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Bloom Bloom Pow! A Springtime Quilt-Along

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It’s 18 degrees here as I type this, and winter doesn’t seem to be letting up, so who wants to help me hurry spring along with a flowery, sunshiney quilt?

Yes, I’ve decided it’s time for another quilt-along! I’ve got a yummy stack of Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets line by Andover, and I’m ready to bring on spring, even if it doesn’t feel like it outside.

So this is the design we’ll be making. I’m calling it “Bloom Bloom Pow.” (My apologies if you end up with a certain song stuck in your head!) This looks hard, right? I promise you it isn’t! No paper-piecing here, no templates required—the design uses a really simple strip-piecing technique to make the flower shapes. The most difficult thing you’ll do during this QAL is sew together equilateral triangles, which really isn’t that hard either, and I’ll show you all my tips and tricks for lining up your triangles nicely.
All the fun kicks off with our first post a week from today, March 28. There will be two size options: Baby/Crib and Throw. Fabric requirements for each are below.
 
And hey, look! The lovely Amanda of A Crafty Fox and Westwood Acres has made up some Pearl Bracelet bundles especially for the QA! The bundles include everything you need to make either the Baby or Throw-size top and are now available in her shop—how easy is that? : )
Baby/Crib
Finished size: 37.5″ x 50″
Fabric requirements to make the top:
• 1/4 yard each of 17 colors of Pearl Bracelet prints by Andover (straight quarter-yard cuts are ideal because of the strip-piecing, but you can also use fat quarters)
• 1 yard solid white
Bloom Bloom Pow Baby-Size bundle can be purchased here (this bundle has straight quarter-yard cuts)

 

Throw
Finished size: 52.5″ x 69″
Fabric requirements to make the top:
• 3/8 yard each of 17 colors of Pearl Bracelet prints by Andover
• 1 1/2 yards solid white
Fabric Selections
I think Pearl Bracelets is perfect for this design, with its bright colors, its subtle but fun print, and the varying values within the line (my design relies a lot on the darker flower “petals” paired with lighter secondary elements). But there are plenty of other prints that would look great in this quilt. Because of the strip-piecing, it would be difficult to make it scrappy, but using stash prints or another fabric lines would be very cool too. I’m looking forward to seeing what you talented people do with this!
Cutting Equilateral Triangles
For both sizes, we will be cutting 7″ equilateral triangles. I’ll be providing a downloadable template that you can use to cut your triangles, but if you want to make life easier for yourself, use a 60-degree equilateral triangle ruler. If you don’t have one already, consider buying one—it’s a versatile ruler that you’ll almost certainly use for many other projects. I love the Creative Grids rulers, so this triangle ruler
would be a perfect choice, but any 60-degree equilateral triangle ruler that cuts up to 7″ finished sizes will work.
Quilt-Along Schedule
March 28Design strategy (we’ll just be talking about the big picture here, so you won’t need your fabric yet for this post)
April 4 – Cutting your fabric
April 11 – Strip-piecing instructions
April 18 – Cutting the triangles and deciding on a layout
April 25 – Piecing the triangles to complete the top
May 2 – Quilting and finishing
It’s important to note that this will be a very laid-back, do-it-whenever-you-want kind of quilt-along. Because if the weather does improve, we might all want to go outside, after all. : ) So follow along at your own pace—the posts will be available indefinitely. I hope you’ll all join in—you can grab the quilt-along button below for your own blogs if you would like.
Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt-Along at Freshly Pieced
See you next Thursday when we’ll talk design! I can’t wait! And don’t forget to join the Freshly Pieced Sewing group on Flickr and post your progress photos there!
39 replies
  1. Kelly Vetch
    Kelly Vetch says:

    I'm in! I already did a fabric pull. It looks like Rainbow Bright had a Skittle party in my sewing room. 🙂 I would have loved to use the Pearl bracelet prints, but I hope my fabric pulls will work out. 🙂 So excited!!!

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  2. Yvonne Maus
    Yvonne Maus says:

    Hi Lee:

    I've been waiting to join one of your quilt-a-longs. Woo Hoo, I'm in. Love the Pearl Bracelets fabric and went for the throw sized quilt. Last month I ordered and downloaded your (and Faith's and Katie's) Summer Sampler Series Anthology. I was so pleased with the content, it inspired me to try to get my local modern guild to do our own sew-a-long from it.

    Can we get the Bloom Bloom Pow button for our own blogs?

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  3. MC
    MC says:

    Very cool, I look forward to learning this strip piecing method. I don't have room on my bucket list for a full quilt, but I'm psyched to make a Bloom Bloom Pow block for the sampler I am working on!

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  4. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    This looks like fu-u-n. I cannot invest in a special bundle, but I will be thinking about what fabric I might have that would complement this pattern.

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  5. Jan Baker
    Jan Baker says:

    Love the pattern and already have the fabric for it. For once I'm ready. Maybe I better pick up some thread and a little more material would give me more options. I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to just look at the fabric store, I don't necessary have to buy anything. Right!

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