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WEEK 5 – Happy Block Swap Quilt Along with the National Quilters Circle

Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along brought to you by the National Quilters Circle! This week we received the LAST BLOCK!!! I can’t believe how fast this quilt along is going!

It’s not too late to join this FREE Quilt along! Click here to go to the National Quilters Circle Week 5 Blog post. You will find this the Bonus block here. Scroll to the bottom to find last weeks blocks!

WEEK 4 of the Happy Block Swap Quilt Along

This week everyone will make only ONE block! If you are making this as a swap make 1 of your assigned blocks. If you are making this solo use Quilter 1’s instructions.

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
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 5 Bonus Block!!

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Lovely Star Garden Quilt Pattern

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It’s the Lovey Star Garden Pattern release day! I love how this pattern has a lot of background space to really help the design pop.

You can get your copy here:
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
PAPER PATTERN(available Oct 18th, was delayed at the printers)
OUTSIDE USA CUSTOMERS

I had drawn this pattern out in the beginning of Summer, but with the kids being home and all the Summer activities, I didn’t get a chance to actually make the quilt until the kids when back to school.

I was scrolling through Stash Fabrics Sale section (not sponsored, just love their deals) and found the gorgeous Freshly Picked fabric and I had to have it. I had been wanting to use this fabric collection for a long time, and now I finally had the perfect pattern for it. They didn’t have the whole line, so I grabed a couple prints from Fabric.com (not sponsored)

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I used 1/4 yard cuts from my quilt, but you can also used Fat Quarters are scraps that are large enough!

If I have to piece the backing on a quilt, I will usually go for a solid fabric or a sheet. But this gorgeous fabric was calling to be on the back!

I went with quick and easy straight line quilting for this one. And I bound it in a beautiful blue fabric from the Freshly picked line.

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I’m so excited to see everyone’s versions!!

You can get your copy here:
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD  
PAPER PATTERN(available Oct 18th, was delayed at the printers)
OUTSIDE USA CUSTOMERS

My Quilt testers did an awesome job with this quilt!

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Cindy Price Kelley blog

Lori Hagen 2

Amy Cornutt 3

Jennie Rummells for listing

joanne harris listing

Connie Ericson Whan‎ blog

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Sheri Bing listing

Sandra Tiedeman‎ blog

Gaiella Cupitt‎ blog

Carrie Frances Sims‎ blog

You can get your copy here:
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD  
PAPER PATTERN(available Oct 18th, was delayed at the printers)
OUTSIDE USA CUSTOMERS

 

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Left The Nest Quilt

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Paper Pattern
Digital Download Pattern
International Quilters – Download here!

Stash Fabrics has a Throw size Kit!!!

This summer my oldest Nephew graduated high school. I wanted to make him a special quilt that he can keep and snuggle in forever! A lot of my quilt patterns lean toward the girly side, so I wanted to design something that could be masculine. I had been playing around with the idea of making a quilt with lots of flying geese units and some dead space and this designed popped in my head! It reminds me of a flock of ducks flying south for the winter. So I decided to name this quilt Left the Nest because of the flying geese block, but also because the quilt recipient is now moving on to a new chapter in his life. All that hard work in high school has paid off and now he has graduated with an AA. We are all so proud of him!

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This quilt is designed to have 3 background fabrics going from light to dark (right to left) and 5 main fabrics going from dark to light (right to left). But you can also make it using 1 background fabric easily but adding all the background pieces together.

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When I quilted this one I wanted to add more interest in the empty spaces than just straight lines from the top to the bottom of the quilt. So I mimicked the shapes of the Flying geese block. I love how it turned out!

The quilt is designed so the larger the size quilt you make, the larger the size pieces you will use. Baby, Throw, Twin and Quilt all have the same layout. The King size has a couple added blocks to make the quilt a square shape.

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This quilt pattern is great for the adventurous beginner to intermediate quilter.

I’d love to see your versions! On Instagram you can use the hashtag #LeftTheNestQuilt or you can post your photo’s in my Quilt Along Group!

Digital Download Pattern
Paper Pattern
International Quilters – Download here!

My testers really hit it out of the park! I love all of their great color combos!

Made by Marg Sharpe
Marg Sharpe (2)

Made by Lori Hagen
Lori Hagen

Made by Dawn Benz
Dawn Benz (2)

Made by Sheri Bing
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Made by Connie Ericson Whan
Connie Ericson Whan

Made by Cindy Price Kelly
Cindy Price Kelley (2)

Made by Michelle Graham
Michelle Graham

Made by Amy Cornutt
Amy Cornutt

 

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Week 7 – Frame It QAL – Finish the Last 4 Blocks

Week 7 Frame It QAL
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Welcome to Week 7 of the Frame it Quilt Along! We are so close to finishing our quilts! Yay!

This week we will be finishing the last 4 blocks of our throw size quilt tops! If you are making a different size quilt, you will need to make more blocks this week.

You can find the Digital and Paper Pattern (USA and Canada) in my shop 15% OFF thru April 9th!!  If you are located outside the USA or Canada you can find the pattern in my Etsy Shop!!

Next week – Finishing your quilt – Things you will need:
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)

JOIN ME for a LIVE Video today (March 26, 2019) at 10:00 am PDT (West Coast USA). I will be jumping on to check to see if anyone has questions! If you can’t join me LIVE, the video will be saved to the Facebook Group, it will be available on Instagram for 24 hours and I will upload it to my YouTube channel.

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and Pick out Fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut out our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make Center Units (Square in Square Blocks) (Steps 1-4)
Mar. 12 – Week 5: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 19 – Week 6: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 26 – Week 7: Finish 4 Blocks
Apr. 2 – Week 8: Add Sashing and Finish Quilt

Join the Quilt Along by posting your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #FrameItQAL
OR Join the Facebook Quilt Along Group and post your progress photo there!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

 

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Week 6 – Frame It QAL – Finish 4 More Blocks

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We are now on Week 6 of the Frame It Quilt Along! This week we will be making 4 more quilt blocks! The quilt along is following the Throw size quilt, so if you are making a different size, make extra blocks this week!

These blocks go together super quick, so it’s not too late to join in!

You can get your Frame It Quilt Pattern here – Paper or Digital pattern (USA or Canada)
Digital Worldwide.

Here are my first 4 blocks that I made last week!

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JOIN ME for a LIVE Video today (March 19, 2019) at 10:00 am PDT (West Coast USA). I will be jumping on to check to see if anyone has questions! If you can’t join me LIVE, the video will be saved to the Facebook Group, it will be available on Instagram for 24 hours and I will upload it to my YouTube channel.

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and Pick out Fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut out our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make Center Units (Square in Square Blocks) (Steps 1-4)
Mar. 12 – Week 5: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 19 – Week 6: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 26 – Week 7: Finish 4 Blocks
Apr. 2 – Week 8: Add Sashing and Finish Quilt

Join the Quilt Along by posting your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #FrameItQAL
OR Join the Facebook Quilt Along Group and post your progress photo there!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Week 5 – Frame It QAL – Finish 4 Blocks

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Yay! It’s week 5 of the Frame It Quilt Along! This week we will be finishing 4 of our blocks (If you are making the Throw size, adjust according to what size you are making).

Get your copy of the Frame It Quilt Pattern HERE!

Tips for finishing your block:

  • Make sure to square up your block after each step.
  • Check the beginning and end of your seam, make sure they are a consistent scant 1/4 inch seam all the way across.
  • Finger press your seams open, then press with your iron.

JOIN ME for a LIVE Video today (March 12, 2019) at 10:00 am PDT (West Coast USA). I will be going over how to finish our quilt blocks. I will also be answering any questions you have! If you can’t join me LIVE, the video will be saved to the Facebook Group, it will be available on Instagram for 24 hours and I will upload it to my YouTube channel.

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and Pick out Fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut out our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make Center Units (Square in Square Blocks) (Steps 1-4)
Mar. 12 – Week 5: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 19 – Week 6: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 26 – Week 7: Finish 4 Blocks
Apr. 2 – Week 8: Add Sashing and Finish Quilt

Join the Quilt Along by posting your progress photo’s on Instagram with the hashtag #FrameItQAL
OR Join the Facebook Quilt Along Group and post your progress photo there!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Week 3 – Frame It QAL – Cutting our Pieces

Welcome to week 3 of the Frame It Quilt Along! The first two weeks of the quilt along were dedicated to pick out our fabrics! This week we will be cutting out our pieces.

If you still need to grab your pattern click below:
Digital Pattern (USA and Canada)
PAPER Pattern (USA and Canada)
Digital (Worldwide)

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I bought this beautiful bundle from Southern Fabrics! I was going to go with Kona Cotton in Silver, one of my usual background fabrics. But I thought it would have better contrast and make the prints pop better if I went with Kona Cotton in Iron.

Tips for cutting your pieces:
If you are cutting from yardage, I recommend cutting your largest pieces out first. Then cut the smaller pieces out next. This will insure that you have enough fabric for the whole quilt.
If you are using Fat Quarters, check out the cutting diagram in the pattern.
If you are making the Baby size you will be cutting out less pieces from each fat quarter than you would be if you are making the Throw, Twin, Queen or King size.

And as always, measure twice and cut once!

LIVE VIDEO
Join me for the Live Video today (Feb. 26th) at 10 am PST (West Coast USA). If you can’t watch Live, the video will be saved in my Facebook group. It will also be available for 24 hours on Instagram. After that I will upload it to my YouTube channel.

Join the quilt along fun by posting a progress photo on Instagram with the hashtag #FrameItQAL
or post a progress photo in the Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Along Group!

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and Pick out Fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut out our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make Center Units (Square in Square Blocks) (Steps 1-4)
Mar. 12 – Week 5: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 19 – Week 6: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 26 – Week 7: Finish 4 Blocks
Apr. 2 – Week 8: Add Sashing and Finish Quilt

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Frame It QAL Coming Soon!!

I asked in my Quilt Along Group which pattern everyone would like to make next as a quilt along and the majority voted for my Frame It Quilt Pattern. I love the modern look of this pattern!

Get the Digital Pattern!
Printed Paper Pattern (USA and Canada Only)

16 inch Blocks
Fat Quarter Friendly – includes cutting diagram!
Scrap Friendly!

Dates: February 12 – April 2nd
25% OFF the pattern thru March 11th!  Get your Pattern February 12!

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This pattern will be released in my shop on Feb. 12 with two versions.
*Digital PDF download
*Printed Color PDF mailed to you (USA and Canada ONLY – this will be cost a little more to cover the printing and shipping fees)
The patterns will be 25% OFF the first month of the quilt along, then 15% OFF thru the remainder of the quilt along.

What you will get:
Both versions will come with the Main pattern and 2 supplementals. One supplemental will give you directions how to make the square in square blocks with Half Square Triangles. The second will give you directions how to make the square in square block with the Stitch and Flip method.
The main pattern uses triangles cut on the bias. So I thought I’d give these two other options for those that are worried about sewing triangles.
I found that if you are gentle with your fabric and sew slowly, you shouldn’t have a problem with sewing the triangles on the bias. For extra help you can starch your fabric before cutting.

Quilt Size: Throw – 56 x 74 inches (12 blocks)
I will be making the Throw size, but you can choose which ever size you would like and adjust how many blocks you will finish in weeks 5 – 7.
These sizes are also in the pattern: Baby (4 blocks), Twin (20 blocks), Queen (30 blocks) and King (36 blocks)

Quilt Along Schedule:
Feb. 12 – Week 1-2: Get Pattern and pick out fabrics
Feb. 26 – Week 3: Cut our pieces
Mar. 5 – Week 4: Make center units (Square in Square Block) (Step 1 – 4)
Mar. 12 – Week 5: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 19 – Week 6: Finish 4 Blocks
Mar. 26 – Week 7: Finish 4 Blocks
Apr. 2 – Week 8: Add sashing and Finish Quilt

Each week I will have a LIVE video to go over that weeks step and answer any questions you have! You will be able to view my LIVE videos in my Facebook Quilt Along Group: Happy Cloud Creations Quilt Alongs OR my Instagram.
After the video is done, I will upload it to my YouTube page for easy access!

How to Follow Along:
*Follow Along on Instagram with the hashtag #frameitqal
*Join the Quilt Along Group and post your progress photos with the group.
*I will post a blog post every Tuesday of the Quilt along and have LIVE video in the Facebook Quilt Along Group and on my Instagram Stories.
*You can sign up for my Newsletter to get weekly reminders!

Since I have received a lot of requests for the Fabric Requirements early, you can download them now! Make sure to decided which way you would like to make the blocks. The main pattern, half square triangle and stitch and flip versions all have slightly different fabric requirements.
If you like to pre-wash your fabric or if you are worried about miss cutting, but a little extra!

DOWNLOAD: Frame It Fabric Requirements

Download the Digital Pattern

Printed Paper pattern

I’m so excited to make this quilt with you all!!
Andrea


Here are some of my Testers versions!

Cindy Price Kelley

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Marg Sharpe

Marg Sharpe

Julie Anne Ricketts

Julie Anne Ricketts

Sheri Bing

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Joanne Harris

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Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along!!!

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Welcome to the Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Quilt Along!! This quilt along will consist of directions for 1 block a week for 9 weeks! Each block will be FREE to download!

Click here to download the Fabric Amounts Coloring Page Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler Pattern
Flying Geese Cloudy Day Quilt Sampler

This quilt is heavy on the 4 at 1 time no waste flying geese. If you prefer making your flying geese using the 1 at a time method or using 2 half square triangles to make your geese, I would suggest purchasing a little extra fabric. (I will provide a PDF that tells you what pieces you will need to cut to make the Flying Geese with the 1 at a time method or the half square triangle method).

You can use a jelly roll for Color A, all other colors have larger than 2 1/2 inch pieces.

Our Quilt Along Schedule is at the bottom of this blog post.

This quilt would be great using the 4 main colors, or going totally scrappy! I’m so excited to see what fabrics you pic!
On Instagram use the hashtag: #cloudydayqal
On Facebook you can join the quilt along group to share your progress: JOIN THE GROUP

Here are some suggested colorways:

Colorways Cloudy Day

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 Fabric Selection:
On Instagram use the hashtag: #cloudydayqal

On Facebook you can join the quilt along group: JOIN THE GROUP

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Sapphire Lane Quilt

IMG_6012My Sapphire Lane Quilt Pattern is now in my shop and ready for download!!

Download Sapphire Lane Quilt Pattern

PAPER PATTERN

When I was designing this pattern, I was trying to create a Large block, when repeated would create an additional pattern. I also didn’t want it to have a lot of half square triangles or flying geese. I also wanted to use this stack of gorgeous Indah Batiks by Me + You Fabrics.

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I decided to go with strip piecing, to make the blocks go together super quick. The pattern also includes the amount of squares needed if you decided not to go with strip piecing or make a scrappy version.

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These are 21 inch finished blocks, so you only need 4 blocks for the baby size!

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I wanted to keep the quilting simple on this one. So I marked out a line 1/2 inch from each seam (top to bottom). Then I quilted down the center, making all my quilting lines about 1 inch apart. I love quilting this close together, it gives the quilt great texture when washed and dried.

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I went with the dark teal as the binding to tie in the center squares. I like to sew my binding to the front of the quilt and then hand sew it to the back.

The weather is finally cooperating here in Washington, so I was able to get a full quilt photo today. The only issue I had was the wind kept wanting to blow my quilt and holder over!

Sapphire Lane

This pattern has instructions to make a baby, throw, queen and king size quilt!!
When posting pictures of your quilt on social media use the hashtag #sapphirelanequilt or #happycloudcreations I’d love to see your version!!

Download Now!

PAPER PATTERN

Happy Quilting!!

Andrea 🙂