Yearly Archives: 2020

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In March, makers filled my screen with 31 Rainbow projects for Show Me Something Rainbow... what a happy pile of projects to enjoy during such a stressful time. A giant thank you to everyone who linked up! Here are a few that caught my eye. :-)

Sarah of Saroy shared her Geometry of Circles quilt which I love seeing again. It features my two favorite parts of quilting, bold, saturated color and geometric design. (Plus Alison Glass fabric.) Her blog post shows great detail of the process she used to make it!

 

My rainbow heart was so happy when I saw the Skylark feather quilt by Nancy of Grace and Peace Quilting. I love the colors, the scrappy binding, and the beautiful texture of her quilting.

 

Karin of BluePip Designs shared her Trinket quilt which makes me really want to get back to finishing mine! I love the detail of her (mostly) monochromatic blocks as well as the rainbow placement of her blocks. This would be such a happy quilt to curl up with.

 

Thank you to everyone who linked up last month! Be sure to hop back over to the Show Me Something Rainbow linkup to check out everything that was shared. (The belated Show Me Something with Triangles wrap-up is coming later this month.)

And this month I'm asking you to Show Me Something Improv! If you haven't had a chance to share a project yet, you have until the end of the month. Happy sewing!

 

 

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Season 11 of Project QUILTING ended two weeks ago and Kim decided to keep challenges rolling while much of the country (and the world) is sheltering in place during COVID-19. So PQQ 2020 (Project QUILTING: Quarantine 2020 edition) began last weekend with PQ Q.1: Big. Quite frankly everything seems big right now.

I have been sewing while I can, in the minutes I can steal between monitoring two elementary-aged children doing school at home, preparing too many meals per day, and all the other normal household tasks. I'm getting out nearly daily for short neighborhood walks alone. And we're trying to have quality family time among all the chaos. Since I have been sewing, I've been creating schnibbles (all those little bits of unusable fabric and batting). I save most scraps down to about an inch wide, so most of my schnibbles are the truly little bits. I keep them in a little trash bin from IKEA. Well, my pile of schnibbles had gotten quilt big and was threatening to overflow the trash bin. So it was time to do something about it.

I pulled out my fleece cat bed kit from Bay Area Modern Quilting and sewed it up so I could stuff it with all the little bits. It's hard to tell the scale, but the dimensions are approximately 16" x 20" on top and 5-6" tall. The top and bottom ovals are identical, with a double pass of stitching on each seam to attach the strip used for the sides.

I've developed the habit over time that when I have scraps I cross-cut them so the pieces are small. This goes for fabric, batting, and practice quilt sandwiches. All are cut up before going into the bin, so they are ready to go when I stuff a cat bed, or when I bag up my scraps to pass on to another guild member to fill cat beds.

This was a pretty quick project and it turned my big pile of schnibbles into a medium-size pile:

A big thanks to Kim for hosting additional quilt challenges during this weird time.

I hope you and you are healthy and safe. Thanks for visiting. Make sure to pop over to see what others have created for the Big challenge.

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Well, hello April! Was March just a complete blur in your life? I hope you and yours are happy and healthy. We're doing okay at my house. Maybe okay enough that I can get to the backlog of blog comments, blog writing, and other work that went by the wayside in March.

Alas, the fun stuff. This month's Show Me Something theme is Improv! Choose something you've already finished or use Show Me Something as a one-month quilt challenge to finish something new. Just make sure to linkup by April 30. See all the details below.

Now, I suspect you're either an improv quilter or you aren't. If it's something you've done, that's grand! If not, I sure hope you'll try something new this month. Here's an Improv Triangles on the Corners Tutorial from my blog. (Double Triangles shown below.) Or your improv could be precise piecing turned improv in the layout and design step, like my Playful Pillow. The possibilities are endless! (Just check out the #improvquilt hashtag on Instagram.)

Maybe you own one of these books that could be an inspiration to you this month. (affiliate links)

Here are the linkup details:

  • The monthly Show Me Something linkup will start on the first of the month and continue until midnight (PST) on the last day of the month.
  • You may linkup a maximum of 3 new or old finished projects that fit the theme.
  • You may linkup a blog post or Instagram post.
  • If you linkup from a blog post, please link back to this post in your post. If you post from Instagram, you can tag me @sarahgoerquilts.
  • Visit others in the community who share their projects... and leave comments. :-)

 

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