Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Quilting

Jolly Bar Bon Bons Quilt

Have you used a Jolly Bar on a project before? Jolly Bars are a Fat Quarter Shop exclusive precut. They are 5″x 10″ rectangle precuts. Today I get to share a new pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop using a Jolly Bar. Its called the Jolly Bar Bon Bons Quilt. Yum! You can find the free pattern here. Or the YouTube tutorial here.

Making Half Square Triangles

I typically will use a white background when making quilts. I decided to try the opposite! I used one of my favorite floral prints from the fabric collection Smitten by Bonnie and Camille for Moda for the background. I used a Bella Solid White 97 for the Jolly Bar. (P.S. Its on sale this month!) This is my ‘go-to’ white. It matches all Bonnie and Camille prints perfectly!

Directional Fabric

I might have a little bit of OCD and I like my fabrics to all be facing the same direction. These kind of prints are called directional. So when you have a directional print like my background fabric, it can prove to be challenging. Here are a few things that I do to help me keep my fabric going all the same direction. First, you need to find the ‘correct’ direction. Sometimes I just decide on my own if I like the fabric one way verses the other direction. Other times I will look at a photo from the manufactures like the above pic.

Next I pick the flower (or other design element) I’m going to follow. I have circled the above flower that I picked. Now every time I cut out or sew together blocks, I check first to see where this flower is and make sure the navy portion is facing down.

Cutting can be a bit tricky when you are trying to keep your fabrics directional. I had to cut my background fabric two different ways. For example, one of the background pieces is 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″. I cut a number of strips 3 1/2″ and then subcut them into 7 1/2″ pieces. The other half, I cut 7 1/2″ strips and subcut 3 1/2″ pieces. Does that make sense? Keep the piles separate and always look for ‘your flower’ before you sew them together. And guess what? My entire background is going the same direction! Whew!

Fork Pins!

If you have stopped by here before, you have seen me post about Fork Pins! They are amazing! If I am trying to match seams, I always use these. I have had to use my seam ripper less because these are so accurate. They hold both side of the seam so there is no sliding as I sew. If you don’t have some, you seriously NEED these!!!

Jolly Bar Bon Bons Quilt

I just love the way this turned out! You can really see the cute Bon Bons pop against the floral background. And if you look close, ALL of my background is the same direction!

Quilt Swish

A quilt swish is one of my favorite ways to show off a new quilt. And look at that cool pattern!

Thanks for following along today! If you haven’t given directional fabric a try, you should! I love the way a quilt looks when all the fabrics are going the same direction. Do you keep your prints directional when you sew? I’d love to hear!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Threadology Quilt Along

Block 2: Nine- Patch- Threadology Quilt Along

Today is Block number two for the Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along! Are you sewing along? The cute kit is sold out, but Fat Quarter Shop has lots of Smitten fabric in stock if you would like to make one!

All of my pieces are cut out!

I love a classic nine-patch block. It is just squares! And I used my favorite Aurifil thread for my blocks.

FORK PINS!!!

Pay close attention to the pressing directions on the pattern. This will help your seams to nest. My biggest tip is: FORK PINS!!! These are an absolute game changer! I place one pin on one side of the seam, and the other part of the pin on the other seam. And my seams don’t move! Perfectly nested every single time! I would constantly unpick to get my seams just right. And now, I hardly have to unpick. Seriously get some!!!

Block two: Nine-patch

Aren’t these so cute! I love this block! You can find the pattern here or the YouTube video tutorial here. These blocks are a free download but Fat Quarter Shop is asking for a donation to Make a Wish! We have almost raised enough to unlock a new setting for this pattern! Yay!

I hope you are sewing along too! Thanks for stopping by!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Threadology Quilt Along

Block 1: Ohio Star- Threadology Quilt Along

Welcome to the first week of the Threadology Quilt Along! I am excited to be sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop for this quilt along.

Threadology Happy Mail!

I got this super cute kit from the Fat Quarter Shop. It has all the supplies you need to make the top, binding and even the pieced blocks for the back! I hear they are sold out, but I linked the Snippets collection by Bonnie and Camille to make your quilt too!

And the inside!

Aren’t these fabrics so cute? This kit came with a little box of aurifil thread to use on the quilt too! I just love it!


All my pieces are cut and ready to go!

The first block is the Ohio Star Block. You can download the pattern or view the YouTube video on how to assemble these blocks. Here are all of my blocks cut out and ready to go! Do you see that super cute box of Aurifil thread? I love it!

Hourglass units all made!

The first part of assembly is the hourglass units. Tip: If you sew one half square triangle one direction and the other half square triangle the opposite direction, you can keep you prints directional when you make them into hourglass units. I wanted to keep that cute tape measure fabric going the right direction!

Ohio Star Blocks

Here are my blocks all done! I had so much fun putting these together. I can’t wait to see this whole quilt!

Thanks for following along with me today. Are you participating in the Threadology Quilt Along? The pattern is free but Fat Quarter Shop is asking for a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation. Its for a good cause and you get a cute quilt in the process. Win, win!

Chirp Out

Jen