Tag: #APQquiltalong

Scrappy Celebration QAL-update


I can’t believe the Scrappy Celebration QAL is almost over. It is like putting together a puzzle and getting down to the final pieces. Happy but sad and what to do next. Thought I would share some of the pics from both color options of my quilts here.

My original quilt is the perfect combination of summer sherbet colors, but for the QAL I remade the quilt with Red, White and Blues.

I thoroughly enjoyed picking out fabrics each week for blocks.

Keeping a pile of my bits and pieces so I could pull some of the sizes I needed for other blocks came in handy. I do have leftovers and may have to make something from all these pieces.


I had been holding on to a bolt of Bonnie and Camille dots from Bliss and knew I had to use this for the backing. Then I dug through all of the leftover bias bits and thought I would funk it up some by adding some yellow to my red white and blue version. Will show the finished quilt soon.


You can follow along on Moda’s Blog for each weeks post.

Thank you to Electric Quilt Company for creating fun quilt design software that started this whole  project.

Get the Quilt-Along Pattern



Scrappy Celebration QAL

Time flies! I can’t believe it has been 10 years since I did a quilt-along with American Patchwork and Quilting for their 20th anniversary.
Fast forward to their 30th anniversary and I am honored and proud
to be featured….on the cover…
APQ April 2023 Cover

I am a newbie to using the quilt design software, Electric Quilt. To play with this I started adding a variety of nine patches, four patches and any similar block. I fell in love with the mathematic look of the quilt and knew I just had to make it.

All images in this blog post are used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine . Meredith Operations Corporation. All rights reserved.

Let’s skip to the good part. American Patchwork and Quilting is featuring my quilt as one of their 2023 QAL and they have a Facebook group you can join to play along. I am going to make another version of this quilt during this QAL using red, white and blues with my collection of Minick Simpson fabrics.

If you want to join in, the details are included below.

Pattern Details

Finished quilt: 63-1/2×72-1/2″

 For this quilt, you’ll need:

  • 1-1/8 yard total assorted pink prints
  • 2-3/4 yards total assorted white prints
  • 1/2 yard total assorted red and dark pink prints
  • 3/4 yard total assorted green prints
  • 1 yard total assorted orange prints
  • 1 yard total assorted blue prints
  • 7/8 yard total assorted yellow prints
  • 5/8 yard orange-and-white print (binding)
  • 4 yards backing fabric
  • 72×81″ batting

All of the following info is available here also.

Get the Quilt-Along Pattern

Quilt-Along Schedule

The quilt-along runs from February 20-April 16. While there is a recommended sewing schedule (see below), you can also sew at your own pace!

Scrappy Celebration

If you’re posting on Instagram, use the hashtag #APQQuiltalong to share your progress.

I hope you join us as I share more about Electric Quilt and all things 9 patch.

and lastly THANK YOU so much to the talented team at American Patchwork and Quilting. The April issue ( on newsstands now) is full of wonderful projects and a look back over the 10 years. I have drooled over the pages and talented in this issue.


APQ quiltalong- It all adds up

First of all i thought I would sneak in a few pics of my grandkids. Jarrod and Lindsey’s little angel, Imrie Reign Alexander.

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and of course Nolan delivering a Valentine package to his cousin.


I am participating in the third annual American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt-Along.


This year the folks at Meredith have all kinds of projects to make as you Quilt-along. Two patterns in APQ, one in Quilts and More, and one online, all with one theme—this year it’s plus-sign quilts. They are calling the quilt-along “It All Adds Up.”
I have always loved the simplicity of the RED CROSS logo
and now to see all the popularity of Cross/Plus Sign quilts, I knew I wanted needed a reason to quilt-along.

Here are the “It All Adds Up” quilt-along projects:
1. “Plus Postage” quilt from designer Susan Ache
Instagram: yardgrl60
 susan Ache-APQ
2. “Grand Total” from designer Pat Bravo
Instagram: patbravodesign
website: patbravo.com
Instructions are in the April 2016 issue of APQ for both of these quilts.
Pat Bravo-APQ
3. “Easy Addition” from designer Brenda M. Ratliff
websites: justabitfrayed.com and pinkcastlefabrics.com
Instructions are in the Spring 2016 issue of Quilts and More

I had a hard time making up my mind on which one to make. I started out with Susan Ache’s version but then had an idea of who I wanted to make this quilt for. The end product needed to be a bigger quilt and I didn’t want to make more blocks, so I decided to morph Susan Ache and Pat Bravo together. They both live in Florida so they do have that in common. Makes sense to me!

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My version is based on a 2″ finished grid.

IMG_7419 copyI love love the little plus signs thrown through out. They just make me smile!

IMG_7420 copyA positive – negative filler block thrown in.

IMG_7422 copySome of the plus signs got elongated into cross shapes.
The blocks are 16″ finished.

IMG_7424 copyIf you are quilting along, please include the same hashtag as the first two years, #APQQuiltalong. I love seeing the pictures of everyone’s projects.

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IMG_7417 copyI added one row of pieced squares in between the blocks and am
excited to send it off to let the quilter work her magic!!

As a bonus there is a super-easy plus sign pillow from the HowToSew.com site.

Cleaning Lady

I will admit that I haven’t been able to get it all done
and have suffered from
SuperMom Syndrome.I have had to resort to having cleaning lady from time to time.
The night before she came I would run around the house barking orders for the kid’s to
get their room picked up. 

oh the groaning and complaining
They would whine, why do we have to pick up if the cleaning lady is coming!!
This is completely understandable. But she was there to clean not pick up their mess.
How could she even get to the bathrooms over the
jungle of toys, clothes and other paraphernalia?
Fast forward, years later and I find myself once again
scurrying throughout the house.
This time it is to get ready for a quilting retreat.
I have been planning, cutting, organizing
and stacking projects for a
long weekend of
non-stop sewing.
I have my basket of red and green strips
and 4 patches for the APQquiltalong.
I have another stack that includes my blocks all cut out and sandwiched between fabric squares and design boards.
I cut out 40 blocks but do not have 40 design boards
or the space to pack them.
I finagled the few design boards I had along with
some squares of fabric and even a few squares of
batting so all my blocks are ready to sit and sew.
These two boxes contain two more UFO projects for retreat sewing. Does it count as a UFO if it is just cut out and I haven’t started sewing yet?
 So leave it to one of my kids to say,
why are you doing all that cutting,
aren’t you going to a quilt retreat?
Just like the prep work it took to get the house cleaned,
there is prep work to get ready to be able to
sew non stop for several glorious days.
The only thing I may have forgotten to do is to
see if I could get a cleaning lady
to come while I am gone to clean up all the
mess I have left behind.
Hope you all get some time to sit and sew. It is good for the soul!

APQ Quiltalong – Go Four It!!

All images provided courtesy of American Patchwork and Quilting

 It is that time again for a quiltalong. 

As you may know last year I was fortunate enough to have one of my quilts featured as the first APQquiltalong. (see here) I am more than thrilled to be back this year with a few of my friends joining me. Edyta Sitar of Laundry Baskets Quilts and April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass patterns have both created 4 patch quilts, so the talented brains at APQ named this article, Go Four It!

Edyta Sitar, the queen of scrap has created this incredible quilt with the te-tiniest rainbow of prints and batiks.

April’s version is just screaming summer picnic with 
a graphic layout.

It is kind of funny how this all came to happen and I wanted to share a bit of the back story. One of the editors at APQ, Elizabeth Tisenger sensed a trend of four patch quilt projects during her quilt submission process. 

Instead of choosing, she thought what the hey, each one is so different in size and construction, let’s feature them all.

Look for the April issue on Newstands or your favorite store
February 3rd for the complete instructions on all 3 versions.

So now it is up to you to pick your favorite technique and design, choose your fabrics or use this project as a scrap buster and quiltalong with us.

Be sure and share your progress with us by using the #APQquiltalong.
I also have a pinterest board where I post as many pics as I can find across the world wide web.

Here are just a few of the quilters that you will want to follow along as they share their version of the #APQquiltalong. 

April Rosenthal, Prairie Grass

Barb and Mary, Me and My Sister
Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville’s Quips andSnips!
Camille Roskelley,
Debbie Roberts, The Quilted
Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket
Jane Davidson, Quilt Jane
Jo Morton, Jo Morton
Kimberly Jolly, Jolly
Linda Collins, Quilts in the
Lisa Bongean
Lissa Alexander, Moda
Shea Henderson, Empty Bobbin
Sherri McConnell, A Quilting
Thelma Childers, Cupcakes ’n’
Vanessa Goertzen, Lella
American Patchwork and Quilting


Tone it down main quilt photo
Quilted by Natalia Bonner of Piece n Quilt
 “Image from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

 Everything in our world is so fast, fast, fast especially at
this time of year. I find it interesting there is this
Slow it Down movement
that people like Cheryl Arkison talks about in her
book, A Month of Sundays, or the Slow Stitching topic that
Mark Lipinski talks about. Now Mark is the most energetic person
in the industry so when he talks Slow it makes
 you stop and listen.

I strip piece. My mind thinks what is quickest most efficient
way to make a project.

But this slow it down got me to thinking
about my Tone it Down quilt.

Slow it Down…
Tone it Down…

I thoroughly enjoyed each and every second of making this quilt.
Looking at each and every little piece of fabric as I worked
from block to block. Thinking about the fabric, the designer
that created it and the story that goes along with it.

Now I watch online as more and more people are 
making this quilt and posting their 
pictures and honestly 
it is quite humbling 
and makes my heart feel good. 
search #apqquiltalong to see some of the versions
This is what the quilting industry is all about. 
I am sure if you are reading my blog you are a quilter
 or one of my aunts.

If for some reason you have landed here and are not a quilter,
I encourage you to join this community. It is the most wonderful
world to be living in.

Sign up for a class, get a book, do anything, just start!

The tone it down quilt is not for the faint of heart.
It is not a quilt that you can create over the weekend.

However this is a great quilt to add to your
to-do list and slowly enjoy as each block develops.
I am thrilled that
 American Patchwork and Quilting
offers this pattern as a
digital download

Now that I am finished being all gushy, I wanted to
share some other news.

I am going to be doing another #APQquiltalong in 2015.
Stay tuned, I will “slowly” talk about this project.

 Your first tease.


#APQquiltalong recap

Hello to all, 
 I wanted to share some APQquiltalong eye candy and thank my friends that did this virtual quiltalong with me.
Tone it down main quilt photo
Quilted by Natalia Bonner of Piece n Quilt
 “Image from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
 Here is my quilt from American Patchwork and Quilting.
 Carrie Nelson's version of the #APQquiltalong
#apqquiltalong - AmysCreativeSide.com
Amy Ellis From Amy’s Creative Side
Tone it Down - Finished. by Quiltjane  #quilt #modernquilt
Quilt Jane’s version. http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltjane/
APQ's Tone it Down Quilt by Kimberly Jolly is complete!
Kimberly Jolly’s version. http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/2014/02/apqs-tone-it-down-quilt.html
The greatness of Camille once again. APQ Quilt Along by croskelley, via Flickr
Camille Roskelley
Lisa Bongean's  #APQquiltalong quilt is out of this world!. @Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop
WOWSER !! http://lisabongean.com/2014/03/19/apq-quilt-along/      
Quilt-Along: Oh! No Contrast? (or) OH NO! Contrast! | AllPeopleQuilt.com Staff Blog
Another dark rich version by Jennifer Keltner
Sherri Mc Connell’s version using all American Jane.
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill added applique
 And here are a few more pics of other quilts I wanted to share.
Maggie Honeyman- machine quilt extraordinaire made and actually got to quilt her own quilt.
Apq quilt along
s.o.t.a.k handmade: winter wonderland sewing
 SVETLANA’s version  http://sotakhandmade.blogspot.com/2014/01/winter-wonderland-sewing.html
Lynda in Wonderland: Catch Up
classic vintage by  Lynda from NSW    http://lyndainwonderland.blogspot.com/2014/01/catch-up.html
 What is so amazing to me about quilting is that this is a classic Burgoyne surrounded block named after General John Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga in 1777. Nothing earth shattering about the pattern, it is a variation of Double Irish chain, yet the fabrics used make each version wonderful.
One more little bit of info. I wanted to show a snapshot of the pinterest board, #APQquiltalong. Follow me on Pinterest to see the actual board.  There are many more versions to tempt you to make this quilt if you have not started yours yet.
  Now that we have accomplished celebrating the General Burgoyne through this quiltalong, maybe we should move on to General Beauregard from Barbara Brackman’s Book, Facts & Fabrications-Unraveling the History of Quilts and Slavery.
No seriously, moda has so many great indigo’s coming, I may have found my perfect project.
Thank you following the quiltalong, as well as my blog.

APQ quiltalong progress

Tone it down main quilt photo 
I am always so honored to share my passion for quilting with others. So of course I am super pumped when one of my projects gets published in a national magazine. BUT what really has taken the whole experience way over the top  is the #APQquiltalong from the Feb 2014 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. There were several people that had agreed to go on this quilt along ride and were featured in the magazine. I  knew each of them would do something really different. 
I wanted to share some of the #AQPquiltalong projects. I just love how they are all coming along. Each is so different and is also a great lesson in color and value placement. 


Jennifer Keltner’s quilt
is going to be so rich with a Japanese feel. Jennifer is the Senior
Editor of American Patchwork and Quilting and has got to be one of the
busiest women in the industry.  I am honored that she has carved out the
time to be a part of this.
APQquiltalong progress by Anne at @Anne Sutton
And then we have Anne from Bunny Hill. 
Anne has a uncanny knack for putting the chic in shabby chic with
everything she touches. She is adding alternate blocks of applique to
her quilt.
See what I mean by how different each of the quilts are coming along.

Kimberly Jolly's APQ's Tone it Down Quilt Along - Featuring Wishes by Sweetwater
Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop made her version using 
Wishes from Sweetwater. 
Of course her quilt is completely done. You can certainly see why she is so successful by jumping in 
and getting her projects complete. 
Another classic!
Now for some sashing #APQquiltalong 
How cool and different is Quilt Jane’s version? The pattern
 is the exact same as the other quilts but the value placement has given this quilt a completely different design. 
Just imagine all the variations of traditional 
quilt blocks we could do if we just looked at everything
 in black and white, then started coloring in the shapes. 
Jane, you are so inspiring.
A Quilting Life's version of the #APQquiltalong 
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life. 
I am sure you all read Sherri’s blog. She is a true classic in every step of the word. So Sherri choose fabric from a classic designer, Sandy Klop of American Jane. This quilt was a good reason for Sherri to pull out her American Jane collection of fabrics and dive in.
 I would like to point out that this is also a good reason why we like to hoard our favorite designers fabric collection. And yes it is okay to have more than one favorite designer, hoard their collections, and have a fabulous stash. Stash is not a bad word.
#apqquiltalong - AmysCreativeSide.comAmy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side
I knew Amy would give us all an interesting take on scale and design. 
 Amy’s combination of fabrics adds such movement throughout.
#APQquiltalong block from @Lisa Bongean 
I knew Lisa would give us all the complete opposite look of my quilt. 
She put darks where the lights were, lights where the darks were supposed to be.
She gives the quilt her magic primitive touch. A good lesson in just 
because the pattern says
 “dark fabrics” 
doesn’t mean you have to use dark.
APQ Tone it Down Quilt Along by Camille - Are you joining in? 
Camille Roskelley
Again another example of greatness in everything she touches. 
Camille played with her value by use of lights, mediums and darks. 
My quilt was truly lights or darks, no mediums. 
By adding the mediums, Camille’s version incorporates a softer, vintage feel.

And my apologies to Carrie Nelson. I left her greatness off of my original post. 

I can’t really say enough about Carrie. Her version is a timeless classic. Read all about her thought process as she created this quilt.
Thanks again to all these talented ladies for being a part of this quiltalong.

Let me know if you are quiltingalong. 
I have made a board on pinterest
and I would love to add your version to the board.


APQ Quilt along inspiration.

 You know the ol’ saying everything is old is new again, right?
Once the word modern became the newest catch phrase for quilters, I began to study what was this new way of quilting? It is hard to clearly define. Is it the actual quilting? Is it the use of solids and open space? Is it the freedom of expression, technique and style?
 I believe it is a bit of all of these things but most importantly it is a new word to
define the energized resurgence of a  generation of quilters of any age.
Then these words, low volume, were popping up all over the place.
What is low volume?
Seems simple enough if you have studied color for quilting, right?
This is also where the what’s old is new again part comes into play.
What is the difference between the watercolor quilts of the 80’s and love volume of 2010?
 A new word defining a style and movement but most of all both of these words are a
different way to look at things from the early days of the 80’s when I learned to quilt.
Those were the days of limited color choices, small calico’s and lots of rules.
Fast forward, 30 years and the  abundance of fabric color and scale,
 the freedom of  design, the sharing of teaching and techniques
completely lifts the lid off of the rules I learned to quilt by.

 Today, I wanted to take a few minutes and tell you about the
 inspiration for the quilt we will be doing in the APQ quilt-along.

I love picking fabrics and I would like to say I am pretty good at this, thanks to my early quilt classes along with my mother’s artistic influence.
This has  been my year of looking at things differently and my surrounding influences.
I started studying my fabric buying habits and I rarely bought light large to medium scale prints for use in scrappy backgrounds. I just didn’t use them.
The low volume concept seemed to free up some of the value and scale rules
( I hate the word RULES.)
 I began my hunt for just the right quilt to play with my newly acquired medium,
light prints. I knew I wanted something more than sewing squares together
but not all designs work with this concept.
Now for another classic saying, If it were a snake it would have bit you. Everyday I walk past an office where the most beautiful faded Burgoyne Surrounded quilt hung.

Tammy Vonderschmitt’s antique quit

The aged cream backgrounds and faded colors of solids seemed to sparkle in
 the most simplistic way. I wondered how that design would look in low volume prints for the background instead of a solid.. I didn’t just wonder, I was consumed. I couldn’t sleep as I pieced each quilt block exploring different background fabrics.

My quilt is named Tone it down. I couldn’t turn all the volume off quite yet,
so there is a pop of color throughout.

There are several people doing this quilt  and sharing a multitude of color inspirations for you.
The magazine should be hitting the new stands very soon, so start playing with
your fabric choices so you can quilt along with us.


Are you ready for a quilt-along?

Is Quiltalong one word or two? I guess it depends on if you are using a hashtag or not, right?
Other than in the social media world, I believe quilt-along should be 2 words or at least hyphened, since you need more than one person to quilt along with you. 

So here is your invitation to join in on the 
first ever 
American Patchwork and Quilting’s
“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
 You will need the February issue on newstands, December 3rd.
Also you are going to need a little fabric and I know you
have some of that laying around!
No pressure, no big deadlines. We are going to work on
this through February 2014.
quilted by Natalia Bonner of Piece n Quilt
 “Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
 Here is my quilt that I am so PROUD of.
 I love it!
This is one of my favorite quilts for many reasons.

1. It is scrappy!

2. It uses a bunch of different moda designers’ fabrics.

3. It was inspired by a new friend’s antique quilt.

4. It makes me happy just to look at it.

5. I am going to have a few friends, old and new making this quilt right along with me thanks to the team at American Patchwork and Quilting.

 (thank you Jennifer and Elizabeth)

6. I got out of my box and tried something new. 

Some of the crew that will also be doing the APQ quilt-along
 is the über-talented,
Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms.
The queen of shabby greatness
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill.
The gal that invented the energizer batteries,
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.
The quilt/wordsmith that is sure to entertain us all, 
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s.
Big or small, this one does it all, 
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.
The princess of fat quarters, 
Kimberly Jolly of the Jolly Jabber.
Any low volume/neutral project, should include 
Amy Ellis of  Amy’s Creative Side.
side note: Amy is a new designer with……Moda! Yes, you heard it here. 
more info coming soon.
How about quilting from down under with
Jane Davidson of Want it, Need it, Quilt?
(APQ is also available as a download so everyone can quilt-along)

There may even be a surprise as one of the
APQ editors quilts-along.

Join back on the November 25th as I share 
 about how I got out of my box and tried something new.

In the meantime use the hashtag 
#APQquiltalong to keep informed.

7. I would be thrilled if you decided to quilt-long with us.