Stitch Along May 2014 Gallery

Posted by Ruth on 8 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Won't you join me in another Stitch Along challenge? They are fun and don't take long, bonus too, you get to experiment and play with things or come up with new ideas for larger quilts. They don't take a lot of fabric either! We can display your quilts here on this page and you will find the Stitch Along rules here: Stitch Along Rules week 1.

Week One Gallery

Gin Keim sent her challenge piece in to be displayed and a few words to share her thoughts.

My Theme is Michael Miller’s Japanese Restaurant fabric. It is only 10 inches by 15 inches. I won it at quilt retreat a few years back and never used it. My compliment fabric is the darker blue. My element may be the sushi, but could be a number of different elements.

Gin's Theme fabric

These are the fabrics I have chosen; they match the colors in the theme fabric. I cannot keep up this month due to other commitments, but I will try to play catch up when I can.

Gin's additional fabrics

Jennifer Houlden sent a couple of photos in too. You can read about what she did on her blog post.

Jennifer's options

Jennifer's final selection

Here is my week 1 entry. You can read about what and why I selected this on my blog post.

My challenge selection

Kay joined in too. She says "I recently picked up a $5 grab bag, determined no matter what May was, I would find a way to use it. So here's my element batik and some bright summer contrast. The yellow/orange is an hombre tonal."

Kay's challenge selection

Week 2

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Jennifer sent her challenge piece along which you can read about on her blog.

Jennifer's week 2 applique

And here is mine which you can read about it on my post.

My tree applique squares

Kay describes how she added her element: "When I layered my two backgrounds, I added a piece of freezer paper and cut them all to size. Then I cut and traced my clamshell from the freezer paper so I would have perfect placement on both fabrics."

Kay added clam shells

Gin sent her challenge pieces along too - "I selected the plate with sushi. The backgrounds are both 8 x 8 inches. Because of the layers of wonder Under, it was a bit harder to get them lined up. I think I came close though."

Gin added a plate of sushi

Week 3

Check out my week 3 block post. Here is the result:

Jennifer made a few changes, isn't this pretty cool? Read about it on her blog.

Jennifer's blocks

Jennifer continued on and couched a yarn along the fractures.

Here's a closeup

Kay tells us what happens while she constructs her blocks: "After forgetting about having the cuts intersect as well as NOT sewing 1/4" seams (lots of ripping since I sew both blocks completely together!) I pressed both onto thin cotton batting and used a decorative stitch on both sections."

Kay's blocks

Week Four

Now let's read how Kay followed up: "

I added the detail stitching to make the clamshell more pronounced. Then I cut down the template and added two small clamshells to the sides diagonally. I echo quilted all three. Since I made this double sided using both blocks, I'm not sure how I want to do the hanging/binding... still deciding."

Kay's double sided block

and a close up of the decorative stitch, detail stitch and echo quilting...

close up of clam shell

I made my blocks into cushions. You can read more about that on my recent blog post...

My cushions

Gin Keim sent in her finished piece which she made into a pot holder. Really cute!

What's up for next month? Hope you'll join in!

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