Trinket Progess

We’re at the end of week 2 of the Trinket Sewalong sponsored by Alison Glass Designs. I have all 8 weeks of blocks done and photographed and ready to post on the assigned day. I’ve actually also got my quilt top complete but won’t post that one quite yet. Here are the first few blocks.I booted up my computer and opened up my EQ8 software so that I could take the vision in my head and get it down on paper somehow. Christa Watson jokingly told me at QuiltCon that booting up the computer was the first step to really utilizing the program to its potential. I don’t tend to turn on my computer much since the IPad is just so much easier. I’m so happy I did as I love this design.My trinkets are one light and one dark of each pattern. The designs right next to each other just didn’t look right so I knew I needed to add the center sashing in the four patch blocks.The whole design turned out better than I had it in my head and I am super pleased with the result. Full reveal will be later but I did have time to start working on the backing which will be another Alison Glass fabric improv pieced backing. It’s going to be super colorful and fun!I’m having a blast looking at all the blocks under the #trinketsal hashtag on Instagram. There is so much fabulous creativity and diversity in the blocks. The finished quilts will all be wonderful.

Now to finish up that backing so I can quilt this thing.

Happy Sewing!

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Trinket Time

I have been furiously working on the Alison Glass Trinket Sewalong. It doesn’t officially start until March 10th but I want to be prepared to post daily once it does. The blocks are foundation paper pieced, which is my favorite and they go together really quickly.I’m using all Alison Glass fabric which I have plenty of leftover from the Classic Meets Modern Finale quilt I finished in January. I did have to supplement some lighter prints and some dark charcoal that I’m planning to use for sashing. I was so happy to find exactly what I needed when I went shopping during QuiltCon in Nashville last weekend.I’m sewing ahead of schedule and currently have 68 of my 80 blocks done! The minimum to make is 40 blocks but I have a plan to do one as light/dark and then one as dark/light. Here are a few that I have completed so far which shows my plan in action.I’m thinking of doing 20 four-patch blocks and sashing in the charcoal prints and then arranging them however I decide on that day. The quilt top has to be done and posted (on the AG site) by May 20th in order to qualify for the grand prize.

I’ll start really thinking about the layout once all the blocks are done. I’m really excited for this one and can’t wait to start posting them on Instagram (@crystollyn).

Here’s the 68 I already have completed. It’s such a pretty stack.I cannot wait to get back to working on this project. So fun! Who else is joining in and sewing along?

Classic Meets Modern Finale

This Block-of-the-month took a lot of planning on my part due to some health issues I was dealing with in 2018. I needed to finish up as many blocks as possible before chemically induced fatigue set in. I got a little behind early on but had a break mid-year where I was able to gain a bit of energy (and my sewing space) back. Once that happened I was able to push through and finish up this quilt top way ahead of deadline. I put together the backing this last weekend and finished this baby up and it’s a beauty!I admit to taking a couple of shortcuts….I did not make the filler blocks of snowballs and flying geese. Instead, I used some focal fabric to substitute for those fillers and one of them actually has flying geese in it so I call that a win.This quilt was made using Alison Glass designed fabric only. It’s rich and saturated with color and dimension and movement. I used a conglomeration of her many different fabric lines and they all work so well together.

The backing was made using the scraps from the individual blocks and then pieced together improv style. I like it just as much as the front which really makes this quilt a reversible throw.I quilted it using a variegated rust from the Aurifil Tula Pink collection and I really like how it looks on these fabrics. The colors are so varied that it was difficult to find a thread color that looked good on all of them but this one fit the bill.The quilting is a V shape echoed from each corner. The binding is a scrappy mix of colors that are the same print. Honestly, I was a little unsure once the binding was made about this choice but it worked out really well as a calming frame to this piece.This BOM was held by Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation. The theme was classic quilt blocks using Modern fabrics and interpretations. The layout is also a very modern touch. These blocks can be reused for many different projects. I already have a plan formulated for that X-plus Block pattern.My goal this year is to finish up a bunch of projects that are already in the works. I need to get a ton of quilt tops basted, backed, and bound. It can be done. I have the faith!

Playing Catch-up

I’ve been playing catch-up on my Block of the Month blocks for the Classic Meets Modern Quilt-a-long. I was able to complete 3 months worth! It’s been really fun pulling out the fabric and finding the perfect combination for each block. I’m using all Alison Glass fabrics for this project. So, let’s get started.

April:

This Block of the Month is using Modern color interpretations of classic blocks. April was Rolling Stone and Susannah.

May:

May consisted of the Double Arrow and Crossroads blocks.

June:

June included the X-Plus and Ribbon Star blocks.

I’m super happy that I was able to get all of this completed this weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve had the energy to sew and it was wonderful!

This quilt is going to be so eclectic and colorful and I cannot wait to see it come together.

I’m hoping to complete another big batch of blocks next weekend.

Until then – happy sewing!

Classic Meets Modern QAL – Jan/Feb

I had to finish the quilt top for my Epic Cat Quilt and got slightly behind on the quilt-along being hosted by My Quilt Infatuation. I got all caught up (and a little ahead) last weekend. Let’s revisit my fabric choice. I’m mixing lines but will be exclusively using Alison Glass designed fabrics.

I was super happy to find that text bundle on Etsy! The other two bundles came directly from Alison Glass during her big Christmas sale and will work just fine. So, let’s jump right into the blocks.

Bethlehem Star:

I chose a fabric from the Handcrafted 2 line – military green with splashes of Ochre and Fire – and took inspiration for the other colors from there.

I plan on using a text fabric in each block for a bit of cohesion. This block is a biggie – coming in at 24 1/2 in square and is a great showpiece for these fabrics.

Antique Tile:

I tried a little fussy cutting for the center of this one and strove to get the complementary colors positioned around it. This one is a normal size of 12 1/2 square.

The two blocks are assigned to be the top left and top right of the pattern. I love how they look together.

Nestled Churn Dash:

This is the first block for February and I went with a little bit of a darker palette but still keeping some of those oranges and yellows involved. And this is another big 24 1/2 in square block which allows those fabrics to really shine!

That middle white, between the Handcrafted and the magenta, is really a light grey that did not photograph as such so it works better in person.

Greek Cross:

Two smaller blocks here. I’ll admit that I messed up on one of them and will probably fix it later.

I’ve got half of the March blocks done but I will save those for later. This quilt is going to be fabulous and I’m excited to keep making these blocks!

Anyone else sewing along?

Break the Code

I recently came across a legend showing the Morse Code for the numbers zero through nine and it looked like it would make a cool quilt.  And guess what?  It does!The table I saw looks like this and I thought I could possibly create a mini quilt out of it.  I created the design and then attempted to figure out how to make it come to life.


Snowball blocks create the dots and small strips create the dashes.  I’m planning on writing up this pattern.  How cool would it be to make a quilt personalized with Morse Code?  I must start working on that!

I used this gorgeous Alison Glass charm pack and mixed it with some text prints.The rainbow deliciousness of this quilt makes me very happy!  I quilted each row with a coordinating color and I love the overall effect that it gives to this piece.  I used all the colors shown here.  I am definitely an equal opportunity thread user.The back is an improv pieced beauty that was made with the remaining scraps left over after making the front.

To be honest, I actually made this for an Instagram swap but I just couldn’t part with it and made something else instead.  Am I a bad swapper?  My partner wasn’t very specific about what was requested so I think I’m okay.  And the new piece I made is stunning.  I think it will work just fine.  In the meantime, both pieces are brightening up my sewing room.

Happy Sewing!