Sunday, February 18, 2024

Board and Batten ++ Ruby Star Society Version

I have a quilt finish to share with you today :) I released the Board and Batten quilt pattern in late 2022 and hosted a quilt along for the pattern in the beginning of 2023. I made a quilt top during the quilt along, but due to the craziness of getting ready for my book launch, I never quilted or finished it.

I am happy to report that the Ruby Star Society version of Board and Batten is officially complete and has already been snuggled with (the cats really seem to like to shed on it).

If you are interested, you can grab a copy of Board and Batten in my pattern shop (digital and print) and on Etsy** The pattern is on sale for $2.22 off in my pattern shop through Feb 20th, no coupon needed **




Fabric Choices

For this version of Board and Batten, I used some charm packs of Honey by Alexia Abegg for Ruby Star Society along with Kona Cotton in Pepper.

The binding choice was a happy accident, I had originally planned on using a navy solid or print, but when the quilt top was hanging on my banister, I happened to have my leftover Fabric C from my Malted Mystery quilt next to it.  It looked perfect and I had just enough.

For the backing, I went with a yellow herringbone Joel Dewberry print that complimented the design and colors (and I happen to have a bunch of yardage of).




Quilting Design

Because this is a simpler pieced design, I wanted to keep the quilting more simple too, but I really did not want light thread on the navy sections or darker thread on the lighter prints so I came up with some free motion back and forth lines quilting the dark and light sections separately.  

The quilting did take some quilt rotating as I quilted each part, but I was able to quilt continuously from one side to the other (yeah for no thread burying!).

Here is the quilt back to see the quilting more easily.  If you would like me to do a tutorial on this design, I would be happy to do so, please let me know.  

For my first version of the quilt, I used an "ele" quilting design that you can find here.




Pattern Sale

If you want to make your own Board and Batten, you can get a copy in my pattern shop (digital and print) and on Etsy.  

In honor of my quilt finish and QuiltCon starting on the 22nd (so 2/22), I am offering $2.22 off the digital and print versions of Board & Batten in my shop (note this coupon code is only good for my shop, not in Etsy).







About the Pattern


Board and Batten is a super fun and quick pattern based on half square triangles to make a modern herringbone-like design. 

The pattern is perfect for your pre-cuts or scraps you have in your sewing room being charm pack, layer cake, fat quarter bundle, and scrap friendly.  Board and Batten contains instructions for baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes.

If you love half square triangles (HST), then this quilt is for you! 







Once you make a Board and Batten quilt of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #BoardandBattenQuilt and #BoardandBattenQAL during the quilt along.


Quilt Along

There was a quilt along for this pattern in early 2023, you can see all of the 35+ versions of Board and Batten here.



 


 




Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Just Two Charm Pack Quilts Book - Quilt Top

 

I am so excited to be seeing all of the different Just Two Charm Pack Quilts book quilts coming together.  So many quilters are making more than one!  Check out the Facebook Group where most of the pictures are being shared.


In this post:

1.  Today's instructions...Quilt Top
2.  How to link up your quilt tops / quilts for the parade
3.  Link to Previous Instructions





1. Today's instructions...Quilt Top

For this part of the quilt along, each quilt in the book has the same assignment, finish your quilt top (and finish the quilt also if you would like).

Share your in-progress pictures with everyone :)




2. Submit your quilt top / quilt to the parade

To be eligible for prizes, submit a picture of your quilt top or finished quilt:
  • Send a picture to MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com
  • Deadline Friday March 1st midnight (EST)
  • Please let me know if you are outside the US as some of the prizes are US only and some are worldwide

3. Links to previous instructional posts:


Questions?

If you have any questions about the quilt along, schedule, book, etc., you can leave the question in a comment below or reach me at cheryl@meadowmistdesigns.com.

 

 

 

 




Thursday, February 1, 2024

Malted Mystery ++ February Instructions



Welcome to the February set of instructions for the Malted Mystery Quilt! 


The Malted Mystery Quilt is a free quilt-along that runs from July 2023 through May 2024 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. Be sure to join the Facebook Group to share your progress or share on social media using #MaltedMysteryQuilt.

There is plenty of time to join in on the quilt along, instructions are published monthly. You can find all of the information about the Malted Mystery, including schedule, past instructions, links to the Facebook group, sneak peek, and more in the Main Malted Mystery Quilt Page.

February's instructions continue to build on our medallion style quilt, adding a few more layers.


Easy to Print PDF Instructions

I have set up two ways to get the easy to print pdf mystery quilt file:

1. Direct Download - Malted Mystery Quilt - February - Easy to Print Version
2. Download from my Pattern Shop - Malted Mystery Quilt - February - Free Downloadable PDF





Second Pieced Section
 

1. Sew together the following blocks and pieces, pressing the seams open or away from the blocks, to make a side row 8 ½" x 28 ½".
2 flower star blocks 8 ½" x 8 ½"
1 B eight-point block 8 ½" x 8 ½"
4 bg rectangles 1 ½" x 8 ½"

2. Repeat to make a total of 2 side rows.


3. Sew together the following blocks and pieces, pressing the seams open or away from the blocks, to make a top/bottom row 8 ½" x 44 ½".
2 flower star blocks 8 ½" x 8 ½"
1 B eight-point block 8 ½" x 8 ½"
2 C eight-point blocks 8 ½" x 8 ½"
4 bg rectangles 1 ½" x 8 ½"

4. Repeat to make a total of 2 top/bottom rows.


5. Sew a side row 8 ½" x 28 ½" onto either side of the quilt top 28 ½" x 28 ½", pressing the seams open or away from the side rows.

6. Sew a top/bottom row 8 ½" x 44 ½" onto the unit from step 5, pressing the seams open or away from the top/bottom rows.

The quilt top, after the second pieced section is added, should measure 44 ½" x 44 ½".















Second Plain Border Section

The second pieced section of the medallion quilt should measure 44 ½" x 44 ½". If the section is too small or too large, you can alter the size of the plain borders.

FABRIC D BORDER

1. Cut 5 fabric D strips 2" x WOF.
a. Cut 1 strip into 4 quarter fabric D pieces 2" x about 10".

2. Sew a quarter fabric D piece to a full fabric D strip 2" x WOF, and trim to 44 ½".  Repeat to make a second side border. 

3. Sew borders onto the sides of the quilt, pressing seams open or towards the borders.  

4. Sew a quarter fabric D piece to a full fabric D strip 2" x WOF, and trim to 47 ½".  Repeat to make a second top/bottom border. 

5. Sew borders onto the top and bottom of the quilt, pressing seams open or towards the borders.  

The quilt top, after this step, should measure 47 ½" x 47 ½". 




BACKGROUND BORDER

1. Cut 5 bg strips 2 ½" x WOF.
a. Cut 1 strip into 2 bg pieces 2 ½" x 8" and 2 bg pieces 2 ½" x 12".

2. Sew a bg piece 2 ½" x 8" to a full bg strip 2 ½" x WOF, and trim to 47 ½".  Repeat to make a second side border. 

3. Sew borders onto the sides of the quilt, pressing seams open or towards the borders.  

4. Sew a bg piece 2 ½" x 12" to a full bg strip 2 ½" x WOF, and trim to 51 ½".  Repeat to make a second top/bottom border. 

5. Sew borders onto the top and bottom of the quilt, pressing seams open or towards the borders.  

The quilt top, after this step, should measure 51 ½" x 51 ½". 



FABRIC D BORDER

1. Cut 6 fabric D strips 2" x WOF.
a. Cut 2 strips each in half to make 4 fabric D pieces 2" x about 20".

2. Sew a half fabric D piece to a full fabric D strip 2" x WOF, and trim to 51 ½".  Repeat to make a second side border. 

3. Sew borders onto the sides of the quilt, pressing seams open or towards the borders.  

4. Sew a half fabric D piece to a full fabric D strip 2" x WOF, and trim to 54 ½".  Repeat to make a second top/bottom border. 

5. Sew borders onto the top and bottom of the quilt, pressing seams open or towards the borders.

The quilt top, after the second plain border section is added, should measure 54 ½" x 54 ½". 





Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Malted Mystery Quilt!

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Any questions? Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page. I look forward to seeing everyone's cut fabrics. The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of February, the 1st.

 

 




Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Just Two Charm Pack Quilts Book - Blocks

 

Happy February!  We are continuing to sew together on the Just Two Charm Pack Quilts Book quilt along by sewing blocks together!

In this post:

1.  Where to get your book if you don't have one yet and want to join in.
2.  Today's instructions...Blocks
3.  Link to Previous Instructions - QAL Overview, Cutting/Prizes, Units
4.  Schedules for all of the 16 quilts in the book.


1. Where to get your book if you don't have one yet and want to join in

All you need for the quilt along is a copy of the Just Two Charm Pack Quilts book and some fabric :)

You can get a physical or digital copy of the book:



2. Today's instructions...Blocks

For the next two weeks (now through February 13th) we are sewing our blocks.  Because the quilt along includes all 16 quilts in the book here are the specific instructions for each pattern (there are also graphics at the bottom of this post for each pattern).  

Gift Box - Blocks
Betty - 1/2 of the blocks
Lover's Lane - 1st and 2nd rows
Morning Flower Patch - Plus blocks
Somerville - All blocks
More Fishies - Rows A-D
Growing Vines - Blocks A-C
Star Rays - Blocks
Diagonal Joy - Block B
Process Flow - Block columns
Taylors Square - Blocks
Carnegie Plaid - Thin and wide units
Snapdragon Cove - Blocks A-D
String Lights - Block columns 1-4
Abby & Katie - Block B
Diamond Hashtag - Blocks

Take a picture of your blocks and share them with everyone :)




3. Links to previous instructional posts:


4. Schedules for all of the 16 quilts in the book.

All book quilt along posts will be posted on Tuesdays.  The general schedule is as follows. 

January 2nd - Cutting
January 16th - Units
January 30th - Blocks
February 13th - Quilt Top
March 5th - Quilt Parade

 I have created graphics for each specific quilt in the book.  You can save the illustration for your quilt you can:
  • Right click and save the illustration to your computer
  • Screen shot or save image to your photo photos.
  • Visit my Google folder which contains each of the images as well as all of the images together in a single pdf.


















Questions?

If you have any questions about the quilt along, schedule, book, etc., you can leave the question in a comment below or reach me at cheryl@meadowmistdesigns.com.

 

 

 




Friday, January 26, 2024

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - New Home

 


I have loved hosting the Favorite Finishes Monthly Linky Parties and I hope that you have enjoyed linking up and/or visiting the links over the last many years (I started the parties back in March 2019!).

I have decided to pass the linky party over my great friend Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl.  Hop over to her blog each month for a fun linkup and some great quilts!


Link to Quilting Jetgirl - Link to January's Linky Party