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!


Sherry said...

I love it!! Thanks for sharing.

kimbuktu said...

I really like scrappy quilts with a punch of white. This is a sharp looking quilt!

Vickie E said...

nice job!

Jenny said...

oh i love that you used Snuggles too! what a soft squishy quilt! I love the idea of having my child 'design' a quilt! Thanks for this inspiration!

The Quilt Buddy said...

It is gorgeous!

Qubie said...

Great quilt. Good job!

Jennifer said...

Love the layout and the fabrics! I bet your son loves it! Great job!

Katie B. said...

This is a great quilt! I love the fabric you chose, and I like that it's kinda random. It looks like something I could handle!

Lee said...

congrats on becoming a Moda baker. The quilt is great

grendelskin said...

What a lovely quilt! And the "recipe" is very well written!

Dresden Quilter said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the use of Snuggles in the quilt.

Megan said...

So adorable! I love the big chunky blocks!

Beth said...

Gorgeous Quilt Andrea and your tutorial is excellent!

Erin said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! And I love that your son designed it!

Jenny Garland said...

I adore this and how precious of your son to draw this!

Sequana said...

Am I going crazy, or is there NOT a pdf. file for this? Just when I want one too.

Pammila said...

Wow! That is fabulous!

Lisa H. said...

I love that your son was the design inspiration for this quilt. It turned out just beautifully!

duckyhouse said...

Totally beautiful Andrea, I loved it when you made it KJR, and it is beautiful in Moda fabrics. Love the way it showcases Freebird.

Way to go!

quiltcetera said...

EEEEEEK! I LOVE IT!! I am so going shopping fro this line. I want one just like it. ;)

live a colorful life said...

This quilt is great! Love the white. It makes the colors pop.

Anne D said...

Thanks for a great project. Of course we will comment!

Andrea said...

Thanks everyone, this fabric line is so beautiful to work with - and the Snuggles, you just can't stop touching it, it's so soft. If you make one up, I'd love to see it, drop me a note and let me know!

rachel griffith said...

ubber cute.

Kimberley said...

Lovely quilt, Andrea! Good job!

Meet Virginia said...

This is so stinking cute! I just love the fabrics!


amandajean said...

it's a beautiful quilt!! i also love the katie jump rope one that you linked to. :) nice work!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Fabulous Quilt!