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

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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 🙂

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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!

Facebook Group

Download your pattern now and start searching for fabric!!

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Happy Quilting!

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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

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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

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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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Aloha Ripple QAL – Week 7: Stacked Flying Geese Blocks

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Welcome to Week 7 of the Aloha Ripple Quilt Along!! This week we will be making our last blocks! Can you believe it! This quilt along is going so fast!

We will be making 4 Stacked Flying Geese blocks. 2 of them will have 5 flying geese in them and 2 of them will have 6 flying geese in them.

Making your Stacked Flying Geese block:

First I like to layout all my flying geese in the correct order. Then I like to sew two flying geese together at a time, until you sew the whole row together. Make sure to press your flying geese block according to the arrows on the pattern! This will ensure that your seams nest when you go to sew all your blocks together next week.

2 of these blocks will have an additional flying geese sewn to the top! These blocks will go together super quickly!

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If you have any questions, make sure to join me for my LIVE VIDEO. Tomorrow (Wednesday Feb. 21st) 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 a photo of  your stacked Flying Geese blocks!
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 put all our blocks together to make our quilt top! Yay!!!

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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Aloha Ripple QAL – Week 2: Flying Geese

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Week 2 of the Aloha Ripple Quilt Along! (Download Pattern)

Now that we have all our pieces cut, it’s time to start making our units! This week we will be making Flying Geese units.

When I started out quilting, I was very nervous about make the Flying Geese unit, so I would opt to use two half square triangles and sew them together instead.
The benefit to using a Flying Geese, is that you don’t have a seam down the middle of your pretty fabric! Less seams equals less sewing! Each time you make them they get easier and easier.

For the Aloha Ripple Quilt we will be using both the 4 at 1 time No Waste Method and the 1 at a time method. See pattern for full directions.

Tips for flying geese:
Go slow when sewing for accurate seams.
Finger press your seams open before using your iron.
Press seams without steam if possible (Dry iron)

Flying Geese – 4 at 1 time No Waste Method

When you are making the Flying Geese with the 4 at 1 time no waste method, you will need 1 large Square and 4 little squares.

Large Square = the width of your finished geese + 1 1/4 inch
Small Squares = the height of your finished geese + 7/8 inch

So for example in this pattern the throw size quilt will have a Finished size geese that is 5 x 10 inches (unfinished 5 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches)
So we will need:
1 Large Square: 10 + 1 1/4 = 11 1/4 inch
4 Small Squares: 5 + 7/8 = 5 7/8 inch

Take your large square and 2 small squares.
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ay the two small squares on opposite corners.
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. Some 1/4 inch feet will give you this.
Cut down the center line. Press seam to the attached triangles. 

Lay 1 small square down on 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. I find these flying geese to be pretty accurate and only need a tiny bit of trimming.

Flying Geese – 1 at a Time Method

Take your (5 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch for throw) rectangle, lay 1 (5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch) square on top with right sides of fabric together.

Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Stitch one thread width to the outside of the drawn line. You will want to butt your needle up to the outside of your drawn line when you are sewing (see the red line in the diagram). Cut 1/4 inch from your sewn line as shown below. Press toward the attached triangle.
You will attach the second small square to the other side with the same method. Press to the attached triangle. Trim if needed.

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I hope you get the hang of making these flying geese units! They are a lot of fun to make and the design possibilities are endless!

Join me today (Tuesday Jan 23 rd) at 10:15 am PST (West Coast USA) for 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 a photo of all your flying geese!

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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 making our Half Square Triangles!

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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Aloha Ripple Quilt Along – Week 1: Cut Fabric

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Welcome to the first week of the Aloha Ripple Quilt Along! Hopefully you have all your fabrics picked out and are ready to start cutting!

If you still need to download your FREE pattern click here!

Things you will need:

  • Rotary Cutter
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Pins

When I make a quilt I like to cut all my pieces up front and label them to keep organized. Make sure you have a nice sharp blade for your Rotary cutter.

*Measure twice – Cut once*

I know everyone says it, but it’s true. You don’t want to rush your cutting and end up cutting your pieces too small.  You want to make sure you have plenty of fabric for the whole quilt.

When you cut out your pieces you will want to cut out the largest pieces first. Then cut the smaller pieces. This will ensure that you have enough fabric.

I like to take a little piece of paper and write the color and size on it and pin it to the stack of fabric. Since some of the sizes are very close, this helps me sew the correct pieces together.

Once they are all cut I like to stack them in a Gallon size Ziplock bag. That way I don’t loose any of my pieces.

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Make sure to read through ALL of the Basic instructions before starting your quilt. I’ve added instructions on how to test your scant 1/4 inch seam inside the basic instructions. Most quilt patterns require a scant 1/4 inch seam, they just don’t mention it. This 1/4 scant accounts for the little bit of fabric that is take up when you fold and press your seams open.

You will also want to look through the whole pattern to wrap the construction around your head before you start. You may need to cut your fabric differently if you want to make your flying geese or half square triangles with a different method than is listed in the pattern.

I like to go through all the steps and write in my color choices, so it’s less confusing when I get to those steps. You can also go through with a highlighter and mark the instructions for the size you are making, since the instructions are for baby, throw and queen size.

You could also tape pieces of your actual fabric to a pieces of paper and label it for reference.

Join me today at 10:15 am PST (West Coast USA) for 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 a photo!

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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 making our Flying Geese units! We will be using the 1 flying geese at a time method and the 4 at 1 time no waste method.

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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Block 6 – Stepping Stone Block (Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along)

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Wow! We are already at our last block of our Pot Holder Quilt along!! I love block 6 the Stepping Stone block. This block goes together quickly and is super cute!

When making this block I like to lay out all my pieces to see how the block will be when finished. Then go from there! Make sure to press your seams in an alternating direction so you can nest your seams (so the seams interlock) when sewing it together.

I can’t wait to see all of your creations with these past 6 blocks! Thank you everyone for joining in the fun and making these blocks with me!

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 December 13th) at 10:15am PST. To share tips and answer any questions. You can also share your progress in our Facebook Group!

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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

Previous 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 5 – Diamond in Diamond

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If you like this block, you may like my Stepping Stone Baby Quilt pattern! I made 4 of this baby quilt and plan on connecting them with a extra strip of fabric between to make an almost queen size quilt (87 1/2 x 87 1/2 inches). This will be a family cuddle quilt for our couch! My son’s name is Cloud and daughter’s name is Snow, so I found some cute cloud print and snowflake print fabrics. I’m hoping to finish this one up soon!

You can find my Stepping Stone Baby Quilt pattern in my Craftsy Shop and Etsy Shop!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Here is the baby size:

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