Monday, October 1, 2012

Doing Cartwheels

Cartwheels quilt
My Cartwheels quilt is now complete, and I am so happy with how it turned out! It's a sweet little girl quilt for a sweet baby girl.

Cartwheels quilt My gray and yellow love is still going strong, as you can see, plus I threw in some pink for good measure. The background is Kona Ash and the binding is this Lizzy House print, which is fabulous for binding!

Some of my favorite stash prints can be found in the blocks and on the back, including this yellow print from Riley Blake, which I used up and must now buy lots more. : ) (Fortunately it's on sale here.) Sarah Jane's ridiculously adorable narwhals are in there too.

Cartwheels quilt - the back
This is how I almost always piece my quilt backs now–they're pieced, but it's pretty simple and quick piecing. I hardly ever buy fabric specifically for a quilt back anymore. I just use whatever I have in my stash that coordinates. But since I don't usually buy a whole lot of any one print, it does necessitate a bit more piecing than if I was doing a back from all one print. That's good, because it forces me to do something with the back at a time when I'm usually running out of steam on the project and getting lazy. : )

Since I've had a few requests, this pattern is now available for sale. The pattern includes a paper-piecing template for making the Cartwheel blocks, as well as full cutting and assembly instructions to make this quilt in three different sizes: Baby, Lap, and Twin. The Cartwheel block is a lot of fun and deceptively simple to sew—there aren't any seams to match up when you put the block sections together, and that's always the trickiest part of foundation piecing. So I hope you'll give this one a try! Click here to purchase.

63 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for the free instructions. :)

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  2. Not sure if it's just me, but I can't see your first two images in this post... which is a bummer, because I would love ot see the front of the quilt! I'll check back later. :)

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    1. That happens to me sometimes and if I "refresh" the site most of the time it finishes downloading.

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  3. Lee, Thanks for this block, when I first saw this quilt I just loved it--of course I seem to love everything you make :)

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this great block. I especially appreciate that you have sizes to fit each piece. That is a huge help to me when I am paper piecing.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this pattern! Your quilt is just so cute! I love how it turned out.

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  6. Thanks so much, Lee! I can see all the images in this post, btw.

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  7. This is awesome, Lee! And I love the pink added to the gray/yellow.

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  8. Thanks a lot Lee for sharing!! The pattern is beautiful

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  9. How cute! I have a friend having a baby in three weeks and if she has a girl, I am definitely going to use this pattern! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Thanks for sharing. It's lovely.

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  11. Thanks for sharing with us today! Lovely quilt. Judith, Texas

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  12. Thank you so much! I love how you made your quilt with the top/bottom rows cut in half, rather than having four full sized rows. I'm excited to try this pattern some day!

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  13. Thanks for the block. I love the off-kilter look of it. I've downloaded it and will definitely be making it.

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  14. Thanks Lee -- this is so beautiful! It would also work on point -- with 1/2 wheels to the left and right ??

    Love it -- thanks again !
    Karen

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  15. That's such a beautiful quilt!

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  16. You do such beautiful work! I love your quilts. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  17. Beautiful - as always! Thanks for sharing the pattern

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  18. That is a gorgeous quilt and thankyou for being generous enough to share the pattern!

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  19. Very lovely! Thanks for the free block.

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  20. Not sure if it's just me but the link to google docs shows up as a blank page for me?
    Rebecca.bird@clear.net.nz

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  21. Oh. My. I. Am.In. Love! Great colors! and I like how you split the top and bottom row of blocks up. She will love it!

    Congrats on all of the fun quilting stuff that is coming your way!

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  22. Wonderful - I love everything about it!

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  23. Oh it's gorgeous! Love the colours and the pattern :o)

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  24. I so love your color choices....especially that gray background. Have downloaded and saved the pattern. You are very generous. Will post a pic when I get to it! Hugs, Doreen

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  25. This is really fantastic! I love everything about it! Great work!

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  26. thanks for the free pattern. love it.

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  27. It's a beautiful quilt! Thanks for the pattern!

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  28. Thank you, thank you!! What a beautiful quilt!

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  29. Very pretty. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

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  30. Thank you SO much for the pattern! When I saw this the other day on your blog I just fell in love with it and was so hoping there'd be a link to a pattern. And here you are with not only a pattern, but free! What an amazing gift you wonderful bloggers are to us novice quilters. I would be no where without you! Thank you!! And your finished quilt is absolutely beautiful!

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  31. I love to piece my backs the same way! I love your block, great job!

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  32. What a gorgeous quilt. Thanks for telling us about the fabrics you used. I'm always interested in what other people use. Most of all, thanks for the paper-piecing pattern.

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  33. You are so generous Lee!! It looks absolutely beautiful! The grey, pink, and yellow are the perfect shades!!! So calming!!!!

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  34. I love everything about this quilt, especially the colors you used. Thanks for the free pattern

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  35. This was such a nice surprise, Thank you! Your quilt is so pretty and its now in my quilting Que. I have never done any paper piecing but I am excited to try.

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  36. Thanks so much!! This looks like a fun quilt block and i love your quilt!!

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  37. Very pretty! And perfect color choices. Thanks for the download :)

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  38. What an adorable pretty quilt! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

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  39. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been loving this quilt block since I saw the other day. Great quilt!

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  40. Thank you! I was trying to figure out how to do this. Can't wait for the full pattern.

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  41. This block is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  42. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern! I know just the fabric I'll use for this project.

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  43. Love the colors in this quilt that is just fantastic. Going to have to add it into the loved quilt list.

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  44. what a lovely quilt, love all those pretty colors together.

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  45. So cute! I really love the block, Lee. And I will download it now--you are so generous to share it with us!

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  46. Thank you for sharing! I am attending SS and didn't make it into your class. I have been searching around for a paper piecing pattern that was appropriate for a novice. Excited to try it!!

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  47. What a great a block...I am looking forward to having some fun with this...maybe a scrap buster quilt :)

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  48. I've come back to see the quilt and the images are showing fine now - it's great! I am thinking that it would be a good pattern for a Christmas quilt, also (which I am on the search for). Thank you for sharing the pattern!

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  49. What a great quilt - such pretty colors, and I love your block!

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  50. cartwheel quilt is fabulous! may I ask what program you use to create your foundation patterns?
    I am still loving the gray and yellow, too, and the pink is great (pink is always a good idea).

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  51. Oh my....this is awesome! Thanks for the free download. I'm adding this to my must make list. So pretty!

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  52. This quilt is so adorable! Thanks for the free pattern. I have wanted to try paper peicing for a long time - the will a perfect way to start!

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  53. Thank you for the free pattern.
    When I first saw it, I imagined it in Halloween prints. Then I thought about how interesting it would be if I used Christmas fabrics -- all scrappy, of course.
    I can't wait to see it worked up in Christmas/winter fabrics and made into a generous throw for my sofa....I might even use either flannel or minky-type fabric for the back.
    Mmmmm, the possibilities are endless.

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  54. LEE! I love that block. How awesome! You have such an eye for design. : )))

    Monika in Saskatoon

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  55. I know I'm really late with thanking you but I put this in a folder whilst on vacation and have only just started to look at all the things I saved there. Thank you so very very much for this patter because I love it to pieces.

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  56. Love, love, love this quilt. :)

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