Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Fat Quarter Snowballs

Happy Summer! Today is actually my birthday and what a better way to celebrate than a new, free short cut quilt tutorial by Fat Quarter Shop! This is a fun quilt that only uses 2 different blocks to create such a unique look. When I saw the mock-up for the quilt, I wondered how it would look in solids. Then I got to thinking further that maybe I could limit myself to just a few colors and it would create an interesting effect. I never know if things will actually turn out like my mind’s eye sees it before I get sewing, but I am very pleased with how this turned out. I used just 3 Moda Bella solids: 30’s Blue, Royal Blue, and trusty 97 white. These were some of the complimentary blue’s from the Moda line Feed Sacks True Blue by Linzee Kull McCray. I tried to keep the quilting simple and in a way that complimented the design of the quilt. For a showcase of the other blogger’s quilts and a link to the free tutorial, be sure to visit Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber.

#jensfillerblocks (6″ quilt blocks) Round Up

As many of you may have noticed on instagram and facebook, there is another version of the Splendid Sampler book being released in the fall with some freebies released before then. I thought this would be a great time to remind any of you who might be looking for 6″ quilt blocks to add to this quilt, or any other, that I have 33 of them on my Tutorials page, towards the bottom. All of the blocks there either have free instructions right there or a link to a free tutorial elsewhere.

#DashAlong With Us!

 

It’s that time of year again!! Kairle Oaks and I are hosting another Christmas in July Quiltalong and we so hope you’ll join us! We thought it would be fun to offer instructions on how to make a churn dash block and cutting instructions for 2 different sized quilts to offer as much variety as we possibly could to you! Kairle will be making her quilt as an actual Christmas quilt (in possibly the cutest Christmas fabric EVER Swell Christmas) and I will be making mine in a different style for those of us who maybe have enough Christmas quilts, or maybe want to make a quilt to gift for Christmas (using Panorama by Cotton + Steel). As with all of our quiltalongs, we like to provide a loose schedule to follow should you be inclined, but please don’t feel like you have to keep up. It is summer. Kids are home. Lives are busy! Here is the schedule we will try to stick to:

Week 1 (July 2-8): Do all of your cutting and make all B1 pieces (this should make sense once you have downloaded the free PDF patterns below)

Week 2 (July 9-15): Sew and trim all half square triangles (piece A1)

Week 3 (July 16-22): Assemble all of your quilt blocks

Week 4 (July 23-31): Assemble your quilt top

My wonderful husband has helped in creating a PDF for the cutting instructions as well as diagrams for block construction. Kairle figured out the background cutting and requirements for a 72″ x 84″ quilt (which uses 42 layer cake squares and makes 42 blocks) and 60″ x 72″ (which uses 30 layer cake squares and makes 30 blocks). It is available for download in either a tablet/desktop friendly format or a mobile friendly format.

We hope to have some fun giveaways lined up and look forward to having you #dashalong with us! Get it? Churn Dash? Dashing through the snow? Yes? No? … Either way, I’m chuckling for sure and can’t wait to see your beautiful quilts. 🙂 Below are the PDF patterns. If you’re like me and really only look at patterns on your phone, download the mobile PDF and save yourself the hassle of zooming and scrolling sideways.

Desktop/Tablet PDF

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Mobile PDF

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Quilter’s offering discounts on quilting: (I will do my best to update this as more offers come in)

Molly of Lovely Threads Quilting (@mollylovelythreads on instagram)- $89 for custom quilting on 60″ x 72″ and $109 for 72″ x 84″, does not include batting.

Rhonda of Olie and Evie (@olieandevie on instagram) – 10% off any quilting design and 10% off batting.

Nicole of @toomanycrafts on Instagram – 15% off quilting, does not include batting

Kaylene of @quilterlove66 on Instagram – 15% off any regular priced quilting design, does not include batting

Amy of @herding_cats_quilting on instagram – 20$ off either edge to edge or custom free motion quilting

Denise of @happyvalleyquilting on Instagram – .0125/inch any pattern if quilt is received before 8/31/18.