Lighthouse Quilt Along Week 3: Assemble Those Blocks!

Hello everyone! We are now at Week 3 of the Lighthouse Quilt Along. So how did your test blog assembly and fabric calculations go? I received some emails and Instagram photos of paper piecing and blocks, and it’s been really exciting to see everyone at work. I always smile when I hear first time paper piecing success stories.

Lighthouse Quilt Along : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week is really just a check in – everyone should (hopefully) have their fabric now, and have at least 1 block successfully assembled. Now it’s time to make the rest. I like to do mine assembly-line style. All the cutting, then all the paper piecing, then all the trimming, and then all the block assembly.

Lighthouse Quilt Along : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We will do one final check in next week and talk about who is ready to sew their blocks together and complete their quilt top. (No hurry if you are taking it slow) Happy sewing everyone!

Lighthouse Quilt Along Week 1: Quilt Top Design

Welcome everyone to the first day of the Lighthouse Quilt Along! I’m so excited to share the process of making this fun and beautiful quilt with you. And finally share my finished quilt photos with you as well!

Lighthouse Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I’m really pleased with how the quilt turned out. I enjoyed working with the new Palette line by Marcia Derse so much. (More on the exact fabrics I used later in the post.)

Lighthouse Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

So let’s get started!

Lighthouse QAL Week 1: Quilt Top Design

This week we are going to start out the quilt along by focusing on Quilt Top Design. This is when you are going to make 2 very important decisions:

1. Size of the quilt you’d like to make.
2. Color of your quilt blocks/top.

The blocks in the Lighthouse quilt are 8” x 8” finished. My quilt is 5 blocks x 5 blocks, meaning my quilt measure 40” x 40” finished. This is a baby size or wall hanging size. Some of you may want to make this quilt larger.

Type Blocks Finished Size
Baby 5 blocks by 5 blocks = 25 blocks 40″ x 40″
Lap 7 blocks by 9 blocks = 63 blocks 56″ x 72″
Twin 8 blocks by 11 blocks = 88 blocks 64″ x 88″
Queen 11 blocks by 12 blocks = 132 blocks 88″ x 96″
King 13 blocks by 12 blocks = 156 blocks 104″ x 96″

Tip: Keep in mind, each finished block is going to require paper piecing 8 templates. (Easy templates, but still 8 each). So if you are new to quilting, you *may* not want to jump right into a King Sized quilt with 156 blocks, which equates to 1248 paper pieced templates. I’m sure it would be stunning though!

Once you decide on what size you’d like to make, it’s time to plan your colors.

Below I’ve provided PDF download links to coloring page worksheets. Simply download the size quilt you’d like to make, grab some colored pencils and start designing.

Baby PDFLap PDFTwin PDFQueen PDFKing PDF

I’ve shaded in the background with a light grey – but this can be any color you’d like to use as the background of your blocks. (Please understand I am not able to provide all possible combinations of quilt block layouts as PDF coloring pages. If you’d like a different size quilt, you can cut and tape the templates.)

And just to get those creative juices flowing….here are some ideas. You could make a complete rainbow gradient quilt just like mine.

Lighthouse Quilt Along Design by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Or have a common color component that appears consistently throughout the quilt blocks and ties them all together.

Lighthouse Quilt Along Design by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

And maybe that common color is really several shades of a color (in this case, brown).

Lighthouse Quilt Along Design by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Or maybe you just have a fabric collection that you want to use in a scrappy way as the focal fabrics in the quilt. That’s great too!

For those interested in making a quilt like mine, I used Marcia Derse’s Palette Fabric line. I just found out that the release date was pushed back a little to January 2014. If you happen to want to wait until then, or stumbled across this quilt along at a later date, do not worry. These posts and directions will live on my blog for as long as my blog is around.

Palette by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics

The following are the exact fabrics I used in my quilt (baby sized) and I did have fabric left over. All fabrics are from Marcia Derse – Palette for Windham Fabrics, January 2014.

Quilt Top:
1-1/2 yards of 37098-12 Chalk
1/4 yard each of: 37098-6 Mustard, 37098-13 Saffron, 37098-14 Duckling, 37098-15 Salmon, 37098-16 Cherry, 37098-17 Papaya, 37098-19 Pumpkin, 37098-21 Wine, 37098-20 Cranberry, 37098-22 Cardinal, 37098-25 Concord Grape, 37098-26 Lavender, 37098-27 Blueberry, 37098-28 Dark Teal, 37098-29 Curacao, 37098-30 Mediterranean, 37098-31 Caribbean, 37098-33 Ocean, 37098-34 Spruce, 37098-35 Mint, 37098-36 Grass, 37098-37 Olive, 37098-38 Everglade, 37098-40 Chartreuse
Backing: 2 yards of 37098-98 Taupe
Binding: 2/3 yard of 37098-10 Burnt Umber

NOTE: We will talk more in depth about fabric requirements next week.

As you can tell based on the amount of information and time put into this post, I feel very strongly that good planning going into a project will lead to a beautiful and successful end quilt. I hope you all will enjoy your week of planning and designing.

Next Wednesday we will be making a test block so that we know exactly how much fabric we will need for the paper piecing of the quilt.

Announcing the Lighthouse Quilt Along


Lighthouse Quilt Along by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

As promised, at the end of this month I’m going to begin hosting a quilt along for my Lighthouse quilt pattern. This is a fun pattern and we will spend some time talking about quilt design, fabric estimation and paper piecing. If you have never paper pieced before, please don’t be scared away. I’ve done several quilt alongs and each one has successfully created new paper piecing experts! You can do it!

Lighthouse Quilt Along Schedule

October 30 ~ Lighthouse Quilt Top Design
Explore various color ideas and quilt top sizes.

November 6 ~ Lighthouse Test Block Assembly
Make a test block to be sure you are comfortable with the amounts of fabrics used for paper piecing. This is important to do before you buy and cut your fabric for the entire quilt top.

November 13 ~ Lighthouse Block Assembly
Cut your fabric, assemble your blocks.

November 20 ~ Lighthouse Quilt Top Assembly
Put those blocks together to finish your quilt top.

If you are not able to participate at the same time I’m posting or want to work at a slower pace, no worries. The quilt along will be available on my blog as long as my blog exists. For all links and details, including badges for your blogs, click on the Lighthouse QAL tab at the top of page.