Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party Day 1

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.

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Day 1: Hip-Hopscotch

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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!

BTS14 quilt Quiltmakers Back to School Party Day 1Hip-Hopscotch: Cutting

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.”

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Olfa 45mm Rotary Cutter
Olfa 45mm Replacement Blades 5 Pack

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.

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We’re featuring two fabric sponsors today.

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Made by Nann Blaine Hilyard. Fabric: Home is in the Kitchen by Dan DiPaolo for Clothworks.

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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Made by Julie Sanders. Fabric: Kaya from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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

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: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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10 Responses to Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party Day 1

  1. Pat Winters says:

    Both versions are lovely. Nann’s version looks just right for back to school.
    I’d like to try this in flag colors with pops of yellow, for a Quilt of Valor.
    Thank you for a great pattern.

  2. Pat Winters says:

    Terrific pattern. Thank you.
    Both versions are lovely. Nann’s version looks just right for a back to school quilt. :)
    I might try this in red,white, and blue with small squares of gold, for a Quilt of Valor.

  3. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    I love how different these two look! Can’t wait to see the rest….. Going to pull some fabrics and play along I think :)

  4. Laura La Marche says:

    Looking forward to making this quilt in Christmas colors!!

  5. Wendy Ross says:

    This is a great pattern. It can be made into something cool and elegant or bright and playful. I didn’t see that in the black and white pattern. I’m looking forward to seeing the other quilts.

  6. anne sidell says:

    Love this pattern – such simple blocks, but a complex look to the quilt. Both versions are pretty, and while I love all the calming blues, I have to admit that Nann’s version really makes her fabrics sparkle. Impressive use of color and prints together! I rarely use patterns except for applique quilts, but this is one I am inspired to make!

  7. Becky Preston says:

    Nice work, Nann.
    I think September is such a good time for new starts.

  8. Nann says:

    It’s time for the big reveal! Mt fabrics from Clothworks were fun to work with. What you don’t see is the delicious lime green backing fabric. ( I *love* lime green.)

  9. I’m eager to get started on this quilt! I love Nann Blaine Hilyard’s version!

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