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Lori Holt's Granny's Garden Sew-A-Long: Getting Ready

This is Lori Holt’s original design. If you’re interested in purchasing the kit or the templates for this pattern you can find that information either on her website  HERE , or I’m sure your favorite local or digital quilt store can help you out.

This is Lori Holt’s original design. If you’re interested in purchasing the kit or the templates for this pattern you can find that information either on her website HERE, or I’m sure your favorite local or digital quilt store can help you out.

This fall Handsomepants and I are trying very hard to actually move from Denver back to Wisconsin. We’ve been trying for the past several months and we are sooooo close, but Handsomepants has been running into snags while on the job hunt and his current job is willing to let him work remotely but they are taking their sweet time getting the paperwork in order. I wouldn’t have thought it would take HR a month to figure out interstate taxes, but it is the government and nothing about the government is efficient, so I shouldn’t be too surprised. We ran into another hiccup last week when we tried to buy a house that had been on the market for 9 months, only to be beat out by a cash offer that had been placed THE SAME DAY we made our offer.

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I’m getting so impatient and frustrated, and being 7 months pregnant doesn't help either. So in the midst of living in a half-packed house and entertaining three children who should be in school now, I decided to join Lori Holt’s latest quilt-a-long, because who doesn’t need a little more craziness in their life? The Granny’s Garden Sew-A-Long started last week and you can follow along on Instagram to see how everyone is progressing. I thought this particular project would be a great way to expand my quilting skills because I have little experience with applique and all 42 blocks of the quilt are appliqued.

I chose to use a fat quarter bundle of “Posy Garden” by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics. The green fabrics I’ll be using for stems and leaves are all scraps.

I chose to use a fat quarter bundle of “Posy Garden” by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics. The green fabrics I’ll be using for stems and leaves are all scraps.

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I originally thought I would cheat a bit and use my own fabrics instead of buying Lori’s complete kit for quilt, and I am happy with my fabric choice, but man o man did it invite a whole day’s worth of work prepping and measuring and planning everything. Something that Lori had already done and prepared in a nice little sew-a-long guide. Oh well. In order to fully plan out my quilt I ended up sketching and coloring a rough draft of all the quilt blocks. While it took a while, it sure was nice to use as a map when cutting out all of my fabrics and templates in preparation for the sew-a-long.

I’m also changing the applique technique because I’m cheap. Instead of using interfacing like Lori I’m using freezer paper to turn my seams. This decision also cost me a lot of work because I traced and cut out every single template needed for all 42 blocks. I got a blister from my scissors!

Either way, thanks to Lori Holt for designing and hosting this sew-a-long. I’m looking forward to it!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Mr. R's Baby Quilt - Space Quilt: Throwback Series

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I recently found an external hard drive that had been missing for about 3 years. I am so excited because I had previously come to terms with loosing several years worth of family pictures and quilt pictures. But lo and behold, I found it and now I can add several quilts to the blog! A number of the quilts are unfinished in the pictures. I don’t know why I took pictures of unfinished quilts, but I’m glad I did because most of these quilts were gifted away several years ago so these pictures are the only records I have of them.

I’ve decided to make a mini-series of these quilts not only to show off my profile, but it’s also interesting for me to see how my quilting has improved over the years. I was always a little intimidated by the immaculate, intricate quilts of my mother in law or the displays in fabric stores, so I think it’s good to show people that everyone starts somewhere!

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This particular quilt was made for the son of some very good friends of ours, he turned four this summer and was in the same preschool class as M last year. At the time I made this quilt, my Pinterest was full of space inspired quilts and patterns so I pulled a total copycat and created this little piece. (I couldn’t find the original pattern I modeled after, so I can’t leave a link to that site.)

For the most part, this is a whole cloth quilt with appliqued planets and the orbits of the planets are the quilting. I remember this being a very simple, very fast quilt to put together. I also remember how sloppy my applique was around this time, and I’m rather glad that I have no closeup pictures to show you!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita