Alison Glass Charm Swap

Spent the morning cutting 5” charm squares for an online swap.

In exchange for a little of my time and a yard and a half of fabric, I’ll receive 72 5” charm squares in a variety of Alison Glass fabrics!

I’m not much of a designer follower. Mostly when I purchase quilt fabric, I buy whatever strikes my fancy. Typically, I see a beautiful design or a wonderful color in a fabric and I just get the urge to add it to my stash. Occasionally though, I notice the designer as well as the wonderful fabric. Alison Glass is one of those designers I notice and look for because her fabrics are so wonderful—especially her Sun Prints.

In fact, even though I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know who she was at the time, I even featured several Alison Glass fabrics in Elephants on Parade, a quilt pattern from my book, “Idiot’s Guides: Quilting.” They are simply that compelling.

If you’ve never done a swap, I recommend them! Make sure however that the hostess knows what she’s doing so you get high-quality charms in return.

I participated in another swap awhile back, and received lots of cute novelties. Again, another well executed swap.

I don’t have a particular plan right now for the Alison Glass charms, except petting them! <grin>

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Tell me…have you ever participated in a fabric swap? Were you happy with the results?

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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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2016 Q3 Finish Along Recap

Sorry I haven’t been blogging a lot lately, but it’s almost Quilt Market time and I’m busy writing patterns and making fabric samples for several fabric companies (my day job). Wish I could show you what I’m working on but it’s super secret stuff! The new fabrics and patterns are really beautiful and fun though, so expect a lot of wonderful things in your quilt stores soon!

Quarter 3 is over, and it’s time to recap my progress on my UFOs for the 2016 Finish Along. Actually, it's past time! I had this all written but forgot to post it and to link up to the FAL. Oh well. I've decided to go ahead an post what I did so I have a record of it here on my blog.

My list of Quarter 3 WIPs is here. It’s a long list, but I’m a dedicated list maker so a giganto list is what works for me. Everything to do in one place. Here are my finishes for Quarter 3.

  • Zippered pouches
  • New school block pattern for my shop
  • Bingo fabric cards for my Guild
  • Cloud 9 new block pattern
  • Rainbow quilt for Pulse
  • Quilted gift for Terry

Zippered pouches

I designed several zippered pouches for the Christmas in July blog hop and I’m pretty proud of them! I used to be afraid of zippers but gradually we’re becoming friends.

New school block pattern for my shop

I had a goal of adding new block patterns to my shop this quarter, and I’m happy to say I did! I think this school block is awful cute and would make a cute quilt, wall hanging, or zippered pouch for a teacher or a young child off to school for the first time.

BINGO fabric cards

As some of you know, the members of my bee have been working for some time to create fabric BINGO cards for our Guild Christmas party. First we had to scour our stash for the right colors/categories, then cut 2-1/2” squares. I think I cut over 200. Then we needed to sew up the squares into fabric cards. I sewed about 40-50 of those, and my daughter joined in and sewed 25-30! We’re finally done thanks to our committee chairs who organized the whole thing!

Cloud9 new block pattern

I knew the Cloud9 new block blog hop was coming up this quarter, but putting on my FAL list ensured that I wouldn’t get too scared and back out. There were over 70+ designers involved in the hop and it was pretty intimidating, let me tell you! I really pushed myself to design something special, and I think the results are stunning even if I do say so myself.

I’m offering the quilt pattern for free in my quilt along which just started! If want to quilt along with us and you post a photo of your fabric selections to Friday's post by next Thursday, you might win a prize! Jump over here to learn more about the quilt along and view the fabric requirements. Then be sure to come back on Friday to learn how to post your fabric selections and enter the giveaway. Don't be like me and just forget! <wink>

Rainbow quilt for Pulse

When I heard about the terrible events in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I knew I wanted to make a quilt. The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild coordinated the efforts, and I designed and quilted this quilt in response.

I’m adding the goal of making this pattern to my 2016 FAL Q4 list so look for it soon in my shop!

Quilted gift for Terry

Regular readers will recall that I recently lost a good friend, Terry, who took it in her head to move to a different state. Why can’t people just stay put so I can see them on a regular basis? <grin> Anyway, I made a wonky block for Terry who was collecting them for a future quilt. Knowing her, she’ll have it done soon. She’s not a procrastinator like me. <wink>

I also made Terry a zippered pouch using my Bee block pattern.

Well that’s it! I’m off to update my Quarter 4 WIP list, which is due on October 16th for those of us participating in the 2016 Finish Along. Wonder if I'll remember to post it after I write it? Sigh.

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Tell me…what progress have you made this past quarter? Any special finishes you’d like to share?

Brickyard: BQF Modern Quilt

Earlier today I wrote about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side. Bloggers like me can enter up to two quilts in the festival, and today I present my second entry, Brickyard.

Brickyard is an original design inspired by my love of the Indianapolis 500. Going to the 500 every year has become a family tradition, and I wanted a quilt to remind me of that.

I was also inspired by the fabric to create this design. All the members of my bee purchased the same jelly roll, Woodland from the Gradations line by Moda. When I saw the fabrics, I immediately wanted to feature them in some way and I thought, “a stack of bricks” and my design was born.

I love modern quilting and wanted to provide lots of open space in which to feature lovely quilting designs.

Here are the quilt details:

50” x 66
Original Design
Fabrics: Gradations “Woodland” by Moda
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil Mako 50 wt, #2326
Quilting Thread: Superior Gray
Pieced by Jennifer Fulton
Quilted by: Cathy Franks

Don’t forget 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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Tell me…do you like it when there is space for quilting to be featured in a quilt or do you prefer the piecing to be the star?

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