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Jun 21, 2017

Hopscotch HOOP QUILT

Jun 21, 2017
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Hopscotch Fabric HOOP Quilt
Here is my latest HOOP QUILT project finish.  Every time I begin a new HOOP QUILT, I try to think of ways to make each one just little bit unique.  This hoop was no different...Hopscotch Hoop Quilt Patchwork Close Up
This hoop uses Hopscotch fabrics by Jamie Fingal for RJR.  They are fun, bright and full of energy.  I decided to arrange the HSTs in this pattern to create a star shape.  This is the first time I used a star layout (inspired by a hoop my mom made) - and I love the way it came out.  The bright and saturated prints look great as star points.
Hopscotch HOOP Quilt Embroidery Detail
The embellishments I added to this hoop were sparked by the Deconstructed Dandelions print in Cloud (from Hopscotch).  I wanted the embroidery to look like the dandelions were being blown away by sweet summer wind.  I used colors of DMC floss that coordinated with the HST prints.  Cute!

I also couldn't resist photographing this hoop with Hopscotch fabrics on black top pavement.  Hopscotch and black top - serious memories of youth!

Keep your eyes peeled - the details on the HOOP QUILT ALONG will be released next week. Come back and see me or follow along on Instagram. Yeah!

HOOP QUILT Sample with Hopscotch Fabrics
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Jun 12, 2017

Summer Sampler 2017 - Alchemy

Jun 12, 2017
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Today is my day of the Summer Sampler 2017 Quilt Along - the Summer Star Medallion.  I was so happy when Faith, Katie and Lee asked me to take part designing a block again this year.  And everyone loves a good star - so fun all around.  Scroll to the bottom to see the entire collection of star blocks and the layout.

Meet Alchemy.
Summer Sampler 2017 Alchemy
With all the challenging paper piecing in the first few blocks of the Summer Sampler, you may be happy to hear that this block is just regular piecing.  Yay!  I know how much Lee and Faith love paper piecing (wink, wink), so I knew I should go with some good old-fashioned straight-up-now-tell-me traditional piecing.

But.... it still may be challenging if you're making this as a 6" block.  The one I made above is a 12" block.
Summer Sampler 2017 Alchemy
I thought this butterfly from Rashida's first Cotton + Steel line, Moonlit, was perfect for fussy cutting in the center of the block.  Maybe something to keep in mind depending upon your fabric choice for the quilt along.  Enjoy!
Summer Sampler 2017 Alchemy

Layout for the Summer Star Medallion

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Jun 7, 2017

Gingham Girls HOOP QUILT

Jun 7, 2017
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I've been a fan of Amy Smart for many years.  I was so happy for her when I heard she was launching her first fabric line with Penny Rose/Riley Blake.  And then.... when I saw it was a gingham-based vintage-y styled line, I was over the moon about it.  It is so Amy and wonderfully bright.
gingham girls flag hoop quilt close up
Amy and I conspired to make a Hoop Quilt for her booth at Spring Market.  I knew this line would stitch up beautifully into a hoop quilt, but it wasn't until I saw her Land That I Love pattern that I wanted to create a flag motif.
gingham girls hoop 3
Amy's prints split easily into reds, whites, and blues.  There are a few springy yellows in there too.  It was tough to leave them out.  I changed some of the half square triangles to half rectangle squares.
gingham girls hoop 5
And accented the red plaid border with a little navy big stitching.  It's the perfect patriotic wall hanging.  I love the tiny red floral in the binding too - daisies are so sweet.  I think I'll hang this on my front door during July. :)
gingham girls hoop 4
And this last photo shows you exactly how big this tree is.  It's huge!  It's the perfect backdrop for Hoop Quilts. Pin It
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