When Daniar from Fat Quarter Shop asked me if I would like to make one of their short cut quilts and blog about it, it took all of ten seconds for me to agree. (I just had to double check the completion date because I was still doing my sneaky sewing.) Then I did the happy dance. :) I really like their short cut quilts, and have already made one using the Layer Cake Lemonade pattern. I called mine. "Blueberry Juice."
This quilt uses one layer cake (with at least 36 ten inch squares) and one charm pack (with at least 36 squares) or yardage. The video tutorial for Layers of Charm is very helpful. The Fat Quarter Shop is even sponsoring a giveaway on my blog today. So be sure to read to the very end. ;)
It looked cute, but I was amazed at how much charm the charm squares added. Plus I liked the look of the top and bottom border I added which was just cutting the extra layer cake squares in half. (My layer cake came with 42 squares.)
I fell even more in love with the pattern once the top was finished.
I wanted to emphasize those cute diamonds, so I planned special quilting for them. I used circle templates to mark a cute flower.
I am so pleased with how those flowers turned out!
Because I was putting minky on the back (my first time doing free motion quilting with a minky backing), I kept the rest of the quilting simple with a loopy line.
I bound the quilt in the red polka dot from the line and added a corner label.
I am so glad I decided to add the pieced border. I really like the way it turned out.
Quilt Stats #120
Quilt name: Through the Woods
Pattern: Layers of Charm from Fat Quarter Shop with extra border
Fabric used: Into the Woods layer cake, and Kona Snow
Amount used: 7 yards
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size: About 57 x 67 inches
Date Finished: December 2014
What I learned:
- Simply adding a contrasting corner can make a big difference in the overall look of a quilt.
- I can do free motion quilting with a minky backing
One thing I did when piecing the top was draw an extra line a half inch away from the diagonal with my Frixon pen. (I use sandpaper to grip the fabric when I write on it.)
I sewed down both lines and used the scraps to make this cute little mini quilt. It finishes at 21.5 inches square. I trimmed the small HST down to 4 inches so they finish at 3.5 inches.
I showed a sneak peek of the back in December shortly after I finished the quilt.
My family really loves this quilt, and I love how simple it was to make while still being super cute!
I decided to name my quilt "Through the Woods," because the words, "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go." Kept repeating in my mind over and over while working on the quilt. I may name the mini, "Over the River" once I get it finished.
I am sure I will be making more of the Short Cut Quilts from the Fat Quarter Shop because their instructions are very clear and the quilts so much fun to make!
Now, the Fat Quarter Shop will give a $25 gift certificate to one of my readers. :D
- To be entered in the giveaway, please leave me a comment telling me what your favorite quilting design is. It can be free motion or with the walking foot. I'm always looking for ideas.
- My followers (new and old) can leave a second comment for a second entry telling me how they follow my blog.
Good luck in the giveaway! I will be contacting the winner through email. So if Blogger doesn't recognize your email, please include it in your comment. I will keep the giveaway open for one week, and announce the winner on Monday, February 16. I will try to respond to all of your sweet comments, but may not be able to if many people enter the giveaway. ;)
If you check out the Jolly Jabber, you can download the free pattern, see the video, as well as see what other bloggers have done. Believe me, it is lots of fun checking out all the links. (And making this quilt.)
P.S. I will be linking up with Oh Scrap, Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop, and Finish it Up Friday. (Links on sidebar.)
P.P.S. And thank you, Fat Quarter Shop, for your generosity and for asking me to participate.