This is a good block to use the windowpane technique with. The smaller flower fits perfectly inside the larger template. You can even get the center dot from the inside of the small flower if you’re careful when you cut. Now that we have a few blocks done, I thought it would be fun to show the quilt as it gets filled in. Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on how to do the piecing. The next block is up on June 22nd. I hope you stop by next week to see what I’m up to!
Block #2 is called Trustworthy. Such an important quality for a good friendship! How many of you avoid paper piecing? It can be intimidating, for sure! Amanda has made this block a great one to give it a try. Two colors, alternating and you’re set. Trust me!
Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on how to do the piecing. The next block is up on June 15th. I hope you stop by to see what I’m up to!
Have you picked out your fabric yet? I shared my blue and white fabrics last time and can’t wait to get more blocks underway!
Block #1 is called Fun. I chose to use fusible applique. I like to shadow the fusible web so it isn’t so thick and stiff on these larger pieces. I still need to stitch around each shape.
Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on how to do the applique. The next block is up on June 8th. I hope you stop by to see what I’m up to!
My quilting friend, Amanda Herring is behind all of the fun!
Here’s the fabric collection I’ve decided to work with. I collected most of it on a recent trip Charlottesville. And of course, added to it from my stash. I can’t wait to share my progress with you!
Friendship is one of life’s most vibrant quilts. It warms us, gives us a comfortable place to land, and brings color and pattern to our lives.
Hosted by Amanda Herring and many of her design friends, the Friendship quilt along will be a great way to learn new techniques, meet new friends, discover new products and be a part of a unique and special quilting event. Join us for a quilting celebration of friendship as we sew the Friendship quilt together. For links to participants, to download the pattern, find your templates, and follow along with all the fun, visit AmandaHerringDesigns.com/blog/ or on Instagram @AmandaHerringDesigns. The quilt along runs from June 1 to August 31. Can’t wait to see you there!
There are lots of things happening with Perkins Dry Goods these days! New patterns and a new group on Facebook!
Valentines Day is just around the corner and if you’re looking for a quick project, Happy Hearts might be just for you. And it’s on sale through February 14th! Check the sale out HERE.
I’ve been slowly adding digital patterns to the website. You can see them here.
Liberty for All
Sew Along Coming!
I’m planning a sew along later this year, and need your help with a short survey. Choose all that apply. There is a surprise at the end. Thanks!
Fun Stuff from around the web…
Amy Friend has Tips for Choosing Fabric for a Quilt.
Melly Sews has sleep shirt tutorial.
May Chappell has a Love All Around block tutorial.
Join my Facebook group ~ Perkins Dry Goods with Celine
for fun, friendship, and quilting inspiration.
Learn new skills too!
I love the beautiful labels that I see people making for their quilts. Many are quite the works of art!
Seriously though, labeling quilts often gets left to the last minute and forgotten. The information you put on your label helps future generations know its history!
What should you include on your quilt label? Here are a few ideas:
- Who made the quilt.
- What pattern was the quilt made from?
- Who did the quilting?
- When was the quilt completed and where?
- Is the quilt a gift – include who it was made for.
- What was the occasion? Wedding, birth of a baby, retirement, anniversary, going to college….
- Care instructions.
At the most basic, include the name of the maker, where it was made and the date.
My friend Susan Marth (Suzn Quilts) shared this quick “Skinny” label technique with me a few years ago. There are two ways to do it.
Freezer Paper Method
- Iron freezer paper to the back of a fabric that you will able to see writing on. Like muslin or a lighter tonal print.
- Cut the paper and the fabric to about 8-1/2″ wide and 10-1/2″ – 11″ long.
- Cut into 1-1/2″ x width strips.
- Fold the strips and finger press the center along the length to get a line to follow when writing.
- Write your information with a pigma pen, I like to keep the fold at the bottom of the writing.
Printable Fabric Method
- I create a new document in Word or InDesign. Whatever program you have can work just fine.
- I format the document so the the table cells are about 1-1/2″ high. You can get 7 cells on a 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet.
- I’m going to put text in every row. I lighten up the line weight so it isn’t too dark. That gives me cutting and printing lines.
- Then I center the text making sure I have at least 1/4″ above for seam allowance and that the text will be just above the fold line.
- Then I print on fabric made just for inkjet printers. I like the EQ products but there are many on the market. You can also print on fabric that has been ironed to freezer paper (Inkjets ONLY).
Registration for what you ask?
The Teal Mini Swap hosted by Beth Helfter from EvaPaige Designs!
Teal Mini Swap, formerly known as Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap and OCRF fundraiser, is a way for EvaPaige Quilt Designs to help raise awareness of this disease annually during the months of July through September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
For more details and to register go to the EvaPaige Quilt Design Website.
Ovarian Cancer touches so many lives.
We recently lost someone very special … my mother-in-law Amy.
This is a cause that is close to my heart.
Join Beth and the hundreds of swappers to raise awareness and funds for this important cause.
The Splendid Sampler Books are now shipping. Be sure to order your copy! There is a huge giveaway going on through tomorrow. It’s sponsored by Martingale at their blog – be sure to enter. You will need to leave a comment there. This giveaway runs through April 21, 2017.
Important Splendid Dates and Info:
Today, the April Challenge was issued. Click here for more information at the Splendid Sampler website.
May – We will start sewing the blocks from the book. The schedule is coming soon – check the Splendid Sampler website for details. Be sure you have signed up for notifications and join the Splendid Sampler Face Book group.
There is much fun to continue – stay tuned! If you are new to the Splendid Sampler, it’s not too late to join in!
Winners have been randomly drawn from the pool of comments. An email has been sent to each of them. If you haven’t responded to that email, please get back to me right away!
Thanks to everyone for participating. This international group of thousands of quilters made this an awesome event.
The best part of this journey is learning all the new techniques from fantastic designers. Paper piecing and colour placement have been my favourite and what I have gotten the most out of. I know can look at fabrics in a different way and see it in many ways instead of just plain beige. Thank you so much everyone for allowing to join in on this journey
I think the thing that inspired me most about the splendid sampler was that it made me get out of my comfort zone. Trying different techniques and using them together in the same quilt are things I don’t usually do. I love piecing and usually stick with that. The applique, paper piecing and embroidery really offered challenges that I don’t normally attempt.
My favorite part was how much I learned through trying new techniques, how much more confident I am to try something “hard” and how friendly, kind and helpful everyone in the FB page was! (Ok technically that’s 3 things) Splendid sampler was awesome!
WOW what a marvelous blog with … fantastic quilts
I love all of them
Happy Valentines Day!
One year ago we started down this Splendid road. Many of you completed all 100 blocks, and many (like me) are still working!
Be sure to visit the Splendid Sampler website where Pat and Jane are hosting a giveaway.
In celebration, I am hosting a giveaway for two US winners and 2 International winners. To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me about what you thought was the best part of this Splendid year.
Enter by 6PM CST Tuesday February 21.
|US Winners||International Winners|
For me, it was an amazing journey with the thousands of quilters who participated. The world wide participation was awesome. The blocks and the quilts that have come from this sew along are remarkable. I’m so glad to have been part of it!