I have finally finished a quilt that gets to stay in our house!!
The Shortcake pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew is a great pattern that really showcases fabric well and I think Daysail fabric line by Bonnie and Camille isn’t too girly…. perfect for our guest bedroom! I quilted using my wavy stitch (waves… daysail…. you know… 🙂 ) just enough to keep it all together, but not too close to make it stiff.
I found a few ways to piece it together a bit quicker than the pattern suggested (see my hints down the bottom of this post if you are planning your own Shortcake Quilt) so the blocks came together pretty quickly!
We are so excited to finally have a quilt in our home!
I didn’t have enough yardage of Daysail to do a total backing, so I pieced together another quilt for the back! Kind of fun to have a double sided quilt for two different looks when need be 🙂
I actually like the really large 9 patches made out of three jelly roll strips sewn together…. I am thinking a whole quilt of that would look really fun 🙂
And of course our ducks photo bombed the quilt shoot down near the pond! They had LOTS to say about the quilt… all good I am sure!
And I also took a few rustic farmyard shots in the nearby implement shed – I love the old timbers!
Shortcake Pattern Quick Tips (read before cutting all your pieces out!)
- For block 2 (the 9 patch block) don’t cut everything up into 2 1/2″ squares… just select 3 jelly roll strips and sew them together and THEN cut into 2 1/2″ pieces. Then you only have to sew three of those pieces together and you have a 9 patch.
- Don’t cut up the white background. Keep them in the 2 1/2″ strips and to put the white around the block 2 (9 patch) lay down your white strip and place the 9 patch on top right sides together. Sew 1/4″ seam, leave a little bit of white strip and then place another 9 patch down and continue sewing until you run out of strip. Trim them apart. Do the same for the other side. Then do in a similar way for the other two sides. Careful if you have any directional prints you want to keep facing ‘up’
- To sew block 1 (the square in a square) leave your white background in strips. Place the centre squares along your strip and sew 1/4″. Trim. Then put down another white strip and sew 1/4″ onto the opposite side of the square. Repeat with the final two sides. Then sew your cut pieces as per the pattern.
Chain piecing really makes things go quicker and it made these quilt blocks come together very quickly. Very satisfying!
This finished quilt was part of my First Quarter 2016 Quilting Plan for the @FAL2016 hosted by @finishalong on IG