Sep
25

Be My Neighbor Quilt Along

Posted Sunday, September 25th, 2016 in QAL | Read More

I have always wanted to make a “house” quilt. I am excited to join the Moda Be My Neighbor quilt-along to make a house quilt.  There are several online quilt shops that are participating. The shops that I have visited for the patterns are Wool Felt Central and Bear Creek Quilting Company. Beginning on September 6, a new block will be added each Monday through December 19th.

I am printing them out each week. Here is my first block.

I am using fabric from a fat quarter bundle that I received for Christmas last year. I have used some of the bundle for another project so I am hoping that I will have enough to make all 16 blocks. I may have to go shopping if I run out. Wouldn’t that be terrible!

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Nov
15

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — Link (Part 4)

Posted Sunday, November 15th, 2015 in QAL | Read More

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For the second in a series of four blocks we are working on Link, with this being our eleventh block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. Find all of the blocks associated with Link here: Link (Part 1), Link (Part 2), Link (Part 3) and Link (Part 4). As a reminder, our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt.

The eleventh block that we will be making is Link, who is a young swordsman who is asked, after rescuing Impa, the royal nursemaid, to save Hyrule and Princess Zelda from the evil Prince of Darkness, Ganon, who is seeking out the shards of the Triforce of Wisdom. Link collects the pieces of this Triforce and enters Ganon’s lair in Death Mountain. There he defeats Ganon with a Silver Arrow, secures the Triforce of Power, and saves Princess Zelda from Ganon’s clutches.

The Link block will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key, The Bomb, The Blue Wizrobe, The Red Darknut, Princess Zelda, Sword and Shield, and Bow and Arrow however the size is different. The Link (Part 4) block grid is 15 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Light Green
Kona: Sour Apple
Brown
Kona: Earth
Yellow-Orange
Kona: Cheddar
Black
Kona: Black
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Nov
10

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — Link (Part 3)

Posted Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 in QAL | Read More

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For the second in a series of four blocks we are working on Link, with this being our eleventh block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. Find all of the blocks associated with Link here: Link (Part 1), Link (Part 2), Link (Part 3) and Link (Part 4). As a reminder, our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt.

The eleventh block that we will be making is Link. Within each Zelda game there is an incarnation of Link, all of which share both physical and non-physical characteristics. The connection of all Link characters, whether they are the same character or an ancestor of Link is unknown. Link only speaks three times throughout all of the Zelda games and by gamers that enjoy the series, this is seen as a misstep. Not typically hearing Link’s voice allows gamers to immerse themselves and be Link.

The Link block will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key, The Bomb, The Blue Wizrobe, The Red Darknut, Princess Zelda, Sword and Shield, and Bow and Arrow however the size is different. The Link (Part 3) block grid is 15 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Light Green
Kona: Sour Apple
Brown
Kona: Earth
Yellow-Orange
Kona: Cheddar
Black
Kona: Black
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Nov
5

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — Link (Part 2)

Posted Thursday, November 5th, 2015 in QAL, Quilt Blocks | Read More

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For the second in a series of four blocks we are working on Link, with this being our eleventh block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. Find all of the blocks associated with Link here: Link (Part 1), Link (Part 2), Link (Part 3) and Link (Part 4). As a reminder, our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt.

The eleventh block that we will be making is Link, who interestingly enough often shares a lot of similarities to Peter Pan. He wears green clothing, has an elf-like appearance, hangs out with a Fairy and battles evil with a sword. In some games, Link even fights his shadow or dark self. The creator of The Legend of Zelda has revealed that he did indeed take inspiration from Peter Pan when creating our hero.

The Link block will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key, The Bomb, The Blue Wizrobe, The Red Darknut, Princess Zelda, Sword and Shield, and Bow and Arrow however the size is different. The Link (Part 2) block grid is 15 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Light Green
Kona: Sour Apple
Brown
Kona: Earth
Yellow-Orange
Kona: Cheddar
Black
Kona: Black
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Nov
1

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — Link (Part 1)

Posted Sunday, November 1st, 2015 in QAL, Quilting | Read More

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After a little hiatus we are back and tackling the big man and main character of the Zelda Games, Link himself, in our tenth block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. As a reminder, our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt.

The tenth block that we will be making is Link, our main hero and the character that is played by the individual gamer. Link is typically depicted as a young boy or teen in green clothing that is called upon to leave his home and save Hyrule (the world within our Zelda games) and Princess Zelda.

As Link is the main character of the Zelda games, we are making him significantly larger compared to the other items and characters on our quilt. For that reason, Link’s quilt block has been divided up into four separate blocks to be sewn together after they are individually completed. Find all of the blocks associated with Link here: Link (Part 1), Link (Part 2), Link (Part 3) and Link (Part 4).

The Link block will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key, The Bomb, The Blue Wizrobe, The Red Darknut, Princess Zelda, Sword and Shield, and Bow and Arrow however the size is different. The Link (Part 1) block grid is 15 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Light Green
Kona: Sour Apple
Brown
Kona: Earth
Yellow-Orange
Kona: Cheddar
Black
Kona: Black
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Aug
16

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — Bow and Arrow

Posted Sunday, August 16th, 2015 in QAL | Read More

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Our next block includes two more of Link’s weapons, his Bow and Arrow, in our ninth block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. As a reminder, our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt.

The Bow and Arrow is a combination that Link uses to defeat his enemies within the Zelda games. Link begins with just a sword and shield and eventually picks up other weapons including the bow and arrow to progress through the game. In the first Zelda game, the bow and a silver arrow is required to finish off Ganon, the main and last boss of the game.

The Bow and Arrow block will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key, The Bomb, The Blue Wizrobe, The Red Darknut, Princess Zelda and Sword and Shield, however the size is different. The Bow and Arrow block grid is 18 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Green
Kona: Kiwi
Brown
Kona: Earth
Yellow-Orange
Kona: Cheddar
Light Green
Kona: Sour Apple
Light Gray
Kona: Light Gray
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Aug
1

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — Sword and Shield

Posted Saturday, August 1st, 2015 in QAL | Read More

Zelda: Sword and Shield (Block 8)

Our next block is two of Link’s weapons against evil, his Sword and Shield, our eighth block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. As a reminder, our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt.

The Sword and Shield are two central pieces of Link’s weaponry within the Zelda games. Link begins each game with a Wooden Sword and Shield and can purchase a stronger Magical version of each. The Magical Sword and Shield were actually only used in the first two Zelda games. In newer Zelda games Link upgrades to the Master Sword, typically by finding it after defeating a particular part of the game.

The Sword and Shield block will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key, The Bomb, The Blue Wizrobe, The Red Darknut and Princess Zelda, however the size is different. The Sword and Shield block grid is 18 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Green
Kona: Kiwi
Brown
Kona: Earth
Yellow-Orange
Kona: Cheddar
Red
Kona: Red
White
Kona: White
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Jul
5

Twisted Blossom – Block 1

Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2015 in QAL | Read More

Sew Kind of Wonderful is hosting a free QAL, July 1-August 31, using the Quick Curve Ruler. This was of great interest to me because I bought the ruler when I saw a demo at the local quilt shop last spring. I have wanted to try it but was not ready to start the larger project for which it was purchased.

I had to purchase the Metro Twist pattern to make this block. I went to my LQS  where I bought the ruler but they did not have it in stock. They offered to order it but I didn’t want to wait to start my block. I ordered it online and did the digital download to have it instantly.

I looked through my fabric stash and found a small bundle of fat quarters that I bought but didn’t have a plan for its use. I divided it into 4 colorways and added some fabric to it. I cut into the reds before taking the following picture. You will see them in the finished block.

This is the first block.

This is the first time I have used the Quick Curve Ruler. I liked the way it was constructed. It was easy to cut the curve with my 45 mm rotary cutter. It was very sturdy which made it stable while cutting.

The pattern seemed a little complicated. I read through the entire pattern before starting. I went back and concentrated on just one step at a time and it was not difficult to follow. Because the pieces are right and left sided, it is important to cut half of them right side up and the other half right side down. The other important direction to follow is where to start sewing the curved piece. One side starts 1/4 inch from the top and the other side starts 1/2 inch from the top. The illustrations are very good and give you this information.

The curved pieces are VERY EASY to sew without using any pins. I did use tweezers to hold the end while sewing.

I hope this encourages you to join me in the quilt along! Happy Sewing!

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Jul
1

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — Princess Zelda

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 in QAL | Read More

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We are finally hitting the namesake behind our Zelda Quilt-Along…Princess Zelda. We’re starting on our seventh block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. As a reminder, our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt.

Princess Zelda, the princess that Link is attempting to rescue within the game as well as the namesake of the game itself. In every game of the Zelda series, Princess Zelda is captured or put in danger by evil forces — generally led by a villian boss named Ganon. It is up to Link to save her. Many people unfamiliar with the game series incorrectly refer to Link (who is the main character in the games) by the princess’ name “Zelda”, as they assume that the title of the game is referring to the main character and not the damsel in distress.

Princess Zelda will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key, The Bomb, The Blue Wizrobe and The Red Darknut, however the size is different. The Princess Zelda block grid is 18 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Black
Kona: Black
Brown
Kona: Earth
Yellow-Orange
Kona: Cheddar
Red
Kona: Red
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Jun
1

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — The Red Darknut

Posted Monday, June 1st, 2015 in QAL | Read More

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Can you believe it? We’re starting on our SIXTH block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. We have our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt..

The Red Darknut was a type of enemy that Link would encounter inside of dungeons within the game. Darknuts essentially are caped knights, carrying a shield in front of them that prevents Link from doing any damage to them head on and a sword used to attack. In order to attack a Darknut, Link must quickly attack them with his sword from behind. Red Darknuts are slightly easier enemies than the Blue Darknuts, who move much more quickly and deal more damage to Link when they hit him with their sword.

The Red Darknut will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key, The Bomb and The Blue Wizrobe, however the size is different. The Red Darknut block grid is 18 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Black
Kona: Black
White
Kona: White
Yellow-Orange
Kona: Cheddar
Red
Kona: Red
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Apr
30

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — Blue Wizzrobe

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2015 in QAL | Read More

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We are now ready to make the FIFTH block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. We have our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt..

The Blue Wizzrobe was a type of enemy that Link would encounter inside of dungeons within the game. Wizzrobes shoot magic bolts at Link to hurt him and could disappear and reappear elsewhere, making them a tough enemy to kill. Blue Wizzrobes (as is shown in our block) are the most difficult type of Wizzrobes. They can fire continous spells at Link while they chase him around the room and can can cross areas that other Wizzrobes typically cannot.

The Blue Wizzrobe will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy, The Key and The Bomb, however the size is different. The Blue Wizzrobe block grid is 18 squares across and 16 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Black
Kona: Black
White
Kona: White
Dark Blue
Kona: Deep Blue
Blue
Kona: Lavender
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Apr
15

Zelda: The Quilt-Along — The Bomb

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 in QAL | Read More

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We are now ready to make the FOURTH block of our Zelda: The Quilt-Along. We have our full list of fabric and tool requirements are located here, which includes yardage for fabric for the entire quilt..

The Bomb was an item that Link would use to attack his enemies. He would find these items throughout the world or could purchase them from a character that sells helpful things. Link would set a bomb down near one of his enemies and quickly get away quickly or he would also be hurt by the explosion. Bombs are also used to get to new areas on the map of the game, which Link could access after blowing up specific rocks or doors.

The Bomb will be constructed in the same manner as the other blocks, The Candle, The Fairy and The Key, however the size is different. The Bomb block grid is 9 squares across and 15 squares down and it uses the following colors of fabrics:

Black
Kona: Black
White
Kona: White
Dark Blue
Kona: Deep Blue
Blue
Kona: Lavender
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Jan
24

Quilty Barn Along – 10, 11, 12

Posted Friday, January 24th, 2014 in QAL, Quilting | Read More

Yipee! I finished my barn blocks! I am still deciding how I will set them together but all twelve blocks are finished. I do want to make a silo barn and a tractor but they may be in another quilt. With the birth of our grand daughter and then Christmas in Columbus, I am just now finishing my BOMs. I was lured into a new BOM for 2014 and have my first row almost finished. More on that later…

By the time I was ready to sew these blocks, the tutorial had been removed. By looking at the pictures on Flicker, I was able to draw them in EQ7 and finish them.  And here they are….!!!


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Jul
15

Quilty Barn Along – 9

Posted Monday, July 15th, 2013 in QAL, Quilt Blocks | Read More

The name of the block inside the barn is Country Crossroads. You can find the tutorial for this block here.

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Jul
13

Barn Quilt Along – 8

Posted Saturday, July 13th, 2013 in QAL, Quilt Blocks | Read More

Sorry for the bad photography. The center points are a light blue against the white background.

We were given a pattern for a barn with a silo beside it and the pieced block in the barn door. I want to make a few of those in different colors.

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May
25

Quilty Barn Along – 7

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2013 in QAL, Quilting | Read More

I am still enjoying the barn quilt-along. This is the 7th block in the series.

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May
10

Quilty Barn Along – 6

Posted Friday, May 10th, 2013 in QAL | Read More

Block 6 is Sunny Sunflower! It sounds happy, doesn’t it?

A tutorial for this block can be found here.

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Apr
24

Quilty Barn Along – 5

Posted Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 in QAL | Read More

The block on the barn this week is called Maple Leaf.  Click here for the block five pattern.


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Apr
5

The Quilty Barn Along – Block 3

Posted Friday, April 5th, 2013 in QAL, Quilt Blocks, Quilting | Read More


This is the third block in the series. The inset block is called “Postage Stamp”. It is made of 36 one inch finished squares. I used 36 different fabrics in the block.  The block tutorial can be found at Bee In My Bonnet.


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Mar
19

Quilty Barn Along

Posted Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 in My Projects, QAL, Quilting | Read More

My friend Kris told me about another QAL (quilt- along) that I could not resist. Lori Holt at Bee In My Bonnet is hosting the QAL with tutorials.

This is the first barn with a Weathervane block made from 1930s fabrics.


The block in this barn is “Farm Fresh Flower“.

I made the first block twice. I had used fabrics from my scrap basket the first time. When I made the second block, I decided to use 1930 reproduction fabrics for the inserted blocks. I took the first block apart and inserted a new “Weathervane” block made from the ’30s fabrics.


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