Posted on

Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along – Week 6 – Tulip Blocks (second half)

17505063_1390187957711503_8204712723348868188_o (2)

Welcome to week 6 of the Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along! This week we will be making the second half of our Tulip Blocks!

This extra week will give time for some to catch up! It’s not too late to join in the fun! Download your pattern here!

The photo above is of my first Tulip Block from my First Happy Flower garden quilt. I saw this Macreme’ Fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton+Steel Fabrics. You can read all about how this quilt here!

I am loving seeing all of your finished blocks in the Facebook group and on Instagram!Make sure to share your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #HappyFlowerGardenQA Or Post your photo’s in the Facebook Group!!

I will be filming a LIVE Video Today, Tuesday June 5th at 10:15 am PDT (West Coast USA) in the Facebook Group! I will be checking in with everyone to see how it’s and answering any questions you have. Since last week I went over how to make this block, this week’s video will be very short. The video will be saved for later viewing.

Facebook Group!

Quilt Along Schedule:

May 1st – Week 1 – Cut your Fabric
May 8th – Week 2 – Make your Half Square Triangles
May 15th – Week 3 – Make your Flying Geese units
May 22nd – Week 4 – Make your Bottom Rectangle Blocks
May 29th – Week 5 – Make half of your Tulip Blocks
June 5th  – Week 6 – Make the other half of your Tulip Blocks
June 12th – Week 7 – Make your Corner Tulip Blocks
June 19th – Week 8 – Make your Star Flower Blocks
June 26th  – Week 9 – Add Sashing and Cornerstones (Finish Star Flower Blocks if needed)
July 3rd – Week 10 – Baste, Quilt and Bind

 

The pattern will be 15% OFF through the end of the Quilt Along. If you still need your pattern you can download it by clicking below:

Download on Etsy      Download on Craftsy

Happy Quilting!
Andrea 🙂

Posted on

Happy Flower Garden QAL – Week 3 – Flying Geese

IMG_6078 (3)

Welcome to Week 3 of our Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along! (Download Pattern) This week we will be making our Flying Geese.

I love using Flying Geese. You can make so many different designs using them. The benefit to using a Flying Geese instead of sewing 2 half square triangles together, is that you don’t have a seam down the middle of your pretty fabric! Less seams equals less sewing! Yay! Each time you make them they get easier and easier.

The Happy Flower Garden Pattern uses the 4 at 1 time no waste method and the 1 at a time method for construction.  You can also download an additional PDF with your pattern that gives you the pieces you need to cut if you decide to make all your flying geese using the 1 at a time method or if you want to use half square triangles instead.

If you have never made the flying geese using the 4 at 1 time method or the 1 at a time method, you may want to try it out first on some scrap fabrics.

Tips for flying geese:
* Go slow when sewing for accurate seams.
* 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

I will be filming a LIVE Video Tuesday May 15 th at 10:15 am PDT (West Coast USA) in the Facebook Group! I will be going over how to make your flying geese units and answering any questions you have. The video will be saved for later viewing.

Facebook Group!

Quilt Along Schedule:

May 1st – Week 1 – Cut your Fabric
May 8th – Week 2 – Make your Half Square Triangles
May 15th – Week 3 – Make your Flying Geese units
May 22nd – Week 4 – Make your Bottom Rectangle Blocks
May 29th – Week 5 – Make half of your Tulip Blocks
June 5th  – Week 6 – Make the other half of your Tulip Blocks
June 12th – Week 7 – Make your Corner Tulip Blocks
June 19th – Week 8 – Make your Star Flower Blocks
June 26th  – Week 9 – Add Sashing and Cornerstones (Finish Star Flower Blocks if needed)
July 3rd – Week 10 – Baste, Quilt and Bind

Make sure to share your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #HappyFlowerGardenQA
Or Post your photo’s in the Facebook Group!!

The pattern will be 15% OFF through the end of the Quilt Along. If you still need your pattern you can download it by clicking below:

Download on Etsy      Download on Craftsy

Happy Quilting!
Andrea 🙂

Posted on

Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along – Week 1 – Cutting our Fabric

IMG_6041 (2)

Yay! It’s the first week of the Happy Flower Garden Quilt along. It’s finally feeling like Spring here in Western Washington. The sun is shining and my flowers are starting to bloom.

The pattern is 15% OFF through the end of the quilt along. If you still need a pattern:

Download Pattern on Etsy

Download Pattern on Craftsy

This week of the quilt along we will be cutting all our fabric. I like to cut all my fabric before I start a quilt. This make the piecing go together quickly.

I don’t pre-wash my fabric…I know that’s a No-No… But since I stopped pre-washing, I’ve loved being able to dive right into a project. The fabric is still crisp, when you wash the no longer stiff. Also when you wash your fabric it will shrink and  some times it will fray and you will loose some yardage. It also gives your finished quilt a nice crinkled look when it’s washed and dried. I like to throw a couple Shout Color Catchers in the wash when washing my finished quilt. This helps catch any loose dyes.

If you like to pre-wash your fabric, make sure to purchase a little extra to account for shrinkage!

Also, if you are using one of the alternative Flying Geese methods provided in the supplemental pdf. You will want to make sure to have a little extra fabric just in case.

Here is a Fabric Selection PDF you can print out. Cut your fabrics and tape/glue them to it!

Happy Flower Garden Quilt Fabric Selections

Cutting Your Fabric Tips:

*Get a NEW Rotary Blade (a dull blade makes it twice as hard to cut)
*Measure Twice and Cut Once
*Cut your largest pieces first, then cut the smaller pieces out
*Do NOT round up. Precise cutting is needed to make the 4 at 1 time no waste flying geese. So make sure to cut at the 3/8 or 7/8 marks (depending on what size you are making).

**If you may want to wait to cut your corner stones (Color E) and sashing strips until Week 9, but you can cut them now too! 🙂

I will be filming a LIVE Video Tuesday May 1st at 10:15 am PDT (West Coast USA) in the Facebook Group! I will be going over cutting your fabric and talk a little about the following weeks.

Facebook Group!

Quilt Along Schedule:

May 1st – Week 1 – Cut your Fabric
May 8th – Week 2 – Make your Half Square Triangles
May 15th – Week 3 – Make your Flying Geese units
May 22nd – Week 4 – Make your Bottom Rectangle Blocks
May 29th – Week 5 – Make half of your Tulip Blocks
June 5th  – Week 6 – Make the other half of your Tulip Blocks
June 12th – Week 7 – Make your Corner Tulip Blocks
June 19th – Week 8 – Make your Star Flower Blocks
June 26th  – Week 9 – Add Sashing and Cornerstones (Finish Star Flower Blocks if needed)
July 3rd – Week 10 – Baste, Quilt and Bind

I am so happy to be quilting along with you! I’m so excited to see your fabric picks!! Make sure to share your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #HappyFlowerGardenQA
Or Post your photo’s in the Facebook Group!!

The pattern will be 15% OFF through the end of the Quilt Along. If you still need your pattern you can download it by clicking below:

Download on Etsy      Download on Craftsy

Happy Quilting!
Andrea 🙂

Happy Flower Garden Etsy Image

 

Posted on

Happy Flower Garden Quilt

IMG_4455 (2)

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.

IMG_4344 (3)

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!

IMG_4353

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.

IMG_4362

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!

IMG_20170530_132757_548

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