Category Archives: Quilt Alongs

Tone it Down Quilt Blocks


Like many others, I fell in love with Lissa Alexander’s Tone it Down quilt which was featured in the January/February issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  I loved the instructions for strip piecing, but loved the scrappy low volume look more and wondered if I’d be up for so many hundreds of little pieces (approximately 2250!).  Early in the year I decided to make a test block, choosing navy blue and green as my two colors, and I loved it.  Still, it sat, in spite of the quilt along.


Last week I made a huge mess in my sewing room, pulling out most of my low volume prints and cutting into them until all the background pieces were cut.   I’ve made one block every day or two since, and with every block I make I like this quilt more.  It makes me happy to be using so many different fabrics that I love, and doing a bit of fussy cutting in a few spots has been a lot of fun.


The block above is the brightest so far, and I really love that little boy in the center, and also the pink typewriter.  I pieced it on my youngest son’s birthday, and it reminds me of his happy smile.


I’ve been starching all the pieces before I sew, which takes time, but I’ve been able to piece the blocks together without any pins.  While not perfect in every spot, I’m happy with the accuracy of my seams.


I love the way they look together, although there will be sashing and lots of little nine patches between them when the quilt top comes together.


After finishing a block I’ve been laying out the next one so it’s ready for me whenever I have a few minutes to sew.  So far I’ve been lucky and no little hands have scattered the pieces.  After the first four blocks I feel like I have a system for chain piecing and I’m getting faster.  What sounded overwhelming at first has become enjoyable in these bite sized pieces and I’m sure I’ll have all twenty blocks done soon.


Maybe it’s just because I haven’t had much time to sew this year, but the sight of my sewing space is really making me happy this week!  It feels so good to do even a little bit of sewing.


Linking to Freshly PiecedAlso, I almost forgot!  My sister is giving away a free Craftsy class over at Sisterview.  You should enter!

Scrappy Swoon Giveaway Winner


Well, I’ve had one unusual week, and while I was busy living it, seven of you finished your quilts.  I know there are more quilt tops awaiting quilting, and I hope you’ll share them in the Scrappy Swoon Flikr pool when you finish.  I’ll be checking it!  Six of you linked up, and one of you doesn’t have a blog (that’s you, kprzy), so the picture in the Flikr pool I counted as entry number seven.


If you follow my blog regularly, you know I’m working on mastering technology more this year as one of my 2013 goals.  Well, I tried to figure out how to get the little image of the random number pick to show here, but apparently I’m doing something wrong!  Sorry!  (Another thing to learn.)

According to, the winner is entry #7, kprzy’s photo on Flikr.

Congratulations!  Kprzy, shoot me an email and we’ll take care of the details!  A big thank you goes to The Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this giveaway by offering a fat quarter bundle of Jeni Baker’s Color Me Retro fabrics!  Thanks so much!

Thank you all so much for supporting my first effort at contributing to the many awesome quilt ideas and designs available online.  Thanks for sewing along, and for your kind comments and feedback.  It has been a lot of fun for me to visit your blogs and see your photos.  I have come to admire your talents in the past several weeks.  Thanks to Camille Roskelley who kindly supported my idea.  And a very special thanks to my two awesome sisters, who also participated in this quilt along, and without whose support I might not have found the courage to do the quilt along at all.

Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone!

Enjoy your quilts, and happy sewing!


Scrappy Swoon Link Party!


Welcome back for the Scrappy Swoon Link party!  This marks the official end of the quilt along and I hope you’ve enjoyed making your Scrappy Swoon.   I’ve had so much fun watching your quilts take shape and feel very grateful for your participation.


I shared my quilt last week, and now it’s your turn.


Many thanks again to the Fat Quarter Shop for offering a fat quarter bundle of Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker as a giveaway prize for one of you!  To enter the drawing, link your post about your FINISHED quilt below.  The link party will be open until Thursday March 14th at 11:59 pm, Pacific time.  A winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday March 15th.    Be sure to link to the specific post and not to your home page so we can all admire these gorgeous quilts.

Good luck!

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