I saw this quilt and knew I wanted to start it right away! This is the Portage Lake quilt by Minick & Simpson. I love the color combination of red, white, and blue! I bought the kit from the Fat Quarter Shop. It is a block-of-the-month club, but I purchased the kit that contains all of the patterns and fabrics in the box. This is the beautiful box that it comes in with a small preview of the finished quilt!
These are the fabrics that come in the kit, along with the background fabric. There are 18 different fabrics used in the quilt.
The directions are easy to follow and take you step by step through the process. The method that is used for the half-square triangles and flying geese units are very different than the way I make these block units. This method has you cutting triangles and sewing them on the bias…something that you have to be very careful with because of stretching. I opted to switch out the half-square triangles and flying geese to another method where you cut squares and sew them diagonally, then cut apart. There are a lot of good tutorials out there to help and I found a great one here to make 4 half-square units at once! This works great for this quilt!
This month has a little hand embroidery for the flower and a machine applique for the circle. I used a stem stitch and Aurifil 12 wt thread in color 2250 for the flower. For the flying geese units, I used the Quilt in Day Large Flying Geese Ruler. It will make four finished geese units in either a 2″ x 4″ finished size or a 4″ x 8″ size. I love this ruler and technique!
Once the two block units are pieced, sew them together for your completed block for month 1!
Month 2 is coming soon!
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