Half-Square Triangle Quilt in Create Fabric (free tutorial!)

I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for a good way to use up small-ish cuts of fabric in a meaningful way. If you have just (10) fat quarters or (10) 1/4 yard cuts as well as 2 yards of background fabric, I have the quilt for you! This quilt finishes at 60″ x 72″ and is the perfect size for a nice snuggle quilt and it really only requires that much fabric!!!

For this quilt, I used the amazingly saturated and beautiful line of fabric by Riley Blake Designs debut designer Kristy Lea of Quiet Play. She is known for her amazing foundation paper piecing patterns and a love of all things gradient and rainbow. This fabric line is exactly what I would expect her to design, in the best way. Bright. Vibrant. FUN!

I used 10 different prints from Create as well as Blossom Rainbow (C730-Rainbow) for this fun quilt.

To start your quilt, you’ll need to cut out your fabric.

Cut (10) 7″ x width of fabric (WOF) squares of background

From each fat quarter or 1/4 yard, cut (6) 7″ squares

Once your fabric is cut, mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 7″ square of background fabric

Sew 1/4″ away from the center on BOTH sides, then cut down the drawn line to separate the half-square triangles (HSTs).

Press to the print side, then trim each HST to 6 1/2″. I love my Bloc Loc ruler when it comes to trimming HSTs. It saves my sanity every single time.

Arrange the HSTs into vertical rows of 12 triangles, sew the HSTs together into rows, then sew the rows together into a top. It really does feel like magic to make such a useable size quilt from such a small amount of fabric!

I backed this quilt in a Kaleidoscope Riley Blake print in Shamrock. I wanted to deviate from my norm (pink) and I love the vibrant hue of this backing. Kristy smartly designed some stripes that make for a perfect binding. Look for Create to hit your local quilt shop or favorite online shop soon!

Pre-cuts Countdown Chain in Santa Claus Lane

Christmas fabrics are some of my very favorite to collect and use. They are bright, happy, and make me smile. This latest collection by Melissa Mortenson called Santa Claus Lane for Riley Blake Designs is no exception. In my house, pink and aqua are Christmas colors. I love the non-traditional addition to red and green. This line fits in great with my Christmas aesthetic.

A few years ago, I made each of our siblings and parents a Pre-cuts Countdown Chain by Holly Lesué. It was a really fun labor of love. Looking to the future, I also made an extra set for my kids so they could have them when they’re all grown up. I hope they want them… either way, they’ve been made while I have the energy to do so. Little did I know at the time I was making these Christmas countdown chains that we would have a surprise baby. When I saw this fabric range I knew it would make the perfect set of pre-cuts countdown chains for our daughter.

I love the metallic details sprinkled in here and there and the perfect shades of mint green and pink. Having made now probably 14 sets of countdown chains, I can say they are a favorite project to reset my creative energy. If you are interested in making your own, Holly of Maker Valley offers the pattern in her shop.

Santa Claus Lane by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs is shipping to your favorite quilt shop soon, so keep an eye out for all of your Christmas project needs!

Quilt Porch Parade Week 4

Another week has come and gone. We are all feeling more restless, but also enjoying the wonderful weather we have been blessed with. Here are this week’s quilts!

This is a free tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop called Jolly Bar Meringue.

Another version of Dutchman’s Dilemma (and my favorite version by far!) The pattern is available in my etsy shop.

Oh Tessie. How we love you! This is Tessellation in original V and Co. Ombre and is a quilt that looks harder to make than it is. Truly! It brings me so much joy whenever I see it.

This was Fat Quarter Shop’s St. Jude’s charity quilt from 2018. I LOVE how creative they get with the settings for their quilts. Never in a million years would I have thought to do it this way, and for that reason alone it is one we love!

Garden Snails by Pen and Paper Patterns with my very favorite Pink Flamingo kona cotton background. This one just makes me smile, and how could it not!

Fall Breeze by Vanessa Christensen in original Ombre. I’ve lost count of how many ombre quilts I’ve made, but I am pretty sure it’s more than 7….. why reinvent the wheel??

This is a 2×4 quilt (tutorial by Film in the Fridge) that includes blocks made in a swap that I participated in a few years ago. It was meant to mimic a similar quilt that Holly Lesuè of Maker Valley made. I hand quilted it and it is one snuggly quilt!