Where is that wagon??

Hello again,

This week’s blog post was going to be on a completely different topic, but I just had to share about my week, so this is the blog post you are getting instead :). The other one will come along at some point.

Okay, so remember that I was bragging to you all about joining the UFO challenge and how it was really helping me stay on track? Well, I guess I jinxed myself because this week I have completely fallen off the UFO-finishing wagon and have been OBSESSED with making these blocks:

These blocks are from a quilt series called “Sew Simple Shapes” that Lori Holt came up with in 2018. I loved the blocks when she posted them, but I must have been busy with another project, because I never sewed along while she was sharing them. ( And by the way, can we just talk about how amazingly talented and prolific that lady is!? I do not know how she can come up with all these fun ideas AND have time to sew them…. and share them….she must have little helpers…or she is Superwoman 😉 ). This is what her final quilt looked like:

Sew Simple Shapes by Lori Holt Helloooooo….drool!! And the best part is that was another FREE sewalong. I love how Lori shares these patterns for free and all you need are the templates.

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With this quilt she wanted to show how you can use her templates for way more than just the quilt that she originally made with them, and she is right! So for this quilt, we are using the BLOOM templates, the BEE HAPPY templates, the FRUIT SALAD templates,  the SEW COZY CHRISTMAS templates, the AUTUMN LOVE templates, and the LET’S BAKE templates.  If you don’t have all of them, I am sure you could substitute others, or make a few of the blocks twice, in different colors….be creative here. ( I have to confess that I ended up buying just one more template set~ The Fruit Salad one~ because I do have my eye on making that quilt at some point too ;), but I do not have the LET’S BAKE set so I will have to be creative too.) For the link to Lori’s blog, click here.

Anyway, so I started with just 1 block….I needed a little something different to do than work on UFO#3 ( which was coming along so splendidly up to that point *sigh*). After I made that first block

 I needed to make the next one….right away….

So then came block #2…and then I needed to make the next one……well, you get the picture. At this point I have made 6 blocks and am working on #7, and have the background for #8 ready to go.

It is such a fun and addictive project! And I am making mine slightly different than Lori’s method. I use fusible applique, which I then stitch down by machine, using either a zig-zag or a straight stitch. I am also “appli-quilting” them right away, meaning that I back my blocks with batting and fasten everything down together in one step. So this is what my blocks look like from the back when I’m done:

 

Then, when it comes time to put my quilt together, I will sew my blocks ( with batting already attached) to each other, add a backing, and then do simple straight-line quilting to hold the 3 layers together. Easy-peasy, just the way I like my quilts ;).

Now, I have to admit that sometimes doing machine applique can get a bit boring. But I find that when I have all this pretty thread to choose from, that it actually makes it a fun process! This is some of my favorite thread and I will buy them in coordinating sets so that I have a wide variety of colors.

For the applique I like to use a zig zag and a straight stitch. I vary the size of  the zigzag depending on the size of the object…small pieces get smaller zigzags, big ones get larger zigzags. I like to use a straight stitch on the stems because they are so narrow.

As you can see, I added some extra stitching on the leaves in some of the blocks. I thought they were a bit boring looking with that plain green so I used the triple stitch on my machine to add a bit of interest.

These blocks are so much fun to make and I really hope you will give them a try! Even just one would make a darling pillow! I haven’t decided yet how big my quilt will become. I was just going to make one block to see if it was fun ( and it WAS!), so now I’m thinking it might become a wall hanging. On the other hand, these blocks are so addictive that I can see me making an entire  bed quilt with them! And because I’m already appliquilting them as I go, the rest of the process really won’t take that long after the blocks are all finished.

Oh my, this blog post is already way longer than usual so I better just stop. Thanks for listening to me rambling on and on about my latest obsession!

I do have to share this piece of information quickly:  I recently got notice from Facebook that it decided to move the people who were inactive in my group to the “invited” list.  Facebook claims that it wants to make sure that people are in groups that they want to be in. Of course you all know that in order to be in my group you have to ask, and I then approve you, so I KNOW that you all want to be in the group. FB apparently doesn’t think that way. So, if you noticed that you are no longer part of the group, please ask to join again by clicking here ( you do need to be a BLOG subscriber!). AND if you are part of the group and want to make sure you don’t get involuntarily removed, please participate by posting photos or questions, commenting on others’ posts, or simply by “liking” a post. Thanks 🙂

 

Until  next time~ happy creating!

Monique

 

16 thoughts on “Where is that wagon??

  1. These blocks really are cute, might just have to work on them as time allows , I have several sets of her templates , and I love how your quilting them as you go so it will not become another ufo on the to be quilted pile. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I didn’t know about this method for QAYG – leaving off the backing til the end. How does that compare to sandiching all 3 layers. Also, do you get a lot of fuzz in your machine when sewing with the batting exposed?

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    1. Oh my goodness, this is so much easier than the other method, where you have so many fiddly little pieces to worry about. I did it that way once,and that was enough ;). I construct all my bigger quilts in this manner and it has been a game changer. As for the fuzz, I clean out my machine regularly and bring it in for maintenance so I can’t say I have noticed a difference…

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  3. I love Lori Holt. Her fabrics and quilts are so cute! I have a couple of her templates. I have fabric cut out to make one of her quilts but then I kept getting involved in other stuff. I’m trying not to do that this year. I want to finish my UFO’s and start her quilt. Your quilt blocks are beautiful! I don’t think I would be able to do anything else either but make all those blocks.

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  4. You are obsessively funny! I am a fuse appliquer (that is a new word!), too. My favorite stitch is the blanket stitch, but I do use the zig-zag for small pieces and definitely straight stitching on thin stems. Will try your batting behind to speed up the process. I did the other method and was grateful it was just on a small throw or it would still be in the UFO pile – LOL!

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    1. Oh yeah, the other method is a pain in my opinion. Doing it this way was a game changer for me. I like using the blanket stitch too, and sometimes that is what I use. In this case I decided to be even faster and use a zig zag 😉

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  5. Monique I quite understand why you have detoured from the UFO’s to do these blocks-they are super gorgeous.
    I love Lori’s patterns-so sad that to get the templates here in Australia it is very expensive as even the stores that do carry some of them still cost more than I feel right about spending. Probably because I can’t decide to only get one as I love them all-it’s too hard to decide which one I want the most!

    I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the blocks as you make them! I love your fabric choices by the way-they are very much the colours I would choose too!

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    1. That is too bad that they are so expensive! It is definitely not worth it if you only plan to make one quilt with them….but if you made placemats, pillows, curtains, etc, etc, then some sets might be worth it 😉

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