Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Saguaro Quilt

Now that the holidays are over and I'm done traveling for a while, I'm finally able to blog about my Saguaro Quilt. The idea for a cactus quilt has been been rattling around in my brain for almost a year now, but it wasn't until I was at a quilt retreat last November that I actually made my first block.

A year and a half ago I made a pineapple quilt, using a tutorial by Jackie Padesky. Two and a half-inch squares and half-square triangles are the basis for the pineapple blocks. These saguaro blocks are similar. Thirty 2.5" squares, a couple of half-square triangles, and a handful of "flip and stitch" corners. When chain pieced, these big blocks go together quite quickly.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make this cactus quilt with a pink backing, but these cute note cards from the Dollar Spot at Target reconfirmed my decision! I used the 2017 Kona Color of the Year, Pink Flamingo (AKA the perfect pink!), as my background choice.

I was somewhat uncertain which fabric I wanted to use for the binding. I ended up going with this green gingham, which I cut on the bias, even though most people chose a green and white bias when I posted a poll on my Instagram story. But I'm very happy with my decision!

This awesome Kaffe Fassett backing was purchased at The Quilter's Lodge (Thanks, Robyn!) and the modern loops quilting was done by Utah Valley Quilting.

As promised, you can find a free tutorial for the Saguaro Quilt HERE.

A big shoutout to my daughter, Kirsten, who was my quilt holder. We made several stops in the desert on the way home from California last week. Mother Nature gave us a run for our money, but we won in the end!



  1. Oh Yes!!! It's wonderful and I have tovmake one. I am hoping its not hard. I am kinda new to this. But I love it!!! ❤��


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