Welcome to Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party!
This will be a week full of fun. Whether or not you have kids who’ve gone back to school, fall is a great time to start a new quilt project. Hip-Hopscotch is easy and lends itself to lots of color recipes as you’ll soon see.
Day 1: Hip-Hopscotch
Each day of the party, we’ll give another part of the Hip-Hopscotch pattern. We’ll show you several quilts made in fabrics from our sponsors, and we’ll introduce you to some of our reader-sewers. They’ve done a great job of sewing on a tight deadline!
You can sew along this week, or at your leisure. You’ll want to see the preparations post for a materials list. Also:
- Post in-process or finish photos on Facebook (post to your own page and tag us, or post on our Facebook page)
- Use the hashtag #qmbacktoschool, like this:
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Let’s get started!
Please note: The fabrics that are called “black” and “white” are obvious. Those shown as light and dark gray are listed as “tone-on-tones” below. The fabric with motifs printed on them are called “prints.”
If you missed it earlier, here’s a chart to help you keep track of your fabrics. If you’d like to use it, click on the image and then print it.
We’re featuring two fabric sponsors today.
Reader-sewer Nann Blaine Hilyard from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois made her lively version with fabric from Clothworks. These prints from Home is in the Kitchen by Dan DiPaolo work really well in this design. The stripe adds motion, and the black pinwheels are striking amidst the other fabrics. This one really has the feel of autumn and back-to-school, don’t you think?
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Julie Sanders from Burlingame, Kansas created an entirely different look by using Hoffman California Fabrics in her quilt. This one makes me think of sea and sky.
There is something calming about a cool palette of blues and greens. I like the darker fabric in this version, too. The quilt wouldn’t be as exciting without that dramatic contrast.
Please scroll down to meet this year’s reader-sewers, who are terrific women! We’ll be back tomorrow with instructions for making the blocks. That’s when things really start coming together! Thanks for being with us today for Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party.
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Check out more freebies from Quiltmaker:
Quiltmaker’s Block Network: free how-to videos with block patterns each week
Project Linus Patterns: perfect quilts for baby gifts or good causes