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Finish Those UFQs WEEK 2

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How is the 2019 Finish Those UFQs going for you?

Have you filled out the Project Tracker yet? DOWNLOAD HERE: Finish Those UFOs

I set the goal of working on my UFQs for 1 hour a week! I started out the week working on some pot holders, because starting new projects is so much fun! A customer had requested some pot holders in the colors Eggplant, Pumpkin and Cream. I found this gorgeous Autumn Vibes fabric designed by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabric.

You can find my FREE Pot holder pattern here!

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It was Wednesday and realized I still had not worked on my UFQs yet! So first thing Thursday, well after I had some coffee. I pulled out my Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler! I made the top when I hosted the free quilt along in my Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Along Group in end of 2018. I had finished almost half of the quilting and set the quilt aside to work on other projects.

So I decided it was time to finish this quilt!! I quilted it for about 1 hour before the kids woke up. Now I have less than 1/3 of the quilt left to quilt! I’m so excited to finish this quilt!

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Seeing others in the group finishing quilts really has motivated me to work on mine too! I hope it will motivate you too!

Join me today at 1pm PST in my Facebook Group for a LIVE Chat to talk about what you are working on and what your goals are for next week!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

Finish Those UFQs 2019!
Nov. 1st – Week 1 – Intro
Nov. 8th – Week 2
Nov. 15th – Week 3
Nov. 22nd – Week 4
Nov. 29th – Week 5
Dec. 6th – Week 6
Dec. 13th – Week 7
Dec. 20th – Week 8
Dec. 27 – Week 9


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Finish Those UFQs!!

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Most quilters love cutting into new projects, so they end up with a big pile of UFQ’s! Most people refer to them as UFO (Unfinished Objects), but I’m trying to focus on my UFQ’s, Unfinished Quilts!  I have a bigger pile than I would like. Some people have 2 unfinished quilts and some people have 50 unfinished quilts!

So, I’ve decided this November and December I’m going to try to make my pile smaller! I’ve created a PDF where you can list 15 of your Unfinished Quilts, check off which stages you have completed. If you have more than 15 UFQ’s, print off as many sheets as you need.

DOWNLOAD The FREE Project tracker:Finish Those UFOs

I’m hoping this will keep me more organized and help me visualize what I can finish before the end of this year. It would be awesome to start 2020 with no UFQ’s, but I don’t think that is physically possible. I have 6 unfinished quilts and 2 New ones I know I work on before the end of the year. So I’m hoping to finish at least 3 of the UFQ’s and work on my 2 new ones!

To accomplish my goal, I plan to spend at least 1 hour each week on my UFQ’s. This way I can still work on new projects, but I’m still chipping away at those unfinished beauties!

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

JOIN ME!! From November 1st to December 31st

  • Printed out the PDF
  • Write your time goal
  • Getting working on those UFQ’s!

Each Friday I will put a post in my Quilt Along Group where you can post a photo or let me know what you worked on the previous week and what you hope to work on the following week!

JOIN THE HAPPY CLOUD CREATIONS QUILT ALONG GROUP

I’m hoping we can motivate each other to get some of our UFQ’s finished so they can be snuggled and loved!

Use this Hashtag on Social Media #FinishThoseUFQs

Happy Quilting!!
Andrea

Finish Those UFQs 2019!
Nov. 1st – Week 1 – Intro
Nov. 8th – Week 2
Nov. 15th – Week 3
Nov. 22nd – Week 4
Nov. 29th – Week 5
Dec. 6th – Week 6
Dec. 13th – Week 7
Dec. 20th – Week 8
Dec. 27 – Week 9

Follow me on Social media to see what project I’m working on!
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Here are my UFQ’s

#1 – Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

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#2 – Happy Flower Garden Quilt (Baby size)

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#3 – Left the Nest Quilt (Baby size)

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#4 – Colorful Tiles Quilt (Throw size)

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#5 – Stepping Stone Quilt (Throw size)

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#6 – Happy Block Swap Quilt (Throw size)

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#7 – Lovely Star Garden Quilt (Throw size – want to start)

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#8 – New Quilt Pattern – For my soon to be born nephew! : )

Fabric has not arrived yet!


 

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WEEK 6 – Happy Block Swap with National Quilters Circle

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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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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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Week 2 Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with National Quilters Circle

Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along! I love seeing all the blocks you all have been posting in the NQC Block Challenge Facebook group!

It’s not too late to join this FREE Quilt along! Click here to go to the National Quilters Circle Week 2 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 2 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along
This weeks blocks are similar to last weeks blocks, but a little different!

Last 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 2 Blocks!!

Block C (Quilter 1)

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Block D (Quilter 2)

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WEEK 1 – Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with the National Quilters Circle

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It’s so exciting starting a new quilt along! I love seeing all the pretty fabric combos and all the pretty blocks!

The Happy Block Swap Quilt Along started September 20th!  I’ve partnered with the National Quilters Circle and it is sponsored by Sulky Threads.

This pattern was designed to be a block swap. So you can grab friends, choose who will be Quilter 1 and who will be quilter 2. Then get sewing!

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 1 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along

I decided to make this quilt by myself. I bought a gorgeous bundle of fabric from Stash Fabrics and added 2 – 1/4 yard cuts of coordinating fabrics to make a total of 12 different fabrics. Lavish Bundle (not sponsored)

Last Friday I filmed a LIVE Video to go over how to make the Flying geese! This pattern uses the 4 at 1 no waste method. I’ve also made a Flying geese supplemental that will give you two alternative ways to make your flying geese (1 at a time or Half square triangles) You can view the video in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge Group on Facebook!

You can go download Week 1’s Blocks and Flying Geese Supplemental here! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE NQC BLOG POST

 

My Block A (Quilter 1)

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My Block B (Quilter 2)

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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!

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Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with National Quilters Circle!

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I’m so excited to have to opportunity to work with the National Quilter Circle to give you the next FREE Quilt Along!

This challenge can be done solo, or as a block exchange with a partner. Sign up now, as we will start quilting on September 20th! CLICK BELOW TO JOIN!

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HOW DOES A BLOCK SWAP WORK?

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 SOLO!

You are also able to complete this challenge solo! Simply sign up for the challenge and download both patterns each week. By creating each of the weekly blocks and the bonus block, you will have a completed quilt!

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!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

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Grab your partner, grab the Fabric Requirments and go shopping or go stash diving!

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I’m so excited to see what fabric combinations you all come up with!
Make sure to post your fabric choices in the Quilt Along Group!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea 🙂

Happy Block Swap

 

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Week 8 – Frame It QAL – Finishing our Quilts!

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This 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 Week 8, the LAST week of our Frame It Quilt Along! I have enjoying making this quilt with you all!

You can find the Digital and Paper Pattern (USA and Canada) in my shop 15% OFF thru April 9th!!  If you are located outside the USA or Canada you can find the pattern in my Etsy Shop!!

Now that you have all your blocks done, we need to turn those blocks into a quilt!

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 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!

With my quilt I chose to quilt from top to bottom ‘organic’ straight lights approximately 1 inch apart. I used my walking foot with the guide set to 1 inch. I like to use my seams as a guide to help keep my lines straight.

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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!

JOIN ME for a LIVE Video tomorrow (April 3, 2019) at 10:15 am PDT (West Coast USA). I will be going over these finishing steps and seeing if anyone has questions! If you can’t join me LIVE, the video will be saved to the Facebook Group, it will be available on Instagram for 24 hours and I will upload it to my YouTube channel.

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and Pick out Fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut out our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make Center Units (Square in Square Blocks) (Steps 1-4)
Mar. 12 – Week 5: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 19 – Week 6: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 26 – Week 7: Finish 4 Blocks
Apr. 2 – Week 8: Add Sashing and Finish Quilt

Join the Quilt Along by posting your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #FrameItQAL
OR Join the Facebook Quilt Along Group and post your progress photo there!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea