Sep 28, 2020

Sewcialites quilt along

Who else is sewing along with the Sewcialites quilt along, sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop?

They will release a block every Friday until June 25.  There are 18 designers, each of them have created two blocks.  This is my color page, not sure what color I'll make the border half square triangles yet.


These are the Bonnie and Camille fabrics I've selected.  Most of these are from older fabric lines, I don't think I've ever made a quilt with just their fabrics before!  

Kimberly Jolly will show us how to create the block on her You Tube video every Friday morning.  I don't ever watch it live, I just watch it when I can.  I learned a few extra tips about pressing your blocks when I watched her tutorial this time.

When I trim my half square triangles, I find it quicker and easier to just trim them with scissors.

I proceeded to match up each half square triangle to their matching square and realized that they didn't match in size.  I don't always trim my blocks but I did this time!

I have a lot of Omnigrid rulers that I bought at JoAnn's with a coupon but am slowly buying some creative grid rulers which I like so much better!

Now they match perfectly!

My points are pretty good if I don't say so myself :)

When I make my quarter square triangles, I love these half inch rulers.  I use my Frixion pen and trace a line on each side of the ruler which I sew using a chain stitch. The Frixion ink disapears when you iron it.

Speaking of irons, this Reliable iron is my absolute favorite!  It's a little hard on the pocket book but well worth the investment.

I keep my Alpha Bitties in this cute metal tin.

I have six sets of the Alpha Bitties and there's still room for more.

Here's my 9 1/2" finished block, it's called Harmony and is designed by Lissa Alexander.

I think it will be fun making a block every week and seeing everyone's designs.  It will be like a virtual quilting bee.

Sep 21, 2020

Inatagram Farm Girl Vintage retreat quilt

I went to the most incredibly fun quilt retreat in the summer of 2016

and made some forever friends.

It was a group of Instagram friends, and we were taught by Lori Holt.

This is the quilt that Lori designed for our retreat, 

and I'm thrilled to say that I machine quilted it!

Yay, another quilt out of my closet and into another closet, lol!

Everyone gave gifts at the retreat, and Beth had made these and had them embroidered with everyone's Instagram name.

I used mine as my quilt label on the back.

As you can see, I backed the quilt with a small red gingham.


I think I have about six more quilts waiting to be quilted.

On a personal note, I'm having a total hip replacement next Monday, September 28.  It is so needed!!!

I may not be able to post for a few weeks, unless I'm able to get more projects completed this week.

Have a great week and thanks for following :)

Sep 14, 2020

Awesome Ocean

 I finished my Awesome Ocean quilt top, yay!

These are the cute little clown fish. I like the rick rack one :)

These are the little angel fish.
I like the subtlety of the white bubbles on the Kona oyster.

My friend made this quilt and she said that she logged 
more than a 100 hours!!!
As I was sewing the fish and the rows together, my pants were constantly covered in little threads 
because of all the pieces in each block.

I was worried that the colors wouldn't blend and look hombre with each other, but I think they do.
I had a fat eighth bundle of Elizabeth Hartman's "Reef" fabric which was about 8 pieces 
that I got in a Sew Sampler box from the Fat Quarter Shop online.
Elizabeth Hartman's patterns are amazing, she tells you exactly how to place each block so that the colors will mesh.
I changed a few of the blocks because I thought they looked better.
Not the blocks themselves, but the colors.

I wanted to get a beautiful, soft minky for the back.
I kept looking at the blues, but there isn't a huge range of colors.
I decided on teal, hope it won't be too dark.

I'm going to machine quilt it myself, with a vertical seaweed looking design that I will figure out how to do!

I hope you enjoyed my "Awesome Ocean" journey.

Which block is your favorite?

Have you seen Elizabeth Hartman's new dinosaur pattern?

It's so cute!!!!

Sep 7, 2020

Moda Be My Neighbor

 I finished machine quilting and binding my quilt, yay!!!

It's called "Be My Neighbor" and is a free pattern by Moda from 2016.

This quilt has a great story!
I have a group of Instagram friends, there are 8 of us.
They live in Tasmania, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Utah, and Idaho.
We used to make each other gifts for Christmas and birthdays.
After a couple of years, that got to be too much to handle.
Lynette found this pattern with 16 blocks and thought it would be a great idea to make the blocks for gifts for our birthdays.
Each name was drawn and randomly assigned two blocks.
Mine were the sailboat at the bottom and the house with the bird and mailbox at the top.
When it was Cathy's birthday in Tasmania, everyone made her their two blocks and she was able to make a quilt.
We felt like we were neighbors even though we were miles apart.
The other cool thing was that we had to use Fig Tree fabric and the same background fabric.
That way, all the blocks would match.
It's really such a pretty quilt, I'm in love with it!
I posted about my quilt in 2018, here.

I'm thrilled with my machine quilting!
I used a meandering feather, 
although I'm not sure that it looks like a feather.
Either way, I'm thrilled with the outcome.
The quilting is very dense and there aren't any ripples.

I used a lot of thread!

Another thing that makes this quilt so special to me, is the back.
I had an Alexander Henry piece that was large enough to use.
Don't the people looks like they're having a great time visiting, 
just like neighbors do?
I love how colorful it is too.
It looks much more colorful in person :)

The label is from a "Sweetwater" label group that I joined,
 it's called tagged and comes at the end of every month.
Kimberly Jolly mentioned it on one of her YouTube videos.
It's always  different and my name's always printed on it.
I added some Fig Tree fabric to frame the label and sewed it on.
I think I might have to change the date to 2018-2020,
I'll do some further investigation.

Every quilt has a story, this one is about friendship.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Thanks for following along :)