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WEEK 5 – NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

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Wow! That Quilt along went by so fast! We are on WEEK 5 of the Starlight Mountains Quilt Along with the National Quilters Circle! We have all these beautiful blocks, now it’s time to turn them into a comfy quilt!

This week you can download the Finishing instructions. These will give you instructions on how to sew your top together, add your borders and how to turn your quilt top into a cozy quilt!

DOWNLOAD WEEK 5 INSTRUCTIONS

Things you will need to finish your quilt:
Backing Fabric (at least 6 inches wider and longer than your quilt top)
Quilt Batting (at least 6 inches wider and longer than your quilt top)
Basting Spray or Basting Pins
Binding Fabric
These are helpful but not necessary:
Hera Marker to mark out your quilting lines
Walking Foot (Helps pull your quilt from both the top and the bottom)

Finishing our Quilts!

Quilt Sandwich:
First you will need to make your Quilt Sandwich. You will need to cut and sew your backing fabric to make it fit under your quilt correctly. Make sure it is at least 3 inches wider than your quilt top on all sides (quilt top size + 6 inches). Trim your selvage edge off after joining your pieces.

Make your quilt sandwich by first laying down your quilt backing, wrong side facing up. Tape down to a hard surface, making fabric taut. Next lay your batting on top. Smooth out with your hands, do not stretch. Then lay your quilt top right side up, smooth out with your hands.  

Basting Your Quilt: 

Spray baste: My favorite way to baste my quilt is by using Spray Baste! It makes basting so much easier. If you have allergies, this is probably not a good option for you.
Find a place where you can lay out your quilt. Make sure to tape the backing fabric taut to the floor (or large table).
Here’s  great spray baste tutorial by Emily Dennis of Quilty Love.  Spray Baste Tutorial

Pin basting: You can use safety pin about 3 to 4 inches apart (about the width of your hand). I like to use the large curved basting pins. This takes a little longer than the spray basting, but is a great option.

Quilting your Quilt:
This step is totally up to you!

For my original quilt I used my walking foot and quilted about 1 inch apart. I used my hera marker a 6×24 inch ruler to mark out my line on the borders and larger finished pieces in my quilt top. I used my seams as a guide. I like to sew about 1/2 from the seam, this helps avoid the bulk of the seams.

Hand Tie your Quilt: Some prefer to tie there quilt. Suzy Quilts has an cool way of tying quilts. Check out her Tutorial!

Hand Quilt: Here’s a wonderful video tutorial by Suzy Quilts all about How to Hand Quilt.

Machine Quilt using your Walking Foot: 
Emily Dennis from Quilty Love has a great tutorial on how to Zig zag quilt your quilt with a Walking foot. Click here I love this method of quilting, it give your quilt great texture.

Free Motion Quilting:
Free motion quilting can give you great texture and if you aren’t great at quilting straight lines, this would be great for you. Suzy Williams from Suzy Quilts has a great Free Motion Quilting Tutorial. Click here.

Binding Your Quilt:

Binding is the fabric strip that goes on the edge of your quilt. It covers all of the unfinished edges and rounds out your quilt.

You will want to make sure to square up your quilt before you attach the binding. Cut off the extra batting around the edges and make sure your sides are straight and corners are squared.

Most quilters will cut 2 /12 inch by width of fabric strips and then sew them together at the ends at a diagonal. Then press the strip in half, so that you are wrapping 2 layers of fabric around all of your edges.

You can machine sew the binding to the front of your quilt and wrap it around to the back and hand stitch it down. Or some prefer sewing the binding to the back of the quilt, wrapping it around to the front and machine stitching it down.

One of my favorite binding tutorials is by Suzy Williams of Suzy Quilts. Go check it out!

I’m so excited to see everyone finished quilts!

How do I participate?

Make sure to Post your finished quilt top photo in  The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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WEEK 4 – NQC Quilt Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

Yay!! It’s the last week of blocks and then next week you will get the finishing instructions!

This week we will be making 3 of the Large Star blocks! If you are making a larger size make sure to check the cutting instructions located in the Quilt Along Group!

DOWNLOAD WEEK 4 BLOCK INSTRUCTIONS

I’m so excited to see everyone quilts come together!

If you have not joined yet you can join here to get the weekly email reminders from the National Quilters Circle.

If you have already joined, but you still need the Fabric Requirments, you can download them HERE! To find the previous weeks information CLICK HERE!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

I’m so excited to see everyone’s Mountain blocks!

Make sure to join The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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WEEK 3 – NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

Welcome to WEEK 3 of the Starlight Mountains Quilt Along with the National Quilters Circle!

If you have not joined yet you can join here to get the weekly email reminders from the National Quilters Circle.

If you have already joined, but you still need the Fabric Requirments, you can download them HERE! To find the previous weeks information CLICK HERE!

This week we will be making 6 Mountain Blocks for the throw size quilt! If you are making an alternative size, make sure to check the fabric requirments to see how many blocks you will need to make!

DOWNLOAD WEEK 3 INSTRUCTIONS

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

I’m so excited to see everyone’s Mountain blocks!

Make sure to join The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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WEEK 2 – NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

It’s WEEK 2 of the Starlight Mountains Quilt along with the NQC Quilt Block Challenge!

If you have not joined yet you can join here to get the weekly email reminders from the National Quilters Circle.

If you have already joined, but you still need the Fabric Requirments, you can download them HERE!

This week we will be making 6 Small Star #2 Blocks! This block is similar to last weeks block, but it had a different center and made up of different colors.

DOWNLOAD WEEK 2 INSTRUCTIONS

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

I’m going scrappy with this quilt. So I will be making 2 of each of my color combos this week. Each color combo is different than last weeks combo.

I’m so excited to see your blocks this week! Make sure to post them in the The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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WEEK 1 – NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

Small Star #1 Block

Welcome to the NQC Block Challenge Quilt Along using the Starlight Mountains quilt that I designed! This will be a 5 week long quilt along. So you will have a finished quilt in no time!!

If you have not joined yet you can join here to get the weekly email reminders from the National Quilters Circle.

If you have already joined, but you still need the Fabric Requirments, you can download them HERE!

This week we will be making 6 Small Star #1 Blocks!! This is a simple block that will go together quickly.

DOWNLOAD WEEK 1 INSTRUCTIONS

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

I’m going scrappy this time!! So I will be making 2 of each of my color combos this week.

I’m so excited to see how your quilts turn out!!

Make sure to join The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt!

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1 starlight mountain quilt

Join us up in the Mountains where the stars shine bright!
This quilt was inspired by memories of camping in the mountains where the bright shining stars reflect in the lake below.

I’ve partnered with the National Quilters Circle to bring you this FREE Quilt Along starting September 7, 2020!

JOIN FOR FREE – TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND COLORING PAGE!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

Now – Go download the Fabric requirement and post a photo of your fabrics
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

* Click HERE to Join the Quilt Along

* Post your photos for the current week in the The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

This quilt is great for an adventurous beginner to intermediate quilter. The Quilt is made up of squares, rectangles and flying geese.

Each week I will film a tutorial going over each block and answer any questions you have.

During the quilt along I plan on making a scrappy version using multiple shades of Kona Cotton! I’m hoping for it to look something like this:

SCRAPPY

This quilt would look gorgeous in a variety of colors. Here are some options I came up with:

Blank Starlight Mountains COLOR COMBOS

I hope you will join in the fun during this quilt along!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Friendship Pot Holder Pattern

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This Pot Holder pattern was inspired by the Friendship necklaces that were popular when I was a kid. 💔 You give half of the heart to your friend and keep the other for yourself.

With this pattern you will make 2 heart pot holders that are similar but different. You can give one to a friend or loved one and keep one for yourself.

I know it has been pretty difficult to stay home and away from our friends and families. This is quick and fun project we can make to show our loved ones we are thinking about them and love them! ❤

You can also use these 8 1/2 inch unfinished blocks in a quilt, table runner, or throw pillows! This pattern is a great way to use up those scraps!!

DOWNLOAD: Friendship Pot Holder Pattern

The directions show you how to make one side scrappy and one side solid. I had some large scraps, so I make a couple blocks using the solid half heart on both sides.

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I’m so excited to see what you make with your blocks! Make sure to tag me in your photo’s on Instagram.

You can also post your photos in my Quilt Along Group on Facebook!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

 

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Cobalt Canyon Quilt Pattern

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The Summer time always reminds me of camping and going to the Mountains. When designing this quilt pattern I was trying to echo a geometric design on both corners of the quilt. When I stood back and looked, this design looked like to mountain ranges with a canyon in between. This is where the name Cobalt Canyon Quilt came from.

Paper Pattern
Digital Download (USA)
Digital Download (International)

I have been wanting to make beginner friendly quilt for awhile and this quilt is great for beginners! It is made up of squares and rectangles. So it goes together super quickly!

The pattern comes with directions for a Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen and King size quilt.

I remembered there was a super cute line of fabric called Hello Bear designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. This line has been around for a while and I have always wanted to use it. I thought it would be perfect for a baby boy quilt. I bought my fabric at Stash Fabrics. They had all the ones I wanted!!

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I decided to quilt this about 5/8 in from each mountain top seam.

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For binding, I love using a dark color. So it frames the quilt. One of my favorites is navy…I may have used navy on too many quilts, but I love it! So I say use what you love.
And isn’t that backing fabric too cute!!!!

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I hope you love this design as much as I do!! I would love to see your versions! Make sure to tag me in your photo or use the hashtag #HappyCloudCreations

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Paper Pattern
Digital Download (USA)
Digital Download (International)

Happy Quilting!!
Andrea

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WEEK 8 Rainier Echoes Quilt Along – Baste, Quilt and Bind

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Welcome to the last week of the Rainier Echoes Quilt Along! I can’t believe this quilt along is already finishing up. It has been so much fun quilting with you all! Thank you all for joining in the fun!

LIVE VIDEO

Join me today, May 27th at 10:30 am PDT (West Coast USA) for a LIVE video in my Facebook Group to go over WEEK 8 –  Basting, Quilting and Binding our quilts!

You can watch this in my Facebook Group or on Instagram! If you can’t make it LIVE, that’s ok! I will save it to the Facebook group and upload it to my YouTube channel!

GRAB THE PATTERN! This quilt pattern will be 15% OFF thru the end of the quilt along (June 3rd)

Paper Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (International)

Things you will need:
Backing Fabric (at least 6 inches wider and longer than your quilt top)
Quilt Batting (at least 6 inches wider and longer than your quilt top)
Basting Spray or Basting Pins
Binding Fabric
These are helpful but not necessary:
Hera Marker to mark out your quilting lines
Walking Foot (Helps pull your quilt from both the top and the bottom)

Finishing our Quilts!

Quilt Sandwich:
First you will need to make your Quilt Sandwich. You will need to cut and sew your backing fabric to make it fit under your quilt correctly. Make sure it is at least 3 inches wider than your quilt top on all sides (quilt top size + 6 inches). Trim your selvage edge off after joining your pieces.

Make your quilt sandwich by first laying down your quilt backing, wrong side facing up. Tape down to a hard surface, making fabric taut. Next lay your batting on top. Smooth out with your hands, do not stretch. Then lay your quilt top right side up, smooth out with your hands.  

Basting Your Quilt: 

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Spray baste: My favorite way to baste my quilt is by using Spray Baste! It makes basting so much easier. If you have allergies, this is probably not a good option for you.
Find a place where you can lay out your quilt. Make sure to tape the backing fabric taut to the floor (or large table).
Here’s  great spray baste tutorial by Emily Dennis of Quilty Love.  Spray Baste Tutorial

Pin basting: You can use safety pin about 3 to 4 inches apart (about the width of your hand). I like to use the large curved basting pins. This takes a little longer than the spray basting, but is a great option.

Quilting your Quilt:
This step is totally up to you!

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For my original quilt I used my foot and outlined the shapes using the seams as my guide. Then I used my hera marker to mark out where I wanted to quilt next. 

Hand Tie your Quilt: Some prefer to tie there quilt. Suzy Quilts has an cool way of tying quilts. Check out her Tutorial!

Hand Quilt: Here’s a wonderful video tutorial by Suzy Quilts all about How to Hand Quilt.

Machine Quilt using your Walking Foot: 
Emily Dennis from Quilty Love has a great tutorial on how to Zig zag quilt your quilt with a Walking foot. Click here I love this method of quilting, it give your quilt great texture.

Free Motion Quilting:
Free motion quilting can give you great texture and if you aren’t great at quilting straight lines, this would be great for you. Suzy Williams from Suzy Quilts has a great Free Motion Quilting Tutorial. Click here.

Binding Your Quilt:

Binding is the fabric strip that goes on the edge of your quilt. It covers all of the unfinished edges and rounds out your quilt.

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You will want to make sure to square up your quilt before you attach the binding. Cut off the extra batting around the edges and make sure your sides are straight and corners are squared.

Most quilters will cut 2 /12 inch by width of fabric strips and then sew them together at the ends at a diagonal. Then press the strip in half, so that you are wrapping 2 layers of fabric around all of your edges.

You can machine sew the binding to the front of your quilt and wrap it around to the back and hand stitch it down. Or some prefer sewing the binding to the back of the quilt, wrapping it around to the front and machine stitching it down.

One of my favorite binding tutorials is by Suzy Williams of Suzy Quilts. Go check it out!

I’m so excited to see everyone finished quilts!

How do I participate?
You can join my Facebook group to post your weekly photos or you can post your weekly photos on Instagram with the hashtag #RainierEchoesQAL

HOW DO YOU ENTER THE WEEKLY GIVEAWAY?
Post a photo with the current weeks prompt on Instagram with the hashtag #RainierEchoesQAL or post the photo in the quilt along group!
I will pick a random winner from the photos on the first day of the next week!

WEEK 8 GIVEAWAY!!!

Post a photo of you
1. Basting
2. Quilting
3. Binding your quilt
OR
4. Finished quilt photo

Post the photo in the FACEBOO K GROUP or on INSTAGRAM with the hashtag #RainierEchoesQAL

This week’s giveaway prize is sponsored by Clover USA! They have donated some awesome quilting tools! You will also win 4 of my quilt patterns, your choice!

The winner will be chosen randomly June 3rd!

 

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Quilt Along Schedule
QUILT ALONG OVERVIEW
Week 1 – April 7th – Cut our fabric
Week 2 – April 15th – Half Square Triangles
Week 3 – April 22st – Flying Geese
Week 4 – April 29th – Make 1 of Block 1
Week 5 – May 6th – Make 4 of Block 2
Week 6 – May 13th – Make 4 of Block 3
Week 7 – May 20th – Put the Quilt top together
Week 8 – May 27th – Baste, Quilt and Bind the Quilt

Make sure to join the Facebook Group to post your progress photos and join in the fun!

JOIN FACEBOOK GROUP! (answer join questions)

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

 

 

 

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WEEK 7 – Rainier Echoes Quilt Along – Quilt Top

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Welcome to Week 7 of the Rainier Echoes Quilt Along! This week we will take all those beautiful blocks we made and turn them into a quilt top! Yay! I’m so excited to see all of your quilt tops come together!

LIVE VIDEO

Join me today, May 20th at 10:30 am PDT (West Coast USA) for a LIVE video in my Facebook Group to go over WEEK 7 –  Putting our quilt top together!

You can watch this in my Facebook Group or on Instagram! If you can’t make it LIVE, that’s ok! I will save it to the Facebook group and upload it to my YouTube channel!

QUILT ALONG EMAILS

SIGN UP FOR THE WEEKLY EMAILS! (This email ONLY has information about the quilt along)

This quilt pattern will be 15% OFF thru the end of the quilt along (June 3rd)

Paper Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (International)

How do I participate?
You can join my Facebook group to post your weekly photos or you can post your weekly photos on Instagram with the hashtag #RainierEchoesQAL

HOW DO YOU ENTER THE WEEKLY GIVEAWAY?
Post a photo with the current weeks prompt on Instagram with the hashtag #RainierEchoesQAL or post the photo in the quilt along group!
I will pick a random winner from the photos on the first day of the next week!

WEEK 7 GIVEAWAY!!!

Post a photo of your Quilt Top all put together in the FACEBOOK GROUP or on INSTAGRAM with the hashtag #RainierEchoesQAL

This week’s Giveaway Prize is sponsored by the talented Emily Dennis of Quilty Love
She had donated this bundle of gorgeous Paper Patterns!
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The winner will randomly be chosen on May 27th!

Quilt Along Schedule
QUILT ALONG OVERVIEW
Week 1 – April 7th – Cut our fabric
Week 2 – April 15th – Half Square Triangles
Week 3 – April 22st – Flying Geese
Week 4 – April 29th – Make 1 of Block 1
Week 5 – May 6th – Make 4 of Block 2
Week 6 – May 13th – Make 4 of Block 3
Week 7 – May 20th – Put the Quilt top together
Week 8 – May 27th – Baste, Quilt and Bind the Quilt

Make sure to join the Facebook Group to post your progress photos and join in the fun!

JOIN FACEBOOK GROUP! (answer join questions)

Happy Quilting!
Andrea