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Free Pattern: Accelerated Velocity Layer Cake Quilt

When I first started quilting, all I ever made was pre-cut quilts. The idea of picking out 15 fat quarters for a pattern was terrifying for me – I’ve never taken any art classes so I didn’t know the first thing about colour schemes and the colour wheel and split-complimentary palettes. I do know a tiny bit more now, but I must admit I still adore pre-cuts. I love working with a whole line of fabric, knowing that the quilt is going to look fantastic when it’s finished.

So anyway, on to this pattern. Well, I bought myself a Lazy Angle ruler at a show (available at Fat Quarter Shop in the US and Creative Grids in the UK) after seeing Julie Herman’s lovely quilts. Then somehow (by magic, I’m sure) a Ruby layer cake ended up in my studio, and I decided to see if I could design anything using the two. My husband thinks this is the best quilt I’ve ever designed, and it is my current favourite for cuddling up in bed. When I can’t sleep, I rub the quilt between my thumb and fingers as though I were a toddler.

OK, here are the rules: there are 2 pdfs, one for the pattern and one for the template. You are welcome to link to me, but I ask that you link to this page – DO NOT LINK DIRECTLY TO THE PDF. If I find people are linking directly to the pdf, I will have to take the entire pattern down. *for an explanation of this, see below.

Accelerated_Velocity_Quilt_PDF - This is the template. Print ‘without borders’ and double check the 1″ scale.

Accelerated Velocity Quilt Pattern - This is the pdf pattern/instructions. Enjoy! If you make one, why not pop a pic into my Flickr group?

***The reason I ask you not to link to the pdf, but to link instead to this page is because if you link to the pdf, I am paying the hosting costs to house and distribute the pdf, but I’m not getting the traffic boost that comes from people visiting this page to get the download. Unfortunately a PDF download doesn’t count as a page view. So please, please play by the rules. I have given you a free pattern to use, with my blessing to sell the resulting quilt if you want to; please don’t take advantage of my kindness by linking directly to the download, ok?

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Olivia: Fabric Shoppe Sponsored Baby Quilt Pattern/Tutorial

A while ago, the ever-so-lovely Jody of Fabric Shoppe sent me this very pretty Tanya Whelan FQ Bundle to have a play with. I decided a baby quilt for my new baby niece Olivia was in order, especially considering her mother’s favourite colour is green.

Finished size: about 40″ x 40″. For this quilt, you’ll need:

  • 4 white floral/print Fat Quarters
  • 3 or 4 feature colour (green in my case) floral/print Fat Quarters (or whatever contrast colour you choose)
  • 1/3 yard or 30 cm of white
  • 1 yard/metre red solid (or whatever solid you choose)
  • 4 binding strips (for 2.75″ wide binding, that’s 11″ or 30cm)
  • 43″ x 43″ batting
  • 43″ x 43″ backing (1 metre + a 6″ strip)

The centre block measures 18″ x 18″ square finished and the smaller blocks measure 9″ x 9″ finished.

For the 9″ blocks, cut:

  • {24x} 4″ x 4″ feature colour print
  • {24x} 4″ x 4″ white print
  • {24x} 4″ x 4″ red solid
  • {12} 3.5″ x 3.5″ for block centres (I used feature colour/green print in the small blocks)
  • {24x} 4″ x 4″ white solid

For each block, you’ll need to make a total of 8 HST units. Here are the pairings (each pairing yields 2 HSTs):

  • white print and feature colour print: 1 square each
  • red solid and white print: 1 square each
  • white solid and feature colour print: 1 square each
  • red solid and white solid: 1 square each
So to piece the whole quilts’ worth of  HSTs in one go, you’ll need to pair them up in this way:

  • {12x} white print with {12x} feature colour (green) print
  • {12x} red solid with {12x} white solid
  • {12x} white solid with {12x} feature colour (green) print
  • {12x} white print with {12x} red solid
Assembly: For more information on Half Square Triangle construction, see my HST tutorial. Then when you’ve got the HSTs made, you’ll assemble them in rows. Here are the steps:

Lay out the centre square and your freshly made and trimmed HSTs as shown above.

Sew the top, middle and bottom rows together as shown above.

Then sew the rows together, making sure you line up the seams as best as you can. Do this step for each of the 12 blocks.

For the centre block, cut:

  • {2x} 7″ x 7″ red solid
  • {4x} 6.5″ x 6.5″ white print
  • {1x} 6.5″ x 6.5″ green print
  • {2x} 7″ x 7″ white print

Make 4 Half Square Triangle units using the 7″ x 7″ red solid and white print squares, pairing each red solid square with a white print square.

Assemble block by sewing the top 3 squares together, then the middle 3 and the bottom 3. Sew these together, being careful to match seam lines, just as you did the 9″ square blocks above.

Then sew your blocks together in this formation:

For the border: Cut {4x} 2.5″ x WOF strips – 1 for each side. Then sew those three big portions (shown above) together and add your border:

Now baste, quilt and bind! My binding tutorial can be found here.
© Copyright J C Excell, 2012. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. You are NEVER allowed to copy an entire tutorial or post.
Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.
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Tutorial Tue: Sweet Baby Dreams Quilt

© Copyright, J C Excell 2011

Welcome to Stashtacular! We’re on a fabric diet, and are gearing up to swap our old fabrics for new!

Stashtacular
If you’d like the tutorial for my Sweet Baby Dreams quilt, you can click here to access it.  It’s a super easy quilt to piece, perfect for the beginner, or really quick for the more experienced. The reason I’ve done it as a Google document is so you can print it if you want to.  If you make a quilt top before 5 August, add it to the Flickr group to be entered to win lots of grand prizes.

Please go sign up for this week’s giveaway of a $25 gift certificate for free fabric from 1Choice4Quilting over at Blue Bird Sews who is hosting this week’s Stashtacular celebrations!

And don’t forget, you need to be thinking about whether you’d like to join my new virtual quilting bee, Sew Bee Blissful. It’s ok if you’re a bee beginner; we’ll all be friendly and helpful, even if you’re a bit scared of quilting!

Sew Bee Blissful


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Very First Quilt Pattern For Sale And Giveaway!

Lines and Meadows Quilt, by J C Excell

It’s been sooo hard to keep this quiet all the time I was planning and making this quilt, but I’ve finally got it all done, written and converted into a pdf and listed in the etsy shop!
The actual quilt will be on its way to my preggo sister in Alaska soon (should I wash and dry it before I send it so it’s all nice and crinkly?) and I hope Homeland Security doesn’t hang onto it for two bloody months like they did my Xmas etsy orders.



Anyhoo, the quilt:
The finished quilt measures approx. 48″ by 56″. 
To make this quilt, you will need:
• 9 x 1/3 yards or 30 cm different fabrics (That’s LONG 1/3 yards, as that’s the easiest way to set about it.) Total for top: 3 yds/ meters
• Optional extras: An additional 2 fabrics, which only need to be about 6 inches wide (about 10-15cm) will be helpful as well, but aren’t strictly necessary. Solids work perfectly.
• Binding: for 2.5” wide binding, you’ll need 15” or 40cm fabric (that’s straight
grain binding, not bias). For 2” wide binding, you’ll need 12” or 30cm fabric. (I always recommend 2.5″ wide binding.)
• Backing: 2.25 yards or 2 meters of 42-44” wide fabric, plus you can use the 4”
wide strip left over from the blocks, if you end up with it.
There is also a full binding tutorial, from calculating how much you need, through to making it and sewing it onto your quilt top, plus some tips on quilting.



As you can see, it’s very beginner friendly, although I would like to think experienced quilters would enjoy making it, too.


It’s on offer in my etsy shop for $7.50. 


The Giveaway:
I would like some impartial feedback on the quilt pattern, as this is the first one I’m offering up for sale. If you would like a free copy emailed to you, here are the rules:

  • I’m only giving out three, so if you want it, leave me a comment with your email address (i.e. jennaexcell (at) gmail(dot)com) If there are already three comments below the giveaway is closed.
  • If you do take it, I want feedback emailed to me within 2 weeks. You don’t have to make the quilt in 2 weeks, just read the pattern and tell me what you think.
  • By participating, you’ll be giving me permission to quote from your feedback on the blog, etsy shop, etc. I will NOT use your real name!! Just a first name and last initial, i.e.: J. Excell says…..
  • What I’m looking for is feedback on whether I’ve explained everything well, places where I need to add more explanation, and whether overall you thought reading it was a fairly good experience – more like petting puppies than having a root canal!
  • If you do make the quilt, please send me pics!
Thank You!!!


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