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Block 1 – Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along

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Welcome to the first block of our Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along! Yay!! I’m excited to see everyone’s version of this block.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD – Block 1 Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

You can also find these downloads in my CRAFTSY SHOP.

Since some of you don’t care for the 4 at 1 time flying geese method, I’ve made a PDF that goes over what size pieces you will need to cut to make your flying geese with the 1 at a time method or by using half square triangles. This week we will be making the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch flying geese.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD – Flying Geese Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

Tips for making 4 at 1 time flying geese:
* Go slow when sewing for accurate seams
*Use an accurate scant 1/4 inch seam

* Make sure to read ALL the instructions and look at the diagrams closely
* Finger press your seams open before using your iron
* Press seams without steam if possible (Dry iron)
* When Pressing, press down with out motion. Moving your iron around a lot can distort your flying geese

Join me at 10am PDT (West Coast USA)  in the FACEBOOK GROUP or on INSTAGRAM today for a LIVE Video to go over how to make this block. I will go over how to make the flying geese and answer any questions you have.

Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along Schedule:
September 19th – Download Fabric Requirements and Blank Coloring Sheet
October 2nd – Block 1
October 9th – Block 2
October 16th – Block 3
October 23rd – Block 4
October 30th – Block 5
November 6th – Block 6
November 13th – Block 7
November 20th – Block 8
November 27th – Block 9
December 4th – Finishing Instructions

Share your progress:
On Instagram use the hashtag: #cloudydayqal

On Facebook you can join the quilt along group: JOIN THE GROUP

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

My fabric’s for Block 1! I usually use yardage for my quilts. I have a bunch of Fat Quarters, so I thought try something different and go scrappy!

 

 

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Aloha Ripple QAL Week 9: Finishing Our Quilts!

Wow! It’s already the last week of our Aloha Ripple Quilt Along! It has gone by so fast. Last week we put our quilt tops together, this week we will Baste, Quilt and Bind our quilts.

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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.

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Quilting your Quilt:
This step is totally up to you! I like to straight line quilt my quilt with my walking foot on my domestic machine. With my floral Aloha Ripple Quilt I quilted from the center out following the seams, so there was only about a 1/4 of the quilt in my sewing machine throat at a time.

Hand Tie your Quilt: Some prefer to tie there quilt.
Here’s a tutorial on how to do this on Craftsy.

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.

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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.

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.

One of my favorite binding tutorials is by Suzy Williams of Suzy Quilts. Go check it out!

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Since I was using stash fabrics for my Baby size Aloha Ripple Quilt, I decided to go with a scrappy binding. I didn’t have enough of one color, so I used all the colors!

Join me LIVE!! If you have any questions, make sure to join me for my LIVE VIDEO. Today (Tuesday March 13th) at 10:15 am PST (West Coast USA) I will be filming 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 your photos!!
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 download it here:

Aloha Ripple Quilt Pattern

King Size Aloha Ripple Quilt – Supplement Updated

You can check out the previous week’s blog posts by click the links below.

 

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

 

 

 

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Aloha Ripple QAL – Week 8: Assembling the Quilt Top

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You guys! All our blocks are done and it’s time to assemble our Quilt Tops! Yay! Cloud is even excited about it!! (See above, he loves to help!) If you are just finding this quilt along now, you can get the free pattern here!

If you had consistent seams and you pieces were cut accurately, everything will line up correctly.

Make sure to lay out your blocks in the correct order.

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You will then match up (nest) the seams with the block next to each other. This is why we pressed our seams in specific ways. Now they will match up and interlock nicely.
I like to pin a lot! Pin next to each interlocking seam and then in between.

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I like to work in rows. Sew the top three blocks together, the middle three blocks together and the bottom three blocks together so they form 3 rows.  Then you nest your seams in the three rows, pin in place and sew them together! Wah Lah! I love how fast this quilt goes together.

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Join me LIVE!! If you have any questions, make sure to join me for my LIVE VIDEO. Today (Tuesday March 6th) at 10:15 am PST (West Coast USA) I will be filming 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 your photos!!
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 in my Craftsy shop!

Download Pattern

Next week we will be finishing our quilt up! Get ready for Basting, Quilting and Binding!!

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

 

 

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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!!

My Shop
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 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 3 – Sawtooth Star Block (Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along)

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Welcome to Block 3 of our Happy Cloud Quilted Pot holder Quilt along! The Sawtooth Star block is one of my favorites! I love using it in quilts, table runners and placemats and of course in pot holders!

I love how you an showcase a pretty fabric in the center like the block above. I used fabric from the Aviary 2 collection designed by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics.
You could have your center fabric match your outer fabric, like these pot holders I finished below.
I made these using fabric from the Fresh Market collection by Riley Blake Designs. I bound them using a stripe fabric made by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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With the above pot holders I wanted to quilt them to emphasize the star pattern! I quilted them using my walking foot and lined the foot up against the start edge. It’s nice using a walking foot, because it helps pull all of those layers through the machine. If your machine didn’t come with a walking foot it is easy to find one for your machine. You can google your make and model number or go to your manufactures website!

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 Pot Holder Quilt along blog posts

Previous block blog posts!

Fabric Requirements and Quilt Along Schedule
Block 1 – Modified Log Cabin
Block 2 – Flying Geese
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)

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.IMG_3106

The first throws size version was slightly smaller that 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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

If you want to check out this pattern, it’s listed in my Craftsy Pattern shop and in my Esty Shop!
Happy Quilting!
Andrea