The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilty Box Fussy Cut Frame Quilt and Napkins

Monday, January 30, 2017

Quilty Box Fussy Cut Frame Quilt and Napkins

It's Quilty Box time! Yep, this post contains affiliate links that help support our business. This month has been so busy that I didn't have a change to play with the materials in my Quilty Box until last week. This is always a priority because I love challenging myself to create a new, creative quilt pattern using the fabric and supplies that come in the box.

This month's box was curated by my quilting friend Stephanie Palmer, who you may know as the Late Night Quilter. She's also the creator of the Quilter's Planner, and if you got this month's box then you got a copy of the Quilter's Planner Mini! Click Here to check out the full size Quilter's Planner.

This month I added an additional challenge - I wanted to use a new fabric I designed for Spoonflower. This Home Sweet Home Needlepoint fabric was created for a Spoonflower challenge, but the cheerful designs were begging to be combined with the bright precut fabric strips that came with the Quilty Box. 

Note: If you decide to order the fabric from Spoonflower, I recommend selecting the Kona Cotton Ultra as it will work best for cutting and piecing our fussy cut blocks.

I decided to mix it up a bit this month by not just piecing a quilt top. Well, I pieced a quilt top kind of as an after thought. What I really needed was a new set of table napkins so I pieced the blocks, turned 7 into napkins, then pieced the remaining 9 into a small quilt. Whew! That was a lot of work! See what I mean in this new video:

This was such a simple design, but I absolutely love the effect with the fussy cut blocks and bright, cheerful fabrics. The nice thing is like last month and our Wonky Christmas Trees, it's not necessary to be 100% accurate or perfect with your cutting or piecing. It'll all work out in the end because you'll trim the blocks to 12 1/2 inches square at the end.

I've noticed I've been leaning towards more wonky, improvisational projects lately. What do you think? Do you like to improvise, or do you like a solid plan from the beginning? Do you like the blocks to be random and different, or all the same?

Let me know and I'll consider your thoughts as I challenge myself to create a new quilt pattern each month with our Quilty Box materials as inspiration! Click Here to sign up for Quilty Box so you can join in the fun!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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