Country Stars Quilt

This basic nine patch quilt is super easy and looks awesome when its finished! I love the deep reds, green, and blues this one is in but I think this pattern would also looking stunning in bright summer colors. I originally got the quilt from one of Crazy Quilt Mom’s quilt alongs and I love the way it turned out!

Fabric Requirements:
3 1/4 yards of fabric with various patterns and solids; I used 10 different fabrics
3 1/2 yards of background/sashing fabric; I used a tan color
3/4 yard of binding fabric; you probably only need 1/2 yard, but I got 3/4 to be safe
5 1/4 yards of backing fabric

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Here are some picture of my piecing and quilting along the way!

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What I’m Working On – October

In addition to last month’s projects, which you can find here, I have started 2 new quilts. I know… I should just finish the ones I’ve started. But where’s the fun in that??

Jelly Roll Jam II

This is a super easy and fun quilt to make. I made on last month using the fabric collection Somerset, you can check it out in my post Jelly Roll Jam II – Featuring Somerset. For this one though I am using Holiday Glitz Spot by Robet Kaufman, which is half the size of a Moda jelly roll. I think it will turn out to be a great decorative holiday quilt! And I’m so glad I decided to go with the gold thread for the quilting.

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Apple Pie in the Sky Sampler Quilt

I love sampler quilts! I think they look so awesome, especially in bright, modern fabrics. When I saw this sample quilt from Sisters & Quilters I knew I had to do it! It’s only 13 blocks, but they all look so good together and she gives you the option to set your blocks on point or horizontal. Plus a lot of the blocks have fun dessert names, like apple pie! If you’re looking for a sample to do that won’t take years to finish, this is a great one. I just started on it last Thursday and I’ve already cut all my blocks and sewn seven of them! I am using my own mix of fat quarters from Jo-ann’s.

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Churn Dash Block Swap – They Have Arrived!

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My blocks have arrived! (: This is a picture of all of them and below is a map of where they all came from!block swap map

Each number on the map corresponds with the block number and the blocks are numbered top to bottom starting in the top left.

Block 1 – Donna, Texas

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Block 2 – Joyce, Florida

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Block 3 – Sheri, Wyoming

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Block 4 – Linda

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Block 5 – Mary, Virginia

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Block 6 – Chris, Virginia

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Block 7 – Laura, Iowa

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Block 8 – Josephine, Massachusetts

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Block 9 – Tori, Nebraska

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Block 10 – Kathy, Arkansas

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Block 11 – Joyce, Florida

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Block 12 – Martha, Florida

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I am so thankful for all the time and effort that was put into these blocks. Each of the ladies that made them did such an amazing job. More importantly however, our swap coordinator, Jessica, did so great at sorting the blocks and getting them sent back to us so quickly!

I will post again soon with the finished quilt I make from these blocks!

 

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Fabric Friday

 

Fabric of the Week – 

I love the Basics collection from Cotton + Steel. The colors are gorgeous and the metallic accents make it that much better! Be sure the check this collection out. It’s not one you want to miss!

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Patterns the Week –

My favorite pattern this week is one that you have to buy, but its so cute I think its worth it! You can find this ZigZag Love pattern over at Craftsy. Let me know if you have made it or if you do. I would love to see pictures with different fabrics!

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Giveaways this Week  –

There is a great Aurifil giveaway going on this week at Christa Quilts. She is giving away 8 spools of Aurifil and all you have to do to enter is comment! Head on over there now for your chance to win!

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Also, like every Friday, Maureen Cracknell is teaming up with another awesome business, Discover Fabric, to give away 4 adorable half yards of fabric. There are four ways to gain entries, so go enter here!

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Fabric Deals – 

Fat Quarter Shop is offering 20% off all Robert Kaufman Fabrics until Sunday. Use the code RK2014 for your discount! 10403458_10152410679003358_5433333410308528041_n

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Jelly Roll Jam Featuring Somerset

 

Quilted Edge (2)First off, let me say Happy Birthday to my Dad and stepmom, Jodi! Since their birthday was Tuesday, I can now write about this quilt and share pictures. This quilt was made as a birthday present for Jodi and I can happily report that she loved it!

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Currently, my favorite precut is a jelly roll. I love the endless possibilities of what you can make with them! For this project I chose the make the Jelly Roll Jam II from the Fat Quarter Shop, and I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVE this pattern. It is so simple, so versatile, and gorgeous! The free pattern gives you fabric requirements for any size quilt you could want, from crib size all the way up to king size.

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For this quilt I used a Somerset by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda. If you’re using a jelly roll you just sort out your strips and start sewing according to the pattern.

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Add your binding and you’re good to go!

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Obviously it wasn’t quite that simple, but it still was pretty easy! Download the free pattern and watch Fat Quarter Shops’ video which you can find below!

 

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Fabric Friday

Fabric of the Week –

If you don’t know who Bonnie and Camille are, you’re missing out! They are my absolute FAVORITE fabric designers. Every time they have a new collection coming out I swoon. And you may have guessed it, they have a new collection coming out soon! Even though is won’t be released until sometime in February, it is my fabric of the week this week! You can pre-order it here to ensure you are a part of all this B&C goodness!

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Pattern of the Week –

I recently ran across this Garden Fence Quilt from Hyacinth Quilt Designs and fell in love! This is free block pattern and it looks gorgeous in the end. There are so many different color combinations you could use, or you could just use scraps to make it really fun. Head over there and check it out!

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Giveaways this Week –

Aurifil is teaming up with Robert Kaufman Fabrics to celebrate Kona Cotton’s 30th Anniversary! And along with celebrating their 30th anniversary they are giving away a drool-worthy prize, 32 Kona fat quarters and 30 spools of Aurifil thread (30 SPOOLS!!!!). So hurry on over and enter this giveaway before it ends on Sunday 9/21.

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Another great giveaway is going on over at Maureen Cracknell’s blog. She has teamed with the Fabric Shoppe to giveaway their October “Color Your Stash” Club in Browns & Creams, which includes TWELVE colorful fabrics in a fat quarter bundle!

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Fabric Deals –

As a part of the giveaway from Maureen Cracknell and the Fabric Shoppe, they are offering 15% off with the code SEW15! You can find their shop here.

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Southern Fabric, as always, is having some great fabric deals! They are offering 20% all full priced Moda products all week long! And in addition, they are offering a free fat quarter bundle if you spend $80. So head on over and spend $80 in Moda products and get a free fat quarter bundle!

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100 Things Every Quilter Should Do in Their Lifetime

One thing you should know about me, is that I love making lists. Any kind, any length, any subject. I’m kind of OCD too, so all of my lists have to look perfect! For that reason I normally type them so I can do back and change them without eraser makers or crossing things out. Anyway, I recently found a really great list on Pinterest, 100 Things Every Quilter Should Do Before She Dies. I’ve changed just a few things on the list and add some pictures, but it’s basically the same.

Now, what do you normally do with a list?

That’s right, cross things off! My favorite part. I makes me feel so good to be able to cross something off my lists and say, “I’m done!”

So here is where I will keep track of my 100 Things List. I would love for you to join me! If you keep track/post a list of your own please let me know!

  1. Visit a quilt shop.sheader_new
  2. Make a Nine Patch.
  3. Make a Log Cabin.
  4. Label a quilt.
  5. Figure yardage for a quilt.
  6. Use a rotary cutter.
  7. Use templates.
  8. Paper piece a quilt block.
  9. Hand applique a quilt block.
  10. Make a yo-yo.
  11. Embellish a quilt.
  12. Try free motion quilting. 6a00e54ed03719883301156e85345f970c-450wi
  13. Stitch in the ditch.
  14. Try hand quilting.
  15. Bind a quilt.
  16. Miter the corners of quilt binding.
  17. Join the ends of quilt binding.
  18. Sew diagonal seams.
  19. Use a walking foot. 6a00e54ffa175d883400e5540493958834-500wi
  20. Attend a guild meeting.
  21. Visit Houston for International Quilt Festival.
  22. Have a quilt appraised.
  23. Visit a quilt museum.
  24. Go on a quilt retreat.
  25. Try curved piecing.
  26. Miter the borders.
  27. Learn to do blanket stitch by hand.
  28. See a local quilt show.
  29. Put your quilt in a local quilt show.
  30. Sell raffle tickets on a quilt.
  31. Take a road trip with quilt friends.
  32. Create a Pinterest board with quilts.
  33. Make a 3-D quilt block.
  34. Donate a quilt to a good cause.1979964_10204476778620281_1789514774496608743_o
  35. Make a sampler quilt.
  36. Make an art quilt.
  37. Try bobbin work.
  38. Learn to maintain your sewing machine.
  39. Add rickrack to a quilt.
  40. Design a quilt. (Remember, you don’t necessarily have to make the quilt!)
  41. Change/tweak/alter a pattern to make it your own.
  42. Make a color wheel with fabric.fabric-color-wheel1
  43. Chat about quilting with a stranger.
  44. Go on a blog tour.
  45. Give a quilt as a wedding/graduation/retirement gift.
  46. Visit the American Quilter’s Society Show.
  47. Take a class with a nationally known teacher.
  48. Use some fabric you dislike.
  49. Participate in Show & Tell.
  50. Volunteer for a job in a quilt group.
  51. Use a color you detest.
  52. Make a quilt inspired by nature.
  53. Get up early to quilt or stay up late to quilt.
  54. Make a scrap quilt.6a010536f8e72a970c0168e5558d0d970c-800wi
  55. Make a tote bag.
  56. Make a postcard quilt.
  57. Make a baby quilt and gift it to a newborn.
  58. Borrow a quilting book from the public library.
  59. Teach someone else to quilt.
  60. Creatively piece a backing for one of your quilts.
  61. Apply a piped binding, or some variation of it.
  62. Post quilt pics to Facebook.
  63. Install a quilt related wallpaper on your computer.
  64. Put a quilting bumper sticker somewhere.quilt_car_oval_bumper_stickers
  65. Swear when you realize you’ve been sewing air (because you ran out of bobbin thread)
  66. Read your sewing machine manual cover to cover.
  67. Learn to thread baste.
  68. Learn to pin baste.
  69. Use basting spray.
  70. Help a friend make a quilt.
  71. Make a quilt for a special child.
  72. Make a quilt for a spouse or partner.
  73. Make a quilt for a friend/family.10624021_10204476779500303_8465452909382627183_o
  74. Include your quilts in your will (i.e. who gets them).
  75. Determine your favorite thread for piecing.
  76. Apply a bias binding.
  77. Take a guild speaker to dinner.
  78. Comment on a quilt-related blog post.
  79. Make a mystery quilt.
  80. Take part in a block exchange.
  81. Write how-to instructions for making a quilt block.
  82. Read/Watch a quilting tutorial.how-to-make-a-quilt
  83. Know the difference between lengthwise and crosswise grain.
  84. Know the parts of a sewing machine needle and why they matter.
  85. Organize your stash.
  86. Know the names of hand sewing needles used for different tasks.
  87. Finish a UFO.
  88. Purchase fabric on impulse.
  89. Try sewing with precuts.horizon jelly roll
  90. Trade fabrics with quilt friends.
  91. Identify your ancestors who quilted.
  92. Visit a quilt shop while on vacation.
  93. Sew on a treadle for old time’s sake.
  94. Subscribe to a quilting magazine.
  95. Become a regular reader of a quilting blog.
  96. Go on a Shop Hop.
  97. Make a mini quilt.Mini-Red-Letter-Day-cover-01
  98. Make a puzzle quilt.
  99. Make a quilt using blocks made by other people.
  100. Blog about quilting.

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