Arrows Quilt

I’m so excited.  Today is my day to share on Christa Watson’s blog tour for her new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts.

I chose to make the arrows quilt a bit smaller than the one on the book.  I left two rows off the side and a row off the bottom so my quilt ended up being 66″ x 72″.  I used 7 fat quarters from Alison Glass 2015 & 2016 Sun Print collections and about 4 yards of various Grunge whites for the background.  Even after making the arrows, I still had enough of the fat quarters to make a scrappy binding.

yes I laid on the grass to take this picture

The quilt was super quick to cut and piece.  I think I have no more than 5 hours total in making the quilt top.  Quilting it was another story.  I chose to quilt it the same way Christa quilted hers – with free motion arrows and cursive L’s.  I had not tried either before so I decided this was a great time to learn something new.  The instructions provided in the book were very clear and made learning these two new forms very simple.

Look! The points match! A little bit of extra work, but so worth it in the long run

Her book mentions that both free motion designs are fairly intense so she suggests doing short sessions at a time.  I would agree.  The maximum time I could sit and quilt the arrows was 45-60 minutes.  And even though the L’s seemed easier to quilt to me, I could only keep the motion going for about 20 min before they started looking funky.  In total it took me about 10-12 hours to quilt the entire thing on my domestic machine.

I backed the quilt with this fabulous Allison Glass print from her Ex Libris collection that perfectly matches the front.  So three different Alison Glass collections in one quilt and they all go together like they were meant to be. It also shows some of the quilting.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED.  MaryD is the winner ** GIVEAWAY #1 **  I’m giving away an electronic copy of Christa’s new book here on my blog courtesy of Martingale Publishing.  Just leave a comment telling me your favorite quilt from Christa’s new book, and if you have a private account be sure to leave your email as well.  Giveaway open through August 31.

Or you can buy a copy of Chrita’s book from her shop.  Trust me  You’ll love it.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED ** GIVEAWAY #2 **  On my Instagram account, I’ll be giving away a fat-quarter bundle of the Allison Glass prints that I used for the arrows.  Check out my Instagram feed for info on how to win.  I am @monkeyneedle.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you need to check out the other great bloggers that have participated in this fun blog hop.  A full list is below.

FRIDAY AUGUST 18 – SQUIGGLES

Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore
Kate Colleran Blog: Seams Like a Dream IG: @seamslikeadreamquilts
Sharon Parcel Blog: Yellow Cat Quilt Designs IG: @punkydoodle53

Click here to see Christa’s version of Squiggles.

SATURDAY AUGUST 19 – GRIDWORK

Sandy Maxfield Blog: Sandy Star Designs IG: @sandystardesigns
Joanne Harris Blog: Quilts by Joanne IG: @turtlequilterjo
Teresa Mairal-Barreu Blog Sewn Up: IG: @teresadownunder

Click here to see Christa’s version of Gridwork

MONDAY AUGUST 21 – FREQUENCY

Nancy Scott Blog: Masterpiece Quilting IG: @masterpiecequilting
Martingale’s Blog: Stitch This! IG: @martingaletpp
Lorinda Davis Blog: Laurel Poppy & Pine IG: @laurelpoppyandpine

Click here to see Christa’s version of Frequency

TUESDAY AUGUST 22 – S.W.A.K.

Sherry Shish Blog: Powered by Quilting IG: @poweredbyquilting
Michelle Bartholomew Blog: Michelle Bartholomew IG: @michellebartholomew
Allison Dutton Blog: Allison Sews IG: @allisonsews

Click here to see Christa’s version of S.W.A.K.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23 – STARSTRUCK

Lissa LaGreca Blog: Lovingly Lissa IG: @lovinglylissa
Sherri Noel Blog: Rebecca Mae Designs  IG: @rebeccamaedesigns
Sandra Healy Blog: Sandra Healy Designs IG: @sandrahealydesigns

Click here to see Christa’s version of Starstruck

THURSDAY AUGUST 24 – DOT’N’DASH

Laura Piland Blog: Slice of Pi Quilts IG: @sliceofpiquilts
Cheryl Brickey Blog: Meadow Mist Designs IG: @meadowmistdesigns
Jen Frost Blog: Faith and Fabric IG: @faithandfabric

Click here to see Christa’s version of Dot’n’Dash

FRIDAY AUGUST 25 – TWINKLING DIAMONDS

Jessee Maloney Blog: Art School Dropout IG: @jessee_artschooldropout
Jessica Caldwell Blog: Desert Bloom Quilting IG: @desertbloomquilting
Anjeanette Klinder Blog: Anjeanette Klinder IG: @anjeanetteklinder

Click here to see Christa’s version of Twinkling Diamonds

SATURDAY AUGUST 26 – WINDOWS

Terri Vanden Bosch Blog: Meanderings Along Lizard Creek IG: @lizardcreekquilter
Suzy Webster Blog: Webster Quilt IG: @websterquilt
Katie Joy Church Blog: Wild Prairie Studio IG: @katie_joyquilts

Click here to see Christa’s version of Windows

MONDAY AUGUST 28 – KITES

Pam Cobb Blog: The Stitch TV Show IG: @thestitchtvshow
Jen Rosin Blog: A Dream and a Stitch: IG: @adreamandastitch
Rashida Khanbhai Blog:  No. 3 Quilt Studio IG: @no3quiltstudio

Click here to see Christa’s version of Kites

TUESDAY AUGUST 29 – ARROWS

Lynn Kline Blog: Monkey Needle IG: @monkeyneedle
Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore

WEDNESDAY AUG 30 – SPOOLS

Jen Shaffer Blog: Patterns by Jen IG: @patternsbyjen
Sandra Starley Blog: Textile Time Travels IG: @textiletimetravels

Thanks for visiting!

What Do Pin Cushions Eat?

What do pin cushions eat?

I found out this week exactly what pincushions eat.  I decided it was time to retire my strawberry pin cushion that I had had for about 15 years.  So I cut it open and spilled its guts.  And out fell a ton of saw dust and 27 needles.  Yep, you heard it — pin cushions eat needles.

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Actually, I knew this already.  I realized years ago that that is where my needles kept disappearing to.  I would put a needle in the pin cushion and next time I went looking for it, it would be gone.  I actually had several slip into the guts before my very eyes and couldn’t get them back.  What I can’t figure out is how the pin cushion actually held all that saw dust and 27 needles!

Well, I have the needles back now.  And I made a cute little needle book to keep them in.  I found a tutorial here for making an octagon hexi needle book.  And, hopefully I won’t lose them to the pin cushion monster anymore.

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.