March 15 is National Quilting Day! Our friends at Craftsy are sharing this cool infographic with us on the history of quilting + some super fun statistics. Click the image below to enlarge it!
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, hop on over to their blog and check out 5 ideas they have for making the most of this holiday! See the blog here.
I have 20 more blocks done for my Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. After working with only browns and tans for my first 20 blocks, it was so nice to dig through my stash and pull out teals and turquoises. Especially with the long winter we’ve been having, these happy colors were so fun to design with! (See my past blogs here.)
These 20 blocks really taught me about fabric selection! In my first set of brown blocks, I worked with only 10 fabrics (it’s hard to find good browns and creams that blend together). But with teals, I was overwhelmed with options. Teal is such a hot color right now, so I had a very large pile of fabric that I wanted to use! And while I thought the bounty of options would make the design process easier and more varied, it actually made it harder. After scrapping three blocks that didn’t mesh together like I wanted, I reevaluated the fabrics. I noticed what fabric combinations I loved and which I were gravitated to most often. And even though I loved certain fabrics by themselves, I didn’t love how they were playing with others. I got rid of ones that weren’t working–and you’ll never believe this, but I ended up with only 10 fabrics (the same as my first 20 blocks!).
My next set of blocks will be a mix of light and dark blues. I have 15 different fabrics pulled for these blocks, so we’ll see if I naturally narrow my selection down to 10 again. Either way, I’m totally motivated to finish these next set of blocks, so I’ll be more than halfway done! Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.
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Well, we’re almost two months into 2014, so I’m checking in on my quilting to-do list. (In case you missed my resolutions blog, read it here.) I’m still wishing I had more time to quilt, but I’m happy with my progress. It’s a little overwhelming at first to work on five projects at once, but it’s motivation for me to get my butt moving and finish one of these up soon!
On my to-do list this year:
- Tula Pink‘s City Sampler (I’ve made a few blocks in 2013. See them here.)
- American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along (Read more about it here.)
- Pat Sloan‘s Globetrotting Block of the Month with Free Quilt Patterns (Get details here.)
- Finish my Passion 48 (See our staff’s Project 48 rules here.)
- Quilts and More Welcome Home wall hanging series (in Quilts and More Spring)
I’m 20/100 blocks into my City Sampler quilt. And I have all fabric picked out, which was a big weight lifted off my shoulders. Sometimes it’s the little things that keep you from working on a project, and fabric choice was one of those things for me. Now that I have that off my mind, I can get started on cutting and sewing! (See my blog about it here.)
My progress on the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along is a little slower. I have about half of the fabric cut for the whole project (and if you’ve seen the materials list…there’s a lot of pieces). I’m trying to pull fabric from my stash so it has a very scrappy look, but I may have to bit the bullet and buy a fat quarter bundle to get this moving!
I have the first two blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month done and have all fabric picked out. This is my first BOM and the anticipation of waiting for the next block is killing me! I usually have the block finished on the first day of the month because I’m so excited!
I bought all the border and backing fabric for my Project 48 quilt. And I’ve started on the binding. I’m doing it very scrappy so it’s taking mea bit. I can’t wait to get this crossed off my to-do list. I’ve been working on it for more than a year and am ready to hang it up!
The spring wall hanging from the current issue of Quilts and More is coming along! I just need to finish appliqueing, add a border and some embellishments, and get it quilted! There’s another one coming in the summer issue, so I’ll start on that as soon as it comes out!
I have some tips for making process on your own quilting to-do list. (See my tips for making your list here.)
1. Resist the urge to add. There are always more projects that come up that I would love to add to my to-do list, but I know if I do, I won’t get the ones on my list done. And my goal for the year was to complete projects, not start more UFOs. I save the projects, so I can add them if I get really ahead on my list, but right now, I think of them as part of my to-do list next year!
2. Overcome obstacles. If you’re not making as much progress as you like on a quilt, think about what’s holding you back. Is it choosing fabric? Is it sewing blocks together? Is it calling your quilter? Once you identify the problem, set aside time in your schedule to work through it. When you overcome the obstacle, it should be easy quilting and a much more enjoyable process!
3. Set mini goals. At the beginning of the month I write down the least amount of process I want to make on each of my goals this month. Sometimes it just involves cutting all the fabrics and sometimes it’s making 40 blocks! No matter how small or big the goal is, I work toward the mini goals each day. It keeps the to-do list feeling attainable!
Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to see my progress.
Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
Solid fabrics and solid lookalikes like tone-on-tones are becoming a popular way to add texture and interest to a quilt! Use them as backgrounds and borders to make prints stand out or use them in blocks as a way to show off quilting and beautiful piecing. See how to add this hot trend to your quilting.
Solids for your shopping list:
- ColorWorks from Northcott (top left)
- Spring Couture from Michael Miller Fabrics (top right)
- Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics (bottom left)
- Kona Cotton from Robert Kaufman (bottom right)
And now that you have the inspiration, browse our collection of free quilt patterns that feature solids! See them here.
After months and months of deliberation, I finally got in the groove with my blocks from Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Although I started this project back in (cringe) October, the holiday season kept me from devoting too much time to it. And if you read my first two blogs, you’ll know that I tried out two different ideas with the blocks before abandoning them. (Read my first blog here. Read my second blog here.)
The plan for my quilt now is to have a total of 10 rows of 10 blocks. There will be two brown rows on the outside, will move through greens, teals, light blues, and end with a dark blue row in the middle.
Thanks to my Quilting To-Do List (my alternative to a New Year’s resolution), I found the motivation to start fresh and get sewing! Because I was so weighed down by the amount of both fabric I owned and the amount of blocks I needed to sew, I spent some time sorting my stash by color. I then went through and picked 10 brown fabrics that coordinated with each other. I used only these 10 fabrics in the 20 brown blocks I made. This kept me from getting overwhelmed with fabric choices and helped keep all my blocks looking cohesive, but with a little variety .
I look forward to working on the next set of colored blocks–maybe liven it up with some green! Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.
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