A Merry Quilt-A-Long is coming your way tomorrow.  It all starts tomorrow.

Do you love trying new things and learning new techniques? Do you want to meet some new quilty friends? Would you like to finish a Christmas quilt BEFORE Christmas?  Consider joining or following along in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long.  I had planned on being one of the hosts for this QAL, but life got in the way.  Hate when that happens.  But I will be following along and doing blocks when I can.
The quilt-a-long (QAL) starts August 1st. Every other Tuesday, a new FREE 12″ quilt block pattern and tutorial will be released. If you complete the block before the next pattern release, then you will be entered to win some AMAZING prizes! There are bi-weekly prizes and a mega grand prize too!  
Don’t forget to join the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook Group to join the party! Designers will post links to the tutorials there, so that is your best way to not miss a single post! You can also ask questions and post pictures of your blocks as you complete them to be entered to win the prizes!
All the bloggers participating in the QAL met through the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. There are 11 bloggers that have designed blocks. They are:
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing  
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts 
Vanda at Quilt in Piece
In addition, there are quilt-a-long hosts who will be sewing along and making every block too! They will share tips and tricks for each block, plus you’ll get to see the same block in many different fabrics! These bloggers will be there every step of the way to encourage you to finish the quilt too!
Abbie at Sparkle On
Becca at Pretty Piney
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts 
Vanda at Quilt in Piece
Still have questions? I’ve got answers!
  • Do I have to make every block? No! This is laid back and meant to be fun! Make the ones you want! You will be eligible to win the bi-weekly prize for each block you complete.
  • Is this for experienced quilters only? No! The quilt-a-long is for everybody! Every block is unique and uses various techniques. That’s why we started a Facebook group – so we can all help each other be successful! Whether you’re new or seasoned, I’m sure you’ll find this an exciting and fun experience!
  • Can I see the blocks beforehand? Nope! We are only releasing one block at a time. I know, I know. I’m a control freak too! Trust me, it will be worth it though!
  • Who can participate? Anyone, anywhere….
  • Can I still participate if I’m not on Facebook? Absolutely! If you’re on Instagram, use #iwishyouamerryqal to be entered to win. Each designer will also have a linky party on their block post so you can link up blog posts or Flickr photos. If you want to sew along, we will find a way!
  • What are the prizes? There are so many! It’s best to keep an eye on the Facebook group, as we will begin sharing the prizes there soon! Just some of the prizes include patterns, batting and products from The Warm Co., thread from Aurifil, a gift certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop, signed quilt books, precuts, and much more! You won’t want to miss a single week!
  • How much fabric do I need?  This is hard to say but a 1/2-1 yard of a few Christmas fabrics will do.  I would include a light and a dark and then maybe two shades of green and red or teal and red.  This is always a good start for a sampler and if you need more you can always add in fat quarters as you go.   If you are thinking of a quilt, I suggest 1 yard for sashing and 1 yard for a border. To finish the quilt, you will need 4 yards for backing (or 2 yards of extra-wide backing), a twin size batting, and 1/2 yard for binding.  
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I have made 3 Sew Together Bags by Sew Demented.  Can we say lots of zippers.  Here are links to My FirstSecond and Third bags.

I have a small group of girlfriends from high school (that was a long time ago, 1974) and we try to get together at least once a year.  It was time for a get together and I always like to take a little something to share, so it was time to make a few more Sew Together Bags.  Only five of us will be getting together this time and we are headed to one of the girls place in Northern Michigan sitting on a great lake (not one of the GREAT Lakes, but still a great lake).

Thankfully I have some zippers in  my stash from Zipit Zippers.  And I my first two bags made are just hanging around the house waiting for a home.  I only need to make two more bags.  Just need to find some fabric that goes with my zippers.

Here is the fabric I ended up using.

 

Now that I have made a few bags, it doesn’t take to long to get one finished.  I have looked many places for tips on making these bags.  The printed directions are directions and for someone like me (sometimes pattern reading challenged) pictures help.   The Quiilt Barn- Sew Together Bag Sew Along  is the best.  Her pictures and breakdown of each step makes this bag easy.

Here are the finished bags.

I still need to work on my binding sewing by machine.

Here are the four bags that made the trip.

I also brought each a book, The Girls from Ames, it is about a group of girls from Ames and their friendship over 40 years.

We had a great weekend.

I am linking up with

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop! Whoop!

Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish It Up Friday

 

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It is late in the month and I hadn’t even started my OMG for July.  So this morning I got started.  Decided on a NoodeHead – Wide Open Zipper Bag

This appeared to be such an easy pattern and my sister had bought some cute fabric, wanting a few bags.  Off I go to do my bags.

She had bought the material when we were down in Shipshewanna, IN last month.  It is very cute and they vendor had added the vinyl to the fabric.

 

 

Here is my bag.  It was a bit bulky in the lining, since I lined it with vinyl fabric too.  Too much bulk for the inside seams, along with the interfacing.  Maybe I should have tried without the interfacing.

I am modifying my July OMG from 3 bags to 1.  I need to decide if I want to use the remaining vinyl fabric for bags or thread catchers or something else.

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts – OMG

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July has flown by, I started All In Good Time back in June and finished it earlier this month.  Thought I would get back to updating my projects on the blog.

 

 

I used Kate Spain Early Bird and love how it turned out.

The only thing I changed on the pattern was the piano key corners.  I wasn’t crazy about trying to do the mitered corners, so I changed up to blocks the same as the borders.

 

Went with my favorite striped binding.

 

I think I am getting better at this machine binding thing!!!  Here’s how this one looked.  Thinking if I change to 2 1/4 stripes for my binding it may be great!

 

I am off to start my July One Monthly Goal.  I know I realize it is the 26th of July.  Thankfully my July OMG isn’t too tough.

 

Linking up with

Mid Week Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Wait Loss Wednesday at Inquiring Quilter

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Work In Progress with Friends at Mama Spark’s World

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I finished this quilt last month, but never posted, so here it is.

It was started in May, Purple Diamonds.  I had a few popped seams that are now fixed, so here is the finish.

In the beginning I wasn’t that crazy about the fabric.  It was one of those great buys, but not sure what I was going to do with the layer cake.  Of course for me HSTs when I want a quick quilt and not to much thinking.

I love how the back came out with the simple straight line quilting.  It was my first time using variegated thread and I like it.

 

Today I am linking up with Live Love Laugh Quilt – Making It Monday and Cooking Up Quilts – MCM

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