Originally I thought it would be a good idea to have both black and brown starry fabric for the background. It doesn’t look to bad, but I think I would have gone with just the black background.
Also these Star Trek patterns were some of the first patterns I designed when I just started designing. And there was no plan of action on anything at all. I just designed willy nilly.
So when it came time to put them all together it became a problem, I had to add fabric to some, and trim off on others to make them all fit together.
Since them I have planned all my quilt tops, to ligically fit together, so that it does not become a problem for other quilters to put together.
I know there has not been any new Star Trek patterns posted recently, but there is a reason for that. I a planning a Star Trek quilt along for 2018. It is themed The Next Generation. Whoohoo, my favorite series. So all the patterns being designed is specifically for the quilt along and cannot be share yet.
If you would like a quilt along based on the other series as well, no worries they are coming as well. But you can help me decide which one will be next.
Please comment below or fill in the the contact form below and let me know what type of Star Trek theme or a completely other theme you would like to see.
I decided on applique for this project, the block is 10 x 10 inch excluding seam allowance. The green background is cotton for stability, the outer bunny ears a soft fluffy pink fleece, the inner bunny ears is a light brown velvet and had some in my stash.
The technique I used is raw edge applique, as I was not going to fiddle with turn under applique with that fleece.
And machine stitched a tight small zigzag stitch to secure it to the background.
Originally I was going to turn this block into a small bag, but it screamed to be turned into a pillow.
So instead of quilting the block, I just sewed another 10 x 10 inch of the same green cotton fabric to the back of the pillow, and stuffed it with leftover off cuts of batting used for other projects.
I hand stitched the opening closed, then for extra stability, I machine stitched a 1/4 inch along the edge of the pillow. So it looks sort of like a french seam.
The photo above is the only picture I have of the entire project, as my son took the pillow (without my knowledge) and promptly sold it (hey, no problem with that) within 5 minutes after I finished it. Plus with several more orders for the same pillow, so that was a success. (whoop!)
But did have a chat with to wait until I have taken all my photos before selling my stuff. Hey I might even employ him as a sales manager. LOL.
Now for the Giveaways!
Marian Pena is giving away kits on her blog throughout this blog hop so make sure you visit her every day to enter and win this giveaway.
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
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.
(Click on the image above to download this pattern)
Here we have another TNG (The Next Generation) pattern, Worf’s Bat’leth.
According to Klingon mythology, the first bat’leth was forged by Kahless the Unforgettable in the 9th century. Kahless cut a lock of his hair and dropped it into the lava of the Kri’stak volcano, then plunged the burning lock into the Lake of Lusor and twisted it into a blade. After forging the weapon, he used it to fight the tyrant Molor, and then gave it its name. This story was not recorded in public texts, but was passed down verbally by the Klingon clerics as a test of Kahless’ return. (TNG: “Rightful Heir“)
The Sword of Kahless was preserved by the Klingons following Kahless’ death, until it was stolen by the Hur’q when they plundered Qo’noS about five hundred years after his death. (DS9: “The Sword of Kahless“)
Worf owned a bat’leth that had been in his family for ten generations. After his mate K’Ehleyr was murdered by Duras, Worf used this weapon to kill Duras in honorable combat. (TNG: “Reunion“)
During his time aboard the USS Enterprise-D, Worf trained both William T. Riker and Beverly Crusher in the use of the bat’leth. (TNG: “The Quality of Life“, “The Pegasus“) (http://memory-alpha.wikia.com)
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