Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Left Right - my latest finish

Fat Quarter Shop has a wonderful series on their Jolly Jabber blog called Shortcut Quilts - patterns that use pre-cuts and produce fun quilts that go together quickly.    They asked me to participate in their new Jelly Belly Bar quilt - free pattern and tutorials are available!

I love fun quick projects so I promptly ordered my fabric - choosing this wonderful Jolly Bar Walkabout by Sherri & Chelsi.   Jolly Bars are a pre-cut rectangles which are 10'' x 5''.  

The block itself is simple and consists of a rectangle surrounded by four fabric strips.  The pattern suggests the rectangle come from the Jolly Bar and the fabric strips from a Jelly Roll.

I had some fabric from the same designer in my stash plus some leftover geese from another project so I decided to frame my blocks with strips cut from the Jolly Bar (and my stash) and then fill the block centers with geese.

Why geese?  Mainly because I love geese and I can never resist customizing a pattern a bit.

The geese fly across the quilt in different directions.  I chose a meander loop design for my quilting - this is really my fall back FMQ motif.  I enjoy it and it is very forgiving!

The binding is a combination of a green solid plus one strip of a green print.

The quilt finishes 42'' square - all ready to be gifted to a baby!

This quilt is my 2nd finish for 2020!  Make one yourself - see the tutorial!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, January 16, 2020

My Active WIP list

Nothing beats having a visual list of the quilts I hope to finish soon.  I've had to put these 4 projects aside to work on a quilt with a deadline but I hope to get back to them soon!

First up is my downsized version of Cheryl's Mosaic Mystery QAL.  I moved it from the floor to the design wall and thinking about how big I want the final quilt to be before I start sewing things together.

My Kinship flimsy awaits quilting.

My faux needleturned applique project needs to be soaked in water overnight to soften the foundation papers before I can base and quilt.

My (downsized) version of Modern Handcraft's snowflake just needs a binding.

I think I'll tackle adding the binding to the snowflake quilt first since it would be nice to have that done while winter is still here!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, January 13, 2020

A QAL Teaser

Some exciting news to share!  Kristin @ Simple Handmade Everyday and I have been planning a new Hand Pieced QAL which will launch in March!

For everyone who participated in our Hand Pieced QAL, our new QAL will include some new skills to keep you challenged as well as practicing the skills we covered last year.

The format of the QAL will be a bit different this time - stay tuned for more details.  We are still sewing our own version as fast as we can and are really enjoying this year's fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics!

Until then, check out our QAL from 2019 - all the tutorials are there waiting for you!  You can find all those listed



4 PatchHalf-Square TriangleFlying Geese
Block TutorialBlock TutorialBlock Tutorial
Stitch & Flip Tutorial
Quarter Square TriangleDorothyFlorence
Block TutorialBlock TutorialBlock Tutorial
Block TutorialBlock TutorialBlock Tutorial 9

Have a wonderful day! Patty