Welcome to Day 26 of the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop. It happens to be my day to show off my project and it’s also my daughter’s birthday—Happy Birthday Emily!
I hope you’ve been following Carla each and every day in April as she features a blogger and their project using one of her free block designs. She also has a giveaway going on that you can enter every day. Thank you Carla for designing these wonderful blocks and for hosting this blog hop.
These blocks are quick and easy to make. They would make a great quilt project for a beginner quilter or for charity quilts. Pillows make great projects for beginner quilters or for gift giving.
You can find the pattern for this block here. You can find a complete list of all 30 blocks and project designers for this hop at the end of this post.
In less than 2 hours, I had 4 blocks cut out, sewn back together, and had started the quilting process. Tu-Na Helper shakes his head over that idea (cutting up perfectly good fabric only to sew it back together again).
I had a few blunder’s along the way and I learned some things in the process.
My mama always says, “You don’t want to hear the word “oops” from your surgeon but it’s ok if it comes from a quilter.” At least our mistakes are not life threatening and most can be fixed.
I grabbed a can of spray baste, the top, and a piece of batting and made quick work of connecting the two. I laid a piece of blue painter’s tape from one corner to the diagonal corner to help me sew that first seam as straight as I could (oops, I forgot to take the picture). After completing the first two rows of diagonal quilting, I remembered something…….!
I then went back to quilting.
It would only be seen whenever I remove the pillow cover for washing. Since Tu-Na Helper rarely does the laundry, I would be the only one to know that my backing is missing two rows of quilting.
The crosshatch is my favorite quilting method for small projects.
Tu-Na Helper helped pick out a nice, plump, 20″, pillow insert.
In just a few hours, I had a new pillow for my living room.
I made an envelope-style back. I accidently cut the back 1/4″ too small. Oops! I fretted and fumed. While I was quilting the top, I planned on how I should piece the back to make it fit and look good, too. Luckily for me, the top shrunk 1/4″ during the quilting process making my back pieces now the perfect size.
This block is called Catching Z’s. I think the name is very fitting.
Be sure to visit Carla’s blog, Creatin’ in the Sticks, to enter the giveaway for some fantastic Tula Pink fabric.
Here’s the block schedule with direct links to all the project designer posts for this hop. The links for the Blocks take you directly to Carla’s tutorial for that particular block.
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What I Learned Today:
- Read directions twice so I only have to cut once.
- It’s a good thing I am not a surgeon.
- It’s ok if quilting mistakes happen; they can be fixed or become design elements.
- Sometimes things have a way of working themselves out.
- Do not cut out the back pieces for a pillow until the quilting is done and the front has been measured again.
Question: Tell me about a mistake you’ve made. Oh, I’ve made plenty but somehow all my other ones (not included here) have been forgotten. Mistakes are what usually makes me fold up my projects and tuck them away to finish later. I need to learn to look past some of those mistakes and keep on working.
Completing this pillow, completes one of my goals for the 2018 Quarter Two Finish-A-Long. My original list can be found here.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
2018 Finish-A-Long at She Can Quilt when it becomes available
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday held at Celtic Thistle Stitches
Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt