Thursday, November 17, 2022

Wildflower Seeds Quilt Pattern



Hi! Welcome back and Happy Friday! I cannot believe how fast this year is going. It's been a few weeks since I've posted. I'm sorry I haven't posted a free block in a bit, but I've been busy behind the scenes trying to get some new patterns tested and in my shop. These are designs that have been languishing in my files for ages, drawn while I was recovering from my surgery last year. I couldn't sew, but I would occasionally go through creative phases and design. The first pattern that was tested and published recently, and is now in my shop, is called Wildflower Seeds


I'm so proud of this one! I have always been inspired by the promise and potential of a packet of wildflower seeds and wanted to somehow turn it into a quilt.. So I finally drew it up while I was recovering several months ago! I just didn't have the bandwidth to get it written until more recently. It was designed specifically with scrap use in mind, but my pattern tester and good friend, Amy, stitched hers up in a collection of various 1930s repro prints. (That echinacea block is in there for my grandmother. I sure do miss her!)

@amyjodubya on IG



Amy's teen daughter immediately staked claim to it. :) That's a pretty good compliment if you ask me!

This is the mockup I did in scraps for the pattern cover. 



I'm still doing a lot of "laptop sewing" while my left hand continues to gain strength, but I can type with both hands now, though slowly, and I've recently started my own Wildflower Seeds quilt. (I've completed FOUR blocks so far, with the help of my Accuquilt GO for some of the cutting. The 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" strip dies will be most helpful for this quilt, I think! I was intimidated at first, but it is so easy to use!) I'll be going at a snail's pace but I'm doing it! 



If you've been following my design journey for the last few years, you might recognize a couple of these flowers from my earlier patterns. The "daisy", and the "dahlia" have been repurposed and resized from two of my previous patterns, Flower Power (2017) and Awesome Blossom (2015). I've always loved these large blocks (great for large prints), so they HAD to be included!





They're such happy flowers!




I thought for my own "slow sew" quilt (my first big sew in over a year!), I would try it in batiks.. I love the depth that the batiks give it. 




Riley Blake Designs loved it too, so much that they made one up for their Quilt Market booth last month, and will be offering it this coming Spring as a block of the month program for shops! They will also be hosting and filming a sew along for it.

That's a batik Sew Big or Go Home quilt
in the background, too!!




It's so nice to be sewing again. Colorful fabrics make me happy! This pattern has been received beyond my expectations already, and several on FB are joining me in making one. If you'd like, come along and sew with us! There's no timeline, no pressure, just the occasional sharing of photos. You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop HERE, or right here on my site in my webshop here in the very near future. I just haven't gotten it listed there, yet.



I'll post the occasional update on my quilt progress here, and I'll be sharing pics on FB and IG as I go.

Thanks for popping by for a read today! Hope you've enjoyed the quilt photos! One more just for good measure..



I have a couple of other new patterns in my shop to share, so I'll be back soon. In the meantime, Happy Stitching!

xoxo,



P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of the National Days scrap quilt project blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.



I'm keeping all of the National Days free block tutorials organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*. If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, like enamel pins or stickers, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!
xx



Friday, October 14, 2022

Chocolate Bar Quilt Block Tutorial for National Chocolate Day


Of course, chocolate has its own National Day. On Oct. 28th.. close to Halloween when all the chocolate is collected via trick or treating. Or eaten, while waiting for trick or treaters. Anyone else? Just me? :) I love chocolate, therefore it definitely HAD to have a block in my National Days scrap quilt project!



I love that you can make different scrappy wrappers, dark or milk chocolate.. nuts or not depending on your scraps.. I love this next version with the brighter colors..




Anyway, it's a quick one. Here's how it goes together.. with ZERO corner flip units!


Fabric A (background):
(1) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(1) 1 1/2 x 1 3/4"
(2) 2 1/2 x 8 1/2"


Fabric B (chocolate):
(1) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 1 1/4" (=)
(1) 1 1/2 x 1 3/4"
(1) 2 3/4" sq.



Fabric C (inner wrapper):
(2) 1 x 4 1/2"


Fabric D (outer wrapper):
(1) 4 1/2 x 5 1/4"


That's it for the cutting! Crazy, right? Only 12 pieces! A far cry from some of the others recently that had 50 pieces or so. This one will stitch up so fast!

--Be sure to match the symbols (~,= etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.



Stitch up your chocolate bar quilt block as shown in the diagram below, being sure to use SCANT quarter inch seams.





When you're done, you will have an 8 1/2" chocolate quilt block, 8" finished in quilt.

I will leave you with one more very dark chocolate bar... :) Because, antioxidants.



And a sweet little scrappy mini quilt mockup, about 31" sq.



Now, I'm strangely craving chocolate and am off to rummage through my kitchen to see if there is any hiding anywhere. :)

Hope you enjoy this block! Another calorie free food block! I'll be back soon. Thanks for popping in for a visit today! Happy Stitching!

xoxo,
 



P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.

#kellifanninquiltdesigns
#nationaldaysquiltblocks


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 100+ blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!
xx


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Halloween Is Almost Here. Therefore, A Fun Candy Corn Quilt Block Tutorial That Uses Scraps For National Candy Corn Day!


Hi there quilty friends! It's been a bit since I posted the next quilt block tutorial for my National Days scrap quilt project. Did you know Candy Corn had a day? Me, neither. :) Do you like Candy Corn? This is probably a controversial opinion, but I'm not a fan, really. (*ducks behind laptop screen, please don't throw things*) I mean, I've heard it's good with peanuts, but I dunno. I can't get past the waxy feeling of it. Ew. haha! I DO, however, LOVE fabric Candy Corn! :) Especially scrappy fabric Candy Corn quilt blocks!



Here's how to stitch up some of this fabric eye candy. Get out all the orange, yellow, and white scraps!





Fabric A (background):
(6) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)
(2) 1 1/2 x 3"
(1) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2"
(4) 2 x 2 1/2"
(2) 3 x 3 1/2"


Fabric B (yellow scraps):
(2) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2"


Fabric C (orange scraps):
(1) 1 x 4 1/2"
(1) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(1) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2"


Fabric D (white scraps):
(1) 2 x 2 1/2"



--Match the symbols (~,* etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.







Using the simple corner flip method illustrated in the video above, and fabrics and sizes indicated on the unit, make the following corner flip units. 



Once those units are done, assemble your Candy Corn quilt block as shown below, using SCANT quarter inch seams.




You will have an 8 1/2" sq. Candy Corn/Halloween themed quilt block (8" finished in quilt). And you will have used up a few scraps along the way. :) Stay tuned for the next block. I think there are five blocks left maybe? And then the 144 blocks that I drew for this project and their tutorials will be all documented here!

Happy Wednesday and Happy Stitching! I'll be back soon!

xoxo,
 




P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.

#kellifanninquiltdesigns
#nationaldaysquiltblocks


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 100+ blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!
xx


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