Monday, January 11, 2010

Quilting with a Friend

Regina and Momcat met online through the Prolific Online Quilters group, and then had the pleasure of sitting next to each other at the St. Jude's Retreat last year. They really hit it off and have stayed in touch.

Regina lives in Michigan and we're here in Ohio, so that makes getting together pretty difficult. Enter Regina's awesome idea. She mentioned that she wanted to make a Shoo Fly quilt.  "I'm in!" cried Momcat. So Momcat has been doing some web surfing and looking through her books, finally deciding upon Pat Speth's Shoo Fly quilt from More Nickel Quilts.

Regina: (sending an attachment that she saw on someone else's blog): I like this quilt too.
Momcat:  I'd like to use some snowball blocks.
Regina:  How about this?
Momcat: Love it!
Regina: What should we commit to doing?
Momcat: What about six blocks a month, and if we could set up a virtual sewing time and check in on each other's progress that would be cool, too.
Regina:  Sounds good!

So now we've committed to not only each of us doing a Shoo Fly quilt, but a 9-patch plus Snowballs quilt at six blocks a month.  I haven't even picked out fabrics yet.  Meanwhile, Regina's already got seven of her blocks done!  Check out her progress here:  bitnbyaquiltingbug.

Anyone interested in joining us? Just leave a comment and you can play along.

EDITED TO ADD:  I've picked my fabrics!  Regina is using fat quarters. I decided this project lends itself perfectly to a layer cake I have on hand. One of our goals is to use fabrics from our stash.

I love this line of beautiful floral fabrics.  Moda's Natural Garden by Holly Taylor

Here are the cutting dimensions:  For the nine-patches use 2.5" squares, for the snowball blocks use 6.5" squares. Attach a 2.5" square to each corner and sew as you normally would. Remember to sew in such a way that you'll save all those little waste triangles. They could make an awesome border!

Make as many or as few blocks as you want. We're going to make six per month. Let me know when you've completed some blocks or picked out your fabric so that I can link to your blog.


Barb said...

I am interested!!

Jennifer said...

I bet you two will have a blast doing these! I am not going to join in fabric, but I will watch your progress!

SewCalGal said...

Sounds like fun. I also have a layer cake I've been looking for a way to use...and I agree with you this design looks perfect for use of a layer cake. I'm going to give this design a try and also try to keep up with you....I'll keep you posted!


Tamera said...

I think I'd like to play as well! Sounds fun.

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Yipppeee! The more the merrier! I love it!

Trish said...

I'm in. I have some fat quarters in my stash that are feeling lonely....

Gina said...

Love the layer cake

Love and hugs Gina xxx