Well this took me a little longer than I would have liked, but it was my first time writing a pattern. Let me tell you, it's so much easier to just make a quilt!
This is my Day at the Zoo quilt made from Zoology by Gingiber. I love everything she does and it's so much more than fabric. I actually have a winter tea towel set from her too. The designs are so fun and the quilt panels make easy fast gifts and add an easy way to practice your free motion quilting.
My idea with the sew-a-long is for you to make the quilt at home. Then, at the end of December, I’ll give you ideas to free motion quilt it. I’ll post videos post on my YouTube channel (link below) for each step. I know it's the holidays but this quilt goes together so quick, I think everyone should be able to get it done by the end of December. If not, no worries, the videos will be on YouTube and you can watch and enjoy them anytime.
Ta Dah!! This is Day at the Zoo!
It has not been quitted yet but that is because I don't want to show off the final project until the end of the month. I think this quilt is super cute and bright. It measures about 28x32, so it's a perfect size for a wall hanging or a baby quilt for someone.
The blocks are not super complicated, just some flying geese and 4-patches, made with a solid square and quarter square triangle block. There are so many ways to create these blocks and I encourage you to use the one that you like best. For the flying geese blocks, I use my favorite tool, the Creative Grids Flying Geese Tool. Watch an instructional video can be seen here. I have made many a flying geese in the past and I have found this one give me the best results.
I use the sandwich method to create the quarter square triangle blocks. There are some great tutorials already written for creating these blocks, the one I like the best is from Generations Quilt Patterns and can be seen here.
The pattern is written with cutting instructions using the methods I used to create this quilt. Remember that if you decide to participate but use a different method to make your flying geese or quarter square triangle blocks, you will have different cutting instructions for the geese and quarter square triangle blocks. That reminder is mentioned in the pattern as well.
I love seeing your progress, so make sure you post on social media with the hashtag #Dayatthezooquilt
Download the pattern below.
Day at the Zoo Pattern
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