Baby Quilt Finish and Pattern Release


I’m very pleased to have finished the ‘Four Patch Dash’ baby quilt. ๐Ÿ™‚ I designed this little quilt with speed in mind – hence the ‘dash’ in the title! The pattern PDF is now available to purchase and download from my Etsy store, AllisonsPatchworks.

The design is fat quarter friendly, using five fat quarters for the four patch blocks with some extra yardage for the borders. Definitely a quilt that can be quickly put together using stash fabrics!

I used a sea creature print fat quarter as the feature fabric of my quilt. The colours in the print helped in the choosing of four plain fat quarters from my stash.

In the pattern I have given instructions to cut fat quarters into long rectangles. These are used to strip piece the four patch blocks. Strip piecing saves a lot of cutting and time and helps with accuracy too. If you’d rather be using up scraps than using fat quarters, there is a cutting chart and instructions for making the blocks using individual squares.

To make the quilt sandwich, I pieced a backing (including the label) and used a piece of soft, easy care Quilter’s Dream Green wadding. To keep with the sea theme of the feature fabric I decided on simple ‘watery’ looking quilting designs. The wavy lines across the four patch blocks were stitched using a walking foot and a 40wt variegated Aurifil thread, 3817. In the borders I free motion stitched a ripple design using a 50wt Aurifil thread, 6724, which blends well with the unbleached calico. I used the same ripple design on a smaller scale to quilt the feature fabric blocks.

The quilt finished at 39″ x 39″ and used 5 Fat Quarters plus a yard of fabric for the front and half a yard for the binding. Backing and wadding were cut to 46″ x 46″ before trimming.

All finished with a blue/green binding. This was hand stitched to the back after my failed experiment with a different binding technique! I will give that technique another try but with wider binding..

Here is the Four Patch Dash quilt in a different colourway:

That’s the story of this little quilt! The pattern is now available as a PDF download from my Etsy store. I’m very happy to provide a 20% discount to readers of this blog as a thank you for your friendly and encouraging support :-). Use the code FOURPATCH or this link:

Offer ends Thursday 4th June.


Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (108)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring along your projects(s) and share in the generosity and expertise brought to us by the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in the sharing by using the comments box at the bottom of this page and by leaving comments on the pages you visit.

At the start of the week I was keeping up to date with my email in-tray. Then I got busy watering the garden and the allotment as well as allowing myself to be driven by a plan to push on with a couple more projects in my sewing room. I did put the final stitches in the binding of the remaining secret sewing project ๐Ÿ™‚ The other secret sewing project got the big reveal in this post.

Weekend Projects. As I had to rearrange my sewing room to open out the gate-leg table to use as a surface for basting the small quilt I’m making I decided to take a leaf out of Laura’s book, basting a second quilt while the table was out. I have many more

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Big Dottie – A finished quilt

Wahoo! A finished quilt! Look in my Gallery 2020 page and you’ll see that is a rare occurrence!

I was drawn to Rachel Hauser’s Dear Dottie pattern when she first started sharing it on her blog Stitched in Color. I’d been inspired by lots of the curved piecing that other modern quilters were incorporating into their designs and wanted to have a go. Rachel led a Dear Dottie Sew-Along towards the end of 2019 but I knew I really couldn’t take on another project right then. However I bought and downloaded the pattern thinking I would make the time in the New Year…. Coincidentally an advert for the Classic Curves ruler by Color Girl Quilts had me succumbing to my ruler obsession (again!). I decided to use the ruler rather than the pattern templates to cut out my Dear Dottie fabrics, as a result my finished blocks measure 9ยฝ” rather than 6ยฝ” – hence my quilt being named ‘Big Dottie’.

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Welcome to a belated Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! Bring along your projects and share in some of the inspiration being generously published on the web by other members of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do share your projects or other sources of quilty goodness in the comments box at the bottom of this page.

Happy Easter too! We enjoyed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter Celebration – broadcast from his kitchen table – as well as our own Church Easter Service seen on our home TV via YouTube. As one joker pointed out our Vicar has now become a tele-evangelist (not something he ever aspired to, I’m sure!).

I’ve sorted a little basket ofย bright and light blue fabrics for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge .

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