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Week 2 – Joyful Meadows QAL – Flying Geese

Welcome to the second week of the Joyful Meadows Quilt Along! This week we will make our flying geese. This pattern has a lot of flying geese, so if you don’t get them all done this week, that’s ok! Next week we will be making a tiny bit of half square triangles, so you will have time to finish up those flying geese.

This pattern has directions to make the flying geese two different ways:
1. 4 at 1 time method – made slightly larger and trimmed to size
2. 1 at 1 time method

I love using the 4 at 1 time no waste method to make my flying geese. With some of my previous patterns and quilt alongs, some people LOVE this method and others Hate it! So I had some suggestions to make the flying geese slightly larger than needed, so they could be trimmed to size. I love this option because it gives you more wiggle room with sewing these together. In the end you can get a more precise flying geese.

I added the 1 at 1 time method to the pattern because this is a tried and true method for accurate flying geese. These do take a little longer and waste a little be more fabric than the 4 at 1 time flying geese method. But You can get great results using this method.

JOIN ME – tomorrow, Wednesday at 9 am PST (west coast USA) in the Facebook Quilt Along Group for a LIVE video. I will be going over how to make these two methods of flying geese. And I will be answering any questions you have.

Are you making this quilt in 2 colors? I am using my floral for A-G and white for H so, I am using the 4 at 1 time method and I will need:
8 – A-G/H combos (Floral will be the big square with 4 small white squares) making a total of 32 flying geese
14 – H/A-G combos (White will be the big square with 4 small floral squares) making a total of 56 flying geese

CHECK HERE FOR PATTERN CORRECTONS

Paper Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (International)

This pattern will be 10% OFF thru the remainder of the quilt along.

 You can join the quilt along group here (make sure to answer the join questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts)

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE
Quilt Along Overview (with tester photos)
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

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Week 1 – Joyful Meadows QAL – Cut our Fabric

Good Morning! It’s the first week of the Joyful Meadows Quilt Along! Yay!
This week we will be cutting all of our fabric. So make sure to check and decide if you want to make your flying geese using the 1 at 1 time method or the 4 at 1 time method (made slightly larger than needed and then trimmed to size). If you are unsure of how you want to make the flying geese, I would suggest getting some scrap fabric and trying both methods out!

Since this quilt has a lot of separation from the background fabric, it can be made in 2 to 8 colors. With my version I will be making a 2 colored one this time. So I will cut all of my A-G pieces from my floral fabric and then all my H pieces from my white fabric.

CHECK HERE FOR PATTERN CORRECTONS

I’m so excited to see what fabrics you have picked! Make sure to share your photos this week in the Facebook Group or over on Instagram with the hashtag #JoyfulMeadowsQAL or tag me.

Paper Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (International)

This pattern will be 15% OFF thru tonight and then 10% OFF thru the remainder of the quilt along.

 You can join the quilt along group here (make sure to answer the join questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts)

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE
Quilt Along Overview (with tester photos)
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish trimming Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Join my Facebook group and post your weekly progress photos
OR post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #JoyfulMeadowsQAL

JOIN ME tomorrow (1/13/2021) at 9 am PST (west coast USA) for a LIVE video in the Quilt Along Facebook group. I will be going over week 1 and answering any questions you have.

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Joyful Meadow Quilt Pattern…and a Quilt Along!

Paper Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (International)

If you grab this pattern make sure to join in on the quilt along starting January 12, 2021! This pattern will be 20% OFF November 30 to December 4th. And then it will be 15% OFF from December 5th to Jan 12th! You can join the quilt along group here (make sure to answer the join questions so I can weed out the spam/fake accounts)

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE
Jan 12, 2021 – WEEK 1 – Cut all the pieces
Jan 19, 2021 – WEEK 2 – Make ALL the Flying Geese and trim
Jan 26, 2021 – WEEK 3 – Make the Half Square Triangles, finish trimming Flying Geese from last week
Feb 2, 2021 – WEEK 4 – Make 4 of Block 1
Feb 8, 2021 – WEEK 5 – Make 4 of Block 2
Feb 15, 2021 – WEEK 6 – Make 1 of Block 3
Feb 22, 2021 – WEEK 7 – Finish our quilt – Finish Quilt top, Baste, Quilt and Bind!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Join my Facebook group and post your weekly progress photos
OR post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #JoyfulMeadowsQAL

I will film weekly video tutorial in the Facebook Quilt Along group and answer any questions you have!

JOYFUL MEADWOS QUILT

Usually when I start designing a quilt pattern, I don’t have fabrics in mind. But with this Joyful Meadows Quilt Pattern I knew exactly what fabrics I wanted to use. I wanted something bright and cheerful and I wanted an echoed design. There is something about echoed designs that I love!

I used all Kona Cottons for the top of this quilt. The colors I used were (left to right) White, Honeysuckle, Persimmon, Duckling, Kiwi, Capri, Royal and Tulip.

This quilt is made up of a lot of flying geese, but don’t let that scare you. The pattern has to options for making your flying geese. The 1 at 1 time method and the 4 at 1 time method (made a little bigger than needed, then you trim to size)

I quilted this by lining my walking foot up on the edge of the design and basically outlined the design. I love the look this gives a quilt and it’s a really easy way to quilt a baby size quilt.

I’m loving this Petite Stripe in Black by Robert Kaufman binding with this super cute Rainbow Hearts and Stars by Andover Fabric backing Fabric! I think it fits this quilt so perfectly!

I hope you love this design as much as I do!

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG GROUP – Make sure to answer the Join questions. This helps me weed out spam/fake accounts.

Paper Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (USA)
Digital Pattern (International)

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Finish Those UFQs 2020 -Week 3

Yay! It’s WEEK 3 of the Finish those UFQs! Did you make any progress last week?

Last week I was able to baste and start quilting on my Joyful Meadows Quilt! I love using spray baste because it keeps all the layers stuck together. I used a mixture of Sulky Temporary spray and Spray and Bond Basting Adhesive, because that’s what I had on hand.

I did a quick and easy outline the design type of quilting. I lined my walking foot up with the edge of my seam and followed it. I have completed the center and just need to work on the outer blocks!

I also worked on finishing up some pot holders, which aren’t on my list, but they are in my pile of to finish.

THIS WEEKS GOALS: This week I want to finish quilting this and finish the binding! I need to order paper patterns on Nov. 23rd, so I better get busy!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

You can choose to work 10 minutes a day, 1 hour a week, 5 hours a week. It’s up to you!!

Sign up for Happy Cloud Creations Update Emails!

Happy Quilting!!
Andrea

Finish Those UFQs 2019!
Nov. 2st – Week 1 – Write your list and share your list in the Quilt Along Group or on Instagram!
Nov. 9th – Week 2 
Nov. 16th – Week 3
Nov. 23nd – Week 4
Nov. 30th – Week 5
Dec. 7th – Week 6
Dec. 14th – Week 7
Dec. 21th – Week 8 
Dec. 28 – Week 9

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WEEK 5 – NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

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Wow! That Quilt along went by so fast! We are on WEEK 5 of the Starlight Mountains Quilt Along with the National Quilters Circle! We have all these beautiful blocks, now it’s time to turn them into a comfy quilt!

This week you can download the Finishing instructions. These will give you instructions on how to sew your top together, add your borders and how to turn your quilt top into a cozy quilt!

DOWNLOAD WEEK 5 INSTRUCTIONS

Things you will need to finish your quilt:
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)

Finishing our Quilts!

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.

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 Emily Dennis of Quilty Love.  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!

For my original quilt I used my walking foot and quilted about 1 inch apart. I used my hera marker a 6×24 inch ruler to mark out my line on the borders and larger finished pieces in my quilt top. I used my seams as a guide. I like to sew about 1/2 from the seam, this helps avoid the bulk of the seams.

Hand Tie your Quilt: Some prefer to tie there quilt. Suzy Quilts has an cool way of tying quilts. Check out her Tutorial!

Hand Quilt: Here’s a wonderful video tutorial by Suzy Quilts all about How to Hand Quilt.

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!

I’m so excited to see everyone finished quilts!

How do I participate?

Make sure to Post your finished quilt top photo in  The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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WEEK 4 – NQC Quilt Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

Yay!! It’s the last week of blocks and then next week you will get the finishing instructions!

This week we will be making 3 of the Large Star blocks! If you are making a larger size make sure to check the cutting instructions located in the Quilt Along Group!

DOWNLOAD WEEK 4 BLOCK INSTRUCTIONS

I’m so excited to see everyone quilts come together!

If you have not joined yet you can join here to get the weekly email reminders from the National Quilters Circle.

If you have already joined, but you still need the Fabric Requirments, you can download them HERE! To find the previous weeks information CLICK HERE!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

I’m so excited to see everyone’s Mountain blocks!

Make sure to join The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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I’m going scrappy!!

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WEEK 3 – NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

Welcome to WEEK 3 of the Starlight Mountains Quilt Along with the National Quilters Circle!

If you have not joined yet you can join here to get the weekly email reminders from the National Quilters Circle.

If you have already joined, but you still need the Fabric Requirments, you can download them HERE! To find the previous weeks information CLICK HERE!

This week we will be making 6 Mountain Blocks for the throw size quilt! If you are making an alternative size, make sure to check the fabric requirments to see how many blocks you will need to make!

DOWNLOAD WEEK 3 INSTRUCTIONS

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

I’m so excited to see everyone’s Mountain blocks!

Make sure to join The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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WEEK 2 – NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

It’s WEEK 2 of the Starlight Mountains Quilt along with the NQC Quilt Block Challenge!

If you have not joined yet you can join here to get the weekly email reminders from the National Quilters Circle.

If you have already joined, but you still need the Fabric Requirments, you can download them HERE!

This week we will be making 6 Small Star #2 Blocks! This block is similar to last weeks block, but it had a different center and made up of different colors.

DOWNLOAD WEEK 2 INSTRUCTIONS

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

I’m going scrappy with this quilt. So I will be making 2 of each of my color combos this week. Each color combo is different than last weeks combo.

I’m so excited to see your blocks this week! Make sure to post them in the The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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WEEK 1 – NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt

Small Star #1 Block

Welcome to the NQC Block Challenge Quilt Along using the Starlight Mountains quilt that I designed! This will be a 5 week long quilt along. So you will have a finished quilt in no time!!

If you have not joined yet you can join here to get the weekly email reminders from the National Quilters Circle.

If you have already joined, but you still need the Fabric Requirments, you can download them HERE!

This week we will be making 6 Small Star #1 Blocks!! This is a simple block that will go together quickly.

DOWNLOAD WEEK 1 INSTRUCTIONS

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

 Fabric Requirments
My Blog – Explaining this Quilt Along
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

I’m going scrappy this time!! So I will be making 2 of each of my color combos this week.

I’m so excited to see how your quilts turn out!!

Make sure to join The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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NQC Block Challenge with the Starlight Mountains Quilt!

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1 starlight mountain quilt

Join us up in the Mountains where the stars shine bright!
This quilt was inspired by memories of camping in the mountains where the bright shining stars reflect in the lake below.

I’ve partnered with the National Quilters Circle to bring you this FREE Quilt Along starting September 7, 2020!

JOIN FOR FREE – TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND COLORING PAGE!

QUILT ALONG SCHEDULE:

Now – Go download the Fabric requirement and post a photo of your fabrics
September 7th – Week 1 – Small Star Block #1 (Make 6)
September 14th – Week 2 – Small Star Block #2 (Make 6)
September 21st – Week 3 – Mountain Block (Make 6)
September 28th – Week 4 – Large Star Block (Make 3)
October 5th – Week 5 – Quilt Borders and Assembly

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

* Click HERE to Join the Quilt Along

* Post your photos for the current week in the The NQC Block Challenge Facebook group 
OR Post your photos on Instagram using the hashtags #HappyCloudCreations and/or #NQCQuiltBlockChallenge

You can also JOIN my Facebook Quilt Along Group – Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs I will be posting my photos over in my quilt along group also!

You can sign up for my Newsletter for weekly quilt along reminders!

This quilt is great for an adventurous beginner to intermediate quilter. The Quilt is made up of squares, rectangles and flying geese.

Each week I will film a tutorial going over each block and answer any questions you have.

During the quilt along I plan on making a scrappy version using multiple shades of Kona Cotton! I’m hoping for it to look something like this:

SCRAPPY

This quilt would look gorgeous in a variety of colors. Here are some options I came up with:

Blank Starlight Mountains COLOR COMBOS

I hope you will join in the fun during this quilt along!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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3 starlight mountains quilt