2017 Machine Quilting Block Party

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Are you ready to learn how to make your first quilt? Learn all about patchwork AND machine quilting in this year long mystery quilt along with Leah Day!

Marking Block 1 | Machine Quilting Block PartyHow the Machine Quilting Block Party Works

On the first day of every month we will release a new block for you to purchase and download. Within the downloadable pattern, you will find instructions on how to piece or applique one patchwork block.

You'll also find a full sized template for you to mark the machine quilting design on the surface as well. Quilting on marked lines is the best way to master the movement of free motion quilting, making this the perfect project for beginning quilters.

Watch and Learn Videos with Leah Day

Follow along with Leah Day as she teaches you how to piece and machine quilt each block in free videos. We will publish a detailed video on piecing the block on the 1st Monday of the month, then a second video on how to machine quilt the block on the second Monday of the month. 

We may also share extra bonus videos, but don’t worry - all posts and videos about the Flower Festival Block of the Month project will be easy to find right here.

Flower Festival Sampler Block PartyYou can begin this quilt along anytime and work at your own pace. The blocks will remain available to purchase even beyond 2017.

What does the quilt look like?

It's a mystery! Each month a new block is revealed, but we won't know what all the blocks look like until December 2017. The name for the this quilt is Flower Festival so you're sure to find bright, colorful blocks, and beautiful free motion quilting designs in this fun new project.

The finished size of the quilt will be 43 x 58-inches, making it a beautiful, throw sized quilt!

Optional Additional Sashing and Cornerstones

For 2017 we've added an additional, optional Sashing and Cornerstones pattern for you to expand your Flower Festival quilt and give you a lot more opportunities to practice machine quilting.

Flower Festival Sampler Quilt

Sashing Feather | Feathers DesignThis optional pattern will expand your quilt to measure 65 x 85-inches so it will fit nicely on a twin sized bed.

It will also boost your machine quilting skills as you quilt each cornerstone square with an easy flower design and each sashing rectangle with a beautiful overlapping feather design.

Quilt-As-You-Go

Flower Festival is a skill-building Quilt-As-You-Go project. This means the blocks will be pieced, then sandwiched and quilted separately, then put together to create the finished quilt at the very end.

This Quilt-As-You-Go style is perfect for beginners and quilters with small home sewing machines. You won't have to fight the bulk of a big heavy quilt because you will quilt each block one at a time!

machine quilting block party | Flower Festival QuiltHow will we connect the blocks together? Click Here to watch the video on how we've connected blocks together in a previous quilt along.

What do I need to get started?

The Machine Quilting Block Party is designed to work block by block, but if you'd like to purchase all your fabric at once, here's the total amount you will need for all 12 blocks.

When selecting fabrics, it's a good idea to pick solids or solid-reading batik fabrics because it will be easier to see your marked lines when quilting.

Note: I've included affiliate links to the fabrics I'll be using in my Flower Festival quilt so you don't have to worry about picking out fabric colors if that's a struggle for you. Craftsy only sells fabric by the full yard so you will need to round the fractional yardage amounts up to the next yard (Example: 1/2 yard Fabric F Mocha rounds up to 1 yard). Note: Craftsy may have limitations on shipping fabrics for quilters outside the US.

Flower Festival Machine Quilting Block PartyFabric Requirements for Flower Festival Quilt 
1 yard Fabric A (Purple) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Purple
1 yard Fabric B (Blue) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Boys Rule
1 yard Fabric C (Green) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Mojito
2 yards Fabric D (Cream) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Bisque
1/2 yard Fabric E (Brown) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Mocha
1 1/2 yards Fabric F (Turquoise) - Craftsy Boundless Solid Aquarius
1 yard Connecting Binding (Green) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Mojito
1/2 yard Edge Binding (Green) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Mojito
3 yards Backing Fabric - Craftsy Boundless Aura Azure

Tools and Supplies for Flower Festival Quilt

Twin Sized Batting
Cream 100% cotton thread for piecing
White Isacord thread for quilting
Fabric Marking Pens for light and dark fabric
Printable Freezer Paper Sheets
Starch
Basting pins and Pinmoors
Water Soluble Thread (optional)
Dresden Plate Template Set (optional)
Walking Foot, Darning Foot, and Ruler Foot (optional) for your machine

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Fabric Requirements for Flower Festival Quilt with Sashing and Cornerstones
Flower Festival Sampler with Sashing
1 yard Fabric A (Purple) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Purple
1 yard Fabric B (Blue) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Boys Rule
1 yard Fabric C (Green) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Mojito
5 1/2 yards Fabric D (Cream) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Bisque
1/2 yard Fabric E (Brown) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Mocha
2 1/2 yards Fabric F (Turquoise) - Craftsy Boundless Solid Aquarius
2 1/2 yards Connecting Binding (Green) - 
Craftsy Boundless Aura Mojito
1/2 yard Edge Binding (Green) - Craftsy Boundless Aura Mojito
7 2/3 yards Backing Fabric - Craftsy Boundless Aura Azure

Tools and Supplies for Flower Festival Quilt with Sashing and Cornerstones

Full Sized Batting AND Twin Sized Batting
White 100% cotton thread for piecing
White Isacord thread for quilting
Fabric Marking Pens for light and dark fabric
Printable Freezer Paper Sheets
Starch
Basting pins and Pinmoors
Water Soluble Thread (optional)
Dresden Plate Template Set (optional)
Walking Foot, Darning Foot, and Ruler Foot (optional) for your machine

Share your photos and ask questions on Facebook!

To make this quilt along even more fun and interactive, please join our Machine Quilting Block Party Facebook Group. This group is designed for quilters following along with this project to share questions, comments, and pictures of their blocks in a fun, supportive place. Make friends with quilters around the world, but keep your posts on topic with this block party only.

Note: This Facebook group will change each year to follow Leah's current block of the month project, but all the posts will remain so you can search for questions about Flower Festival even if it's after December 2017.

How do I download the pattern?

Each pattern is sold separately as a digital download PDF. Simply place your order and you can immediately download the pattern onto your computer and print it out. Click Here to find tips on downloading quilt patterns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get this pattern printed and mailed to me?

No. The Machine Quilting Block Party patterns will only be available as a PDF download.

Is precut fabric included to make the blocks?

No. You are ordering just the download PDF pattern from this page. We do not have fabric kits available for this project.

Can I see the entire quilt now?

Yes! Many quilters like to see the whole quilt from the beginning so we've included an image of the complete Flower Festival quilt in the Optional Sashing and Cornerstones Pattern.

Where do I find the videos to this project?

Click Here to find the videos and articles on the Free Motion Quilting Project. Remember, the video on how to piece a block will be published on the 1st Monday of the month, and the video on how to quilt a block will be published on the 2nd Monday of the month.

Can I download the videos for this block party?

No, the videos are shared for free on YouTube and are not designed to be downloaded to your computer. Make sure to have a high speed internet connection so you can enjoy the videos streaming online.