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Left The Nest Quilt

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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
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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.


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


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:

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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!


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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!!

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

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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

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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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


ashley hall done

By Ashley Hall


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By Joanne Harris


You can find the pattern here DOWNLOAD HAPPY SCRAPPY QUILT 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!




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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!

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!

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

Happy Quilting!


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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

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!

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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!!

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Happy Quilting!!

Andrea 🙂

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Aloha Ripple QAL – Week 2: Flying Geese

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Week 2 of the Aloha Ripple Quilt Along! (Download Pattern)

Now that we have all our pieces cut, it’s time to start making our units! This week we will be making Flying Geese units.

When I started out quilting, I was very nervous about make the Flying Geese unit, so I would opt to use two half square triangles and sew them together instead.
The benefit to using a Flying Geese, is that you don’t have a seam down the middle of your pretty fabric! Less seams equals less sewing! Each time you make them they get easier and easier.

For the Aloha Ripple Quilt we will be using both the 4 at 1 time No Waste Method and the 1 at a time method. See pattern for full directions.

Tips for flying geese:
Go slow when sewing for accurate seams.
Finger press your seams open before using your iron.
Press seams without steam if possible (Dry iron)

Flying Geese – 4 at 1 time No Waste Method

When you are making the Flying Geese with the 4 at 1 time no waste method, you will need 1 large Square and 4 little squares.

Large Square = the width of your finished geese + 1 1/4 inch
Small Squares = the height of your finished geese + 7/8 inch

So for example in this pattern the throw size quilt will have a Finished size geese that is 5 x 10 inches (unfinished 5 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches)
So we will need:
1 Large Square: 10 + 1 1/4 = 11 1/4 inch
4 Small Squares: 5 + 7/8 = 5 7/8 inch

Take your large square and 2 small squares.
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ay the two small squares on opposite corners.
Draw a line from one corner to the other diagonally. Pin in place.
Sew a scant 1/4 inch from the drawn line on both sides. A scant 1/4 inch seam is a 1/4 inch that includes the width of your needle/thread. Some 1/4 inch feet will give you this.
Cut down the center line. Press seam to the attached triangles. 

Lay 1 small square down on the corner, right sides of fabric facing each other.
Draw a line from one corner to the other diagonally.
Sew a scant 1/4 inch from your drawn line. Cut down the center and press toward the small triangles. I find these flying geese to be pretty accurate and only need a tiny bit of trimming.

Flying Geese – 1 at a Time Method

Take your (5 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch for throw) rectangle, lay 1 (5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch) square on top with right sides of fabric together.

Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Stitch one thread width to the outside of the drawn line. You will want to butt your needle up to the outside of your drawn line when you are sewing (see the red line in the diagram). Cut 1/4 inch from your sewn line as shown below. Press toward the attached triangle.
You will attach the second small square to the other side with the same method. Press to the attached triangle. Trim if needed.


I hope you get the hang of making these flying geese units! They are a lot of fun to make and the design possibilities are endless!

Join me today (Tuesday Jan 23 rd) 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 all your flying geese!

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Next week we will be making our Half Square Triangles!

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!

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Aloha Ripple Quilt Along

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Welcome to the Aloha Ripple Quilt Along!!

I’ve noticed most quilt alongs quilts consist of either sampler blocks or a bunch of the block. So I thought it would be fun to do something different! The Aloha Ripple quilt has a modern over all design, but it is still made with distinct blocks. The blocks are made up of squares, half square triangle and flying geese blocks. Each week we will have a new step of quilt. I will be posting a new blog post each week to go over that weeks step. I will also be filming a live video each week to go over the step and answer any questions in the Facebook Group.

This quilt is perfect for the adventurous beginner to intermediate quilter. It would look great in a variety of fabrics. I would recommend picking a contrasting fabric for the background, so the design pops. The pattern comes with directions for a Baby, Throw and Queen size quilt, so you can decide which size is perfect for you.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Aloha Ripple Quilt Pattern

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD King Size Aloha Ripple Quilt – Supplement Updated

Here is the 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!

I’m so excited to see all of your progress during this quilt along! Make sure to post your photo on social media with the hash tag #AlohaRippleQAL or post your photos in the Facebook Group!  CLICK HERE

My original Aloha Ripple Quilt was made for my parents-in-law for their anniversary. I thought they would like a bright and cheerful quilt. They both love visiting Hawaii and the quilt was made with Kona Cotton. So I decided to name the quilt Aloha Ripple!
I quilted the quilt in a straight line fashion mimicking the design. I bound it in a fun black and white dot fabric and backed it with the beautiful purple I used on the front.

Fabrics use in mine: Red, Orange, Canary, Grasshopper, Bahama Blue, Royal, Magenta and Pimatex Basics Pin Dot all by Robert Kaufman

My second Aloha Ripple quilt was a baby size quilt! I wanted to use up some of my stash so I found a bunch of solids that went great together!

If you couldn’t tell, I love Kona Cottons! These are: Grape mist, Aloe, Purrisan, Gumdrop, Ultra Marine, Noble Purple and Medium Grey

I found this awesome fabric from the Black and White Collection by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I didn’t have enough of one fabric for the binding, so I decided to use them all!

I’m looking forward to seeing all of your fabric choices and the beautiful quilts you make!

Post your photo on social media with the hash tag #AlohaRippleQAL or post your photos in the Facebook Group!  CLICK HERE

Happy Quilting!

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Pointed Quilt

IMG_4976 (3)Yay! My Pointed Quilt is done! I’ve been seeing a lot of quilts turned on-point and I thought it would be awesome to try to make one myself.

Download the pattern today!!

I was trying to design a block that was Fat Quarter friendly. This block is similar to my block 7 of the Snowy Day Quilt Sampler. The block in my Pointed quilt is a little smaller and turned on-point!

Since this block uses different size pieces through out, you must make sure to use an accurate scant 1/4 inch seam. This will ensure that all of your pieces line up correctly.

You can make sure you are using a scant 1/4 inch seam by taking 3 –  2 1/2 x 4 inch strips. Sew them all together lengthwise. The center strip will measure 2 inches wide finished, if you are using a scant 1/4 inch seam.

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I have been trying to decide on a pattern to use this beautiful Garden Secrets fabric by Sarah Watson for Cloud9 Fabrics. After I drew up my pattern I thought this fabric line would be perfect.

The math for a on-point quilt is a little different than a regular quilt. Once I got my mind wrapped around the idea. It was go time! The quilt goes together pretty quickly.

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Once my quilt was all finished I decided to go with a beautiful purple backing fabric. This fabric is Kona Cotton in Gumdrop by Robert Kaufman. I like to use my Kona Color chart to pick out the perfect shade of fabric.

I also found the perfect shade of Cotton Gutterman thread that matches the Ice Frappe Background fabric.

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I decided to quilt this to mimic the points. I usually opt for a straight line quilting, which is much faster. This one took more time, but was totally worth it. I love how it turned out!

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In an effort to use up my stash, I decided to go with a scrappy binding! I used two fat quarters of the dash print and some scraps of a couple of the other light colored fabrics.20171007_154017

You can download the pattern today!!

Make sure to use the hashtag #pointedquilt

Happy Quilting!

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Colorful Tiles Quilt Pattern, Super Easy Quilt!



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I love the simplistic design in my Colorful Tiles quilt. I had drawn out this design a while back after I had purchased this awesome backing fabric from the Arrow Flight collections by Michael Miller fabrics. The backing fabric gave me the idea for the front design.


After I had drawn up this quilt design, I thought, this would be a great pattern for a beginner! I know some new quilters are a little scared of using triangles. I thought this was a great spin on the basic sew a bunch of squares together quilt top. This quilt pattern has color diagrams with step by step instructions for piecing your quilt top, piecing your backing fabric, making your binding and attaching your binding.


I quilted this quilt in the ‘organic’ straight line quilting, that I love to do! It’s quick and easy. My sewing machine didn’t come with a walking foot, so I had to purchase it separately. I start out by using one of my long seams as a guide. I line my foot up on a middle seam, and quilt from the top to the bottom. Then I set the guide that came with my walking foot to about 1 inch (some quilts I go bigger). I quilt using my guide from my center of my quilt outward. I really love the texture the 1 inch quilting gives my quilts.
I also like to use cotton batting to give it that extra crinkle once it’s washed and dried.


Whenever I make a quilt pattern I like to test each size the pattern makes. This is my Throw size tester quilt top.

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It has ended up in my finished quilt top pile and has not been finished yet. Hopefully I can work on that pile next month!! I used a variety of Cotton+Steel fabrics for my throw size quilt.
I love this pattern because it was very quick and easy! It went together in a day!

Download the pattern today!

Happy Quilting!