Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Finish

Hi and welcome to the final reveal of the Serendipity quilt along! Every year Fat Quarter Shop does a charity quilt along. This year, the QAL benefits Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas. I have had a great time sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop for the Serendipity Quilt Along. I love this week the best! We got to show off all our hard work!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

I love Bonnie and Camille fabric! I chose to use their new fabric line Shine On for my Serendipity quilt. I love this fabric line sew much!

Serendipity QAL

I love sampler quilts! I think it is sew fun to work on different blocks throughout the quilt. The Serendipity quilt has a variety of blocks with a variety of construction methods. Some of the blocks are constructed with Foundation Paper Pieces (FPP). Other blocks are constructed with traditional piecing. Both construction methods are included in the patterns. I think it is so fun to see all of these blocks come together! The finishing pattern can be found here.

Mock-up of Serendipity Quilt

I mock-up most of my quilts on my computer first. Then I can make sure similar prints aren’t touching and that the colors are spread evenly throughout the quilt. For example, I don’t want all of the reds at the top of the quilt. Plus since I’m short on space, I don’t have to take up room laying out the quilt. I usually have my kids help me with this part. It is nice to have an extra set of eyes looking at the quilt. Do you lay your quilt blocks out before you sew them together?

Serendipity Quilt

Here she is! I love how this quilt turned out! Each row is different and unique. I think the flower row is my favorite! Those big flowers turned out so cute in the middle of the quilt. And of course those navy mums are a favorite!

Quilt swirl

I had to take a quilt swirl pic with this quilt. I love how all of the rows come together. I chose to use the navy rainbows as the accent throughout the quilt. This is such a fun accent!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 7

Hi and welcome to the last row of the Serendipity quilt with Fat Quarter Shop! I can’t believe we are almost finished with this quilt! I can’t wait to show you the finished quilt in a couple of weeks!

Every year Fat Quarter Shop participates in a charity quilt along. This year they are asking for donations for Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas.

I chose to make the Serendipity quilt with Bonnie and Camille’s Shine On fabric. I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan! These prints are so fun to sew with. I am also sewing with my favorite Aurifil thread. I use 50 wt. for piecing and quilting. I am using 2021 since I am using white as the background for this quilt.

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

Release 7 is called the Jackpot block! You can find the block for free here. The center is a fun economy block. You can use 3″ Square in a square Quilt Block Foundation paper to assemble the center. Or you can assemble it the traditional way. The pattern explains both!

I assembled my economy block centers using what I call the pressing dream team! I love my mini pink Oliso iron. It gets super hot and is the perfect size to keep by my machine! After I press my blocks, I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top of my blocks. It keeps them nice and flat! Especially with a block like the Economy block which tends to have more bulk. If you haven’t tried out the pressing dream team, give it a shot!

And we hit the Jackpot with these blocks! I love the navy rainbow accents! Can you guess which block is my favorite? It’s a tie! I love the mums- so green and yellow!

I have been collecting my blocks in this sewing box from Ikea. It is so cute and fun! These Jackpot blocks are the final touch for this quilt. I can’t wait to show you my finished quilt next month!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

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Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 6

Hi friends! It’s time for another release with the Serendipity Quilt Along! The Serendipity Quilt Along is hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop. They host a charity quilt along every year. This year all donations are to benefit Make A Wish Central and South Texas. I am excited to be sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop this year!

Serendipity Quilt Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On to create my Serendipity quilt. I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan! I love the pinks and aquas. Shine On is such a bright and happy fabric line.

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

This week’s release, the Happenstance row, looks a lot like release number 2! You can see these cute flying geese with the Happy Chance row too. I love flying geese blocks. You can assemble them the traditional way as stated in the pattern. Or you can use 1.5″x 3″ Flying Geese Quilt Block Foundation Paper. Both are great options to assemble these little guys. The free pattern can be found here.

Aren’t these little flying geese so cute? I assembled mine the traditional way. I couldn’t stitch these up without my favorite tools. I use Aurifil thread for all of my piecing and quilting. I use 50 weight the most. It is so versatile and stitches up beautifully. I use my favorite 2021 white!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

I also use what I call the pressing dream team! I use my pink mini Oliso iron to press all of my blocks. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top of all of my blocks. This keeps my seams nice and flat. Flying geese can get kind of bluky where the seams meet. The clapper helps with that!

And my Happenstance blocks are finished! I absolutely love that navy print. It looks like I fussy cut that flower. We are just going to call that a happy accident! Those green rainbows are cute too!

I found this little sewing box at IKEA. I am using it to store all of my blocks for this Serendipity quilt. It is starting to get full as we are nearing the end!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 5

Hi and welcome to the fifth release for the Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop. Each year, Fat Quarter Shop hosts a charity quilt along. You can donate to Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas here.

Bonnie and Camille Serendipity

I am sewing up my Serendipity quilt in Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On. It is such a cute line with their classic aquas and pinks! My favorite print in this line is the mums! They are sew cute!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

Release five or the Fateful blocks are some of my favorites! These oversized flower blocks are so cute! I had fun pairing the center of the flowers with the outer petals. I think I found some fun combinations.

Pressing dream team

I started by making the centers of the flowers. I had to keep my eye on these pink rainbows so I could keep them directional! The little star points create a little bit of bulk. To keep these blocks nice and flat I use what I call the pressing dream team! I absolutely love my mini Oliso iron! It gets super hot and is the perfect size to keep by my sewing machine. And it’s pink! Once I press my blocks, I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top. This keeps the heat in and makes my blocks so flat! If you haven’t tried this combo out, do it! Everyone needs the pressing dream team!

Aurifil thread

Once I had my centers constructed, I moved on to the outside. I am using the navy rainbows as my accent piece in this quilt. I do all of my piecing with my favorite Aurifil thread! I use 2021 for everything! I like 50 wt. for piecing and quilting. I recently had to switch to a cone since I was going through so much thread!

Fateful blocks

All of my Fateful flowers are pieced! I love these blocks so much! I can’t decide which block is my favorite. Maybe the navy mums! I am a bit partial to that print. These blocks are about in the center of the quilt and I can’t wait to see them all put together.

Fateful blocks

I am using this Ikea sewing box to store all of my blocks. It is so cute and fits all of my blocks. I love these Fateful flowers!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 4

Hi and welcome to the fourth release for the Serendipity Quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop! I am excited to share my blocks with you today.

Serendipity Quilt Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On. And I couldn’t love this line more! I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan and this line does not disappoint!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

The Serendipity Quilt is Fat Quarter Shop’s yearly charity quilt. This quilt along will benefit to Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas. This is a FREE pattern that you can download here.

HST all cut out!

Let’s chat about half square triangles (HST). I love stitching up HST and using them in a quilt. I don’t love trimming and trimming and trimming them! I have fallen in love with my Go! Qube 8″ Mix and Match Set. I get perfectly trimmed HST every time. The best part? No trimming!

Pressing dream team

Once I am done assembling my HST, I give them a good press. I am using what I call the pressing dream team! I press my HST with my mini pink Oliso iron. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on the seam for a bit. My seams are so flat!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

I am also using my favorite Aurifil thread 50 weight. I am using 2021 which is a nice neutral. I recently switched to a cone because I was going through spools of thread so quickly. I guess that means I sew a lot!

More Accuquilt cutting!

I cut out the rectangles with my Go! Qube 4″ Mix and Match Set. I have never enjoyed cutting out small pieces. So this new Go! Qube set is the best! Tiny pieces all cut out! With everything all cut out, all that is left is to assemble!

Good Fortune Blocks

Aren’t these blocks sew cute? I am loving the navy rainbows as the accent! I also used a couple of other rainbow prints for these blocks. Is there such thing as too many rainbows? And of course I LOVE the pink mums!

Good Fortune Blocks

I am loving this sewing box! I found it at Ikea. It is the perfect size to store all of my Serendipity blocks as I work on them! I love these blocks all stitched up!

90% Faster Than Rotary Cutters

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop- Block 3

Hi! I’m back with block 3 for the Jolly Bar 3 QAL with Fat Quarter Shop. This week’s blocks are super fast and easy! You can find the individual cutting instructions here. You will need the Jolly Bar Book Volume 3 for the QAL as it contains the assembly instructions. There are also a number of fun quilts in this book. It is a great book to add to my quilt book library!

Jolly Bar 3 QAL

I am using the fabric line Cider by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics for this QAL. I cut into a layer cake instead of a Jolly Bar so I will have extras of this amazing Fall line! I am also using Vanilla grunge as the background.

Block 3 all cut out!

This block was super quick to cut out! Jolly Bars (or Layer Cakes) make cutting this out super fast! I used the blues for the previous blocks, so it was time for the corals. Coral has to be one of my favorite colors. I love this Fall-ish coral. I can’t wait to see it in this quilt!

Fabric saving tip

Per the pattern instructions, draw a line on the fabric. I love this Sewline air erase pen. It leaves a purple line that disappears after about 20 minutes!

Fabric saving tip: draw a second line 1/2″ away from the initial line. Sew on both lines and then trim 1/4″ away from the seam. You will have a half square triangle (HST) when you are finished. On a block like this large flying geese, you will actually end up with two HST! Now I can use these HST on a different project or include them on the back of my quilt.

Pressing Dream team!

If you have stopped here before, you will recognize what I call the pressing dream team! I am obsessed with this new combo! I use my pink mini Oliso iron to press my blocks. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on the block. My blocks are so flat! I seriously can’t believe the difference. I am hooked!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

I am also using my favorite Aurifil thread to piece these blocks. I use 2021 in 50 weight. I recently switched to a cone because I was going through spools so quickly. I guess that means I sew a lot!

Jolly Bar 3 QAL block 3

Now you may be thinking that I didn’t finish my blocks. And you are right! I didn’t sew the flying geese together because I am doing a different layout. I wanted to do a table topper/wall hanging instead of a table runner. And the blocks fit better not sewn together. I can’t wait to share my layout with you!

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 3

Welcome to Release 3 for the Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop! I am excited to share my blocks today. These Windfall blocks are some of my favorites!

Serendipity QAL

This QAL is Fat Quarter Shop’s yearly charity quilt. This is a free pattern found on the Fat Quarter Shop. They are taking donations for Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas. You can donate here.

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On. If you have stopped here before, you know I am a big fan of Bonnie and Camille! Shine On is a great fabric line with those cute rainbows! I am using the navy rainbows as the accent fabric.

Pressing Dream Team

The center of these star blocks are a traditional courthouse steps block. I pieced them the traditional way. But you can use Courthouse steps foundation paper by Fat Quarter Shop if you would like.

With so many little pieces, the only way to get these flat are with what I call the pressing dream team! I use my Oliso mini pink iron to press my blocks. After each seam is pressed, I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top of my block. After a minute or two, my blocks are so flat!

Flying geese

The star portion of the block is created by flying geese. I love making flying geese. They are one of my favorite blocks! I am also using my favorite Aurifil thread to piece my blocks. I use 2021 white because it matches with everything. I use 50 wt. for piecing and quilting.

Windfall Row

These star blocks are some of my favorites in this quilt. So I picked my favorite fabric print, mums! I even used it in two different blocks- the aqua mums and the orange mums. I seriously love this print so much! I should have bought a bolt of each!

Serendipity Windfall Row

I love making these blocks so much! The Windfall block is a great mash-up of the traditional courthouse steps and a star block. They are fun to make and are going to look great in my quilt!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

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Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop- Block 2

Hi! It’s the second week of the Jolly Bar 3 quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop! If you missed my first post, you can check it out here. The cutting instructions for the second block- Homecoming were posted on the Fat Quarter shop website. You will need the Jolly Bar Volume 3 book for the pattern.

Jolly Bar QAL

To make this project you will need your favorite jolly bar (or layer cake) and some background fabric. I am using a Cider layer cake by Basic Grey for Moda. I absolutely love this line! It is the perfect Fall colors.

Homecoming blocks

Don’t tell any of the other blocks, but this one is my favorite! I love a good house block and this one does not disappoint! I am changing the layout from a table runner to a table topper! So I made the houses symmetrical by switching the door placement. I am stitching these up with my favorite Aurifil thread. I use 2021 since it matches with everything. And 50 wt. is great for piecing and quilting!

The Pressing Dream Team

I think the tops of these houses turned out so cute! I couldn’t complete them without what I call the pressing dream team! I use my pink mini Oliso iron to press. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top. My blocks are so flat!

Homecoming Block

This coral floral is so cute! I am also using Vanilla Grunge as the background for this table topper. I love a good grunge fabric. They add a little bit of texture to a mostly solid fabric.

Jolly Bar 3 QAL

My Homecoming blocks are done and I love them! These little houses will look so cute in my table topper.

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop- Block 1

Welcome to the Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along! I was able to participate in the Jolly Bar Row Along last year with Fat Quarter Shop. So when they asked me to play along again this year, I said yes! Get your copy of the new jolly bar book- Jolly Bar Book Volume 3 and you can quilt along!

Jolly Bar 3

Grab your favorite Jolly Bar and background fabric and you can quilt along too. If you don’t have a Jolly Bar, you can use a Layer Cake. I decided to use a Cider Layer Cake by Basic Grey. This is one of my favorite new lines. I love the Fall colors. I am using Vanilla Grunge as the background which is also by Basic Grey.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns
Trimming HST

FABRIC SAVING TIP: The pattern says to draw a line, stitch on the line and trim 1/4″ away from the stitch line. Have you seen patterns say that before? Well, I learned a fun fabric saving tip! I draw the line with my Sewline air erasable fabric pen. Then I draw another line 1/2″ away from the first line. I sew on both lines and trim 1/4″ away from the seam.

2 half square triangles in one cut!

After you trim and press, you have 2 half square triangles (HST) in one cut! I then can use the extra HST on the quilt back or on a bonus project like a pillow.

Pressing dream team

Aren’t these HST so fun all in a row? I picked all of the light blue prints to make my HST. I love using what I call the pressing dream team to create nice and flat HST. I press my blocks using my Oliso mini pink iron which gets nice and hot. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs Clapper on the seam. My seams are nice and flat! I am also using my favorite 2021 Aurifil thread. I use 50 wt. which is great for piecing and quilting.

Jolly Bar 3 QAL

I am so in love with this Cider line of fabric! It reminds me of Fall in New England, which I absolutely love! I can’t wait to see this stitched up!

Treasure Trove Block

This Treasure Trove block will be the center of my quilt. I am actually making a table topper instead of a table runner. I am excited to see this come together! The free cutting instructions for this block can be found here.

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Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 2

It’s time for the second release of the Serendipity Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop! I am having sew much fun stitching this up! You can find the FREE pattern here.

Serendipity QAL

I am stitching up my Serendipity quilt with Bonnie and Camille’s Shine On fabric line. If you have stopped by my blog before, it should come as no surprise that I am using Bonnie and Camille fabric. I am a super fan! All those pinks and aquas are a dream! Plus this line has rainbows! And let’s not forget that Shine On contains a reprint of my favorite print of all time…mums!

Pressing dream team

I couldn’t construct these flying geese without what I call, the pressing dream team! I use my Oliso mini iron to press my seams. It gets super hot which helps those flying geese to lay flat. The best part- it’s pink! After I press my seams, I place my clapper on the seam. I leave the clapper on my block while I prep another block. (It’s all assembly line quilting over here!) After pressing my blocks and using the clapper my seams are so flat!

I am also using Aurifil thread 50 wt. to piece my blocks. I’m using 2021 as there is a lot of white in the fabric and my background is white! I recently switched to a cone because I go through thread like crazy. I guess that means I sew a lot!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

This week’s release is called Happy Chance! And I couldn’t agree more! Flying geese have become one of my favorite blocks to construct. So I would say it is a happy chance when I get to make one! I pieced mine the traditional way so I could watch my directional fabric better. (I’m looking at you aqua rainbows!) You can also use 1 1/2″x 3″ flying geese foundation paper as another way to assemble the flying geese.

Flying geese

The Serendipity QAL is Fat Quarter Shop’s 8th annual charity quilt. They are taking donations for the Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas Campaign. It a great cause to help children in need so they can grant more wishes!

Happy Chance Row

I found this sewing box at Ikea and I’m having such a fun time storing my blocks and supplies in it! I love functional and cute storage! How are you storing your Serendipity blocks?

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

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Jen