Hello and Happy Fourth of July! My name is Christopher, otherwise known as The Tattooed Quilter, and I’m coming to you from Times Square in New York City! I grew up in a family of traditional quilters including my great grandmother, my grandmother, and my mom. Today, I’m proud to carry on this family heritage and American craft through my modern spin.
Today, I’m sharing a mini version of the Flutterby Quilt Tutorial. Isn’t this block modern and chic? I used 2.5″ strips and fat quarters from the Sunprint 2016 Collection from Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics and (should be in everyone’s stash) Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Indigo. I also had my 2.5″ x 8″ MSQC Ruler handy!
It’s no secret I’m a fan of 2 ½” strips (check out my Light Box quilt in the latest issue of ModBlock) and this quilt is the perfect project for those jellyrolls you have collecting in your stash.
TIP: LintRoll before you UnRoll your JellyRoll. This will save you from becoming covered in fuzz balls.
Working in the fashion industry by day, I’m completely surrounded by color and prints and one of my favorite combinations is tonal color on color. This simply means you pick different shades of colors in the same color group (i.e., grey: dark grey, light grey or pink: dark pink, light pink). Tonal colors are the complete opposite of contrasting colors. Mixing in prints is an easy way to build a tonal color story, especially if they’re as beautiful as Alison Glass’ Sunprints! I also love combining a neutral color such as white, grey, navy, or black with my colors—it’s a great way to ground the color.
I kept my color palette to whites, greys, pinks, and blues. I like to think of this a big ole’ slice of mixed berry cobbler. Yum!
I love how straight forward Jenny’s tutorial is! This block is fun to make and if you’re a fan of chain piecing, this one’s a dream.
I made the block exactly as Jenny did, even down to snowballing my edges. I chose to make one block with my darker color on the inside and one block with my darker color on the outside. Mixing and matching is fun!
To shake things up a bit I made one larger block simply by doubling the size of my finished smaller blocks. Enlarging a smaller block is a fun way to add drama to your project. For this project, I used a couple of Sunprint 2016 Collection fat quarters that I had in my stash.
Have fun with your block placement, balancing color and print. Then join your blocks together, row-by-row until you have your finished quilt top. Layer your quilt back, batting, and quilt top together and quilt as desired. This quilt block is so easy peasy that anyone from a beginner to an advance quilter could bring it to life.
I hope you enjoyed my version as much as I enjoyed sharing it! Now, let’s go, grab the hot dogs, potato salad, a quilt, and watch the fireworks! Have a happy and safe holiday everyone!
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