One phenomenon you will find in the online quilting community is the opportunity to sew along with others in a virtual quilting bee. I am often tempted by these new projects (such as the Star Light Star Bright quilt here). Last year, I found the Women of the Bible Quilt and convinced a friend to start the project and corresponding Bible Study. (The pattern is HERE and the yahoo group is HERE)
Since my friend is a beginning quilter, and she lives in Europe, I started a different blog that has all my tutorials for the Women of the Bible quilt: True Blue Quilters. There are 52 blocks in the quilt, and we just finished block 49 – Mary Magdelene.
Here are the most recent blocks:
And the first half:
Each block is 6″ finished. Since we are nearing the end, I am thinking of layout options. The original is longer and narrower that I like, so I am thinking of a 6×8 grid, with last 4 blocks in the corners. Some quilters have put the name of each block in the sashing…I don’t have an embroidery machine, maybe I will stitch the names as I am quilting.
Do you join quilt-alongs? I am a solitary quilter most of the time so I love hearing about projects from my online circle of quilting buddies.
I am a sucker for joining groups. I am tempted by the latest and greatest -along, whether it be quilting or knitting, or as I mentioned in my last post, writing. Give me a theme, a project and an online group to chat with and sign me up!
Last January, I found a new blog – Happy Quilting. Melissa was hosting a QAL with a pretty block pattern that was just a bit different that anything else I had seen. I didn’t need more fabric or a new project, but I quickly talked myself into a trip to the quilt store and came home with a selection of fat quarters.
The background was an out-of-the-box choice, it’s a caramel-ish tan. As I have been piecing these blocks, I realize I have a thing for polka dots. Hmm, I wonder what that’s about!
I stayed organized by sorting the pieces with paper plates.
I am almost finished…three more blocks then I’ll have to figure out sashing and borders, then on to the quilting.
I think I can get away with a pantograph on this because it is so colorful. My plan has always been to donate this as a Quilt of Valor so I tried to use masculine prints. I have a flag panto…we’ll see what it looks like as a completed top and I will wait for inspiration to strike.
Check out the flickr photos for this QAL!
I couldn’t resist a quilt along! I found the blog Happy Quilting last fall when I switched to Bloglovin. Melissa shared her plans for a new project called Star Light Star Bright. It is such a cheerful design! And, I love some of the fabric collections that were put together by Intrepid Thread. I held out as long as I could, and caved last weekend. I was making a trip to my LQS, so I splurged on supplies for this project.
Here is my selection of fabric, an eclectic mix with a dark tan as the background. Yes, the bright sun washed out the color a bit, just a teaser for all my friends digging out from the latest winter storm. People ask how I can stand the 110+ temperatures in the summer… it’s the thought of 70 degrees in the winter! Anyway, back to the sewing room.
After I finished my QOV last weekend, I starting cutting. I’ve been working on sampler blocks for about a year, so it felt like a marathon to cut all these pieces…33 squares of various sizes times the 16 fat quarters, then I had to start on the background pieces!I hope the brown works…it might be too trendy. I guess we’ll see as the blocks come together!
sew two small squares onto the bigger square. Half the blocks have the print backgrounds, and half have the plain background. After they are cut apart and pressed, you add another square (notice the blue unit at the top of the photo) and then cut again to get the flying geese unit. This method makes four flying geese at a time.
The other part I had forgotten in my hiatus from cutting a whole quilt at once, is the pleasure of a new rotary cutting blade! Bliss, sheer bliss. Of course, the shop was sold out of replacement blades, so the new Olfa Splash cutter jumped into my basket. It is great, although I don’t always remember to slide the blade cover up. My old cutter has a safety grip so it automatically retracts.
Any other QAL joiners out there? Jump on the bandwagon with me, we’ll have loads of fun!