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Thread: So You Want To Make My Happy Lappy?

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    Super Member n2scraplvr's Avatar
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    Some of you are interested in knowing how I did this so I am going to tell you my secrets to making a successful "Happy Lappy" quilt. Have you had trouble selecting just the right fabrics or colors? I'll show you the easy way to do it with my step-by-step plan and the secrets I used to create a colorful scrappy by controlling the colors. Even if you are a more skilled quilter and want to make this quilt but in other colors, I'll show you the best way to bring out those colors to make it really stand out.

    Here is a pic of the quilt we will be making:

    The quilt is set 11 blocks by 12 blocks and is a total of 132 squares. The quilt is made up of three (3) types of blocks. You will need:

    this is Happy Lappy
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    57 Large HST's (cut size: 4.5")
    52 Dbl. prs. HST's (cut size: 2.5")
    23 Whole squares (cut size: 4.25")

    For the large HST's, you will need to make:
    # Color
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    17 Red
    7 Purple/Light
    6 Navy/aqua
    5 Brown/peach
    4 Orange pink
    4 Orange peach
    4 Fuchsia/med. aqua
    2 Burgundy
    2 Lime green/lt. blue
    2 Lavendar/pale green
    2 Bright pink
    2 Rust/peach

    For the Dbl. Prs. of HST's, you will need to make:

    6 Red
    6 Blue
    6 Purple
    9 Green
    4 Brown
    3 Rust
    2 Pink/light
    1 Orange/peach
    1 Orange/light
    1 Light Pink
    1 Yellow light
    1 Burgundy
    1 Black/blue

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    Next are the steps I took in creating this quilt. The best way to do an unplanned random look is to work from your scrapbag using up what you have and adding to your design wall "as you go." (So don't cut all the fabrics out first.)

    Step 1) Make 10 or so Large HST's in various reds cut from 4.5" squares and scatter them on the design wall. Always work in a diagonal manner, from left to right, placing them "1 up and to the right."

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    Step 2) Make 7 purple Large HST's. Put them on the design wall in the same scattered way as in Step 1.

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    Oops. Some of the pics are turned backwards but you get the idea.

    Step 3) Make 6 navy/aqua Large HST's and place on the design wall in the same diagonal way scattering the color.

    Step 4) Make a few of the Whole Square blocks and scatter them on the design wall.

    here are a few of the many
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    play up the aqua color
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    mix different florals in the same quilt
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    Step 5) Now we are going to make up some of the dbl. prs. of HST's and put some of them on the design wall next to the Large HST's. Always work in a diagonal manner. You'll be moving your blocks around later for a final adjustment, but keep in mind, your strongest blocks of dbl. prs. will go right in the center diagonal starting from bottom left to top right. This is where you want the impact of your strongest contrasting blocks to be and this is SECRET #1.

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    Step 6) Continue making more dbl. prs of HST's and Large HST's until you are finished.

    dark green dbl. pr. of HST's
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    mottled blue fabric used (halloween print)
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    Step 7) Fill in empty areas with the remaining whole squares of all florals.

    Step 8) Final adjustment. Take a look at all your dbl. pairs of HST's on the design wall and select two (2) blocks that are your most piercing of colors. They will be known as your "focus point" blocks. This is SECRET #2. They will be placed in the center or off center like I have done. My two focus point blocks are the plum/light blue combos seen here. There's an orange floral separating them. Do you see how they stand out?

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    Step 9) Beginning at the top of the design wall, moving left to right, scan with your eye the first 4 blocks, then the next 4 under them, then finally the last 4. In this 12 block section, make sure this section is so pleasing colorwise so as to be an only quilt if it had to be. Make sure there is a good variety of opposing colors. Remove any blocks that hinder. Scan each 12 block subsection of the quilt to make sure there is color excitement and colors blend. Be sure to add low contrast blocks.

    a floral low contrast block
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    Step 10) Find a home for all wayward blocks pulled in step 9.

    Step 11) Sew blocks together. Join rows. Add borders and finish off.

    In working on this quilt, I discovered several things. If a quilt has a random placement of blocks, it's a good thing if the border does too. This is SECRET #3. Sashings and a plain border would be way too dull for this type qulit. The random look border goes hand-in-hand with this quilt. I tried several border looks:

    Finally, I decided on this beautiful dark teal floral which was just a shade darker than my inner border. This is SECRET #4. The dark teal did not show up at all in the photo of my quilt but look like a gray fabric. Here's a pic of the inner and outer floral fabric:

    I added yellow
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    I tried several
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    border fabric contrasting nicely with aqua inner border
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    SECRET #5 Using dark, medium and light florals alternately to the border brought drama without overpowering the colors in the quilt. This is Secret #5. It brought the outer border to life that an all-light floral border would not do.

    Also, there was only one cornerstone used in the outer border - upper right. This is SECRET #6.

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    SECRET #7 was the orange cornerstones in the inner border used to draw the eye to the focal point of the quilt. To help you select the right color, keep in mind the foundation of the quilt is red and the colors range from burgundy to pink. So within that color family, I decided to go with a darker orange than what was in the quilt. There is one really bright orange in it, but didn't want a neon orange cornerstone but that would've been choice #2. The orange is the third block down from the top.

    Do you see the neon orange block?
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    SECRET #8. It was easy to coordinate the orange and aqua because I needed a lighter color with the cornerstones and since the foundation colors are mainly light blue and aqua. It was easy to select. They are opposites on the color wheel -- red and aqua -- so that was the perfect choice. So SECRET #8 is that I chose opposites for the chimneys and cornerstones.

    SECRET #9. I chose all small or medium scale prints.

    SECRET #10. I chose all large scale prints for the border.

    SECRET #11. It's the varying shades of colors that make this quilt exciting, not the colors. In other words, it's the "hues" that bring it to life and this one is the best secret of them all. You need secret #11 for an exciting quilt.

    SECRET #12. I help 5 blocks out last to add in the end as "hightlighting" blocks to subsections. These all have near-white colors as the other half of the block.

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    SECRET #13. Low contrast blocks add interest to low lying color areas.

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    SECRET #14. A crazy patch border allows pleasing angles to the quilt.

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    In this pic, you can see the angles it creates
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    In closing, I didn't take pics along the way making the quilt, but I hope the pics I showed will help you with block placement and color selection easier by showing you the close-ups.

    For those who will make this in other colors, use the last 25% of the blocks to bring life to the other 75%. For example, you can work from scraps and make up a lot of different blocks of darks and lights paying no attention to color at all. After you've done 75% of the blocks, stop to analyze the colors you want brought out in your quilt and do them in those colors! Just use my SECRET #11 to have the best quilt ever!

    Thanks for following along with me and I wish you the best and most fun making a colorful Happy Lappy and I hope you'll post your new creation fo Happy Lappy! :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllaBud
    Thank you so much!!!
    Your welcome! Can't wait to see pics of all the quilts that'll be made!!

    :-D :-D

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    What a nice tutorial. Anyone should be able to make a Happy Lappy after reading this. What a lot of work you went to. Thank you for all your work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Thanks, I just may try this.
    Oh, I hope so! It's wonderfully uplifting just seeing it!!

    :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by great aunt jacqui
    your lappy makes me happy. my binder is getting fatter with terrific projects
    thank you for sharing
    haha. Your welcome, aunt jacqui!! I just wish you could see it in person. The colors are drab in the picture and I tried adjusting but it's the best I could come up with. It really is a cheerful quilt!! haha.

    :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    What a nice tutorial. Anyone should be able to make a Happy Lappy after reading this. What a lot of work you went to. Thank you for all your work.
    Oh, your very welcome! I hope this tute will help others and that they can see how really easy it is and if I can do it, they can do it too!! thank you, judyG!!

    :D :D

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    What a beautiful quilt! And thanks SEW much for the tute!! You made it look easy! :D :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    What a beautiful quilt! And thanks SEW much for the tute!! You made it look easy! :D :thumbup:
    Thank you, sewjoyce! I hope so!!
    :D :D

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    Yay! What a happy lappy!

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    I forgot to ask -- what are dimensions (approximately)?

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