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Quilting fabric giveaway 2017

Just a little heads up in case you aren’t following me on Instagram! I’ve launched a little fabric giveaway and it runs until midnight on December 2nd. Enter right now so you don’t forget!

Quilt fabric bundle giveaway

It includes a mix that I put together of pink, white, brown, and golden fat quarters, as well as a dot notebook by Katie Leamon, and a Good Stuff pencil set by Ghost Goods. (You can bet there will be a few surprises too!)

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Alphabet quilt pattern, from ABC to Z

Get the first three letters of the alphabet quilt pattern free here.

My Ribbon Letters alphabet quilt is complete! This week I finished a project that I’ve been working on for quite a while. It’s been so fun coming up with individual block patterns for each letter of the alphabet. The original inspiration: the dimension and shading created by vintage printed ribbons.

Alphabet Quilt Pattern

This one is going in my nieces’ playroom and I think it would also make a good alphabet quilt pattern for a baby’s room (say, a pastel version as a baby shower gift). Depending on the layout and the amount of border you add, it could even work for a toddler-sized bed.

The Fabric

Rifle Paper’s Les Fleur collection from Cotton + Steel two seasons ago went into each and every letter (for the ribbon “fronts”), with complimentary solids (for the ribbon “backs”).

You could also make this pattern using tone-on-tone solids, or a tighter palette overall. For example, in the next version I make I’ll be using just three colours in repetition, with a print and a solid in different tones of the same colour for each block.

Alphabet Quilt Block Pattern

The background is an unbleached cotton (“Natural”) from Kona. And the binding is from the “American Made” line (I got mine at Gotham Quilts). It’s great because it’s fabric made in North America (hard to find) and when washed it takes on a nice texture and chambray-like feel.

A tip to make your fabric go farther

All of the solids in this quilt are made from a bundle of coordinating Kona solids that I got at The Workroom in Toronto. The bundle was curated especially to go with the Rifle Paper collection, and it’s such a great way to make a favourite set of prints stretch farther … in fact I think I have more than enough left of the fat quarter bundle I started with to make another small quilt.

Where to get this Alphabet Quilt Pattern

The full Ribbon Letters alphabet quilt pattern will be available soon! If you haven’t grabbed the free ABC quilt blocks you can download the pattern here. (You’ll also be the first to know when I post the full pattern, with a deal just for newsletter subscribers.)

And in the meantime you can check out this tutorial to make the free ABC blocks into a wall hanging.

p.s. Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday.

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Mini Quilt Patterns (three great projects for beginners)

Make your own cute mini quilt wall with these three mini quilt patterns.

I’ve been making lots of mini quilts lately, so I thought it might be a good idea to pause and share some of these with you, since all have turned out to be good projects for beginners.

Patterns for small quilts are perfect thing if you (like me) tend to start new sewing projects at the drop of a hat. You can scratch that itch to start sewing something fresh, and still have the satisfaction of actually finishing something! (Plus, in short order, you can whip yourself up a pretty decent mini quilt wall.)

On to the patterns!

Skull Patchwork Block

Kirsty over at Bonjour Quilts has created this really sweet and simple Skull Patchwork Block. I am 100% confident recommending this one for beginners. It’s really well thought out, with just a couple of flip and sew angles using larger squares (so, not too fidget-y).

Skull Patchwork mini quilt patterns

I turned my block into a mini quilt (pictured above), using all fabrics from Amy Sinbaldi’s “Les Petits” fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Tall Tales

If you’ve wanted to try paper piecing, Kate Basti’s Tall Tales book block pattern is a great first step. The pattern is free and it works with simple shapes in a clear sequence. (If you need some extra help understanding paper piecing, I recommend watching the videos in Carolyn Friedlander’s Polk Block class at Creative Bug … if you don’t have a membership they have a 14-day free trial.)

I’ve made mine into a mini quilt simply by binding a single block:

Book quilt block mini quilt patterns

Kitten Around

This one is such a fun modern mini quilt pattern, I can’t tell you! Lindsey over at Pen and Paper Patterns is the designer. Originally part of the Modern Quilter’s Box, it will be available from Lindsey’s shop in late November. I made my version (below) in all Cotton and Steel fabrics, as a single block, but the pattern also includes instructions for a larger wall hanging or baby quilt, using four blocks and a border.

Kitten Around mini quilt patterns

Be sure to check back next week (or subscribe to the newsletter) as I’ll have some tips for sewing mini quilts.

All images : Patch + Dot

More mini quilt patterns

Quick HST mini quilt pattern

Ribbon Letters mini quilt tutorial

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