September 19, 2022

How to Trim HSTs Without a Specialty Ruler

Welcome to my stop on the Back to School blog hop! This hop is full of tips and tricks to help you take your quilting skills to the next level, so be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post to see what everyone else is sharing. As the post title says, I'll be showing you how to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler.
Before I get into my tutorial, I want to invite you to join me for WIPS-B-GONE 2022. We quilters love to start new projects, but we don't always wait to finish the current project first, which means we can accumulate a bunch of unfinished things. I'm certainly guilty of that! Rather than dragging those WIPS into 2023 with us, let's get them finished! Through October and November we'll focus on getting our WIPS past the finish line, with fun printables, Monday Motivation emails and prizes along the way. I hope you'll join me!

Sign up for WIPS-B-GONE 2022 here!

And now, on to our featured presentation 😊

HSTs are an amazing building block in quilt design, but they're notoriously hard to stitch perfectly. That's why I love to make my HSTs a little oversize and then trim them down. We may only be trimming off a sliver at a time, but those slivers make a big difference.

There are specialty rulers made just for trimming HSTs, but I'm going to show you how I trim mine without using a specialty ruler. I'm a bit of a tool minimalist, I think, or maybe I'm just cheap, lol.

Make the HSTs

I like to use the 2-at-a-time method. I'm going to make mine 2" finished, but this same trimming method will work regardless of what size HSTs you're making. 

If I wanted to cut my fabric the exact right size, I'd add ⅞" to the finished size I wanted, so I'd cut my squares at 2 ⅞", but since I want to make them big enough to trim later I'm going to add 1" to the finished size, which means I'll need two 3" squares. Whatever finished size you want your HSTs to be, add 1" to get the cut size for your squares.

On the wrong side of one of the squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
How to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler |
Then, with the squares right sides together, stitch ¼" away from both sides of the line.
How to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler |
Cut apart on the drawn line, then press both HSTs open.
How to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler |

Trim the HSTs

I like to use either a small mat that I can turn easily or to position my bigger mat on the corner of the table so I can work from two sides. That way I don't have to move the HST in order to trim all four edges. Of course, if you have a rotating mat, this would be the perfect time to use it. Again, I'm a tool minimalist, so I don't have one of those, either 😊

Position the HST with the seam lined up with the 45° line on your ruler. Look at all four edges of the HST to be sure they are past where you want to trim. For me, I place it so the left hand side is just beyond a line, the right hand side is a little more than ½" past the last line, the bottom is just below a line and the top is a little more than ½" above the top line.  
How to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler |
I use my 1x6 ruler for this, but any ruler will work. I trim the right hand side first, with the ½" line of the ruler on the line.
How to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler |
Then I trim the left hand side, with the ruler directly on that line. The HST is now exactly 2 ½" wide.
How to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler |
Now I either turn my mat, or move to the side if I'm working on the corner of the table, so that the two untrimmed sides are to the left and right again. Once again, trim the right hand side. For me, that is now the side that gets trimmed with the ruler right on the line. 
How to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler |
Then trim the left hand side, which for me means trimming with the ½" line of the ruler on the line.
How to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler |
And now we have a perfectly square HST 😊 Mine doesn't look perfect in this picture because the purple fabric refused to lay flat, but I assure you it is square!
How to trim HSTs without a specialty ruler |
Be sure to visit the rest of the Back to School blog hoppers to see what tips and tricks they're sharing!

  • Sept 15 - Geeky Bobbin - Press for Success! -
  • Sept 16 - Katie Mae Quilts - Storage Solutions From The School Supplies Section -
  • Sept 17 - Quilting Jetgirl - Make A Design Wall You Can Use Your Hera Marker Against -
  • Sept 18 - Karen Bolan - How to Get Perfect Tension -
  • Sept 19 - Devoted Quilter - How To Trim HSTs Without A Specialty Ruler -
  • Sept 20 - Sarah Ruiz - Calculating Quilt Backing and Binding Fabric Requirements -
  • Sept 21 - Andy Knowlton - How To Sew Quilt Blocks With Partial Seams -
  • Sept 22 - Lisa Ruble - Curved Piecing Doesn't Have To Be Scary (Or Perfect!) -
  • Sept 23 - Sarah Goer Quilts - Tips for Piecing Precise Points -
  • Sept 24 - Faith and Fabric - Spinning Intersections On Four Patch Blocks - The Easy Way! -
  • Sept 25 - Judit Hajdu - Draw String Bag - For Lunch Or Gym -
  • Sept 26 - Sugar Sand Quilt Co. - The Care And Feeding Of The Wild Longarm Quilter -
  • Sept 27 - Hilary Jordan - Quick & Easy Pattern Matching Technique for Quilt Backings -
  • Sept 28 - True Blue Quilts - Sketch Then Stitch...Better FMQ Through Doodling -
  • Sept 29 - Sunflower Quilting - A Quilting Tip -
  • Sept 30 - Slightly Biased Quilts - Perfect Hand Binding Tips -

  • September 16, 2022

    WIPS-B-GONE 2022!

    Sign ups for WIPS-B-GONE 2022 are now open! I have plenty of WIPS poked in cupboards and boxes and on shelves, so I really need this time to focus on getting some things finished! I'm guessing you probably do, too 😊
    WIPS-B-GONE 2022 challenge |
    This year the challenge will start on October 1st and run until November 30th. Last year I found it really hectic trying to keep up with the challenge through December and I noticed that a lot of others seemed to feel the same way. So, in the interest of reducing stress whenever possible, I decided not to have the challenge running through the holidays at all. Instead, we'll have 61 days to see how many projects we can finish.

    This is primarily an Instagram challenge; that's where the daily posting happens and where we can cheer each other on. I'll also be awarding prizes based on posts in the #wipsbgone2022 hashtag. However, that doesn't mean you can't do the challenge if you're not on IG! The printables can help keep you on track and the Monday Motivation emails will encourage you to stay the course even if you're not posting on social media.

    Sign up for WIPS-B-GONE 2022 here!

    Once again, any fiber-related project is eligible for the challenge, so dig out those quilting, knitting, garment, crochet and cross stitch projects and let's get them finished!

    Yes, I did say there will be prizes again this year. I'm still working on them, so no details just yet. Rest assured, though, they will be fabulous! And, of course, we'll all be winning with those newly finished projects!

    I'm also working on something extra special for the challenge that I'm really excited about 😊 I'll be posting about that soon, once everything is ready.

    I hope you'll join me for WIPS-B-GONE 2022!

    September 09, 2022

    Storm - a Free 12" Block Pattern

    Hello and welcome to my stop on the Woodcut Blossoms blog hop, hosted by Heidi of The Whimsical Workshop! Today I'm excited to share Storm, my new free block pattern, made with three gorgeous fabrics from Heidi's signature line with Island Batik, Woodcut Blossoms. I adore those little flowers in the dark blue fabric!
    Storm quilt block pattern |
    You can get the pattern by entering your email address here.

    I've named this one Storm because it reminds me of the graphic meteorologists use to represent a hurricane when they're reporting. It's not a perfect representation, since the graphic is rounded, but once I saw the resemblance I couldn't unsee it, especially with the small square in the center of the block looking like the eye of the hurricane.
    Storm quilt block pattern |
    Storm is paper pieced and with only a few seams in each section it's a great block if you're still not quite sure about paper piecing. I get it! Paper piecing can feel confusing, until it suddenly clicks and then you're good to go. 

    I recommend the freezer paper method of paper piecing, which lets you keep the precision we love, while eliminating all the ripping out papers at the end. That was always the worst part of paper piecing for me and now I love that I never have to do it again! If you're not familiar with using freezer paper, I teach workshops about this game changing technique; sign up for The Bulletin to be notified about the next workshop.

    After I finished piecing my Storm blocks into a top, I realized I meant to use two different fabrics for the corners, to create an hourglass block in the center when the blocks are put together. Seriously, sometimes I need to pay closer attention to what I'm doing! The pattern includes this option, so you can decide if you want a a plain square or an hourglass square, if you're making multiple blocks with the same fabrics like I did. And hopefully whichever one you make, you'll be doing it on purpose 😄

    Storm quilt block pattern |

    You might have noticed that my Storm mini quilt is still only a top. I fully intended to have it finished in time for today's post, but life had other plans and the top has been sitting and waiting for weeks now (we won't talk about how many other tops are keeping it company in the to-be-quilted pile). I do have a plan, though! The WIPS-B-GONE 2022 challenge starts on October 1st and this mini quilt is at the top of my mental list of projects to finish during the challenge. Do you have WIPS you'd like to turn into finishes before we roll in 2023? All of the details about this year's WIPS-B-GONE challenge will be coming out in a few days, but you can join the waitlist now to be sure you don't miss out.
    Storm quilt block pattern |
    I couldn't resist playing around with the Storm block in EQ8 and now I want to make this scrappy version, too. If you want to make a Storm quilt (scrappy or not!), get the pattern here.
    Storm quilt block pattern |
    There are 13 other designers sharing their blocks made with Woodcut Blossoms today. Just think of all the quilty fun you could have with these blocks!
    Woodcut Blossoms quilt blocks |
    To get the patterns for all of these blocks, check out the designers' blog posts!

    Leanne Parsons

    Tiffany Hayes

    Tammy Silvers

    Laura Piland

    Kris Driessen

    Jen Frost      

    Laureen McMurry Smith


    Raija Salomaa 

    Rebecca Lidstrom

    Laura Lindsay Strickland


    Lissa LaGreca

    Katie Mae Quilts

    Sandra Starley

    August 30, 2022

    Book Review - How Do I Quilt It?

     I was sent a digital copy of How Do I Quilt It? for review. All of the opinions in this post are my own.

    If you're anything like me, deciding how to quilt your newly finished quilt top is sometimes a tough decision. I've been known to sit with a basted quilt under the needle of my machine, ready to start quilting and with a deadline looming, just staring at it because I don't know what to quilt. I've even been known to tell myself, "Just start with something!"

    Well, Christa Watson of Christa Quilts has written a book to help with those decisions, especially for beginner quilters. Christa is a quilter, fabric designer and teacher who believes that anyone who wants to can quilt their own quilts on their home sewing machine. Her new book, How Do I Quilt It?, offers a ton of suggestions to help quilters decide how to quilt their quilts and it includes both walking foot and free motion designs. You can get a signed copy of the book from Christa's shop here.
    How Do I Quilt It - book review |
    All pictures in this post courtesy of C&T Publishing 
    I have to say that I fell in love with the book with Christa's first sentence, which says, "I like to call myself a perfectly imperfect quilter." I can so relate to that! When I'm talking about my own quilting, I often say something like 'no two flowers are the same' or 'there isn't a properly straight line anywhere' or something similar. I also usually end off by saying 'but I'm okay with that.' I'm having fun when I'm quilting and trying for perfection would just take all the fun out of it.

    In the book Christa covers both the mechanics of quilting (the tools and set up) and the design possibilities. The section on how to get set up gives us a look at all of the tools she uses, plus a step-by-step description of how she spray bastes her quilts. While I've always pin basted and have no interest in changing to spray basting, I still find it interesting to read all the nitty-gritty details of how someone else approaches it. And if you do want to try spray basting, she tells you everything you need to know to be successful.

    Then we get into the heart of the book - the quilting! Christa uses a simple nine patch block to show the different designs, both walking foot and free motion, with a picture of it stitched out, plus diagrams showing the stitching path and several variations for each design. There are simple designs and more complex ones as well as some that are dense and others that are lighter. Whatever style a particular quilts needs, you'll likely find something to suit it.
    How Do I Quilt It - book review |
    To round things out, Christa includes three patterns - Daisy Chain (shown here), Pinwheel Tessellations and Loose Weave.
    How Do I Quilt It - book review |
    For each quilt, Christa shares three different ways to quilt it - one walking foot, one free motion and one custom quilting plan. Again, there are diagrams to show the stitching path for each variation and tips for working your way around the quilt. Those tips for how to move through the quilt would be helpful for figuring out how to make your way around any quilt.
    How Do I Quilt It - book review |
    While How Do I Quilt It? is geared more for those just learning machine quilting, there's plenty of eye candy and tips to make it helpful for more experienced quilters, too. And if you are just beginning to learn to quilt your own quilts on your domestic machine, it's an excellent resource for you!

    August 26, 2022

    Prairie Points Pinwheel - a Free Baby Quilt Pattern

    I have always loved pinwheel blocks. In fact, one of the first quilt magazines I ever bought was picked because of a pinwheel baby quilt pattern included in it, though I don't know if I ever actually made that particular quilt. I was also intrigued recently by the idea of making a quilt with some 3D element, which led me to the possibility of making pinwheels with prairie points, which is how Prairie Points Pinwheel was born.
    Prairie Points Pinwheel quilt pattern |
    I'm sharing the free pattern for Prairie Points Pinwheel on Amy Smart's blog, Diary of a Quilter, today, so head over to that post to get all the details of how to make one of your own. The baby quilt finishes at 36" x 36", which also makes a great wall hanging or table topper size.

    While I went with blues (of course!) and a pop of orange, I did create a few mockups in other colour ways. I would love to make all of them!
    Prairie Points Pinwheel quilt pattern |
    Can I just say that pinwheels made out of prairie points are ridiculously cute? Not to mention how tempting it is to run your hands over them to flip them back and forth. All while I was working on this, I kept thinking of some little toddler playing with his or her quilt, which definitely increased my own enjoyment.
    Prairie Points Pinwheel quilt pattern |
    Prairie Points Pinwheel is stash friendly and even scrap friendly. All of the white background pieces came out of my white scraps, except the long outer borders. I know there are at least three different brands included, so there's some variation in how white the white actually is, which you can kind of see in this picture, but I wasn't at all concerned about that. It is a scrap quilt, after all!
    Prairie Points Pinwheel quilt pattern |
    As for the blues, I thought for sure I could cut them from my overflowing basket of blue scraps, but it turns out I have an abundance of small blue scraps and much less in the way of larger pieces. No worries, though, I also have an overflowing drawer of blue yardage and larger pieces leftover from previous projects, so there was no problem finding enough.
    Prairie Points Pinwheel quilt pattern |
    At 36" square, this used one of the batting scraps that was too narrow for my usual baby quilts, which are typically 40" or 48" square. Looking through my batting pieces, I'm either going to have to start making narrow wall hangings or placemats, or start piecing the scraps together. I'm not against piecing them together, and I've done it before, but most times I just don't want to take the time for it when I'm ready to baste something. I think I should try to just set aside a time specifically for straightening edges and then piecing them together so they'll be ready to go when I need them. Somehow that doesn't sound as fun as starting a new quilt though, does it?

    I chose to quilt the background with my go-to double loop, since it makes me think of the wind blowing pinwheels around. And I gave myself permission to quilt it fairly small, so it would seem to be the right scale compared to the pinwheels (I do still love quilting small, lol). I thought I'd have to pin the prairie points out of the way, but it was easy enough to just hold them back while I quilted under them.

    I started out quilting with Aurifil 2024 (white), though I was a little nervous that I would run out before I got to the end. I was right to be nervous and actually only made it through about half of the quilting before the white was gone. Oops! Quilting small really eats up the thread! I debated ordering more, but that would have meant putting the quilt aside for about a week while I waited for the thread to arrive, which I didn't really want to do. So then I decided that Aurifil 2311 (muslin) was close enough that probably no one would ever notice the difference, so I threaded that in and got back to work. As I said before, it's a scrap quilt, so it seemed only right to just go with what I already had on hand.

    I love how the unquilted orange cornerstones and seam lines show up on the back!
    Double loop free motion quilting |
    Another bonus of the 36" size, I didn't have to piece anything for the backing! I can't explain why, but piecing a backing feels like way more work than putting together all of the blocks for a quilt top. This quilt top fit on the width of a piece of yardage, though with only a couple of inches to spare on each side. It was plenty for me, but if you were sending it to a longarmer you'd likely need to piece the backing to give them enough extra on the sides.

    Of course, the quilt needed a trip to the beach for its photo shoot! I love how this shot shows off the texture and the 3D-ness of it.
    Prairie Points Pinwheel free quilt pattern |
    And the golden hour light was perfect! Sometimes it's almost impossible to get a picture of a white quilt that actually looks white, but it was actually pretty easy for this one.
    Prairie Points Pinwheel free quilt pattern |
    For the full Prairie Points Pinwheel pattern, go to the post on Amy's Diary of a Quilter blog. And when you make yours, I bet you won't be able to resist playing with the prairie points!
    Prairie Points Pinwheel free quilt pattern |

    August 03, 2022

    Fifty-Fifty in Daisy Fields and the Pattern Release

    This post contains affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link, at no extra cost to you.

    Today is doubly exciting: I get to share my new Fifty-Fifty quilt and it's release day for the pattern! You can get the Fifty-Fifty pattern now in my shop as a PDF or you can PREORDER the printed pattern, which will ship to you as soon as they're in my hands from the printer. Newsletter subscribers, be sure to check your inbox for a discount code 😉

    Two block quilt designs are classic, but what happens if you split those blocks in half and then recombine them? You get a Fifty-Fifty quilt, that's what! It's a modern spin on traditional log cabin and starburst blocks and it's so much fun to make.
    Fifty-Fifty quilt pattern |
    I used the new Daisy Fields fabric line, designed by Beverly McCullough for Riley Blake, to make this 48" square baby size Fifty-Fifty. There is so much to love in these fabrics - the daisies, the hexagon elements, the colours...I just couldn't resist them!
    Fifty-Fifty quilt pattern |
    The Starburst blocks are paper pieced and, of course, I used freezer paper to make them. It's so nice knowing I'll never again have to rip out bits of paper from paper pieced blocks! If you'd like to learn how to skip the ripping out part of paper piecing, sign up for The Bulletin so you'll be notified next time I host a workshop.
    Fifty-Fifty quilt pattern |
    With a fabric line called Daisy Fields and daisies all over the quilt, the quilting design was a no-brainer. I love when it's easy to decide how to quilt something, don't you? I use this loopy flower meander quite often. It's quick, simple and it doesn't have to be perfect to look good. Some flowers have five petals, some have six and some have seven and it's all good.  And while there are usually two loops between flowers, sometimes there are more, especially if I had backed myself into a space too small for a flower. No problem, I just threw in a few more loops and worked my way back to a more open space.

    I used Aurifil 1135 in 50 wt for the quilting. It's a subtle bit of colour on the blues, teals and white of the quilt top, but it's not overpowering, and it blends into the yellows. I love the bit of colour it adds to the solid white back, too! And the texture is fabulous!
    free motion quilting flowers and loop meander |
    Fifty-Fifty was first published in Make Modern magazine last year as a throw size, and I've now expanded the pattern to include this baby size and a queen size. It's amazing what a difference fabric choice makes! Even though both quilts use teals/blues and yellows/oranges, they look so different!
    Fifty-Fifty quilt pattern |
    Sometimes I have fun playing around when I want to post something on social media. I think the Fifty-Fifty baby quilt made a great backdrop for the lilies currently blooming in our front yard 😊
    Fifty-Fifty quilt pattern |
    Head to my shop now to get your Fifty-Fifty quilt pattern. I can't wait to see your Fifty-Fifty quilts!

    July 28, 2022

    TGIFF - Essential Tank Dress

    Welcome to this week's TGIFF party! A finish always feels good, doesn't it? If you have a finish to share, link it up so we can all celebrate with you 😊

    My finish was actually finished a few weeks ago, but I didn't get pictures until this week. It's easier to get pictures of a quilt than of a dress because I don't have to be in the quilt pictures! I have been mostly wearing dresses this summer and this Essential Tank (pattern from Patterns for Pirates) has been on heavy rotation.
    Essential Tank dress |
    There are a couple of things I love about this dress, but the biggest one is that I don't have to worry about flashing everyone if there's a breeze! Always a bonus, right?

    With this, I have now made almost every view included in the Essential Tank pattern - the top with straight straps and with racerback straps, the maxi dress with front slit and with the back slit and now the above the knee length. The only things I haven't done are the tunic length and the banded bottom on the tops. Not bad for a $10 pattern.

    I widened the straps a little because the first couple of things I made with this pattern were just a bit too narrow and my bra showed. I know lots of women don't worry about that, but I prefer to have mine hidden. Being able to accommodate my own preference is one of the great things about making my own clothes!
    Essential Tank dress |
    I used an athletic knit from Black Rabbit Fabrics (shout out to them - their shipping times are always crazy fast!) and I love the feel of it. It's a nice weight and it feels nice and cool, which has been wonderful this summer, especially since I do not like the heat at all. Paul and I went to the beach for these pictures and so I could spend some time in the water because it was really hot that day (okay, really hot for Newfoundland, so those of you in more southern climes would laugh at me like I laugh at you when you say it's cold in the winter, lol). This beach isn't good for swimming because there are lots of big rocks just below the surface, but it is good for walking in the water. Isn't it a beautiful spot?
    Essential Tank dress |
    After a while I got tired of walking around, so I just decided to sit on one of those submerged rocks, lol. FYI, the dress dried pretty quickly 😊
    Essential Tank dress |
    I used to feel kind of guilty for sewing dresses more than anything else, but after wearing them so often this summer I won't feel guilty anymore. In fact, I feel perfectly justified in sewing up a couple more!

    The one complaint I do have about most of the dresses is that they don't have pockets. I've been using a Necessary Clutch Wallet I made back in 2018, but my phone doesn't fit in it, so when I go out without pockets I have to carry my purse and my phone, which gets annoying. Maybe it's time to make a new purse...I really don't like having a large purse, though, so if you have a recommendation for something just slightly larger than the Necessary Clutch Wallet, I'd love to hear it!

    And now it's your turn! What have you finished this week? Or finished a while back and finally got around to sharing? Link it up so we can celebrate with you. And be sure to visit a few of the other links to celebrate their finish with them. It's always fun to have lots of people cheering us on!

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter

    July 18, 2022

    2022 Mid-Year Review

    The actual mid-point of the year snuck past while I was on a whirlwind trip to Nova Scotia with Nathan, but it's still the middle of the year, so I'm just going to go ahead 😊 Yvonne, of Quilting Jetgirl, is hosting her annual Mid-Year Check In, so you can write up a review of your own goals and share it there, if you're interested.

    So, how am I doing with my goals this year? Let's have a look.
    Noodles mini quilt |
    The first Noodles mini quilt I made this year

    1. Make more small quilts

    I've been doing pretty well on this one! So far I've made a mini and a table runner with the Ticker Tape Heart block, a Noodles mini (shown above), a Shining Through quilt top, a Formal Garden baby quilt, another Noodles mini, and a super fun Tilted Flowers baby quilt top (it's a new free pattern!). There have been a couple of throw size quilts, too, but they don't fit with the goal, lol.

    I'm also currently working on another baby quilt and have another one lined up to be done right after it, so it's safe to say I'm having fun making small quilts. I can even see a bit of space in the batting scraps box, so the plan is working!
    Formal Garden baby quilt |
    My Formal Garden baby quilt

    2. Learn to sew pants

    I haven't tackled this one yet. I have looked at a lot of patterns that would make good shorts, but I haven't convinced myself to make that first attempt. I do need shorts, though...

    3. WIPS-B-GONE 2022

    I have been doing a lot of thinking about this and I'm excited for it to happen in the fall. I am thinking that I might change the format a bit (60 days instead of 100, to avoid the craziness that is December), so if you have thoughts on that, I'd love to know what you think.
    Shining Through quilt pattern |
    Shining Through quilt top - one of many WIPS I will be working on during WIPS-B-GONE

    4. The Add Grace QAL

    For the second year in a row, I loved sharing 40 days of quilting and devotions leading up to Easter. Also for the second year, I made two quilts...but they're both only tops, not finished quilts. See, I need WIPS-B-GONE as much as anyone!
    Add Grace quilt pattern |

    5. More workshops

    I love teaching workshops! I have had some guild workshops this year, plus I've hosted two open enrolment ones myself. I've had a blast teaching and sewing along with new friends in all of them. It's amazing to me that I can sew in my living room here in Newfoundland while quilters all over the world are in their own homes, sewing and learning right along with me.

    I'd love to meet with your guild or group, so please reach out if you are interested. You can learn more about my workshops here.

    It feels good to take a look back and see what I've accomplished so far and to remind myself what I still want to accomplish before the year is out (I'm looking at those pants patterns!). Thanks, Yvonne, for the reminder to check in!

    July 12, 2022

    Tilted Flowers Quilt Pattern - Summer Scrap Elimination Challenge

    This post contains affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link, at no extra cost to you.

    I don't know about you, but I always have an abundance of scraps just begging to be used instead of kept hidden in a box or bag. Not to mention with everything getting so expensive, it's great to use the fabric we already have rather than buying more. With all of that in mind, I jumped at the chance to be part of Swan Sheridan's Summer Scrap Elimination Challenge! Meet Tilted Flowers, my new free baby quilt pattern, designed for this challenge.
    Tilted Flowers baby quilt pattern |

    The full Tilted Flowers pattern is here on this post, or you can download the pattern PDF to keep it for later.

    Click here to get the Tilted Flowers pattern PDF

    Tilted Flowers quilt pattern |

    When I set out to design something for the challenge, the one thing I knew right from the start was that I'd be using a grey background. A couple of years ago, I emptied my giant, overflowing bag of scraps and separated the scraps by colour, storing each colour in a separate shoebox. Well, after making a few quilts with backgrounds made from grey yardage, the box of grey scraps wouldn't close anymore! I knew there were plenty of fairly large pieces in there, perfect for making a scrappy grey background, so that was a given right from the start. 

    Of course, even after making this baby quilt top, the box of greys is still full. How is that possible?? When Aiden got a new pair of work boots last week, I considered moving the greys into the box the boots came in but managed to convince myself that the goal is to use the scraps, not to keep moving them into larger and larger boxes. I just need to make more quilts with scrappy grey backgrounds!

    I managed to cut everything for this quilt top from my scraps, which felt like a great accomplishment. Of course, like the grey box, none of the other boxes look any emptier for it either.

    Let's make a Tilted Flowers baby quilt!

    Fabric requirements

    Grey solid

    Approx. 1 ¼ yard total

    White scraps

    Approx. ¼ yard total

    Bright coloured scraps

    25 pieces at least 5" square


    2 ¾ yards


    48" square


    ½ yard


    Grey scraps
    • Cut 25 matching sets of
      • 4 2½" squares
      • 2 rectangles 3 ⅝" x 6 ¼" *
    White scraps
    • Cut 25 2½" squares
    Bright coloured scraps
    • Cut 25 matching sets of 4 2½" squares
    * Some of my blocks came out slightly small (less than ⅛" off), which I'm blaming on inconsistent seam allowances. I think you could cut your rectangles slightly larger (maybe ¼" in both length and width) to give yourself a little wiggle room for error, but I haven't actually tried it.

    I used my Accuquilt Go to cut all of the 2½" squares. The die cuts 4 squares, plus you can layer the fabrics to cut even more at a time, making it super quick to cut everything I needed. I cut all the bright colours first, then switched to the whites. I forgot I only needed one white square for each block, though, so I had probably cut 15 sets of 4 white squares before I realized my mistake 😂 Oh well, I'll find another use for those leftover squares.

    Make the blocks

    1. Using 1 white square, 4 matching grey squares and 4 matching bright coloured squares, sew a nine patch block as shown. I pressed the seams between squares towards the bright coloured scraps and then pressed the seams between rows open. Repeat to make 25 nine patch blocks.
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    2. Arrange the nine patch blocks in a 5 x 5 layout. Once you are happy with the colour distribution, label each block with a number (1-25) so you know where in the quilt it belongs. This is an important step because all even numbered blocks will tilt to the left and odd numbered blocks will tilt to the right, so you want to be sure you like the colour distribution before you start adding the triangles that make the flowers tilt.

    3. If you are using solids or batiks, which don't have a wrong side, cut all of your grey rectangles diagonally as shown here:
    If your fabric does have a wrong side, cut the grey rectangles for even numbered blocks as shown above, but the rectangles for the odd numbered blocks need to be cut in the opposite direction, as shown here:

    4. Stitch two matching grey triangles to opposite sides of an even numbered nine patch block. As arranged here, the triangles will make the flower tilt to the left. 

    Tilted Flowers quilt pattern |
    The ends of the triangles will stick out past the edges of the block - this is okay! I found it easiest to line things up correctly if I started stitching at the wider end of the triangle and had the triangle positioned so that the seam started exactly where the triangle meets the edge of the block, as you see in this picture. 
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    Press the seams towards the triangles.

    5. Stitch two more grey triangles to the remaining two sides of the nine patch block. Again, press the seams towards the triangles. Repeat with all of the even numbered blocks.
    Tilted Flowers quilt pattern |
    Tilted Flowers quilt pattern |
    6. Arrange the triangles as shown in this block for the odd numbered blocks to make the flowers tilt to the right and repeat steps 4 and 5 with all of the odd numbered blocks.
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    7. Trim the blocks to 8 ½" square, if necessary.

    Assemble the quilt top

    1. Arrange the blocks in the same 5 x 5 layout from earlier. Stitch the blocks together into rows, pressing the seams open. The finished rows should measure 8 ½" x 40 ½".

    2. Stitch the rows together to complete the 40 ½" x 40 ½" quilt top. Press the seams open.

    Finish the quilt

    1. Cut the backing fabric into two 48" lengths and stitch them together along a long side. 
    2. Trim as necessary to make a backing that measures approx. 48" square.
    3. Layer the quilt top, batting and backing. Baste together, then quilt as desired. Normally this is where I'd tell you how I quilted mine, but I haven't yet, so I can't do that!
    4. Trim the batting and backing even with the quilt top. 
    5.  Join the binding fabric 2 ¼" x WOF strips into one continuous strip. Mitering corners and joining ends, machine stitch binding to quilt, then finish with your preferred method.

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