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Bloomtastic Quilt!

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My favorite part of Spring and Summer time is when all the flowers start to bloom! Since we can’t have blooming flower’s year round, it’s fun to make a quilt with flower blooms!

I had a stack of this Cotton and Steel fabric, I had been trying to decide what quilt pattern to make with it. So that’s when you draw up a new pattern. It’s my go to color combo: Navy, Pink, Purple and Teal.

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A lot of my pattern’s are an overall design, so I wanted to try to create something with a repetitive design or repetitive block. That is where the Bloomtastic quilt was born.

It’s made up of a bunch of Flying Geese, Squares, Rectangles and a few half square triangles. My pattern uses the 4 at 1 time Flying Geese method. It’s my favorite method, you can make a lot of Flying Geese so quickly.

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Once all the Flying geese and Half square triangles are made, the quilt goes together pretty quickly. I decided quilt my original quilt with straight lines from top to bottom, about 1 inch apart. This is a quick and easy way to quilt, and it give the quilt great texture.

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I love how this quilt turned out so much! I decided to gift this one to my sister.

You can find this pattern in my SHOP!

After finding this gorgeous Laural Canyon Floral fabric, I had to make a baby size Bloomtastic quilt.

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The top is made with Penned Pal dots by Robert Kaufman for the background fabric and the blooms are made using Kona Cotton in Bright Pink, Bahama Blue, Lagoon and Bubble Gum and Canary yellow.

This baby Bloomtastic quilt is now in my shop for sale! Click here!

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Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along – Week 10 – Finishing Our Quilts

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Welcome to Week 10 of the Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along! This week we will be finishing our quilts!! We will go over Basting, Quilting and Binding our quilts. (Download the Pattern)

Quilt Sandwich:
First you will need to make your Quilt Sandwich. You will need to cut and sew your backing fabric to make it fit under your quilt correctly. Make sure it is at least 3 inches wider than your quilt top on all sides (quilt top size + 6 inches). Trim your selvage edge off after joining your pieces.

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Make your quilt sandwich by first laying down your quilt backing, wrong side facing up. Tape down to a hard surface, making fabric taut. Next lay your batting on top. Smooth out with your hands, do not stretch. Then lay your quilt top right side up, smooth out with your hands.  

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.

Quilting your Quilt:
This step is totally up to you!

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With my Small Block Baby size quilt I chose to quilt from top to bottom ‘organic’ straight lights approximately 1 inch apart. I lined my walking foot so the needle was about 1/2 inch from each seam.

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

Hand Quilt: Here’s an article that goes over the basics of hand quilting 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.

Binding Your Quilt:

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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 and corners are squared.

Most quilters will cut 2 /12 inch by width of fabric strips and then sew them together at the ends at a diagonal. Then press the strip in half, so that you are wrapping 2 layers of fabric around all of your edges.

You can machine sew the binding to the front of your quilt and wrap it around to the back and hand stitch it down. Or some prefer sewing the binding to the back of the quilt, wrapping it around to the front and machine stitching it down.

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

I’m so excited to see everyone’s finished quilts!! Make sure to use the hashtag #happyflowergardenqal on Instagram or post your photo’s in the Facebook Group!!

I will be filming a LIVE Video Today, Tuesday July 3rd at 10:15 am PDT (West Coast USA) in the Facebook Group! I will be going over how to put you quilt top together 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

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Happy Quilting!
Andrea 🙂

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Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along – Week 7 – Corner Tulip Blocks

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Welcome to Week 7 of the Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along! This week we will be making 4 Corner Tulip Blocks (for every size).  It’s not too late to join in the fun! Download your pattern here!

This Corner Tulip Block is super simple and goes together quickly. Make sure you have trimmed all of your Half Square Triangles to the correct size.

You will want to nest your seams so they interlock. To do this, you will press your seams in alternating directions. Then the strips will fit together like a puzzle.

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 12th at 10:15 am PDT (West Coast USA) in the Facebook Group! I will be going over how to make this Corner Tulip block 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

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 🙂

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

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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 🙂

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Happy Flower Garden QAL – Week 4 – Bottom Rectangle Blocks

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Welcome to week 4 of the Happy Flower Garden Quilt along! We are getting so close to making some flower blocks! Yay!

This week we will be making our Bottom Rectangle Blocks. Remember all those small square you cut out. Now it’s time to use them. These will give the bottom of our Tulip blocks a more rounded look.

This step will be super quick and easy, giving some extra time for people to catch up if they are a little behind.

Next week we will start making our blocks! Yay! I’m so excited to see everyone’s quilts come together!!

 I will be filming a LIVE Video Tuesday May  at 22nd 10:15 am PDT (West Coast USA) in the Facebook Group! I will be going over how to make the Bottom Rectangle Block 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 🙂

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Happy Flower Garden QAL – Week 3 – Flying Geese

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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 🙂

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Happy Flower Garden Quilt Along!

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My Happy Flower Garden Quilt is one of my favorite quilts. It may be because this is the quilt I snuggle with on my couch. I love flowers and this is a great way to be around flowers year round.

I had posted a survey in my Quilt Along Facebook Group. Several people expressed interest in using this pattern for a Quilt Along! I think it will be a great quilt a long pattern, since it’s kind of a sampler quilt and it’s perfect for spring!

My Happy Flower Garden pattern will be marked down 15% OFF in both my Etsy and Craftsy shops through out the length of the quilt along!

Join the Facebook Group for an extra Coupon Code!!

The Fabric Requirements are listed inside the pattern. 

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You can sign up for my weekly Newsletter that will give you the new weeks task and it will direct you to the new blog post!

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The original pattern only included a baby and throw quilt directions. I have recently updated my pattern to also include a queen and king size version.

I had ask my quilter followers if they prefer big block or more blocks of a smaller size. The answer was pretty 50/50. So when you purchase the pattern you will receive 2 pdfs. One is for a small block version and one is for a large block version. Here are the different layouts.

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Most of the Flying geese in this pattern are made using the 4 at 1 time no waste method. With my last quilt along I noticed some of the participants were having trouble using this method. So I made  a supplemental pdf that will give you cutting instructions so you can make all the flying geese using the 1 at a time method or half square triangle method. If you decide to use these alternative methods, I would recommend purchasing a little extra fabric just in case. The fabric requirements are for the piecing in the original pattern. These cutting instructions only replace the pieces used to make the flying geese. So you will need to make sure to omit cutting the piecing from the original pattern.

I asked in the quilt along group when the best start date for the quilt along would be and the final winning date was May 1st! So from now until May 1st, you can download your pattern and pick out your fabrics! Post pictures in the Facebook Group or on Instagram with the hashtag #happyflowergardenQAL

So here’s the 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 #HappyFlowerGardenQAL

You can also join the Facebook Group and post your photo’s there! Join me in the Facebook Group today at 10:15 am PDT (West Coast USA) for a Live Video to go over the quilt along and fabric selection!

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Download your pattern now and start searching for fabric!!

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Happy Quilting!

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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