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The Beginnings Quilt Along Block 6 - Sally's Sheep

Friday, May 11, 2018
Hi Everyone,

I am so excited that my best friend will be here on Tuesday, that I had to make the Sheep quilt block in celebration, she loves sheep! Sally and I are driving to Quilt Market in Portland. I can't wait it will be such a fun road trip!

If you are using your Cricut Maker to cut the blocks here is the file for the sheep block.

The Video for this block can be found here:

Please note that you will need the written instructions to go along with the video. Here is a printable PDF. And the instructions are also below.

The Beginnings QAL (Printable PDF)
Beginner Quilt Along

Block 6 Sally's Sheep (8" Finished)

 For one block (what you need for the quilt)


From Background Fabric
1 - 1 ½” by 8 ½” Rectangle (mark as piece A)
4 – 1 ½” squares (mark as piece B)
2 – 2 ½” by 3” rectangles (mark as piece E)
1 – 2 ½” square (mark as piece G)

From Sheep Body Fabric
2 – 1 ½” by 8 ½” rectangles (mark as piece H)
3 – 1 ½” by 2 ½” rectangles (mark as piece C)
2 – 2 ½” by 3 ½” rectangles (mark as piece D)

From Sheep Face/Ears Fabric
1 – 2 ½” square (mark as piece G)
2 – 1” by 2 ½” rectangles (mark as piece F)
2 – 1 ½” squares (mark as piece I)

** all seams are ¼”
Instructions: (don't forget to view the video above)

1. Using this diagram lay out your pieces in rows. I like to do this on my large square ruler so that I can move the block around without getting the pieces out of order.

 2.  Mark a diagonal line on the back of the 1 ½” background squares (pieces B)

 3. Place the background B pieces RST (right sides together) with the H sheep body pieces so that the angles are mirrored on each side of the H piece. (View the pictures) Sew on the marked line and trim away the corners. Press toward the H pieces. 

4.  Sew the CICIC Row together. Press toward the I pieces.
5.  Sew the DGD row together. Press toward the G piece.

 6.  Sew the EFGFE row together. Press toward the F pieces.

7. Review the techniques we have already covered in the last blocks. Pin the center of the top two rows and then pin the ends. Sew the seam.

8.  Repeat step 7 for the bottom two rows.

9. To sew the center two rows together: Match the face piece with the center piece between the ears and nest the seams so that when you sew them together you have nice corners. Sew the seam.

10.  Sew the top two row sections to the second and third row section. Then matching the seam between the legs to the face piece so that they are lined up sew the bottom section to the middle section.

 11.  Your block should be 8 ½” (unfinished)


New Fun Solids and Jen Kingwell Patterns

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Hey Everyone,

I just realized that, though I had told everyone on my newsletter list, I hadn't revealed my big news here yet...

I decided about the first week of April that I just wasn't ready to go quietly into the night. 

I have so many ideas about what I want to do. I have heard the begging for a BOM since we have been doing it for so many years. I am going to do one but it is going to combine my help and a great, but challenging pattern, with the other thing you all have been wanting... which is a way to bust your stash. 

Have a look at the newsletter here. And why not sign up to get it automatically so you don't miss out. I don't post it here every time and a lot of times there are special promotions just for my newsletter peeps.  

For everyone that is waiting patiently for the next block for the Beginnings QAL I will have it up before I leave for Quilt Market (next week) I am aiming for the end of this week but I am still trying to catch up from the Tilda shipment and all of the new fabrics that have come in... check out a peek below :)
Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille
Linen Texture from Andover
Devonstone Solids to match Tilda

And ... more... like this (perfect for knitters), and this, and this...

I am excited... you can tell huh?

Talk soon,

The Beginnings Quilt Along Block 5 - Farmer Jill

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Hey Everyone!

I had a feeling you all were ready to do a fun picture block. The piecing is easy on this one you just have to pay attention to center each of the rows. I am going to show you how to add sashing to your 9 Patch and Friendship Star row first because it employs the same technique as putting together the rows in the block does.

Have you ever seen a quilt with wavy edges? It happens a lot if the borders or sashing get stretched or if they are cut the wrong size to begin. If you are making borders for a quilt. You should measure the center of the quilt from bottom to top while it is laying flat. Make your borders that length. Sew the side borders on. Then measure your quilt in the center from the right to the left and make your top and bottom borders that length. It doesn't matter what size the quilt was supposed to be originally if your blocks are a slightly different size your borders might not be what the pattern says they should be use reality rather than the pattern in this case.

 Any time you are putting together a  sashing or a border you need to pin this way.

Put the sides on first. Find the center of your row or quilt and pin the center of the sashing or border. Then your ends. Then work between those pins. First the middle between the center of the row and the  end. Then the middle between those and so on... While you are working be careful not to stretch your sashing. Handle it carefully and don't wrench it around to avoid stretching it.

If you start from one side of the row and just start sewing on the sashing you will end up stretching it. You will have a ruffle when you are done or you will have a bunch of the sashing left hanging off the end which will mean that your sashing will be too short and the outer edges will be shorter than your row actually is... which will make it mound up in the middle like a hill ... we don't want ruffles or hills we want a flat quilt.

Please watch my video which I hope will illustrate this better. it is also the video for the block which is below.

 The Beginnings QAL (printable PDF)

Block 5 Farmer Jill (8” Finished)

For One Block (that is what you need for the quilt)

3 – 1 ½” by Width of Fabric Strips
                                2 – 32 ½” x 1 ½” sashing strips (for the friendship Star and Nine Patch row)
                                2 – 6 ½” x 1 ½” sashing strips (for the friendship Star and Nine Patch row)
                                2 – 3 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles (mark as piece A)
                                1 – 2 ½” x 1 ½” rectangle (mark as piece B)
                                2 – 4” x 1 ½” rectangles (mark as piece D)
1 – 2 ½” by Width of Fabric strip
                                2 – 5 “ x 2 ½” rectangles (mark as piece F)
                                1 – 3” x 2 ½” rectangle
                                                Subcut 2 – 3” x 1” rectangles (mark as piece C)
1 – 2 ½ x 1 ½”” rectangle of each Hat Fabric and Shirt Fabric (mark as piece B)
1 – 3 ½” x 1” rectangle Hat Fabric (mark as piece L)
2 – 3” x 1 ½”” rectangle Shirt Fabric (mark as piece E)
1 – 2” by Width of Fabric Strip of Overalls Fabric
2 – 2 ½” x 2” rectangles Overalls Fabric (mark as piece G)
2 – 1 ½” x 1” rectangles Overalls Fabric (mark as piece H)
2 – 1 ½” x 2” rectangles Overalls Fabric (mark as piece I)
1 – 4 ½” x 2” rectangles Overalls Fabric (mark as piece K)
1 – 1 ½” square of each Face Fabric and Overalls Pocket Fabric (mark as piece J)


  1. Using this diagram lay out your pieces in rows. I like to do this on my large square ruler so I can move the pieces around for sewing and ironing without getting the pieces out of order.
  2. Sew the ABA, CLC, DJD, EHBHE, IJI, and GBG rows together
  3.  Find the centers of the rows. Matching the centers (there are no seams to match) pin at the centers and the ends.Sew the ABA and CLC rows together.
  4. Repeat step 3 for the DJD and EHBHE rows.
  5. Repeat step 3 to sew the IJI row and K piece together
  6. Line up the Overalls pocket and the leg gap so that they are centered with each other. Sew the GBG and K piece together
  7. Line up the head and shirt sections by centering them and pinning. Sew the top two sections together. 

  8. Sew pieces F to the right and left side of the Overalls block.
  9. Line up the head, the overalls pocket, and the leg gap. Pin and sew the top and bottom of the block together.
    and you are done :) 
  I hope you love Farmer Jill!


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