Today is National Quilting Day and World Wide Quilting Day, a celebration of our favorite activity. With the current situation, I am sure many of the planned events have been canceled, including our own local show. It is unfortunate as our local guild was making placemat size wall art for the show, then would have donated those to the local Meals on Wheels. I hope we’ll still do the donation, just not the show, although the participation may not be as good since there are no meetings right now. In the meantime, I thought I would do a virtual quilt show for you, and share some special deals for today only. Read to the end for a challenge for you, too! I do a lot of free patterns on the blog, and new readers might find something new, while long time readers may rediscover something fun to sew while we are spending more time in our sewing rooms.
Magnolia Attic Windows is a great way to showcase a large motif print. I go through the steps of adding the sashing and borders to make the blossoms shine.
With this quilt, I show you how to take a print and turn it into an art piece. Sakura Tsuki means Cherry Blossom Moon. Click on the name to see the first of several posts on how to make this quilt.
For the past few years, in October, I’ve done a month long event called Autumn Jubilee. Projects include a quilt along, each year something new. In 2016, we did leaves and pumpkins. Here is the Autumn Jubilee Table Topper.
We took the same blocks for a runner, and I gave several setting options on this post – Autumn Jubilee Table Runner. You can also click on Autumn Jubilee on the sidebar to see all the free patterns for quilting, wool work and more.
Another year, Autumn Jubilee featured an original pattern I called Stars on Autumn Lane, with two different ways of making the alternate block for two different looks.
Have you ever tried pin-weaving? Make my pin woven tote for an intermediate project that has a bit of wow factor for the ambitious sewist. I find if I have a complex project, it makes this downtime go faster. This one will use a bunch of jelly roll strips and will keep you busy while you have a chance to use some of your decorative stitches on your machine. Click on Wild Orchid Pin Woven Tote on Moda Bake Shop for the tutorial, and a downloadable pdf.
Here is my original Chocolate Cherries quilt, with cherry pink and chocolate brown fabrics, with a bit of tan nougat mixed in. The pattern for this quilt, and all my Scrap Dance quilt patterns for sale are on My Patterns page.
Long time readers of my blog may remember this pillow design I did for Moda Bake Shop in 2016. When I finished it, I thought that the tree looked a bit plain, and it might be fun to embellish it a bit with some hand work. So, the next year, I dug out some Christmas buttons, pearls and large red crystals to trim the tree. The original pattern for the pillow can be downloaded with this link in a pdf file – Christmas Tree Pillow.
My white on white Snowflake Table Runner is a low volume project with custom quilting.
Using the TriRecs Rulers, this post Elongated Tri Recs Star will show you the step by step tutorial, and several projects.
Or make a Patriotic Table Runner with a variation of this same block. Hopefully by the time summer arrives, we’ll be able to have cookouts with friends again.
I did a pattern for a Sudoku Quilt, showing a full tutorial and how to be sure you have the blocks right.
I’ve done several mini quilts for table stands, like this Spring Tulip Mini Quilt. Paper piecing and custom quilting are features of this project. To see more mini quilt designs, just click on that category on the sidebar.
Now for the challenge! How I Spent My Corona-cation!! Make a placemat size mini quilt – 12-14 x 18-20, with any design you like that represents how you spent this time at home, and send it to me by the end of April. Lightly quilted and folded in half, it should be able to ship first class mail, so not too expensive to mail. You can also enter by sharing your creations on Facebook in our sharing group and donating to Meals on Wheels in your hometown.
If you spent your time gardening, maybe a nice floral design. If you spent your time fractured with too much going on at home, maybe a pineapple. Perhaps you finished a long time UFO, and can make a placemat with that block design. Let your imagination take over. I’ll do a virtual quilt show with all the entries received, with a prize to be determined later, and then all the entries will be donated to Meals on Wheels. Share your creations on Instagram and Facebook with #Corona-cationChallenge. Let’s have some fun with our sewing time! Here’s a button for your blog if you’d like one.
Have fun quilting today!! What are you working on this weekend?
Here are the special deals from my affiliates for National Quilting Day.
Fat Quarter Shop has a special 20% off all mini-charm packs for Quilt Day, along with a special new pattern on their blog, Jolly Jabber. No coupon code needed. Plus there is 20% Off Butter Churn Basics, March’s Basic of the Month, and 30% Off Taylor Seville pins and more, the Notion of the Month, and check out the Daily Flash Sale – something new at clearance pricing every day!
C&T Publishing has a special for today only, 50% off selected quilting ebooks. For all other books, they provided a 20% Off coupon code, good for any of their hardbound and paperback books to every participant of the Safelight Project, use code CTPUB2020 for 20% off through April 15th. See my post on New Quilting Books for reviews on some of my favorite new titles.
MadamSew has great deals on their Wool Press Mat, Ultimate Presser Foot Set, and MadamSew’s Weekly Deals. Plus a special promtion today only, buy one get one free for everything on the store! One can also mix and match – ie buy 2 different products and get the lower priced product for free.
Share your projects on our Facebook group, Friends of From My Carolina Home.