August 6, 2020

Sweet Caroline Quilt Pattern - Throw Size in Botanical Blue!

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Today I'm sharing this Sweet Caroline Throw quilt.  I've finally gotten around to taking pictures of this super sweet blue and white quilt!

Sweet Caroline quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts pattern shop.

BOTANICAL BLUE SWEET CAROLINE QUILT

Sweet Caroline is a quick and easy strip pieced quilt made using yardage of medium and dark hues.  This quilt is made with the beautiful Botanical Blue collection from Connecting Threads.

THE FLOWER SPRAY QUILTING DESIGN

I quilted this Sweet Caroline quilt with a Flower Spray digital design on my Handi Quilter Fusion with ProStitcher.  The design is a beautiful mix of posies and feathers and is available right here.

This beautiful Sweet Caroline quilt is finished off with a navy blue fabric with a tiny white design.
The backing is the medium blue main print from the collection.  It's the same print as the navy outer border.

BACKGROUND DESIGNS

Fabric placement is key to Sweet Caroline, and it's all laid out for you in the pattern.  See the three navy squares in the patchwork blocks and how they rotate every other block?  That's not random; it's planned.  This fabric placement gives the design a whole new look.
Placement of the strips in the stripe blocks is also outlined in the pattern to create the striking outline of the patchwork blocks.  

YARDAGE FRIENDLY or JELLY ROLL STRIPS

Sweet Caroline is written with yardage in mind which you will cut into 2-1/2" jelly roll strips.  The focus is using medium and dark hues in a single colorway with a soft background color and then setting triangle and border fabrics that pull it all together.  
But don't think that more than one colorway doesn't work with Sweet Caroline!  Tomorrow I'll show you a version with blues and yellows!

This patchwork quilt ended up so sweet - perfect for a Throw quilt on the sofa or at the end of the bed.
I had so much fun taking pictures of this quilt and just couldn't stop!


Would you believe ... this is taken hanging on my garage door.


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This quilt top was sewn by Alycia of Quilty Girl.  I have a crew of sewists who sew quilt tops; quilting and binding were done by yours truly.

QUILT STATS:

Pattern:  Sweet Caroline
Size:  Approx 50" x 65"
Fabric:  Botanical Blue from Connecting Threads
Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Cotton Poly
Quilting:  Flower Spray in medium blue thread on Gratitude a Handi Quilter Fusion with ProStitcher



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July 30, 2020

Reminder - July's $6 Pattern of the Month Ends Tomorrow - Get Nautical News!

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This is a last-minute reminder that July's $6 Pattern of the Month is Nautical News!  The sale ends when the clock strikes midnight on Friday, July 31st.  

This #quiltpattern includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and is layer cake friendly for a quick finish.  I've since learned to not name quilts by their fabric collection as it can limit how people see the quilt.  It looks great in many fabric collections, including solids and scraps.


The rainbow Nautical News quilt above was made from my scrap bins.  It includes 24 different Kona cottons.


The twin size Nautical News quilt above was made by my niece when she was 12.  It's made with a layer cake of On Deck by Bluprint.


This is a mockup of Nautical News in Amish inspired solids.


The original Nautical News in nautical fabrics.  This is a Twin size and was made as a custom order, along with a matching pillow sham.  

Shop right here or use the button below.  The discount will appear in your shopping cart during the sale.


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July 29, 2020

Sweet Caroline Throw Size Quilt Kit!

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Sweet Caroline has been kitted by Connecting Threads in the Throw size.  This is the Wild Crimson fabric collection, focusing on the blue fabrics in the collection instead of the reds and tans.  



The pattern gives exact fabric placement to create the three darker squares in the middle of the 25-patch blocks.  They alternate direction every other block to create a subtle secondary design.  

Sweet Caroline is a yardage-friendly quilt pattern that uses strip piecing to go together quickly.  

TIP:  Be sure your strip sets are the correct height so the blocks fit together as expected.  It's a great idea to check seam allowances by making test strip sets before sewing all of the strips sets.  In addition to presser foot differences (my 1/4" foot is not accurate!), fabric strips can vary up to 1/4" in width, depending on how they're cut, and checking strip set height can save a lot of frustration later on.

To help with keeping the correct seam allowance on my machine, I use a special tape on my machine/table.  This tape also allows me to sew diagonal seams without drawing lines on the back of every square.  It's a win-win!

Checkout the tape right here.



I haven't shown you Sweet Caroline yet because I haven't had time to edit the pictures of the quilt I made and the one made by a sewist.  That's all they're waiting for!  I promise I'll show you them soon.  We're building a house on our property for my husband's dad and his wife, so I am often working on that instead of the ins and outs of my quilting business.  I've continued designing and writing patterns to meet deadlines, but getting quilts made, pictures taken, and other behind-the-scenes marketing done have taken a backseat for now.
The quilt pattern is also available without the quilt kit if you'd like to use your stash and color scheme.  

Quilt Kit    Pattern

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