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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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Romance Table Runner

I have a finish! I’m really excited to share this with you. I finished the top and quilting ages ago, but only recently found the time to put on the binding.

I made this runner from a charm pack of Tonga Romance. I cut each of the squares diagonally into quarters, and randomly sewed them into quarter square triangles. I kept the pieces by my machine and sewed it as a leader-ender project. I love how leaders and enders make it feel like you’re getting a free quilt without taking any extra time for sewing.

I quilted it with a variegated blue and brown thread. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve used it quilting for customers, but this was the first time it went well on one of my own projects.

The solid backing fabric really shows the quilting. The design is Feather Plumes.

tonga romance scrappy table runner

Now the runner is gracing my table. And my husband even mostly likes it! That’s a big win in my house since our tastes in fabrics and colors are nearly opposite.

Random quarter square triangles is one of my favorite scrappy patterns, and it’s a go-to when I make a runner. What’s your favorite design for a table runner?

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Last Friday, I shared one of the most special quilts I've ever made. Now I'm sharing the bonus quilt. Here's a look at the two of them side by side.

The original quilt was made with stitch and flip squares. By sewing an extra line at each corner, I ended up with a whole pile of bonus units that I used to make a second quilt. I just love the interesting movement that's created by the split pinwheels. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope.

serendipity quilt

There's something really special about getting two quilts in one. It almost feels as though Joy and I each have the same quilt, and any time I use mine, there's a part of her here with me. And even though she's 1500 miles away, she can wrap up in a hug from me anytime with her quilt.

I named the quilt Serendipitous since it came from Missouri Star's Serendipity pattern. The name fits, because the start of our friendship was certainly serendipitous. I used the same binding fabric as Joy's quilt, which just completes the feeling that they're two peas in a pod. Kind of like us.

I used all of the scraps to piece the back of my quilt. Along the bottom are the three blocks that were leftover from Joy's quilt. I think this is my favorite pieced back that I've made so far. I really like the string piecing in a controlled colorway. It gives me ideas for making a whole quilt top that way.

One of the things I love most about quilting is how it brings us all a little closer together. There's just nothing better than sharing a quilt between friends.

I really like that this pattern let me make two different quilts at the same time. Have you ever made a quilt like that? I would love to hear your ideas for more 2-for-1 quilts.

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