Thursday, December 19, 2013

Beautiful wrapping paper and making some progress on the Quilty Fun Sew Along!

When I read that Kate Spain had Christmas wrapping paper at Michaels, I went to the closest one to my home and purchased four rolls.  They are all very beautiful.  My youngest daughter is home now and she is wrapping presents for me.

I am an admirer of Kate Spain's fabrics.  I now admire her design skills with the Christmas wrapping paper.  They are so beautiful.  My daughter loves the paper that is second from the bottom.

A couple of days ago, I wanted to try to catch up with the blocks on this sew along but I became mired in entering my new patterns into Pattern File.  I just finished Week Four - Sewing Baskets and I will work on Week Five - Flying Geese, Week Six - Chubby Chevrons and this week's project, Week Seven - Cocoa Cups.

The only difficulty I had with this week's project was matching the bottom of the sewing basket to the top of the basket.  I was not careful pinning them so they were a bit off and did not meet exactly at the point to make them look perfect.  I strive for perfection....hahaha, but that does not happen often.  I usually give up when I am frustrated and it looks okay.  That is what I did last night. 

It isn't too late to join the group to make these fun blocks.  All you have to do is order a copy of the book, Quilty Fun by Lori Holt from Fat Quarter Shop or Amazon.  The picture on the front of the book is the quilt with all of the blocks running the width of the quilt.  Every Monday, the companion sheets are published on Kimberly Jolly's blog, the Jolly Jabber.

These companion sheets give instructions on the number of each fabric that you will need to cut but not the specific dimensions.  You need the book to know exactly how to cut each fabric.  The blog tour allows us to follow each blogger as they make each block.  The sew along allows us to make a few blocks so that we learn a new technique each week.

The quilt to the right is the quilt that we are making on the sew along. It is very pretty.  I am using my stash to make it.  Many of the participants are doing the same.  Lori Holt is a fabric designer for Riley Blake.  Some participants are using her fabrics.  There is a give-away every week when you publish your blocks, on time, on Flickr.  I am obviously very behind so I can not win anything but that's okay.  Kimberly Jolly selects the winners and publishes them on her blog weekly.

Week One were the  Apples, Week Two were the Twinkly Winter Stars and Week Three were the Courthouse Steps.  I have weeks five through seven to finish.

I apologize for this photograph.  All my children are home and I can't turn on a light without them complaining so the picture is not great.


  1. Hi Liz!

    My name is Tina and I am writing about your post a few months back on the Churn Dash blocks you made for the Simple Life quilt. I tried starting the Churn Dash blocks for this quilt as well, and I am pulling my hair out because the measurements given for cutting the Churn Dash blocks don't work and my half-square-triangles were 1/2" larger than the rest of the block so I don't know if the cutting directions for the half-square-triangles were too large or too small. I found a picture of your Churn Dash for this quilt through a google search - I was trying to find if anyone else had problems with the cutting directions and maybe someone had posted pattern corrections? All of that being said, would you mind letting me know the cutting dimensions that you used for each piece of your churn dash block for the Simple Life Quilt??? Thanks for any help you can share - I will check back on your blog and keep my fingers crossed!!!

    1. Hi Tina,

      I write notes if anything is weird with the directions. There were a lot of odd directions with this book. I will have to find my notes and I will get back to you ASAP.


    2. Tina,

      I sent a reply a couple of minutes ago but it did not appear. Did you get it?