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Week 7 – Joyful Meadows QAL – Finishing our Quilts!

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Welcome to the last week of the Joyful Meadows 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 tomorrow, Feb. 24th at 9 am PST (West Coast USA) for a LIVE video in my Facebook Group to go over Week 7 –  Putting our quilt top together, Basting, Quilting and Binding our quilts!

You can watch this in my Facebook Group! 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 10% OFF thru the end of the quilt along (March 2nd)

CHECK HERE FOR PATTERN CORRECTONS

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.  

There are so many different types of batting. I really love the Warm Company products! I have been using the Warm and Plush a lot lately because it is a little thicker than the Warm and Natural and the Warm and White cotton battings.

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. I’ve tried several different types of spray baste. Some are better than others. I love the Sulky temporary spray, it is low odor and doesn’t give you much overspray at all. But you need to make sure you will be quilting it in the next few days because the spray disappears in 2-5 days.
505 Temporary adhesive spray has come highly recommended by several quilters to me. I ran out and didn’t have any for this project. It has great stickiness without being overly sticky. I love that it does not get all over the place like some other sprays I have used. I will definitely be using this spray again.
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
Morgan Kelly has a great table top spray basting tutorial on her Instagram. Table Top Spray Baste Tutorial

Pin basting: You can use large curved 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 foot and outlined the design lining my walking foot up with the seams of the design. Since I made the baby size and my batting says I need to be at least 6 inches apart, I didn’t need to mark any lines out. I just used the seams, which made it really quick and easy.

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! Make sure to post them in the Quilt Along Group on on Instagram with the Hashtag #JoyfulMeadowsQAL

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

Quilt Along Overview (with tester photos)
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

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Week 6 – Joyful Meadows QAL – Block 3

Wow! I can’t believe we are making our last block this week! This quilt along sure when fast. I have been loving seeing everyone quilt blocks. I also love seeing everyone kind comments on everyone’s photos in the quilt along group. What a wonderful bunch of quilters.

This week we only need to make 1 of Block 3! This will give people time to catch up if they haven’t finished last weeks blocks yet.

I had originally designed this quilt will all the same sized blocks, but that had cut off the points on this flower/star and placed them into the side blocks. So in an effort to have less seams and a complete center block, I decided to make this center block larger than the rest. I’m so happy I did. I think this block repeated in a quilt would look super awesome and I may have to try it!

LIVE VIDEO:
JOIN ME tomorrow Feb. 17th at 9 am PST for a LIVE video in my Facebook Quilt Along Group to go over making this block! And I will answer any questions you have.

 You can join the quilt along group here (make sure to answer the join questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts)

CHECK HERE FOR PATTERN CORRECTONS

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

This pattern will be 10% OFF thru (March 2nd) the remainder of the quilt along.

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE
Quilt Along Overview (with tester photos)
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

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Week 5 – Joyful Meadows QAL – Block 2

Welcome to Week 5 of the Joyful Meadows Quilt Along! We are moving along to our 2nd Block! The week we will be making 4 of Block 2. This block is a little more involved and may take a little longer than last weeks block. But that’s ok, because we only have to make 1 block next week. So you can finish your block 2’s up next week if needed.

I am loving seeing everyone blocks over in the Facebook Quilt Along group! Make sure to post your photos to share in the fun!

LIVE VIDEO:
JOIN ME tomorrow Feb. 10th at 9 am PST for a LIVE video in my Facebook Quilt Along Group to go over making this block! And I will answer any questions you have.

 You can join the quilt along group here (make sure to answer the join questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts)

CHECK HERE FOR PATTERN CORRECTONS

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

This pattern will be 10% OFF thru the remainder of the quilt along.

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE
Quilt Along Overview (with tester photos)
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

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Week 4 – Joyful Meadows QAL – Block 1

Welcome to Week 4 of the Joyful Meadows Quilt Along! It’s Block making time! Yay! This week we will make 4 of Block 1.

When I make a quilt I like to make all the harder units in the beginning to get them out of the way. Since all of our flying geese are already done, these blocks will go together quickly!

Having a correct 1/4 inch seam will be very helpful this week. If your seam allowance is too big or too small your pieces won’t match up correctly, and then your blocks won’t end up the correct sizes.

You can test your seam allowance by:
Sewing (3) 2 1/2 x 4 inch strips together. Press the seams, to the side or open (what you usually do). The center strip should measure 2 inches wide exactly. If it doesn’t, you can move your needle accordingly.

LIVE VIDEO:
JOIN ME tomorrow Feb. 3rd at 9 am PST for a LIVE video in my Facebook Quilt Along Group to go over making this block! And I will answer any questions you have.

 You can join the quilt along group here (make sure to answer the join questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts)

CHECK HERE FOR PATTERN CORRECTONS

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

This pattern will be 10% OFF thru the remainder of the quilt along.

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE
Quilt Along Overview (with tester photos)
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

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Week 3 – Joyful Meadows QAL – Half Square Triangles

Good Morning! It’s Week 3 of the Joyful Meadows Quilt Along! Last week we started our flying geese. If you didn’t finish them, that’s OK! This week we will only be making Half Square Triangles, and we are only making 4 combos. So you will have plenty of time left over to finish up those flying geese from last week!

I love the half square triangle unit! I love that you can make so many different designs using just this one unit. It’s a really easy unit for beginners to try too.

When I make my half square triangles, I like making them slightly larger than needed and then trimmed to size. So when making them this week, make sure to see what size you need to trim them too. Making sure you keep the diagonal seam centered in each corner.

You will be setting these half square triangles aside for Week 6 Block 3 of this quilt along.

CHECK HERE FOR PATTERN CORRECTONS

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

This pattern will be 10% OFF thru the remainder of the quilt along.

 You can join the quilt along group here (make sure to answer the join questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts)

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE
Quilt Along Overview (with tester photos)
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

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Week 2 – Joyful Meadows QAL – Flying Geese

Welcome to the second week of the Joyful Meadows Quilt Along! This week we will make our flying geese. This pattern has a lot of flying geese, so if you don’t get them all done this week, that’s ok! Next week we will be making a tiny bit of half square triangles, so you will have time to finish up those flying geese.

This pattern has directions to make the flying geese two different ways:
1. 4 at 1 time method – made slightly larger and trimmed to size
2. 1 at 1 time method

I love using the 4 at 1 time no waste method to make my flying geese. With some of my previous patterns and quilt alongs, some people LOVE this method and others Hate it! So I had some suggestions to make the flying geese slightly larger than needed, so they could be trimmed to size. I love this option because it gives you more wiggle room with sewing these together. In the end you can get a more precise flying geese.

I added the 1 at 1 time method to the pattern because this is a tried and true method for accurate flying geese. These do take a little longer and waste a little be more fabric than the 4 at 1 time flying geese method. But You can get great results using this method.

JOIN ME – tomorrow, Wednesday at 9 am PST (west coast USA) in the Facebook Quilt Along Group for a LIVE video. I will be going over how to make these two methods of flying geese. And I will be answering any questions you have.

Are you making this quilt in 2 colors? I am using my floral for A-G and white for H so, I am using the 4 at 1 time method and I will need:
8 – A-G/H combos (Floral will be the big square with 4 small white squares) making a total of 32 flying geese
14 – H/A-G combos (White will be the big square with 4 small floral squares) making a total of 56 flying geese

CHECK HERE FOR PATTERN CORRECTONS

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

This pattern will be 10% OFF thru the remainder of the quilt along.

 You can join the quilt along group here (make sure to answer the join questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts)

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE
Quilt Along Overview (with tester photos)
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

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Week 1 – Joyful Meadows QAL – Cut our Fabric

Good Morning! It’s the first week of the Joyful Meadows Quilt Along! Yay!
This week we will be cutting all of our fabric. So make sure to check and decide if you want to make your flying geese using the 1 at 1 time method or the 4 at 1 time method (made slightly larger than needed and then trimmed to size). If you are unsure of how you want to make the flying geese, I would suggest getting some scrap fabric and trying both methods out!

Since this quilt has a lot of separation from the background fabric, it can be made in 2 to 8 colors. With my version I will be making a 2 colored one this time. So I will cut all of my A-G pieces from my floral fabric and then all my H pieces from my white fabric.

CHECK HERE FOR PATTERN CORRECTONS

I’m so excited to see what fabrics you have picked! Make sure to share your photos this week in the Facebook Group or over on Instagram with the hashtag #JoyfulMeadowsQAL or tag me.

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

This pattern will be 15% OFF thru tonight and then 10% OFF thru the remainder of the quilt along.

 You can join the quilt along group here (make sure to answer the join questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts)

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE
Quilt Along Overview (with tester photos)
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish trimming Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Join my Facebook group and post your weekly progress photos
OR post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #JoyfulMeadowsQAL

JOIN ME tomorrow (1/13/2021) at 9 am PST (west coast USA) for a LIVE video in the Quilt Along Facebook group. I will be going over week 1 and answering any questions you have.

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Finish Those UFQs 2020 – Week 9

Good Morning! It’s week 9 of the Finish Those UFQs 2020 Challenge! It’s the last week of the year. I can’t believe this year went so fast. I’m hoping 2021 will be a better year for everyone!

I hope you were able to make some progress on your unfinished quilts! Just because this challenge is over, doesn’t mean you can’t keep working on your lists! I didn’t get as much check off the list this year as I had hope. With the doing school from home, this year has been way different than any year before. I’m hoping to finish my list before the end of 2021!

You can download the FREE quilt project tracker here:

LAST WEEK:
I did it! I finished my Rainier Echoes Quilt! It feels good to check a quilt off the list. I’m happy I decided to quilt it by outlining the design. I love the texture and extra design element it gives it.

THIS WEEKS GOALS:
As I look at my list, the next step for all of my quilts is basting. Basting is my least favorite part of quilting. So that is one reason I have a pile of quilt tops. So I just need to decide with one to go for. I’m out of spray baste, so I need to either order a curbside pick up order or go with pin basting…. decisions decisions! You know, I hate making decisions.
I have 5 quilts left on the list, 4 are throw size and 1 is a baby size. If my Joyful Meadows quilt backing is in my mail box, I will do that one. If not, I think I will work on my throw size KaBam Quilt.

LIVE CHECK IN VIDEO:

I will be filming my LIVE Check in video today (12/28/2020) at 10 am PST in the Facebook Quilt Along group!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

You can choose to work 10 minutes a day, 1 hour a week, 5 hours a week. It’s up to you!!

Sign up for Happy Cloud Creations Update Emails!

Happy Quilting!!
Andrea

Finish Those UFQs 2020!
Nov. 2st – Week 1 – Write your list and share your list in the Quilt Along Group or on Instagram!
Nov. 9th – Week 2 
Nov. 16th – Week 3
Nov. 23nd – Week 4
Nov. 30th – Week 5
Dec. 7th – Week 6
Dec. 14th – Week 7
Dec. 21th – Week 8 
Dec. 28 – Week 9

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Finish Those UFQs 2020 – Week 8

Good Morning!! It’s week 8 of the Finish Those UFQs 2020 challenge! I hope you are making lots of progress on your list. I plan on focusing on my list for these last 2 weeks this month! But you can continue working on your list for however long you would like! Let’s get some of our quilts done!!

You can download the FREE Quilt Project tracker here:

LAST WEEK:
I did lots and lots of quilting on my Large Throw size Rainier Echoes Quilt. This is a 80 x 80 inch quilt. I typically will do straight line quilting from top to bottom, when it’s a larger sized quilt. But I had a lot of fun outlining the design in the baby size Rainier Echoes quilt I made, so I wanted to do the same thing with this large throw. It sure too me a lot longer than I was thinking it would. But I’m so happy I did, I love the extra design element it gives the quilt.

THIS WEEKS GOALS:
I am hoping to add the binding and hand stitch it to the back of my Rainier Echoes quilt this week. Since its the kid winter break this week, I’m not sure how much sewing I will be able to squeeze in. So if I get the binding all done, I’m not sure which quilt I will tackle next on my list!

LIVE CHECK IN VIDEO:

I will be filming my LIVE Check in video today at 10 am PST in the Facebook Quilt Along group!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

You can choose to work 10 minutes a day, 1 hour a week, 5 hours a week. It’s up to you!!

Sign up for Happy Cloud Creations Update Emails!

Happy Quilting!!
Andrea

Finish Those UFQs 2020!
Nov. 2st – Week 1 – Write your list and share your list in the Quilt Along Group or on Instagram!
Nov. 9th – Week 2 
Nov. 16th – Week 3
Nov. 23nd – Week 4
Nov. 30th – Week 5
Dec. 7th – Week 6
Dec. 14th – Week 7
Dec. 21th – Week 8 
Dec. 28 – Week 9

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Finish Those UFQs 2020 – Week 7

Good Morning it’s WEEK 7 of our Finish Those UFQs 2020 challenge!! We only have a few more weeks left in this year, it sure has gone by fast. I’m hoping to chip away at my list some more so I can make room for some new projects in the new year!

If you haven’t downloaded the FREE Quilt Project tracker, here it is! 🙂

LAST WEEK:

I didn’t get much time to sew during the week, so I took some time during the weekend to finish my Joyful Meadows Quilt top! My original Joyful Meadows Quilt was made with all solids and someone asked me if I ever make quilts with prints. It has been awhile since I’ve made one with prints, so I wanted to share with you all what this quilt would like in some prints. I had been saving these Cotton and Steel fabrics for a few years, and I thought these would be perfect for this quilt! I love how it turned out!

THIS WEEKS GOALS:

My goal this week is to hopefully finish quilting my Rainier Echoes Large Throw quilt. It is so close to being done!! I think if I just focus on this quilt, it may be doable!

LIVE CHECK IN VIDEO:

I will be filming my LIVE Check in video tomorrow Dec 15th at 2pm PST in the Facebook Quilt Along group!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

You can choose to work 10 minutes a day, 1 hour a week, 5 hours a week. It’s up to you!!

Sign up for Happy Cloud Creations Update Emails!

Happy Quilting!!
Andrea

Finish Those UFQs 2020!
Nov. 2st – Week 1 – Write your list and share your list in the Quilt Along Group or on Instagram!
Nov. 9th – Week 2 
Nov. 16th – Week 3
Nov. 23nd – Week 4
Nov. 30th – Week 5
Dec. 7th – Week 6
Dec. 14th – Week 7
Dec. 21th – Week 8 
Dec. 28 – Week 9

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