Golden Days: Quilt Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 1

Golden Days Template of the Month

Month 1–Austin Block, make one

Hello Everyone and welcome to Jen Kingwell’s latest Template of the Month!  Thank you for joining me on this wonderful adventure to play with fabrics and colors.

As always, there are a few challenges for us, but she promises it is a bit simpler than previous quilts. Thank you for that, Jen!

There are several applique blocks along with pieced blocks (I have not received the entire pattern so I can’t give you specifics on the blocks).

You will receive 12 yards of fabric over 12 months, but no duplicates.  Hang on to each month’s fabrics so you have a generous supply with which to work.

Please join HeartSong’s private Golden Days Facebook group which you can find by clicking here.

Jen Kingwell also is setting up a Golden Days Facebook group. Search Golden Days – Private Group for TOM Participants.  Both Facebook groups open you up to wonderful groups of people who are working together on this quilt from all over the world.

Month 1: Austin Block, make one

Confession time…my challenge for myself is to learn how to do needle turn applique if it kills me!  This will be my first attempt (so don’t look too closely at my stitches).  I will be posting a video on the HeartSong Quilts Facebook page with some basic information and a couple of things that I found to be handy.  Click here for HeartSong’s Facebook page.

The mylar templates in this months kit are really nice as they are heat resistant.  After cutting around your traced template with a 3/8” seam allowance, you can press the seams over the template if you want to get a head start of the needle turning business.




I decided to put my circles on my flowers before I stitched them to the background fabric.  I found it a little easier to manipulate the smaller piece.


Here is my completed Austin Block.



This was a lot of fun!  Until next time, happy stitching!



Golden Days: Quilt Along With HeartSong Quilts

Hi All:

We’re getting ready to kick off the Golden Days Template of the Month program.  We just received the pattern and templates for the first month, so Ann is busy making it (and having fun while doing so, I might add).  Here’s a photo of Ann’s work thus far.

ann working on month 1

Even though we don’t have the entire quilt pattern, Ann has been auditioning fabrics based upon what we know about the quilt.

auditioning fabrics

Here’s a photo of the entire quilt made by Jen Kingwell, as well as a photo of the block for Month 1.  You can see that Ann’s quilt will be quite a bit brighter and will pop a bit more.  She will be using whites and brights as background fabric rather than grays and creams.

Whole Quilt Photo

Golden Days Block 1

We anticipate receiving the template kits in the next week or so, and we will mail them out shortly thereafter.  The scheduled start date is March 1, and if we get them on time, we’ll get them to you shortly thereafter.

If you haven’t signed up yet, we still have room.  Click here to sign up.

Happy Quilting!

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 12


We are almost there!  What a fun and challenging journey this has been.  Thanks for going with me.

This is our final month, and we are making (9) Black Cockatoo Blocks.  The instructions for the pinwheel and filler blocks are also included as well as finishing instructions in this month’s information.

Black Cockatoo Block:  *The pattern for this block is a mirror image of the colored photos in the quilt.  I’m a visual person (as most quilters are) and this threw me.

I made a copy of the block at the bottom of page two and wrote the template numbers on each piece.


The other thing that bugged me was the T50/T47 diagram. With all my reference photos reversed, I had a really hard time until I rotated the unit to the position that it appears in the block.  I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but hopefully the photo will help.


Once I laid out the pieces correctly, it was just a matter of sewing them together.


I have no good advice on pressing the seams, so I’ll leave that up to you.

Finished blocks:



Filler Blocks – Pinwheels – make 31 blocks.

The pattern instructions are pretty straight forward, and after all the blocks we’ve made, pinwheels are easy.

I only have one tip I’d like to add and you can take it or leave it.  If you cut (2) contrasting fabrics at 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, sew a 1/4” seam all around the outside edges, then cut 2 times diagonally, you will have four half square triangles for your pinwheel.



Finally, Quilt Construction:

I love the way Jen puts the quilt together in sections.  This way, you can move blocks around depending on your own color preferences.

I used color pencils to outline each section, which helped identify them as I put the blocks together on my design wall.


I have really enjoyed making Delilah with all of you.  Please, post a photo of your finished quilt when you are done.  We would all like to see your hard work come to fruition!


Also, be sure to sign up for Golden Days, Jen’s newest Template of the Month.  We’ll have a lot of fun making it.  Once again, we’ll have a blog, videos, and a facebook page. Click here to see the details.


Here’s my completed and quilted Delilah!


Thanks again, and may God Bless you all!


Love, Ann