Lucky Penny, Lucky Indeed!

Ever since the Missouri Star Quilt Company (https://www.missouriquiltco.com/ )   came out with their “Block” magazine ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/magazine ), I have been a faithful buyer. A local quilt shop here in Calgary, Along Came Quilting ( alongcamequilting.com )  , offers subscriptions, delivered to the store at a fantastic price. They also carry the MSQC line of templates etc. Each issue is as good as a full quilting book, at a fraction of the cost. They are very beginner friendly, and really well written. As a bonus, a lot of the patterns found in “Block” have tutorial videos on the MSQC YouTube channel.

This pattern, Lucky Penny ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/21422/msqc/-/lucky-penny-quilt-pattern ), caught my eye as soon as I saw it. I’ve now, finally, started to attempt it.

I’m impressed at how quickly it’s come together. All three kids have been sick this past week, and as a result, yesterday was the first chance I’ve had to sit at the sewing table.

So happy to say that they’re all on the mend, and now keeping me from sewing thanks to requests for playing. Such a relief, and I’m thrilled to oblige them.

This is the progress I managed to make last evening after they were all snuggled in to sleep though. It will be a baby quilt for Little Miss #4 coming this Spring, and is my first attempt at using Fireside as a backing.

I’m loving this ‘Free Spirit’ fabric.


  
  

Learning My ABC’s Part 2

These alphabet blocks from Moda came together so well. The kids had a blast spelling stuff with the blocks and playing hopscotch on them, I hope they like the finished quilts as much. Please see my previous post on this for links. 🙂

I highly recommend doing two of these quilts (or more) at a time. I made two this round, and may attempt three at a time the next go ’round. I figured if I was going to take the time to cut and piece 26 different blocks, I may as well do two of each, and I’m glad I did.

My oldest picked flannel zebra print backings for these, and they’re pretty wild. 😉


  
  
  

Learning My ABC’s

Middle Little is the most energetic creature I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her thirst for knowledge is the only thing that rivals her energy level. She’s been wanting to learn to sew (sit on my lap while I sew) for ages, so this weekend, she did.

We found the perfect project, an alphabet quilt using the free patterns from the Spell it With Moda Blog Hop from a few years ago.  http://blog.modafabrics.com/2014/02/spell-it-with-fabric-setting-directions/

It took a lot of hunting and gathering to get all the patterns, but each and every blog the hop brought me to was impressive, and I would recommend it to everyone.

With three girls, and another on the way in the Spring, I’m hoping to finish four of these.

Here’s the start of two. I used jelly rolls for the letters, and yardage for the background. They come together really quickly and the kids already love playing with the blocks.