Flying South Quilt | Free Pattern and Video Tutorial

A simple yet graphic wall quilt that’s quick to stitch and easy to piece? SIGN. ME. UP. Find this free quilting pattern in partnership with my friends at Annie’s and the Creative Quilter’s Fabric Club! Read through my design process, inspiration, and more below!

See a full Video Tutorial HERE!

My Inspiration

I am so excited to share with you all my new fav wall quilt! It’s bright, it’s blue, and it’s BATIK!

I’ve had a love affair with batik fabrics for just about as long as I’ve been quilting but I haven’t taken the time to design with them until recently. It’s such a joy to combine patterns, colors, and collections into one gorgeous quilt.

Last month, my monthly shipment from my favorite monthly box, Annie’s Creative Quilter’s Fabric Club, arrived and it was full of six gorgeous batik fabrics I couldn’t wait to cut into.

Now, if you don’t know, Annie’s Creative Quilter’s Fabric Club is a monthly subscription box that sends a curated collection of 6 fat quarters straight to your front door every single month. How cool is that? I’ve literally never been disappointed and, honestly, it’s incredibly affordable.

My Design Process

Designing comes from a few different angles and, often, I don’t know how it’s going to strike. Lately, my quilting ideas have come from sketching in my handy June Taylor Quilter’s Graph Paper notebook. Seriously. It’s my fav item and I need to stock up.

This quilt came out of my biggest quilting struggle.

I hate cutting up pretty fabric.

I know, I know, that’s kind of the point. But, for me, cutting fabric can be a bit too difficult. Especially if I love it. And this month’s club shipment had my eyes about twice their size.

So. What does a quilt designer do?

We make big ole blocks.

I decided to make the largest blocks I could manage out of a fat quarter. Then, I slapped them together mixing up the fabrics here and there.

Now. The real star of this quilt is my quilting. I managed all of this gorgeous heavy quilting on my domestic machine and walking foot. How cool is that?! I’ll share more about that in a later post. Don’t worry!

FLYING SOUTH QUILT

SKILL LEVEL:
Confident Beginner

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:
32″ x 48″

MATERIALS:
– 6 Fat Quarters in Various Blue Shares
– 1 Yard Background Fabric
– 1 1/2 Yards Backing
– 36″ x 52″ Batting Rectangle
– Thread to Match Fabrics
– Basic Sewing Tools and Supplies

PROJECT NOTES:
Read through all instructions before you begin.
Stitch right sides together using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise specified.

CUTTING:
From Each Fat Quarters
– Cut 2 (8.5″ x 16.5″) A Rectangles
– Cut 2 (2″ x 22″) Binding Strips (Optional)

From Background Fabric
– Cut 24 (8.5″) Squares

COMPLETING THE WALL QUILT:
Refer to the Photo as needed.

Watch the Video Tutorial:

To make all flying geese, pick up (2) 8.5″ background squares. Draw a line from corner to corner once on the diagonal to mark a sewing line on the reverse side of the squares. Draw a second line 1/2″ from first line to mark a second sewing line.

Place a marked square atop left end of your 8.5″ x 16.5″ print rectangle with right sides facing making sure the second drawn line is on left side of corner to corner line.

Sew on corner to corner line first, then without breaking thread, turn block and sew on second line. Trim 1/4″ from either sewn seam. Repeat for the other end of the print rectangle, making sure second drawn line is on right side of corner to corner line.

Complete for all 12 flying geese units pressing all seams toward the background fabric to reduce bulk in the seams.

ARRANGE AND SEW:

Lay out the blocks in two rows of 6 geese units. Spread out print fabrics to ensure a balanced look. Sew columns together first. Press seams of first column down and second column up to make the seams nest.

Sew the two columns together to complete the quilt.

QUILT AND BIND:

Layer the quilt with batting and backing and quilt. After the quilting is complete, square up the quilt and trim away all excess batting and backing. Add binding to complete quilt, using the strips cut from fat quarters for a scrappy binding.

Final Thoughts

I’m in love with this quilt! It works up so fast, it’s incredibly easy, and you’ll be guaranteed perfect points every single time!

I really hope you enjoyed seeing me stitch up FLYING SOUTH! I’m so excited to share my second quilt design with each of you! If you sew this up, make sure you snap a few photos and tag me in them on Instagram and show off your project in the Rohn Strong Maker Community on Facebook too!

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