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Dandy Drive quiltalong Part 2 Pattern

Are you ready to finish your flowers? This week we’re bringing you the pattern to add the petals to your flowers.

Download it here.

So many of you are sewing along already & I’m loving all the variations.

If you share a photo on Pat’s blog by 6 pm, April 20, 2017, you can be entered to win a fat quarter bundle of Pat’s Sunday Drive prints!

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Here’s one of my flowers.

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I’ll share some flowers more soon along with some piecing hints.

I had a great question this week–what is the difference between finished & unfinished size. The 9 patch pattern mentions that your block should be 10 1/4″ unfinished. That just means that once you’ve pieced your nine patch from last week, if you lay a ruler on top of it, it should be 10 1/4″ from edge to edge.

Finished size means what the measurements are once the 9 patch is sewn to the petal units–basically the seam allowance is no longer visible on top of the block so the measurement from edge to edge of the 9 patch once it’s sewn to adjacent pieces is 9 3/4″.

GREAT QUESTION & I hope everyone asks any other question that comes up during your sewing–if you’re wondering about something, there’s a great chance someone else is too.

Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

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We have a winner!

Pat & I are blown away by the response to our Dandy Drive quiltalong.

There’s still plenty of time to join in. Get the first free pattern via the download on my previous post.

You can still order a kit here.

We just restocked thread kits too. Sarah’s Dandy Days Aurifil kit even has 2 spools of 40 wt variegated thread perfect for machine quilting your project.

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Order your thread kit here.

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for. The winner of her very own Dandy Drive quilt kit is: “SewinColorJean” who posted:

I love the dark backgrounds especially the dark pink, which looks purple to me!

Email me your address, Jean and I’ll get your kit on the way!

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Dandy Drive quiltalong, part one!

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?

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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.

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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!

Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

And follow me:

Sarah: Facebook/Instagram/Website

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour

Each time I’ve seen a Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine out on newsstands, I’ve dreamed of the day my name or block might be on the cover. Well, this time, the dream came true! I’m so excited to be part of Volume 14 and to have my name right there among all the other incredible folks who contributed to this issue.

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When I thought about designing a block for the magazine, I knew I wanted to do something unusual, something not immediately recognizable as a classic block from the past.

I’ve always loved the “Peaky and Spike” triangle unit and decided to start there. I also really like pinwheels so I wanted to incorporate that in my block too.

Here’s my block featuring my Revved Up Retro fabrics.

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By playing with the light and dark coloring of the skinny triangles, I gave this block potential for creating interesting secondary designs when it is set together. Here’s what a quilt made from the block would look like:

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Of course, the look will change totally when you play with color. Here’s the block colored in a few of my upcoming Dandy Days prints:

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See how that creates a totally different quilt?

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As the name implies, there are 100 incredible block designs from designers you love in Volume 14. I’d love to give one away to you. Comment here and tell me what your favorite block is to be eligible for a chance to win. Entries close at  11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 20. I’ll email the winner for his/her address on Monday 11/21.

I’m also doing giveaways on Facebook & Instagram to promote the blog hop & the magazine. Be sure to follow me there to see how to have more chances to win more prizes!

And, don’t forget to go visit the Quilty Pleasures blog for more prizes and more info on other designers who contributed to this issue!