Tutorial · weekly update

Barn Quilt Block Tutorial

I have no idea what this quilt block is called, but this is what I came up with for the #BCBarnQuiltSwap4 quilt for my partner.  It is made using Half Square Triangles (HST), a single Hourglass block, and no waste flying geese blocks.

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Here’s how you make the 16″ finished block with the colors referencing the block above:
Cutting instructions:
Dark Blue:
Cut 1 – 3 3/4″ square
Cut 10 – 2 7/8″ squares

Pink:
Cut 4 – 2 7/8″ squares
Cut 4 – 2 1/2″ squares

Red:
Cut 1 – 5 1/4″ square
Cut 4 – 2 7/8″ squares

Light Blue:
Cut 6 – 2 7/8″ squares
Cut 1 – 3 3/4″ square

White/Gray:
Cut 2 – 5 1/4″ squares
Cut 8 – 2 1/2″ squares
Cut 12 – 2 7/8″ squares

HST Quadrant:

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  1. Layout of all the squares cut.
  2. Draw a diagonal across 8 white 2 7/8″ squares and 4 pink 2 7/8″ squares.  Match up 4 white with 4 dark blue, 4 white with 4 light blue, and 4 pink with 4 dark blue.
  3. Sew a 1/4″ on either side of the drawn line and cut on the drawing line.  For the white/dark blue, press towards the dark blue; for the white/light blue, press towards the light blue; for the pink/dark blue, press towards the pink.
  4. Trim the HSTs to 2 1/2″ square* and lay out the 9 block quadrant with the 2 1/2″ squares.  There should be 4 total quadrants.
    *Please note there should be minimal trimming.  If you cannot accurately sew a 1/4″ seam, you may want to use 3″ squares rather than 2 7/8″ to give space for trimming.

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Sew each row together and press seams in opposing directions as shown above.  I used the webbed piecing method to do this.

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Sew the rows together and press the rows in the direction shown above.  Repeat to make 4 identical blocks.

No Waste Flying Geese

This method works to make 4 identical flying geese at a time.

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  1. Draw diagonal lines on 4 red and 4 white 2 7/8″ squares.  Place 2 red 2 7/8″ squares on the white 5 1/4″ square as shown.  Repeat for the 2 white 2 7/8″ squares on the red 5 1/4″ square.
  2. Sew a 1/4″ on both sides of the diagonal line and cut the piece apart.  Press the half triangles open.
  3. Using another 2 7/8″ triangle, place it in the corner of the piece as shown.  Sew 1/4″ on both sides of the diagonal line.
  4. Cut on the diagonal line, and press the triangle open.  Make sure to trim the piece to 2 1/2″x 4 1/2″*

*Please note there should be minimal trimming.  If you cannot sew an accurate seam, this method may give you issues.

You should have 4 of each type of flying geese, 8 total so far.

No Waste Different Flying Geese (not sure what to call this)

Since the middle 4 flying geese have 2 of each color, you cannot use the above method. Instead you will cut each of the pieces and make the flying geese with parts.

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  1. Cut the 5 1/4″ white square on the diagonals, so you have 4 triangles.
  2. Cut 2 of the light blue squares and 2 of the dark blue squares in half.
  3. The blue squares are the wings of the flying geese as shown.
  4. Sew the blue triangles to the white triangles.  Remember to trim your pieces to 2 1/2″x 4 1/2″*

*Please note there should be minimal trimming.

Combining the flying geese:

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Sew the flying geese together so that the red makes an arrow and the white makes a square as shown above.  Press all the seams towards the tip of the red arrow as shown in the photo above.

Single Hourglass block

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  1. With Right Sides Together of the 3 3/4″ light blue and dark blue squares, cut across the diagonal.
  2. Sew a 1/4″ seam on the outer edges of the square across from each other as shown.
  3. Press the triangles open with the seams to the dark blue.  Sew the two triangles together to create the hourglass block.
  4. Trim the block to 4 1/2″ square using the diagonal on the ruler.

Sewing the Block together

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Layout the block as shown and sew the rows together.  I pressed seams away from the flying geese and towards the hourglass block as shown.

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Sew the rows together to make the final block.  I pressed the seams away from the center row as shown above.

Ta Da!  There you have it!

The methods I’ve shown here on how to make the HSTs and the no waste flying geese are methods I also used on the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt I talked about in my last post.

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In other news, I really am getting lazy with the Quilter’s Planner block since the requirement is only one block a month!  That is no way to keep me accountable, but my life is about to get really busy soon.  I finally decided to scrap my 103 pattern for a new one! The new and improved 103 pattern is in the works and hopefully will be done within a month!  I’m really excited I finally decided to make the decision to move on.

I am also participating in Christa Quilts‘ blog hop in August to celebrate her new book release! How cool is that!  I’m going to be showcasing her S.W.A.K. pattern.  You can pre-order her book from her website.  I am also allowed to share sneak peeks of my project too so once I get more than just a stack of fabric I’ll make sure to share!

Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

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6/27-7/4 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday PM, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (I love holidays!)

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
BCBarnQuilt
PBQ103 New
S.W.A.K.

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
BCBarnQuilt:  Quilt the block
PBQ103 New: Pick fabric and start making some blocks!
S.W.A.K.: Using as my ender and leader project.

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Blog Hop

2017 New Quilt Bloggers

Welcome to Week 3 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!  It’s been so great to learn about all these fabulous new bloggers in the past weeks.  I’m a part of the Better Bloggers Hive with Beth from Cooking Up Quilts as our Hive mama.  I’m excited it’s my turn to share a bit about myself!

IMG_20170222_181653_446My name is Sherry and I live in Minnesota (where just cotton batting is not warm enough)!  I started quilting a little less than 2 years ago and have become completely obsessed. By obsessed, I mean I sew and quilt at nearly every free moment I have (I even DREAM about quilting and quilt designs).  My blog name “Powered by Quilting” is in reference to it being my passion and what fuels my crafting journey (which is mostly Quilting).  I still work a “normal” day job that involves at times some heavy work travel.  So I started my blog to first update my friends and family with what I was working on and a place to keep myself accountable for what I set out to do with my busy schedule.  I even bought a travel Janome to bring on work trips with me so I can sew at the hotel at night (serious signs of an addiction).

I am starting to design my own quilts, but with the little free time that I have it’s a slow process for me.  I have a desire to make each of the quilts that I am designing which makes the pattern release process even slower.  However, the end products are quilts that I absolutely ADORE, and I hope you do too.

Here are some of the quilts I’m most proud of: 

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Spinning Vectors

This quilt is the very first pattern I designed.  I was love the movement of the flying geese, and it’s very beginner friendly.  The cascading of the ombre colors give it a happy rainbow effect too.  The pattern is for sale on Craftsy and Etsy.

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Unleash Your Inner Rockstar

This mini quilt is one that I designed and created for the Modern Quilt Guild Fabric Challenge by Riley Blake.  I love this because I think it shows my personality more than my quilting style for once. I love rock music and I love quilting so why wouldn’t a mashup work?  After all, we are all Rockstars in our own right.  You just need to own it.

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Moroccan Getaway –

This quilt was a monster for me especially since I started it a few months into my quilting journey.  I feel like I have some minor ADD because I couldn’t work on it more than a few blocks at a time.  The end result was completely worth it, but I don’t know if I’ll every have the patience to make one of these again.

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Bloom –

This was the first quilt I made with hand applique (or applique of any kind).  It’s a deviation of my typical style, but it was just too cute to pass up.  It also cemented my favorite type of applique – by hand and typically with a sew in interfacing to get the turned edge.

Other quilts that I have created can be found on my completed quilts page

 

Questions for you:

  1. What quilting technique do you love/hate and why?  (paper piecing, EPP, applique, etc.)
  2. Do you always go to the same blogger/site for tutorials or do you search for multiple via google or other search engine pr do you look for link up parties/tutorials?  (How do you look for tutorials?)

My Future Plans:

In the next year, I hope to:

  • Release 2-3 original patterns
  • Submit my quilts into the MN state fair and QuiltCon2018
  • Practice and become more comfortable with Free Motion Quilting
  • Participate in other design challenges that come up.  These have been surprisingly fun to do.

I hope you’ll join me in my journey on your favorite platform whether it’s here on my blog or Bloglovin’, my Instagram, or on Facebook.

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Check out this week’s posts from my other hive mates:
Sherry of Powered by Quilting (You are here!)
Diane of Cwilt
Liz of Savor Every Stitch
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs

More new bloggers are also getting introduced by 2 other Hives run by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and Leanne @ shecanquilt. I hope you’ll visit them as well.

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Blog Hop · weekly update

Blossom Blog Hop

It is Day 2 of the Stitching Stars Blossom Blog hop, and I get to share with you my project inspired by “Blossom.”  As much as I wanted to be inspired by Mayim Bialik from the Blossom TV show, I figured showing my blossoming quilting skills was a much better idea.  I also gathered inspiration from Cherry Blossoms to have that floral spring touch as well.  I started with wanting to create a foundation paper piecing pattern and I somehow thought a 5 petal cherry blossom inspired flower would be the best idea.  It takes a smarter person than me to create a repetitive pattern on a 72 degree angle. It ended up being way too complex for me and nothing looked good.

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So I decided to do an appliqued piece. I’ve done plenty of hand applique before so I sketched out an overall look of what I wanted the piece to look like.  I thought a mug rug size would be great!  I’m in a mug rug swap in May and was told they are typically 8″x8″ in size so that’s what I targeted.

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I forgot to take a photo of the poorly drawn PowerPoint art I did to create a flower petal to confirm the shape that I wanted.  But once I got the shape, I traced it to a piece of paper, and you can see the final design layout of what my Blossom project would be.  You can also tell which flower I started on and which one I ended with. (Hint: I got sloppier as I went)

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For the applique, I used sew-in lightweight interfacing to flip each piece and hand-appliqued them to the background.  The stems were made using 1/4″ bias tape maker and hand-appliqued to the background as well. I decided to try my newly learned free motion quilting skills by quilting this piece with paisleys all over.  This is the first piece I’ve ever completely free motion quilted, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  It’s definitely scary for me to sit down and free motion quilt a project because I’m terrified that my quilting will ruin the piece.

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I think this turned out to be a super fun project.  The overall size seems to be slightly large for a mug rug, but I don’t think there are any set rules for sizing.  This is finish number 6 for the year, and the Completed Quilts page is updated!

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The Stitching Stars Blog Hop group is made up of ladies who all went to Sew Pro Convention last September in Chicago.  It’s been so helpful to have a network of great people to support each other as we all grow in our journeys.  What’s even more awesome is this giveaway quilt that had blocks contributed by people participating the blog hop!

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Special shout-outs to Lissa LaGreca of Lovingly Lissa for putting the blocks together into the quilt–she is also going to have the pattern for the quilt for free on her blog after the hop–and to Lisa Peterson of Lisa and Lorelai for quilting and binding this quilt!

How to enter the giveaway:  You will need to go to a Rafflecopter giveaway and complete the entries to enter.  The winner will be selected Sunday April 9.

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I am also hosting a giveaway for everything shown below, open to the US only (sorry to my international friends).

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How to enter to win:

  • Comment below with which 3 blocks I contributed to the giveaway quilt (hint, check my Instagram).
  • All followers of my blog will also get an additional entry to win!

Winner will be randomly selected Sunday, April 9, 2017.

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Here’s the Blossom Blog Hop lineup for the week.  Be sure to check all these fabulous ladies out with their Blossom projects!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lissa LaGreca: Lovingly Lissa
Carmen Ross: See Carmen Sew

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sherry Shish: Powered by Quilting (You are here!)
Becca Fenstermaker: Pretty Piney

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lisa Peterson: Lisa and Lorelai
Pam Cobb: The Stitch TV Show
Deanna Wall: Stitches Quilting

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Vanessa Behymer: Vintage Barngirl
Paula Mamuscia: Creations by Paula

Friday, April 7, 2017

Andi Stanfield: True Blue Quilts
Nancy Scott: Masterpiece Quilting
Anne Beier: Hudson Valley Quilts

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For those of you who are new to my blog, I end each blog post with my accountability goals for the week.  I usually have a recap of progress made within the past week, but I’ll continue the updates next week.

4/4-4/11 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday night and Saturday

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
MQG Fabric Challenge

Goals for the Projects:
Quilter’s Planner Block: Complete this week’s block
MQG Fabric Challenge: Finish the design for the text and start applique

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Tutorial · weekly update

Web Piecing Tutorial

I am participating in a blog hop in a few weeks with some very awesome ladies in the Stitching Stars Blog Hop next month.  The grand prize giveaway is going to be a quilt made from blocks from the participants.  Such a great giveaway prize, I can’t wait to have everyone see the finished product.  Here is a sneak peak of the blocks I made for the quilt!  The strips on the side are my contribution for the binding.  The whole quilt will have a scrappy style with so many different contributors!

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I used the large star to demonstrate how to do Web Piecing.  This technique is what I used for my Mega Man quilt top last week with all 744, 1.5″ squares.  You can definitely use this method to make blocks rather than an entire quilt too.  So after I completed the half square triangles (HST), I laid out my block into the 16 square grid.  Also, notice how I labeled the columns.

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When you start sewing the blocks together you will sew block B onto the block As.

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Chain piece all the squares and do NOT cut them apart after you are finished.

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Next, you will continue to add block Cs to the strips of A and B.  Chain piecing in order of the rows and again do NOT cut the strips apart.

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Continue with each column adding to the strips and chain piece in order.  In this case, I only had one more column to do.

Once you are finished, you will have webbed strips.  If you hold it on one corner, you will be picking up the entire piece.

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Now, you will iron each of the seams on the strips, alternating the direction of the seams on the strips.  So the top strip, press the seams to the left.  The next strip, press the seams to the right.  So on and so forth.

Taking the strips and pinning the seams, sew the rows together.  *I forgot to take photos of the pinning portion on the first row, so the photos are of the second horizontal seam.

Repeat this process for all the rows until you finish the block/quilt.

Then press all the horizontal seams to the bottom of the block (or according to the pattern).

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When you have very small pieces like I did with the Mega Man quilt, I had a hard time ironing my seams since they were so small.  A tip is to have the rows you didn’t want to iron sitting off the edge of the ironing board so you will only iron the row you are working on.  Comment below if that doesn’t make sense, and I’ll try to get another photo.

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I should also mention that I’m absolutely horrible at keeping secrets I’m excited about so it’s very difficult for me to be keeping my next pattern secret.  I am so excited about it that I’m already planning on submitting it to the State Fair and Quilt Con for next year (and any other event I can think of!).  Since I personally make the entire quilt myself (sometimes multiple times) prior to releasing a pattern, I’m not quite sure when the pattern will be completed.  Anyway, follow along here on my blog or on my Instagram to catch some sneak peaks!  The featured image on today’s post is the sneak peak of the colors I’m using for the quilt.

I finished the Quilter’s Planner block this week called Flying Kisses by Josie Heron of Avocado Quilts.  She uses the no-waste flying geese tutorial for the block.  I’ve used this method before, but I still don’t think I like it all that much.  The definite benefit is the reduction in waste, but I don’t think I get the same accuracy as I do with the traditional square in the corner and sew on the diagonal.  I should note that the same accuracy is relative because I know it’s a user error sort of a problem!

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Anyway I hope everyone is adjusting to the Spring Forward!

3/14-3/21 Weekly Goal:

Available time for quilting:
Wednesday PM, Saturday and Sunday

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
Modern Building Blocks
Powered By Quilting PBQ103
Chic Country

Goals for the Projects:
Quilter’s Planner Block: Complete this week’s block
Modern Building Blocks: Complete 8 blocks (I’ll eventually get back to this)
PBQ103: Make more blocks… or block pieces!
Chic Country: Finish piecing the top (I need my design wall space for PBQ103!)

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Blog Hop

Sew Pro All Stars Blog Hop

Hello from Shanghai!  I’m traveling for my day job this week, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a Blog Hop with the fabulous group I attended Sew Pro with!  And today’s the day!  I’m so happy to introduce to you my very first pattern inspired by my Sew Pro attendance this past September.  This pattern is called “Spinning Vectors” for the spinning nature of the flying geese and my STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) background.

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The pattern was designed with 3 main colors for the different flying geese for a more traditional looking block.

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The first sample that I created was using Ombre by V and Co. flying geese that were left over from my Moroccan Getaway quilt.  The rainbow pattern of color is one I just adore in any quilt, so I decided to do that as the first sample.  The edge to edge quilting was done by Rhonda Walker of Olie&Evie.

The second sample is more modern with a low volume mixture for the background color, but it stays with the main 3 color flying geese just alternating positions.  This quilt was made for my sister in a citrus colorway for some fun splashes of color with a modern look.  I quilted it with a simple crosshatch.  I decided to do my samples in two very different styles with the pattern written traditionally to show different possible looks of the quilt.

Look for a tutorial on how to do Y-seams and partial seams within the next month to help the beginner quilters with the blocks.

I’m now live on Craftsy and Etsy to purchase the pattern as a PDF download. (hip hip hooray!!!)

In short, Sew Pro Convention has changed my life.  I attended knowing hardly anything about the industry, only with the desire to be a part of it.  Even though I am working on consistently blogging each week, I don’t consider myself a “blogger” just yet.  My passion and motivation is to move towards pattern designing and my ultimate (long range) dream goal of fabric designing.  Sew Pro really lit the fire under me to start now rather than wait until later to begin.  I didn’t have a good answer when I asked myself, “What are you waiting for?”  So I designed Spinning Vectors and had some really awesome ladies proof read and test the pattern for me!

I gave a recap about my Sew Pro experience a few weeks ago right after the convention (you can read about it here).  But here’s my list of what I feel still resonates with me since then:

  • Quilting is a consistent asset in my life.  There is so much more structure in my creative life and that’s largely due to the accountability I have with blogging my weekly goals.  So thank you to all my readers for following and supporting me through this creative journey and doing your part in helping me stay accountable (even if you feel like you aren’t actively doing anything).
  • The one thing that sticks with me the most was something Tula Pink said in her keynote speech, about how not all your ideas are going to be great.  You just need to trash the not so great ideas and put more ideas down on paper.  I completely paraphrased but that was the gist of it.  Sometimes it’s frustrating that ideas don’t just magically rain down on me, but realizing that everyone goes through that is so normalizing and almost comforting knowing it’s not just me.
  • Keeping in touch with other participants from Sew Pro and supporting each other is going to be critical in staying in touch with the community.  I never considered myself much of an introvert, but too often I find myself that way with quilting.
  • Last but not least, I can do this!  Just see my first pattern above!

In addition to reading about everyone’s projects inspired by Sew Pro, there is an associated giveaway with the blog hop!  There are 3 bundles of fabric with patterns! Enter below.

Note – The giveaway will be live at 12am on 11/14 and end at 12am on 11/19.
Rafflecopter giveaway (Click on the link to get to the giveaway)

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14
Lisa Peterson – Lisa and Lorelai
Sherri Noel – Rebecca Mae Designs
Andi Stanfield – True Blue Quilts

Tuesday Nov 15
Vanessa Behymer – Vintage Barn Girl
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – The Stitch TV Show
Sherry Shish – www.poweredbyquilting.com  (YOU ARE HERE!)
Joanne Kerton – Canuck Quilter
Lisa Nielsen – Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross – See Carmen Sew
Anne Beier – Hudson Valley Quilts
Jessica Caldwell – Desert Bloom Quilting
Pamela Morgan – My Sweet Little Stitches

Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell – Marvelous Auntie M
Cathy Smith – A Quilting Chick
Lissa LaGreca – Lovingly Lissa 
Paula Mamuscia – Creations by Paula Mamuscia

Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker – prettypiney.com
Holly Stockley – www.lighthouselanedesigns.com
Teri Seal – daymoonquilts.blogspot.com
Trinia Braughton – www.penguinfeats.com
Deanna Wall – https://www.stitchesquilting.com/

For those of you that are new to my blog, I end each blog post with my accountability goals for the week.  I will be giving my Sewing Expo recap next week as this week was a special blog hop post.

11/15-11/22 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
All day Sunday and Monday Night.

Projects I want to work on:
Powered by Quilting Patterns
Modern Heritage BOM
Moroccan Getaway  (It’ll be back from the longarm this week!!!)

Goals for the Projects:
Powered by Quilting Patterns:  Layout schedule for Pattern #102 and tentative launch time frame
Modern Heritage BOM: Finish Month 4 Blocks
Moroccan Getaway: Finish binding the quilt.

I almost forgot!  My sister is going to be going to Saturday of Winter Quiltfest!  I conned… I mean convinced her to attend! I’m slowly enticing her to become a quilter, hehe.  But that still means if you are attending and would like to share a room with me and wouldn’t mind it being the two of us Friday/Saturday, let me know!