Spiced Chai Fabric Choices
Welcome to the first week of the Spiced Chai Quilt Along! [Don’t worry, I actually have finished my Summer Sampler 2017 quilt, I just haven’t posted photos of it yet. Possibly because I just finished it yesterday!] Grab your copy of Vintage Quilt Revival, and let’s get started!

Spiced Chai Quilt Along Schedule

I know this seems like a pretty ambitious schedule–the good news is–the quilt is simple to piece.  Additionally, if you want to move faster or slower, that is perfectly fine!

Also–join the Facebook group! Easy way to keep up with what everyone is doing :)


Gather fabric, cut out the blocks, + make the mega block

Mega Block spiced chai quilt

This week, we are gathering/purchasing fabric, cutting out the quilt, and piecing the mega block. I usually make 1 test block before I cut out all of the blocks, to make sure I like the fabric, etc. If making test blocks is your style, then do that before cutting out the entire quilt.

Make the mega block this week, too. This is the colorful block pictured above, which is made up of 4 Tea Leaf blocks and a large white square.

I also like to make the binding at this step. It is purely psychological, but I find I have less lag time between quilting and binding if I pre-make the binding.

Check out Instagram for Updates–@swimbikequilt + #spicedchaiquiltalong

Spiced Chai Quilt AlongThis quilt along will be mostly Instagram based, so make sure to follow along @swimbikequilt, and also with the hashtag #spicedchaiquiltalong. If you post photos of your own quilt along progress, whether that is photos of pretty fabric stacks, in progress blocks, shots of your design wall/floor/table, photos of your quilt top, and/or the finished quilt, please tag me @swimbikequilt and use the hashtag! It is so much easier to follow along with everyone’s progress that way, and provides the fun, interactive part of the sew along!

My fabric choices

Spiced Chai Background ChoicesI am using prints from Denyse Schmidt’s new Washington Depot line–lots of quilt shops still have it, and it is similar in color and feel to Chicopee, also by Schmidt, which I used in the original Spiced Chai Quilt.  I didn’t have quite enough fabric in the remnant bundle of Washington Depot that I purchased, so I’m adding in some prints from Florence, an earlier line.

SpicedChaiKatieQuiltI am also going to switch things up. In my original quilt, the “mega block” was prints and the background blocks were various shades of gray. This time, I’m going to use colorful prints for the background blocks, and the mega block will be gray or black.

I can’t decide if I’m going to use white or some of the Washington Depot low volume prints for my background. What do you think?

Pattern is in Vintage Quilt Revival [for sale here]

VintageQuiltRevivalThe Spiced Chai quilt pattern is found in Vintage Quilt Revival--I have a few signed copies in my shop ($19.99 + free US Shipping) if you still need a copy. 

Invite your friends to quilt along with us, and happy sewing!



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SpicedChaiQuilt_Fall Colors

Did you see my post about the Spiced Chai Quilt Along? I thought it would be fun to mock up a few different color options. The first quilt is the one pictured in Vintage Quilt Revival.


Love this quilt in fall colors!

SpicedChaiQuiltgrayBackgroundWhat about something with a light gray background?

SpicedChaiQuiltFallColors2Similar to the first variation, love this with the browns.


Halloween forever?

SpicedChaiQuiltRainbowOr maybe something with a more rainbow vibe?

Are you quilting along with us!?

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Spiced Chai Quilt Along

Fall is in the air and it makes me want to sew!! Anyone up for a #spicedchaiquilt quilt along!?

This sew along is super relaxed, Instagram based, and starts October 2. I will be posting a schedule–if you need to work ahead or fall behind, that’s perfectly ok. If you follow the schedule, you will have a finished quilt before Halloween. Yes!
This quilt is made of 12 traditional Tea Leaf blocks (similar to a Maple Leaf block but without the stem) and one mega-block.



10/2 Week 1: cut fabric + make mega block

10/9 Week 2: make tea leaf blocks

10/16 Week 3: piece the quilt top + baste the quilt

10/23 Week 4: quilt + bind + celebrate

Fabric Requirements

Finished Size Quilt: 60” x 60”
2 yards white fabric
2 yards total gray solid fabrics in various shades *
1 citron FQ
1 plum FQ
1 jade FQ
1 orange FQ
4 yards backing
68” x 68” batting
5/8 yard binding


Grab your copy of Vintage Quilt Revival and start gathering your fabric (or I have a few signed by me, @freshlemonsquilts + @lee.a.heinrich in the shop, $19.99, free shipping).

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Pixie Dust Star Block

After making the Pixie Star block in the 6” sizes, I want to use the design to make a baby quilt with a single, giant star. Love this star! All those pieces might be a little easier to sew, too! This block, designed by Kelly Bowser of Kelbysews, is totally customizable, and would look great in a monochromatic, ombre, rainbow, 2 tone, or any other color scheme you can think of!

Happy Sewing!

Pattern: Summer Sampler 2017
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner

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