August 3rd, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: August

by Julie Hirt

I like big blocks!

August Bella Skill Builder Julie Hirt

The August blocks for Fat Quarter Shop’s Bella Skill Builder are awesome.

August Bella Skill Builder Julie Hirt 2

The top block is 24″ and this one is 20″.  Just for funsies I tiled them to see what they’d look like:

August Bella Skill Builder Julie Hirt 1

Umm… YES!  I totally want to make 9 of the bigger blocks for a 72″ throw. Super fun pattern that would make a good toddler quilt with 4 blocks.

August Bella Skill Builder Julie Hirt 3

You all know these patterns are FREE, right?  It’s not too late to make your own.  One more month and then on to assembling – exciting stuff!



July 1st, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: July

by Julie Hirt

I’m so excited to share these with you. Courthouse Steps:

Bella FQS Courthouse Steps Julie Hirt (1)

This blue block right here? It’s possibly my favorite block I’ve made. Not sure if it’s the pattern, colors or combo of both.  I just love it.

Bella FQS Courthouse Steps Julie Hirt (2)

Bella FQS Courthouse Steps Julie Hirt (3)

I really enjoyed making the blocks for this month. Every round you complete there is a new look to the block, it’s nice to see them come together.

You can get the free pattern here and be sure to pick up the awesome Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim ruler. It seriously makes these blocks a breeeeeeze.




June 27th, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: April + June

by Julie Hirt

I apologize for these blocks being late, it’s summertime and I’m outdoors!

April (Block 3) Pineapple:

Bella FQS Pineaple Julie Hirt (4)

Bella FQS Pineaple Julie Hirt (3)

Bella FQS Pineaple Julie Hirt (2)

Bella FQS Pineaple Julie Hirt (1)


Can you believe this was my first time making Pineapple blocks?  Holy smokes, I am in LOVE.  These are so fun and I wish I had it in me to make a king size pineapple quilt.


June (Block 5) HST:

Bella FQS HST Julie Hirt (2)

Bella FQS HST Julie Hirt (1)

Bella FQS HST Julie Hirt (3)

HST blocks.  Easy and everyone has their own method of making these.  I have to admit, I’m not a big collector of quilting ‘tools’.  But I will say this: BUY THE TRIANGLES ON A ROLL.  Dang!  I’ve never had such perfect points and it was soooo easy. So easy.  Do it. (they come in many sizes)

I’m really enjoying this Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop.  It’s a great sampler and I can’t wait to show you the July block!  Yes – I have it finished already 😉


May 2nd, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: May

by Julie Hirt

I think this month is my favorite block to date!  The ease of the Quilt in Day Small Flying Geese Ruler totally rocks.

Bella Builder May 2 627handworks

I’m the first to admit I’m not perfect.

Due to NO fault of the pattern (I had one of those days where I needed to step away from the sewing machine) my blocks are incorrect. I cut my ‘geese’ at 7″ squares rather than 7.5″ squares.  I’ll either remake these or add a strip of fabric to the length and make it work.  Sometimes those mistakes are great reminders to see in a quilt.

Bella Builder May 627handworks

These are a lot of fun and I love the unique method of construction.  Youtube Tutorial is here.

The Bella Monthly Builder patterns are updated here at the Fat Quarter Shop blog. You can join in at any time!  Would love to see your blocks on Instagram – just tag me @juliehirt.


March 2nd, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: March

by Julie Hirt

It’s month two of the Bella Skill Builder quilt along through Fat Quarter Shop. Definitely not too late to join in!

The blocks for this month is Orange Peel.

Bella Skill Builder March (1)

Bella Skill Builder March (3)

You can use the applique method of your choice. I have to be honest – I’m kind of the worst person at applique.  So don’t look too closely. :/

Bella Skill Builder March (2)

Here are my February and March blocks combined. (not bad from far away hahah!)

Bella Skill Builder March (4)

I’m doing a different color scheme but there is a beautiful kit available!


You can keep up to date and find all the FREE patterns here. Would love for you to join us!



February 1st, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: February

by Julie Hirt

Have you seen the new Bella Skill Builder Quilt over at Fat Quarter Shop?  When I was offered the opportunity to join in, I jumped on it!  I’ve been doing a lot of quilting lately, but not much piecing. So this is perfect for me.

Did I mention the patterns are Free?!


If you like this color scheme there is a wonderful kit available.

I’ve really been itching to make a quilt in some beachy/sunset colors.  So I opted for these Bella Solids:


My colors, from top to bottom – the kit colors they are replacing in parenthesis:

Latte (Teak)
Brushed Sand (Zen Gray)
Buttercup (Tea Rose)
Clementine (Raspberry)
Tranquil Aqua (Ruby Ice)
Peacock (Caribbean)
Turquoise (Lagoon)
Prussian Blue (White)

Here are the first blocks for the Quilt Along:




Don’t look too closely at that second block! I need to work on my quarter inch seam allowance.  Since I need to make two blocks like this, I have a chance to work on that.

Here is a copy of the free pattern.



Since this is a skill builder there are a number of rulers available to help.  For this block they recommend Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler, 6.5″ ruler and 12.5″ ruler. I have the squares but needed to use the template attached with the pattern since I don’t have the Spider Web ruler. It went fine! I didn’t have problems and I think these blocks are a great way to kick off this quilt along.

Join us – it’ll be fun!  You have all month to play catch up :)



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