Wallflowers Quilt-Along Finale

It’s official: the Wallflowers quilt-along is now complete! How many of you have a finished quilt ready for sharing?

I do…and I hoping y’all do, too! Shall I share mine first?

Finished Wallflowers Quilt (pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew, available at Bloomerie Fabrics)

That’s my fancy posed picture. {Wink, wink. Why is photographing quilts so hard?}

Wallflower quilt top

And that there is my ‘I’m not so fancy and I should have better lighting’ picture.

Sorry for that.

Wallflowers quilt back

Here’s a little peek at my quilt back. I used the leftover triangle scraps from the quilt blocks and made these miniature half-square triangle (HST) blocks, which were then paired up with another HST block and pieced together. Looks like flying geese, right? I did an entire row of them and ran it completely across the quilt back. Looks pretty neat.

So how about you? Is your quilt done and ready for show-and-tell?

Oh please don’t be shy about sharing… We’ve got 3 lovely prizes for 3 of our quilt-along participants, so this is me dangling a carrot (or 3) in front of you, prodding you to finish and share. :-)

So, here is everyone’s last chance to earn your entry for prizes. There are 3 ways to enter:

  1. Share your picture(s) on Instagram, making sure you add #wallflowersqal in the caption.
  2. Leave a link to your blog post in the comments of this post if you’ve blogged about the quilt-along on your own site.
  3. If you don’t blog or aren’t on Instagram, please email a picture of your finished quilt top and back to made {at} bloomeriefabrics.com. You could also share it with us on our Facebook page.

If you’ve been sharing on Instagram these past 6 weeks, each of your tagged pictures also count. And for those who have shared links to blog posts in the comments section, those also count as entries. So get sharing if you haven’t already done so!

You have until Sunday, November 30, 2014, to get your entries in. After that, we’ll randomly select 3 winners and announce them here on the blog.

Do you remember our prizes? (Look below…)

$125 Bloomerie Fabrics GC

Cluck Cluck Sew patterns

One person will win a $125 gift certificate to Bloomerie Fabrics and 2 people will win their own assortment of Cluck Cluck Sew quilt patterns.  So let’s get sharing! Can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 6: Binding & Sharing

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 6

It’s the final week of our Wallflowers quilt-along, and as promised at the beginning, if you’ve followed along from week to week, you’ll have a finished Wallflowers quilt any day now! :-)

This week, we’ll put the final touches on our quilts by attaching the binding. And if you’re like me and love the crinkly look of a first-washed quilt, you’ll also be quick to {lovingly} toss your freshly bound quilt in the washing machine (gentle cycle) with a color catcher.

As linked to in a previous post here, if you need help figuring out how to bind your quilt, check out Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s guide here (available on her website). Alternatively, you can review my post on binding (used in a previous quilt tutorial) here. Below, I’m sharing pictures of the steps I take for how to join those loose binding tails so they blend in with the other bias seams in your binding.

How to bind a quilt

binding

Machine stitch along the drawn grey line.

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Fold the binding back over, align the joined strip along the quilt’s edge, and finish stitching the binding to the quilt top. Now you can begin attaching the binding to the back of the quilt.


 

Check back in next week, when I’ll reveal pics of my finished quilt! Don’t forget: if you’ve been blogging about your Wallflowers quilt, be sure to share a link to your post by leaving a comment with your link. And if you’re on Instagram, keep on using #wallflowersqal to tag each of your pictures. Each picture along with each of your blog posts that share your progress with the Wallflowers quilt-along count as entries to win 1 of our 3 prizes! The more entries you have, the better your chances!

 

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 5: Quilting

Week 1: Supplies   |   Week 2: Cutting   |   Week 3: Layout & Piecing   |   Week 4: Piecing & Quilt Sandwich   |   Week 5: Quilting   |   Week 6: Binding & Sharing

Wallflowers Quilt-Along with Bloomerie Fabrics - Week 5: Quilting

Time is just flying by on our Wallflowers quilt-along, isn’t it? Can you believe that in just 2 more weeks, we’ll have finished quilts?! Most of my quilts usually take me months and months to make, with all the starts and stops — and of course, no accountability! It’s been an incredible experience for me to be able to share the process with others working on the same quilt as me. We’ve formed a little group over on Instagram and it’s so much fun to check in daily and see what every one else is working on and all the great fabrics we’ve all chosen to work with. I should do all my quilts like this from now on! You guys have helped me stay motivated — and that really is more than half the battle sometimes! (Anyone else have quilting ADD?)

This week, we’ll start (and hopefully finish) quilting. This can be a daunting task for many, but I think I’ve got a couple tips for those who are a little fearful of this step.

quilting

First off, I think it’s normal to be a little nervous about quilting. (Right? Or is it just me? Please tell me it’s not just me.) But all those nerves do me no good! Let me tell you what does me some good though: a little practice or warm-up lap before the big game. Find 2 decent-sized pieces of scrap fabric (something around 8″ x 8″ or more is fine — and don’t use any of your favorite fabrics) and a piece of leftover quilt batting. From this, we’ll make a mini quilt sandwich, and we’ll use the mini quilt sandwich to practice our quilting on. Just like I did in the image above (above right).

I do this practice lap any time I’m going to be free motion quilting. It helps me get the nerves out, steady my hand, and find my quilting groove. With free motion quilting, so much of it is muscle memory. This practice helps your hand identify the pattern and the movement. And since it’s just scrap fabric and batting, I’m not worried about making a wrong turn or having to rip out any stitches.

My second tip is to put in a fresh needle. Really. It’s so simple, but a fresh needle can make all the difference in the world.

What about you? Have any tips?


 

Don’t forget to share your progress pics from the quilt-along with us! Link to your blog or use #wallflowersqal on Instagram. If you don’t blog and you’re not on Instagram, you can always send us an email with your pictures! Really… we want to see what everyone is up to!

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 4: Piecing and Quilt Sandwich

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 4 - Piecing and Quilt Sandwich

This week, we’ll continue piecing our quilt top and move on to the quilt sandwich. Between the piecing and pressing, this stage can take a bit of time. (Let’s not forget seam ripping, too. Ooops!) There’s no rush, though, since we’ve got another week to work on it! (Did I hear a collective sigh of relief?)

Just one quick tip for you this week… Make sure you’re following the pressing directions in the pattern. It’s not just extra fiddly work — it’s actually helping you create nested seams. And those nested seams will aid you in getting all your points to match up.

Wallflowers quilt blocks

I’ve got all my flower blocks pieced and have started adding the sashing strips in between each row. Those above are just 2 of my blocks. I think when you’ve got all your blocks done, it’s a good time to ooh and aah over them — and then pick which one is your favorite! I’m still trying to decide… :-)

Once your blocks are done and sashed, do a little happy dance and make yourself a sandwich.

A quilt sandwich, that is. Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew has put together a handy little guide for finishing quilts, which includes making your quilt sandwich. Click here to download her guide from her website. You can also check out my guide to making quilt sandwiches here. Just scroll down to the bottom of that blog post to see how I do it.

Or you may just happen to have your very own way! There’s really so much variation in this particular step (baste vs. pin vs. spray), so do what works best for you.

Until next time, fellow quilt-alongers! Don’t forget to share your progress with us on Instagram or on your own blog. Send us links or leave a comment. If you don’t Instagram or blog, you can also email us your pictures to made{at}bloomeriefabrics.com! We’d love to see them!

Also, feel free to ask questions in the comments. We’re here to share and be your personal cheerleaders.

 

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 3: Piecing

Week 1: Supplies   |   Week 2: Cutting   |   Week 3: Layout & Piecing   |   Week 4: Piecing & Quilt Sandwich   |   Week 5: Quilting   |   Week 6: Binding & Sharing

Wallflowers Quilt-Along with Bloomerie Fabrics, week 3 = Piecing

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!

Chain Piecing, Wallflowers quilt-along hosted by Bloomerie Fabrics

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:

  1. $125 gift certificate to Bloomerie Fabrics
  2. assortment of Cluck Cluck Sew patterns, generously gifted from Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew
  3. 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:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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!)