Saturday, August 31, 2013

Best Laid Plans... Quilt Along

Welcome! 

Today is the first day of Best Laid Plans...quilt along.  The first step is on my website today, September 1st.  October 1st will be step 2, November 1st - step 3, and December 1st - step 4.  I will leave all the instructions on my website until the end of January.  That will give you plenty of time to either do the steps or at least print them off. 

The first step is fabric and cutting.  I have already given you fabric requirements but I also put them on the step 1 instructions.  You can link it here:  Best Laid Plans...Step 1

LeAnne Olson, my fabulous machine quilter, got it done quickly for me and here it is quilted and bound.  I love it! 
I had a question on what fabrics that I used.  Most of the reds are French General reds, a variety of different lines and the main background is Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda.  The background is a lighter background with reds and beige throughout.  The perfect mix of interest without being too busy. 

Thanks for stopping by and doing the Quilt Along with me.  If you have any questions or want to share your fabric choices, I'd love to see them! 

Happy Labor Day!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

And the winner is...

Okay, so it has been a really hard decision to choose!  Here are some of my favorites:

Peppermint Star
String Quartet (via FaceBook and my dear friend, Sue)
Barbershop Star
Northern Lights

and the winner is:

Best Laid Plans...

It's perfect because it will definitely remind us of the story of me being a little late!  :)  Thanks, Bri! 
Bri, please email me so I can send you your Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion. 

Don't forget, Sunday is the big day for the beginning of the quilt along.  Make sure to come back to get your first installment. 

Have a good week! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Quilt Along & Contest

Hope everyone is doing well!  I have been working on our Quilt Along.  I am going to start posting the steps on September 1st.  The first step will be cutting and you will have plenty of time to pick your fabric out and cut your quilt out.  The second step will be posted October 1st and we will begin piecing. 

The quilt is currently being quilted by one of my awesome, talented machine quilters, LeAnne Olson.  Can you see her hands holding the quilt top up?  I just finished getting it ready to go to her this weekend so that I could get it quilted and get you the supply list.  I will have the completed quilted quilt picture for you on the 1st of September. 

Here is a picture of it before it's quilted:
closer view of star and sashing
Here's what you need:
Size:  54" x 68"
3 3/4 yards main light for background for blocks, sashing and outer border
12 fat quarters of dark fabrics for blocks, sashing and binding (I used reds)
3 1/2 yards backing
Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion

Contest, contest, contest!!  If you noticed, I don't have a name for this quilt.  Leave a comment on your suggestion for a name and if I use it, I will send you the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion!  I will leave the contest open until next Wednesday so you have a full week to come up with a name.  Have fun!!  

What else is new?!  You ask.  Well, I finally put 2 of my other new patterns on my website. 
First, Tropical Nights:

Using fat quarters of batiks and one background, Tropical Nights is a great size at 69" x 81"
And, Frame Up:
Frame up those picture prints in this 66" x 78" lap quilt.  Fat quarter friendly.
Don't forget to come back on the 1st of September to pick up your first installment for the Quilt Along.  I am going to publish it the same way that I did the BOM.  I will have it on my website and leave it up for a month after we are done.  Once it's done, I will take it off my website.  The plan is to have 4 installments and take it off at the end of January.  It will overlap a month with the newest Block of the Month that starts January 1st.  Hope you guys join me for that too!

Thanks for stopping by!