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This Christmas in July project is so fun and I love seeing all your blocks!

If you’re joining me for the first time visiting for the Mini Quilt Christmas Quilt Along, I'm so excited you are here! I'm Pat, and I’ve been quilting 'online' since 1999!  I write quilt books, do videos and tutorials, host sew alongs, design fabric for Benartex, and share it all with my worldwide online neighborhood of quilters. Find out more about my sew alongs HERE and join my online neighborhood HERE

Block #3 is darling, are you ready?

 

Block Three: The darling cottage!
  • I'm going to do a 'winter' version of Merry Mini with my Bonnie Lane blue, a little yellow and set it on white.. this snowflake feels sparkly!
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All 3 together!

Christmas in July Sew Along - Merry Mini Week Three - House Block - Fat Quarter Shop - YouTube

Kimberly at the Fat Quarter shop has a great video to show you making the block. The supply list is very simple using a layer cake or 19 squares that are 10"

If you want to make like mine BUY my Bonnie Lane fabric

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Our July Aurifil Designer of the Month is the super talented Carl Hentsh!  

This is my version of Carl's block. With our theme of Traditions, Carl based his design on a place. I had a lot of fun with his paper pieced block. See my tips below. 

Remember to make and enter your block at the Aurifil site for a chance to win a box of thread! 

My Interview and block are At the Aurifil Website, read and come back!

The fabric I'm working with

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Pat's Tip

  • I take each paper pieced section and put the fabric for it together. This lets me see how it will look

OLFA True Blue Rotary Cutter

  • I'm using my built in guide beam on my Baby lock Solaris to start outside the seam allowance and sew right on the line.

FABRIC Choices:

  • My original corner is on the left. I loved the fussy cut peach but it was not effective with the next fabric choice, it got lost
  • So switched both the peach center and the white print. Much happier with the final.

TIP:

  • To line up the intersections, I push a pin through to be sure they are lined up.
  • Then use wonder clips to hold it instead of the pin. I find the pin distorts the stack because of the paper. The clips work perfectly!

**Wonder clips

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Here are all my blocks. Plan is to alternate mostly white, mostly peach backgrounds for the rest of the blocks. I love when I have a plan!

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Happy UFO Friday! Each Friday I'll show you my project for today/this week, share some thoughts and one of my favorite little zippy pouch free projects. Each week Friday will be our day to touch base on that UFO we want to work on, or maybe.. finish!

UFO (UnFinished Object) Friday

My UFO this week is my Splendid Sampler 1 blocks. I think of these as cotton candy, the colors are so yummy!

If you saw my question a week ago, I was wondering on Settings.  9 x 9 or 8 x 10?   I decided on 8 x 10 with thin sashing as the piece will then fit on the wall space behind where I do a lot of my fireside chats. Decision made, onto fabric!

After trying out several white prints, I went with a solid white. I found an aqua that I have enough of for the squares. Then I starched both. 

Here is my plan:

  • cut 1 1/4" sashing in white
  • cut 1 /4" squares in aqua
  • Set 8 x 10
  • Add a small white border and be done!

I decide to try this as an experiment. I'm do a LOT Of work at my computer. So I set my Alexa for 10 minutes. Had the Iron ready and then I sewed sashings on this row for 10 min and got most of it done. That kind of shocked me! Having the timer set was a great way to do it and made me focus and not waste time. 

Share your UFO at the end

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My Find:

Am I the last person on earth to discover the Swiffer? I have tile floors on my downstairs and this has been amazing to get up threads. I also heard that you can cut extra batting and use it... what??? that is fantastic! Have you tried that yet?

  • Swiffer dry duster


FREE Pattern: Bee Zippy bag    

This is a super fun zippy pouch!  I loved using the zipper that has 2 pulls on it, makes it easy to open it up!


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Here we go for a Fun Witch's Night Out Sew Along!

I am making my Witch's Night Out with  the fabric in the book. I had the fabric sent in advance so I was ready to host this sew along.  Below I will show you which pieces I'd use from the starter and I'll make one pumpkin, not all of them, in the fabric from the starter.  Remember you need to add a bit more to the starter bundle, dig in your stash!

On my Project page I show you the block order. I'm mixing in the 'non pumpkins' so that we can sew a row at a time, plus it makes it more fun this way! In order to have a quilt ready for fall, we will sew blocks each week.

** Witch's Night Out Project Page

TIP:

  • This is how I take the starter bundle and figure how which fabric will be used for each block in the book.  You can cut a little piece and tape it in your book to make it easier. 
  • Click the photo for a larger image

CONVERSION and a TIP:

  • Here is one pumpkin from the starter bundle, it's so cute! 
  • Each week I'll have different tip, this week I suggest for the smaller pieces to starch your fabric. If you have never starched, it might be fun to try it!
  • Leave me a comment if you want a tutorial on starching

** Starch I use, Niagra purchased Faultless so that is why it's a slightly different container

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REQUIRED Witch's Night Out Book

Some of you pre-ordered a kit just like the book.  Those are all sold out. So below I have a suggested starter bundle and background so you can buy that to make this with very similar fabric. 

This book also has a darling pumpkin table runner option that is 16" x 58" if you want to make that for the sew along. I'm thinking of making a few of the blocks with the starter for a little wall hanging.  Stay tuned to see if that happens!


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DETAILS:

  • DATES - July 11 to Sept 26 2019
  • REQUIRED Book - Witch's Night Out
  • NUMBER - 11 blocks + Final share 
  • SIZE -  57" x 64"
  • TIMING - 1 Block a week assigned on Thursday. You have the book so you can set each block and sew rows as you go. 
    This way it will be done to be used this fall!
  • Technique - All Pieced
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Sew the BOOK Sew Alongs

My Celebrate the Seasons Book, Summer Projects - I'll give bonus ideas for how to add to these for table runners or even larger quilts. Make one or all 3 from your book

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I'm in love with the fabric kit we have for Winter Wonderland's books cover quilt, the Sleigh Bell Sampler!

At the end I've included the sew along information on Witches night out and Summer Celebrate the Seasons 



When you come in from a building snowmen, sledding, ice skating, or taking a brisk winter walk, Block #3 is a steaming cup of warm that is waiting for you.  I have a few tips for making this block below. 

The Fat Quarter shop and I created a great kit for this quilt with a super darling fabric line.

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TIPS:

  • The book stand works perfectly to take the pieces from the kit and lay them out before cutting. I just drape them on the stand, saves table space too! 
  • There are several sew and flips for this block. I place the squares in position to keep track of them

** Book Stand

** Design Boards

 

TIPS:

  • For all my sew and flip I use the built in guide beam on my Babylock Solaris.  My favorite option!
  • I also sew from the SIDE, never the CORNER.  If I were to sew from the corner to the side the probability of that tiny corner getting sucked into the feed dogs is high. When I start on the side that doesn't happen


TIPS:

  • Check placement before sewing! Check your sew and flip BEFORE trimming. If it does not meet, then you didn't sew exactly
  • you can see on the 2nd photo that the line is a bit off. With these tiny pieces you really need to be accurate.

Check your sizes before sewing. they should be the same width. If not fix it.

It won't magically be correct after you sew if it's starting out wrong. 

I did my embroidery with Aurifil 12 wt thread

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♥ We appreciate all you do to support our small family business, big hugs from Pat & the Shipping dept.♥

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Do you love Christmas in July? That means getting a project all done in time to use this winter!

If you’re joining me for the first time visiting for the Mini Quilt Christmas Quilt Along, I'm so excited you are here! I'm Pat, and I’ve been quilting 'online' since 1999!  I write quilt books, do videos and tutorials, host sew alongs, design fabric for Benartex, and share it all with my worldwide online neighborhood of quilters. Find out more about my sew alongs HERE and join my online neighborhood HERE

Block #2 is wonderful, are you ready?

Block Two: A snowflake
  • I'm going to do a 'winter' version of Merry Mini with my Bonnie Lane blue, a little yellow and set it on white.. this snowflake feels sparkly!
  • BUY Bonnie Lane

I'm excited how they look together!

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Christmas in July Sew Along - Merry Mini Week Two - Snowflake Block - Fat Quarter Shop - YouTube

Kimberly at the Fat Quarter shop has a great video to show you making the block. The supply list is very simple using a layer cake or 19 squares that are 10"

If you want to make like mine BUY my Bonnie Lane fabric

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I have some new.. so let's get chatting!

If you are reading this in an email, CLICK THE TITLE or the SEE MORE at the end to come to my website to watch my video!

Pat Sloan 7 8 19 Fireside chat - YouTube

Thank you for using my links, they support my small family business.

Enter my GIVEAWAY at the end

This week I chat the featherweight my mother-in-law gave us, christmas fabric, and habits. 



FABRIC

UFO Busted!

  • I was REALLY happy to get this Farm to Garden table runner done! I know I said it was a gift, but for now it's on my living room coffee table..shhh.. don't tell
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** Last Week’s Prize was from me and Aurifil! The winners are

    • Thread -  Valery My other hobbies consist of reading, knitting and working on home decor projects...... mostly for my family as my house is too small now that we’ve downsized. I love creating and I love a new challenge!   
    • Fabric - Karen Morton  I love to read to really relax. Right now I am trying to work my way through all the Agatha Christie novels I missed when I was younger. I also love to bake.  Mortonkarena@gmail.com

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Happy UFO Friday I'll show you my project, share some thoughts and cool stuff I might find. Each week Friday will be our day to touch base on that UFO we went to move forward ... or dare I say... finish! 

UFO (UnFinished Object) Friday

Today select your 'UFO Friday' project. Work on it tonight. Work on it more days if you like!  But today, you have to work on your UFO of choice, and of course, the Pat Sloan's neighborhood 'secret pinkie swear' is done by all to lock us into a our secret club of UFO work.. oh and feel free to roll that UFO right into the weekend!

Last week I had my Ballerina Quilt on the table to become a completed top and I got it done & sent to the 'spa'. I Rocked that goal! My quilt is now in Memphis enjoying some spa time!

This week I am going to put the hanging sleeve, label, and binding on my Flower Bouquet, whose spa treatment was fabulous! Quilted at the Pink Paw Spa with Cindy and Dennis.  I'll show you when it's done. 

Starting next week: Witch's Night out

  • We start next week. I have my project page created with all the block dates. We go for once a week for 12 weeks.
  • I've made all the blocks already in the original fabric. I've got a great tip for you to get your starter bundle or stash ready so you can easily use your fabric. 

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Side Project: Crochet

I taught myself to crochet when i was in the 5th grade. That green metal hook is one from my original set. My great grandmother, that I adored, did granny square afghans.  I didn't live near her, so my mom bought me a book and I taught myself to crochet. I pretty much still crochet like a self taught 5th grader.  Recently my friend Mathew of Mister Domestic and Christopher Thompson of the tattoo quilter are crocheting with Lori Holt's cotton yarn.

I remembered the Fat Quarter shop had sent me a mini sampler of the yarn, a regular size white skein, a book and totebag.  I went for a deep hunt into my storage to find my original hooks. 

Now I'm ready! I think I'll do a coaster first.  Do you crochet?


FREE Pattern: Riverside Tote    

With my Bonnie Lane fabric in shops I'll be sharing projects with you! I have used my friend Amy Sinabaldi's Riverside tote pattern a few times.  I like doing a separate binding for the top edge, the rest I like her pattern.  

Cutting yourself a break: 

Sometimes we hang onto a project or a thing because we started it and don't feel we should stop. Don't feel we can pause it. Or heaven forbid, don't feel we can give ourselves permission to quit.

Recently I decided that my photo a day project that I signed up for,  Capture 365, with was an amazing thing, but I was not keeping up. I didn't have time to devote to doing the lesson each day. Or maybe more precise, I didn't MAKE the time to do the lesson each day. First I decided to cut back and just document one photo a day that I took.  After a few weeks of that, and getting behind,  I thought about it. Was I enjoying it? Did I want to double down and start doing it daily? Or was I more interested in other things right now? 

My decision was to stop documenting one photo a day. At this point I felt pressure and nagging, from myself, when I didn't document a photo a day. So I'm still reading the lessons to learn  more about photography, but not feeling the pressure right now to do the lesson.

And I'm ok with this.  Just because I started and said I wanted to do it, doesn't mean I can't change my mind.

Look at what you have going on in your life right now. Is there something you can hit the 'pause' button on? Or maybe just put it away for now. Try it again another time? Or maybe decide you did what you did, and that is good. Close that project up and call it done. 

Let me know if the comments what you might be evaluating, I'd love to hear about it. 


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Do you love Christmas in July? That means getting a project all done in time to use this winter!

If you’re joining me for the first time visiting for the Mini Quilt Christmas Quilt Along, I'm so excited you are here! I'm Pat, and I’ve been quilting 'online' since 1999!  I write quilt books, do videos and tutorials, host sew alongs, design fabric for Benartex, and share it all with my worldwide online neighborhood of quilters. Find out more about my sew alongs HERE and join my online neighborhood HERE

This is the first block of the Fat Quarter Shop Merry Mini Quilt Christmas Quilt Along. are you ready?

Fabric I'm using

  • Bonnie Lane is In the house! I was SO excited to find out my fabric line Bonnie Lane was in so I could use it for this Fat Quarter shop sew along! That means you can make one just like me!
  • I'm going to do a 'winter' version of Merry Mini with my blue, a little yellow, a little gray and set it on white. I can't wait to show you the block!

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Block One: The Poinsettia Block

Such a fun block to do! This quilt is called a mini because it's 4 blocks and a border. The blocks are 12" finished, so easy to do!

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Christmas in July Sew Along - Merry Mini Week One - Poinsettia Block - Fat Quarter Shop - YouTube

Kimberly at the Fat Quarter shop has a great video to show you making the block. The supply list is very simple using a layer cake or 19 squares that are 10"

If you want to use my Bonnie Lane you order the Fat Quarter Bundle or 1/2 yd pieces of ones I'm using 

Merry Mini Quilt Along Details…

Each Tuesday in July is a block, with the last week being the setting. You will visit all 4 designers and the Fat Quarter shop to download the patterns.

If you want to make like mine BUY my Bonnie Lane fabric

Here is the schedule:

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