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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.

quilt layouts

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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Week 7 – Frame It QAL – Finish the Last 4 Blocks

Week 7 Frame It QAL
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Welcome to Week 7 of the Frame it Quilt Along! We are so close to finishing our quilts! Yay!

This week we will be finishing the last 4 blocks of our throw size quilt tops! If you are making a different size quilt, you will need to make more blocks this week.

You can find the Digital and Paper Pattern (USA and Canada) in my shop 15% OFF thru April 9th!!  If you are located outside the USA or Canada you can find the pattern in my Etsy Shop!!

Next week – Finishing your quilt – Things you will need:
Backing Fabric (at least 6 inches wider and longer than your quilt top)
Quilt Batting (at least 6 inches wider and longer than your quilt top)
Basting Spray or Basting Pins
Binding Fabric
These are helpful but not necessary:
Hera Marker to mark out your quilting lines
Walking Foot (Helps pull your quilt from both the top and the bottom)

JOIN ME for a LIVE Video today (March 26, 2019) at 10:00 am PDT (West Coast USA). I will be jumping on to check to see if anyone has questions! If you can’t join me LIVE, the video will be saved to the Facebook Group, it will be available on Instagram for 24 hours and I will upload it to my YouTube channel.

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and Pick out Fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut out our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make Center Units (Square in Square Blocks) (Steps 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

Join the Quilt Along by posting your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #FrameItQAL
OR Join the Facebook Quilt Along Group and post your progress photo there!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

 

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Week 4 – Frame It QAL – Square in Square unit

Week 4_ Square in Square Unit

Welcome to Week 4 of the Frame It Quilt Along!! This week we will be making all of our Square in Square Blocks (Steps 1-4 on the pattern).

Still need the pattern?
Digital (USA and Canada)
Paper (USA and Canada)
Digital (worldwide)

First you will want to decide which version you will be making:

  • The main pattern
  • Half square triangle method (uses more background fabric)
  • Stitch and flip method (uses more main fabric and background fabric)

I recommend trying the Main pattern instructions with some scrap fabric before deciding on which method you want to use.

Tips for this week:

  • Read ALL instructions
  • Be gentle with the cut triangles
  • Sew slowly
  • Square up the finished Square in Square unit to the specified size. When squaring up the block measure 4 1/4 inch from the center of the block.

JOIN ME for a LIVE Video tomorrow (March 6, 2019) at 10:15 am PST (West Coast USA). I will be going over all 3 methods of making the Square in Square unit. I will also be answering any questions you have! If you can’t join me LIVE, the video will be saved to the Facebook Group, it will be available on Instagram for 24 hours and I will upload it to my YouTube channel.

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and Pick out Fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut out our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make Center Units (Square in Square Blocks) (Steps 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

Join the Quilt Along by posting your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #FrameItQAL
OR Join the Facebook Quilt Along Group and post your progress photo there!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Week 3 – Frame It QAL – Cutting our Pieces

Welcome to week 3 of the Frame It Quilt Along! The first two weeks of the quilt along were dedicated to pick out our fabrics! This week we will be cutting out our pieces.

If you still need to grab your pattern click below:
Digital Pattern (USA and Canada)
PAPER Pattern (USA and Canada)
Digital (Worldwide)

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I bought this beautiful bundle from Southern Fabrics! I was going to go with Kona Cotton in Silver, one of my usual background fabrics. But I thought it would have better contrast and make the prints pop better if I went with Kona Cotton in Iron.

Tips for cutting your pieces:
If you are cutting from yardage, I recommend cutting your largest pieces out first. Then cut the smaller pieces out next. This will insure that you have enough fabric for the whole quilt.
If you are using Fat Quarters, check out the cutting diagram in the pattern.
If you are making the Baby size you will be cutting out less pieces from each fat quarter than you would be if you are making the Throw, Twin, Queen or King size.

And as always, measure twice and cut once!

LIVE VIDEO
Join me for the Live Video today (Feb. 26th) at 10 am PST (West Coast USA). If you can’t watch Live, the video will be saved in my Facebook group. It will also be available for 24 hours on Instagram. After that I will upload it to my YouTube channel.

Join the quilt along fun by posting a progress photo on Instagram with the hashtag #FrameItQAL
or post a progress photo in the Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Along Group!

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and Pick out Fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut out our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make Center Units (Square in Square Blocks) (Steps 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

Happy Quilting!
Andrea