Birchen Quilt

Birchen Quilt

Happy Monday all!  Fat Quarter Shop has teamed up with Art Gallery Fabrics to release a number of free patterns for you all this year.  I was excited to be asked to participate in sharing the release of the first quilt pattern, Birchen.

For my quilt, I chose 2 fabrics from Petal and Plume (Panache in Fresco as well as Nib and Pluck in Zinnia) , Nature Elements in Green Tea, & Pure Elements in both Nocturnal & Linen White.

Art Gallery Fabrics

We were asked to make the blocks into whatever project we wanted to make.  The original Birchen Quilt pattern is for a 72 1/2″ square quilt, which is what I planned to make when I started my project.  I had my fabrics all cut out and was making the triangles for the blocks when my trusty Bernina of 15 years quit in mid-sew.  Mind you, this was on Wednesday–just a couple days ago Wednesday.

I called my local Bernina shop and was able to get a same day appointment for Thursday to have the machine serviced and ready to go by Thursday afternoon.  I was told to drop off the machine at 9 in the morning.  So, I showed up the next morning to do so–but they were closed!–and remained closed for the 1/2 hour I waited there for them to open.  I called at noon and they were still closed.  Not sure what happened!

I decided to stop at my local Sew & Vac (after I couldn’t reach the Bernina shop at noon)–I’d heard great things about them.  The folks that do the servicing were out of town but I was able to drop off my machine to have it looked at within the next few days–and they give out loaner machines to their customers to use while their machines are getting serviced.

So I have been using a wonderful Elna the last few days–it’s got all the bells and whistles.  My girls think it’s a fancy machine and want me to get rid of my Bernina and buy the Elna. =)  The Elna really has been a great machine to sew with over the past few days.


Because, my time was a bit more limited than I had planned for, I opted to make a Birchen mini–it finishes at approx. 36″ square and utilizes 2 of each of the blocks in a slightly different orientation than the original.  And then I finished off the quilt with some simple straight line quilting.

Here’s a picture of the original Birchen Quilt pattern as designed by FQS.  It features Hello Bear fabric by Bonnie Christine.

Birchen by FQS

Kimberly and the gang at Fat Quarter Shop have put together quilt kits for the Hello Bear quilt which can be found here.  The Birchen quilt pattern is a free pattern which you can find here.  Don’t be alarmed by the number of triangles!–They are made using triangle on a roll paper and are such fun to make.  If my sewing machine hadn’t conked out and my time cut so short, I definitely would have enjoyed making the large version.

In addition, Kimberly has put together a wonderful video to walk you through the making of this quilt.

Happy Sewing!

Comments (17)

  • Your tutorials are always fabulous Kimberly. I love AGF. Their fabrics have beautiful drape and the feel is so yummy. Thanks for the pattern.

  • Very informative tutorial – looks easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!
    Looking forward to others you post

  • Your fabrics are pretty. Thanks for the pattern.

  • Love the Petals and Plume picks……..Great color choices…for the rest of your blocks…

  • I think these fabrics are perfect for this block. As soon as I study this pattern and what fabrics it needs, this is the line I will use!! On another note, why not go buy a new Bernina!! They will have some new 7 series coming out in April or May.

  • Magnifique bravo

  • I downloaded this pattern and like it. I actually love the mini. I’m a miniholic!!Looks great!!

  • This was awesome! Thanks for the quick tips and video!

  • Your video was fantastic. I just love AGF fabrics. Not only is the fabric wonderful to work with, your designers make it so beautiful. I have never heard of the triangle paper and am excited to try this method for multiple HST’s. Thank you for showing how to use it.

  • Don’t you just hate it when you are in the middle of something like that and have machine problems? Your mini turned out beautifully and those fabrics just pop. Good luck on your machine.

  • Very well done, very well understood.
    Thank you for sharing your talent

  • Wonderful video tutorial! You’ve broken the steps down enough that they’re not overwhelming. Thank you for this perspective and your tips for dealing with the bias edges.

  • Thank you, how nice to have a step by step teacher by my side.

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  • What a great tutorial! Very concise and simplified. Makes me want to try one. It looks so intensive and complicated at first. Have triangle papers, but forget to use them usually.
    All your tutorials are great.

  • I love your mix of fabrics. Although I love the Bear and Friends line, especially with the bears sitting there looking so peaceful, those cute bears weren’t used in the demo quilt. Your quilt looks much prettier! I’m glad to hear it is easy to sew together, too. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad to hear good news about the Elna. My machine, my Juki, is at the Juki factory getting fixed. It’s been gone for three weeks now. Oh, alas. Thank goodness I kept my little Brother Runway. I can’t quilt on it, but I sure can sew seams.

  • I really like the Maker collection… it is so me

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