Bats Quilt Pattern

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

A couple of months ago I posted on Instagram that my 9 year old son loves bats, and asked me to make him a bat quilt after seeing the blocks for my table runners

At the time I didn’t want to make the bat quilt…but 200+ people told me to suck it up and make the bat quilt, and one person said that it was weird to make a bat quilt in June. 

So I made the bat quilt…   

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

…and I loved making the bat quilt…

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

…and more importantly, he really loves the bat quilt. 

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

Really though, this was the most fun I’ve had making a quilt in awhile because I knew he was excited about it. 

Also it was easy to cut out, the blocks are big (15″ finished), and there are only 12 blocks so it’s a breeze to sew together.  It’s a nice throw size at 54″ x 69″. 

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

Kaitlyn quilted this for me, I wanted the quilting to look like windy skies, and this design worked perfect. 

Bats Quilt Pattern

Fabrics used: 

Blacks:  Juniper Black Dot, Circle Dot in Black, Large Hashtag, Blossom in Black (sold out but this, or this would be good), Costume Maker’s Ball Webs, Moon Harvest Black Hearts

Background:  Blossom black on White

Binding:  Black 1/4″ Stripes

It would also be awesome with some Halloween-ish Kona cottons: 

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

Bats is in my shop here as a PDF, or here as a paper pattern.  It’s on sale through the week. 

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

I also put my other “fall-ish” patterns on sale too, Pumpkins, Mini Pumpkins, and the pdf version of Modern Holiday Runners (I’m out of stock of the paper version). 

Fall Quilt Patterns, Cluck Cluck Sew

Also here’s a sneak peek of a new product I have in the shop now…it makes sewing these bats together 1000x faster (slight exaggeration)! 

I’ll post more about it next week.  Also there’s a sneak peek of how linty my machine is….ick.  

Diagonal Seam Tape, Cluck Cluck Sew

Can you believe fall is right around the corner?!  I need at least another 2 months of summer! 

It went by too fast this time!!

 

 

 

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Lola Dutch One Way Quilt

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

You know what 12 year old boys loooove to do?  Hold up a quilt for their Mom in front of the High School after a visit to the Orthodontist at 8 am.  ;)   

He’s a great quilt holder!

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

I came home from Quilt Market in May with the cutest bundle of Lola Dutch fabrics by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller fabrics.   I wanted to use just the fat quarters for the quilt, so I decided on a One Way quilt in all prints

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

I love her illustrations, and this collection is as cute as ever.   It’s well curated on it’s own, but I added the green and pink polka dots. 

I added in some scrappy blocks here and there to use up every bit of fabric I had and make this one a little bigger (I added one more block to each row, and one more row than the crib size in the pattern).  

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

I quilted it with good ol’ loopty loops (here is a tutorial for how I free motion quilt). 

I made these loopty loops a little larger than normal since I had my 3 year old “helping” me.  3 year old’s are super helpful in the sewing room!

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

I love the way this one turned out.  Can you spot the few scrappy blocks I added and the scrap of blue binding I had to add?  ;) 

Pattern is One Way

Fabric is Lola Dutch by Michael Miller fabrics.  It just started shipping to stores, but I found it here, and here.

 

 

 

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Simple Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

How to Free Motion Quilt

Free motion quilting is still something I get asked about the most.  It’s so simple, and also so daunting at the same time!   I’m DEFINITELY not an expert, and don’t look too close at my stitches, but good news….it doesn’t have to be perfect, AND it’s a great stress reliever!  ;)  

While I was quilting some other things yesterday I figured I would take some photos and show you exactly the few simple steps I take to free motion quilt on my Juki

  • Use the free motion quilting foot, or a darning foot.  

How to Free Motion Quilt

  • Start with a well basted quilt sandwich, I flip flop between spray basting and pins.  You can find a tutorial for how I spray baste my quilts here.    Wind up some extra bobbins so you can quickly change the bobbin when it runs out in the middle of your quilt. 

How to Free Motion Quilt

  • Turn the stitch length down to zero, and lower the feed dogs.  My machine has a speed control, I make sure it’s at the fastest setting before I start, and I oil my machine if I remember.

How to Free Motion Quilt

  • Start on the edge, on the batting or backing.  If you are trying free motion for the first time, make a few smaller basted “quilts” that you can practice on.    These are the quilting gloves I’m using in these photos, but I also have these white ones and I like them even better.  They give a nice grip and are a must for me when quilting, I also wear at least one glove when I’m binding to help me grip and move the quilt better.   If you have a hard time holding the quilt and moving it while quilting, try using gloves! 

How to Free Motion Quilt

  • Decide on what design you are doing before you start.  If you are just starting, you can also practice with a pencil and paper first…or you can just wing it like I do and hope it works out for the best.  ;) 

 Now start stitching! 

How to Free Motion Quilt

My best tip if you are having a hard time keeping your design fluid and you are getting sharp points and turns…SPEED UP and RELAX!!!  If you have your shoulders bunched up by your ears take a minute and breathe and relax, and then press your pedal down and speed up!  Your designs will be more fluid, and you won’t overthink where to stitch next…when you speed up it will look better.  Push the pedal to the metal and try it! 

How to Free Motion Quilt

I took a quick video of me quilting in real time you can view here.  

I’m pretty unadventurous when it comes to free motion, I usually do stippling (on the left below) or some form of loops (on the right).  They are basic, and good starting designs.  

How to Free Motion Quilt

If your bobbin thread runs out in the middle of the quilt just cut your thread, refill your bobbin, and re-start stitching in the same spot, just a few stitches from where you ended.  Stitch in place or back and forth a few times to secure it, and keep stitching!  You can trim or bury the thread later. 

How to Free Motion Quilt

How to Free Motion Quilt

I think that’s it!  It’s very simple.  Mostly it’s just practice, practice, practice.  I should also say that my Juki has never had tension problems, and I rarely mess with the tension…but that can be a big headache when quilting.   Quilting a large quilt is a whole different ball game (it’s a shoulder workout to hold and squeeze through the machine!).   Here are some Tips for Quilting a Large Quilt.  

There are TONS of videos for learning how to free motion quilt on YouTube.  They cover more than I ever could, so if you still feel unsure, spend some time learning a bit more.  

How to Free Motion Quilt

If you’ve never free motion quilted before…this is me encouraging you to try it!  You might just really enjoy it when you get the hang of it.  DON’T be hard on yourself or worry if it doesn’t look perfect…we are not after perfection…just a finished quilt that you did all by yourself!!  

 

 

 

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