Temecula Quilt Co. Summer Sew-A-Long

August 30, 2013

Summer is coming to a wrap.  It sure did go by fast!  Fall seems to be in the air.  I think I am ready for the change.  Fall decorating, sweater, boots and college football...not to mention quilting.  BUT quilting is always in season here.  :-)

I still have several flannel quilts to share, but I thought I would sprinkle in some of my own projects here and there.  I would say since June, I have made a conscience effort to stitch every day.  Either hand work on wool or piecing.  It is a nice little mental break for me from the concentration of custom quilting.

My little quilt is called Summer Love!!  Because it is so darn adorable, you have to love it!!!  It finishes at about 16"x19".
 Temecula Quilt Co. offered a little July sew-a-long on Instagram. (seriously you need to be on IG, also you can find me on Instagram @hrckal that is hrcka with a lower case L at the end. I almost post a photo there daily.  You can see peeks at what I am working on.) Then I believe they showed it on their blog.  Each day in July, you were to sew a little cake stand block that finishes at 2".  I like to refer to them as little baskets.
Teeny tiny!  I made one and I was hooked!  Surprisingly, I kept up with it too!!  There were times when I was not home for days, but I made up for those.  At the end of the month, I had 31 little blocks.  I made my blocks totally from scraps.  I did not use any yardage.  Some of my blocks are completely scrappy.

They offered 3 different finishing instructions.  I chose the one with sashing and cornerstones.
I ended up needing one more block.  This finish needed 32 blocks.
All pieced!!
 And quilted!!!  I needed to try out a new monofilament thread from YLI, so this was also work related. :-)  I used the monofilament around all the blocks and the stitch in the ditch.  I used So fine in the setting triangles.  Batting is Dream Blend.
 If you look closely, you can see that several blocks are scrappy.  I only used scraps.  Sometimes even 1" squares from scrap collection.  Well it is all scraps except the sashing, cornerstones and setting triangles.  That DID come from yardage.  All reproduction fabric.
I used a low contrasting fabric for my cornerstones, a dark brown.  I did not want the typical red or black cornerstones.  I wanted the basket blocks to be the focal point.  I love how it turned out!!
Super small blocks in comparison with an Aurifil Spool.
Quilting is just some micro stipple to make the baskets pop.
The Back.
I have not found a place to hang it yet in my house.  Can you believe that??!!! I am so happy to have a finished project of my own!!!  I am so guilty of starting something with good intentions of finishing, but  then I get too busy or just plain lose interest.  The sense of accomplishment is almost intoxicating. :-)
I purchased the darling quilt hanger from Primitive Gatherings in June when I was there.  You can probably order them online or call the shop.

In between all the running around this summer and quilting, I did have a girls' night out with my friend Patti.  If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am a HUGE Keith Urban fan.  I took Patti to her very first KU concert at the beginning of the month.
 Don't we look excited??!!  Patti is in the blue.
Keith rocking out with Little Big Town!!!  We had an amazing time!!  Kristin, my sis and I are going again in November.  LOL.

Speaking of Krisin, we are going to the Michigan State/Western Michigan game tonight in East Lansing.  She will be dressed in Bronco gear and I will be in Spartan Green!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!




23 comments:

  1. Oh that is just precious! I love small blocks. I think they make quilts look so intense. Love your colors too!

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  2. Love the scrappiness Linda! And the simple stippling to make those basket/cake stands really jump out! It's nice to see something that you have made for yourself!

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  3. Well, I'm glad you will be in the proper gear! Have big fun.
    Your quilt is soooo cute, a little masterpiece!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  4. What a cutie and your choices for the sashing and setting triangles really make the baskets pop. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Love that quilt and baskets but I have no patience for that much piecing, lol.
    The backing or gorgeous too and the quilting really shows off the design.

    Debbie

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  6. I cannot grasp how small those little baskets are! It's like looking at a size 1 on the clothes rack in Macy's. I can however, grasp how cute they are! I wish I had one... just don't know if I'm up for that challenge. It looks cute hanging on it's hanger!
    I would love to go to that concert!

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  7. Holy Moly what teeny tiny baskets and all so perfect, Linda! I'm glad to hear you're doing something for yourself! I need to get back to Instagram for sure! You and Patti must have really rocked the concert! Have fun at the game tonight!
    Cheers!

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  8. I'm a graduate of both Western and Michigan State. MI State will prevail. Go Green. I now live in KY and miss my teams. I love your tiny basket blocks. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Tiny is always cuter and defintley more fussy. Worth every effort. I love it. How nice you can have a finish of your very own. Enjoy the game and the end of Summer.

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  10. My, oh my, oh MY! Your little basket quilt is so adorable - I can hardly stand to look at it! Almost makes me want to try to make more than just the one I did - VERY nice! And lucky you to attend a KU concert - I've never made it to one of his!

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  11. Very nice mini quilt. Love the blocks, fabrics and stippling. I consider them baskets also. I never did a mini. Yea Michigan!

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  12. You did an awesome job on those teeny blocks! And the setting and quilting is perfect! Do you post mostly quilt related photos on instagram>

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  13. I loved this little project too. You did a great job. Hope to get one started someday!

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  14. Your little quilt turned out so cut, Linda! I love this little baskets.

    I'm a big Keith Urban fan too and really love a little Big Town! How'd I miss that one!?

    Have fun at the game today. We will be watching on the new big screen TV. :D

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  15. haven't made any minis in many years! I am working on Lisa's 2 summer BOWs though so I'm doing some stitching too. What did you think of the YLI monofilament? I have a large cone of some one else's monofilament somewhere. I looked for it just this week.... Would love to know your preferences...

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  16. Linda, your Summer Love is adorable. I really love it. Another great job quilting. Hugs

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  17. The quilt is lovely, I admire you for making such small blocks. The colors are great, like gem stones. And love that backing fabric, I actually have some of that in my stash. KU is great! Don't you just love going to concerts? It's just great fun! Hope you enjoyed the game and have a great LD weekend!

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  18. those baskets are so darn sweet! Nice job on the piecing! Not easy when it's soooo tiny!! KU...i saw Alan Jackson this month...and in a couple weeks i'm taking my son and niece to see The Zac Brown band...way fun!! never seen Keith...i'd looooove to!

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  19. I can't get enough of those baskets! Darling, darling, darling! And cute hanger to boot!

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  20. Cute as cute can be! That sure was a fun sew along! Those little baskets were addicting. Love your setting! Your sashing/cornerstone fabrics are out of this world! LOVE!

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  21. I love everything about your mini quilt!

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