Monday, May 17, 2021

Harmony QAL Final Link-up

It is time to share your Harmony quilt tops!  We have so enjoyed everyone’s enthusiasm for our pattern and our hand piecing QAL and we can’t wait to see your quilt!

Thanks to our fabulous sponsors, we have assembled some amazing prizes - and are excited to announce that there will be four Grand Prize winners! The grand prizes are:
  • Prize #1: Iron Wow! - Oliso TG 1600 Smart iron
  • Prize #2: Nifty Notions Package - Famore EZ snips, Jinny Beyer Perfect Piecer, Olfa prize package, and a Clover prize package

  • Prize #3: Quilter’s Inspiration Package - Fat Quarter Shop $50 gift card, Quilter’s Dream queen size batting, Aurifil 50 wt. Large thread box, and a C&T publishing $75 gift card

  • Prize #4: Let There Be Light! - Daylight Halo Go lamp

To be eligible for a Grand Prize, you must: 
  • Share a photo of a completed quilt top (i.e. the flimsy) or a completed quilt in the link-up below or via email.  All entries must be submitted by midnight June 30.

  • The quilt top must be entirely hand pieced.

  • Quilt tops must contain at least one Harmony block which visually matches the Harmony pattern

This link-up will be open until midnight PST, Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  There will be 4 grand prizes available - and these are great prizes!  Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.  Winners have 72 hours to claim their prize - if we don't hear back, we will draw another name.  Once winners have claimed their prize, this post will be updated with the winner's names.

Photos can be shared from a blog, Flickr, or Pinterest and must include a  link to Elm Street Quilts or Simple Handmade Everyday.  Photos can also be shared via a public Instagram and must contain the tag #handpiecedqal and/or #harmonyhpqal   Photos can also be unloaded directly into the link-up from your computer.

Don't have a way to share?  You can also email them to handpiecedqal at gmail dot com.  Need instructions on how to link-up?  See the tutorial!

We hope you take a few minutes to visit others and make new friends!

Please note - sharing a photo in the link-up gives Elm Street Quilts and Simple Handmade Everyday permission to feature a photo of your block on their sites.  Full attribution will be given.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

April Temperatures

April brought a whole bunch of different temperatures to North Carolina - we had days with highs in the upper 80s (with not too bad humidity!) plus days with highs in the 50s and then everything else in between!

My design documents both the high and low temperature in a block which finishes 1 1/2 '' x 2''.  The improv strip is 1/4'' wide and records the low temperatures.  

Here is a comparison of the first four months of 2020 (left) and 2021 (right).  While the first 3months of 2021 were definitely colder - the month of April seemed to be about the same a mix of green, yellow, orange, and a splash of blue!

Every month takes 2 columns - the 1 through 15 in first column and then 16 through end of month in the second column.  Filler blocks are added to square off the quilt.  The thin strips - 1/4'' wide - are randomly inserted and run 'vertically' for odd days and 'horizontally' for even days.

I'm using the exact same fabric that I did for my 2020 Temperature quilt.  The time I spent organizing is paying off - it takes no time at all to get the prep work done for sewing each block.

I made myself a mini-quilt to show off my temperature grid.  Oranges are 80s, yellows are 70s and sew on....

I've written up my basic temperature quilt process in my tutorial including where I source the high and low information.

I'm looking forward to sharing the progress!  You can see my temperature quilts for 2018, 2019, and 2020!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, May 10, 2021

Friendship Bracelet Block

Welcome to week 6 of the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Bar 3 Tablerunner QAL.  This Friendship Bracelet block is made up from scraps from the other fabrics I used in the table runner.  It will be set on the back of the quilt.

With all my blocks assembled, it's time to assemble my runner.  I'm planning a different layout that the one on the Jolly Jabber blog and can't wait to share!

The table runner can be made with a single jolly bar (pre-cut which measures 5'' x 10'') and some background fabric.  I am using a layer cake - Quotation by Moda - for mine!

Want to sew along?  Pick up the Jolly Bar book volume 3 here (affiliate link)  The book has patterns for 20 different quilts.  The table runner will be a nice sampler of the different blocks in the book.

Find overall information and fabric requirements at the Jolly Jabber blog.

Have a wonderful day! Patty