It’s finally here . . . the first installment of the Dandy Drive quiltalong.
If you missed the yardage requirements last week, here it is again.
To motivate you to dive in, we’ve got a great prize this week. Read on for details!
To start, I’ve put together an overall cutting chart. I know some of you love to work ahead & cut everything out for a quilt at the very start. So, if that’s how you roll, then here you go.
Download the overall cutting information here!
Once you’ve taken a look at the overall cutting, let’s get started on the blocks.
Here’s the first FREE PATTERN!
With the first 2 installments, we’ll focus on making the flower blocks. To keep things super easy, I’ve broken the flower block down into 2 parts. The center of each flower is the traditional nine patch–not much easier than that, right?
The quilt has 11 flowers. So from your fabrics, select 11 combos and construct your nine patches.
Remember, the fabric you select for the outer corner of the nine patch will continue on into the outer petals of the flower–so it will be the focus of each block. I want my flowers to stand out from my background so I’m putting the fabrics that contrast with my background the most in the outer corners of my nine patches.
It’s no secret that my favorite part of the quilt process just might be playing with fabric. Auditioning combinations, trying out all the “what ifs”. . . some days all I get done is arranging and rearranging possible choices. So, pairing up fabrics to find the perfect flowers was no exception. Here’s a few of the options I tried:
These are all prints from my Dandy Days line.
If you follow me, you know I’m definitely a “why use one, when you can use twenty?” kind of gal. So it was inevitable I would start thinking about what else I could pair with my Dandy Days fabrics. Solids are always an easy way to add a pop of color to a project so I cut some solid squares for some of flowers. Here are my first pairs for my nine patches.
Check back in to see more of my combinations in a couple of days! As you start working on your nine patches, share your combinations with me on Instagram & tag me (@sjmax105) and use our hashtag #dandydriveqal or share them on my Facebook page.
We’re all excited so many of you are sewing along and can’t wait to see everyone’s work. (Pat will be sharing details about more ways to share your blocks with us soon.)
We’ve partnered with Homestead Hearth for kits to make four versions of the Dandy Drive quilt.
So the prize. . . we want to give one lucky participant a kit to make the Dandy Drive quilt. Enter by commenting below and telling us which of the 4 colorways is your favorite. We’ll randomly pick a winner to receive that kit. The giveaway is open until Sunday, April 9 at 12 noon, CST.
Can’t wait to win? BUY NOW and if you do win, I’ll send you a different prize of comparable value!
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