#jensfillerblocks Kindred

Here’s a fun, easy, fast #jensfillerblocks for your Filler Block Friday! This is the pattern included in the Hello Darling Frivol’s kit by Moda. I had wanted to make one and finally someone posted where you can find the pattern to download for FREE. The finished block as specified in the instructions will be 6.25″ instead of 6.5″, but don’t you worry. I’ve modified it a smidgen to make it work. 

After you download your pattern and make sense of it all, substitute 3-1/4″ squares for the QSTs and 2-3/4″ for the HSTs. This will give you plenty of space for when you trim your block down. I promise that should make sense after you look through the pattern. 

I used my 6.5″ blocloc ruler to trim my block down, simply because it is 6.5″ square. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand. This would be SO cute as a scrappy block and frankly, I think I need to make one of those today, assuming my children cooperate! 

#jensfillerblocks Outlined Plus

After making an entire quilt of Outlined Plus blocks, you’d think I’d be sick of them, but I’m not. They are just so fun and such a different take on a plus block. I did the math to shrink this block and have loved having something so striking in my sampler. I have spoken with Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and she gave me permission to share the cutting instructions IF you already own the pattern for either the stand alone quilt block in Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks volume 11 or her quilt pattern available in her Etsy shop. If this is you, please shoot me an email jen@heritage-threads.com and I’ll get you the cutting instructions. This is not in an attempt to sell a bunch of her patterns, but in an attempt to not share her pattern information without giving her the credit she deserves for designing this. Please choose to be honest and not request the cutting instructions (which are literally only that CUTTING instructions) without owning the pattern. You’ll need it for assembly instructions as well as I will only be providing cutting instructions. How many times can I say cutting instructions in one post?? Apparently at least 4. 

How to: Achieve a gradient effect in your quilt


I have come to love having a gradient effect in my quilts. I have done it on at least 4 and every time it just makes me so happy. I know some of you have expressed interest in seeing how I do it. There are probably 100 different ways to achieve this same effect. There is no right or wrong way. This is just how I like to do it.

First I start by separating my blocks by color.

I like to start with the lightest blocks, so in this case the ones with a white background. Place these in the upper left corner of your quilt, making sure to add in any spacer blocks that your pattern may require. I’m making Flirty by April Rosenthal here and there are spacers along the top and sides.


Grab your next color (in my case yellow) and fill in the spaces on the diagonal.

Continue adding blocks in color by color.

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Here is my end result of this experiment.


This color gradation just didn’t work for me. I moved some things around and was soooooo much happier with the result.

Once you make a quilt or two, it’s so easy to get the hang of it and you’ll be on your way to rainbow-tizing the world before you know it. 🙂