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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.
With right sides of fabric facing each other, l
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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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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Aloha Ripple Quilt Along

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Welcome to the Aloha Ripple Quilt Along!!

I’ve noticed most quilt alongs quilts consist of either sampler blocks or a bunch of the block. So I thought it would be fun to do something different! The Aloha Ripple quilt has a modern over all design, but it is still made with distinct blocks. The blocks are made up of squares, half square triangle and flying geese blocks. Each week we will have a new step of quilt. I will be posting a new blog post each week to go over that weeks step. I will also be filming a live video each week to go over the step and answer any questions in the Facebook Group.

This quilt is perfect for the adventurous beginner to intermediate quilter. It would look great in a variety of fabrics. I would recommend picking a contrasting fabric for the background, so the design pops. The pattern comes with directions for a Baby, Throw and Queen size quilt, so you can decide which size is perfect for you.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Aloha Ripple Quilt Pattern

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD King Size Aloha Ripple Quilt – Supplement Updated

Here is the 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!

I’m so excited to see all of your progress during this quilt along! Make sure to post your photo on social media with the hash tag #AlohaRippleQAL or post your photos in the Facebook Group!  CLICK HERE

My original Aloha Ripple Quilt was made for my parents-in-law for their anniversary. I thought they would like a bright and cheerful quilt. They both love visiting Hawaii and the quilt was made with Kona Cotton. So I decided to name the quilt Aloha Ripple!
I quilted the quilt in a straight line fashion mimicking the design. I bound it in a fun black and white dot fabric and backed it with the beautiful purple I used on the front.

Fabrics use in mine: Red, Orange, Canary, Grasshopper, Bahama Blue, Royal, Magenta and Pimatex Basics Pin Dot all by Robert Kaufman

My second Aloha Ripple quilt was a baby size quilt! I wanted to use up some of my stash so I found a bunch of solids that went great together!

If you couldn’t tell, I love Kona Cottons! These are: Grape mist, Aloe, Purrisan, Gumdrop, Ultra Marine, Noble Purple and Medium Grey

I found this awesome fabric from the Black and White Collection by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I didn’t have enough of one fabric for the binding, so I decided to use them all!

I’m looking forward to seeing all of your fabric choices and the beautiful quilts you make!

Post your photo on social media with the hash tag #AlohaRippleQAL or post your photos in the Facebook Group!  CLICK HERE

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Pacific Northwest Plaid Quilt

PacificNorthwestPlaidQuilt (2)Yay! My Pacific Northwest Plaid Quilt pattern is all finished! I’m super happy with how it turned out!  You can find this quilt pattern in my Shop and Etsy shop (For EU Customers)!!


Earlier this year I gifted my parents one of my Snowy Day Quilt Samplers for their anniversary! After I gave it to them I realized it would be hard for them to share it. My Mom claimed it haha! So I decided I would make my Dad his own quilt.

Growing up my Dad used to always wear those cozy Flannel plaid shirt/coats. So I really wanted to try to design a quilt resembling plaid! Once my design was picked, I went to my trusty Kona Color Card to find the perfect colors. We live in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State. We are surrounding by oceans, lakes, rain (lots and lots of rain), evergreen trees and green grass. So I decided to go with blues and greens and a little bit of silver.  It just so happens that our local sports teams fashion the same colors! Go Seahawks!

From left to right: (All Kona Cotton) Silver, Lake, Jungle, Prussian, and Parrot

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This quilt went together very quickly! The quilt is full of square and rectangles, so once your fabric is cut, it’s block making time. If you are looking for a quilt to make in a weekend, this one’s for you!

I decided to go with a straight line quilting about 1 inch apart. I like the texture it gives once the quilt is washed and dried.

You can find this quilt pattern in my Craftsy and Etsy shops!!

My Shop
Etsy (For EU customers. Etsy collect the correct amount of tax and send it to the government.)

I can’t wait to see your version of this quilt!! On social media use the hashtags #pacificnorthwestplaidquilt or #happycloudcreations

Have a wonderful day!

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!

Click here

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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Pointed Quilt

IMG_4976 (3)Yay! My Pointed Quilt is done! I’ve been seeing a lot of quilts turned on-point and I thought it would be awesome to try to make one myself.

Download the pattern today!!

I was trying to design a block that was Fat Quarter friendly. This block is similar to my block 7 of the Snowy Day Quilt Sampler. The block in my Pointed quilt is a little smaller and turned on-point!

Since this block uses different size pieces through out, you must make sure to use an accurate scant 1/4 inch seam. This will ensure that all of your pieces line up correctly.

You can make sure you are using a scant 1/4 inch seam by taking 3 –  2 1/2 x 4 inch strips. Sew them all together lengthwise. The center strip will measure 2 inches wide finished, if you are using a scant 1/4 inch seam.

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I have been trying to decide on a pattern to use this beautiful Garden Secrets fabric by Sarah Watson for Cloud9 Fabrics. After I drew up my pattern I thought this fabric line would be perfect.

The math for a on-point quilt is a little different than a regular quilt. Once I got my mind wrapped around the idea. It was go time! The quilt goes together pretty quickly.

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Once my quilt was all finished I decided to go with a beautiful purple backing fabric. This fabric is Kona Cotton in Gumdrop by Robert Kaufman. I like to use my Kona Color chart to pick out the perfect shade of fabric.

I also found the perfect shade of Cotton Gutterman thread that matches the Ice Frappe Background fabric.

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I decided to quilt this to mimic the points. I usually opt for a straight line quilting, which is much faster. This one took more time, but was totally worth it. I love how it turned out!

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In an effort to use up my stash, I decided to go with a scrappy binding! I used two fat quarters of the dash print and some scraps of a couple of the other light colored fabrics.20171007_154017

You can download the pattern today!!

Make sure to use the hashtag #pointedquilt

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Arrows Away Quilt – Free Pattern!!

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(Pattern Download is at the bottom of this blog post)

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Are you looking for a quick an easy quilt? Maybe you have a baby shower coming up. Or you have a son or daughter going to college soon and you want to give them a special gift. Well, this Arrows Away Quilt is perfect for making a super quick, easy and modern quilt!
The first time I made this quilt, was about a year ago. I love using big blocks! It makes the quilt go together super quick. Also, you can show of gorgeous big prints.

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The first throws size version was slightly smaller than the pattern. After research, I found out more people prefer larger size throw than my original version. My research also showed people prefer a rectangle shaped quilt over a square size quilt. So I added a strip of sashing to the top and bottom of the original design to make it more of a rectangle.

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You can download your FREE Copy here: Arrows Away Quilt Pattern

I’d love to see your Arrows Away quilt! On social media use the hashtag #happycloudcreations

Happy Quilting!
Andrea


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The Beauty of Solids

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Let me tell you a secret. I used to think Solid colored fabric was SO boring!!! I never purchased solids for my quilts or projects. I’d use a dot fabric or a fabric with a white on white pattern.

And then I joined Instagram. I saw all these gorgeous quilts that had solids in them! They looked so balanced, not too busy and so so pretty!

So I decided I’d go out of my comfort zone and make an all solids quilt! Yes ALL solids!! Crazy huh! I found the perfect pattern, a Tetris quilt for my husband. I loved how it turned out so much! The Kona Cotton fabric by Robert Kaufman is so vibrant!

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Solids can help balance out your quilt and showcase the block designs. If you have too many busy prints the design can get lost.

So I had some left over solids from my Tetris quilt and I decided to test out my Stepping Stone Quilt pattern with the solids too. I love how it turned out too!

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I bound it with a Black with White dash fabric called Thicket by Gingiber for Moda and the backing fabric is made by Riley Blake. This quilt is listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

 

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Then I saw this awesome fabric from Arrow Flight by  Michael Miller fabric and got inspired to make the front of my quilt mimic the backing fabric.

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So I came up with my super easy Colorful tiles quilt pattern.

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This Colorful tiles quilt is also listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

I used the Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Color chart to help pick some of the solids for the front of this quilt.

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This color charts is super awesome! It’s great for picking out backing fabric and coordinating solids. You can buy one online from a variety of quilt fabric shops. What’s also cool, is this color chart matches up with all of the Kona Cotton fabric sold a Joann Fabric Stores online and in store

If an all solids quilt isn’t for you. You can try to mix more solids in with your quilt to help the pattern pop. Like in my X Marks the spot quilt. The white fabric makes the design pop. You can find the pattern here.

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So if you haven’t made an ALL solids go try it!! Or at least try adding some solids to your next quilt, I’m sure you will love it!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea