to clip this curve
all the way around his muzzle. [ Scissor snips ] All right. And then on his horns,
I came in here, and here, and then all around his little horn. I’m gonna clip that. [Scissor snips ] All right. Here. And the last curve
will be this one out here where his tail is. Those Kais are really sharp. Boy, they are cutting
right through all those layers of fabric! All right. Now I’m gonna go ahead and
grade my seam allowance a little bit, especially on his legs. That’s a long
tube to turn. [ Scissor snips ] Okay. So now,
we’re ready to turn our giraffe. You’re saying, “Well, how are you gonna do that? You don’t have an opening.” Well, what I did was I laid my giraffe on my quilt and I know that I wanted him
to face this direction, right? Like this. So you’re thinking, okay,
so how do you cut him and get him on there? Which side do you cut?
Instinct says to cut the back side. That’s not right. You cut the front. I know this sounds really weird,
but you cut the front. So I’m gonna separate
the two pieces here, like this. Get separated, make sure
I don’t cut his tail. All right. And I’m gonna take my scissors,
I’m going to cut a hole in my giraffe on the ‘front’ side of him, what you think is the front. There we go. All right. I’m going to turn him
right side out through this opening. All right, there’s his tail. All right. So now, on his legs— I’m gonna use the larger tube on the legs,
because it fits down there just like this. That is so much faster
than what I was trying to do. If I—you don’t have one of these,
you need to get one, if you make a lot of this kind of thing.
They just make turning these little creatures so much faster, so much easier,
and struggling to turn this— look how quick that is! A clever invention. Get my little hooves poked out here. All right. We got our legs and tail.
Do our head next, and our neck— I should just be able to grab this. I’m going to go ahead
and stick this in there, that’ll make it faster. I have ears and stuff in here, there we go. Ah! There’s his mane. Where’d his little
ear go? There it is. There’s his little ear, perfect. Nose poked out here,
and his little horn. Let’s get that poked down. And again,
I’m just using this wooden stick. Sometimes that gets a little tight
trying to get down in there. I have used a pin before, to reach in and just kind of
grab that fabric out of there. And then this metal rod is thinner
and that does help a lot as well. Just get it in there
and just keep working at it, ’cause that opening was fairly narrow. You just got to work that
fabric up in there. There it goes. See how it’s coming out of there?
There we go. Yeah, just got to work that all
through that narrow opening there. Just like that. Cute! This is so adorable. Okay. So remember
how we cut the “front”, what we thought was
the front of our giraffe. But now, when we put him on here, you see how that worked?
Now the cut is on the back. All right, so now we’re
just going to take this to our iron and make sure we have this all— seams are all rolled. I’m just going to kind of work this a little. Just push his hooves out
a little bit more here! This is so cute.
I had so much fun making this, and I know Garrison is gonna love it. That’s my little grandson.
I know he’s gonna just love this quilt. There we go. All right. Perfect! So I wanted—his mane and
his tail are gonna be 3D, and his little ears. So when I attach this to the quilt, I laid this down— Whoop! I got that a little wrinkly there. There we go. All right. So when I appliquéd this on,
I laid it on my quilt. Once my quilt was already completely quilted—
it was quilted, I had the binding on it, everything was done,
and then I did the appliqué on it. So when I did this, I sewed straight down
his little muzzle so his muzzle stuck out. And I just stitched this right on, and then I did the same thing
on his hooves, I just went straight across so that the hooves
are 3-D on this quilt. Same with the little zebra! And then on the lion, I just stitched his head,
so then his mane is free to play with.
And then I just quilted his little tail. This quilt was so much fun! Thank you for joining me,
for making the Safari quilt. I hope you learned something,
I hope I showed you some good tips and tricks on how to turn things
using the Turn-it-All tools. I love these.
They really are a big time saver! Hope you enjoyed this.
Join me again! [ Playful strumming outro ]

27 thoughts on “How to Make a Double Cross Quilt Block | a Shabby Fabrics Tutorial”

  1. I love the quilt. How about using an iron on interfacing instead of the opposite side of the giraffe. Fusible side to right side. Follow the same procedure then when you go to place just iron into place. You get 2 giraffes. I would use fabric from the panel as the back side for the dimensional pieces. Meaning tail, ears and main.

  2. Love it! I find I have the MOST fun when I adapt things meant for something else to my purposes, it gets my creative juices flowing big time! And it becomes something unique. I have made 3D animal quilts before, and they were my โ€œFUNNESTโ€ projects ever! ๐Ÿ˜

  3. This is just genius! I love the way this quilt is put together but especially the applique animals. I am going to have to do something similar someday when I get the time.

  4. If I was to make this quilt with my own fabric choices but the Safari Life panel what would the fabric requirements be?

  5. Down loaded the pattern. Darling. Only thing is I dont do applique. I read through the pattern. Figured out the different cuttings etc. Then realized, I couldn't find any fabric requirements for the quilt.

  6. Would you say your quilt kits are equivalent to purchasing the fabrics needed separately or is there a mark up for kits? I've had this question quite a while – "I wonder…" Thank you! Love, love this quilt!

  7. That is the cutest quilt I have seen in a while. Very original? Thanks for sharing. I may have to buy the pattern.

  8. I couldn't agree that a turning mat is the ticket! I saw the mat on one of your videos and I was sold. I have found that when I use my turning mat cutting is much easier for I am left handed with a limited sewing space. Love the quilt.

  9. Love this quilt as well and your instructions are superb! Am considering buying the kit but want to know also what scissors you are using as I could use some sharp ones like that. I don't see them on your list here or on the site with the kit. Please help. Bev from ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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