Quilt Along


Partners in Design 

The first quilt along I joined was a Christmas quilt hosted by Partners in Design.  I also made a few of the blocks they had in last year’s fall quilt along. These quilt alongs gave me the opportunity to try new things.
This year, the theme for the quilt along is sewing. I had been looking online for some sewing machine quilt block designs. I have also been purchasing sewing themed fabric, with no real plan in mind. So, when I saw that this new quilt along was beginning on March 12, I decided to try it out.
I may just end up making a “sewing” quilt for me.Although, this year, they will be offering ideas for using these blocks in small projects. Abbie, of Sparkle On!, is a host of the small projects. I am looking forward to seeing her ideas.
Today’s block was designed by Sandra Healy. She provides great directions. All of the other designers, offer great tips as to how to complete the block.

I am finding difficulty with precision. I double check my cutting and my quarter inch seams. I measure each section as I complete it. But I still find that I am a bit off in final measurements. I noticed that I am not pressing correctly. I still tend to mash and distort the fabric. I also noticed that as I sew, I sometimes stretch and distort the fabric. I especially have trouble when piecing smaller pieces, as required in this sewing machine block. I am just a bit off of the final measurement of the block. I need to be more diligent with this. Any suggestions or tips on how to improve on precision are appreciated.

I still need to embroider the thread running through the machine; and embroider the tops and bottoms of the thread spools.
I love the porcupine pin cushion on the bottom black fabric. This fabric represents the mess I have on my sewing table!😊

Hosts for this QAL

Abbie @Sparkle On
April @JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca @Pretty Piney Quilts
Bobbi @Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer @the Inquiring Quilting
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Kathleen @Kathleen McMusing
Sandy @SandyStar Designs
Sherry @Powered by Quilting

Fall Into a QAL~Block #2

Today was a running around type of day. It is extremely hot and uncomfortable. When I returned home, I thought it might cool me off if I started on the Harvest Basket block by April Adams. I had a lot of fun making this block. For the first two blocks, I have been able to use fabric from my autumn stash. For the second block, the only new fabric I used was the grunge fabric that I purchased last week. Thanks to the great directions on the pattern, and extra tips from Abbie and Sherry, I was able to complete this block without any problems.

Oh, by the way…it is still hot! I have the AC running, but I needed to have a box fan in my sewing studio.
It is only June 1.
I don’t even want to think of August.

Block 5: Snow Much Fun!

Participating in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along is SNOW MUCH FUN!
Block #5 is an adorable snowman designed by Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting.

Every year, I taught an integrated instructional Snowman Unit; and my first graders loved it. The unit started with the viewing and reading of my favorite of all time…The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. We made snowmen out of socks, read every snowman book I could find, drew snowmen, and wrote poems and stories about snowmen.

So, this morning,  when I saw  that Block #5 was a snowman, I did a happy dance.
It took me a while to choose the fabrics. My husband and my sister both chose the fabrics that were the favorite of all my choices.
I have concerns about the white with green polka-dot fabric that I chose for the snowman’s body. One of the dots bled a bit when I ironed the seam.
I will use  Shout Color Catcher when I wash the quilt, and hopefully it will not run.

Since I wanted my snowman to have character, I added reading glasses.
He is a scholarly snowman who loves to read books.
His name is Professor Frost.
He is holding two of the many snowmen books I used to read to my students.

The two books are: Snowmen at Christmas  and Snowmen All Year by Caroline Buehner.

Part of the fun of participating in this QAL is the mystery and not knowing what comes next.
It is also so enjoyable to see the different interpretations of the block that are posted by other participants.
With each block, I can see that I am learning something new and refining skills.
This snowman block has some small pieces, and I can see that my cutting is more accurate.
Also, I noticed that I am improving in sewing a quarter inch seam.
Sherry Sish provided excellent directions.
Abbie, of  Sparkle On, gave a good tip about adding to the width of the side pieces in order to facilitate squaring the block at 12.5″ x 12.5″. I also tried to follow her lead on reading the whole directions thoroughly before starting. This is a step I usually skim over. Thanks, Abbie!

Now I am ready for Block #6.
Is it a Gift pattern on the block?
Maybe a Stocking pattern…
Oh, is it a Wreath pattern or maybe a Bell?

I designed some of my own pattern blocks that I might try out if these items are not included in the QAL.