Hey everybody. Hope you have spring where you live. I'm afraid it's going to be a while before we see spring in Chicago. It's gloomy and rainy out today so I decided to make something quick, easy and fun. I made one of my very favorite patterns, Fat Eighth Frenzy from Fat Quarter Shop. Click on the link above and it will take you directly to FQS's pattern.
I've made a few of these quilts because they're quick, easy and are a great way to showcase fabric. Plus, you get two quilts out of your fat eighth pack!
I have one little trick I'd like to share about the second small quilt. When I sew each row together for the lap size quilt I actually sew two seams each time, 1/2" apart.
The pattern calls for you to sew just the one seam. After you trim that leaves you with 2 triangles. What I've done below that's different is I sew a second seam. When I cut between them I have my triangles for my second smaller quilt already sewn together. All I have to do is square them and sew them together to make the smaller quilt top.
Take a look at the cute bonus pattern the comes with the free pattern download. Sometimes I'll do something a little different. Today I trimmed and squared my HSTs and then designed this quilt (below on the left.) I think it will make a cute baby quilt! In fact, I plan to gift the lap quilt and baby quilt to a new mom and her little one. It's such an easy way to make two quick quilts with one fat eighth pack!
Above is the baby quilt (35" x 42" finished) ready to be pieced and to the right is mom's lap quilt (48" x 56" finished) ready to be quilted!
Here are two more I made using this pattern:
The lap quilt was gifted to my nephew and the smaller quilt I made for my little guy, our mini doxie Duncan.
Try this free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop - it's quick, easy and fun!
What are you working on today? I hope you're inspired!
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