October 27, 2019

First Snow Quilt Along- Borders!

Hello dear snowflake sewists. I apologize for being a week late on this step of the quilt along. We are mostly settled into our new home, and putting borders on this was the very first thing I sewed in my new space! I'll show you how the sewing room is coming in a bit.

I am over the moon about this quilt top! One thing that stood out to me this time was how much easier/faster it seemed than when I made this same pattern 3 years ago. That is a testament to practice and experience, and I love that part of being a human! "That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased." (Ralph Waldo Emerson) What a wonderful thing. For the record, the first time it was verrrry tedious for me!

I'm very pleased with the contrast level of the Riley Blake Peaches and Cream and Riley White, I think it balanced just right. I'm sending this off to Kaitlyn @knotandthread this week, as she is the official discounted longarmer for this quilt along. 20% off! Woo hoo! Mine is on the way to her as we speak.

This week's prize is free long arming of your quilt top with @fiveonsunny, and the winner is @janp325! I have worked with Amanda a few times this year and I'm excited for you to get to use her services. She quilted the 6" sampler in my last post.

A few people have reached out to me about pressing issues when putting the blocks together. I think I talked about this in stories on IG, but I should have mentioned it here too. I have learned a thing or two about pressing since I wrote that pattern and I think the best way would be to press the final two seams for each block the opposite of what it says in the pattern, then rotate every other block. That way, the seams will nest and those points will be easier. If that doesn't make any sense feel free to contact me about it!

Finally, here are the beginnings of my new sewing space! I'm sure I'll still move things around as I unpack and find the best system in here. I think this is supposed to be a dining room, but heaven knows we don't need two dining spaces in this family! It will get much more use this way :) I am excited to not have all of this packed into my bedroom anymore, and I think my husband is too, haha!  The rug is from Target and the dots are vinyl stickers cut with my friend's Circut. This is the black matte vinyl I used.

Pretty fun stuff! I will see you next week (after catchup, if you need it) for the final prize winner! I'm so grateful to you that have sewn along with me on this one, I love looking at all of yours and I'm thrilled that I have a new Christmas quilt this year. See you soon! Next week's prize is more free quilting from House of Elle!

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