Best Friends Quiltalong

For the past few weeks I have been participating in the Best Friends Quiltalong with the Fat Quarter Shop. It is a series of 6″ foundation paper pieced blocks that come together into a lovely quilt. I am sewing with my friend Haley of Happiness in the Making. We decided to make fraternal twin quilts out of blossom fabric and the coordinating confetti cottons solid. She is making hers in gray while I am making mine in navy.

We started with Log Cabin blocks for week 1.

Week 2 was Economy Blocks. If you haven’t made economy blocks by foundation paper piecing, you are missing out on a real treat. They come out perfectly!!

Week 3 was the Pineapple Block. I had never made this type of block before and I really enjoyed the process and the end result.

For this last week of the quiltalong, we are all making the courthouse steps blocks. While these are similar to the log cabin, they make a different end result.

For this week’s blocks and process, please visit the Jolly Jabber, Fat Quarter Shop’s blog. You can find all of the details for the quiltalong there as well as kits to make your own quilt.

Stitches From the Heart

Happy New Year! I think we have all been anticipating the arrival of 2021 since…. March. While circumstances around the globe are not as we had all hoped, I am really hopeful things will take a turn for the better this year.

To start off the year on a happy and positive note, I am excited to share a free quilt pattern and cross stitch pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop called Stitches From the Heart.

You can access the quilt pattern here:

You can access the cross stitch pattern here:

The quilt pattern comes in two sizes, one that finishes at 35″ x 35″ and another at 12″ x 12″. I chose to make the 12″ size along with 1″ half-square triangle (HST) triangles on a roll papers. I have a love for tiny pieces, but I know that not everybody understands that or has the same love. I used 5 different shades of V and Co Ombre and I love the fun effect it gave this mini.

The lovely folks at Fat Quarter Shop have put together a quilt kit for their Bella Solids version of the 35″ quilt. I love kits because they take the guess work out of making a quilt. It is really fun to just open it up and get going.

I hope your 2021 is off to a safe and healthy start and that we can all focus on things that bring us joy this year.

Quilter’s Cottage: Happy Flowers

For week 3 of the Quilter’s Cottage sewalong with Fat Quarter Shop, we are making our Happy Flowers. We will be making 6 total flowers to line our cobblestone path. I chose 3 shades of peach/orange and plan on arranging my flowers in a gradient along my path. These flowers were so fun to put together, and despite having a lot of small pieces, I found them to be really easy and intuitive.

For more information on the Quilter’s Cottage Sewalong, head to the Fat Quarter Shop Blog for the schedule and giveaways! 🙂