Quiltalong - 2023

Well I definitely have to bind and send the two memory quilts soon. I’m just finding them so emotionally difficult to work on. I get a burst of speed and move along for awhile, but feel emotionally drained after a big step, and seem to want a mental break. If Jess had asked for just one, I think I would have sent it by now. But two just makes everything feel so big. I really should just jump over to trimming those down and binding them today, and yet I feel not ready to do it.

Meanwhile, there’s the Have a Heart top…

I made it back in May 2020. I had just done 2 ‘buy-nothing’ quilt tops for Edel in a swap, and was on a roll. I used scraps for the heart, but for the background I used a linen/cotton blend bedsheet that I had on hand. (It was May 2020, I wasn’t going to Joann’s!) The sheet is incredibly soft, as it had been laundered many times. The kinda linen softness where it feels like velvet. So nice, but it’s also a bit more ‘wodgie’ than quilting cotton. It has sat around since then. I assumed it was lap/throw size, so I bought a package of Twin size batting to finish it, but it’s actually bigger than that. I do have backing, and I would LOVE to get this out of the WIP pile, but I’m worried that even if I go get bigger batting, it might be too big to comfortably move through my domestic machine. Now I’m trying to decide if I should finish it myself, or if I should send it out to be long armed.

I mean, it is a Covid quilt, so the ‘I Can Make Anything out of Paperclips and Dryer Lint’ part of me wants to finish it without help, with just whatever I have on hand. Pandemic-make-do-quilt! And I do have large scraps of the exact same batting that I just cut off the other 3 projects I quilted. I could piece the batting to make it bigger. And I could go for a big risk, and try quilting it on my machine with a walking foot so I’m not struggling so much to drag it through free-motion style.

And then there’s ‘Perfectionist Hermione-Granger Jennie’ who says “What if that’s a huge mistake??? What if it comes out awful and Prof. McGonagall comes to take your sewing machine away for being a crappy quilter, and you have to live with untalented Muggles for the rest of your days?!?!”

Then there’s ‘Fu@&-it Jennie’ who is sitting there pushing me to jump. “What have you got to lose? They’re scraps. If it comes out awful, it can go in the back of the cupboard, and you can let Ada puke all over it or build forts with it, or take it to the park to get grass stained.”


Yeah, that’s the attitude! I love this quilt top.


Fu@& It Jennie seems to have won the debate.


I love that pattern. I have it on my “maybe one day” list.


Today wasn’t as productive as I’d hoped, but I did get 12 of the rows quilted in the ditch. About 22 left?


I’ve finally finished this flimsy, since I was winging the pattern there are many areas just fudged. I hand sewed the centres as it was nowhere near as it should have been.

It looks like it’s not going to lay completely flat, although I haven’t stretched out properly, so I’m thinking of straight line quilting radiating out from the centre, will that work? Or is there something better?

Also I don’t think I think I want to square it off, by adding more fabric to the “corners” anyone got any idea as to how I would approach that?

Edit: now that I look at the photo, it seems the easiest way to make it a square would be to add a black triangle to four opposite sides.


Wow :star_struck:

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It is quite beautiful. Do you definitely want to square it? It would look cool on a wall in this shape.

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I do because it’s going to my daughter for her bed. So a square will be more practical


I am a very lazy seamstress and would just pin it on top of a black sheet and zigzag the raw edges. Voila, quilt top!


Each of the corner triangles will be right triangles. You know the hypotenuse - it’s the edge of the quilt. The two shorter sides of the triangles will be equal to each other.

Add in seam allowance to a and cut two squares with sides that length, and cut those corner to corner.


I have been incredibly busy this summer but this crossed my screen and I will make the blocks!

Free pattern - moths!
don’t look if you aren’t fond of bugs.


Thank you, I totally missed this response, but I really appreciate it. :kissing_heart::kissing_heart:


@Magpie, those moths are wonderful. And she has butterflies too. I think I’ll make a larger version.

More for my daughter’s quilt…
I marionberries submit this as my September BOM.

I marionberries, offer musical trees for my February prompt, Paper Piecing. Ok it’s very late and you can ignore this, but I couldn’t resist. :slight_smile: :upside_down_face:

I created the pattern for this and struggled with the piecing. I was using charm squares for many of the greens and it was tricky getting them oriented correctly. But I made it. I love it, it is my favorite tree block yet.


Ooh, so pretty. That’s a terrific block.

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I love all the greens!

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Both of those blocks look great, but the musical trees is my favorite with all those different pieces working together to create such a neat block!

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The months are flying by. I can’t believe October is here already! Not only is it the start of a new month, but it’s also the start of a new quarter! Before I do the drawing for our previous quarter, did anybody finish a goal from their 3rd quarter goal list? If so, please submit your goal list entry for a ticket into the drawing.

Also, are there any suggestions for an October BOM (or one for November or December)?

Quarter 4 Challenge
(October 2 - December 31)
Complete your project:
I think we may have had the same goal last year around this time. The point of this challenge is to encourage you to complete your 2023 quilt projects before the end of the year. Whether it’s a project you started some time earlier this year or a project that you’ve been meaning to start all year (I have more than a few of those!), the challenge is to finish it by the end of this quarter.

October Prompt

Piecing curves:
Drunkard’s path, double wedding ring, orange peel - all of these patterns involve piecing curves to create beautiful quilt designs. Curved patterns can be used to create something classic and timeless or something fresh and modern. If you haven’t tried curved piecing before, now is the time to give it a whirl. If you have tried it before, we’d love to hear any tips you have to offer and see you put your skills into action!

Tips, Tricks, & Tools for Piecing Curves
7 Tips for Piecing Curves

Goal List:
Please share your third quarter goals with us. You can earn an entry into the prize drawing for every goal you share and complete this quarter!


While checking out one of the links above, I ended up at the Color Girl blog. If you’re looking for inspiration, she has a variety posts on curved patterns. I think they all use her curve template, but there are so many neat patterns, it makes me want to order a template and get started!

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