Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sew Alongs Past and Future

Some of you have been around since the very first Sew Along in in 2014 when we made Sunflower blocks and chains that linked through the sashing.

And then there was the Medallion Sew Along in 2016 that we used one element from each of the quilts in my first book to make this fun quilt.

In 2017 we busted through tons of scraps by making the Scrappy Star Sew Along.

And then we had the Sew Your Stash Medallion in 2018 that got HUGE (and mine is still in the process of being quilted...YES I have UFO's!)

And most recently, we just finished the Seeing Stars Sew along that was a ton of fun. I have enjoyed so many amazing photos of the various versions that you have made. I've even had the privilege of longarm quilting a few of them for you!

So what's next?

I'm so glad you asked! I'm thinking of a summer sew along starting very soon. I think we can safely say that not many of us are traveling this summer, so perhaps we should have a STAYCATION quilt along? Who's ready to stitch along with me?

I'm still working on ideas, but I'm happy to take suggestions.

Also, I will be in charge of my local guild's Block of the Month program again this year. It's going to be a mystery starting in September. I'll be sharing it here once a month for all of you who are interested in sewing along with us. I decided since nothing else in 2020 has been predictable, why should the Block of the Month? I can promise it will be easy, no special tools needed, 2020 has been hard enough, it's time for some easy fun!

Get your rotary cutters ready!


  1. Enjoy your blog and patterns. Looking forward to this challenge and to Sept. block of the month. Thank you for including us.

  2. I would love to participate! Love your imagination and talent!

  3. Perfect timing! I have been paging through your books and patterns, looking for some inspiration. I may go back and make one the 2016 Medallion SAL quilt, just because it has all those different elements in it.
    I admit, I flamed out on the Seeing Stars SAL. Ultimately, I was not happy with my fabric choices, so I put the blocks away to marinate for awhile.
    That doesn't mean I couldn't jump in on another Summer SAL...I'll definitely be in Staycation mode!

  4. I’m looking forward to both! I’ve been pretty much housebound and quarantined since my surgery in early January. The last couple of months I have been working on UFOs. Something new to sew will be a welcome change! I hope that you and your family are well and staying safe.

  5. An easy summer sew along sounds fun! I loved doing Seeing Stars!

  6. I’ve had your sunflower SAL quilt printed out for years, and recently it made it to my Bucket List Short Version (Yes, there is a Bucket List long version, too, just in case I live to be 100!). I’m game for just about anything, so count me in. But I may have to break down soon and start buying fabric again, LOL!

  7. My Seeing Stars still needs to be quilted. I don't get much sewing done during the summer because the house gets too hot. It's going to be in the 90's all week and we don't have air conditioning. In normal summers I can seek respite at the homes of several of my quilt group with air conditioning, but, alas, that's not happening this year. So I may just follow along, saving the clues.

  8. I have loved your Sunflower Quilt so much. I made is in 2014 and saw it as an opportunity to try some custom quilting. I did ruler work in the petals, pebbles in the brown centers and molar feathers in the sashing. It is still one of my favorites!! Then I got looking at it and decided that with different colors and quilting I could make the sunflowers look like poinsettias. So I now have a Christmas Poinsettia quilt with s few pebbles in the center and pointy leaves in the petal shapes and stars in the shashing. Now, my Daughter-in-Law has asked for the pattern. She wants to make one for her niece. I don't know what she's planning, but it's guaranteed to be different too as we have different tastes. So THREE Sunflower quilts in our family. Thank you so much for this pattern!!

  9. Someone suggested a row by row and I would really love to try that. But either way, something stash-friendly would be great! 🤑

  10. Thank you so much for your generosity in providing these patterns for free! I want to make so many of your quilts but time and energy sometimes doesn't match up with what my mind has planned!


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