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Happy Jacks


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I love a good scrappy block in a quilt with a modern flavor, and that's what you get with this pattern; use up some cool scraps in the block, then set them three different ways to create a lovely modern-esque quilt with lots of room for creative quilting. Or creatively sending it out to your favorite machine quilter and "quilting by check." The choice is yours. Either way it will be stunning. Triangles on a Roll TM "Sew and Flip Geese" were determined to be the most accurate method of piecing the geese to make the blocks come together like a perfectly cooked goose. I do recommend them for use with this pattern, but if you have a method of goose cookery that you prefer, have at it. Directions for cutting pieces are given for use with Sew and Flip Geese. "Happy Jacks" is the result of my 2014 group block project, run on my Quilting Hottie Haven blog. Over twenty five quilters participated in testing the basic block for me by creating beautifully scrappy jack blocks. I chose my favorite from each of them and put them together into the quilts shown on both the front and back covers and could not be more thrilled with them. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Accurately cut using a rotary cutter Sew a scant 1/2" seam Press seams open Have a basic understanding of a flying goose block. You don't have to have mad flying goose skills - hopefully you'll have those when you are done with this pattern - but knowing the gist of how they work will help. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Baby - 49" square Lap - 62" x 83" Double- 74" x 80"

Recommended with this pattern

  • Up to 2 yards total assorted scraps, depending on quilt size chosen
  • Up to 5 yards background fabric, depending on quilt size chosen
  • Up to 3/4 yard binding fabric, depending on quilt size chosen

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I probably started sewing as a measure of self defense; if my mom was busy teaching me about 5/8" seams and casings for elastics, there was no way she could whip up yet another set of matching floor length gowns for my sister and I to wear while posing for photos at the local Sears photo studio. While my mom sewed all manner of things, quilts were never one of them. I discovered quilting on my own in 1995, and like most new quilters, my first can be considered a horrific monstrosity. Several years and much more talent later, I started to design my own patterns, and in 2005 launched EvaPaige Quilt Designs. My design style is one of "fun over fuss", and I unapologetically preach the gospel of "Perfection is Overrated" through my trunk show and on my Quilting Hottie Haven blog. Quilting isn't mean to be hard or frustrating, and with every pattern I try to help the user focus on enjoying the creative process rather than becoming annoyed by too many matching points and seams. I tend to shy away from trends; I design what I love and have a hard time conforming to what's hot in the quilting world. Other than me, of course. On a more personal note, my husband and I have three young daughters, twins Eva and Paige, my mini-mes and company namesakes, and Greta, who will likely be in therapy because her name only appears on a pattern, not as part of the true EPQD empire. We live in a pretty town northwest of Boston MA that I promise you have never heard of and where you don't even need a clear day to see New Hampshire, where all five of us pretty much live our lives covered in thread scraps.