Can you believe it? It’s week 3 already! In just a few more weeks we will all have finished quilts.
Who are you making yours for? Will it be a gift for someone special this holiday season?
My 5-year-old has spotted me making my version of the Wallflowers quilt and keeps asking me who I’m making it for. She’s informed me on more than one occasion that she loves the colors I’m using. (Truth is: I know that pink, red, and purple are definitely more her style than the aqua, green, yellow, and orange I’m using in this quilt.)
Do you think she’s trying to leave not-so-subtle hints that she’s hoping this quilt will find its way to her bedroom? Hmmm…
I digress… back to the quilt!
There are 2 things we’ll focus on this week: layout and piecing. For layout, you’ll want to play around with your fabrics and determine which prints you’ll be pairing together in each wallflower. I usually spend a few days on this part. In a quilt like this, I’m aiming for balance; I don’t want any section (left, middle, right, top, center) to feel heavier than the others. I want my eye to move all around the quilt and not feel pulled toward only one particular spot. So play around, and once you get it the way you want, move on to piecing!
Speaking of piecing, I love Allison’s tape trick. I’m always looking for ways to work smarter and not harder! Another tip: chain piecing. Instead of clipping those threads after each and every block, I like lining my blocks up, one right after the other, and chain piecing. Saves a little thread, but it also keeps the piecing process flowing smoothly. And once you’re done, pull out your seam ripper and snip the threads connecting each block. (See images above.)
It’s just about the only satisfying time I get to spend with my seam ripper… You know what I’m talking about…
I’ve been following everyone along on Instagram using #wallflowersqal. It’s so much fun connecting with y’all over there and seeing your progress and being able to share my own.
Just a reminder that we do have 3 lovely prizes for those who are participating in this quilt-along. Here they are:
- $125 gift certificate to Bloomerie Fabrics
- assortment of Cluck Cluck Sew patterns, generously gifted from Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew
- assortment of Cluck Cluck Sew patterns, gifted from us at Bloomerie Fabrics
And if you’re wondering how to enter to win 1 of these 3 prizes, here’s the skinny:
- You’ll receive 1 entry for each photo you upload to Instagram using #wallflowersqal (So simple!!! An entry for each time you share your progress.)
- If you’re blogging about your progress on your own blog, leave a comment on each week’s blog post at bloomerie.com with a link to your blog post for 1 more entry. (Two birds, 1 stone. Blog on your blog about the quilt-along, share a link on each week’s quilt-along blog post here so we can click on over and check you out!)