A bit of this-and-that for you today. First, I wanted to share that I did a little interview over at Hudson Valley Quilts. There is a pattern giveaway in the post, so be sure to go check it out and enter.
I’ve still been busy working on my Arkansas Traveler quilt, but I did manage to finish the paper piecing and trimming. What a relief! I’m hoping to get the blocks sewn together this week, but I’m leaving for Quilt Market on Thursday so I’m not sure there will be time. I’ll share if I do though!
As much as I love this quilt I’m working on, and I really think the finished product will be perfect in my house, I do miss sewing with a big variety of colors. So much so that I put together a bundle for whatever is next (the photo at the top of this post). It started with ordering some fabrics and then I added from my stash. The new fabrics in the stack are from October Afternoon’s Sidewalks line and Joel Dewberry’s Bungalow line and are currently available in shops. You may also recognize some of Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park in there. She put such great stash builders into her latest line – must haves!
If any shop owners are heading to Houston this week for Quilt Market, we will be doing a Schoolhouse Session on Friday at 3:05 to show off Vintage Quilt Revival. I hope you will come check it out!
As promised, at the end of this month I’m going to begin hosting a quilt along for my Lighthouse quilt pattern. This is a fun pattern and we will spend some time talking about quilt design, fabric estimation and paper piecing. If you have never paper pieced before, please don’t be scared away. I’ve done several quilt alongs and each one has successfully created new paper piecing experts! You can do it!
Lighthouse Quilt Along Schedule
October 30 ~ Lighthouse Quilt Top Design
Explore various color ideas and quilt top sizes.
November 6 ~ Lighthouse Test Block Assembly
Make a test block to be sure you are comfortable with the amounts of fabrics used for paper piecing. This is important to do before you buy and cut your fabric for the entire quilt top.
November 13 ~ Lighthouse Block Assembly
Cut your fabric, assemble your blocks.
November 20 ~ Lighthouse Quilt Top Assembly
Put those blocks together to finish your quilt top.
If you are not able to participate at the same time I’m posting or want to work at a slower pace, no worries. The quilt along will be available on my blog as long as my blog exists. For all links and details, including badges for your blogs, click on the Lighthouse QAL tab at the top of page.
Well this is kind of fun. I just found out I’m nominated for a Craftsy Blogger Award. I think the prize is the glory of winning which is always nice, right?
So if you feel like voting, go check it out! I’m under the Quilting ~ Best Photography section (scroll down a bit once you are over there). And I’m sure you’ll see lots of other great blogs you recognize!
Welcome to the final stop on the Alison Glass Sun Print and Clover Sunshine Blog Tour! I was lucky enough to spend the last week working with some beauties from both of Alison’s latest lines. I really love the color palette she created with these prints. And text lovers rejoice – there is an entire rainbow of text prints.
I decided to pair my fabrics light print/dark print and create Shoo Fly blocks. These are really simple, striking blocks. Svetlana of s.o.t.a.k. handmade has a tutorial for making a 12″ square. Mine are slightly smaller 9″ finished blocks, so instead of cutting 4-1/2″ individual squares I cut 3-1/2″ ones.
Even though I’m the last stop of the blog hop, if you haven’t visited everyone else be sure to check them out for inspiration!
For one of you lucky readers, there is also a giveaway today on my blog! Just leave one comment for a chance to win a fat quarter stack of a colorful selection of Alison’s fabrics (similar to below) and a copy of her pattern, Color Plus.
Good luck everyone! I’ll pick a winner Sunday evening, October 13th.
++++ Closing comments to pick a winner! ++++
The winner is #262, Linda Crawford! Linda said “Love these fabrics, what great colors. Love your shoo-fly too. Thanks for hosting such a great give away.”
Thank you Linda and I hope you enjoy your fabric and pattern! I’ll be in contact for your mailing information. Thank you all for your comments and visiting!