Border Quilt QAL – Sawtooth Stars!

This is the third installment of the Border Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen.

I’m a little behind on my star border because last week I was out of town at the American Quilt Study Group Seminar in Bethesda, and the week prior to that we had family in town and my oldest step daughter got married! It was a beautiful wedding. I’m so proud of how she pulled it all together–she even made her own centerpieces! We really love our new son-in-law, and are excited to watch them grow together.

Now for the Border Quilt update!

I have two stars constructed, and all the bits ready to go for the rest of them.

Border Quilt Star Blocks

 

Border Quilt Star Bits

I have a ton of work to do for Quilt Market, on The Liberty Quilt, and on the inscription quilt for the Just Wanna Quilt booth at Quilt Festival, so I may stay behind a little on my Border Quilt. I’ll do what I can to keep up, even if only by a hair. 

Remember to check out the other ladies making The Border Quilt!

Nancy – Masterpiece Quilting
Vicki – My Creative Corner3
Becca – Pretty Piney
Kate – Seams Like A Dream
Terri – Lizard Creek Quilting
Joanne – Quilts By Joanne 
Marija – Mara Quilt Designs
Alison – Little Bunny Quilts
Stephanie – Quilt’n’ Party
Daphne – Daphne Greig

In other news…

  • You can still join the sew along for my for my Churned Up pattern happening over at the Facebook group Quilting on a Budget. Members of that group have access to a 40% off coupon code for the pattern. You’ll find it pinned in the announcements in the group.
  • The American Quilt Study Group Seminar was pivotal for me, and I look forward to writing about it soon!
  • I’ve had to put the pattern for Prescott Road on a back seat for now. I’m looking to potentially release it in December.

Upcoming Events

  • Find me at the Just Wanna Quilt booth (#254 in Hall C) at Quilt Festival Houston on November 8th, 9th, and 10th!
  • I’m speaking at the 7:00 pm Cherokee Rose Quilters Guild meeting at Sutton Hall in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, November 15th. I’d love to see you there! The theme of my trunk show and talk is Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers. Doors open at 6:30.

xoxo,
~ Tara

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Border Quilt QAL – A Checkered Tale (borders 1-4)

Here we are on the second installment of the Border Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen: the checkered borders and first few background borders.

I like to prove you can screw something up and make something beautiful out of it anyway. Let’s be honest: that’s half the battle of winning at life in general.

I made my applique center too large, so my 1st border on my Border Quilt is really a half border (top and bottom only). And I am totally fine with it. In fact, I love it.

Border Quilt - Checkered Borders
Border Quilt – Checkered Borders

I can already tell I’m going to be madly in love with this quilt when it’s finished. I have visions of hand quilting it… making it my slow project for next year while all the rest of the crazy spins around me. Some winter movie watching and a needle. Oh, can I go there now, please?

Be sure to pop over to visit the other bloggers sewing along with us. It’s really fun to see how different this quilt can look!

Becca – Pretty Piney
Joanne – Quilts By Joanne
 Marija – Mara Quilt Designs
Stephanie – Quilt’n’ Party
Daphne – Daphne Greig

In other news…

  • Seth Hackler, fearless leader of the Facebook group Quilting on a Budget has kicked off the sew along for my Churned Up pattern! Members of that group have access to a 40% off coupon code for the pattern. You’ll find it pinned in the announcements in the group.
  • I’ll be in Bethesda, Maryland next week attending my first American Quilt Study Group Seminar. I am BEYOND excited to be in the same rooms with some of our finest quilt scholars and historians. My whole life has led me to this. You know when you find that thing? This is mine.

Upcoming Events

  • I’m speaking at the 7:00 pm Cherokee Rose Quilters Guild meeting at Sutton Hall in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, November 15th. I’d love to see you there! The theme of my trunk show and talk is Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers. Doors open at 6:30.
  • Catch me hanging out in the Just Wanna Quilt booth at Quilt Festival Houston in November! If you’re attending Festival, tap me on the shoulder and say hello!

xoxo,
~ Tara

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Border Quilt QAL – DAY ONE!

Jen of Patterns by Jen is kicking off her Border Quilt Quilt Along today!!

This week is focused on the centerpiece–whether pieced or panel. I’ve gone with an appliqué panel. My pieces are fused down and I’ve decided to do a zig-zag around the raw edges instead of hand embroidery. Come January, I hope to have time to sit and do some handwork over the whole thing. Maybe hand quilt it? We’ll see! Wouldn’t that be a cozy winter project!

In two weeks (on September 26th) we’ll be talking about the first few borders. I have my pieces cut!

Make today wonderful. Even if all you can muster is a smile at a stranger.

“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

xoxo,
Tara

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Confessions of a Quilter – #2

Confession Number Two

I shop the fabric sales. With very few exceptions.

Quilting can be a really expensive endeavor. Gone are the days when buying fabric and making your own thing was cheaper than a ready made something (shirt, blanket, quilt, whatever). In fact, that table has flipped completely.

I shop the sales on clothes, shoes, vacations, and food. I clip grocery coupons. Some of my favorite clothes came from thrift shops. Why should fabric all of a sudden make me act like Mama Moneybags when I’m not?

I believe quilting belongs to everyone, and I don’t like seeing folks practically priced out of the world of quilting because they can’t spend as much on a yard of fabric as they make an hour. And I really don’t like that some folks get all bent about people looking for a bargain. I think that is bullshit, frankly. It automatically cuts some folks out of the picture. I can’t get on board with that. The quilt industry needs different price points to thrive. It needs sales to purge the glut of fabric that comes through the channels every year. There is some beautiful fabric coming out every few months, but I’ll be damned if I’m spending $12 a yard for it. You can carry on and do you however you want. I’ll be over here looking for my price breaks.

Sew Alongs

  • Speaking of budgets…. Seth Hackler, fearless leader of the Facebook group Quilting on a Budget is running a sew along for my Churned Up pattern! He’s officially kicking it off Monday, 9/10. I’m curating a bundle for a giveaway, too! (that’s just fancy talk that means I’m hand picking some fabrics.) Is there a coupon code for the pattern? OF COURSE there is. You’ll find it in the announcements in the group.
  • The Border Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen starts next week on September 12th! Grab your copy of her Border Quilt pattern and join in!

Upcoming Events

  • I’m speaking at the 7:00 pm Cherokee Rose Quilters Guild meeting at Sutton Hall in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, November 15th. I’d love to see you there! The theme of my trunk show and talk is Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers. Doors open at 6:30.
  • Catch me hanging out in the Just Wanna Quilt booth at Quilt Festival Houston in November! If you’re attending Festival, tap me on the shoulder and say hello!

xoxo,
~ Tara

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