2008 HGTV Quilt of Dreams Instructions!
Here (AT LAST) are the instructions for our 6th Annual HGTV M B QUILT OF DREAMS to be given to
the winner of the HGTV Dream Ho me in Islamorada, Florida during Winners Weekend in Spring 2008.
The 08 DQ (Dream Quilt) will take you back to those lazy days of summer spent on the beach. The block
pattern is so easy everyone will be able to participate. If you can cut a 4 ½” square of fabric you can have
your very own signature block in the 2008 Dream Quilt.
Fabric will be 100% cotton ONLY! Embellish to your hearts content on the 4 ½” signature square of the
completed 6 ½” x 6 ½” b locks; buttons, charms, beads or anything you can think of. The only limitations
on the embellish ments will be leaving roo m to sew and quilt. SPECIFIC INS TRUCTIONS for
embellishments and a DIAGRAMS are belo w. If it falls outside the area specified it would have to be
snipped off because Soldigold’s quilting mach ine CANNOT stitch over or through them.
All co mp leted 6 ½” x 6 ½” blocks will be sent to me, Nanatoo, for layout and piecing. Mail 4 ½” x 4 ½”
signature squares to Solodgoldancer for fin ishing. If participation demands, volunteer "assemblers" will be
setting together 1/4 sections (25 X 25 b locks) of the quilt top. When those sections are co mp leted, send
them back to me for FINA L assembly. I will forward it to Solidgoldancer for backing, a SURPRISE border
and quilting. I will also be doing the DREAM HOM E center block.
This year I started a photo Album where you can post your own pictures. Just click on the fo llo wing lin k
Journal Page. There is also a message board and a chat room availab le for quilt talk if anyone wants to use
Deadline to mail bl ocks: POSTMARKED B Y 12/15/2006.
Mail comp leted 6 ½” blocks to:
339H Statesville Road
West Blocton, AL 35184
Mail 4 ½ in NO SEW signature squares to:
Inch By Inch Quilting
1316 Cloverdale Drive
Hixson, TN 37343-4421
EVER YONE is WELCOME to partici pate in the 2008 HGTV DREAM HOME Quilt of Dreams
PROJ ECT. The more the merrier! A ll of our prev ious DH W inners (2003 - 2006) LOVE their M B Quilts
2008 QUILT INSTRUCTIONS:
This year we are making an Attic Windows quilt. The window “frames” will be using all
those beautiful Batik, Bali or Marbleized fabrics you have been talking about, the dark
Batik, Bali or Marbleized will be the bottom strip, the medium Batik, Bali or Marbleized
will be the left side strip; and the "windows" will be pale, pale (I can’t stress pale enough)
Batik, Bali, Marbleized, tone on tone, or solids. The block will be 6" finished or 6 ½ “
unfinished. Please be precise in your cutting. If the block is smaller than 6 ½ “ we will
not be able to add fabric as we have in the past. If you are unsure of your measurements
please leave your block untrimmed.
OUR GOAL: 140, 6 ½” x 6 ½” blocks
COLORS: Batik, Bali, Marbleized, or Hand Died 100% Cotton Fabric. Think vibrant
for your medium and dark tones. Red, Purple, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Teal and any color
of the beach or sunset you can find. This is going to be the most colorful quilt we have
Color Palette Block
SAMPLE FINISHED BLOCK:
SAMPLE QUILT LAYOUTS:
Solidgold and I did these quilt layouts not knowing the other was working on a sample
layout. We email them to each other the same day. WOW, are we on the same page or
Here are hundreds of Batik Fabric Samples in Dark, Medium and pale (Neutral) Colors.
Nature Scapes - Teal Nature Scapes - Green
Dark Colors Light Medium and Dark assortment
Batiks Etcetera has a wide selection of Batiks in light, medium and dark tones.
BEGINNERS AND NO SEW INSTRUCTIONS:
Cut a 4 ½” x 4 ½” block of pale or neutral fabric. The measurements must be exact. If
you are unsure leave a little extra fabric around the edges and we will trim it for you. You
MUST sign and/or embellish your block within the blue dashed line area; the quilting
machine cannot sew over embellishments.
The square is 4 ½ inches by 4 ½ inches. If you are unsure about cutting a perfect square
cut the fabric a little larger and we will trim it for you. Use a fabric pen to sign your
square. Permanent markers or Sharpies DO NOT work. They will bleed and fade when
Instructions For Complete Block:
You need to cut as follows:
1. 1. Pale or Neutral Tones: cut one 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square (See Beginners or No
Sew square Diagram above)
2. 2. Medium Tones: cut one 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle
3. 3. Cut one Medium tone 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" square
4. 4. Dark Tones: cut one 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle
5. 5. Cut one Dark tone 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" square
Carefully sew the medium tone 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" square to the dark tone 2-7/8" x 2-7/8"
square. The squares go right sides together. The back of the lighter color square is
uppermost. Using a ruler and a fine pen or a sharp pencil mark a line from one corner to
the other diagonal corner as shown in green below. Don't worry about what kind of pen
or pencil, this line won't show.
Sew with a 1/4-inch seam on each side of the drawn line (along the red dash line). I like
to use a 1/4" quilting foot. You also can mark the sewing line with a pencil if you wish.
Now you will cut along the green line using either a rotary cutter or scissors.
You will now have two 2 ½” x 2 ½” Half Square Triangles as shown below. Press these
all open to form the half square triangles. (HUMMM!, enough to make two 6 ½” blocks.)
When you press them open you can trim off the little rabbit ear corners.
1. Always using a ¼ inch seam, sew the medium rectangle to the medium side of the
half square triangle (HST); press toward medium rectangle.
2. Sew the dark rectangle to the bottom of the Neutral or Pale 4 ½” square; press
3. Sew Neutral/Dark unit to the medium rectangle and HST unit; press toward
4. IMPORTANT: Please square up your finished block to be sure it is 6 ½” x 6 ½”.
If it is larger or especially smaller, check your seams and redo if necessary. If you
do not check your measurements, your block may not join properly with other
blocks easily to create the finished quilt. (Note: If your block is smaller than 6 ½”
x 6 ½”, we cannot add fabric, as we have in the past, to make your block fit.
5. You are ready to sign and/or embellish your block within the dashed line area
shown below. Remember the quilting machine CANNOT sew over
embellishments. Use a fabric pen to sign your square. Permanent markers or
Sharpies DO NOT work. They will bleed and fade when washed.
For those of you who want to make more than one or two blocks here are some links for
making quick and easy Fast and Easy Half square Traingles, Quick and Easy Half square
This is going to be one of the easiest and prettiest quilts we have ever made. I can’t wait
to see all the beautiful colors and embellishments you add to your blocks. Let’s get