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!

hoffman Back to School Party: Part 2 and Giveaway!

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Now for the giveaway!

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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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