I am so excited to show you my Quilt Retreat Camper! It is Block 2 in the Destination Quilt Along by Partners in Design. The inspiration for this block comes from being a member of the RV Quilter Facebook Group! We are are a group of people who like to RV and to quilt. Therefore, we take our quilt projects on the road! My camper is shown below. It has a full kitchen that opens in the back of the camper like a clam shell. Inside, there is a bed and a bathroom. All the comforts of home! However, since my camper is so small, I usually sew outdoors.
RV Quilters also meet at RV resorts to have Quilting Retreats. That brings me to my block. My block shows my camper at an RV Quilting Retreat! (Note: I took a little bit of artistic license when I represented my camper. It is at its quilty best.) When we meet up for a retreat, we sew together in a large room at the resort. Sometimes we have classes, work on a common project, or just do our own thing. See photos below.
My Quilt Retreat Camper Block is made by appliqueing the camper onto a pieced background square. My block shows you where I would like to go. I invite you to make a block that shows where you would like to travel in a camper. You can change the background fabric to show a lake, a glacier, mountains, wildlife, flowers, or any place that you want to go. I hope that you have fun with it! Click on the button below to download the pattern.
I selected a camper background fabric to represent the other RV Quilters' campers and green for the ground. You can easily choose your background to represent where you want to go. The strips for the background square were cut and then sewn together as shown below. The initial block measured 13" x 13". The block was trimmed to 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" after the applique pieces were sewn down.
Next, I cut the applique pieces for the camper. I printed the pattern piece being sure to check that the 1" square printed on the pattern actually measured 1" square. If it does not, check to make sure that your printer is set to 100% or to actual size depending on your printer.
Then, I traced the pattern onto the paper side of Heat n' Bond Lite. I used a light box to see the pattern more easily. However, you could tape the pattern to a window to get the same effect. After tracing the pattern, I cut the shapes out with an 1/8" margin around the drawn lines. Using manufacturer's directions, I ironed the shape onto the wrong side of the material and then cut along the drawn line. This method results in having the fusible extend all the way to the edge of the applique.
I then removed the paper backing and ironed the pieces onto the background fabric in the order indicated in the pattern.
Next, using a buttonhole decorative stitch, I sewed the edges of the applique pieces down. Finally, I trimmed the square to 12 1/2" x 12 1/2". See photo below.
By the way, if you like to quilt and RV, check out the RV Quilter Facebook Group. We love having new members! Maybe I will see you at an RV Quilters Retreat soon!
Who are the Segment 1 Hosts?
Want to see more versions of this block? Head over to the Hosts' blog posts:
Abbie Danahy @ Sparkle On!
Jennifer Fulton @ Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Laura Piland @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Sherry Shish @ Powered by Quilting
What are the Segment 1 Prizes?
How Can I Be Eligible for Giveaways?
All participants, both U.S. and International, can be eligible for giveaways if they do the following:
What Is the Schedule?
Who are our sponsors?
For additional information, see my Introductory Post. For links to all of the blocks go to my Quilt Alongs page.
I can hardly wait to see your completed blocks! Block 3 will be released July 20, 2021.
This post was originally published on JANDA Bend Quilts Blog.
I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.
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