Fat Quarter Quilts


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Broken Bricks
Houndstooth

I've never been all that excited about fat quarters, preferring to use larger amounts of few fabrics for my quilts. However, when I saw some fat quarter bundles of brushed cotton fabrics (similar in feel to flannel), I just had to buy them. I had no idea of what to do with them until I found M'Liss Rae Hawley's book, Fat Quarter Quilts. The following quilts were made from the patterns in that book.

Broken Bricks

This quilt goes together so easily that it's almost embarrassing! It measures 61" x 57 1/2", and it was the first I made from the book. It's machine pieced and quilted; I had a wonderful time doing the free-motion quilting on it! I used variegated thread in two different browns and a green to make the vines and leaves that are climbing up this "wall" of broken bricks. Here's a closeup of part of it:

 
 

Houndstooth

This second quilt was the one that first caught my attention in the book. It was fun to make, being machine pieced and machine quilted like the one above. It measures 61" x 54 1/2". Once again, I used variegated thread, in blue this time, to do the leafy border quilting. However, I did a pinwheel-like effect on each houndstooth block, stippling in the background. You can see the effect below:

 
 

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