January 2020 Finishes for Fabric Cafe

As many of my followers know, I make flimsy tops for quilts which will be displayed in the booth of Fabric Cafe at all the quilt shows they attend. Instead of “Tele-work,” I like to say I “Postal-work.” We don’t live close to each other – like nearly halfway across the country. So our work together is either via email or snail-mail. She emails me the patterns, then snail-mails me some fabric. After I make the tops/flimsies, I snail-mail them back to her. Staff at the shop makes the backing. She has a local longarm quilter that quilts them and she adds the binding as a final step. It is truly a cooperative endeavor!

Fabric Cafe Book 5 - Easy Peasy 3 yard quilts
Easy Peasy 3 Yard Quilts – Released October 1, 2017

So in January, I made 3 tops for Donna (aka “Boss Lady”). These tops bring up to 108 the number of tops/flimsies I’ve made since summer 2011. So here is Top #106. First up, the fabric.

2020 - Received a box with fabric. Making my first top of 2020 for #FabricCafe. #3yardbundlequilts
Fabric Cafe 3-Yard Bundle – “Classy Blues”

The pattern is called Windmill and comes in paper and digital download. My first step is to print out the cutting instructions, and iron the fabric. Notice I identify Fabric #1, 2 & 3. So here is the top that I finished. I’ve made this pattern several times and love it. The finished size is 46″ x 57″.

Fabric Cafe 3-yard Bundle – “Classy Blues” – Pattern: Windmill

Here’s the next 3-yard bundle – #107. I really love the color combinations that Donna picks.

2020 January - 2nd Bundle of fabric for #FabricCafe #3YardBundles Another Top under my needle.
Fabric Cafe 3-yard Bundle – “Petal Patch”

The instructions identify Fabric #1, 2 & 3. The assembly directions identify which fabric to use by the number. It is helpful to either make a note on a Post-it or on the pattern itself as to which fabric is what number. It just keeps me from getting confused.

Fabric Cafe 3-yard Bundle – “Petal Patch,” Pattern: Skip to My Lou

This pattern is called Skip to My Lou, and is currently available in the book Easy Peasy 3-Yard Quilts . This was the first time I made this pattern, and it was fun to make. This makes a 45″ x 58″ quilt.

Finally, the last top I made – #108. Notice the wolf’s head on Fabric #1 (sorry, he’s upside down). My husband loved Fabrics #2 & 3!

2020 Jan - Fabric for sample top for Fabric Cafe
Fabric Cafe 3-yard Bundle – “Indian Paintbrush”

This pattern is called Dash, and it is also in the Easy Peasy 3-yard Quilts Book. This is another first-time pattern. Isn’t it just adorable? Finishing at 44″ x 58″ this makes a nice child/youth or throw size quilt.

Fabric Cafe 3-yard Bundle – “Indian Paintbrush”, Pattern: Dash

Well, here you go. Three easy to make quilts that only take three 1-yard cuts of fabric for the top & binding. Add in another 3 yards for piecing the backing and you are nearly finished with a throw size quilt.

Hope you are getting some stitching done this week.

Happy Stitching!

Quilt Mouse

About Quiltmouse

I am retired. I love to quilt. I make charity quilts as well as quilts for my friends & family.
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1 Response to January 2020 Finishes for Fabric Cafe

  1. Janet George says:

    This is a great way to do a binding using the 1 1/4″ binding strips…..
    It finishes in size same as if you had cut 2 1/4″ binding strips – plus you get to machine stitch instead of hand sewing. Looks nice!

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