Thursday, September 5, 2019

Tutorial Throwback Thursday - On The Go!!!

It's  Thursday and that means another Tutorial Throwback feature.  And here I thought that when school started, things would slow down a bit.   But you guessed it, I am still totally On the Go . . . so it just felt natural that today's throwback should be my On The Go quilt!!!    And this one is throwing way back, like 7 years back :)

I designed On The Go when arrows were all the rage in the industry.     Arrows are fun to make and  I just loved the motion they created.  I remember the first time I designed it, all the arrows were pointing the same direction.   But hey, and at that time, I had a baby, a toddler, and 3 other kiddos all under the age of 10.   So ya, nothing in life at that point was going in one direction and it just felt like if it was going to be a baby quilt, it should fit the feeling of having little ones.   And every which direction totally fit that feeling ;)    

And I had some fun throwing a little applique on the back of the quilt.  I still love doing applique and find it to be a wonderful way to add a little punch to a project.   I even made a video on applique basics (although that is a throw back to as I still have long hair in the video ;)   But I should mention, I am still the world's worst hand stitcher, so all my applique is raw edge, machine applique. Which is nice for a baby quilt because it holds up wash after wash!!! 

 What I really love about On The Go is that it uses Charm Packs, and you all know how I love to collect Charm Packs, especially for baby quilts!!!     All you need is two Charm Packs, a background, and a pop fabric.  (and of course, binding and backing)   And if I could go back in time, I would totally have gotten more of these Ten Little Things Charm Packs.  It was the perfect "all boy" line and those don't come around all the time.      

And the quilting on this one is a super throwback.   This was pre-long arm days and I remember wanting to try something new so I did a squared off meander.   And boy oh boy, I remember thinking it was a good thing it was a baby quilt, because it took forever!!!   About 30 minutes into it I was kicking myself wishing I wouldn't have started out so dense.   But by the end, it totally worked out and was worth it after it's first washing when it was so warm and snuggly!!!   This was a newborn gift for a special family member and it was very well loved, just as a baby quilt should be ;)   

And that is the On The Go quilt for this Tutorial Throwback Thursday!!!  It finishes at 46" x 46" so it is perfect size for a baby and they can keep dragging it around with them all the way through the toddler years.   And even though I have done it in an all boy fabric, it looks equally great for the little ladies as well.  I have seen it done in all red and pink and it is to cute for words!!!     And it truly is so fun and fast to make, whether it's for a boy or a girl, it is super to be a special treasure ;)

I hope you have enjoyed today's Tutorial Throwback Thursday!!!    To make your own On The Go  just click on any of the quilt name links for the free step by step tutorial.   And when you are done, I would love to see your quilt!!  You can email me a picture at, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc  or or add it to my flickr group here ;)  I can't wait to see your On The Go Quilts!!!

Thanks for popping in today and have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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  1. Fun, fun, fun! Front and back go so well together!

  2. I made this pattern a few years ago - hope I can find a picture to share with you.
    I hear you about charm packs designed with little boys in mind...

  3. I love this Tutorial Throwback! Made me start a NEW project with some Solids for my Grandson. Sew Much Fun to see the colors together. Now to put it all into sets of 4 and sew it to a Flimsy!

  4. I made an On The Go quilt and had some bee mates help me make blocks!! I made mine in red, navy, lime greens and white and I STILL love it!

  5. This has always been a fun quilt to me. Arrows represent direction which is always relevant. ;)


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