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Breaking Waves Finish!

When I was trying to decide what posts to create for my week in the New Quilters Blog Hop, I suddenly remembered that I’d never shown you the finish of Breaking Waves.

I made two quilts from my Charming Stepping Stones quilt pattern--Rainbow Connection was the other one and I blogged about it here. I like to make multiple versions of my quilts when I create a new pattern so I can show multiple possibilities for making the quilt your own.

It took me quite a while after my Stepping Stones QAL ended to get around to quilting Breaking Waves. I think I was just plain tuckered out! <grin> Anyway, Breaking Waves is the largest quilt I’ve ever quilted on my home machine. Not sure the quilting is all that good, but I had lots of fun with the wave design I used.

I finished Breaking Waves sometime last year, put it aside in triumph and never got around to photographing or blogging about it. Oh well! Sometimes ya just get busy I guess. <grin> Anyway, here are the details:

Breaking Waves
60” x 71”
Fabric: Charm packs from Northcott Stonehenge Gradations collection (Blue Planet colorway)
Batting: Quilters Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2326 Sand
Quilting Thread: Superior Threads, Omni 40 wt. #3072 Blue Spruce
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

The name Breaking Waves and the quilting pattern were inspired by my husband who looked at the finished quilt top and told me that it looked like waves breaking upon a shore. That immediately inspired me to quilt it in a waves pattern, and to name the finished quilt Breaking Waves.

Gotta love a guy who inspires you like that!

Before you go, pop over to my Wednesday Wait Loss linky party and link up! I’ve got a giveaway going on and there are tons of chances to win if you link up your works in progress for the next few weeks. Even if you don’t win, you’ll find a wonderfully supportive group there that totally loves to cheer you on to a quick finish!

I continue my week-long celebration of the New Quilters Blog Hop tomorrow, with the next installment of Furry Friday. Be sure to drop by! But be warned: adorable photos of sweet fur babies are included!

I typically post only two to three times a week, and if you want to know when I do that, there are lots of ways to follow me—by email, Bloglovin’, Facebook, Instagram, and so on. You’ll find everything you need to follow at the top of my sidebar.

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Eerie Nights Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my day in the Eerie Nights Blog Hop! Thanks to Marian and Amy for hosting!

For the hop, we were to sew up something new for Halloween. A while back, I made a cute little mini shadow quilt, and ever since then, I’ve been wanting to do a version for Halloween. I call my quilt Dark Shadows.

This shadow quilt is my own design. I decided to enlarge the blocks in this version, to better feature my collection of Halloween fabrics. I also wanted to try nesting the squares, and seeing what kind of effect that had. I have to say, I like the results!

The quilting is simple because I wanted the squares to pop!

For a little zing, I used a striped binding. Don’t you just love it?

Here are the quilt details:

Dark Shadows
Original design by Jennifer Fulton
Size: 20" square
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. #5011
Quilted with Sulky 40 wt. #1168
Batting: Quilters Dream Request
Pieced and quilted by me!

We were also supposed to feature our favorite Halloween decoration in the hop. Mine is a quilt my bestie Alice made for me called Tiny Twisted Jack. Isn’t he wonderful?

To celebrate the hop, we’re having a giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

And be sure to visit all the blogs participating in the hop to enter the other giveaways. Here are the blogs being featured today:

For the complete blog hop schedule, click here.

Making Dark Shadows was one of my 2016 FAL goals for this quarter so I'm checking it off my massive list. Yippee!

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Berry Cross Quilt Along: Details

I’m so excited! I have decided to host my second quit along using my new pattern, Berry Cross.

Because I want you to be able to finish your quilt for Christmas if you want to, I’m not wasting any time!

Here’s the quilt along schedule:

Fabric Requirements and Color Options – October 7th

Linkup and Giveaway – October 14th

Fabric Cutting – October 21st

Linkup and Giveaway – October 28th

Creating the Block Units – November 4th

Linkup and Giveaway – November 11th

Building the Blocks – November 18th

Linkup and Giveaway – December 2nd

Assembling the Quilt Top (Flimsy) – December 9th

Quilting, Binding, and Final Thoughts – December 16th

Show and Tell Linkup and Giveaway – January 27th

If you participated in the Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop, then you’ve seen Berry Cross and you know how versatile it is! For the quilt along, I’ll be offering instructions for these three options and one size: 48” x 60”.

Blocks A and B

Block A only

Block B only

My last quilt along was fun and friendly and I know this one will be too! There is a private Facebook group and a Flickr group you can join to share in-progress photos, get and receive encouragement, and to ask questions. You can join these groups anytime now and start sharing your excitement and ideas about the quilt along. I hope you’re excited because I sure am!

I know you have other quilt projects, but to make this quilt along more fun, I’m offering the first of many prizes—your choice of a free downloadable pattern from my shop and a free copy of the downloadable version of Berry Cross as soon as it’s ready! You have several chances to win, but you must act by midnight EST on October 6th.

  • For your first chance to win, simply leave a comment here to let me know that you’re on board for the quilt along. Please enter your email address when prompted—it won’t show here but I need it to track contest entries.
  • For an extra chance to win, help me spread the word about this QAL and then leave a comment here letting me know how you’ve shared the news—on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and so on. If you share on Facebook, tag The Inquiring Quilter in your post. If you share the news on other social media, be sure to use the hashtag #berrycrosssqal and @InquiringQuilter. Share the news in multiple places for extra chances!
  • If you’re a blogger, then for another chance to win, post about your plans to quilt along and include the Berry Cross button in your post. Then comment here to let me know that you’ve done that.

I’ll announce the winners in my post on October 7th.

So will you quilt along with me? Leave a comment and get ready for the fun, fun, fun!

If you’re joining in, here is a button for your blog.

Berry Cross Quilt Along

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email!

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Rainbow Connection: BQF ROYGBIV Quilt

Recently online I’ve been seeing posts about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side, and I thought I’d join in the fun! The festival provides a way for quilt bloggers like me to share their work and to inspire each other.

Bloggers can enter up to two quilts—each with its own blog post, and in separate categories. My first entry is a recent finish for me, and I call it Rainbow Connection.

I was inspired to design this quilt after hearing about the recent events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Florida. The Modern Quilt Guild of Orlando put out a request for heart blocks they could assemble into quilts and give to survivors, victim’s families, and first responders. They also encouraged people to send finished quilts if they could, so that’s what I decided to do. At last count, they have over 1500 completed quilts! Isn’t that amazing? It just makes me love quilters even more.

I knew that I wanted something fast and fun that also included the heart blocks, so I came up with a variation of a classic chevron design. As I was designing this, all I could think of was sending them a rainbow of love, and a rainbow it certainly is!

I quilted Rainbow Connection on my home machine with straight-line quilting along the edges and throught the middle of the chevron blocks. (I apologize for the crinkly look--normally I take photos before I wash my quilts!)

I quilted the heart blocks with a free-motion quilting design.

On the back of the quilt, I pieced together some valentine’s fabrics I had on hand.

I bound the quilt with rainbow fabric. I love how this looks!

When I sent off the quilt, all I could think of was how much quilts warm and comfort us. My hope is that Rainbow Connection will do that too!

Here are the quilt details:

Rainbow Connection
56-1/2” x 68”
Original design
Fabrics: Various scraps in a rainbow of colors
Batting: Quilter’s Dream
Piecing Thread: Aurifil Mako 50 wt, #2326
Quilting Thread: Sulky 40 wt thread, various colors
Pieced and Quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Be sure to check out the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and vote for your favorite quilts (hopefully mine!) and enter the giveaways! They've extended the time allowed for entering, so voting begins I think on Tuesday, September 27th and runs to the end of the month. Right now (through the weekend) you can vote for Viewer's Choice.


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Finishing this quilt was part of my 2016 FAL goals, so I get to check off another one!

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Tell me…would you like to see this as a finished quilt pattern? What about a quilt kit in solids?

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