Friday, 13 November 2015

Firecrackers Quilt - a Fat Quarter Shop pattern

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR ENTRIES - THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Today, I'm delighted to be sharing my version of Fat Quarter Shop's newest quilt pattern, the Firecrackers Quilt!


If you're interested in making this quilt yourself, all the resources you need are right here:

Firecrackers PDF pattern
Firecrackers video tutorial
Firecrackers quilt kit
Firecrackers backing set

Firecrackers quilt 

This quilt uses two jelly rolls, and a background fabric.  I was super lucky and managed to get my hands on not one but two fabric collections I've been jonesing for - Modern Background Paper and Modern Background Ink.  Although these fabrics have been designed as backgrounds, I wanted them to be the stars of my quilt, and chose Moda Grunge in Duchess for my background.

Firecrackers quilt 

I'm really pleased with how this quilt top has turned out.  I really liked the angles in the pattern design, and I wanted to keep the graphic nature of the quilt with my fabric choices.  I think the black, white and grey achieves that perfectly.

Firecrackers quilt 

I had a nice time making this quilt - there are a few steps to it but they are all pretty simple and perfect for doing while watching a TV show or listening to a podcast (lately I've been listening to and really enjoying Reply All).  If you're going to make this quilt, I totally recommend this rotating cutting mat for the trimming stage.  I actually bought one when I was holidaying in Auckland last year.  I was making a quilt with lots of half square triangles, and I forgot to take my other rotating cutting mat with me.  I found the Matilda's Own one in a shop up there and I haven't looked back since - it's that good.

Firecrackers quilt 

I really like the subtle texture of the Moda Grunge fabrics.  I have a few stashed but I think this is the first time I've actually used one! It has reminded me why I stashed them in the first place!

Firecrackers quilt

It was a pretty windy day when I took these photos - it always makes photographing a quilt top challenging!  Here is my tip for anyone making this quilt: once you have finished assembling the quilt top, stitch a line about 1/8" from each edge of the quilt.  This will help keep the edge stable and prevent it from stretching.

I can't wait to see the quilts made by the other bloggers who made quilts from the Firecrackers pattern!  You can find the other quilts here:

Ants to Sugar by Daisy
Silly Mama Quilts by Brooke
Happy Quilting by Melissa
627 Handworks by Julie
Must Love Quilts by Corinne
Mommy Sew by Jenn
Fly Away Quilts by Lauren

One of the things I really enjoyed about making the Firecrackers Quilt was the opportunity to use the Creative Grids 30 Degree Triangle Ruler for the first time.  I'm already a big fan of 60 degree triangles, and the 18 degree wedges that are typically used for making Dresden plates, and this ruler hits the gap in between perfectly!  I've already started a little project using some of the 30 degree triangle scraps from this quilt, which I hope to share with you soon. 


Fat Quarter Shop is very generously letting me give away a Creative Grids 30 Degree Triangle Ruler to one lucky reader.


To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment letting me know about your favourite ruler or other quilting gadget - I'm just curious to know what people have found and love.

You can get an optional extra entry for each of the following (just leave an extra comment on this post for each that applies):

 - following my blog (through google friend connect or a feed reader like Bloglovin' or Feedly); and
 - following me on instagram (I'm there as @adrianneonthewindyside).

This giveaway is open to everyone (including international participants), but if I can't contact you, you can't win.  If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address in the comment.  If you're not sure whether you're a no-reply blogger, check out my tutorial on how to stop being a no-reply blogger by clicking on the button below.

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The giveaway will stay open until around 6 pm Tuesday 17 November at 6pm (New Zealand Time), and I will use the random number generator at random.org to pick a winner then.

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR ENTRIES - THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

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126 comments:

Anita said...

My favorite rulers (up to now) have been the Companion Angle and the Easy Angle. The Creative Grids 30 Degree Triangle Ruler looks like a MUST HAVE!

Anita said...

I follow your blog via GFC.

Anita said...

I follow you on Instagram, @notqnot.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My favorite ruler is the Omnigrid 4" X 8" ruler. It has all the lines in 1/8" increments and is so helpful for cutting small pieces and for trimming.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I follow your blog on Bloglovin'.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I follow you on Instagram - maryonlakepulaski.

hiyacinth said...

My favorite ruler is a 3X12 that I've had for at least 30 years!

hiyacinth said...

I follow via bloglovin!

Karen said...

My favorite ruler is my basic 6x24. It works for almost everything.

Karen said...

I follow you via bloglovin'

Lynne Stucke said...

My favorite tool is definitely my little Purple Thang. I do a lot of applique, and it is perfect for tucking in some of those little ends.

Alison said...

This is so beautiful! Loving seeing everyone's versions finally! :)

Gill said...

This is such a great pattern!
All my rulers are Creative Grids - but I don't have any speciality ones!

Gill said...

GFC follower

annmarie said...

Love your quilt! the color combo is sew unique - makes me think cuddly & warm. I do a lot of paper piecing & couldn't live without my "Add An Eight" and "Add A Quarter Inch" rulers.

Jen Barnard said...

I love my easy angle and companion angle rulers.
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quilter said...

My favorite ruler is a Creative Grids 2.5 by 6.5 I use it alot!
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I now follow you on Bloglovin!
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Allison CB said...

My fav ruler is the 2.5 inch creative grid one - I use on almost all my quilts in one way or another! Love your quilt and the use of black and white!!

Allison CB said...

Following you on bloglovin! :)

Allison CB said...

Following you on instagram as mumbird3!

Jayne said...

Oh I love your version of this quilt! Muted, but impactful! My favorite ruler is any HST Bloc-Loc ruler! TIme saving invention!

Lynda said...

I cannot work without my 6.5 x 24.5 ruller - that half inch side is so important. I have a 6 x 12 and while it works for a lot of small cuts, I miss the 1/2 inch side.

Lynda said...

I am a follower via bloglovin but do not have an instagram account (it keeps me out of trouble)

Carolyn Grill said...

Love Moda Grunge - subtle but adds some great depth. My favourite ruler is my Omnigrid 6x24. I really need to branch out and try some non rectangular rulers :) I'm also a big fan of wonderclips from Clover. They rock!

Carolyn Grill said...

I follow your blog with Bloglovin' :)

Heather said...

I can't wait to try a 30* ruler! I love the tri- recs rulers and easy & companions angle rulers.

Heather said...

I follow via Feedly!

Strlady said...

Hi! My favorite ruler is Shape Cut by June Tailor. I love that you reduces the amount of time you spend on cutting those pesky strips.
Unfortunately my ruler is one of the first ones that came out and is on the smaller size. I recently saw that Creative Grids came out with a 14 x 2o" version and I think I'll be investing in that sooner than later.

EmileeHope said...

I haven't used any specialty rulers yet-but live my basic ruler that I use with my cutting mat and rotary cutter-mine has a little lip on it that helps keep it straight while cutting!

Becca said...

I LOVE Creative Grids rulers because of the textured grippy stuff. I haven't tried this one, but would love to!

Danette Stankovich said...

Following on bloglovin' Thanks!

Danette Stankovich said...

I mostly use my plain old 2 inch ruler, but I do like the Fons & Porter 1/4 inch for 1/2 square triangles. I hold it in the middle and draw the 1/4 inch lines on either side, sew, then cut between. Thanks.

delaineelliott said...

I don't have many rulers, but my favorite one is a 12 1/2' square up ruler. Thanks!

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I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

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Tawa said...

My favourite tool is my Big cutting mat. I started out with a smaller one from Spotlight, but took advantage of a sale to size up. It takes up an inordinate amount of room, but I can have pieces laid out, and still cut large fabric pieces alongside. Thanks for the giveaway. Tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

Liz said...

Love the background grunge fabric! What a great effect. My favorite ruler is the block-loc HST ruler, it's been a lifesaver!

Cecilia said...

My favorite ruler I'd Jean Ann Wright's log cabin ruler.

Cecilia said...

I'm a new follower via email.

Martina said...

Beautiful, your quilt! My favorite ruler is my all in one ruler. I just use it everytime, lol!

Katie said...

I love the square in square and flying geese rulers by deb tucker

Katie said...

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Katie said...

IG follower

Dawn said...

I am pretty boring with rulers, I have only used the straight rulers. I have been wanting to try some others. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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Anne Read said...

Loving the pink and grey! my favorite gadget is still my Gingher blunt end snips. I did buy a Creative Grids ruler a while ago but have never used it. Might find it today and give it a whirl.

Sarah@123quilt said...

My favorite specialty ruler is the Bloc-Loc HST ruler. I've been making a lot of HSTs and it is really helpful. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the fabrics you chose. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sarah@123quilt said...

I follow you on Bloglovin!

Sarah@123quilt said...

I also follow you on IG!

Karen said...

I LOVE your version!!!!

I like Jaybird Quilts Hex N More. I used it for the Toes in the Sand pattern and since to cut triangles.

Peaches1003 said...

Your quilt top is super. I love the black and white. I only have standard rulers - no special ones, except my bloc loc which I LOVE because I hate trimming hsts

Peaches1003 said...

I follow you via Bloglovin

Peaches1003 said...

I follow you on instagram

Camilla said...

I love your quilt. I'm kind of surprised how much I like the pink and grey and the grunge adds that nice softness. I have some stashed too, which I do have a plan for-one day! I'm not a big gadget person, just stick to the ruler and mat, but would love to win a triangle ruler!

Camilla said...

I follow via Feedly.

Quilting Tangent said...

A very small hook crochet hook, yes for quilting. It can be used to grab lint, tie a knot, pull thread from the needle on the sewing machine, turn corners, etc. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Jessica Jo said...

HQMelissa made one of these too, but I don't think she had a giveaway. I don't think I haven a favorite fancy quilting tool. I have cool, fancy yarn spinning tools (my drum carder, woah!) but quilting hasn't been as big of a thing yet. Oh, my husband did make me a stand for my quilt frame. It is rad.

Jessica Jo said...

I follow your blog. I was doing the FAL but haven't in a while because life but, meh, it's good.

Vera said...

Nice combo, I love grunge fabrics. This year I finally bought inch ruler which is great. No need to recalculate any more, lol.

Donna Christell said...

Follow you on Blglovin', and silly as it sounds...I love my seam ripper. We are good friends.

Linda said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN'!
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Linda said...

HI LOVE YOUR PROJECT! I HAVE BEEN USING THE 60*RULER LATELY AND LOVING IT>THIS 30* LOOKS NEAT TOO!THANKS TO FQS+YOU FOR SHARING A GREAT GIVEAWAY! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

lalaluu said...

I use my Tucker Trimmer a lot to square up everything from 1.5" pieces to 6" blocks!

minibea12 said...

I use my Omnigrid 14"x4" ruler the most. Unfortunately, I've had to use my faithful seam ripper more often than I usually do. So, it is currently my favorite quilting gadget.
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Kirsten said...

I dont have any fancy rulers but I love using my Hera marker to mark out quilting lines! Thanks for the chance to win.

Kirsten said...

I follow your blog on Bloglovin'

Kirsten said...

And I also follow you on IG.

Betsy said...

My favorite ruler is Deb Tucker's Square in a Square.

Betsy said...

I follow by email.

Betsy said...

And on IG.

Lisa Marie said...

I use mostly basic rulers but I do like the dresden ruler, the Twister, and The Tucker Trimmer.

Lisa Marie said...

I follow your blog via GFC.

carla.meier said...

I love my wonder clips. No more scratches from straight pins when sewing on binding. I have them in red, pink and just had to order the neon ones too.

cedacanthus said...

Yours is lovely! When I saw the first picture I thought it had a white background and the piecing was icy blues - isn't it funny what colours can do to each other? I think the fact the I expected the background to be white played a part too.

I really like my big square ruler! It's such a hassle to cut squares with the mat markings and a long ruler. I'd love a 60degree triangle ruler though, those are even harder to get right!

cedacanthus said...

I follow your blog!

cedacanthus said...

And your IG! Looking forward to when you can finally post about your Year 30 quilt!

Vicki H said...

I use my 6 x 24 ruler the most for cutting out quilts.

Vicki H said...

I have been following with bloglovin.

Kathy E. said...

My favorite quilting gadget is the Shape Plus cutting template. It is great at cutting multiple strips, perfectly measured every time! I don't know where I'd be without it.

Kathy E. said...

I am a Bloglovin' follower of yours!

GranChris said...

I am crazy in love these days with Bloc-Loc rulers. If I had more money I'd buy more.

GranChris said...

I follow on BL

Sheila Ivany said...

Lately my favourite ruler is Easy Angle as I just finished HST exchange. Although you didn't ask my least favourite is my seam ripper. Your colour choice makes the quilt stunning. Thank you for a chance to win .





Sheila Ivany said...

I follow via email .

Sarah said...

I only own 2 quilting rulers, and of those my favorite is my 4.5" square. sarah@forrussia.org

Sarah said...

I follow you with bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

Miggsie said...

I love the Add a Quarter ruler.

Miggsie said...

I follow your blog via Feedly.

pharmgirl75 said...

I really like using the Easy Angle Ruler for half square triangles. No worrying about ⅛" anymore.

Jeannie Gan said...

My favourite tool is HST Bloc Loc ruler which makes life so much easier.
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Jeannie Gan said...

I follow your blog.
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Patti said...

I switched down from a 6x24 to a 6x12, I realized that I didn't need the big one for everything! I'm also loving my Half Inch ruler that helps draw stitch lines for my half square triangles!

Patti said...

I follow you on Bloglovin

Patti said...

I follow you on IG

Melanie said...

I LOVE my Wonder Clips!

Melanie said...

I follow you on Bloglovin

Barbara McD said...

My favorite CG ruler is just the basic 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" one - I find that's the one I grab most often!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Rachelle said...

I love my quilt basting spray, the good one you get from quilting shops; not the useless one Spotlight sells

Rachelle said...

I follow your blog using Bloglovin'

Linda Cwynar said...

Hi. I'm a newbie here, also a newbie quilter so I need all types of creative grid rulers. I started with a few of them. I love the colors of your quilt. Thanks for the information.
#creativegridrulers

PK Sews said...

My favorite ruler is a 12 inch square. I love it for squaring corners and for aligning my long rulers. Thanks for sharing your lovely work!

Carla said...

Hmmmmmm, favourite......I really like my 9 1/2" square. The quilt is so lovely. Isn't paper and ink fabulous? I love it.

Carla said...

I follow you right here ; )

Anna said...

My (knock-off) wonder clips - oh so useful when trying to sew through multiple layers, like binding a quilt

Anna said...

I follow on Bloglovin

Anna said...

I follow on instagram - cats!

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

I follow your blog with Bloglovin.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

I follow you on Instagram.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

I love my BlocLoc HST rulers, but I need them in every size. I only have 3 but would love more.

sue said...

I am a big fan of Creative Grid rulers and this one would be great to add to my collection! Thanks for the chance to win.

(your Caturday Wisdom posts are great!)

Caitlyn said...

I love my 6x24" ruler. Perfect for strips, straightening edges, and I use it to pin on top of as a hard surface on my ironing board.

Heather said...

I bought a 60 degree triangle ruler at the Auckland Festival of Quilts last week which I have already had some fun with.

Heather said...

I follow you on bloglovin

Heather said...

I follow you on instagram too (does that sound too much like a stalker?)

Sue said...

I recently bought a full set of drunkards path templates from Just Curves - oh the possibilities! LOVE the colour choice in your quilt.

Sue said...

I follow you by email

Rebecca said...

my quilting ruler is always in use. I have a couple of squares, but never use them.
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Melissa said...

My favorite ruler is this 12 1/2 inch square that came in a pack of 3 different sizes. I never thought I would use it, but it's become indispensable!

Melissa said...

I follow you on Bloglovin

Melissa said...

I started following you on instagram @iluvmybaronie

Jennifer said...

I love the unexpected pink background! Great choice!

Unknown said...

I get a lot of use out of my 60 degree triangle template
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Diane Beavers said...

Hi Adrienne, its really cool to meet you !
I just discovered the "10" SLicer"....great for layer cakes (and way more), little to no waste.
check it out, by the Crafty Gemini. Thank you for sharing!

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