Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Jacob's Ladder Sew Along - Feeling Lucky ;)



Although Valentine's Day is only a week away...
It's near St. Patty's Day too and
what better way to celebrate than with a little green ;)


The Fat Quarter Shop has developed another fun Classic and Vintage pattern with the Jacob's Ladder block.
They have even made a video.


To make a quilt just like The Fat Quarter Shop, they put together a great quilt kit and backing set with Reflections fabric by Jo Morton.


If you want to use your stash...well then you can do that too, just like I did.
As soon as I saw the quilt along pattern I knew I wanted to do it in scrappy green fabrics.


I chose various scraps from my bins that were already cut and ready to piece.
One of the REAL advantages to all that sorting I did last year.
I am still cutting, sorting and well destashing!


I love how it turned out.
I am contemplating adding borders
and making a 'seasonal' pillow.
Check out what the other bloggers did with their Jacob's Ladder blocks
over at the Jolly Jabber.

Monday, February 06, 2017

I drank the Kool-Aid so to speak...

The Glitter Quilt Kool-Aid that is.
Some of you may have seen my posts on Instagram already but those who haven't.....

I have spied these glitter blocks showing up on Instagram for quite some time.
When I discovered that Jen Kingwell was releasing the templates that coordinate.
I immediately ordered them.
I had extra sets for sale on my etsy site but they sold within a few days.
If you are interested in purchasing the templates,
I can order them for you, just let me know!


The Glitter quilt pattern can be found in the book Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell.
Here is my first block made with template cut pieces.
I machine pieced mine.
You can hand piece as well but
I found machine piecing works best for me so far.


I am thinking of cutting 3-4 blocks at a time and slowly stitching them....
until I have about 300.
That's what I calculated a King size required.
And I may have lost my mind....


But they are sooooo pretty.


I'm still smitten with them and I am rummaging through my scrap strips to cut them.
This is going to be good...I have a feeling.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Brand New Bella Skill Builder Quilt sew along...

I have many quilt making skills but that has never stopped me from learning or refining my skills.
When the Fat Quarter Shop announced that they were doing a skill building quilt I felt I should check it out.


The Kaleidoscope block is the first in a series of nine blocks that will be featured.
Each meant to build up your confidence and skills.


 I chose colors that varied slightly from the original Fat Quarter Shop Quilt.


My colors from top to bottom:
9900-119 Willow
9900-248 pink parfait
9900-224 violet
9900-211 citrine
9900-277 avocado
9900-169 ruby ice
9900-86 Caribbean
9900-200 off white



It's going to be tough waiting for each month's block
and to see how this color combo comes together!


The directions suggest the Creative Grids Spider Web ruler which I already had in my ruler stash.
You can make the block with the template provided
but since I had the ruler,I used that.
It easy to cut out and piece.
I found that the smaller 6 1/2" blocks were a little more challenging to match points in the center.
By the last block - I had it down pat.


I ended up using the Creative Grid Ruler Stripology Squared. It worked perfectly for squaring this block because the center seam is so thick. The slats allow for flexibility and the block doesn't shift. Just a little help for accuracy. 


And here they are finished - first 3 blocks done!!