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My Favorite Block Quilt Along - Top Pieced!

Below is the schedule of blocks and designers for the ‘My Favorite Block Quilt Along.’

Block 1: Tuesday, January 15th – Diane from Lapacek’s Orchard with a Log Cabin Block

Block 2: Thursday, January 17th – Amy from Amy’s Creative Side with Road to Oklahoma

Block 3: Tuesday, January 29th - I’m A Ginger Monkey with the Churn Dash Block

Block 4: Thursday, January 31st – Pamela of PamelaQuilts with a Reflection Block

Block 5: Tuesday, February 12th – Bea from Bea Quilter with an Owl Block

Block 6: Thursday, February 14th – Pam of For Quilts Sake with a Heart Block

Block 7: Tuesday, February 26th – Karen from Little Birdie Quilting with a Leaf block

Block 8: Thursday, February 28th – Shanna of Fiber of All Sorts with a Wonky Star

BONUS – Wonky Star and Free Form Log Cabin

Block 9: Tuesday, March 12th - Kim of Persimon Dreams with a Strippy Spool Block

BONUS – Churn Dash Owl

Block 10: Thursday, March 14th – Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts with an original block, Broken Pinwheels

Block 11:  Tuesday, March 26th – Mishka of Quilting Gallery with the Quartered Star

Block 12: Thursday, March 28th – Jane of Quilt Jane with an original block, Pointy, Pointy Little Star

Block 13: Tuesday, April 2nd – Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts with Missouri Star Block

Block 14: Thursday, April 4th – Soma of Whims and Fancies with a School House Block

BONUS – Big Geese

Block 15: Tuesday, April 9th - Kym of FabricFascination with an original block, Pincushion and Dancing Spools

Block 16: Thursday, April 11th – Dawn of Spring Water Designs with Dancing Diamonds

Block 17: Tuesday, April 16th - Melissa of Sew Bittersweet Designs with a Stripper Block

Block 18: Thursday, April 18th – Sara of Army Quilting with a Yankee Puzzle Block

Block 19: Tuesday, April 23rd –  Pat Sloan, The Voice of Quilting with an original applique block

Block 20: Thursday, April 25th –  Laurie with a Broken Square Block

Possible Quilt Layouts

BONUS – Four Patch

BONUS – Dancing Spool

PRIZES to be WON!

Fabrics N Quilt

My friend Shannon brought up a good point – quilt alongs tend to get put in a pile to ‘finish later’.  Well – we don’t want that to happen!  We want to see what you come up with so Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts graciously offered to sponsor a prize for finished quilt tops!  Please use at least 12 of the 20 blocks for your quilt top to qualify for the prize and it MUST included Shannon’s block – Broken Pinwheels.

 

Finish your quilt top by Saturday, May 25th, post it to our flickr site and be entered to win one of TWO $25 gift certificates to Fabrics N Quilts!

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Once your tops are done – you probably want to have it quilted!  Finish by Saturday, May 25th, post to the flickr site and be entered to win one of 2, $50 Gift Certificates for Quilting from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting!

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Winners Announced!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Featured, My Favorite Block Quilt Along, season 5, winner | 2 comments

Winners Announced!
Even though it seemed as I was reading many of the project stories and descriptions it was a hard week to get the Project QUILTING Grocery Story Challenge in – there were still thirty beautiful quilts created!  Way to go everyone!

The public voting closed yesterday and I’m happy to announce that…

Grace

Cinnamonchip with her quilt “Grace” will be receiving


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a bundle of six fat quarters of fabrics I hand-dyed AND
Project Quilting 5.5 prize
a fabulous fun pack of fabrics from Trisha Frankland (equivalent to 2.5 yards…mostly in fat quarters, but some long quarters too) at some point later next week!  Congratulations!!!!

Now…let’s see who the girls randomly chose to win our other prizes!

Prize 1

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A $30 gift certificate redeemable towards quilting by Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting!

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Goes to SweetBoaterChick!  (Notice any missing teeth?  Capri lost her first one last night!)

Prize 2

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Wooldand Ridge Retreat will be giving away a $50 gift certificate towards a retreat stay – perhaps the PQ4Me Luxury Retreat in Jan 2015…to…

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NoneSuchExist!  (love the #manyfacesofpip along with the photo bomb attempt by Capri)

 

Prize 3

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The Fat Quarter Shop will donate a book or magazine to our lucky winner…

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Carla Keahey!

 

Prize 4

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For Quilts Sake will be giving away one of these fabulous stash bags to lucky winner…

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cinnamonchip!

Prize 5

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Studio Cherie will be giving a free pattern to….

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Pip wasn’t in the mood to draw anymore names…so…

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Capri chose ‘The Stylish Home’ to win!

Prize 6

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Amy’s Creative Side  is giving a copy of her book “Set the Table” to…

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Kelly Kroon!

Prize 7

Waggons West is donating a custom quilt label to…

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SharonHuismith!

 

Thank you so much to all our sponsors and to our fabulous prize selectors!  This makes the Project QUILTING journey just that much more fun!

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I attempted a picture of all three prize drawers so I would have a banner picture.  Pip was still not in the mood for a photograph…

The next and final Project QUILTING Challenge goes up tomorrow!  Stop back soon!

A Lovely Year of Finishes–February Finish–My Favorite Block Quilt Along Quilt

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in a lovely year of finishes, Adventures in Quilting, Featured, FMQ, My Favorite Block Quilt Along, quilt, Quilt Along, quilt gallery | 3 comments

A Lovely Year of Finishes–February Finish–My Favorite Block Quilt Along Quilt

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My February goal for ‘ A Lovely Year of Finishes’ was to start and finish quilting my ‘My Favorite Block’ Quilt Top.

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I did complete my goal AND I learned A LOT in the progress.

Lesson 1:  Quilting on a frame is way more than just moving your machine around and making pretty patterns!

When you try out the quilting machines at shows the fabric, batting, backing, etc is already all set up for you.  You just push the button and start quilting!  Which is super fun and you feel amazing when on your second try you do manage to make a feather…on a big open piece of fabric that doesn’t really matter.  You are hooked!

When you get your machine home all set up and ready for you to load the quilt on – YOU have to do it all!  The dealer isn’t there each time you have to load the quilt….you have to.  Which takes time.  When you’re used to just piecing and then sending quilts off, you don’t realize the extra time involved in actually doing the quilting part of the quilt.  I think this has been one of my biggest hurdles in getting comfortable with my machine.  As it is, I don’t have a lot of time to even just piece, so it’s hard to fit in my schedule the loading of the quilt and the quilting of the quilt.  Once again – it’s all about timing and time management.  While I did finish my goal of quilting this quilt I didn’t finish much else for ‘extra’ projects.

I have always respected what long arm quilters do – but I have to say after tackling this project I have a new found respect for what there ENTIRE job entails!

Lesson 2:  I am not very good at focusing.

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So – my machine is just a super fast straight machine on a frame.  Which means I can do about 6-inches in a strip – which isn’t the biggest strip so a lot of quilt rolling goes on.  Which also means I have to remember what pattern I started on a particular block.  This quilt was a good one to work on with this machine since it’s a sampler with many 6-inch blocks.  If I rolled it properly I could fit an entire block into one roll. The problem came about more with my 12-inch blocks.  Sometimes I would forget which pattern I did on the top half of the block for the bottom half – oops!

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I’m also really glad this was a sampler so I could do lots of different free motion stitching designs on the blocks without it looking too weird.  I also started by doing each block differently but soon realized that meandering in the ‘background’ areas of the blocks helped things flow much better.

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And sometimes I didn’t have the block rolled out far enough so I didn’t quite make it to the bottom of a block…I figure it still looked good – right?

Lesson 3:  I get bored quickly.

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I used a neutral Aurifil thread for most of the quilt.  I was getting super bored with the neutral thread so by the bottom of the quilt I switched to an orange Aurifil thread.  It may be a bit odd to do most of the quilt in one color and then switch in the end but oh well – it made me happy.  I think in the future I’ll have to pick a few threads to use and then switch them as needed throughout the quilt instead of just the bottom quarter.  You can see the two different colors on my giant geese.  It could be worse – I could have switched up mid-grey goose.

Lesson 4:  I’m really good at some free motion quilting patterns.

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Like ‘Etch N Sketch’ from Leah Day.  Pretty sure it’s one of my new favorite.  I used it in the top and bottom of my spool blocks. I used Shadow Waves in the ‘thread’ portion of the Spool block.  I love these two combined!

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I also like what I did in my ‘heart’ blocks.  Writing words like ‘love’ is one thing I enjoy mixing into my quilting.

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I’m not sure if you can see it…but in the green lion fabric I wrote out the word ‘ROAR’.

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I think I did pretty good on my ‘River Path’ attempt.

I don’t know if I can stress enough how much Leah Day’s video’s have helped me be a better Free Motion Quilter.  I HIGHLY recommend checking out her site and her video’s!  Even the patterns that look simple…are not always as easy to do as they look but after you watch Leah’s tutorial you’ll be much better and more aware of what you’re doing and what you should be thinking as you work on the design.  Oh – I should mention that her quilting is done on a standard machine BUT they translate into a framed quilting machine just fine too!

Lesson 5:  I’m really NOT good at some free motion quilting patterns.

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I’m going to go out on limb and say that my attempt at the Lollipop Chain FMQ pattern was a fail.  This is not to say that I won’t get better at it but this just did not work like it did in my mind.  I also have to admit that I did not watch Leah Day’s tutorial on how to do it – I just looked at the picture.  I do find that watching her videos and listening to tips she shares throughout them tend to make my attempts a bit more successful.

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I don’t think this was a complete fail but here I attempted a modified Delilah flower…  definitely need more practice!

 

Lesson 6:  I did not ruin an amazing award winning quilt.

IMG_5982There were moments as I battled with thread issues (see the dropped stitches in my pinwheel?) IMG_5983and dealt with my quilt not staying perfect and puckering in some spots on the edge that I thought to myself, “Oh my Gosh!  I’m ruining a prize winning quilt by doing this myself!”

IMG_6010And then I stepped back and really looked at my quilt.  Is it really amazing, cool, and unexpected?  Yes?  Is it really award winning quality? No way.  And it wasn’t before the quilting started.  While my piecing skills have improved drastically over the last few years of working on samplers and BOMs, it is still far from perfect.  An award winning quilt really needs to have points match where they’re supposed to.

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Even though if you look at this piece from a distance it looks great and the piecing looks accurate, if you really get up and close to it – you’ll see, I still have plenty of room for improvement!  So while, I did not ruin an award winning quilt by quilting this myself, I DID make a great quilt to use in future Trunk shows.  It’s a non-standard sampler quilt that I can show many free motion quilting lessons on.  Double plus!

Lesson 7:  My Janome 1600 is not a Gammill. (but I still love her)

I do not have a perfect long arm quilting machine.  For me to expect her to work like a Gammill or Juki is just unreasonable.

IMG_5968  It does have a stitch regulator but it’s just not meant to be a long arm machine and it doesn’t work the best.  SO – when I DO have a quilt that I have pieced really well…I’ll probably not be quilting it myself…at least for awhile.

Lesson 8. I still need A LOT of practice!

While my machine is not a Gammill – my mistakes are not completely my machine’s fault.  I need to practice!  I need to take the time and keep a quilt loaded on the machine so I can keep practicing.  I’m not going to get better if I quilt a quilt, pull it off the machine, wait a few months to put another one on.

And with all those lessons learned – I still finished my goal (and it’s bound!)

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When the weather gets nicer (at least above zero) I’ll get some better pictures on my deer fence.  IMG_5995But for now…Jared holding it over the railing will just have to do!  (he always makes faces when he knows I’m taking a picture) I used a grey fabric to bind the quilt…I thought it worked nicely to pull it all together.  It does feel good to have a WIP marked off and put onto my ‘FINISHED’ list!

2014 A Lovely Year of Finishes–February Goal

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in a lovely year of finishes, Featured, FMQ, My Favorite Block Quilt Along | 7 comments

2014 A Lovely Year of Finishes–February Goal

For the past week or so I’ve been thinking a lot about the goal I wanted to make for February.

I’m tempted to have it be the remaining 8 blocks I feel I need to make for the Fairy Tale BOM that I didn’t originally plan to do.  I do really want to finish them and put the quilt together so I can check that off my list BUT I had another personal goal for 2014 that I really feel that I need to get started on.  And there’s nothing like ‘ A Lovely Year of Finishes’ to motivate me to do that.

A few years back I purchased a Janome 1600P and a queen size frame.  I’ve quilted a few quilts on it but I’m still not comfortable with it.  I like it a lot but I’m not sure if long-arm quilting is for me yet… I really love making the tops and I love sending them to be quilted and get them back and bind them.  The process is quick and I don’t have to worry about ruining my own hard work with a sub-par quilting job.  I feel more comfortable leaving it to the professionals.  But I also know I’m not going to feel more comfortable until I actually take the time to learn the machine, quilt some quilts, and see how it goes.  My goal in 2014 is to do just that.  I’m going to use my machine enough to know if it is or isn’t something I want to do more in the future.

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IMG_5104It’s been so long since I’ve loaded a quilt onto my long arm that at first I couldn’t remember what I was doing.  I just had to step away and think for a bit.IMG_5105

When I came back I had it figured out and the rest went smoothly.

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Anyone recognize the quilt I have loaded on there?  Yup – it’s the top I made for last year’s Quilt Along – My Favorite Blocks!

This is probably the top that has been sitting unfinished the longest in my pile so I figured it was time to mark it off the list too!

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And..I just thought this was cute shot of the owl block with my machine!

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Since this is still one of my first quilts to quilt on my own I don’t want to thread color to be too visible.  I’ll be using a lot of the neutrals from Sarah Vedeler’s Aurifil Collection – Silk Stars.

With all that said, I’m now ready to declare my February goal to start and finish quilting my ‘My Favorite Block’ Quilt Top.

My Favorite Block Quilt Along–Finished Quilt Tops and Prize Winners!

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Featured, My Favorite Block Quilt Along, Quilt Along | 2 comments

My Favorite Block Quilt Along–Finished Quilt Tops and Prize Winners!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful memorial day weekend!  I know that my family and I definitely are.  Well – today, finished quilt tops for the ‘My Favorite Block Quilt Along’ were due in order to qualify for the prizes.  Let’s see who finished!

Quilt Top from tjtruesdale

My favorite block quilt along completed top.

Quilt top from KrisTMJ

My Favorite Block Quilt along finishI used 12 out of the 20 blocks in the quit along. I made a couple of the blocks twice and put one on the back. Kind of scrappy and kind of fun.

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Quilt top from Sharon of vroomansquilts

My Favorite Quilt Block QAL Finish

The traditionalist in me – I decided to use a sashing and cornerstone setting with wide border. Finished size is 66.5″ x 80″.

Quilt Top from erinrebeccaz

done and done.

read more about her process here:  fallergirl.com/1/post/2013/05/pieced.html

Quilt Top by Me – Persimon Dreams!

My Favorite Block Quilt Along - Top Pieced! I purposely attempted to group blocks with similar fabrics together to create a sense of ‘movement’ throughout the quilt.  What do you think of this layout?  Or would you rather the colors be scattered more randomly throughout the top?

I love seeing how by using different fabrics and different layouts – five completely different quilt tops were created!

So – if you didn’t finish your top yet – don’t let that deter you!  Finish it up – we still want to see how all these great blocks go together in all the different fabrics everyone has chosen!  I’ll still blog about your quilt so be sure to add it to the flickr group when the top is together AND when it’s quilted!

 

PRIZES!

It’s time – let’s see who won the generous prizes!

IMG_8301I put the four qualifying quilts into the bowl (I disqualified myself from winning) and of course let my adorable kiddo’s pick the winners!

Prize 1 & 2:  two $25 gift certificates to Fabrics N Quilts!

IMG_8305The first  Fabrics N Quilts winner was drawn by Cedi and is – tjtruesdale!IMG_8306

The second  Fabrics N Quilts winner was drawn by baby Pip and is KrisTMJ!

Prize 3 & 4 – $50 Gift Certificates for Quilting from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & QuiltingIMG_8307

The first Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting prize drawn by Capri goes to erinrebeccaz!IMG_8308

The second Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting prize drawn by Baby Pip goes to vroomansquilts!

 

Congrats to all the winners and a BIG THANK YOU to my amazing sponsors!

One More Night!

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in BOM, Featured, My Favorite Block Quilt Along, Quilt Along | 0 comments

One More Night!

It’s your last chance to get your ‘My Favorite Block Quilt Along’ Top Pieced and be eligible for two fabulous prizes:

PRIZES to be WON!

Fabrics N Quilt

My friend Shannon brought up a good point – quilt alongs tend to get put in a pile to ‘finish later’.  Well – we don’t want that to happen!  We want to see what you come up with so Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts graciously offered to sponsor a prize for finished quilt tops!  Please use at least 12 of the 20 blocks for your quilt top to qualify for the prize and it MUST included Shannon’s block – Broken Pinwheels.

Finish your quilt top by Saturday, May 25th, post it to our flickr site and be entered to win one of TWO $25 gift certificates to Fabrics N Quilts!

Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting

Once your tops are done – you probably want to have it quilted!  Finish by Saturday, May 25th, post to the flickr site and be entered to win one of 2, $50 Gift Certificates for Quilting from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting!

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Here’s a little ‘peak’ at my finished quilt top!  Can’t wait to see everyone’s different blocks all put together into a top!  Good luck!

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