Windy Girls Quilt Tutorial- Wistful Winds Blog Tour

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I’m super excited to be apart of Shari Butler of Doohicky Designs’ Whistful Winds Blog Tour!  I met Shari at Quilt Market in May and I was introduced to her Wistful Winds fabric line.  Shari is the nicest person ever and her designs are so sweet!  As soon as I saw this fabric I new I had to make something for Sally.

img_4984   So I set out plans to sew her a dress.  I had 4 different prints of yardage which was what the dress required.  Then, Sally told me she did not want a dress and that she had too many dresses as it was.  She asked if I would make her a quilt and I did a little happy dance in my head 🙂  Sewing clothes stresses me out and quilting makes me happy!

And so I set out to design a quilt that only uses 4 different fabrics – because that’s all I had!  I love how it turned out and Sally is thrilled!

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Mufasa got to test it out for a few minutes before Sally got a hold of it.

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Here’s how you can make this quilt:

Finished Quilt 48″ x 60″ – perfect for a little girl

Block Size 12″

All seams 1/4″

Press toward the dark side when possible

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Fabric Requirements:

2/3 yard orange girl fabric

3/4 yard small dot fabric

1 yard blue floral

1 yard white floral

1/2 yard binding

3 yards backing

Cut (4)  4 1/2″ x WOF strips orange girl fabric

Cut (8) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips white dots

Cut (3) 4 1/2″ x WOF Blue on blue floral

Cut (3) 6 1/2″ x WOF Blue on Blue floral

Cut (3) 4 1/2″ x WOF White floral

Cut (3) 6 1/2″ x WOF white floral

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Sew the white dot strips to the orange girl strips lengthwise.  Press seams.  Make 4 of these strip sets.

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Subcut stripsets into 8 1/2″ increments yielding 8 1/2″ squares.  You should have 20.

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Sew a white floral 4 1/2″ strip to a blue floral 4 1/2″ strip.  Make 3 of these strip sets.  Press.

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Cut at 2 1/2″ increments.  Cut 40

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Sew a 6 1/2″ blue floral strip to a 6 1/2″ white floral strip.  Press.  Make 3 of these strip sets.

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Cut at 2 1/2″ increments.  Cut 40.

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Lay out 10 blocks this way.

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Lay out 10 blocks this way – notice the center block rotates.

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Sew the top and bottom units, press.  Sew the side units, press.  You will have 20 total blocks.

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Lay out the quilt as pictured above.  Notice each row alternates center square direction.  Sew blocks together in rows, matching seams.  Sew rows together.

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Baste, quilt, bind.

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This is such a great pattern to whip up for a gift.  You could omit 3 blocks and it would be a perfect baby quilt size.

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I love the fun pattern this quilt creates by using only 4 fabrics.  A scrappy version with lots of different fabrics would also be fun!

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I’m thinking this is my new favorite throw quilt pattern!  It might even be doable for Christmas gifts!
wisful-winds-16  Someone is pretty happy!!  It’s not everyday your mom sews a quilt just for YOU!!!!

wisful-winds-10  wisful-winds-17     Mufasa looks a touch jealous!

wisful-winds-18              Check out these amazing designers and the awesome projects they’ve created using Wistful Winds by Riley Blake Designs!

October 3rd:
Amy Sinibaldi – www.nanaCompany.typepad.com
Kristyne Czepuryk – www.prettybyhand.com

October 4th:
Amanda Niederhauser – www.jedicraftgirl.com
Amy Smart – www.diaryofaquilter.com

October 5th:
Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones – www.meagsandme.com
Christine Cook – www.stitchingrevival.com

October 6th:
Elea Lutz – www.elealutzdesign.com
Jodie Carleton – www.vintagericrac.blogspot.com

October 7th:
Sedef Imer – www.downgrapevinelane.com
Jina Barney – jinabarneydesignz.com

October 10th:
Elizabeth Evans – www.simplesimonandco.com
Kimberly Bourne – www.mainstreetmarketdesigns.com

October 11th:
Jemima Flendt – www.tiedwitharibbon.com
Nadra Ridgeway – www.ellisandhiggs.com
Amy Chappel – www.amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com

October 12th:
Katie Skoog – www.thesimplelifecompany.com
Amber Johnson – www.alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com
Gwen Sager – www.tillalili.blogspot.com

October 13th:
Angie Wilson – www.gnomeangel.com
Clare Horsman – www.claresplaceblog.blogspot.com
Deanna Wall – www.stitchesquilting.com

October 14th:
Melissa Mortenson – polkadotchair.com
Jessica Stewart – www.izzyandivydesigns.com
Shari Butler – www.doohikeydesigns.com/blog/

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