Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Midweek Makers #368

Welcome to Midweek Makers, the place to share your quilts!


I've shifted a bit from January blues to quilting a rainbow of color, specifically, on my friend Denise's Rainbow strip Bargello quilt.


Though the quilting is hard to see, I used a variegated thread to further the rainbow idea on the front, and black on the back to go with the black Minky. So soft and pretty! 

And from last week's party, there were these pretties:

a very cute snowman made by Scrapbox Quilts,


a very patriotic finish from Bell Creek Quilts,


and an almost finished gorgeous hexie quilt from Den syende himmel.


Wow! Thanks for sharing!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Midweek Makers #367

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I'm continuing my January Blues mood, mainly because the RSC2023 color choice from SoScrappy is bright and dark blues. And boy, am I eager to use up my blue scraps! I pulled out two stuffed gallon zip lock bags, sorting them into lights, brights, darks, and prints.


Then I started sewing them into units, using my Making Blocks from Crumbs tutorial, to grow them into bigger pieces. I think I've got enough blue scraps to make a lap quilt - it's amazing how far they'll go!

Since I'm on the subject of blocks, I'll feature some blocks seen at last week's party. From Making a Lather, these pretty snail trail blocks,


from Den syende himmel, a very pretty Chilhowie mystery block,


and from My Bijou Life, a bear paw block.


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Monday, January 16, 2023

January Blues

The Christmas decorations are gone, and the house is now filled with January snowflakes. For me, the color blue, frosty white snowflakes, and January just seem to go together! I definitely had a smile on my face as I placed these three blue and white snowflake inspired pieces out for daily viewing. Keep reading for a special offer!

There's my Frosty Lace wall hanging, accented with beautiful quilting,

blue and white snowflake inspired wall hanging


the Snowflake runner full of heart themed snowflakes - definitely a favorite -

heart inspired white snowflakes on a blue background


and Let It Snow, my little snowman trying to catch some flakes!

snowman catching snowflakes


Here at my house in California, it may be raining outside but it sure is snowing inside!

Besides snowflakes, there's another reason January is a favorite month - it's my birthday today! As a gift to you, use coupon code 'JANUARYBLUES' at Etsy checkout to receive 20% off the three patterns above. Coupon is good today through midnight January 20, 2023. Just click on the pictures to go to each Etsy listing.


And thanks ahead of time for all the birthday wishes!
Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Midweek Makers 366

Welcome to Midweek Makers!


After Monday's big share of Beach Boardwalk, I'm spent and I have nothing to share today! New projects may involve RSC2023, the SAHRR, or whatever strikes me for an upcoming holiday. We shall see how this year unfolds.

Meanwhile, let's congratulate Maureen on winning the Hand Sewing book last week. Her win was in the stars, as she was wanting to take up more hand sewing projects this year. I'm so happy to help her along that journey! 

And now a few features from last week. Julie's Quilts and Costumes shared this beautiful red and white quilt she's made for her guild's Ruby Challenge.



Cathy at Eagles Wings Quilts joined a block party and is ready to put them into a top. Here's a sample of one block.



And Pat at Bell Creek Quilts is almost finished with her memorial quilt for Carol of Giraffe Dreams.


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Monday, January 9, 2023

Beach Boardwalk

Enjoy a summer of fun with my new quilt, Beach Boardwalk

blue ocean and amusement park themed quilt

It's perfectly showcased on the Santa Cruz Pier, with the ocean, beach, and the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk in the background. Thankfully, I got these pictures Christmas day before all the storms came in making a mess of Santa Cruz, and especially Capitola.

My Beach Boardwalk quilt is big - 80" x 96" - queen size, as that's what was requested. Hubby did his best to hold it open while on a step ladder, as I snapped lots of pics through a slight breeze. Here's flatter, smoother picture of Beach Boardwalk we took closer to home, with no breeze though it has a couple of sags.

boardwalk quilt blocks


Beach Boardwalk has been in the works since the beginning of 2021. What started as an idea for the Salt and Sand Hop quickly grew to a large quilt. Realizing that time was not on my side for finishing numerous blocks to complete a queen size quilt, I opted for the Surfboards in the Sand block for the March 2021 hop. You can read how well that turned out on my Salt and Sand Hop post.

After making a few blocks and tweaking the quilt design here and there, life derailed my progress for at least a year. Finally, this last fall, I committed to making the blocks and writing the pattern for Beach Boardwalk. After all, this quilt is for my son, and long overdue.

You've probably followed my progress on Midweek Makers as I've posted blocks and rows, starting off with the redesigning of the palm trees in September. Love these!



With Christmas as my deadline, I cut it close, finishing Beach Boardwalk on Christmas Eve. My son, who resides in Santa Cruz, received his quilt the day after Christmas when we could all get together. I made it just in time! 

beach quilt with Santa Cruz boardwalk in the background


Now for some block closeups! Starting with the top row, here's the Ferris Wheel and Concession Stand, complete with cotton candy and drinks.

red green blue yellow ferris wheel


Next to these and to complete the first row, is the Roller Coaster, probably my favorite block!

white and grey roller coaster with red yellow and green cars


Next up on the beach are the umbrellas and lounge chairs. This picture really shows off the quilting - incoming waves on the left; a circle/line motif to separate the ocean from the boardwalk; sand dunes; and a gentle breeze in the background.

red and white umbrella and a green and white chair back


Moving down the quilt, and closer to the shore, there's beach houses in a variety of colors. 

purple green and yellow beach houses


When my son saw these in the design stage, he asked that they be colorful, like the houses in Capitola. This was the first time I'd seen these houses, and colorful they are! If you've watched the news about our storms, these houses were damaged from the swells and debris. Very sad.

colorful houses in Capitola

For the quilt though, it took me 2 days to decide the best color combos. And yes, I made a pink house, with teal trim and a blue roof, as both colors are seen in Capitola.



Row four, with its sailboat, windsurfer, surfboard, and hammock complete the summer fun vibe.

red boat with a white sail, green windsurf board

Here's a picture of the palm trees and hammock block cause I forgot to take one after quilting.

palm trees with red hammock between them


Overall, I kept the quilting simple, outlining all the applique and piecing, with added detail here and there. I mentioned above that the quilting involves waves in the outer border. Notice the outer border has ocean waves coming in at an angle, landing on the beach at the bottom corner where umbrellas are planted in the sand. 

carnival rides, beach umbrellas and houses, sailboat, palm trees


The two areas of crashing wave foam (large white area) has the extra detail of circles in it to represent bubbles, while the inner border continues the bubble theme with randomly placed circles in two sizes. And the sand has dunes, at an angle to match the rest of the outer border.



For fun, I took a picture of all the thread colors I used in quilting this, though I think I'm missing the dark aquamarine used in the waves under the boat. If I include that one, that makes 14, and all do the job beautifully!


And there you have it - my summertime fun Beach Boardwalk quilt! Are you interested in making your own Beach Boardwalk quilt? The pattern is written for the Queen size of 80" x 96", as shown. Two files contain detailed written and visual instructions for constructing over 15 blocks. All Kona Solid colors are listed.

This is an Intermediate pattern level, requiring knowledge of applique, paper piecing, and the ability to enlarge pattern templates. By adjusting the borders, the Beach Boardwalk pattern also includes instructions for making a Twin size (68" x 86") and Lap size (60" x 78"). Find it in my Etsy shop for summertime fun!

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Midweek Makers #365

Welcome to Midweek Makers! And Happy New Year! 


Not only is the Midweek Makers graphic a celebration of the beginning of a new year, but it's also a linky party celebration. This is the 365th Midweek Makers post, which means if posted every day, they add up to a full year of parties! Unbelievable that we have gotten this far - it wouldn't be possible without your visits and participation. Thank you to all for making Midweek Makers a great place to share your projects!

Let's also congratulate Betsy and Mary, the winners of the Stress Free Sewing Solutions books. I was impressed to find several answers that a wedding dress was the most difficult piece of clothing sewn - kudos for that challenge! And don't forget the last Christmas Giveaway for the book Hand Sewing ends soon - enter by tomorrow night.

Last but not least, my Beach Boardwalk quilt reveal, in all it's summertime glory, will be next week. For a sneak peek, check out my new header!

This week's party features this quilt from Gretchen's Little Corner,


a very festive Christmas Gumdrop quilt from Rebecca Grace Quilting,


and this beautiful 2022 finish from Quilting Patch.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Banana Split for Quilt Block Mania

 Come join Quilt Block Mania for dessert!


Oh my! Doesn't my Banana Split look absolutely yummy??? Grab a spoon and dive into that bowl of deliciousness!!

Yes, we're starting off a new year of quilt blocks with the theme of desserts for January 2023. Take a look at all these scrumptious desserts designed by some very creative quilters. 

Just remember these blocks are free for the month, so get them while you can. And be sure to thank the designers when you visit their sites.

Jelly Roll Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Birthday Layer Cake by Crafty Staci
Ice Cream by Inquiring Quilter
Thumbprint Cookie at Inflorescence
Cupcake Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Cakestand by Scrapdash
Rocket Pop at Sugar Sand Quilt Co.
Banana Split by QuiltFabrication
Guava Empanadas by Paleofish Designs
Butter Dominoes at Patti's Patchwork
Cupcake by Penny Spool Quilts
Macarons at Lovingly, Lissa
Ice Cream Cone at The (not so) Dramatic Life
Rainbow Gelatin by Patchwork Breeze
Sherbet Pop by The Quilting Room with Mel
Peppermint by Katie Mae Quilts
Smarties By Sally's Sewing Circle
Rainbow Sprinkles
Cake on Stand
Cherry Pie by Flowerdog Designs
Raspberry Cheesecake block by Blue Bear Quilts

I don't know about you, but a Banana Split is my go-to dessert to satisfy an ice cream craving. There's nothing like dressing up frozen creaminess with a banana, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and the absolute necessity to finish it off - a cherry!


So gather up your fat quarters and fusible web for this appliqued Neapolitan confection! Of course, if you're not a fan of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla, feel free to use your own ice cream flavors.

My Banana Split dessert block, finishes at 12" x 12", and is free until February 6. In years past, access for the block pattern download has been through my QFab newsletterI've decided to take a break from writing a monthly newsletter and instead, I'm now making the download directly available from the post.

To download your free copy of the Banana Split block in the month of January, click on the image below. It's free until February 6, 2023.

In downloading the pattern, you agree not to share the file with others, but direct them to the QuiltFabrication.com/Banana Split post. Feel free to tell others about QuiltFabrication and become a follower yourself through any or all of the following: direct delivery of posts to your inbox (sign up below), or by following on BloglovinPinterestInstagramFacebook, or YouTube.

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