Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Fat Quarter Cobblestone Quilt

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!

How to: Make Frankenbatting

IT’S ALIIIIIIIVE!!!!!!!!

I couldn’t resist. So what is frankenbatting? I heard this terminology from Julie Schloemer on Instagram and it made me laugh so hard I could never call it anything else. Frankenbatting is essentially smaller pieces of batting sewn together to make a useable piece. I have used frankenbatting in several quilts. It take some time, but if you get sick of throwing away quilt trimmings, this is the use for you! There are a few ways to make this, but here’s my favorite:

  1. Start by gathering your pieces of batting. I only save and therefore use the largest trimming left over from (generally) the bottom of the quilt.
  2. Trim down the largest edges so they are straight. This is SUPER important to make sure your frankenbatting doesn’t get wonky and bumpy later. It does not matter much if your batting pieces are the same length (or width). Just work with what you have and build it up to be big enough for your current quilt needs.
  3. Sew 2 pieces together using a zig zag stitch. You do not want to overlap the batting. Just butt the pieces up next to each other and sew. 
  4. When you’re done, here’s what each seam will look like:
  5. Keep following this process until you have built up enough batting for project.

I have never had any issues with any quilts in which I have used frankenbatting. You cannot tell once it’s quilted, and even before, that there are any seams in the batting. It’s a great way to use up something that otherwise would be trash and save yourself a few bucks. Have you ever used one of the methods to make frankenbatting? What’s your preferred way?

Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Lady of the Lake

There is just something I love so much about mixing classic blocks with modern fabrics. From the minute Fat Quarter Shop said “go!” on their latest quiltalong, I knew I wanted to use a hot pink, modern print for my sample block of their Lady of the Lake quilt. Don’t let all of the half square triangles intimidate you. They’ve given some great tips and tricks on how to make multiples at once. You cannot beat the stunning way this looks in their sample quilt using The Good Life by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. Click on this link {Jolly Jabber Blog} to go to the Fat Quarter Shop blog and read all about this fun quiltalong!