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318 Patchwork Quilt Along!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Nov 6, 2014 1:27:00 PM
The very awesome Allegory at A Thousand Needles has been hosting a quilt along for the 318 Patchwork Patterns book! She started in mid October and each week, she'll feature four blocks with a guest quilter and a giveaway. Her inaugural post with all those details can be found here (along with weeks one and two).
Patchwork 318 quilt along with Pink Castle Fabrics!

This week (or rather last week but given our shop move, it's been pretty chaotic around here) the guest on Al's blog is our very own Brenda Ratliff! She owns Pink Castle Fabrics, in case you were not already aware. She rules.

Patchwork 318 quilt along with Pink Castle Fabrics!

Brenda made block #5 from the book, this sweet ice cream cone. I told her she should make all the sweet treat blocks into a pillow set because how cute would that be?! Brenda put the time into nice finishing techniques too like a hidden zipper and contrast binding. You can read more about her experience working from this book and making the pillow over on her blog.

Patchwork 318 quilt along with Pink Castle Fabrics!

There have been a bunch of cute blocks stitched together so far-- mugs, apples, ducks, shooting stars, hearts, and this super cute little tulip!

This tulip, a shooting star, and heart featured in week 1!
A duck (block #95) pieced by Allegory
Patchwork 318 quilt along with Pink Castle Fabrics!
A chicken (block #99) pieced by guest blogger from week 2, Penny from SewTakeAHike

The 318 Patchwork Patterns book uses the freezer paper method of paper piecing which some of you may not be familiar with (I know I'm not). Al was also kind enough to put together a great tutorial on how to do this method of paper piecing!

I was really excited to get this book in the shop as soon as I found out we'd be carrying it and now seeing all these blocks worked up in pretty fabrics is so awesome. They're even cuter than I thought they'd be! If you're interested in seeing more projects made with some of these adorable paper pieced blocks, Zakka Workshop is also organizing a blog hop to show off all the things you can make from the book! Here's the full schedule for that:


Topics: Paper Piecing, Quilt Along, Techniques, Quilting

2014 Quilt Along !

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jan 6, 2014 8:00:00 AM

There are several Quilt-Alongs, or QALs, happening this month.
A quilt-along is a great motivation to work on a pattern that you've always wanted to try!
I'm participating in the Feathers QAL, hosted by Nydia and Karen.

Want to Quilt along!?

This QAL features Alison Glass' Feathers pattern.

Brenda, Katy of I'm a ginger monkey, and <a href="Rita of Red Pepper Quilts are hosting the Economy Block QAL.

Want to Quilt along!?

As you can see from Brenda's blocks, these are great for fussy cut pieces and special scraps. You can find a great variety of fun fabrics for these blocks in the Kawaii Fabrics Club.

Also starting soon, Sukie is hosting a QAL featuring the new Vintage Quilt Revival book, by Katie of Swim Bike Quilt, Faith of Fresh Lemons, and Lee of Freshly Pieced.

Are you joining in on any of these (or other) QALs this spring?

Topics: Quilt Along, Techniques, Quilting

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