29 October 2019

taking a Swan Dive

I love it when I can use the pattern name as a fun post title but I have to admit I'm starting to feel like the guy in the ad who says "but wait there's more"! 

I've been playing along with the Fat Quarter Shop again for another fun paper project - this time its using Miss Rosie's Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Cards

its a pack of printed foundation papers that makes two sizes of half square triangles (my mum says they're my favourite block) and they make it pretty easy to be accurate too !

You simply place your two fabrics right sides together and then place a printed paper piece on top, then hold together with a few strategically placed pins and follow the lines - there are arrows printed showing the direction and there are also numbers showing which lines to sew next - its almost like joining the dots !!

Each "recipe" paper makes a 6 inch finished block and there are six different block layout options - if you haven't played with paper they're a great option for beginners.

I used some of Amy Ellis' Wanderlust fabrics as the feature and teamed it with Moda's Natural Bella solid for the background and border - I really love that its gender neutral which is fab for a crib quilt !

The Fat Quarter Shop has this free pattern called "Swan Dive" that uses Miss Rosie's Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Cards.  The pattern is in two sizes - to make the crib size quilt you will need a Jolly Bar of feature fabrics and a Jolly Bar of background - they're pre-cut 5 inch x 10 inch rectangles, easy to just sew together and you can make your seams twirl too !

I love the accuracy of using papers especially when there are so many pieces in each block and all that bias - I'm not sure if its much quicker but it does seem so :)

Make sure you check out the Fat Quarter Shop's blog - The Jolly Jabber - to download this fun free pattern and to see some other wonderful quilts using this quick and easy pattern !


  1. Well hello Leanne! It's so good to see that you're still sewing, piecing, and making quilts! Such great fabrics, and I'm glad you like paper-piecing. I do too! Interesting that you use Fat Quarter Shop patterns and sew-alongs. I've never shopped there. Might you have seen the SugaridooBerninaQAL that's coming up? I've been eyeing it, but haven't yet made a commitment. No decision needed until late November. Anyway, it's good to see you're still finding play time. Hoping work isn't taking too much out of you!

  2. That's beautiful! And I agree with your mam - when I think of you, I think of HSTs/HTSs!


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