Still rowing through September

>> Thursday, September 13, 2018

School's back in session. The hurricanes have started. I'm wearing shorts again up here in the North of Ontario! It's generally the busy season for most people and starts to get even busier as quilters realize it's almost time to start making gifts for the holidays - if you're doing that this year. Plus so many hops and sewalongs to enjoy.

Remember to enjoy and not get bogged down in taking on too many new projects. Sometimes it's just fun to look for inspiration's sake and maybe enter for a chance to win some giveaways!

button image for my happy place rowalong

This week has more bloggers participating in the My Happy Place Rowalong. I meant to post more last week, but didn't. I've been back in the school already this year and now trying to stay caught up here because there's lots coming! 

Today's bloggers include:

Pumpkin Patch BC
Sew Incredibly Crazy
A Quilting Chick
Patchwork Breeze

Visit them soon as I'm pretty sure the giveaways are only open for a week! 
You can also visit Marian's blog for the giveaways here.

And I found out there is a pinterest board where you can see some of the rows that have already been featured.

My Happy Place Rowalong Pinterest board

I'm looking forward to sharing my row in a couple of weeks' time, plus I'm busy getting a new project ready for in October too. And I rediscovered my stash lately and have been cutting it up and playing with it too.

One quilt top that I haven't shared yet is my roosting Round Robin civil war top. I did get it finished in time to share at my guild meeting at the end of June. It's  a nice size wall hanging right now and with a bit more fabric could become a lap or twin quilt. Undecided on if I want to keep adding to it or not.

on point round robin challenge quilt civil war fabric

Remember this one was a challenge using two, one metre yards of fabric and the rest 2 1/2 inch strips. I think adding a wide border and possibly some applique would really add to it.

Hope you are finding time in the busyness of September to quilt!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


My Happy Place Row Along Begins

>> Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Today is the first day of the My Happy Place Row along!

I'm happy to say that I am participating in this row along; my date is September 25. There are lots of great bloggers participating and amazing giveaways. Aurifil and EQ8, amazing!!

The hostess for the row along is Marian at Seams To Be Sew. You'll want to head to her blog and book mark it to go back to each Tuesday and Thursday this month and into October to collect a new list of bloggers to visit -  and enter each  giveaway.

Here is the list of bloggers to visit today:

The Quilt Rambler
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cheryl LaPlante
Be A Quilter
Patti’s Patchwork

It's my first day back to school today but I will be back here regularly to show what I've worked on this summer and of course, to share my row on September 25.

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Make something new out of quilt backing leftovers

>> Wednesday, August 29, 2018

There's always more fabric - isn't that true!  This is the third post in the Quilt Backing Leftovers Challenge; you can find the first post by clicking here

leftover fabric quilt trimmings

The last post listed three ways to use up the leftovers; this post exists because I left out one special way to use up leftovers - 

use them up to make something you've never made before!

There are always one or two new projects that show up in one social media feed or another that I want to try out. Finding time is one thing, but sometimes it's also wondering what fabric to use to make it. What if I don't like the project and I regret using special fabric?

Sometimes what also happens is that the more I look at a fabric, the more likely I am to find a project that it would look good in:)

Case in point - I used some of the backing leftovers trimmed to 2 1/2" strips and cut some more batik strips to go with them.

fabric strips batik fabric ready to create with

Then I went back to a lookbook I had gone through and decided I could change the pattern enough to make it fun and doable. The giant leaf is supposed to be 'it' with no background. Instead I used my machine's blanket stitch to applique the leaf to a black background.

Here's a link to Jessica Swift's blog post that has a photo of the leaf project and a link to her lookbook - it's for her second line of fabric with Art Gallery.

giant fabric leaf appliqued to black background

Then I quilted it with a batik fat quarter on the back. You can see from the photo that I  quilted in the ditch between each strip to secure the layers; I'm pretty sure it will get used and need to be washed!

batik fat quarter as backing of table topper

This project will actually get to go and live with my daughter in her university residence. And, with the trimmings from THIS project, I made potholders to coordinate with it.

batik table topper and potholders

Now all that remains of my backing leftovers are some useable size scraps and a few bits to include in a scrappy quilt. 

I encourage you to do a Backing Leftovers challenge - it can push you out of your comfort zone to try something new!

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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Three ways to use up backing leftovers

>> Thursday, August 9, 2018

I have been busy using up my backing leftovers! In fact, I discovered that I have been hoarding saving backing leftovers from several quilts. In the first post I showed you how I used backing leftovers to make a simple pot holder. Today's post will go over 3 ways to deal with backing leftovers. 

quilt backing leftovers projects

1. Throw them away

Yep. I'll put that out there first because it can save you a lot of time. Maybe you won't throw them out right away, but one day you might. Be open to the idea that really, you just don't need to use them up!
I discovered this fact when I went looking for a box for mailing a quilt. The perfect size box was holding my stash of fabric that is less-than-a-fat-quarter-but-more-than-a-bit. Offcuts. Backing leftovers - lots of them! I started to sort and iron the pieces and rather quickly discovered that I really wasn't going to use some of the backing leftovers. Ever. 

Number one is permission to throw the backing leftovers away. 

2. Make something

Anything really. I found that some of the backing leftovers from a baby quilt were calling to me during my sorting. I ironed them, cut some strips and made a large, bright churn dash with them. The bright red alphabet print is the backing leftovers; the word fabric was from the actual baby quilt and the bright print is from a fat quarter in my stash that has been sitting and waiting for a fun place to hang out. I think I'm going to turn this into an open wide zippered pouch using Noodlehead's tutorial; it would be fun for storing markers in.

bright churn dash block

Any project that you can quickly assign the fabric to and preferably make would be best.

I also cut some of the backing fabric I started with into another pot holder and several churn dashes using my Churn, Baby, Churn pattern to make a table runner. The current dashalong pattern would also be a good way to use up backing leftovers.

two pieced potholders scrap fabric batik project

churn dash runner batik project Banyan batiks

Backing leftovers are  also great material for any favourite block that uses strips. 


 a kennel quilt
 a doll quilt
pot holders
mug rugs
pencil case
makeup pouch

Number two is, if the fabric inspires you, make something with it.

3. Prep it for stash keeping

Maybe you do like the backing leftover fabric but don't have time right now to start and finish a project. Take the time now to iron it, cut it into usable pieces and store it with your stash.
Backing leftovers most likely can be easily cut into common precut sizes like 5" squares and 2 1/2" strips. If you know you want to work on a project with 2 1/2" squares, you might consider cutting them to size now too. 
This year's leader and ender project by Bonnie Hunter uses 2 1/2" squares - just sayin' ;)

Binding strips could also be cut from the backing leftovers; I cut mine at 2 1/2" wide. Cut the backing leftovers into something that you will use, put it in its new home and move on.

Number three is, prepare the fabric and put it away for later.

Backing leftovers are still fabric! If you don't want to keep it - don't. I throw out the ones that are too stringy to save, or from fabric that I'm no longer interested in working with in a project. If I still like the fabric, or it's grown on me (it happens!) I will use it up or save it for later. It can be fun to find pieces in scrap projects in later years that remind you of a quilt you gave away. 

Pick a way to deal with your backing leftovers and get back to quilting. I'll be back to share another project I made from the backing leftovers soon.

Feel free to share in the comments a project you've made using backing leftovers. Include a link and I'll come over for a virtual visit :)

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Quilted Game to play anywhere

>> Tuesday, August 7, 2018

It's my turn again over at to offer a free pattern. Can anything be more fun than playing with fabrics in the summer?

How about playing a game made with fabrics ;)

quilted tic tac toe game banyan batiks recess fabric

I got to use Banyan batiks Recess fabric line to design a quilted tic tac toe, X and O, game. Everything is pieced and goes together easily. The fabric comes out this month to quilt shops - there are bright fabrics too!

The fabric requirements and cutting instructions are in this post.

recess fabric banyan batiks pieced X blocks

Today's post makes the pieced X blocks.

By the end of the week you'll have a fun quilted game that rolls up to take with you.

I think it could even be fun to use in a classroom, but we won't mention the 's' word so early in August, okay?! :)

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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