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WEEK 6 – Happy Block Swap with National Quilters Circle

happy block swap 2This post may contain Affiliate Links. When using the link, you pay the same amount for the items, I just receive a small commission. 

Welcome to the last week of the Happy Block Swap 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 to the National Quilters Circle and Sulky Threads for making this quilt along happen!

You can download the finishing instructions here!

This week we will be putting our quilt tops together, the we will make this quilt top into a real quilt! Yay!!

JOIN ME today at 11:00am PDT in the NQC Block Challenge Facebook Group! I will be going over the finishing instructions and answering any questions you have!

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: 

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 Cluck Cluck Sew: 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 went with 1 inch apart multi-zig zag stich from the top to the bottom of the quilt. This is quick and easy way to quilt and it gives your quilt great texture!

Hand Tie your Quilt: Some prefer to tie there quilt.
Here’s a tutorial on how to do this on BluePrint.

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! Make sure to post them in the NQC Block Challenge Facebook group or on Instagram with the hashtag #NQCBlockSwap

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE! 

Meet Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations
Happy Block Swap Fabric Requirments
SEPT 20th – WEEK 1 – Quilter 1 (Block A) and Quilter 2 (Block B) and Flying Geese Supplemental
SEPT 27th – WEEK 2 – Quilter 1 (Block C) and Quilter 2 (Block D) and Flying Geese Supplemental 
OCT 4th – WEEK 3 – Quilter 1 (Block E) and Quilter 2 (Block F) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 11th – WEEK 4 – Quilter 1 (Block G) and Quilter 2 (Block H) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 18th – WEEK 5 – Bonus Block  Instructions
OCT 25th – WEEK 6 – Quilt Assembly Instructions

SIGN UP FOR THE NATIONAL QUILTERS CIRCLE EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP!

Make sure to join the NQC Block Challenge Quilt along group! In the group you will get weekly reminders of the NEW blocks. You will be able to see everyone fabric combos. And you will can view the LIVE weekly check in videos! All the information you need for the quilt along will be listed in the Announcement section of this group!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

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WEEK 5 – Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with the National Quilters Circle

Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along brought to you by the National Quilters Circle! This week we received the LAST BLOCK!!! I can’t believe how fast this quilt along is going!

It’s not too late to join this FREE Quilt along! Click here to go to the National Quilters Circle Week 5 Blog post. You will find this the Bonus block here. Scroll to the bottom to find last weeks blocks!

WEEK 4 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along

This week everyone will make only ONE block! If you are making this as a swap make 1 of your assigned blocks. If you are making this solo use Quilter 1’s instructions.

Friday I filmed a LIVE Video going over this weeks blocks. You can view the video in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge Group on Facebook!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE! 

Meet Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations
Happy Block Swap Fabric Requirments
SEPT 20th – WEEK 1 – Quilter 1 (Block A) and Quilter 2 (Block B) and Flying Geese Supplemental
SEPT 27th – WEEK 2 – Quilter 1 (Block C) and Quilter 2 (Block D) and Flying Geese Supplemental 
OCT 4th – WEEK 3 – Quilter 1 (Block E) and Quilter 2 (Block F) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 11th – WEEK 4 – Quilter 1 (Block G) and Quilter 2 (Block H) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 18th – WEEK 5 – Bonus Block  Instructions
OCT 25th – WEEK 6 – Quilt Assembly Instructions

SIGN UP FOR THE NATIONAL QUILTERS CIRCLE EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP!

Make sure to join the NQC Block Challenge Quilt along group! In the group you will get weekly reminders of the NEW blocks. You will be able to see everyone fabric combos. And you will can view the LIVE weekly check in videos! All the information you need for the quilt along will be listed in the Announcement section of this group!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

Here are my WEEK 5 Bonus Block!!

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Lovely Star Garden Quilt Pattern

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It’s the Lovey Star Garden Pattern release day! I love how this pattern has a lot of background space to really help the design pop.

You can get your copy here:
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
PAPER PATTERN(available Oct 18th, was delayed at the printers)
OUTSIDE USA CUSTOMERS

I had drawn this pattern out in the beginning of Summer, but with the kids being home and all the Summer activities, I didn’t get a chance to actually make the quilt until the kids when back to school.

I was scrolling through Stash Fabrics Sale section (not sponsored, just love their deals) and found the gorgeous Freshly Picked fabric and I had to have it. I had been wanting to use this fabric collection for a long time, and now I finally had the perfect pattern for it. They didn’t have the whole line, so I grabed a couple prints from Fabric.com (not sponsored)

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I used 1/4 yard cuts from my quilt, but you can also used Fat Quarters are scraps that are large enough!

If I have to piece the backing on a quilt, I will usually go for a solid fabric or a sheet. But this gorgeous fabric was calling to be on the back!

I went with quick and easy straight line quilting for this one. And I bound it in a beautiful blue fabric from the Freshly picked line.

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I’m so excited to see everyone’s versions!!

You can get your copy here:
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD  
PAPER PATTERN(available Oct 18th, was delayed at the printers)
OUTSIDE USA CUSTOMERS

My Quilt testers did an awesome job with this quilt!

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Cindy Price Kelley blog

Lori Hagen 2

Amy Cornutt 3

Jennie Rummells for listing

joanne harris listing

Connie Ericson Whan‎ blog

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Sheri Bing listing

Sandra Tiedeman‎ blog

Gaiella Cupitt‎ blog

Carrie Frances Sims‎ blog

You can get your copy here:
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD  
PAPER PATTERN(available Oct 18th, was delayed at the printers)
OUTSIDE USA CUSTOMERS

 

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WEEK 4 – Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with National Quilters Circle

Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along! After this week we will only have 1 more block to make! I’m so excited to see everyone finished quilts!!

It’s not too late to join this FREE Quilt along! Click here to go to the National Quilters Circle Week 4 Blog post. You will find this week’s blocks here. Scroll to the bottom to find last weeks blocks!

MAKING THE QUILT WITH A FRIEND?

Quilter 1 will make 2 of each block: A, C, E, G
Quilter 2 will make 2 of each block: B, D, F, H

Each quilter will give one set of blocks to their Block Swap partner

Each quilter will make 1 Bonus block in their fabric colors for themselves

MAKE IT BY YOURSELF!
You are also able to complete this challenge solo! Simply sign up for the challenge and download both patterns each week. By making 1 of each weekly block and the bonus block, you will have a completed quilt with 9 blocks total!

WEEK 4 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along
This weeks blocks are have the same components as the previous weeks, so they should be pretty easy to put together.

Friday I filmed a LIVE Video going over this weeks blocks. You can view the video in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge Group on Facebook!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE! 

Meet Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations
Happy Block Swap Fabric Requirments
SEPT 20th – WEEK 1 – Quilter 1 (Block A) and Quilter 2 (Block B) and Flying Geese Supplemental
SEPT 27th – WEEK 2 – Quilter 1 (Block C) and Quilter 2 (Block D) and Flying Geese Supplemental 
OCT 4th – WEEK 3 – Quilter 1 (Block E) and Quilter 2 (Block F) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 11th – WEEK 4 – Quilter 1 (Block G) and Quilter 2 (Block H) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 18th – WEEK 5 – Bonus Block  Instructions

SIGN UP FOR THE NATIONAL QUILTERS CIRCLE EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP!

Make sure to join the NQC Block Challenge Quilt along group! In the group you will get weekly reminders of the NEW blocks. You will be able to see everyone fabric combos. And you will can view the LIVE weekly check in videos! All the information you need for the quilt along will be listed in the Announcement section of this group!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

Here are my WEEK 4 Blocks!!

Block G (Quilter 1)

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Block H (Quilter 2)

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I think this will be my layout!

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WEEK 3 – Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with National Quilters Circle

Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along! We are at the halfway point in the quilt along! I’m having so much fun seeing all your beautiful blocks!!

It’s not too late to join this FREE Quilt along! Click here to go to the National Quilters Circle Week 3 Blog post. You will find this week’s blocks here. Scroll to the bottom to find last weeks blocks!

MAKING THE QUILT WITH A FRIEND?

Quilter 1 will make 2 of each block: A, C, E, G
Quilter 2 will make 2 of each block: B, D, F, H

Each quilter will give one set of blocks to their Block Swap partner

Each quilter will make 1 Bonus block in their fabric colors for themselves

MAKE IT BY YOURSELF!
You are also able to complete this challenge solo! Simply sign up for the challenge and download both patterns each week. By making 1 of each weekly block and the bonus block, you will have a completed quilt with 9 blocks total!

WEEK 3 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along
This weeks blocks are have the same components as the previous weeks, so they should be pretty easy to put together.

Friday I filmed a LIVE Video going over this weeks blocks. You can view the video in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge Group on Facebook!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE! 

Meet Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations
Happy Block Swap Fabric Requirments
SEPT 20th – WEEK 1 – Quilter 1 (Block A) and Quilter 2 (Block B) and Flying Geese Supplemental
SEPT 27th – WEEK 2 – Quilter 1 (Block C) and Quilter 2 (Block D) and Flying Geese Supplemental 
OCT 4th – WEEK 3 – Quilter 1 (Block E) and Quilter 2 (Block F) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 11th – WEEK 4 – Quilter 1 (Block G) and Quilter 2 (Block H) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 18th – WEEK 5 – Bonus Block (Block Quilters Make) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 25th – WEEK 6 – Quilt Assembly Instructions

SIGN UP FOR THE NATIONAL QUILTERS CIRCLE EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP!

Make sure to join the NQC Block Challenge Quilt along group! In the group you will get weekly reminders of the NEW blocks. You will be able to see everyone fabric combos. And you will can view the LIVE weekly check in videos! All the information you need for the quilt along will be listed in the Announcement section of this group!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

Here are my WEEK 3 Blocks!!

Quilter 1 – Block E

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Quilter 2 – Block F

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