Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!

Welcome to Day 2 of
Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party!

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It’s nice to have you here—welcome! We’re having all kinds of fun this week on Quilty Pleasures. We’re giving out a free pattern in bite-sized morsels. We’re sharing tips and tricks to improve your quiltmaking skills. And we’re having giveaways every day—think luscious fabric bundles from the best companies in the industry!

BTS13 quiltfullsize Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!The quilt, called Playground, was designed by Denise Russart.

Today we’ll give you Part 2 of Playground and show you two more versions of the quilt. If you missed them, please see the Getting Ready post and Part 1.

Playground Part 2: Unit 1′s and 2′s

Both of these units use the Stitch & Flip technique. Here’s how you do Stitch & Flip:

Align a B on the corner of the A right sides together, as shown in the Unit 1 diagram below. Mark a diagonal line on the B from corner to corner and sew on the marked line. Trim the seam allowances to 1/4″, flip the B patch open and press.

Now you can create the Unit 1′s and Unit 2′s.

BTS13 unit1 115x300 Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!Use a fabric #1 A and the B’s from fabric #2 to make a unit 1. Repeat with the B’s from fabric #’s 3–13 to make a total of 12 unit 1’s.

BTS13 unit2 Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!Using the stitch-and-flip technique, add fabric #1 D’s to each end of a fabric #2 C as shown to make a unit 2. Repeat with the other fabric #2 C. Make 12 sets of 2 matching unit 2’s
using the C’s from fabric #’s 2–13.

That’s all for today.

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Today’s featured fabric sponsors are P&B Textiles and Hoffman California Fabrics.

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P&B Textiles provided Always Blooming fabrics by Susy Pilgrim Waters for a lighthearted, happy version of Playground.

ABLO 962MU copy Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!   ABLO 965P Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!

ABLO 968B Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!   ABLO 961Z Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!

ABLO 963MUth Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!

These fabrics make me want to sing! See how nicely they work in Playground, below. This version of the quilt was made by Melinda Bledsoe from Clinton, Mississippi.

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Playground in Always Blooming fabrics by Susy Pilgrim Waters for P&B Textiles.                                Made by Melinda Bledsoe.

pin it button Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!Melinda was a trooper as we learned together just how much extra fabric it takes to fussy cut the flower motifs. She did a great job with her quilt.

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Hoffman California Fabrics provided Bali Hai and Bali Handpaints for the next version.

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841 65 Denim Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!   841 250 Sahara Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!

The quilt below was made by Margaret Kennedy, Quilter! (That’s how she watermarks all her photos—really cool.) Margaret lives in Lake Frederick, Virginia.

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Playgroun in Bali Hai and Bali Handpaints from Hoffman California Fabrics. Made by Margaret Kennedy.

pin it button Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!This one really says “autumn” with its bold oranges and wonderful varied blues. Can you see the waves of quilting? Nicely done!

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Now for the giveaway!

BTS PRIZE PB Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!

Fabric bundles from P&B for giveaway today

We have three bundles of fabric from each of today’s sponsors, so there will be six lucky winners.

BTS PRIZE Hoffman Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!

Fabric bundles from Hoffman for giveaway today

Please leave a comment below by midnight tonight, Tuesday, Sept.17, describing your perfect day of sewing. What would it look like?! We’ll choose six random winners—but if you describe something heavenly, we might use your words to entertain other quilters. Now wouldn’t that be fun?!

The Back to School Day 2 Winners are: Jennifer Paddden, Gay Lynn, Rachell R, Kaholly, Garnet and Robbi Imhoff. Congratulations! 

Enjoy making your units at any pace you choose and I’ll see you tomorrow for Part 3 of Playground. More quilts, too!

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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427 Responses to Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!

  1. arlene haley says:

    I just spent my time writing my comment,AND YOU PUT A MESSAGE UP THAT I ALL READY WROTE THAT.Well dont know why you would think that,as i have never commented before.A.Haley.

  2. arlene haley says:

    My perfect day is,any day I can get one hour or more to myself.as all i would be thinking about doing is quilting.cutting my fabric to the next measurements for my next treasure,sewing my squares ,then the excitement of making my block.Then i look for the perfect fabric for my border.then do i use tri colored thread or matching color to my quilt.I get lost in my own little world and love every minute of it.Idont know what i ever did with my time before i started Quilting 2 years ago.cant wait to start a new one.

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  4. Susan Wood says:

    A perfect day of sewing for me would look like this; It is a cool but cloudy fall day(otherwise I would be tempted to go outside to play). The house is neat and tidy with tonight’s dinner simmering away in the crockpot…maybe beef stew. I walk into my neatly organized sewing room and open the window, for some fresh air and I am pleased to discover a fragrant gentle breeze that smells like a wood fire mixed with the nearby salty ocean. I head straight to the project I am working on because there are no “works in progress” to distract me from my quilting pleasure! Before I settle in, I turn on my ipod to listen to a mix of all my favorite music…and then I begin to sew. Life is good!

  5. Lucinda Collins says:

    Wow what fun

  6. Lucinda Collins says:

    Wonder with color, what shall I make with this, should I use this pattern or the new one I just bought. The wonderful discussion we quilters get to make :)

  7. Sharie says:

    Would luv luv to win some the pretty fabric ! This looks to be a fun and easy quilt to make. I want to get one cut out to take to my next retreat in about two weeks.

  8. Kathy says:

    Would love the fabric and Definitely would make the quilt

  9. Darlene Thompson says:

    me please……would love to win a bundle….

  10. Hazel Dickinson says:

    the batik could be called tropic evening. all would be fun to see finished

  11. Ann Roadarmel says:

    Oh!! I really would like to win–the fabrics are beautiful and I’m an old lady who needs some beauty in her life. LOL

  12. Linda Erickson says:

    Snow falling???? I’m living in shorts and tank top because it’s to be about 90 degree F today.
    I do like this Playground pattern – can’t wait to try it out.
    thanks!

  13. Kim Fitterer says:

    Either grouping would be great to have…endless possibilities!

  14. Janet T says:

    Beautiful fabrics! Thank you for the giveaway.

  15. Maxine says:

    hoping to win.

  16. Janice Sheets says:

    I love Quiltmaker! I love quilting! And I love Bali Fabrics!

  17. Mary Dean says:

    Would love to win this fabric. Thanks for the chance.

  18. Peggy Mlynek says:

    These fabrics will inspire a work of art!

  19. Denise/Folsom,Calif. says:

    Fingers still crossed!

  20. Suzanne LaFlex says:

    hoping to win! Thanks

  21. Scott Guthrie says:

    Ideal day–learning new free-motion quilting designs and embellishing the old ones…of course that means no housework!!!

  22. Kathy Elamon says:

    would love the bundle from Hoffman. Colors are perfect for quilt project I’m currently working on.

  23. Robin says:

    thank you.

  24. Laraine Zegoski says:

    I’m still hoping to get lucky and win some new fabric.

  25. Sophia Carroll says:

    Snow falling, hubby and doggy snoozing on the couch, and me sitting at my sewing table watching the flakes pile up in the yard while sipping a giant hot steaming latte.

  26. Trixie Comfort says:

    I would love to win this fabric.

  27. Louise Cheever says:

    Chocolate, coffee and a project that is screaming to be finished!!! Perfect day!!!

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