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Ombre Gems Quilt along

I’m so excited to announce the Ombre Gems Quilt Along!

This has been on my mind for quite some time because while this quilt is beautiful and uses traditional piecing it is a bit tedious.  I think we can all benefit from encouraging one another along the way!   Plus this will give me the opportunity to teach you some tips and tricks for more accurate piecing.


March 1st, 2017 – May 10th, 2017

What is a Quilt Along

A quilt along is simply that..   A group of quilters quilting along together.   In this case we will be virtually quilting the Ombre Gems quilt pattern along at the same time.  This quilt along will take place on Instagram using the hashtag #ombregemsquiltalong.   By using this hashtag on your instagram posts that are about the Ombre Gems quilt we can all keep up with your progress.   Quilt alongs usually have a host (myself!), a schedule (see below) and a common project (the Ombre Gems Quilt).

The Ombre Gems Quilt

You can click on over to the original Ombre Gems post to see lots of photos of the original VandCo ombre version.   I have recently finished a quilt top using a variety of Bonnie and Camille fabrics also.  So you don’t have to use just Ombre fabrics to take place in this quilt along!   I’m excited to see what other variations you all choose.

Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern

Who this Quilt Along is for

This quilt along is best for those who have made a few quilts.   You understand the 1/4in seam allowance and your cutting is decent.   If you are a beginner and a perfectionist this might be a little frustrating for you since accurate seam allowances and cuts will be crucial!

But hey, if you are a beginner and aren’t afraid of a few seams not lining up… go for it!   If you look closely at my original you will find plenty of seams that don’t line up.  This one will test your patience of lining up seams but I’m not a quilting perfectionist so I’m ok with these little flaws.

What you will learn

For the Ombre Gems it all starts with accurate cutting.   Accurate cutting and a consistent 1/4in seam allowance.  You will have plenty of practice to work on both of those things in this quilt so I’m sure you will have grown as a quilter by the end of it!

We will be cutting blocks as we make them for this reason.   I want you to pay attention to your cutting and hopefully see some improvement as we go along.  The same goes for the elusive 1/4in seam allowance.

Materials Needed

  • The Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern:   PDF or Paper copy
  • 2 Jelly Rolls (you don’t use the full rolls)  or a Fat Quarter bundle (min 18 FQ) or a Half Yard bundle

Shops that carry Ombre fabrics

Handmade is Heartmade
Fat Quarter Shop has yardage (Create your own half yard bundle)
Craftsy.com has ombre fabrics in their own brand.  Need 2 jelly rolls or a 1/2 yard bundle
Warm Colors  ||   Cool Colors



Optional Tools

An extra tool you might find helpful is the Creative Grids Stripology ruler.  Seriously guys, this thing rocks!   It’s not cheap by any means but it’s such a time saver and a very quality ruler.   I bought mine within minutes of seeing it online and I have zero regrets.   Totally not a gadget quilter and I like to keep things simple but I do love this ruler.   If you take one look at how many 2.5in squares we will be cutting for this quilt you might find yourself running for the nearest Stripology ruler ;)

I bought mine from Craftsy.com.

Creative Grids Stripology Ruler

from: Craftsy

And I’ll be giving one of these away for the Quilt along!!   eeeee!

Time Line

Week One:
Get your materials together:
Sign up for the Ombre Gems updates (down below) and free coloring pages will be sent your way!

Week Two:
Cut the 2.5in white (background) squares
Make 2 Full blocks and 2 half blocks

Week Three:
Make 6 blocks

Week Four:
Make 6 blocks

Week Five:
Make 5 blocks

Week Six:
Make 5 blocks

Week Seven:
Make 6 blocks

Week Eight:
Make 5 blocks

Week Nine:
Make 5 blocks

Week Ten:
Sew your quilt top together!!!


This quilt along will take place primarily on Instagram.  So be sure to follow along on instagram and use


to participate!   We can all encourage one another by searching this hashtag.

I’ll have periodic check-ins here on the blog and I’m even considering doing a weekly Instagram Live session (ahhh).

Also, be sure to sign up for the quilt along e-mail updates:

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Ombre Gems Official Post
Ombre Gems Week One
Ombre Gems Week Two
Ombre Gems Week Three
Ombre Gems Week Four
Ombre Gems Week Five
Ombre Gems Week Six
Ombre Gems Week Seven
Ombre Gems Week Eight
Ombre Gems Week Nine
Ombre Gems Week Ten

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This is the first completed quilt of 2017!   I feel like I’m kind of off to a slow start for 2017.   Have too many things going on or something.   Today I am sharing a scrappy Indigo Log Cabin Quilt with you!   This is one of two ;)   The other one still needs to be quilted.   I’ll share more about that below.

I signed up for Whimsy Quilts Tiled Indigo Club last year and received a full year of beautiful blue and indigo fabrics with a few others mixed in.   This was a block of the month club and I designed two of the blocks.   I had good intentions of doing the actual blocks but that never happened so instead I pulled the fabric to make my own quilt.

I decided to make a scrappy Log Cabin Quilt with all of these gorgeous shades of blue.   I used various widths of logs (Some are 2in, some 2.5in) to give it more variety and so I wouldn’t have to worry about lining up seams later.

These blocks are quick to make and I ended up making 14 oversized blocks.   I wanted a large throw size.   Well I didn’t quite work out the measurements and 14 ended up being way to many blocks!   My quilt ended up a large Twin Size.   So I ripped the bottom row off and made it a square throw.   And all the extra blocks… I ended up making a second throw ;)   I configured the blocks on point and I’ll share that Log Cabin quilt when it’s done.  So 12 large blocks will make a huge twin ;)   Or 9 large blocks will make a large throw. Since this quilt is not designated to go to anyone in particular I thought it would make a good free motion quilting practice quilt.  I’ve free motion quilted a handful of times and find it really fun and freeing to do.  I’m not that great at it but there is only one way to get better! ;)

I went with free motion scallops.   I’ve done them once before and really enjoyed it.  I didn’t make any markings and just free handed it.   I wasn’t concerned about perfection and don’t mind the whimsical nature these free motioned scallops provide to this already scrappy quilt. When free motion quilting a design like this that is rows, I tend to work right to left on the quilt.   I start on the right edge and continue to roll up the quilt in the throat of my machine as I go.

In this case I worked vertically.   So I started each row at the top of the quilt and basically quilted the scallops sideways as I went.

About 3/4 of the way through the quilt, I turned it around and finished the quilt to alleviate the bulk in my sewing machine throat space. I added sashing with corner stones to give the eye a place to rest on this busy quilt top.   I added corner stones because I hate doing sashing and this way I could really just make a bunch of blocks to sew together instead of one long strip of sashing ;) The textures of all of these different fabrics is so good!   There are a lot of cotton and steel, a lot of essex linen, and a lot of Art Gallery Denims. I had this yellow shimmery Cotton and Steel fabric on hand so I used it as the backing.  Free Motion scallops :)   Blueberries :)   Essex linen :) Totally showing you guys my weaknesses here ;)   These scallops are FAR from perfect…lol.   But they do get easier with practice!

I hope if nothing else you feel encouraged to give free motion quilting a try!   You will notice every mistake as you go but like magic, you hardly notice those mistakes when it’s done and you observe your quilt as a whole :)


Materials used:
A variety of Indigo fabrics
Robert Kaufman Kona in White
Backing is Cotton and Steel Netorious
Batting is Warm and White.
Thread is Auriful in White on top and Yellow on Bottom

Used my domestic Janome 4120 QDC for piecing and quilting.

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This Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern is the brightest most colorful quilt I’ve made and that is what made it so fun make and to photograph!

Ombre gems started out as a scrappy version of itself but it felt too busy.   I had just gotten a jelly roll of Vanessa Christensen’s Ombre fabrics and thought it might look really cool in this new design.   The Ombre tones really surprised me as it went together and gave it so much dimension!   It was one of those quilts that just makes you giddy as it goes together and a case of the end result turning out better than you envisioned ;)

I’m so visual so I have a hard time imagining what something will look like until it’s actually made.

This quilt pattern was first featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting.   You can pick up your copy in their past issue or in my pattern shop.
Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems is not a difficult one to put together but it does have a lot of seams.   It’s a generous throw size and absolutely could be made smaller or even larger.   I’ve added an alternate layout for those of you who would prefer to make less blocks.   (It’s down below)

I used 2 jelly rolls for my version but cutting WOF strips also works and can produce more accurate results.    Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern I quilted my Ombre Gems quilt with diagonal straight lines using my walking foot.   Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern I backed this bright and colorful Ombre quilt with a toned down Carolyn Friedlander print.   I really like the simple black and white backing with such a colorful quilt.  Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern I arranged my blocks in an Ombre effect but rearranging randomly would also look great.   Or keeping similar colors in a line.   I also think this would look great in solids or scrappy same color blocks.   Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern I finished off my Ombre Gems Quilt with a grey ombre binding.   If you have some ombre fabrics sitting around, make up this bright and colorful quilt and wrap yourself in happy :)  Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern

You can find the Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern in my shop.
Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern

Fabrics Used:
Ombre Fabrics by VandCo for Moda Fabrics
Kona White by Robert Kaufman
Backing:   Carolyn Friedlander by Robert Kaufman:  Mismatch Stripe
Batting:   Warm and Plush   (But I don’t recommend it!   Use Warm and White or Warm and Natural)


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Cross Tile Quilt is a brand new quilt pattern for you all!

I’m excited to share this one with you.  It is yet another plus quilt but I think it’s a fun spin on the trendy plus.   I’m not sure that I will ever tire of the plus to be honest!

This quilt pattern is Fat quarter friendly or even Fat Eighth if you just grab a few more than the pattern calls for.   It goes together with simple piecing and includes instructions for a Baby, Throw and Queen size.

This Creative Rockstar version is a Throw size.

Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern For my version, I used Tara of Rad and Happy’s debut fabric line with Riley Blake Designs.   It’s called Creative Rockstar.   This ended up being a soft low volume quilt that I think will be perfect for a little boy.  Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern I went with 3/4in straight(ish) line quilting using my walking foot.  Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern I finished off this Cross Tile quilt with black and white striped binding. Cross Tile Quilt Pattern
You can get your Cross Tile pattern in my pattern shop. 

Cross Tile Quilt Pattern
Fabrics Used:

Grey:   Kona by Robert Kaufman in Silver
Creative Rockstar by Riley Blake Designs
Binding:   Black and white stripe by Timeless Treasures
Batting:  Warm and White

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  • Shauna - I love this, the pattern looks like so much fun, and done in the low volume fabrics just makes it perfect.ReplyCancel