First of all, I hope you are enjoying, or did enjoy, a wonderful weekend with family, friends, and fabric. We had a gloomy weekend outside, but the sun was shining inside with a visit by our soon-to-be-teacher son. Lots of good company, good laughs, and of course, good chocolate. I did manage some play-dates in my sewing corner and finished my Fat Quarters Stars quilt from the quiltalong sponsored by Moose on the Porch. I used your wonderful suggestions to add 4-patch cornerstones and love the result. Thank you all!
Now what do I do? I found out during the process of putting together this quilt that I really am The Cuddle Quilter. I love small and even smaller quilts! Although this quilt is not huge, it is a lot larger than I usually make. It is about 60"x80". With my hand quilting, this would take a long time to quilt and would really limit my time to do everything else I want to do that's on my 'to-do' list. Also, with my new retired income (no, not one of those Freedom 55 commercials), I can't justify paying someone to machine quilt it when I'm still learning how to budget. So I think I will just put it on the back burner for now.
When I was making the quilt, I googled "how to add sashing to a quilt" and discovered a great tutorial by Val right here. This was a method I hadn't used and it broke up the process into smaller manageable steps. I cut all the sashing strips adding them first to the right of the 12 blocks, then joined the sashing and cornerstone and added these strips to the top of all the blocks except Row 1.
For the next step, I sewed all the rows together except Row 1.
For the rest of the instructions, please visit Val's tutorial. Excuse my wonky picture above, but I took the picture 'backwards' and still wanted to show you the blocks from left to right.
I am thrilled to be one of the contributors this month to The Learning Centre, an online site hosted by Pat Sloan where quilters share their knowledge and expertise.
This page is part of the larger site, Michele's The Quilting Gallery, " the place for quilters to have fun". Doesn't that sound like the perfect place for me to hang out? To visit the Gallery and The Learning Centre, click on the button on the sidebar.
Why am I there? Awhile back, I shared the quilting tool I discovered recently called The Perfect Piecing Seam Guide. I also shared it with Pat and Michelle at The Learning Centre and they decided to feature my suggestion with the others. Visit their site here to read all about it and enter the Giveaway they are having.
In recognition of Easter, I've been working on a fun pattern I purchased from The Raspberry Rabbits. Michelle and the Bunnies are wonderful to deal with. When I receive my purchases, they are always wrapped up like a little gift and there are always surprises included! My last bundle arrived with some yummy candy and some little bunny gift cards. How wonderful is that?
The pattern calls for fabric hearts to be appliqued on black felted wool, but since I have some wool scraps on hand, I decided to do the hearts in wool instead. You see that I have a few left to do:
I completed the stitchery awhile back so the project should come together in no time when the hearts are finished.
A special thank you and hug to Marcia of Marcia's Crafty Sewing and Quilting. I was the winner of a Giveaway she sponsored recently and won these lovely note cards.
For those who know me, you know that I have a passion for note cards, especially quilt-themed cards, and Marcia's are perfect for me to have on hand for the next special note to send a quilter friend. The cards are photos of a gorgeous quilt that she made using a 'thread painting' technique. I had never heard of thread painting before I read about Marcia's quilt that she photographed for the cards. It is amazing!
Another amazing thing is today's coincidence. While I was writing this post, I checked Marcia's blog to make sure I had the correct link, and she is having a Giveaway right now right here . The prize? Her wonderful notecards! You just have to get over there right now to visit and enter the draw. Deadline is April 9, today, at midnight. And if you feel like it, let her know Lesley sent you!
What's next for me? ISTH ( I'm So Totally Happy!) Read on...
Saturday, April 14, I am a first-time host for Quilt Sue's Christmas Quiltalong. Am I excited? Am I prepared? Am I immersing myself in Christmas music and baking to get in the Christmas quilting spirit? Or am I obsessing about these fabrics, hoping to use them this weekend?
Find out and join me on Saturday at The Cuddle Quilter for Part 3 of the Festive Mystery Quilt. Or just find some Christmas fabrics in your stash to sew along with us. Don't have any Christmas fabrics on hand? Maybe if you drop by and visit me on Saturday you'll be able to enter a Giveaway to win some Christmas fabric. Just saying! To find out more, click on the Christmas Sewalong button on the sidebar.
On Monday, February 16, I will be one of the quilters featured on Day One of Madame Samm's Sew We Quilt Table Topper "Spring is in the Air" Blog Hop! I am so excited! The good news is that I don't have to write a tutorial, all I have to do is show my table topper(ssss) and tell you a little about them.
I can't wait and I'm still thinking of making another before Monday. I love the small size! The Blog Hop runs from April 16-25 (excluding weekends) and Madame Samm tells us there will be many, many Giveaways! Lucky you!
That's it for now. Sorry so lengthy today, but there is so much to share. And I know how we all read blogs...we can scroll pretty fast through the stuff we don't want to read...chuckle!
The sun is up and I still haven't found time to get to my quilting chair. It is calling me and it sure looks like a great day for quilting!