Hello quilty folks! Today kicks off the Back to School Blog Hop for 2022, hosted by Bobbie Gentili of Geeky Bobbin. Please bookmark this page to visit each of the 16 daily stops on this year's blog hop. So many great tips and tutorials are coming your way!

Be sure to visit every stop on the hop!

Sept. 15 - Geeky Bobbin - Press for Success! - https://geekybobbin.com

Sept. 16 - Katie Mae Quilts - Storage Solutions From The School Supplies Section - https://katiemaequilts.com/blog

Sept. 17 - Quilting Jetgirl - Make A Design Wall You Can Use Your Hera Marker Against - https://quiltingjetgirl.com/

Sept. 18 - Karen Bolan - How to Get Perfect Tension - https://www.karenbolan.com

Sept. 19 - Devoted Quilter - How To Trim HSTs Without A Specialty Ruler - https://www.devotedquilter.com

Sept. 20 - Sarah Ruiz - Calculating Quilt Backing and Binding Fabric Requirements - https://saroy.net

Sept. 21 - Andy Knowlton - How To Sew Quilt Blocks With Partial Seams - https://www.abrightcorner.com/

Sept. 22 - Lisa Ruble - Curved Piecing Doesn't Have To Be Scary (Or Perfect!) - https://www.quiltyzest.com

Sept. 23 - Sarah Goer Quilts - Tips for Piecing Precise Points - https://www.sarahgoerquilts.com

Sept. 24 - Faith and Fabric - Spinning Intersections On Four Patch Blocks - The Easy Way! - https://faithandfabricdesign.com

Sept. 25 - Judit Hajdu - Draw String Bag - For Lunch Or Gym - https://www.quiltfox-design.com

Sept. 26 - Sugar Sand Quilt Co. - The Care And Feeding Of The Wild Longarm Quilter - https://sugarsandquilts.com/

Sept. 27 - Hilary Jordan - Quick & Easy Pattern Matching Technique for Quilt Backings - https://byhilaryjordan.com/

Sept. 28 - True Blue Quilts - Sketch Then Stitch...Better FMQ Through Doodling - https://truebluequilts.com

Sept. 29 - Sunflower Quilting - A Quilting Tip - https://sunflowerstitcheries.com

Sept. 30 - Slightly Biased Quilts - Perfect Hand Binding Tips - www.slightlybiasedquilts.com


I’m a big fan of Sam Hunter (website -- IG) so when she put the call out for a community stitching project I opted in. I don’t generally do hand work, but the initial details assured us that it would be minimal and easy to complete.

The prompt arrived and I took a very literal, mathematical approach to it. In the moment, I wasn’t overthinking it at all. I was simply following the instructions.

I mailed my block from San Jose, California 🇺🇸 to Sam and waited for reveal day. Today is the day and I’m already blown away with the Myriad Interpretations of Language.

After cutting a piece of solid-colored cotton fabric to 6'' x 6'', marking off a half-inch border all around to leave a 5'' x 5'' window in the middle, and marking our name along the bottom of the fabric, we were to stitch:

-Don't consult with anyone about it!
-Choose a thread that contrasts with your fabric.
-Using the thread, stitch a line on the fabric.
-Choose another color of thread.
-Stitch a second line that crosses the first.

🟣 I chose dark purple for my fabric. I stitched with Aurifloss, starting with Bright Turquoise (#5005) and then Light Lemon (#2110). My name is stitched in White (#2021).

A peek at the back. :-)

Take a look at all the colors of fabric the 220(!) participants chose.
See them all at: #MyriadInterpretationsOfLanguage

In June, Chris asked us to make improv blocks using her chosen palette of colors in five color families: purplish, red-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, and green. I started by pulling solids that were a direct match for the Kona colors she listed for us, then filled in a little with colors that were close. She asked for our signature style improv piecing. I'd love to hear what you think of as my signature style of improv. Since I had just taught Improv Log Cabins I was inspired to make one of my blocks a log cabin.

There are a few things I enjoy including in an improv log cabin, the skinny strip (1/8" finished width), pieced logs, and wonky cutting. And my center "square" was pieced because the scrap of red I had wasn't a rectangle, so I just sewed some blue on to get started. In an effort to create a pieced log I created a strip that I didn't end up liking for my log cabin, so it was the "sourdough starter" for my second block...

I'm not entirely sure why I didn't love the blue and yellow strip for my log cabin, but the curve of it didn't help. In this block I embraced the curve to create smooth improv curved piecing.

I think these both feel like "me", but what are you missing that is part of my signature style? I'd love to hear in the comments.