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Quilt-Along Block 16: Joy!

Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along and Super Deals for Quilters

It’s Week 6 of our Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along. I hope you are enjoying our quilt-along as much as I am. On Thursday, we’ll have two blocks this week, the bonus block as been designed by me and I’ll be including the instructions to make it as a wall hanging too… I hope you like it.

Block 16, Joy, has been designed by Sandi Andersen. Our friends at the Fat Quarter Shop have a fabulous 50% off Super Deal for you to enjoy 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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Fat Quarter Shop is the online quilt store with the best and widest selection of yardage, fat quarter bundles, specialty cuts, quilt kits and patterns. We also offer access to many wonderful quilt clubs, block-of-the-month programs and exclusive projects.

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 LouLouThi by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics. Enter code LOULOU at checkout. This deal expires Monday, October 24th at midnight CST.

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Get your Super Deal Savings here!


Featured Designer: Sandi Andersen

Sandi Andersen

What is your quilting style?

My quilting style is eclectic. Some days I love my 30’s projects and then batiks, and right now I’m all about Fall and Halloween and, of course, Christmas. Other days I’m working with wool. And then there are my crazy quilting projects. If I have a "style" it is that I prefer handwork over machine stitching. I find it so much more relaxing and I do it so much better than on the machine.

wool

Candlemat finished

How did you get started quilting and/or designing?

I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl and was taught by my mother, Mary. I began designing when I made my first dresses for my Barbie dolls. I also sewed my own clothes and enjoyed decorating projects that I made in 4-H. When our daughter was born, I made my first quilt. It was just a simple patchwork throw that was made from squares of my old clothing and fabric scraps.

first quilt

When my kids were younger, I spent a great deal of time creating miniature furniture and room boxes. Some of my smallest quilts are about the size of a recipe card! This post tells a little about my interest in miniatures.

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miniatures

I returned to larger quilting projects when the kids were grown, then began teaching, designing patterns and sharing my quilt collection in programs for quilt and church groups. I have come to really enjoy sharing my quilts, their stories and poems and songs that fit the era of the quilts.

Do you have a favourite quilt?

That is a very difficult question. It’s like asking do you have a favourite child or cookie. LOL! There are special things about each of my quilts and a story behind each one. The quilts that I have designed and made are almost always inspired by a memory of places I’ve lived or traveled. Some of the vintage quilts that I own have no story and their story is how they have come to be with me.

This quilt is one of those favorites. It was given to me by my parents in 2000 as a Christmas gift. It was purchased by my dad at auction and I just plain love it! This blog post tells the story of that quilt.

puzzle-quilt

Quick and fun questions:

  • Favourite colour: Pink. I had the same music teacher from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and her name was Mrs. Parr. I took private voice lessons at her home. It was pink, as was almost every room and furnishing in her house. She was an encouraging mentor and when I see pink, I think of her.
  • What part of the quilting process do you like the most? Choosing the fabrics!
  • What part of the quilting process do you dislike the most? Easy…finishing.
  • Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or: Hands down…CHOCOLATE!
  • Favourite super hero or comic book character: Katy Keene and Millie the Model!
  • Most exciting place you’ve travelled: Turkey, and then I love England. We lived in Japan when my husband was in the military and that was a very enriching experience.
  • Favourite quote or mantra: If you judge people, you have no time to love them. – Mother Teresa

Block 16 – Sandi’s Joy

Here’s Sandi’s Joy block. This block would make a darling mini quilt or table topper on it’s own too. Sandi’s created a downloadable file for all the letters, so you can choose what you want yours to say. Head over to Sandi’s blog to view the instructions and download the letters to complete this block.

joy-block


Share Your Photos

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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 Sandi’s Joy block to be eligible to win.

Congratulations to the Week 3 button winners:


Quilt-Along Links

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This post was published on October 18th, 2011. Post topics: Free Projects, Special Features. Post tags: , .

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