Hidden Shapes From My Stash
I'm here with another Hidden Shapes Quilt. This one is so fun and bright! I love how it turned out. This quilt was made straight from my stash. I pulled what I loved and put it in a pile, then found the accent fabric to go with it. This version is a bit different than my other Hidden Shapes Quilts because the accent fabric is a contrast to the other fabrics and really pops.
Get your copy of the Hidden Shapes Quilt Pattern here.
Hidden Shapes is my modern quilt pattern using three different skill building blocks for beginners. This pattern includes the square in a square, flying geese and four patch blocks. These are all blocks used frequently by quilters in patterns. They are also good blocks to master when you are a beginner quilter. It took me a while to master the flying geese block, in fact, it still causes me frustration now and then.
This quilt pattern isn't suggested as your first quilt pattern. However, it's a great beginner quilt pattern to practice consistent 1/4 inch seams.
Hidden Shapes is fat quarter friendly. That's why I made this one from my stash. Along with the fat quarters, the pattern calls for background fabric and an accent fabric for the square in a square blocks.
Even though it is written for fat quarters, Hidden Shapes could definitely be made with scraps. I think the more fabrics you have the more fun it will look.
Hidden Shapes includes four sizes:
- Baby (40 in. x 40 in.)
- Throw (60 in. x 70 in.)
- Twin (70 in. x 90 in.)
- Queen (90 in. x 110 in.)
The first quilt I made of this pattern was a baby. It turned out so cute! You can see it here.
The second quilt I made of the Hidden Shapes Quilt Pattern used all solid fabrics. You read about it here.
This Hidden Shapes Quilt was really fun to make because I looked through my fabrics and chose some of my brightest fat quarters and fabrics. I wanted the colors to be bright and cheerful (which most of my quilts are).
Choosing the accent color from my stash was a little harder. This is a throw size quilt and 1 7/8 yards of fabric are required for the accent fabric. I don't have yardage of fabric that length in my stash unless I am going to use it for background fabric, which means it's usually a neutral. The other large pieces of fabric in my stash are ones I am going to use for backing. This was intended for the latter.
Backing fabric is easy to come by and this blue was such a great color choice to go with these fabrics. Plus, I wanted to try out this pattern with a contrast in fabrics for the first time.
The background fabric used in this quilt is from the Add It Up line by Ruby Star Society. The color is Chambray.
I love when the blocks first start coming together. You can see my flying geese in process below.
As I said before the Hidden Shapes Quilt Pattern is a great pattern to work on specific blocks. I always have a bit of trouble getting my flying geese just perfect. Maybe I am not precise enough in my sewing.
These flying geese blocks are fun to make because each side is a different color. You can see below my progress on trimming. One thing that really helped me make peace with flying geese was buying the Wing Clipper ruler. This is literally one of the best things I have bought for quilting. It makes trimming so easy.
I like to sew the rows together for this quilt without worrying about block placement in the quilt. The rows can be flipped if the same fabrics are on the same side when laying out the rows. I like to sew all the rows together using a variety of fabrics in each row. Then, I lay out the rows and switch them around or flip them until I like the fabric placement.
Oh, the beauty of a finished quilt top!
For this quilt I ordered some fabric from a local company who makes hand, block printed fabric (I'm in India, so I have access to some amazing fabrics). I had fallen in love with the print when I saw it on their website.
The backing fabric is a very light weight, soft fabric. It was a bit challenging to baste because the fabric kept shifting. I spray basted to help the layers stay together.
I quilted using a zigzag stitch 1 inch apart. I checked the back several times to make sure the fabric wasn't puckering.
I keep my quilt rolled up (as above) when I am not finished to keep the wrinkles out and so anytime I have time I can sew a few rows.
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