Monday, October 28, 2013

Fair-and-Square Free Pattern and Video Tutorial

Hi there!  I am excited and also a bit relieved to share this pattern with you! 

This is a really fun quilt, and is a great pattern for a beginner quilter.  This is a very long winded/picture heavy post....I apologize in advance.

There is a video at the end of how I did the free motion quilting. So if you are just interested in the video you can scroll to the bottom and check it out. 


Wow, I had no idea how much work went into making a pattern and tutorial for a whole quilt.
I hope everything is clear, and if something is not clear or if you notice a mistake feel free to leave a comment and I will try and clear anything up that you may have questions about. 

1 Charm Pack
1 Mini Charm Pack
1 Yard of White Fabric
1/3 Yard for Binding
1 Yard for the backing
1 Yard for batting
Cutting Tools (rotarty cutter, rulers, and mat)


From your Charm Pack you will need 24 blocks that are left uncut - these are used for Block 4.
You will then sub-cut 12 charms into 1 3/4" x  3" -giving you 24 rectangles for Blocks 2 and 3.

From your MINI charm pack you will need:

8 squares un-cut
Sub-cut 16  MINI charms into 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" squares for block 3.

From white fabric:

Cut the following strips:

4 strips: 2" X Width of Fabric (WOF)
9 strips: 1 3/4" x WOF
 **I strongly suggest leaving your strips un-cut so that you can chain piece when piecing your blocks together.  

If you do not want to chain piece your strips you will make the following sub-cuts to your strips:

For block one:

16 pieces 1 3/4 " x  2 1/2" 
16 pieces 1 3/4" x  5 "

For blocks 2 and 3:

32 pieces 1 1/2" x 3"
32 pieces 1 1/2" x 5"

The tutorials I am showing do not show the chain piecing, but rather they show how to assemble each block with the fabrics cut to the exact size.  So just keep that in mind when looking at the block assembly.  

Each block will need to be squared down to 5"x 5" 

Block 1:

Block 2:

Block 3:

Block 4:

Row Assembly:

If you pin where all of your seams meet, then you will get your blocks to line up really well:

Now that your quilt top is done.  You will need to make your quilt sandwich.  

Cut your backing and batting about 3" bigger (on all sides) than your quilt top.

Place backing right side down on a hard flat surface and use painters tape to secure.  
Then put your batting on next.  Make sure you have it nice and flat.
Lay your quilt top on top of your batting.
Flatten it out and get rid of any wrinkles.  Also make sure you center it.

Then baste. I pinned mine on on each of the square's corners:

Now you are ready to quilt:

I made a little video on this section.  I did this because I don't think you can properly explain this just by pictures.  So here you go:

Here are some close ups of the quilting:

Now that is the longest post I have ever done in my entire life.  
And now I'm going to make it even longer with a couple more pictures! ;)


If you decide to make this quilt, I would love to see it. Upload a picture to my Flickr group, or send me an email! 

Talk to you soon,

Linking Up!
Anything Goes by Stitch by Stitch* Design Wall Monday by Patchwork Times *Show and Tell Tuesday by Fresh Squeezed Fabrics
Tuesday by Free Motion by the River *Fabric Tuesday by A Quilt Story *Wow Me Wednesday at Polkadots on Parade 
Whimsy Wednesday at The NY Melrose Family *Wip Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Cottage *We Did It Wednesday! at Sew Much Ado
Needle and Thread Thursday by My Quilt Infatuation *Really Random Thursday by Live a Colorful Life
Thursday Threads by 627Handworks * I Quilt by Pretty Bobbins
Link Party Palooza at Today's Creative Blog *Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal


Christine S said...

Love this, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial! Very informative and concise. I love your pictures and your video. The quilt is cute as can be too!! It is definitely on my to do list. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Lilmouse said...

I enjoyed your free motion the flower; very cute and a great idea...thanks so much

Lorna McMahon said...

Very well done tutorial, Lindsey! Such a sweet baby quilt. Hope you don't mind if I share this, with a link back, on my facebook page at

Anonymous said...

Lindsey..this is a great tutorial...I'm taking my new machine out of the box today and will certainly refer to the video many times ! Can you tell I'm new to this whole machine quilting process ??!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Very cute quilt and your tutorial was nicely done!

Lauren Deel said...

This is GREAT! Thanks so much!

Ambulologist said...

Very well done tutorial! Yeah, I have no doubt you will be successful with your pattern designs :-)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

This is a gorgeous quilt and a great tute :)

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful quilt and a fantastic tutorial!! Thanks for sharing.
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nettie said...

your quilt turned out great, and you did a wonderful job on the tutorial….;o)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic video tutorial!!! I would never have known to remove the feed but that explains why a recent mug rug I attempted to machine quilt became completely misshapen. Can't wait to try this. Saw your link at Savvy Southern Style's party - thanks for sharing.


Unknown said...

I really love this pattern and the colors are fabulous. Must add this to by TODO list.

Rosa said...

Just stunning!

Ruth said...

Lovely tutorial - love the video!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Very nicely done. Thanks for linking up this week!

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and. Great tutorial too! I love the idea of a video for the quilting! You're braver than me ;) thanks for linking up xx

Georgi said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial ~ LOVE the colors in your quilt! and the video will come in handy once I bite the bullet and try some FMQ. :) I'm still new to this quilting business!

Paula said...

Found you at the Forth Worth Fabric "Sew Baby" linky. Thanks so much for sharing this. I love it and it looks so easy (probably easier to make than to write!?)

Unknown said...

Cute quilt and you did a really good job on the tutorial!

Tiffany said...


Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Great pattern. thanks for the hard work and to share the pattern

Becky said...

Such a great quilt! So simple, but cute.

Unknown said...

Very nice quilt but I was unable to find a link to download the pattern. I am one of those people who need the pattern on paper to refer to. Is there a download available?