Sunday, March 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along - March!

I can't believe we are already three months in to the Clementine Quilt Along! For those of you who may be wondering what that is, it is a charity quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop (partnering with Moda Fabrics) and benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The blocks patterns are free every month but they do ask that you give a small donation for each download (donation link).

This month's block is called Peaches & Plenty!

It's such a fun block, but oh, those points! These blocks have been point testers for sure. They aren't too bad as long as you are careful when pinning and sewing. Or, if you are wild and carefree, you probably don't care. :)

This month I decided to press some of my seams open to reduce some of the bulk. It worked out really well and I think I may press all my seams open for the next block.

Just for fun, I wanted to see how all three blocks looked together so far.

I think they look great and I can't wait for next month's block! You can read more about January's block here, and February's block here.


Be sure to check out the other bloggers who are quilting along!

April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)


Until next time!
- Sarah

Friday, March 16, 2018

Jelly Roll Ripples Quilt - A Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along!

Hey everyone!

Do you ever feel the need... the need for speed? Just Kidding. What I meant to say was do you ever feel the need to make a really quick quilt? Sometimes I just need to make something quick to feel like I've accomplished something, anything.

Enter the Shortcut Quilt Series from Fat Quarter Shop (FQS)! It's exactly what it sounds like, a series of QUICK quilt patterns. Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the quilt along for the newest FQS Shortcut Series pattern and I jumped at the chance. The new pattern is called Jelly Roll Ripples and it's so fun!

I actually deviated slightly from the pattern and left off the borders... I'm so rebellious. Really though, my aim was for a quick project AND the size without the borders (50" x 70") was just right, so it just made sense for me to 86 the borders. I do feel a bit bad though that I didn't follow the pattern to a "T". After all, this is a quilt along to showcase a pattern. On the other hand, I can say that I'm highlighting the versatility of the pattern. Yeah, let's go with that.

I hemmed and hawed a bit about which fabric to use but in the end I went with this gorgeous jelly roll of Anemone Batiks by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Who loves precuts but hates the mess from the pinked edges? Me! Right here. This girl.

For years I've been using a lint roller along the edges of my precuts to clean up most of the mess. If you already know this trick then just ignore me but if you don't know, now you do! I keep a dedicated lint roller in my sewing room. It's kind of sad but I use that one more than the one in my laundry room.

Here's another tip for you. If you don't have a large design wall, or in my case are just trying to be quick about it, you can use the scraps from your blocks to arrange where you want your blocks to go. I used my scraps and played around with them on the floor until I was happy with the layout.

After that, I chain pieced everything. After all, speed is the name of the game. I have to laugh because everything about this quilt was FAST.

Basting: fast. Quilting: fast. Binding: faaaaassssst!

Please tell me you read that using a voice like Joey eating Rachel's trifle.

I'm so easily amused.


Linking up with:

Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Until next time!
- Sarah