2015 Adventure Quilt – Finished Quilt Revealed

2015 Block of the Month Quilt by Nancy Zieman

2015 Adventure Quilt – Finished Quilt Revealed

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2015 Block of the Month Quilt by Nancy ZiemanTwelve short months ago we jumped on this adventure together to make a block of the month quilt. Little did you know it was a mystery quilt and block of the month as each new block was revealed on the third Saturday of each month. I’m grateful to have you on the adventure with me. If you are just starting the journey on your own or with your quilting friends, find each block here:

My staff and I created two blocks each month, a total of 24 blocks for my finished quilt. Here’s how to assemble and finish the quilt.


  • 1-1/2 yards fabric for sashing (black)
  • 1/3 yards fabric for cornerstones (white print)
  • 2 yards fabric for outer border and binding (chartreuse)

Arrange the Quilt

  • Use a design wall, floor, or large work table to arrange the quilt blocks. With 24 blocks, I chose a four by six grid.

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  • Move the blocks around so lighter and darker blocks do not clump on one side of the quilt. The block placement will vary based on your fabric choices.

2015AdventureQuilt NancyZieman 4Cut the Sashing Pieces and Assemble the Quilt

Note: All seams are 1/4″.

  • Cut 12-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ sashing strips. Stitch to the right side of every block.

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  • Stitch a sashing strip to the left side of the blocks in column one.

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  • Cut a 12-1/2″ crosswise strip of sashing fabric and a 2-1/2″ crosswise strip of the cornerstone fabric. Stitch strips together to create a strata. Label as strata one.

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  • Cut another 12-1/2″ crosswise strip of sashing fabric and two 2-1/2″ crosswise strips for cornerstones. Stitch strips to create a second strata as pictured. Label as strata two.

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  • Subcut stratas: Cut twenty-one 2-1/2″ sections from strata one and seven 2-1/2″ sections from strata two. Pictured below are the sections required for each sashing row.
Note from Nancy
You will have left over fabric in strata two after cutting the seven sections, but not enough fabric in strata one to cut all the 21 strips. Here’s a quick solution: Remove one of the cornerstone sashing strips from strata two after cutting the seven sections; then cut the remaining sections needed for strata one. 
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  • Stitch the sections together. Create seven strata rows.

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  • Stitch sashing rows to quilt block rows along the top edge. For the lower row, add a second sashing row to the lower edge.
  • Press seam allowances toward the sashing strips.

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Add the Border and Binding

  • Cut eight 5-1/2″ crosswise strips for the border.
  • Stitch the border pieces together end to end, and apply to the quilt using your favorite border technique.
  • Cut eight 2-1/2″ crosswise strips for the binding. Again, use your favorite binding technique.

Basic Quilt-Making Reference

To finish this quilt completely, see the detailed instructions in my book Fearless Quilting Finishes. I cover layering the backing, batting, and quilt top; the basics of machine quilting; and the absolute easiest way to apply the binding. See the demonstrations in the Fearless Quilting Finishes three-part series on Sewing With Nancy.

The Finished 2015 Adventure Quilt!

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Watch Fearless Quilting Finishes (Part One, Part Two, and Part Three) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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Coming Soon—2016 Block of the Month Quilt

I don’t have to tell you how much fun we had creating this year’s Adventure Quilt. I’m putting together something very special for 2016. The event will kick off on the third Saturday in January. Here’s a sneak peek.

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  • Kathleen Swinkowski
    December 26, 2015

    Didn’t have a chance to make the 2015 block quilt but am looking forward to the 2016 quilt.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  • Marie Williams
    December 26, 2015

    Nancy, the quilt is beautiful!! I didn’t participate in the 2015 block of the month quilt, but I’m looking forward to the 2016 project. In 2015 for various reasons, I just quit sewing, it didn’t help. Now I am ready to sit back down at my machines and sew with enthusiasm!!! Happy New Year and I hope that your Christmas was the best ever!

  • Bev M
    December 26, 2015

    Lovely. I have started the blocks in red, ivory, and blue, but must admit that I have gotten behind by working on other projects. I still plan to finish, though!

  • lavonne
    December 26, 2015

    Just starting this as a wedding present in red grey ad black. Looking forward to next year. Love the tools.

  • Jody
    December 26, 2015

    Thanks so much for continuing the block of the month in 2016. Of course, I am behind on the 2015 quilt, but maybe it will turn into a table runner! As a beginning quilter, I looked forward every month to see what I could learn. And I loved the color combinations! Happy quilting in 2016!

  • cecilia huether
    December 26, 2015

    Was not able to make the 2015 quilt of the month, I am a caregiver with limited time to sew, but think it is a beautiful quilt, and would love to make it and will follow the 2016 quilt of the month blocks, hopefully squeezing more time into my schedule. May God bless you and your family and all the wonderful sewist. Cecilia

  • JoJo
    December 26, 2015

    I made several of the blocks in pinks, Browns and creams. My mom now has a new quilt for her bed. She was overjoyed.

    Thank you Nancy for the great inspiration.

  • Mary B
    December 26, 2015

    Glad to see the common theme of being behind!! Loved the twist on several of these blocks, I’ve kept block patterns with the hope of getting to these all. I especially liked that there were options given using each month’s blocks as I definitely was partial to some more than others. Looking forward to 2016. Happy New Year!!

  • Shirley
    December 26, 2015

    Im almost finished making the adventure quilt It was so much fun trying to do because I had to get creative because I didn’t have the correct rulers. However I am a senior on a very limited budget and give all my quilts away so I have to do without the correct rulers. think I will make 2 wheelchair lap robs out of my blocks. Thank you for your free blocks and inspirations.

  • Lillian K
    December 26, 2015

    I have saved each of the block patterns to begin my version of this quilt. I love the black and white and am trying to decide on my 3rd color ( I am leaning toward the lime green).
    Looking forward to the 2016 Block of the month.

  • ZBWW
    December 26, 2015

    Great Deco-inspired design. Loved watching it come together over the months. Final quilt radiates sophistication. Eagerly looking forward to the 2016 Adventure Quilt. Vibrant salsa colors, the perfect relief for winter blahs.

  • Gladys Hontz
    December 26, 2015

    Nancy, the quilt is beautiful,love the choice of colors! I did not participate in the 2015 blocks due to the fact I am a newie to quilting, but I’m looking forward to trying the one for 2016. I read your book and loved it, it also helped me over some hurdles. Thank you!!! Wishing you a Happy,Healthy and prosperous New Year, God Bless.

  • Lucy Primeau
    December 27, 2015

    Loved the quilt unfortunately not able to make it as I didn’t have the proper rulers!

  • Marty
    December 27, 2015

    Can’t believe it had been a year since we started this one. I so enjoyed it and the many tips and look forward to 2016.

  • Kate
    December 29, 2015

    You are amazing Nancy, with all you have been through you still managed to get this completed simply put You’ve got a lot of strength and will power, I stand in awe of you. God Bless you, your staff and family.

  • Rebecca Monnin
    January 4, 2016

    I have enjoyed and saved each of the monthly blocks and will attempt it at a later time. I have learned from the tips and some shortcuts on assembling so I feel I’m ready to do more quilting. My best wishes, Nancy, to you and your associates for a healthy and happy New Year!

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