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I am excited to show you this quilt. It is my “Flight Path” quilt. I designed it with the idea of being a quick and easy quilt to make for anyone. And then, I came across the perfect fabric collection by Riley Blake to go with it. It is called “Knock on Wood” by Deena Rutter and it is a perfect line for little boy quilts. Once I started making it, I thought it would make a fantastic tutorial to share on my blog.
While I was making this quilt, my youngest kept insisting that this was a blanket, NOT a quilt. It took me a minute and then I realized that we have a standing rule at our house that my kids can’t touch my “Quilts”. They have blankets that have accumulated (sadly none of them have been made by me) that they have unlimited access to, but my quilts are off limits. So, when my youngest kept insisting that this one was a blanket, I realized that it was because he wanted to keep this one to snuggle in for himself. It wasn’t just once or twice, it was every time he came into the room to be with me. He loved this quilt and was certain that it was for him. Which, is why I have decided to turn this into a free tutorial so that I could give it to him faster rather than keeping it nice for trunk shows and such. Plus, it gave me a great opportunity to test out my new longarm. This is only the second quilt I have ever quilted, and the first that I would consider custom quilted. I played around with some dot-to-dot quilting in the triangles and opted to practice the back-and-forth motion on the rest of the filler. I love how it turned out. It is by no means perfect, but for my first time, it was better than I expected it to turn out. So, I am one happy gal.
Flight Path Tutorial
Multiple Prints (Can be cut from a Layer Cake)
- A – (24 qty total) 5.25″ x 5.25″ Squares
- B – (18 qty total) 2″ x 5.5″ Rectangles
- C – (2 qty total) 2″ x 5″ Rectangles
- D – (3 qty total) 2″ x 3″ Rectangles
- E – (2 qty total) 2″ x 1″ Rectangles
Background – 1 & 1/2 yards
- F – (94 qty total) 2.875″ x 2.875″ Squares (8 strips, 13 squares each)
- G – (43 qty total) 2″ x 4.5″ Rectangles (6 (2″) strips, 8 rectangles each)
- H – (36 qty total) 1.75″ x 5.5″ Rectangles (6 (1.75″) strips, 7 rectangles each)
- I – (4 qty total) 1.75″ x 5″ Rectangles (1 (1.75″) strips)
- J – (6 qty total) 1.75″ x 3″ Rectangles (1 (1.75″) strips)
- K – (4 qty total) 1.75″ x 1″ Rectangles (1 (1.75″) strips)
Borders – 3/4 yard
- L – (10 qty total) 2″ x 40.5″ Strips
Binding – 3/4 yard
Backing – 2 & 1/4 yards
1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong-side of all of the F Background Squares.
2. Place right-sides together two F Background Squares on opposite corners of one A Square as shown to the right.
3. Sew 1/4″ to the left and right of the drawn lines.
4. Cut along the drawn line.
5. Trim the excess corners and press toward the F Triangles.
6. Place one F Square in the corner of the Heart Unit from step 5 as shown to the right.
7. Sew 1/4″ to the left and right of the drawn line.
8. Cut along the drawn line.
9. Trim the excess corners and press toward the F Triangle.
10. Repeat steps 1-9 with all of the F Squares and all of the A Squares. This should make 94 flying geese units.
11. Sew one H Rectangle to the top of one B Rectangle. Sew another H Rectangle to the bottom of one B Rectangle. Press toward the B Rectangle.
12. Sew one G Rectangle to the left of the unit from step 11. Sew another G Rectangle to the right of the same unit. Press toward the G Rectangles.
13. Repeat steps 11 & 12 with all of the B Rectangles to make 18 units.
14. Sew one I Rectangle to the top of one C Rectangle. Sew another I Rectangle to the bottom of one C Rectangle. Press toward the C Rectangle.
15. Sew one G Rectangle to the right of the unit from step 14. Press toward the G Rectangle.
16. Repeat steps 14 & 15 with both of the C Rectangles to make 2 units.
17. Sew one J Rectangle to the top of one D Rectangle. Sew another J Rectangle to the bottom of one D Rectangle. Press toward the D Rectangle.
18. Sew one G Rectangle to the right of the unit from step 17. Press toward the G Rectangle.
19. Repeat steps 17 & 18 with all of the D Rectangles to make 3 units.
20. Sew one K Rectangle to the top of one E Rectangle. Sew another K Rectangle to the bottom of one E Rectangle. Press toward the E Rectangle.
21. Sew one G Rectangle to the right of the unit from step 20. Press toward the G Rectangle.
22. Repeat steps 20 & 21 with both of the E Rectangles to make 2 units.
23. Sew the Flying Geese and Dash units (sewn in steps 11-22) into the different rows. Press the flying geese toward the big part of the triangles and also toward the Dash units to minimize bulk. See below for an example of pressing and below again for the layout of rows.
24. Using the “Easing In” technique outlined below, sew the L Borders to the top and bottom of the quilt and in between each row. Press toward the L Border Strips.
And here it is! If you look closely, you can even see the quilting that I, me, myself, I did! I’m so excited. It is definitely a first for me to custom quilt anything (It’s just my second time ever doing a quilt at all, let alone custom on this one). It’s been a fun journey to say the least. I can’t wait for years and years of quilting to happen in the future.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial. It was such a fast and easy quilt to put together and I loved seeing the smile on my Little One’s face when I told him he got to keep the quilt. Thanks for visiting!!!
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