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WEEK 4 – Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with National Quilters Circle

Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along! After this week we will only have 1 more block to make! I’m so excited to see everyone finished quilts!!

It’s not too late to join this FREE Quilt along! Click here to go to the National Quilters Circle Week 4 Blog post. You will find this week’s blocks here. Scroll to the bottom to find last weeks blocks!

MAKING THE QUILT WITH A FRIEND?

Quilter 1 will make 2 of each block: A, C, E, G
Quilter 2 will make 2 of each block: B, D, F, H

Each quilter will give one set of blocks to their Block Swap partner

Each quilter will make 1 Bonus block in their fabric colors for themselves

MAKE IT BY YOURSELF!
You are also able to complete this challenge solo! Simply sign up for the challenge and download both patterns each week. By making 1 of each weekly block and the bonus block, you will have a completed quilt with 9 blocks total!

WEEK 4 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along
This weeks blocks are have the same components as the previous weeks, so they should be pretty easy to put together.

Friday I filmed a LIVE Video going over this weeks blocks. You can view the video in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge Group on Facebook!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE! 

Meet Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations
Happy Block Swap Fabric Requirments
SEPT 20th – WEEK 1 – Quilter 1 (Block A) and Quilter 2 (Block B) and Flying Geese Supplemental
SEPT 27th – WEEK 2 – Quilter 1 (Block C) and Quilter 2 (Block D) and Flying Geese Supplemental 
OCT 4th – WEEK 3 – Quilter 1 (Block E) and Quilter 2 (Block F) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 11th – WEEK 4 – Quilter 1 (Block G) and Quilter 2 (Block H) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 18th – WEEK 5 – Bonus Block  Instructions

SIGN UP FOR THE NATIONAL QUILTERS CIRCLE EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP!

Make sure to join the NQC Block Challenge Quilt along group! In the group you will get weekly reminders of the NEW blocks. You will be able to see everyone fabric combos. And you will can view the LIVE weekly check in videos! All the information you need for the quilt along will be listed in the Announcement section of this group!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

Here are my WEEK 4 Blocks!!

Block G (Quilter 1)

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Block H (Quilter 2)

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I think this will be my layout!

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WEEK 3 – Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with National Quilters Circle

Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along! We are at the halfway point in the quilt along! I’m having so much fun seeing all your beautiful blocks!!

It’s not too late to join this FREE Quilt along! Click here to go to the National Quilters Circle Week 3 Blog post. You will find this week’s blocks here. Scroll to the bottom to find last weeks blocks!

MAKING THE QUILT WITH A FRIEND?

Quilter 1 will make 2 of each block: A, C, E, G
Quilter 2 will make 2 of each block: B, D, F, H

Each quilter will give one set of blocks to their Block Swap partner

Each quilter will make 1 Bonus block in their fabric colors for themselves

MAKE IT BY YOURSELF!
You are also able to complete this challenge solo! Simply sign up for the challenge and download both patterns each week. By making 1 of each weekly block and the bonus block, you will have a completed quilt with 9 blocks total!

WEEK 3 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along
This weeks blocks are have the same components as the previous weeks, so they should be pretty easy to put together.

Friday I filmed a LIVE Video going over this weeks blocks. You can view the video in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge Group on Facebook!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE! 

Meet Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations
Happy Block Swap Fabric Requirments
SEPT 20th – WEEK 1 – Quilter 1 (Block A) and Quilter 2 (Block B) and Flying Geese Supplemental
SEPT 27th – WEEK 2 – Quilter 1 (Block C) and Quilter 2 (Block D) and Flying Geese Supplemental 
OCT 4th – WEEK 3 – Quilter 1 (Block E) and Quilter 2 (Block F) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 11th – WEEK 4 – Quilter 1 (Block G) and Quilter 2 (Block H) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 18th – WEEK 5 – Bonus Block (Block Quilters Make) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 25th – WEEK 6 – Quilt Assembly Instructions

SIGN UP FOR THE NATIONAL QUILTERS CIRCLE EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP!

Make sure to join the NQC Block Challenge Quilt along group! In the group you will get weekly reminders of the NEW blocks. You will be able to see everyone fabric combos. And you will can view the LIVE weekly check in videos! All the information you need for the quilt along will be listed in the Announcement section of this group!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

Here are my WEEK 3 Blocks!!

Quilter 1 – Block E

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Quilter 2 – Block F

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Week 2 Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with National Quilters Circle

Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along! I love seeing all the blocks you all have been posting in the NQC Block Challenge Facebook group!

It’s not too late to join this FREE Quilt along! Click here to go to the National Quilters Circle Week 2 Blog post. You will find this week’s blocks here. Scroll to the bottom to find last weeks blocks!

MAKING THE QUILT WITH A FRIEND?

Quilter 1 will make 2 of each block: A, C, E, G
Quilter 2 will make 2 of each block: B, D, F, H

Each quilter will give one set of blocks to their Block Swap partner

Each quilter will make 1 Bonus block in their fabric colors for themselves

MAKE IT BY YOURSELF!
You are also able to complete this challenge solo! Simply sign up for the challenge and download both patterns each week. By making 1 of each weekly block and the bonus block, you will have a completed quilt with 9 blocks total!

WEEK 2 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along
This weeks blocks are similar to last weeks blocks, but a little different!

Last Friday I filmed a LIVE Video going over this weeks blocks. You can view the video in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge Group on Facebook!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE! 

Meet Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations
Happy Block Swap Fabric Requirments
SEPT 20th – WEEK 1 – Quilter 1 (Block A) and Quilter 2 (Block B) and Flying Geese Supplemental
SEPT 27th – WEEK 2 – Quilter 1 (Block C) and Quilter 2 (Block D) and Flying Geese Supplemental 
OCT 4th – WEEK 3 – Quilter 1 (Block E) and Quilter 2 (Block F) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 11th – WEEK 4 – Quilter 1 (Block G) and Quilter 2 (Block H) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 18th – WEEK 5 – Bonus Block (Block Quilters Make) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 25th – WEEK 6 – Quilt Assembly Instructions

SIGN UP FOR THE NATIONAL QUILTERS CIRCLE EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP!

Make sure to join the NQC Block Challenge Quilt along group! In the group you will get weekly reminders of the NEW blocks. You will be able to see everyone fabric combos. And you will can view the LIVE weekly check in videos! All the information you need for the quilt along will be listed in the Announcement section of this group!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

Here are my WEEK 2 Blocks!!

Block C (Quilter 1)

Block C Quilter 1

Block D (Quilter 2)

Block D Quilter 2

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WEEK 1 – Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with the National Quilters Circle

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It’s so exciting starting a new quilt along! I love seeing all the pretty fabric combos and all the pretty blocks!

The Happy Block Swap Quilt Along started September 20th!  I’ve partnered with the National Quilters Circle and it is sponsored by Sulky Threads.

This pattern was designed to be a block swap. So you can grab friends, choose who will be Quilter 1 and who will be quilter 2. Then get sewing!

MAKING THE QUILT WITH A FRIEND?

Quilter 1 will make 2 of each block: A, C, E, G

Quilter 2 will make 2 of each block: B, D, F, H
Each quilter will give one set of blocks to their Block Swap partner
Each quilter will make 1 Bonus block in their fabric colors for themselves

MAKE IT BY YOURSELF!

You are also able to complete this challenge solo! Simply sign up for the challenge and download both patterns each week. By making 1 of each weekly block and the bonus block, you will have a completed quilt with 9 blocks total!

WEEK 1 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along

I decided to make this quilt by myself. I bought a gorgeous bundle of fabric from Stash Fabrics and added 2 – 1/4 yard cuts of coordinating fabrics to make a total of 12 different fabrics. Lavish Bundle (not sponsored)

Last Friday I filmed a LIVE Video to go over how to make the Flying geese! This pattern uses the 4 at 1 no waste method. I’ve also made a Flying geese supplemental that will give you two alternative ways to make your flying geese (1 at a time or Half square triangles) You can view the video in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge Group on Facebook!

You can go download Week 1’s Blocks and Flying Geese Supplemental here! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE NQC BLOG POST

 

My Block A (Quilter 1)

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My Block B (Quilter 2)

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QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE! 

Meet Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations
Happy Block Swap Fabric Requirments
SEPT 20th – WEEK 1 – Quilter 1 (Block A) and Quilter 2 (Block B) and Flying Geese Supplemental
SEPT 27th – WEEK 2 – Quilter 1 (Block C) and Quilter 2 (Block D) and Flying Geese Supplemental 
OCT 4th – WEEK 3 – Quilter 1 (Block E) and Quilter 2 (Block F) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 11th – WEEK 4 – Quilter 1 (Block G) and Quilter 2 (Block H) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 18th – WEEK 5 – Bonus Block (Block Quilters Make) and Flying Geese Supplemental
OCT 25th – WEEK 6 – Quilt Assembly Instructions

SIGN UP FOR THE NATIONAL QUILTERS CIRCLE EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP!

Make sure to join the NQC Block Challenge Quilt along group! In the group you will get weekly reminders of the NEW blocks. You will be able to see everyone fabric combos. And you will can view the LIVE weekly check in videos! All the information you need for the quilt along will be listed in the Announcement section of this group!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

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Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with National Quilters Circle!

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I’m so excited to have to opportunity to work with the National Quilter Circle to give you the next FREE Quilt Along!

This challenge can be done solo, or as a block exchange with a partner. Sign up now, as we will start quilting on September 20th! CLICK BELOW TO JOIN!

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HOW DOES A BLOCK SWAP WORK?

Quilter 1 will make 2 of each block: A, C, E, G

Quilter 2 will make 2 of each block: B, D, F, H
Each quilter will give one set of blocks to their Block Swap partner
Each quilter will make 1 Bonus block in their fabric colors for themselves

MAKE IT SOLO!

You are also able to complete this challenge solo! Simply sign up for the challenge and download both patterns each week. By creating each of the weekly blocks and the bonus block, you will have a completed quilt!

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP!

Make sure to join the NQC Block Challenge Quilt along group! In the group you will get weekly reminders of the NEW blocks. You will be able to see everyone fabric combos. And you will can view the LIVE weekly check in videos!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP!

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Grab your partner, grab the Fabric Requirments and go shopping or go stash diving!

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I’m so excited to see what fabric combinations you all come up with!
Make sure to post your fabric choices in the Quilt Along Group!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea 🙂

Happy Block Swap

 

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Finishing – Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along

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Now that we have all our blocks done, it’s time to make them into a quilt!! I like to make the cornerstones with the strip piecing method. This makes it so you don’t have to cut out a ton of little squares. If you would like to assemble your top the way I completed my top, click below to download the directions:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNOAD: Finishing Instructions Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Pattern
Flying Geese Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

If you are looking for the Flying Geese Supplemental, you can find that in the Block 1 Blog post.

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!

With my quilt I chose to quilt from top to bottom ‘organic’ straight lights approximately 1 inch apart. I used my walking foot with the guide set to 1 inch.

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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:

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!

Make sure to post your photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #CloudyDayQAL or in the Facebook Group: Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Along (If you are just joining, make sure to answer the Questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts from the real ones)

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

 

I’m excited to sew all my blocks together!!

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Block 9 – Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along

Block 9

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Welcome to Block 9 of the Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler!! Our last block in the Quilt Along! I can’t believe how fast it has flown by! This weeks blocks will have a couple Half Square Triangles in it. If you have any questions about the half square triangles, I will be going over them in my LIVE Video today at 10 am PST in the Quilt Along Facebook Group and on Instagram!

Next week you will be able to download the finishing instructions!

Block 9 Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

If you are looking for the Flying Geese Supplemental, you can find that in the Block 1 Blog post.

Make sure to post your photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #CloudyDayQAL or in the Facebook Group: Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Along (If you are just joining, make sure to answer the Questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts from the real ones)

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

 

Here are my Block 9 fabrics:

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Block 8 – Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along

Block 8

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Welcome to Block 8 of the Cloudy Day Sampler Quilt Along!!  This quilt along has just been flying by! This week’s block is a beautiful star inside a star block. If you didn’t know I love star blocks!! This block goes together quickly using the 4 at 1 no waste flying geese method.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: Block 8 Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

If you are looking for the Flying Geese Supplemental, you can find that in the Block 1 Blog post.

Make sure to post your photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #CloudyDayQAL or in the Facebook Group: Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Along (If you are just joining, make sure to answer the Questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts from the real ones)

Join me Today (November 20th) at 10am PST (West Coast USA)  in the FACEBOOK GROUP or on INSTAGRAM today for a LIVE Video to go over how to make this block 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 fabrics for Block 8:

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Block 7 – Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along

Block 7

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Welcome to Block 7 of the Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler! Only 3 more blocks until we can put our quilt top together! I’m so excited! This week’s block is similar to block 3. I’m excited to see everyone’s version of this block.

Make sure to post your photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #CloudyDayQAL or in the Facebook Group: Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Along (If you are just joining, make sure to answer the Questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts from the real ones)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: Block 7 Cloud Day Quilt Sampler

If you are looking for the Flying Geese Supplemental, you can find that in the Block 1 Blog post.

You can also download the PDF’s on Craftsy!

Join me Today (November 6th) at 10am PST (West Coast USA)  in the FACEBOOK GROUP or on INSTAGRAM today for a LIVE Video to go over how to make this block 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 Fabrics for Block 7:

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Block 6 – Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along

Block 6

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Welcome to Block 6 of the Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler!! Thank you for joining me in this Free Quilt Along! I’m enjoying seeing everyone’s beautiful blocks! Make sure to post your photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #CloudyDayQAL or in the Facebook Group: Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Along (If you are just joining, make sure to answer the Questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts from the real ones)

Block 6 Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

If you are looking for the Flying Geese Supplemental, you can find that in the Block 1 Blog post.

You can also download the PDF’s on Craftsy!

Join me Today (November 6th) at 10am PST (West Coast USA)  in the FACEBOOK GROUP or on INSTAGRAM today for a LIVE Video to go over how to make this block 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 fabrics for Block 6!

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