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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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Left The Nest Quilt

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Paper Pattern
Digital Download Pattern
International Quilters – Download here!

Stash Fabrics has a Throw size Kit!!!

This summer my oldest Nephew graduated high school. I wanted to make him a special quilt that he can keep and snuggle in forever! A lot of my quilt patterns lean toward the girly side, so I wanted to design something that could be masculine. I had been playing around with the idea of making a quilt with lots of flying geese units and some dead space and this designed popped in my head! It reminds me of a flock of ducks flying south for the winter. So I decided to name this quilt Left the Nest because of the flying geese block, but also because the quilt recipient is now moving on to a new chapter in his life. All that hard work in high school has paid off and now he has graduated with an AA. We are all so proud of him!

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This quilt is designed to have 3 background fabrics going from light to dark (right to left) and 5 main fabrics going from dark to light (right to left). But you can also make it using 1 background fabric easily but adding all the background pieces together.

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When I quilted this one I wanted to add more interest in the empty spaces than just straight lines from the top to the bottom of the quilt. So I mimicked the shapes of the Flying geese block. I love how it turned out!

The quilt is designed so the larger the size quilt you make, the larger the size pieces you will use. Baby, Throw, Twin and Quilt all have the same layout. The King size has a couple added blocks to make the quilt a square shape.

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This quilt pattern is great for the adventurous beginner to intermediate quilter.

I’d love to see your versions! On Instagram you can use the hashtag #LeftTheNestQuilt or you can post your photo’s in my Quilt Along Group!

Digital Download Pattern
Paper Pattern
International Quilters – Download here!

My testers really hit it out of the park! I love all of their great color combos!

Made by Marg Sharpe
Marg Sharpe (2)

Made by Lori Hagen
Lori Hagen

Made by Dawn Benz
Dawn Benz (2)

Made by Sheri Bing
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Made by Connie Ericson Whan
Connie Ericson Whan

Made by Cindy Price Kelly
Cindy Price Kelley (2)

Made by Michelle Graham
Michelle Graham

Made by Amy Cornutt
Amy Cornutt

 

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Rainier Echoes Quilt

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You can grab your copy of the Rainier Echoes Quilt Pattern in either Digital Download or Printed Paper!

When I draw up a pattern, sometimes I have no fabric in mind and other times I draw up a pattern to complement fabric I have in my stash. The Rainier Echoes Quilt Pattern was drawn up to use this gorgeous Cotton + Steel fabric.

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I wanted to design to have a large center element and then echoing corner designs. And this is what I came up with.

The pattern has instructions for 6 different sizes: Baby (40 x 40 inch), Toddler (48 x 48 inch), Throw (64 x 64 inch), Large Throw (80 x80 inch), Queen (96 x 96 inch) and King (112 x 112 inch).

With each size you go up you just expand your quilt using the same design, with just larger pieces. The larger pieces make the quilt go together super quick!

Since I made the Baby Size (40 x 40 inch), I decided to do a little more detailed quilting than I usually do. This small of a quilt, quilts up really quickly. I followed the seams and design of the quilt. I lined my walking foot up with the seams, starting from the center of the quilt and working my way out. So there was never too much bulk going through the throat of my domestic machine.

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I backed the quilt with this beautiful Cotton + Steel print that incorporates all of the colors in the front of the quilt.

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I had Snow do some modeling with the quilt, so you can have a size reference. She is holding the Baby (40 x 40 inch) quilt. She is 5 years old, but a little small for her age.

My wonderful quilt testers picked such pretty fabrics to make their versions with.

Made By Cindy Price Kelley:

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Made by Julie Anne Ricketts:

Julie Anne Ricketts (2)

Made by Marg Sharpe

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Made by Shawnie Wallace:

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Made by Sheri Bing:

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Made by Rachelle Bell

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Made by Michelle Graham

Michelle Graham

You can find the Rainier Echoes Quilt Pattern in my shop!!

Digital and Paper versions are available!

I hope you like this quilt as much as I liked making it!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

 

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Frame It QAL Coming Soon!!

I asked in my Quilt Along Group which pattern everyone would like to make next as a quilt along and the majority voted for my Frame It Quilt Pattern. I love the modern look of this pattern!

Get the Digital Pattern!
Printed Paper Pattern (USA and Canada Only)

16 inch Blocks
Fat Quarter Friendly – includes cutting diagram!
Scrap Friendly!

Dates: February 12 – April 2nd
25% OFF the pattern thru March 11th!  Get your Pattern February 12!

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This pattern will be released in my shop on Feb. 12 with two versions.
*Digital PDF download
*Printed Color PDF mailed to you (USA and Canada ONLY – this will be cost a little more to cover the printing and shipping fees)
The patterns will be 25% OFF the first month of the quilt along, then 15% OFF thru the remainder of the quilt along.

What you will get:
Both versions will come with the Main pattern and 2 supplementals. One supplemental will give you directions how to make the square in square blocks with Half Square Triangles. The second will give you directions how to make the square in square block with the Stitch and Flip method.
The main pattern uses triangles cut on the bias. So I thought I’d give these two other options for those that are worried about sewing triangles.
I found that if you are gentle with your fabric and sew slowly, you shouldn’t have a problem with sewing the triangles on the bias. For extra help you can starch your fabric before cutting.

Quilt Size: Throw – 56 x 74 inches (12 blocks)
I will be making the Throw size, but you can choose which ever size you would like and adjust how many blocks you will finish in weeks 5 – 7.
These sizes are also in the pattern: Baby (4 blocks), Twin (20 blocks), Queen (30 blocks) and King (36 blocks)

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and pick out fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make center units (Square in Square Block) (Step 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

Each week I will have a LIVE video to go over that weeks step and answer any questions you have! You will be able to view my LIVE videos in my Facebook Quilt Along Group: Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs OR my Instagram.
After the video is done, I will upload it to my YouTube page for easy access!

How to Follow Along:
*Follow Along on Instagram with the hashtag #frameitqal
*Join the Quilt Along Group and post your progress photos with the group.
*I will post a blog post every Tuesday of the Quilt along and have LIVE video in the Facebook Quilt Along Group and on my Instagram Stories.
*You can sign up for my Newsletter to get weekly reminders!

Since I have received a lot of requests for the Fabric Requirements early, you can download them now! Make sure to decided which way you would like to make the blocks. The main pattern, half square triangle and stitch and flip versions all have slightly different fabric requirements.
If you like to pre-wash your fabric or if you are worried about miss cutting, but a little extra!

DOWNLOAD: Frame It Fabric Requirements

Download the Digital Pattern

Printed Paper pattern

I’m so excited to make this quilt with you all!!
Andrea


Here are some of my Testers versions!

Cindy Price Kelley

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Marg Sharpe

Marg Sharpe

Julie Anne Ricketts

Julie Anne Ricketts

Sheri Bing

sheri bing

Joanne Harris

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Happy Scrappy Quilt

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I am a yardage girl! When I draw out a pattern I will imagine it in 4 to 5 main colors. But lately I’ve been seeing so many beautiful scrappy quilts using Fat Quarter bundles. So my goal was to make a pattern that is Fat Quarter friendly. But to have enough blank space, so the quilt doesn’t look too busy. This is where the Happy Scrappy Quilt was born.

Dig through your fat quarters or scrap bins and pick a complementary solid and you are ready to go!

Download the Pattern here: Happy Scrappy Quilt Pattern
PAPER PATTERN

This is a 16 inch block quilt and includes directions for a Baby, Throw, Double, Queen and King size quilts. This pattern is great for the adventurous beginner to intermediate quilter.

I used 9 fat quarters from the Garden Girl line by Riley Blake Designs with Kona Cotton in Iced Frappe for the background fabric. I was able to cut all my pieces out and then cut my binding strips from the left overs of each fat quarter to make some scrappy binding!

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I love how this baby quilt turned out! You can find it for Sale in my ETSY shop HERE!!

I love that Cloud is tall enough to hold baby size quilts for me! What a great helper!

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My awesome test quilters did a wonderful job picking out fabrics and making their quilts!

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By Sheri Bing

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Marg Sharp done (2)

By Marg Sharp

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By Michelle Graham

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By Gaiella Cupitt of Stitched by Gaiella

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By Cindy Price Kelly of Nannascreations Cindy Kelly

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ashley hall done

By Ashley Hall

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By Joanne Harris

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You can find the pattern here DOWNLOAD HAPPY SCRAPPY QUILT PATTERN!

PAPER PATTERN

Make sure to share your photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #happycloudcreations

Or post your photo’s in my Quilt Along Group!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

 

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Crystal Wave Quilt

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When all you have is girly quilts and you want to give your brother a quilt, you design something special.
You can find the Crystal Wave Pattern here!

PAPER PATTERN

After I drew out this pattern I thought it would be perfect for my Brother. You can make it manly or make it more girly with floral prints. The design reminded me of Ice crystals so that’s where I came up with the name Crystal Wave. I like how the pattern echo’s out and has sharp repeating lines.

This is a 20 inch block quilt, so it goes together super quilt. It’s great for the adventurous beginner to intermediate quilter. This quilt uses my favorite 4 at 1 time no waste flying geese method. So cutting your pieces and sewing a precise 1/4 scant seem is necessary.

I thought Kona Cotton Solids would be great for this quilt. Storm (Dark), Cadet (Medium), Prairie Sky (Light) and Silver (background). It kind of give the quilt an ombre look.

Sometimes a quilt needs a little more than straight line quilting from top to bottom. With this quilt I decided to echo the pattern with 1/4 inch straight line and then about an inch from that. I used my walking foot with it’s guide.

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I love how a quilt can look so different in different fabrics. Here are some of the quilts my awesome quilt testers made:

cindy price kelly
Cindy Price Kelly
Connie Whan (2)
Connie Whan
Danielle Lawrence
Danielle Lawrence
Linda Cammilleri (2)
Linda Cammilleri
Marg Sharp (2)
Marg Sharpe
Michelle Graham (2)
Michelle Graham
Shawnie (2)
Shawnie Wallace

If you love this quilt pattern and would like to make your own, you can find the Crystal Wave Pattern here!

PAPER PATTERN

Make sure to share your photo’s with the hashtag #crystalwavequilt or #happycloudcreations

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

 

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Bloomtastic Quilt!

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PAPER PATTERN

My favorite part of Spring and Summer time is when all the flowers start to bloom! Since we can’t have blooming flower’s year round, it’s fun to make a quilt with flower blooms!

I had a stack of this Cotton and Steel fabric, I had been trying to decide what quilt pattern to make with it. So that’s when you draw up a new pattern. It’s my go to color combo: Navy, Pink, Purple and Teal.

Bloomtastic Fabric

A lot of my pattern’s are an overall design, so I wanted to try to create something with a repetitive design or repetitive block. That is where the Bloomtastic quilt was born.

It’s made up of a bunch of Flying Geese, Squares, Rectangles and a few half square triangles. My pattern uses the 4 at 1 time Flying Geese method. It’s my favorite method, you can make a lot of Flying Geese so quickly.

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Once all the Flying geese and Half square triangles are made, the quilt goes together pretty quickly. I decided quilt my original quilt with straight lines from top to bottom, about 1 inch apart. This is a quick and easy way to quilt, and it give the quilt great texture.

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I love how this quilt turned out so much! I decided to gift this one to my sister.

You can find this pattern in my SHOP!

PAPER PATTERN

After finding this gorgeous Laural Canyon Floral fabric, I had to make a baby size Bloomtastic quilt.

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The top is made with Penned Pal dots by Robert Kaufman for the background fabric and the blooms are made using Kona Cotton in Bright Pink, Bahama Blue, Lagoon and Bubble Gum and Canary yellow.

This baby Bloomtastic quilt is now in my shop for sale! Click here!

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Sapphire Lane Quilt

IMG_6012My Sapphire Lane Quilt Pattern is now in my shop and ready for download!!

Download Sapphire Lane Quilt Pattern

PAPER PATTERN

When I was designing this pattern, I was trying to create a Large block, when repeated would create an additional pattern. I also didn’t want it to have a lot of half square triangles or flying geese. I also wanted to use this stack of gorgeous Indah Batiks by Me + You Fabrics.

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I decided to go with strip piecing, to make the blocks go together super quick. The pattern also includes the amount of squares needed if you decided not to go with strip piecing or make a scrappy version.

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These are 21 inch finished blocks, so you only need 4 blocks for the baby size!

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I wanted to keep the quilting simple on this one. So I marked out a line 1/2 inch from each seam (top to bottom). Then I quilted down the center, making all my quilting lines about 1 inch apart. I love quilting this close together, it gives the quilt great texture when washed and dried.

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I went with the dark teal as the binding to tie in the center squares. I like to sew my binding to the front of the quilt and then hand sew it to the back.

The weather is finally cooperating here in Washington, so I was able to get a full quilt photo today. The only issue I had was the wind kept wanting to blow my quilt and holder over!

Sapphire Lane

This pattern has instructions to make a baby, throw, queen and king size quilt!!
When posting pictures of your quilt on social media use the hashtag #sapphirelanequilt or #happycloudcreations I’d love to see your version!!

Download Now!

PAPER PATTERN

Happy Quilting!!

Andrea 🙂

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Aloha Ripple QAL – Week 4: Center Block

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Welcome to the 4th week of our Aloha Ripple Quilt Along! I hope you are having a lot of fun sewing along. Now that all of our components are done, it’s time to start making our blocks!! This is my favorite part of quilting. Putting all the pieces together like a puzzle.

This week we will be making the center block of our quilt. The center block is a square in square quilt block. This block goes together super quickly so you will have plenty of time to finish up trimming the half square triangles from last week. This will also give all of you that just joined time to catch up!

Making the Center Block

Please refer to the pattern to find your exact piece sizes. I like to use the stitch and flip method for this block. When making the block this way you don’t have to worry about using triangles cut on the bias.

First you will lay two small squares on top of your large square on opposite corners (with right sides of fabric facing each other).
Mark a line diagonal from one corner to the other on each small square. Stitch right next to the drawn line toward the outer side. Trim off your corner, leaving a 1/4 inch from the seam. Press toward the attached triangles.

Next you will place the other two small squares on the opposite corners. Mark a line diagonal from one corner to the other on each square. Stitch right next to the drawn line. Trim off your corner, leaving a 1/4 inch from the seam. Press toward the attached triangles.

This block is a great way to frame a pretty floral or to fussy cut a cute image. I can’t wait to see all of your blocks!!

LIVE VIDEO: Join me today (Tuesday Feb. 6th) at 10:15 am PST (West Coast USA) for a LIVE video in the Facebook Group to go over tips and answer any questions.

Make sure to share a photo of this weeks step on social media with the hashtag #AlohaRippleQAL or join the Facebook Group and post a photo of  your center block!
You can follow me on Instagram here: Instagram.com/HappyCloudCreations

Join the Facebook Group

If you haven’t downloaded the FREE Aloha Ripple Quilt Pattern yet, you can find it here:

Download Pattern

Next week we will make our Corner Block A!

Here is the full Quilt Along Schedule:

Starting January 2nd: Download Pattern – Select your fabric and post a photo!
Week 1: January 16th: Cut fabric
Week 2: January 23rd: Make the Flying Geese
Week 3: January 30th: Make the Half Square Triangles
Week 4: February 6th: Make the Center Block (1)
Week 5: February 13th: Make Corner Blocks A (2)
Week 6: February 20th: Make Corner Blocks B (2)
Week 7: February 27th: Make the Stacked Flying Geese blocks (4)
Week 8: March 6th: Assemble your Quilt Top
Week 9: March 13th: Baste, Quilt and Bind your Quilt!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea