Doe – tracking quilt


I had fun finishing this little quilt. The top came together pretty quickly, since I was just trying to see what I could make out of that mini Carolyn Friendlander Doe charm pack, but then I debated for a while on how to finish it. I went back and forth about whether or not I should hand quilt it. Pros – it’s relatively small, so it wouldn’t be crazy to consider hand quilting… but there’s always that con – that I’m not totally convinced that my handsewing would hold a quilt together for the long run!


After staring at it for a few days, I decided that a mix of the two might be perfect. I started with machine quilted straight lines – alternating straight lines that were about an inch apart with one a quarter of an inch apart. It was first just a way to mix up the straight line quilting, but in the end turned out to be the perfect channel to keep my handquilting somewhat straight!


I matched some perle cottons with the solid color of each vertical band and spent a few evenings doing some hand quilting. It was more fun than I expected, and adds some great texture and color to the quilt!


On the back I used more of the Essex yarn dyed in black with a fun little strip of those improv triangles out of the solids used on the front.


The binding is a crosshatch in black, which was meant to blend in with the background fabric.

I’m glad I took the time to finish this one in a slightly different manner than usual. It was fun to try out some hand quilting again! While I don’t think I’d want to hand quilt a large quilt, I do think it would be fun to add some handquilting to other machine quilted quilts.

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P.S. I listed a few quilts for sale over the weekend. I typically only sell quilts once a year, so if you are looking to buy one, now’s your chance! They’re all listed here on Instagram, and I’ve already removed those that have sold, so those that are still pictured are available. An IG account is not necessary – feel free to email me at ashley at with any questions!


You can find my initial post about this quilt here.

Carolyn Friendlander's Doe line is starting to pop up in shops now, so be sure to check out my sponsors in the sidebar on the right if you're looking to add some of this great line to your stash!

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shopping, anyone?

I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful (and tasty!) Thanksgiving. We enjoyed a great meal and I had perhaps more than my fair share of pie! I’m thinking about spending the rest of the evening on the couch handsewing the binding on this little quilt I’ve been working on, and I’m sure that I may not be able to resist the urge to check out a few online sales over the weekend.

I checked in with my sponsors to find out about their sales, and I’ve included all the info below for you, in case you should also be unable to resist the sales!

Fat Quarter Shop: 25% off the entire store Friday through Saturday, 11/29. No coupon needed. (And remember, they now offer free shipping on US orders over $80)

Lady Belle Fabric: 1/2 yards starting at just $2.50. Fat quarter bundles are 15% off and jelly rolls are 10% off. Free shipping on orders over $75. Friday through Monday.

Westwood Acres: Shop their biggest sale of the year – lots of great fabrics, thread, and notions in their large sale section.

Fabricworm: 24 hour Black Friday sale, with 30-75% off lots of newly marked down fabrics. Ends Saturday at 8am PST.

Intrepid Thread: Yardage and 1/2 yard bundles at least 30% off, with deeper discounts in the clearance section. Sale starts at midnight Thursday and ends midnight on Friday.

FabricBubb: 10% off orders with discount code TURKEY10. Save 15% on orders of $250 or more with code BIGTURKEY15. Sale runs through Monday.

Canton Village Quilt Works: All Batiks and Kaffe Fassett are marked down by 25%!  No code needed! Valid Cyber Monday.

Llama Fabrics: Check out the Black Friday Sale section, which will include many fabric bundles, fabrics, patterns and more! Sale runs from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday ET.

Nido: In store sales Friday-Saturday will include a sale on fabric yardage, with deeper discounts if you purchase multiple yards. Sale fabrics will be $5/yard. 10% off yarn. Cyber Monday sale of 20% off is valid in store and online with discount code HOLIDAY2014.

DuckaDilly: 20% off storewide.  Discount may be applied to both regular and sale priced items (excludes gift cards and subscriptions). Use coupon code “BlackFriday2014″ during checkout. Valid through Saturday, 11/29.

Jones & Vandermeer: 15% off everything (excludes shipping; please no prior or post adjustments) + free US shipping for orders $60+. Use code “THANKSFILM15″ (enter on Step 5 of check-out).

Hawthorne Threads: Many great fabric lines are on sale for $7.50 or $7.99/yard, including a few by Heather Ross and Anna Maria Horner. You’ll also find a sale on select precuts, quilt kits and patterns. Valid through Monday.

Pink Castle Fabrics: 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY30. (Doesn’t include camp tickets, presales or clubs)

The Quilted Castle: 25% off all regularly priced items with code TURKEY25 (does not apply to discounted items, cannot be combined with other offers. Code must be entered when ordering.) Valid through Monday, 12/1.

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Sew Modern: 20% off fabric, including sale items, with code BIGTURKEY. Valid through Monday, 12/1

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And wait, there’s more! These aren’t sponsors, just other shops/products I like with sales over the weekend…

Grainline Studio: Give Thanks pattern sale – take 20% off all patterns with code GIVETHANKS. Valid through December 1st.

True Bias: 20% off patterns with code THANKS20. Valid through Monday.

Finch Sewing Studio: In store and online sale – 30% off orders of $15 or more online Friday from 6am-11am with code EARLYFINCH. 15% off orders of $30 or more Friday afternoon through Monday with code FINCHMADEHOLIDAY.

Imagine Gnats: 50% off printed and digital patterns. 30% off chambray and denim fabrics, 20% off everything else. Valid through 12/1.

Patchwork Threads: 20% off all apparel with code THANKS. Valid through 12/1.

Soak: Free shipping with code SOAKWORTHY

Alison Glass Design: Save 20% storewide with code FRIDAY. Valid until 5pm on Friday.

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Slightly off topic, though not… do you use Ebates? My sister turned me on to it about a year ago. They provide cash back for purchases you make at larger online shops (think Gap, Old Navy, Macy’s, Sephora etc… is even on there, so not so off topic after all!). Once you set up an account, you just click through to your desired online store from Ebates and it shows you the % cash back that particular store offers. Then you just shop as usual. Periodically they send out checks, which I find to be a nice little reward for shopping! (We’re not talking huge amounts here, but when I can remember to click through from them, I’m rewarded by a fun $10-$15 check every once in a while!)
*link above is a referral link, though I’d recommend the site regardless! Feel free to just type in in your browser if you don’t want to use the referral link.


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intersection block – a tutorial

Thanks for all the love on my latest quilt top. I’m glad you like it and I’m happy that I thought ahead and snapped a few photos so I could share this quick, albeit wordy tutorial!


This quilt looks more difficult than it is — in reality it’s pretty quick to put together and gives you lots of opportunities to put together fun fabric pairings. (In fact, it may take you longer to decide on fabric groupings than it does to sew the blocks together!) Make it in a wide variety of prints like the one shown, or decide on a more limited color palette. It would also look great in all solids.

You may want to take a read through the tutorial prior to starting, as there are a few notes throughout.

Intersection block:

11 1/2″ block
seam allowance is 1/4″ throughout

A few measurements…


Note: If you want all your corners and rings to line up, just select one of these sets of measurements and use the same for all your blocks. Alternatively, you could select to have all your corners line up and the plus sign widths vary by using the same center measurement and the variety of measurements for the rings. Or you could construct it as I did for the sample quilt top where I used a mix of all these measurements and didn’t worry about the corners or rings lining up.

The first ring requires a strip measuring about 34″ – 40″ in length (depending on the center square measurement) – 1 strip x WOF if cutting from yardage, or 2 strips cut from a FQ.
The second ring requires a strip measuring about 40″ – 52″ in length (depending on the center square measurement and first ring width) – 1-2 strips x WOF if cutting from yardage, or 3-4 strips if cutting from a FQ.

 [due to the nature of this free tutorial, I will not be providing additional fabric requirements or specific cutting instructions. I hope you understand!]

Ready? Let’s get to making blocks!


Cut a center square according to the measurements above. Decide on the width for the first ring (again, following the measurements provided above, or adjusting them to suit your needs) and cut two strips that measure at least as long as your center square.


Sew each strip to opposite sides of the center square, iron seams open, and trim edges.


Repeat to sew two additional strips to the remaining sides to finish the ring.


Trim edges so block is square (as you can see, the blocks may be different sizes depending on which measurements you’re using).


Cut strips of fabric for the second ring, and follow steps above to sew one strip to either side of the block. Iron, trim and repeat for remaining two strips.


Trim block to 12″ square.

Note: if you find your blocks aren’t quite the right size, just add 1/8″-1/4″ to the measurement for the second ring, then trim block down to size once the rings are sewn. I prefer making my blocks a bit bigger and then trimming down, rather than making sure my seam allowance is spot on.


Cut block in half vertically and then in half horizontally so you have 4 6″ squares.


Rotate the squares as shown so that the outer ring becomes the center plus.


Sew top two squares together and bottom two squares together and iron seams open.


Sew the two halves together and iron seam. Stand back and admire your lovely intersection block!

Repeat these steps to make as many more blocks as you need for your desired quilt size.

A few notes on fabric selection -
*directional prints work best for the center square of this block (directional prints work on the outer rings, just keep in mind that the prints will be sideways in places unless you adjust your cutting to ensure they’re all facing the right way as you sew your rings).
*the outer ring of the block becomes the center plus sign, so I find that a smaller print works better here. You’ll note what happens with a larger print (especially if it’s not straight!) in the block above on the right – and yes, I did end up ripping it out after the block was sewn together because it was driving me nuts!
*it’s also helpful to think about contrast  between your fabrics, especially between the fabric in the center square and the fabric in the first ring. This first ring ends up being the outside of the plus sign, and I think it looks best if doesn’t blend too much with the print/colors of the center square.

I hope you’ll have fun making this block and I look forward to seeing them! Be sure to use #filminthefridge or #fitfquilts on Instagram so I can see them.

Fabrics used are all prints from Cotton + Steel. Many are from upcoming lines due in stores in January. If you're shopping for Cotton + Steel prints, be sure to check out my sponsors in the right sidebar - many carry a great selection of the current prints!

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