I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Quilt As You Go Layout

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Quilt As You Go Layout

And finally and far to quickly, we have finished all 12 blocks and will be sewing them altogether to make a quilt.

Some of you may have quilted each block along with me, to make a quilt as you go quilt. I am so happy to see so many of you.

Now I will be showing you how to put these together.

But first, there is the really big prize.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Quilt As You Go Layout

The sponsors web pages are below;

Make Modern Magazine – https://www.makemodern.com.au/

RJR Fabric – https://www.rjrfabrics.com/

Island Batik – www.islandbatik.com/

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The Warm Co – https://warmcompany.com/

Aurifil – www.aurifil.com/

Warm Crochet – https://warmcrochet.com/

Good luck, you have until 15 January 2018 to submit a photo of your finished quilt top to enter to win the prize.

Putting the quilt together.

You will need the following;

(8) 1 inch x 12.5 inch strips (back)

(8) 2 inch x 12.5 inch strips (front) (pressed in half)

(3) 1 inch x 36.5 inch strips (back)

(3) 2 inch x 36.5 inch strips (front) (pressed in half)

Your choice of binding.

My layout, has 3 blocks in a row, and 4 rows to make up the final quilt.

Step 1

Take (1) 2 x 12 inch strip and line it up on the front of a block.

Add (1) 1 x 12 inch strip to the back of the block.

Make sure they are line up nicely. You will have the top strip, the quilted block and the bottom strip all lined up. Now, sew a seam a 1/4 inch from the edge.

Step 2

Turn over your block. See the strip?

Press the back strip towards the seam. This will make it easier to sew the next block to it.

Step 3

Take the next block in the row, place it with the backside facing up, and the backside of the first block facing down. So they need to be back to back.

Place the back strip (from the first block) along the edge of the second block.

Make sure that they edges line up nicely.

And sew a 1/4 from the edge.

Step 4

Flip the second block over to also face up. Check how perfectly the edge fit snugly together. This will not create a ridge in the finished quilt, as there is no overlapping.

Press the top strip over to the second block. The top strip cover the seam allowance easily.

You can now, either hand sew this strip down, the same as binding, or you can machine sew a straight line down the edge. To make it look more even, you can repeat the line on both sides of the strip. Plus if you use a matching thread with the back, you will not notice the extra line on the back.

Step 5

Repeat, all the steps above, to finish the rest of the rows. And exactly the same way, to attach all the rows.

The finished quilt. Trimmed and squared.

The binding.

I cut my binding strips at 2 1/2 inch wide and pressed in half. Use any technique you prefer to bind your quilt. I like to machine bind my quilts, as most are for my family and they don’t mind.

Candy stripe binding.

My amateurish attempt at placing the quilt artistically below. LOL.

A closeup of the biding and the corners.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts

 

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Vanda – Quilt In Piece

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Twelve Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Twelve Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Twelve Plus Prizes

And now we have the FINAL block, block 12.

The “Christmas Lights” block was designed by Laura Piland at Slice of Pi Quilts. You can find the tutorial and pattern on her blog here.

Here is my finished Christmas Lights block.

I will confess here, that it was my first time making and using bias tape in quilting. It scared me silly.

But here is the big lesson my fellow quilters, do not prevent yourself from trying something new or different, because it looks to scary or difficult.

This block was a lot easier than I thought it would be, because of the bias tape. I did not for one second believe that the fabric would form a curved shape.

Laura’s instructions in the pattern and on her blog, is super easy to follow and explains everything very well.

So pop on over to her blog and check it out.

Quilting the block

Below is a couple of close up photos of the quilting on this block.

First, I glued down the bias tape with some thermaweb. I managed to selvage some from an elderly lady who was throwing her sewing things away. Below is brands typically found in South Africa, but I a pretty sure that anywhere else had better quality products available. These were for hemming clothes and works perfectly for this project. I used the 23mm (+- 1 inch strip, rolled in 8 yard lengths)

See now I don’t have to pin the tape.

I started by stitching down all the bias tape, as I was a bit worried it would move around to much. Even with it being glued down.

Using a machine applique stitch, in this case a blanket stitch.

And lastly I stitched around each of the globes.

The background called for some meandering to fill up the spaces.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at Sandy Star Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilt in Piece<—- That’s me!

Now for the prizes for submitting block 12!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to win these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

Make Modern’s website (https://www.makemodern.com.au/) and Sandy Maxfield website (http://sandystardesigns.com/).

Add your link on the linky party for the “Christmas Lights” block at Laura Piland’s website at Slice of Pi Quilts. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

Block 6: http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-6/

Block 7: http://sandystardesigns.com/2017/10/10/wish-merry-quilt-long-block-7/

Block 8: http://alicesamuelsquiltco.com/i-wish-merry-quilt-along-block-reveal/

Block 9: http://www.snowydaysquilting.com/blog/2017/10/23/i-wish-you-a-merry-quilt-a-long-reindeer-games

Block 10: http://blog.cwilt.co.uk/2017/11/i-wish-you-merry-quilt-along-block-10.html

Block 11: http://chittenden.co.za/blog/wish-merry-quilt-along-block-eleven-plus-prizes/

 

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Vanda Chittenden

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Eleven Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Eleven Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

And now for block 11.

The “North Star” block was designed by Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing. You can find the tutorial and pattern on her blog here.

Here is my finished North Star block.

I dug really deep into my stash for this block. I just KNEW that I had to keep that shiny (slippery) pretty (insert swear word here) fabric. See I am not a hoarder, I USED it. LOL. Anyway, I love how the star finished off.

Quilting the block

Below is a couple of close up photos of the quilting on this block.

Sandwich and baste your block. I used my quarter inch or walking foot for this one. And echo stitched all the way around the star, in a triangle shape. I deliberately chose white thread to contrast with the red, to (pretend) show light radiating from the star.

Then I stitched in the ditch around all the shapes in the star. Trying to match the thread color with the star.

Just love how the flange pops out.

All trimmed.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Now for the prizes for submitting block 11!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to win these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

http://www.doohikeydesigns.com/product-category/binding-babies and http://www.inquiringquilter.com/my-store.

Add your link on the linky party at Kathleen Scargle McCormick at kathleenmcmusing.blogspot.co.za. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

Block 6: http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-6/

Block 7: http://sandystardesigns.com/2017/10/10/wish-merry-quilt-long-block-7/

Block 8: http://alicesamuelsquiltco.com/i-wish-merry-quilt-along-block-reveal/

Block 9: http://www.snowydaysquilting.com/blog/2017/10/23/i-wish-you-a-merry-quilt-a-long-reindeer-games

Block 10: http://blog.cwilt.co.uk/2017/11/i-wish-you-merry-quilt-along-block-10.html

 

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Vanda Chittenden

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

And now for block 10.

This fortnight’s block is a Christmas lantern designed by Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery. You can find the pattern and tutorial for the block on her blog here.

Here is my finished Christmas Lantern block.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Quilting the block

Below is a couple of close up photos of the quilting on this block.

I started by stitching in the ditch around the lantern.

The blanket stitched around all the applique pieces. You can hand stitch or machine stitch this.

And finally I did from free-motion meandering in the background.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts <—–That’s me!
Now for the prizes for submitting block 10!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to win these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Add your link on the linky party at Diane Lomax at Cwilt. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

Block 6: http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-6/

Block 7: http://sandystardesigns.com/2017/10/10/wish-merry-quilt-long-block-7/

Block 8: http://alicesamuelsquiltco.com/i-wish-merry-quilt-along-block-reveal/

Block 9: http://www.snowydaysquilting.com/blog/2017/10/23/i-wish-you-a-merry-quilt-a-long-reindeer-games

 

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Vanda Chittenden

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

And now for block 6.

This block is designed by Sandra Healy http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/shop/.

Fabric selection for this block.

I chose a delicate colors for this block.

Here is my version of the block

Quilting the block

I started by stitching in the ditch around all the squares.

Then change to a applique stitch on the machine, you can also use a satin stitch or hand applique your block.

And stitched all the way around the stars and the angel.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Karen at Tuna Quilts

Now for the prizes for submitting block 5!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to wind these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released. The link to Island Batik is here.

Add your link on Sandra Healy’s blog at http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/shop/. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

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Vanda Chittenden

I Wish You A Merry QAL Block 2 Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry QAL Block 2 Plus Prizes

Wow! I was completely blown away by everyone’s Snowflakes these past 2 weeks. And I am so glad that some of you are quilting as you go with me. Super awesome.

Before I get to block 2, did you know! Beside the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

And now for block 2.

This block is designed by April Adams from Janda Bend Quilts. It is a Christmas Tree block and is inspired by their Christmas Tree farm. How cool is that.

You can download the pattern on April’s blog. Click on the name Janda Bend Quilts to go to her blog post and the pattern.

Fabric selection for this block.

I chose 3 different leafy greens for my trees and I nice neutral background. Plus a super piece of wood grain scrap, that I have been hoarding since the beginning of time. I just knew I was going to need that piece someday.

Here is my version of the block.

Tip for this block.

Make sure that you 1/4 inch seam is accurate. Otherwise you block will not come out at the correct size. Play around with your machine to find out where your 1/4 inch sits. I have a very old Bernina, where all the lines and grooves have nearly worn down. So I think I might measure and stick a strip down to use a s guide for future blocks.

Most of you who has followed me for awhile, will know that I LOVE paper piecing. Mainly because I just can’t get my 1/4 inch seam accurate enough for traditional piecing. I decided to try it this way for this tree block, and I don’t think I did to bad. My tree trunks are a bit on the short side.

Start by cutting out all the templates, then trace the shapes on the backside of you fabric with a fabric pencil or erasable marker. I used a water erasable marker here.

Cut out all the shapes. I used my rotary cutter, but you could use scissors.

The tree shapes are ready.

Follow all the instructions in the pattern you will download.

Quilt as you go…

In the beginning I decided to go quilt as you go with this quilt along. Thinking it would only be me. But wow, so many people are quilting as you go with me.  I just love it. You are all awesome.

So to continue with the QAYG method.

I decided to quilt little Christmas Trees into the blank blocks in between the trees.

 

I added some lines to the picture below so that you can see how I quilted it.

Starting on the left in the top row next the the tree trunk, go across, up the trunk, around the tree top, down the trunk and across to the next tree.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block 2 Plus Prizes.

 

 

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie @Sparkle On
April
@JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca
@Pretty Piney
Bobbi
@Snowy Days Quilting
Diane
@Cwilt
Jennifer
@Inquiring Quilter
Laura
@Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy
@SandyStar Designs
Sherry @Powered by Quilting
Vanda
@Quilt in Piece

Now for the prizes for submitting block 2!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to wind these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

Our lucky winner will receive $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop, and a digital pattern called Geese in Flower Pots from Janda Bends Quilts. The giveaway is open to participants worldwide. You have until 28 August 2017 to submit your blocks.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block 2 Plus Prizes

Add your link on April Adam’s blog Janda Bend Quilts, If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here is a direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link


Happy Sewing! I can’t to see all of your blocks for block 2.

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Vanda Chittenden

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Week 1 Block 1 of the Quilt Along. It has been so much fun designing for this quilt along and who doesn’t love Christmas.

Without further ado, here is block 1. A snowflake, I just could not resist making a snowflake. You see where I live in South Africa our Christmas falls in summer. And I would absolutely love to see a snow white Christmas.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

For the snowflake I decided to design an applique pattern. It is super simple and easy to make.

You can download the pattern here. Plus clicking on the picture above will take you to the download page as well.

I have put together a tutorial for you to make it easier to follow the instructions.

Tutorial to make the Snowflake block

First you need to cut a 12 ½ inch square for the background. Because this is an applique block it will shrink a bit once appliqued, so cut your square slightly bigger. You can always trim the block down once you are finished.

Step 1:

Cut a 13 inch square of background fabric.

Iron out any wrinkles, then press your square into quarters, I will explain this a little later.

Step 2:

I chose to use raw edge applique.

Place your choice of applique paper (I used fusible applique) on top of the Snowflake template, you should be able to see through the paper or use a light table or press the paper and pattern to a window so that the light shines through.

Trace the patterns on the applique paper with a pencil. Then roughly cut out the pieces, ready to be ironed onto fabric.

Step 3:

Placing the glue side down onto the back of your chosen fabric. Iron it down with dry heat.
Make sure the glue has melted and that the paper is sticking to the fabric.

Step 4:

Cut out all the different shapes using your paper scissors, not your special fabric scissors. This will dull the edge of your fabric scissors.

Step 5:

Once all the pieces are cut out, you can start assembling the pattern.
Normally you will started from the bottom and work your way to the top piece.
Here I decided to place the center white circle down first.
DO NOT iron this yet. Just press down gently on the circle to keep it in place.
See you the quarter lines are coming in handy now.
I used the lines to center the circle nicely.

Step 6:

Place the the inner red circle and finger press it down to hold it in place.

Step 7:

Now place all the inner blades down, pushing the tip of the blade underneath the bigger circle to hold them in place.
I started to place the first one with it’s one edge ¼ inch from one of the creased lines in the background fabric. Continue laying them out.
Then place the larger blades down. Start with the four pieces that will fall on the crease lines. Making sure the top and bottom points are lying right on the crease line. Slip it down in between two smaller blades, until there is just a tiny space left between the smaller and larger blades.
Then place the last four blades. And you finished the pattern. Lightly press with your iron.Additional steps.

I decided to make this quilt with the quilt as you go method.

You could decide to applique the pattern down, by hand or by machine using a zig zag or satin stitch.

I will be using a satin stitch for most of the applique on my machine, once my block is finished I sandwich it and use the satin stitch on my machine. This way I am quilting the block as I am appliqueing the pattern pieces.

To start I have cut some scrap batting lying around in my batting bin. I found two pieces that will work for this block and just need to stitch the together. There are many different ways to put scrap batting together. Using a very loose, large zig zag, I just pull the two edges together on my machine and zig zag all the way.

Sandwich you backing, the batting and your block together and lightly baste them together.

You could use spray baste or pins, whichever is easiest for you. I chose pin basting, as the block is so small.

Stitch the bottom circle first.

Then all the smaller blades.

Now the larger blades.

That inner circle need red thread, I think.

This is what the back looks like.
I wanted the stitches to show up on the back, looking good.

You could use invisible thread so that none of your stitches will show up on the front or the back.

Snip of all your threads.

And there you have the finished block, already quilted, using an applique stitch on the machine.
I might add some more quilting, once all the blocks have been put together.

You can download this tutorial right here.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting

Let us not forget the prizes!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to wind these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

Our lucky winner will receive the Sugar Plum Christmas thread collection from Aurifil, and a digital pattern from Quilt in Piece. The giveaway is open to participants worldwide.

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Have a happy crafty and sewing week.

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Vanda

I wish you a Merry Christmas Quilt Along

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I wish you a Merry Christmas Quilt Along

Hi everyone,

Here is my introductory post for the first of many events coming up in the next 5 months.

I am so excited to share this Quilt Along with you, because this quilt is going to be finished BEFORE Christmas.

The Quilt Along starts August 1st.

Every other Tuesday, a new FREE 12″ quilt block pattern and tutorial will be released. If you complete the block before the next pattern release, then you will be entered to win some AMAZING prizes! There are bi-weekly prizes and a mega grand prize too!

Join the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook Group to join the party! Designers will post links to the tutorials there, so that is your best way to not miss a single post! You can also ask questions and post pictures of your blocks as you complete them to be entered to win the prizes!

All the bloggers that are participating in the QAL met through the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. There are 11 bloggers that have designed blocks.

They are:

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery

Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing

Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

Sandra at Sandra Healy Designs

Sandy at Sandy Star Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Sola at Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.

Vanda at Quilt in Piece – This is me.

 

In addition, some bloggers will be sewing along and making every block too! These quilt-a-long hosts will share tips and tricks for each block, plus you’ll get to see the same block in many different fabrics! These bloggers will be there every step of the way to encourage you to finish the quilt too!

 

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery

Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

Sandy at Sandy Star Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Vanda at Quilt in Piece – This is me.

 

Questions and answers.

Do you have to make every block?

No! You don’t have, but it would be awesome if you do. This is laid back and meant to be fun! Make the ones you want! You will be eligible to win the bi-weekly prize for each block you complete.

Is this for experienced quilters only?

Definitely not! The quilt along is for everybody! Every block is unique and uses various techniques. That’s why we started a Facebook group – so we can all help each other be successful! Whether you’re new or seasoned, I’m sure you’ll find this an exciting and fun experience!

Can you see the blocks beforehand?

Nope! We are only releasing one block at a time. This way is more fun, nearly like a MYSTERY!

Who can participate?

You! The bloggers are scattered all across the globe, so we hope to have participants from many countries around the world too! International participants are eligible for all the prizes too! Isn’t that just fantastic.

Can I still participate if I’m not on Facebook?

Absolutely! If you’re on Instagram, use #iwishyouamerryqal to be entered to win. Each designer will also have a linky party on their block post so you can link up blog posts or Flickr photos. If you want to sew along, we will find a way!

What are the prizes?

There are so many! It’s best to keep an eye on the Facebook group, as we will begin sharing the prizes there soon! Just some of the prizes include

You won’t want to miss a single week!

How much fabric do you need?

The amount of fabric you will need depends on your fabric choices and how you decide to lay out the blocks. The blocks will each be 12″ finished (12 1/2″ unfinished) and there will be 12 of them. You might be able to make the whole quilt from fabrics you have in your stash!

If you choose to make a lap size quilt with all 12 blocks and use a classic 3″ lattice with 6″ border for the layout, then you will need approximately 1 1/4 yd. for the lattice strips, 1 1/4 yd. for the border, 3 1/2 yd. for the backing, and 2/3 yd. for the binding. However, these are approximate yardages and depend on the exact size of your lattice and borders.

I am thinking of going just from the stash for this one.

Ok, you want to do it! Now what?

Yay!!

  • First, join the Facebook group so you’ll know when each block is released.
  • Second, gather the fabrics you might want to use for your quilt. The quilt-a-long starts August 1st!
  • Lastly, invite your friends! Share the quilt-a-long graphic on Instagram and use #iwishyouamerryqal. Share this blog post or a post from the Facebook group on your own Facebook account and in your quilty groups. A party’s more fun with friends!

Which techniques will be used?

There will be pieced and applique blocks. And can make just the pieced or just the applique blocks. We are making 1 of each of the 12 blocks, but you could choose your favorite and make more than 1 each.

How long will the patterns be free?

For the duration of the Quilt Along, so download the patterns while you can.


I look forward to seeing you joining in the fun.

Look out for my post on 1 August 2017 with the very first pattern.

LLAP

Vanda Chittenden

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

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Welcome to week 2 of the New Quilt Bloggers 2017.


I first read about the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop last year and thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s posts. So when the sign ups started for this year, 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, I jumped at the chance and signed up. Thankfully the hosts accepted me into their group. And what an awesome group of people they are.

All of the participating bloggers is invited into a sharing platform called Slack. Where everyone is divided up into our own blogging platform groups. And divided further into smaller critique groups.

My Hive is called, the Better Bloggers Hive. Beth from Cooking Up Quilts is our Host for this blog hop.

This is our Hive Blog Button.

I designed this button. Whoop! Designing a logo is one of the things we learned how to do. Just love it. I designed this logo in Inkscape. The program is a free download.

There are another 2 hives.

The Blooming Quilters – hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.

 

 

 

 

And

The Let’s bee Quilt’n hive hosted by Leanne at She Can Quilt.

 

 

 

 

For the past couple of months we all learned some new things about blogging. And there were a bit I learned. We all took part in a blog critique where the other member of your critique group look at your blog and give advice on areas that might need “changing”. And to be honest, when I started my blog 2 years ago, I new nothing about setting up a blog, about branding, logos or even how to express myself.

Of all the suggestions I received, I took all of them seriously and implemented all the suggestions. The only thing I am still working on is a branded logo, it is nearly finished. And I might even be able to add it to my blog before this post goes live. Then I will need to trademark my brand.

My blog looks completely different from before and with a couple more minor tweaks I will be very happy with it.

I have made some changes to the look of the blog, my menu is more streamlined. There will be some more changes happening soon, and still very much a work in progress. I would love to hear from you if you like he changes I have made.

OK! Let’s start the bit about me…

Hi, my name is Vanda Chittenden and I live in Amanzimtoti, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. I live within minutes of the beach. And it is warm all year round. In summer we die of the heat and during winter it is just bearable enough to swim in the sea.

I am 42, my birthday was last week Tuesday. I am a single mom with 1 grown up son age 18.  I work full-time as a website administrator, thus making sewing time a very precious and valuable time. My biggest wish, to be able to sew all day long. But that is not practical at this time. Quilting is a passion and a therapy. It is the thing that keeps me sane at the end of a work day and something I look forward to for the weekend.

I started with quilting very late in life. My aunt tried to teach me how to quilt many times while I was younger. When I was 21 or so, I started a quilt which was calico blocks and candlewick mixed with embroidery. It didn’t hold my interest long. I never threw those blocks away, they are in my UFO pile ready to be finished up.

Decades passed by. Age 38, we heard my aunt was terminally ill and I drove 8 hours up to the farm with my mom to go and visit with my aunt. It was an awesome visit. And I was blown away by her quilts. In the year before she passed away, she taught everything she could.

In the year that followed, I tried to figure out where I stand in the quilting environment. What is my style? What do I like? What don’t I like? What technique do I like best? Which is the worst? Do I continue with just Free Geeky patterns or do a branch out into something else? What would that be? What will sell? Do I sell? Where do I sell?

A million and one questions!

My first foray into serious quilting was with the Project of Doom Quilt, A Harry Potter Inspired Quilt Along that started in January 2015. It was a weird how I discovered this quilt. I finally decided to try making a quilt based on Star Trek. And in searching the internet, I happened upon Fandom In Stitches. Be warned! You will get lost in all the awesome free patterns on this blog. If you don’t find the fandom or geeky or nerdy thing you are looking for here, you can ask for a pattern or series of patterns. There is a slew of designers designing new patterns daily. Anyway! So I was looking around the site for Star Trek patterns when I saw a notification about the Harry Potter quilt, and it looked awesome. I watched and read all the Harry Potter movies and books with my son while he was growing up. I had to make it, just had to. And I signed up. It was my first time paper piecing and I was terrified.

4 Months into the quilt along, I was thinking about the Star Trek quilt I wanted to make. On the site there wasn’t much Star Trek stuff, and not much elsewhere on the internet. So I thought (dangerous thing this) why don’t I design my own. After much trial and error, I found a free software that I could play around on to design some patterns. And let me tell you, it was not easy in the beginning. I felt like a fraud. But as you will see on my blog in the Star Trek Pattern download page at the top, I have made many, many patterns. My quilt top is finished, just needs to get quilted now.

Since the Star Trek patterns, I have realized I love designing patterns as much as I like making them.

My Fandom patterns will always be free, just so you know.

I also had my own, very first Quilt Along last year October to December, The Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along. The Pattern download page is above under the gallery tab. I was completely terrified and scared I would mess up somewhere. And yes, there was some glitches, but now that I have learned from this first one, I know how to do it right for future ones (and there will be many).

And here I am today, I have a lot of things going through my mind about the future.

  • Charity Quilts – I have decided to donate to Bobbi Bear. An organization that helps abused children.  I test a lot of my own patterns, which may or may not go into quilts for myself or my family. My finished blocks will be worked into quilts for these children, to give them some comfort.
  • Which quilting direction do I feel is best for my quilting style? Still a lot to think about.
  • Do I stick with e-patterns or branch out into paper patterns?
  • Classes, I have been approached to give lessons in quilting. But it is far away? Viable??
  • Join a Quilt Guild. My local quilt guild is not interested my paper pieced quilts. But the district Quilt Guild is, but is also far away…?? What to do? Do even join a quilt guild?
  • Quilts on show. I want to, but have to be part of a guild. Back to previous question.

Ok! Now for the fun part. Some photos. Yay!

  1. My First Quilt (Unfinished) The 20-year-old candlewick and embroidery quilt I talked about. Sorry for the bad photo.
  2. My First Finished Quilt – Many, many mistakes, with puckers. A simple log cabin in lots of pink.
  3. My First Paper Pieced Quilt & a Quilt For Me. The Project Of Doom, A Harry Potter Quilt. All these patterns are free to download and use at Fandom In Stitches
  4. My Second Applique, bunny rabbit ears. You can find that pattern here. The first one is below.
  5. My First QAL Quilt that I designed. The Fantastic Beasts Quilt patterns are here for free. This is not my quilt. I borrowed the photos from one of my followers. I am sill working on the finishes on mine.
  6. My First Blog Hop Quilt – A Creepy Halloween Quilt. You can find it here. My first applique quilt.
  7. My Favorite Quilt as a Present & wish it was mine. The Smartphone Quilt was made for my mom and dad for when they go camping. You can find the free patterns here.
  8. My Aunts Unfinished quilt she gave me to finish. Hanging above my mom’s chair in the TV room.

Blogging Tip:

Just blog. Even if you don’t have a finished quilt, show your progress. Your readers want to know what you are up to. Make them excited. This is my biggest flaw. I enjoy the sewing process so much, that I can go weeks between writing a post. Busy working up a schedule for myself where will set aside a few hours every week to write and schedule some posts for every week.

Quilting Tip:

Measure twice, cut once.  Need I say more, this mistake happens a lot with me.

Second quilting tip, make sure your thumb is not in the way of your rotary cutter. Hands up, who has cut their finger more than once with their rotary cutter? Yeah! I see you!

My question to you!

What is your favorite sewing technique? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to know and it will help me decide where I go in the future.

  1. Applique
  2. Traditional Piecing
  3. Paper Piecing
  4. EPP
  5. Other, is there an other technique I don’t know about?

Trivia.

Your Dream Vacation Spot – The mountains next to a stream.

Favorite book/s – Oh no, do I have to choose? It was Harry Potter, I have the entire book collection in my book rack. But have discovered Cathy Reich, who rights Bones. Which is also a series. I have watched every single episode all the way to the end

Favorite movie – No not again. #1 is Any and all Star Trek series and movies. I have all the series and movies, but not the books. Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, OK wait, just add any animated movie on this list.

Favorite tv show – Big Bang Theory

Random fact about me – I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, this is an auto immune disorder. And Fibromalgia.

Future plans.

There is a lot of Quilt Alongs and Block of the months planned for the near future. Working on them at the moment. Plus a bunch of new patterns.

On the free pattern side of things, I have a giant project planned for the Star Trek pattern archives. This will be worked on over time. And will keep on growing. So my awesome Star Trek followers, you will be getting spoiled.


Remember there are fantastic prizes being given away each week.  To enter the giveaway go visit the 3 hosts

Leanne @she can quilt

Beth @Cooking Up Quilts

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Clicking through to the hosts will also show you all the other hive bloggers for today.

 

The other bloggers for today from my hive are:

Jan of Cocoa Quilts

Sarah of 9658 Textiles

Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist

Abbie of Sparkle On


I hope you enjoyed learning more about me.

 

Have an awesome crafty week.

LLAP

Vanda

 

 

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2017 New Quilt Bloggers Week 1

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#2017NQB

Hi everyone,

Today is the start of 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Week 1 blog hop. I am part of the Better Bloggers Hive, below is our blog button.

Next week is my turn to talk about my experiences.

But for now there are some brilliant Quilt Bloggers posting today, go and check them out and give them a little love.

To make it even better, there are loads of prizes that is being given away over the 4 weeks of the blog hop. So go and enter to win some fantastic goodies.

Here is a list of awesome bloggers to visit today;

Jess @ Sew Jess Handmade
Rachel @ Making a Beautiful Life
Amanda @ Quiltologie
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Rose @ something rosemade

Our Blog Hove Mom is Beth (Cooking Up Quilts) the other co-hosts is Yvonne (Quilting Jet Girl) and Leanne (She Can Quilt), go visit the other two hosts as well to find some more new quilt bloggers.

 

LLAP

Vanda Chittenden