Saturday, March 25, 2017

One Monthly Goal - March Finish Link Up

There were 106 projects shared in the March Goal Setting Link-Up!  I very much enjoy visiting everyone and seeing your projects and now it is time to see those finished goals.

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  You can read about the event and the rules on the main event page.
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The April One Monthly Goal link up will open on April 1.   (And as you start to think about April, remember a goal could be to finish a quilt but it could also be to attach a binding or make three blocks.  Whatever it takes to help you move forward and make progress on your projects!  And as long as the project involves a needle and/or fabric, you can link up!)

My goal for March was to finish my quilt from the Meadow Mist Designs mystery QAL.  I call my quilt Galaxy and just love my new wall-hanging.  (See more photos here.)

Now it is your turn to link up - share your goal finish for March.  

Please only link up if you finished your goal and if you also participated in the March Goal Setting Link-up.  

There will be three winners this month - Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate, Bagmaker Supply is offering a $20 gift certificate.  Leah Day from Leah is offering one lucky winner an Online Quilting Workshop called Quilting a King on Your Home Machine. 

(Note this post will be updated with the names of the winners on or about April 1.)

Visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags. 

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month.  (March Goal Setting Linkup)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can follow where you are linking.   Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post:  

Thanks for linking up!
Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, March 24, 2017

Don't forget to link up your improv projects!

Have you been stretching those creative juices by trying improv?

It not too late to join in and try one of the prompts from play, the improv QAL!  There have been great prompts so far - wonky log cabin - triangles - stack, cut, sew wonky geese -  wonky stars - crumbs.

There will two more prompts (3/27 and 4/3).

There have been many fun photos on Instagram and Elm Street Quilts QAL Facebook Group of  amazing improv underway as quilters all over are playing with fabric!

This play in-process link up is open for just a few more days (through March 27.)  Please take some time to visit others and encourage their creativity.

Any in-process photo goes here.  You could have just one wonky geese (goose?) done, link it up.  You could be ignoring the prompts altogether and doing your own improv - link it up!

Really only one rule - besides being improv (!!) - is that for an entry in the random participant giveaway to be considered valid, it must be shared from a blog or from Instagram and contain the links / tags are listed below. 

  • Instagram posts must contain #playimprovqal and @elmstreetquilts. 

What have you been making in your improv studio?

Read more about prizes, sponsors and ways to win on the main event page.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors - American Made Brand and Aurifil !  They have provided prizes for five (5) participants who will be randomly chosen.

Thanks for linking up!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Piecing Batting Tutorial

I've a bin filled with batting scraps that I want to put to good use for a backing for my next quilt top.

In this post, I am sharing how I tackle piecing batting and I'd love to hear in the comments any tips you might have as well.

Here are the steps I use to piece my batting (reference numbered photos below):

  1. Find two pieces of batting that are roughly the same size where you want to join them
  2. Overlap them about 1 to 1 1/2''
  3. With your rotary cutter, cut a wavy line 
  4. Pull away the extra bit of batting and discard.  The two pieces will fit nicely together.
  5. Using an open zig-zag stitch on your machine, slowly sew the two pieces together.  They are not overlapped but just butted against each other
  6. Enjoy your new piece of larger batting and use it as it were one piece.

piecing quilt batting

You can use the same zig-zag technique on batting with a straight edge but I find that a little easier to find in the finished product.

I'll be linking up with Tips & Tutorials Tuesday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty