Every year Fat Quarter Shop hosts a fabulous quiltalong that benefits a specific charity. This year they have chosen St. Jude’s children’s hospital! Each month January-July there will be one block pattern in 2 sizes to complete. At the end there is a really fun way to make the setting unique. It is suggested that per pattern you use, you donate $5 to St. Jude’s by clicking this link or following the same link from one of Fat Quarter Shop’s blog postings. For the first month, we get to make Watermelon Wheel. It’s a clever block that is really simple to construct, thanks to strip piecing! For the block, head to this Fat Quarter Shop post!
Do you have a collection of mini charm packs or am I the only one? I never, ever know what to do with them. I’ve used them to make pouches in the past, but there are ALWAYS, always mini charms left over. When Fat Quarter Shop opened up participation in this quiltalong, I was so excited because this quilt uses mini charms!!!!!!!!! The shortcut version I made is a small baby quilt, and it uses 4 mini charm packs. I chose to use Modern Background Luster Metallic by Zen Chic for Moda, but could you imagine making a bigger version and mixing different lines of mini charms together? It would be such a fun quilt and it would be a great stash buster. The components for this quilt come together very quickly and will definitely be a quilt I’ll be making again. To get the free pattern, visit The Jolly Jabber, Fat Quarter Shop’s blog and then get to stash shopping!
Who doesn’t love a good plus sign quilt? I know they are one of my very favorite things to make and I couldn’t be more excited to share this Fat Quarter Cobblestone quilt in Berry Merry by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics. The quilt blocks are large enough to fully enjoy these adorable prints. This short cut version uses 25 fat quarters and zero background fabric. It is a great bundle buster! Sometimes the hardest part of finally opening that favorite fat quarter bundle is having a quilt in mind that will showcase the treasured fabrics instead of cut them into tiny pieces. To get the FREE pattern, visit Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber. Don’t they look like chubby plus signs?!? They are so cute!
For my version, I decided to try my hand at free motion quilting a holly and berries motif. It took a little bit of practice, but I’m very proud of the way it turned out. I settled on a red thread color because if I’m going to take the time to FMQ, I like to be able to see it! Make sure to check out the other size options in the pattern as well, including a cute baby sized quilt!