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Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along – Week 1 – Cutting our Fabric

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Yay! It’s the first week of the Happy Flower Garden Quilt along. It’s finally feeling like Spring here in Western Washington. The sun is shining and my flowers are starting to bloom.

The pattern is 15% OFF through the end of the quilt along. If you still need a pattern:

Download Pattern on Etsy

Download Pattern on Craftsy

This week of the quilt along we will be cutting all our fabric. I like to cut all my fabric before I start a quilt. This make the piecing go together quickly.

I don’t pre-wash my fabric…I know that’s a No-No… But since I stopped pre-washing, I’ve loved being able to dive right into a project. The fabric is still crisp, when you wash the no longer stiff. Also when you wash your fabric it will shrink and  some times it will fray and you will loose some yardage. It also gives your finished quilt a nice crinkled look when it’s washed and dried. I like to throw a couple Shout Color Catchers in the wash when washing my finished quilt. This helps catch any loose dyes.

If you like to pre-wash your fabric, make sure to purchase a little extra to account for shrinkage!

Also, if you are using one of the alternative Flying Geese methods provided in the supplemental pdf. You will want to make sure to have a little extra fabric just in case.

Here is a Fabric Selection PDF you can print out. Cut your fabrics and tape/glue them to it!

Happy Flower Garden Quilt Fabric Selections

Cutting Your Fabric Tips:

*Get a NEW Rotary Blade (a dull blade makes it twice as hard to cut)
*Measure Twice and Cut Once
*Cut your largest pieces first, then cut the smaller pieces out
*Do NOT round up. Precise cutting is needed to make the 4 at 1 time no waste flying geese. So make sure to cut at the 3/8 or 7/8 marks (depending on what size you are making).

**If you may want to wait to cut your corner stones (Color E) and sashing strips until Week 9, but you can cut them now too! 🙂

I will be filming a LIVE Video Tuesday May 1st at 10:15 am PDT (West Coast USA) in the Facebook Group! I will be going over cutting your fabric and talk a little about the following weeks.

Facebook Group!

Quilt Along Schedule:

May 1st – Week 1 – Cut your Fabric
May 8th – Week 2 – Make your Half Square Triangles
May 15th – Week 3 – Make your Flying Geese units
May 22nd – Week 4 – Make your Bottom Rectangle Blocks
May 29th – Week 5 – Make half of your Tulip Blocks
June 5th  – Week 6 – Make the other half of your Tulip Blocks
June 12th – Week 7 – Make your Corner Tulip Blocks
June 19th – Week 8 – Make your Star Flower Blocks
June 26th  – Week 9 – Add Sashing and Cornerstones (Finish Star Flower Blocks if needed)
July 3rd – Week 10 – Baste, Quilt and Bind

I am so happy to be quilting along with you! I’m so excited to see your fabric picks!! Make sure to share your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #HappyFlowerGardenQA
Or Post your photo’s in the Facebook Group!!

The pattern will be 15% OFF through the end of the Quilt Along. If you still need your pattern you can download it by clicking below:

Download on Etsy      Download on Craftsy

Happy Quilting!
Andrea 🙂

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Snowy Day Quilt Sampler Block Challenge

SDQS - QuiltCLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: Snowy Day Quilt Sampler Pattern

Recently my Snowy Day Quilt Sampler was used in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge! Over 24,000 signed up for the challenge and over 17,000 joined the Facebook Group.

It was a lot of fun meeting and interacting with all of these wonderful quilters. Seeing all of the Beautiful fabric and color combinations, makes me want to make more and more quilts.

The National Quilters Circle did a great job getting all these wonderful quilters together to make this quilt. I am so happy I had the opportunity to be part of it. You can see the Block Challenge recap by clicking here. I list a few of my favorite quilts from the challenge! There were so many beautiful quilts to choose from!

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I chose to go with straight ‘organic’ line quilting! It’s quick, easy and I love the texture it give the quilt!

When you use cotton batting your quilt will shrink 3% when you wash and dry it. It will get all nice and crinkled and it has a wonderful texture.

I used Macramé fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale of  Cotton+Steel in the quilt I made for the pattern!  I love this fabric so much, I am also using it in my NEW Happy Flower Garden Quilt. The pattern will be coming out June 1, 2017! Yay! Stay tuned for photos!

During the block challenge I made two quilt tops with the group! My first quilt top was made with a mixture of Up Parasol and Clementine fabric by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics.

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I loved how the blocks turned out! But there seemed to be a lot of pink. So I decided to add a pink border around each block. Then I added a scrappy teal/aqua sashing in between all of the blocks. I gifted this quilt to my parents for their 41st Anniversary!

The second quilt I made during the challenge was made with a variety of Cotton +Steel fabrics. I love how they all go so well together, even though they are from different designers.

Sprinkle by Sarah Watts, Cookie Book by Kim Kight and Paper Bandana by Alexia Marcelle Abeg

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I tried to make this a little different than my other two quilts. I did a border in white around each of the blocks and then I did a navy Paper Bandana sashing with the Red Sprinkle cornerstones. I’m excited to finish this one. I bought some Kona Cotton in Baby pink for the backing fabric.

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You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see the new patterns I’m working on!

Happy Quilting!

Andrea

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Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along

Quilted Pot Holders

If you like to sew or quilt, I know you have lots of fabric scraps! I know I sure do! So I thought it would be fun to run a Free Quilted Pot Holder Block Quilt-a-long with you all! Yay! You can download the Full length pattern here:
Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holders Pattern

Each block is a basic design that would look great as a pot holder. If you are not interested in making pot holders, you can still join in! You can use your 8 1/2 inch unfinished blocks in a quilt. You could make a couple throw pillows. Or whatever your heart desires.

The first week you will receive the fabric requirements if you would like to complete all of your pot holders with the same fabric. Each 8 1/2 inch unfinished block requires a small amount of fabric, this would be a great way to use up some scrap. You will also receive directions how to assemble your pot holders (binding method and a non binding method). So by the end of the quilt-a-long you will have 6 pot holders (or 6 sets if you do two pot holders a week). These are a great way to freshen up your kitchen. They also make great gifts!

When picking out your fabrics and thread, make sure to only use 100% Cotton!! If you use polyester it will melt if it catches fire. If you use Cotton it will just smolder.

So join in the fun!! To join in, download the ‘Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder’ pattern from my Craftsy shop. Each week you will receive a new message from Craftsy letting you know the new PDF is ready to download.

The Fabric requirements are for ONE of each block (6 pot holder total). If you would like to make sets (2 of each block) DOUBLE the fabric amounts.

October 27st – Week 1 – Fabric requirements and Pot Holder construction directions
November 7th – Week 2 – Modified Log Cabin block
November 14th –  Week 3 – Flying Geese Block
November 21st – Week 4 – Sawtooth Star block
November 28th – Week 5 – Crazy Flying Geese block
December 5th – Week 6 – Diamond in a Diamond block
December 12th – Week 7 – Stepping Stone block

You can also join my Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt-a-long Group on Facebook to share all of your fabric choices, progress and  pretty finished blocks and what you decided to make them into!

Click Here

Happy Quilting!!

Andrea

Block Blog posts:
Block 1 – Modified Log Cabin
Block 2 – Flying Geese
Block 3 – Sawtooth Star
Block 4 – Crazy Flying Geese
Block 5 – Diamond in Diamond
Block 6 – Stepping Stone

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