April 22, 2022

Covering the World: One Quilt at a Time

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Hello and welcome! Today it's my turn to share the quilt (top) I made for Covering the World: One Quilt at a Time. (I spent so long writing up this post and tutorial I didn't get my top quilted yet!) In 2022, AccuQuilt, Moda Fabrics and Baby Lock are partnering in this pay-it-forward campaign. Moda and AccuQuilt designers (like me!) will make and donate one quilt a week to a charity of their choice to support this campaign. 

For those of you that know me, you know I love creating quilts with half square triangles. For my Covering the World quilt, I designed a fun and colorful patchwork heart quilt using half square triangles. To make fabric selection easy, I used Rainbow Bio - Multi fabric designed by Adrienne Leban for FreeSpirit Fabrics which paired perfectly with Fairy Dust - Whisper by Tula Pink for the background.

freespirit rainbow fabric

The benefit of using a rainbow or ombre fabric is you get multiple coordinating colors and patterns to create a cohesive patchwork rainbow by purchasing yardage!

Because I like to use BIG HST blocks to make quick quilts, and this quilt finished at 48" square.

Dies Used:

  • Free Spirit Rainbow Bio - Multi (or other rainbow ombre fabric) - 1-1/2 yards
  • Fairy Dust - Whisper (or other background fabric) - 1 yard
  • Binding - 1/2 yard
  • Backing - 3 yards (for pieced backing)
  • Batting - 54" x 54"

Rainbow Fabric:
  • Cut rainbow fabric into 6 strips (parallel to selvedge) approximately 7-1/4" wide. (Plan this out before you start cutting! Since most quilting fabric is 42" to 44" wide, there isn't any extra room for miscuts.)

  • Stack the 6 strips on top of one another and cut 40 6-1/2" HSTs
Background Fabric:
  • Cut 3 - 7-1/2" strips using rotary cutter
    • Cut 2 - 6-1/2" HSTs from one end of each of the strips
    • Trim remainder of strips to 6-1/2" using 6-1/2" strip die
  • Cut 1 - 6-1/2" strips using 6-1/2" strip die
    • Cut 2 - 6-1/2" squares from end of the strip
  • Trim 6-1/2" strips to 24-1/2" lengths
Binding Fabric:
  • Cut 5 - 2-1/2" strips

Sewing: Use 1/4" seam allowance and press seams open.
  • Sew 40 HST blocks using the rainbow fabric

  • Sew 12 HST blocks using the rainbow fabric and background fabric

  • Sew the center heart sections by sewing the HST blocks and 2 background squares together as shown in the diagram. 

  • Add 2 of the background borders to the right and left sides of the heart block. Sew a HST to each end of the remaining 2 background border strips. Sew to the top and bottom of the heart block.

  • Sew 6 rainbow HSTs together in a row. Repeat to make a second row. Sew to right and left sides of quilt.
  • Sew 8 rainbow HSTs together in a row. Repeat to make a second row. Sew to top and bottom of quilt.

Quilt, bind and donate!

I will be donating my soon-to-becompleted quilt to the Omaha Project Linus chapter. I have been making quilts for Project Linus since 2012 through my do. Good Stitches quilting circle. Project Linus is a volunteer organization with a mission to provide a sense of comfort to children who are seriously ill or traumatized through the gifts of new, handmade blankets, quilts and afghans crafted by volunteer “blanketeers.” All donations to the Omaha chapter of this nation-wide organization are given to seriously ill or traumatized children of the Greater Omaha and Council Bluffs area.

You can be a part of this big pay-it-forward campaign...and be entered to win some pretty wonderful prizes! You can find all the details on this AccuQuilt blog post. Together let's #QuiltTheWorld2022!

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