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

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

The Border Quilt with the Notorious PBJ

Ok, that’s not really what anyone calls her. Except me. I’m not even sure she’ll like that. You might know her as Jen of Patterns By Jen.

She’s running a quilt along for her Border Quilt pattern starting in a couple of weeks, and she’s posting interviews with some of the bloggers joining in (she asked some fun questions!). Check out the details on her website and come join us!

I mostly make my own patterns, so I’m going to enjoy letting her do the math for me on this one! She’s done such a wonderful job writing this up that I feel a little like I’m on a vacation with it. I can just sit back and enjoy it in between all the hectic-ness that is going on behind the scenes at The District right now.

I’ve chosen to make an applique and embroidery panel for the center of mine. You can piece yours like the pattern calls for, or you could use some fabulous large print for the center!

Getting started on The Border Quilt

Here’s the rest of my pull. Ohhhhh, yuummmy! (Of course, I also just pulled out a polka dot to go in here because I can’t leave well enough alone.)

My pull for The Border Quilt

 

Hope you’ll join in the fun!

xoxo,
~Tara

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

If you already follow me here on the blog, you’re probably thinking I fell asleep while binding and was smothered by a quilt. I mean, it has been over a month since I’ve posted. And we know how dangerous quilting can be. Gangsta dangerous.

Most of what I post is still over on Instagram, but here I am this week with a virtual army of quilt bloggers for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by Jen @ Dizzy Quilter, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @ mmm!quilts, and Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland.

These organized blog wonder women sorted us blog newbies into hives, and (don’t be jealous, y’all) the one I’m in (led by Jen) has the coolest name: Quilt, Blog, Repeat. Nailed it. Our own lovely Becca @ Pretty Piney made our killer graphic.

The Quilt, Blog, Repeat Weeks 1 and 2 were a big hit with Jan @ Cocoa Quilts, Michelle @ Creative Blonde, Nicole @ Handwrought Quilts, and Becca @ Pretty Piney

Roseanne @ Home Sewn by Us and I are heading up Week 3 for this hive, but you’ll also want to check out the other hives in the lineup (and next week, be sure to visit Karen @ The Quilt Rambler and Sarah @ 9658 Textiles). There is a TON of quiltiness happenin’ on this hop! Don’t forget to enter the star-studded giveaway on the hosts’ blogs!! Woot! Free swag!

A bit about Tara at The Quilt District…

I learned how to quilt in early 2014 on YouTube. My husband and I began to call it my Quilt Porn. I watched everything I could get my hands on. I’d watch even the clips or full shows that I thought, on first glance, I might not like or need—maybe I’d already seen a pineapple block made or this clip was from the 80s and it might be tired. I still watched. Thank God I did! I learned something each time that made me a better quilter. Every. Single. Time.

You can see a few examples of my work here on my Gallery page.

Fast forward 4 years and I’m designing quilt patterns and diving deep into the history of quilts. I still have my day job, but someday… someday I’ll be full time at this quilty thing. I promise. Until that day, I’ll just be hella tired.

You can find the link to my first pattern, Churned Up, over on my Patterns tab. My next pattern, Prescott Road, is in the works with a release targeted for this summer. Snippets of Prescott Road are on my Instagram feed. Two other patterns are brewing for release soon after that. If you’d like to stay plugged into what’s happening at The Quilt District, pop to the right-side of this page and enter your email address. I’ll never spam you; you’ll just get notified when I post.

I hope I’ll see you around here (or on Instagram) sometimes. In the meantime… I have a question for you. Would you answer it in the comments below before popping out to visit the other bloggers and enter the giveaway?

How did YOU start on your quilting journey?

All My Quilty Love,
~ Tara