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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A Chicken Quilt on White

Chickens Quilt Pattern, a Fat Quarter quilt in 3 sizes

Are you all chickened out yet?!  I hope not!  

When I first started designing this Chickens pattern I made a version with a white background, unlike the grey background I used for the cover quilt

Chickens Quilt Pattern, a Fat Quarter quilt in 3 sizes

Choosing fabrics for these quilts was the hardest/most fun part.  I threw in a few fun blues, but kept the hens pretty neutral.  I’ll post links to some of the fabrics I used for this version at the bottom of this post.   And yes…a tall soda is required for a long afternoon sewing, which is rare around this house! 

My favorite block: 

Chickens Quilt Pattern, a Fat Quarter quilt in 3 sizes

After I made this version I made quite a few pattern tweaks, including the height of the red combs. 

It looked too much like these hens were sporting red mohawks.  

Chickens Quilt Pattern, a Fat Quarter quilt in 3 sizes

So many times when I’m working on a new design or quilt I get the quilt almost finished and realize I NEED to tweak something and remake it.  Usually it’s a huge pain…but the little tweaks nag at me until finally I just fix them, remake the quilt, and move on! 

Even though this wasn’t my final quilt I went ahead and finished it, and I love how it turned out with the white background!  It looks so different with the grey background (in this post). 

Chickens Quilt Pattern, a Fat Quarter quilt in 3 sizes

Kaitlyn quilted this for me again with the chicken wire design (it’s really called a honeycomb design I think).  

Chickens Quilt Pattern, a Fat Quarter quilt in 3 sizes

Isn’t that backing the cutest??!   

Which do you like better?  A grey background or a white background?  I honestly can’t decide which I like more.

Chickens Quilt Pattern, a Fat Quarter quilt in 3 sizes 

The Chickens pattern can be found here as a PDF, or here as a Paper pattern 

Here are some of the fabrics I purchased (some were from my stash).  I put the names in case they sell out so you can find them: 

White Background Fabric:  Moda Bella Solids Off-White 9900-200 (I use this in EVERYTHING!)

Backing Fabric:  Urban Cottage Ivory and Black Words to Live By 108 Wide Back (the ivory is sold out, but the gray is cute, and so is the black)

Nests:  Bella Solids in Hay     Feet:  I don’t remember…whoops!

Combs:  (this is a similar hue to what i used) Blossom in Red

Hen bodies/blocks: 

The polka dot is old (sorry!), but this, this, this, this, and this, are cute dot prints varying in dot size. 

Boots & Spurs Brown Boots Dot, Riley Blake

Blossom in Beach, Riley Blake

Blossom in Aqua, Riley Blake

Bedrock Gravel Stone Texture, Windham Fabrics

Large Hashtag Black, Riley Blake

Moon Harvest Hearts in Black, Dear Stella

Architextures Charcoal Crosshatch, Robert Kaufman

Feline Myself Ash Hearts, Dear Stella

Uncorked Metallic Denim, Windham Fabrics





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