Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Go Four It with American Patchwork and Quilting!

Hi everyone, it's Kimberly! Have you seen the April 2015 American Patchwork and Quilting Issue? Our quilty friends, Lissa Alexander, Edyta Sitar, and April Rosenthal designed three beautiful four-patch quilts for this year's quilt along, Go Four It! 

I couldn't resist, I love simple blocks like the four-patch. They are timeless and classic, but yet so powerful. I thought Brenda Riddle's new Ambleside collection by Moda Fabrics would be perfect to use in my quilt. 
This quilt was so much fun to make and it only took me two days to sew! I selected Lissa's quilt and added a Kimberly twist to it. Instead of sewing my quilt scrappy, I sewed it with one background and twelve different fabrics for the four-patches. For the layout, I created 12 rows with each row using the same fabric. 

I love being able to cut my blocks down so I sewed my strips at 1.75" instead of 1.5." Then subcut them at 1.75" again. After I sewed my four patches together, I trimmed them down to 2.5" using the Creative Grids 2.5" ruler.

When I sewed my quilt together, I added 1/2" to the cut sizes of the setting and corner triangles. Then I trimmed the quilt down and it came out perfectly squared up and straight. 

Then I added three different borders. My first border finishes at 1", my second bordered finishes at 1/2" and my third border finishes at 5". 

And here is my final quilt! Thank you so much Nubin for the beautiful quilting, it looks stunning! 

Don't forget to follow some of my quilty friends as they share their version of the #APQquiltalong
April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Jo Morton of Jo Morton Quilts
Linda Collins of Quilts in the Barn
Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa
Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
Debbie Roberts of The Quilted Moose
American Patchwork & Quilting staff

I hope you sew along with us for the Go Four It! 2015 Quilt Along. I will be keeping up on instagram and twitter with the #apqquiltalong to see your beautiful quilts.


Libby said...

I love it!

Audrey said...

Gorgeous quilt, Kimberly.

Elaine K said...

That is not only clever, but it's adorable! I love the way you used the fabrics and color. Even that little 1/2" border adds that extra special something to the quilt. I'm really inspired, Kimberly!

Hildy said...

Your quilt is really beautiful. Kimberly!

Linda said...


Sally M said...

Love this lay out. How big was the final quilt?

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Love, love, love this!

Grandmashadowcat said...

I LOVE this quilt! I also love the idea of going a little bigger and cutting down to the correct size. It avoids the one square that just doesn't quite measure up. Really, really like your quilt!

Angie May said...

Great tip of starting with larger strips. That would certainly make my life easier :) Thanks!

Thearica said...

Your quilt is fabulous! Love the colors!

Michele said...

Oh wow it is gorgeous. I like the twist you put on it.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Wow you're version is gorgeous!

Jen W. said...

So dainty! I can see a little girl cuddled up in this with her favourite book! Beautiful!

Lesley said...

Your quilt is stunning! Love the choice of fabrics and the way you put them together. So beautiful!

Wasie said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing!