Wednesday, October 16, 2013

{Penny Patch} a beginner's Quilt-Along

Penny Patch buttonWelcome All - first-time quilters, experienced beginners, quilters extraordinaire!  I'll be writing this quilt-along to beginners, because I love, love, love to help folks make that very first quilt.  First quilts are so special!  But, of course, all are most welcome.

Together we'll make Penny Patch quilts, step-by-step.  This quilt-along is based on my Vintage Tangerine quilt from spring 2013 - a vintage-inspired classic!  The main block in the quilt is the 4-penny patch, hence the name.  It's definitely one of my favorite quilts so far and so easy to make.  You can make a super-manageable baby-sized quilt (42" x 54"), a throw quilt (60" x 72") or a twin-sized quilt (66" x 90").  I recommend the baby or throw quilt for first-timers!

You CAN do this!  If you have learned to sew a straight line and are familiar with a rotary cutter (here are some tips), you have what it takes.  There's no time like the present to learn to quilt!

::Penny Patch Quilt-Along schedule::
  1. Materials List
  2. Color Scheme Ideas
  3. Prewash
  4. Quilt Design
  5. Cutting
  6. How to Sew the 4-Penny Patch
  7. Sew 20 blocks
  8. Sew 20 blocks (link party)
  9. Sew & Assemble blocks
  10. Hello Quilt Top! (link party)
  11. Prepare Backing
  12. Baste
  13. Straight Line Quilting
  14. Dogwood Quilting
  15. Binding
  16. Finished Link Party!
The pace is pretty slow, with all steps separated and paced for a beginner.  Most of your time will be invested during 3 weeks in November, when you'll actually be sewing blocks, and during the 2nd week of December, when you'll be quilting.

loving it!


I have us finishing a few days before Christmas!  In case you need more lead time to get a gift mailed, I will provide links to basic quilt-finishing tutorials the first week of December, so you can push through to an earlier finish.

Are you going to join us?  Great!  You don't need to do anything official to join, but if you'd like, join us at the Stitched in Color Flickr group.  It's a fun way to stay connected, share what you're making and discuss questions on an open forum.  And here's a button too:

Penny Patch Quilt-Along


I'll be back tomorrow with that materials list!

47 comments:

  1. I love that you have multiple link parties...that is a Fantastic Idea!

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    1. Thanks, Marci! I'm liking the beginner pace myself. Looks like an easy good time!

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  2. I kind of want to make this with what's left of my Hope Valley fabric. I think what I love about yours are the low-volume prints rather than so much solid? I look forward to reading your thoughts about fabric!

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    1. Thanks, Jeni! Yes, more than half of the quilt is low volume prints. I've been working out the ratios to share soon!

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    2. Hi, Rachel. I read your blog DAILY and am so excited to do my first quilt along w/ y'all. I do have a question -- I keep seeing the phrase "low volume fabric" and I don't know what that means -- could you please define? Thanks!

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    3. Check out today's post =) Let me know if you still have questions!

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  3. Love the 4-penny patch blocks :) I may have to join in once I catch up on my penny sampler. I'll definitely be looking forward to the dogwood quilting lesson!

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  4. goodness, i didn't know you meant right away! =) i already have 2 quilts i need to make for my boys before christmas. we'll see if i can squeeze this one in, too. i'm stuffed to the gills around here with quilting projects. that's a good thing.

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    1. ditto on being excited about learning the dogwood!

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    2. Well, we don't start actually sewing until Nov, so for those that will make from stash, you still have a few weeks to finish things up!

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  5. Even though I have tons of WIP's I saw this and can't wait to get started.

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  6. Yay, I can do this since I have nothing in the works right now. It takes me a long time to decide what to make, so thank you for this.

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  7. You know, you make it really difficult to resit starting new projects... as soon as we made the Penny Patch blocks for the Penny Sampler i knew i wanted to make a whole quilt with them. And after seeing this lovely bit of awesomeness i may have to rework some of my planned projects for the next few months!

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    1. You and me the same! Watching you guys sew the Penny Sampler makes me want to drop everything and take up some of those blocks-as-quilts too. This time I'm indulging =)

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  8. Yay!!! Now to try to get all the other WIPs done so i can focus on this :-D
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  9. I just wanted you to know I love your blog. We are starting a MQG in our town and many of our members are very new or totally new to quilting. This would be a good quilt along to do together. Thanks for the time you put in on your blog and quilting!

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    1. Oh, you're so welcome! I hope it will be helpful for your new friends =)

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  10. Very excited! I think that I will use some holiday fabrics to make it...although since I am also enrolled in the Penny Sampler class- we may not actually use this quilt THIS holiday season....excited none-the-less!

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  11. hooray! thanks for leading us through.

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  12. Sounds exciting! Do you think this would be a good project for flannel?

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    1. I think so! I've pieced flannel with quilting cottons and not had any problems, so I think you could even mix those.

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  13. I told you, I wanted to join the group. But on on Oct 26 I begin a 9 days walk on the way to St.James of Compostela.
    Do you think I can still follow you afterwards? I'll be back home on Nov 3.

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    1. Well, we don't start sewing until November, so I think if you get your fabrics all picked out and ready to go, you'll be fine to join in then!

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  14. Can't wait. I need a new project and I wanted to start searching my stash last night

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  15. yay, I'm so excited. And what a fun button, adding it to my blog right away.

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  16. I'll be joining in and looking forward to it! Thanks so much for doing this. I'm loving your color scheme and think I will use it as the inspiration for my own quilt. Excited to finally try your zigzag binding.

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  17. I've been thinking about the backing for my Penny Sampler lately, and I think this is the answer! Plus, it will help me use up all of my extra Penny Sampler fabric.

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  18. I am going to join in - yay! I want to make a quilt for my youngest son and I think this is the perfect pattern :-) Thanks Rachel!

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  19. I would like to do this but I don't have a blog, have never posted on Flickr, and do not know what a link party is.

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    1. Welcome! You can participate by making your quilt with no need to do the extras like Flickr or the link party. Just do what sounds fun to you! I plan to write a good tutorial for how to participate in the link party, so hopefully that will help if you'd like to give it a try!

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    2. Thank you Rachel! I love your blog. You are such an inspiration!

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  20. Oh, this is interesting! I wanna join too! But I'm still so new to everything!

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  21. Oh happy to hear it a slow pace quilt along... this will be my first 2013 quilt along!

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  22. I have a ton of mini charms (2 1/2' - you knew that) would they work for this?

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    1. The small squares in my pattern would need to be cut 2", so it's not ideal for mini charms (all that cutting!). Though, of course, you could change the size of the blocks, making them slightly larger. These blocks finish 6". If you enlarge it to use 2.5" squares for the tiny 4-penny patches, then all your squares would need to finish at 8".

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  23. Grabbed the button and can't wait to start! (Though I *may* have already picked some fabrics)

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  24. I always seem to come across these amazing quilt alongs more than half way through or ages after they're over so I am SO excited to actually do one live with the group! None of my friends or family quilt so I think they're all a little tired of seeing nothing but sewing Facebook and Instagram posts so yay for having people to share with.
    I'm glad I'll have time to wrap on my current WIP(s) before we really get to cutting and sewing.

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  25. Looks like fun! I posted a promo and button on my blog. Looking forward to quilting along ... thanks! ... :) Pat

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  26. I can't wait to get started. I think this quilt will be for my daughter. She's in love with pink right now, so I am thinking a pink quilt!

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  27. I am excited for this lessons and project. I have had quilting on hold for 20 years while I dealt with numerous family issues so this will be a great refresher course for me!

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  28. I'm so glad you're going slow. We'll be out of town until 11/5 and all my fabrics aren't here yet! Catching up should be
    OK.

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  29. I hope it's not too late to join. I want to join in. I've joined the flickr group and now I'm going to start going through the steps and attempt to catch up.
    If I read comments right and this uses 2 inch squares, I have a whole popcorn tin of those already cut! They were given to me and I haven't decided what to use them for yet.

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  30. I started on my first quilt last week and I'm working through your instructions for the penny-patch quilt... thanks so much for posting this! Also, seeing what everyone else has created using this pattern is very inspiring!

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  31. Hi there Rachel,
    Thanks for the QAL button! It is now on the right sidebar of my blog, "Quilt, sew Happy!".
    Can't wait to give it a try!!!
    You can see it here:
    http://www.quilt-sewhappy.blogspot.com
    Thanks!
    Quilty Huggs,
    Jacqueline

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  32. I would love to sign up for this quilt along, but don't really understand how to do so.
    Can you help?

    KarenP3720@aol.com

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  33. Hi Rachel, Would it be alright if I used your pattern as a block of the month pattern to be shared with my local quilt guild?

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