Flutter & Flowers Quilt

The nice folks at AccuQuilt sent me a GO! Cutter to try out. It arrived Thursday and I could hardly wait to get started. Fortunately, my friend and neighbor (she still harasses me about referring to her as *just* my neighbor last time I mentioned her) Tam over at Sew Dang Cute sells fabric….like at her house. Friday morning she and I plopped down on the floor in her sewing room and surrounded ourselves with bolts of fabric and started talking and diagramming.

Here’s what I came up with:

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(Thanks to my lovely assistant Keller for being the quilt holder.)

I used both the GO! Critters set and the GO! Strip Cutter –2 1/2” for this quilt, along with a couple of other random cuts.

The finished size of this quilt is about 36” wide by 41” tall…a good baby/throw size. All of the strips were cut the width of the fabric, so there’s pretty much no waste.

Using your GO! Cutter and the 2.5” Strip Cutter, cut 4 2.5” strips of the white fabric (W). You’ll also need a 15.5” strip of the white fabric for the center section (BIG WHITE).

Cut 2 3.5” strips of your blue fabric (B). I used Just Dreamy Blue Dots.

Cut 2 5.5” strips of your floral fabric (F). I used Just Dreamy Cream Large Floral.

Using your GO! Cutter, the Critters set and fabric with fusible web already attached (yes, really!!!), cut out 3 butterflies and 3 dragonflies (more or less….personal preference). The red is Make Life’s Texture Apple. The orange is Just Dreamy Orange Dots.

You could, of course, trace and cut out the appliques the old fashioned way…it’ll just take you WAY longer. ;)

Using your GO! Cutter and the 2.5” Strip Cutter, cut 5 2.5” strips for binding. I used Make Life in Shine Apple.

I backed the whole thing with some more of the Just Dreamy Blue Dots (about 40”).

Assemble your strips in the following order, using 1/4” seams:

W F W B (BIG WHITE) B W F W

Press the seams towards the non-white fabrics.

Position your Critter cut outs as desired and fuse in place. Stitch around the edges. I used a tight zig zag. I’m not a fancy shmancy quilter, though….I usually just make stuff up as I go. If you know the “correct” way to do this, do that instead.

Your quilt top is done!

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Quilt as desired.

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I used a walking foot for the lines in the white strips. I used a darning/free motion foot for the squiggles in the large white section. I’d never used either before (insert embarrassed face here). There’s a bit of a learning curve on the free motion foot, but I’ll definitely be using it more often.

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I attached the binding using this method, from Moose on the Porch Quilts.

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I love it a lot.

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I’ve also got the 6 1/2” GO! Tumbler. I think I’ll play with that one next. I feel like the giant stack of Nicey Jane sitting on my sewing table may finally have a purpose!

Thanks, AccuQuilt, for a fun new toy!

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Comments

  1. A.Rhodes says:

    its so pretty!

  2. Lynette says:

    Great job quilting that…especially for your first time! It turned out beautiful!

  3. SewSweetStitches says:

    Oooh that's so cute! I've heard the AccuQuit dies can be used in other machines if you give them a hacksaw treatment, so maybe someday I can try them too!

  4. tinahead81 says:

    this is adorable!!

  5. Kristine Robinson says:

    Ridiculously cute. You freaking amaze me!

  6. LOVE IT!! Almost as much as I love you. You Rock!!

  7. Sarah or someone like her says:

    Too cute! Only you forgot the "neener neener neener" part.

  8. It turned out so cute! The colors, the pattern! I love it. Also, it makes me laugh all the "neighbors" that want you to call them something else…all the "people that have been in your kitchen" that want to make sure everyone knows! It is funny! I look at you more like a friendly second cousin, Char. I wish we were close but when we see each other we don't hug and I forget how many children you have sometimes. You know…that kind of relationship.

  9. Your quilt is so springy, girly and cute. I absolutely love it. Great Job and Thank You for sharing.

  10. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  11. Blake & Anya Young says:

    That is amazing! I love it all…the fabric, layout, colors. Why can't I live by you? I would have so much fun!

  12. Blake & Anya Young says:

    That is amazing! I love it all…the fabric, layout, colors. Why can't I live by you? I would have so much fun!

  13. Char, it's super cute! I love the fabric. My table runner was the first time I used my free motion foot. I love it now, though I still need a lot more practice.

  14. it looks fan-freaking-tastic!

  15. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    Char, your quilt is ADORABLE!!

  16. Molly @ Me and Madeline says:

    OMGoodness, it's beautiful! You're inspiring me!

    Tam is your neighbor? Fun, fun, fun!

  17. Jen of ReannaLily Designs says:

    Lovely! Its super with those bright colors.

  18. Tonya's Sewing Room says:

    love your "GO" cutter quilt. check out what I did here to win a go cutter….http://tonyassewingroom.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-entry-for-ihans-go-fabric-cutter.html

  19. The Noalls says:

    Oh. My. Land. That is SO cute!! I would love to make a quilt of that sort, with appliques and such, but I'm scared to try…and I don't have any kind of cutting machine. :P Any tips? Wanna give us some tutorials on those sewing feet you were talking about?

  20. SewCalGal says:

    Very cute. Love your colors, prints & design.

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  21. Crafty Batches says:

    SO pretty, I love it!

  22. CraftyMummy says:

    Gorgeous quilt!! I want a new toy now! Thanks for sharing :)

  23. LOVING the colour combo and LOVING the name of your blog! Classic!

  24. Oh this is BEAUTIFUL! I bought some beautiful butterfly fabric to make something for my sister's birthday…but had no idea what. As soon as I saw this, I knew I'd found my what. Thank you!

    That seriously can't be your first go at free motion quilting? Amazing.

    By the way, I found you via Mummy Crafts, and wondering why I've never been here before? Well I won't be missing out anymore, I'm subscribing STAT!

  25. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [02 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  26. imadeitso.com says:

    holy doodles that is gorgeous!! i love it.
    ~ana

    http://iMadeItSo.com

  27. ificould says:

    Wow – that is beautiful!! Congratulations! Can't wait to try a free motion foot myself! Thanks for sharing.

  28. ilovedolly says:

    very pretty very pretty. i wonder if Go cutter is available in the UK (thinks, christmas)

  29. Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life says:

    Congratulations on completing your first quilt! You did a wonderful job of choosing fabrics. I aspire to call myself a quilter, and I'm looking forward to finishing my first quilt soon.

  30. Betty Grove says:

    First of all I love the name of your site. I have a GO and love it so your pattern will be super fun. Thank you for sharing your obvious talent with those of us who like to quilt, but don’t have a vivid imagination. On with the scraps and the other stuff too.

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