#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


Mobile PDF


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.


Jelly Roll (2.5″ strip) Quilt Pattern Round Up

I loved the Free Quilt Tutorial Round Up I did last month so much that I thought I’d continue that with a few other posts to help spark creativity and maybe, just maybe, help us all to use up some of our stash a bit! This post will feature quilts that use our favorite 2.5″ strips (Jelly Rolls, Rollie Pollies, etc etc etc). Some of these are free patterns, others are not. There are also a TON of Jelly Roll patterns on Moda Bake Shop and Missouri Star Quilt Co. for even more options!

Cherry Tree Lane by Samantha of Aqua Paisley Studio


Stairway by Andy of A Bright Corner


Flirty by April of Prairie Grass Patterns


Shortcake by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew


Granny’s Insanity by Haley of Happiness in the Making


Rush Hour by Vanessa of V and Co.


Tulip Market by Corey of Coriander Quilts


Jelly Rings by Emily of Quilty Love

Make Modern Magazine Issue 22 Features

Last July after I finished my gorgeous, glorious, rainbow-tastic Bow Tie quilt, I had the idea to submit it as an idea for a pattern to Make Modern Magazine. I had been trying to be more bold in getting my ideas out there and the worst they could say was no (which they did not!!). This beautiful quilt was made with the help of my BFF Birthday Bee mates, who made about 1/3 of the blocks of this quilt following my request for low volume (whether whisper quiet or I don’t have an inside voice low volume) and any color but brown for the print. They did such a stunning job. I filled in the rest of the blocks with prints from my stash to create this one of a kind quilt. We love this quilt so much, we used it in our family photos taken last year. It adds just the perfect touch of personalization we were hoping for.

I also submitted an idea to Make Modern about writing an article about the impact of using just one, simple quilt block to create a stunning quilt. They liked that idea as well. I am so happy to say that my article, One Block Wonder, as well as the pattern for this Epic Bow Tie quilt are both in issue 22!

Last Friday I received the huge, surprise honor of seeing my quilt on the cover of the magazine when they posted it on Instagram. I never, ever imagined I’d ever make anything that was magazine cover worthy and I feel so humbled to have my quilt featured there. Head to www.makemodern.com.au to purchase issue 22 and if you do so before May 6th, use the code MM22 to bring the price to $6AUD. There are over 120 pages worth of amazingly inspiring things in this issue!

The moral of the story is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Sometimes the answer is no, but sometimes the answer is yes and you learn a lot during the process and realize you love writing quilt articles and patterns!!