Archive for ‘Bees & Quilt Alongs’

February 1st, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: February

by Julie Hirt

Have you seen the new Bella Skill Builder Quilt over at Fat Quarter Shop?  When I was offered the opportunity to join in, I jumped on it!  I’ve been doing a lot of quilting lately, but not much piecing. So this is perfect for me.

Did I mention the patterns are Free?!

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If you like this color scheme there is a wonderful kit available.

I’ve really been itching to make a quilt in some beachy/sunset colors.  So I opted for these Bella Solids:

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My colors, from top to bottom – the kit colors they are replacing in parenthesis:

Latte (Teak)
Brushed Sand (Zen Gray)
Buttercup (Tea Rose)
Clementine (Raspberry)
Tranquil Aqua (Ruby Ice)
Peacock (Caribbean)
Turquoise (Lagoon)
Prussian Blue (White)

Here are the first blocks for the Quilt Along:

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Don’t look too closely at that second block! I need to work on my quarter inch seam allowance.  Since I need to make two blocks like this, I have a chance to work on that.

Here is a copy of the free pattern.

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Since this is a skill builder there are a number of rulers available to help.  For this block they recommend Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler, 6.5″ ruler and 12.5″ ruler. I have the squares but needed to use the template attached with the pattern since I don’t have the Spider Web ruler. It went fine! I didn’t have problems and I think these blocks are a great way to kick off this quilt along.

Join us – it’ll be fun!  You have all month to play catch up :)

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October 28th, 2016

Lunden’s Charity Block

by Julie Hirt

You need to get your hands on a copy of this!

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Several reasons:

  • Money from this block goes to Chive Charities (more on this below).
  • Minimum donation for this pattern is only 5 bucks!
  • It’s named after Lunden, who is amazing (more below).
  • It’s a 17″ block, which I think is perfect.  One block makes a pillow or mini quilt, 4 blocks make a nice baby quilt, your quilt can grow quickly.
  • It’s beginner friendly!
  • Umm, it’s GORGEOUS.

 

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Image courtesy of @craftycop on Instagram.

You can get so many different looks by switching out fabrics and background colors.

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Rather than explaining the Charity and Lunden’s Block, here is a quote from my good friend Erin (@mommy2lu on Instagram):

Let me give you a back story on Lunden’s Charity Pattern and the charity @chivecharities! They are one hell of an organization that truly changed the course of our family’s life! Handicap accessible vans are expensive and that’s putting it mildly.

2️ years ago a prideful David and I begrudgingly agreed to a fundraiser for Lunden to help purchase a handicap accessible van. Our friends around the world, family and friends of friends donated to Lunden. A week before the end of Lunden’s fundraiser Chive called me. They told me they’d been watching all of the love for Lunden and wanted in on it too! They told me they had grant earmarked for Lunden. A grant that would pay for Lunden’s van and some much needed medical equipment. Believe me when I say I tried to talk them out of it. I told Chive that Lunden had a successful fundraiser and that she only needed the difference bw what she’d raised and the cost of the van. Chive said they didn’t care how much Lunden raised. That they would be honored to cover all costs so Lunden could keep the money from her family and friends bc they knew that no money would ever be enough to support Lunden for her life time.

You guys I didn’t believe it! I called David sobbing and told him. He sobbed. This stuff didn’t happen to us. Up until that point we’d run though our savings, we were paying for Lunden’s special needs private school out of pocket. David and I had even cut down how much we ate to leave more money to pay for her therapy copays. Chive is an organization that helps good people! Chive is an organization that understands that no matter how much money you make on paper there’s never enough to support a person of Lunden’s involvement. I say the fundraiser was life changing because we had no idea that anyone really loved Lunden like we did. We emailed all of Lunden’s donors and offered them their donation back. No one wanted their money back.

David and I had no idea that love really, truly existed in the world anymore. That people still helped just to help. This is why the first (and hopefully not the last) Lunden’s Charity Blocks donations will go to Chive Charities! #lundenisawesome #tenpercenthappier

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Just look at Lunden’s sweet, always smiling, face!  Believe me, she’s even sweeter in person. Even if you don’t quilt or want the pattern, I urge you to donate to Chive Charities.

 

 

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Image courtesy of @saraquilts on Instagram.

 

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Image courtesy of @mommy2lu on Instagram

 

HOW TO GET LUNDENS CHARITY BLOCK

 

  1. Donate a minimum of $5 to Chive Charities
  2. Email your receipt or screenshot of donation to mommy2lunden at gmail.com
  3. Patiently wait 24 hours for Erin to email you a copy of the block

 

 

 

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Image courtesy of @hazelstitches on Instragram

 

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If you are on Instagram be sure to tag your blocks with the hashtag #lundenscharityblocks.  There are going to be some fun giveaways!  Hope to see a version of your block :)

 

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October 16th, 2015

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s – Week 2 & 3

by Julie Hirt

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Back from vacation and caught up on my blocks.

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The Belle was a little tricky with the Y seams, but I’m satisfied with it and any weirdness will quilt out. Right?

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Ugh. Puckery, bulky Caroline. So many little points for a 6″ block with the Caroline. Again – hoping it will quilt out.

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The Betty may be my favorite.  One, I love the name and two, aqua and red will always be a favorite color combination.

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I modified my Coral block.  Since these will be on point I didn’t like the little square off center (see below) in the original pattern.

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I wonder if I’ll need to refer to the first book for a few of my blocks. I don’t believe there are any repeating patterns between the books and hoping some more traditional blocks are in the first book.

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Modified foundation paper piecing. Easier than drawing up an entire block.

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These are the colors I pulled for week 2 and 3.

I have quite a few projects I need to work on like a baby quilt, a Fat Quarter Shop project, quilting my Gypsy Wife and Orphan Block quilts… plus the fun things I end up making that distract me. Going to be a busy fall!

 

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October 1st, 2015

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s – Week 1

by Julie Hirt

As impatient as I felt, this week came pretty quickly.  Here are my first three blocks.

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I’ll be adding a couple extra blocks per week (in the future) so I have enough for the King size. I’ll get the extra block  patterns from the first Farmer’s Wife book because I don’t want any duplicates.

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The Bonnie is my favorite of the three.  At least for now.

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I’ll be in Florida next week so I’m a little nervous about falling behind.  It’s early in the Sew Along so I’m still really excited – hopefully that keeps me in gear!

Here are the fabrics used in the first three blocks.  This post talks about the two Kona solid collections I’m using.  And I finally decided on the background color – Moda Bella Solids in Porcelain.  It’s a nice off white that isn’t too warm.

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This is a year long sew along so there’s still plenty of time to join.  The book may be on back-order (demand was pretty crazy for a bit) but you can catch up!  Check out Gnome Angel for details.

 

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September 7th, 2015

Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Sew Along

by Julie Hirt

I’m in!  I was trying to hold back from joining* but I caved and am super excited!

*I’m terrible at sew alongs, especially year long stints.  I’m just now finishing up my Gypsy Wife quilt after 19 months.

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I already own the original Farmer’s Wife and the Farmer’s Wife Pony Club. I love those books and the stories are fantastic – but the actual making of one of these?  Kind of scary.  With so many people joining in this sew along on Instagram, I think it will push me along.  The sew along will also help by providing a variety of piecing techniques and options.

Today is Labor Day and I saw Craftsy was having a big sale. I’ve been stalking fabrics trying to decide what to use for this.  I knew I wanted to try something a little outside typical fabric choice (brighter colors, small prints) and I’ve decided to go solid. This is a first for me!

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I purchased fat quarter bundles in both the Modern Movement and Modern Expressions.  These are Kona solids – the collections are exclusive to Craftsy, if you’re looking to buy.

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I know I can’t go wrong with these.  I love all the color and can’t wait to play with combinations.

 

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Thinking about joining?   Follow Angie at Gnome AngelFAQ is here.  The announcement with additional info here.

The sew along doesn’t start until September 28th so you have plenty of time to pick up the book and get your fabrics in order!

Are you participating?

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August 5th, 2015

Scrappy Trip (from) Around the World Quilt

by Julie Hirt

So, SO excited to have completed this quilt.  The blocks have been collected for two years from several countries and numerous states.

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When I started the Scrappy Trip Bee (you can still sign up for Round 10 HERE!) I had already made a Scrappy Trip quilt. I was thinking it would be really cool to have one from literally ‘around the world’. So that’s how to bee began.

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I wish I had thought to write on the blocks as I received them – just like the country or state in the corner.  Luckily I saved my records from the Scrappy Trip Bee Rounds.  Came up with this label and had it printed at Spoonflower.

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So much was going on in the front that I chose a bright white backing.

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The size ended up at 60″ x 84″  – which is twin size. I originally had the blocks laid out like my first quilt, which is 6 blocks by 6 blocks and 72″ square.  I think this will be more versatile over the years since it can actually cover a bed.

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This is the 3rd quilt (I think… maybe 4th?) that I’ve done on the long arm.

I actually hated the pattern when I first started and almost took it apart and ripped out the stitches!  I’m glad I stuck with it because I’m pretty happy with the end result and it washed up nice and crinkly.   It’s a great beginner pattern that can be done on a regular machine as well – just double wavy horizontal lines with vertical lines between those.

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It’s definitely my FAVORITE quilt to date!  I love that each block is made by someone in a different city or country and they have a block from me as well.  This one has some meaning.

 

OUT TAKE!

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Hehe.  The man behind most of my quilt photos.  I hear a lot of “my arms hurt”, “hurry up”, “what do you mean it’s upside down?!”.   I’m just happy for the help!

 

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