January 4, 2017

It Takes a Village Quilt

{Update: PDF downloadable Pattern now available from Etsy on Quilterly, my store!]

Happy New Year! This is my first finish of 2017: "It Takes a Village" (gave up telling my son how to hold the quilt!). It measures 40" x 52" and the blocks finished at 6". I used leftovers from my Box Garden quilt (red and white strips), Moda Bella Solids in light gray and white, and scraps in yellow.

The name for this (UFO) quilt came to me once I assembled the top, as the Mother's Dream block reminded me of families and the Diamond in the Square blocks were like children being raised by all the families around them...

It was pieced with Aurifil 50 wt thread. I freemotion quilted the flowers on the blocks (tutorial here) by tracing the motif onto paper, and used a template for the borders which I surrounded with leaves.

You can see the red fabric better here, as well as the FMQ. The quilt design is very simple, yet I really like this wall hanging! Gotta find a spot for it, though I am thinking it might make a great wedding gift as I have one coming up this Summer.

My plan for 2017 is to work on my UFOs right along the new projects I will certainly begin. I have finished two this week, and am almost done with a new project... Yep, burning the midnight oil already!

Hope you are having a great day,


  1. Love your quilt. I wanted to take a look at the pattern but found there are literally hundreds of quilt patterns called It Takes A Village! Most involve buildings. Do you have the name of the designer? Thanks,

  2. That's a great quilt and you did such a nice job on the FMQ.

    1. Thank you! I am thinking this pattern would look great in 30s fabrics and white!

    2. Thank you! I am thinking this pattern would look great in 30s fabrics and white!


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