Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Stars Stripes and Dots

Patriotic Quilts. Either you want to make a million or you are like me and you have struggled to find something that inspired you enough to go for it. THIS quilt is literally the first patriotic quilt I have ever wanted to make. I LOOOOOOVE this pattern because it looks like an actual flag, but obviously modified to be a quilt. Today the Fat Quarter Shop is releasing the kits and the free pattern for this Stars Stripes and Dots quilt. It is so fast and easy and you will love making it just as much as I did.

I realized one of my issues with patriotic quilts is that I do not love the boldness of the red. I am not a red lover. When inspiration struck for this quilt, I knew it would be something I could possibly love enough to keep and use every summer.

I decided to use Essex linen for this top. I have never made a top completely out of linen. Before I get to the colors I used, which I know is why some of you are here, I thought I’d share my biggest tip for working with linen: keep track of the right and wrong sides of the fabric. If you do not do this, things get weird. I know from first hand experience. Others would say to starch, I didn’t and things worked out great! I use lots of steam and lots of heat, even with linen. The pattern calls for triangles on a roll, but I decided to make the triangles and trim using my Bloc Loc and it worked out great.

Here are the colors of essex I used for this quilt:

Linen

Denim

Red

Scarlet Homespun

I really hope if you choose to make this that you will tag me @heritage.threads on instagram so I can see your quilt come together. It will become a family favorite for picnics, fireworks, and parades for years to come.

For the blog post containing the FREE pattern and kit options, here are the links for you:

Fat Quarter Shop Blog

Quilt Kit

Backing Kit

Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Precut Parade

Fat Quarter Shop has recently updated their website and now has sorted their free patterns based on precut type that the pattern uses! It is super easy to search and gather inspiration for any precuts you *may* have sitting on your shelf that need a project. 🙂 HERE

I used Sun Print 2018 to make the Jelly Roll Twist pattern. Let me tell you, it is a super SUPER fast pattern to make. I did have some lessons that I learned as I made this quilt that pertain to using Jelly Rolls that I thought I’d pass on.

Each fabric line differs in the number of prints that are in it, yet each jelly roll has 42 strips. What this means is that each Jelly Roll has a different number of repeat prints in it. Some have zero, some have 21. When you are choosing a pattern, it is important to have an idea of how many repeat prints there are in your Jelly Roll. When I chose this pattern, I didn’t think through this very well. In the end, I don’t think this quilt ended up being as fun as it could have had I been more careful in choosing my Jelly Roll.

I still really like this quilt, but if I had used a jelly roll that had minimal repeat prints instead of many, this quilt would have a completely different look and feel. Jelly Rolls are my favorite precut. They are so easy to use and they save so much time cutting endless strips for projects. They also help you achieve a scrappy look without having to put a lot of thought into how to pull it off.

What is your favorite precut? Are you team jelly roll like me??

Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Jolly Bar Bon Bons

Today The Fat Quarter Shop is releasing a new, FREE, easy and fast quilt tutorial called Jolly Bar Bon Bons. It uses 1 jolly bar (or half of a layer cake) and a bit of yardage to make a fun  and easy quilt. I used Garden Variety by Lella Boutique as well as trusty Bella 97 for background. I had a bit of fun practicing some free motion quilting and I love how it turned out.

I don’t particularly care for square quilts so I added an extra row to make it rectangular and an easier size to gift. This one went to my mom and I can now say that every single family member (my sisters, my husbands sisters, my husband, my dad, my mom, my boys) all have a handmade quilt by me! It was so fun to gift to my mom. She is a quilter so I hoped she’d appreciate the extra detail and time it took to do the free motion quilting.

If you are hoping to make one of your own, you can find the free tutorial on The Fat Quarter Shop blog, the Jolly Jabber.