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Updated: 2018-01-20T06:55:18.103-06:00


HUGE discount at Spun Sugar on etsy


Just a reminder 95% of my stock in Spun Sugar on etsy is 50% off without a coupon until 10/30/17.


After 10/30/17 the discount will increase to 55-60% off. Please shop early to get the best selection. There are a TON of great fabrics available....some are less then 2-3 months old.

Table runner Bliss Sew Along - Liberty


Tablerunner Bliss is by Sherri Falls of This and That Pattern Company and features 20 gorgeous tablerunners for a stylish home. Every time you gather around the table with your friends and family, treat each occasion with a stylish tablerunner!The Fat Quarter shop quilt along features 20 tablerunners in the Tablerunner Bliss Book broken down into 10 weeks, 2 table runners per week. I chose the Liberty table runner.Using Minick and Simpson Cottonworks woven prints from Moda, I twisted Sherri's original idea and turned it into a primitive style patriotic table runner.To keep with the theme, I used Valdani size 12 pearl cotton for big stitch quilting.I did modify the pattern a little bit and take off the outer border so it would fit on my table. That is what is great about Sherri's patterns, change the fabric, change the whole look. Plus you can modify some of the projects to fit your home décor and still end up with a fabulous table runner.If you are just jumping in to the Table Runner Bliss quilt along, here is the list of bloggers participating.Table Runner Bliss ScheduleTuesday, 9/5 – Anorina (Samelia’s Mum) and Pam (Pam Kitty Morning)Tuesday, 9/12 – Sinta (Pink Pincushion)Tuesday, 9/19 – Lorna (Sew Fresh Quilts) and Connie (Freemotion by the River)Tuesday 9/26 – Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl) and Jennie (Clover and Violet)Tuesday 10/3 – Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff) and Sherri (A Quilting Life)Tuesday 10/10 – Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Lisa (In the Boon Docks)Tuesday 10/17 – Vickie (Spun Sugar Quilts) and Susan (yardgrl60 on Instagram)Tuesday 10/24 – Taunja (Carried Away Quilting) and Lorna (Sew Fresh Quilts)Tuesday 10/31 – Greg (Grey Dogwood Studio) and Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff)Tuesday 11/7 – Melisssa (Happy Quilting) and Kim (Persimon Dreams)Hope you enjoy my version and it gives you inspiration for your own table runner!p.s. My etsy shop is now up to 50% off  no coupon required.[...]

Bella Skill builder block 9 Lazy Angle!


It's month 9 of the Bella Skill Builder block sew along with the Fat Quarter Shop!The last month of making blocks and we'll be on to sewing the quilt top together.I will tell you, I was pleasantly surprised how well these blocks went together.The Lazy Angle blocks look intimidating for sure.The Lazy Angle ruler by Creative Grids makes cutting the pieces a snap.And the pieces matched up perfectly for me.As with other months, the Fat Quarter Shop has done a video demonstratinghow to use the Lazy Angle. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Since I am closing my etsy shop and orders have been trickling in steadily...sewing has been minimum.So I am finishing these blocks kind of late in the evening and didn't get a picture of all the completed blocks for you.You'll have to wait until I sew the top together to see how they fit in ;)[...]

Closing time....


Yes, it's closing time. I will be closing my etsy store by the end of this year. First, I'd like to thank all my loyal Etsy customers. I couldn't have my business without you!This subject has been weighing on my mind for a long while now.I have literally been hem hawing around about how much time and effort I want to put into my quilting business. I love fabric. I love sharing that joy with others. I love making - A LOT. Buying, receiving, cutting, packing and shipping takes a huge amount of time. So much time that I am just not sewing my projects the speed I want to.I have 24 quilts that need bindng.76 flimsy tops that need quilting and binding. Seriously.Designing new quilts was completely halted due to lack of time.I love to cross stitch as well and I just can't seem to find the time lately.I must admit that I have been working my 'day' job more but that is intermittent. I'm heading into the weeks of less day job responsibilities. I've decided to take advantage of that down time to totally focus on getting my stock in my shop reduced to as little as possible.I really want my 'space' back.I'm still going to be blogging...hopefully more! I will be on Instagram of course...showing all the makes that I make. I hope you can understand. I hope you can help me move this fabric out of my studio!I have some brand new Atsuko Matsuyama Yuwa fabric coming this week...maybe today. It was order months ago and I am letting it arrive. There will be more fabric arriving this month and I won't stop it. I made a commitment to those companies to buy and I will. Some future orders I will have to cancel :(To be fair to other shops also just getting new Yuwa, it will not be discounted at this time.However,Beginning today 9/21/17 - 9/27/17 most items up to 30% off9/29/17-10/10/17 most items up to 40% off10/13/17-10/28/17 most if not all :) items up to 50% off 10/29/17-11/15/17 most if not all items up to 60% offAt that point in November I will see what inventory remains.  With holidays coming and time commitments elsewhere, I will have to determine the discount and when I can list the items - if at all.ALL fabric cuts will be half yard or yard and can be cut continuous IF yardage is available.Fat quarters currently cut will be discounted but I won't be cutting additional individual fat quarters.I want to repeat... I will not be cutting additional fat quarters or taking custom requests at the discounted price. I just do not have time for that. I may start to just cut random low volume or rainbow bundles as the bolts reduce. I will try to refund shipping overcharges as much as possible.As I said, I am still quilting, making, blogging and Instagraming...and I hope this will help me be able to do even more of that in the future.Thank you for understanding.[...]

My Lularoe Party has started EARLY!!


I'm so excited because I have met up with my sister early today!

I have opened my Online Lularoe party NOW.

Everything is loaded and ready for you to shop. 
I love the Buttery soft leggings and I'd say the Irma is my favorite style. 

I sincerely hope you check it out. My party ends 6pm CST 9/3/17.
Shop with me HERE!

Starburst Bella Skill Builder block 8 Starburst


Bella Skill builder Block 8 StarburstQuick post today as this is the start of the holiday weekend for me.I'm hosting an online LulaRoe Pop - Up with my Sister Marie Cook on facebook tomorrow. I'm pretty excited to shop her lularoe because she just got a new box!!Anyhow, Sewing has been occurring and if you follow my Instagram,you've seen what I was working on this week after I finished these Starburst blocks.I have been sewing right along this last month and finished the Starburst blocks on time :)If you really look, you will see that they are not all the same. I trimmed 2 of them one direction and the switched and I didn't even realize it :(It's my quilt and I doubt most will notice, but dang it I tried to follow directions:)))The Fat Quarter Shop has a video to show the best way to make your blocks! allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">They feature another Creative Grids ruler which I felt was invaluable to cutting the starburst pieces.Be sure to check it out!And all the blocks together are looking good!One more month...Might start to assemble the rows while I'm working on the last blocks :)[...]

The Lularoe rabbit hole


Normally my blog is chock full of quilting stuff. I love my quilting.I love me some fabric of course. I love all the colors. When my sister Marie decided to become a Lularoe consultant I had no idea what it was. I had heard about the leggings and that was it. She started her business with the basic clothing kit. You never know what will be sent - only the sizes.Well since I had never really experienced Lularoe I couldn't buy anything from her. I didn't know my sizes.I was pretty intrigued with all the options that she had and Disney collection was being released!We decided to have a visit in Iowa and that gave me the opportunity to see her items and actually TRY them on lol.Have you tried Lularoe? Yeah well the leggings were the first item I tried.The fabric is incredibly soft. I'm a fabric lover like I said - so I was hooked.I starting making outfits with her items and ended up with 3!I took them to Iceland with me and found they were the best clothing for traveling there.(photo credit Gudrun Erla Gisladottir)Plus I bought leggings for Ellymy 10 year old.She's a lularoer too now. She adores the leggings.Interestingly, I sort of feel like Lularoe is like when you get into quilting.You stop at a quilt shop, green behind the ears since you've never made a quilt. The amount of fabric overwhelms you but you see a basic kit and decide to give it a try. Within a month you have bought 5 kits,  precuts, yardage and visited all the local shops within 100 miles :) and it doesn't stop there... you head online for a better selection.Well Lularoe is much like a quilt shop.  You get personal service, are able to try on different styles and sizes and if you don't find what you are looking for, head to facebook  and search for it. There are over 1000 Lularoe facebook pages. Lots of multi consultant groups and sale sites. They even have their "unicorns" aka super hard to find prints or styles.Here are a few of my personal "unicorns"Again it reminds of the elusive fabrics by Tula Pink like Neptune or Heather Ross Munki Munki.  They sell on ebay for $$$$$. Same for the Lularoe unicorns, but just like quilting fabric lines, there are always new prints and you can quickly move on from that one print and find a substitute right?....right? maybe?In support of my sister's new business with Lularoe, I decided to host a pop up. But she's in Iowa so I decided to do an online pop up to coordinate with the in home pop up. You are all invited. The link to my pop up sale, which shows all her in stock styles and sizes, will be available Saturday September 2, 2017 starting at 9 am and will close Sunday September 3, 2017 9am. 24 hours to shop and check it out.If you are interested in looking around, joining us for a live sale Saturday morning with a bunch of new items or just curious, you can join Marie's Lularoe facebook group or use this address to join her group!She's giving away a Carly dress (retail $55) on Sunday September "unicorn" Carly dress shown below :)  --->Now back to our regularly scheduled quilting...yes I have been sewing ;)[...]

Bella Skillbuilder Month 7 – Half Square and Quarter Square Triangles


I'm quite a bit late this month with my Bella Skill builder blocks. I have a legit excuse...I was in Iceland! More on that in another post...Since our return, I have been slowly catching up and finally found time to write my blog post.This month is all about half square and quarter square triangles.Let me just say that I found these pattern instructions to be very helpfuland my block turned out so much more accurate than my HST's usually do :)Awesome things about this project are the videos that go along with it by the Fat Quarter Shop. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">I love these color combos and just look how it's coming together.It's so big that I couldn't get a picture of the entire layout from the front.I'm hoping to find a bit more sewing time this month so I can get September's blocks ready to go.Gosh by the time I add those...this will be nearly done![...]

Spent Some Time in Utah


 I spent 4 days in Utah near the end of June. It was a Riley Blake / Lori Holt retreat for shop owners at the Quilter's Lodge in Draper.I am always looking for ways to bring unique and cute fabric to my etsy shop. This was a perfect opportunity to learn and expand my business.Part of the retreat we learned applique for the new Quilt Alongon Lori blog for her Bee Happy quilt.Of Course, I fell in love with the quilt months ago when the fabric was released for shop owners.I have bundles, precuts and yardage in my etsy shop - it's even 25% off until Wednesday July 19 at midnight CST! Everything in my shop is on sale :)Riley Blake provided us little kits for our blocks so that we could get right to making- that was awesome.Lori will be sharing her way of organizing to make this quilt and I'm telling will want to try her method! Here are a few close ups of the blocks that I really really love.Think of the possibilities? If you don't want to make the whole quilt.Frame one, mini quilt, potholder and on and on...I'm smitten. The Super Star pillow which Lori showed us that the retreat, uses her Bee Happy simple shapes too.Again, a wonderful way for Lori to show you how the templates can be used for other projects, not just the Bee Happy Quilt.And again... I really wanted this pillow for the 4th of July so I started it at the retreat.You can see my mess - I mean my sewing station :)Unfortunately, my Super star pillow is just a quilt top...but I'm pretty sure I will have it finished for the next 4th of July.It was a totally cool retreat where I made some new friends, hung with old friends and reconnected with one too. Way more than I could've asked for.[...]

Wild Goose Chase Quilt


The fat quarter shop has another Classic Vintage pattern release this month.It's called Wild Goose Chase.I knew I wanted to try at least one block becauseI have never made this particular pattern before.The pattern suggests using the Triangles on a Roll for the flying geese.Which are sale at the Fat Quarter Shop this week with the code Triangle15As you know, I have just recently tried the Flying Geese ruler which was a great success and now this technique.Hmm both work so well that it's hard to say which is better. Both are accurate, each have positives and negatives.The Fat Quarter Shop has a video of how to make the block: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">I mixed a Robert Kaufman cat fabric and Yuwa 30's collection candy flower.The block is about 17" finished.I want to make an entire quilt with this block so it will go on my to - do list :)[...]

Bella Skill Builder Block 6 - Courthouse steps


Bella Skill Builder Block 6Courthouse StepsUsing the creative grids 6" log cabin trim tool made assembling these blocks easy.Not to mention very accurate.I continued with my planned color choices with these blocksand I have to say it's turning out better and better each month.Here are Blocks 1-6 so far. There are some spaces for the next 3 installments....It's a little wild looking even for me :)See you next month.[...]

Jelly Roll Railway Quilt along....


The Fat Quarter Shop has created another awesome pattern that can be done with a Jelly Roll or scrap strips.  Jelly Roll RailwayThe kit can be found HEREI decided to raid my 2.5" strip stash to make this quilt.I could have easily used a Jelly roll but I wanted to use my colorful stash.I paired those happy colors with a bunch of low volume light background prints that I have been collecting. I think there are at least 48 prints in the quilt.Now I have to choose a border. I'm tempted to use the royal blue or the lilac with the flowers and bees...[...]

Bella Skill Builder Block 5 - Half Square Triangles


Bella Skill Builder Block 5
Half Square Triangles

Sorry for the dark picture this time. The true colors show up in the group photo.
I used the recommended triangles on a roll to make these blocks.
It was very easy to follow and made trimming a breeze.

The Fat Quarter Shop has a tutorial for this block on You-tube.

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Adding the Avocado Bella solid is going to really spice up this quilt :)

Memorial Day Weekend..... what are your plans?


If you follow me on Instagram then you know that lately I have been digging into ALL of my UFO's.I have lists and lists. It's embarrassing enough that I won't tell you the grand total.I've cataloged all kits, unfinished projects,quilt tops that need quilting (Flimsy's), Quilts that need binding and items I am donating.I was determined NOT to start another project until I got a handle on the UFO's.Well that lasted about a week.I did bind 2 quilts on my list BEFORE I started this new little mini...but I really should stay focused on my UFO's for a little while longer.While I was sorting scraps (part of this whole organizing thing) I noticed a fabric that I had with all 50 states on it.Inspiration struck. I decided to make another Temecula quilt Welcome Spring mini in red, white and blue.This is the third welcome spring mini that I have made. I did one in spring colors and one in Halloween/fall inspired colors last year. They are small, quick,use only scraps and are totally addicting.I EVEN hand quilted it!I love to decorate for the season.I always have and so with Memorial Day and soon after Fourth of July...well why not look for some more holiday décor?Target Dollar spot for the this wooden flag with all 50 states that I picked up just the other day.So here's my patriotic mini again. I chose states with specific meaning.Where we have lived and all close relatives.This little project was just what I needed to stay on track on my organizing and UFO's.I'm heading in to do some more sorting this weekend.What are your memorial day plans? I hope it involves a little making.[...]

Mother's Day Sale!


As a thank you to all Mother's
my entire etsy shop Spun Sugar Quilts

is 30% off ( no coupon required )

until May 14th at Midnight CST.

Bella Skill Builder Block 4 - Flying Geese


Bella Skill builder Block 4!
Flying Geese

Flying Geese....
super simple with the Quilt in a Day Flying Geese ruler.
I have literally had the Flying Geese Ruler for over 10 years....
never used it once until I made these blocks...
Now after making these, I can not figure out why I waited so long.
I love that ruler because the geese turned out perfect.
The Fat Quarter Shop has created a video tutorial on how to use the Flying Geese ruler here:

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Blocks 1-4 all together. It's going to look amazing when it's done.

Jelly Roll Check Quilt Along - A Short Cut Quilt


I love Jelly Rolls. I am so excited for today's quilt, Jelly Roll Check which is part of the Fat Quarter Shop's Shortcut Quilt Series! I chose Alpine by Erin Michael from my stash.This quilt is a fun and fresh design, and you are going to love making it!All you need is two Jelly Rolls (which are on sale at the Fat Quarter Shop today!) a background fabric and an accent fabric!The best ruler to use is the Creative Grids 6.5" Square because the non slip keeps the ruler in place when you make your cuts as I have shown here >>Here is the Short Cut Video available on You-Tube where you can see how it's done >> allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">This is a super easy to assemble quilt....strips, cuts and sew rows of squares.My kind of awesome!Did I mention that there is a Jelly Roll Sale?Now I NEED to either get this quilted OR do it myself. I have plans for this one.You can check out some other color options for this quilt by some of my quilty friends:Cheryl from Quilter ChicConnie from Freemotion by the RiverKristen from Three in the NestMelanie from Mostly CraftyTina from Emily Ann's KlosetTricia from Notes of Sincerity[...]

Bella Skill Builder Block 3 - The Pineapple


Yes it's the first of the month and I'm ready to show you my Bella Skill builder blocks for April,the Pineapple blocks!The Fat Quarter Shop has created a video to demonstrate how easy this block can be.I used the Creative Grids Pineapple ruler for my blocks.Here is just one of the steps in the block.You line up the 45 degree angle and cut off the excess.I'll admit, it creates a lot of scraps and trimmings but the result is awesome.Blocks 1,2 and 3 all together.I'm loving it. I can't wait for next month's flying geese.[...]

Spellbound Quilt Along


I have been participating in quite a few quilt alongs lately.The honest truth is that I find if I am quilting along,I'm FAR more likely to finish the quilt top. Now I haven't been very good about getting the tops quilted.When I was in Ohio I had a fantastic machine quilter that was only a 20 minute drive from my house. I haven't found a quilter here yet. I am sure there are many... Ijust haven't made time to meet any or take any quilts to them.I NEED to soon as I am drowning in quilt tops.This Spellbound quilt pattern is from It's Sew Emma.2 jelly rolls and a few yards of fabric and voila...a quilt top.I chose Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique and Compositions by Basic Grey.The pattern is straight forward andusing the Creative Grids 90 degree double strip ruler really makes it EASY. I sewed this in between other projects. I guess you could say it was my leaders and enders quilt.It's a big quilt.I started to lay it out on my foyer floor.You can see how well that went....My helpers were not going to have all that fabric laying around.It was too much fun for them to drive into the blocks.I finally brought my design wall upstairs and assembled it.By the time I was ready to take pictures the sun went down :(You can still see the secondary pattern created by careful fabric and block placement.Now I must confess....I thought I had purchased the coordinating yardage for this quilt...somehow I didn't buy it with my last Fat Quarter Shop order.First I called 5 quilt shops within driving distance. One of them had a few bolts of Composition but it was 35 minute drive.I decided to search my stash and I chose a melon colored fabric from the Sweet fabric line from about 2007-8? I also found that Ella Blue Basic Grey fine lines coordinated pretty well.I decided that if I am holding on to all this stash that I might as well start using it.How about you? Have you been using your stash?[...]

Scrappy Planner Sew Along Week 6 : Fat Quarter Flirt in Busy Backgrounds


Welcome to the Scrappy Project Planner sew along Week 6!It's Fat Quarter Flirt Week. I'm sewing along with Lori Holt and The Fat Quarter Shop.Do you have a scrappy planner? Have you been following along with each week showcasing the projects from the planner?I have had my planner since October.I have started all 6 quilts - lol seriously.I've only finished one top ... this one :)This week's quilt is the Fat Quarter Flirt. When I traveled to Utah last October for a quilt retreat with Lori, she showed us her version of the Fat Quarter Flirt in "busy backgrounds".I immediately wanted to make it.Unfortunately my busy backgrounds were in Minnesota.Well fast forward to this month....I grabbed a bunch of my 'busy backgrounds' know that prints that are too colorful for a project or too light for another....or just too busy in terms of the print itself? Those are busy backgrounds.Can you see with the prints that I have chosen how they are light?Yet there is quite a bit of color too...I wasn't too sure how these would end up looking in a quiltbut I decided to mash them all together anyway for a surprise result.I meticulously cut my blocks.And these are the left over scraps from the fat quarters.They multiplied like bunnies in this project.Here's my token cat picture. Actually she rarely left my side while I made this quilt. I think it might end up being her favorite.It's a rather large quilt overall and I had a tough time getting the whole top in one picture.I love the busy background version and I can't wait to get it quilted ASAP.If you'd like to see other versions of the Fat Quarter Flirt check out the Jolly Jabber.[...]

Morning Glory Sew Along


Welcome to the Morning Glory Sew Along.The original, shown below, was designed by Pat Sloan and featured in her fabric line Sunday Drive.I am super excited to sew along make my own version of this quilt.If you'd like to make the original The Fat Quarter Shop has kits available HERE. I have been sewing in our dining room lately because my sewing area has been super cold in the basement.I didn't want to bring up my design wall due to space so I thought I could lay it out on the floor.My 'helpers' aka cats, thought it was a new play area obviously.  I chose a rainbow of Atsuko Matsuyama 30's Collection Yuwa fabricsfor my version of Morning Glory. I made the crib size and it's very pretty. My husband says that he thinks it needs another row.I'm debating as a crib size shouldn't be too big.I know I need to make it lap or queen sized right? I've seriously considered it.If you'd like to see other versions of this quilt, head over to the Jolly Jabber for a list of other bloggers making this cute quilt.[...]

Block 2 Bella Skill Builder quilt along


 Yippee! I finished my Second Bella Skill builder group of blocks.I opted to use fusible interfacing applique method for my blocks.You can find the pattern links from the Fat Quarter Shop blog .There is even a video to help you on You-tube. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">I have the It's Sew Emma Orange Peel templates in the exact sizes I needed for these blocks.Interfaced petals are basically done by tracing the shape on the smooth side of the interfacing.Trim to about 1/4" from the outline.Place the interfacing rough side down on the right side of the fabric. Sew around the outline, make a small slit in the back of the petal interfacing and turn right side out.Finger press the edges.I pinned my petals to the background and then ironed them in place.I sewed my appliques to the background squares by machine.I learned after making 64 of the petals that using a smaller stitch length worked best.I tried to coordinate my applique thread with the petal fabric.When stitching the blocks together, the interfacing petals were quite a bit more bulky than I expected them to be. A tip is to begin stitching at the beginning of the block furthest away from the where the petal tips meet.When you stitch close to the points, slow down to make sure that you maintain the 1/4" seam allowance.I might also suggest starting with the 4" petals first, smaller petals are definitely more challenging.I thought it would be a great idea to show how my blocks progress each month...The cat immediately attacked them.My daughter lured her away with treats :)[...]

Jacob's Ladder Sew Along - Feeling Lucky ;)


Although Valentine's Day is only a week away...It's near St. Patty's Day too and what better way to celebrate than with a little green ;)The Fat Quarter Shop has developed another fun Classic and Vintage pattern with the Jacob's Ladder block.They have even made a video. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">To make a quilt just like The Fat Quarter Shop, they put together a great quilt kit and backing set with Reflections fabric by Jo Morton.If you want to use your stash...well then you can do that too, just like I did.As soon as I saw the quilt along pattern I knew I wanted to do it in scrappy green fabrics.I chose various scraps from my bins that were already cut and ready to piece. One of the REAL advantages to all that sorting I did last year.I am still cutting, sorting and well destashing!I love how it turned out. I am contemplating adding borders and making a 'seasonal' pillow.Check out what the other bloggers did with their Jacob's Ladder blocks over at the Jolly Jabber.[...]

I drank the Kool-Aid so to speak...


The Glitter Quilt Kool-Aid that is.Some of you may have seen my posts on Instagram already but those who haven't.....I have spied these glitter blocks showing up on Instagram for quite some time.When I discovered that Jen Kingwell was releasing the templates that coordinate.I immediately ordered them.I had extra sets for sale on my etsy site but they sold within a few days.If you are interested in purchasing the templates,I can order them for you, just let me know!The Glitter quilt pattern can be found in the book Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell.Here is my first block made with template cut pieces.I machine pieced mine. You can hand piece as well butI found machine piecing works best for me so far.I am thinking of cutting 3-4 blocks at a time and slowly stitching them....until I have about 300. That's what I calculated a King size required.And I may have lost my mind....But they are sooooo pretty.I'm still smitten with them and I am rummaging through my scrap strips to cut them.This is going to be good...I have a feeling.[...]

Brand New Bella Skill Builder Quilt sew along...


I have many quilt making skills but that has never stopped me from learning or refining my skills.When the Fat Quarter Shop announced that they were doing a skill building quilt I felt I should check it out.The Kaleidoscope block is the first in a series of nine blocks that will be featured.Each meant to build up your confidence and skills. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> I chose colors that varied slightly from the original Fat Quarter Shop Quilt.My colors from top to bottom:9900-119 Willow 9900-248 pink parfait9900-224 violet9900-211 citrine9900-277 avocado9900-169 ruby ice9900-86 Caribbean9900-200 off white It's going to be tough waiting for each month's blockand to see how this color combo comes together!The directions suggest the Creative Grids Spider Web ruler which I already had in my ruler stash.You can make the block with the template providedbut since I had the ruler,I used that.It easy to cut out and piece. I found that the smaller 6 1/2" blocks were a little more challenging to match points in the center. By the last block - I had it down pat.I ended up using the Creative Grid Ruler Stripology Squared. It worked perfectly for squaring this block because the center seam is so thick. The slats allow for flexibility and the block doesn't shift. Just a little help for accuracy. And here they are finished - first 3 blocks done!![...]