Friday, August 28, 2020

Give Thanks - RBD Project Tour

Just when you thought Summer would never end... all of a sudden the leaves are turning and it will soon be Fall! 

I've been wanting to make an Autumn quilt for ages!  It's the one season I'm short of quilts to decorate with.  Quilts make it easy to celebrate events or seasons with just a quick switch-out.  And starting with a cute center panel, it couldn't be easier to get ready for Fall!  

This adorable line, Give Thanks by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs is just the ticket.  Add a stack of 10" squares, a little yardage for the sashing, and you've got a quilt!  

1 Give Thanks panel.  Trim to 34-1/2" x 43"
1 Give Thanks 10-inch Stacker.       
5/8 yard sashing
5/8 yard binding

     SELECT 22 10-inch squares for the main blocks to use as a border. 
     CUT each of the 22 10-inch squares into (4) 5" squares.  Of the remaining 10-inch squares, 
Pair up a contrasting print with each of the 22 main prints for block centers.  CUT (4) 2-1/2" squares for the centers of each block.   CUT 4 extra 2-1/2" squares to use as sashing posts in the border. 
     DRAW a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 2-1/2" squares to be used for the border.
     LAY OUT a small square on one corner of each 5" square and STITCH on the drawn line.  

OR Line up a piece of painter's tape on the deck of your sewing machine, even with the needle.  Lay out the small square as above, then allow the corner to follow the edge of the tape as you stitch from point to point.
                                    Here's a little video demo:  
Triangle Corner Demo

    TRIM 1/4" seam allowance, then PRESS the corner triangles in alternation directions.
     LAY OUT each block with the corner triangles toward the center of the block.

     STITCH block together like a 4-patch.  Make 22 blocks.
     TRIM each block to measure 9" square, unfinished.
     CUT Sashing into  (7)  2-1/2" x width of fabric strips. 
           SUBCUT  into (2)  43" strips
                                    (2)  34-1/2" strips
                                    (8)  9" strips

     LAY OUT your quilt as pictured.

1)   STITCH the two 43" sashing strips to each side of the panel.  PRESS toward sashing.  
2)  STITCH 5 blocks together for each side border, and add those to the sides of the sashing and PRESS toward the sashing.
3)   STITCH a 9" sashing strip, a 2-1/2" corner post, a 34-1/2" sashing strip, another post and another 9" sashing strip together.   Make 2 of these and attach to the top and bottom of the quilt.  
PRESS toward sashing strips.
4)  Finally, LAY OUT a corner block, a 9" sashing strip, 4 blocks, another sashing strip and another corner block to make the top and bottom borders. STITCH, pressing seams toward the sashing.
5)  STITCH borders to the quilt, alternating the seam allowances. 

LAYER, QUILT as desired, BIND and ENJOY your new quilt!

I stitched in the ditch around the sashing and block centers and loosely outlined the printed motifs.  Then I doodled with "Freestyle" freemotion leaves and swirls for the background and blocks.  It seemed to suit the panel design.  I like it.

I added plush fur on the back for those chilly nights that are sure to come.  Soon it will be time to curl up on the couch and sip a mug of my favorite soup.  Autumn has got to be my favorite time of year!!

You can find these fabulous Riley Blake Designs fabrics online or at your local retail quilt shop, available now!

Here is a little "Taste of Autumn" RECIPE:

Puree of Pumpkin Soup
In a large pot sauté until clear:
1 large onion, chopped
in 4 T. butter

Stir in:  1-lb can pumpkin
4 c. chicken broth
1/2 to 1 t. curry
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. white pepper
1/4 t. ground ginger
1 bay leaf

Bring to a boil, then simmer 15 to 20 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally.  Remove bay leaf. Pure√© soup in a blender.

Return to the pot and add:  1 c. half and half cream OR 1 can evaporated non-fat milk
Bring back to heat without boiling.  Serve steaming in mugs.  Wonderful on an Autumn evening!

And for your viewing pleasure - my Windows 10 program helped me put together this little video:

More ideas for this line:
Sew Brainy - Retro Pumpkin Placemats
Jessica Dayon - FourSquare Quilt
A Bit of Scrap Stuff - Buffalo Plaid Reversible Quilt


  1. This is gorgeous and your quilting is it!

  2. Thanks for providing a tutorial. This is beautiful!

  3. I remember when panels like these were called cheaters and were looked down on. Now I have used quite a few, they are no longer called cheaters but panels. This panel is beautiful and so is what you have done with it.
    Living in Florida now we don't see our fall until November, but it is nothing like the ones we had up north. As much as we loved summer that first crisp morning where maybe you had to wear or just had to take a sweater, you knew the heat and humidity was over. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. This absolutely beautiful! I bought the panel a while ago and wasn't sure what to do with it. I have been following your direction and cutting my pieces, today. Im ready to get to sewing. thank you so much for sharing.
    Your free motion quilting is even more amazing, I am in awe of that as well.
    Thank you!

  5. I made it without the sashing because I didn't have enough fabric, I love it! thank you for the recipe , Haha


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