Sunday, March 23, 2014

This and that and a winner

Decipher Your Quilt - blocks

Good morning, as I write this post I am still drinking my morning coffee. Yesterday I made some more blocks for Decipher Your Quilt - you can see a few nine patches for next week's post. If you decipher some blocks while you follow along the DYQ series, please share them with us in the flickr group.

By the way, I have found that a greater focus on careful cutting and an accurate 1/4" seam (not scant either) sure makes the points and seams line up nicer and keeps the points from getting lost in the seam allowance.

Blended Scraps Blocks - tutorial 7

Yesterday I shared a tutorial for making the Blended Scraps Blocks, and this morning I saw that the picture above was in flickr's explore. So far 3,152 people have viewed it - do you think that they all, deep down, want to make quilts?

Hobo blocks for Hettie

On Friday, I sent these cute 6.5" hobo quilt blocks to Hettie for Always Bee Learning. These simple blocks were relaxing to make and she will have a wonderful quilt full of hobo history in the end.

The winner of that fantastic bundle from Sew Me a Song is #87, Jackie. Congratulations Jackie, I will email you shortly. Thank you Becca and Sew Me a Song, for the wonderful giveaway and thank you to everyone who entered, I have been enjoying your comments.

My Millennium long arm has a black light so I can see white thread on white fabrics, and it makes a huge difference. #apqs #millennium  #matchstickquilting

I have been matchstick quilting Snowfall. I am learning about how different kinds of thread work on my Millennium long arm machine, how to move with the machine and not wobble it, the importance of good posture and such. Last night I was using white thread which was hard to see on the white background. I remembered that this machine has a black light and it works. The white thread glows blue. As one of my instagram friends suggested, all I need now is a disco ball and to crank up the music.

Finish Along 2014

By the way, it's time to pull out your Q1 Finish A Long list and see where you stand. I have another finish to share, hopefully tomorrow.

Enjoy your Sunday, I have some more matchstick quilting to do.




  1. wow! love that last pics :-) how cool is that!

  2. Congrats to Jackie, and who knew quilting could bee so groovy!

  3. How cool is it that your pic wasin flikr explore! I think you will have lit the spark in quite a few more people:)

  4. Way to go on the Explore! And that black light still amazes me and makes me want one so much.

  5. Congrats on the Explore. I reckon 3,100 had a WTH moment, and 52 want to make quilts :oD

    I find that blacklight a little spooky!

  6. Well done on making Explore! Such a lovely pic! And yes, it's on my quilt 'bucket' list! Jxo

  7. Very cool quilting with the black light! And congrats on the flickr explore. That's always fun!

  8. 9 patch is a favourite. Blacklight! oooh! You are grooving in the big time! LOL

  9. It's all soooo pretty! Love the matchstick...especially under black light.

  10. The quilting looks great! My DYQ inspired zig zag tops are moving along, thank you!

  11. That blacklight would be SO handy. I'm looking forward to seeing snowfall in all her glory.

  12. That blacklight feature is so cool, makes that thread so easy to see! NEATO!

  13. Will wonders ever seise? Who thought of using a blacklight? CSI of quilting no doubt. I love the matchstiching, it is so simple yet so elegant.

  14. Sounds like you are adding more skills to your already huge list--quilting by black light. Amazing. If they have an 80's dance again at QuiltCon, you can practice before you get there. Are you going? I am planning on it this year and if you are, would love to meet you.


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