The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilty Box Hokey Pokey Crazy Quilt

Monday, September 28, 2015

Quilty Box Hokey Pokey Crazy Quilt

This month's Quilty Box was so awesome! I love the gear from Clover and the bright polka dotted fabrics:

quilty box september 2015
Just in case you've never heard of Quilty Box, it's a subscription service that sends you a box of awesome quilting gear and fabric each month. You never know what you're going to get, but having gotten three boxes so far, I can absolutely assure you, you're going to get something awesome every month!

Now I have a tendency to hoarde supplies, especially precut fabrics, for some magical day when I'm not busy and I have a master plan for doing amazing things with that gear. That's my tendency, but my desire is to stop hoarding and start creating!

To stop myself from hoarding this cool stuff, I challenged myself to create a new project with each month's Quilty Box! This month I opened the box to find an awesome assortment of quilting tools from Clover and some Riley Blake Polka Dot 5" precuts. Watch this video to see how I transformed this simple fabric into one funky polka dot quilt!

The first step of this process was creating half square triangles with the polka dot fabric and solid precut squares.

half square triangles
Then we layered the half square triangles with more solid precut squares and stitched these units exactly the same way you create half square triangles to create Half Quarter Square Triangles. This is such a funky block and I can only imagine all the creative possibilities in different colorways and sizes!

half quarter square triangle
Laying out this quilt was a challenge because I was trying to incorporate both the diamond shapes and pinwheels. Once I was happy with the layout, piecing this Hokey Pokey Crazy quilt was another crazy adventure! Dad pieced the bulk of this quilt top over two days and said without a doubt it's the hardest quilt he's ever had to piece because it was so friggin CRAZY!

hokey pokey crazy quilt | Leah Day
This quilt just makes me smile, smile, smile! The Hokey Pokey was a silly dance we did at the roller skating rink when I was growing up and seemed perfectly suited to name this bright, cheerful quilt.

So I challenged myself to use the materials in my Quilty Box to make a new throw sized quilt! What will you make with your new gear?

Remember, having cool stuff doesn't make you creative. USING that gear to make something new and fun is the whole point!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. How fun! Will you do another video when you FMQ it?

  2. Great to see how you dove in and created a fun quilt with the items in your box. A friend just purchased a subscription to Quilty Box for me, and I'm so excited to see what comes in the mail!

  3. I love love love this! Definitely going on my to-do list - now, where can I find an extra 10 hours a day for doing all the things on my list??

  4. I love it!!!! So vibrant and sassy!


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