So today is the last day of the The Home Row Along, and it is show and tell day.
I absolutely loved ALL of the rows, and I plan on making all of them and making a queen sized quilt. The layout is not finalized yet, but I will share that when I get to that point.
Now! I had every intention of presenting a full queen sized quilt top for show and tell day, but life and other events, have put a serious damper on those plans for now. What I do have to show you, has been quilted up and in use as we speak. I especially had a problem with my hands at the moment, at my young age (42) I have arthritis in my fingers and wrists. My thumbs are most effected, and it is making the cutting out of pieces very painful. I tried scissors and the rotary cutter, it makes no difference. If I could just get that cut out, then I can applique the bits with the sewing machine. Because hand appliqueing is out of the question. I will have to save up and get myself one of there “shape cutting machines”.
Without further ado, here is my 3 rows I have managed to sew. The first one I kept separate from the other 2, as I love it so much.
I decided to turn this one into a wall hanging for my room, as my room has a space theme, being a Star Trek fanatic.
This is the Outer Space row.
The pieces is all machine appliqued, which has quilted all of the layers together. The binding is a bright orange, just because I love orange.
Sarah designed this row, and you can read up about it and get the pattern link here …
hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew
The other 2 rows, is stitched together using quilt as you go. And this is my first time to use the Quilt as you go method, I failed a bit here. As didn’t follow the instructions in the video properly, lesson learned.
The bottom row is my own row based on our beach here where I live in Amanzimtoti, South Africa.
The top row is the African Sunset row. Which I just love. I made a couple of mistakes here, that I only saw right at the end when I was nearly finished piecing the row. Completely my own mistake. I also left out the Meerkats, that is supposed to fit in at the end. My hands were killing me by this time.
This is my new table runner or topper for our coffee table, which is in use right now.
The African Sunset row was designed by Janeen from Quilt Art Designs, and you can find her post and pattern link here …
Oh yes, come and have a look at what we are up to in the Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along, a Harry Potter inspired quilt in our Facebook Group, they are all paper pieced patterns, and you will finish up with a Queen sized bed quilt. The Quilt Along started this past Wednesday.
These are the first 5 blocks that has been released. Click on logo above to go to week 1.
This is my first Row Along and it has been so much fun designing what I saw in my head. I grew up in southern Maine with the ocean on one side of us and a mountain (my husband calls it a hill, lol) on the other side. I love walking through the woods as much as spending time gazing out across the ocean. Our lobsters and famous Nubble Lighthouse attracts people from all over. I hope you enjoy this rendition of our state.
The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa
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First I need to say a very big thank you to Amy Warner of Sew Incredibly Crazy and Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew for organizing another fantastic event. There has been a lot of hard work planning and gathering sponsors for this row along. And I can’t thank you enough.
Plus we must not forget any of the bloggers and quilters who has designed a row for this row along, they are all beautiful rows, and I wish I had the time to sew all of the rows.
Now for my row.
When this Row Along came along with the theme “The Road Home” it brought up so many images in my brain, the options to choose from was huge. But in the end I chose the beach. It is my favorite place, the ocean makes me feel calm and I just love the water.
And my home town is in Amanzimtoti in South Africa.
This is my row
Clicking on the photo will take you to my Craftsy store to download this pattern, it will be free forever.
The row is 12 x 40″ excluding the seam allowance and paper pieced.
I know it looks a little scary, but if you follow the sewing order and have a little patience, you could easily make this row.
Here is my progress, sewing this row together.
This is the image of the row after I finished designing the row.
I broke the row down into 4 blocks to make it easier to piece together, the black lines shows where the block was broken down further. The pattern will show you exactly how to sew everything together and in what order.
First I cut out all of the pattern pieces, and used a color pencil to color all the bits using the color chart, that is provided in the pattern.
These were all the separate bit for block 1
Block 1 finished
Block 2 was easy
Block 3, the helicopter and volleyball net is sewn separate and then attached to each other.
And lastly block 4
After the 4 blocks is sewn together
Now I need to mention, that my favorite sewing tool of all time, is the add an 1/8 ruler, this is perfect for making those seams as small as possible, to lessen the bulk around those seams. I do think, that I would not be able to live without my little ruler.
I also use my rotary cutter a lot, I tend to wait a little to long before replacing the blade on it, and then tend to cut bits of my finger off, well nearly.
My sewing machine is an 80 year old Bernina with straight and zigzag stitches only. I do all of my quilting on it as well with no trouble at all, and that includes king sized bed quilts. And it happens to weigh a lot, don’t even ask me why I would mention that.
Now for the awesome bit of the post, the prizes.
Please comment below and enter the competition for these fantastic prizes available today and be sure to visit the other bloggers in the Row Along to enter their competitions as well.
And last but not least the schedule of bloggers and links to where you can find them. Please go and look at all the patterns available on their blogs, and they are all free to download for the duration of the Row Along.
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life
creates Harrisville, MI Sunrise Coast
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
creates Adelaide South Australia
creates Grand Coulee, Washington
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
creates Alberta, Canada
Quilt in Piece
creates Amanzimtoti, South Africa
Sew Incredibly Crazy
3 Patch Crafts
Just Let Me Quilt
creates Las Vegas, Nevada
creates New Zealand
Tweety Loves Quilting
creates Edinburgh, UK
creates Heber City, Utah
Seams To Be Sew
creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
creates New Milford, Connecticut
creates Road to Tehachapi (CA)
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
creates Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
Cloth and Paper Studio
creates North Georgia Mountains
creates Toronto, Ontario Canada
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Seams To Be Sew For Bats In The Attic
creates Hollywood/LA — date may change
Rebecca Mae Designs
creates Northern Maine
Words & Stitches
creates Beaches of California
I CAN QUILT 2
creates Baltimore, MD
creates Port Angeles, Washington
Creatin’ in the Sticks
creates Dodge City, Kansas
creates West Michigan Shoreline
Sue Griffiths Featured At Just Let Me Quilt
creates Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia
Quilted Fabric Art
creates Burlington Vermont
creates Manitoulin Island, Canada
creates Silicon Valley, CA
Patchouli Moon Studio
creates Central New Mexico
Elm Street Quilts
creates North Carolina
Sarah Quinn Featured At Seams To Be Sew
creates Outer Space
Cheryl LaPlant Featured At Quilt In Piece
creates York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
creates New Hampshire
Needle in a Hayes Stack
creates Mojave Desert
Show ‘N Tell Day
Oh yes! Please look at what is coming up on 5 October.
Come and join us in our Facebook page for this event here
It had been so crazy busy in my quilting life, that I have not had time to blog. Which is depressing.
But I am going to have a lot to show you in the next couple of weeks and it is going to be awesome.
The first one is the Road Home Row Along starting 6 September 2016 and ends on 4 October 2016 with a show and tell day. Where some of the quilters will show full finished quilts made from some of the rows.
With 40+ rows, there will definitely something for everyone.
The latest Star Trek patterns has now been uploaded to the Star Trek pattern download page, here.
There are some new ones and some corrected ones on the page, and the newest most exciting patterns set for me, is the Vulcan Insignia, now all complete. I just love how those ones finished off.
Tomorrow I am releasing my complete Vulcan Script (Alphabet) set for the Star Trek Series. It has been revealed on Fandom in Stitches already, here.
Look out for the download on the Star Trek page tomorrow for the Vulcan Script set.
It had been quiet on the blog writing front, as I have been so busy getting the Vulcan Script patterns designed and tested. Plus I am on the last stretch of planning and finalizing for the Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along coming up in October 2016. Fabric requirements will be posted in the next couple of week. So keep a lookout for that.
In between all of that, we had some severe flooding here, and tornadoes, we personally did not have to much damage to our house, just “rained” a bit inside two off the bedrooms, and there was some major cleanup to do after that. There were quite a few families in our community that had lost their home completely.
Now that all off the personal distasters have been sorted out and I am on track with all the quilting events planning. There will be more regular post on new pattern being released. Star Trek patterns are still very much on the go and I will continue pumping those out, as much as I can in between other projects.
Today marks the first day of the Summer Sensations Blog Hop hosted by Marian from Seams To Be Sew. I am not sure which fountain she finds all the energy and time from, but I want the GPS location please.
So, what do I think of when I think of Summer Sensations, well for me it is camping. I love summer and camping in nature, looking up at the stars and feeling the breeze on my face, listening to the crickets singing their songs. I especially love the thought of summer right now, as I live in the Southern Hemisphere and it is freezing cold. Summer can’t come fast enough.
This is what I came up with for the blog hop.
Camping themed quilt.
40 x 40 inch quilt, just add binding.
This is a paper pieced pattern.
(Clicking on the picture above, will take you to the download page)
Pattern will be available soon in my Craftsy shop.
For the duration of the blog hop, this pattern will be free, so grab it while you can, as it will be going up for sale.
My finished quilt top looks like this. I still have to quilt it and add the orange binding.
Unfortunately the lighting was terrible when I took the photo.
And these are some close ups of the separate pieces.
Magnifying Glass and Water Bottle
Campsite sign board
Map and Compass
Flash Light Plus Camp table and chairs
Campfire with pot
Now for the schedule of other bloggers that is taking part in the Summer Sensations Blog Hop.
Thanks again to Marian for hosting this event. She can be found at
Special note: Every effort has been made to make sure the pattern is correct. But should you find a mistake please let me know via email (in the pattern) and will correct the pattern and resend it to you.
Thank you for visiting my post today and please visit all the other bloggers as well.
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