Welcome to Month 5 of the Patchwork Quilt Along Big & Small. I know I say this every month, but seriously….where is this year going?! I remember my dad making this little quote to me long ago, and rarely a day passes that I don’t have it popping into my head:
For every item I cross off the top of my to do list, I add two more to the bottom.
~ Larry Williams (dad)
Today I’m giving you some sneak previews of my Big Block quilt in progress. I’ve been experimenting with different sashings, and I love how this is coming together. I don’t do many pieced sashings. By the time I’m nearing the end of a quilt, I get in a hurry and go with solid strips of fabric. When we near the end of the quilt along, I will share ideas to finish the Big Blocks into a quilt. #lovemyninepatchcornerstones
If you remember my post about Block 3, I wrote about using bigger print fabrics in blocks that had fewer, but larger pieces in them. This Homestead Block was perfect for that. My print fabric is Handmade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. It was part of a fat-eighth packet that I’ve been using from that was included in my October 2016 Sew Sampler box from the Fat Quarter Shop, which I believe there are some still available.
Here is your Big Block for Month 5. Click the PDF link under the picture to open, download and print the file. I had been using Dropbox to store these, but I’m switching back to a direct download. The Dropbox method was confusing some people, but I had started to use it because often when a website has “updates,” it sometimes loses links to files. Grrrr! I am unaware of this unless you email me or leave or comment, so always do so if you encounter a problem so I can fix it and thank you in advance!
Each month during 2017, Fat Quarter Shop will post a new free pattern and video tutorial for the Patchwork Quilt and encourage participants to donate to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas in lieu of payments. Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will each match up to $10,000 of the donations raised. (#awesome) Learn more about it and how you can help here!
Check out the blogs every month of our quilty friends. Watch their process, and see what fun fabric collections they have selected!
*Psst! The designers of the quilt’s fabrics – Bonnie & Camille – are sewing along, too! Fun!
Please share your progress and creations along with all of us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.