My backstory on the Tone It Down Quilt Along – I started this quilt last fall, with the intention that it was for my father-in-law. He is around our house often, and sees all the quilts I make, in various stages of the process, always admiring. His regular line was – “You know; that would look great on my bed.” I worked on this quilt while he was around too, but never indicated that it was for him. I had wanted to keep a surprise, and him not too disappointed when I had to set it on the back burner to meet a few deadlines.
Yesterday was his birthday, and Father’s Day – perfect day for a special quilt, made just for him. He’s been through a lot over the last few years, and it felt great to give him a gift … Read More »
I was looking through my blog over the weekend, and realized that I never shared my finished quilt top for the #apqquiltalong project! I had a few little deadlines pop up on me and I folded up the top before I got it posted here – sorry! My quilt measures 75″ x 93″ – which is a great size, and it would be simple to add or subtract blocks to make it the size you would like to snuggle with!
Making this quilt has been a journey! I will mention that using an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance makes all the difference in these blocks, with so many seams, it would be easy to have problems.
Thankfully, my quilt top lays flat! It’s not a difficult quilt to make, I suggest anyone that wants to make one to go … Read More »
Last week I shared my Quilt-along progress, and I’m excited to have even more progress to share today!
I sewed up the block centers – and love the way the colors are coming together, the varied blues, with a touch of green is just right!
I also did some strip-piecing, and trimmed them up for four-patches –
Sewing at night makes for challenging photography, but I do love the colors!
Up next, I have more strip piecing and segments to cut, before assembling the blocks.
Are you quilting along with us yet? You can find the pattern in the current American Patchwork & Quilting; just look for this cover :
I’ll be back tomorrow with some info on Pillow Collective –
Hi there! I’ve been quilting for a deadline, but also excited to share my first block – test block if you will, for this quilt-along! Moda Lissa has a beautiful quilt pattern inspired by an antique quilt in the current issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, and there’s a group of us quilting-along.
I just found it on my newsstand yesterday, so if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t give up! My rural little town, is kinda slow to distribute, and you might be in the same predicament. If it’s not available where you live, you might check out the digital copy too!
This is my test block, which I almost always make before starting a whole project. Especially if I’m making someone else’s pattern. It helps me familiarize myself with the pattern, and check that I have the color placement right. … Read More »
When asked by magazine editors and marketing gurus, if I would like to be a part of a quilt-along, the obvious answer is – yes! And thank you for the invite!
This is the first ever quilt-along hosted by American Patchwork & Quilting! The project is in the February issue, which is shipping to subscribers now, and will be on newsstands the first week of December.
Tone It Down, is by Lissa Alexander and quilted by my friend Natalia Bonner, isn’t it beautiful?
I love the scrappy-ness of the fabrics, and how cheerful it is! Everyone is welcome to quilt-along with us, there’s a group of blogger’s sharing tips and tricks as we each sew our own inspired versions. I hope you will join us and pull your own favorite fabrics to sew with! I wanted this quilt to have … Read More »
Last week I finished all my Dancing Stars blocks and was so excited to put them together into a top.
It took me a couple nights of intense sewing (the best kind, right?) and multiple episodes of Parenthood on Netflix – I have a quilt top!
98 blocks 6″ each, set on point; the top measures 60″ x 68″. I actually started piecing the blocks in March, and worked on it when possible for four months.
The prints are a variety from my stash, with a white on white print from Architextures, and this Chambray print by Rachel Ashwell, I love the touch of texture the print adds. I’m adding this top to my quilting cue, and hope to get to it soon!
You can make your own Dancing Stars quilt too … Read More »
If you follow me on instagram, you saw a few peeks at this quilt over the weekend. I am so happy with the finished product! This being my first foray into quilting with rulers on the long-arm, I learned a ton, and look forward to my next one – in fact if you have a suggestion of rulers to use/purchase, I would love a little input.
Since you can’t see much of the quilting, I took close-up of a couple of my favorite blocks –
I spiraled in to the center in a square, then added graduated loops in the triangles. All the sashing has figure 8’s, that grew more consistent, the more I quilted.
This one has a pebbled center, with double loops in the print, and graduated lines in the corners. I had a lot of fun thinking up and trying … Read More »
Hey! It’s been too long :) Blogger’s Quilt Festival was a huge success – thank you to everyone that entered quilts and shared their stories. It means so much to learn about you, and how you create! The details are all wrapped up, for now, and I’ve got a few pictures to share, along with current happenings.
With the end of the school year, there were lots of field trips! I went with Owen to the zoo, and had a blast, while making sure that my five charges stayed together too! The local zoo is going through some major renovations, and had Lego exhibits set up as well. The boys were particularly taken with the polar bear, they kept asking about how many pieces…it was a great day, and a major milestone, as my baby is done … Read More »
After I finished piecing 30 Dancing Stars blocks last month, I immediately copied more of the pattern, intent on sewing up a few here and there. Which didn’t happen. I thought I would sew 10-15 instead of 30 at once, instead I’m sewing them all up!
I’m just beginning the 68 remaining blocks, but hopeful that I can have the blocks done in the next two weeks.
Wish me luck!
If you want to piece your own Dancing Stars quilt, here’s a few helpful links:
Fabric Requirements & Selection
Melody and I were busy all last week piecing 30 Dancing Stars blocks – I’m working toward the throw size, which includes 99 blocks total. Each block has a different print in the star, I love the variety!
I thought I would share a few tips for chain piecing these blocks.
First, I pieced the background with the white fabric in the second position. Then, I pulled prints out to add them to the mix, in the second or third position. I chain pieced all the pieces that I could at one time, then trimmed and pressed them together as well. I alternated the fabrics as the pieces dictated and sometimes, one or two of the sections would sit out while the others were pieced. In the last phase, I pieced the background fabric, … Read More »
Hi there! For those of you quilting along with me, I have a giveaway for you today!
Vicki Welsh is the sponsor this month, and has agreed to giveaway a Stash Pack of your choice! I love the variety of tones in the hand dyed fabrics – the Stash Packs are a great way to add variety to quilts.
Enter the giveaway by linking up with a post about your progress, if you are just on flickr, share your most recent picture in the linky.
Don’t be shy – share your progress! This week I’ve pieced segments for 30 blocks, today I plan to trim and finish piecing the blocks. I have loved working on these, and I’m excited to work on more of them in the coming weeks!
Can’t wait to see where you are in the process – a winner will be … Read More »
I hope you all had a great weekend! I was busy writing a pattern for a deadline and packing up quilts to fly to Seattle this morning! I’ll be doing a signing, visiting with my mom, and my friends at Martingale all in a quick 36 hours, then get back to family life here again!
Before I take off, a big thanks to these lovely ladies that took the time to participate in the Blitz for Modern Basics II –
Emily Herrick , Amy Newbold, Dana Bolyard, Amy Webb, Martingale , Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Katie Blakesley, Kimberly Jolly, Terri Harlan, Mary Kolb, Pat Sloan, Natalia Bonner, Candy Glendening, Vicki Christensen
I was happy to know that some of you learned something new from my friends, and hope that you all had fun visiting my friends.
Now for the fun stuff!
***Modern Basics II ebook winners:
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