I am craving Spring. As much as I love the cool weather I really crave seeing greenery and flowers. I am waiting for our grass to no longer be dormant and less dreary weather.
I started looking through my fabric stash and found a half yard bundle that I purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop. You guys! It is perfect! This fabric is so beautiful and cheerful.
I looked through different quilt patterns and I just couldn’t find anything that spoke to me. And then… Snuggled up on the couch, cuddling with my Christmas Quilt, it hit me! I need to design my own quilt based off of the Christmas Quilt I made a few months ago.
I made a lot of adjustments to the Christmas quilt and I made a diagram to make sure what I was seeing in my head looked right on paper. I ended up loving it so much I continued designing the pattern so I could share it with all of you! A link to the downloadable PDF will be available at the bottom of this post! I really am so excited about it.
This is the first pattern that I have ever created. It has taken much more time than I ever thought it would, but I also think it is well worth it!
I decided to name the pattern Rocking Block Quilt because I do think the design will look beautiful with many different styles and colors of fabric. But, I am lovingly naming my quilt the Rocking Garden Quilt because, to me, it looks like there are little garden boxes rocking back and forth across the quilt creating a huge rocking garden.
I didn’t use all of the fabric in the half yard bundle, but I know I will use everything, at some point, for different projects.
I couldn’t find the half yard bundle on the Fat Quarter Shop anymore, but, there was a fat quarter bundle HERE. So, if you like the colors I used you can find them in yardage, which is available on the website as well.
An Idea Comes To Life
After selecting the fabrics I was going to use I started ironing and cutting! This is really the best part because I honestly have a book of ideas for quilts and I can’t possibly get to them all. So when you have the right fabric and time to bring one of the ideas to life it is so exciting!
I chose three different floral fabrics making sure to pick nice contrasting fabrics. I chose a light, medium, and dark design. I also chose two green designs for the borders!
To piece the floral squares together I used the same process as in the Fastest and Easiest Quilt Ever found HERE. After I finish the process I will have 30 four square blocks.
After getting all the borders sewed on I cut them all to size. I leaned all my light bordered blocks to the right and all my dark bordered blocks to the left.
After cutting all my blocks to size I started organizing them into rows.
Once I am happy with the organization of all the rows I will begin sewing each respective row together.
Next I will press all the seams and sew the rows together to complete the quilt top.
Finishing the quilt
To complete the quilt I will first assemble the quilt sandwich and baste the quilt. I typically am a pin girl when it comes to basting my quilts!
Here is a look at how I decided to quilt my quilt! But, of course, you can choose any pattern you like to quilt yours!
This is such a fun and playful quilt! I am so excited about how it turned out!
What do you think?
If you would like to download this pattern it is available here:
9 responses to “Rocking Block Quilt”
I feel like a lot of thought and work went into this one! I call it the dancing quilt! lol I love it! I love seeing your new ideas and designs that you come up with!
This quilt is so much easier than you would think! It was a lot of fun to make!
I will be going into my stash to pick fabric to start on this quilt.and, for the blocks to follow that you will be posting April 27th. Thank you very much. I do my sewing in the mornings for couple of hours and sometimes in the evening.
Linda, I am so excited to hear this! Let me know what colors you choose for this quilt. I have been thinking about completing this quilt again with some different colors to see how it looks.
You’re welcome! If you use the pattern I would love to hear what colors you chose!
I suppose we are to guess the sizes to be cut? She never gives any instructions on size of blocks or strips!
The sizes are in the pdf available to download.
Were you able to find the download?