Sew Let’s Quilt Along

I am participating in my second Quilt Along, sponsored by Partners in Design. Abbie, from Sparkle On!,is the one who introduced me to this group of designers. I participated in the Christmas quilt along, which resulted in a quilt. I made a few blocks of the Fall QAL, and made small projects with these blocks. This time, the theme for the QAL is quilting…what fun!

Here are the designers of this QAL:

Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs →The Sewing Machine Block designer
Abbie Danahy of Sparkle On! →You are here 🙂
April Adams of  JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney Quilts
Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer Fulton of Inquiring Quilter
Kathleen McCormick of Kathleen McMusing
Sandy Maxfield of SandyStar Designs
Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting

The first block is a sewing machine.

I finished the second block which was released yesterday. There is nothing like a cup of coffee to get me started on a day of quilting, so this block is appropriate.

I had been purchasing fabrics with a sewing/notions theme, and now, I can use them. I do not know if I will make a quilt or different small projects with these blocks. In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying participating in this QAL. Thanks, Abbie!

Blocks 3 and 4 : #iwishyouamerryqal

First, on a sad note, my friend’s home in Rockport was totaled.
Her son went down to evaluate and he said it was worse than they imagined.
We will be meeting with her on Saturday to give her some support.

On a happier note, I finished Block 4, “Christmas Memories” designed by Jennifer Fulton, of Inquiring Quilter.
These ornaments she designed do bring back memories of my childhood Christmas trees.
What I enjoy about this quilt along, is that I am learning new helpful tidbits and new skills.
Jennifer mentions in her directions, that stabilizing the applique with pull away Pellon, helps prevent the applique from puckering. I wish I had known that when I made the Snowflake block. I used Pellon Stitch-N-Tear Lite.
It made all the difference. Funny thing is, I had some of this Pellon in my embroidery storage bin.
I knew it was good for embroidery but did not think of using it to applique.

It took me longer than it should have to choose my fabrics for this block. The ornament shapes are just like the ones my mom had, and I wanted to get as close as possible to the colors of the old ornaments we had when I was young.
In a previous post, I had mentioned that my mom loved to decorate every inch of her house for Christmas.
My dad always said that he knew if he stood still for a minute, he would soon have garland and ribbons on him.
Mom had a collection of items to decorate for a Victorian Christmas.
She had a Blue and Silver Christmas, and her original set of old ornaments.
This was her Red, Green, and Gold Christmas.
It just so happened that I chose red, green, and gold for my color palette.

This block also gave me the opportunity to practice on my applique skills.
I hope I do not regret using the gold metallic thread for the appliques.
The thread jammed in my bobbin a few times, turning my hair a bit grayer.

My Clover Seam Roller came in handy for pressing down the applique.

At first, I wasn’t so sure about the tree and cone fabric.
But it fits in with the other three blocks.

I might have to redo the puckering Snowflake.

 Here’s a shout out to Abbie, from Sparkle On.
Thanks again, for letting me know about this QAL.