I get asked ALL.THE.TIME. which pattern is best for a beginner making their very first quilt. Even though all of my patterns are pretty simple and straightforward, there’s only a couple I’d recommend for a very beginner… including this one, Fat Quarter Shuffle.
I wrote this pattern last September, taught it as a class in November, then it’s sat and sat and sat unfinished. It feels like there are already 1000 variations of this same quilt in the world so I dragged my feet to finish it, but I’ve also really enjoyed making this quick finish a few times. So now there will just be 1001 variations of this pattern and that’s ok I guess!
Luckily I waited SO long to finish it that Backyard Blooms became available, so it only made sense to make this quilt with it!
This pattern uses 16 fat quarters for the Throw size, and uses an easy strip piecing method.
Since I moved my sewing machine to the dining table, Jane will sneak up onto my sewing table and stare at the pictures on my pin board.
I found her here after her nap today…”nap” hair and all.
There are very few seams that match in this quilt…which is always my ultimate goal as a self-proclaimed lazy non-pinning quilter.
The other thing I love about this pattern is that it includes the instructions for the layouts with blocks rotated. So you can have horizontal strips, or vertical strips, and make this look completely different.
I have LOVED seeing photos of your Backyard Blooms fabric arriving. It’s one of those lines that looks SO much better in person…so I’m anxious for you to see it in real life!
I’ll share my other Fat Quarter Shuffle quilts next week…they look so different in other fabrics.