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Threadology Quilt Backing

This is my last post for the Threadology Quilt Along! (Well until I get this all quilted!) I have had so much fun quilting along with The Fat Quarter Shop!

I have a confession, I have never pieced a backing like this. But let me tell you, I’m converted! Especially when this fun package arrived from The Fat Quarter Shop. I love having extra blocks on the back! It is sew cute!

Backing package

The FREE pattern can be found here or you can view the video tutorial here. I used the quilt kit for my backing which is sold out. But you can get the yardage requirements here and purchase the yardage from The Fat Quarter Shop. Don’t forget to grab your favorite Aurifil thread to stitch these up!

The Backing pattern consists of the following blocks we made previously! You can check out my previous blog posts on each block for tips and tricks! Spoiler alert, most of the time I used FORK PINS to help with my piecing.

Sew these together according to the pattern directions. Cut out your other backing fabrics. This seriously goes together so fast! And is super cute! I think that tape measure fabric is my favorite!

Backing

Now I just have to decide how to quilt this up! Any suggestions?

Quilt Swirl

I love having a pieced backing! It is like getting two quilts in one! Thanks for following along with me on this super fun quilt along!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Threadology Quilt Finish

Hi and welcome to the final weeks of the Threadology Quilt Along with The Fat Quarter Shop! This quilt has been sew much fun to put together! Now all of your hard work will pay off as you can see the quilt top come together!

The FREE finishing pattern can be found here or you can view the video tutorial here. I used the quilt kit (which is sold out) but you can make it with Little Snippets by Bonnie and Camille and these fabric requirements.

Sewing my rows together!

I sewed the 6 inch blocks together in groups of two or three depending on placement.

TIP: I am sure it will come as not surprise that I used my FORK PINS to assemble this quilt top. There are so many seams that I wanted it to line up just right. These fork pins kept the blocks in place so no points were lost in the assembly.

I also used my favorite Aurifil thread to sew these blocks together.

Sewing big blocks to little blocks!

Once I sewed the 6 inch blocks together, I sewed the group of two blocks to the big block. Then you can start sewing the larger units together. Don’t forget to use your fork pins! Then you add your borders!

Finished Quilt Top

I love all of these blocks together! I can’t decide which one is my favorite!

The Fat Quarter Shop is donating to the Make a Wish Foundation Central and South Texas for this charity quilt along. If you would like to donate click on this link here. They have already raised over $20,000 which is amazing!

Quilt swirl!

I have loved sewing all of these blocks together over the past few months. Thanks for following along! Stay tuned for the quilt back!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Block 8: Cross With a Cross- Threadology Quilt Along

Hi! Can you believe this is the last Threadology block? This has been such a fun quilt to put together with the Fat Quarter Shop! The free pattern can be found here. Or you can watch Kimberly assemble the block on YouTube here. She has a lot of great pointers!

All of my pieces cut out!

I used my Alphabitties to keep all of my pieces organized. If you stopped by here before, you may know that I have a slight obsession with directional prints…and keeping them directional. TIP: I cut some of the rectangles horizontal and some vertical to keep the prints going the same direction, especially those tape measures! I used my favorite Olfa Splash rotary cutter and my Aurifil Thread to stitch these up!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Threadology!

I had a lot of fun putting these blocks together. When I laid out the first part of the blocks, my little boy thought they were airplanes! Haha. He seemed pretty excited. I guess this means an airplane quilt is in my future!

FORK PINS!!!!

TIP: As I assembled the next part of the blocks, my FORK PINS helped so much. If you have stopped by here before, you may have seen these pop up in my quilting. I love them! They hold both sides of the nested seams. I haven’t used my seam ripper as much because of these awesome fork pins. Give them a try!

TIP: Since these pieces don’t match up perfectly, I matched the pieces on the center. Finger press your rectangle to find the center. Then match up the centers. I also did this when I attached the last triangle sections to the block. It keeps everything lined up! I used a similar method with the Economy block I posted a couple weeks ago.

Cross with a Cross Blocks

These blocks are sew cute! I had never made a block like this before. I loved stitching these up and seeing them take shape.

This year’s charity quilt along is benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation Central and South Texas. If you would like to make a donation you can follow this link.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Block 7: Economy- Threadology Quilt Along

Welcome to Block 7 of the Threadology Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop! I love the Economy block. It is fast and shows off some of your favorite prints. Do you see those big squares in the pic?!? Those make the cutest centers for this block. I am using the Quilt Kit (which is sold out) but you can use the same Little Snippets fabric by Bonnie and Camille with the fabric requirements here.

All of my pieces cut out!

You can get the FREE pattern here or the video tutorial here. The Fat Quarter Shop is asking for a $5 donation to the Make a Wish Foundation Central and South Texas. They have almost reached the goal of $20,000!

Tip: Finger press and Fork Pins!

Sewing the triangles to the square can be a bit tricky!

TIP: Fold the triangle in half and finger press it, marking the center. Then fold the square in half and finger press it, marking the center. Now match the centers! And hold them in place using my favorite FORK PINS! Sew them into place with my favorite Aurifil thread and press. Then do the same thing on the other side.


Trimming, trimming, trimming!

Aren’t these center squares so cute?!? You need to trim them down based on the pattern measurements. I used my new pink OLFA rotary cutter. It’s my new favorite rotary cutter.

Then to attach the outer triangles, I used the same method that I described above. Works like a charm!

All done!

These blocks are so fun to make! I am so excited to see this quilt come together. We have one more block to go! Thanks for following along today!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Block 6: Fair and Square- Threadology Quilt Along

Welcome to Block 6 for the Threadology Quilt Along! I think it’s funny that today (April 15) the block is called Fair and Square. My husband is a CPA so tax day is always a big deal around here. And we want everything fair and square!

The Fat Quarter Shop has the free pattern or YouTube tutorial for the construction of these blocks. I am using the Quilt Kit which has sold out. The Fat Quarter Shop has provided all of the fabric requirements you need to use the Snippets Fabric just like in the kit. I also used my favorite Aurifil Thread to stitch these up with!

If you have stopped by here before you may noticed that I have a thing with keeping my fabrics directional! Tip: Cut two of the rectangles horizontal and two of the rectangles vertical, like I did in the pic. (Don’t worry! You have plenty of fabric to cut it this way!) This will keep the fabric directional in these blocks.

Trimming up half square triangles

The center of these blocks are made up of half square triangles. I love using my homemade ruler to help square up the half square triangles. The washi tape nestles into the seam and I get a perfect trimmed square.

Don’t forget, The Fat Quarter Shop is taking donations for Make a Wish Central and South Texas for this pattern. They have almost reached their goal for the final quilt setting!

Block 6- Fair and Square

This Fair and Square block was super fun to make! And those tape measures! They are my favorite!

Thanks for stopping by!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Block 5: Royal Star-Threadology Quilt Along

Hi! Welcome to Block 5 for the Threadology Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop! The FREE pattern can be found here or the YouTube tutorial can be found here.

All of my pieces cut out!

There are a few little pieces in this block. Tip: to keep myself organized, I use Fat Quarter Shop’s Alphabitties! These are so handy. If you don’t have any, you should get some! I used my Aurifil Thread to stitch these up!


Trimming!

There is a bit of trimming on these blocks. There are half square triangles and star points to trim up. I used my favorite Olfa Splash rotary cutter. You know the blocks will be super cute when the trimmings look this cute!

All trimmed up and ready to sew together!

All of my star points and half square triangles are trimmed up! Now to sew them together!

Royal Star Block

I love star blocks! These turned out so cute!

The Fat Quarter Shop is donating to Central and South Texas Make-A-Wish Foundation. You can donate too! This charity quilt along has been so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Block 4: Churn Dash- Threadology Quilt Along

Today I get to share Block 4 of the Fat Quarter Shop Threadology Quilt Along! I love classic blocks and the churn dash block is one of my favorites! (Shhh don’t tell the others!) You can find the free pattern here or the YouTube tutorial here.

Are you quilting along? I am using the Threadology quilt kit that is full of the cutest Little Snippets fabric by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. These cute quilt kits are all sold out, but the Fat Quarter Shop has all of the Little Snippets fabric you need to make this quilt!

Little Snippets fabric all cut out ready to make some half square triangles.
Ready for some half square triangles!

The churn dash block is one of my favorites. I like to assemble my half square triangles first. I love this Aurifil thread to piece with.

Trimming my half square triangles

My favorite tip is for trimming half square triangles. I made my own Half Square Triangle ruler with an Olfa ruler and a few layers of washi tape. After I assemble the half square triangles, I press them towards the dark side. Then I trim them down. The washi tape rests against the diagonal seam and helps to trim these up nice and square. I also use a rotating mat when trimming. So I just rotate the mat as I trim them up! How do you assemble your half square triangles?

Block 4- Churn Dash

I love this block! It is seriously one of my favorites! And I just love that measuring tape print! I need to get it in ALL the colors!

The Fat Quarter Shop is asking for a $5 donation to Make a Wish Central and South Texas for this quilt along. We have almost reached our goal of $20,000! So awesome!

Are you quilting along with the Threadology Quilt Along?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Block 3: Shooting Squares- Threadology Quilt Along

Yay it’s March! And that means it is time for another block in the Threadology Quilt along with the Fat Quarter Shop. I am making my blocks with the Quilt Kit, but it is sold out! No worries, all of the fabric requirements are listed here for this quilt. Then you can get the Little Snippets fabric that you need to make this cute quilt.

All of my fabric is cut out!

The Shooting Squares block pattern can be found here. Or you can watch the YouTube tutorial here. I used my favorite Aurifil thread to piece these blocks.

Four-patch blocks for the center

The Shooting Squares block start as sweet four-patch blocks. To get my squares to line up I use my favorite fork pins! I use these all the time and they are my favorite!

Tip: These blocks are actually on point. I laid out all of my fabrics before I sewed them together. I guess I’m a little OCD and I like to keep my fabric all directional!

Block 3- Shooting Squares

These blocks need trimmed to size when you are done sewing. Make sure to keep a 1/4″ seam on each side. This will help when you go to assemble the quilt top.

And you are done! I love these blocks! Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Make a Wish Foundation Central and South Texas with this quilt along. You can donate here. We are so close to having one more bonus setting for this quilt!

Thanks for following along! Are you sewing too?

Chirp Out!

Jen

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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

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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