Whenever I take part in a quilt along, the hosts always ask for a Signature Block. It is in no way compulsory, it is for those who would like to send one to the designer. And to be honest, the quilt along I have been taking part in, the patterns are always free, so it is a big pleasure to send the designer / host a signature block.
So what do the designers to with the signature blocks?
Well, you can turn them into a memory quilt. How awesome!
That’s why, when I ran my very first quilt along last year, (Fantastic Beasts) I decided to do the same thing. I chose a simple paper pieced block. The participants can choose any fabric choices regarding color and pattern and put their name, place where they stay and the Quilt Along name.
And as you can see from my photo above, that is the layout I was thinking of using for my memory quilt.
The blocks have been arriving from all over the world. I love how it is looking already.
Some of the really awesome participants, even added some really cool extras in their packages, which was a complete surprise.
Here is some close ups of some of the blocks I have received. At the moment, I could get away with a wall hanging or a table topper. And that is OK. I know that there is some more on the way, which is great.
I am sure I had more photo’s but these is the ones I have for now. Will add the rest when I find them.
What I was thinking with these signature blocks, would be to continue on with them through to the end of this year, as I will be running my second Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along from September to end December 2017. Anyone taking part in the second quilt along is welcome to send me a signature block then.
As mentioned in my crafty updates post. I decided that I would only join one quilt along this year, as I have to many of my own projects that needs finishing up, loads of patterns and quilts on the way…
I chose to join in with Jennifer Ofenstein at Sewhooked for her quilt along this year. And it is called Paper Piecing Vintage.
You can also follow Jennifer in her Facebook group. You have got to see some of the awesome blocks being posted there by other PPV quilters.
These are the blocks I have made so far.
It was so difficult to choose a color scheme for this quilt, I went through my stash and first was going for a range of cream to browns, and then it was purple.
But in the end I decided on a scrappy pink and white with a touch of green.
And a close up of all the blocks.
I have a couple of blocks left to do to be able to finish the quilt top. Can’t wait for it to be finished.
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.
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.
It is done, finally! It took a couple of months, but here she is on all her glory.
All these patterns and much, much more is still available for free on Fandom in Stitches in the link below.
There are several layouts to choose from as well, in the end my mom decided in the Ipad layout, as this quilt is for her. And she is completely addicted to her Ipad.
You can still join in with the quilt along. Even though it “ended in December”, there is still people joining in and starting their quilts.
And some closeups of all the blocks that went into the quilt.
There will be a second quilt, and has been added to my list of things to do. But not right now, as I have to finish off some current bom’s and qal’s.
Plus I need to finish preparing for my Fantastic Beasts quilt along starting in October.
I will keep a database here, and you can follow the quilt along from here as well. But the main event will be hosted by Fandom in Stitches.
Tomorrow I have some catch up blocks to show, from the My Favorite Things block of the month.
And lastly, but definitely not least, I have been working on a Romulan Pattern for my Star Trek Series. Hopefully I will have this one tested in the next week or two and then I will share it with all of you.
The latest pattern from the Play with me Quilt Along.
Alida from Twelogdesign is the designer and quilt along leader for these patterns.
This is my attempt.
Now, I will be completely honest with you. This was the first time I tried reverse applique …. and I didn’t like it. But after having a chat with Alida, I will try this technique again on a different pattern, I might change my mind.
I chose two bright colors for the triangles behind a plain blue foreground. As an afterthought, i probably should have chosen a more vibrant color.
Each block in this quilt along, teaches you a new technique and a different way to quilt a motive on the pattern.
The quilting bit I haven’t tried yet. I am still deciding to wait to finish all the patterns, or quilt as you go.
These were the previous two patterns I have made so far.
All the patterns can be found by clicking on the link below.
Please go an have a look at what Alida has on her blog and hopefully you will join us for this fun quilt along.
Tomorrow I will post my finished quilt for the Ipad quilt along I took part in, all these patterns are still free and there are people joining every day to join in the fun.
Plus some other quilt and sew along catch up photos, from
My Favorite things Block of the month
X-files Quilt and sew along
Sunbonnet Sue and Sam travels the world
And some information about the Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along happening in October
Don’t forget that the Minions quilt along is starting soon on Fandom in Stitches.
Have an awesome crafty week.
A journey through fabric choices, pattern design and finished quilts.