Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hearty Good Wishes

Guest Post from Shannon:
I have wanted to make a herringbone quilt for quite some time and when Two Thimbles received the Hearty Good Wishes fabric line from Moda, designed by Janet Clare, I knew what to do with it! I found this free pattern from Moda which was exactly what I wanted for my project.

Hearty Good Wishes

Mini-charms and Charms

I used one jelly roll from the collection and 2.5 yards of the cream tonal background.
I unrolled the Jelly roll and separated the strips into light, medium, and dark piles. I then squinted my eyes to identify the light, medium, and dark strips on the pattern. I counted 110 light strips, 39 medium, and 35 dark. I decided to use the cream background from the fabric line for my light strips, the light blue and tan fabric for my medium strips, and the dark blue fabric for the dark strips. I saved the prints with cream background for the binding. This pattern allows for directional fabric as you can just flip the strip to the opposite row so the whales swim right side up. The directions do not explain how to sew diagonal strips together: make sure to account for the 1/4 inch seam when sewing the strips together. For example, offset the top strip (up or down) 1/4 inch to accommodate the bias cut edge (see close-up photo)

Close-up offset angles
sorting strips

Finished Herringbone
Press to the direction indicated in the pattern after sewing strips together, when sewing rows together press the seams open. Pin every pieced intersection...and you'll be happy with your end result!
Sew the rows together in opposite directions.
Lee at 2T quilted the top and I hand-sewed the binding on it. It is hanging in the shop – check it out and maybe it will inspire a herringbone quilt project for you!
I have enough fabric remaining to make another quilt on my list: Up, Up, and Away from the Sunday Morning Quilts book
 by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison!


Thank-you for sharing your story and your quilt with us Shannon - we like the way this went together and love to have new quilts on display in the shop!

Here are some other projects created using the mini-charms and fabrics from this collection.

Checkerboard Pillows

Patchwork Potholder
Happy Stitching!


  1. Beautiful! Love the spontaneity of the design! So refreshing.

  2. Went in and viewed your quilt today. Great job Shannon!
    Really like the design and fabric line.

  3. Shannon, your quilt is beautiful. The checkerboard pillows are so cute too. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Just caught sight of the line and your quilt...nice job! Beautiful colors. I am attempting a baby quilt with the fabric. These are the colors Mom wants and the theme. Will let you know how it comes out!