Back to School Party Preparations

Quiltmaker is having a Back to School Party and you’re invited! Come sew with us!

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Each weekday from Sept. 8 to 16, please join us here on Quilty Pleasures for a free quilt pattern in bite-size morsels, tips and techniques and giveaways galore!

The idea is to celebrate fall with a fun, easy new project. You’ll find camaraderie, guidance and inspiration each day as we work on the quilt together. The quilt is called Dozens of Daisies; it was designed by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth of TailorMade by Design.

We knew you’d need some time to gather sewing supplies so today we’re sharing a diagram and photos of Dozens of Daisies along with the yardage requirements. The grayscale quilt diagram below is keyed to the fabrics in the yardage further down.

Dozens of Daisies

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Dozens of Daisies


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You’ll also need:

Backing 3⅛ yards
Batting 51”x 67”
Fusible web

Below you’ll find partial photos of seven different versions of Dozens of Daisies. Each photo is linked to the fabric line at each  company.

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Super by Gudrun Erla for Red Rooster


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Very Fairy Christmas by Loralie Designs for Quilting Treasures

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Saturday Afternoon by Jane Spolar for Northcott


Are you inspired yet? It’s always amazing how varied one design can be when different fabrics are used.


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Sapphire by Skipping Stones Studio for Clothworks



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Desired Things by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics



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Taza by Dena Designs for FreeSpirit



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A La Maison by Terri Conrad Designs for Robert Kaufman

Use the chart below to identify the fabrics in the quilts above and to plan your own quilt. If you prefer, download and print a pdf of the materials chart. Download materials list (pdf).

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We’ll give you the first step of construction on Thursday, Sept. 8. During the party you’ll also get to meet our team of reader-sewers, and we’ll have daily doses of learning. Plan to take photos of your quilt along the way so that we can share them with everyone and multiply the fun. I’ll see you at the party!




About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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34 Responses to Back to School Party Preparations

  1. Lee Ann L. says:

    I should have come to this post first seeing that most color variations are listed here! But, I’m just working my way through from newest to oldest… Anyway, Super and Saturday Afternoon is my favorite! Thank you for doing this for us all. You gals (and guys) are angels!

  2. Sherry says:

    I have lots of projects going on, but I’m going to do this one! Thanks for the offering. It looks to be fun.

  3. Antonia says:

    The three adjectives I would use to describe the quilt made with Northcott fabric are:
    Springlike, dainty and pretty.

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  5. Linda K.C. says:

    love the quilt.

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  7. Sandra says:

    Looking forward to this little adventure!

  8. jan bosscher says:

    Just got my first issue of Quiltmaker yesterday. I love this pattern. But I’m already one day behind and my weekend is full. Can I still download the notes from each day and do it later?

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  11. Lynn Telke says:

    I hope to be able to keep up with this project to improve my computer skills. My job may interfere but I love daisys it was my sorority flower in college. The quilt will join
    my to do list which gets longer every day.

  12. Heather Seibel says:

    I haven’t sewn for months, thanks to work, so I’m going to indulge and join this little adventure, to get back into the groove! Time to hit the stash and find fabric to play with!

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  14. Nan Ramsey says:

    This quilt really looks interesting and like its going to be lots of fun to make. Love it.

  15. Lu Slomkowski says:

    I’m going to try! Looking forward to succeed!

  16. Linda Liles says:

    Love this idea can’t wait to see how it progresses.

  17. Cecilia Young says:

    This is such a cute pattern. I will have to try and follow along.

  18. Sue says:

    Looking at stash now. Ready to start.

  19. Nannette Ranzini says:

    I really like this one, I think it would make a cute baby quilt for a girl. I am looking forward to fallow along the next few days ( ;

  20. Caralyn Turner says:

    What a great pattern. The “daisy” adds such motion to the top. I’ll be using some of my stash to make this one.

  21. Tonya R. says:

    This seems like a lot of fun. I think a batik quilt would be neat!

  22. Sheila Holloway says:

    Would love to join in on this—- will look for further info and get my stuff together tonight :)

  23. Marsha says:

    Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to keep up with this. Like the pattern but not sure what fabric I’m going to use. Have a trip planned to a quilt store with Amy Butler fabrics. They would be nice I think. Hmmmmm…must think….must decide….must…must….go shopping!

  24. Mary Ferreter says:

    Do I just keep coming back here each day? Some sites can be “joined” and then e-mail comes when postings are added. (I have such a hard time remembering to check back.)

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  26. How fun this is going to be!! My 5 yr old grandson has just entered full time kindergarten & I have taken care of him full time for his first 5 years, so I am feeling a bit of the empty nest syndrome again! So you can see the BACK TO SCHOOL theme fits my life right now. I plan to make this quilt as a raffle item for a fund raising project for my P.E.O. group & daisies are the perfect theme. How exciting! Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. Claudie Weeks says:

    This was just what I needed to get me started on a quilt for my sisters next wedding anniversary.
    She had daisies in her wedding bouquet, so I know she will love it. Count me in!!

  28. Mariana Nortje says:

    As I only sew by hand and cut by scissors I will have a hard time keeping up, but I am going to try. Yes,yes I know I am crazy But how sane are y’all?

  29. Claudia says:

    I think my favs are the Christmas one, then the blue and white, and then the red, white and blue. But no fall colorway? Looking at the pattern, it should work up rather quickly.

  30. Lyn says:

    Very pretty! The old honey bee quilt block is one of my favorites.

  31. DianeH says:

    This is going to be fun. I’ve put your button on my sidebar. thanks.

  32. Jackie Roi. says:

    How fun! While I hope to follow along reading/enjoying the whole event, I know I haven’t the time right now to keep up with the cutting & sewing. But, I shall prevail & do my best to read your uplifting blog each day! =D

  33. This quilt is adorable! I love the way several different fabrics lines were used and each one gave a different appeal…hmmm, I’m a little fond of the quilt made with the Robyn Pandolph line…kind of “shabby sheek” look ;o) I wonder who pieced this one?????

  34. Kristen says:

    How fun…I’m so excited to start this. I was just at the quilt store an hour ago…so sad that I might have to go back. :) I love this quilt and think this is going to be great…oh the possibilities!

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