Sewing My Stash

I know that my friends will think that I am crazy…3 sewalongs?  All at the same time?  And while doing some prep this morning I was thinking about do so many sewalongs start in January?  New year, new resolutions?  Or for us in the northern hemisphere it is winter so a better time to stay in and sew when it is colder outside?

It all started a few weeks ago when a friend asked if anyone had promising sewalongs coming up.  She had seen the Vintage Lace Quilt-Along by Brittany Lloyd of @loandbeholdstitchery and I thought that was lovely.  Someone brought up the Plaidish Quilt , a tutorial by Erica Taylor Jackman of @kitchentablequilting and a bunch of my quild mates jumped aboard that idea.  And as I was poking around I found a post listing a bunch of  quilt-alongs and sew-alongs and came across the Go Quilt by Lucy Engels

So, here is where I am with each of them – yes, three of them.

Vintage Lace Quilt started this week and the first week is posting your fabric pull.  Done!  I have several yards of the aqua on the left and that will be my background color.  I am still playing around with which color will go where and must decide before next week which is cutting.  There is a color page, so maybe I will see if that can help me decide.

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The Plaidish Quilt is not an official quilt-along, just an unofficial thing with some of my guild mates.  You can follow along our Plaidish adventures here.  The quilt is constructed using three collections of fabric: dark value, intermediate value and light value.  For the dark value I reached for my bin of blues and pulled cut the navy and dark blues.  I have lots of low value scraps, so I cut those up for the light value.  I am on the fence for the intermediate value, whether to go for just aqua or to include other colors also.  I think I will start with the aqua and see how it goes.

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And the GO quilt…I missed the first week which I believe was probably just fabric selection.  The pattern shows using 5 colors but that means some quantity of each color, and that would limit the colors that I could use.  I have decided to keep with all solids, using a light blue as my background as I have plenty of that color.  I have made the first row of blocks, and am thinking that I will just use up scraps, trying to keep the background color where it is in the pattern.  So far, so good.

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To keep myself accountable, I will try to post each week…ha, ha…we will see how that goes!

More importantly…

ALL

FROM

STASH!

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Finish -Along 4th Quarter Link-up

We have reached the end of Quarter 4 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long!!
Of course, this means it is now time to link up those finishes from the
list you linked up in October. We hope that you have been able to complete
a lot of the UFOs from your list and have had an overall successful year.

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

Each finish you link up will be in the draw for great prizes, so let’s give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

Aurifil Logo

Winner’s Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection


Sew Sweetness Logo
$80 Gift Certificate

 

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo
Fat Quarter Shop Logo
$50 Gift Certificate

Sew Me a Song Logo
$25 Gift Certificate

Happy Quilting Logo
3 PDF Patterns

2 PDF Patterns

 


Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Make Modern Logo
1 Six Month Subscription

Bonjour Quils Logo
2 PDF Patterns

 


Hillstitches Logo
$30 Fabric Voucher
2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

The 2019 Quarter 4 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs – you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on on all host blogs.

Link-up “Rules”:
Add one link for each finish.  If you want to link a round up post of all
your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link
the rest of your finishes separately.  Please, only one link per
finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws.
Please ensure that the photo (Instagram or Flickr) or blog post you link up
contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can
verify your entry (make sure it is from the right quarter, too).
On Instagram the best way to do that is to tag your photos with #2019FALQ4yourname (where yourname is unique to you), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list, which also should have this tag.
Please become part of the FAL community.  Check out the links of others and
leave a comment. We all need encouragement so let’s applaud each other.
The 2019 FAL Facebook page is HERE and you can follow us on Instagram @finishalong.
Our hosts will also link up their finishes to share in the community but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.
The Q4 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Thursday, January 9, 2020 – as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. You can also see how much time is left below the linked up images on the right.  It is best to link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don’t miss out.  The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings.  We will post the winners on each host’s blog.
2019 Q4 Finishes Link Up:

 

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Farewell to Fox Island

It was a magical place, but now it is almost gone, a victim of climate change and erosion.  When teaching, a highlight of each year was the trip to the Bay which was always full of discovery while also a retreat from our usual rigid keeping of time.  Indeed, no watches or phones were allowed! How often can you feel totally isolated but 3 hours from DC? We watched both sunrise and sunset over the water and viewed shooting stars and the Milky Way in the dark sky and learned the value of the marsh and importance of conservation and stewardship.  In the 25 years since I first set foot there it has gotten smaller and smaller. The little marsh that is left is vulnerable to high tides. It saddened my greatly that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has closed the lodge that was an education center. How ironic that a place that sought to thwart climate change, succumbed to it.  Soon the marsh will be entirely gone. A treasure lost.

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And if you have never  been there…some pics…that is the lodge just off of the island.  I am sorry but I could not find the source of this photo that I collected when gathering my inspiration.

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And one of my favs… from one of my trips there.  We had what I called mandatory sun appreciation – you stopped whatever you were doing and went outside for sunrise and sunset.  A chance shot of sunrise and moonrise at the same time.

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Farewell Fox Island, you were awesome.

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FAL Winners!

 

The time has come to officially announce the winners of Q2 and Q3 of the Finish-A-Long and award some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had 398 finishes for the second quarter of 2019 and we had 400 finishes for the third quarter which is really brilliant, keep it up!
Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q2 and Q3 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:
The Q2 winner’s choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Mary who blogs at Quilting is in my Blood.  She finished this beautiful “camping quilt” that they actually use while camping, and isn’t this photograph stunning?

The Q3 winner’s choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Amanda on IG @sew.bake.stitch and she finished this lovely Swoon quilt.

 

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The Q2 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Sara who blogs at Sew Little to Say.  She completed this lovely tote bag and it’s her own design.

The Q3 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Carina on IG @carinascrafts and she finished this bag that she cut out 10 years ago.  Way to go on getting it done!

 

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The Q2 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Karrin and she blogs at Karrin’s Crazy World.  She finished these two quilts that will be donated to the Mercyful Quilts charity.  Not only is that lovely but so are these quilts.

The Q3 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Kat who blogs at Craftaholic Kat and she finished this lovely quilt that was for her son’s seventh birthday.

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The Q2 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kathy who blogs at Kathy’s Quilting Blog.  She completed this Crown of Thorns quilt which also will be donated to charity, Jack’s Basket.

The Q3 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kris who blogs at Krissies Kollections and she finished this scrap quilt made from charms she collected throughout the years.  She estimates this 91″ x 91″ quilt used 19 yards of fabric!

 

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The Q2 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Carol who blogs at Quilt Schmilt.  She finished this lovely pink quilt that was for a golf club fundraiser.

The Q3 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Vasudha who blogs at Storied Quilts and she finished this beautiful art quilt inspired by Indian folk art motifs.

 

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The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Karen on IG @thecreativeheifer.  She finished this fun and colorful baby quilt.  Isn’t it adorable?

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Jan on IG @snell.jan and she finished this blue scrappy queen sized quilt.  Another great photo, don’t you think?

 

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The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Jennifer on IG @crimsonconfection and she finished and framed this lovely little lucky cross-stitch.  Lucky indeed!

 

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Alison via Flickr and she finished this appliqued cot quilt.

 

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The Q2 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Jessica on IG @jessshullquilts_and_more.  She finished this fabulous Swoon quilt using Tula Pink fabrics.

The Q3 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Peggy who blogs at Quilts & Adventures and she finished these wooly mug rugs.

 

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The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Mariana on IG @denana1973.  She completed this wonderful Flora Supply Case for a friend.  Lucky friend!

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Teresa on IG @misdosbichillos and she finished this one hour scrappy basket, isn’t it a cute gift?

 

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The Q2 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Anne who blogs at Said With Love.  She finished this charming quilted table topper, and isn’t the photo just lovely too?

The Q3 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Karin who blogs at The Quilt Yarn and she finished this funky bird quilt.  Isn’t it is cute?

 

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There
you have it folks, quarter two and three of the year are officially wrapped up!
Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thanks to everyone that
played along so far this year.The year is quickly wrapping up, work on those WIPS so you can link them up in the New Year!

 

 

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Finish-along 4th Quarter Linkup!

 

Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 4 of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new quarter of the Finish-A-Long is starting today.  If you missed participating earlier in the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for any of the first three quarters, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q4.

So let’s start!

You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 4 of 2019. We are hoping that the FAL community will inspire you to work on your unfinished projects this quarter, and to get them finished before the end of the year!

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Hosts

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

For those of you who are new to the FAL, here is an explanation: The Finish-A-Long is a community aiming to motivate and encourage each other to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging around, sometimes for far too long. At the start of the quarter you post and link up a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months. Then, at the end of the quarter, you link up each successful finish from your original list.

Each linked up finish is an entry into the draw for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list as long or as short as you wish. The 2019 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent 2019 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Sponsors

Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q4 of the Finish-A-Long, you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo. Please think about visiting them and saying thank you for their their support of the FAL.

 

Aurifil Logo

Winner’s Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection


Sew Sweetness Logo

$80 Gift Certificate

 

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo
Fat Quarter Shop Logo

$50 Gift Certificate


Sew Me a Song Logo

$25 Gift Certificate


Happy Quilting Logo

3 PDF Patterns


2 PDF Patterns

 


Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo

2 PDF Patterns


Make Modern Logo

1 Six Month Subscription


Bonjour Quils Logo

2 PDF Patterns

 


Hillstitches Logo

$30 Fabric Voucher

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

Make your Q4 List of Unfinished Projects

So now it is time to sort out the projects/UFOs/WIPs that you want to finish over the next three months. Take a photo of each one and make your list. If you like you can use our Finish-A-Long Planner to list your projects and keep track of progress. It also has all link-up dates for the year, and the hashtags that we would use. Or use any method that works for you. Please ensure that you have at least STARTED your projects – pulled fabric with a pattern is considered a project started – and remember it is only a FINISHED project that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the “finish” is when they are a completed, usable project.

Post Your Q4 List

Post your list either on your blog, on Instagram, or on Flickr if you prefer. If posting on social media (Flickr, Instagram), it will be very helpful if you tag your list with #2019FALQ4yourname (where yourname is unique to you). Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing project progress or finishes helps the host to make the connection to your original list quickly and easily.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to link up your finishes at the end of the quarter! We will be posting a reminder on the blog and on Instagram, but do keep an eye out…

Link-up Your Q4 List

The 2019 Q4 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below, on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on ONE host blog, and the link will show up on all the host blogs. If you are using Flickr or Instagram, post a mosaic of your projects and put your list in the description. Don’t forget to include your unique hashtag.

If you need a little help, Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link up if you need it, and Marci has a post on how to link up from Instagram.

Join the FAL Community

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others – visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.

If you want you can follow us on Facebook: Finish-A-Long and/or on Instagram:  @finishalong, too. We’ll post encouragement during the quarter and reminders when the finishes link up opens at the end of the quarter.

When creating your list there is one thing to remember – No deductions for not completing something so – Aim High! Nothing to lose!! Well now, get that list together and get linked up.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!

Feel free to use and share the FAL button at the top and this one too:

 

Remember: you only need to link up at ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.

 

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FAL Link-up Reminder

Today I’m popping in for a quick reminder that the Quarter 3 link up for all your finishes closes on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11 pm EST.  So you still have a few more days to finish that project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes.  The link up can be found HERE or on any of the 2019 FAL hosts blogs.
A few reminders for linking up:

  • Please only one finished project for each post that you link up, so
    that each finish can be an entry in the (random) prize draw.
  • Please include a link to your original list in each post of your
    finishes (on Instagram the link is the unique tag #2019FALQ3yourname to
    be used in the Q3 list post, and in any Q3 finish post).
  • Please visit some of the other participants and leave a friendly comment, we all love to get those!

I also wanted to share with you that we just wrapped up “Tutorial Week” which has been part of the Finish-A-Long since it’s inception.  The tutorials are varied, interesting, and usually helpful, so take some time to investigate and visit the blogs below!

  • October 2, 2019 – Leanne of She Can Quilt – Super Quick Produce Grocery Bags
  • October 3, 2019 – Lynne of Tinking Along – Selvage Hotpad Tutorial
  • October 4, 2019 – Sarah of Sarah Goer Quilts – Scrappy Pumpkin Quilt Block Tutorial
  • October 5, 2019 – Ella of Throw a Wench in the Works – How I do Needle Turn Applique: A Low Key Guide

And whether you had a lot of finishes, or none at all this quarter, or you missed Finish-A-Long Q3 altogether, you can always join in for Quarter 4 which is taking off on October 10th, with the link up opening for your List of Proposed Finishes. We hope you will join us!

 

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Selvage Hotpad Tutorial

Selvages…all of those little edges that we have been trimming off for years.  Now they are cuter, and we have something to do with them…make scrappy things!

I have been saving them for years and have been gifted bags of them, and even have been known to pull some out of the trash at guild meetings and retreats.  I have made various things with them, but usually I make hotpads or coasters… things that look like this.

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I start by getting a square of heat-resistant insulated padding (I use Insul-Brite) cut to about 9 inches square.  Next I draw few diagonal lines as guidelines.  You could make the selvages run parallel to an edge, but I like the diagonals.  The lines help me to not get too wonky.

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Next up is the backing fabric.  I just got a free fat quarter of snowman fabric so I thought that it would make a good winter backing.  Cut the square just a bit larger than the padding and place the padding on the wrong side of the backing fabric.

I have lots and lots of selvages, so I am using that backing as my inspiration and I go through my pile and pull out 15-20 of them and give them a good press.

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Although it would seem that it would make sense to start at one end and proceed to the other, I find that my rows become crooked and that it works fine to start in the middle and work out both ways from there.  I place the first piece across the diagonal.

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and then another on top of it and stitch very close to the edge.

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Sometimes I like to use my edge foot presser foot (#10 on a Bernina) to help to keep the stitching an even distance from the edge but still close to the edge, but have found that the inner notch of my quarter inch foot works fine too.

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From there I keep adding layers and sewing them down to finish one half of the square.

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To start the remaining half, I lift up the middle selvage and slide the next selvage under it and then put the first one down and stitch.

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I tend to leave wider selvages for the corners, knowing that some will be trimmed off.  When the selvages are all sewn down, it will look like this, front and back.

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And then it is time to trim.  I want this to be the same size as some other hotpads so I am trimming to 8.5 inches.

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Time to add the binding and then I am done.  And now I have three!

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Give it a try – these are lots of fun!

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