Freebird Interpretations Quilt

Hi, I’m Andrea from Millions of Thoughts. I’m thrilled to be able to share this project with you. I designed this quilt after my 7 year old son surprised me with a special drawing of a quilt for me. In return, I decided to interpret his drawing into a quilt.

1 Layer Cake – Freebird by Momo
1 yard Snuggles – Cream
2 yards Snuggles – Chocolate
This quilt can be made in a variety of ways, but I chose to designate each row of blocks with a main colour (green, blue, red and brown rows) Notice that each row has 5 unique sized inset blocks.

Step 1 – Choosing Fabrics
Select 4 main colours from the layer cake. You will need five 10″ squares of each colour:
Step 2 – Cutting Fabrics
Cut blocks A-E for each row. Use one 10″ fabric per block. You should have 20 blocks cut in total.
Block A 4 ½” x 8 ½”
4 ½” x 4 ½”
4 ½”x 4 ½” (inset)
Block B 3 ½”x 8 ½”
5 ½” x 3 ½”
5 ½”x 5 ½” (inset)
Block C 3 ½” x 8 ½”
5 ½” x 4 ½”
5 ½” x 4 ½” (inset)
Block D 5 ½” x 8 ½”
3 ½” x 5 ½”
3 ½” x 3 ½” (inset)
Block E 5 ½” x 8 ½
3 ½” x 3 ½”
3 ½” x 5 ½” (inset)

*I cut a few additional inset block sizes from the layer cake prints to add variety to my inset blocks.

Narrow vertical sashing – cut sixteen 1 ½” x 8 ½” strips
Horizontal sashing – cut three 5 ½”x 44” strips
-cut two 2 ½” x 44” strips
Binding – cut five 2.5” strips x width of fabric

Step 3 – Organize
Separate inset blocks after cutting and organize into sizes.
Pin block pieces together and organize piles based on sizes:
Step 4 – Mix and Match
Mix and match outer blocks with a contrasting inset block. :
**Pin the block sets together after you have matched a contrasting inset block.

Step 5 – Piecing Blocks
**Sew all blocks and sashing with ¼” seams, and press well after each step.

Sew inset block to outer block in two stages shown below.

First, sew inset to lower outer block:
Then, sew left side of block to right side of block to make a complete block:
Step 6 – Arrange Blocks for final layout
Once all 20 blocks have been sewn and pressed, arrange blocks in colour rows, in preparation for sashing the blocks:

Step 7 -Vertical Sashing
Sewing with Snuggles TIPS – use a walking foot when sewing with the Snuggles Fabric. It is a thicker pile with some stretch to it and the walking foot helps minimize stretch and shifting of fabrics. Do a test strip first with scrap fabric to get the feel for the extra pile and ‘give’ for seam allowance. I estimated about 2 millimeters ‘shift’ when sewing the Snuggles to the cotton.
Pin and sew narrow sashing to each block. (Do not stretch the fabric!) Note that the far left block and far right block do not have sashing on the outside edge of the quilt.
Trim and square up the sashing, as the Snuggles may stretch somewhat in the sewing process:

Step 8 – Horizontal Sashing
Pin and sew wide 5 1/2″ horizontal sashing below rows 1, 2, and 3:
Trim and square if needed. Pet your quilt.
Pin and sew the narrow 2 ½” sashing to the top and bottom of the quilt.
Trim and square if needed. Your quilt top is complete!
Step 9 – Layer and Quilt
Layer your quilt top with batting and the Snuggles backing. Baste with your preferred method.
I usually pin baste my quilts densely, but I spray basted this one generously, and it was super!
I chose to machine quilt the individual blocks using a gentle meander:

In another one I’ve made, I quilted the entire quilt.

One soft and cuddly quilt, measuring approximately 44″ x 50″
You can easily make an additional quilt with the leftover layer cake fabric!

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