Quilter's soup challenge reveal

>> Friday, February 15, 2019

It's been busy here and snowing a LOT! At my Quilt Guild's meeting in October, we brought our jars of Quilter's soup 'base' to be traded and turned into a project. With winter weather our January meeting didn't have everyone out, but several projects were created and shared.

quilter's soup fabric

This was the fabric I received. . .

churn dash table runner

And this is the project I made! 
I tried to use as much of the fabrics as I could so I made rectangular churn dashes. I kept the black print fabric almost to the size I received and worked out cutting the other fabrics just enough to turn them into rectangles. I used the different green prints as the background and cut some of the light batik fabric to use as the churn dashes.

black batik runner with scrap strips

I added a black batik to the reverse side and made strips with the leftovers from the front. I only had a few little pieces of  the light batik when I was done!

This is what my jar looked like - a lot of rainbow scraps!

quilted wallets made with rainbow scraps

And these are what I got back! Two really colorful wallets!

inside quilted wallets made with bright scraps

Inside they're nice and bright too! Orange! I'm not sure of the pattern as they were made by another guild member. They look familiar, so if you know the pattern source please let me know and I will add it here as well.

I love them! It was a very successful guild program. The other projects were just as inventive - aprons made from panels, beach bags made from panels, 3D flower vases, wall hangings and Christmas minis. It was inspiring to see quilters work out of their comfort zones and try something new.

Turnabout Patchwork block quilted cushion cover

My last blog post was my contribution to the Turnabout Patchwork blog hop. I found this photo of my cushion that really shows off the quilting (I must have had one day of sunshine last month!) The winner from my blog was Karen. She will receive a pdf copy of Teresa's book and a copy of my Liberated Churn Dash quilt pattern. 

With Joy,

Sarah V.


My turn on the Turnabout Patchwork blog hop is today

>> Friday, February 1, 2019

Turnabout Patchwork blog hop pic

I hope you've been visiting some the blogs before me in this hop! Each of us has created something using one of the many blocks that Teresa designed for this book. You can go back to this post for the list of bloggers to check them out.

one orange and green block hst and squares

For my turn I am using the half square triangles and squares block in a variation called Diamond Star.

I decided to go bold and play with some bright coral, Pantone's color of the year, and a Ketan batik green. 

turnabout patchwork diamond star

Here are my four blocks arranged in the Star Diamond. Pretty bold, eh! These blocks repeated would make a really nice quilt. But, I didn't have time to make a whole quilt! I decided to set my blocks differently.

pillow cushion Turnabout Patchwork diamond star variation

I took my four blocks and arranged them with the orange touching instead of the green and turned them into a pillow cushion. 

turnabout patchwork diamond star variation blocks rotated

Here are the blocks before being quilted. You can see that in this orientation the design looks quite different. I'm not sure I'd like a whole quilt in this arrangement, but it's perfect for a cushion!

kaffe fasset print pillow cushion

For the reverse side of the cushion I decided to continue with the bold, bright colours and used this Kaffe Fasset print. I tried to add a bit of Teresa's bright Aussie sunshine to my project :)

There's a giveaway too!

Martingale, the publisher of Teresa's book, is generously offering electronic copies of Turnabout Patchwork. 

Please leave a comment here on my blog about what you like best about blog hops!
I'll draw a winner at the end of the hop on February 9th.

Good luck!

Sarah V.

snowbank with cushion

p.s. here's a photo of where I took the photos of my pillow cushion - waaaaaay up on my snowbank! (It's probably a bit bigger by now too!)


Turnabout Patchwork blog hop begins today

>> Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Turnabout Patchwork blog hop pic

Today is the first day of the blog hop featuring Teresa of Sewn Up/Teresa Down Under's newest book, Turnabout Patchwork.

There are several bloggers posting, each having made a different block using the many options in the book.

Here is the blog hop schedule:

January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball

Sweet Bows
Sun Dunes

February 1 - Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows
Flying Butterflies
Flying Flags
Flying Confetti

February 2 - Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star
Diamond Star

February 4 - Striped Fabric Block

Xs and Os

February 6 - Coordinated Strips

Diamond and Crosses
Knots and Crosses

February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis
Stepping Stones
Two for One

There are lots of neat blocks in this book! Take some time and enjoy the hop. I'll see you here for my turn on February 2nd.

With Joy,

Sarah V.


January sewing projects

>> Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I've been sewing when I can, getting ready for some fun things to share in the next few weeks.

turnabout patchwork book by teresa mairal barreu

I am participating in the blog hop for this new book, Turnabout Patchwork, by Teresa of Teresa Down Under. You can find her videos on youtube too - Teresa on youtube.

Here's a peek at the boldly colored block that I chose to create! Surprised? (not really!) My date is February 2nd so this is the next project I'm working at finishing up.

Before the blog hop my Quilter's Soup challenge is due at my guild meeting. I've been busy this weekend quilting it. I'm happy to report that I used up almost all of the fabric provided :)

I have a sew day coming up too, which is a good thing because I need to get caught up on my floating stars for the Monterrey Medallion quilt.

And I have posts about the PFAFF 720 Quilt Expression coming up by the end of February. I have to say more than "love it" so I'm working on making those posts useful and inspiring. 

Most of my time right now is spent in my classroom or thinking about my class! My quilting projects are some of my favorite rewards. That and hanging out with my son and doing JUST DANCE :)

Hope your new year has you quilting and enjoying life!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Monterrey medallion progess in my new space

>> Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Life is pretty wild this time of year, isn't it? I'm getting settled into a new sewing space as we moved at the end of November. While there are still boxes on the floor the priority areas have been organized so that I can sew!

monterrey medallion center star atkinson designs

My guild project, Monterrey Medallion, is my ongoing project this year. I don't want to fall behind! I even went to our guild's sew day and spent my time cutting the backgrounds for all 40 of the floating stars that I'll need to complete by the end of January. To figure out my color placement for the stars I decided to make the center star now too (maybe I'll actually be ahead one month!) am going to make a star with each of the colors used in the center star, excluding the blue contrast fabric. Then the rest of  my stars might have two fabrics for the centers and the points but still the same color of fabric. 

At least that's the plan right now.;)

PFAFF sewing machine quilt expression 720

I'm also pretty delighted to share that in 2019 I will be reviewing and posting projects made with PFAFF's newest quilting machine, Quilt Expression 720! These posts will be available to enjoy over at QUILTsocial.com

PFAFF sewing machine sewing room setup

I'm set up with my long table again and have left lots of room to the left of the machine for quilting quilts - a BIG goal of mine in 2019. This shows the one wall of my new sewing space - with a door!  I'm on the main floor of the house and have patio doors on one wall giving me lots of natural light. (Insert squeal here!!)

I will work at showing up here more often in 2019. Right now I'm trying to hold myself to once a month, minimum. I am fortunate to be starting a full time teaching job in January as well and plan to keep myself quilting so that I can continue to enjoy my job and my life! And quilting! 

Feeling very blessed as this year wraps up. Thank you for being here with me going into 2019 - 10 years of blogging!! Surely that's something to celebrate too ;)

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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