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Turnabout Patchwork - Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork blog hop! I’m excited to share this book with you. If you like what you see, be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Turnabout Patchwork is a new book by Teresa Mairal Barreu of Sewn Up. The whole book is based around “disappearing” blocks (like a disappearing nine patch). You sew a block, cut it up, and spin the parts to create something new. The result is a stunning quilt that’s much easier than it looks.

I was absolutely thrilled when Teresa allowed me the opportunity to participate in her blog hop. Upon receiving a digital copy of the book, I quickly decided I would make the Stepping Stones quilt.

Like all of the quilts in Turnabout Patchwork, Stepping Stones is based on sewing, slicing, and rearranging a quilt block. It’s such a clever way to quickly achieve intricate results.

For my quilt, I started with just four charm packs. The foreground is Soul Song by Island Batik, and the background is Cashmere by Timeless Treasures.

My first task was to sew the charm squares into a slew of nine-patches.

Once my nine-patches were finished, I was ready to slice them up. This is when the process starts to feel a little bit like magic.

Since my quilt is pretty scrappy, I matched all of my blocks before I started sewing. That way I could make sure I didn’t end up stuck with the same fabrics right next to each other.

Once they were matched, the blocks were ready to transport to the sewing machine on my handy dandy baking sheet. A baking sheet is such a great way to keep pieces organized as you move about your sewing space. They stack well, too!

My quilt top went together so quickly! Once it was finished, I took it to the longarm to quilt. I decided to quilt it with Feather Vines. I used a lovely light blue and green variegated thread (OMNI-V 9061 Skyscraper).

I found the perfect batik in my stash for the binding. I sewed both sides by machine for a quick finish (and because I backed it with minky, and I really don’t like hand stitching with minky).

For the backing, I used lilac minky. I always label my quilts, and this one is no exception. The label is in place, so it’s just waiting for me to write on it. Since this quilt is intended for a baby that hasn’t arrived yet, I’ll wait to write the label. I like to include the child’s name, and that has a way of changing up until the time they’re born.

I really had so much fun with this project, and I couldn’t be any happier with how it turned out. It’s just perfect for a little girl.

It’s always amazing to me how much changing the fabrics can change the look of the quilt. Teresa’s version uses just four fabrics in a planned arrangement. It looks quite different from my quilt with its many fabrics and random color placement. Both quilts are lovely in their own ways.

Now I just need to wait for my friend to have her little girl so I can give her the quilt. It feels pretty amazing to have a quilt finished before the baby arrives instead of after. I do hope she likes it.

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The Blog Hop

I’m really excited about this hop, because all of the participants made a project from the book. Check out their posts to see their individual approaches to the patterns.

Wednesday, January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball

Arrowhead - Patterns by Jen and Laurel, Poppy and Pine

Sweet Bows - Seams Like a Dream and Sandra Healy Designs

Tutti-Frutti - Quilt Design Duo and Puppy Girl Designs

Sun Dunes - Sarah Goer Quilts and Tamarinis

Friday, February 1 - Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows - Snug Harbor Quilts

Flying Butterflies - Samelia's Mum and Stitching Farmgirl

Flying Flags - Tamarinis and Pretty Piney

Flying Confetti - Saroy and Slice of Pi Quits

Saturday, February 2 - Half Square Triangles and Squares

Rose Garden Star - Said with Love

Swirl - Quilts by Joanne and The Quilted Diary

Houndstooth - Pretty Piney

Diamond Star - Sew Joy Creations and Piccolo Studio

Monday, February 4 - Striped Fabric Block

Shells - Quilting Gail and Running Stitch Quilts

Xs and Os - The Quilting Biker and Piccolo Studio

Jaws - QuilterChic

Arrowhead - Steph Jacobson Design

Wednesday, February 6 - Coordinated Strips

Peaks - Quilting Mod

Diamond and Crosses - The Quilting Biker and Pampered Pettit

Knots and Crosses - Devoted Quilter and A Bright Corner

Friday, February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis - Powered by Quilting

Stepping Stones - Snowy Days Quilting (That’s me!) and Anja Quilts

Two for One - Mania for Quilts

Cross - Textile Time Travels and Anjeanette Klinder


EDIT - Giveaway is now closed.

Would you like to win your very own copy of Turnabout Patchwork? You’re in luck! Martingale is giving away a digital copy to one lucky reader. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling me whether you’re more drawn to scrappy quilts or controlled quilts.

I really like scrappy quilts with a controlled colorway. I love the variety of fabrics (the more the better!), but I really like to stick to a specific color pallet for a given quilt.

Make sure you enter your email address in the comment form so I can contact you if you win. The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Eastern on February 15, 2019.

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Learn How to English Paper Piece - Book Tour

I’m excited to share a new book with you - Learn How to English Paper Piece by Carolina Moore. It’s available exclusively through Nancy’s Notions, and they kindly provided me with a copy to review. Whether you are brand new to paper piecing, or an old hand, this book has something for everyone.

I’ve enjoyed paper piecing for a long time, but this book is really something special. Carolina walks you through the process step-by-step and shares some excellent tips along the way. I certainly learned some new things!

While I love the slow stitching of EPP (English Paper Piecing), sometimes it’s just that: S-L-O-W. I’ve been plodding along with my latest hexie project for a couple of years, and I’m still nowhere near a finish. But Carolina’s book has 10 projects that can each be completed in a day or two! I’ve already finished one, and I’m excited to start another (more on that in a bit).

The 10 projects are:

  • Hexie Pillow

  • Zippered Pouch

  • Mason Jar Drawstring Pouch

  • Pillowcase Dress

  • Hexie Placemats

  • Grandmother’s Flower Patch Quilt

  • Handmade Hexagon Tech Pouch

  • Diamond Tote

  • Fussy-Cut Coasters

  • Dream Catchers

My Diamond Coaster

I’ve done a fair amount of EPP in the past, but only with hexies. When I received Carolina’s book, I decided this was the perfect time to try my hand at diamonds. I went for the adorable little diamond coaster. The tips in the book made it go together like a dream.

I tried out a few new tools this time, in addition to using my old standbys. The diamond templates came from Paper Pieces. I was thrilled with their service and the exceptional variety of papers they have available.

It was also my first time using the Sewline fabric glue pen. It was amazing! It’s filled with a long tube of washable glue. The small tip made it exceptionally easy to use on these tiny pieces. It even came with a refill, though I didn’t go through much glue at all on this project.

My old standbys include Thread Magic. You run your thread through it, and it keeps it from getting tangled and knotted as you sew. My favorite hand-stitching thread is 50wt Aurifil. I used the green 2890 to sew the pieces together, and the grey 5004 to attach the star to the felt. Not pictured are my favorite needles for hand sewing - number 9 sharps.

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I love that this acrylic template includes a line for the seam allowance, so you could easily use it to line up fussy cut pieces. Since I chose not to fussy cut my fabric, I simply cut a 1 3/8” strip, and used the template to cut it into perfectly sized diamonds.

I had never tried glue basting before, but it didn’t take long to get into the swing of things. I think I might actually like it better than thread basting. The fine tip on the Sewline Fabric Glue Pen kept it from becoming a sticky mess, and the cap fit right on the end to keep it from rolling away.

Here’s a look at the back of my star with all of the papers still in place. Carolina’s book made sure I knew how to get all those seams in the middle to spin just right. There’s no bulk at all where the center comes together.

And the glue didn’t make the papers too hard to remove! I did press my block first, which I think made it harder, but I’m glad I did. Pressing made the block more willing to resume the appropriate shape after tugging to get the papers out. Next time I would remove all the inside papers first, press, then remove the outside papers. I think that would be the best of both worlds.

Here’s the front of my star! I’m really happy with how the center came together.

Once the star was sewn and the papers removed, I just had to attach it to the felt. It took no time at all to zip it on by machine, and now I have an adorable little coaster. It’s particularly satisfying to finish a hand-pieced project so quickly.

Inspiration Strikes

I had so much fun making my coaster, that I started flipping through the book looking for what I could do next. There are two projects in particular that I really love.

First, these hexie place mats. I don’t really want any place mats for my table, but I just love the stripe of hexies on one side.

Second was this little pouch. I’ve wanted to try my hand at zippers for a while, and the instructions for this pouch are fabulous. I think I’m going to combine the ideas to make a pouch just this size with a stripe of hexies down one side like the place mats. I already bought a zipper, so I’m committed now!

The Complete Blog Hop

Carolina has lined up a full two weeks of fabulous bloggers that are sharing about her book. Some are just talking about their inspiration and favorite projects, while others are diving in and trying the projects. Here’s the full line-up:

Friday, January 25th: Carolina from Always Expect Moore

Saturday, January 26th: Linda from Linda B Creative and Havalah from Sisters, What

Sunday, January 27th: Teresa from Sewn Up, Teresa Down Under and Stephanie from Modern Sewciety

Monday, January 28th: Jen from Faith and Fabric and Alicia from Sew What Alicia

Tuesday, January 29th: Sherry from Powered by Quilting and Marie from Underground Crafter

Wednesday, January 30th: Brooke from Brooklyn Berry Designs and Melody from Two Maker Chicks

Thursday, January 31st: Ali from Home Crafts by Ali and Sarah from Quilted Diary

Friday, February 1st: Bobbie from the Geeky Bobbin and Gemia from Phat Quarters

Saturday, February 2nd: Beth from Garland Girl Quilts and Bobbi from Snowy Days Quilting <— That’s me!

Sunday, February 3rd: Kirsty from Bonjour Quilts and Simone from Charmed Life Quilting

Monday, February 4th: Aimee from Things Small and Simple and Mathew from Mister Domestic

Tuesday, February 5th: Kathy from Kathy’s kwilts and more and Kim from Stitched in Purple

Wednesday, February 6th: Audrey from the Cloth Parcel and Anorina from Samelia’s Mum

Thursday, February 7th: Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts and Lauren from Molly and Mama

Friday, February 8th: Sarah from Saroy and Stephanie from Swoodson Says


If you haven’t heard, there’s a giveaway happening on Instagram! Nancy’s Notions is giving away their complete EPP starter set, complete with everything you see below. For details on how to enter, check out my Instagram post. The giveaway will be open through Friday, February 8, 2019.

What About You?

What do you think of English paper piecing? Is it something you’re curious about, something you love, or not your favorite? Do you have any favorite EPP projects? There are so many amazing designs available now! ! I would love to hear your experiences.

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Posted on February 1, 2019 and filed under Blog Hops.

New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Welcome to Snowy Days Quilting! I am so excited to be participating in week one of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. My name is Bobbi Bridgeman, and I have been quilting for about five years. I started blogging here two years ago when I decided to make a business longarm quilting.

Why Snowy Days Quilting?  For one, I'm kind of enamored with snow.  I love everything about it, from sitting by the fire with a book while it falls, to cruising through the forest on cross country skis.  Nothing beats seeing the mountains freshly capped with a layer of white.  And I am fascinated by the uniqueness of the individual snowflakes - each one so beautiful, and so different from the thousands of others surrounding it - just like quilters and their wonderful, one-of-a-kind quilts.

Snowy Days Quilting is also fitting since I live in Montana, where we have more days with snow than without.  Summers are short here, so we make the most of them.  Sewing machines sit idle while quilters garden, hike, camp, and fish.  When winter returns, we make up for lost time, sewing like mad while the snow drifts outside.

I have wanted to quilt ever since I was a little girl. Once I finally tried my hand at it, I quickly fell in love. Now I just can't get enough! I would like to share a bit of my journey with you by showing my favorite quilts from each of the last few years.

One of my earlier quilts that is still one of my favorites is Diamond Sky. I designed it myself and gave it to my sister for Christmas of 2014. I love the bold colors and off-center design. One of my goals for this year is to write a pattern for this quilt.

My 2015 favorite is my Gemstones baby quilt. I designed this for a wonderful lady who has been my friend since we were 13 years old. I had a lot of fun with this one because her favorite colors are also my favorite colors. I still haven't gotten to meet her baby girl, but it makes me happy to know she is wrapped in the love of a quilt.

This next quilt was a little out of the box for me. I love modern quilts, but I don't often find myself making anything quite as modern as this. It was a uniquely challenging experience, and I love the result. I had some scraps that I pieced improvisationally, then I figured out how to put the blocks together. The final design is completely worth the number of Y-seams I had to sew to pull it off. I finished this one last summer.

Quilting Tip

My favorite tip for quilting is to spin your seams. I personally spin my seams whenever possible. It allows pieces and blocks to nest nicely together, and it keeps the top flat.

Here is an example of one of my current projects. Where the hourglasses meet, 8 different fabrics come to a point. Since I spun the seams, there isn't any bulk at those points. They won't cause me any trouble when I quilt them, and the finished piece will lay nice and flat.

What is your favorite quilting tip? I always love to learn new things.

The Blog Hop

This wouldn't be a blog hop without other blogs to visit. My hive for the hop is Blooming Quilters. I encourage you to check out the other ladies in my hive that are posting today:

Of course, we can't forget our fearless hive leader, Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl. You'll want to check out her post to see all of the great giveaways going on this week.

I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of my quilting. I have lots more planned for this week. I will be taking a look at some quilts that I enjoyed custom quilting, edge to edge designs that I love, a recent finish, and one of my favorite easy slow cooker recipes. I would be thrilled if you stuck around for the fun.

Did you share your favorite quilting tip in the comments? I would love to hear what it is! If you leave your email address when you comment, I will be sure to send you a note to thank you personally.

Posted on April 9, 2017 and filed under Quilting, Blog Hops.