Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!

Welcome to Day 4 of
Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party!

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The week is flying by—already we are on Day 4 of Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party. Making the Playground quilt is not a race, so take your time and enjoy the process. After all, that’s why we make quilts, isn’t it? It’s all about enjoying life more. None of us needs more stress. What we need is more joy, more creativity, more satisfaction from a job well done. Did you realize that quilting can add all of that to our lives? Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

BTS13 quiltfullsize Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!The Back to School quilt, called Playground, was designed by Denise Russart. Today we’ll give you Part 4 of the construction and show you two more versions of the quilt. If you missed them, here are the posts leading up to Part 4.
Getting Ready
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Playground Part 4: Making the Sections and Assembling the Quilt Top

Refer to the section diagrams below. Join fabric #14 A’s, fabric #1 D’s and E’s, and fabric #15 D’s as shown to make 4 section 1’s, 2 section 2’s, 4 section 3’s and 4 section 4’s.

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BTS13 section2 Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!

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BTS13 section4 Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!

Refer to the assembly diagram below. Join the blocks and sections into diagonal rows as shown. Sew the rows together. Aligning the centers as shown, join section 4’s to the quilt corners.

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Read all the way through the next paragraph before proceeding.

(Optional: See one Back to School sewer’s recommended method of stabilizing the edges using fusible web before trimming.) Refer to the trimming diagram below. Align your ruler ¼” beyond the fabric #15 D corners in the sections as shown. Trim the sections along all sides of the quilt. Handle the quilt top carefully so as not to stretch the bias edges.

BTS13 trimming Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!Once the trimming is complete, join the border #1 strips end to end. Cut this strip into 2 lengths of 63″ for the sides and 2 lengths of 53″ for the top and bottom. Sew the border #1 side strips to the quilt and trim any extra length. Add the border #1 top and bottom strips in the same way. Repeat to add border #2.

Your quilt top is complete! That’s all for today.

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Today’s featured fabric sponsors are Timeless Treasures and Northcott.

 Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!

Timeless Treasures provided fabrics from the Back to School collection.

Samarra C1425 Black Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!  GAIL C5522 BRITE Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!

Fun C1582 Cream Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!  Samarra C1428 White Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!

The inviting blue and green make the black fabrics sparkle in the finished quilt, which was made by Sharon Gallegos from Midlothian, Virginia.

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Playground in Back to School fabrics from Timeless Treasures. Made by Sharon Gallegos.

pin it button Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!The values in this quilt are rearranged from the values in the grayscale diagram at the top of the post. Sharon did a nice job, don’t you think?

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Northcott provided Stonehenge fabrics by Linda Ludovico for another wonderful piece that definitely says “autumn.” This quilt was made by Marijke Vroomen Durning from Montreal, Quebec.

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Playground in Stonehenge fabrics by Linda Ludovico for Northcott. Made by Marijke Vroomen Durning.

pin it button Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!There is so much you can do with Stonehenge fabrics. This quilt is a fine example of choosing a seasonal palette and making it ooze expression. Beautifully sewn by any standards. Luscious quilting!

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We still have fabric bundles to give away. Today’s bundles are from Timeless Treasures and Northcott.

BTS PRIZE Timeless Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!

Fabric bundles from Timeless Treasures for giveaway today

Each company sent us three bundles so there will be six more winners.

BTS PRIZE Northcott Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!

Fabric bundles from Northcott for giveaway today

For your chance to win, please leave a comment by midnight tonight, Thursday Sept. 19, and tell us what you’re currently working on. We’ll choose winners randomly and announce them here.

The Back to School Day 4 Winners are: Carol Van, Lois Hicks, Sandra Timmons, Thunder, Linda Webster and Cheryl Greenleaf. Congratulations Ladies! One last BTS day! Be sure to check out the last post for another chance to win!

See you tomorrow for the final installment of Playground and a wrap-up to Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party. Thanks for joining us!

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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204 Responses to Back to School Party: Day 4 and Giveaway!

  1. Susan L. says:

    I have been working on keeping up with my BOMs, & starting on Christmas gifts.

  2. Gabriele Kaiser says:

    Currently I am working on a Christmas quilt I made from blocks of a reindeer- and moose swap quite some time ago. Hopefully I will get it finished in time for the holidays.
    Greetings, Gaby

  3. Bonnie S. says:

    Love the variety of fabric choices and looks that this pattern can take on with those choices! Would love to win one of the fabric bundles!

  4. Christine M says:

    At the moment I am working on gifts for two Christmas swaps.

  5. Si Chen says:

    I am working on my first queen sized quilt! It will be scrappy with lots of colors! :)

  6. Sandy Curtis says:

    I am now making golf club covers and place mats for Christmas.

  7. barb price says:

    right now i have about 5 projects on the go in various stages. i am also doing 4 bom (slightly behind, lol)

  8. Tammy Lyons says:

    I am currently working on a hand embroidery design earth Mother from Urban Threadz designs. it is gonna be so pretty when I am finished with it. But it is a big job.

  9. Wendy says:

    Working on mending some vintage quilts while I wait for 3 quilts to be finished at the LA. The playground quilt is cute!

  10. Karlene says:

    I’m working on a halloween wallhanging.

  11. Kaye M. says:

    I’m working on a Kim Diehl wallhanging that combines pieced blocks with appliqued flowers and vines.

  12. Lou Lampman says:

    Our local quilt guild is beginning a round robin quilt project. We’re all looking forward to exciting results. These playground quilts offer such variety with such beautiful fabrics!

  13. Nancy says:

    I really like the Stonehenge colorway! Thank you for providing this pattern.

  14. Deb says:

    I’m working on my local quilt shop’s Block of the Month – red and white and I love it!

  15. Quilting Tangent says:

    Working on my 1st quilt, a winter designed Tennessee Waltz.

  16. working on two quilts at the moment, one for me and one for our grandchild. thanks

  17. Carla G says:

    I’m sewing pants for my son right now. Hopefully after the kids are clothed, I can back to quilting. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  18. sandie deahl says:

    Been trying really hard to win!!! Not because I need another project or even plan to do something charitable with it, I simply have a fabric obsession and no job, can you help out a sister in need?

  19. Barb Johnson says:

    I currently am working on a few projects to reduce my scraps. 1) I am making churn dash blocks out of a charm square and a coordinating 2 1/2 strip. They are really cute and they finish at 5″. I’m not sure how I am going to set them, but they are good for a leader/ender project. 2) I have some tone-on-tone 6 inch squares (that I really don’t remember acquiring), and I am using them to make a slightly bigger version of block in Pat Speth’s original Nickel Quilts book. 3) I am also putting together some star blocks using WOW and bright scraps that will probably end up as a baby or toddler quilt. I think that’s all that I am actively working on, but that changes by the day, depending on what strikes my fancy!

  20. E. Engman says:

    Still working on my Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month quilt.

  21. Lea says:

    I’m designing a very bright and colorful octagon quilt using Isosceles triangles. Its been quite the challenge!

  22. Barbara Pricola says:

    I am currently working on a paper pieced pattern called scrap attack.

  23. Barb Colvin says:

    I love seeing all the versions of Denise’s pattern! A good reminder to look at the pattern not just the color palette when looking for inspiration.

  24. Marilyn Polak says:

    Am currently working on a Christmas quilt and a Pumpkin quilt. Can’t just work on one at a time!

  25. Frances says:

    I am currently working on a Halloween Quilt

  26. Gwendolyn Clark says:

    Right now I am cutting my hoard of scraps into usable pieces aka known as Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap User’s System.

  27. Carmen says:

    No sewing projects right now – working on a knit sweater for my daughter. But then I need to start a quilt for her “new” room.

  28. Nancy Z says:

    I’m working on a quilt for my nephew, who will be two in February. It’s a baseball theme and I know he will be the old enough to enjoy more grown-up theme.

  29. Julie says:

    Those are great fabrics. I am currently working on a string quilt. The pattern is by Bonnie Hunter. I am doing the quilt in a wide varienty oranges and neutrals. I am also working on a baby quilt that is way late getting to the baby. And also some blocks to donate to a QOV project that Alycia has going on at Whew! And if that’s not enough I would love to be doing some clothing sewing in my spare time.

  30. JOY says:

    I am currently working on ripping out stitches on a quilt :( I didn’t notice that there was a fold in the batting while I was quilting it and now have to unsew several rows of quilting … while wishing I could be working on my Twister quilt using William Morris inspired fabrics!

  31. Chris says:

    I am making 2 I Spy Bug Jar quilts for my Grandsons. I am totally in love with both of these packages. I sure hope I win one of them. Better then the lottery.

  32. LizaA says:

    I’m working on a quilt for my 7 year old grandson. He has become quite the fisherman this summer and I’ve found some fish fabric for this project.

  33. Linda S says:

    Currently, I am working on a quilt for my favorite aunt using Maxine panels I picked up this summer. Once that is complete, I want to start a one-block wonder. Thanks for the chances at these great giveaways!

  34. Regina says:

    Laying out a one-block-wonder and getting ready to start cutting a custom “Millenium Falcon” quilt

  35. Claudia says:

    Either of these sets of fabrics is nummy. What am I working on? A black and white project that is using up the remains of a Back to School project from a couple of years ago. Not my usual color palette, but exciting in its own way. And, oh yes, there’s the QOV that needs to be finished, and….. well, you get the idea. I’d better go get started.

  36. Debby says:

    Let’s see – what am I working on? I have 3 tumbler flag quilts in various stages that I’m hoping to finish for Christmas gifts. Won’t give my “dirty laundry list” of UFOs!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win some great fabrics – so I can work on something else!!! ;)

  37. Judy S says:

    I’m working on a quilt started last November in a class with Klaudeen Hansen, “Blueberries and Key Lime Pie”.

  38. Leanne says:

    What I’m working on??? I have at least 8 projects on the go at the moment…it’s a little crazy, but I am making progress on some of them.

  39. Linda says:

    I am working on a derivative of a log cabin quilt for my nephew’s grad.

    Thanks ladies for your lovely quilts and insights.

  40. Donna W says:

    I am currently working on a table topper for a monthly class that I take. I have the piecing completed, and now on to the quilting.

  41. Amy says:

    I’m working on my son’s quilt!

  42. Joanna says:

    I’m just finishing a churn dash quilt. I’m involved in two quilt alongs. And for Christmas I am working on two wall hangings of You Got Cookies from Quiltmaker’s 2012 Chritmas issue.

  43. Aimee says:

    Today I’m working on hand sewing the binding down on an all blue Postage Stamp Scrap quilt. Only 1 side left to go, Yay!

  44. Cindy DuLany says:

    I am longarm quilting for a friend who plans to give the quilt to her son for Christmas. It is a Stack & Wack using a farm scene – barns, cows and sheep, trucks and crops. It will be wonderful on their king size bed.

  45. Bev Gunn says:

    Working on several old UFO’s this year. Have cut this out as have to have shoulder surgery in couple of weeks and won’t be able to cut for a while, so am stocking up kits to sew while on the mend!

  46. Margaret Andrews says:

    Love the fabrics! I am currently working on a wallhanging that I am donating to the local library fund raiser. Always fun stuff to work on.

  47. Deb Johnson says:

    I am working on: Under the Cherry Tree Applique, hand pieced Log Cabin, Double Wedding Ring, Evan’s Quilt, Playdate by Nancy Mahoney, and searching for fabrics for this Playground quilt!!! Nothing like having a full plate! Hugs, Deb

  48. Carol F. says:

    It has been so fun the last 4 days seeing all the delightful possibilities with this quilt pattern. I wish I had the time to make one each of those shining in the spotlight! :)

  49. Rebecca says:

    I’m working on a raincoat for my daughter :)

  50. Dana McClung says:

    Beautiful! Love the design and the fabric!

  51. Jodi says:

    I am currently working on On A Whim quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. Diantha says:

    I am currently working on a table topper. Have it pieced, but need to quilt it.

  53. SewCalGal says:

    What a cute design and those fabrics look great with it. Love those yummy fabric bundles too!


  54. April Curry says:

    Finishing up a thread painting, have two Christmas Calendars to get done for my grandson and nephew. The Northcott bundle would help to put together a gift for my sister.

  55. kathy says:

    I’m getting close to finishing the “pop and change” jelly roll pattern for my GD, then finalizing details for our local quilt show next weekend. K

  56. Mary Katharin says:

    I’m interrupting my quilting to applique a car on a t-shirt for my grandson’s 3rd birthday party on Sunday :)

  57. Emily T says:

    I’m working on finishing up an On a Whim quilt top using Tula Pink’s Birds and the Bees line. Thanks for the chance to win!

  58. Sharon says:

    Today I am working on a Fall wallhanging – pumpkin season is upon us.

  59. Debi says:

    I am currently working on a disappearing 4 patch quilt, and a woven block quilt.

  60. Jan LaBeause says:

    My Project Linus group will be participating in a craft fair this weekend to raise money for blanket supplies (i.e., yarn, batting, fleece). I am making little “tag” blankies to sell in our booth.

  61. Pat Bandura says:

    I’m working on putting my feathered star together and adding the borders. I also have an applique quilt in the works and a hand pieced quilt. All are in the end stages of piecing.

  62. Jocelyn says:

    Today I am finishing up a lap quilt I made for a friend who just had surgery. I’m sewing down the binding, as I need to take it to her tonight!! Thanks for the great giveaways!

  63. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been saving my “strings” for a few years now and I’m finally putting them into a quilt. I should have done it sooner – I didn’t realize how many strings I really had! Looks like one string quilt is going to turn into two, there are so many. Or they are multiplying on their own while I sleep!

  64. Helen says:

    I am working on a simple pink & white throw-sized quilt. Although pink is not my favorite color, I am doing this for a door-prize for a Zumba-thon called the Boob-a-thon Oct. 27. My daughter is one in a group of Zumba instructors in Topeka, KS who are doing this as a fund-raiser for free/reduced cost mammograms for women in their county. It seemed like a good way to make a dent in my stash of pinks.

  65. Sherry Book says:

    I’m feverishly working on 3 quilts for our biennial quilt show next weekend…nothing like waiting until the last minute!

  66. Barbara Corbitt says:

    I love the northcott fabric, it looks so yummy. I am finisging a quilt for the american cancer society, i will do the binding tomorrow. babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

  67. Thunder says:

    I am working on a table runner, and doing the Aiming for Accuracy QAL from the Quilting Gallery. thanks for sharing this great pattern, and having this great giveaway. I love hops, it is sew much fun to see many versions of same quilt. Great inspirations ♥♥♥

  68. DebrafromMD says:

    I’m currently working on a pieced and appliqued table topper.

  69. JanetB says:

    I am working on piecing the components for a mystery quilt to be completed at a retreat in January. I also have the pieces cut for a mystery quilt to be completed during a class at the Quilt Expo tonight.

  70. Karen says:

    I currently am working on a purple batik quilt top for a young woman. Thanks for the chance to win great fabric.

  71. Sandra Timmons says:

    I am currently working on a scrappy 4-patch queen-sized quilt for the upstairs bed. I am loving it so much. The Back to School Party is a very fun quilting project with so many giveaways offered. You have shown us so many color choices that it is very difficult to just choose one coloway. Thank you for the chance to win. Great job, once again, for the great party indeed.

    Sandi Timmons

  72. Lynn D in NC says:

    Love these fabric choices. Thanks so much for the Party this week.

  73. DeborahGun says:

    I am currently working on a miniquilt.

  74. DianeH says:

    Today I am all set to start a baby quilt for a little boy. Lots of fun free motion quilting and his name appliqued along the bottom.

  75. Lisa Rumsey says:

    Currently (as many of us) have about a gazillion projects in progress. To keep me on my toes and keep from getting bored or not knowing what to do I made a “Projects in Progress” jar. I wrote each project I was working on down on an individual index card and folded them up and put them in the jar. When I can’t decide what to work on and have no items pressing to be done I pick a card out of the jar and work on that. Todays card is … drumroll … a turning twenty quilt for my friend Merideth made out of typewritter fabric. And I will be putting the finishing touches on a spongebob cape for a very special 2 year olds birthday.

  76. Lori s says:

    Great giveaways! I have too many projects partially done. I need to finish the binding on my curve it up quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

  77. Kris says:

    I am trying to get the top done from Bonnie Hunter’s last mystery, Easy Street. It’s in 3 large pieces – so close!

  78. Deb G. in VA says:

    I’m working on finishing up 2 fall table toppers I started a year ago!

  79. Clare Kupcho says:

    I am working on quilt blocks called Sticks and Stones, using up my paper bag of scraps. I have always thrown my scraps into a grocery bag. It is overflowing, so this pattern gave me 1.5″ x 12.5″ sticks and 1.5″ squares to use in the block. ( I don’t think I will be using up ALL of my scraps, but it is a start.)

  80. Susan says:

    I am working on cleaning out and reorganizing my sewing/craft room. I am trying to finish up a wall hanging that I have completely sewn and am hand quilting.

  81. Jo S. says:

    I’m working on two things. The first is teaching my 8 year old neighbor to quilt (she’s excited and doing wonderfully) and the second is a fall table runner for myself. I love to teach kids to quilt and sew.

  82. Patricia S says:

    I’m working on an appliqued nativity scene. So far I have 69 hours invested in it. Here’s hoping it’ll be done in time for the Christmas season!

  83. Jean Tanner says:

    I am currently working on dolly quilts for our guild to give to Toys for Tots for their annual Christmas Toy giveaway. Using up scraps and units I’ve had left from other small quilts.

  84. Lisa Marie says:

    I have just started a lap quilt that will be a Christmas gift. I am using a layer cake that I have been hoarding for many months!

  85. Betty S says:

    I am working on a quilt that I started this summer. I almost have it done. Then I want to make the playground quilt. I love the pattern. Can’t wait to get started.

  86. Barbara says:

    Currently quilting Amish with a Twist 2

  87. Donna Joy says:

    Those fabrics are delightful. I am working on a destash project. Just trying to use up old fabric so I can get more of the new fabrics, as I love what the designers are doing now.
    Thanks for the Northcott giveaway.

  88. Lois Hicks says:

    I am currently working on a Halloween table topper. Also, I have a wedding quilt on my quilting frame that is about 1/3 of the way finished. We won’t even talk about the stack of UFOs! LOL

  89. Gwen W says:

    Currently working on a hand applique sampler – and choosing fabrics for my Playground quilt!

  90. Janet P. says:

    Currently I am working on quilting a wallhanging of 4 seasons of trees, cutting a quilt out (pressed the fabric the other day) and doing a needle turn appliqué block.

  91. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I’m working on my Sisters Mystery Quilt, and I have another baby quilt to make. Thanks for the giveaway.

  92. Amanda Best says:

    I am in the middle of a ton of projects, but earlier today I was hand appliqueing little pumpkins for a block swap. I love the Northcott bundles, thanks for the great giveaways!

  93. KT says:

    I am making a scrappy quilt as a wedding present for my cousin.

  94. betsy says:

    currently I am handquilting my grandmothers flower garden quilt.

  95. Jennifer Stevens says:

    I am making a baby quilt for my cousin using her bridesmaid dress. They are expecting their first baby in January!

  96. kaholly says:

    I have several projects going all at once. Currently on my design floor is a pastel sampler quilt for a friend’s granddaughter, while I audition fabric choices for the sashing.

  97. Joan says:

    I am working on a Double Wedding Ring quilt for my daughter.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  98. Love seeing how the same design looks in different fabrics!

    I”m currently working on a paper pieced Fairytales quilt.

  99. Annaleena says:

    I have been making hexagon flowers the whole summer and still continuing. I’m planning to make a bed quilt. It has been relaxing to sit in my garden and make hexagon flowers while the sun is shining and birds are singing.

  100. I’m currently working on some historical costuming, my quilting has taken a back seat for a wee bit.

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