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.

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

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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!

Bakers Dozen: Quilt Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 5

Baker’s Dozen Block of the Month

Month 5–(8) 12” Star Block with Cross and (4) 12” Eight Pointed Star Block

12” Star Block with Cross is found on page 16.  This block is pretty straightforward so I don’t have any special knowledge or instructions.

For each block, you need four foundation pieced corner squares for a total of 32!  As I mentioned before, I did not make sure each corner piece was identical, I felt it would be too much to ask of myself to keep track of which strip went where.  If you want to make sure each corner is the same, you will need to make them four at a time.

For me, I decided to make all 32 at the same time.  Actually, we will need another 16 for the 12” Eight Pointed Star blocks, so we’ll need 48 in total.

I don’t know if it is easier, but I decided to draw my diagonal lines across the whole sheet, and then cut the squares 4” x 4”



Any extra pieces I used to add to blocks that needed a corner filled in


Here’s my pile of 4” x 4” striped pieces



Eight Pointed Star Block 12” is found on page 27.  This is the same block we made in Month 1.  The only difference is this block is 12”.  If you need a refresher on ‘Y’ seams, and set in seams, please refer to this information found in Month 1.  Also, remember that we posted  videos with some helpful tips on this on the HeartSong Facebook page and on the Bakers Dozen Quiltalong with HeartSong Facebook page.

As I mentioned before, you will need four foundation pieced 4” x 4” corner blocks for each block, for a total of 16.

Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of any of these blocks before I put them all together.  No reason, I just forgot.

Good luck, have fun, and I’ll be back in a month!

Bakers Dozen: Quilt Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 4

Baker’s Dozen Block of the Month

Month 4 – (4) Jewel Box Blocks and (8) Checkerboard Blocks

Hello, everyone!  We will now begin the blocks consisting of the second border.  You can sew the center blocks, inner border and the first border with the blocks from the first three months.  I like the fact that we can build the quilt as we go.

This month, we will be making (4) Jewel Box blocks found on pages 14 & 15; and (8) Checkerboard blocks found on pages 15 & 16.

Jewel Box Block:  The drawing in the pattern makes this look like a square, it is not.  The templates are diamonds or triangles.

Once again, I suggest you lay out the pieces, and sew each section.


Watch those sneaky T6 corner pieces…I kept sewing them the wrong way around.

Here are my Jewel Box Blocks:


Checkerboard Block:  The pattern tells us to cut 42 –  1 ½” squares for each block!  That’s 336 – 1 ½” squares!  Not for this girly I can tell you that.  I cut 1 ½” strips and sewed six of them side by side, then sub cut and sewed these together to make my blocks.  I made several strip sets, so it was plenty scrappy for me.

I made four from page 15, and four from page 16.

Finished Checkerboard Blocks:




Thanks everyone for posting your progress. So fun to see the blocks.

Until next time, keep yourselves in stitches!



Delilah: Sew Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 5


Month 5 – North Star, Make 5

I am thrilled to tell you that this block is Easy Peazy!  Compared to the first 4 months, you can sew this one with your eyes closed (almost)!  Also, these will finish at 9” instead of 12” like the previous months.

I decided to go less scrappy with these blocks, and I really like the way they turned out.


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There is no need for special information on this one, but I wanted to remind you of a basic lesson from Pressing 101:  press each segment to opposite sides to make your seams sandwich perfectly.

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These are my blocks:

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Next month:  No curves, but no walk in the park, either.  Have fun!

Delilah: Sew Along With HeartSong Quilts Month 4

Month 4:  Fairhaven.  Make 3

Okay, everyone, another block with small curved piecing. On this block, I did not cut the straight edges of the curved template (T16, T16 rev.)  ½” larger because there are no straight edges on the T17 template.  It seemed easier to line up the edges and go slowly.

If I didn’t tell you before, I will tell you now that it is easier to piece curves with the concave curve on the bottom and the convex curve on top.

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To make it easier to piece each section,                             Press the                                   press the T16/T17/T16 units toward                                   T16 rev./T17 rev./T16 rev.           outside of block.                                                                  units toward center of block:

Unfortunately, there will be  sections where eight corners meet and there is very little you can do to decrease the thickness.  Definitely press these seams open, and unless you are hand quilting, be sure your quilter (either yourself or a long arm quilter) is aware of these seams.  Strong needles have been known to break on these kinds of seams.

Here are my Fairhaven Blocks:

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I don’t know about you, But I thought these first four months were pretty tough.  Good news, next month’s block is a snap!

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 3

Month 3 – Shooting Star.  Make two

This block has lots of points to match up, so I think it’s a good idea to mark the points of each piece.  Sometimes, I skip this step if it looks like straight piecing, but this block screams for accuracy!

Also, pay attention to which way you press seams that will join as you piece the block.  After piecing the three pieces (T12, T11, and T12 rev.), press both seams toward the outside.  The next three (T14, T13, and T14 rev.) will eventually meet in the center, so press two toward center and two toward the outside.


Attach T15 and T15 rev. to sides of T13/T14 piece.  Press these seams in the same direction that you pressed the T13/14 pieces in the previous step,

The seams will cross each other because they are all at different angles, but this keeps all your seams from being in one place.


In the last two steps, you will join the four pieces to make the finished block, these seams will fit nicely together with the seams pressed the right way.


Here are my finished Shooting Star Blocks:


Next month is another challenging block, but then there’s a bit of a break in month 5.  Keep at it:  this quilt is worth it!

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 2

Month 2 – Bells Beach, Make Two

Did you use a 28mm or 18mm rotary cutter for your first month blocks? If not, how did it work for you with the 45mm cutter?  Seemed harder to cut for me so I used the smaller 28mm cutter.

Once again, we have a lot of small curved pieces in each block.  I’ve added ½” to each of the straight sides of each piece.  Trim the smaller blocks to 5 ½” x 5 ½” before you piece them to finish the block.

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The directions for the borders are in the pattern.  They’re pretty straightforward.

Remember, you’re going to be getting new fabrics each month, so feel free to use fabrics from the previous month.

My finished Bells Beach Blocks:

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I’m getting excited about this quilt!  I hope you are, too.  Jen’s patterns are a challenge, but I love how they turn out.

Delilah: Sew Along with HeartSong Quilts Month 1

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be making Jen Kingwell’s latest pattern, Delilah, with all of you.
If you’ve ever made one of Jen’s quilts before, you’ll remember that she has always provided patterns to trace, but you had to add a ¼” seam to each one. Easy enough for straight lines, but many of the blocks are curved. Jen is a hand piecer and hand quilter, so she needed the actual size of the units she was piecing, and the seam allowance wasn’t so critical. The templates in this project include the ¼” seam allowance and make for a quilt ideally suited to machine piecing.

So, my plan for this Sew-A-Long is to give helpful hints, and take lots of pictures as we go along. If you have questions, post them or email us and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.
Pre-constuction tip: In addition to any quilting tool you are using, I would suggest adding a 28mm or 18mm rotary cutter. The 45mm will work, but it seems to be easier with the smaller blade.
Okay, let’s get started with Month 1 – Rising Sun Block, make two.
1st Tip: This pattern has small pieces with curves. Before you cut out your pieces, I’ve learned a handy trick from Pam Goecke Dinndorf at Aardvark Quilts. When I made Pam’s Bouja, her very helpful advice when cutting pieces with curves was to cut the straight edges of the pattern pieces 1” larger than the pattern/template calls for. This gives you some wiggle room since everyone’s ¼” seam varies depending on the machine or other unseen reasons. Since these pieces are small, I think an extra ½” on the straight sides should be plenty. Be sure you trace the actual template on the fabric and mark the center of the curves to be able to make sure they match in the end. Trim the small blocks to 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” before piecing the rest of the block.


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Notice how I’ve left an additional 1/2″ on the straight sides of the template.

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Once you piece the curves, cut off the extra 1/2″ allowance you left.


The other templates that are all straight edges (squares, rectangles, triangles) can be rotary cut as you would normally.


These are my finished Rising Sun Blocks:

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Have fun!  See you next month.