camper applique quilt pattern

The Road Home Row Along

Hello!  It’s finally my day for the Road Home Row Along!

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This Row along is hosted by Seams to be Sew and Sew Incredibly Crazy.  The idea is to create a row that reminds you of home!  I chose to do my row about Maine. And since I was working on this all summer, and the campers have been on the road… I took that as good inspiration!

 The Way Life Should Be

To represent Maine I included:

One of the Maine slogans (of course!), blueberries, northern lights (stars), Pine trees, chickadee, and the moose!

I made my row using some cotton applique and some wool applique, but use your own preferences.

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I had dmc floss and perle cotton 12 to make a basic blanket stitch for most of the applique. And I added some bullion knots in a few places for fun ~ see around the tire and windows?

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When I got to the clothes line, i stitched a basic back stitch,camper applique quilt pattern

and then wove it in both directions with the long tail of the perle cotton to make it look more substantial and like a woven clothesline.

If you use the eye end of the needle to weave it through, it’s much easier!

camper applique quilt patternThe slogan is so long that the letters are rather small.

camper quilt patternYou might want to enlarge them and print something shorter like Welcome, or your family name.

camper quilt applique patternHope you have fun with this pattern!

Free for a limited time.

You can find the Pattern on Craftsy

OR

in My Shop!

GIVEAWAYS!

I have a couple giveaways on this post!

1 ~ One US winner will receive a Tula Pink Coloring book!  One of my favorite fabric designers!

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2 ~ One lucky winner will win a subscription to my Dear Daughter Quilt A Long! See related posts.

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3 ~ One US winner will win a machine embroidery design CD offered by Anita Goodesign.

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ENTER TO WIN

by leaving a comment about each prize you would like!

1 Tula Coloring Book(US only)
2 Dear Daughter BOM Subscription (international included!)
3 Embroidery CD (US only)
Drawing will be open until midnight October 6th.

UPDATE: WINNERS!

TULA COLORING BOOK GOES TO BARB WHO WROTE:

The coloring book would be an awesome gift for 14 year old granddaughter! When I think of Maine, I think of trees, fishing, and insect repellent–lol, probably comes from reading certain mysteries. The use of wool for the applique is a great idea! Thanks!

DEAR DAUGHTER SUBSCRIPTION GOES TO JOAN WHO WROTE:

I must admit…this row speak to my heart! I love love love it! Your BOM looks fabulous. That would be my choice if I was lucky enough to win. But I’ve already won…I found a new blog that I just started to follow.;-)

ANITA GOODESIGN CD GOES TO RACHELL WHO WROTE:

I have a new embroidery machine, so I would love to use it more! A design CD would be wonderful!

PLUS visit Seams to be Sew for a bunch more giveaways, and all the other websites who are participating:

 

September 6
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life
creates Harrisville, MI Sunrise Coast
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
creates Adelaide South Australia
Kissed Quilts
creates Grand Coulee, Washington
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
creates Alberta, Canada
September 8
Sew Incredibly Crazy
creates Colorado
3 Patch Crafts
creates Bulgaria
Just Let Me Quilt
creates Las Vegas, Nevada
Quilt in Piece
creates Amanzimtoti, South Africa
September 13
Tweety Loves Quilting
creates Edinburgh, UK
Quiltscapes
creates Heber City, Utah
Seams To Be Sew
creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
Pine Valley
creates New Zealand
September 15
bdieges designs
creates Road to Tehachapi (CA)
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
creates Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
Patti’s Patchwork
creates Toronto, Ontario Canada
Seacoast Quilter
creates New Milford, Connecticut
September 20
Beaquilter
creates Denmark
Heleen Pinkster
creates Netherlands
MooseStash Quilting
creates Alaska
Rebecca Mae Designs
creates Northern Maine
September 22
Words & Stitches
creates Beaches of California
Quilt Art
creates Africa
I Can Quilt 2
creates Baltimore, MD
Any Pattern
creates Port Angeles, Washington
Patchwork Breeze
creates West Michigan Shoreline
September 27
Creatin’ in the Sticks
creates Dodge City, Kansas
Sue Griffiths Featured At Just Let Me Quilt
creates Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia
Seams To Be Sew And Batts In The Attic
creates Hollywood/LA
(Dual Posting)
September 29
Quilted Fabric Art
creates Burlington Vermont
Westend Quilter
creates Manitoulin Island, Canada
Pamela Quilts
creates Oregon
Quilt Fabrication
creates Silicon Valley, CA
October 04
Patchouli Moon Studio
creates Central New Mexico
Linda Robertus
creates Netherlands
Elm Street Quilts
creates North Carolina
Sarah Quinn Featured At Seams To Be Sew
creates Outer Space
October 06
Cheryl LaPlant Featured At Quilt In Piece
creates York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
creates New Hampshire
Bumbleberry Stitches
creates Oklahoma
Needle in a Hayes Stack
creates Mojave Desert
Cloth and Paper Studio
creates North Georgia Mountains
October 11
Show N Tell Day
TBA

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Chapter 9 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello everyone! Septembers Chapter 9 is out!

Be Kind is a continuation of the Have Courage chapter from last month.dear daughter quilt

Here are some of the completed chapters below,

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and a look at where we are so far!  Almost done!

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It’s never too late to sign up, the posts will remain and you can sign up any time.

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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Plus, you can find all the links to previous chapters at the bottom of this post!

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company are sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for September are:

Sandi from Georgia ~ Fat Quarter shop $25 Gift Certificate

Linda from Kansas ~ The Warm Company Product

Kaye from Texas ~ The Warm Company Product

Congrats!

I have a newly curated bundle at Fat Quarter shop! The last bundle sold out so if you like my color choices and want to build a bundle this one is available for a limited time HERE Fat Quarter Shop.

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Of course it has all my favorite designers!  Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Elizabeth Hartman, Zen Chic, V & Co plus more!

I can’t wait to cut mine up, but it’s such a pretty bundle I haven’t even untied it yet!

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Thanks for checking out this month’s Chapter!

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Summer Breeze Quilt

Fat Quarter Shop just released their new Summer Breeze quilt pattern and I’m part of todays blog tour!  Here is my finished quilt!

summer breeze quilt The pattern calls for fat quarters, plus a background fabric, and the original sample (shown below) is made from Kate Spain’s Latitude Batiks fabric. It’s all scrappy and gorgeous!

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The fat quarter bundle I used for my quilt sold out so I can’t link you to it, but for a limited time you can get this newly curated bundle!  Turn up the Volume 2  You’ll need to check the Summer Breeze pattern for the fabric requirements of fat quarters… this bundle includes 24.

If you love it ~ don’t hesitate or they will be gone!

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I opted to mix some solid gray fabric into my quilt with my fat quarters… Then I got to work cutting out these pretties with this kaleidoscope ruler... so easy!summer breeze quiltRather than placing my fabric completely scrappy and random I decided to group my blocks by color to see how that would change the look without changing the design.

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You’ll notice there are a lot of bias seams in this quilt, but squaring the blocks with this 8 1/2″ ruler makes it SO much easier to keep things straight!

This quilt actually went together quicker than I expected.  If you’d like to give it a go, you can get the pattern and watch this video tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop YouTube Channel to get you started.  Plus, if you like the sample in the video you can purchase the entire Kate Spain kit ready to go.

Since I made the adjustment to the color placement in my blocks, when all my blocks were finished, I laid them out from the top left corner down diagonally by color without much fussing. I love the look!

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summer breeze quilt

 

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I can’t wait to see what all the other quilters made!!! Go check them out…

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Sherri M. from A Quilting Life

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

Jessica from Quilty Habit

Leanne from She Can Quilt

Afton from Quilting Mod

Kathryn from Kathryn Jones Quilts

Stephanie from The Modern Sewciety

And I can’t forget to mention the back of my quilt!!!  For the first time I tried a wide back and I loved it!

summer breeze quiltThis one is called Freefall from Tula Pink and it’s 108″ wide, which means I didn’t have to piece the back! Heaven! I didn’t get a shot of the full back but you can see it peeking out in a couple pics. Gorgeous.

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My quilty friend Terri quilted it with an all over feather design… Love it! :)

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Chapter 8 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

The Chapter 8 pattern is out today!  I think this month is a favorite of mine.  Something about this color combination appeals to me and just makes me happy!

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Chapter 8 fits into the bottom row of the quilt, and there are only four more chapters to go!

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Chapter eight is all straight piecing (goes together faster than you might think) and some applique…

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if you need a refresher on the fusible method you can find some instruction in the chapter one post.dear daughter block of the month quilt pattern

This month’s block has fabric from some of my favorite designers… Here are some details on some of them…

red stripe is Tula ~ True Color, Lazy Stripe (all time favorite, I need them in every color!)

blue in the flower is also lazy stripe from Tula

the green leaves fabric is part of the Rhoda Ruth line from Elizabeth Hartman

dark purple star points is called knotty grape from cotton and steele

orange in the large half square triangle is guinea from Kaffe – I’m down to a small scrap of this old favorite! boo!

green in the flower is also Kaffe – called paperweight

pink(ish) in corners is Kate Spain (heart) from her Canyon collection and a scrap from this quilt.

the ‘Have’ applique and the background text fabric are from Carolyn Friedlander ~ Architectures

If you’re new here and you want to find out more about this quilt you can read the first post or find all the posts and block links at the end of this post.

You can also find the pattern by clicking here…

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company are sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for August are:

Karen F from the UK ~ Fat Quarter shop $25 Gift Certificate

Terrie C from New York ~ The Warm Company fusible product

Kris S from Oklahoma ~ The Warm Company fusible product

Congrats!  I’ll be in touch!

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DIY Color Card for Fabric & Projects

I have a free diy Color Card download to share with you today.

Do you ever want to track what fabrics you used for a project or wish you had a color card?  I started tracking my projects and fabrics with my own diy color card and it’s a great reference that I go back to… a lot!  I have two methods to my madness…

First I like to track the solids I use.  When I purchase any solids, I snip off a piece of the selvage and add them to my own diy color card.  This way when I want to refer back to them or need to purchase more of a color, I have a sample to go to. This is especially helpful with solids since there is no information on the selvage to refer back to later.

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I also use this diy color card for projects.  When I start a project I like to make note (or a card) of all the fabrics I’m using ~ sometimes I run out of a fabric I need and the project might sit for a while (sounds familiar right?) then when I go back to it I don’t always remember what I used… no worries, I can just check the project color card.

Here is one I made for a holiday quilt I was working on…

diy color card for fabric and sewing projects

I use a glue stick to stick the samples on ~ easy and works great!

Then I put them all in a binder neatly tucked away!

diy color card for tracking fabric ~ sewing projectI hope some of you find this useful too!  There are two versions in the PDF, one for solids or general fabric tracking and one for projects.

Click for the free PDF download:

DIY COLOR CARD FREE DOWNLOAD

If you like this post… please share!

Diy fabric color card for sewing and quilting projects

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Chapter 7 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

We are headed into the second half of the Dear Daughter Quilt!  This chapter goes together quick! We have repeating stars and pinwheel blocks from previous chapters, plus some basic patchwork…

Dear Daughter BOM Quilt chapter 7

You can see where we are in this diagram… It’s getting filled in!!

Dear Daughter BOM Quilt chapter 7

I’ve begun thinking about my quilting plan for this quilt, but I haven’t made a decision yet. I am leaning toward hand quilting.  I ordered a wide back for it last week, it will be the first time I don’t piece the back of a quilt and i’m pretty sure I’m going to love the ease of having the back ready to go!  More on that later!

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I used some of my stash of noteworthy fabric for the patchwork along the bottom… I love the little sayings that are included!

Dear Daughter BOM Quilt chapter 7

Hope you like this months chapter!  If you want to sign up…

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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This quilt-a-long is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company!  The winners for July are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Melinda F. from Georgia

The Warm Company products ~

Tina T. from Germany & Susan F. from Massachusetts

I’ll be in touch!

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Here are the links to all the previous Dear Daughter Posts:

Related Posts:

See you next month!

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Modern Sewciety Podcast ~ and a beginners tip for choosing fabrics!

Recently Stephanie from Modern Sewciety had me on her podcast to chat! Which was SO much fun!  I hadn’t really listened to podcasts before so I took a crash course and listened to a bunch of her shows and now I’m hooked!  I’m on episode #94 and the episode includes a second interview with Timna Tarr.

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Timna is an amazing long arm quilter, she’s won many accolades for her work and has an amazing eye for color!  Check out her instagram!

Stephanie’s podcasts are really nice to have running in the background while your sewing and I’ve picked up some fun tips and great information along the way too!  So thank you Stephanie for bringing all that to your listeners.  If your on instagram, you can follow Stephanie @ Modern Sewciety!

Here’s another podcast interview with two of my favorite fabric designers…

interview with Tula Pink and Alison Glass

While Stephanie and I were chatting we talked a little bit about picking out fabric so I thought I’d share a tip for beginners who might be struggling with fabric choices… and speaking of fabric…

Fat Quarter Shop is offering YOU and Modern Sewciety Listeners a discount!

Here is the discount code: LUCKY1316

It’s good for 13% off purchases, with a few exclusions like Flash Sales and Gift Certificates.

The coupons run through 7/13/16.


Picking Fabrics

Beginners Tip

So here we go!

I’m going shopping in my own stash to show you a tip on selecting fabric for your next quilt.

If you don’t know where to begin, start by finding a larger scale print that you’re attracted to. It should have at least 4 colors in it.  I fell in love with this large scale fabric and bought some for a future project… Isn’t it gorgeous?

DSC_0019I was originally attracted to the fun design and I also found the colors appealing.  It’s not a good fabric for piecing… but I bought it anyway!  I knew I’d use if for something… pillow covers, a quilt border, placemats, a quilt back… lot’s of other possibilities! Plus, it was on sale… no brainer!  So let’s see what happens when we pull the colors out of this fabric…

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I picked out some solids to coordinate with the color palette. Don’t these solids look nice together?

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how to choose fabrics for beginner quiltersIf you select coordinating prints, try to select some of varying scale – mix up some small prints and some medium prints.

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Also, try to find some that are stripes/geometric, some that are floral and some polka dots/spots.  They will magically blend together and add interest!

DSC_0061You can even blend the solids and the prints if you like!

Use the large print for your border or for the backing of your quilt!  I hope this helps some of you when you’re fabric shopping for your next quilt, even just a little bit!

I’m feeling inspired to make something now!  Don’t forget to tune into Stephanie at Modern Sewciety for some entertainment while you sew!

If you like this post, please pin and share it!

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UPDATE!
Look what I just saw on Mass Drop!  Denyse Schmidt bundle Katie Jump Rope.
(You can also find her bundles on Fat Quarter Shop)
Almost the same color palette!  Notice there are medium prints, small prints, geometric/stripes, dots, florals… 

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Chapter 6 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

May was such a busy month for me. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see June!

I did manage to get my sewing time in though!

dear-daughter-quilt-373I made the June chapter entirely from my Turn Up The Volume bundle from Fat Quarter Shop.  UPDATE!!!! – THAT BUNDLE SOLD OUT ~ THE NEW BUNDLE IS TURN UP THE VOLUME 2 ~  (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)fat quarter bundle giveawayI used the purple, orange and yellow for my log cabin circle but if you use one color I think it will look even more circular ~

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The flying geese blocks went together fast and I like the progression of color from blue to yellow. :)  I have these square rulers in a few sizes and they are great for squaring up your blocks.  It makes a huge difference (at least for me!) and you can get them pretty cheap at Joanne’s when they have their coupons out … I use the 12 1/2 and 6 1/2 sizes the most but I also have 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. The smaller sizes are excellent for trimming half-square triangles.  I like to square up everything as I go to keep things straight as I’m joining blocks.

dear daughter block of the month text quiltYou might not notice at first glance but the triangles get darker toward the top so they contrast a little better against the yellow.

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I didn’t get a shot this month of all the chapter blocks together, but you can see where this chapter fits into the quilt diagram below.

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 I hope you enjoy the June Chapter!  dear-daughter-quilt-352Want to join in?

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company are sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for June are:

Martha W from Texas ~ Fat Quarter shop $25 Gift Certificate

Claire S from California ~ The Warm Company Product

Loretta E from Australia ~ The Warm Company Product

Congrats!

 

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Big Stitch Hand Quilting with Aurifil 12 wt. thread

I’ve been waiting to share some pictures with you of my completed Sew Scrappy Sampler!  I did some big-stitch hand quilting with Aurifil!

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Remember this picture of the finished top?

Block of the Month Sampler QuiltWell, I was busy earlier this year hand quilting it with big stitches… and Aurifil 12 wt. thread!  I got to do a guest post over at the Aurifil Blog on the basics of hand quilting with their 12 wt thread.  photo 2

You can check out the tutorial here.

While I was quilting, Spooky did her usual job of supervising… she’s my quality control expert!IMG_4332-2

When she thought I wasn’t looking she tried to steal my precious thread! ~ little thief!  Who could blame her really… it’s pretty irresistible!

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You can literally find any color Aurifil thread you need!

DSC_0280Here are some of the colors I used in my sampler.

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For most of the blocks I did some simple outline stitches so the piecing or applique can be the focal point.

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DSC_0324DSC_0336I also quilted a clam shell design around the center of the quilt…
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The border is all straight stitching, and I outlined an occasional flower for fun.

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DSC_0297Some of you have asked what the back of my quilts looks like when they are hand quilted so I thought I’d show a couple pictures…

Look how pretty and fun!

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I hope you give it a try!
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Quilting details:

Pattern: Sew Scrappy Sampler

Hand Quilting: Big Stitches with Aurifil 12wt Thread

Quilting Hoop: Hinterberg 18″ Quilting Hoop and Stand

Thimble: Clover Open Thimble

Needle: Clover gold eye Chenille #24

Fabrics: Kaffe Fassett

Batting: Soft Soft High Loft from The Warm Company

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Don’t forget to take a peek at my tutorial on the Aurifil Blog!

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Chapter 5 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt + Giveaway!

Today I have Chapter 5 of the Dear Daughter Quilt and a Fabric Giveaway to share!

First, here’s a look at my Chapter 5 of the Dear Daughter Quilt!

Make Time ~ For Yourself

dear daughter quilt I’ve got five of the twelve chapters complete…

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I was working on this months chapter at a quilt retreat and accidentally made one of my blocks too small!  Apparently I was talking too much… One of the quilters at my table suggested I make a pin cushion out of it!  I took her advice and I think it came out pretty darn cute!

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I stitched around the perimeter with Aurifil 12 wt thread.  You can see it better on the bottom…

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I love it!

Quilters are so generous… two of the quilters at the retreat brought a tote of their stash and let me dig through it! I scored the green for my flower, AND the orange for the text… yup!

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LOVE!  And also… the fun little elephant fabric on one of the leaves on the vine!

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Generous right?  And now I have a fun memory of the quilt retreat sewn into the quilt! :)

Guess who else is Generous? I’ve got an EXTRA GIVEAWAY from Fat Quarter Shop to share this month!  If you follow me on instagram or facebook you might have seen my BUNDLE pics.

I curated a new bundle for Fat Quarter Shop

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UPDATE!!!! THIS BUNDLE SOLD OUT!  THE NEW VOLUME 2 BUNDLE IS NOW AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

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You will be seeing a lot of this fabric in the months to come!  I can’t wait to cut into mine!

fat quarter bundle giveawayThere are TWENTY FAT QUARTERS in this BUNDLE! Five yards of fabric! And they are all dreamy!

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If you are interested in what the individual fabrics are, the links are below…

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Here is a list of the fabrics:

Left stack first from top to bottom:

Mini Perle Bracelets in sunshine ~ Andover Fabrics

Eden in mustard ~ Tula Pink, Free Spirit Fabrics

Rhoda Ruth ~ Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman 

Flow ~ Zen Chic for Moda

Flow Papyrus ~ Zen Chic for Moda

Lucky ~ Lotta Jansdotter Windham

Lazy Stripe ~ Tula Pink Free Spirit Fabric

Sun Print Hatch Dot ~ Alison Glass Andover Fabrics

Rhoda Ruth Fox Jewles ~ Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman

Sun Print outlines ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Right stack from top to bottom:

Sun Print Flora ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Lucky Super Emes ~ Lotta Jansdoter Windham

Eden Orchid ~ Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric

Eden Cerise Henna ~ Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric

Rhoda Ruth Blossom Starshine ~ Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman

L’s Modern Basics ~ Lecien Fabrics

Sunprint Orange Flora ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Macrame Grape Guides ~  Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel Fabrics

Macrame Grape Knotty ~ Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel Fabrics

Sun Print Hatch Dot ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

TO WIN THIS BIG BUNDLE (5YARDS!) COMMENT BELOW! HERE ARE 4 COMMENT OPTIONS…

 1) TELL ME HOW YOU FOLLOW Fat Quarter Shop ( VIA facebooktwitter, Instagramtheir blog Jolly Jabber)

2) TELL ME HOW YOU FOLLOW ME! ONE FOR EACH FOLLOW (facebook, instagram, blog etc)

3) LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU ARE A DEAR DAUGHTER SUBSCRIBER!

4) TELL ME WHAT YOUR FAVORITE FABRIC IS IN THE BUNDLE!

WINNER CHOSEN MAY 21!

 

UPDATE~ THE WINNER IS AMY F!  CONGRATULATIONS!

 

The Dear Daughter quilt is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company!

If you are new to my site, you can read about the Dear Daughter quilt in the first post to get caught up.  Of course, you don’t need a daughter to participate. Some are making this for their sons, grandchildren, even for themselves, which is awesome since we rarely do enough for ourselves!  If you want to join you can here…

Find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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Chapters 1-5…

Dear Daughter Quilt by Sherri Noel rebeccamaedesigns.com

More Dear Daughter Posts:

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Chapter 4 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello! I hope everyone is having a good month!  I’ve been enjoying all your messages and loving all the pictures you’ve been sharing with me on your quilt progress!  I can’t tell you how fun it is to see all the variations in color and text and block design… thanks so much for sharing this journey with me!!!

And here is Chapter 4!  Yay!

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If you are new to my site, you can read about the Dear Daughter quilt in the first post to get caught up.  Of course, you don’t need a daughter to participate. Some are making this for their sons, grandchildren, even for themselves, which is awesome since we rarely do enough for ourselves!  If you want to join you can here…

Find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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This is what we have so far, chapters 1-4 are complete:

block of the month quilt dear daughterAnd they fit into the quilt top diagram like this…

block of the month quilt

I thought I’d share a few pics with you this month on the pinwheels in this chapter…

dear daughter quilt alongThey are not difficult to make but they can be tricky to manage with all those points coming together at the center.

pinwheel quilt block tutorialHere is how I made my pinwheels, and how to press your seams to avoid a big bump at the center of your pinwheel block:

I used the two half-square-triangle method demonstrated in the Techniques page of the pattern and rounded up to the closest 1/4″ so I could trim and square my pinwheel after.

Start with two squares of each color…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaPlace right sides together, mark line diagonally, sew 1/4″ seam each side, cut on marked line…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaOpen four half-square-triangle units and press seam allowance to the darker fabric.

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaTrim off all the ‘dog ears’ to reduce bulk (important) and organize into the pinwheel block design…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaSew together in pairs… notice that the diagonal seams nest together nicely when the seams are all pressed toward the dark (or pressed to same fabric)…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaNow open the pairs up and press the center seams in the SAME direction as the seams in the unit.  Notice in the next picture that the seams in the top unit are all pressed to the right, and all the seams in the bottom unit are pressed toward the left.  When you sew these together the center seam will nest together and the bulk will be distributed…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaAfter you join these two units together you need to press the center seam in opposing directions and carefully open and separate the center where the points meet…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaNow you can see here that all my seams are going in the same direction around the center and the center is pressed open so I don’t have a big bump in the middle of my pinwheel…

pinwheel-quilt-block-41Opening the center takes a little fussing if you haven’t done it before, but when you get it right it will be like “oh, I get it now!”  I showed the same technique in this post if you want to see another example.

Now, to trim you will need to measure from the center out.  I want my block to be 3 1/2″ so I’m measuring 1 3/4″ from center in ALL directions.

pinwheel quilt block tutorial

pinwheel-quilt-block-Now I have some good looking squared up pinwheels to make my block!

pinwheel quilt block tutorial

As you know we have Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!  Including International Subscribers too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

Support FQS sponsorship and check out their new Sew Sampler monthly subscription box.
Full of surprise goodies each month!

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Like my fabrics?

Check out my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

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Also, I’ve been getting questions on my background fabrics so I have some links to share.  These are some of my favorites that I have or they are on my wish list!

Paperie Stamped ~ Art Gallery Fabrics

Paperie Parchment ~ Art Gallery Fabrics

Modern Background Ink ~ Moda Fabrics

Modern Background Paper Graphite ~ Moda Fabrics

Ghost XOXO ~ Cotton and Steele

Blueberry Park Sunflowers ~ Robert Kaufman

Flow Fog Pearls ~ Moda Fabrics

Blueberry Park Shadow ~ Robert Kaufman

Story Chevron ~ Windham Fabrics

Lakehouse Favorites ~ Lakehouse Fabric

Mojito Mist ~ Windham Fabrics

First Crush ~ Moda Fabrics

Rhoda Ruth Grey Point ~ Robert Kaufman

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The April Winners are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Sandra E.

The Warm Company products ~ Barbara W. and Brittany L.

Yay!

block of the month ~ dear daughter quilt alongThanks for following along!  Here are some

NEW SHARES…

Chapter 3 from Sandra!

Chapter 3 from Sandra!

Chapter 1-3 from Lisa!

Chapter 1-3 from Lisa!

Chapter 1 Susan

Chapter 1 from Susan!

chapter 1 brittany

Chapter 1 from Brittany!

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Chapter 1-3 from Jan! :)

DD Chapter2 from Candy

Chapter 2 from Candy

Chapter 1-3 from Kathy!

Chapter 1-3 from Kathy!

 

Thanks for sharing!!!

Here are the links to all the previous Dear Daughter Posts:

Related Posts:

See you next month!

sherri

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dear daughter block of the month quilt

Chapter 3 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

It’s so hard to believe March is here already, and we are up to Chapter 3!

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The Chapter 3 pattern has already gone out to subscribers, so if you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] verify your email address.

If you want the pattern you can find it here:

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

Here are Chapter blocks 1-3… coming together!

block of the month

And you can see how they fit into the quilt top:

TOP Chapter 1-3 filled inI completed my text for Chapter 3 using the needle-turn applique technique.  It’s one of my favorite ways to applique. I love the look of the turned edges and I also love that it’s portable and I can work on it anywhere!  Plus it has a sort of organic look that I like.

I’ve included some pictures of how I completed mine but if you’re making the dear daughter quilt you can use the templates with any applique method on the Techniques Page of the pattern… or any other method you prefer!

Before we get into it I want to talk a little about supplies…

applique needle and thread

To set yourself up for success, use a good needle and thread for applique.  Here are some of my favorites:

Thread: I have a couple favorites…

I like the following threads because they are light-weight and disappear into the applique fabric.
Aurifil ~ 50 wt (the orange spools)
Superior Thread ~ Bottom Line (donut) or 50 wt Masterpiece (donut)
(I have some applique thread donuts available in my shop)

Needles:

You will need an applique or straw/milliners needle.
I like the tulip #10 big eye applique needles for needle-turn applique. When I’m working on larger applique pieces I will sometimes use an 11 milliners/straw needle. The extra length helps when turning the seam allowance to the back.
note ~ I’ve taken several hand applique classes and something I’ve learned is that the recommended needle isn’t always the best choice for me.  I took one class from a woman who had tiny little hands and she recommended this needle that I could hardly hold it was so small… so use what works for you and feels like a good fit, but stay with a thin applique or straw needle.

This applique will be done much like the butterfly from last months chapter.  To start, trace your applique with a removable marking tool, loosely cut out shape with a generous 1/4″ allowance and baste in place right down the center.

needle-turn-applique-tutorial

After your piece is basted,  finger press all along the traced lines.  By finger pressing on the traced line your applique will go much smoother as the fabric will more easily turn under for you.  In the next picture you can see that I have my W (Wander) loosely cut out, basted and finger pressed.

needle turn applique

Make sure to bring your needle up from behind the applique piece on the traced line of the outer edge.  If you bring your needle up from under your background piece and through the traced line you will not be able to turn your seam allowance under.

needle turn applique

Use your needle to turn the fabric under and take your first stitch.  You can see in the next picture that the fabric is turning under easily and I continue to finger press a second time as needed while I sew.

needle turn applique

I also like to trim my seam allowance as I go. If I trim it close before I begin I would have to contend with my seam allowance fraying from being handled, and that wouldn’t be any fun!

Here are a couple tips on curves and points:

Concave Curves:

When you come to an inner curve clip slits into the seam allowance without cutting into the traced seam line.  This will help your turned edge lay flat and ease the fabric under as well.

Convex Curves:

For convex curves, clip notches out of seam allowance to reduce bulk.

Inner Points:

I find these to be the trickiest.  Taper the seam allowance as you near the inner point and clip at the inner point to the seam line right before you sew it.  Take 2-4 small stitches right in the point to hold the threads in place.  If your thread matches your applique fabric these stitches will hardly be noticeable.

Outer Corners:

For outer corners sew right up to the corner, placing a stitch in the very corner, sweep fabric under with your needle and turn the corner.

 

Sew the entire perimeter of the applique and then go back to cut out any holes in the applique.

needle turn applique

I used small scissors or a sharp seam ripper to carefully start the hole, being careful not to puncture or cut my background fabric.

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Turn those seams under and applique in place.  It takes a little practice but that’s all there is to it!

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As you know we have Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!  Including International Subscribers too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

(see my fabric links at the end of this post!)

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The Winners for March are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Shaughna K.

The Warm Company products ~ Candy L. and Loralee M.

I will be in touch via email!  Yay!

block of the month quilt pattern

Lastly,  I’ve been getting some fabric questions, and since Fat Quarter Shop is so generous to sponsor this quilt I thought I’d link to a couple fabrics each month that are in my quilt blocks ~ so if you are interested in finding them you can just check out the links below!

The yellow text fabric is from Windham Fabrics and it’s called Paint by Carrie Bloomston for Such Designs.  I bought it at a local shop this past summer so I’m not sure if you can still find it…

I used a lot of different scraps but I’ve also used several fabrics from:

True Colors

Rhoda Ruth

Architextures

Kaffe Classics

Like my fabrics?

Now you can get my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle

AND WE HAVE SOME SHARES!

Chapter 1 from Kathy!

Chapter 1 from Kathy!

Lisa

Chapter 1 from Lisa!

Chapter 1 & 2 from Lori

Chapter 1 & 2 from Lori!

Chapter 1 ~ Sandi

Chapter 1 ~ Sandi :)

Chapter 1 ~ Shaughna

Chapter 1 ~ Shaughna !

Sandra's Chapter 1

Sandra’s Chapter 1

Sandra's Chapter 2

Sandra’s Chapter 2

Candy's Chapter 1

Candy’s Chapter 1

Chapter 1 & 2 from Vickie!

Chapter 1 & 2 from Vickie!

 

More Dear Daughter Posts:

sherri

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Sewing Machine Cover

I finished my sewing machine cover just in the nick of time for the Nature Walk Fabric / Michael Miller challenge.

nature walk challengeIn my original post I thought I’d make a sewing machine cover… and I stuck to that plan since I really needed an excuse and a deadline to make one!  Which is ridiculous, I have to admit, since it didn’t take that long and my poor machine has been suffering for no reason!  (the horror!) Well not any more!

sewing machine cover tutorial

I purchased all my Nature Walk and charcoal Cotton Couture fabric from Fat Quarter Shop.  There are two equally gorgeous color stories to choose from,  by the very talented artist Tamara Kate…nature walk fabricSeriously… how do you choose?  I have to say, I was kicking myself for not ordering some of the daydream butterfly fabric!

nature walk fabric

The detail work in the abc panel is so fun and whimsical, I kept finding tiny drawings I hadn’t seen before as I was sewing… photo _6 - abc nature walk detail - tamara kate

I was thinking that if my girls were still little I would totally make valances with the ABC fabric – it’s adorable!  But back to the machine cover…

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While I was working on my cover I took some pics of how I put it together…  Here are some steps (you’ll have to do your own machine measurements):

Measure your machine and decide on size of cover.  I’m making my cover for my babylock BLQP.  My machine measured 8″ deep, 15″ tall (to top of thread cone) and 20″ wide.  I wanted my cover to be BIG ~ I don’t want to be fussing when I put the cover on, I want it to fit over easy and quick.  It goes together in three pieces, the body and the two sides…

Sandwich the body, batting and lining, then quilt.

sewing machine cover

To figure the length for the body of my cover I added the height x 2 + depth and added a couple inches to spare for roominess.

For the sides of my bag I used Pellon foam in the sandwich and it worked like a dream.  I quilted it with a couple straight line stitches, rounded the corners and then sewed 1/8″ around the edges to keep the edges in place.  If I didn’t plan to do a little hand stitching around my letters on the body I would have used the pellon foam for the body too – it helps your cover stand up quite nicely.

sewing machine cover

I bound the bottom edge of the two sides and the top and bottom edges of the body.  Since my corners were slightly rounded I made bias binding from the green ‘tall grass’ fabric.

sewing machine cover tutorial

I used wonder clips to hold it all in place for stitching.  These clips are so much better than pins!

sewing machine cover tutorialAfter the binding is stitched in place from the front, turn the binding to the side panels and hand stitch in place. See how nice it curves around the edge with the bias binding?

sewing machine cover tutorial

Done!  All snug and happy!

sewing machine cover tutorial

sherri

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Chapter 2 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello Everybody!

I’m excited to be getting into Chapter 2 of our quilt~a~long!  If you’re just joining in you can find the original post here with all the information.  I’m making my quilt for my daughters and with them in mind… here is Chapter 2!

dear daughter block of the month

dear daughter quilt

Chapter 2 has gone out to subscribers, so if you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] so we can verify your email address.

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

Now, I have a couple of exciting tid-bits to share with my quilt-a-long subscribers!!!!

We have

Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!

International Subscribers are eligible too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

(see my fabric links at the end of this post!)

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The winners for February Are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Jackie B. 

The Warm Company products ~ Debra G. & Pam R.

I will be in touch via email!  Yay!

Here are Chapter 1 and 2 together:

dear daughter quilt

You can see how they will fit into the quilt top in the image below… Every chapter of the Dear Daughter Quilt will be a different size to fit into the unusual layout…

dear daughter quilt chapter 1 & 2

dear-daughter-quilt-36A little bit about this Chapter…

For the text applique in this block I prepared my applique text the same way as in Chapter 1 with Steam-a-Seam Lite 2, and for the applique stitch I used Aurifil 50 wt and matched my colors to the applique.  (Find thread & colors here)

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The butterfly in this chapter is done using the needle-turn applique method.  Turned applique is my favorite, whatever the method (needle-turn, freezer paper etc) it’s just so pretty!

Here’s how I prepared my needle-turn butterfly.

Trace the templates right onto the fabric using a removable marker (whichever one works for fabric color).  Trim fabric leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.  Center the trimmed fabric parts and baste bottom layer lightly in place with fabric glue or a couple basting stitches.  I used Roxanne basting glue and carefully placed a couple spots of glue to tac fabric in place at least  1/4″ inside the marked edges of all my wings so I still had room to turn my edges under.

needle-turn-applique

Starting with the wings (bottom layer)  I finger pressed along the marked line, then put my needle through applique piece only, coming up right on the line. Make sure you coordinate your thread to your applique piece ~ (50 wt thread is good)

needle-turn-applique

Stitch around edge of applique.  Insert needle in background fabric right next to exit thread (on applique piece) take a bite out of the background and then come up catching the edge of the applique right on the drawn line.  Trim seam allowance to scant 1/4″ as you go (if necessary) and cut notches out of seam allowance at the rounded corers.  Use your needle to turn the 1/4″ seam under as you go in a counter clockwise motion.

needle-turn-applique

After the bottom layer of wings are done repeat with the next layer of shapes.  Add the body and spots…

needle turn applique

So fun!

dear daughter quilt chapter

dear daughter quiltRemember, I’m providing the entire alphabet so you can create whatever text you like and with a little creativity you can gear your quilt for whomever you like!  Check out Sandi’s boy version of Chapter 1, look how she made the petals into a gear… genius! Thanks for sharing Sandi!

boy version dear daughter quiltThis made me wonder about a Man version, so I played with the idea for Chapter 1 & 2, I removed the flower and butterfly then doubled up the block on the right…  I also lopped off the rounded edge of the epp flower petal ~ changed the colors, added some song lyrics and… I think it looks pretty good!

mens quilt

Lastly,  I’ve been getting some fabric questions, and since Fat Quarter Shop is so generous to sponsor this quilt I thought I’d link to a couple fabrics each month that are in my quilt blocks ~ so if you are interested in finding them you can just check out the links below!

I used a lot of different scraps but I’ve also used several fabrics from:

True Colors

Rhoda Ruth

Architextures

Kaffe Classics

You can also…

Check out my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle

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sherri

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nature walk challenge

Nature Walk Sewing Challenge

I was having my coffee the other morning, playing on my ipad (in the internet rabbit hole of course) and I came across this challenge ~ OH What’s this?  Oh, isn’t that pretty, Oh, that’s fun… the next thing I knew I was placing my fabric order… It happens!  I don’t have to explain myself, you get it… Right? (resistance IS futile!)nature walk sewing challenge

I really didn’t need another sewing project but I could not resist this whimsical fabric.  I will admit, I am weak!  Five minutes into reading about the challenge I was at the Fat Quarter Shop placing my order!  Oops, Happy Mail!

nature walk challenge

The challenge runs for the month of February and you can find all the details on the Michael Miller Fabrics site.  Of course, as part of the challenge you have to make something fun with the fabric.

nature walk challenge

I ordered two panels of letters ~ hard to resist.  I didn’t want to be stuck needing an extra letter!  I immediately cut one panel up so I could play with the letters.

nature walk challenge and I had to spell my name of course…

nature walk challenge

Then of course it was SEW, QUILT, STITCH… I’m trying to resist cutting my other panel for the second ‘t’ in stitch…

nature walk fabrc challenge

I haven’t decided what I’m making for the challenge yet ~ but I have been wanting to make a cover for my sewing machine… FOREVER, if I do that,  maybe I’ll go with stitch ~ or maybe Sew Crazy…

nature walk challengeOR Maybe I’ll change my mind all together. To be continued!  If you want to make something too, you can find the fabric here.

sherri

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Chapter 1 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Chapter 1 of the Dear Daughter Quilt is available today!

2016 block of the month quilt

CHAPTER 1 BLOCKS

Thanks so much to everyone who has subscribed, I think it’s going to be such fun!  If you missed the original post, this is my new Block of the Month for 2016, but you receive a full Chapter of blocks rather than one block per month.  Here is where we begin with Chapter 1…

Dear Daughter quilt a long 2016

If you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] so we can verify your email address.

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter 1 blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

I’ve organized the Chapter 1 Pattern and Techniques page in a binder, if you’re following along you might want to do this too…

block of the month

I also included a spot to color in Chapter 1 with your own colors!

coloring block small

Here’s a couple pics I took of a some patchwork blocks in this Chapter…

block of the monthso fun :)

block of the month

For the text blocks I used Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 and printed from my computer onto printer ready sheets, but you can trace them as well.

dear daughter text quilt

Steam-A-Seam actually has paper on two sides, so after I printed it, I cut out the shape (leaving at least 1/8″ around template lines) and removed one side of the protective paper (non printed side.)  Then I ironed it onto the wrong side of my fabric…

text quilt block of the month

cut out each shape on the template lines…

block of the month

and removed the second layer of paper off the back of the trimmed letters.  NOTE ~ What I love is the back of your applique is tacky so you can position all your pieces and they won’t slide around but you can move them if you want to.   When you have them in position, just fuse.

dear daughter quilt Machine applique per the pattern.

Like my fabrics?

Check out my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle

Thanks for following along!  You can join in anytime!

dear daughter

sherri
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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Finishing!

I’ve Finished my top for the

Sew Scrappy Sampler, Block of the Month Quilt Pattern!

This top finishes at 90″ x 99″ (full/queen)

Block of the Month Sampler Quilt

I wish I had more pictures for you but it was freezing and actually lightly snowing when I took these pics and they just don’t do the color justice.

Kaffe has so many gorgeous large scale prints, I wanted to use one for the border and I’m so happy with the one I chose!  It’s called Frilly ~ Oh my goodness, it’s delicious!  Could you resist this?  I thought not!

kaffe fasett frilly fabric

You can see the fabrics I used for the background and circles in this next picture ~ I fell in love with them right away!

block of the month quilt in kaffe fassett

Now, here is some color!  yum!

block of the month quiltI just can’t get enough of Kaffe…

bom 2If you’ve noticed the quilt isn’t finished, that’s because I’ve decided to hand quilt, using big stitches (tute here) and I’m thinking maybe I’ve lost my mind all together?  It’s a large quilt…  but it really lends itself to hand quilting and after the journey of piecing all these fun blocks I just gotta do it!   Plus I’m dying to quilt around all those frilly flowers ~ DREAMY!

I’m going to use either Perle Cotton or I might try Aurifil 12 wt thread this time.  I’ve used the 12 wt in my machine, but not for hand quilting yet.  If anyone has used 12 wt for hand quilting please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your feedback!  I’m excited to get going on it.  First I have to make the back and sandwich it but I’m making progress!

Block of the Month Sampler Quilt

Thanks so much to everyone who’s been following along and all your nice comments along the way!  If you’ve got the block patterns and are interested in my top design ~ you can find it for individual sale in my shop!

Finishing Pattern for the Top

I will also be bundling the patterns all together for sale soon.  In the meantime you can still find all the individual blocks and finishing instructions in my shop!

I have already started my new 2016 Block of the Month ~ Dear Daughter.

2016 block of the month quilt

I hope you’ll join me!

sherri

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dear daughter block of the month

2016 BLOCK OF THE MONTH ~ DEAR DAUGHTER

Hello everybody!  Happy New Year!   I’m hosting a new Block of the Month for 2016.  This is a quilt pattern that I’ve been wanting to make for some time, and why not open it up to anyone crazy enough to join me!

dear daughter block of the month quilt pattern

Dear Daughter is a sampler quilt that will include some text blocks.  It will be divided into 12 sections, so sort of like a block of the month but I’m calling them Chapters ~ (just for fun, since there is text and all…) Within the quilt there will be 80+ pieced (6″ blocks) plus several text blocks.  Here is an example a text block and 6″ block from Chapter 1.

2016 block of the month Dear DaughterThe text blocks will have little sayings or quotes…    I named my quilt Dear Daughter because my daughters are the inspiration for my quilt.  But your inspiration can be anyone or anything!

Each Chapter will be a combination of several blocks…

Here is a look at Chapter 1 ~ the graphic…

dear daughter quilt a long

Every month a new Chapter will be released.  Chapter 1 will be considered the first ‘month’.  To keep my sanity intact, and to stay on track, I’ll keep some of the blocks on the simpler side, like a five patch or log cabin block etc.

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Here is the top diagram I’ll be filling in as I go along… you can see how Chapter 1 fits in…

Dear Daughter quilt a long 2016

The completed quilt top including the side borders measures a generous 72″ x 90″.

I’ll be running this BOM quilt~a~long a little differently than in the past so read on…

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Here’s a Q & A to help answer questions ~ If I miss something and you ask a question in the comments I’ll add the answer to this post, so check back.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up by purchasing the pattern.

Find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

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What Can I expect after signing up?

After sign up you will receive a welcome email.  You will then be added to the monthly email list.  Each month (around mid month, or on the 16th) you will receive an email with the new chapter’s pattern.  Be sure to carefully check your email for accuracy when you sign up.  The first Pattern will be emailed mid January.

Can I sign up anytime?

Yes, if you sign up after January 2016, You will receive your welcome email, and then you will receive an email with the patterns to date.  Any remaining patterns will come monthly via email.

Will I be charged Monthly?

No, the sign up fee is a one time charge that covers the entire series from start to finish and you can sign up any time, it will not expire.

How will patterns be delivered?

As a printable PDF via the email you provide when you sign up.  These patterns are for personal use, please don’t share or copy them.

Will every block be different?

There are a lot of different blocks, and there are some blocks that will repeat throughout the quilt… for example the heart block from the Chapter 1 pattern might show up again in another Chapter.  There might be four identical 6″ blocks that come together to make one larger 12″ block…. you follow?

How much fabric will I need?

Good Question!  This quilt is intended to be scrappy, so I will not be posting a fabric list.  I am working from my stash on a month by month basis.  I have some wonderful saturated colored fabrics and some low volume fabrics to work with.  The blocks are small so little bits from your stash will work on most blocks.  You will need larger pieces for the text blocks.  I will keep track of my fabric consumption (so far my stash looks untouched) and put a list together at a later date that will give you an idea of approximate amounts in each color based on my colors.

Like my fabrics?

Check out my newly curated bundle

TURN UP THE VOLUME

at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle

UPDATE: That bundle is sold out ~ For a limited time you can find

Turn Up the Volume 2 

Do I have to use your text? Or any text at all?

No, I will provide you with my text to use if you like it ~ and the entire alphabet (in reverse for applique) so your quilt can say what’s on your mind!  You will only be limited to the space of the block.   As another alternative, You can repeat pieced blocks to fill in the space allotted for text.  This is Your Quilt, do what makes you happy!

Will I need to save previous patterns when I’m done with them?

Yes!  You will need to refer back to previous Chapters for repeating block information, so save them all.

Will you be posting progress?

Yes, I’ll post complete pictures monthly on my blog with my progress.

How else can we follow?

I will post progress on instagram @ rebeccamaedesigns using #deardaughterquilt.  And also on the rebeccamaedesigns facebook page.

What if I have questions?

You can ask questions through instagram (by commenting on my photos or tagging me on yours) or in the comment section of the blog.  If you ask in the blog comments section, I will answer there so everyone can benefit so please check back.

What type of applique will be used for the text?

I am using double sided fusible to applique most of the text, specifically steam a seam lite by the Warm Company. Some text will also be pieced.

What other piecing methods will be used?

I will be using a variety of methods, but mostly straight piecing, some english paper piecing and some applique.

Do I have to have a daughter to participate?

Haha… of course not!  This is your quilt!  You can mix and match some blocks if you need it to be more masculine (for example you might not want to add the flower applique) and you can also change the text to say something else as long as it fits in the same space.  Here are some alternate ideas…

Winter/Holiday (use Christmas fabric and sayings)

Wedding ~ (Use wedding dates, sayings and names)

Free Spirit ~ anything goes!

Sponsored By:

We will have some Monthly Prizes starting in February ~Generously Sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company!

Fat Quarter Shop

the warm company

I hope you’ll join me!

dear daughter

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nine patch quilt block of the month

Quilt as You Go… Block of Month… Finished!

I’m DONE!

I’m so proud of this finish!  I was taking the last couple stitches on the binding and I couldn’t wait to spread it out and get a look at it all complete…   Yay!block of month w logo 64

As most of you know, I’ve been working on this quilt all year, and I’m feeling pretty proud of how it’s come out!

MODERN BLOCK OF THE MONTH QUILT

I usually struggle with a quilting plan ~ and sometimes the thought of quilting a large quilt top on my domestic machine makes me a bit anxious (will I totally mess up all my hard work trying to quilt it?) This is why I probably love hand quilting so much.  But using the quilt as you go method and quilting one block at a time, my quilt is now custom quilted, and that’s pretty darn good!

BLOCK OF THE MONTH QUILT IN TULA PINK FABRIC

I want to share one last tip about putting together all the rows.  When you’re joining your rows,  join them in two smaller sections so it’s easier to manage sewing all the sashing strips on and then when you have the two sections complete, go ahead and join them to finish the quilt.  This way you don’t have to handle all the bulk until the last joining seam.  If you’re just joining in, here are the previous quilt~as~you~go posts:   Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.  And you can find the pattern in my shop.

joining quilted rows

After the rows are all joined all you have left is the binding!

I’ve gone a little crazy with pictures in this post…

a couple more close ups of the front!

Block of the Month Quilt pattern in Tula Pink

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BOM QUILT PATTERN IN TULA PINK

Lets look at the back now…

Remember the planning we did for the back of each block in this post?  Well it paid off!  Look at all that color, it’s so fun! ?

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Loving all the Tula Pink fabrics!  It’s so happy and the fabric is so soft!  LOVE❣
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Thanks so much for following along with all the quilt as you go posts! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and maybe you even learned something new!

 

You can find all the related posts below…

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quilting with 12 weight thread

Color Play Mini Quilt for Moda Bake Shop

Hello Quilters!  You might remember I was on The Moda Bake Shop back in September with a Color Play Quilt ~ large orange peel style…  Well they asked designers to make a mini quilt based on their original quilt, and here’s mine… aren’t these colors so fun?

orange peel quilt pattern

I was so lucky to score some fabric from Moda’s Basic Mixologie collection to make my mini!  Gorgeous!

This mini quilt is 22 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ ~ perfect gift size or mini swap size!

You can find all the templates and instructions to make it HERE on the Moda Bake Shop.

Mini quilt pattern by Sherri NoelI had so much fun quilting this quilt… I added some extra batting behind the center motif which makes the grey peels pop out… hard to see in pic but it looks pretty sharp.  You can see how I added it to my mini in the original MBS post.

quilting with 12 weight thread

For all the top stitching I used this Aurifil 12 weight thread.  I actually bought it to try it out for hand quilting but you can use it in your machine too!    I’ve used it in my machine before but mostly to add fun stitching to my quilt labels before I applique them on. 

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I think it looks Amazing! ~ I really love this look!

quilting with 12 weight thread

If you want to try it,  get yourself some 100/16 Top Stitch needles for your machine to accommodate the thicker thread.  I’m not sure what is recommended for the bobbin but I used a 5o weight that matched without any trouble.  Do a little test run on a fake quilt sandwich to get your tension mastered before going to town on your quilt.