Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts Book Tour

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The day is finally here!  It's my stop on the Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts book tour and I am so excited!
Mostly, I am just so excited for my friend, Andy Knowlton and her beautiful new book, Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts which is full of 12 fabulous projects!  Andy and I have been friends for many years now.  We roomed together at the International Quilt Market a few years ago, we've retreated together, lunched together, and cheered each other on over the years.  I'm just so proud of Andy, my talented friend.

Like Andy, one of my favorite cuts of fabric is the fat-quarter.  That's what I usually buy when I'm fabric shopping just for fun.  So I love the concept of Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts.  Andy gives 12 project ideas that use different amounts of fat-quarters, ranging from 6 to 14 fat-quarters.   

One of the patterns that really caught my eye in Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts is called Sunny Day.  Mine is quite different than Andy's version which uses sweet pinks, yellows, and greens.  I decided to use some of the Christmas fabrics that I recently inherited after my grandmother (the one who taught me how to quilt) past away.  It was such a sweet experience to be able to work with many of her fabrics.

I purchased the black print by Sweetwater and also threw in a white with green 
polka dot fabric that I had in my stash.

The greens in this quilt were quite different than anything I had in my stash though.  They are more blue-green as opposed to the yellow-greens that I have in my stash and that are more popular today.  So I was surprised to find green Minky that worked with them.  Minky was definitely the way to go; this Christmas quilt is so soft and cuddly and will definitely get used for many years to come.

The fun scalloped border "had me at hello" 
and was one of the main things I loved about this quilt.

Have you ever made a scalloped border?
I've done it one other time on my Friendship Heart Quilt.
I guess I'm a sucker for scallops!

I was going to bind it in the black print but at the last minute, I decided
red would be a better note to end things on since there was so much black 
near the edge of the quilt.  So I ended up using a red grunge fabric I had in my stash and 
I'm happy I went that route.

I love the blocks in this pattern!  
They really showcase my grandma's vintagy Christmas fabrics.

I believe she used many of them to make stockings, but I could be wrong.

The quilting design is a fairly new-to-me designed called Gemma #3 by Karlee Porter.
My quilter, Cathy Barney did a fantastic job, as always!

And finally, I have to tell you about the labels I got!  They're really simple but I love them!
I feel so professional with them, haha!  I got them from Border City Quilts on Etsy.  
You can customize them to whatever you want and the owner from the shop was really great 
to work with!  I got 20 labels for about $20 so I think they were very reasonably priced too!

This is just one of the quilt patterns I would love to make from Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts!
It's a great book with beautiful patterns, easy to understand instructions, great photography, 
and lots of helpful tips throughout!  I hope you'll get yourself a copy!

Be sure to stop by the other blogs that are helping with the tour!
So much eye candy!!!

Nov 18:   Jen Van Orman - Heritage Threads
Nov 19:   Holly Lesue - Maker Valley
Nov 20:   Amy Chappell - Ameroonie Designs
Nov 21:   Nadra Ridgeway - Ellis and Higgs
Nov 22:   Kristina Brinkerhoff - Center Street Quilts
Nov 23:   Amy Sinibaldi - @AmySinibaldi 
Nov 25:   Jessica Dayon - Jessica Dayon
Nov 26:   Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter
Nov 27:   Amanda Niederhauser - Jedi Craft Girl
Nov 28:   Andy Knowlton - A Bright Corner
Nov 29:   Sharon Burgess - Lilabelle Lane Creations
Nov 30:   Samantha Dorn - Aqua Paisley Studio
Dec 2:   Lindsey Weight - Primrose Cottage Quilts
Dec 3:   Bev McCullough - Flamingo Toes
Dec 4:   Christopher Thompson - The Tattooed Quilter
Dec 5:   Amber Johnson - Gigi's Thimble
Dec 6:   Melissa Corry - Happy Quilting Melissa
Dec 7:  Amanda Castor - Material Girl Quilts

A big thanks to Andy for asking me to be a part of the tour!
I'm honored and truly enjoyed making Sunny Day!


  1. This quilt is so beautiful and such a treasure to have your grandmother's fabrics in there. Love the black sashing and scallop border and the lovely minky for the back. The red binding was a perfect touch. This will be such a special Christmas quilt to put out and enjoy each year. Love it!

    1. Thanks for all your kind words. I love my grandmother's fabrics and I love that it's so snuggly. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What a great quilt and wonderful use of your grandmother's fabrics. The black print really sets everything off.

    1. Thanks so much! Andy designed such a great pattern!

      Have a great day!


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