I am excited to be participating in the Fat Quarter Shop’s latest Shortcut Quilt, Fat Quarter Fizz. Yes, you guessed it, this quilt is made with fat quarters. AND, it’s a free pattern that you can download and make yourself.
I chose to work with Hello Fall by Sandy Gervais. I just love the gorgeous warm colours in this line. The fat quarter bundle comes with a super cute bonus panel that you can see how I used it the backing photos below.
This fabric bundle does not have a lot of light fabrics, most are in the dark or medium values. However, I chose the light/medium fabrics based on how well they contrast with the dark fabrics that I wanted to use. You don’t see my step-down pattern as well as some of the other fabric choices, but I’m very happy with my more harmonious quilt. Here are the light and dark fabrics I chose from the FQ bundle:
Evaluating the layout before stitching the top together:
I took Milo and his girlfriend Mollie with me for the photo shoot. Some finished photos, with only one side of the binding stitched around to the back.
Milo is showing off his belly crawl in this photo. Sorry Milo, but it doesn’t show in a still photo!
Let’s see the back panel. Isn’t Milo being very helpful? Notice how well his ball matches the quilt!
Tricked Milo into getting off the back, and at least Mollie moved off the panel so we could see it. Isn’t the owl super cute?
For the quilting, I chose an Aurifil 50wt thread in colour #2140. It’s a beatiful cross between cheddar orange and gold.
I did straight line quilting, about 1/2″ away from the seam lines, then echoed the first stitches so that I had four lines of quilting 1/2″ apart. I used the edge of my walking foot as a guide. When quilting horizontally, I just drew lines bisecting the larger rectangles so that I could maintain the same quilting design from top to bottom and left to right.
Fat Quarter Fizz
Ready to make your own version?
For more Fat Quarter Fizz fun, be sure to visit the other bloggers participating in this event. I can’t wait to see what fabrics everyone else chose.
- Kate of Kate Spain Designs
- Shruti of 13Woodhouse
- Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
- Melissa of Happy Quilting
- Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
- Pam from Pam Kitty Morning
- Caroline from Sew Can She
- Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
- Tonya from The Crafty Mummy
- John from Quilt Dad
- Jane from Quilt Jane
- Michele from Quilting Gallery – You are here!