Civil War Roosting Round Robin update

>> Wednesday, April 4, 2018

My Civil War fabrics Roosting Round Robin guild challenge quilt has been waiting patiently for me to get back to it all of March. 

civil war fabrics on point quilt blocks 2.5 inch sashing strips

This is how it was looking at the end of February. I have kept the on point setting which is necessary because of my first block, the Tree of  Life. The round challenge for March was applique.

modern round robin applique strip pieced signature

Here is my modern round robin with it's applique row. I strip pieced the different fabrics I'm using and then cut my initials and the date out from the strips and appliqued them on. 
This quilt is huge, by the way! I needed to wait until it was hung up on the wall at my guild meeting to be able to take a photo of it. As a complete aside, I know what I'm doing for the next row on this one thanks to flipping to the next month on my quilt calendar. (The art of the Quilt)

brown winged bird yellow applique hand quilt block

I decided to do a signature block of sorts on the civil war round robin quilt too. In this case I was inspired by a block from Cheri Payne's free quilt from last year, but the blocks finish at 10 inches. The applique hand was too small to look good on my 12 inch block and I didn't want to add a lot of stuff to fill in the background - so I traced my own hand!
Then I used some of the original applique pieces included on the block including this little bird. I love both of these prints, but the wing gets lost against the brown body of the bird.

red winged bird applique

I changed to the wing print to red instead and I love it!
One more thing to point out here: remember I'm only using yardage of the background prints and the rest are 2 1/2" strips. The hand is made of three strips sewn together and if you look close, the seam lines look like the lines on gloves. Pretty neat effect :)

machine applique stitched hand

I stitched around all the applique with the same brown thread by machine using a very small blanket stitch. 

on point block setting

This is where I'll leave things today. Here are the five blocks with some sashing. You can see I've worked on creating some quarter dresdens - they were actually my first failed attempt at an applique block as I made them to big for a 12" block.

Since I took this photo there have been some major design adjustments - perhaps the more math-inclined of you can already spy an issue? I didn't until it was time to start sewing the rows together!

Stay tuned - this one's a work in progress :)

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Batiks to help banish the winter blues

>> Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It's April in Northern Ontario. Actually, it's April everywhere, but here it doesn't necessarily mean spring-like weather. In fact, we have a snowstorm warning in effect today and snow forecasted for most days in this coming week.

Come on, Spring!

To keep quilting through the storms you can make one of these pillow cushion covers. This is my tutorial is featured over at this week!

There's even a giveaway to WIN some of these gorgeous Banyan Batiks - click here to visit post. Contest closes April 8!

The tutorial started Monday here: Batik boho fun: making a quilted cushion cover

There's a new post up today talking about using block construction methods that keep larger pieces of fabric intact - something to think about when using batiks with so many subtle designs infused throughout the fabric.

Three quilt blocks that highlight Banyan Batik prints


Sarah V.


Starting Spring with a finish

>> Monday, March 19, 2018

This quilt has been done for a few weeks now.

jolly holly quilt sew fresh designs

It's by Sew Fresh Quilts and called Have a Jolly Little Christmas. I did this as a block quilt through my local quilt shop this past fall and actually have it quilted! A Christmas quilt ready for next year.

light backing machine quilted

I actually used a light backing fabric - a rare thing for me! This one has some snowflakes on it. I used it for the binding as well.

I used several of the built in stitches on the PFAFF creative 3.0 that I was reviewing. It has left my space now and I am enjoying making things with some beautiful batik fabrics! (that's a sneak peek for you - stay tuned to QUILTsocial in April - wink wink!) 

Now I find myself eager to finish quilts but with a very small machine. I'm sure sooner or later I will purchase a new machine with a bigger harp (throat) space.

I'll get my Spring goals together to share soon.

In the meantime, I'm still quilting and I hope you are too :)

With JOY,

Sarah V


Joy from January - tracking progress

>> Friday, February 9, 2018

January was a full month of quilting! I looked back at my goal setting post and here's what I accomplished:

civil war fabrics on point blocks roosting round robin

Caught up on my Civil War quilt guild roosting round robin - this round was the star.

modern row quilt guild roosting round robin

I finished my log cabin row on my modern guild roosting robin. I made quarter log cabin blocks and included some of the row-by-row license plates that I purchased because they match my colours!

white wonky star modern quilt block

For my star row I'm making wonky star blocks. I have one done and need to make 3 more. I'm still not sure if they will go on the ends of my previous rows to make the quilt wider or in their own row.

free block with signup to TQPM newsletter

I designed and donated a quilt block for The Quilt Pattern Magazine newsletter.
If you signed up before the end of  January, you would have received the February newsletter and a link to the block instructions.
You can still sign up for the newsletter and have access to the pattern next month.

Click here to subscribe to receive TQPM newsletter. There will be a new free block from another designer next month :)

quilting on pfaff machine jolly christmas quilt

I am not finished quilting my Jolly Christmas quilt. I must admit I find it hard to stay focussed on quilting a quilt! But I will get back to it - promise! My goal is to actually finish some quilts this year - and not have any Works in Progress (but finished tops are okay too!)

I did end up with some time to play - or rather - snuck in some other projects!

curling rocks table runner

I made myself a Curling Rocks Runner! I'm really happy I did :)

guild mystery quilt

I also found the time to piece my guild mystery quilt from last year. I had stopped at trimming the triangle units and worked on piecing the units, assembling the blocks, rows, and borders.
I want to quilt this REALLY soon and give it to someone special.

Whew! What a month! I had so much fun getting things made this month. I went to a guild fun day and have another almost finished top too - but that was in February so I'll share it soon ;)

With Joy,

Sarah V.


How to make a 12" finished quilt block COMPLETELY out of 2 1/2" strips!

>> Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I could have also called this post, "how I hacked a block made by Jennie Doan", but that might not have sounded as exciting:)

12 inch sweet star block

I followed this video by Jennie - except for the measurements.

Missouri Quilt Co star block video

I needed a star block for my Guild mystery challenge. I'm using two background colours and a package of 2 1/2" strips. I didn't want to have to start with pieces larger than 2 1/2" if I could help it AND I wanted the block to end up 12" finished.

Jennie's star uses jelly roll strips (2 1/2" wide strips) to make the start points, but not the background. Her block finishes at 11". 

So I played!

I used both of my background fabrics cut into 2 1/2" squares to make my background corners 4 1/2" unfinished.

Then I realized in time that my star strips would need to be longer - instead of 4" and 6", I cut mine 4 1/2" and 6 1/2".

The result is what I wanted! You can see I played with alternating my background colours to make 4 patches and tried to get the pattern to continue through the stars. If I was going to make another, I would make all of the star point squares of the same fabric!

12 inch blocks on point with 2.5 inch strips for sashing

I'm very happy with my hack and how the star block looks with the rest of my blocks.

Have you hacked a pattern?

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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