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Pacific Northwest Plaid Quilt

PacificNorthwestPlaidQuilt (2)Yay! My Pacific Northwest Plaid Quilt pattern is all finished! I’m super happy with how it turned out!  You can find this quilt pattern in my Shop and Etsy shop (For EU Customers)!!


Earlier this year I gifted my parents one of my Snowy Day Quilt Samplers for their anniversary! After I gave it to them I realized it would be hard for them to share it. My Mom claimed it haha! So I decided I would make my Dad his own quilt.

Growing up my Dad used to always wear those cozy Flannel plaid shirt/coats. So I really wanted to try to design a quilt resembling plaid! Once my design was picked, I went to my trusty Kona Color Card to find the perfect colors. We live in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State. We are surrounding by oceans, lakes, rain (lots and lots of rain), evergreen trees and green grass. So I decided to go with blues and greens and a little bit of silver.  It just so happens that our local sports teams fashion the same colors! Go Seahawks!

From left to right: (All Kona Cotton) Silver, Lake, Jungle, Prussian, and Parrot

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This quilt went together very quickly! The quilt is full of square and rectangles, so once your fabric is cut, it’s block making time. If you are looking for a quilt to make in a weekend, this one’s for you!

I decided to go with a straight line quilting about 1 inch apart. I like the texture it gives once the quilt is washed and dried.

You can find this quilt pattern in my Craftsy and Etsy shops!!

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Etsy (For EU customers. Etsy collect the correct amount of tax and send it to the government.)

I can’t wait to see your version of this quilt!! On social media use the hashtags #pacificnorthwestplaidquilt or #happycloudcreations

Have a wonderful day!

Andrea

 

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Block 6 – Stepping Stone Block (Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along)

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Wow! We are already at our last block of our Pot Holder Quilt along!! I love block 6 the Stepping Stone block. This block goes together quickly and is super cute!

When making this block I like to lay out all my pieces to see how the block will be when finished. Then go from there! Make sure to press your seams in an alternating direction so you can nest your seams (so the seams interlock) when sewing it together.

I can’t wait to see all of your creations with these past 6 blocks! Thank you everyone for joining in the fun and making these blocks with me!

If you have already downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern, the block will now be available in your Craftsy account for download.

If you have not downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern yet, you can find it in my Craftsy shop!

Click here

Each Tuesday you will receive an email from Craftsy letting you know the new block is ready to download.

I will be filming a LIVE video in the Facebook group tomorrow (Wednesday December 13th) at 10:15am PST. To share tips and answer any questions. You can also share your progress in our Facebook Group!

Click here

I can’t wait to see all of your pretty blocks!! Make sure to post them in the Facebook Group and on Social media you can share using #HCQPotholderQAL

Previous block blog posts!

Fabric Requirements and Quilt Along Schedule
Block 1 – Modified Log Cabin
Block 2 – Flying Geese
Block 3 – Sawtooth Star
Block 4 – Crazy Flying Geese
Block 5 – Diamond in Diamond

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If you like this block, you may like my Stepping Stone Baby Quilt pattern! I made 4 of this baby quilt and plan on connecting them with a extra strip of fabric between to make an almost queen size quilt (87 1/2 x 87 1/2 inches). This will be a family cuddle quilt for our couch! My son’s name is Cloud and daughter’s name is Snow, so I found some cute cloud print and snowflake print fabrics. I’m hoping to finish this one up soon!

You can find my Stepping Stone Baby Quilt pattern in my Craftsy Shop and Etsy Shop!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Here is the baby size:

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Block 5 – Diamond in Diamond Block (Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt along)

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Welcome to block 5 of the Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along!! Block 5 is a Diamond in Diamond block. This block has a little more steps than the previous blocks, but is still lots of fun! You could always opt to making the center square a plain 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch square.

This block is a nice block to change around the color placements to find different designs. It’s also a great block if you like to fussy cut prints. Personally, I’m not great at fussy cutting so I tend to go for a pretty fabric.

You can find out how to make the Flying Geese using the No Waste 4 at 1 time method in the previous blog post.

Block 4 – Crazy Flying Geese

If you have already downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern, the block will now be available in your Craftsy account for download.

If you have not downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern yet, you can find it in my Craftsy shop!

Click here

Each Tuesday you will receive an email from Craftsy letting you know the new block is ready to download.

I will be filming a LIVE video in the Facebook group tomorrow (Wednesday Nov. 22nd) at 10:15am PST. To share tips and answer any questions. You can also share your progress in our Facebook Group!

Click here

I can’t wait to see all of your pretty blocks!! Make sure to post them in the Facebook Group and on Social media you can share using #HCQPotholderQAL

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

Other Quilt Along Block blog posts!

Fabric Requirements and Quilt Along Schedule
Block 1 – Modified Log Cabin
Block 2 – Flying Geese
Block 3 – Sawtooth Star
Block 4 – Crazy Flying Geese
Block 6 – Stepping Stone

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Block 4 – Crazy Flying Geese (Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along)

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Welcome to Block 4 of our Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt along! Block 4 is made up of 8 flying geese. You could make 8 flying geese and arrange them how ever you’d like! I decided on this arrangement of them all pointing inward.

With this block I quilted by stitching in the ditch. I felt like It would show off the pattern more if quilted this way.

In the pattern for the Crazy Flying Geese block, we make the Flying Geese with the one at a time method. Some people prefer to make their flying geese with the No Waste – 4 at a time method.

With the No waste 4 at a time method you will need:
Color A: 1 –  5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch square
Color B: 4 – 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inch squares
Color C: 1 – 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch square
Color D: 4 – 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inch squares

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1. Take your large square (5 1/4 inch) and 2 small squares ( 2 7/8 inch). Lay the two small squares on opposite corners, right sides of fabric facing each other. 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. Cut down the center line. Press seam out.

4 AT 1 TIME GEESE B2. Lay 1 small square (2 7/8 inch) down in 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. These geese should be 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Trim if needed.

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The rest of the Block construction directions are listed in the PDF in my Craftsy shop!!

If you have already downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern, the block will now be available in your Craftsy account for download.

If you have not downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern yet, you can find it in my Craftsy shop!

Click here

Each Tuesday you will receive an email from Craftsy letting you know the new block is ready to download.

I will be filming a LIVE video in the Facebook group tomorrow (Wednesday Nov. 22nd) at 10:15am PST. To share tips and answer any questions. You can also share your progress in our Facebook Group!

Click here

I can’t wait to see all of your pretty blocks!! Make sure to post them in the Facebook Group and on Social media you can share using #HCQPotholderQAL

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Block 2 – Flying Geese Block (Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along)

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Welcome to the second block of our Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt-a-long!

Block 2 is a block made up of a bunch of Flying geese. When I was new to quilting I was scared of trying to make flying geese. I’m not sure why I was scared of them….I just figured I’d use half square triangles instead because I knew how to make those. Then one day I decided I’d find out how to make the flying geese block and you know what it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be!

This is a fun block to show of those pretty fabrics. And it does look better not having a seam down the middle of your flying geese. Just remember to READ all the directions in the pattern and it will be easy peasy!

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You can go super scrappy on this block and make each Flying geese with different fabric! Like this block I made using different fabrics from the Fresh Market fabric collection by Riley Blake Fabrics.

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If you have already downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern, the block will now be available in your Craftsy account for download.

If you have not downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern yet, you can find it in the first blog post for this quilt along. CLICK HERE

Each Tuesday you will receive an email from Craftsy letting you know the new block is ready to download.

I will be filming a LIVE video in the Facebook group tomorrow (Wednesday Nov. 15th) at 10:15am PST. To share tips and answer any questions. You can also share your progress in our Facebook Group!

Click here

I can’t wait to see all of your pretty blocks!! Make sure to post them in the Facebook Group and on Social media you can share using #HCQPotholderQAL

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

Other Pot holder quilt along block blog posts!

Fabric Requirements and Quilt Along Schedule
Block 1 – Modified Log Cabin
Block 3 – Sawtooth Star
Block 4 – Crazy Flying Geese
Block 5 – Diamond in Diamond
Block 6 – Stepping Stone

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Block 1 – Modified Log Cabin (Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along)

IMG_5159 (2)Welcome to the first Block of our Pot Holder Quilt-a-long!

Block 1 is a modified Log Cabin block. I love the simplicity of this block. It makes your pretty fabric shine.

You start your block with the small square and build onto it by adding strips. In a traditional Log Cabin block you would add strips to all four sides of your square. In this block we are only adding strips onto two of the sides. I love how quick and easily this block goes together. The design looks great when adding a loop to the corner.

If you have already downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern, the block will now be available in your Craftsy account for download.

If you have not downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern yet, you can find in the first blog post for this quilt along. CLICK HERE

Each Tuesday you will receive an email from Craftsy letting you know the new block is ready to download.

I will be filming a LIVE video in the Facebook group tomorrow at 10:15am PST. To share tips and answer any questions. You can also share your progress in our Facebook Group!

Click here

I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful blocks. If you are posting on social media use the hashtag #HCQPotholderQA

Happy Quilting!

Andrea

Other Pot Holder Quilt along block blog posts!

Fabric Requirements and Quilt Along Schedule
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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Arrows Away Quilt – Free Pattern!!

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(Pattern Download is at the bottom of this blog post)

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Are you looking for a quick an easy quilt? Maybe you have a baby shower coming up. Or you have a son or daughter going to college soon and you want to give them a special gift. Well, this Arrows Away Quilt is perfect for making a super quick, easy and modern quilt!
The first time I made this quilt, was about a year ago. I love using big blocks! It makes the quilt go together super quick. Also, you can show of gorgeous big prints.

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The first throws size version was slightly smaller than the pattern. After research, I found out more people prefer larger size throw than my original version. My research also showed people prefer a rectangle shaped quilt over a square size quilt. So I added a strip of sashing to the top and bottom of the original design to make it more of a rectangle.

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You can download your FREE Copy here: Arrows Away Quilt Pattern

I’d love to see your Arrows Away quilt! On social media use the hashtag #happycloudcreations

Happy Quilting!
Andrea


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Lets Make Some Pot Holders…Free Tutorial

 

IMG_4807 (2)If you love to sew and quilt like I do,  you end up with a bunch of scraps! Well, I know what you can do with all those scraps, make some pot holders! Pot holders are a great way to use up fabric scraps and cotton batting scraps. It’s a great weekend project. They make great house warming gifts or hostess gifts too.

I like to make my pot holders with a layer of Insula-bright (insulated batting that makes them heat resistant) and a layer of cotton batting (for extra protection and to absorb any moisture). When you make pot holders you want to make sure all of your supplies (thread, fabric, and batting) are 100% Cotton. If you use polyester fabric, and they catch fire, the fabric would melt. If cotton fabric catches fire it will just smolder.

Supplies needed:

1 – 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch quilt block made of Cotton Fabric

(Strip Block shown below: 4 – 2 1/2 x 9 inch strips)

1 – 10 x 10 inch  piece of Cotton batting

1 – 10 x 10 inch piece of  Insula-bright (Insulated Batting)

1 – 10 x 10 inch piece of  Cotton Fabric

1 – 3 inch x width of fabric (typically 42 inches)

(if you prefer a thinner binding, use a 2 1/2 inch strip)

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First you will need to make your 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch quilt block (unfinished size). So you can pick your favorite 8 inch finished quilt block or you can use this super easy Strip block.

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Take your 4 – 2 1/2 x 9 inch strips. With right sides of fabric facing each other, sew your strips together to for a block. Press your seams to one side. Then trim your block to measure 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.

Now it’s time to make our Pot Holder!

We will now make our mini quilt sandwich. First lay down your 10 x 10 inch backing fabric down wrong side face up.

Then place your 10 x 10 inch piece of Insula-bright down

Then place your 10 x 10 inch piece of Cotton Batting down

Then place your 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch quilt block on top. Pin in place.

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Quilt all four layers together. I like to quilt 1/4 inch from the seams

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Trim down to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Sometimes it will end up slightly smaller about 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches due to quilting the puffy layers.

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Now you will take your 3 inch x width of fabric strip (about 42 inches). I prefer a large binding on my pot holder. If you want a thinner binding, you can use a 2 1/2 inch wide strip.  On one end fold in about 1 inch. Press wrong sides facing each other. Then fold fabric in half lengthwise,  wrong sides together and press flat.

Match up raw sides of the binding to the raw sides of the front of the pot holder. Take the binding end with the folded over edge, place it on the center of one of the sides. Start sewing your binding on to the front of the pot holder about 1 inch in, use a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Stop when you are 3/8 inch from the corner, backstitch. If your block has points, you may want to use a 1/4 inch seam allowance, so you don’t cut off your points.

Fold your binding up, lining up with the side of your pot holder, then fold it down to line up with the side of your quilt.

Start sewing 3/8 inch from the edge.  When you have reached the beginning point, trim to correct length,  tuck the end of the binding under the beginning of the binding, sew down.

Fold over binding and hand sew to the back or machine sew to the back. I prefer hand sewing my binding, just because I haven’t mastered machine sewing it. Also, it’s nice to have some hand sewing when I’m watching shows.

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Yay you have a pretty new pot holder for yourself or a nice gift for a friend! I’d love to see the pot holder you make! Use this hashtag on Instagram: #hccpotholder

Happy Sewing!!
Andrea

 

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Happy Flower Garden Quilt

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Who loves flowers? Well, I love flowers, but I do NOT have a green thumb. Even though I should have a green thumb. I took Horticulture and Landscaping classes in High School. I know what I’m supposed to do, but I’d rather be inside sewing. I know it sounds bad, but it is true.

When I started designing my Happy Flower Garden Quilt, it was actually a totally different design. And then I though ‘Hey, that looks like the top of a flower’. So I took that shape and made it into some tulip looking blocks. Since I love flowers so much, I thought this would be the perfect quilt for myself! I’ve been wanting to make myself a quilt for awhile, I just hadn’t picked the right pattern yet.
I have been hoarding some Macramé Fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel Fabrics. I thought this would be the perfect time to use some of this gorgeous fabric.

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I love how it turned out and am happy I finally cut into this beautiful fabric. I decided to go with a wavy line quilting. I usually go with straight line quilting. First I drew a wavy line from the top to the bottom of my quilt with a water soluble fabric marker. Then I started quilting from the top to the bottom of the quilt. I adjusted my walking foot guide to 1 inch and went along my first quilting wave. It’s not perfect, but I love it! One of my favorite parts is the bright pink backing!

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So if you like flowers too, then this quilt pattern is perfect for you too! It comes with directions for a baby/crib size and throw size quilt. This pattern is great for the adventurous beginner to intermediate. It has a lot of different pieces so keeping organized is key. I like to write my sizes on a little piece of paper and pin it to the stack of corresponding pieces.

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When I tested out my Baby Size quilt I decided to go for a floral sashing! I love this June Bug fabric by Dear Stella Fabric! I can’t wait to finish this one!

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This would be a great quilt to make for a new summer baby or a throw size for a graduate!

You can get your copy of the pattern in my Etsy Shop and in my Craftsy Pattern Shop.

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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The Beauty of Solids

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Let me tell you a secret. I used to think Solid colored fabric was SO boring!!! I never purchased solids for my quilts or projects. I’d use a dot fabric or a fabric with a white on white pattern.

And then I joined Instagram. I saw all these gorgeous quilts that had solids in them! They looked so balanced, not too busy and so so pretty!

So I decided I’d go out of my comfort zone and make an all solids quilt! Yes ALL solids!! Crazy huh! I found the perfect pattern, a Tetris quilt for my husband. I loved how it turned out so much! The Kona Cotton fabric by Robert Kaufman is so vibrant!

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Solids can help balance out your quilt and showcase the block designs. If you have too many busy prints the design can get lost.

So I had some left over solids from my Tetris quilt and I decided to test out my Stepping Stone Quilt pattern with the solids too. I love how it turned out too!

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I bound it with a Black with White dash fabric called Thicket by Gingiber for Moda and the backing fabric is made by Riley Blake. This quilt is listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

 

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Then I saw this awesome fabric from Arrow Flight by  Michael Miller fabric and got inspired to make the front of my quilt mimic the backing fabric.

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So I came up with my super easy Colorful tiles quilt pattern.

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This Colorful tiles quilt is also listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

I used the Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Color chart to help pick some of the solids for the front of this quilt.

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This color charts is super awesome! It’s great for picking out backing fabric and coordinating solids. You can buy one online from a variety of quilt fabric shops. What’s also cool, is this color chart matches up with all of the Kona Cotton fabric sold a Joann Fabric Stores online and in store

If an all solids quilt isn’t for you. You can try to mix more solids in with your quilt to help the pattern pop. Like in my X Marks the spot quilt. The white fabric makes the design pop. You can find the pattern here.

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So if you haven’t made an ALL solids go try it!! Or at least try adding some solids to your next quilt, I’m sure you will love it!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea