Monday, September 22, 2014

Block Party Tutorial

Happy Monday!
We've got something that's sure to brighten your day...this gorgeous floral quilt made by Connie from Freemotion by the River. Read through her tutorial below (she has some gorgeous close-up photos of the quilted panel blocks) and be sure to add this quilt to your to-do list! Then, head over to Connie's blog for a chance to enter to win some of Ro Gregg's Block Party fabrics.

Flower Garden quilt by Freemotion by the River

And now here's Connie!
I had a lot of fun using the beautiful fabrics in Block Party designed by Ro Gregg for Fabri-Quilt to create this quilt to share with you. This quilt is 44" x 44".

You will need the following fabrics:
  • 1 2/3 yards of the flower panel #8205
  • 1 fat quarter of yellow #8064
  • 1 fat quarter of light pink #8070
  • 1 fat quarter of medium pink #8065
  • 1 fat quarter of dark pink #8067
  • 1 fat quarter of light purple #8071
  • 1 fat quarter of medium purple #8063
  • 1 fat quarter of dark purple #8068
  • 1 fat quarter of light green #8072
  • 1 fat quarter of dark green #8066
  • 1/2 yard of medium pink #8065 for binding
  • 1 1/2 yard of light pink #8070 for backing

Cut the flower blocks from the panel measuring 9 1/2 inch square. You will need the following:
Cut the following from your other fabrics.
Block Party fabrics used
Lay your pieces out as shown below and stitch the rows together, you will make 4 of these.
Yellow block
4 blocks to make
Layout the remaining pieces to make the rest of the blocks, you will make 8 of these.
Green block
8 blocks to make
Turn the blocks as shown below to create the center of your quilt.
Center of Flower Garden
Now you can add the remaining blocks around the center.
piecing quilt
Here is the Flower Garden quilt all sewn together and the binding added.
Flower Garden pieced
The quilt is about 44 x 44 which means a normal width of fabric won't quite be wide enough for the back. Use the light pink for the backing and you can either add some scraps of the fat quarters or some of the flower panels to give you the width you need.
Back of quilt with panel strip Freemotion by the River
It was fun to use the beautiful flower panels and do some free motion quilting around them.
Green closeup
I changed my thread for the different sections of color.
Iris closeup
The sunflower is my favorite.
Daisy Closeup
All of my piecing and quilting was done on my favorite vintage 15-91 Singer which is only a straight stitch machine.
Rose closeup
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I know I enjoyed working with great fabrics!
Flower Garden Quilt on the grass at Freemotion by the River

Head over to Connie's blog to find out how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the Block Party  prints plus a flower block panel--that way you can get started on your version of Connie's quilt! 

94 comments:

  1. What a beautiful quilt, I pinned this tutorial!

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  2. This is a lovely quilt and thank you for the tutorial!

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  3. Thank you for another winner. I love to follow your work. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  4. Love the flowers Vibrant Color and the layout

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  5. Looks like on good tutorial on a pretty quilt. Love how you even showed the quilting. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  6. It's amazing what Connie can create on a straight stitch machine... genius!

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  7. Love Connie's work and this is just another example of how her creativity makes a wonderful quilt. I like it so much I pinned it.

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  8. This is absolutely the most cheerful fabric ever! Everything Connie creates is amazing and I adore her. Creative Fabric Quilt Bliss...

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  9. I love this fabric!! Connie your tutorial is really straight forward...thank you

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  10. Such a beauty! Would be aweswome for the grey winterdays to cheer up!

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  11. Beautiful! Great tutorial, Connie. I love the colors in this collection.

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  12. Thx for this great tutorial. Love the setting blocks.

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  13. That is an excellent tutorial. Would be great to follow.

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  14. Great tutorial and the photos are quite inspirational. Makes me want to start one right away. :-)

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  15. Beautiful quilt. Love the quilting

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  16. Great tutorial on a lovely quilt.

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  17. Thank you for sharing a tutorial for your pretty quilt

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  18. What a nice Spring looking quilt. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  19. It's a wonderful cheery quilt! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  20. Gorgeous quilt & fabrics. Love hydrangeas. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. I love the colors in this quilts!

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  22. Dutch Iris with a dragonfly - two of my favorites!! I would LOVE to have these fabrics and make this quilt! Thanks for the chance!!

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  23. Congratulations Connie! This quilt is just beautiful and the tutorial sooo nice! Loving the fabric and the simplicity. Thanks so much!

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  24. Very pretty. Great use of the panel.

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  25. Connie did an excellent job of showcasing the fabrics in this line. Love the rich pastels.

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  26. I love what you have done with this panel Connie!! And thanks for the tute!

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  27. A gorgeous panel and the block sets those flowers off beautifully. Thanks for the tutorial1

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  28. Gorgeous quilt, Connie! Nice tutorial.

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  29. I whole heartily agree, these are beautiful fabrics and they made a beautiful quilt also!!

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  30. Great tutorial. I especially loved the back of the quilt - so pretty with the flower blocks!

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  31. this is such a lovely quilt. I love Bonnies quilting, she does stellar work. Thanks for sharing. quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  32. Very pretty - lovely pattern, fabrics and color!

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  33. What a gorgeous quilt! The back is really special too! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  34. I love the quilting n the flower blocks.

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  35. I love the quilt and what a great tutorial! Thanks so much for posting it!
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  36. Such a beautiful quilt front and back. Thanks for the tutorial

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  37. This is such a pretty quilt!! I love how you quilted the flowers, simply stunning!! Thanks for your tutorial, it isn't as complicated as I first thought!!

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  38. This is a lovely quilt. I really like the way the background colors radiate out.

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  39. Just stunning! Wonderful tutorial for a beautiful quilt. Panels are so overlooked in their potential.

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  40. This quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  41. Excellent tutorial as always, now if I had the time to make all your great projects. :^D Thanks

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  42. Great tutorial with lots of clear photos and diagrams. Such a beautiful and bright quilt, perfect for cheering up a chilly day!

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  43. This quilt is gorgeous. Thanks for such a detailed tutorial.

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  44. This is an AMAZING quilt! I love the way the pattern is behind the picture blocks. It's more complex than it looks at first glance

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  45. Love this pattern! Great tutorial.

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  46. LOVE this quilt and the entire fabric collection SO much. With my favorite flower being the Blue Iris and purple my favorite color, it's not surprising why I love this quilt. Simply gorgeous. Connie always has such excellent tutorials too which is a huge plus as well.

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  47. Love this pattern. The fabric collection is wonderful.

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  48. This Quilt is Gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us too! :) The fabrics are Beautiful....very Summery

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  49. Great tutorial and this looks like a fun quilt to make.

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  50. Beautiful quilt, great tutorial.

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  51. Connie's work is always beautiful and this is just lovely.

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  52. Beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  53. Great tutorial. Thank-you very much, hard to know what to do with these panels. Wonder if you could just frame out each one and hang it?

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  54. Fabulous quilt, the detailed tutorial really makes it seem simpler than it looks. Thanks so much for sharing.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  55. Great quilt - the flowers are beautiful and I love your quilting. Thanks for the tutorial. I have signed up for the newsletter.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  56. This is amazing! Sunflowers are my favorite, so I love they are the anchor. The back is so fun with the panel of flowers.

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  57. Love this quilt, love the colors, and love the flowers. What a gorgeous quilt

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  58. what a great quilt this is,,,,,love the tread color change and the fabric is gorgeous ,,,,,,great fun, summertime \/spring feeling looking at it,,,,,

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    1. thank you for the pattern connie,,,:))

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  59. Well done tutorial, and a great use of blocks. Love it!

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  60. Such a pretty quilt. I love the colors. The quilting in the flower blocks is beautiful.

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  61. Love this quilt! The colors are wonderful!

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  62. What a wonderfully bright and cheerful quilt. My aunts would love this.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial - so easy to follow!!! Beautiful quilt!

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  64. So pretty! I really like the vibrant colors.

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  65. A great tutorial Connie. Thank you so much for posting it. I just love this bright and cheery quilt!

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  66. Thank you for the great instructions, I love Block Party! Your quilting is so nice too. This quilt is so full of bright color - it make you smile.

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  67. A great tutorial, and I love the way you quilted the focus panels

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  68. Beautiful quilt and thanks for the great tutorial Connie

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  69. Very nice and summery. I love all flowers so this would be great.

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  70. I love all flowers, but the sunflower is a favorite - these flower blocks are beautiful. I always have trouble figuring out what to do with panels of blocks. This quilt is a REALLY NICE arrangement. It will inspire me for future panel blocks! I love the symmetry. This layout has broadened my horizons.

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  71. This quilt is indeed beautiful, Connie! I love how you quilted it, in your own style that makes your quilts stand out! I like how you assembled the squares.

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  72. What a gorgeous quilt.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  73. Nice tut, gorgeous quilt. Love the fabric. Thanks.

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  74. thanks for sharing the tutorial. Such a beautiful line of fabric to make a beautiful quilt!

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  75. Beautiful quilt! I can see making this in the near future!

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  76. This is so pretty and I love the colors.

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  77. Thanks for sharing. What a happy quilt.

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  78. What a gorgeous quilt! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  79. Beautiful quilt. I love the panels, and the quilting is amazing.

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  80. Great instructions, love Connie's quilting on the flowers, so beautiful.

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  81. Thank you for sharing your pattern. That quilt will be a touch of spring during the winter.

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