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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along (and a little giveaway)

At first I thought this quilt top was going to take me forever, but once I got into it, the pieces started to come together quickly and it was fun to see it grow...here's a quick tour of the process...

Tranquility Quilt Coming AlongFour Tranquility charm packs for the size quilt I wanted to make...couch size according to the handy chart provided in the tutorial from Moda Bake Shop for Road to Tennessee. This size calls for five charm packs, but because Tranquility has 48 charms in a pack instead of 40, I only needed four.

Tranquility Quilt Coming AlongSome yardage of the solid I chose, cut into 384 2-inch squares with a line drawn diagonally on each

Tranquility Quilt Coming AlongThen the chain sewing began...

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along...up one side, and down the other...

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along...into a nice pile behind by sewing machine...

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along...then back up on my sewing table...

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along...then cut apart and stacked neatly...

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along...then the excess in each corner trimmed off... (more about those little scraps later, if you're interested)...

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along...then the blocks put back together in pairs, one dark and one light...

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along...blocks laid out on the pool table (shhhh, remember my husband doesn't like me to use it for quilting!)

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along...more rows added...

Tranquility Quilt Coming Along...and here it is, all sewn together and ready for the long arm!

I purchased extra wide double-napped flannel for the backing of this quilt, which will make it extra soft and cozy!

Tranquility Quilt Coming AlongRemember all those corners I trimmed off? Well, I'm having a hard time throwing them away, but they are just too small for me to want to do anything with them. You can see on the cutting mat just how small they are...about 1 1/2 inches on the straight sides. There are two sets of print and solid cut from each charm square which means 384 sets of print and solid. I put them all in a plastic bag so they wouldn't get lost. If you would use them to make something lovely, let me know in a comment below, and I will draw a name from all interested parties in a week or so. I need to be able to email you, so make sure your email address is available in your profile or include it in your comment.

UPDATE: Sharon's name was drawn as the winner of the corners.

Have a happy Labor Day weekend, which I hope will include a little fabric or yarn or something lovely!

Happy Stitching!

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  • Sharon Lozano would love the corner pieces!

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At September 4, 2011 at 5:08 PM  

  • Oh the colors are just lovely!

    I am begining a new linky party on Wednesday ~ "Fall" In Love. Please join in on the fun.

    Have a happy and blessed Labor Day!

    By Blogger Decor To Adore, At September 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM  

  • Hmmm... I think I'd use those scraps for a ton of things, but one main reason keeps popping into my mind--Making little flowers. Just stitch down the long end of a few triangles and tighten the string. I think they'd also be useful for de-cou-page. Fingers crossed!
    Your quilt is looking lovely! I love your fabric choices.

    By Blogger Grace Ann, At September 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM  

  • Well, I'm trying again. I love making miniature and doll quilts, so these would be like a gift from the heavens! I love everything you do on your site, Mary Grace and hope I win. Thank you. Sharon Lozano

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 5, 2011 at 12:57 PM  

  • I love to make mini pinwheels! They are great on crumb quilts and doll quilts. Throw me into the hat if the drawing is not done. I stumbled on to this site while voting for your quilt.
    Shahann at yahoo dot com

    By Anonymous Kathy, At September 16, 2011 at 6:03 AM  

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