It’s Week 4 of our Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along. I hope you are enjoying our quilt-along as much as I am. I’m just thrilled with all the fabulous blocks the designers are making and the Super Deals have been fantastic too.
How does the quilt-along work? Over a 12-week period, 36 fabulously talented designers will be making 12″ blocks that you can make. You can pick and choose which blocks you want to make. Sash them, add borders, baste it, quilt it, and have it ready to give-away or keep for yourself this Christmas. Or you might want to use some of the blocks for a mini quilt, a table runner, bags, whatever you like.
Make new quilting friends, meet our featured designers, take advantage of our Super Deal bargains, and most of all just have some fun!
Super Deal from the Fat Quarter Shop
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Most of all, we pride ourselves in our top-notch customer service, with friendly, knowledgeable representatives and speedy same-day shipping. Our user-friendly web site makes it easy to find the collection, designer and even the theme you are seeking. Fat Quarter Shop has all you need for your next project, so start shopping with us today!
Today’s Super Deal:
50% OFF Jovial by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics . Enter code JOVIAL at checkout. This deal expires Monday, October 10th at midnight CST.
Get your Super Deal Savings here!
Featured Designer: Charlie Scott
What is your quilting style?
Modern, but I started out as traditional quilter before finding my footing.
How did you get started quilting and/or designing?
I have been around quilting my whole life. I never really even thought about it or considered it as a child. It was not until I was in my early twenties that I first thought about quilting. My Aunt and Grandmother were always quilting.
My Aunt would quilt on her long arm machine. Not the machine like most of them today, but the first type that you moved the frame. My Aunt made her living quilting for others until she got too old and could no longer stand that many hours at the machine.
My Grandmother used to hand stitch quilt tops. When I was young, my Grandmother asked what colors I would like her to make me a quilt in. I told her pink. She used a 1930′s bubble gum pink. Even today I love the reproduction prints of the 30′s. I love the use of vivid colors and contrast.
I first began quilting in 1998 after watching a friend piece a quilt. I thought it might be fun to try. She told me to pick out a quilt pattern from her library of books and buy some fabric. Her advice was not to start with anything too big in case I did not like it or it could become overwhelming. I picked out a log cabin quilt that measured 30" x 30". I thought this would be the perfect first quilt.
I went to Jo-Ann’s for fabric even though I had no idea what I was doing. I was a fish out of water. I had no idea how to match colors. There weren’t fabric collections. All I found that would go together were a group of Christmas fabrics.
I brought my fabrics home and began to cut them into small strips for my blocks. How did I sew them together? I went to Wal-Mart and bought the cheapest sewing machine I could get my hands on. Big mistake, but we live and learn.
I went to my friend’s house and showed her the fabrics and machine. She thought I was doing great. She told me just keep it up and call if I had any questions.
I set the machine up and got to sewing on my new quilt! I liked this! I was half way done when I noticed that my blocks were not square.
I went back to ask my friend about them and she took a look at my blocks and asked what pattern I was using. After a minute or two, she told me I was doing a miniature quilt! The quilt called for 6" blocks.
She suggested it might be better if I made a small quilt using full size blocks. I placed that project in a shoebox and went in search of another quilt pattern and more fabric. Sorry, to say I never finished that very first quilt.
The next pattern I took on was Court House Steps. I combined reds, yellows, greens and blues. It turned out great. I was hooked. I have never looked back since, nor been sorry I have gone down this road.
Do you have a favourite quilt?
I just love this modern quilt I call Oh Lollipop and it was published in the February 2011 edition of Quilters Would. I love circles and they are super easy to do. Quilting by Angela Walters.
Quick and fun questions:
- Favourite colour: Gray
- What part of the quilting process do you like the most? Designing
- What part of the quilting process do you dislike the most? Writing patterns (lol)
- Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or: Strawberry
- Favourite super hero or comic book character: Underdog
- Most exciting place you’ve travelled: Estes Park, Colorado. Love the outdoors
- Favourite quote or mantra: To love another person is to see the face of God
Block 10 – Charlie’s Happy Little Trees
Here’s Charlie’s Happy Little Trees block. It’s great for using up scraps leftover from earlier blocks. Head over to Charlie’s blog to download the instructions to complete this block.
Share Your Photos
Upload your completed blocks to our Flickr group for a chance to win some adorable buttons from Button Mad – Incomparable Buttons. One winner for each of our quilt-along blocks will be randomly chosen. You have two weeks to complete Charlie’s Happy Little Trees block to be eligible to win.
Congratulations to the Week 1 button winners:
- For Pat’s Red & White Block – Flamingofan
- Santa’s Mittens Block – Nunu’s Quilt World
- This Little Light of Mine Block – Tiny1949
Please share the Quilt-Along graphic on your own blog. The more participants, the more FUN!