Isabella's Whimsy

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Patriotic Patio Hanging

I had so much fun making this hanging for my patio.  Got it done in time for Memorial Day, and now I’m ready for Flag Day and the 4th of July.

I learned how to make the July Star Block from a free tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew.  It was the Week 15 block in Quilt Block Boot Camp.  One of the quilters, Jodie, had made a set of 3 July Star blocks using dinosaurs in the centers and then three colors for star points and backgrounds, combining the colors to make a great coordinated look.  Her stars inspired me to use 3 colors and coordinate my blocks, and since red, white and blue are a great combination and the patriotic holidays are on their way, this is what I made:

Patriotic Wall HangingEach block is just under 12 inches.

I adapted a free motion quilting pattern for the star centers.  The pattern is by Leah Day of the Free Motion Quilting Project and is called Bright Star from Day 103 of the project.  I chose this pattern because I could easily adapt it to straight line quilting.  Thanks to earlier lessons by Leah Day I knew how to “travel” and move around the block in an efficient way.

DSCF1092 (2)I decided to finish the quilting with some simple lines inside and outside the star points and one single line of stitches between each of the three blocks.

The back? Yes.

DSCF1090 (2)Blessings,



Quilt Block Boot Camp – and what it means to me

You know Facebook? Well, yeah, everybody does.  So, there is a Facebook Group called Quilt Block Boot Camp.  I’m not sure how I found it, but somehow it entered my line of sight.  I LOVE IT! Such a group of sweet, fun, funny quilters as I have ever met.  First, they let me join.  Now they let me post.  Some even laugh! They always post encouraging, positive comments and LIKE everything…and, well, you know, I do that too! Life is meant for sharing the good stuff.

So the way it works is, every week the administrator (or her sub) posts a quilt block link to a free online tutorial. They started off pretty basic, but classy, and are now getting into more challenging blocks.  I started late (but as soon as I found them) on Week 13.  It was the Patchwork Wheel block, a tutorial posted by Don’t Call Me Betsy.  Here is mine.

Week 13 Patchwork Wheel and bonus (3)It would have been better to not use the yellow stripes with the yellow background in the lower right corner, but it works.  This block is about 12.5 inches and ready to be used in some undreamed of project.

I have been working on catching up over these couple of weeks and have 7 different blocks made, not in sequence, but that seems to be OK.

Picture Time!

Simple Heart DSCF1074 (2) Week 1 Raspberry Kiss Week 10 Flying Geese (2) Week 5 Pinwheel DSCF1092 (2)

I find that I eagerly look for the notifications that someone in the group has posted or commented.  I’m not a traditional quilter.  I’m way challenged by straight lines/seams, cutting out little pieces, trimming to straighten, etc.  But now I’m learning new stuff skills and gaining some improvement, in such a lovely, warm group.




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