Link Love – The Beads or Chandelier Quilt

Free patterns are always fun, aren’t they? Well, today I have a delightful pattern recommendation to pass along to you: a pretty, on-point Beads quilt pattern by Donna Jordan from Jordan Fabrics. There’s even a video to go with the pattern! Scroll down the page to see the video.

Here’s what inspired this project – the February Java Batiks box from Cotton Cuts.

I’m a Brand Ambassador, so I receive a lovely box every month, but subscriptions are available on their website.

The February Java Batiks box from Cotton Cuts

I was thinking about what I might like to make with these fabrics, and I remembered the Beads Quilt free pattern I’d seen by Donna Jordan from Jordan Fabrics. I’ve also seen it called a Chandelier Quilt.

Beads Quilt by Donna Jordan of Jordan Fabrics

The blocks are fast and fun to make!

Blocks by Beth Ann Williams with Java batiks from Cotton Cuts (I also used 2 other fabrics not shown in this photo.)

I wanted a smaller quilt, so I resized the pattern. Along with the background fabric, I used 8 colorful fat quarters, cutting (1) 5″ x 22″ strip and (1) 2 1/2″ x 22″ strip from each one.

Here is an in-progress photo of my quilt:

Beads quilt made by Beth Ann Williams

I also cut my setting triangles a little bit bigger than Donna’s, so that I would have a little more white space around the edges of the quilt.

For my side triangles, I cut 14″ squares and cut them twice on the diagonal.

Cutting the setting triangles for the sides of the quilt.

Here’s what it looks like when side triangles are added and trimmed:

Trimming the excess after the side triangles have been sewn to the first diagonal row of the quilt.

For the corner triangles, I cut 7 3/4″ squares and cut them once on the diagonal.

Cutting the corner triangles.

Note: next time I’ll cut them a little bit larger – they’re not quite as oversized as I wanted them to be.

Adding a corner triangle.

If you look as the number 1 in the photo above, you’ll notice a little arrow on my masking tape label. I like my seams to nest; so in addition to numbering each diagonal row, I indicate the direction the seams in that row should be pressed.

When I sewed the rows together, the seams were easy to match up.

I pressed the long seams joining the rows open to reduce bulk for machine quilting.

Here’s my quilt top so far:

It’s a little cockeyed because I was having trouble holding my phone steady – sorry!

Beads or Chandelier quilt in progress, made by Beth Ann Williams

I’ll share my machine quilting plan next time.

Meanwhile, Happy Quilting!

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Beth Ann

When health challenges made hand-sewing (and hand appliqué and hand-quilting) no longer physically viable for her, Beth Ann’s first instinct was dismay and discouragement. But Grandma Baldwin gave her a loving (but stern!) “No pity parties – just figure out a different way.” So Beth Ann turned to her trusty sewing machine and began devising ways to achieve the fine quality appliqué look she craved faster and easier than she ever thought possible. And a career was born! Now Beth Ann enjoys sharing her accessible “invisible” machine appliqué and creative machine quilting techniques with other quilters and fiber artists around the world.

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