Monday, April 18, 2016

2nd Colorway for the Block Party

As you saw in my post yesterday, I have decided to join Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Block Party and am doing it in two color ways.  I only had one of the blocks finished yesterday and here is the 2nd one. I think this is going to be my favorite!  I didn't really explain what the block party was about.   Each month we receiving instructions for piecing a new block and also instructions on how to quilt it.  I joined the party about 4 months late so I'm a few blocks behind.  I'm going to get all 8 blocks (because I'm doing two different colors) all sewn and then I'll work on the quilting.  Can't wait!

I just found out about something called a Blogger Blog Hop for newbie bloggers like me so I have signed up!  I have no idea what it's all about, but if it means learning how to be a better blogger, I'm in.  I'm still tinkering around with what I can do with the blog tools and haven't figured it all out yet.

The colorful background you see on my page is a picture of some fabric that I bought years ago and it is a perfect representation of my favorite color.  ALL OF THEM!!  :)  
I have never been able to bring myself to cut it up so I have three yards of this gorgeous fabric that has been sitting around waiting for me to figure out what I'm going to do with it. (since this post was written I changed the background to white and just used the fabric for the lettering so it wasn't quite so distracting)

I am working on another quilt project (baby quilt) for my niece Katie, but since I don't know whether or not she will be reading this, I can't show you that until after the baby shower.  I hope she loves it!   I can show you the quilt that inspired it.  It is one I found in the 2013 May/June issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.  I can show you my inspiration without giving away what it is.  So that finish will be for a future post.

Speaking of baby blankets, take a look at this . . .
 What you are seeing is a new project in the making.  The pink blanket is fuzzy and soft and perfect for a baby blanket except for that pink ribbon on the corner.  I want to applique a monogrammed initial over it.  Anybody got any good ideas on how to do this and make both sides look good?   I want to use the letter "m".  I'm picturing either a pink gingham or some kind of floral with lots of pink flowers.  I'm really liking this idea because it will be a pretty swift finish.  Love that instant gratification!  I am not just asking to fill space, I would be delighted to hear from anyone with some ideas on this.

I've got so many other ideas I want to share so I have to be careful and not write about too much in each post!  

Keep creating!  

Janice Holton


  1. Maybe two pink gingham hearts with an M monogrammed on one side and plain on the other? Or a corner covered in gingham with a rickrack trim?

  2. I'm liking those ideas! I'll have to get with you and get more details about the "how to". :)

  3. I agree with Robinznest, I would appliqué on to your choice of fabric using whatever shape, then maybe put a second fabric on the back, machine quilt around with a zigzag, then cut the excess close to the stitches.
    BTW I forgot to say, I already signed up for the new quilters blog hop, I hear great reports so, should be fun.

  4. How about two layers of polar fleece sandwiched and bound together? That way you could hide the messy back of any decorative stitching between the layers. A few decorate ties would hold the layers together.
    Alternatively, hand applique in embroidery thread and make sure you are really neat so it looks ok from the back. The outline will also be readable from the back. Thankfully, Ms work in both directions.


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